Monday, July 27, 2015

Styling Bathroom Shelves and Settling for Done

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 minutes and Settling for Done not Perfect.

What is the most neglected room in your house? Mine is the upstairs bathroom. It's small, old, and has weird, bright blue tile. I've gone through a few different color palettes and decor styles in this room and I haven't been able to settle on any one. No matter what I've done, it always feels off.

I had just given up and didn't feel motivated to try again. If I couldn't get it perfect then what was the point? I figured inspiration would hit me eventually. And so, the shelves in the bathroom were left sitting mostly empty for months.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

It wan't pretty.

A few weeks back we were planning on a full house for the weekend. This is the only bathroom that has a tub so anyone that stays overnight usually ends up using it. Sometimes it takes such things to get you going. Before everyone arrived and after the kids went to bed, I went to work on the bathroom.

First, I completely cleared the shelves so it was a blank slate, even though I knew half of what was there needed to be there. Hand towels, toilet paper, and small toiletries (like cotton balls and soap), all the things that would be nice for guests to have on hand. Things always look much neater when you have container to put them in so I just used what I already had.

After arranging the necessary items, I added in the art and decorations. Not a lot, just enough to avoid overloading the shelves and making them look cluttered. I moved the plant in from another room to add that finishing touch that only a plant can. It just adds that spa look to a bathroom.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Perfect is the enemy of done.

Whoever came up with that saying, I love it.

All too often I put off things that could easily be done. I'm waiting for that perfect magic moment. That one styling idea that will make the room perfect. And if I'm being absolutely honest, what will elicit the most flattering compliments from my friends. But that's a whole different post.

Sometimes I'm just plain lazy. 


Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 Minutes and Settling for Done, not Perfect.

It took 15 minutes after my boys went to bed to turn this empty space into a functional one that I don't mind seeing everyday. I know that this isn't the kind of look that shows up on HGTV. It doesn't look nearly high-end enough. It's not perfectly gorgeous but it works. It looks so much better than having nothing there at all.

It doesn't have to be magazine-worthy every time.

It's ok to discard an old style that doesn't suit you anymore. It's ok to change things every week. I'm learning that sometimes it's ok if it's not magazine-worthy on the first try. I have way too many places in my house that I've been putting off until perfection is achievable.

Do you have a neglected space that you just need to get done?




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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Discard

Picking one word that will define the direction of the year can be daunting. As much as I loved having a word for 2014, I never picked out a word of the year for 2015. I thought about it many times but never got around to deciding on one that felt right. So, here I am talking about my newly picked word about 8 months too late.

Discard. 

That's about how this year is going. I'm discarding stuff I don't love, style ideas, hurts, and fears. I'm trying to anyway. It sounds like a rather melancholy word of the year and I suppose it could be, but it is also a freeing one.

A couple months ago, I did a big purge(see every post on that here). I went through a ton of stuff and mostly cleared out my "junk room". Guess what happened? It's back to where it was before. Part of the issue is storage but honestly, I just have too much stuff.

It's easy to hoard stuff when you love decorating and crafty things. Random things get stashed away because it might be useful someday in some craft project. Every scrap of material is kept to make pillows and picture mats and rag rugs and whatever the heck you think you might have time for eventually. I'm learning that all that time never comes.  

Along with all that extra stuff that's sitting around until sometime, I have a lot of stuff that used to be my style or that I might use for seasonal decorating. Which I almost never do, so remind me again why I have that porcelain bunny?

Discard: Word of the Year 2015. Discarding random junk along with hurts, fears, and porcelain bunnies.

Discard: Word of the Year 2015. Discarding random junk along with hurts, fears, and porcelain bunnies.

It's all too easy to hold on to hurts and fears right along with craft supplies and pretty decor. 

Every time I hit that publish button there's that fear that what I've said is a mess of boring drivel. And what if I fail at this blog thing? What if I succeed? All those fears have manifested themselves in a major case of writer's block. And so, between my life with the boys and my fears, the posts have been few and far between lately.

I'm finding that fear can also manifest itself in a mad case of hoarding. All that stuff I've been holding onto? All that stuff I haven't been able to part with for various reasons? That's rooted in fear too. A fear that if I give it all away, the future will arrive and all those extra picture frames and porcelain bunnies will be desperately needed. 

Except they're not.

Not really.

Nor are those fears.

Or those hurts. Especially those hurts that come from within the church, the one place that should be safe. This is a big one for me.

Discard: Word of the Year 2015. Discarding random junk along with hurts, fears, and porcelain bunnies.

Legalistic religion has a way of hurting you deeply and crippling your ability to tell the difference between truth and error. It makes it harder to get close to people that haven't had similar experiences. Sometimes you see people from the past, things happen, and you realize that you still have some issues to work through. It's easier for me to forgive a person's individual actions but when there is a righteous anger toward the root of wrong theology that drives the individual's actions...that gets a bit trickier. 

I'm still stumbling through this mess. Hurts and fears are a bit harder to get rid of than porcelain bunnies. I'm finding that just recognizing what I'm feeling and acknowledging it helps me because then I can consciously work to discard those things. I can start doing things like writing posts like this that make me a little uncomfortable. It's all part go the process.

Are you a fear-hoarder like me?


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat

Wow, it's been a couple weeks since I've been back here! The break wasn't planned but things just happened. A couple weeks ago, there was a death in the family, then we went out of town to attend my cousin's wedding, and I was just plain tired. Oh, and our house was finally getting put back together from the big leak that happened months ago. It's been a crazy, tiring month.

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. What it is and 11 ways to incorporate it into your home decor

Today is all about Ikat. What is Ikat? According to Wikipedia, Ikat "is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibres, the weft fibres, or in the rare and costly 'double ikat' both warp and weft, prior to dyeing and weaving." It involves dyeing the threads according to the pattern before they are woven and then lining them all up correctly. That takes some skill! It's also what gives the pattern its hazy look, which is part of why I love it so much!

I tend to just happen to discover things(like how awesome sheepskins are!) and I'm just now discovering the awesomeness of different global textiles. I've never been(and don't think I ever will be) a fan of flowery rugs, but I'm really loving the geometrical patterns of Ikat and Kilim weaves. I've already talked about how my dream kitchen involves a kilim rug on the floor.

Real woven Ikat is expensive and harder to come by but there are plenty of cheaper options out there if you want to incorporate the look into your home. Someday, maybe I'll be able to have some of the real stuff, but that's not happening on my budget right now. Especially with two littles running around dropping crumbs everywhere. For now, I'm going for the cheap stuff.

Behold, my newest Ikat additions!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with a blue and gray ikat ottoman!

I spied this ottoman at Walmart several months ago and this was the lone one left after all that time. I think everyone had forgotten about it because it stayed in the same spot in a corner of the furniture section for several weeks. I ended up spending about $20 on it. 


What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with blue ikat polka dot sheets!


What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with navy blue ikat polka dot sheets!

The navy blue sheets are my favorite though. I love the abstract polka dot feel of the print. They were marked down 50% at Target and since when can you find cute queen size sheets for $16? They aren't marked down online though so be warned if you want your own.


After perusing the internetz, I've found a few more ways of incorporating Ikat into the home. 


What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with a blue Ikat stair runner!!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with these Ikat printed bowls!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with pillows and curtains!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this Ikat stenciling tutorial!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this blue and white Ikat accent chair!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this Ikat painting tutorial!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this tan Ikat Dhurrie rug!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this blue Ikat lampshade!!

What I'm Loving Right Now: Ikat. Incorporate this trend into your home with this gold Ikat shower curtain!


Do you have a favorite? I love them all but I really love that stair runner. What do you think of the Ikat trend? Would you use it in your home? 



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