January 14th 2013 archive

Home Tour: Our Bedroom

Today we’re going to take a little home tour in our bedroom! I actually really like the way this room turned out. It’s white, blue, calming and very sunny, thanks to a giant window on one wall.

^Here’s our bed. Our white bedding and pillows are from Pottery Barn and the quilt at the end of the bed is one that my mom gave me for my wedding (the other side has squares of fabric from dresses I used to wear when I was a little girl). One day I’d like to make a DIY headboard for our bed.

^Here’s a closer look at the gallery wall above our bed. Not that we have guests all the time, but I think there’s something special about showcasing our wedding photos in our bedroom, as opposed to the other rooms in the apartment.

^Here is a picture I painted at Wine and Design, an awesome shop where you go and paint a picture (with the help of an artist) and drink wine. What could be better!

^Yes, we have a TV in our bedroom. Not something I ever thought I’d say. J got it for a great deal on Black Friday, and I admit it’s been really nice on the weekends to fall asleep watching something. The white cabinet is one of my favorite pieces from my parents. It opens up to a few shelves where we keep all of our DVDs/BluRay movies and games. The dresser is from J’s family — can anyone think of a way to “modernize” it? Has anyone seen cool ideas for knobs on old dressers like this? Any ideas welcome!

^Here’s a closer look at the top of the white cabinet. I got this lone placemat at Anthropologie when it was on sale, my sister Carrie gave me that vase, and my sister Lucy gave me that print the Christmas after I moved back to NC. That rock says “faithful” on the top, which I wrote years ago in a Bible study. Maybe I’ll share more about that one day. ;) Also, the window above the cabinet is from a vintage shop. I think it needs to be raised higher and I’d love to add a wreath or fabric bunting to it.

^This is a little “dressing area” nook to the left of the bed. It’s right outside of our closet, so I hang my shoes across the door and keep my make-up, hair supplies, and jewelry in this nook. You can’t see it in this picture, but there’s a mirror to the left of the closet door. Also, there’s a bathroom door right next to that, which also isn’t pictured. :)

There you go! Our little bedroom. What items do you like to keep in your room? 

Yesterday: Living, Dining & Kitchen; Tomorrow: Guest Room

Home Tour: Dining, Kitchen and Living Rooms

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J and I are saving to buy a house in the next year or so, and it’s easy to want to rush to that next step. But I need to remind myself how much I love our apartment. Sure it’s small and it’s an apartment, but I love the simplicity of it. I know one day I will look back and miss have just three rooms to clean (okay, five if you count the bathrooms).

I always get a little awkward sharing photos of my home, especially since there are so many prettier rooms out there. But I love this place. It’s a mixture of old, mostly used things that are mine and has kind of a newlywed charm about it. And that’s just a nice way of saying, we own lots of hand-me-down stuff. ;)

Anyway, my home was all spick-and-spam before guests came to stay, so I thought I’d take some photos to remember this space later. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) it was right before New Years so there are a few Christmas decorations scattered about.

Let’s get started shall we? :)

DINING ROOM:

^Here’s the view of our doorway that leads to our dining room and a view of the guest room. This little entry way collects all of our mail, keeps Leia’s leashes and towels to dry off when it’s raining, and that blue bucket is where we keep our recycling.

^Our dining room is to the left of the kitchen. I put scrapbook paper in the back of my hutch to give it some color. My grandmother painted that sunflower picture and also gave me the coo-coo clock. When we move to a house, I would like to paint the hutch and the table and chairs.

^Some of my favorite items are in this hutch, including a red vase my dad gave me, beloved cookbooks, my grandmother’s old kitchen timer, and our wedding toppers.

KITCHEN:

^Our kitchen is pretty small but opens up to the dining room and living room. It’s really just one big room. :) We also have a little office nook where we keep our computers.

^We don’t have a lot of cabinets, so I try to store spices, cutting boards, and oven-mitts near the microwave.

^These shelves above the office nook may be my favorite spot. So colorful and cheeky. Oh and some may remember my obsession with these Anthro owls… my parents got one for me for Christmas! I named him Howard. :)

LIVING ROOM:

^All of our furniture is hand-me-downs, which we are so thankful for. Our couch is very vintage — but in the worst sense of the word. Very short, shallow and a hideous yellow/green floral underneath the couch cover. But it works and we are thankful! My mom got me that chevron rug for my birthday this year and it’s amazing how it pulls the room together.

^ Here’s the other side of the living room… ignore the Christmas decor. ;) The green chairs were also hand-me-downs from J’s parents and I love them both so much.

^Here’s a closer look at the floating shelves above the TV. On the bottom shelf has an April 2011 calendar framed (the month we got married), and a photo taken from our engagement shoot. On the top shelf is a picture of us at my cousin’s wedding, a photo I got at the Eastern Market in DC (that still needs a frame), a Seinfeld quote print, and a jumping photo of my family.

^Here’s a glance at the living room from the other side. The bird art above the couch is from World Market.

^Our coffee table tray. We don’t normally have fresh flowers. :) The coffee table was also a hand-me-down, which I painted last summer. Here’s a before/after of the table.

^Here is our patio, which we use when it’s warm and keep the Christmas lights up year-round for when we need a little whimsy in our life. I wasn’t ready to part with our pumpkins so I dumped them in a pot outside.

 

There you go! A little tour of the main area.

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