Feeling a Little Moody

Between painting the living room, stairs and upstairs hallway and renovating the bathroom, I haven’t had any time to beautify my room.  The ceiling is just orange from nicotine and the once kind of cute country wallpaper has seen better decades. So I lie in bed at night dreaming of an airy, comfortable room that is easy on the eyes. To keep cabin fever at bay, I put together this moodboard on Olioboard, a free moodboard making website.

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My room needs some blue and green (my two favorite colors), and some deep wood tones.  I love furniture with clean lines that feels a little tiny bit retro. The bed in the mood board is similar to what I am looking for: upholsterd, no footboard and wide sideboards. Right now we only have one bedside table that I’ve managed to cover with books, a jewelry box, a lamp, a box of sewing stuff, and half a dozen stretched out hair ties. Let’s not even talk about the state of my desk.

Unlike all those posh pictures in magazines with beds with white duvets, I like my comforter to be the star. I have a duvet from Ikea that they don’t make anymore, but I love it. It’s bold, fresh and has all my favorite colors in it. So far, it’s the only thing in my room I like other than my brand new fluffy Target pillows.  I’d like to bring in some new curtains, a few pillows and a nice rug to spice up the room.

To continue with the spicing, I have been looking around for some interesting, but cheap artwork.  Nothing too huge or stuffy.  We like graphic and nature inspired up in here. Right now we have our initials hanging above 0ur bed.  I printed off some cute monogram samples and slapped an ampersand up there. Imagine this, but framed and on a wall. A & K. I’ll post a picture one day.

The moodboard is just here to give me hope that one day I’ll have a room that I love that I’m not afraid to show my friends.

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Butt Hurt

You’ve all been sitting on pins and needles waiting to find out what paint color we settled on in this post, right?  Da-da-da-da! Dusky Blue aka the one on the left.

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We thought the other color, Heavenly Blue, was too baby-blue-in-your-face. We wanted something toned down, and relaxing.  When the paint dried it kind of took us by surprise because it was much brighter than we had anticipated.  It makes me feel pretty good about dodging the Heavenly Blue bullet because that would have been offensively bright. The cool part of it is that the nice blue makes the white trim and the dark wood doors POP.

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We bought the big 5 gallon bucket because we are painting the biggest areas of our house. I did not anticipate it being such a mess. Obviously we missed something.

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We still need to paint the stairwell and the upstairs hallway (scary tall ladders, ahoy!), but after that the next step is to organize and hang all of our pictures and art to make it feel like a homey home. I simply can’t wait. Maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll have new floors by the summer. Oh, and about the title. If you are ever painting and need to use a stool or chair, alternate which leg you use to stand up on it. It’s a great gluteal workout, but I accidently only used the same leg again and again. Obviously I didn’t notice until the next day. No pain, no gain.

Are you working on any major changes in your home?

Great Minds

…treat windows alike.  Last night on a last minute trip to the bookstore for my sister, I scooped up the long awaited Young House Love book. I thought I might get it for Christmas, but alas I had to buy it for myself.  #bigbaby

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I’ve been perusing it all morning and what did I see?  A tip to hang curtains just like I posted here!  Say what? I nearly died. It feels good to know that I did at least one thing right trying to update this crazy townhouse.

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I can’t wait to spend my (admittedly ample) free time at work reading it. You can expect some YHL inspired projects to come. Do you read Young House Love?

Indecision

Hey guys, after taking a much needed yet hectic break for the holidays I’m back with a new post about the trials and tribulations of townhouse updating. I hope you all had a great few weeks, I know I did! I spent my new years day trying to figure this out:

I have been struggling to choose a paint color for my living room/stairwell/upstairs hallway for a while now. There are four different paint colors plastered on most of the walls in my living room that only force me to face my indecisiveness on a daily basis. I’m going for a light grayish blue. It’s the color you see on every wall in the show Best Friends Forever (canceled to my complete sadness). So the four colors I’ve brought home have run the gamut between cornflower to dusky blue and yet I’m not satisfied.

So I started polling all my guests and roommates to find out which would be the most pleasing to the eye. It resulted in a tie between Heavenly Blue and Dusky Blue. Check it.

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I think we have come to a decision FINALLY. Mostly because the man of the house has such strong opinions about it. This is extremely rare. I am hoping his confidence is right because I am practically paralyzed with fear that I’ll pick the wrong color. 

Do you have an easy time making color decisions? Dusky or Heavenly?

Weekend Round Up

Here I am. Yes, I’m alive! I had a nice Thanksgiving that reminded me why I’m thankful for my family and thankful I moved out. We went with a non-dramatic no-one-has-to-cook option this year and headed north to this lovely resort.  After a few days of gluttony, eyeing the elliptical with rancor, and laughing it up with my fam, I was ready for a quiet few days at home to unwind before the ever-looming Monday arrived.

Then I got the itch to do something productive.  God knows why. So I snatched my boyfriend away from his precious football to go Christmas decoration shopping with me.  I prefer to not purchase new things every year for every holiday because it’s just not practical. However, we didn’t do outside decorations last year because buying our tiny tree was about all we had the money for. So this year we got lights and a wreath. We may end up getting a few more net lights to cover some naked bushes. Check it.

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We have this rickety old wooden ladder left to us by the previous tenant that my man refused to let me climb (despite the fact I’ve probably been on infinitely more ladders than he has). Adorbs. Yeah, I said adorbs, just love me.  Those are supposed to be icicle lights, but they seemed to be pretty tightly wound in the box.  We are hoping the icicles just fall after some time being hung = too lazy to break out the ladder to force them into the right shape.

Oh yeah, see my wreath?  Here’s a close up. 

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I love this wreath so hard. We found the Christmas section at our local Target and I did briefly fall in love with a wreath of ornaments, but we couldn’t agree on which color(s) so when I saw this I tossed our compromise back to its shelf and snagged this little beaut. I’m going to try to bring in some cranberry garland to our house to pull the wreath and everything together.

My boyfriend did complain that we were decorating too early.  Then we pulled up to our house and our neighbor was stringing lights across  his garage. And our other neighbor. I don’t think it’s too early because, quite frankly, I don’t want to be out there in the snow struggling to get it done. We felt so great once it was all hung and lit.  Kind of like we were going to be good adults one day. One day.