Friday, June 7, 2013

Decorate It Up

We all know I'm a sucker for some DIY blogs (YHL, anyone?) and am an avid shopper over at West Elm. Have I publically announced here that my dream job as a child was to be an interior decorator? Well, it was. And I secretly still think I would be really good at decorating. Just only for my own taste. On an unlimited budget.
You just read recently about our dining room upgrade (HERE) which lit a bug under my butt to start working on some other lingering projects in the house. So I thought I'd share some of the new items that have made their way into The Bungalow
#1: Master Artwork
After spending a year and a half in storage after I left my last job, I finally decided to hang this painting in our master bedroom. I got it as a child while visiting Hilton Head and it was even personalized to me by the artist. It's an awkward corner in our master bedroom anyway, so it's nice to have something to fill the dead space. Further over on the same wall, Puff had some prints from his days of living in NYC, which I reframed after one broke.
#2: Who Needs a Pet?
The Bungalow has some gorgeous hardwood floors. In fact, every room except the sunroom has them. I love the look of them, but I also felt like our master bedroom needed some softening. Cue a West Elm rug sale. Cue this beast. I absolutely love how it looks and how it feels. BUT... it sheds. And sheds and sheds and sheds. Puff has a giant ball of the fuzz in his closet that he claims is for a future arts & crafts project with Bimmer. I'm pretty sure he is just trying to prove a point that I spent $100+ on something that sheds worse than a dog.
#3: Storage Cute
I had a Crate & Barrel gift card burning a hole in my pocket (after the chandelier didn't work out) so one night I hit up Land of Nod and snagged this puppy for about $20. It's hard to tell how big it is, but it will definitely fit a ton of Bimmer's toys. I figure it will get filled up after her birthday toys make their way in! For now, I'm keeping the shape with a West Elm pillow that coordinates with her nursery.
#4: Tone on Tone
It's no secret that I'm not in love with the gold/garnet color scheme that Puff embraced from the previous owner and subsequently decorated our living room. After years of feeling like the windows were closing in with dark garnet curtains, I finally snagged some light gold drapes from the Nate Bertkus line at Target. They are much truer to the wall color in real life and have made the living room much brighter!
#5: On the Ledge
I have been eyeing these shelves from West Elm for literally years. I finally broke down and bought them a few months ago, after we updated the curtains and I realized how naked the wall was next to the couch. Except, then YHL posted about how they hung a shelf in the awkward space above their TV and I was sold. Instead of hanging the two shelves on top of each other, I had our painter hang them side by side. I used that C&B gift card to get a gallery frame and Puff/Bimmer gave me a small little (fake) succulent in a small vase for Mother's Day. They also gave me my super awesome SC embroidered state with a little heart on it. This is definitely a work in progress situation, so I will update you once I get it all fancy!

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