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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Kitchens

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Dining Rooms

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Bedrooms

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Bathrooms

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Sometimes You Just Miss the Mark

Last week this happened to me…

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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 Rugsusa.com. 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.

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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!

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

Before…

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

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

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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.

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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?

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New Bedroom Additions

As promised….Here’s a picture of the baby bump pillow cover I made and the pillow on the bed!

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Perhaps, you spy a couple of new things going on in our bedroom?! Here’s a picture of our bedroom before a recent refresher.

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And here she is now…

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Yup, we bought a bed. I’ve been wanting a bed for a while now, but really just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. We had talked about Shane building us one, but he just has too many irons in the fire already. The more I thought about it, the more I decided I really needed a comfy headboard to lean up against for middle-of-the-night breastfeeding. We didn’t have a headboard at all before, and it was a bit awkward to sit up in bed due to the windows and blinds at the head of the bed.

So…The bed hunt began. Honestly, the hunt was painful. I really really really didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I really really really had a hard time finding something that was budget friendly. Most everything I found was at a minimum $400. I just did not want to spend that much at all. While I found a ton I loved, but they were out of the question because of price.

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Talk about gorgeous simplicity but $1000? No way.

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I love these tufted wingback beds, but even at 50% off, there was still no way.

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Everywhere I looked, it was more of the same…Beds I absolutely loved at prices I absolutely wouldn’t pay.

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I even considered just a headboard, even though I really wanted an entire bed. They still were more than I really wanted to spend considering I wasn’t getting what I really wanted.

 

I had really about given up hope, after I checked several different Craig’s List cities and found nothing I was thrilled about. Then, I found this…

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And the angel choir sang! I literally hadn’t found anything even close to that, and to top it off I actually really loved it. It is a padded faux leather, and I felt like it really fit our style. It was a bit of a gamble ordering something like that online, but I was willing to risk it.

When we first opened the box, I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the color. The description says it’s camel colored and it’s not. It’s really more of a true brown. I knew I wasn’t going to go through the hassle of returning it so we set it up anyway.

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Once it was all set up, I was even more disappointed in the color. It just wasn’t working with our bedding. So, I played switcheroo with some bedding we already had, made the body pillow, and it was SO MUCH BETTER!

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As far as the quality of the bed, I’m actually really happy with it! It was decently easy to assemble, and it feels nice and sturdy. I think it will really last us a long time. The faux leather doesn’t scream faux one bit. We did have a missing leg issue. Since it was just a missing support leg under the bed, Shane just cut a piece of wood to use instead. I’m sure we could have called Target and gotten them to ship us another leg, but it that seemed like too much work. No, the color wasn’t what I expected, but I’m falling more and more in love with this bed anyway!

Along with the new bed, I did buy some $10, for the pair, plain white curtains from IKEA. They seem to work better than the slightly patterned ones we had before. We still need to build closet doors more than ever! The black curtains just don’t work with the brown bed. The good news is the closet doors might happen sooner than I had originally anticipated! Shane is now working close to home. So, he will have nights and weekends to tackle some projects on our to-do list. Closet doors are definitely high on the list! At this point the plan is white closet doors with a touch of brass loveliness. I’m super duper excited for them!

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Maybe you noticed something else new, too. New bedside lamps. I thought this might also come in handy for late night baby feedings and changing. Now, I won’t have to fumble around in the dark. They are THESE lamps from IKEA. They are the same line as the pendants in our kitchen, so they are very similar.

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The new bedrooms lights are wall mounted instead.

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We are loving the look of them and enjoying how functional they are! We haven’t even fought over who has to get up and turn off the bedroom light off in like a week!

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So, there it is…Our newest additions to the bedroom. I’m loving the space 1000x more! Plus having a bed makes me feel like a real grown up! haha. Now…I’m imagining a beautiful huge rug….I always have some change in mind!

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Can’t you imagine it really pulling the space together, though?! I can for sure!

 

Bedroom Dresser

There’s a project I totally forgot to share with you! It’s a no big deal sort of project so I guess that’s why I forgot, but I’ll share it with you now!

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I painted this dresser in our bedroom! The dresser actually has a pretty neat story. My dad built the dresser over 30 years ago when he and my mom were expecting their first child. It since then was in the nursery for  my sisters and I. The dresser was hanging out in his basement, and he gave it to us when we needed a dresser for this spot in our bedroom. It’s really cool that my dad built it and we wanted to hang on to it, but the color just didn’t feel right for us. So I painted it.

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After sanding, I primed and painted. It’s always a bit scary looking after the first coat.

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After 30 years of use, there were a few cracks and gaps like this. Simple paintable caulk makes for a clean gap free dresser once painted.

While this was a simple little project, it did require patience. A nice paint job requires ample drying time between coats. I painted 4 coats of Valspar Paint Plus Primmer in Ultra white over the course of a few days. The longer you give between coats, the more durable your paint job will be.

People do ask about my painting techniques quite a bit so here’s a little refresher. I prefer to paint furniture with a brush. I find I like the look of subtle brush strokes instead of the shuttle bubbled finish of a piece painted with a roller. Although, I have had success using one of those small foam rollers. It’s just a matter of preference. When using a brush, pay close attention to you brush strokes. Brush in one direction,and apply thin coats. Be sure to check corners and edges. This is where I find I tend to have drips and funky brush strokes most often. Let each coat dry several hours before applying a new coat. I generally like to wait a minimum of 6+ hours between coats, but I often go ahead and let coats dry overnight. I typically caulk anything that needs it after the first coat of paint has dried. It’s easier to see what will need caulk after a coat of paint. Let the caulk dry for a couple of hours before moving on to the next coat of paint. If it’s a piece of furniture I want a really smooth coat of paint on, I often lightly sand between coats. If sanding between coats is involved, you want to be sure to let the coat of paint dry overnight first. Use a very light grit sand paper. The package of sandpaper will often specify that it’s for sanding between coats of paint. The same as for painting, sand in one direction. Wipe the piece down and move on to your next coat of paint. After the last coat of paint, I wait at least overnight before I replace hardware, doors, or drawers.

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There it is painted, and you might also notice I painted the bedroom walls white. Surprise, surprise! I also painted our dog-scratched door. I had already painted the exterior of the door but hadn’t get gotten to the inside. It now matches it’s black exterior. We need to clean up the hardware at some point, but who knows when we will get to that.

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Our bedroom is slowly, but surely, coming together…one little project at a time.

Still waiting patiently for the closet doors, but feeling hopeful it will be coming soon-ish.

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Baby Bump Body Pillow

There’s this ongoing joke between Shane and I about my sewing skills. He seems to think I should be able to whip out anything on the sewing machine. He has encouraged me to make clothes, sew entire couch covers, and many other things I’m totally not capable of doing! My sewing skills are completely limited to 8th grade home economics class at best, but because I’ve made the occasional curtains and pillow covers, Shane thinks I should be a pro or something. He just doesn’t get it. Sewing gives me anxiety! Something always goes wrong with the machine, and I just know far too little about it to not feel completely helpless. With all that said, I recently tackled a little sewing project anyway…

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I made a cover for a body pillow. My baby bump is getting bigger and bigger by the day, and sleeping is getting tougher and tougher. I felt like a body pillow would probably help me a bit. I have an aversion to buying on of those fancy pregnancy “c” pillows because I know I won’t be using it forever. This body pillow can stick around after the fact. Since body pillow covers are a bit harder to find, I decided to just make my own using some fabric I picked up at Ikea.

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First, I laid the pillow out to just get an idea of how wide I needed to cut my fabric. Once I decided on a measurement, I took a tape measure and measured all down one side and made my cut.

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I then cut another piece the same width, but longer. I needed this piece to be longer so that I could create an over lap in the back. The overlap will become the slot the you can take the pillow in and out of the cover for washing.

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I cut the longer piece of fabric in half, pinned, and hemmed one side of each piece. (And also prayed I wouldn’t have to wind a new bobbin. I’m pretty sure I never do that right.)

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I pinned the three pieces all together, making sure the right sides were all in and overlapping the two shorter pieces. Then you just need to sew al the way around the outside. I generally opt to just sew one side at a time instead of a continuous stitch all the way around.

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All you pro sewers are probably laughing at my technique, but it gets the job done. Once you turn the pillow case right-side-out all you can see are fairly nice seams. I’m pretty intimidated every time I pull the sewing machine out of the closet, but really little things like this are super easy and quick! This really only took me about 20 minutes tops. I can handle a little anxiety for 20 minutes. I have plans to make several pillow covers for the pillows going on the nursery day bed. We will see if they go over as well as this little job! Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ll show you the pillow on the bed soon, along with a few other little bedroom surprises!

 

 

Rugs, Rugs, and More Rugs!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a thing for rugs. Like I SERIOUSLY love rugs. I don’t know why, but a new rug is like heaven to me. I’m always checking out what awesome new rugs are out there. I was looking on rugsusa.com, and noticed that TONS of their rugs are 70-80% off! Can you believe it? It definitely makes me feel like buying a rug at full price is a total rip off, but I’m sure most things are. With these incredible prices, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites with you. Maybe you happen to be in the market for a new rug. Here are some beautiful (and amazingly priced) options. The 70-80% off is applied once you get the rug into your shopping cart. So, the prices pictured is before the discount! Click the pictures to follow the links!

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A nice jute rug can go in so many different rooms. They aren’t always the comfiest of rugs. So, I’d probably avoid them in a bedroom or living room, but thats just me. I adore the look of this similar rug in this dining room, however!

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If you are looking for something bold but neutral in color, I love this option.

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I envision this rug in a space similar to this. Except, I like the rug above even better because of the dual patterns. That seems to be less common and adds a unique touch.

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I have a bit of a blue and white obsession lately. It’s no surprise that I love this rug. It seems so classy and fresh.

 

 

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This rug is quite a bit different, but I can see the above rug working equally as well in this type of space.

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Here’s a rug similar to the one we have in our living room! I wish I had gotten ours 70% off!

 

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I’m still in love with this rug after 8 months.

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I’ve been crushing on overdyed rugs for quite some time now. I especially love these brightly colored ones! something about the collision of traditional with a warn out, and also modern, twist makes my heart pitter patter.

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Yep, I just adore it!

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Maybe you love the overdyed/ warn look but prefer a bit more subtlety. This rug would be a perfect fit for you.

 

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Look how beautifully this similar rug works in this ultra sophisticated nursery!

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These are just a few of my favorites out of literally hundreds of rugs on sale at rugsusa.com! The sale is only going on through August 4th. So, now is the time if you are rug hunting!