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.

ImageHere is a last and final look inside my room from the door way. You cannot see everything here but I wanted to give you an idea of where exactly all of the furniture is laid out. I find this the best layout for my room because of the placement of the two windows and the two closet and entry doorways.

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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

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

Books and Blooming

Look-y here what I received via United States Postal Service today! The third and final book I ordered last week! I decided to order some design books because 1- I am obsessed with interior design, and 2- I needed something to distract me from homework, of course.

The other two books include “Domino: The Book of Decorating” and “Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions.” So far, I haven’t gotten a chance to really read and look into them all, but after a few quick flip throughs, they seem to be very insightful. I ordered them all off of Amazon, so only spent $40 total.

(Let me just say, as I wrote that last sentence, an Amazon commercial was on. I’m weirded out)

In my Apartment Therapy post I told you all how I absolutely love ApartmentTherapy.com. I recently found a blog amidst searching the inter web naming suggested design books by “Lovely Undergrad.” Apartment Therapy was one of them, and without hesitation I ordered it.

This, to me, is even more freaky than the recent Amazon coincidence that occurred a mere one minute 50 seconds ago. I am currently on track to become an elementary school teacher. My passion, too, is in interior design and in my reality, I will do both. Teach full time and interior design on the side. Maybe one day I will do full time designing, maybe not. Nevertheless, the very first line of the very first paragraph in Mr. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s book reads “In my work as a teacher and interior designer over nearly fifteen years…” WHAT? That, is fate.

That, gave me hope. I always knew my dream was realistic. I can absolutely both teach and decorate homes at the same time. The free time a teacher has grants me that opportunity. To see proof that someone as successful as Gillingham-Ryan did the exact same thing as I aspire to do is so exciting to me, so eye opening, so breath-of-fresh-air-ing. I am so glad I bought that book.

The reason I bought the books was to really broaden my horizons and knowledge in the interior design portion of my passions. I decided as of late that this is something I am completely serious about. I know I am no pro right now, by any means, but I like what I know and have done so far in rooms that I have lived in as well as shared with my family. We recently bought a condo in Myrtle Beach, SC, and I am just dripping with excitement to decorate. A clean slate–my dream. These books will help me with these as well as future rooms I may decorate. They also just plain and simple make me happy.

So, maybe its time you really start to move forward with your passions. Expand your knowledge a little bit this Fall. Even doing something as little as buying a book about said passion. Start pursuing! It’s never too late to get started whether young or old.  So, go! Beginnings are beautiful.

Xoxo,

Samantha

Growing up- My new Apartment!

Finally! I have been waiting to post pictures of my bedroom in my new apartment for weeks now. It is finally here, although a little late according to the countdown I posted a few weeks ago. Better late than never, right!?

Before you see the pictures, you should know that I do not consider my room done by any means. Even when it is “done,” it will never be done. I love looking in the home section of stores like Target and TJ Maxx and there is no doubt that I will buy something each time, even if I don’t need it. My philosophy is that I’ll just find a place for it! I’m kind of more comfortable in clutter anyway.

First, here is my least favorite wall thus far…

 

The apartment is pretty old, so the walls are kind of choppy. My mom and I spent an entire day scrubbing the walls and footboards so it feels and looks clean! The string with polaroids/pictures will fill up as I take pictures of worthy moments. They are hung by paper clips and paper clamps.

My other not-so-favorite, not-even-close-to-done wall is this..

   It’s not horrible, it’s just so bland. I cannot wait to get some more frames. As you can see in the bottom left of the organizer, I have a framed photo of the ladies from Sex And The City, one of my favorite shows. I’d like to get a couple more pictures that size, maybe three, two black frames and one white. Not sure what pictures i’d do, but I think it’d look pretty above the TV station!

This next picture is my favorite part, other than my bed. I just worked on this today. It is not finished, I plan to add on many more frames and pictures to the wall, but I love the way it is looking now, too.

 

The gallery wall! I’ve been waiting to do this for some time now. I’ve had the frames forever! I did all black and white pictures. I don’t really like the look of hanging pictures on walls, so making them black and white makes them blend in. It looks cheesy to me. You can always get the pop of color out of the frame!

Last but not least, the entire room. Here is where everything came together. My painted white furniture, my gallery wall, my DIY Pillows. I love it!

 

There it is! Post comments, i’d love to see what you guys think! And if you have any questions about where products are from, i’ll be happy to share!

 

Xoxo,

Samantha

 

 

 

Apartment Therapy- A website worth your time!

ApartmentTherapy.com

Lately i’ve been paying bi-daily visits to Apartment Therapy. They post everything from DIY projects to before and after shots, and a bunch of different house tours. I absolutely LOVE Apartment Therapy. I could spend hours just looking through before and after pictures, they’re my favorite! Wouldn’t it be amazing to one day have your apartment featured on Apartment Therapy? Do I sense a goal happening in my near future? Maybe a bullet on my bucket-list? Which- by the way- was recently added into Mariam Webster’s dictionary as a real word. Right there with “bromance.” Oh, society. I digress! Apartment Therapy, GO!

Samantha