Saturday, October 30, 2010


The new closet is up and running. Except that we have no curtains around it yet, but, it's up!! Thanks to my wonderful, hard-working husband. He did all of it. I can and will take no credit for it. We were able to make an Ikea trip a couple weeks ago to get everything and then Rob put it together last weekend. So, over the past week we've been moving our clothes over and organizing. I've decided it's good to do projects like this so that you are forced to sort through things and get rid of things you don't need.

Here is the picture of the bare wall. This is the wall to the right as you walk in through the door from the hallway.

And here it is up (and empty)

And now with most of our things moved into it.

We wanted to include a shelf for the TV, which worked out perfectly. We don't watch much TV in the bedroom, in fact, it's not even hooked up to cable. We just use it for dvds when we want to watch the occassional movie in bed, or when we're trying to keep Aiden happy while we get dressed in the morning. So keeping it hidden in the "closet" works well.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and although we may not necessarily have more space by moving the closet into the bedroom, we have at least the same amount, and it is more organized, which is what is most important to me anyway. I am now eager to get curtains up because I feel like the room is really coming together . I'll have more updates to share this week with pictures.

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Not enough time

Life is busy!! I have a whole list of projects in my head that I want to do around here, and I simply just don't have enough time. I feel like I can barely keep up with the every day to day things like laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. So when I do take time to do a project, then those things get ignored, and then I can't function and poor Rob has to deal with my crazy. Also, we're in Phillies post-season, and if you know us at all, you know that our schedules revolve around the Phillies and we can be somewhat consumed by it all. However, I don't really look at that as a negative- this is one of the most exciting times in the Phillies baseball franchise history, and we are loving every minute of it.

The bedroom project seems to be at a standstill. The picture wall is done, but I would rather finish a few other little things before sharing more pics. I am trying to be really intentional about fabrics, so I am still picking them out. We haven't moved the closet into the bedroom yet and the next step is scheduling an Ikea trip without Aiden to get the closet pieces.

On top of everything I am trying to figure out with the bedroom, I have a whole list of little projects around here that I would like to do:

-repaint dining room table because it was never done properly
-put another coat of spray paint on the dining room chairs from last year
-cover a chair that I bought a year ago on Craigslist
-change pillows/fabric in living room for fall/winter

I'm sure there's more, my mind is just not working well today.

Anyway, the good news is that I did get one project done last week....

If you remember, a long time ago, I talked about how I wanted an IKEA Rast dresser for this space next to the sofa since our end tables didn't work with the sectional. I had one upstairs in the hall which I quickly painted and it has been in the living room since.

A couple months ago, on an Ikea trip I picked up another dresser (which is now reduced to only $30 instead of $40!!). I had seen the idea with the staining and white drawers on this blog, and loved it.

So, after the dresser sat in it's box in the basement for awhile, I finally brought it out, put it together, and over the span of about 2 weeks, got it finished.

I wanted to do it right this time, so I painted every inch of the drawers, and even lined them with leftover wallpaper.

I'm really happy with how it turned out. I still would like to get different knobs, as these I had originally bought from Anthro on sale with the idea to use them in our bathroom some day. But, these are fine for now until I find what I want.

Well, hopefully I will feel more inspired/mostivated in the upcoming weeks and I will have much more to share with you. Until then, GO PHILS!!!