So, I have decided to start a weekly post about some of my favorite things at the moment and what exciting stuff I’ve found over the last 7 days. My Friday Favorites will include everything from beautiful spaces I’ve seen and great deals on all the best swag for your home to beautiful artwork and everything in between! So, drum roll please…

1. Etsy Print Shop – Elizabeth Mayville

As I get our home office makeover underway, I have been on the lookout for artwork. Etsy  is, hands down, one of my favorite spots for everything under the sun. It’s the online mecca for the über talented & creative and I could spend hours searching and searching for my favorite stuff! Etsy has an astoundingly large collection of beautiful artwork to choose from but with thousands of pages to sort through, it can get overwhelming. One of my favorite Etsy art shops right now is Elizabeth Mayville and her collection of small, affordable, contemporary paintings. I even bought the print to the left to jump-start a gallery wall I hope to include in our home office makeover. I’ve crazy about this and every other print in her store and it is my new obsession!

2. Etsy Print Shop – John Menage

Another Etsy artist that I can’t help but mention is John Menage. I’m loving how his watercolor prints from all over the world somehow feel so accessible and comfortable. It’s easy to find a way to fit any of his beautiful pieces into a design, which is exactly what we are doing with his Alexandria Park Bath print in our home office makeover. Gallery wall purchase #2 anyone?

3. Mismatched Dining Chairs

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I’m always a big fan of contrast in design. From contrasting colors to creating unexpected style combinations, I love the way contrast makes a statement in design. A great way to create this contrasting visual interest is by using mismatched dining chairs. I love the combinations of black & white and old & new chairs around this dining table. Sometimes the most unexpected combination are the ones that work out the best! This picture is motivating me to reevaluate my dining room situation. Can I get a 2014 project #2?!

4. Restaurant Week

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

For all of the local Pittsburghers,did you know it’s restaurant week? Don’t worry, if you did know about it, you still have until this Sunday, the 19th, to get piece of it. Check out this list of local restaurants participating in the regional celebration of food and dining which feature new dishes for the New Year as three-course fixed-price meals or $20.14 specialty selections. We stopped by the Kaleidoscope Cafe on Tuesday night and were not disappointed…so get in on the action before it’s over! Don’t miss out on this killer excuse to eat out!

5. Woof, there it is.

Friday FavoritesSo, I’ve realized that until now I have neglected to mention two very important members of our family. What a bad dog mom I am. Sadie and Berkley are our two crazy rescue dogs who I just can’t get enough of. I imagine they will make a very welcome appearance every so often in some around the house shots. While they are making their debut in our very first Friday Favorites post, they are, and always will be an all day, every day favorite!

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