What’s Going on in My Bedroom?

Posted on January 31, 2016

 

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We recently upgraded to a king-size memory foam mattress. After years of sleeping on a queen-size garbage mattress with a pit the size of Grand Canyon in the middle, it was long over due. I often woke with an aching back, hips, or neck and it made me depressed and annoyed. But now I wake up every day feeling like this:

 

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A king size bed has been on our wishlist for years, and I figured if we were going to get a new mattress anyway, we might as well upgrade to a king now. I researched a bunch of the online bed-in-a-box mattress companies – Leesa, Brooklyn Bedding, Casper, Tuft and Needle, and honestly, they all seemed kinda the same. Free shipping, 100 night risk-free trials, a bevy of glowing reviews. In the end I chose Casper because, based on customer feedback, it seemed to be the softest of the bunch, which is good for side sleepers like me. It arrived in a sturdy box, just like my favorite wine, and was super easy to set up.  The mattress came compressed, so all we had to do was pull it out of the box, unroll it, and watch it expand to size. Mike D and I loved it immediately. It alleviated the soreness I was waking up with in my back and hips, which was great, but after a few nights, I began to notice some soreness in my shoulders. I made a quick call to Casper to see if they could recommend anything. The woman I spoke with was very nice and offered to send a free topper to alleviate some of the pressure on my shoulders. YASSS! So nice. She explained how the mattress is designed for an average size human, so those under 140 lbs might find the mattress a bit too firm. That explains why I (a grown woman trapped in a 12 year old’s body) had some shoulder soreness but Mike D was fine. I received the topper within a week and it totally did the trick. No more shoulder soreness, and I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since. It’s the perfect combination of firm and soft now, and Mike still loves it, even with the new topper (in fact, he didn’t even notice a difference). This isn’t a sponsored post by the way, even though it seems like it totally is. I just wanted to share my good experience with you. Because y’all my dudes.

 

We sold our queen sized bed it and replaced it with this  bed in sky gray. It’s a real grown-up kinda bed – it’s sturdy, comfortable, looks nice, and you can’t beat that price! I picked up some new sheets (on sale! Hurry!) and traded in my great grandmother’s chenille bedspread for a down alternative comforter for the winter. It’s all so comfy and warm now. I just want to spend the rest of this stupid dark winter lounging about on my new mattress-in-a-box, drinking wine-in-a-box and watching dick-in-a-box.

 

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Our bedroom is tiny, so with the addition of the king sized bed, there was room for only one nightstand. The mirrored table I had there was pretty, but I  always kept a pile of junk on the nightstand – a book, lip balm, eye cream, remote, vitamins, you get the picture, so I wanted something with storage to hide all that garbage out of sight. I looked around in stores and online, fruitlessly, before remembering I had an old nightstand from my parents house in the basement that might work. I brought it upstairs to try it in the space, and low and behold, it was the perfect size and scale. It just needed some zhushing.

 

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Ok, fine, it was totally whacktastic. First I wiped it down with some Mrs Meyers soap and warm water, then I lightly sanded the surface to roughen it up for paint. I brushed on two coats of “Soot” by Benjamin Moore in satin finish (the same color I used on my dresser a few years back) and it was looking pretty good. Then, the pièce de ré·sis·tance – these fancytown handles from Anthropologie.

 

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I bought 8 of them on clearance several years ago, but only needed six for my dresser. I’m so glad I held onto those two extra handles. They are bringing the heat and they are bringing it hard.

 

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Is your head, like, totally exploding from the transformation? Just wait until you see the drawer liners I cut to size with my very own hands.

 

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DAYYYYUM those drawers are SECK. (Like your mom).

 

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That blanket and that dreamcatcher were totally separated at birth! Now they’re best friends and plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

 

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That’s our sassy ghost cat. She came with the nightstand and terrorizes us in our sleep.

 

NO BIG DEAL.

 

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The end!

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My Home on Front & Main.

Posted on December 29, 2015

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Recently, the incredibly nice humans at West Elm invited me to share some photos of my home on their blog, Front & Main, and I was ever so happy to oblige. You can see the full interview here.fm2

 

As we head into the new year, I want to thank you all for being here. I truly appreciate every single one of you who support this creative endeavor of mine. I LOVE YOU GUYZ! I hope you all have a very merry New Year spent with the ones you love! xoxo

 

 

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20% Off Everything in My Etsy Shop!

Posted on December 8, 2015

 

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Everything in my Etsy shop is currently 20% off until 12/13/15 with the code: hohoho. Everything ships for free to the U.S.!

 
Get in here!

 

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Dreamcatchers For Sale!

Posted on November 29, 2015

Hey, frands! Remember the dreamcatcher DIY I wrote for Natural Modern Magazine? Well, I made a verrrry small batch of them and you can buy them right here. Snag them up now, because these are the last ones I’ll be making until next year.

 

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Happy shopping! xoxo

 

 

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Current Faves / Uncommon Goods.

Posted on October 30, 2015

 

I love promoting my favorite sellers here on the blog, so when Uncommon Goods asked me to share some of my favorite items from their shop, I was more than happy to oblige!  I’ve been receiving the Uncommon Goods catalog in the mail for years, and I’m always impressed with their selection of cool & funky pieces. There are so many great things to choose from. If you need art, lighting, jewelry, barware, or unique gifts, they’ve got you covered. I also love their company mission. As a socially responsible company, they offer all of their full-time employees (and most part-time employees) heath insurance and provide a living wage. They work with their suppliers – artists, artisans, designers, and small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Since their founding, they have not sold products containing leather, feathers, or fur. Their goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals. And for every purchase you make, they will donate $1 to the non-profit organization of your choice.

 

Very, very cool.

 

I decided to share with you a few of my favorite items, mainly from their art, home decor, and housewarming gifts sections. I want all of these things.

 

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Decor (clockwise from top left): Moon Phase Clock, Personalized Maple Wall Clock, Pixel Rose Rug, Astral Wall Hangings, DIY Terrarium Kit, Rocky Mountain Coat Range, Track Your Travels Cork Globe, Handmade Knitting Basket

 

 

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Gifts (clockwise from top left): Rose Gold Lips Necklace, Meow Cat Cave, Slate & Bronze Necklace, Lomo Instant Camera, Wooden TV Dinner Tray, Owl Touch Lamp, Wooden Wine Glasses, Guatemalan Handmade Slippers

 

I know it may seem a bit early to think about the holidays, but trust me, time will fly by and you’ll be Christmas shopping before you know it. You’re already going to be shopping for the special peeps in your life, why not shop for gifts that also give something back?

 

This post was written in partnership with Uncommon Goods, but I support this company wholeheartedly, and all words are my own. Woo! 

 

 

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