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5 Months, 20 Weeks, 150 Days

October 31, 2012

No matter how you count it down, the result is the same: it's our 5th Monthiversary! It's also Halloween (Happy Halloween!) AND my boyfriend's birthday (Happy Birthday Love!) so there's lots to celebrate today!

First things first, what did you dress up as for Halloween? Planning on handing any candy out tonight? We didn't dress up this year and since our new neighborhood is still being built, I don't know if we'll be getting any Trick-Or-Treaters so I need to live vicariously through you haha

Anyway, back to our monthiversary! In the past 30 days, I've done the following:

• Told you where I got all of the items on my DIY $15 chunky floating shelves



New Bar Lights: Buy or DIY (again)?

October 29, 2012

In my 4th Monthiversary post, I had mentioned that my one of my DIY $9 string globe bar pendants bit the big one.





It all happened when I flung one of my dogs toys over my shoulder. Apparently I had better aim than I thought because the toy hit the pendant which fell into the sink -- directly into the pot of spaghetti sauce that I was soaking.

TARVA

October 26, 2012

Our dining room table wasn't the only thing we got at IKEA over the weekend! We also got the 6-drawer TARVA dresser:





I had been eyeing it since it was released back in April but we didn't really need a dresser since our closet is gigantic and we don't have that many clothes to store. That all changed though when we rearranged our bedroom and were left with a blank wall that needed something.

Saver's Scores

October 25, 2012

After a bit of a dry spell, my boyfriend and I did a little thrifting Tuesday night. Well I thrifted, he just laughed at what I wanted to bring home haha

Our first stop was Goodwill where we struck out like usual. I don't know what it is about that place but ever since I scored my $15 campaign dresser there, I feel like I have to go back even though I haven't found anything since :(

Anyway, we went to Saver's after Goodwill since Saver's and I are like old friends. We don't see each other very often but when we do, we have a good time and I always wonder why we don't hang out more. Case in point:





I scored both of those bad boys for less than $10! $8.24 to be exact :)

BJURSTA

October 23, 2012

After talking about it for months, I finally made the hour and a half long trip up to IKEA over the weekend! So thankful to Johnny for giving us a reason to make the trip :)

Anyway, the Tempe marketplace is undergoing renovations until the end of next month so a lot of the items were MIA but thankfully their furniture selection was fully stocked because it allowed us to FINALLY get a dining room table!





It only took us 5 months haha

Johnny Cupcakes + Phoenix Zoo

October 22, 2012

Happy Monday!

My boyfriend and I got out of Tucson this weekend and headed up to Phoenix. I took Friday off so we left town as soon as my boyfriend got off work and arrived around 5:30. We checked into our hotel and then headed downtown for some dinner. After dinner, we went to the art district (specifically to The Lab 137) for Johnny Cupcakes' Coffin Tour.



We waited in line for 5 hours to get some merchandise and then we waited another hour to meet him and have him sign our stuff. We spent 6 hours standing and waiting and every second of that time was worth it because I finally met one of my idols! Johnny was so genuine and sweet and is someone who honestly loves his fans and I'm happy to be one of them :)

DIY $18 Console Table

October 19, 2012

Yesterday I showed you our styled staircase landing:








And in that post I had mentioned that I built the console table for $18 so guess what that means?! It's tutorial time!

Styled Staircase Landing

October 18, 2012

When you get to the top of our stairs, you're greeted by the door to our guest bathroom. If you turn left, you can enter one of two guest bedrooms and if you turn right, you can either visit our laundry room, head into our master bedroom or hang out in our loft.



The highlighted wall is where there was large span of blank wall in between the guest bathroom and laundry room doors that I didn't really know what to do with. It's at the top of the stairs and is the pathway between all of the rooms so if I were to put a piece of furniture there, I knew it had to be shallow.



After we turned our mid-century modern dresser into an entertainment center, we knew we'd need to find a home for the Torsby sideboard we had been using previously so we brought it upstairs and set it against the blank wall to see if it could work.

Look for Less: Starburst Mirror

October 17, 2012

Last month I blogged about Ballard Designs' Bellesol Mirror:



I fell in love with it after I saw it in Centsational Girl's powder room:



[ Image via Centsational Girl ]

But couldn't justify spending that much money on a mirror at the time. The Frugal Gods must have agreed with me because guess what I found at Target:



[ Image via Target ]

A similar looking mirror for only $40! Sure the shape is a little different and it's a little smaller in size (24" vs 31" for Ballard's medium size Bellesol mirror) but it was 40 freaking dollars! It had to come home with me and if I'm being honest, I think I prefer Target's version much more :)



I haven't found a spot to hang it yet but I *think* it's going to end up on the navy wall in our loft as part of the mirror collection I've sort of started:




What do you think of my latest look for less find?

Halloween Porch

October 15, 2012

It's the moment you've all been waiting for! Wait, you mean you haven't been waiting to see my Halloween porch? ;)

Anyway, without further ado, let's take a look around!

I stuck this styrofoam tombstone to our door with a few Command strips. It's stuck pretty well so far and I like the floating look, I just hope the strips don't damage the paint.





Dollar Store Door Knocker

October 12, 2012

If you follow me on Instagram (@desertdomicile), you may have seen me post a similar looking photo yesterday:



If you don't follow me on Instagram, you should because then you'll get to be part of the cool crowd that gets to sneak a peek at my upcoming blog posts :)

Anyway, I had planned to show you my fall front patio today but Mother Nature rained on my parade (literally) and didn't want to cooperate with me. I also didn't finish decorating until the sun set sooo that's my bad.

Excuses, excuses, I know but in an attempt to not leave you empty handed over the weekend, I snapped a quick photo of our Halloweenified gate before the skies opened and I got soaked.



I got the vampire Frankenstein door knocker at the Dollar Tree last month and had planned on spray painting him black but I changed my mind once I saw how the green color looked against our rusted gate. Doesn't it remind you of patinated copper?

Are there any vampire Frankensteins guarding your gate? He'll keep the bad guys out, I'm sure of it :)

DIY Faux Pumpkin Topiary

October 11, 2012

I'm a little late to jump on the fall bandwagon but yesterday I DIY'd a pumpkin topiary in less than an hour!



I'm definitely not the first person to do this but here's how I made mine in case you want to make a similar one of your own :)

Favorite Fall Scents

October 9, 2012

Admittedly, I'm not much of a candle gal. Don't get me wrong, I like candles and I love the way they make a house smell but I don't own very many and I'm always afraid to light the ones I do own for fear of "ruining" them.

Up until this past weekend, I hadn't burned any in our new house but that all changed when I stumbled upon four limited edition soy candles at good ol' Tarjey.

The candles are made by a company called Illume and they were on sale for $8/each (regularly $10). There were a handful of varieties available to choose from but I fell for the following fall scents:



Autumn Harvest isn't very descriptive but the candle smells like spicy potpourri with a hint of pumpkin. It's hard to describe but it smells so good that I've contemplated getting a spoon and eating it haha

Pedestal Sink to Vanity Sink Idea

Painted Powder Room

October 5, 2012

I finished painting our powder room a little after 1am Monday morning but when I started to remove the painter's tape, this happened in several places:





Which is why the post didn't go live earlier in the week like I had planned. I'm not sure what I did wrong but the paint was literally peeling off the walls!

The End of An Era

October 3, 2012

Painting our powder room has turned into a much bigger project than I anticipated but we're almost done and I'm 90% positive that I'll have an update on it tomorrow!

In other news: last night, after 5 years of waiting, I finally got an iPhone! And it's an iPhone 5 to boot!



[ Image via Apple

I feel like I'm the last person on Earth to get an iPhone but I was in a contract with T-Mobile for those 5 years so I've always had an Android phone even though I'm an Apple girl at heart.

My boyfriend has a contract with Sprint so he suggested that I switch to his plan when my T-Mobile contract ended. It was over on September 25th and that night we headed to Sprint so I could put my name on their waiting list. They called me last night to let me know that they had a black 32GB iPhone 5 on had if I still wanted it so we swung by and picked it up!

I've had it less than 24 hours but I'm already so in love with it. I've installed a few apps (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) but I'd love your suggestions on what else to install!

Do you have an iPhone? What are your favorite apps? Any suggestions on where to buy cute cases?

Chunky Shelves Styling Sources

October 1, 2012

Happy October everyone!

Did anyone else watch the premieres of Dexter and Homeland last night? What did you think? Both seasons look like they're going to be crazy good this year! Speaking of crazy good, guess what happened to me/my blog yesterday?

It was around 10 am when I rolled over to check my phone to see what time it was. At some point during the night my phone had shut itself off so I took the battery out, put it back in and turned my phone on.

After it booted up, I started checking my e-mails and saw that I had one from Twitter that contained a tweet from Chelsea at Two Twenty One that said this:



Ummm, what?! I didn't believe what I was reading at first so I hopped out of bed and got on my computer to confirm the news. Yes, Censational Girl did in fact feature the $15 chunky wooden floating shelves I DIY'd in her 'Best of the Blogosphere' roundup earlier in the morning!