As you know from this post, I shared pictures of our bathroom and then shared my inspiration images for a makeover.

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It’s been a few weeks now, and I’m happy to say that our little bathroom has come a long way!

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What I did:

  • Cleaned! I scrubbed down all the walls, tile, shower, sink, floors, etc.
  • I scraped the paint off the glass on the built-in cabinet & mirror on the medicine cabinet (whoever painted it was super sloppy!)
  • I organized the built-in cabinet to maximize storage in there and created a sort-of small vanity-like area in there to use when putting make-up on in the mornings.
  • I added an extra shelf (already had the wood on hand) to the bottom part of the built-in cabinet and organized storage in there as well.
  • I organized the clutter on the magazine rack (although I’m still not in love with the way it looks, plus the white is more yellow than the surrounding areas, so it might be replaced sometime or get a new paint job)
  • I gave the shower curtain rod, curtain rings, toilet paper holder, towel rod, and both light fixtures a nice coat of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. (don’t they look so much more crisp and clean?)
  • I hung the shower curtain rod higher and put up an extra long shower curtain liner. (this makes the room feel so much bigger!)
  • I gave the ceiling vent a nice new coat of white spray paint (it was all rusted before).
  • I painted the ceiling a pretty mint blue color.
  • I painted a painting for the room.
  • I spray painted two frames gold and added black and white photos to them.
  • I switched up the accessories.

I did all the main things I wanted to do in the room, but it isn’t 100% finished yet. I still need to find/make a shower curtain (there is only a liner up now), but that’s proving a little tricky since I don’t really want a plain white one (there is already a lot of white going on), but there aren’t many other options in a extra long size. I need it to be 72×84 inches, which is wider than any standard fabric I could buy, so I’m hoping to find a really awesome full/queen/king sized sheet I like that I can use to make a shower curtain out of. It might take a while to find what I’m looking for though.

I’m also not in love with the magazine rack situation. The creamy white color looks dirty/dingy against the rest of the white in the room, so I might paint it, but I don’t really love it overall anyway. The magazines don’t sit every well in it.

For now, I’m using a rug we already had in here, but that might get replaced down the line. I think the room could use a little more pattern, so something more interesting might be in store later.

Other than that, I’m pretty happy with how this little makeover turned out, especially for it to be mostly paint, art, and accessories!

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Hanging the shower curtain rod higher makes an amazing difference in this room. It feels so much bigger than it did before and it looks so much better now that the rod doesn’t visually cut right through the middle of the window anymore.

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My original plans didn’t include painting the ceiling, but I am so glad I thought of that and went for it! I love the blue porch ceilings in New Orleans and I had been itching for a ceiling to paint (I think they can make such a statement in rooms with white walls!), so I thought this would be a great place to go for it. I love the subtle statement it makes in here and it is great at breaking up all the white everywhere else (and tying in the colors in the art and accessories!).

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I absolutely love the color, interest, pattern, and coziness that these old books and the little brass bowl bring to the room. They are my favorite part. I think every room (including bathrooms and kitchens) should have books and plants. Things to bring up the home-y factor and make them seem like less industrial spaces. How perfect are the colors in these and the fact that one is an artists handbook! Love that! Picked these up for a couple dollars at an estate sale.

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I also really love these black and white photos that I hung in some frames I spray painted gold (the frames got a little fingerprint-y when Drew hung them, so I might have to touch them up). They remind me of cute memories Drew and I have (one is us at a Louisiana plantation in a friend of mine’s hometown and the other is of us in the French Quarter one year at Mardi Gras) and I think they give this room so much personality. Those, along with the painting, plants, and books really bring our interests/personalities into the space. I think it’s crucial for your home to be a reflection of who you are.

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I painted the inside of our medicine cabinet with chalkboard paint a few months ago and I love it! Since it is one of the first things I see in the morning when I come in here to brush my teeth/wash my face, it is the perfect place for inspiring quotes and scriptures and Drew and I leave each other cute notes in here quite often.

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If you read my previous post about this room, then you might recall that one of my goals in renovating this room was to do it as inexpensively as I could, preferably spending not much over $50. Since I used a lot of things we already owned (storage in the cabinet, plants, towels, rug, etc.) and painted the painting myself, I came in pretty good!

Oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, $7
Extra-long shower curtain liner, $14
Frames & photos, $25
Ceiling paint (Color is Mint Whisper, Valspar by Lowe’s Paint & Primer in one), $13
Books/brass bowl, $3

Total: $62

Originally when I was thinking about the budget, I hadn’t planned on painting the ceiling and I was hoping to find cool frames at a thrift store, but I couldn’t find what I needed, so those upped the budget slightly. Overall, I think this is a great transformation for how little it cost!

It had been a while since our living room had seen any love and it was in need of a little attention. The last time I posted about it on here was in our November House Tour, and although it had come a long way from these previous posts about it (getting our couch, getting our loveseat/rearranging/drop cloth drapes/adding a lamp & tv stand, adding a living room gallery wall, adding our painting) it was still a little lackluster, in my opinion.

Here it was then (as of November 2012):

There were just a few little things that bothered me that needed tweaking:

  • I was tired of the pink pillows on the couch (I love deeper raspberry pinks, but I’m kind-of over hot/Barbie-like pinks right now). Not that Drew really cares that much about what I put in the house (and I don’t think he ever gave a second thought to our couch pillows), but I wanted something that maybe he would be inspired by/excited about as well (and that wasn’t going to happen with the pink floral print). Overall, I thought our previous pillow situation just looked a little mis-matched and not all that inspiring together.
  • Decorating around our crazy green couches can be a little difficult (how I wish they were a warm grey linen color!) and the previous color scheme of the room altogether just wasn’t doing it for me. I wanted a little more specific color direction in here.
  • The bookshelves needed just a little tweaking, re-arranging of things and adding in a little more art and personality.
  • The coffee table! Our coffee table I’ve had since I was in high school, it used to be in my bedroom in my parents house. I found it for $15 at a used furniture store close to my hometown and it was probably my very first home related DIY project. I had my dad’s friend cut the legs down to make it a little shorter (I wanted to be able to sit on the floor and use it to work on art/school projects) and then I painted it black (don’t ask me why, I had questionable taste back then). After 6+ years, it was looking a little gross — the paint was chipped and it never fully cured correctly and always stayed a little tacky (anytime you put a magazine or anything on it, it would stick to the table!). It was in desperate need of a makeover, to say the least.

So, in short, that was the list of things that needed to be addressed. Drew and I are on Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover so we didn’t have much of a budget to spend on this room, so most of the above issues were addressed with a little DIY and elbow grease. I made some new pillows, brought in more of my own art for the bookshelves (fabric paintings from my BA Exhibition) and paint-stripped down our old coffee table. For just a little bit of money (on some pillow supplies and paint-stripper) we ended up with this:

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I love the pops of the pretty blues! Teal and turquoise are really trendy colors right now and I’m so in love with them! My favorite skinny jeans are teal and it is our branding color for our business. It is a color that works really well with a lot of the other rooms in our house (not that your whole house has to match exactly, but I think it is nice when rooms flow into each other and all have a cohesive feeling/design aesthetic), our laundry room has a blue tile floor and teal curtains (the same ones from my freshman college dorm room) and there are pops of it in our foyer (you can’t see it in the pictures, but that big plant in the corner is planted in a huge teal planter pot) and my office (painting taboret, bowl/books/yarn on the white cabinet) as well. Overall I think it gives the room a more clean, simple and fresh look. It just seems like such a happier room now!

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The two largest pillows (the turquoise velvet ones) are from World Market and the other two (the patterned ones and the smaller teal ones) I made out of World Market cloth napkins (these and these). Cloth napkins are a great way to find just the right amount of fabric for pillows like this! Usually they are pretty inexpensive and you can find some great patterns! I didn’t spend a ton of money on these pillows, but I think they really make a big difference in the room!

As for the coffee table, I paint stripped all the black paint off, then sanded it down. I decided to just use some coconut oil (I already had on hand) on it for now. I love how much brighter the wood tone feels in the room compared to the black! Eventually I’ll give it another sanding to get the rest of the paint out of the little cracks and then perhaps stain/oil/seal it better, but I wanted to live with it as is for now to get a better idea of exactly what I wanted to do with it. (My original thought was to leave the top wood and then paint the base gold, but after spending so much time getting the old paint off, I don’t want to put any more paint on it until I’m 100% sure about it!)

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The overall changes in the room are pretty small, but I think they make a big difference! Here are some side-by-side comparisons:

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What colors are you crushing on right now? I’m so into teal and gold!

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Couch and loveseat are from Compass Furniture in New Orleans, television/media cabinet is from Target, coffee table was thrifted years ago (it used to be in my bedroom in my parent’s house when I was in high school), white bookcase is from IKEA, painting was a wedding gift from my sister and her husband (by New Orleans artist Adam Hall), gallery wall photos were taken by me, curtains I made out of drop-cloths, big turquoise velvet couch pillows are from World Market, teal and patterned pillows I made from World Market cloth napkins (these and these), light blue pedestal side table from Nadeau in New Orleans, cream and white damask throw, wire basket (filled with yarn on bookshelf), and wooden @ symbol from TJ Maxx, floor lamp is from Lowe’s, silver table lamp is from Compass Furniture (scored it for $15 with a Living Social Deal!),  8×10 area rug from Lowe’s (scored it for $15!), glass candy dish, basket (on the floor at the end of the loveseat), wooden ladder and quilts were thrifted, basket (with magazines in it behind the french doors) was a wedding gift, landscape painting on the bookshelf was a wedding gift (painted my Drew’s mom’s good friend and my 8th grade teacher!), globe was mine from when I was little bought for me by my Mamaw, the chalkboard message board was from our wedding (originally from here), and the two abstract paintings and ceramic artichoke were made by me.

The last time I showed my office was in the November House Tour post. It was really sad and messy looking then:

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There was no mistaking that it had room for improvement. In my defense, these pictures were taken in the midst of my senior year of college, and this room was essential for working/studying/writing/painting, etc. and the decor was not the most important thing on my mind. Now that college is over, I’ve had a little bit of time to work on improving the space.

Honestly, I didn’t even really do a lot to it. I made some different curtains, added some DIY built-in shelving, and did some rearranging and organizing. That’s mostly it. Most of the pieces in the room are the same. It looks like this now:

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I feel like the curtains really made a big difference. Going with something soft and neutral (love this grey/white pattern) sets a better and more sophisticated tone for the room and hanging them high and wide makes the room feel so much bigger. The three curtain panels only cost $30 (total for all three!). I made them from a queen sheet set I found at TJ Maxx. I cut the flat sheet in half for two of the panels and then made a third panel from the middle section of the fitted sheet. A great deal for that much fabric! (and that length!)

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My favorite part of the room is definitely those built-in bookshelves though! Drew and I put them in ourselves. We used two IKEA extra-deep Billy Bookcases and then just trimmed them out with wood boards and trim. I painted the trim Valspar (by Lowe’s) Dove White, which is a pretty good match for the IKEA white of the bookshelves. I still need to perfect the styling, but I LOVE the way they look and the storage they provide! (still need to get some baskets to put all my fabrics in so the sun doesn’t fade them)

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That little nook space of the room was just perfect for the size of the bookshelves + trim. I had wanted to do this project for a while, but it took a while to commit to it since we live in a rental. Its hard sometimes to put money into things like that in a house that you know you can’ t take with you when you leave. We debated for a while on whether it was worth it to spend the money, but in the end we were excited to tackle the project and we knew it would provide much needed function to the room (look at the top of the post at the before pic! This side of the room was a messy dumping grounds for stuff!). I’m okay with spending a little money (within reason of course) to make our current home, however impermanent it may be, perfect for us. No use waiting around dreaming about all of the some-day projects! I’m so happy we went for it with this! It looks so great! (Side note: If you live in a rental, you might want to check with your landlord before you tackle a project like this. Ours is really lenient and is all for any improvements to the property we want to make.)

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This side of the room looks pretty similar to before, except for the larger painting (that fills out the space so much better than the previous one!) This is a painting I did as a final project in my Abstract Painting class at Tulane. You can’t really tell in this picture, but the canvas itself is a quilt top I made from a bunch of neutral patterned fabrics and then stretched and painted and embroidered on top. That back corner is a little bit of an eyesore, but it is the only place I have to store frames/art that need to be hung, some art supplies, in-progress projects, etc.

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This weekend, I finally found an easel (thanks, Craigslist!), so I turned this corner of the room into a painting area. The painting taboret is a kitchen cart from IKEA. So happy to have a dedicated spot to paint! It is such a pain to drag out all those supplies when I want to use them, so I can’t wait to make use of this space! (I relocated the chair and “reading nook” area that was previously there to our bedroom. Works much better there, so win-win!)

I know everyone loves before and afters, so here are side by side comparisons:

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Feels so much bigger, brighter and cleaner!

Left to do in here: get baskets for built-ins to store fabric in, maybe hang nice wooden/bamboo blinds instead of the cheap white ones?, and I really, really want to paint this room a soft warm grey color instead of the yucky tan/skin color it is now. We’ll see though.

Here are sources for anyone interested (let me know if I missed something):

My desk is from IKEAdesk chair is from World Market, white bookcase is from IKEA, baskets are from Target, tufted pink chair is from World Market (in before pics), rug is from Target, curtains I made out of sheets from TJ Maxx, white pedestal side table is from TJ Maxx (in before pics), small easel is from Hobby Lobby (I stained it darker), big easel is from Craigslist, pink curvy glass lamp is from Home Goods (got it on vacation years ago in Charleston, SC), standing lamp is from Target, shelves DIY built-in out of IKEA Extra-Deep Billy Bookcases, Painting Taboret is IKEA kitchen cart, big white ornate frame is thrifted and turned into bulletin board, big ornate gold frame is thrifted, tiered cake stand was made out of thrifted vintage plates for our wedding, elephant print from this Etsy shop, Live Simply print from this Etsy shop, small purple/yellow print we got in Portland, OR but is Old School Stationeersgreen elephant piggy bank is from Urban Outfitters (in before pics), jewelry stand was a Christmas gift from my little sisters years ago (was from Urban Outfitters), glittery gold frames on wall are from Michaels, top print in those is from Katie Daisy (The Wheatfield), and the big hanging artwork is by me.

 

It’s been a while, huh? I’ve missed blogging this semester. I have so many things I want to share, but this semester just leaves no extra time to do so. Just over one more month until school is over and I graduate! I can’t wait!

This week is my spring break, and although it is just as busy as any other week with schoolwork, I thought I would at least drop by for a minute and share a quick tip that I did last week:

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I haven’t been wearing make-up very often lately. I used to wear it everyday, but with the late nights and early mornings of college, I’m just not getting enough sleep. Even if putting on make-up only takes five minutes, right now I have a million other better things to spend those five minutes on (like sleep!). My weekends this semester have mostly been spent on my couch reading school books and writing papers, so even on the weekends I haven’t been getting very dressed up for anything.

Anyway, I wore make-up almost every day over Christmas break with all the family get-togethers and pictures being taken. At that same time, with the winter weather making my skin really dry, I had a strange reaction to the face cream my dermatologist had put me on and one of my eyelids got really red and itchy.

Fast forward a month or so when Drew and I were going to a Superbowl promotion concert here in New Orleans. I got out my make-up bag and put my make-up on without even thinking anything of it. The next day I woke up to my eyelids all red and swollen. At first I thought I might be developing an allergy to my make-up. I’ve worn Bare Minerals make-up since I very first started wearing make-up in middle school and I really like it and didn’t want to have to switch to anything else. Then I remembered my red, itchy eyes at Christmastime! I thought it might not be the make-up, but maybe just the brushes holding in nasty germs! So I started by replacing my mascara with a brand new tube and then did some research online for a good DIY make-up brush cleaner. This is what I did:

DIY Make-up Brush Cleaner

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
1 tablespoon white vinegar

1. Mix all ingredients in a cup or bowl.
2. Wash each brush thoroughly in the mixture. Mine were really dirty, so I made a fresh batch of this for each brush. If you do this regularly, you might not need to make multiple batches.
3. Rinse each brush clean with warm water.
4. Squeeze the excess water out of each brush with a towel.
5. Shape the bristles into the correct shape.
6. Lay flat on a towel to dry.

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This is how dirty the water was after slightly washing just ONE brush! How gross! There is no telling how many dead skin cells and who knows what else was all up in those.

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I can’t believe that I had never thought to wash my brushes out before! I had been using these same brushes for the last 8-10 YEARS without cleaning them at all! I will now be doing this regularly!

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Since I wanted to make sure that my make-up was clear of any leftover germs from my eye issues, I also took a slightly damp towel and cleaned out the lids of each of my make-up containers as well.

Drew and I drove home this past weekend to see my little sister, Jillian, in her high school musical and I wore make-up the whole weekend without any red, itchy, or swollen eyes! I’m so happy to have easily fixed the problem and I don’t have to invest in all new make-up. Plus, the brushes are so much softer now too!

I haven’t posted any pictures of what our entire house looks like since we moved in and it was empty. I thought after over a year and a half of living here, it was time for another house tour. I always love seeing how homes and their decor evolve over time. I took these pictures in November, but with Thanksgiving, finals, Christmas break and all that the holiday season entails, I’m just now getting this post together. Our house has been tweaked a little in several rooms since these were taken though, so this is not 100% what it looks like right now.

Our House Tour — November 2012

Foyer Before:

This is our foyer now:

The aesthetic of this room is one of my favorites in our house. I like that it has a good mix of traditional, contemporary, and cottage/farmhouse. I love that it has pops of color, but the color isn’t overwhelming (like in some other rooms in our house). I love how light-filled this room is. Because of the amount of sunlight this room gets, it has the most plants of any room in our house (although almost every room in our house has at least one plant — only the bedroom and laundry room don’t). It is also the most multi-purpose space in the house — foyer/entry, dining room, and Drew’s office.

Curtains are from Pottery Barn Teen (looks like they are on sale right now!), plant/console table we built ourselves, dining room table is from the Nashville flea market, dining chairs are from Drew’s mom (originally belonged to a family friend), rug is from Target, baskets on the console table shelves are from Target, milk glass on console table, small white cabinet and desk chair are thrifted, Drew’s desk is from Craigslist, black lamp was given to us by Drew’s mom, Self-Portrait woodcut is by me, other art are framed engagement photos taken ourselves, and the glass jar candles on the table and console are from our wedding.

Things on our to-do list for this room: sand and paint the little white cabinet (I like it white, but the paint is old and chipped/peeling), sand and either stain Drew’s desk a darker wood tone or paint it (I’m not a big fan of blonde wood), hang art above Drew’s desk, and create a little entryway/mudroom area right inside the door (on the side with Drew’s desk) with a little bench, a mirror, and maybe some coat hooks or something.

Looking from the foyer into the living room before:

Looking from the foyer into the living room now:

Living room before:

Living room now:

Couch and loveseat are from Compass Furniture in New Orleans, television/media cabinet is from Target (can’t find a link for the same one), black coffee table was thrifted years ago (it used to be in my bedroom in my parent’s house), white bookcase is from IKEA, painting was a wedding gift from my sister and her husband (by New Orleans artist Adam Hall), gallery wall photos were taken by me, curtains I made out of drop-cloths, crocheted blanket was made by my mother and I (directions here), most of the couch pillows were made by my mother, “Give Thanks” pillow from here, light blue pedestal side table from Nadeau in New Orleans (love that place!), cream and white damask throw, wire basket (filled with yarn on bookshelf), and wooden @ symbol from TJ Maxx, floor lamp is from Lowe’s, silver table lamp is from Compass Furniture (scored it for $15 with a Living Social Deal!),  8×10 area rug from Lowe’s (scored it for $15!), glass candy dish and basket (on the floor at the end of the loveseat) were thrifted, basket (with magazines in it behind the french doors) was a wedding gift, painting on the bookshelf was a wedding gift (painted my Drew’s mom’s good friend and my 8th grade teacher!), globe was mine from when I was little bought for me by my Mamaw, and the chalkboard message board was from our wedding (originally from here).

Looking down the hallway from the living room before: (This hallway, right off the side of the living room, runs all the way down the house. The kitchen is the first door on the right, my office/studio is the second door and then at the end of the hallway is the laundry room. At the laundry room, the hallway turns to the right with the bathroom straight ahead and our bedroom to the left.)

The hallway now:

Hallway bookcases are from IKEA, little cabinet of drawers was thrifted on a vacation in Savannah, GA, LOVE painting was a bridal shower gift from my friend Tonya, streetcar cross-stitch and ROWLAND sign (made out of photos of tools) were gifts from Drew’s mom (both made by her), small country scene painting was a gift from Drew’s mom (painted by her friend/my 8th grade teacher), the rest of the pictures are either wedding photos (by Stephanie of Stephanie’s Photography), small paintings my me, or random things like framed fortune cookies, a painted piece of wood (not sure why that’s up there actually), or prints collected over time (a couple are from our honeymoon).

On our to-do list for the hallway: we actually bought paint last summer to paint this room and still haven’t done it (a light grey color, to still keep it neutral, but lighten it up and break up all the tan in this house) so we need to get on that, we’ve thought about extending the frame gallery down the wall on both sides because we have a lot of art to hang, but still haven’t decided if we’ll do that for sure or not, and I really want to find a pretty hanging light fixture for in here (maybe thrifted and refashioned).

The kitchen before:

Our kitchen now:

Kitchen rug is by Dash and Albert, checked hand towels are from Target, green utensil holder is actually a plant pot from Hobby Lobby, glass pasta jars, ceramic apple and stool are from TJ Maxx, artwork above the sink is from here, cookbook holder was a wedding gift from Target, baking station cabinet is from Nadeau in New Orleans, small table on the other wall was thrifted.

On our to-do list for the kitchen: curtains! This room is seriously lacking in that department. I want to make some roman shades as soon as I find the right fabric. On the wall with the small wooden table, I would like to find or make a cabinet of some sort that has better storage than the current situation. I would love to have a cabinet with an open shelf or two to display my cookbooks and pretty kitchen things. We are also thinking about making some sort of a hanging spice rack to go on the wall between the pantry and the windows. We don’t have a lot of storage in here and we need a better way to access our spices (right now they are piled up on one tiny shelf inside a cabinet and they are overflowing and hard to get to).

My office/studio before:

My office/studio now:

My desk is from IKEA, desk chair is from World Market, white bookcase is from IKEA, baskets are from Target, tufted pink chair is from World Market (on sale right now), rug is from Target, curtains I made from Heather Bailey’s Pineapple Brocade fabric, white pedestal side table is from TJ Maxx, easel is from Hobby Lobby (I stained it darker), pink curvy glass lamp is from Home Goods (got it on vacation years ago in Charleston, SC), standing lamp is from Target, table printer is on is thrifted, shelf brackets/wood shelves from Lowe’s, big white ornate frame is thrifted, tiered cake stand was made out of thrifted vintage plates for our wedding, elephant print from this Etsy shop, Live Simply print from this Etsy shop, green elephant piggy bank is from Urban Outfitters (on sale now), jewelry stand was a Christmas gift from my little sisters years ago (was from Urban Outfitters), and all the artwork hanging everywhere is by me.

On our to-do list for my office/art studio: goodness what isn’t on my to-do list! This room is a wreak! Since this is my studio, where things get sewn/painted, etc. it is a catch-all for incomplete projects. There isn’t enough storage, so I don’t have places to put everything (which is why things are piled up in the corners!), so tackling better storage/organization is on my to-do list. The curtain rod needs to be hung higher and I need three curtain panels instead of two. I want different curtains anyway, these ones are too colorful/busy for me in this room. (I actually just made new curtains for this room this week that I need to share soon! I also had Drew move the curtain rod up) I would also like to put nice wooden blinds in this room instead of the cheapo plastic ones that are in here. We hung the shelves on that wall right after we moved in, before we really knew what we needed in this room. They aren’t anchored into studs (the walls in this house are crazy), so I’m afraid to put too much weight on them (I’m scared my sewing machine will topple at any minute! ) and they aren’t really very functional. I’m thinking about taking them down and DIYing a whole wall of built-in bookcases along that nook area. I actually already hung a different painting in here (that fits the scale of the room better) above the white bookcase on the other wall. I had to hang that clothesline up to hang up paintings that I was working on for one of my painting classes, so now that can be taken down. I do want to hang up more of my artwork in here (in a more professional looking way), but the walls in this house are crazy and I can’t get any nails into the wall by my reading chair, so I need to come up with a different way to hang things there. Right now this room just looks like an explosion of mess and color, so I’d like to just work on everything about it. (I also took this picture right as I was heading into finals, so excuse a little of the chaos for that reason alone)

Laundry Room before:

Laundry Room now:

The curtains in our laundry room are the same ones that used to hang in my freshman dorm room (originally from Wal-Mart), the laundry basket I’ve had forever (I think it came from Wal-Mart when I was in middle school), the ironing board and cover are from Target, ladder from Lowe’s, vacuum cleaner my mom bought for me several years ago (originally from Sears), my dad bought the washer and dryer for me (they were from a friend from our hometown that used to live in New Orleans –she was moving from New Orleans and didn’t need to take them with her), the deep freezer is from Lowe’s, the rug and the wire baskets on the shelves are from TJ Maxx, and the shelving Drew and I bought from Lowe’s.

On our to-do list for the laundry room: I’m just so happy that our apartment has a laundry room! The shelves were the best thing we ever did in here, they add so much extra storage room for everything — lightbulbs, toilet paper, paper towels, tools, iron, candles, batteries, laundry stuff, cleaning products, etc. Even though they look messy, they are actually organized pretty well. I do think we could pare down our cleaning products a bit though so they didn’t take up so much room. This room is tight, so eventually I might need to add some other forms of organization for things stacked in the floor — like leftover wood scraps and paint cans. The bi-fold doors in here need to go back on my office closet (they got broken when we had guests staying in there). I would also maybe like to add some cheery artwork to the walls in here. Other than that, this room is functional as is.

Bathroom before:

Bathroom now:

Shower curtain from Target, creme-colored rug from World Market, coral-colored bath mat, flower painting, towel rack, and magazine rack from TJ Maxx, and still-life painting and houses plant pot from Drew’s mom.

On our to-do list for this room: everything!? We haven’t really done much in here. I bought the magazine rack to cover up a drywall patch, but it needs to be organized a little better. I want different artwork, but haven’t figured out what to do in here (its a bathroom, so it gets a lot of moisture that would ruin most artwork). This room overall really has no direction. I need to figure out the artwork, then go from there. My favorite thing about it right now is the plants. They give so much life to this room (quite literally, but they also add a cozy factor that makes it feel like a real room rather than just a functional space).

Our Bedroom before:

Our Bedroom now:

Headboard made by us from an old door, floral pillowcases made by my mom, sheets from Target, coverlet/bedspread and lamps from TJ Maxx, dresser from Drew’s childhood bedroom, curtains from the pergola at our wedding (originally from Target), rug from Target and stitchery made by me (in the hallway coming into our bedroom).

On our to-do list for this room: sand/stain/refinish Drew’s dresser (I want it all back to the original wood). FIND NIGHTSTANDS! Nightstands have been on our list for forever! Since this room is small and they have to fit underneath the overhang from the headboard, they have to be a really specific size and I haven’t found the right ones yet. Hopefully soon! I would like different artwork on the wall with our engagement photo on it (the wall with the guitar leaning against it), perhaps some botanical or watercolor prints or sketches. I would also like different lamps, but since these are perfectly functional, I probably won’t get new ones unless they are a super great deal. Overall, I think this room just feels a little blah. It just needs a lot of little tweaks.

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It is so neat to look back and see how far our house has come in the last year and a half! We’ve still got work to do though!

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