Dakota and Mieka’s Nursery

April 1st, 2014

With Mieka on the way, I figured it was about time I finally finish the nursery! And now that she’s here, I’m calling it done and moving on to the next. So without further ado, here is Dakota and Mieka’s shared digs!


The design of this room became based around my favorite tangerine, orange and creamy yellow hues in effort to create a warm, cozy nursery that feels bright and happy even on those cold, dark days of winter. These are a few of my favorite items in the room:
1. Geo Zipper Drum Shade Pendant Light from Shades of Light
2. Espana Area Rug from Home Decorators
3. BÖJA Table Lamp from Ikea
4. Modern Wall Frame from Pearhead
5. Fox Plush Toy from Personality Ink
6. Handmade Joel Dewberry Aviary Pillow from The Red Pistachio
7. Elephant Animal Hamper from Home Decorators
8. Deep Pole Handle Storage Basket from the Basket Lady


I chose Glowing Apricot 165 by Benjamin Moore for the wall color and Pearly Gates 190 for the ceiling. Kevin sanded the floor right after we closed on our home in 2011 and together we painted it with a clear, water-based polyurethane.



The decor of the room centers around this beautiful handmade quilt and matching Joel Dewberry pillows I found from The Red Pistachio on Etsy. It is my absolute favorite part of the room and worked as a color palette for all the other oranges, yellows and patterns I wanted to incorporate.



The bunting banner was handmade by myself and my grandma who helped sew them! I was able to find fabric from the quilt on Etsy. If anyone is interested I can do a template download and tutorial for this in the future. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!




The prints and frames shown here were featured in a previous blog of mine, and the valance was made using this DIY tutorial.





Most of the furniture (like the crib and the glider) were things that I found on Craig’s list for super cheap. The glider was in great condition, minus it’s old red cushions, so I ordered new ones in a creamy, soft microfiber material from the Nuture Center. Other furniture (like the bed frame and nightstand) were things from my previous bedroom set that I painted white to match.


And there you have it! If I missed anything or you’d like to know more just ask!

Family Gallery Wall

May 17th, 2013

I found some really great ideas around the internet for family photo galleries and wanted to pass along my favorite: Tatertots & Jello’s Family Gallery Wall. Not only is this tutorial super thorough, Jen is really good at answering any lingering questions you might have: Your questions answered. I loved her design so much, I copied it completely:





I did a couple things different:

1. I painted the frames with Benjamin Moore’s Subtle to match the baseboards of the room and skipped the part about inking the edges. (Frankly, I didn’t trust myself to not ruin the newly painted frames.)

2. Instead of using canvas as Jen did for the initial piece, I bought a shadow box on clearance at Michael’s, painted the frame, covered the glass with the fabric and gorilla glued the “T” on top. The fabric behind the initial was found on FabricsBoutique’s Etsy page which fortunately sells fabric in fat quarters, so you don’t have to buy a lot more fabric than you need.


If you like how mine turned out, be sure to visit the original idea and tutorial at Tatertots & Jello! Thanks Jen for inspiring me and sharing your amazing and unique idea with us all!

Wood Frames on a Budget

April 8th, 2013

Looking for nice, natural, light wood frames that are also affordable? So was I…and for quite a while too. After buying 4 amazingly cute prints on wood from Petit Collage, I just couldn’t find the right natural wood frames with which to hang them. Scouring the internet and custom frame shops was difficult; my choices were limited to skinny/straight style frames accompanied by a hefty price tag.

Finally, I found some unfinished wood frames I liked at Hobby Lobby and decided to stain and varnish them myself. Not only would this save me some money, I’d also get control over the color of the stain. The price of each frame? $7.99…definitely in my budget.


I purchased some Old Masters Penetrating Stain in Fruitwood and Krylon Clear Wood Varnish Spray and got to work.


I found 4 8×10 frames for sale for $5 on Craig’s List and bought them just for the glass.


In the end, I saved $81 by not purchasing the frames that were sold with the prints, and instead finishing some cheap frames myself. Definitely worth the time if you’ve got 30 minutes to spare.



Bathroom Remodel

March 9th, 2013

Kevin and I purchased our lovely 1 ½ story home in April of 2011. Foreclosed and uninhabited for 2 years, it may not have been so lovely to begin with… but I saw huge potential in the house we’ve since made our own. Before moving in, we found it necessary to remodel the one and only bathroom. It wasn’t the ugliest bathroom ever, but the bathtub didn’t drain, the sink didn’t work, and the window in the shower was rotting. We also saw a way to add space to the bathroom by knocking down a wall (fun!) and removing an unnecessary hallway preceding it. I pictured a zen-like bathroom with a pebble stone floor and shower, glass block window, spacious vanity and corner cabinet. Here’s how it turned out!



The focal point of the bathroom is definitely the pebble stone. We went with Ivory White Pebble Stone and #101 Quartz colored grout. For me, the hardest part about designing this bathroom was choosing the grout color. Picking the wrong color could be a costly mistake, so definitely take the time to do a test. The Quartz color ended up highlighting the white pebble stone with the exact amount of contrast I was looking for.


You can see from the above “in progress” picture where the old bathroom wall was. The hallway in front served as the entrance to the main floor bedroom, but by removing the wall (hallway) we added a lot of space to the bathroom. The other plus was that our bedroom would now be directly connected to the bathroom. We then had some beautiful glass french doors installed as the main entrance to the bedroom. (I’ll show that remodel in a future blog to come.)




Our cabinets were custom made. We painted them with Valspar’s Eddie Bauer Craft White Paint. This paint gave us quite a lot of trouble and makes me afraid to use anything other than Benjamin Moore ever again. The mirror is from Ikea. Given to me by my boss at the time, it was sitting unused in the photography studio space. It was black originally but a fresh coat of paint helped it match perfectly. I ordered our sink off Amazon at the time…it’s Kohler’s Bachata Stainless Steel Sink with Overflow, although now it appears to be cheaper at Home Depot. (Beware, it appears that the specs for the sink on Home Depot’s website are wrong.) I ended up choosing the Price Pfister Falsetto Faucet, not only was it cheap and made by a company called Price Pfister, I also think it looks like a music note!

And finally, here are “Five Simple Things”…that can give YOUR bathroom a completely new feel.


  1. A fun, amazing art print! This “Lovely Minnesota” print happened to be a gift from my friend, Shanita. It was done by the very talented Sara Lintner of Too Many Suitors.
  2. Never underestimate the sense of smell. Probably my favorite scent of all time, the Energy Orange Ginger Aromatherapy candle from Bath & Body Works will transform your bathroom into an uplifting oasis. Unfortunately they don’t sell this scent in candle form anymore (ask them to bring it back!) but they do sell it in wallflowers.
  3. A shower curtain. This one happens to be from West Elm.
  4. Add life to your bathroom with a plant! My favorite kind of plant is Bamboo. It’s also really affordable ($2.99 a piece at Ikea), really hard to kill, and did you know it’s lucky?
  5. Paint! If you do it yourself, paint can be one of the cheapest and most effective ways of transforming a space. This paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Bradstreet Beige.