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Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is my dining room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Decoupage Pumpkins

November 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

Halloween is over so I suppose this post is a little tardy but oh well, pumpkins can work for Thanksgiving too right? Just say yes.

I went to a pumpkin decorating party the other day and it was adorably fun. We decoupaged strips of scrapbook paper onto pumpkins. It was just as easy as it sounds, although much messier. While we were adding the paper to the pumpkins my friend (who has known me since I was five) said, “Whenever I hear the word decoupage I think of you.” It’s true folks, as a kid I was obsessed with decoupage. I would decoupage anything I could get my fingers-covered-with-dry-glue on. Picture frames, trinket boxes, binders, if you can name it I glued weird crap to it. While I’ve never decoupaged a pumpkin, the smell of glue brought back all the fun, strange memories.

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This year I just didn’t get around to decorating for Halloween/fall. So it’s nice to have a few little pumpkins around to celebrate the season.

Maybe next year I’ll do a fall craft before fall is nearly over… or maybe not!

An Instagrammed ‘Fridge

October 30, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my 200th post! What??? Anyway, on with the show…

Can you believe Instagram has only been around since 2010? I can’t remember life before it! (I wish I was joking about that) I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Instagram, but I keep coming back to it because those filters make everything looks so dang good!

This is by no means an original idea, but this weekend I Instagrammed my ‘fridge and I love it!

Little House Design: Instagrammed 'Fridge

There are tons of places online to print Instagram photos but I chose Printstagram. They sell 24, 4″x4″ prints for $12, a great deal if you ask me!

I originally decided to print them because I wanted to give one away as a gift, but it turns out most place don’t just sell one or two you have to order many. So I went with it.

Little House Design: Instagrammed 'Fridge

I laid out the photos on my table first so I could arrange them in an aesthetic order before I committed them to tape. It made me realize that I take a lot of photos of scenery and Bob and none of my friends. Next time.

Little House Design: Instagrammed 'Fridge

I just used scotch tape to put them on the fridge so I’m not sure how long they will last, but I’ll keep you updated.

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I think it would be really cool to continue to add to this collage until my whole ‘fridge is covered. I’ll have to really up my Instagramming to get to that point though!

This collage used up most of the photos, but one of the prints got the special treatment:

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Me and my besties in Chicago last year. Our goal for that weekend was to have an awesome time and to take a photo of the three of us that we all liked (not an easy task for three women). We succeeded on both counts! The frame is from an online shop called Poppin. I only mention that because they sent me a handwritten thank you note after my purchase! Who does that??

My gallery walls are full of old pictures taken when I was in high school and college so I am happy to have a few updated photos around my house. It makes it look less like I’m obsessed with the past/living in a time warp.

Have you guys done anything with your Instagrams? I also love the mini-magnets you can get, they are adorable!

This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

when to buy vintage when to buy new

One of my greatest dilemmas when buying things for my house is whether to buy vintage or buy new. There are merits to both! There are pitfalls to both! A classic pro and con list is called for.

Pro: Buying Vintage 

If you found a (seemingly) one of a kind item at some dusty thrift shop on a gross side of town then make way for some major bragging rights. Oh, that old thing? It’s unique, awesome, and it was only three cents. Also, vintage items have that perfectly rusted and perfectly distressed look to them that just cannot be recreated (although we’ve all tried at some point). Vintage items can also be significantly cheaper than new items that look old. In my experience the further away from any major city you go the cheaper the items are (not to be city snob but country folk don’t always know what they have). Another pro? Finding a cool vintage piece feels like winning the lottery. You searched and you found that perfect vintage school map for under $100 and the shopper’s high is incredible.

Con: Buy Vintage

Buying vintage is kind of a lot of work. I mean, it’s not like you can just go to the one perfect thrift shop in town that has all the cool stuff for affordable prices (unless that place exists, in which case, tell me where!). Buying vintage takes driving around to all the thrift shops in town and sifting through loads upon loads of unorganized, dusty junk to find that one brass figurine that your heart has always desired. Your hands will smell and you’ll be hungry and you’ll get drowsy from all the driving. Not to mention that vintage items can be really overpriced. I’m sorry, you want how much for the dinged up, not to mention non-functioning, letter ‘T’ from an old neon sign??? I mean it would look insane in my dining room but I’m not paying three figures for it! And now with the proliferation of blogs and Pinterest that once unique light up globe lamp that you found for $12 (ahem) doesn’t look so special when ever other photo on the internet showcases one. If you think about it, we are basically buying stuff that was mass produced 50 years ago, it isn’t really that unique, it just happened to have survived the last few decades.

Pro: Buying New

Pretty much any store that sells housewares has vintage-looking items. That distressed crate with French words, the side table with the brass capped legs… you know what I’m talking about. The obvious pro to buying new is convenience. Any home store will have a vintaged-ly patterned china set and hey! it will all match and you won’t spend hours/days/years thrifting to find a matching set. Also, can I just say cleanliness. Thrifting isn’t for the faint of heart, I have been in some straight-up nasty stores looking for vintage stuff, in comparison, you could perform surgery in Target it’s so clean. Buying new will also provide you with more knowledge of the piece you are buying. If you are buying a new mid-century style dresser you will know the quality based on where you purchase it, buying the same style dresser at a vintage shop and your guess on it’s origins, quality, and life span are only just that.

Con: Buying New

My number one problem with buying new stuff is unoriginality. Sure I love a lot of stuff at IKEA and Target but the likelihood that someone I know will also purchase the same piece is up there. Number two? Price. I wanted a side table that looked like a bar cart but I knew that if I purchased it new it would be over $100, so I buckled down and thrifted until I found what I wanted for $15. Also, buying new doesn’t necessary mean it will be good quality. Most furniture sold today is particle board or some sort of manufactured wood, but vintage stuff can often be well made. Just think about it, there is a 0% chance that Lack side table from IKEA is going to last even until next year let alone 30 years from now. Vintage furniture has stood the test of time.

So what do you think? Are you dedicated to the vintage hunt or are you happy with the convenience of buying new? I definitely lean more toward vintage but I’ve come to appreciate the benefits of buying new things. I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

I have a lot of stuff. I’m no hoarder or anything but I have significantly more than I need (I mean, don’t we all?). The problem isn’t that I can’t get rid of stuff (I’m an excellent purger of things), but instead that I just don’t want to get rid of my things. I have really great things. As a compromise (with myself; is that weird?), I decided I could keep all the things I love as long as they extra stuff fits in a small box in my closet. Yes, I have to rotate my toys decorative items out like a child.

This is embarrassing, but here is my secret stash:

It’s not pretty but on the other side of the wrapping paper is a box full of frames, decorative objects, and other miscellaneous items that I love but don’t have space for it right now.

Recently, I noticed that the shelf above my sink and the open shelving above my stove were getting a little cluttered. All my pretty things were getting a little out of hand so I did a little restyling and streamlining.

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Most of this stuff just got shuffled, but if you ever see something where before there was something else, you can pretty much guarantee it is from my secret toy box.