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!



Bedroom Rug Options

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen a mad rug pinning spree by me last week. I found some great 8 x 10 options that were affordable and would possibly work in our rearranged bedroom space. Adam and I carefully narrowed down our options until we found the right one (I even found a killer deal on it!). And wouldn't you know it...it's backordered until April! I've even tried multiple sites! So now we're back to the drawing boards. I'm just not sure I can wait that long!


Here's a refresher on the overall colors and main items in the bedroom:



This was the rug we finally settled on:



Side note: The image below was the only one featured on at least 4 different sites.  We actually really liked the idea of just one blue stripe.  So we were a little surprised when we went to Dash and Albert's site and saw it has multiple stripes.  We still liked it but we would have been very shocked if we hadn't stumbled onto their site!




And now here's what we are currently looking at:

{1., 2., 3., 4., 5. , 6. }


Of course now most of these aren't on sale anymore so some of them are out of the running!  I think I may head back to the drawing board.  We need something a little more subtle with a simpler pattern because of the other colors and patterns in the room.  I'll update when we finally make a decision!


Shelf Revamp

I have been more than embarrassed about the state of the shelves in our living room.  I never really styled the shelves to begin with and then I've just continued to add more and more items to the shelf.  It has been looking so horribly undecorated and cluttered.  Every time I would pass it I would think about fixing it up, but never had the motivation.  Well with the new year (and the taking down of Christmas decorations) I finally got around to rearranging and styling the shelf.  It's been a few weeks and I think I still breathe a sigh of relief each time I walk on by.  It's still not exactly where I want it to be, but it is 1000% better.  There is something about this year that makes me want to declutter and simplify.  Perhaps it's the new baby or just a new outlook on my house, but I'm glad I have the organizing bug right now!
Here is a very scary and cluttered before:



And here it is now...again, I am not quite done with it.  I want to replace a few things and move some things around but it feels so much fresher now!


Sneak Peek: Upholstered Headboard

We just arrived in D.C. for a few days, but I wanted to share a quick look at our upholstered headboard.  It still needs to be mounted but we love it so far.  We have rearranged the room and are shopping for a new rug.  We also need to hang up all our art on the walls.  I probably won't share the final makeover for another week or so but I couldn't be more excited that we FINALLY finished, after almost a year of saying I wanted to do this!



Living Room Rug

Oops!  This post didn't go up this morning as scheduled!


Adam and I finally decided it was time to get a new living room rug.  We've had the one that is currently there for about 3 years and it has certainly seen better days.  Especially since Rilo's 1st birthday party incident (where she was fed too many cookies), which has never really fixed itself.  Here is how the living room looked awhile ago.  (I am slowly changing out the pillows and will FINALLY fix up the art wall.)



I saw a few posts weeks ago about RugsUSA having a big sale and I found several rugs on clearance PLUS they are an extra 30% off.  I also found one from Ikea that we like.  All of these options are 5' x 8' and under $200 if you can believe it!


{Quinta Moderno Trellis, RugsUSA}



{Alvine Rand, IKEA}


{Sierra Paddle, RugsUSA}


{Homespun Moroccan Trellis, RugsUSA}


We are going to decide ASAP so we don't miss out on these prices.  I'm also debating on going with a brighter rug, but I don't want it to compete too much with the room.  I would certainly love to hear if you have a favorite!


Front Door

I absolutely adore our front door. It's old and unique and much larger than standard doors these days. We've talked a bit about spicing up the front of the house. Right now, our house is a cream color with olivey-brown beams. The front door and porch swing are black. We really haven't done a whole lot to the front besides adding the house numbers and the swing. We bought planters to put on the little pillars but have yet to plant anything in them. It's about time we make this place pop a little more up on arriving on our door step. We've talked about a few ideas, one being painting the front door. We have some color ideas, but I would love to hear what you think!



Hmm...so I was sure I had a picture with our porch swing, but I can't seem to find it. I'll have to take a new picture and update in the morning. Well it would be on the left, looking at the picture.  Any fun suggestions?


Dining Rooms

I came across this dining room makeover on Aesthetic Outburst and I am so impressed.  I won't ruin it by showing the before picture (but seriously, seriously go see it here) but I love the after.



I love the patterned rug, the wooden table mixed with different chairs plus the most amazing pendant light.  In fact, it reminds me of another dining room I love, because they have similar elements.  You may have seen this one, by Amber Interiors, going around the web.



It makes me want to change up our dining room a bit.  I seriously looove the chairs that came with our old farmhouse table but they are a bit rickety.  I've thought about changing out all the chairs except for at the ends of the table.  I of course, could NOT part with the original chairs and would probably rotate through them.  I'll have to see if I can find some chairs I love when I get home!

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