Don’t Hate Me. I Got Rid of the Bedroom Shelves.

This is one of those blogs I’m almost afraid to write….I’m a bit worried I might disappoint a few of you. So here it goes… I took down the shelves in the bedroom.


It’s strange, but these shelves might be second on the list of things I got the most compliments on. I think maybe it was just a good picture. In real life they weren’t feeling quite big enough for the wall, and they are cheap Target shelves. They looked and felt cheap once we upgraded some things in our bedroom.

I had already been trying to play with getting something bigger to set on the shelves. I was trying out these yellow vases I already had.


They certainly weren’t going to be the forever fix, but I just wanted to see how I felt about the shelves when they housed something a little bigger and more of a statement.



They just weren’t doing it for me anymore. I’m sure that disappoints many of you. It will probably disappoint you even more when I tell you, I gave the shelves away! I gave them to my little sister to help decorate her first post college apartment. I felt like it was a good cause.

Shane and I contemplated several things for this wall. What I would have really loved to have done is get a giant print of one of our travel photos, but we couldn’t agree on one. (I should have just not asked his opinion…) Then, we talked about getting a huge live edge slab of wood as a decor piece. We both loved that idea, but live edge slabs will usually set you back a couple hundred dollars at least. So, I opted for just trying out something free!


I painted on a couple of canvases we already had hanging out in the basement. I wanted something to kind of bring in some of the colors of the rug, something abstract, and something reminiscent of mountains. (Shane and I both LOVE mountains.)


Here you can kind of see it pulling some colors from the rug. In real life you can see more of this dark blue in the rug.




In real life you can also see more texture on the paintings, which just gives it something a little extra.


I actually really like the look of the room with the paintings. It’s crazy just how much fancier a room can feel by adding some paintings regardless of how simple they may be. We are planning to build some walnut frames for the canvases. I think the pop of dark wood will make it feel even more fancy! I’ll of course show you pictures of that once we get it done!

I’m sorry to all of those who loved the shelves, but sometimes you have to do what feels right to you!


Special announcement!!!!!

Production of the closet doors has begun!!!!!! Hallelujah!


Currently, this is what they look like. Shane has a long way to go, but I’m super excited! These are going to be some legit closet doors that he is putting a ton of work into!

Side note: This is his shop! He rents a space in a building in town and spends lots of time creating awesome things here.

Couch Pillow Help!

Ok, so I need some help. I’m on the hunt for new couch pillows!

I’m going to be stealing the bigger pillows for the nursery. They always felt to big for the couch anyway and took up too much room. I got great suggestions for the rug dilemma. So, I thought I would see what kind of ideas you all have for pillows! I’m just having trouble finding anything I’m in love with. A fresh set of eyes always helps! Here are some inspiration pictures of pillow combos I like. Finding similar stuff in the real world is the trick!

Of course, part of me wants to go all white and neutral, but the other part of me wants color.

Something like this is beautiful, but finding pillows so perfect in the real world is tough.

I’m pretty obsessed with this mixed look, but don’t want my couch to be overrun with pillows. I’m thinking 4 max. So, I don’t know if I could accomplish the same look with only 4.

I love the clean white mixed with the bohemian look of these!

This mix is nice. I like that there’s some white mixed in with color and pattern.

So what do you all think? What’s going to work best for our space! Help me find some pillows! Here’s the doozy… We have a big photo shoot coming up (more on that later…it’s exciting stuff!!!) in about a week. Eeekkk! So I’d really like to have them by then. That leaves me stuck with express shipping or picking them up at a store. I’m not opposed to sewing a few pillow covers. So if you find some amazing fabric to tell!! Help help help! What do you think?

Pictures From Our First Year in Our House

While cleaning out my email inbox the other day, I found some pictures that blew my mind! I had completely forgotten that my brother-in-law had e-mailed them to me a while ago. They are a few pictures of our house the first year we lived here. I desperately wish more of these pictures existed, but unfortunately they were lost when my computer was stolen a few years ago. For some reason that we’ve since forgotten, my brother-in-law had these few on his computer.

Are you ready to see our house from way back when? These were the days renovation was WAY out of our budget, and the majority of our belongings were free hand-me-downs. Our house certainly has changed!

Living Room Circa 2008


Living Room Now


So I know it’s not exactly the same angle, so I’ll give you another now.


Much different! I can’t believe I ever lived in a house that was so dark!!

Kitchen Circa 2008


Kitchen Now


We kept the layout of the kitchen the same, but there’s not a single bit of the old kitchen that remains. (Except it’s the same knife block and knives! I also still have the same toaster and sugar and flour canisters!) The new kitchen is such a big improvement.

Bathroom Circa 2008


Bathroom Now



The bathroom really hasn’t changed that much at all. Hopefully I’ll get to show you a bigger before and after reveal in the next year. We have gotten new faucets, though. That’s it. How crazy are those pictures?! I really do wish we had more. The dining room and bedroom are quite a bit different, too! In 2008 our bedroom had gross carpet!

I do have some various pictures from around 2011 and after. I should compile them all and show you the progression sometime. I’m sure I will at some point, but that’s enough mind blowing for today.



The Bedroom Rug Story Continues…

Maybe you saw the rug dilemma  I posted about HERE. I just wasn’t sure the new rug was going to work. I liked it but Shane was less than thrilled about it.


I could see his point. It was rather bright for our white space, but I just loved it. I don’t know why. I just liked the rug.

So my solution…bring white to the rug!



I decided to try layering a sheep skin rug on top and success. I really like the look a lot better now. Once the white closet doors are in and the black curtains are out, I think it will be even better.

So when it came to looking for a sheepskin, I wanted a long one that would run the width of the bed. When I hit the internet to find something, I just wasn’t wiling to pay the prices I was seeing. So I got creative instead. The rug you see in the picture is actually two smaller IKEA faux sheepskins. They are only $9.99 a piece and that was much more along the lines of what I was willing to pay. So I just sewed two of the rugs that I already had together.


I started with just pining the two rugs together. (Notice the guest appearance of my baby bump!)


Then I just sewed it together quickly on my machine. I did break a needle. It ends up being rather thick for a sewing machine, but I managed. This is what it looks like on the backside.

My final step was maybe a strange one, but oh well!


I brushed the rugs together with a dog brush. I’m pretty sure Shane thinks I’m crazy at times. The rugs needed it though, and once they were brushed they really looked like one seamless rug. The picture above was pre grooming treatment.

I think the bedroom rug is saved. I thought for sure I would be sending the rug back or selling it, but I really do like it now. Shane seems to be on board, too. It just feels more like us now. The best part is that the fix was free since I already had the sheepskin rugs! I did end up buying a few more rugs for baby P’s nursery so maybe it was more like a $20 fix. Either way, I’ll take it!

From Around the Web

Happy Monday, everyone!

I’m a weekday blog reader, and Monday’s are a day for me to catch up on all my favorite blogs. I read their new posts and anything I may have missed from the weekend. Here’s a few of the posts from around the web that got my Monday started off on the right foot! (Click the pictures to be taken to the original blog and read for yourself!)


From Apartment Therapy, I loved this article featuring kitchens with rugs! I’ve contemplated trying a rug in our kitchen, and this definitely got me inspired!

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Also from Apartment Therapy, I’m loving the kitchen cabinet colors in this house tour. It’s maybe not exactly my style dead on, but I’m always a sucker for mint colored anything!

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Apartment Therapy definitely pumps out the most content. So, there’s always a ton of great stuff to catch up on! I’ve been super into essential oils lately. (They helped heal my swollen finger!) So, I was thrilled to see an article on uses for tea tree oil, which I happen to have on hand!

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Young House Love laid tile floor in the new laundry room! I’m swooning over the beautiful tile. There’s no doubt I’m going to be beyond envious of their new laundry room once it’s done. Their plans for it are beyond beautiful!



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Over at Smitten Studio Online they recently finished up a bathroom renovation. Um….I’m in love….and not just puppy love. This bathroom is beyond perfect. (Except maybe some not so perfect tile work. Shane has me obsessed with perfectly laid tiles.) The style is on point, however. I’m obsessed with their entire house. So, definitely head on over to their blog and check it out!

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A Beautiful Mess is another one of my daily reads. I loved that they recently linked to this old post about photographing your home. I already follow most of their tips, but it was nice to get some reassurance that maybe I’m doing a few things right!


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Well, that’s my ”From Around the Web” round up today. Hope your week is getting started off right!

Five Favs!

I’m an image junky. One of my interior design professors way back when once said that, “all great designers bombard themselves with images of great spaces.” I’ve really taken that theory to heart, and now it’s such an easy thing to do with things like Pinterest. I spend lots and lots of time on Pinterest. Today, I thought it might be fun to change up my image gathering tactic a bit. I decided it would be fun to pick my five favorite images in each room category from pins I had already pinned. I thought you all might like to see, too! A bunch of beautiful house images are always fun!

Click on the pictures to be linked to the Pin on my Pinterest Boards!

Living Rooms

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Dining Rooms

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Sometimes You Just Miss the Mark

Last week this happened to me…


My ring finger got stung by a wasp. I immediately took my rings off, because I have a fear of my rings getting stuck. My finger swelled up for about 2 hours then went completely back to normal. I thought it was all said and done so I put my rings back on. When I woke up the next morning like this, I flipped!!!!!!! My husband and I tried every Youtube method out there. I went to the doctor. I went to the EMS ambulance station. All day long my poor finger got wrapped and yanked. The rings weren’t coming off. I wasn’t loosing circulation, it was just incredibly uncomfortable and worst of all played with my mind and my rings-completely-stuck-on-my-finger fear. I’m the type of person who slides their ring past their knuckle at least 10 times a day just to make sure they aren’t stuck, and here I was in this situation. I called my husband twice in tears saying I was ready to have the rings cut off, but then I just kept thinking…I’ll give it just a few more hours. I just couldn’t bare the thought off having my rings cut. I know it’s really no big deal and totally fixable, but I just couldn’t do it!  Shane and I had only been married 13 days earlier!!!

So I waited, and iced, and elevated it, and cried a little. I was miserable! There’s really only a few things that could even remotely bring me out of a state that miserable. One of those things is a new rug…

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maybe you’ll remember me telling you about the massive sale that was going on at I couldn’t pass that opportunity up, and i was in desperate need for just a little retail therapy! I ended up with this teal rug for our bedroom.


I hoped I would really love it, and kept reminding myself that by the time it was delivered to my front door the finger nightmare would be a thing of the past. I needed that light at the end of the tunnel. Plus, it was a seriously good deal!!

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I saved $364.00 and got free shipping!! What? $156.00 is not too shabby for a 5’5”x8’2” rug!

I had originally been eying this rug from Lulu&Georgia, but glad I’m glad I hadn’t pulled the trigger on that!

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I thought it was priced wall at $280, but I’ll take $156 instead! I was excited about the brighter color of the rug I bought, too.

It just so turns out that the rug showed up at the front door within minutes of me finally prying my wedding rings from my finger. I was overjoyed and relieved, and then my rug came and I was overjoyed all over again!


I set the rug up and was feeling fairly good about it….then Shane came home. Dun Dun Dun… he doesn’t like it.



I thought I was happy with it, and then he totally blindsided me with disapproval.



Remember, soon the black curtains will be replaced with white closet doors.



Shane feels like it is too bright, and I get his point. Our entire house is pretty calm and monochromatic. So, this thing does kind of slap you in the face when you walk through the bedroom door. He also cites “it doesn’t really fit our style” as a reason for his dislike.



I have to say…I personally wish it was just a hint bigger, but we have heat register issues that prevent us from getting anything bigger. On one side of the room is a register, and on the other side, is a return vent that just can’t be covered up. So, we are a stuck with a tiny-bit-too-small-for-the-room rug. It probably photographs a little more awkwardly small than it feels in real life. In real time it doesn’t feel way too small…just a little maybe.  That’s a problem that there just really seems to be no way around. We obviously have bigger problems anyway…like an unsure hubby. My sister also confirmed that it maybe felt too bright for the space…FAIL. Sometimes you just miss the mark I guess. I’m still on the fence I think. I don’t hate it, but I do see their point. I still kinda have a vision of it working, but maybe I’m just totally off. I guess that’s what you get when you make emotional, please-make-my-finger-feel-better purchases. It completely throws you off your game… It looks like I might be returning this thing or maybe selling it.

What do you guys think? Did I miss the mark?