Friday, December 13, 2013

Hello, friends!

Thanks for sticking with me through my dwindling number of posts lately.  Sometimes life (and work) just get in the way of blogging, as I'm sure you all know!

If you love me enough to follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen most of these photos already. But for those of you that haven't, here's what I've been up to.  (Because obviously it hasn't been blogging!)

We celebrated Thanksgiving at my brother's house like usual, and my assigned item to bring was "fruit tray".  (I don't think my fam trusts my awesome average cooking abilities!)  

I decided to take it one step further and do a Pinterest-inspired turkey fruit platter.  It was a hit!

Having four days off for Thanksgiving was AMAZING!  It seemed like we got so much done around the house, starting with putting up our tree!

Cutest lil' helper ever!

We also made a few improvements to our bedroom, starting with finishing our nightstand makeover.  Last month we bought two of these nightstands from Craigslist.  The seller was asking for $30 each but I talked her down to $50 for both.  A steal of a deal!  

And let me tell you, these things were solid wood.  Not like the Ikea furniture I'm used to.  They were probably 100 lbs each, no joke!

Tony and I wanted to paint them a bright, fun color since our bedroom is pretty monotone (lots of gray).  We liked the idea of yellow or a bright orangey-red, and decided to go with "Fiery Red" by Behr.  I also ordered some vintage drawer pulls from Etsy.  Fun Fact: This style is called a "Chippendale" drawer pull.  Learn something new every day!

Here's an inspiration pic I found online, next to one of our completed nightstands.  I didn't paint the drawer pull black, but I still want to at some point.  I love how it turned out!

And here's how they look in our room!  I want to tie in the red by adding more pillows or maybe a fun lampshade.  And we still need curtains.  And a ceiling light.  And a million other things.  Baby steps...

Don't mind the messy comforter...Chloe likes to jump on our bed.

Notice anything else new??  10 points if you guessed the headboard!  After we brought the nightstands into the room, we noticed how much taller they are than our platform bed.  We knew adding a tall headboard would help with that, and it just so happened that Tony had some wood laying around in the garage that he bought for a project and never used.  Score!  And they just happened to perfectly match the wood on the base of the bed, so it all came together pretty well.

There was even enough wood left over to make two matching shelves.  The brackets are from (where else?) Home Depot.

Here's how they look in the room.  Now how to decorate them?  That is the question.

 I love that we don't have a completely blank wall above our bed anymore, but I still want to add something else.  I'm super obsessed with dream catchers right now, so I'm hoping to get Tony on board with something like these:



I don't know though, are our walls too dark?  I love the dreamy, ethereal quality of the dream catchers against the super light walls in these photos.  What do you think?