Better Late Than Never…?

I kept my word! If you read my last post I told you that I was going to go right upstairs and take pictures of my bedroom that I neglected to update you on last summer when I finished it. So, I’ve been living in my bedroom the way it is now and of course I love it. I’ve went through phases of hating it at times and loving it the next, but it is so true that a room really is never done, at least not for me. I always thought (and still sometimes do) that I could put a room together in a day simply because I am so impatient. This is clearly wrong because my room really has never stopped changing since I initiated the whole re-design last year. Literally a year ago is when I decided I’d be changing things up and boy has it been slow. I even moved things around as recent as this past weekend just to change things up a bit. So, without further ado, here is my bedroom!

My frame wall is looking a little rough because there’s something missing and I still have to paint the wall underneath because of the quote I painted on there many years ago (the black you see behind the frames). This is why there’s awkwardly a huge frame at the top! Nevertheless, I love the way this little wall looks. It’s very quaint and fun-looking to me.

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 I showed you my TV stand/organizer a couple of posts ago when it looked very different. Now, It is very fresh and clean looking. I love that some of the cubbies have just a frame or some type of decor while there are also a couple of baskets thrown in for contrast. Those baskets are a mess inside, that’s what I love about storage solutions!

Oh, and those curtains are the ones I made after buying fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. That’s a beautiful HGTV fabric I found and I love the color it adds to my room!

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Here is a close up of one of the cubbies. It really isn’t anything spectacular, but I love the way I get to show off my piece of pottery I got in Honduras when I went on a cruise this past summer! It is something totally different that I would never buy had it been in a store like HomeGoods or somewhere similar. I love it mainly because it brings back happy memories of the cruise and because it is handmade by a very talented person! Oh, and I’ve read about 50% of those books there. I did watch The Help in movie form if that counts..

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 Moving to the right of the window we have my little desk area. This isn’t a real “desk” as I’d call it, more like a table. It was $19 at IKEA. How do you get any better than that? My desk desk is at my apartment at college and I felt I needed some type of table to keep things.

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In fact, though it may not look like it, I keep a lot of things on this desk..

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Hidden storage is my best friend. Next I’ll show you a close up of a very awesome piece of art I got for Christmas. I put it on my list from the Nordstrom website. What makes it so great is that it’s wood and it adds so much to my wall. I have mainly white frames (and white everything else) everywhere so I absolutely love what this does for my walls. Plus, the message is great, too.

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 Moving again to the right is my “get ready” area that I had on my list back a couple of blog posts. It turned out to be amazing. Not pictured is a little hair dryer, straighter, brush caddy that I have. I place it right next to the mirror for easy use and I sit right on the stool that is currently holding my cute Kate Spade makeup bag. My Mom and Sister frequent my room to check themselves out in this massive HomeGoods full-length mirror! Garden stool is, of course, from HomeGoods.

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 My bed/night stands really haven’t changed too much but I figured I’d highlight them again anyways. I hung a little “S” ornament from Anthropologie I received for Christmas on my Nate Berkus Urn from Target. I got this for around $6 (from $23) on sale at the ole Targ.

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 I love the way my bed looks with everything surrounding it. Because I chose a white comforter, I decided I could add plenty of color around. I love the pop of red in the pillows and the many different colors in the print above my bed. The maps also add something special too. They add a subtlety to the whole look of the bed and it’s actually pretty relaxing. On the right side, I moved my lamp over to fit more stuff. I found that having the large lamp on my some-what small IKEA Rast drawers was a little intrusive and not very user-friendly. So, I moved that over to make room for a book and a little something else.

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 No, that is not magic. That is a fake book from HomeGoods that I use to store my clickers. Genius? Yes, yes it is.

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 I just wanted to give you a closer look at this amazing Joss and Main art piece I ordered a few weeks ago. It is on wood and although the image online looked a little different (it looked like it had panels of wood like my ‘Chin Up Buttercup’ piece from Nordstrom) I love the way it looks in my room. I’m always trying to branch out and add color and if this isn’t color, I don’t know what is.

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  Clearly that chandelier-thing from Urban Outfitters is not supposed to be attached like that, but I cannot go without a ceiling fan so that is the solution (and has been) for now. It really isn’t that bad in person and I love, love, love that chandelier. I got it for $20 or so at Urban Outfitters a couple of years ago!

I am sorry this took so long but finally I have chronicled what my bedroom looks like now! As I said, it was a very long process but it was so worth it. The best part is stumbling across different things from stores like HomeGoods or online at Joss and Main or One Kings Lane and adding them to a room. I’ve really warmed up to not having everything match and I am loving it! Until later…

Xo,

S

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Decisions, Decisions: The Curtain Edition

Decisions. Basically my least favorite word in the English dictionary, aside from a few others. I am absolutely horrible at making them. Whether it be what outfit I am going to wear, whether I should buy that $200 purse, or, the worst one, picking out fabric.

To start, here’s the current December to-do list:

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

When it came to my curtains, number 3 on the list, I thought I wanted white. Long, 84″ white curtains so they’d just be hitting the floor. White would give me the opportunity to add a ton of color wherever else, and I could keep changing those colors without spending the money on curtains.

Once I decided to paint the Ikea Rast side tables white, I changed my mind on the curtains. That would make my room too white, which I never thought I’d say. My bed frame is white, my comforter, my side tables, my shelving unit, my chair, my chair’s side table are all also white. So…every piece of furniture in my room is white.

I visited JoAnn Fabrics a couple of times looking for a good pattern for the curtains. I could. not. make. a. decision. It was pure torture. It was as if I was making the biggest decision of my life (I might have been). My whole internal dilemma was what if I want to change the color scheme of my room next month? Will these curtains restrict me from doing that? What if it’s too much? You can tell I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, huh?

So, I left the store a couple of times empty handed, which I  hate because when I want to do something I want to do it at that exact moment. Once I get an idea, I hate waiting. My curtain search was going horribly.

Then, one day, my mom and I went to Ikea to get some frames for our South Carolina home. Ikea is great when buying a lot of frames, so ya know. We went to the fabric/curtain isle and I saw a really cute fabric. It was white with orange spots-ish. But, then I realized it reminded me of the Flintstones. That was a short lived vision. So I decided to just go with white, what the heck! It’s easy and It’ll give me freedom to do whatever. I left Ikea with two sets of panels for my two windows.

On the way home I saw a JoAnn fabric that I hadn’t been to before. More options…me likey. Well actually, more options for me is worse for my lack of decision making skills. So anyway, long story short I found the fabric. I was with my mom, so she helped me make the decision. Here’s a close up:

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For the two windows I needed 5 yards in order to make four panels at floor length. I chose this fabric because well, it’s beautiful, but it also has a couple of colors in it. I figured, I can work with those colors for a while. My mom actually bought the fabric for me at $50 because I had a coupon. That price really wasn’t too bad considering whenever I searched online I couldn’t find curtains for less than $30 a panel. Nevertheless, I hope to have these curtains for a long time. Once I find I need new ones I probably won’t make them, though, that was a process and not for someone like me who likes quick projects.

The curtains look great. I do not regret buying them at all. At first, they were a little bit of a culture shock. I am so used to white and bland, so having these up took an adjustment of my eyes. Now that my room is so nicely put together though, I am absolutely loving them.

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The sun shining through the windows adds such a nice touch to the curtains and to my bedroom. Take a peek through the quatrefoil mirror in the above picture, you can see the reflection of the other window which I think is really cool.

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Here’s a floor length picture. The curtains just touch the floors. The rods are white, and are hung just above the window trim.

Here’s another picture, looks kind of like a little reading nook. Maybe I should add some shelves?

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Gotta love a dwindling list!

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

Hope you enjoy the curtains. What kind of curtains do you have? Vibrant? White? I still have to return the white Ikea curtains I bought before finding this amazing pattern! Gotta be rebellious every once in a while and step out of my comfort zone. It worked out great in this case!

Xoxo,

Samantha

Exploring The Little Things

Just recently, I found out that my school has a conservatory on campus. There are a lot of things that I don’t know about my campus, which educates about 26,000 people per year, but I definitely wish I had found this one sooner.

The conservatory is basically just a huge greenhouse. Inside, though, is like a magical plant fairy tale land that I would pay room and board to live in.

I’m writing about this because I was scrolling through my pictures and I saw a few that I really liked, and I thought I’d share! I don’t know much about plants, but walking through the conservatory has actually persuaded me to make and take care of my own garden at home this summer. I’ll hopefully be documenting that if I get it up and going. Gardening, I feel, is so peaceful and relaxing. Most importantly, it produces beautiful things whether it be flowers or vegetables. Anyways, here are some pictures from my walk through the conservatory.

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What’s so great about the conservatory on campus is that it’s completely free and open every day of the week for anyone to walk through or even sit on one of the benches and read a book or catch up on homework.

Don’t forget to take advantage of this type of stuff around you. Take time to appreciate the little things.

Xoxo,

S

Crossing off that list!

Update: I would like to send my thoughts and prayers of those affected in the senseless acts at Monday’s Boston Marathon. I am truly heartbroken that such a joyous holiday for Massachusetts was turned into something so disgusting and horrifying. I know Patriot’s Day will never be the same for us, but as a state and as a country we will continue to pull together. Xo

Good Morning! I know what you’re thinking..it’s only been a couple of weeks since her last post, why is she posting again?! Hah! I know, my blog game has been anything but great ever since…well, ever since I started. It’s definitely hard with being at school because of homework and well, because I am not actually in the rooms I am making changes to. I try and  do something every weekend that I go home, but sometimes it doesn’t  happen and even more often, a blog post does not come of it. I am definitely trying to change that, though, because writing about my projects or other home-related design is definitely something I’d like to do with my future (aside from teaching), so this is a sort-of rough portfolio for me. Hence, I gotta step up my game!

So, last post I left y’all with a list of the things I’d like to get done. Let me update that for ya,

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

As I mentioned last post as well, some of these things are done and some aren’t. Also, there are things that are not on this list that I completed. This list is basically a “what I wanted to do” way back in December when I knew a room remodel was about to happen.

What I crossed out is what I have already written about, kapeesh?

To make it even more confusing, I am actually going to re-breif you on number 1, get new nightstands/bureaus because since my last post they have been changed and completed (for now)!

So, you saw the Rast on the left side of my bed like this:

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The Rast on the right side of my bed  looked like this:

DSC_0070I knew this is not the state I wanted the dressers to stay. I liked the white, but the decor on top was just not doing it for me. I am not a nature-y green person, so the left-side dresser with the drooping plant was not sitting well, but it was the only option at the time.

Wait! But, no it wasn’t. The new state of the left-side dresser is decorated with, get this, things I already had in my room, right under my nose! Who would’ve thought!? I just needed to get my brain going to put the decor I used together. Enough talking, here’s the “finished” picture

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You may notice another little addition *cough on the wall cough* Yes, I added some artwork! Well, not artwork, but a map. On this side is Western Massachusetts. That frame is from Ikea, of course. I absolutely love this night stand. The map colors get me every time, and the black and white urn with the colorful books is so cheery and happy. I’m glad I chose to repaint the dressers white, I couldn’t add this type of color if they were any other color!

Now, here’s the right side dresser

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As it can be seen, I put a lamp on this dresser. The colorful thing next to it is my iPad in a cute kate spade case. The map above this dresser is the eastern side of MA, where I’m from. The two maps were actually just two separate pages in a map book my mom had, so no cutting was involved! It worked out very nicely.

The next photo is going to cross another point off the list. I want to show you the two dressers with my bed in the middle and it’s going to give away number 4, “make new pillows.”  I’ll show you the picture first.

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Now, you’re probably thinking, wow, she’s really good at making pillows! Well, sorry to disappoint but I did not make these pillows! My original plan was to make them and save some money. Once I saw the red chevron pillows at HomeGoods, I changed my mind. The pillows in the front are from Urban Outfitters that I got on sale a long time ago. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, folks!

Here’s an Instagram photo I posted:

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There you have it! This side of my room is completely finished (for now)! It’s safe to say I’m obsessed. Oh, on the picture shelf above the bed, I put a W for my last name. I actually really like the simplicity of it. It really actually doesn’t even look that simple with the pillows and framed maps right below it. Thoughts!?

Here’s another revised list:

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

A couple more things to write about, so stay tuned!

Xoxo,

S

Lists and Chairs and Dressers, Oh My!

I have been one busy gal these past few months, seemingly too busy to update my blog! I really need to get better at this. Another thing I’m horrible at? Remembering to take before pictures of my projects. I’m sitting on my bed in my 98% done room with no before pictures from the projects I completed today, this weekend, or the past few months. What I can do, though, is rummage through my iPhoto and find some random pictures that I took of my room before and use them as ‘before’ pics. Good idea? Maybe not, but it’s the only idea so it’ll do.

First I’ll make a list of the things I wanted to complete and I’ll touch on a couple of them in this post, and the rest in other posts. Believe me, nobody wants to read the novel this would be if I posted all of the projects in one post.

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

3. Get new curtains

4. Make new pillows

5. Find an inexpensive, colorful rug

6. Create a gallery wall

7. Create a “get ready” area with a floor length mirror and bench

8. Add frames and decor to the walls

Okay, I think that’s everything I wanted to do. Not everything was done here, but a lot was done that is not here. I’ll start with what I did first.

1. Get two new nightstands/bureaus

My bureau was just not right. Probably illegal in a couple states. I may be exaggerating, but now that I have my new stuff, It seems even worse to me. A couple posts pack, I had mentioned the layout I wanted for my room. I told you guys about the Rast dressers, which I got, and how I would grab two for either side of my bed and use those as storage solutions, which I did.

This was the first thing I got done on the list right at the beginning of winter break back in December. I knew I wanted to paint them an exotic, pop-of-color, color, but I hadn’t decided what yet. I’m an extremely indecisive person, so you can imagine the internal battles I had when trying to chose how to hack the Ikea Rast dressers.

I chose Citron by Behr. It is kind of like a grellow color, green and yellow together. I bought the dressers (at about $35 a pop), built them, sanded, primed, and painted. I also bought some new knobs for them, they’re just clear crystal knobs. Things were looking up until I was done painting them. Let me show you:

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How neon can you get? I tried my best, I really did, to let my eyes adjust to the 7-year-old-bedroom-color. I even tried to dress them up like I did here. Nothing worked. After a few weeks, I resorted to painting them white:

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I instantly felt better, like I had been placed right back into my comfort zone. After that mistake, I think I’ll stick to what I’m good at..white furniture.

So once that little mishap was out of the way, I could put them beside my bed at ease. In the picture with the green dresser, that was under my mirror. I have since moved it back to the left side of my bed adjacent to my bed and it’s Rast parter. My next dilemma was decorating them. That, though, took a lot of trial and error.

Also, sorry for the crappy pictures. If you need a reminder, refer back to the first paragraph where I stated that I needed to rummage through iPhoto to find pictures. Not my best work, but you get the picture! (Pun intended).

So that’s that. The Rast dressers are definitely not the most spacious things. I don’t put my daily clothes in a dresser though, I hang them up. I figured having two smaller dressers was good, though, because that will eliminate my hoarding problem (for now). This way, I can downsize in clothing like I should. I have plenty of other storage options, too, if need be. Such as the floor of my closet…

Moving on,

2. Get rid of the couch and add a different seating arrangement in my room

I’m not sure if I’ve ever posted about the aqua monstrosity that has been in my room for a year or two now. I’ll refresh your memories, anyways. It’s just a floral love seat that my mom’s friend was giving away and I decided to take it off her hands. The pattern was pretty ugly, so I ordered a cute aqua slipcover from Target for it. I loved the color at the time, but it’s almost like taste aversion. I started to hate that color even more. Because of all of the aqua I used to have in my room, I kind of despise large amounts of aqua blue now. It’s kind of sad..

So, here’s what big blue looked like:

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You can even get a glimpse of the bad colored dressers there, too. Look how nasty that looks, especially together! One thing I hated about the love seat and it’s slip cover is, after I washed it the first time, I could never get it to fit right again. So, now it just looks messy and it brings that vibe onto the rest of my room. But seriously, I had to live with those two colors together for at least a month. I’m so glad that’s over!

After countless talks with my parents about where the love seat would go, I finally got them to let me throw it into the basement until I can move it up to my apartment at school for next year. Bingo! After the puzzle that was getting it downstairs with my boyfriend, I finally had a clean slate in my room to add a different seating arrangement. Out with the old, and in with the new (and smaller)!

Naturally, I went back to Ikea to find something cheap and cute to fill that seating void in my life. I found the Tullsta chair for $100. That’s not really in my budget, but after endlessly searching online, that was the cheapest I could find brand new. I went for it. I knew I also wanted a little table to sit next to it for looks and use and I’ve always wanted a drum stool so, enter drum stool into my life!

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You kind of even get a sneak peak at my curtains in this!

Finally! Two things are crossed of the blog post list. I’ll update you with a couple more of those bullet points in another post!

Projects, Projects, Projects

I often find myself daydreaming in class about what projects I want to do when I get home for Christmas break, how much money I want to spend, what colors I want to use. There’s so may opportunities! Not to mention, class is over before I know it.

I have made goals in the past and not met them because of time restrictions. Now, though, I have 6 weeks at home with (hopefully) a part time job and everyone else at their full time jobs, and lots of free time. Hopefully enough time to do the following projects..

1. Bedroom. Oh, as usual, I am dreaming up what I want my bedroom to look like. A couple of weeks ago, I made a floor plan after looking up some products that I would like to add to my room. I know one thing, my furniture is out dated. My solution to this? If you have read my other posts, you can definitely guess…Ikea! The Ikea Rast dresser will be perfect for me. I would like two, and I would like them to go on either side of my bed as side tables and as dressers. There are three drawers in each which will add up to six drawers with two. Six is what I have no on my dresser, so I will be fine int he storage department. I need to clean some stuff out anyways. Of course, the Rast dressers will have to be painted and designed past their ugly wood color now. I haven’t decided just what color and what design I want to use yet, but that will be a post in the future. Here’s my floor plan, courtesy BHG.com.

 

The chairs are a little iffy, but if I find some wooden dining chairs to reupholster, I would put them there. As you can see, the Rast dressers on either side of the bed. Across from the bed, I would like to get a shelving unit that can house books and decor as well as my TV. That is undecided, though, and will probably be a paintable piece from Ikea when I decide. Any suggestions?

 

2. Basement. Kind of like me and my closet, my family and I have this problem where we clean the (finished) basement numerous times where it looks organized and livable, and then about a month later there is endless clutter enough to leave minimal room for walking. It’s a never ending cycle, really. I told my Mom that I would make it one of my projects to organize and clean the basement for/with her. She doesn’t want to put much money into it as we don’t use it much, but I think I can use what we have and think some things up, even if I do spend a little money. I think if it did look nice and organized, we would use it!

3. Living Room. We have a nice cozy living room, especially after we rearranged it and decorated for Christmas this past Friday. Our side tables and coffee table are outdated, though. I told my mom, with her approval, that I would stain the tops of the side tables and paint the bottoms a off-white color. Also, I plan to add some new hardware. I just took a quick shot now to show you, don’t mind the clutter.

Update-worthy I’d say.

That’s it, for now, I think! Let’s see if I can have all of this done by January 22, when school starts up again.

Stay tuned, next week I should have a project posted!

Hope Thanksgiving was good!

Xoxo,

S

Home Sweet Homemade

As we all know, this weekend is Veteran’s Day and most of us get Monday off. Well, most schools, anyways. Mine being one of them, I came home for the long weekend to spend time with my family and to celebrate my Mom’s birthday on Friday! We had a lot of fun, we went to dinner then came back for cake. There’s never a night without laughter in my family. Whether it’s at the expense of one of us or someone else, we are always laughing. Of course, it usually starts with bickering, but we love each other anyways.

For my Mom’s birthday gift, I decided I wanted to go the homemade route. Something that she would buy at a store but that I could make and it would look almost the same.

I got both of my ideas from my all time favorite bloggers, John and Sherry Petersik. They just came out with a book called Young House Love that showcases 243 different DIY crafts/ideas. Find their blog at http://www.younghouselove.com.  I used one of their ideas in full, and with the other gift I put two of the ideas together.

I made an art piece first. Just a piece of fabric, some batting, and some wood to make a canvas-type decoration that can go on a wall. Here are the materials I used:

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Pretend the wood glue isn’t there. When I went to open it, it was all dried up at the top and It was not budging. I used rubber cement instead. I didn’t have to use anything on the wood, as you can tell they just slide into place. I just did it for peace of mind.

First, I put the pieces of wood together

Then, I cut batting and stapled it onto the backside of the wood. Make sure you leave at least three inches of batting on the outer edges so you have enough to staple all around. Pull tight! Also, fold the corners like you would a present so they all have the same amount of cushion.

This probably took about 10 minutes. Now, cut the fabric the same way as the batting, leaving about 3 inches on the outer edges. Staple, and done!

This is the finished product. I really love the pattern here, especially for a summer-y, cottage-y room. I have some leftover fabric (I used an 18″ x 20″ frame, and got a yard of fabric) so I plan to make a small pillow out of it. That way, the art piece can hang in my Mom’s bedroom and she can have a pillow to match as well! Color coordination rocks!

Wood: Michaels

Batting: Michaels

Fabric: Joann Fabrics

The next project was a little bit more sentimental. My parents just bought a vacation home in South Carolina, and they are really excited about it (as am I). I saw a project in YHL that included cutting out a state’s outline with scrapbook paper and framing it. That way, you have an outline of your state on pretty paper and it makes for a cute and simple piece on the wall! Also in the book and on the blog was the idea of framing a key. One that may be important to you, or an old antique one that can be put up just for show. See where I’m going here? I cut out the state of South Carolina onto some cute scrapbook paper, got a copy of the house key, and framed it! Here’s how it went:

Printed out an outline of the state.

And…oops! I was so concentrated on doing the project that I forgot to take pictures of the process. You get the idea, though, it really is quite simple.

So, right to the finished product. (You don’t have time for all that jibber jabber anyways..)

Worst picture ever, I know. My computer is giving me a hard time. I will try and post a better one later! Underneath the state is a white place card bordered with the scrap book paper. I whited out that part because it’s the address and, well, that’s self explanatory.

The shadowbox frame I had, so that was free. The scrap book paper is from Michaels, the key was made at Home Depot for about 1.99, and I used rubber cement which I also got at Michaels. Such a cheap weekend! I probably spent about 25 dollars for everything!

So, there are my i’m-a-college-kid-and-poor homemade gifts! Hope you guys like. I love the key one the most because it is like having a slice of our vacation home here in our home state.

I cannot wait to try out more ideas from John and Sherry’s book, Young House Love. Go to their blog, like, yesterday. It is my bible now. Seriously, go now!

Hope your Veteran’s Day weekends are going good. A special thank you to all of our Veteran’s out there.

Xoxo

Samantha

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The year Columbus sailed the ocean blue may be the amount of times I have rearranged and redecorated my bedroom at home.

Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it’s not too far fetched.

As I lay in bed with my Will and Grace season 4 DVD playing in the background, I decided I would write a quick post on my most recent project. Can you guess what it was?

I redecorated my room. Like the smart, intelligent gal I am, I forgot to take before pictures. How selfish of me to start a project without thinking of my blog and it’s needs! Anyways, I figured I can muster up some pictures that weren’t taken for the purpose of a before picture, but that catch a glimpse of my furniture and room and give you an idea of what I did differently.

This is an awkward “selfie,” but it is an idea of what my bureau mirror, and the shelving in the back used to look like…

To break it apart, we have the mirror which is framed with wood and has an arch to it. The big TV in the back now resides in my apartment, so I have a small TV right now and my cable is disconnected because I needed one of the parts for my apartment room (hence the Will and Grace DVD playing).

The shelves were decorated with the ongoing color in my room of aqua blue. In the big square shelf I have my blue kate spade wallet, and the top right holds a polaroid camera. I have a shadow box with a kate spade envelope in it (obsessed, much?) and I believe the other small box shelf holds my Michael Kors wristlet. I figured showcasing my wallets would be a great way to store them and show them off, especially the pretty color in the blue.

I went for something different. I had aspirations to completely revamp my side table and bureau, and paint them and add new hardware. When I found out they were laminate, I decide that was more of a project than the weekend allowed me to accomplish. So, instead, I took off the mirror and put an old one that was sitting in my basement leaning up against the wall. This, you can see here

I added a brown bin next to the mirror to house my cosmetics, dangled a towel over for use, and placed my mom’s old jewelry holder that I now use in front. I love the pop of color my kate spade cosmetic case provides in front of the mirror. I then added a vase with one single peacock feather in front of the mirror. I love the reflection it provides. There’s also a little Victoria’s Secret leopard dog next to the bin for fun.

As you can see, the bureau isn’t the prettiest. My plans were to paint it a grey-ish color and change the hardware of course. I also wanted to take the top two drawers out, but a piece of wood as a platform and insert baskets instead for a clean, cottage-y look. I still plan on doing this, so stay tuned!

I also redecorated the shelving.

I put books in the big shelf both vertically and horizontally. Some have the covers off, and some are paperback. Can I tell a little secret? Definitely didn’t read all of those..

Moving on to the lamp I debuted in one of my posts in the summer. This was supposed to be put in my apartment room, but the haul in my car was more of an annoyance, and I needed it for my home bedroom anyways. I love it in here!

Mr. Owl was brought home this weekend from Home Goods along with the orange sticks coming out of his head. I love orange for the fall, don’t you? The pink ‘BEACH’ sign has been in my family for a while, and I love the look of it. I then have a silver “S” to represent my first name, as well as a class jar of sand from South Beach Miami, Florida in the other shelf. I don’t love that, but I needed a place for the jar and something to fill that square, so I decided the two can be partners for now.

The old radio was my late Grandfathers. I love it because it reminds me of him, whom I miss so dearly. Whenever I play it I feel his presence, and It reminds me of him so much. It also makes for a great, vintage decoration. It definitely still gets used, though. Thank you Papa 🙂

To the left on the wall, in the vertical picture frame, is actually tissue paper that was put in with my kate spade cosmetic case I bought this weekend. It is a gold and white striped tissue paper. In that frame before was pictures from about 2006, and as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t LOVE the look of hanging pictures on the wall. So, this is a great alternative. It’s colorful yet subtle and that’s why I went with it.

Psst. Don’t mind the wires, I kind of shoved them back there as I don’t really need them right now. I guess I gotta give it a little more oomf next time…

Hope you liked the subtle update I made to my room this weekend! I can’t wait until I can do some furniture revamping. *Note to self : remember BEFORE pictures! Duh!

I hope everyone had a great Columbus Day weekend, and were lucky enough to have the day off today, too!

G’Night!

Xoxo,

Samantha

Cheap & Fast: everything you don’t want a date to be…

……but for a room..that sounds great! Sign me up!

This morning I was talking to a friend, and she shares a room at home with her sister. She’s 21 and basically over it. She wants her own space to call her’s, a place she can go to and get away from other people. We all need a place like that at home, right? The problem is, she has no means of moving out and there is not an extra room at home for her to move into.

I decided i’d help her out and research some things she could do in order to quickly and inexpensively make some adjustments to her room. All with the help of Ikea (meaning everything I picked out is from Ikea).

This is the mood board I made!

Very simple, very easy. She already has stuff in her room, and if we are going cheap we cannot totally redecorate. One of her problems is she doesn’t have a bed. Only a mattress on the ground.

1. A cheap, $50 bed from Ikea. It comes in the plain wood, but I plan to paint it white. Her comforter is white, which I love.

2. A side table from Ikea. And get this –Its $7.99. Can you believe it? How can you beat that. It has clean edges and it’s the perfect height.

3. The wire and curtain are my solution to separating her and her sister’s “sides” of the room. This attatches to the wall at the top towards the ceiling, and connects to the opposite wall. It comes with clips to attach the curtain. $6.99 Ikea

4. This curtain is very neutral, very simple. I chose this one because she cannot really have a very “loud” curtain, because her sister will be seeing it, too. This allows both girls to be able to contribute whatever colors they want on either side of the room. $12.99 Ikea. We would probably use anywhere from 2-4 panels.

5. That brings the pillows in. The first one is from Joann Fabrics that I plan to find and make for her. She won’t have to pay for this, so I am not adding it into the budget. Anyways- I would not know the price until I buy based on how much material I get. The yellow chevron is also a great pattern. For this one, I will buy it from etsy, and it comes with 2 pillow covers for $13.00.  I just have to buy the inserts, which I can do from Joann.

6. I love this little lamp that can go right on her side table. It brings in a huge amount of color- I love orange. This is only $14.99 from Ikea!

That totals out to about $106 without the pillows, which as I mentioned I am going to do for her as a gift.

I haven’t shown her yet, hopefully she likes! What’s so great is that it’s basically a one stop shop besides the pillows. I’ll post pictures if I end up doing her room over with my ideas.

Xoxo,

Samantha

Oopsy

Ok, so clearly I did not post pictures of my big room challenge reveal. That could maybe, possibley be because it never happened.

So I didn’t have the time and yadda yadda yadda. Of course, I still yearn to change my room at home just for fun. I don’t even live there full time right now, so I can only do these projects when i’m home on weekends. I decided to go more drastic, though.

Despite my desires to paint my room (yet again), I decided I will hold off on that. I am thinking a gray though, and repainting the woodwork white so it really pops. It’s been a while since it’s been painted and the boards are a little chipped from me moving furniture and nicking it.

This time, this weekend, I will up-cycle my current bedroom furniture. The bureau and two end tables will be sanded, painted, and the hardware will be replaced. The color is where I am at a stand still. I hate choosing colors because i’m so indecisive. I think i’d like gray, but what if I paint my room gray in the future and the furniture is gray? Right now my room is a very neutral beige color.

For now, I am going to look in my design books and get some ideas for furniture colors. I don’t like “wood” color at all. It must be black, white, or another color. Unless its a dark wood, maybe.

I do, however, like to mix and match colors. For budget purposes, that’s not something I will be doing this weekend.

If you have any suggestions as to what colors to paint my furniture, do share! I enjoy the feedback when I get it.

I will be sure to include my “before” room and then my “in progress” room. Because, as I’ve said before, my rooms will never be done.

Xoxo,

Samantha