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Home: Nightstand Shopping

We decided to play with the layout of our bedroom. Our bedroom is quite small, so it's like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Our most recent layout didn't have room for a nightstand. You can see below how the bed almost hits the door to my closet. 

This time we moved the bed to the opposite wall to allow for nightstands. I didn't like putting things on the floor, especially since if I left things on the floor it would be so tempting for Boba to chew on them. I haven't decided if I wanted a nightstand with or without drawers. I think I think I'm leaning toward drawers just so I can store some things nicely, but the nightstands without drawers are really nice looking! Here's a roundup of my favorites from my search. Which one is your favorite?

1. Hairpin Table by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. // 2. Mid-century nightstand by West Elm // 3. Strut Side Table by Blu Dot // 4. Terrace Nightstand by West Elm // 5. Metal Accordion Side Table from Urban Outfitters // 6. Aldama Side Table from The Citizenry

Now that I've found a few that I like, we just need to pick one and pick a bed frame! I'm so excited for our bedroom refresh. I'll give an update once we put it all together. 

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Home: Bed Frame Shopping

We've been using a West Elm platform bed that I found on Craigslist for sometime now and as much as I loved it. I decided that it was time for a refresh. This time we decided to go with a bed frame with a headboard. I love both looks, so I didn't mind either way.  

After spending time looking on Pinterest looking for some bedroom inspiration, I first hit West Elm. I love their mid-century modern collection. I decided to keep looking at what other options were out there though. Below is a roundup of my favorite finds from the internet. 

1. Mid-Century Bed Acorn by West Elm // 2. Deco Upholstered Bed by West Elm // 3. Davis Wingback Bed from One Kings Lane  // 4. Linea II bed by Crate and Barrel // 5. Piers Wooden Bed by Dwell Studio // 6. New Standard Queen Bed by Blu Dot 

I think that I'm still leaning towards the first one. I just love how clean and simple it looks, but also with a little dash of flair with the tapered sides. I also love the look of an upholstered bed frame, but I'm scared that it'll catch too much dust and I don't do well with that. I think wood frames would be a little bit easier to manage. We'll see! I'll let Grant weigh in too. :) Which one is your favorite? 

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Pretty in Pins: Home Dreaming

Today I spent the day cleaning our apartment, getting rid of things, and dreaming about what I hope our next place one day looks like. I can't wait to have my own home one day, but I surely don't have the money to own a home. Nevertheless I have made a Pinterest board full of the many ideas I have for it when the time comes! Here are some of my favorite home pins. Hope everyone is having a great long weekend!

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Bar Cart

There's something about having a bar cart that makes me feel like an adult. I'm not much of a drinker. I'm actually a lightweight when it come to drinking, but I love the idea of making my own cocktails or mocktails. I decided that I wanted a bar cart. I wanted a bar cart that had gold accents to go with our coffee table legs. I knew I didn't want to spend too much money on one though. Bar carts can be expensive! I narrowed it down to these four, but in the end I went with the Target one. It was the cheapest one, and I liked it's compact size. 

1. Libations Bar Cart from Crate & Barrel 2. Mid-Century Bar Cart from West Elm 3. Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm 4. Threshold™ Bar Cart from Target

When the bar cart arrived it was not quite as gold as it was pictured and the wood was lighter than I wanted, so with Grant's help we decided to stain the wood a darker, walnut color, and we decided to spray paint the metal to a more metallic gold vs. the brassy color that it came in. Two coats later, we got this!

We don't really have much to stock our bar cart yet, but we have the essentials to make a Pimm's Cup and Gin and Tonic. :) Cheers!

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Madewell x The Sill

I've been on a plant kick lately. I don't know what about plants, but they make me happy, and therefore I want to surround myself with more plants. I recently went to Flora Grubb Gardens for the first time. I will post pictures of my adventure soon, but for now I want to talk planters.

I didn't find the planters that I wanted there, and wanted to look around before I settled on some. It was hard to find pots that I liked. Nothing looked quite right, or they were sold out or were way out of my budget. I searched all over the internet, but haven't had much luck. If you know of any good planters, please let me know! I think my best bet will be to go to flea markets, and I will also paint some from Ikea.

My most exciting find though has been a company called The Sill. They bring house plants to people in beautiful planters. They seem awesome, and just had a collaboration with my favorite brand, Madewell! You read that right! Madewell is venturing into home decor. I don't know if it's only a one time thing, but I hope it's not!

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Of course I fell in love with all of them! I especially want the white and blue striped one as well as the pink ones. I think the blue stripes are fun and calming at the same time.

I also really want this terracotta face planter that's in collaboration with Isaac Nichols.

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I think all of these planters be the perfect to add to my collection.

Unfortunately, for me, it looks like they only deliver in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I'll just have to dream about them for now, or somehow find a way to get my hands on them. Fingers crossed! Until then, the hunt for cool planters continues.

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Ikea Hack: Coffee Table

I've been on the hunt for a nice coffee table for over a year now. I thought I wanted a danish style coffee table. I imagined a nice wood top and some wooden legs with brass tips, but I couldn't find anything that matched that and my price. I went to flea markets and searched through Craigslist and Etsy, but no luck. I eventually gave up.

Our coffee table wasn't bad. It was a simple white Ikea one that we got on Craigslist for $40. Ours is a matte white though. I liked how big it was and that it had some compartments, but I just hated the legs.

We thought about changing the legs, but couldn't find any that we liked. We thought about regular hairpin legs, but I wasn't sold on them until Grant found these brass ones from Reform Brass on Etsy. We got the 14" ones and they are some beauties. They are hand made in Baltimore, Maryland, so they take about a month to get, but they are well worth it!

Supplies needed:
8 3/4" screws (This is how deep our table) 
8 washers 
4 brass hair pin legs 
1 table top 
1 Drill

Step 1: Clear the table and flip it over.

Step 2: Unscrewed the of the legs.

Step 3: Take a leg and line the inner hole of the leg with the inner whole that already exists (the pink dot shown below). Make sure that the hairpin leg is pointed outward.

Step 4: Take a screw and a washer and screw it into that hole almost all the way, but leave some wiggle room for you to move the leg a little to make sure that it is aligned.

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 and 4 for all of the legs.

Step 6: Make sure that the legs are straight and then drill a hole for the outer hole of the legs for all of the legs. We measured the drill bit to be 3/4" and then taped it with some blue tape so we knew where to stop.

Step 7: Take a screw and washer, and screw it into the hole. Each leg should look like this:

Step 8: Make sure all screws are tightened and then flip and voilà!

Hopefully those steps make sense. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, and enjoy!

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