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?



  1. Be still my heart!!!!! A blog post!!!

    I have seen all the photos, but they look SOOOOOO much better on your blog! <3 <3 <3

    You're the meaning in my life, you're the Pinsperation!!! (ahhh, who doesnt love a little Chicago?)

    1. Haha love this comment. "Pinsperation" makes me think of "perspiration". :)


  2. Oh my gosh, your nightstands are perfect! Your house is coming together so amazing....

    1. Thanks love!! Remember back in the day when we both used to blog like....every week? Haha. You still blog way more than I do though. I need to get with it! Happy Monday!

  3. love the tables! My bed is always messy b/c it's abe's playground!! Get a dream catcher FOR SURE!

    1. Thanks!! And yes I really want a dream catcher, especially since we live in the PNW, I've been really obsessed with anything Native American recently. :)

  4. Oh my goodness! I'm loving the fruit turkey that you did! It looks pretty "simple" but I just know that I would find a way to mess it up or make it hard. I try to stay away from Pinterest because I'm no good at DIY (never really tried it but crafts aren't my thing and I can raise my blood pressure through the roof with my perfectionism and OCD) and I go overboard. Anyway, I would have LOVED to have tried something like that and even though I wanted to try something new for the family.. I was TOLD that I would be making green bean casserole and collards. I guess that's the price you pay for being a good cook, right?

    1. You could totally make a fruit turkey. :) If I can do it, anyone can! I feel like I get "assigned" the same thing every Thanksgiving, which never involves cooking anything. I swear I can cook! That's funny, my sister always does the green bean casserole and deviled eggs for an appetizer. Maybe next year I'll have to surprise them with veggie pot pie. (I don't eat meat so I had to pass up a lot of the main dishes!)

  5. So glad you blogged! It's been forever ;D I love your fruit tray, it turned out super cute!
    I also love how your night stands turned out! What a fun project!
    I definitely say go with some dream catchers. I really want to try and make my own.

  6. Love how your room is coming together!! :)


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