Inspirado: Perfect Blue Bedding

First off let me just say, I LOVE an all white bed. When I picture my dream bedroom, it has a bed overflowing with fluffy, pillowy, white bedding. As much as it makes my heart go pitter-patter, I also have two small children who love to hang out in our bed and leave all kinds of mystery stains…

Other than painting the walls, buying a bed, and making over the nightstands, this room has kind of been neglected while I focused on other projects.  We have been living with just a plain white duvet insert on our bed for the past three years and I had every intention on finding the perfect white duvet to go over it, but just never really found one that fit the bill. After living with the white comforter every day for a few years and constantly washing and bleaching, I’m starting to realize maybe my white bedding dreams are just not meant to be right now.

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shared any current pics of our bedroom, so here is a peek at what’s happening in there right now. I still have a lot to do in this room and I’m hoping the right bedding will be a good jumping off point for everything else. I want this room to have a modern farmhouse feel, as opposed to the blah feeling it currently has.  I’m for sure keeping the bed, paint, and the artwork over the bed, everything else can stay or go.

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I found a pair of plug-in wall sconces that I would love to replace our bedside lamps with. This is the only spot in the room that fits our bed and nightstands, so I wouldn’t mind some more permanent lighting here. It would also free up some much needed space and add some interest to the wall.

 

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My dresser was in the spot where the hamper is, but I recently moved it into the closet. The closet is an awkward, under the stairs closet and my dresser just barely fits but it has helped declutter our room a little bit. Before, it felt like you were walking right into it when you entered the room. The room is small and feels cluttered really easily, so I’m hoping to make it feel a little more open and airy. (I have plans for the this mirror above, and the chair below needs a makeover, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.)

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So…I am now on the hunt for the perfect bedding that compliments our modern bed, but also feels a little bit rustic.  Our bed is a dark gray tweed fabric, and it is the only gray thing in the room, so I would like to incorporate some gray into the bedding or with throw pillows or something.

Here is some of my inspiration so far…I’m leaning more towards the ones with a little beige and ivory in them, but man I like that bold water color one too.

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Inspirado: Office

Some rooms I search endlessly for inspiration and design ideas. I usually go back and forth and change my mind a hundred times. Other rooms I know exactly what I want to do with zero hesitation.

The office is one of the few rooms that I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the moment we moved in. And yet, I haven’t touched it since we got here. We use our office…a lot. My husband runs his business out of there and I get so overwhelmed with the thought of organizing everything.

Now that the rest of the house is somewhat in order, I really have no excuse to put it off anymore. Since Brian does use the office the most, I want to cater to him a little more than the rest of us. He could care less what it looks like, he just wants it to be functional. Which I totally get….BUT I need it to look nice too. It is literally the first room of our house you see when you walk in thanks to it’s location across from the entry way.

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Here is a pic of the office right after we moved in. Sadly it still looks a lot like this. It has acted as a catch-all for a long time. The first act of business is to remove anything that doesn’t really NEED to be in the room. We have had the treadmill in here for a little over a year and it never got used….like ever. So it has since been moved to the living room to try to motivate us to use it more. It also housed the dog kennel for a long time so it needs to move elsewhere too. The other issue is a lack of surface space. Everything gets piled onto the desk because it is the only place to set things down and then it turns into a big ‘ol pile of stress. We also need seating for other people for meetings or when I’m in there helping Brian.  Here are some visuals so you can see what direction I’m heading in.

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Right now are we are working with only one desk, but we both agree that this t-shape configuration is the ultimate set-up. I would love to each have our own workspace and a place for the kids to work on homework or crafts. This will happen someday….someday.

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Love this dark gray. It is masculine, but something I can totally live with too. There is so much clutter and paperwork floating around the office so I definitely like a nice neutral backdrop.

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I like the idea of filing cabinets doing double duty as both necessary storage AND holding up the desk. I also really like the way they are finished to fit in with the décor.

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Lastly, I would love a small command center. We need a place to sort the mail and keep it from ending up on the office desk in a big pile. Our calendar gets a lot of use. Brian goes out of town for work fairly often so I need it to keep track of when he’s going to be gone. I use it to plan dinners for the week. And I absolutely need it to write down doctor appointments and things like that because my brain just cannot be trusted.

Office To-Do List:

  • paint the paneling (obviously)
  • hang shelves
  • organize the office closet (it’s full and I don’t even know what’s in it!)
  • better utilize the storage we have
  • build/buy a multi-person desk (need to get rid of the current desk first to make room)
  • make a command center (calendar, mail box, cork board, etc.)
  • new light fixture

I probably won’t get to all of this stuff right away, but I will getting started on some of it. (Which will be a huge improvement from blatantly ignoring it all!) Paint is first on my list. I can’t believe I’ve gone this whole time without painting it yet!

 

Inspirado: Garden Goals

The weather here in Kansas has been so awesome the last few weeks, it is really feeling like Spring these days. We’ve enjoyed being able to play outside and take walks, but it also has us thinking about our garden plans. I’m also very aware of our lack-luster landscaping and projects I’d love to tackle outdoors when I get the okay from my doctor.

Last year I wrote about our garden, and while it was mildly successful, it wasn’t a home run. It was definitely a learning process for us. I’m glad we did it, because we were able to figure out what worked and what didn’t. We decided this year that we would probably do better with some sort of raised garden beds. We just couldn’t keep the weeds or the rabbits out of our garden last year. We also are scaling back on how many things we should plant, I think we planted too many varieties of things last year and it was hard to keep track of what was what. So this year we are trying to plan things out a little better and keep simple.

I’ve been on Pinterest oohing and ahhing over other people’s beautiful gardens, because what else is there to do when your up at 3:30am feeding the baby? Here’s my faves so far…

 

These simple, counter-height garden beds are exactly what I’ve been picturing in my head. I’m just afraid with the crazy winds we get out here, that we may have to shorten them a bit to keep them from blowing over.

These might be a little too low for us, but I like the idea of gravel around the garden beds to keep from having to mow or trim around them. It would also be nice to water and not have to walk around in the mud. It just looks so nice and clean.

This is so smart. You wouldn’t have to worry about wood rot, there is a spigot to drain water, and you wouldn’t have to assemble anything. But….I’m not sure how expensive they are though, so they could get costly.

I love this look. These are up against a fence, but I think you could build standing garden beds with this similar look fairly easily.

This garden is just too pretty not to share. It is seriously #gardengoals. I would feel so zen working in this garden.

Not sure exactly which direction we will go with, but hopefully we will have better luck than last year!

 

Concrete Tile

 

 

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing concrete tile pop up everywhere these days. If you watch HGTV, then you probably know what I mean. I know Joanna Gaines has used them a few times on Fixer Upper, and I love her even more for it.

Concrete tiles are nothing new, but they seem to have gained a lot of popularity lately and I can definitely see why. They are very versitle. They can be used inside or outside, as flooring, on walls, fireplace facades, exterior facades, backsplashes, in showers, on patios, etc. Concrete tiles are durable, long-lasting, can handle heavy foot traffic, and if sealed right, can resist stains and moisture. My favorite thing about them is that they are budget-friendly and come in so many different colors and pattern variations. The possibilities are endless. Here is a round-up of my fave tiles I’ve seen so far.

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually sad we don’t have a big tile project to tackle….although, our shower needs to be remodeled one of these days so maybe I can use some of these concrete tiles in it!

Inspirado: Guest Room

If things continue the way they have been, I’m going to have to start referring to the 3rd bedroom as the junk room instead of the guest room. I have been using it as a dropping off zone for tools, paint, extra decor, Hollis’ old baby stuff and there is a stack of totes so high that it is basically screaming “I will topple over on you if you get too close.” So to help my guests avoid certain death, I need to get my butt in gear and start treating this as a proper guest room.

The only before shots I have are from when we first moved in and where using it as Hollis’ nursery. So just picture the shelves and bed covered with junk and a super tall stack of totes where the dresser is.

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We do have guests stay here pretty regularly, so I would love for the room to just be a designated guest room and not a place to store all my stuff that I’m too lazy to find a real home for. I really think I want to do a bold color in here to add some interest. Since I’m limited on space, I need a way to make a big impact without bringing a lot of furniture or accessories in. We have to keep the bed, even though the bed frame is a little large for the space, we’re just not ready to part with it yet. I’m toying with the idea of swapping this bed for the bed in Hollis’ room, which is also a queen but doesn’t have such a large bed frame….but I’m not sure yet.

Here are some photos I pulled for inspiration…

I love the eclectic feel of this bedroom. I just love the mix of that bold wall color, bright white bedding, florals and golds.

I love that first pic so much that I pinned this other pic of it, not realizing it was the same bedroom just from a different angle!

I’m obsessed with this Kelly green wall color. I NEED it in my life. I think the guest room would be a great place to use it.

I’m currently using the closet in the guest room to its max capacity. I like this idea of having a place to store extra linens in the room and having them easily accessible to guests. (I do NOT want some poor unassuming guest to perish in my home because they opened the closet to look for  a blanket and drowned in a pile of crap I probably don’t even need.)

Speaking of the closet. I really like this idea of adding some type of mirror to the bi-fold door. The room needs a mirror anyway, and it dresses the doors up a bit.

And here’s a peek at my to-do list:

  • paint the walls
  • find some new bedding
  • remove anything that doesn’t actually belong in the room
  • stain the built-in shelves/desk and closet doors (I’d like them to match the trim in the room and currently they are a few shades lighter)
  • add mirrors to bi-fold door….maybe
  • hang artwork
  • install roller shades (the room has three windows facing, East, South, and North so it gets crazy bright in there)
  • find new curtains
  • organize the closet and leave some room for guests to hang clothes
  • find dresser/cabinet for linens

 

 

Inspirado: Hollis’ Bedroom

I love designing nurseries. LOVE it. I loved designing Hollis’ nursery in our old house while I was pregnant. I was excited to get to do another nursery for her. But since moving, we’ve been tackling rooms that needed our immediate attention. I never thought that we would be here six months before even starting on her room. Poor kid.

I really think the waiting has been a blessing in disguise.  I initially thought when we moved, that I would just recreate the same nursery here in the new house. Now that we’ve had to wait, she is no longer an infant, she’s a toddler and her needs are similar but they have changed some too. She has also formed quite the little personality and makes it clear what she likes and doesn’t like (funny how they do that at such a young age). I really want her new room to be sweet and happy and show off her funny, quirky little personality too!

I’ve been slowly collecting ideas over the last few months. I also still want to incorporate things from her previous nursery. She will be inheriting a queen size bed. The queen size bed makes the room feel a lot older,  but we really need the versatility of the queen size for when we have company (and we like to have company!) Plus we already have it so it’s more cost-effective for us to just use it instead of buying a new twin size bed. I’m hoping to make it more of a daybed, or adding a canopy to keep it more toddler-friendly and youthful. Here are a few ideas I’ve been kicking around:

Pink is our main color inspiration in case you couldn’t tell. I’m pretty much sold on pale pink paint and white bedding like in the top picture. I’m a sucker for white bedding, it’s so easy to transition into every room and it’s easy to take care of (hello bleach!).  I love the fun colors going on with the pink walls in the middle picture. And the last picture….well I pretty much love it all! I’d love to sleep under that sweet floral canopy. I’m sticking to pink, gold and white as the main color scheme with hints of bolder colors. The details of her room keep changing. I know I want it to include some vintage touches, but also feel fresh and modern too. Here is a mood board of things that I want to incorporate:

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Clockwise from top, left: White Ruffle Bedding (similar), Floral Print, Gold Bunny Silhouette , Benjamin Moore Ballerina Pink, Flea Market Finds; Vintage Deer & Ceramic Kitten Lamp, Gold Curtain Rods, Pom Pom trim curtains (DIY), Gold Side Table

 I can’t wait to get going on it! We picked out carpet the other day, but we are still waiting on installation. Hopefully I will have some progress pics up soon!