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As Good As It Gets: Bedroom


I never considered myself “done” decorating my bedroom (or my studio for that matter), but since we’re moving in less than a week & a half, I thought I’d at least document what it look(ed) like when it was clean. I’ve actually taken pictures of every apartment/home I’ve ever lived in since I moved off to college. I had the best decorated place in college, mostly because I have so many paintings. Too bad most of those pictures were deleted sometime about 3 years ago when we upgraded computers. *sigh* Here’s a little tour of our bedroom.

The focal point of the room is our bed, we have a nice bay window opposite of the door, so we decided to put the bed up to the window. I’m sure the bedroom wasn’t designed for the bed to be oriented this way, but I love waking up to all of the light flooding in right above my  head. We have east-facing windows, which also makes it easier to wake up in the mornings. I’m not a morning person.

  • side tables: Target, $30
  • wire basket: thrifted, $.75

The side tables were originally all black, but the tops were looking incredibly ratty. Chris sanded them & painted the tops yellow. I love the bold statement they make.

  • bed light: Ikea, $10
  • waste-basket: Ikea, $4

Chris has been playing the guitar for just about a year now. So now we have a dedicated music spot in the room. Every once in a blue moon we have family jam sessions with Chris on the guitar, Penelope on the drum & me on the synth.

  • artwork (from left to right): mine, mine, sister-in-law Brooke
  • stool: thrifted, $5
  • small bookcase: Ikea, $40

The painting on the bottom right is one that I did while Chris & I were dating – Chris was the first guy to actually take me up on the offer to come study with me at my studio space. I had fantastic studio space just underneath an amazing bell tower during college. It was well-lit & smelled of the hard work of the BFA painting students. I did this painting while Chris was studying. I love the mixtures of greys & golds.

  • book case: Ikea, $70
  • butterfly chair: hand-me-down + refashioned, $7
  • mirror: thrifted, $1.50
  • painting: mine – it’s a little gruesome, but I love this painting. It reminds me of the Dutch Vanitas paintings: life is short & sometimes bitter
  • spice of life jars: vintage, $15
  • glass art: wedding gift
  • sign painting book: heirloom
  • boxes: Ikea, $25

I have vivid memories of my mom using a large spice of life container for storing her delicious bran muffin mix for hot breakfasts during the school year. She gave me the container when they moved & Penelope promptly broke it. I was so heart broken over it, I scoured the internet for the same jar & found a set of 3 for $15! Score.

  • star: wedding gift
  • artwork: all mine – framed in college class
  • rocking chair: thrifted + refinished ages ago, $30

I love this picture of the two of us. We had to get passport photos in order to apply for visas when we were planning our Brazil trip back in 2007. We got an extra set of pictures that we didn’t know what to do with. Chris found this frame in a box somewhere & framed the photos as they were mailed to us. Love that.

The plaster death masks are something that we made together while we were dating. We originally tried to do this on our first date (and failed miserably), so I love how it serves as a reminder of our first date & how perfect we are for each other.

A home isn’t complete without wedding pictures, right? I think my hair is longer now than in the pictures. I store my earrings on a metal lunch tray on top of my dresser. It’s great to have them organized by color all out for me to look at. The dresser is high enough that Penelope doesn’t mess with them at all. To the right of the masks is a mini hand-bound book that I did several years ago. It’s got a few miniature art pieces in there & it’s bound in leather with a very faint black-on-black brocade pattern that I designed. It’s fun to flip through every once in a while.

Here’s the thrifty dresser I picked up several months ago. It’s all naked & sanded down, ready for a coat of awesome. I just can’t decide what color(s) I want to paint it. STILL! So for now, it’s nude. Penelope found my spray starch & attacked the front of it some time ago. You can see the faint watermarks from that. Crazy girl.

So there you have it. This is as good as our bedroom is gonna get, for now at least. I’ve already taken down all of the wall hangings & Chris has packed up all of the books. I’m definitely looking forward to decorating a new space. Perhaps a space with real white or grey walls? I always find it interesting & fun to see how the same furniture translates to a new space.

Casual Fall Brights

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I’m loving all of the fall brights I’m seeing out there on fashion blogs. This is no fashion forward outfit, but it’s comfy & I love my bright, comfy tee.

  • cardigan: boutique, $15
  • necklace: gift from Nikki (thank you!)
  • top: Stewart & Brown, won from giveaway
  • skinnies: thrifted & refashioned, $4
  • shoes: Urban Outfitters, gift

TOTAL: $19

Another Maxi Dress


Gosh, I love these Forever 21 sleeved dresses. I can’t get enough.

  • dress: Forever 21, $15
  • cardigan: local boutique, $15
  • belt: thrifted, $1
  • shoes: Urban Outfitters, $10
  • purse: refashioned, free

TOTAL: $41

Photographer Penelope


I think Pen might grow up to be a photographer. She loves playing around with my timer & camera equipment.

  • earrings: AnnilyGreen, $4
  • top: H&M, $10
  • cuff: handmade, $2
  • jeans: Forever 21, $15
  • shoes: Urban Outfitters, $10

TOTAL: $39

NMO – Thrift Excursion Outfit


This is what I wore out thrift shopping with the ALT ladies:

  • necklace: handmade
  • cardigan: Mode Boutique, $15
  • top: H&M, $10
  • belt: thrifted, $14
  • jeggings: Walmart, $12
  • shoes: Urban Outfitters, gift

TOTAL: $51

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