Holy 2014! Where did you come from exactly? Hopefully you had a festive new year celebration. It is odd for Joel to not have to work on NYE so we enjoyed our own little night of merriment and saw our first Key West new year’s eve party live. Funny enough we actually saw the coverage of Key West’s new year’s eve party last year from Curacao on CNN. Yes, we were home, just us and the dogs, watching the world celebrate. We are rock stars like that. Remember the wall-to-wall closet we made for our guest bedroom way back in 2013? She has definitely come in handy to house all of our stuff that doesn’t have a real home yet. Right now that consists of all of my project supplies, lamps and lamp shades, vacuums, unhung artwork (which is basically all of anything we have ever hung on a wall except these guys) and all of my clothes and shoes can be found in there. Oh, not-yet-built-master-closet how I yearn for you. I have high hopes for more organization in time as we get to creating what I hope to become a craft corner in the guest room and an office nook on a wall between the living and dining room. But, until then, this closet is probably my most used accessory. And, what once looked like the picture above, after a few short months started to look more like this. One thing that I’ve learned from our house guests that doesn’t translate well on the blog is just how tall these guys are. They are a full 8 feet tall, which is the height of the ceilings in many houses. Our ceilings are 9 1/2 feet tall throughout the house and I guess I don’t do a good job … continue reading
Seriously, any Breaking Bad fans out there? I’m hooked. My cousin has already watched the whole series, but she’s watching it again with me. And I’m in love. In a I’m-kinda-creeped-out-and-totally-disturbed-and-just-want-Jesse-to-be-smarter-than-he-really-is sort of way. But remember the Tortuga? Admittedly, things didn’t end well for him. But, I’m kind of feeling at a turtle’s pace right now with house progress and thought I owed you a little update.
Ok, so maybe you see a bed frame or headboard/footboard set you absolutely love but they are not the right size for your bed? Or maybe you think you’ll try your hand at making a bed frame and decided to make the measurements 2 inches bigger than your mattress on all sides for some silly reason. Here are a whole list of things I did while making the bed frame that I highly recommend you do not. :) Either way, here’s a super simple way to fake a bigger bed than you actually have.
Well. I did it. I went ahead and made a little something that Joel would wholeheartedly consider a “zero priority” project. But considering he also views a bed frame in the guest bedroom a zero priority project, can we all just agree that he is wrong? :)
Here’s a handy list of some things that could, if you’re not perfect, possibly, maybe go wrong while making a wood bed frame. I mean, if it were someone else making the bed. In spite of it all, here is how my bedframe turned out here. Let’s just agree that these problems didn’t happen to me. And that these are pictures I found online from someone else’s bed making attempt. I know what you’re going to think, “it’s crazy that the random person’s yard and room and bed frame looks just like mine” … I thought the exact same thing. :)
So, you all know that Joel and I have the perfect relationship, right?!?! We never fight and always speak in loving tones. And we live in a land full of unicorns and rainbows.* *Consider everything I’ve said so far to be a lie. Turns out this whole process of making and hanging our first ever DIY wood closet doors gave me some good insight into that husband of mine and some useless information about myself.
There was a time when I thought building a closet was going to be super complicated. I actually spent wayyyy too much time online researching closet systems. But nothing was exactly what I wanted and everything seemed really expensive to me.* *”Ummmmm, everything always seems expensive to you” my sweet husband chimes in. “Well, I would hate to have to dip into my secret Cayman account” I retort. And so we decide to build our own wall to wall closet.
Did you hear the one about the DIYers who rented the wrong floor sander? Yeah, that totally happened. But, what is it they say, all’s well that ends well and albeit a weekend later than expected we managed our own hardwood floor restoration in the guest bedroom. Holla!!
… yes we do. We have furniture, how about you? Sooooo, ummmmm, yeahhhhhh. I know I said here that Joel and I were going to be staining and finishing up the floors in the living room and dining room over the weekend. And I totally meant it at the time. :)
Hello, hello!! If you happen to follow along on Instagram you saw a little sneak peek of a creative wall covering idea I worked on with my bff at one of our rental houses in Maryland. I’m going to start by saying that I am seriously in love with how this little experiment turned out. A $6 upcycling idea that I worked on for 2 hours with my bff and had no idea what to expect for a result … when something like that works out in the end what’s not to love, right?!?!
Happy Fourth of July everyone! It has been a crazy week around here, to say the least. Warning: This is not at all about a project, decor idea, tip, tutorial or other DIY relevant topic. This is about when real life happens and the desire for a space to be beautiful doesn’t even remotely exist. When a room’s one and only purpose is to function in real life. When it doesn’t bother you in the least when your ‘master bedroom’ looks like this.
Hey y’all. Yesterday we were talking pillow cover making and today we’re giving those little covers a little extra umph with 3 easy ways to update a pillow cover. Let’s jump right in and start with the white pillow covers. You may recall we didn’t work with any white fabric yesterday. Those beauties in the back are just regular white pillow cases updated with a blue sharpie. Easy peasy, right!?!
As it turns out, this fun little project was a success to the detriment of our donation pile. Sorry Asiento! When I was getting our donation box organized, around the same time I was getting our rooftop bedroom set up, I was drawn to a couple of blue shirts my husband had in there. Apparently I didn’t see a need to take a pic of the shirts other than just in a pile with the pillow forms. The blue one was a regular polo shirt and the light blue one with the sail fish images was a Tommy Bahama style shirt. Here is the tale of how a novice sewer lady took two old shirts and made a few pillow covers.
It’s that time again. The first Monday of the month where we share an easy peasy, super simple, somewhat silly to post about project. And today, my friends, we are going step-by-step into my rooftop pallet bed making process.
Happy Tuesday y’all! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend and an opportunity to take a moment to remember the true reason for the day. How blessed we all are to be from the land of the free and the home of the brave. Spend any amount of time in another culture and the true value of freedom, equality and the ability to fight for your rights becomes crystal clear. How fortunate to be free. :) Now, let’s get this party started. If you haven’t had a chance, just click on the pic below to check out our brand new rooftop bedroom complete with a pallet bed as well as homemade candles, pillow covers, and unruly duvet along with a peaceful view. And, be sure to see what my MISSION: Possible gals accomplished, even the black thumbed Andrea. ;)
I had dreams. I had visions. I had pinned beautiful outdoor beds, and spaces and had images of what was sure to be our awesome, Awesome, AWESOME new pallet bed on our roof. You saw this sneak peek this morning … And, I have to admit, I do NOT have all that I had dreamed of. But, considering that we have been talking about putting a pallet bed on the roof for.like.ever since we moved in, 2 and a half years ago, and we now have pallets on the roof with a mattress on top of it and a few cute accessories that will never hold up to the wind so I have to carry them up and down whenever we use the space, I am thrilled.