I Just Can’t Seem to Help Myself

Being a total girly-girl, my house has a lot of pink and purple. My powder room is bright pink, the dining room has a pink chandelier, the breakfast nook is pink with green accents, the living room color scheme is pink and orange and my duvet in my bedroom is purple. So, when I was deciding on a color scheme for the office, I thought it would be fun needed to shy away from my usual girly colors and do something different.

Other rooms avoid pink and purple as well, the family room and guest room and the patios, but that’s pretty much it. Before I moved in, I knew I wanted to have one room with navy blue walls. My desk is brown, along with the sofa table I bought to match it, so I decided the office color scheme would be blue, white and brown. I’ve had fun looking for blue and white furniture and accents, and the room is coming along, but I realized a few weeks ago that it needs some excitement. And then I came across the most ridiculous/crazy wall art ever—in pink—and I decided that this room will have pink accents in it as well.

I’ve been putting a full-court press on getting this room ready the last few weeks. I ordered the wall piece, ottomans for under the sofa table and have been buying art for a gallery wall. I also received a fun pink lamp from family friends as a housewarming gift. My goal is to have the office completed before I leave for the beach in just over two weeks. We’ll see!

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This sleeper love seat from Ikea is the main piece of furniture in the room. I like how it has both light and navy blue, so when it comes to art and other accessories, there are lots of options. I will be sure to take some before and after pictures to share as I finally get this room off my to-do list!

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“I Absolutely Hate It”

My best friend from childhood was in town for a few weeks this month and was in and out of my place, and one of the many things I love about him is his brutal honesty. On his last night we were discussing the house and the changes that still need to be made, and he made his thoughts about the microwave situation very clear. “I love everything else about this place, but I hate the microwave. I absolutely hate it. You have to change it ASAP.” It made me laugh so hard, because I felt the same way when I saw it, and I appreciated the honesty.

This weekend I’m heading to Home Depot to meet with a kitchen designer and look at the options. I’m thinking that rather than open shelves, like I’d been thinking, I might get a cabinet that matches my collection but has a paned window front. It will update the kitchen, and will also allow me to display my cookbooks and other décor items. I found a few kitchens on Pinterest that mix a paned cabinet with regular ones, and I think they look good.

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Would you mix the two cabinet types, if they are part of the same collection and the color matches?

Delays

If there is anything that I’ve learned from this whole house process it’s that you should expect for and plan for delays. Sofa? Came 3.5 weeks late. Patio furniture? Still hasn’t arrived, 2 months later. Small odd jobs, like hanging curtains, large mirrors, mounting the TV? And bigger ones like painting and fixing the microwave situation? Delayed a few weeks by the handyman’s previous projects taking longer than planned. So basically, I’m still living in complete chaos.

I haven’t really been in a huge rush to get everything together, because I know that means I will need to get myself in gear and finally get the unpacking and organizing done. And, I haven’t had much time to dedicate. But now, I’m beyond ready. With a guest in town who will be in and out for the next three weeks, and two more guests coming in two weeks, I want things to be comfortable for them and as finished as I can picture them in my head.

Trying to look at the positive, I’ve at least had enough time to be ready and have my list prepared for when the work begins.

Tick tock.

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Carefully selected paint colors

The Microwave Situation

I consider myself pretty lucky with the house because there hasn’t been anything I really need to change, and only a few big things that I want to change. The first is the microwave.

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As you can see, rather than being mounted, it’s on this weird little shelf, with the cord visible, and I think it looks terrible. This was the builder norm, as another house I looked at in the neighborhood has the same set-up. At first, my plan was to get a new microwave and mount it in the same space. I don’t want to give up counter space, and it would be good to have it out of the way. But then I unpacked all of my cookbooks and realized I don’t have a place for them.  Now I’m thinking about putting the microwave on the counter, and putting shelves in the space instead. Maybe even take out the cabinet above, and make it all shelving. Could be one shelf for décor and another for the books. I think it would be a quick way to make the kitchen look more upscale and would also be practical.

Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any examples or inspiration on either Pinterest or Houzz. There were lots with shelves on the side of an island, but none in such a prominent place. Maybe it’s a semi-original idea? Hope it turns out like I’m imagining.

“You Just Bought A House”

The big news around here lately has been that I am now a homeowner! This wasn’t something I planned on doing in my mid-20’s, and I always figured I would rent until I was in my 30’s or got married, whichever came first. But one day I was bored while eating lunch at work, and came across the website of a new development being built. They had a little calculator where you put in some basic financial info., and as it turned out, it all seemed very doable.

In the end, that development turned out to not be right for me. Though the homes were very nice and it would have been so fun to semi-customize a house, it was even further from my ideal area than my current apartment, and extra add-ons I wanted eventually put my potential home value considerably above most of the others in the neighborhood, which is never good.

So I got in touch with one of my dad’s good friends who is a realtor, and we began to look at places. I looked at five before finding my place, which is so perfect for where I am now, yet also will fit my needs for the next 6-8 years or so. I got into a bidding war with a couple who had seen it 20 minutes before me, but with my realtor’s expertise and my willing to be a little bit flexible on going above the asking price, I won. My realtor called me while I was at dinner with my dad and responded to my ‘hello?’ with the quote that is the title of this post. Such a great way to find out that I had prevailed.

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(image via Villa Rose)

The whole experience was a lot of fun, from the research I did on my own, to looking at houses with my mom and the realtor and especially the closing, it made the spring interesting and has me very excited and ready to move in to my new place. One of the best things about it is that it’s in really great shape, so there isn’t much that I need to do, but I will be doing some small renovations to fix a few things that aren’t my favorite.

I still have my apartment for a few months, so I’m fortunate to be able to move in gradually and really take my time to get things situated the way that I want. But I’m not going to lie, I’m getting pretty antsy to make the full move over.

Patio D.I.Y.

I’ve been holding out on blogging about a D.I.Y. project my  mom and I worked on last summer, because one key element was missing. But more on that later. After arriving in Denver and getting our patio set up, I realized it wasn’t quite my style. The bamboo bistro set had been with me for years, a great deal found at Kohl’s in the summer of 2008. And the bench a castoff of my uncle’s when he moved into a new place. Priced right, yes, but my ideal summer lounging spot, no.

After finding a gorgeous red bench with a black cushion and white piping, I decided to spend the time and the money to revamp the whole space. The bench went off to my parents’ house, and my mom and I decided to paint the bistro set black, and give the patio a red, white and black theme.

The “before”

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Primed and ready to go (and getting some help from my parents’ dog)

The project was a lot of fun and it only took us two morning to complete– including drying time. We also painted a chestnut pedestal table I found at Home Goods. While the pieces don’t look as perfect as they would if they were manufactured to be black, I will consider painting my own furniture again in the future. Stay tuned for the “after” pics coming soon.

Work It

There’s nothing better for productivity than an inspiring workspace. I decided to share some of my favorite images after Design Darling blogged a gorgeous space the same week that my new office at work finally came together. Though I’m in a corporate office and don’t have as much freedom to create a space like the ones below, I’ve been incorporating fun elements such as Missoni file folders, travel-inspired photos and personal mementos to make my home away from home feel more welcoming.

Love the chalkboard

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 Simple and chic

Perfect for taking meetings and collaborating

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Which of the above is your favorite? If you have a favorite workspace, please share! I’d love to see it.

Lilly Pulitizer Home

Who doesn’t love the beachy, preppy, Nantucket-y look of Lilly Pulitizer’s pieces? Well, the company now has a line of home furnishings that would completely fit in a Nantucket prepsters beach house.

Of course, mixed in with other colors and pieces, Lilly’s collection could be incorporated into homes across the country as well. My favorite look is definitely the first: I love the pink chair, trellis wall paper and the leaning floor mirror. Which look is your favorite?

(all images via horchow.com)