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New Apartment Bedroom Inspiration.

Moving is driving me a bit crazy, more specifically, packing. I can’t even say I have done a ton of work because I am intimidated. Instead, I am so overwhelmed I cannot tell you. Moving back from San Francisco was so insane but moving within a city is just as crazy. Basically, as one person told me in the comments: moving is awful; don’t do it. That is not an option though so this past weekend and on Cyber Monday, I dreamt a little of the new apartment bedroom inspiration.

I looked around the space I created here in this tiny studio. I’m so excited to have more space at the new place, truly. But because of my chronic pain, my bedroom will always be my oasis. It has to be. So I looked at what I already had and just dreamt a little about what I would want in my new space. I can’t spend much money and it’s definitely a use what you have situation.

I’ll be going with white bed linens and a white duvet again. I once wrote about what it means to me to have white bedding but I got over it and I love it. Although I have to say, after nearly two years, the current white duvet has to go.

On Cyber Monday, I got a deal on a duvet from Target I have been eyeing (it’s reasonable even when it is not Cyber Monday). I knew I wanted some type of ruffle or ruching. I wanted to keep it simple but white bedding shows wrinkles. This one should be great. The whole point of having white bedding is for it to be clean and crisp and so in this case the ruching keeps wrinkles from showing.

I’m keeping my beloved Belquist Throw Pillows and the Faux Fur Throw I got last Christmas. I love them.

I am also keeping my mirrored nightstand. I love the mirrored look and this was definitely a great purchase when I was in SF. I love that it is so tall with plenty of storage. I got it at a great price too.

As for the art, I have so many gallery walls currently that I want to keep it simple with black frames. I’ll buy a canvas and do the DIY abstract animal art.

I will (very securely) hang the white elephant over my bed (he is currently in my hallway). I love the white on white on white look with as many neutrals as possible.

Meanwhile, I have been dreaming of an overdyed Persian Rug. Rugs are so very expensive though! I knew it was not in my budget and that I would probably have to wait a year. And then I saw almost an exact replica on my good friend, Bex’s blog. I told her, “I have been looking at the same rug!” But it wasn’t the same rug. The one she found was on sale at Target! I’m talking less than $100 for the bigger size (with my Target debit card). I feel like it will ground the room and also be the only real and true color.

I also found a great deal on Cyber Monday for headboard. The last year and a half I’ve had a platform bed. I love the look but it’s better for my back to have a headboard so that will be added as well. It’s a very subtle gray with some grommets that attaches to a simple bed frame (which I still have to get). I could have made it. But it was under a hundred dollars…with supplies and time and everything it was worth it (remember to DIY or not to DIY?)

You can click on the picture to see any of these items (or in a few cases, similar items). Fair warning, a lot of it was on sale when I did get it, whether it was Cyber Monday or back in the day in SF. Also, it may be on further sale. Who knows?

Any of the stuff featured was my choice and I put together this based on what I wanted and I like. I am not at the point in blogging where people are sending me beds. Haha! As always though, I just want you to know that if you make a purchase, that brand pays this blog a few cents (at no cost to you) that keeps this blog running. I always give you full disclosure because I think you’d be shocked to know all the links you click on in this blogging world!

So what do you think? My only concern is that it remains simple and neutral. When I crammed everything together on Photoshop I liked it (and I still do) but it will still be interesting for it to all come together.

What do you think?





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How to Create a Gallery Wall in Less than 15 Minutes.

How to Create a Gallery Wall in Less than 15 MinutesConfession: I love Gallery walls. My friend, MK, helped me organize my apartment and she kept finding frames. It was laughable. I can’t even tell you the final count. When I find a frame that is inexpensive, unusual, or will work for a gallery wall, I tend to buy it. I can’t completely explain it. Growing up, we didn’t have things on the walls. There was always a sense that getting a frame, finding what to put in it, locating a hammer and nails was just a lot of work. But that’s not the case. In SF, I learned it’s actually really simple.

In my Chicago apartment, it’s a studio, just like SF, except I’ve been able to divide the space, through carpets and colors and other creative dividers. One way I have also divided the spaces is through gallery walls. This one happens to be for my “study/office.” I want it to be encouraging and the color scheme quickly made itself known.IMG_8215First, lay them out on the floor the way you think you will like them on the floor. This should take at most 30 seconds.IMG_8214After you figure that out, find some paper about the same size as the frames and tape them to the wall. I didn’t do this in SF and I don’t regret it but since this was a smaller space with a vent also on the wall, I wanted to do it right. This should take 10 seconds.IMG_8217Start with the frame that affects the rest. In this case, it was the “Be True” print because it was below the vent. So I got myself a nail and went to town. I hung that frame. And then I did the next one. And the next one. And the next one. It took less than 10 minutes.IMG_8223

Be true | She who is Brave is Free | You’re not the kind of girl who settles | Be brave
I’m really happy with the way it turned out and that it look less than fifteen minutes. Also, it serves to differentiate the space where I write and read which you’ll see in the full reveal. I can also add to it which I probably will when I have the funds. I chose the art here purposefully. When I write, when I am having a quiet time, these are things that I need to remember.IMG_8224I love it. So I guess I want to inspire you to not be intimidated by nails and hammers and those projects you see on Pinterest. You can do it. I can do it. How to create a gallery wall in less than 15 minutes is totally doable

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Bedroom Reveal (ish).

IMG_7959I know I promised you a bedroom reveal but really it is more of a bed reveal (the entirety will come later…when it is done) which may not be a big deal to you…but my bed is probably the where I put the most time and effort (besides where my books will live) and that is because I have an illness that results in chronic pain every day. The reason I don’t talk about it here is because of my job or future employers. It is very much under control and doesn’t affect my work but I never want anyone to think that it does affect it because it just doesn’t (I don’t know how many ways to say that but please email me one on one if you have questions). So because of my every day aches and pains, I put a lot of thought into my bed because I consider it to be a little sanctuary in the busyness of city life. It’s the first part of the apartment that is complete. And it has always been this way for me.beddingSo here we go. This apartment is going to be filled with white. White everywhere. It is a bit dangerous but we are going there. Hints of gray and black will make an appearance as well as metallics. But I am not worried about the white being too stark. It makes the place look bigger and I think, with those other colors, warmer actually.IMG_7951I’m kind of obsessed with this rug (overstock) and the placement of the bed may change now that I found a couch (um…Home Goods $200…and it is amazing). IMG_7881Just another picture of the rug because I love it so much. It may be hard to vacuum though. We will see. These shoes are amazing. I walk comfortably all over the city with them, they are on sale, and come in many colors. Just sayin’. Check them out hereIMG_7964Let me give you the real deal on the Anthro bedding. I like it. I am glad I got it on sale. Unfortunately, this bedding is sold out and no longer on sale. But that is something similar. It is so luxurious, really. The throw is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and those pillows? Aren’t they so lovely? They are from a shop called Belquist and handmade. Love. Them.IMG_7953This weekend and yesterday were hard and awful for a lot of reasons. And when I have a hard or awful day (or both), I count myself fortunate to rest my weary limbs on this bed which serves the purpose I set for it: a sanctuary. Not a hiding place. But somewhere to rest and wake up to the new day and experience His new mercies every morning. I’m really happy with it. Minus the wall behind it which is why I may be changing things with the couch. And you know, I will be hanging things. Maybe even my deer. I’ll be even happier when the replacement for my desk arrives (the original was damaged) so I don’t have to type this in bed or do things like this:IMG_7974

Purse (here) | Phone case (here on sale as I write this)
So there it is. My grown up sanctuary. When I get things on the wall and finish “the bedroom” I will give you another update. In the meanwhile, I am unpacking boxes. I am almost done with the kitchen. Grin. And I’ve used it to make some home made treats. So there’s that.





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Beautiful Imperfection | The Nesting Place

SONY DSCI’ve never read a decorating book before but I’m so glad I started with this one because it’s not just a decorating book. Basically, The Nester (started as a blogger)  explores this idea in decorating and in life and even faith: it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

I can get behind that because well, I am a perfectionist. And yet, if The Nester is telling me that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful and I’ve actually pinned a million images of her home without knowing it was hers then I should probably listen to her. I also LOVE that she wants this book to be useful for an unreached people group–renters. Everything applies to everyone in this book–whether you rent or own. She’s lived in 13 houses so maybe we should listen to her.

This books is filled with ideas and beautiful photos. You will NEVER look at duct tape or spoons the same way again. But it’s more than that.

I felt more confident to try new things, more aware of what I wanted my space to be. And I would say these were areas going into the book, I was already good at. But her ideas…start with a room and start with what the purpose of that room is…and go from there. Shop your house. Break the rules. I mean goodness, her home is gorgeous and when you hear what she spends it’s kind of shocking…Like, I can live in anthro inspired home for that? Sounds like a plan to me.

Basically, this book is for you if:SONY DSC

you are constantly getting sick of your stuff and then buying newSONY DSC

you are decorating from scratchSONY DSC

you are rentingSONY DSC

you ownSONY DSC

you are creativeSONY DSC

you aren’t creativeSONY DSC

you struggle with thoughts like…if only I had *that*SONY DSC

you’re looking for inspirationSONY DSC

you want your home to be purposeful

Finally, it makes a beautiful coffee table book once you are finished. But I know I will go back to it again and again. Because it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

Get it here:

Perfection is apparently way overrated.



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Dreamy Decor | Tea.

I’m a dreamer and a doer so while I pack, I tend to dream. I imagine my someday Chicago apartment (to begin with, I’ll be staying with fam) and the pleasure of living in a place that is not a studio. It’s actually good to do this (in my opinion) because then I can keep my eye out for things I actually want and like (things that actually go with my scheme) and on sale (that last part is the most important). Also, can I admit something? In this pinterest world, which I love, there are so many things I think are amazing and lovely and excite me…but if I stop and think, they really aren’t me. Or they aren’t things I could live with long term. Does that make sense? So as I’ve waded through my things to pack them, I’ve settled on a few pieces that I just love, to build a space around. Work with what you have; set your heart on a few standout pieces. Fortunately, many of my things work within this imaginary vision or can be reworked to fit. Here we go…Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 12.10.23 PM

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The candle (the candle) , the Elephant art and frame (given by Chels, created by Kirsten Young), the garland (from Studio Mucci), and the pillow (from Belquist) are all mine. The Dalmatian chair (I want something in my place Dalmatian, a chair or a rug, or pillows. Not that I am Cruella Deville or anything), the gallery wall in black and white, and the pale pink peonies give an idea of my color palette–grays, neutrals, metallics, black and lots of white, as well as a bit of the palest pink. This has to be true for my bedroom & workspace as it’s what is soothing to me.

For now, I also want to share some itty bitty details I want to incorporate somewhere in the space and with a little DIY, I can work with what I have. Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 12.10.31 PM250bb405e098f2fc45b115e5c0228a07via

I love, love, love this painting. It’s black and white; it’s minimalistic and simple; it’s a hint of leopard. I am in lurrrrve.2404e184849572e93c53bb90becda149


Add gold corners to my black frames.a88052d65ca785311bc6f1070c65f22evia

Spray paint my desk accessories gold.750cdc9ee081b772f7ac7eb6a7861202via

Since I’ve proven my love of candles…4c5aab2418c635e6e6fb4d0be0aad8d9via

This sign or one like it for my door.

And don’t forget:Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 7.04.01 PM

This awesome Kleenex box which inspired a lot of this.

What do you think? What are some little details you are just loving right now or are inspiring you?

Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 12.10.38 PMAs time goes on, I’ll show you more what I have in mind for my bedroom and bedding…and living room (what’s it like to have one of those?)…bathroom (fun!)…workspace…and kitchen. Are you excited?TuesdayTeaImage

Loved sharing the tea with you this Tuesday. Thank you to our hostesses: Sam, Jenni, Reneé.





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