Monday, September 1, 2014

My Daughter’s College Apartment- Tour


If you read my blog on a regular basis, you probably know that my daughter, Miss 18 Year Old, recently moved into her first apartment.  She is a freshman in college, and she opted to live in an apartment instead of a dorm.  Why did we allow this?  Because it was almost twice as expensive to pay for room and board in a dorm!  We felt this was the right decision for her, and she and my niece are living together. 

Now, I am not going to go into the horrible story of move in day in this post, but trust me, there will be a review coming soon about the apartment complex that she moved into.  It was a horrible experience, and I promise to share all of the dirty details, and I DO mean dirty.  But for now, allow me to give you a tour of Miss 18 Year Old’s first apartment.  This apartment is a furnished apartment, and has pretty standard furnishings. 

This is her bedroom, and my favorite room in the place.  She picked all of the d├ęcor herself.  Isn’t the tapestry on the wall behind her bed to die for?  She ordered it from Urban Outfitters.  They have a pretty great selection and variety of tapestries. 

She purchased the draperies and silver curtain rod from Target.  They are a little long, because LC hung the curtain rod lower than I told him to, but with all of the chaos of move in day, we did not have time to fix them.  We will eventually raise them. 


She bought the old window at an antique store in Sugar Creek Ohio (Amish Country).  The mercury glass lamp is from Homegoods. 


Her duvet and pillow shams are from JCPenney


The grey ruffly pillow is from Homegoods, and so is the throw at the foot of her bed. 



The cabinet to the right of her bed was brought from her bedroom at our house.  It provides two extra drawers and more shoe storage. 


The shelves hanging on the wall were a DIY project.  I will do a full post about them soon.  They provide much needed storage.  The over the door mirror was purchased at Target.  The door leads to her vary own bathroom.  One of the perks of having an apartment. 



The desk area will be doubling as a makeup table.  The bulletin board to the left of the desk was purchased at Homegoods. 


The ombre drawers is where she stores her makeup and some school supplies.  It was purchased at Office Max, but I could not find them on the website.  


This corner is where her dresser and TV are located. 


The picture hanging on the wall is one of her senior pictures that I purchased for her as a graduation gift.  You can’t see it very well, but it is her from behind, standing on stage in her high school theater.  A place full of so many memories of her high school years.  She was in several plays on this stage. 


And this is her bathroom.  We purchased the shelves over her toilet at Target.  But it isn’t available online.  The shower curtain and rugs were purchased at Homegoods. 


If you look at the picture above, you can see that she went and bought a white basket to put some of her things in, so the picture below isn’t the way it looks now.  The basket hid the ugly. 


This is her sink area.  The blue jar was purchased at Marshall’s.


This cute basket holds extra rolls of toilet paper. 


And this is her closet, which is in the bathroom.  It is a very nice size for a college apartment.  I purchased these handy closet doublers from Amazon, which gave her a lot more room to hang things. 


The living room, dining room and kitchen are all one big area.  The doorway to the left is her bedroom, and then down the hallway are two more bedrooms and bathrooms just like hers. 


Outside that door is a very nice patio. 


She loves sunflowers, so she picked this stuff for the table. 


And this is the kitchen.  The door leads to their very own laundry room. 


It is a pretty nice kitchen, with solid surface counters.  This little raised counter is a good place for them to keep notes and keys. 


They even have a dishwasher, something I never had until I got married!


She hung a vintage apron made by LC’s grandmother on the pantry door. 


Her aunt gave them a toaster oven, which will come in very handy for them.  I gave her my old teapot and I bought a new one, and we bought them a little 4 cup coffee maker. 


The little strawberries on the wall were another find from LC’s grandmother.  Someone had made them for her and the girls can use them for hot dishes if they need to.   



The vintage calendar is from LC’s grandmother too.  Delaney loves it!  And the bulletin board was one She already had, and she covered it with some vintage fabric that she found at LC’s grandmother’s house.  His grandmother sadly passed in the spring, so we had the opportunity to go over and take some things from her home, and they are very special. 


This shot shows the whole area.  And Miss 18 Year Old and my niece are sitting on the sofa.  I didn’t have the energy to ask them to move for these pictures! 


The sofa, coffee table, and TV stand were already there.  We brought the end tables and the chair in the corner.  One of the end tables and the chair are also from LC’s grandmother.  The other end table we found at The Mission.  Over next to the door, we hung some hooks for them to hang jackets on, which I am sure they will get lots of use out of.  And there is a bench under the hooks that is a piano bench.  Her grandmother upholstered it in some vintage fabric for her.  The top opens to provide a little extra storage, and it is a nice place to throw down their purses or what not when they walk in the door. 


The rug used to be in our living room.  We saved it for her when we bought a new one.  I think it really cozy's up the joint.  They plan on hanging curtains in here eventually, but we weren’t sure how wide the windows were, so we decided to wait on that.  You can see a pile of cleaning supplies in some of these pictures.  We were there spending the day cleaning, and these supplies were things we were bringing home with us.  They want to eventually get a flat screen TV for their living room, but for now we gave them an old TV that was in our attic.  It will do for now. 


And here is a picture of the chair from LC’s grandmother.  It is so cute, and the pillows were also from her.  Delaney loved them!  She loves old vintage looking things, so she was so happy to get these things from his grandma. 


And this last picture is my niece’s bathroom.  I wanted to show you her bedroom too, but it wasn't quite picture ready yet. 


So that is it for Miss 18 Year Old’s first apartment!  I think is is a great apartment for them, and way nicer than anything I ever lived in when I was in college, that is for sure!  What do you think?  College apartments have come a long way, am I right?  We accomplished this move in over one weekend.  There will be small tweaks here and there as time goes on, and I am sure the girls will be adding decor and other things that show their individual personalities.  So I will update you with the little changes that make their apartment feel like home to them.  

Having my daughter move out and go off to college has been rough.  Really really rough.  And it really isn’t getting any easier yet, but I am sure that will come in time.  But I am very happy for her that she loves her new apartment, and is full of excitement to have her own place.

If you stuck around through all of these pictures, and made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations!  And thank you for your persistence, ha!  I know it was a ton of pictures, but hopefully you enjoyed them. 

Have a great week!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stainless Steel Railing Systems: Modern Renovation Tips for Homes and Businesses

Creating a modern space does not have to be particularly difficult or expensive. Similarly, many modern spaces do not have to resemble something out of a science fiction film. Instead of completely overhauling an existing living or commercialspace, implement small, ultra-modern details that bring design to the next tier. Lasting modern design can be easy to achieve when classic elements are mixed with cutting-edge design elements. Instead of making an overtly trendy space, use stainless steel railing to update an existing space without too much disruption.

Use Stainless Steel With Current Design Elements
Stainless steel railing systems are one small way to make a big impact on an existing space. Instead of ripping out an entire flight of stairs, simply remove an outdated railing. Stainless steel can give an entire space a more modern feel without clashing against wood finishes. In many ways, steel is both a focal point and a blank slate. Additionally, railing systems made out of stainless steel come in a variety of styles. Update old design elements with stainless steel railings and accents.

Where Stainless Steel Works Best in Homes
Steel railing systems add a clean element to existing design. They also work surprisingly well in homes that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as ocean front properties and mountain homes. Stainless steel gives spaces a clean element and a pop without making them look too industrial or sterile. A few comforts found in almost any home can give stainless steel railings a soft, complementary touch. Instead of starting over, add an element that will provide the right amount of contrast. Focus on updating clean spaces that do not have too much clutter. Stainless steel can also provide an artistic touch to homes without a view, and it can add an interesting architectural element to city lofts.

How Updating Office Space Impacts Clients and Companies
Similarly, many modern office spaces utilize windows for great views of cityscapes. Stainless steel bars, railings, and fixtures can make open spaces feel more fresh and airy. Most clients do not want to feel uncomfortable or boxed in when waiting for a meeting or an appointment. Businesses can give the right first impression before the receptionist offers clients a cup of coffee with simple, clean design. Going for avant-garde looks can be risky in some industries. On a similar note, prospective employees can also appreciate impressive office space. Few people want to work in a drab, uninviting setting.

Affordable Renovations That Make the Right Statements for Decades

A complete renovation for a home or office can be costly. Similarly, individuals risk styling their space with things that are too trendy by not implementing classic design elements into spaces. A fully redone living space might look great for a few years, and then it might become “so 2010” a short time after. Some of the most influential interior designers would always mix classic elements with new ones for a modern twist. Give a space a modern vibe by adding stainless steel railing and stainless steel accents. After all, pure stainless steel can make a space look more like a laboratory than a conference room, no matter how many windows there are. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday- August 27, 2014

Hey all!  Welcome to my Weekly What I Wore Wednesday post!  Every week, for several months now, I have been taking pictures of my outfits and joining the What I Wore Wednesday link party with The Pleated Poppy.  These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion.  I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways.  Let’s get straight to it, here is what I have been wearing for the past week or so. A lot of things I wear are old, but I try to link back to things if I have bought them recently.  This was casual Friday last week.

Boyfriend capri’s- The Limited (old), similar at Nordstrom)
Granny sweater- thrifted
Sandals- my daughter (don’t know where she got them)
Brown belt- Gap

This dress is an oldie but a goodie.  I love the length and shape of it.  If you know me well, you know that I always love things that hide my shape.  After having three kids, it is just how I feel comfortable.  I have owned it for about 5 years. 

gap tunic2
Dress- Gap (old)
Necklace- Anthropologie (similar)
Flats- Ann Taylor (old)

I bought this orange skirt a couple of summers ago in Atlanta. 

orange skirt
Skirt- Anthropologie (old)
White tank- Tommy Hilfiger (similar)
Wedges- Naturalizer (old)
Bracelet- L.Mae Boutique

Of course, I wore it with a trusty denim jacket while at work, cause it is FREEZING in my school.  I recently won a giveaway (from the blog Walking in Memphis in High Heels) to L.Mae Boutique.  the bracelet I am wearing with this outfit is one of the things I purchased with my gift credit.  You can see the bracelet link above. 

orange skirt2

This is a vintage Susan Bristol skirt.  Not for everyone, but I like it, and my 18 year old daughter wants to borrow it.  The sweater is a hand me down from Miss 18 Year Old.

red plaid maxi
skirt- thrifted
Lace back sweater- American Eagle (no longer available)
Wedges- Skechers (old)

These white cut off’s were bermuda shorts, and I cut them off over the summer.  I wore this to a get together at a friend’s house over the weekend.  I love this Tshirt, it says “Polly wants a cocktail”.  It is a “life is good” shirt.  You can purchase other Tshirts by this brand here.  I love them!

white cutoffs

I ran errands and went to dinner with LC and Mr. 6 Year old that evening, and threw on this cardigan. 

white cutoffs2

This was a day at work.  I have owned these white dress pants forever.  And the black peplum blouse is another hand me down from Miss 18 Year Old.  I wish you could see the sandals I am wearing.  They are the cutest color blocked black and white ones.  Oh well, I am sure you will see them some other time if you stick around. 

Similar pants- Loft

Thanks for stopping by for my WIWW post today!  If you would like to stalk my other WIWW posts, click here!  I also have a Pinterest Board where I post all of my daily outfits.  I also frequently post on Instagram!

BTW, I have been looking for a denim shirt dress for several weeks now, and I finally bit the bullet and ordered one!   I have been eying this one from Gap, but I didn’t want to pay full price.  Well, yesterday was my lucky day!  Right now, if you order online, you can get 40% your order, even on sale stuff!  Plus if you spend over $50, you get free shipping.  So I ordered the dress and a sale scarf to get the free shipping.  I cannot wait to wear it, and this is definitely on my must have list of things to buy for fall. 

1969 western denim shirtdress
dress- Gap

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trashtastic Tuesday- DIY Chicken Wire Jewelry Frame


Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  I am super excited to share my DIY Chicken wire jewelry frame with you all today!

Before I get started, let me show you the before picture.  This was originally a picture hanging over the sofa table in my living room. 


I bought it at Kirkland’s probably 8-9 years ago.  There was nothing wrong with it, I was just tired of it, and am going another direction in my living room.  But I really like the heavy frame, so I decided to change it into something completely different, using the frame.  A chicken wire jewelry frame, that is!


I started out by painting the dark brown frame white.  I used the same white paint that I use on all the trim in my house, crisp linen white by Behr.  It took four coats.  I decided to leave the gold bamboo like trim alone, I liked the contrast. 


After it was painted, I let it sit there for three weeks.  Ha!  Not gonna lie!  I got busy with other stuff.  But for real,the next step was to take the picture and the glass out of the frame.  All the tutorials I read for how to attach chicken wire to a frame called for a staple gun, which I do not own.  Sad, I know, I need to get on that.  I decided to use thumbtacks to attach it.  This is what it looked like in back.  Those staples were what was holding the glass and artwork in, so I also used these and bent them down over the chicken wire along with the thumb tacks. 


I purchased my chicken wire at Home Depot.  And I have tons left over to do several other projects one day.  It really wasn’t that difficult to make this.  You just roll out the chicken wire, and cut it to fit into the frame.  I cut the very edge of the roll off as well, because it was wonky looking.  After cutting that off, I started on one end, and then I cut the chicken wire to fit lengthwise first (so three of the sides fit).  At this point I had not cut the chicken wire off of the roll.  I didn’t do that until I needed to attach that very last side.    I used a hammer to nail each thumbtack in, and I used several thumbtacks, probably every half inch or so.  I found that hammering them in made the fit much more tight and stable. 


When I got to the very last side, that is when I cut the chicken wire from the roll.  I tightened it up as much as I could, and tacked the last side down, and voila!  It was done!  Then it was on to the fun part, hanging it and loading it up with necklaces. 


I decided to hang it over one of the dressers in my bedroom.  There was another piece of artwork there, which I was also tired of.  And this DIY chicken wire frame looks so much better than the artwork did!  You can read more about the bamboo tray that I repurposed into an earring display here


After I got my frame hung and loaded with necklaces, I decided to make the whole top of this dresser for jewelry.  I had this large jar that I had kept when the candle that was in it was all burned up.  I put my bangle bracelets in it. 


I wrapped a curtain tie back around one of my vases to give it a little bling. 


You can see how I made this DIY tiered jewelry tray here.  I use it daily when I am taking my jewelry off.  It is a nice place to lay it until I have the time to actually put it all away. 


This does not hold all of my necklaces.  I decided to put all of my more neutral necklaces on it because I liked the way it looked better that way.  It was just a personal preference. 


And in case you are wondering, here is one last shot pulled back so you can see the dresser it is above.  This dresser is on my list for a makeover, and is only in my bedroom because I desperately needed the storage.  It is actually a solid wood dresser, it just needs several coats of paint stripped off, and after that, I am not sure whether I will leave it or paint it again.  I guess I will decide once I see the bare wood. 


I think my new necklace organizer is totally trashtastic!  I used mine to hold necklaces, but you could also use this with little mini clothes pins to display artwork or pictures.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my spray painted magnetic letters today!  If you would like to check out my Trashtastic Tuesday Project Gallery, click here.