At Home Bars

I’ll never forget sitting in my first apartment on a fold-up chair, watching TV (which was mounted on the ground) thinking I’ve really made it.  I dreamed of a couch and an actual bed (not just a mattress) and perhaps one day a dining room table to have friends over for dinner parties.  As the years have gone by and I’ve acquired the staples, it seems there’s always a lust for something… an outdoor seating area, kitchen appliances, and ottomans.  One by one we target things to enhance our home.

My latest craving is to create a bar area within my apartment.  I’ve mentioned that I love having friends over for dinner and often times opt for these gatherings rather than bar hopping, so finding the room for a place to pour Skinnygirl Margaritas and wine appears to be my next big purchase.  Whether this happens tomorrow or sometime within the year – I take comfort in realizing I’ve come a long way since white walls and folding chairs.

At Home Bars:

Horne Loll Walbanger Fold-Up Bar $399

Pottery Barn Tavern Bar Cart $549

Linens N Things Rosita Rolling Cart $272

Society Social The Draper Accent Table $289

One Way Furniture American Drew Camden White Flip Top Bar $1050

Society Social The Madison Mixer $439

Crate & Barrel Elan Bar Cabinet $1299

Horchow Arteriors “Emory” Bar Cart $1399

Design Within Reach Moller Trolley $1630

Society Social The Sedgewick $439

Furbish Caneel Bay Bar Cart $800

Pottery Barn Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Bar Console $299

Society Social The Hostess $549

Williams-Sonoma Bernard Bar Stand $650

Magazine Holders

To say I get a lot of magazines is an understatement.  They have been a place of inspiration and a pleasure source since before I can remember and they are actually the reason this blog is named “ear-marked”.  I spent hours of my childhood flipping through them, turning down – or ear-marking – pages of things I had to have.

Yes, it’s true that most of these things were never purchased, but in the moment, the possibility seemed real.  What has resulted is a timeline of things I have loved.  A while ago, after realizing going from one end of my apartment to the other was more like swimming through Lucky’s and Elle Decor’s, I decided to invest in a large straw basket and promised myself I would keep my collection to the contents of it.  I started tearing out pages and filing them instead of keeping whole magazines – except for the ones that were so special just could not be thrown away.

Well, my basket looks more like a game of magazine Jenga at this point and is literally about to topple over.  What’s wrong with two baskets anyway?

Magazine Holders:

West Elm Braided Magazine Bag $39

Etsy Pomegranate Vintage Magazine Rack $60

The Container Store Rugby Stripe Bin $14.99

Urban Outfitters Reclaimed Wood Magazine Rack $64

West Elm Felt Storage Bin $29

Household Essentials Banana Leaf Magazine Rack $29.99

Urban Outfitters Flourish Storage Side Table $44

Pottery Barn Mercer Floor Magazine Rack $179

Coaster Cappuccino Magazine Rack $64.99

Urban Outfitters Wire Storage Basket $39

Pottery Barn Rustic Magazine Rack $59.99

See Jane Work Vintage Basket $22

Pottery Barn Rattan Magazine Basket $59

Etsy Shabby Pink Flamingo Lime Green Painted Metal Magazine Rack $32

Crate & Barrel Samar Oval Basket $39.95


One of my favorite home accessories is mirrors.  They make rooms look bigger, they’re easier to find than art (I’mveryparticular about art and have serious commitment issues when it comes to buying a piece) and they also provide convenience when checking out the proportions of a new outfit or beauty product.

Mirrors I’d Like To Accessorize My Home With:

West Elm Stephen Antonson Mirror $179

Anthropologie Amersham Mirror $498

Horchow Demetrius Mirror $525

Inside Avenue Silver Leaf Starburst Mirror $530

Etsy RecycledBrooklyn Salvage Floor Joist Monster Mirror by Matt Loftice by $450

Horchow Aster Floor Mirror by Lilly Pulitzer Home $1099

Restoration Hardware Iron and Rope Mirror $650

Horchow The Uttermost Co Adalina Mirror $675

Inside Avenue Silver Leaf Antique Mirror $1135

West Elm Convex Mirrors $29

Z Gallerie Omni Leaner Mirror $599

Neiman Marcus Windowpane Mirror $525

Horchow Coddoa Mirror $575

Inside Avenue Larkin Mirror by Cyan Design $80

Pottery Barn Arched Door Mirror $399

Neiman Marcus Silver Deco Mirror $395


Horchow Ginosa Mirror $185

Pottery Barn Eagan Multipanel Large Mirror $699

Horchow Janice Minor Porcupine Quill Mirror $699

Horchow Amiel Large Arch Mirror $695

My Favorite Online Shopping Spots

I do a lot of online shopping.  It’s super convenient and I like to be able to scour different sites to make sure I’m getting the best deals and sort through sales without feeling like I’m digging for gold amongst designer thirsty style enthusiasts in my way.  There are also a lot of free shipping incentives, along with discounted departments every day.  The easiest way to find out about deals and savings?  Sign up for the website’s daily email.  Yes, this can be incredibly annoying and as someone who wakes up each day with a minimum of 50 new emails all saying, “Indulge on _____ today, you deserve it!”, I get it.  That person definitely does not know my life.  If she did, she’d probably say “OK, Taylor, you can probably pass on your fourth pair of strappy sandals, don’t you think?”.  BUT, if you can develop a level of self control, it’s a great way to look out for things you are looking for.

I narrowed down my long list of online shopping sources below to include my very favorites.

Department Stores/Specialty Stores:

Designer Websites:

Online Retailers:

Specifically Shoes:




Look for Less Spots:

Sale Sites/Daily Mailers: (I belong to all of the off price sites, but I find Gilt features the best products for the best prices) (Neiman Marcus Off Price) (Sign up for their deal of the day) (You can sign up for their clothing and home goods mailers) (Home Goods)

Beauty/Hair: (great deals!)

Home Goods/Office Supplies: (artificial flowers)

Tech Stuff: (love their mouse-pads)

Entertaining with Ease

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to have people over for dinner.  It can often times save money by foregoing restaurants and bars, gives you a reason to clean up the house and more than anything, provide for a night of good conversation with people you love.  When it comes to entertaining, I like to have pieces that are easy to use, but still have character.

I like to mix and match my pieces to create a unique feel, which also allows me to trade out new finds with ones that may have broken (I have a clumsy streak) or add in a new piece I don’t have yet.

Here are some Serveware options I’d love to entertain with:

Chalkboard Cheese Tray  from West Elm $34/medium board and Cheese Knives from Jayson Home $28/knife photos taken from websites

Printed Bowl from Jayson Home $42 and Five Section Bowl from Neiman Marcus $50 photos taken from websites

Butter Dish from Williams-Sonoma $19 and Two-Toned Wood Spreaders from Anthropologie $18 photos taken from websites


Soda-Lime Pitcher from Anthropologie $28 and Banana Bark Three Section Dish from Neiman Marcus $36 photos taken from websites


Chip and Dip Tray from Williams-Sonoma $49.95 and Madras Caddy from World Market $14.99 photos taken from websites

Beverage Dispenser from Anthropologie $298 and Round Chalkboard (to hang on the dispenser) from Pottery Barn $22.50/set of 4 photos taken from websites


On Ice Condiment Set (keeps them cold) from Crate & Barrel $16.95 and Wood Circle Server from Crate & Barrel $21.95 photos taken from websites

Multicolored Salad Bowl from Crate & Barrel $26.95 and Green Tiered Stand from World Market $29.99 photos taken from websites

Farmer’s Market Baskets from Anthropologie $14/basket and Patterned Trivet from Anthropologie $24 photos taken from websites


Flower Market Tray from Neiman Marcus $140 and Metal Rolling Party Bucket (see the bottle opener on the side?) from Pottery Barn $199 photos taken from websites

Straw Dispenser from Fishs Eddy $12.95 and Striped Straws from Fishs Eddy $4.95 photos taken from websites

Polka Dot Cake Server from Fishs Eddy $14.95 and Pink Cake Stand from Fishs Eddy $56.95 photos taken from websites