office before

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our home office has been in an unfinished state for what feels like ages.  When we moved in the office was just a blank room.  No cabinets, closets, or storage of any type.  We placed all of the random office stuff that truthfully never worked in any of our homes, and planned to mess with it at another time.  It was so badddddd.  I hated going in that room.  The befores are just plain embarrassing, but here you go.

Here's the lovely scene that greeted you at the door.

To the right.  I have no explanation for those bookcases being situated like that.

And then to the left.  Here I was trying to convince myself that hanging curtain rods higher and wider was going to help.  Yeah, like that's the problem here.  

I mean.  I can't even.

A couple of years ago we had built ins added to the back wall, and saved money by painting them ourselves.  Hello, storage!!!

The desk was moved back in, the shelves were haphazardly filled, and we left it like that for a couple of years because ANYTHING was better than what we had before!  A week ago we were both ready to finally finish it up.  I still can't make my mind up on a couple of things.  Rug or no rug?  Wood shades or fabric shades?  Fix the drawer front where I drilled the wrong knob hole, or continue to ignore it and shake my fist at it every time I look at it?  Decisions, decisions.

I'm promising myself to have this done by the end of summer.  Hold me to it!      

real simple

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying summer so far!  We're already getting lots of hot days and, "I'm so bored!!" over here already :D

I wanted to share with you guys some fun news.  Real Simple just posted an article, Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Spa-Like, that you should totally check out because our guest bathroom is in it!  Eeeeeeee!!!

I'd love for you guys to head over and check it out!  There's also a few other baths included from some pretty awesome designers and bloggers that you love with some really great tips!

If you'd like more photos and info on how I refreshed our plain builder's grade bathroom for a little over $100, check out my full post here.

What's your favorite low-cost bathroom tip?


nightstand styling

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There are a bunch of different formulas you can find online about how to properly style a nightstand.  Some of them work for me and others don't.  By that I mean if the perfect styling recipe calls for a tray or candle and I don't have one that looks right, I'm not going to go out and purchase one.  I'll just work around it with what I have.  If you find yourself needing some nightstand styling ideas, I'm sharing ours and how I created them.

In our master (you can read more about it here and here), we just retired our ancient alarm/radio/why are there so many dials clock for this simple alarm clock that's pretty enough to stay out for photos :)  I ended up switching up the nightstand decor in the process.  Since the clock, table skirt, and lamp (temporarily stolen from the entry to see if I liked it, and darn it, I do) blend in with the wall, I added a larger dark vase in the back for some contrast.  There's a small tray for hairbands and any jewelry that I forgot to take off before bed.

A previous version had my usual lamp.  I used a silver tray to hold a vase with greenery, a black candle for contrast, and some little brass swans.  You'll notice the absence of an alarm clock.  I removed it for photos because our old alarm clock was definitely not inspiring anyone ;)

My husband's side has a vase with greenery and black candle to break up the lighter colors, and a small plate acting as a tray to hold any smaller items like a ring or cell phone.

For our guest room nightstand I kept this side simple.  Just a lamp and small bowl for jewelry, etc. 

And since we're using a desk as a nightstand on the other side I had plenty of open space left after adding a lamp and tray with accessories.  The tray holds a vase for color and life stacked on books for height and a glass box with seashells.  The white tray breaks up the dark wood and keeps the accessories grouped together.  I added a basket under the desk for dirty laundry because I can't stand stuffing dirty laundry back in my suitcase when traveling.  

In our daughter's room she has a small accent table on one side of the bed that holds a vase with faux succulents for color.  The necklace adds extra texture and color for the photo but in real life there's usually a cup of water in its place.  Oh, and instead of placing lamps on nightstands in kids' rooms, I like to use sconces so I don't have to worry about them getting knocked over.

Her desk sits on the other side of her bed.  It's definitely more of a desk than nightstand and is set up as so, but the two closest drawers to her bed hold her chapsticks and sleep masks (she uses them when she's feeling fancy).

In our son's room it's all geared toward being useful.  Again, I used sconces instead of lamps.  One side holds his favorite bedtime books and his piggy bank as a bookend.

The other has a metal basket filled with all of his toy cars.  They're out in the open so he can play with them, and they just look plain cute in a little boy's room.

That is it!  While they don't all follow some strict recipe, they work for us and I love how they look.  I hope this gives you some ideas if you're struggling with how to style your nightstands at home!


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