Master Bedroom Tour – San Diego

Last weekend I asked on my instagram stories if y’all would like to see a bedroom tour and it was an overwhelming yes, so today is the day! I honestly LOVE sharing glimpses of my home here because not only does it helps me to document each move and how each space comes together, but how i’m forced to switch things up every so often while seeing how my style continues to grow.

If you’ve been following around these parts for a while you may notice that I absolutely adore greenery and natural tones in our home. I think it’s the love of the Scandinavian, Nordic, minimalist style that I admire and am trying to implement more into our day to day lives and living spaces. Plants/Greenery bring life to a room and I’ll be honest here, I have kill my fair share of plants. I have about 2 living plants in the house right now (YAY!) and a few outdoors but everything else (like this fiddle fig%) is completely fake. Not having to worry about the upkeep makes things so much easier and I just love the pop of life it brings to the room (and that tobi can’t knock it over to make a mess or eat it).

The bedroom space always feels like it should be a sweet oasis.
Eddie and I had a conversation before we got married how we didn’t want to have TVs in our room and really wanted to create a space that felt like an escape. With each home we’ve moved into we’ve slowly been figuring out what works for us to bring that sense of calm into a room. The sound machine is amazing and I’ve been using one for the last 5 years and it helps to just cancel out the busy street noise; at first Eddie wasn’t super sold on it, but now he makes sure it’s turned on while we crawl into bed. While I’m always moving things around right now this layout is working for us and as you can see Tobi loves making his presence known.


Bed Frame
White Quilt
Alpaca Print
Bear Print 
Salt Lamp
Faux Fiddle Fig Tree%
Sound Machine
Oils (see here & here)
Bench – Home Goods

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Bedroom Updates | CT Home

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I have always wanted my bedroom to be a place of retreat, comfort, peace, and serenity. Since I now work from home I’m surrounded by to-do lists and this overwhelming sense of “I can never get everything finished”. I see a bathroom that needs cleaning, a pile of laundry I haven’t washed, a list of blog posts I need to finish, photography props I need to go through,etc. So when I walk into our bedroom I want to feel like I’m walking into a nice warm hug and not another thing to cross off of my list. When Eddie and I were first talking about married life we decided we would never have a TV in our bedroom – it’s meant for two things: sleeping and married time, ha! With that distraction out of the way I can really feel like I’m “off the job” when I come into our bedroom. I can read a book before falling asleep, listen to music, diffuse my oils, and just relax!

I purposefully chose this smaller nightstand with an open bottom so I can keep my oils (or a basket of blankets) underneath it for quick use. The drawer is full of journals, books, pens, and nicknacks which leaves me with little room left to stuff things inside of it (maybe it’s time to clean it out!). For many years I was a cluttered nigh-stand type of person; I would have books pilled high, random notes scribbled, cups from water, chapstick, you name it I probably had it sitting beside me. Now that I’m sharing a space with someone else I try my hardest to keep our surfaces as clutter-free as possible; it adds to that relaxing feeling. I found this awesome bedside pocket at UncommonGoods recently and I knew it would be the solution to my side-table hoarding problems. I have it full with a journal, whatever current book I’m reading, and some lavender lotion; this cute pocket sits snugly next to my bed and out of site for the most part. I can tell you this, if you’re looking for a special (and functional) gift for someone else visit UncommonGoods for some great gift ideas for your family.

One of my favorite corners in my room is my dressing corner.
Eddie always gives me a hard time about taking up the entire master closet because I have a small problem with clothes (ok maybe I do have a little hoarding problem). Since carving out this small corner of our bedroom I have been waiting for something to hang up on the wall near the mirror as it was looking super bare. This you are beautiful wood sign spoke to me the minute I saw it on UncommonGoods website.

The truth is, I struggle with positive self talk.
I’ve talked about it a few times on the blog before and this is something I still struggle with. I am not always kind to myself; I often turn into that mean girl who tears myself down and tends to focus on my flaws and not my strengths. So seeing this small but much-needed reminder that I am beautiful every single time I look in the mirror helps to keep things in perspective. I am beautiful. I have value. I have strengths. I am needed.
Now while I got this for myself, I would have been just as thrilled if Eddie had bought it for an anniversary gift. So my friends, if you’re looking for an anniversary gift (or even a wedding gift) head on over to Uncommon Goods to browse through their amazing selection. <3 PS UncommonGoods allows you to donate $1 from every one of your purchases to a non-profit organization of your choice! (how cool is that)!

Bed Frame
Bedside Pocket c/o
White Quilt
Alpaca Print
Bear Print 
Garland c/o
You Are Beautiful Wood Print c/o

Maine Home | Bedroom

Take time to rest.
When picking out furniture and details for our bedroom I knew that ultimately this would be our safe place wherever we go.
Becoming a military wife has taught me something: be prepared for everything to change, and then change again.
I can not count how many times we have thought something would happen on date X when in reality it will happen on date T and then get pushed until date A.
Not having much stability in schedules lately means that our stability has become the small time windows in the day we do have to spend with one another.
Whether its binge watching designated survivor on hulu ((y’all SO GOOD)), cooking a meal together, getting to the gym, or lounging together WE are each others home.
One of the vows I made to Eddie was to always be his safe place.
I want him to come home and feel welcomed, respected, loved, and relieved from work.

This space is one of my favorites in our little apartment.
I feel there is a delicate mix of masculine and feminine details that really let our personalities shine.
Now, if you were to ask Eddie he would say this was all me – and maybe to a small degree it has a lot of my influence, but hey, I thought of both of us! haha
The wooden pieces paired with gold accents and floral details – they just make me happy every time I walk into our room.
The pictures flanking our bed are from our engagement session and, obviously, our wedding.
I honestly want to nail all the holes in the wall and put our wedding pictures everywhere.
Would a huge mural wall of the two of us just be too much? probablyyyyyyyyyyy

For the record: I didn’t just place Tobi there for the pictures.
That is one of his favorite perches places and his hair is all OVER the duvet cover, so I Finally put a little blanker there to collect SOME of his hair.
I also have my trusty lint roller that gets all the stragglers.

Room Details:
+ Bed – Overstock
+ Silk floral garland c/o – Afloral
+ My nightstand (right) – Target
+ Eddie’s nightstand (he built)
+ Gold pendant lights – Target
+ Comforter set – Ikea
+ Marriage print
+ Curtains – Ikea
+ Dressers – Ikea
+ Mirror – Ikea
+ Large picture of us c/o – Framebridge ((use the code:takingsteps15 for 15$ off your first order!!))
+ Cowhide Rug – Ikea

house list update | master bedroom

i figured it was high time to give a little update on the 2014 house list (i mean it is only july).
my bedroom has been a nightmare for years.
it has been three different colors for around 4 years – the art has never been right, the furniture layout had been the same for over 20 years, it just never felt like my room but my parents room.

with a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a move in furniture, it looks completely different.
there is still a lot to be done in here – a lot; but i no longer cringe when i walk in.
it is slowly starting to feel like an oasis, and that is what i want.
i want a place i can come in, crash, relax and unwind.
i find myself using the love seat to do my devotionals, reading, converse with friends (am i the only one who hangs out with people in their room?) some blog work, etc.

let’s take a look back at some “before” pictures shall we (so i can feel better about the small progress). 

i’ve had a few people tell me they miss the flower mural – i might do something again…in another room in the house, it was a lot of fun to paint and definitely added a little extra umph.
excuse the lighting in the pictures below.
it was a cloudy day outside and after 6pm when i decided to take them.
also i stink at interior lighting.
(which means that the paint color looks green/blueish in certain pictures instead of the nice gray that it is; the second and third pictures are a really accurate depiction of the true color.)
i also did not clean for these pictures.
you’re getting to see all the old art laying against the walls, bags on the floor, etc.
i figured if there was going to be an “in progress” picture it needed to really reflect where i am.
(which is currently stuck). // trying to figure out what to put on the walls = tough as crap.



paint color | stone mill by BEHR in eggshell
curtains | cotton canvas printed from west elm (on clearance now!)
bedding | target
flower lights | world market (years ago)
bedroom set | great grandmothers from the 1920-30s
love seat | from my grandmother
metal deer head | michaels (home goods)

to do: 
// hang mirror above dresser.
// figure out what to do with artwork above love seat.
// art work flanking the right side of the room when you walk in.
// de-clutter dresser (aka find a home for all of my crap).
// move love seat out from the wall (?)
// move deer head – it is just currently on a nail that would not come out of the wall.
// new comforter set. (current one is older and getting dingy)
// hang bamboo curtains and toss broken roll blinds.
// rug at the foot of my bed?
// move tall jewelry holder.
// art on either side of window?
// hardwood flooring (WAY DOWN THE ROAD)

and let’s not discuss the other side of the room (the vanity/sink/closet/bathroom area). while it is partially painted (everything but where the toilet/shower is) it is a hot mess of crap.

& looking at my for the home | pinterest board…i’ve come to realize i like a lot of white/airy spaces – and statement pieces – now how to make that translate into my bedroom (and home) on a tight budget is going to wind up being hilarious.

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y’all my room is a hot mess. seriously – its just all over the place and full of crap and random pieces of furniture, and I hate the wall colors, etc.
needless to say I need to paint the entire room, invest in some good pictures frames, and start actually ENJOYING where I sleep…instead of just tolerating it. My room does not match the rest of my house at all.
this weekend i did something that has NEVER been done before – well at least since i’ve lived in this house (20 years!). I moved the bed. YES – since I’ve lived in this house the bed has been in the exact same place as the picture below. It has not been moved (re-arranged) in 20 years, insane.
the first few pictures were taken with my iphone, and the last few, well the lighting blew and I just didn’t care enough to fix the “orangeness” that surrounded it…so deal.

obviously everything on the walls (minus the mirror over my dresser on the left) will be moved…but not until I actually break down and figure out a paint color and paint everything.
I think it really opens the room. I also think it’s really, really weird (in a good way)!

that black book case won’t be staying there, and I want to get a chair (or two) to go in the room…but that’s all down the line, you know when I actually have money.
so there is a quick update to the space – and I guess I thought it was blog worthy. 😉

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Guys like to smash things

Well you see my brother was home for Christmas break and he decided to re-arrange his bedroom the minute he got home; and I mean the MINUTE he came home. I even posted this on Instagram: 
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Just in case you needed a refresher on what my brothers room looked like before he turned it into this mass chaos. These pictures are right after i painted his room and before i moved furniture in/out.
{and from the post man cave}
These are after i moved in his furniture and hung up some pictures:
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Well lets get to the whole point of this post. 🙂
Do you see the dresser in the third picture? 
Well that is a piece that has been in our family for a while and it has always been one of Bo’s dressers. While he was moving his room around i heard a ::THUD:: and then bo sulked down the hallway and here was our conversation: 
Bo: I think i broke it…
Me: ummm…..broke what?
Bo: Well, do you have wood glue?
Me: You’re avoiding the question.
Bo: Maybe you could help me slide it back together…
Me: {at this point i get off my bed and start walking down the hall} What did you break?
Bo: The dresser
Me: HOW?
Bo: It was too heavy and it pulled apart.
Me: Didn’t i tell you to take the drawers out?
Bo: …
Me: It was ‘too much work’ wasn’t it? You didn’t want to take out the drawers?!
Bo: SO WHAT!!!!!! HELP ME!!! 
We both started laughing, the dresser was completely ka-put. 
So what does any sane person do?
Well smash it of course. 
Duh…cause he’s a dude.
We couldn’t donate it (the main support of the piece of furniture was shattered), burn it (it had a veneer over it), or re-use it so Bo went next door and borrowed a sledge hammer and the fun began: 
The best part?
Every slam sounded like a gunshot and people kept sticking their heads out of the door. 
I kept saying Oh great, someone is going to call the cops and they are going to show up to you demolishing a dresser in our front yard and we’re going to be put on a redneck reality show.
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Well since Bo has left for college i decided to finish picking up his room {ugh boys} and took some pictures of how he’s re-arranged it. We still have a few more pictures to hang up, build his head board, replace his fan, hang curtains and a few more things. 🙂
My verdict: I like it! 
I think this layout is much better and his space is being used more wisely. 
You might also noticed that he got rid of some furniture, the white dresser/side table and the dresser he smashed, the mirror came down (and he doesnt’ want it back up). 
And you’re welcome, that was a TON of pictures!