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

IMG_2754As I explained, I had all of these things on hand! The books were downstairs on our fireplace mantel that I stole back for my room and the vase/urn is a score I got at Target from the Nate Berkus collection a while back, It was on another shelf in my room. (I actually got it for about $7, it was originally about $23!)

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

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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!

Way Overdue Update

Whoa. One word that describes the amount of projects I have completed since my last post in December! I had a lot of ideas in my last post such as my bedroom, my basement, and my living room. What actually did happen was my bedroom and an office in the basement. The basement upgrade is where I am going to start, because it’s what happened first!

I also wanted to update the blogosphere with my current whereabouts in life. Still in college, of course, at the back stretch of my third year! Woohoo, I could not be more excited to get this year over with and for the summer to start! I started sewing more often because I got a sewing machine for Christmas! I wouldn’t say I’m a pro, but I do have something pretty awesome to share. Also, I am in the middle of a complete room remodel! I know I shared that I wanted to do my bedroom in my last post, but I had no idea that it would be this drastic when I started. That’s it’s own post, or maybe even a couple though.

So now that you’re caught up to speed on me, let’s get caught up to speed on this office in the basement.

After I wrote that blog post and heard my sister talk about how she needed an office in our house, I decided I would take it upon myself and make her one. How does the basement come in? Well, because, the office is in the basement. The only problem I had to begin with was that our basement was a full service storage facility. We did nothing but keep things we didn’t want to deal with down there, and that made my job even harder!

So, once I COMPLETELY organized the basement and put things into a more organized mess, I could get started on my sisters office. Mind you, she had NO IDEA this was happening, and the big reveal didn’t happen until Christmas! It was great surprising her, I loved it. Keeping it a surprise, though, was not so fun.

I started by choosing what I wanted to use for my sister’s furniture in her office. I chose Ikea, of course, because Im a college girl on a college budget and I cannot afford anything besides Ikea basically, hah! So, I surfed the web on Ikea.com and found some great prospects. I finally settled on these two pieces of furniture:

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The desk is the Micke for $59.99 from Ikea, and the shelving unit is the Expedit for $89.99. I bought the desk and my mom contributed by buying the shelving. I also got a pink swivel chair from Ikea as well, but you will see that in the finished product.

After painting the walls over in her portion of the basement a grayish purple, I got started with assembling the furniture.

Enough with words, though, how about some pictures?

This is a progress picture. Of course you can see the painted walls and the desk put together and in place.

ImageAs you can also see from the picture, I moved our little electric fireplace over into the basement because it gets really cold down there in the winter. Also, the shelving is not up yet, I waited until the next day to add this.

You can also see the lamp I bought, from ikea, and the bowl with decorations from ikea, as well as the chair which I mentioned before. Hard progress people, hard progress.

Once the furniture was together, I opted to paint the windows white. They look nasty in this picture to be brutally honest, so you can probably see why I opted to do so. I didn’t paint the woodwork because I actually like the real wood color of it, and I’d have to do the entire basement in that case which I was not feeling.

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This is the layout I put on the ground before deciding what I’d do on the wall above the desk. The frames are from..you guessed it, Ikea! The letter is from PB Teen, a Christmas gift from when my sister and I were younger. The crayon creation is something I did a while back and had nowhere to put it. Viola! Instant office art.

I am not a huge fan of pictures in frames on walls, unless they’re black and white. I just feel like it looks messy, I don’t know, I’m weird. So, I found some pretty, girly, scrapbook paper and opted to put that in the frames as well. I did put one small picture of my sister and her boyfriend, and in the big frame I put a black and white picture of my  sister and I that was published in a newspaper when we were younger. Cute!

Here is the finished wall,

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You can also see the desk accessories here as well. The candle was something I had at home, the vase with flowers was also something from home, but my mom found the fake flowers somewhere and added them later. My mom also added the ribbon board for my sister to add papers she needs to see up front! The lamp is from IKea, and the two little jars are also an Ikea addition. In here I added tacks and paper clips. The stapler and post-its are from Staples. The agenda you see there is mine, and I bought a little stand from The Dollar Store. I put that there so she could see what I would use it for, she put’s hers there now!

Now, for the full office,

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I added the Keurig coffee maker there last minute! You can also see a little bit of the shelves, but here’s a closer look,

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I got her some magazine files for added storage as well as the boxes on the bottom for the same thing. My mom added the baskets for hidden storage. I left one square open for anything she wanted to add herself!

On the top is a little Christmas decoration, because it was Christmas when I showed her! Also, I added her college graduation pictures on top of the Expedit to showcase her hard work!

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Over in the corner area I added these curtains to separate her from that side of the basement. The pink also accents the chair nicely! Plus, now there’s something else behind that curtain that I will share in a later post.

Here’s the full office,

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You can see the painted windows that look MUCH better than the original color. So, there it is! My first project of winter break (even though it’s now spring semester). Oh, and it got rave reviews from everyone. My sister LOVED it when she saw it, and she still loves it now that she’s using it! She turns the TV around while she’s working, but don’t tell her company that!

More to come!

Xoxo

S

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