Whew, the past week has been crazy busy here at the Dollhouse. Project "house to home" is coming together quite nicely, although not as quickly as I would like, but hey, that's home construction for you. I thought an update post was in order, since lots have been done since leaving you last week with my closet makeover post. Grab a cup of coffee, cause this post is going to be a long one!
First of all, I am on an organizational kick! My energy is feeding off of the changes in my home and making me want to do more and more. To be honest, this is the first month I've even been in LA for a month straight without traveling since moving in here, so it really does feel like the perfect time to go all out and get my place perfected. I'm pumped!
As far as organization goes, this week I continued working in my closet, making small changes to really perfect it. Two changes really stand out to me; one, that I organized my clothes and shoes by color and two, that I pulled all of my books out of my living room and lined them up on the very top shelf of my closet. I was going to use the top shelf as storage for bins but after finding another spot for my bins I thought it would be the perfect place for my books. Not only did it pull some color into my closet, but it greatly reduced the amount of clutter in my living room. I'm not saying books are clutter, but when you don't have a bookcase and your books are just stacked in piles around your media stand then they definitely look way more cluttery than chic.
Speaking of organization, after thinking about it long and hard I decided to order an Erin Condren Life Planner. I know I had mentioned in my New Year's Resolutions post that I wanted to start keeping a planner again, and that I had taken one from Glitzy-Glam, but honestly, it wasn't set up the way my dream planner would be, but the Erin Condren one is. The Erin Condren one is set up like my old planner that I LOVED that I would buy through my college, and I haven't seen one set up in the same way since then. That was the deal-maker for me; I knew I had to get one! They are expensive, and trust me, I thought about it for awhile before shelling out the big bucks for a planner, but I think it is going to be so worth it. I absolutely cannot wait to receive it!
This is the exact one I ordered, the Turquoise "Gold Edition" life planner. Picture credit and shout out to Kristina over at PrettyShinySparkly for talking me into getting one of these; it was her review that really pushed me to order it! Plus, I used her link, and received $10 off. If you would like to receive $10 off, you can order through this link here. This link is one of those referral links where you get $10 and I get $10 in credit, but obviously I don't need another planner, so if people order through this link I will use the credit to order a new planner to giveaway on this blog. That way, iheartyoucoffee readers are helping out other readers!
On the "construction" side of things, I had two major projects done this week. The first is that I finally had my kitchen backsplash installed! It took a total of 3 days; one day to install the tile, one day to grout it, and one day to seal it after the grout had dried. I selected my backsplash with the help of my decorator while looking at my condo decor as a whole. We wanted something that would compliment the contemporary black/brown cabinetry and the white countertops but that would also be soft and feminine. We had previously selected two gorgeous mother of pearl hanging lotus chandeliers for above my kitchen island, so working with those and the color palette for my walls, we picked a beautiful backsplash. The backsplash has a bit of mother of pearl in it as well; not enough to be overwhelming but just enough to add a little sparkle.
|The hanging lotus chandeliers - Gorgeous!|
I was lucky in that my kitchen came complete with the perfect wall for a backsplash, but of course, since this place was brand new, it was white, plain, and very unfinished looking. Here is a before picture (although if you watched my old living room/kitchen tour video then you are already very familiar with how it looked to start with!):
The second project was that I had my wallpaper installed on my bedroom headboard wall! I was really torn over whether I wanted to have wallpaper just on my headboard wall (with a coordinating paint color on the other walls), or to have wallpaper on all the walls. After talking it over with the wallpaper installer, I decided to just do the headboard wall and then think on it for a few days. After having the wallpaper in the room and looking at it with the paint swatches swatched on the walls, I have decided I am going to go ahead and wallpaper all of the walls. I think when a room is small sometimes wallpaper on all of the walls can "wall it in a bit" (pun intended!), thus making it appear smaller, so that is where a headboard wall with a coordinating paint color comes in handy, but I think my bedroom is big enough to handle all 3 walls being wallpapered (3 walls, not 4, because one wall is all windows). Here is what the room looked like during installation:
I'm sure you recognize the wallpaper as the same paper I had in my old bedroom. I liked it so much I had to use it again - I couldn't even bear the idea of using something else. What can I say, when it's love, it's love! The wallpaper is Margot Amethyst by Designers Guild, if you were wondering. I highly recommend it, if you like the look of it. Like I said, this is the second bedroom in a row that I have had it!
Last but not least, on the "decor" side of things, I made some very important home purchases (LOL). As much as I adore real flowers, they don't live for very long and the nice arrangements are expensive. I still like to treat myself to real ones every now and then, but in order to give my home a girly vibe, I like to have some faux arrangements around as well. I have been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table arrangement, and have been checking my favorite flash sale sites every day in the hopes of spotting the perfect one. High quality faux flower arrangements, the kind that look so real you have to touch them to make sure, are expensive, so I knew I wanted to wait to find one on sale. After a few weeks of checking everyday, and passing up several flower sales when there wasn't one that was "the one", I found her. My beautiful little flower arrangement, peach roses and gorgeousness. I found her on Hautelook, marked down from a few hundred dollars.
The second home purchase I made were for some colorful rainbow kitchen knives. I needed a set of good-quality knives, as I only have 2 currently, a turquoise and a light pink (not including my everyday flatware eating knives). I have a thing for colored knives, if you can't tell. I found these on Joss and Main whilst searching for faux flowers. Once I spotted them, I knew I couldn't leave them behind... they were calling my name, and at a great price too! Oh, and I also bought a set of striped bamboo utensils, as I have been wanting a striped set for ages and never see them in stores.
The last thing I purchased for my home was a pair of Restoration Hardware chandeliers that I have been eyeing for ages! They are currently on sale, and I thought, now is the time! I plan on hanging these on either side of my bed, as shown in the catalog picture. They haven't arrived yet, but this is what they look like!
Told you this post would be long! I had a lot to talk about! If you still want more, I put together a video with clips I took as these projects unfolded. I made this video especially for you iheartyoucoffee readers, so make sure to check it out if you are interested!
I'll leave you with this picture and video of Pinecone. Yes, he knocked that chair over all by himself, and then proceeded to use it as a makeshift bed. Yes, he is ill-behaved, but that's all the more reason to love him :)