March 19, 2014

Today is the day – I teased our newest DIY project for our bedroom on Instagram a little over a week ago. Today – the tutorial (and pictures!).

IKEA Tarva makeover DIY

We have been on a roll with putting together our bedroom decor, and one of the big transitions is going from our black furniture to white. We recently added a small white table in the corner of our bedroom (thanks again, Marshalls!), and the next step was to replace our dressers and night stands (just wait: a tutorial for those will be coming up soon as well – they turned out pretty lovely, if I do say so myself).

old black dressers

February 25, 2014

Are there pieces of furniture in your home you’ve happened to own for a while, but just can’t seem to get rid of?

I happen to be at the point where I’m at my wit’s end with a few of these items and it has been well past time to PURGE! When I moved into my very first apartment post-college, I remember picking up a bright red couch, chaise, and matching coffee table and end tables. Along with those pieces, I accumulated a big black TV stand, a headboard for my bed, and dressers for the bedroom. It was great for a girl in her early 20s, but piece by piece I’ve been trying to upgrade. The red couch and chaise/matching tables were the first pieces to go. Next up: the TV stand!

Old TV Stand

The TV unit was a bit of a difficult piece to replace for a bit. It was large, sturdy, and solid wood, so that was a big plus. But, the black color does not match the color scheme for our living room (I’m changing over to white pieces instead of dark/black). So Mr. TV Stand had to go! But – finding a unit of similar size and storage capability was a bit of a challenge. I liked how our old unit fit the wall almost perfectly across. Oh – don’t worry about those Christmas stockings you see hanging on the old unit; I happened to take those photos back in December when we knew we wanted to replace the unit. The Christmas decor has been put away for almost two months now!

IKEA Hemnes TV Stand

February 20, 2014

I really have been on a roll with home decor lately. It’s funny how I spent almost the entire first year of living in our house without deciding on how to decorate the space. Then, in the past few months I’ve all of a sudden gained momentum. I’ve been discovering and deciding on pieces of furniture, art, and other decor left and right. I did mention that my mission this year is to get our house to an almost fully decorated state (aside from renovations). I just might do it, folks! My little home office space is starting to come together lately. I have plans to make the main wall in the room into a gallery wall, so I have begun accumulating framed art, canvases, and the like. It might take me a little while to piece everything together to cover the wall as I hope to, but I’m part of the way there!

But today isn’t about the gallery wall. Today is about two new additions I picked up at Home Goods. Do you remember the bit of dead space I have just inside the office door? It looked like this:

home office wall and closet

My original plan was to purchase a small unit of Expedit shelves from IKEA for the space. However, when it came down to measuring the wall space, the wall was too short by less than an inch. LESS THAN AN INCH! Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased. Thankfully, one of my favorite stores came through for me when I was perusing recently.

Home Goods white cabinet

This sweet little white cabinet was just too cute to not take notice. It is definitely smaller than the Expedit so it doesn’t offer as much storage-wise, but I love the bit of whimsy it adds with the scalloped detailing.

Home Goods silver faux taxidermy deer

January 30, 2014

So it may not be a resolution for 2014, per se…but I do have a goal to accomplish: finishing up the decor in our home. Maybe it won’t be to 100% completion, but I am hoping to get things to a state where guests can feel the style/personality of our home when they walk through the rooms. Things have been going well in the past few months: we replaced our boring light fixture with my beloved orb chandelier, we put a fresh coat of paint on the guest bathroom (maybe 2014 will bring a remodel? Maybe not…), we got a new couch to replace our pilling sofa (which I still haven’t showed yet!), I cleaned and started to put together my home office, we replaced our entertainment stand, I repainted our coffee table, and I FINALLY decided on some wall hangings for our living room and (eventually) our bedroom. By eventually, I mean that I’ve purchased the pieces and they are leaning against our bedroom wall at the moment. I’m hoping that having to constantly look at them sitting there will get me in gear to wrap up my projects intended for the bedroom.

hallway space before

But for today: I focused on the awkward corner of our room by the bathroom. We have a small hallway area in front of our bathroom, connected to the bedroom. I was lucky enough to snag a fun mirror from Home Goods a few months back – it was a great size for the space…knowing that I had a plan for a small table to go below it later on. The previous owners also had a very strangely placed pendant light fixture there. I am STILL trying to figure out the purpose of the placement, as it is to the side in such a random location. It isn’t centered over the hallway space (which to me, would make more sense), not to mention it is not my personal preference for light fixture in general.

hallway space with table