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About this time last year, I was searching high and low for a round side table that was at least two feet tall to use as a nightstand. It was much harder to find than one would have imagined! Most accent tables were only 18″-20″ high, and even without a boxspring on our bed that height is awkwardly low next to the mattress. I ended up eventually getting a friend to help me make one out of copper plumbing pipes.

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So you can imagine my mixed emotions when I spotted not one, not two, but three adorable and appropriately sized tables at my local Target the other day. Option #1 was even adjustable, but I couldn’t find it online. It was marked down to $72 in-store. Still a little expensive, to my mind, but I like it.

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The other two were $80 each. The one on the left is especially dreamy. You can view them online here and here.

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Although I wouldn’t say I’m in love with the two nightstands we have now (one is the copper and wood construction pictured above and the other is this from Ikea), my yearning for a replacement isn’t nearly deep enough to spend $70-$80 on a new one. That’s probably more than I spent on the other two tables combined. But if you’re in the market for a new nightstand or accent table these are excellent choices! Like I said, I especially like the two-tiered option. It’s made of iron, rather than aluminum, and is more traditional than trendy.

Hello, my friends! We are in the throes of potty training over here and I am pooped (pun intended). Between all that time spent waiting patiently, taking deep breaths, and mustering enthusiasm I’ve been neglecting some things. Like, you know, putting on real clothes. When I get a break from constantly monitoring for any signs of bodily fluids all I want to do is sit down and immerse myself in something completely uninteresting to two year olds. Hence: Pinterest. And my favorite idea spotted on Pinterest this week is something so simple I can’t believe that it’s not more popular–stainless steel islands.

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The Design Files | Andrea Millar

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House & Home | Michael Graydon

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Really more like a work table, a stainless island is just so practical. It’s less expensive than cabinetry plus countertops and more durable than pretty much any other surface, There’s a reason why these are a staple in restaurant kitchens. My current kitchen is too small for an island of any sort but I’m definitely tucking this idea away for our next house. If you’ve got a large kitchen this 3′x6′ table could be had for under $500. For smaller spaces this 2′x4′ version is only $159. The cheapest option, though, is probably to check out a local restaurant supply company. The only downside to stainless steel is that it does show a lot of fingerprints and smudges. I remember from my high school days working at Sonic that this stuff was awesome for cleaning the stainless surfaces. I’ve got a hunch that stainless appliances are on their way out, but hopefully stainless islands don’t see the same fate.

I’ve never been crazy about the hardware on my kitchen cabinets, but what’s really crazy is that I’ve put up with it for nearly four years. There’s no reason not to address something that’s so easy and relatively inexpensive to change. I bought some black cup pulls at Lowe’s on a whim at least a year ago but when I got home I realized they were not the right size for the holes already in my drawer fronts. Instead of just returning them I perseverated on how to make them work and–surprise–they’re still sitting in a pile as of today. Last week I finally decided to start shopping for some new hardware and found it totally overwhelming. So if you’re in the market for some new cabinet hardware maybe I can save you some time if you like any of the options below:

Affordable Cabinet Hardware

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Which one do you think that I chose??? They’re supposed to arrive tomorrow and I’m super excited, especially since none of the projects I started this weekend have actually come to fruition just yet. Hopefully switching the hardware will be so simple I can knock it out one night after dinner! I really need a quick and easy project after spending the last several weeks working on some more complicated stuff, like the beadboard backsplash and wood and metal shelves.

Thanks for reading, my friends. I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

As I slowly but surely work on beautifying our kitchen I feel like the smallest details are taunting me. Namely, the dish soap.

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Call it nitpicky, but I’m on the hunt for a pretty soap pump. Here are my favorites:

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1.TwoDiggingDivas | Hand Dug Upcycled Vintage Bottle Liquor Clear Glass Soap Dispenser | $15.50

2. Urban Outfitters | Mercury Glass Soap Pump | sold out

3. Anthropologie | Recycled Glass Soap Dispenser | $32.00

4. Sears.com | Cannon Brighton Clear Lotion Pump | $6.39

5. Amazon.com | OXO Good Grips Big Button Dish Soap Dispenser | $24.99 (also available here)

6. Crate & Barrel | Glass Soap Pump | $10.36

7. Amazon.com | Tablecraft Olive Oil Dispenser 16 Oz. | $8.95

8. TNCraftCompany | Soap Dispenser-12 ounce Mason Jelly Jar | $16.00

Which one do you like best? That Anthropologie pump is gorgeous but the only review suggests that it doesn’t work very well (I’m learning that a lot of soap pumps are poorly made–pretty much every one from Target has horrible reviews). I’m actually kind of loving the idea of a simple glass cruet. Not only would it hold more than a smaller pump that’s meant for hand soap but it would also be easy to drizzle soap directly onto dirty pots and pans. I have this irrational fear that I would drop it with wet, soapy hands though. Decisions, decisions!