Updated: Our Bedroom

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So, a few weeks ago I shared this image, and I’m (finally) ready to share the whole master update!

Let me start with the back story. I have been pining over this picture of a warm, grey wall for many months now. While looking for paint for a different project we came across a paint chip of Behr Elephant Skin, and decided it belonged in our bedroom. However, we weren’t planning to do anything until summer. Then a few weeks ago, the “fix” that had been holding our bed frame together from a moving related accident let go on us. Instead of trying to patch it up in hopes of it holding awhile longer, I decided it was time for a new, grown up (read: not IKEA) bed frame.

Of course, it quickly disolved into “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. Once we found a bed frame, we needed a new dresser, and then new nightstands. And if we were taking everything out of the room anyway, we may as well paint instead of moving everything out again in a few months. And gosh if were patching holes and painting, lets just update our artwork as well.

Wowza. Suddenly, its a new space.

This the best “before” picture I have of our bedroom.

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We started out with a tufted white comforter, white sheets, white pillows, and a pop of blue and patter with these curtains. Unfortunately Bhuta was going through a rebellious kitten phase and peed on our white comforter. Three or four times. And while I’m a big fan of pattern mixing, the new comforter paired with the existing curtains was a bit much for me. I also didn’t love the generic “bed in a bag” throw pillows. Super matchy is not my jam.

Anyway, our already broken bed really broke, and suddenly we were here:

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I was more than happy to take out that damn yellow-tan paint in yet another room.

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I kid you not, deciding on a bed was so much harder than buying a house! We ended up going with this turn of the century Arts and Crafts movement inspired bed, and the coordinating dresser. I just couldn’t do a full coordinating bedroom set, and we ended up going with the nightstand. It is more rustic than what typically falls into our design aesthetic, but totally eclectic and cool. After searching high and low for a rug to go between the bed and the dresser, we realized we had one (literally) right under our feet and moved it into the bedroom.

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The bed used to be in the middle of the room in front of the window on the left of that first picture. Since we went with a frame with a larger headboard, we moved the bed into the corner. The room flows so much better this way, we love the change. We also recently look our our sliding closet doors and hung curtains instead. It made me crazy to only be able to see half of the closet at one time, and (lets be honest here) doors don’t always work that great when they are 60+ years old. Additionally we traded in our old back-of-the-door cheapo mirror that Grant couldn’t see his whole body in, for this big dude.

In other news, I’ve got a plan up my sleeve for those pillow shams…

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And the details. Our new curtains our sheer white with a subtle geometric pattern. I made the curtain tie backs using this tutorial and the artwork was inspired here. I found that great graphic arrow pillow at Target (Threshold anyone? Target is no longer a safe place to be). I used the small brown pillow that came with our bedding set, recovered it using upholstery fabric left over from another project, and stenciled the N on using a Sharpie! I also just thought I’d show off my Catherine Holm bowl.

The wall is currently empty over the dresser but that will be changing very soon.

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Happy Earth Day!

I’m one of those people who has always agreed with the need to be environmentally sustainable, to care for our earth. I’ve just never really had or sought out the knowledge to really integrate those principals into my day to day life. Not a good excuse? I know. Just stating the facts.

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Anywho, my goal for Earth Day (and 2013 in general) is to make the sustainable decisions I’ve made thus far more practical, and to add some new things into my life.

Making the existing ones practical… 

The main thing I was thinking about on this topic is figuring out how to make reusable items (bags, water bottles, coffee cups) more accessible day to day. Do I own all of these things? Absolutely. Do I use them on a regular basis…  its hit or miss. For example, when I leave the house with the sole intention of going grocery shopping, I remember to bring reusable bags about half the time. When I happen to stop at the grocery store, I have a reusable bag with me 0% of the time. You know what I never (okay, almost never) forget? My purse. So, I found these little dudes on amazon.com. Even better, my husband got me the Whole Foods version of this for my birthday, without even knowing I was looking at them! Now as soon as I unpack a bag of groceries, I pack the bag up into a little ball and throw it back in my purse. Voila! Reusable bags all the time. They are seriously a life saver. Highly recommended.

Note: The ones I picked are about $10 a bag, and I picked them because they were pretty. This is a more affordable option at 3/$11.

And for some new additions…

In addition to my reusable bag upgrade, I found some mesh produce bags that I am pretty jazzed about. Eating a plant based (vegan) diet, I buy a lot of produce. And every time I’m at the grocery store I think about the mass amount of plastic I’m using to bag up all that produce. I ordered 10 of these, and I can easily tuck 9 of them inside the 10th and throw that in my purse as well. Convenient for me, happy for the planet.

Mini tangent – eating a vegan diet is probably the one action for me that makes the most significant positive environmental impact. Check out this study from the University of Michigan to learn more, or just google it. Maybe today is the day to try a Meatless Monday!

I’m in the process of sprouting seeds in a greenhouse for my own little garden, which I am so excited about. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is the process of thoroughly reminding us that she runs this show (it won’t stop snowing) and my seeds are growing crazy fast, so fingers crossed for their survival! Whenever winter finally subsides, I found the perfect pre-made raised garden bed. It’s a composite that won’t rot, and its made out of all recycled/reclaimed materials. Plus, not tools required for assembly. Score.

The other thing I am looking at for the upcoming year (in order of likelihood) are:

  1. Installing a clothesline
  2. A rain water collection system
  3. Composting

Just for good measure, I think I’ll plant a few trees today. Earth Day is kinda my favorite, can you tell?

What are you doing for Earth Day this year?

Making a House into a Home.

 

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If you’ve read a few of these you know that when we moved into this house every single wall bore the same yellowy-tan paint color. You may also know that it was (I’m assuming the cheapest) flat paint. Knowing this, we decided we should probably make it a priority to paint the bathrooms sooner rather than later. Old building materials + flat paint + lots of moisture…  it just doesn’t sound like a good combination.

So there was a practicality factor. There was also the “home” factor. After living in rentals for 5 1/2 years, one of the most exciting prospects of buying a house was making it into our home. Picking paint colors and decor, making each space into exactly what we wanted it to be.

This is what we started with:

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That same color as every other room, a bold printed shower curtain (which I loved, for the record) and that standard bathroom mirror that you mount with clips. (Side note, anybody need a giant mirror? It mounts to the wall with clips!) We also had black shelves over the toilet that moved with us from our townhouse. It was the kind that sits over the toilet, and it always felt… impermanent. Like we were moving again soon.

I wanted a relaxing, spa inspired feel for our main bathroom. Calm and simple would be the best two words to describe how I envisioned this space.

We started with a light blue wall color (and used Arm&Hammer paint that is especially made for bathrooms!). I had originally wanted to go with a lighter blue, but the other voting party in this process wasn’t feeling it. This is the compromise we came to, and I love how it turned out.

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We also made some other changes. We bought a new mirror, put in “permanent” shelves, found a few fun accessories, diy-ed some art, and, last minute, decided to replace the shower curtain.

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on hanging animals from your walls…

I’ve never really understood why people are so compelled to hang animal heads and/or fish from their walls. I mean, I suppose if I was up at 4:00am sitting in a freezing cold tree I might want something to show for it… but the designer part of my brain always said “agh, stop that!”.

Until…

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I met this guy. There was just something about the totally kitschy midwest vibe of a mounted deer head… in chrome. I was freaking out in HomeGoods like a crazy person. Grant gave me that “here we go again with Erin’s weird ideas” look, but bought it for me as an early birthday present anyway (when we got it home and I held it up to the wall he said “it might be brilliant”. Ha!). Best h-word ever.

The greatest part about this find is that we have this massive pretty much open wall in our living room that I’d never quite figured out.

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Our living room has a wall of vintage records on one side and a very “designed” mantle on the other, so I never wanted to hang more art on that wall. There must be a limit to how many frames you can reasonably have in one room. However, it turns out that a chrome deer head is just what that wall needed. (And yes, I did just suggest that framed pictures were too much, but a chrome deer head was not. Wanna fight about it?)

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So, a chrome deer lives in our house now. I love it. So do kittens (as seen below). What do you think?

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