Mini House Tour

As my saga always goes, I really wanted to get a house tour done before we left for the summer. But that never usually happens because things tend to get crazy the month before we leave. I did manage to sneak in a few photos the day before we left. I didn't get to Collier's room because he happened to be napping during the few minutes I had to run around and grab these. I plan on doing a full tour next fall, when I'm not quite as rushed and can really work on styling and taking nicer photos. But I thought I'd at least put a little sneak peek of the house as it is now!   Living Room-3 Blog

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One of the things I was so excited about in our new house was the entryway. Our last house walked right into our living room so having this space feels extra exciting. I fell in love with the Blu Dot Strut Console Table in this awesome watermelon. However, the price jumped up an extra $100 right before I finally convinced myself to splurge. And well, then I really couldn't justify the splurge.

I really liked the metal legs so I searched for something similar. I found this one at JCPenney for under $100 so I snatched it up.

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Adam and I sprayed the legs hot pink because I liked the way it tied in with my persian rug (which I bought from eSale rugs). The huge mirror was from an antique store in Arizona, the lamp was $2 from a local campus sale, red box and candle from Target, plant from Ikea and gold basket from a St. Louis thrift store.

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This area is still unfinished...I want 2 chairs to on either side of the console to help balance out how large the mirror is. The Blu Dot console was probably the better size, but I still don't think it would have been worth the cost. I might also add some smaller pieces of art on the wall as well.


Christmas Mantel

You. Guys. I entered Emily Henderson's Christmas mantel styling contest on a whim last week. And guess what? She selected mine as one of the winners! I feel a little bit starstruck. She happens to be my favorite designer and the one I find my style closest to so I squealed when I saw the winners last night! You can check out the other winners here!
I didn't buy many new Christmas decorations this year just because we were in the middle of moving right before Christmas. I found a few things from Land of Nod...they had some great Christmas decor this year (all on sale now)!  I also grabbed some Dollar Store Christmas houses that I spray painted gold and white. Everything else I found from my Christmas collection from years past!



I toyed with this for a little arrangement for a little bit, but ultimately I thought it was a little too cluttered.


Here are the little houses I painted.  I tried out 2 different methods with the white houses.  One where I covered the whole thing and the other where I left some color showing through.


We installed 2 pendant lights in the living room (I actually discovered them through Emily's Pinterest board) and we love them!  You can see a sneak peek of them below.


Bedroom Before/After

Before we left, we finished up about 90% of our bedroom! We are still waiting on our rug and I need to restyle the dressers a bit, but I couldn't leave for the summer without sharing it.
Here is the before (you can see more before pictures here):



Here's the scoop on what we did.  We sold our big ol' sleigh bed and opted to make an upholstered headboard.  We already had the wood from a previous project and I found the fabric for about $5 a yard at Home Fabrics.  I bought the foam/batting and the nailhead trim at Joanns.  I think the whole project cost about $60 and was super easy!



We changed the layout of the room so that the bed is centered in the room.  We added legs to the nightstand so that it's the same height as the dresser.  The legs were purchased from Lowe's and then stained to match. I debated for awhile on whether to add them or not, but I felt like it balanced out the room. We really only have the one wall, so our dresser had to double as a nightstand and a dresser.  I posted inspiration pictures here for using a dresser as a nightstand. To create even more balance, we purchased two matching lamps from Home Goods for $30 each.



We bought floor length curtains at Ikea.  Our previous curtains were too short but were hidden by the bed so it didn't matter.  When we pulled the bed away from the wall, the curtains looked so silly sitting a foot away from the floor.  We also added artwork.  We purchased two prints from Nancy Ramirez.  I used frames I bought last summer and then ordered custom mats and glass from Michaels.  I absolutely love them!  We also hung the A + B from our Summer Rental Redesign project in Chicago two summers ago.  I also hung two small needlepoints I found at the thrift store.




We painted the bench that was once in the living room and added it to the foot of the bed.  No one loves it more than Rilo...she likes to stand on it and look at herself in the full length mirror several times a day.



We kept the same paint color and main pieces like the dressers and bedding. Even though there weren't too many big changes, I think that the new layout and headboard plus the other smaller changes make a big impact. I can't wait to see it with an appropriate sized rug...I think it will totally complete the space!



Cost Breakdown:
Headboard $60
Lamps $60
Artwork (with framing/mats) $120
Needlepoint Art $2
Curtains $40
Nightstand Legs $20
8x10 Rug (not pictured...yet) $300
Total Cost: $602
We also sold our bed for $250, so we really only spent $352. Not too shabby I think!


Painted Front Door

Well I finally did it...I painted the front door! The paint swatches are gone and in their place, is a very bright teal door. And after a few hours and 2 coats of paint...I just don't know that I love it. Boo!  I wanted it to be so much deeper and richer. The color in the paint bucket was so beautiful but on the door it just seems SO bright. But oh well...at least it's done. Maybe in the fall I'll contemplate painting it again!

Here is a before shot:



And an in between shot:



And the afters:



On the Docket

It seems like the weather all over has been gorgeous! We loved getting outside every day this weekend. I always feel so much more happy and productive with the sun shining and there is a hint of warm weather. I made a big to-do list for this week and I'm excited to get to work.

In the spirit of keeping things real, here are two "oops" projects going on around here. Back in November when it was still surprisingly nice out, I started to paint some test samples on our door. I decided against all the samples I chose, but by the time I decided on another color, it was freezing. To let the door properly dry, we need to leave it open all day and I certainly did not want to do that during the winter. So our poor door has had these terrible paint samples for the last several months. Oops!




Here's my other "oops". I purchased this shower curtain off of Amazon. On Amazon it says it's machine washable. So late one night I threw it in the washing machine because it seriously needed a good wash. Well when I pulled it out, it shrunk almost a foot on all sides. I checked the tag and turns out it's dry clean only. Oops! So now I'm on the hunt for a new shower curtain!



Bench Before and After

Now, I'm not claiming this is an exciting before and after, because well, it's not!  But I do like to keep myself accountable for doing projects, even if they're not going to blow anyone's mind!  We've had this gray bench sitting next to our front door for a few years.  It was on clearance at Target for maybe $20?!  It has mostly served as a place to hoard our mail and boxes, with no real purpose.  So when we started on our bedroom makeover, I thought it would be perfect at the end of our bed.  I liked the gray, but it didn't exactly coordinate with the room.  So I grabbed white paint we had downstairs and went to town...40 weeks pregnant.  Ha.


Eventually I think I may add some foam and cover the bench to make it a softer place to sit and get ready, but I'm happy with it for now.  It's great to place our pillows on the bench at nighttime and Rilo loves it because she can see herself in the mirror on the wall.



We are waiting for our posters to be matted and framed and then the room will be complete!

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Dining Room Sideboard

I mentioned a little while ago that we had finally found a sideboard for our dining room. Our dining room table is really narrow so having extra space to put dishes and food is a huge plus. Not to mention the extra storage we have in the dining room, since Collier's room used to be mostly kitchen/dining room storage. We purchased this off of Craigslist and the previous owner had already painted it white. The white is perfect...it feels fresh and modern and doesn't compete with our gorgeous farmhouse table. I still want to play around with the styling of the table...these were all random items around our house.



Gutter Bookshelf Update

Almost 2 years ago, we put in a gutter bookshelf for Rilo's room.  We've loved it thus far...especially since it was free (we had a gutter sitting in our basement)!  Lately though, Rilo's shelf has been overflowing with books.  Adam cut another piece of the gutter and we installed a second shelf.  We also grabbed the $14.99 toy box from Ikea.  It's nice to have one place to throw her toys...it makes her room feel much more organized!