Entries Tagged as 'Colleen’s house'

My Makeup Vanity

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Want to know how to feel like a fancy grown up? Get a makeup vanity. It actually makes me want to put on makeup in the morning. Kind of. This is the first corner of the bedroom that I feel is 100% complete after we painted last year, my mom DIYed our roman shades, and I mocked up the vanity area eight (?!!) months ago. Things are pretty slow going around here. Sorry world. But I finished it and it is glorious.

Remember how I was going to get wall sconces? That was a cute idea. I went to ikea to purchase some but then I felt underwhelmed by my options so I went with a floor lamp instead. But when I brought said floor lamp back my mom told me that it was pretty much the ugliest lamp she’d ever seen. I don’t agree with her, but I do agree that it probably wasn’t the best option for this area. Enter the random desk lamp that I purchase 5 years ago from Home Goods. Who knew it would look so good here?

Also important is that great tray that keeps the area looking neat even when I’m throwing makeup brushes this way and that as I’m realizing how late I am for work (which is pretty much every morning), and the wickery seagrassy wastebasket that has been around since my college days. You never know when you are going to use this stuff.


The mini gallery wall (a gallery vignette if you will) is one of my favorite things in the entire house. The Charleston print was a gift from Megan last Christmas, which I put in a great old frame from an antique store. Some of the best frames come with ugly art inside them. The little botanical circle thing was also from an antique store. And the painting was obviously from my favorite artist – Clare Elsaesser. Her prints are all over my house.





Sources: VanityTray / Charleston Print / Clare Elsaesser Print

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Bedroom Updates

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Remember when I said I was going to buy a headboard about a year ago? And then talked about it again a couple of months ago? Well it’s a Christmas miracle because I finally did it and obviously bought a completely different headboard than I said I was going to. Then the exact same day I happened to find a really good rug in World Market for sale and I couldn’t say no. So approximately one year later, we are making some definite progress on the bedroom. Now all I need to do is figure out the nightstand situation, decide on wall art, and buy fabric for my mom to reupholster some chairs.


ONE – I’ve been going back and forth about large scale art over the headboard vs. round gold mirror but I’m leaning towards gold mirror even though I already have 200 of them. They just make my heart happy.

TWO – After one year, two posts, and hours upon hours of online searching, I finally decided to go with a simple upholstered headboard with nail button trim. Maybe one day I will buy the one I desperately want from Serena and Lily, but I just can’t fathom spending that kind of cash right now. This one is very reasonable, even more so when I bought it at 20% off, and it gets great reviews.

THREE – This is the classic bedding I purchased last year from Restoration Hardware. It is about a million degrees right now so we have been using a light blanket instead, but I will break it back out when it gets to be fall (FALL IS COMING)!

FOUR – A pretty pillow for cheap from World Market. Real cheap.

FIVE – I really didn’t have any intentions of buying a rug for under the bed. Our bedroom is carpet and we already have a rug in the little sitting around on the right side of the room so it wasn’t necessary. But I fell in love with how this one is a little bit tribal while still being neutral. The website says that it is black but in person it looks a bit navy, which is perfect since I have mostly navy, blue, and black in the room.

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Fabric Bubb

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hi friends! It’s been awhile. In fact, this has been the longest time between posts since we started this little blog in 2011. This started out as a place where we shared DIYs and party decor, but now we pretty much just share whatever it is we are spending our time on whether it be home decor, calligraphy, or photography. This means a whole lot less DIY and a whole lot more random. We’ve never really made money off of this – it was just something we liked to do. So when we’ve been less inspired to post, we just haven’t. We’re sorry. We promise we still love you. Can you tell that I’ve been feeling guilty?

As of late, Megan has been calligraphying into all hours of the night and I have been super busy with work, as well as learning how to be a website developer (code and all), and then also second shooting weddings. I’ve been terribly happy but also terribly busy. So busy that I’ve barely even thought about house decorating at all recently. Tonight I just realized how much I need to update most of my pillows, which I’m pretty sure I said I was going to do like a year ago. I have a couple of attractive pillows Meg gave me but most of the rest are left over from college when I was still in love with damask. I no longer love damask. The thing is, they cost money, and unless it’s film, film processing, or something for our trip to Ireland in the fall, I have been refusing to spend money. Then I found Fabric Bubb which has gorgeous, fresh, non-stuffy patterns at pretty reasonable prices. I’ve decided to buy a couple of yards for my mom to make pillows of, which will be way cheaper than buying a bunch of $30-$50 pillows. (Thanks mom!) Here are some of my favorites. So good right?


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