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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!

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!

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 — 5 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!

Decorating Resolutions

June 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

I don’t typically do resolutions for the New Year mostly because I just don’t. But the other day I was thinking to myself about resolving to change this or that about my house and I was like, Hey! I should make a resolutions list for my house. Since it’s June I feel like it isn’t too trendy to do resolutions so why not?

Here are few resolutions about my house:

1) Less than 3 IKEA items per room

IKEA Karlstad couch, IKEA Stockholm rug, and IKEA Vate floor lamp
I love IKEA. I sincerely wish there was one closer than three hours round trip but my house is pretty IKEA-ified at this point. Everyone knows IKEA furniture is poor/average quality but they have some really nice designs that as a freshly minted college graduate I flocked to. Now as a successful an employed late-twenty something I can afford to buy nicer furniture. Plus most people can recognize IKEA pieces so I don’t want people coming into my house thinking it’s an IKEA showroom (even though those showrooms are amazing). My resolution is to rely less on IKEA for every piece of furniture. Yes, they have cool designs at great prices but I want to mix it up a little. I think three large IKEA pieces per room is good balance for me.

2) Stop being discontent with my progress

Sometimes I’ll be sitting in my living room or dining room or just any room and all I can think about is what projects I want to get done. I get very frustrated that I don’t have more time, money, and/or skills to get more projects done. But I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to be content with the progress I have made and to just be in my house as it is right now. This is more of a discipline than a resolution but it is something I want to actively work on because I think it will make me happier person.

3) Stop stressing about dog hair and dust


Dude, I have a dog and he is messy. I’m a tidy person and my house usually really clean but my dog is a little hellion. Also, he’s a hoarder. So my house is constantly covered in dog hair (he is black and white so when his hair comes out and mixes together it looks like grey hair so my house is always covered in grey hair which is somehow extra gross), muddy paw prints (even though I wipe his paws every time he comes inside), and dog bones nosed into corners where they are “buried”. It really bothers me. But I also don’t have the time or energy to clean up after him every day so my goal is clean up once a week and just let it be the rest of the week. I did choose to own an animal so I can’t really expect him to live up to my human standards of cleanliness.

4) Accept that I make design mistakes


I make a lot of rash decisions. Maybe rash isn’t the word, but I make quick decisions. I generally know what I want when I am making a design choice but sometimes I make the wrong choice. It happens! For example, I painted my bathroom three times before I landed on a color I like and wait for it… it was the original color of the bathroom before I even stared painting womp womp. Part of the beauty of interior design is that it can be changed easily and often. I’m learning to accept that just because I bought a piece of furniture doesn’t mean I have to keep it for 10 years. If I decide after a year or even a day that I don’t like something I can sell it or give it away and move on to the next thing and the world won’t stop turning.

5) Don’t overly accessorize

I love to go thrifting and to yard sales and to cool shops and it is easy for me to pick up little decorative items along the way. Because they are small and cheap I don’t really think about if I need a mallard duck for $4 or a purple bubble gum machine for $7. I see something cool for a good price and I buy it. But I don’t need 50 decorative items in my house. I “need” maybe 10-20. My resolution is to really question if I need that elephant planter or brass Nefirtiti, yes they are cool but do I really need them? Also, just because I have something cool doesn’t mean it has to be sitting out. My dresser, faux sofa table, and dining room credenze are overloaded with items just because I have them. I need to declutter and start rotating items. I put a small box in my bedroom closet where I plan to keep decorative items that I will rotate out. It’s a small box so I’m not keeping a ton of stuff put up away but this way I’ll get to keep the items I really like and not feel like I’m living in a Hoarders episode.

What do you think? Are decorating resolutions something you think about while sitting on your couch? No, just me? Ah well.

So the thing about weekend to-do lists is that they are a terrible idea. Mostly because as soon as I make a list I get mad about lists, like lists are fascist, I can do whatever I want, ugh. I mean, can I just live?

So guess what got done from my list I made on Friday? Yeah, nothing.

But I did do something else that was on an invisible list in my mind.

This is the corner of my dining room as it’s been for the past 15 months:

Pretty sad and boring. Here is the other corner of my dining room:
I got these two windows from an antique shop for like $5 each. They are huge, 30″ x 20″ and pretty heavy. I’m sort of over the old window as a picture frame thing but since I’ve had them for over a year I just wanted to hang them and get it done with. The reason it has taken me so long to hang them is because they had no hanging hardware on them and I was nervous to attach hardware on the back, but I’ll go into more detail about how I hung them on Wednesday. For now let’s skip ahead to the big reveal:
I hung the windows, added a little side table from a thrift shop, and voila! The previously dead corner has life. Not that I expect anyone to actually sit in that corner and have tea or anything but I like having those two extra chairs in there for when I have more than six people over for dinner so having a little vignette in the corner make the chairs seem a little less out of place. Plus this dining room is so big that it makes it seem less like a big empty room.
My new goal is to make to-do lists of the things I don’t want to get done and then I’m guaranteed to succeed! I’d basically given up on hanging those windows because they had been sitting around so long but then I just got a rush of inspiration and did it.
Do you actually get stuff done from your to-do list? If you do, share your secrets because I’m a big failure when it comes to that sort of stuff.

Sometimes when I talk to people about this blog they say, “Aren’t you going to run out of projects at your house to blog about?” Because my house is small and for the most part completely decorated, I understand their question, but the answer is always ‘No.’ A few weeks ago I did a post showing the ‘before’ and ‘current state’ of my house where I listed out what I’ve accomplished so far and what I hope to do in the future, but that isn’t where the list ends. I don’t consider myself an artist, but allow me to use the analogy that I’m an artist and my house is my canvas and for that reason I don’t think I’ll ever be able to consider this house finished. So here is a run down of what looks done but in my mind is not done and may never be.

Bedroom bookshelves:

This is an older picture of these bookshelves (currently the books are still backwards) but overall it is the same. I hate this wall which is unfortunate considering it is directly across from my bed and I have to stare at it every night. I love the dark blue walls but as soon as I painted them I realized that the black bookcase would have to go because it is too dark against the wall color. I’ve considered painting it white or something but geez, that sounds like an awful amount of work. The small silver shelf was never intended to stay there long but I haven’t taken the time to find it another home. Overall, this wall annoys me because it is messy and random and too dark. I’m waiting until I get a bookcase for the dining room wall until I deal with this though. My hope is that the dining room bookcase will hold all of the books from these shelves plus all my books in storage (of course, by ‘storage’ I mean stacked in a corner of my room looking hoarder-ish) and then I can get rid of this bookcase. Don’t get me wrong though I genuinely love this bookcase. Having glass doors on a bookshelf seriously changed my life, but I’m not sure I’ll have a place for this bookshelf once it is moved out of this room. I could keep it in the basement in hopes that I’ll use it in future but that seems wasteful somehow. I guess I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it. Same with the silver shelf, I don’t have any other plans for it currently so who knows where it will end up. So what will I do with that wall when it is blank?
I’d like to get a parson’s desk and add a large cork board or art above it. I haven’t had a desk in years and I don’t need one to sit at, but it would be nice to have a place to organize and store ‘officey’ stuff. But we’ll see, I’m always changing my mind about this sort of stuff.
The Living Room Tables:
If you count, there are two side tables and a coffee table in here and I hate them all. Actually that’s not true, I hate two out of three. The left side table is Lack table from IKEA that cost $7.99 and it serves it’s purpose but it’s boring. The coffee table was $30 on clearance from IKEA and I feel the same way about it. I like the table on the right because it’s from CB2 and it opens up like an old school desk but it looks sort of weird where it is. I like the mismatched look (they are all different styles but since they are all white they work together) but I’d like to upgrade in the future.
Maybe a coffee table like this?
And maybe something like this for a side table?
Or this?
What I have now is just place holding for better stuff so I’m always on the look out for a the perfect replacement.
TV Stand Area:
I love this dresser and the lamps and the harp and the TV, but how it is set up now is a little bland. My plan is to hang the TV (I have the mount I just haven’t attempted to do it myself yet) and possibly hang art around it, like this:
Or this:
Considering I already have the TV mount this project should be completed soon but I’ve had it for over two months now and it hasn’t even made it to my to-do list so maybe not.
Dining Room:
Ugh, the whole dining room is bugging me right now. I really want to repaint it but I’m holding back because I don’t want to have to redo the postcard art which I love. But that messy gallery wall to the right has got to go. I’m still hoping to get my dream bookcase one of these day (I know I’m like a broken record talking about that stinkin’ bookcase – you have no idea how much I think about it, it’s nearly compulsive) and I would like to paint before that happens, but who knows.
Things I hate in this room: dining room table, gallery wall, wall color, and IKEA credenza.
Things I love in this room: postcard art, light fixture, and the curtains.
I’m thinking about painting the room a lighter color and simplifying the gallery wall and since I can’t afford a new table maybe I’ll get a tablecloth or something. I’m thinking of going with a lighter color like this:

Or this:

I don’t know if I can go lighter though. I’ve tried it in almost every room now and I always go back to dark and bold colors. I’m just afraid that I’ll paint it a lovely dove gray and hate it. Soooo…. who knows what will happen.
Overall, I’m very happy with what I’ve done to my house so far and everyone is very complimentary of it, but since it is my work I will always see the cracks and imperfections in it. The good news is that I’ll always have a new project to tackle which is fine by me since I really enjoy doing this sort of stuff.

Do you feel the same way about areas of your house? Or am I just too picky?

Well, it has been one year (and five weeks) since I moved in to my little house and I have to say, best mistake ever! Why mistake? Honestly, I was not financially prepared to buy a house, but I really wanted one so I did it anyway. There is a saying that goes something like, “Bad decisions make for good stories” and that is literally the story of this blog. I wrote more about my decision to buy over continuing to rent for twentysomethingindy.com. You should check out my article and the rest of the site because it’s awesome.

The point is I wasn’t completely ready to become a homeowner, but I love this house and in my mind that equals so far so good! I simultaneously feel like I’ve been here forever and for a month, but it’s actually been 13 months. Let’s take a look back on all the progress I’ve made (with the help of friends, family, and hired hands), shall we? Also, bad before pictures because I wasn’t a blogger then and for some reason didn’t think to take any ‘before’ pictures, ah well, live and learn.

What I accomplished this year on the outside:
– I had the exterior painted
– While it isn’t seen and nobody would notice, the biggest, most expensive thing I had done to this house was a major electrical repair before I moved in. I hate spending money on stuff that isn’t seen and appreciated but I guess not dying in a house fire is good too.
– The backyard fence was repaired (not pictured)
– I added patio chairs to the front porch (a minor improvement over just plain empty)
– While not a large accomplishment I managed to mow the grass several times… go me!
On the agenda for the coming year and beyond:

– Screen in the front porch (it is already framed and ready)

– Add a daybed or some other type of furniture to make the porch more welcoming
– Dig out and replace those large ugly bushes in front (forsythia is the dream)
– Potentially replace the sidewalk up to my porch
What I accomplished in the living room this year:
– Painted it ‘Suede Gray’ by Behr
– Added a gallery wall, furniture, art, etc.
– One thing I managed to ‘un-accomplish’ was that I broke two of the blinds. Lame. They are those $4 ones from Walmart but I refuse to buy them because they are ugly.
– Added a faux sofa table (here)
On the agenda for this year:
– Buy new blinds! Seriously, it is about time. Those blinds are hideous, but I can’t seem to jump on a blind style (more about my indecision here).
– Get a second couch. I want to get the same couch I already have and put it where the red chair is now.
– Mount the TV. I got a mount and haven’t taken the time to hang it yet.
– Add art around the TV?
– I’d like a bigger rug, different coffee table and side tables, a real sofa table instead of a faux one, etc. but I’ll just have to see how much my budget can handle this year.
– Rearrange gallery wall, change out pictures, etc.
What I accomplished this year in the bathroom:
– Installed new medicine cabinet.
– Painted the room three times (ugh) and it ended up ‘Ballet White’ by Behr (more on that here).
– Hung art, towel rack and hook, crates, and a second shower curtain (more on that here).
– Installed new faucet.
On the agenda this year:
– I’m thinking about painting again, I know, I know, but seriously wouldn’t it look beautiful navy blue? I asked my friend that and she said, “isn’t every room in your house dark blue?” Touche´.
– Re-grout the tub and shower. It’s gross and a good re-grouting is loooong overdue.
– Change the light fixture. I am really good at cropping out things I don’t like so it isn’t pictured here but the current one looks something like this and it’s fine, but I really want to get something else so hopefully this will be the year.
What I accomplished this year:
– Painted it twice and it ended up ‘Canon’ by Ace Hardware (side note: I love the black walls, way more than even I though I would).
– Added art and open shelving.
– Added a chalkboard wall.
– Installed cork floors! (toe kick is not present in these pictures, but it is in now- I need to take pictures again).
– Installed new faux wood white blinds to the windows and the door.
– Installed new light fixture.
On the agenda for this year and beyond:
– New countertops and backsplash (so excited for this!)
– Possibly replace the light? It hangs at about 6’1″ and whenever my 6’2″ brother comes over he complains about it so maybe I’ll lift it up or just change it completely.
– I’d love to add a ceiling light by the chalkboard wall. It is super dark back there at night (and not just because of the black paint, it has always been dark back there). Not sure how much that would cost but it’s on my brain.
– I’ve been thinking about added roman shades or something else to the windows.
What I accomplished this year:
– Painted it ‘Underwater’ by Behr.
– Added curtain rod and curtains (here)
– Installed new light fixture
– Added gallery wall
– Added postcard wall art (here)
– Recovered dining room chairs (here)
What I hope to do this year:
– First and foremost I want to get my dream bookcase (here). The wall to the right is blank and sad and I want to change that as soon as possible.
– I’ve been thinking about repainting, ugh I know, what is wrong with me? I’m obsessed with painting! But no seriously, I like this color, it’s just… I can’t put my finger on why I’m tired of it.
– Re-do or do something completely different with the corner gallery wall, it looks messy and it’s a little too much with the postcard wall art (and I really like the postcard wall art).
– Touch up the paint around the light fixture’s canopy. I’ve been meaning to do this for a year, maybe writing it down will make me do it.
– Replace the buffet. It is an IKEA clearance piece that I got for like $40 and I want to replace it with something more solid.
What I did this year:
– After living with an off-white paint color for six months, I decided I am not a white room kind of person so I went bold and blue by color matching Sherman Williams’ ‘Loyal Blue’ (more on that decision here).
– Furnished it mostly via craigslist (campaign dresser, jenny lind bed) and IKEA (Rast dresser, Billy bookcase, Knappa light fixture).
– Hung a light fixture on my own! (here)
What I should accomplish this year:
– I’m really dreading it but the floors seriously need refinished. When I first moved in the bedrooms were carpeted (see the before picture) but since I really hate carpet I ripped it up. The hardwood floors are original to the house and actually look pretty good but in this room they sprayed the trim and since they were planning on putting carpet down they didn’t worry about getting white paint on the floors. See the right of the picture above? How the paint comes out about 2-3 inches from the trim? Not cool people who painted the trim, not cool. I may actually tackle this project on my own but we’ll see how brave I get.
– I’d love to add curtains or roman shades to this room. The white vinyl blinds in there are fine, but I think an upgrade would be nice.
– If I get my dream bookcase this year I will be moving all the books from this bookcase into that one (plus my books from storage) and then selling this one. I really like this bookcase, but if I have my dream bookcase I really won’t need this one. If all that happens I’d like to get a parson’s desk for that spot to create a sort of in-room office space.
What I did this year:

– After being used as a storage unit for 12 months I finally cleared this room out which was a big weekend project.

– I left my daybed, rug, and old dresser in there.

– I craigslisted a desk and bought a chair and lamp set at a used furniture store. (here)
– I painted this room with the left over paint from the kitchen’s first paint job, ‘Suede Gray’ by Behr. (here)
– I DIYed fabric lampshades. (here)
– Added a little bit of art that I already had. (here)
– Cleaning should definitely get it’s own bullet point because I did a lot of that in this room.
What should get done this year*:
*My student has only been here two weeks so I haven’t decided if I’ll keep hosting someone but for now she’s there and I won’t be doing any projects in this room, but if I don’t keep hosting… 
– The hardwood floors in this room also need refinished, although they aren’t as bad as my room since the trim in here didn’t get painted.
– Change out the basic light fixture for something a little more fun.
– Add curtains or different blinds.
– Repaint it a more exciting color.
Not too bad for 13 months! I’m happy with the progress I’m making. Most of the projects I did this year were lower cost things like painting, getting used furniture from craigslist, and making my own art. I tried to space out the expensive projects (Jan ’12- electrical repair, June ‘2 – bathroom tile, July ’12- exterior paint, Feb ’13- kitchen floor) and since I did four major projects in 13 months that averages out to about one project every three months. If I continue on that path this year, I hope to do the kitchen countertops, screen in the front porch, refinish the bedroom floors, and upgrade the landscaping in the front – but we’ll see what actually gets done!