September 28, 2012

Another Month Bites The Dust

And another month gone, and another month gone – another month bites the dust!

Oh hey, welcome to our 4th monthiversary! For those of you that are new here (maybe visiting from House of Hepworths?) and are wondering what a "Monthiversary" is, allow me to explain! At the end of each month, I recap what I've done around our new house to celebrate the progress we've made on transforming our house into a home!

Sunday will mark our 120th day of living in our new house (WHAT?!) and in the month of September, I did the following:

• Made some progress on turning our loft into an upstairs lounge/living room

September 25, 2012

Look for Less: Barn Lighting Sconces

Before our house was finished being built, I knew that we were going to end up replacing all of the builder basic lighting fixtures. None of them were terrible, they just weren't my style but I knew I'd have to save up some money before they could come down.

The first ones to go were the two pendant lights above our bar. The next one to go? The chrome "Hollywood" bar lighting in our powder room:

Ok, maybe this one was terrible haha The thing gave off heat hotter than the desert sun I live in and practically blinded you every time you turned it on! We've lived with it for the past few months while trying to find a replacement and I'm happy to say that we finally found that replacement over the weekend!

September 24, 2012

Powder Room Paint Plans

Installing the chunky wooden floating shelves in our powder room created a snowball effect of other updates I want to do in the room. Since it's tiny (4' 9" x 5' 4"), it shouldn't take a lot of money to update and one of the cheapest updates I can think of is paint.

I like the look of dark painted powder rooms because they're unexpected and add a bit of drama to an otherwise boring room:

[ Image via Lonny Mag ]

September 20, 2012

DIY $15 Chunky Wooden Floating Shelves

Thanks to Allison at House of Hepworths and Shannon at AKA Design for featuring my shelves! A huge thank you also goes out to Kate at Centsational Girl for featuring my shelves in her 'Best of the Blogosphere' round up!

+++ UPDATE +++

Since this post, I've painted our powder room and updated the shelf styling. Here's what they look like today:

If you're looking to build a set of freestanding shelves instead, check out our second shelf tutorial to make a set of shelves with sides like the ones we built in our hallway:

Back to the tutorial :)

September 18, 2012

Syroco Score: Federal Mirror

Speaking of mirrors, ten days ago I won a Syroco Federal Mirror on eBay and over the weekend, it arrived on my doorstep in all of its vintage glory:

The mirror is made from a plastic mold but the color and details make it look like carved wood:

September 17, 2012

Bellesol Beauty

Two weeks ago I asked for your opinions on what you'd do with the large blank wall in my loft. I got a lot of feedback but I don't know if I ever shared my final decision with you!

If you recall, I ended up painting it navy:

I LOVE the wall as-is but it's a little plain so I'm planning on adding a mixed collection of mirrors that will add some interest and bounce some light around the room to make it feel larger.

September 13, 2012


Back in May I was contacted by Lisa who asked me if I'd like to be a room designer for an upcoming website she was launching. I was excited about the opportunity so I jumped on board and have been collaborating with her ever since. The site launched yesterday and I'm excited to have you guys check it out!

The first mood board I designed for Guroom is a contemporary living room:

My board is one of many on the site that can help you see how different items look together in a room. Each item featured in the room I designed is one I'd buy for my own home, especially that gorgeous gray tufted sofa :)

Custom mood boards from interior designers can cost a lot of money but Guroom's are free to look at and get inspired by! The best part about them? If you see an item on a board that you like, you can buy it right away without having to do a countless amount of Google searches for "gray tufted sofa" or "southwestern style rug" like I've done in the past when I've seen something I liked on a mood board. Go check out the site and see for yourself!

What do you think of the room I designed? Not bad for my first time as a real designer, huh?

PS: It still feels weird to be considered a "real" designer by others when I'm winging things half the time haha

Disclosure notice: I'm a room designer for Guroom and I'll receive a small commission for each item that's purchased from my room designs. I wasn't paid or perked to write this post -- I wrote it to fill you in on what I've been up to elsewhere outside of my blog :)

September 12, 2012

Linen Lovelies

After we painted the blank wall in our loft Valspar's "Indigo Streamer", I started to look around online for drapes that would go with everything else in the room.

One search lead to another and somehow I stumbled upon IKEA's AINA drapes (in gray):

[ Image via IKEA

I don't think they're new to IKEA but somehow I've never seen them before online or in the store (I guess I wasn't looking haha). The color looked good and I liked that they were 100% linen so I made a quick mock up of our loft with the navy wall and the AINA curtains to see how everything would look together.

September 11, 2012

Loft Rug Roundup

Yesterday I told you that one of the 3 things we still wanted to address in the loft had been taken care of. It has been as of now but yesterday was a different story.

We weren't able to finish it on my lunch break like I had planned so we had to do it when I got home from work. This meant that the sun had pretty much gone down and the photos were dark and grainy so because of that, I won't be sharing after photos with you until tomorrow. Here's a dead giveaway sneak peak to hold you over until then :)

For now, let's talk about rugs!

I'm actually still deciding on whether or not I want to add a rug to the loft:

But if I do decide to add one, it'll most likely be one of these six...

September 10, 2012

Navy Baby

Guess what I did Wednesday night?

Yep, I painted the blank wall in our loft navy blue! The dark wall makes the open room feel so cozy and I LOVVVEEE it! So much so that I find myself taking random trips upstairs just to stare at the wall haha

September 7, 2012

Dot Com

Quick little post for those of you who may have my blog bookmarked: you may need to update the link.

My blog address is now, instead of I have the old address ( forwarding to the new one ( so there shouldn't be any issues but if you run into any problems, please let me know!

Also, for those of you who view my blog in Google reader, an RSS reader, or are subscribed by e-mail, I think the posts are displaying incorrectly :(  I'm going to be working on fixing that issue over the weekend and once it's fixed, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday :)

September 3, 2012

Loft Progress

Remember how I was so excited to go to IKEA over the weekend? Well, that trip didn't happen :(

I took my car in for new brakes on Friday morning thinking it was going to be pretty cheap but that's never the case when you take your car in, is it? I needed some additional work done and the entire job ended up draining my IKEA budget so the boyfriend and I stayed home doing other projects instead.

One of those projects involved making some progress on our loft lounge area. On Friday night we cleared off my desk so we could move it out of the loft and center Chester on the window my desk used to sit under:

Then on Saturday I shopped the other rooms of our house so I could bring in additional pieces of furniture. I took the bench from our bedroom and the two black chairs from our desks. The round accent table was hanging out in our guest room looking for a home:

I wasn't sure about the chairs at first but they've grown on me. They're tufted like Chester and I like how they bring some darkness to the other side of the room which helps balance Chester out.

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