CHEAP, GOOD : Gifts Under $40

My 2017 round up for gifts is a little different this year. I challenged myself to stay true to the theme of BRASS (because who would I be if I didn't?) and also thought this would be a great opportunity to find the best of the best at the BEST prices, because, priorities. No one receiving these gifts would even guess you snagged them for a steal. There is something for everyone - the girly girl, the handyman, the homebody, the tech-y, the entertainer. There are 12 days left until Christmas, so get to gifting!

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Double Duty

With spending so much time in the kitchen during the holidays, I can't help but keep my wheels turning on how the perfect kitchen could be designed. Ideal storage, ample counter space, unhindered walkways - my design brain just doesn't stop.

Years ago, my parents were fortunate enough to buy their dream house (of course it was once I'd gone off to college). Anyway - it was kind of a huge house, with a huge kitchen that had a HUGE island. It was all people would talk about when they would visit for the first time, and it was a step up from the peninsula in their old kitchen that was constantly over-cluttered.

It seemed though, this new kitchen island seemed just as overwhelmed as the old one. The bigger the surface, the more you want to spread ingredients around, and the more people wanted to surround.

This is a kitchen trend I've totally found myself overlooking: the double island. It makes double the statement, and double the impact - breaking up the room perfectly, adding a better flow around the kitchen, and adding more opportunity for a beautiful surface area.

CHEAP, GOOD : Rugs

I was so impressed a few weeks back when I watched celeb hair stylist and photographer couple Jen Atkin and Mike Rosenthal's debut of their new L.A. home. Built from the ground up and designed by them with Consort Design, it's no surprise that the end result is a beautiful piece of art. Domino posted their home tour along with an interview where they showed how they partnered with AllModern for many of their furnishings. It's so refreshing to see that even a couple with a celeb-budget would take on their home design with a High/Low approach.

For the vast majority of us, it's completely impractical that every piece of furniture and decor is a designer item. We need those inexpensive items to blend perfectly with our nicer finds to create balance in our homes and to achieve the look of approachable luxury.

I'm always on the hunt for good "cheap" pieces to incorporate in my designs. Pieces that will hold up and make an impact in a space, and not stand out as an eyesore or appear as if we cut some corners.

This new series, "Cheap, Good" is where I will share with you all my home finds of different categories so you can save you change and still create a beautiful design. I wanted to start with rugs because they are the foundation of almost every room. They get very costly very quickly and these are the gems that I have in my back pocket when I need them! And guess what - they're ALL 8x10s and ALL under $350. You can't beat that!

Keep reading for tips on choosing a cheap, good rug, and view more of my favorites on my Cheap, Good Pinterest board!

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