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I must admit, I’m not the best at creating vignettes around the home. (Remember my stage fright when it came to the big, bad wall?) And to be honest, Scott worries about all the extra things we accumulate by creating these cutesie vignettes (okay, me too), and he’d rather keep things light and practical (and yeah, me too).

I’m always a tidge envious when I read up on others’ mantles, flowing effortlessly from season to season, adorned with pumpkins in the fall, lights for the holidays and layers of effortless frames through the summers – and because we don’t have a mantle, our little rotating decor ledge is relegated to the totally teal console. It’s the first thing we see when we walk in the door, and clutter-free storage, easy key-drops and something (anything!) pretty and practical is a necessity.

After the console’s initial mini makeover, we added a lemon-y pitcher for flowers and a decorative plate for keys, remember?

Earlier this month, we kept our plate key-drop, but to liven things up, we swapped the pitcher with a clear vase for tulips and a glass chalice-mabob for chalk (first Instagrammed right here):

Of course, the tulips withered away, and it seemed a little silly to have a holster for chalk when we worked in a ledge for the blackboard in the first place. But during our trip back to the store for more tulips (our favorite cheap and happy flower), they were out! We considered it a loss – we didn’t like the current floral selection – and headed to the booze store for a pick me up. (Kidding, we were simply out of gin, and that is a necessity in our home.)

While Scott took to the mission at hand (aka: gin shopping), I took the opportunity to load up on cigar boxes – you know we love those – and convinced Scott we should stop at Sprout, you know, so our console-flower-outing wasn’t a total bust. Luckily, we came home with a Croton Banana plant, which’ll (fingers crossed!) stick around much longer than few-day-living tulips. And so far, so good; the thing is actually flourishing.

Now, our faux-mantle-slash-it’s-really-just-a-console is looking like this:

To pot the Croton, I used the same glass vase from the former tulips, and I set it up as I would a terrarium to prevent soggy, rotting roots. We used aquarium gravel for the rocks, followed with a thin layer of charcoal and then potting soil:

We’ve already clarified my lack of vignette-y styling (and is it strange I find that word – vignette – a bit much?), but stack our new-to-us cigar boxes, put down a cheery plant and yes! Success! Our new set up makes us happy, and we can hide away the chunky keys, Scott’s Costanza wallet and our phones. For such a small space, it’s simple, clean and – here’s that word again – practical.

Not to mention, it makes my view from the couch prettier and clutter-free; until now, our keys – poking in every which way, ugh! – drove me nuts (goodness, it seems I am the one who can be a bit much). The second, larger box stashes basement keys and other items we don’t need often, but the two-box stack is much prettier than one, yeah?

Third times a charm – that is, until we “change it up” for the seasons, you know, like mantle-having homes do. (Isn’t that what you do?)

  • Shannon - November 27, 2012 - 9:49 AM

    Looks wonderful! :) I love the cigar boxes to hide the clutter. :)ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - November 27, 2012 - 12:06 PM

    Simple, beautiful and practical! I like the idea of keeping keys out of view in a pretty box. I struggle too with trying to vignette-ify everything, so I like seeing something simple to remind myself I don’t have to add lots of accessories if I like/want a simpler look.ReplyCancel

  • Annalena - November 27, 2012 - 6:41 PM

    I love the yellow inside the cigar box. You could keep it open all the time and it would still look great. Although- I suppose then you have the problem of seeing the keys again. Great idea though!ReplyCancel

  • Barb @ FL Mom's Blog - November 28, 2012 - 12:19 PM

    I love the combination of the yellow and the teal! Awesome! The layout is great and very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - November 29, 2012 - 6:23 AM

    So now it’s MY turn to apologize for not being able to comment!! New job = New internet restrictions. I can READ but can’t comment. So this is me catching up =)

    LOVING the new console set up. It’s so essentially “you guys” – I only wish that I could make terrariums look as good as you can. And you’ve definitely inspired me to go grab some cigar boxes…ReplyCancel

  • Schmoogs - December 15, 2012 - 5:52 PM

    I’m curious…what’s the carabiner for?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 15, 2012 - 6:57 PM

    Schmoogs, Scott uses that for his keys and wedding ring to keep them altogether and to remind him to wear his ring on his way out the door :)ReplyCancel


This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Thanks to all who participated!

Ah, Cyber Monday. Let’s take a moment or two (or three) and catch up on those holiday shopping lists, yeah? We thought there’s no better way to do so than by giving a little bit of holiday cheer away, so we’ve partnered with Janery, a handmade shop specializing in all things fabric, to do just that!

Jane, the creative heart behind Janery, is a girl that began with a stack of pretty fabrics, daydreaming of vibrant pillows in an office cube – and luckily for us, she began doing so we can now bring them into our homes! She strives to source all items and supplies from within the USA (love that), and a portion of all her sales are given back to her community (and yeah, love that, too).

While you know I especially loved ooh-ing over what pillow covers she has in store (can you ever have enough?), you’ll also find coordinating waterproof coasters, pup and cat pads and cushy sunglasses cases.

But let’s talk about what’s in it for you. Rather than have us choose what you can win, we’ve all agreed to just give you some moolah! Janery is giving one lucky reader $50 to use towards anything in her online shop – sweet.

  • Up for grabs: $50 credit towards anything at Janery
  • To enter: Simply comment on this post and let us know, what do you spend your days daydreaming about? Or maybe you’re putting those dreams into action?
  • For additional entries: Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then come back and leave a comment letting us know. (One additional comment for each method – up to 2 extra entries!)
  • Giveaway ends: Thursday, November 29th, at 5pm CST
  • Shipping restrictions: USA and Canada only, please.

The lucky dog winner will be selected using and announced on Friday, November 30th. Good luck and happy entering!

Product photos via Janery.

  • Kim @ See Kim Decorate - November 26, 2012 - 5:51 AM

    Ooh! Great giveaway. I typically daydream about my next vacation, although today I suspect I’ll be dreaming about going back to bed.ReplyCancel

  • April - November 26, 2012 - 6:09 AM

    Sunny days. I live in the NW so they’re few and far between this time of year.ReplyCancel

  • Eligonma - November 26, 2012 - 6:48 AM

    I daydream about winning the lottery! Nice giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessie - November 26, 2012 - 7:53 AM

    Like Jane, my favorite thing to daydream about is fabric. The colors, the designs, and the endless things I can make from them. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - November 26, 2012 - 7:58 AM

    Sometimes I daydream about living abroad! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - November 26, 2012 - 8:12 AM

    I daydream about fabulous vacations.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly.R - November 26, 2012 - 8:31 AM

    Right now I am daydreaming about sleep!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey - November 26, 2012 - 8:40 AM

    Oh I daydream about so many things. It’s normally either about being a published fiction author or the next project I’m going to work on.ReplyCancel

  • Ilana - November 26, 2012 - 8:48 AM

    Warm weather. All the time.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - November 26, 2012 - 8:48 AM

    I spend my days daydreaming about blogging, my online shops, and my sweetie of course. :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - November 26, 2012 - 8:51 AM

    I am currently day dreaming about the end of my renovations! I saved for 3 years and started last December with the kitchen… Lots of little things (doors, baseboard, curtains, funiture upholstery etc inbetween) Im finally getting to the Bathroom is this December and I dream of a day where I don’t have to jump over construction supplies and where my rooms don’t look like they’re covered in sawdust snow :)ReplyCancel

  • Miranda @boucksy - November 26, 2012 - 9:23 AM

    I am constantly daydreaming about the day that I can build an authentic Craftsman home. It has been my “American Dream” since I can remember. I love everything about them – the craftsmanship, the transom windows, the beautiful, thick molding…everything! One day I’ll have my home, and I’ll own it outright! (It’s our goal to save up close to 60% down and have the rest paid off under a 15 year, fixed mortgage.)ReplyCancel

  • meg - November 26, 2012 - 9:46 AM

    i’m always daydreaming about where i want to travel next. so much to see!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 26, 2012 - 10:27 AM

    I daydream about all the things I want to do to our home! The list is endless!ReplyCancel

  • Janet B - November 26, 2012 - 10:45 AM

    I daydream about taking my family to England and Scotland to share my family history. That’s my dream and I hope I can achieve it.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G. - November 26, 2012 - 10:55 AM

    When I’m at work, I daydream about decorating our “new” (2 1/2 years old now) condo — and wonder if it will ever feel finished!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | offbeat & inspired - November 26, 2012 - 10:56 AM

    I daydream about traveling the world.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - November 26, 2012 - 11:05 AM

    I dream of finishing my PhD dissertation! Cannot wait.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - November 26, 2012 - 11:14 AM

    I’m daydreaming about some time off at Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 26, 2012 - 11:50 AM

    I’m 8 months pregnant so I’m mostly daydreaming about what this little one will be like. Oh and winter break :)ReplyCancel

  • Tara - November 26, 2012 - 12:18 PM

    Daydreaming about pillows after this post!!ReplyCancel

  • Rose - November 26, 2012 - 1:27 PM

    When I’m at work, I spend the day dreaming about going on long runs and puttering in my garden.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - November 26, 2012 - 2:18 PM

    I daydream about starting a ceramic artist’s collective in Logan Square (trying to get that to work for 2013..!)ReplyCancel

  • Christina - November 26, 2012 - 2:20 PM
  • Emma - November 26, 2012 - 3:05 PM

    I daydream about a new kitchen and travel – both of which are out of reach for now (but that’s OK). :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee D. - November 26, 2012 - 3:50 PM

    I spend my days daydreaming about the day I can finally travel to Europe and enjoy myself! With no worries of homework, tests, work, projects, etc.ReplyCancel

  • sarah M - November 26, 2012 - 4:01 PM

    I dream about beaches and waves and fun drinks in my hand with no worries to think on! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kay - November 26, 2012 - 4:17 PM

    This would make the best bday present (for me)!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - November 26, 2012 - 6:24 PM

    I’m daydreaming about the upcoming Christmas break … Only a few short weeks away!ReplyCancel

  • Zahra - November 26, 2012 - 6:32 PM

    while at work, I’m often daydreaming about what life with our little one (on the way) will be like. Previous to that, I daydreamed of naps, food and upcoming vacation plans!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - November 26, 2012 - 6:58 PM

    I daydream about summer’s return… so far this year’s is mild but winters in Chicago are no joke!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Ingalls - November 26, 2012 - 8:19 PM

    I daydream about spending time on the beach surrounded by all of my family members. It’s a great dream as we all live far away from each other. I am loving your waterproof coasters. What a great idea with fantastic fabric choices.ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - November 26, 2012 - 8:54 PM

    I dream about fixing up an old cottage in a beautiful location & filling it with memories – living there with my husband & our dogs & a bunch of kids! (someday!) Thanks for the giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • Deanne H. - November 26, 2012 - 10:10 PM

    I daydream about what I will do when I retire.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - November 26, 2012 - 10:25 PM

    Lately I’ve been spending my days dreaming about repainting and styling our hall bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • L - November 27, 2012 - 10:52 AM

    I’ve been dreaming about getting into my sewing room to quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - November 27, 2012 - 11:13 AM

    Lately, I find myself daydreaming of finding a way to work from home, so I can spend more time with my sweet baby girl.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - November 27, 2012 - 1:57 PM

    I spend most days dreaming about home renovations (mainly of the kitchen sort). We just bought a 1955 ranch 4 months ago, & I’m having a blast fixing it up.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - November 27, 2012 - 1:59 PM

    These days, I’m dreaming about Christmas – because it’s my favorite time of year, and honestly, I sure could use the break!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - November 27, 2012 - 2:03 PM

    Cute store! At the moment I day dream about being finished with law school and the bar exam (last day of school today, woo! studying awaits, boo!) Would love some home decor shopping to destress!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - November 27, 2012 - 4:57 PM

    Right now I am dreaming about my next vacation!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - November 27, 2012 - 10:36 PM

    I day dream about being on vacation all day and every day with my partner in crime, Ammo the Dachshund. :)ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the CIty - November 27, 2012 - 10:48 PM

    More sunny days and nice weather in Chicago! Hopefully we won’t need to wait all the way until summer. Though I’m really loving that sunny striped dog pad.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - November 28, 2012 - 8:56 AM

    I dream about the day my house will have *completely* become my home! i’m not god at the whole decorating thing and am very indecisive – a bad combo to get the house done. After 1.5 years, I’ve finally painted the terrible maroon out of the living room and kitchen. I’ve been dreaming lately of getting the kitchen floors re-done and pulling up the carpet in the living room!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - November 28, 2012 - 9:56 AM

    i’m already daydreaming about the next warm, sunny day. this is probably problematic since it is not even really winter yet, so summer is a VERY long way off!ReplyCancel

  • mary - November 28, 2012 - 10:56 AM

    I’ve had it with the 2 weeks of cold and am already daydreaming of the beach.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - November 28, 2012 - 3:52 PM

    I spend my day-dreams on “when I grow up…” but I am grown up even though I don’t have my dream job. I dream of editing and reviewing books for a living. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?ReplyCancel

  • sadie - November 28, 2012 - 4:06 PM

    i am dreaming about a place i can personalizeReplyCancel

  • Melanie - November 29, 2012 - 12:40 AM

    I dream about my daughter’s upcoming wedding . . . and all I need to do! I love the items at Janery- I have my eye especially on one of the beautiful dog beds. Thank you! Love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - November 29, 2012 - 6:26 AM

    As soon as I saw this giveaway, I hopped over to the Etsy shop – Is it possible that I now want everything? I’m a sucker for pattern, and I can tell she is too – Love it!

    As for big dreams…I’ve got visions of sugar plums dancing in my head – I <3 Christmas time =)ReplyCancel

  • Meg - November 29, 2012 - 9:10 AM

    Hey Kim,
    This is a great giveaway – thanks for hosting it. In my rare spare time, I daydream about going back to school to study interior design.
    I’m new to your blog and am having fun snooping around!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ DMHB - November 29, 2012 - 10:53 AM

    I day dream about many things; school, my house, my pets, and all the things I could be spending my time doing. It’s horrible! But, some great ideas come from it :)ReplyCancel

  • April - November 29, 2012 - 10:57 AM

    I daydream about adopting more dogs so I can watch them cuddle… hopefully on top of a stylish new dog mat!ReplyCancel

  • April - November 29, 2012 - 10:59 AM

    TWEETED! April Yvonne ‏@schmapes
    Giveaway: Janery … Love this blog #yellowbrickhomeReplyCancel

  • julia - November 29, 2012 - 12:59 PM

    dream about baking + decorating my apt!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - November 29, 2012 - 1:27 PM

    I dream about decorating my apartment the way I’d like to with no budget restrictions and filling it with my favorite people and things.ReplyCancel

  • Rani - November 29, 2012 - 2:15 PM

    I dream of having my own home to decorate as I wish and a floofy corgi puppy to share it with us. Our landlords are jerks.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - November 29, 2012 - 5:16 PM

    Oh wow, she’s got some super cute stuff in her shop! I daydream about anything and everything really, it’s a problem. These days it’s been centered around quitting my day job so I can pursue photography full time, or at least reducing to part time, and spending more time at home with my dog and doing what I love most! It’s still a ways off, but I’m definitely always working towards it. :)ReplyCancel