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

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Catching up

Whoa. It’s been a busy, busy summer. I started a new job at a golf course and it’s a full time, seasonal position. Needless to say I haven’t had time to shower never mind update my blog. TMI?

Though I haven’t been writing about projects, I have been doing them. I have Mr. Listy McListerson to update as well as a couple of other small-ish projects I did throughout the summer that will be fun to share. Did I mention that my Listy McListerson room-remodel is el finito? Fin. Done. Whew! Lot’s of time, money, and love went into my room remodel and I’m excited to share the process/product with my blog! For now, though, I decided to share a small post that’ll catch the blog up on what I’ve been doing and why the heck I haven’t been posting. Not that I’m master poster otherwise.

I created this blog in order to share my projects with whoever seems to stumble over my blog, but more importantly for myself to look back on as well as to create some type of portfolio/practice for when I’d like to do this when I’m older and “grown up” (which technically is supposed to be one year from now but lets be serious and that sure ain’t happening considering I act 12 and still wear bras from 8th grade). Anyways…

To my future self or whoever reads this/cares, I’d like to get around to posting about all of the lovely things I’ve done over the summer sometime soon. I have a couple of days off this upcoming week, and I’d like to get my Nikon out and take some halfway decent pictures to share instead of scrambling through my iPhone to find half-assed photos that I may have posted on instagram. Not that I don’t love IG, of course.

For now, I’ll leave you with one of said iPhone pictures to create a nice cliffhanger for my next post..

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LOL JK. I got that here

 

For reals..

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Later!

Xo,

S

 

If Ya Like It Then Ya..

Should put a frame (or 20) on it!

Does that title even work? Anyways..

Yes! Frames! Remember the ongoing list of things that I wanted to get done at the commencement of winter break way back in December? Shall I, yet again, refresh everybody on said list? Viola:

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

So, considering this post is about frames, I wonder which number we will be covering in this post? If you thought “6. Create a gallery wall,” ding, ding, ding! Get yourself a delicious, unhealthy snack, you deserve it!

You could’ve also thought it was number 8, “Add frames and decor to the walls,” and if so, you can grab a snack too. You’re welcome.

I’ll be talking about number 6 first, though, because I want to. Enough rambling.

I love, LOVE gallery walls. My inspiration comes from John and Sherry over at Young House Love. Their main hallway is a cluster of frames of all different sizes, all white, and made into a beautiful chaos. Because I am The Clutter Queen, this is right up my alley.

The sacred place I chose to place my very own gallery wall is in between the door in/out of my room and the door to my closet. I chose this place because it is small and narrow. This way, I don’t feel the pressure to fill an entire wall, or it wont look weird in the middle of a big wall. I also have no furniture in this spot, so it’s perfect for a cluster of frames from ceiling to floor.

To figure out the layout I wanted, I placed all of the frames on my bed in the design I liked. From that, I placed them on the wall! You can see that I didn’t only use frames, but I placed other objects on nails in between the frames for more character. Also, I only have two frames of actual pictures. I don’t love pictures on a wall but I decided my late grandfather and my boyfriend were exceptions.

Most of the frames are filled with prints, fabric, or cards. There’s also a book on there, The Scarlet Letter. I’m not sure if this will stay, but I thought it was a cool idea for the time being. Also, the big huge frame at the top seems a little out of place. It’s there because behind it is a quote I wrote on the wall when I was younger. I wanted to hide this, so putting the big frame there was a temporary fix until I can repaint the walls.

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Chaos, I know. Organized chaos, though, and that’s why I love it. I’ve talked a lot about how I am more comfortable in clutter. I have always been a cluttery person throughout my entire life (cough hoarder cough) so, it was only right that in my “new” room I added some of that element.

 

For number 8, “add frames and decor to the walls” I decided to go very subtle. Because I have the entire frame wall, I felt as though I shouldn’t clutter the room with something on every wall. I also thought that because of my new curtains, I didn’t need as much on the walls because they already add a lot of decor and color.

What I do have is the maps above my night stands that I showed ya’ll here.

I also have two frames right above my TV. The image within these frames was actually a poster from Ikea that I believe was 12 dollars. At the store, I had the vision of cutting the poster in half and putting it into two smaller frames rather than one big one. Here’s how it turned out:

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This is also spilling the beans on a project that was not on my list that I completed. Hint: It’s right under the TV. Another hint: It looks nothing like this anymore.

Listy McListerson…

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

You may have noticed that I crossed out number 5, “find an inexpensive, colorful rug.” I never got a rug nor do I plan on it because of all of the color I already added into my room, so rather than having it’s own post I figured I’d just tell you all here. Only one more point to cross off of that list and I am still deciding how to go about doing it!

Xoxo,

S

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

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!

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

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