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A Few New Bedroom Tweaks



Can you believe it’s been a year already since we called our Master Bedroom makeover done for now? A year later there are still a few projects waiting in the wings that I’d love to tackle, like mirrored closet doors (kind of like these here) and our dresser is still waiting in the wings for it’s makeover. It’s all about the journey…or at least that’s what I keep saying to myself.

But, after living with the room for a while I’ve started to do a little tweaking again which was in part brought on by our latest trip to IKEA.

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The floral pillows got swapped out for a more graphic black and white pillow we picked up while at IKEA. The graphic punch helps to offset the colorful drapery and as an cheap oakley sunglasses added bonus there are less pillow to move around, because let’s face it, we weren’t actually sleeping on the large Euro pillows they were mostly just decorative.

I also swapped out the more colorful painting over the bed’s right nightstand for a Ribba frame I had hanging on the other side of the room. I like that it feels more balance with the black and white print over the left side of the bed.

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I also took the paintings down that that were leaning on top of the book case and replaced it with a couple of storage boxes. The black woven detail ties in nicely with the new black and white pillow which helps to draw your eye around the room.

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A couple plants were added to the small side in between our chairs and to the bedside table. I once read a tip that every room should have something alive to help make it feel cozy and lived in. Fresh flowers are lovely in a bedroom but I don’t have the time or the money to keep up with that/ A few potted plants serve the same purpose and last a whole lot longer.

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Probably, my favorite and most functional change of all has to be the new lamps (another IKEA find).

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They’re a little industrial which helps to offset some of the frillier aspects of the room. They feel lighter than the old black lamps and the swing arm allows the lamp base to be pushed off to the side while still providing tons of light and a larger area to lay things down.

After living with the room for a year I still love it and swapping out a few details keep the room feeling fresh and new feeling long after the initial makeover.

Artwork by Lisa Daria



Now that our walls in the Living Room are painted in a  more neutral shade we need to bring a little more color back into the space in layers. One of my favorite places to bring color in is art. Yesterday I came across the artwork of Lisa Daria and her painting a day project. She has painted a small painting every day and after 1000 days she’s still going strong. Lisa also has a number of larger pieces that I’m equally as in love with. 

Art by Lisa Daria

Sometimes art is under appreciated and since it tends to be expensive, people (including me) often overlook original art in their homes. I really want to change that. My mom has always bought original oil paintings. When I was young she used to buy one a year. She has bought some really beautiful pieces over the year. I looking at her walls the other day and I decided right then and there to start buying art pieces I love.

Lisa’s art is simply beautiful. I really love the watery colors in the first image and the muted abstract floral is gorgeous. Go check her out and have a great weekend! See you back here Monday.

All art and images by Lisa Daria. You can find more of Lisa’s work at her blog here, gallery of small work here or her website here.

The Verdict: Our White Walls…I Love Them!



After pinning several images on Pinterest (like here, here and here) and asking you all what you thought about getting on the white wall bandwagon. I was living with crazy swatches of paint all over the wall for what felt like an eternity. Staring at those swatches all day was starting to make me go cross-eyed. Eventually my eyes uncrossed and the fear of picking the wrong color succumbed to my annoyance with the swatches and I just picked one I felt good about.


What I really love about painting is that it forces you to take everything off of the walls and out of the room and really helps with looking at the space in a whole new light.

Sometimes though it also uncovers things like an ugly wall air conditioning and an off centered window that you’ve been camouflaging for three years. Who ever thought cheap oakley that building house without central air and completely off centering a window was a good idea? Thank heavens for the lake breeze around here.

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For anyone that’s curious here’s what the living room looked like before we rearranged the furniture and painted. I loved the pale blue walls for a while but as our tastes keep changing I really wanted a fresh start.


The color is Vapor by Benjamin Moore and it was the warmest and creamiest of the whites that we sampled and also the one that went really well with the sectional we have. It took 3 nights after work and 2 full coats to cover all the old paint but I’m really happy I did it. Bryan was a little worried about the trim not contrasting enough with the walls so I gave it a fresh coat of a brighter white and in person it’s just enough that the trim work doesn’t blend right into the wall.

Adding some black accents has been on the top of my priority list for a while too now and on this weekends trip to IKEA we picked up 6 of the large square Ribba frames in black. Hung in a grid I like the graphic statement they make on the wall. I’m still thinking about what to put in them but we’ll keep you posted.


The room feels really fresh and new to me now and I just want to decorate it, get some new pillows and add a little color and texture back into the space.  But right now painting the kitchen is next on the agenda. Both rooms are open to each other so I think that will help with the whole space to feel larger and more cohesive.

Soon (hopefully) we want to open that cutout completely and make a doorway so you enter the room in the center instead of the awkward side entrance we have going on now. All in all I’m really loving the change and I so don’t regret following my instincts and painting out this room.

Well that’s all for now, but before I go for the day please make a girl feel better and tell me I’m not the only one thinks who leaves paint swatches on the wall for far too long?

Linking up to the Pinterest Challenge with Megan (The Remodeled Life), Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog).

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party

My Weekend Trip to IKEA



On Saturday it was a rainy and cloudy day. Bored with nothing else to do Bryan and I  headed off to IKEA.  It was an such an enjoyable trip, Nikolas is totally manageable and not that little baby running away from you anymore. No meltdowns happen in the aisles or proclamations of starvation or worrying about diapers.  I’m really loving this little bit older kid I’ve suddenly acquired.  But back to the IKEA story

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I went in specifically because I had seen these LAPPLJUNG RUTA black and white graphic pillow covers somewhere and had been obsessing about them for a few days.


They reminded me of the ottoman I’ve been obsessing over from One Kings lane it’s a very similar black and white pattern and at $10 a piece, how could you go wrong?


Of course once we were there that wasn’t the only thing we picked up. Bryan and I both really loved these Industrial BAROMETER Work Lamps. For us to agree on something is huge, most of the time he just doesn’t care so I do what I want. Other times the don’t cheap oakley sunglasses ask don’t tell policy works really well too 🙂  The lamps are so heavy and I was really impressed by the quality and for $30 a piece they were a win  win in our book.

Ikea Fern and White Pot

We also picked up that cute little fern and the white pot sitting next to the lamp.  I can never resist the plant section I kind of love him. He’s such a pretty spring green, sitting in the white pot it makes me feel like warmer days are ahead.

IKEA Ribba Frames 

Finally we picked up six of the always awesome Ribba frames, we have an idea to hang them in a grid in the Living Room, which is easier said than done to get them level and straight, probably one of my least favorite things to do but they’re going to look awesome all hung.

So what have you all been up to? Any runs to IKEA? Buy anything good lately, spill in the comments.

The Coolest Invention: 3D Doodling



The 3D doodler has to be the coolest invention I’ve seen in a long time, perhaps ever. It’s a pen that can draw in the air. How cool is that? I spied this on Kickstarter after reading an article about it. 3D doodler has smashed through it’s original funding goal of $30,000 in just a few hours and is now nearing $1m. Crazy!  Now wonder though because check this thing out.

The latest model 3Doodler

If you don’t know what kickstarter is it’s a funding platform for creative ideas. The ideas are brought to life through backers. Anyone can be a backer on Kickstarter as the minimum is just $1. Some seriously cool stuff comes out of there and this happens to be one of my favorites.

But enough talk check out what this thing can do.

2 ft Eiffel Tower Stencil

Here’s a quote from the project page

“What can I make with 3Doodler?

There are many ways 3Doodler can be used. 3Doodles can be maglie calcio poco prezzo created as flat forms and peeled off a piece of paper, as freestyle 3D objects, or in separate parts, ready to be joined together using the 3Doodler. The creative opportunities are endless, including:

  • Basic 3D shapes and 3D models
  • Jewellery, pendants and hanging ornaments
  • Decorative art and fridge magnets
  • Personalization of everyday objects (iPhone cases, laptops, pens, etc.)
  • A mini Eiffel Tower or a soccer pitch for your Lego men
  • And much much more…”

They even teamed up with some really cool Etsy artists on how it can be used.

Wire Art by Bud Bullivant (wiredbybud.etsy.com)

Wire Art by Bud Bullivant (wiredbybud.etsy.com)

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Best part is they plan to price this at $75. It’s pretty cool and I can only imagine what would be created when this thing gets into the hands of a lot of creative people.

So let’s play what would you make if you got one of these? I’m thinking a cool sculpture, or a chandelier could be something fun to try? What do you think?

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