Closet Organization

When I knew we were going to be getting beautiful new closet doors soon, I started to consider the condition of the inside of my closets. They were a mess and totally embarrassing.  I’m slowly but surely working on making all of our closets and cabinets more beautiful and functional.

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The clothes on the shelf were just a wadded up, jumbled up mess. Although, I cleaned the shelves off and refolded them often, they just always ended up back in this state. It was time to fix the situation. I decided baskets would do the trick. I just needed something to actually put my clothes down in. I’m loving how much better it looks and the fact that I can easily pull them out of the closets to find what I need.

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I’m dying to get all matching hangers for our closets and ditch the mis-match plastic hangers. I just haven’t done it yet. In the meantime, these two closets are looking much much better. I’m tempted to color block or paint designs on the baskets to give them a more modern feel. I’d love getting into my closets even more if I did! Being that they are behind closed doors, it’s not a huge priority. I’m guessing that eventually I end up doing it, though! Leave it to me to make something only I will see pretty!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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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!

 

 

One King’s Lane House

Have you ever wished you could totally start over with your house and buy all new furniture and accessories? How fun would that be, right? Well, it’s not exactly practical or economical, but I like to dream anyway! So I’ve decided to start playing a new little game. There’s only one rule…Source everything from one store or website. Money is no object, and since this is for an imaginary new house, I’m only guessing what I would need. I had WAY more fun with this than I probably should have, but I’m a little strange like that. It was so fun for me to look without feeling constricted by price. I’m not really going to buy any of this. Most of it comes with a rather large price tag, but who said we can’t have a little fun with it anyway? The first Website on my list to source from was One King’s Lane. It’s a website with spectacular furniture in all sorts of styles. Here’s what I came up with… If this house had a theme “Navy Blue” would be it. I’m pretty in love with it and wish I could really have all of it for my very own!

 

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I’m OBSESSED with this couch. Isn’t it beautiful?! In this pretend scenario, I’m also pretending that I don’t have a white dog that sheds terribly. I could never pull off a dark navy couch, but I love it so much. In my dream world it’s mine! I’m not a matchy matchy person, so I chose two different chairs that I felt like worked really well together. How comfortable does that leather chair look? I love this rug since it has a bit of a Southwest feel, and that’s my thing. The coffee table is wire structure covered with rope. I love the added texture. I prefer a round coffee table, because everything else in the room is very square. Lastly, I chose a dresser as a TV stand. I love the warm color of the wood. Imagine this room with a huge black and white mountain scene hanging behind the couch. I would love that! I’m oh so in love with this living room! If only I could be in love with the price tag!

Couch $5,599

Rug $665

Arm Chair $729

Leather Chair $2,499

Dresser/TV Stand $2,279

Coffee Table $349

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Living Room Total $ 12,120

 

 

Dining Room

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The main feature of the dining room would be this B-E-A-utiful slab table! I truly adore the look of a HUGE slab table, but I’ve never been able to consider having one because of the HUUUUUGE price tag that always goes with it. This is dream land, though. There is no money in dream land, so slab table it is! I never want all my dining room chairs to match. It’s just not my thing. I would have two of the navy blue upholstered chairs at both ends of the table and the rope dining room chairs to fill in the middle. I love the different styles combined together. Mix matching chairs and chair styles isn’t everyone’s thing, but I have a pretty massive obsession with mixing styles. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I love the look of traditional rugs. I always have loved them, but they can be pretty expensive. Therefore, I’ve never actually owned one. I own one in this fantasy, though! I wasn’t thrilled with One King’s Lane lighting options, but that’s part of the deal. I had to choose one. I went with this black chandelier. It maybe wouldn’t be my first choice, but given the options, I think this one works.

Slab Table $4,549

Rope Chair  $599 X 4

Navy Chair $949 x 2

Rug $1,849

Pendant Light $399

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Dining Room Total $11,091

 

 

Bedroom

 

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I really want to wake up to this bedroom every single day!!! My absolute favorite part of the room is the rug. I love the traditional rug that’s made to look worn out. I love the color. I love the style. I love love love that rug! A close second to the rug is the bed. Occasionally, I’m drawn to this type of bed instead of a super clean and modern bed. I like the idea of a padded and upholstered bed, because bedrooms are supposed to be about comfort, right? I love the color of the bed with the rug. I’d even do white bedding just like that. At the end of the bed, I like to have a bench like this one. It makes a nice place to put on shoes. I chose this industrial style and masculine dresser to offset the feminine bed. I then just added a couple of bedside tables with industrial wall sconces for reading light. I like a round piece of art or mirror above beds, so I chose this sunburst mirror. Last, but definitely not least is a bright pop of color with a coral pillow. The bedroom might be my favorite room in my fake house!

Bed $899

Mirror $219

Side Table $299 X 2

Rug $5,419

Wall Sconce $59 X 2

Bench $949

Dresser $999

Pillow $39

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Bedroom total $9,240

 

Office

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This is what I would do in an office. I wanted to go with a rug that was a little more contemporary. I’d just use a big dining table as a desk. I like the idea of having a desk that works more as a work table. I’m for sure in love with this leather bench. It’s just so pretty! I went with a simple white office chair, an industrial style book shelf and light, and then I brought in some navy blue with pillows that would hang out on the bench. I could certainly do some work in this office!

Table $1599

Rug $1,325

Bench $2,799

Office Chair $199

Pillow $69 X 2

Shelf $299

Lamp $1, 549

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Office Total $7,908

 

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I really really really love all of this furniture. I love how every room has the same vibe and goes well together, but at a whooping total of $40,359.00, It’s all completely out of the question! So why would I do this to myself? Why would I look at and fall in love with things I can’t afford? Well…good question. Sometimes I like to look beyond my reach. Not to feel sorry for myself, but sometimes you can see what your ideal style really is. All these pieces are my ideal style. Sometimes, it’s hard to realize what your true style is when you are hindered by price. Doing this every once in a while can help you hone in on your style. Then, you can mimic that style within your price range. Also, I just really have a lot of fun doing this! I’m a dreamer, what can I say? I plan to do this same thing with several other stores and websites. I plan to do IKEA next so the price should look dramatically different.