Choosing bedside lighting isn’t one of my strong suits. I usually toss mismatched thrifted lamps on our side tables, which make for a great single-sided photo of our bed, but over time I’ve realized it really makes the room feel out of balance. I think mis-matched table lamps can be done well, but its a skill I have yet to hone and it was time I relied on a tried and true method: matching bedside lighting. Real rocket science, I tell you.
I’ve always loved accordion sconces, you can stretch them out to get a dramatic look, or tuck them in which reminds me of tucking your kids into bed, or in my case, my pups Although I shouldn’t rule myself out on that analogy, soon I’ll be tucking in a wee one in about 12 weeks, crazy!
I loved the Floren swing arm lamp from Kenroy home, and I was able to get a pair of them to solve our mismatched bedside lighting solutions for good! These bad boys are the perfect option for an affordable bedside lighting solution.
I was so happy when I opened the box to find I only had to assemble 5 parts, and attaching the lamps to the wall was beyond easy. I especially love that the cord is translucent, so I didn’t feel the need to use the cord covers that come with the lamp.
Your probably concerned about the mix of metals going on in my bedroom, but I am a believer that all metals go together if done right, and the fact that this sconce is classic in design, it definitely pairs well with our gold headboard.
I have to thank Kenroy Home, a company who’s excelled at curating an amazing collection of home lighting and decor, for giving me the opportunity to welcome these lamps into our bedroom. They complete the space if you ask me
*this post was partnered with Kenroy Home, all opinions are my own
Hey! Just checking in mid-day today to remind you to cast your vote for the top DIY & Home Project blogs! Every year Apartment Therapy hosts their annual The Homies awards, and this year I have more than one vote, woot!
Click here to vote! I’m so excited for the top contenders, they’re killing it! I just love seeing my favorite fellow bloggers listed, they’re so deserving!
Rockers are expensive, yo. But that’s not even the worst part. Deciding on a rocker with your (or should I say “my”) husband has to be one of the most obnoxious things ever, more obnoxious than having to wipe my bulldog’s bum every day. In my defense, they didn’t mention this in the bulldog instruction manual when we bought her. I would rather wipe my dog’s bum for the rest of my life then have another conversation with my husband about what rocker we should get for our nursery. Oh, and I should add stroller to that list too.
Let’s just wish for some impossibilities together for a minute. I wish someone would sell a rocker that is the same price as these repulsive ones, but is visibly comfortable (for the dude’s approval), incredibly stylish, and while we’re at it – customizable. There’s major market potential here, am I right?
Now, I know I’m no where near being the first pregnant blogger to share a list of rockers that fit your budget. It’s been done a billion times, but what I want to share with you are the EXACT rockers we narrowed down, of which one we chose to buy. Sadly our rocker is currently sitting in the delivery box in our garage, and it’s killing me not to be able to bust it out and rock round in it, cradling my Frenchie like he’s my baby.
OK, so here are my lists, which I divvied up into two categories: Neutral and Stylish. All of which are “affordable”, and by affordable I mean not.
These four rockers above were somewhat approved by my mister, for the mere fact that they “look” comfortable. We ended up choosing one of these rockers, can you guess which?
Now, if I had all the money to spare, I would buy one of the rockers from this list above. Let’s be real, I’d buy that bentwood beauty, although midnight nursing sessions prob wouldn’t be very comfortable in it, so, seeing as how I’d have all the money and therefore ample space, I’d place my midnight feeding rocker right next to it – most certainly that copper based gem.
The first rocker I ever shared with my husband was that bentwood rocker from onefourtythree. Let’s just say he couldn’t have but his foot down harder. I get it, I couldn’t see him nursing in that chair either. I did walk away with the exact feeling I felt when my parents used to tell me I couldn’t spend the night at my bestie’s house on a school night. So. Extremely. Soul crushing. The others truthfully weren’t ever a real option, just ones that were entertained and compared.
So, how did we choose? Well, the only reason we bought the rocker we did is because I’m an excellent gift card hoarder which saved us about 60% off the original price. Can you guess which one we chose?
Copper is trending hard right now. We’ve been easing into this trend by calling this beautiful metallic “rose gold”, which in fact is a metallic not as harsh as true copper, but soft and easy to swallow. The other night I started thinking (read: stressing out while eating a pint of ice cream) about this shift in our favorite metallic hue. Will copper replace our love for gold? I mean, I do sport a rose gold bracelet watch and not a gold one. Is this a sign that I’m moving on? Did I fall out of love for one metallic and not even know it? Is this what sad love songs are all about?
I don’t *think* I’ve fallen out of love with gold. I wear a crap ton of gold jewelry on a daily basis so either I’m too cheap to buy new jewelry or I am rocking my mixed metallic accessories like I just don’t care.
I love all these images with copper accents in the home. I can’t tell if the plant stand above is gold with a filter on the photograph, or rose gold. Either way, I would love it in either metallic. Gold, I am still in love with you.
I just might be cheating on you with copper. Ha!
Then I started thinking of easy ways to incorporate copper in your own home, which led me down the rabbit hole I love so much: online “window” shopping. I even have a Pinterest board for it. You should follow that board of mine, sometimes it’s good.
And what about the kitchen? There are plenty of classic copper accessories for your kitchen. I dream of these in my own home paired with dark cabinetry and contrasting white Carrera marble counter tops (literally drooling right now). Ain’t gonna lie, if that kitchen mixer came in brass, I’d do some terrible things to get my hands on it. Kitchenaid – are you reading this? We need a gold/brass mixer, STAT. STAT means now.
I actually own those Moscow mule mugs, they’re beautiful! but a pain in the rear to clean. I told my husband they’re reserved for our viewing pleasure only
So tell me, will copper replace your love for gold?
I’m incredibly cruel and teased you with peeks of a metallic zebra rug that I DIY’d when helping my girlfriend redesign her home office, back in August! I feel bad for holding out so long, but I originally had wanted to make a few more and host a giveaway (which I still might do), but time got away from me. So, today I’ll share the tutorial so you can make your own!
I was quite fond of the faux zebra rugs crafted from drop cloths that hit the DIY stages a while ago. I thought about making my own but decided against it since I figured they would dirty easily, not to mention drop cloth fabric isn’t heavy and wouldn’t lay flat like a true rug would.
When deciding to make this rug I knew the only way for it to be a success if it met these two criteria: heavy in weight and easy to clean. The perfect medium hit me as I was browsing the fabric store – vinyl! It was perfect, a fabric that is wipe-able, durable, and heavy enough to lay flat like a true rug. The quality of vinyl these days is very impressive. For this rug in particular I chose some vinyl with the color and texture of linen, but I’ve also made one for myself from smooth white vinyl, so any vinyl of your fancy would work perfectly!
- 2 yards of Kraft paper
- 2 yards of upholstery width vinyl (54″ wide)
- 2 Krylon gold leaf pens
STEP 1 Sketch out the outline of your zebra rug on your Kraft paper. You really only need to do this for one side of the rug since you can flip over and use for the other side. I used this image when sketching out my zebra rug, as well as for the stripes.
STEP 2 Flip your vinyl over wrong side up, lay your Kraft paper stencil down and trace the zebra outline. Flip the Kraft stencil over to the opposite side of the vinyl and trace. Then, cut out the zebra form.
STEP 3 Flip your vinyl right side up. Lay your zebra stencil on top of the vinyl and begin drawing the outlines of the zebra’s stripes with the gold leaf pen on the opposite side, mirroring the stencil. You can fill in the stripes as you go, or outline first then fill in after. I worked a hybrid method as I drew the stripes.
Don’t worry one bit about being perfect, the great thing about zebra stripes is they are unpredictable and weird, so you really can’t mess up.
STEP 4 Now that you have the left side complete, remove the Kraft stencil and freehand the stripes on the right side.
The gold leaf pen dries quickly and is permanent as far as I’ve experienced, but if you want you can seal the rug by spraying a coat of clear acrylic spray paint as a protectant.
The options are endless for this rug! If gold isn’t your thing, try a black Sharpie or a Montana Cans paint pens, which comes in all colors of the rainbow including gold and copper (and are CRAZY permanent, ask my husband what happened to our brand new sheets when I accidentally shook the pen too hard. Oops!)
And there you have it! Who would have thought the secret to a killer faux zebra rug is vinyl?
You know what’s amazing? YOU. YOU are ALL amazing! What a fun day yesterday, first sharing some big news, then reading all your positive and encouraging comments. I’m so elated and humbled. Thank you, seriously, for being the best readers around
It should start to make some sense now why we moved out of our loft. We moved to save money, to put ourselves in the best financial position before bringing a baby into the world. Right now we’re temporarily living at our old house, then we plan to move into our own place right when I’m about to pop! It’s going to be a fun challenge, and time is going to fly by so I’ve decided to embrace the spaces we have for the time being and put my personal touch on them. It will help me enjoy living in the moment rather than impatiently waiting until we move out.
I started working on the spare bedroom, which I get to use as a workspace (woot!).
Lots of gold, as to be expected I’m still loving the black, white, gold and navy blue palette, so I hung some navy blue velvet curtains. This marks another remarkable thing about this blog – one sweet reader sent these curtains to me after I mentioned my longing for the navy blue Sanela Ikea curtain, (which are sadly no longer available). She had never used them, so we struck a deal and now they’re happily hanging in my workroom!
Did I ever tell you the story about my mirrored Parson’s desk? One of my close girlfriends found it on Craigslist for me (awesome friend right?!). I guess one of the managers at West Elm was selling her hoarded collection of pieces that pretty much never been used. My girlfriend negotiated the desk down to $120. $120!!! This desk is no longer available, (you can buy the console here) but the desk used to sell for over $700. NUTS!
Corner by corner, our space is slowly coming together. Knowing me I’ll probably shift things around a bit until I’m happy. I plan to paint that campaign cabinet soon. Those poor oxidized pulls and brackets need new life!
It’s official! My Home Depot Holiday Challenge is live! I had such a blast working with The Home Depot and decorating (a few months early) for the holidays. It totally put us in the spirit early this year, we’ve been drinking hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies ever since
Go on, get some inspiration and check the full post over on the Apron Blog.
We’ve been in our place for about two weeks. We should be more settled than we are, boxes are still unpacked and clothes have yet to be hung, but one thing’s for sure – our bed was ready the day we moved in. Perhaps its residual adoration of our loft bedroom, or just the fact that I’m ridiculously in love with our headboard, but I’m significantly less stressed about figuring where to find space for things when I have a pretty bed to lay on.
I picked up this adorable mini English bulldog bowl from Anthropologie. and it totally completes this vignette if I do say so myself. Oh, and get this, Anthro says it’s a pug, but I wholeheartedly disagree. That, my friends, is an English Bulldog, and someone should notify their product department regarding this obvious mistake.
On a side note, my Home Depot Holiday Challenge is less than a week away! (Sneak peek here and here and here). I seriously can’t wait to share my space. You should definitely catch up with those who have currently been published. There’s so much talent going on right now, guaranteed you leave impressed, and inspired.
Believe it or not, after ALL these bedroom posts, I’m still not done with the space. Actually, I should say I wasn’t done, until now, considering I was on the hunt for the perfect nightstands.
It was around this time when my favorite gal Kate posted a pic on Instagram of two midcentury nightstands she scored at a local thrift store for next to nothing. It was pure coincidence that I happened to be the first one to gush all over them. Kate ended up not having the right space for them, and suggested they needed a new home. Without hesitation I agreed to give them a new home.
The best part isn’t that these nightstands have a new home (my home!), the best part is the transformation – the before and after – and all the details can be found right now over at Centsational Girl.
I’ve been a big admirer of Centsational Girl long before I started blogging, and this little collaboration over a pair of nightstands is like a little dream come true! Kate’s work is so inspiring, go check out how she put her magical touch on these sweet nightstands.
And now, my friends, my bedroom is finally complete!
TGIF friends! I’m so happy to be included in this fall home series with all these amazing bloggers! What’s so fun about this series is that we’re no longer focusing on fall decor made of burlap and faux berries on a stem from Michael’s, instead we’re blogging about the modern fall, the fun fall, the real fall that makes up our homes between now and when we bust out those advent calendars.
We’ve seen four fall homes so far, Lindsay’s warm and rustic Navajo styled home, Kristen’s crazy cute house full of charm, Sarah sharing her killer crafting skills (and our love for gold!), and Gabbi’s colorful fall abode. There are some pretty amazing ladies on the docket this month, stick around and get inspired!
For me, fall is about layers, and I don’t entirely mean scarves and riding boots. I’m referring to the layers we add when the crisp fall air rolls in, the blankets we add to our beds, the pillows we add to our sofas. I love letting these layers pile up, it creates a cozy and comforting place we can call home.
Truthfully, I only have a like two fall decor tricks up my sleeve: fluffy pillows and lots of blankets. I don’t think you have to change much to add a touch of fall to your home. My blue walls, for example, are not very “autumn palette”, they’re more “cool, mod & breezy”, but using what you have is exactly how we modernize this season.
Another trick I have up my sleeve is simply switching up a few accessories. Replace that alarm clock with a tasty birch wrapped candle. Keep it fresh with greenery and mirrored balls. All it takes is a few switch-a-roos. Just have fun with fall this year!
Now, back to those scarves and boots. My final fall decor trick is layering a room with wardrobe staples. Hang your pea coats in your entry. Display your riding boots by your bed or at the door. It’s the collective of these small details that create the most warm and cozy home.
1 – Kristen with the kickoff!
2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno
4 – Brittany from brittanyMakes
5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble
6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design
7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home
8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home
9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore
10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House
11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior
12 – Annekke from This That & Life
13 – Michelle from Décor and the Dog
14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper
15 – Ally from From the Right Bank
16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs
17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things
18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home
19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline
21 – Kelly from View Along the Way
22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen
23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog
24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold
25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors
26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles
27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile
28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence
29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog