Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bedding/Bathroom stuff

What room should I ramble on about today?

I did order some bedding last night. There was one set I really liked, and was getting ready to buy it but then I saw that it was dry clean only, and that is not something I want to deal with. I like to eat in bed, and if/when I spill anything on our comforter I want to be able to just throw it in the washing machine... not drag it to a dry cleaners.

So I bought this set from Macy's.

It was way on sale, so that was fun. It does not come with sheets, but it does come with the pillow cases PLUS 5 decorative pillows which I love, but Michael hates :)

But this set is NOTHING like what I thought I would get. I do like it, and I love leaves and trees and flowers and stuff like that so it's not surprising that I ended up with something like this. However, I really really really wanted something different. Something plain. Something grey.

I love grey so much lately... And I love ruffles lately... but only on certain things and it has to be the RIGHT kind of ruffle, if that makes sense.

So I about had a heart attack when I saw this at Urban Outfitters...

LOVE IT. Seriously. I am in love with it. It is soooo cute and pretty and adorable and... just freaking CUTE. If it had been a normal comforter, I would've bought it even though it's too expensive. But it's just a duvet cover, which means we'd have to buy the duvet to go in it... PLUS the ruffle pillows that I would have to buy seperately. So I'd be spending more like $300 at least on the duvet, the cover, and 2 pillows. And I want more than 2 pillows... and I'd have to find sheets that I liked to go with it.

Just too much work. And we have more important things to spend money on for the house than bedding... so I bought the leaf bedding, and I do like it, so... whatever.

BUT... I also knew that I was going to buy a ruffled shower curtain. I saw the shower curtain before I saw the bedding so I was already in ruffle mode, so that's probably why I freaked out about the duvet cover so much.

So here is Urban Outfitter's shower curtain that is just as adorable as the bedding.

Cute, right??? Cute enough to spend $80 on a shower curtain??? Ehhhh........ I was THIS CLOSE to buying this, too. It's almost too cute to resist. Almost. I decided against it.

Here's one from Anthropologie (I will be happy if I can ever afford to buy anything from this store... seriously. I love it all)

This one is $120... didn't even consider this one. But still had fun looking at it.

And here is another one from Target that is cute, but I like the bigger ruffles better...

I actually had this added to my cart on the Target website and was going to buy it, because I REALLY wanted a ruffle shower curtain, and I REALLY didn't spend to spend $80-$120 on a shower curtain.

But I didn't order it because I was still looking around, trying to see if there was anything else on the Target website that we would need so I could get up to $50 to get free shipping. Well the computer kept freezing and I was ready to go to sleep, so I left it until this morning.

Well somehow I missed this shower curtain yesterday when I went through pages and pages of search results for ''ruffle shower curtain''... but... I found one that was the same price as the Target one, but has the bigger ruffles like the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters curtains!

Only $25 for this baby. I'm pretty excited!

I still like the Urban Outfitters one the best, but I saved $55 by getting this one instead... that's more IKEA money for me :) And I'm definitely ok with that.

I don't know what else to say about our bathroom, really. I'm not super excited about it honestly. I want to paint it. I don't like the burgundy/maroon color on the walls and ceiling. There isn't a ton of painted wall space in there because of all the tiling so it would take like 3 minutes to paint the whole room. So we're painting the bathroom I decided today.

It's a really small bathroom, but I'm completely fine with that. I don't think either of us has ever really thought we would need a big bathroom.

I just don't love the color at all...

There is nothing wrong with it, and at first I thought I really liked it... But I think a different color would be a lot more fun to look at.

And I'm not real sure what to do about that window in the shower... We're going to have to put another shower curtain there. I have been thinking about taking a plain white plastic shower curtain and making ruffles on it :) But maybe that's too many ruffles... I'm thinking it could be really cute though... if it would turn out at all like I see it in my head, at least.

I'm no good with paint colors, but I like these groupings of colors from Glidden:

I am really really clueless as to what colors look good with what. I don't know what would look good with that grey and black tile... I'm thinking something from the last group might be best??? But I have NO clue. I want it to look good to other people and not just me :) I want to like it too, obviously, but I don't want to paint the bathroom a hideous color and be totally clueless about it looking disgusting.

I have no idea!!!

I don't want to bug Michael about stuff like this right now. As we get a little closer to moving in I'll start making him help me with this stuff... but I want to have things narrowed down by then.

So help me!!

Do you like the green palette, the browns/purples palette, or the greys/blues palette? I know the picture of the bathroom is not super helpful, but it gives me a little bit of an idea I suppose.

We go for our home inspection on Monday so I'll be taking lots more pictures. Hopefully that will help us out with stuff like this.

We also need to start thinking about what color to paint the basement paneling. Ay yi yi.

So anyways... We've got the bedding figured out, and that's about it so far :) Plus the shower curtain now, and Michael's mom bought us some grey towels the other day... and a door mat.

Oh, and my uncle has agreed to build us a window seat for that upstairs nook!!! I'm really excited!!! So we'll have to measure that area on Monday and draw something up and send him the dimensions. I'm excited!!!! Michael wishes he could build it, but he has no tools... so that would be a little difficult.

Anyways, things are slowly coming along. I can't wait to just get in there!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


We bought a house!!!

We are SO excited and I'm pretty convinced that it's the cutest house on the entire planet, so that's pretty awesome :) We don't get to move in until October 29th, so we're going to use the time between now and then to kind of plan things out. So that's what this blog might be about for a while... and then for a long time after we actually move in. There will be lots of decorating going on and I'm hoping that all turns out good enough that I'll want to show people and not hide it and not allow anyone to come over.

So, since I'm bored... I'm going to start the planning process right here.

I've got a spreadsheet made up of what we are going to want to buy for each room. Not all of it has to happen right away, but I'm definitely thinking about it.

So... I'll start with the upstairs today. I know you're all excited for this.... I don't care if nobody sees this honestly, It's just fun to think about.

Ok. Upstairs.

Here are some pictures we took of the house the other day, and what I want to do there.

So this is right at the top of the stairs. This room might be kind of difficult to put things in actually. I don't feel like we need to put much there, but I also don't want to just leave it empty. All of our books will go on those shelves, which will look really cute, but I also really like to have our books down in the living room because I like to look at them :) But they will be perfect here.

And I don't like that they have that lamp sitting there. I know for a fact that I would somehow bump into it and knock it off and break it. So there probably won't be anything sitting on top of there. Nothing breakable at least.

So books are my only plan for this view of the room. Our bedroom is through that door at the end of the hallway.

This is across from the bookshelves. I REALLY want a cute comfortable chair to go there like a little reading nook. It's not that big of a nook really, I keep thinking it's bigger because the one in the bedroom is really deep. But that's ok.

These are all definitely cute, but... probably not SUPER comfortable, or not ones that we would want to sit and relax in.

Then I've got some like these saved that I don't even really like, but I'm trying to come up with some options.

I do like this one actually, but I'm thinking a footstool would be nice if anyone is actually going to be sitting there to read books.

I like this one too, and It is nice that it reclines!

I LOVE this one from IKEA. I wouldn't want it to be white though, but of course any other color is about $100 more... So... that's stupid.

Here's the footstool to go with it. Again, any other color is way more. But if the other colors coast as much as this white one does it would probably be the winner for sure.

I don't know. I'm having a hard time finding any I like that aren't ridiculously expensive. We might end up just not putting a chair there. And we obviously don't have to have one right away... but it is fun to think about :)

What I would LOVE to happen would be to either get incredibly lucky and find a bench that would fit there OR find someone who could build us a window seat to fit in there... then we could just fill that area with pillows and I could make a cushion for it... Ok. That's my new dream for that spot :) Forget the chairs. I'm going to start looking at benches.

And we could have a cute reading lamp too.

NOW: Our Bedroom.

Looking into the bedroom from the ''reading room''.

I wish we had more pictures of other views... but this is kind of from the corner of the other side of the room back by one of the closets.

And here is the nook off of our room. The closets are on the left side of the room from this view... and the door to leave the room is right in between the closets. I want to put a vanity in that nook. Michael wants to turn it into a walk-in closet. I just don't think that is necessary, but we'll see what happens. I do want a vanity upstairs somewhere since there is not a bathroom up there.

There are 2 closets in our room, but they are both fairly small. I think they will work though. I wish we could get back into the house to take more pictures! There is also a cedar lined closet in the ''reading room''.

So, we're not really sure where we want to put our bed or anything yet... I think we are going to buy a new mattress so we can put our current bed in one of the bedrooms downstairs. So we'll get to pick out new bedding (which you will also see) and I want a headboard and nightstands that match and a lamp on each one :) Michael is going to cry if he reads this. He's seen my spreadsheet so he knows I'm slightly insane already.

SO... Headboards:

I don't know if I would want one of these, but I always think they would be nice.

No, this is not a headboard, but I really like platform beds, too. I don't think we will get one, but I like them!

Having a house is tricky already. I have no idea what I want or what will look good.

Oh well...

Night Stands:

You can't see it, but these have a drawer on them.

These would probably be the most useful, but knowing me I would stuff that door full of junk that didn't need to be anywhere near it in the first place... so maybe that would be a bad idea.

I think these are so cute... There is nothing that great about them, I just think they're adorable for some reason :)


Lamp base from IKEA. I am really going to need to be inside of IKEA very shortly after we get into our house... just letting you all know. It's happening. And no one can stop me.

Lamp shades all from IKEA also:

I love those shades... so cute.

How many of you are thinking that I'm out of my mind for having all of this saved into a spreadsheet?? I probably am, but it's pretty useful :)

I still have to show you some bedding and vanities that I like... Ok. I am crazy...

Maybe I'll skip the bedding, because there is a lot... Vanities will be quick. Then I'm done for the day, I swear.

I think this one might be my favorite.

So much to think about!!!!

Maybe I'll do another room or two tomorrow.

Get excited...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



We moved. It happened really fast, but we now live in Illinois.

It will probably be a while before I have any interesting things to write about... because we are living in my in-laws basement for a bit while we search for a house. But THEN I will have plenty to write about I hope.

Moving sucks. Seriously. But at least we're done with it for a little bit. I just hope we find a house soon!!!

For now I am watching HGTV all day long, looking at IKEA's website every 5 minutes, reading my Apartment Therapy book, and basically just trying to get ideas to decorate our future house. I. Can't. Wait.