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WELCOME TO MY CLOUD

I’ve shared pictures of my bedroom before, and not much has changed, but now that I’m a little more experienced with my camera, I decided to share some new photos of it.

Bedroom

Last week I signed up for a 6 week photography class that begins in September, and I’m really excited to finally learn some real skills. I want to shoot in manual, but so far the furthest I’ve ventured out is to the Creative Auto setting.

The door headboard was one of my very first projects, and I still admire it when I walk into the room. I feel like my bedroom is the most cohesive room in my apartment with a clear color scheme, unlike my living room which is a mess of colors that I haven’t quite worked out yet.

bedroom2

I’m definitely over the tan walls and would love to put a fun rug in, but since we’re still renting an apartment, those things will have to wait. We’re hoping to buy a house this spring, so adding new decorations and investing more time and money into this space seems a bit silly. Still, I love it. I feel like it achieved the light and airy “breezy” feel that I wanted.

Will makes fun of me because I refer to the bed as my cloud. It’s just so white and fluffy that it’s perfect. Typically we don’t keep the brown throw on the bed because it gets pretty hot pretty fast, but I think it looks nice when the bed is made.

bedroom1

Also, the throw adds a nice cozy feeling that I’m craving for the upcoming fall. Can you believe it’s already almost September? I feel like my summer hasn’t even started yet, and now it’s already over! But I do love fall scented candles, so I’m not complaining.

One thing I can invest in for this room before we move…curtains. Confession: I’ve never purchased curtains before. I’m not sure if I should go with a print or stick with the light and airy theme and get some simple curtains?

What do you think? 

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This article is sponsored by Kleenex + Walmart

Back-to-school for the non trad

We might not be the typical school or even college aged kids, but as of this past Monday, my husband and I are back to school. Technically he’s back to school, but hey, when you’re married you don’t do anything alone, so I’m back in as well. Will was on active duty in the Army after high school and decided use his GI Bill to go back to school to get his degree last year.

Because we’re a little more established than your average college student, our back-to-school list is a little different than you might imagine, but it’s also a lot cheaper than furnishing a dorm room. Here’s our small list of things we can’t live without while we count down the days until Christmas break.

1. CALENDAR

This guy was a lifesaver last year. Last year Will started out the year by missing a TEST for one of his online classes. I wish I was joking. Luckily he still passed the course, but I think it might be because we started writing down due dates of assignments on our master calendar. It’s actually not far from our TV, so it’s super easy to check before relaxing for the night.

2. CHALK/DRY ERASE MARKERS

I love that these come in multiple colors because Will uses them to color code his classes. Sometimes that calendar gets pretty crazy. It’s much easier to figure out what’s going on when accounting assignments are in blue and his humanities class is in green.

3. TISSUES

These things come in handy for a lot more than just wiping your nose during the school year. We use them to wipe off the calendar at the beginning of a new month and when you set them on the desk you’ll reach for them more than you realize. Need a makeshift coaster or to clean up a spill quick before it ruins your laptop? Much easier to grab the Kleenex that’s right next to you then run, dripping to the kitchen for a paper towel! Right now you can even get the pretty boxes!  The Kleenex Expression Oval Tissue chevron designs are available at Walmart Supercenters for a limited time. 

4. COFFEE/ENERGY DRINKS

Energy drinks get Will through the long nights and coffee gets him through the morning when he has to get up early to go to work at his full-time job. Lucky for me I’m not actually the college student, so I usually bail and go to bed when I get tired. I guess married people don’t do anything alone until after 11 pm, because that’s past my bedtime!

Can you think of anything we should add to our back-to-school list? Surely pencils and notebooks aren’t that important, right? 

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Be Bold at Home

This article is sponsored by Chili’s At Home

You might remember that a few weeks ago I set some pretty bold goals for myself. I vowed to start cooking from home. Based on our recent bank statements and the fact that almost every transaction is from a restaurant, I’d say that’s not working out so hot. Whoopsie. But sometimes you just crave food from a specific place and fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, we live within a few blocks of tons of nice places to eat.

However, we live just as close to a Walmart, where I picked up this for dinner tonight:

chilis

Chili’s, one of our favorite destinations, is making my recent goal a little easier, even if it is kind of cheating.

Chilis at home

I’m not normally a frozen food gal, but Chili’s® at Home definitely makes it easier to “cook” from home after a long day of work on those days when you really don’t feel like cooking, (which would be every night for me!). The new line of Chili’s® frozen foods is inspired by some of the restaurant’s most popular and innovative dishes, so I know that Will will eat them too since that’s one of his favorite places to eat out.

And look, I created my very first GIF!  

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What’s your favorite Chili’s dish? 

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Gallery Wall for Beginners

Gallery Wall for Beginners

Remember when we thought we were moving, so we moved all of our furniture downstairs into our garage and then we didn’t move, so we had to movie it all back up? Yah, that was fun. Luckily Will single handedly carried most of that by himself, so I guess it actually wasn’t too bad for me. I should mention that I offered to help with every trip he made, and he refused. So I definitely have room to point out every single ding in my furniture, and yes there are dings. But they were all already there, says the guy who carried everything down a flight of stairs by himself. Riiiight.

Anyways, where I was really going with that story was that I took the “moving back in” experience to redecorate a few areas of our apartment. I showed you all how I decided to arrange our cookbooks for easy access.

I also redecorated our “office area” we’ll call it. It’s really out in the living room, but in a one bedroom apartment, that was the most logical place for it.

Beginner Gallery Wall

I wanted to try my hand at a gallery wall – but I’d never put one together before and I didn’t have a whole lot of space. So I worked with what I had and created a cute space that’s functional. Will’s fall semester classes start today, so the calendar and pin board come in handy for schedules and notes.

Soon that calendar will be full of homework assignments and due dates, and Sunday evenings will again be my least favorite of the week as he scrambles to get all of his homework done on time. Last year I had to “ground” him from his video games. I took his controller to work with me during the day so he couldn’t play Call of Duty until his homework was finished. I guess it’s great practice for when we have kids someday! (Remember, this is my husband I’m talking about!)

Simple Gallery Wall

So – here are a few simple tips for your first try at a gallery wall:

1) Start small.
Pick 3-5 things and arrange them in a way that you like. This will be so much easier as a first-timer and you’ll be more experienced when you want to put together a bigger gallery wall. And you can always add more as you find more pieces you love!

2) Use tape to figure out where to insert your nails.
For your pieces that require more than one nail to hang up, use tape to measure the distance between the nails. Then you can put the tape on the wall and make sure it’s level before you put any holes in your wall. Watch this video for more clarification!

3) It’s okay if everything isn’t perfectly symmetrical.
I personally like the unbalanced look and think that’s what makes a gallery wall more interesting. It’s okay if the space between pieces isn’t perfect, it just adds more character!

What tips do you have for creating a gallery wall? 

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Going in for a New Look

This is a little off topic from our usual furniture talk, but lately I haven’t been able to quit thinking about maybe cutting my hair short again.

It seems that every 4 years I chop it off, right before it actually gets long. I always want long hair, but mine doesn’t ever look like the long hair I envy on other girls.

Also, I can’t believe I’m sharing this picture with you guys. How do I make this unpinnable? It would be mortifying if this image was just floating across Pinterest.

Hair collage

Do you see how my hair (top left if you hadn’t figure that out yet) just isn’t working for me? And do you see how much more attractive I’ll look when I look exactly like Jennifer Anniston? And how cute my hair will be when I curl it like the bottom two pictures?

The bottom left picture is the one I find myself staring at at random moments throughout the day. It’s just soooo adorable! Those are the perfect loose curls.

We’re just going to ignore the fact that I’m not exactly proficient at curling my hair and I’m not really into taking the time to learn, but I’m sure it’ll look like that when I wake up with no effort, right?

I’m a little worried about this:

expectation reality

Anyways, I’ve decided to go for it and I scheduled an appointment for tomorrow night, so there’s no going back. I’ll post a before and after picture on Instagram as soon as it’s cut!

Wish me luck!

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Old School Schooldesk

One question? Is schooldesk one word or two? Since autocorrect keeps inserting a space, I’m guessing it’s two. But since the desk and the chair are attached, I’m making it one. Even though I just realized the school is not attached to the desk, making my argument irrelevant, but I already edited the photo so…..

Green chair

This was another leftover from the same garage sale as the gray and white desk I finished last week.

This little guy had more screws than anything I’ve worked on yet. I took it apart to paint the wood CeCe Caldwell’s Emerald Green and the metal with Rustoleum spray paint in white.

I probably shouldn’t but I’ll go ahead and admit that after I put it back together, I still had 3 screws leftover. Not sure how that worked out…but I’m fairly certain it’s still nice and sturdy. Hasn’t fallen apart yet…

I would suggest to avoid this problem, you save the screws in baggies and label them so you know which part each screw goes to. I also didn’t do that, so I just had this huge pile of screws that were all different sizes and just reattached them willy nilly. But really, it’s still safe to sit in, promise.

Now for your viewing pleasure, the transformation:

Schooldesk before and after

I’ve finally worked through some of the projects that have been sitting in my garage for awhile, and we can almost walk through it again without tripping over anything. This week I’m going to try to finish up a beautiful dining room table, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

Have you been working on anything pretty lately? 

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Gray and White Desk

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know what’s coming today.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to score this desk that was left over from a garage sale in my hometown. I almost couldn’t believe that no one else saw the amazing potential here, but then I just chalked it up to fate. desk before photo

I was a little sad that I didn’t have all the pieces to the original hardware, but I saved it for a future project with less drawers.

I’d been wanting to try out the gray and white color combo for awhile since it’s super popular right now, and what goes together better than gold and emerald green? Combine them all and this is what you end up with.

desk

The desk and chair are painted with Annie Sloan Paris Grey, the drawers are a generic off-white color from Home Depot, the handles were also from Home Depot, and the fabric is from Joann’s.

The fabric for the chair seat was actually the hardest decision of all. I actually bought 3 different types of material in different colors/patterns, but I’m happy with the one I landed on. I feel like I’ve been using quite a bit of emerald green, but it’s what the people want, so who am I to stop them?

This set will be for sale for $160 at the Red Apron sale in Liberty, Mo., August 15 and 16. :)

What are your favorite color combinations right now? I’d love some ideas for future projects! 

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I’m Still Here

Where does the time go? I’m always working on projects and thinking about my blog, but then I realize I haven’t posted anything for almost a week!

I’ve also been suffering from DIY ADD. I have 3 or 4 pieces of furniture in the works right now, but none of them are finished, and I have a dining room table that I can’t wait to get started on. I would love to say that they’ll all be done by the end of the week, but if I’ve learned anything, it’s that these things take a lot more time than I ever plan on.

For example, I’ve been working on this desk for a little over a week now.

desk

At one point, I actually had myself convinced that I would have it finished in a couple days. My full-time job and weekend plans made sure that wasn’t a possibility. It almost looks done in this picture, but you might notice the extra wood pieces around the legs. Those were holding on pieces of trim, but one side’s was missing. I’ve knocked them out, but I still need to touch them up with paint. Then I need to finish reupholstering (if you can call it that when you stable material to the seat) a cute little chair to go with it.

I’m hoping to finish it up tonight and take pictures tomorrow night, keep your fingers crossed!

I’m actually pretty excited about how this desk is turning out and a little sad that I’m ruining the surprise by showing you before it’s finished, but I wanted you to know that I haven’t disappeared, I’ve just been investing more of my time into the projects than the blog lately.

One of these days I’ll get ahead. You believe me, right? 

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Cookbook Storage Idea

Hey there! Happy Tuesday. I’m so happy to have Monday out of the way I was finally motivated to share this little set up with you. Oh, and I’m a blogger and like to share things, so maybe Monday had nothing to do with it.

I don’t know about you, but for the longest time (like a year), I wasn’t sure what to do with cookbooks. Never mind even thinking about using them, I wasn’t even really sure where to put them.

I would stack them neatly on the counter, then while I was at work Will would stash them in a cabinet somewhere to get them off the counter. Either way, it wasn’t very organized or functional (assuming we were going to use them someday).

So when we moved back into the same apartment we’d been living in, I decided to try something new. I bought and painted these crates over a year ago and finally had some ideas about how to use them. Originally I wanted to hang them on the wall like a shelf and put the cookbooks inside, but after holding it up and hearing Will laugh at my idea, I realized it the crate would be sticking out too far from the wall.

So I cleared out the corner where my mixer had been sitting for Plan B. I put it in the cabinet because if you hadn’t caught on yet, I don’t cook much so it’s not something I use everyday. Anyways, this is what we ended up with. Pretty and functional.

Cookbooks

Plus I paid way too much money for those turtle measuring cups from Pier 1 for them to be hidden away in a cabinet. I know they’re silly, but they make me happy.

Cookbook Turtle

Cookbook Storage

How do you store your cookbooks? Do you display them or hide them away in a cabinet?

P.S. I will love you forever if you would pin one of these images to Pinterest if it’s something you like!

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Day 1 = Fail

I am finally home, and I couldn’t be happier! And…I got started on some of the goals I set yesterday.

This morning I got up and went to the gym and wow. I thought I was going to die by minute 12 on the elliptical. I stayed on it for 30 minutes and did a little lifting afterwards. Good enough for the first day. This whole getting back into working out after a two month break thing is harder than it sounds.

Then I came home and hit up the pool. It was already getting hot by 10 am, so I figured why not.

pool day

On the plane last week I started reading a free ebook on my iPad. I soon found out why it was free, because it wasn’t that good and was full of typos, but I got sucked in anyway just to find out at the end of the book that it was the first of a series of three. And I had to pay for the 2nd and 3rd. Boo! But I did it anyways since I was already invested, and this led me to failing at my goals in multiple ways.

First, while I was at the pool I was laying on my stomach and rolling over to my back and the iPad slipped out of my hands and slid across the cement facedown. I picked it up and just my luck, the entire front of the screen was cracked. Huge bummer.

Cracked iPad

But then I could still read, so I stayed out there until I finished the entire book. So now, not only do I have a cracked iPad screen, I also have a pretty bad sunburn.

So, the one fun goal I set was kind of a bust. Better luck next time I guess.

The worst part about the iPad is that we also have a Macbook with a cracked screen. A couple years ago Will drove off with it still sitting on the top of his truck. This was when he was still stationed in Georgia, but I was actually visiting him that weekend. I love Apple products, but I do wish they were a bit more durable, ya know?

The best part of today though? I still have plenty of day left to work on furniture, cook dinner and maybe even fit in a  little nap! Maybe today isn’t such a fail after all! :)

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