Bedroom Tour Part II: Plans!

I think this is my favorite part of decorating: updating and refining a room that is already “done”. If I’m being realistic here, by the time I actually get to refining my bedroom, after completing the rest of the things on my To Do and To Decorate list I’ll probably go in an entirely different direction. BUT if I were to update it today (with a rather large budget–because who likes to dream on a realistic budget!?) this is what I would do. bedroom plans

First off, the bed. I love my mix-and-match bedding, but my sheets could use a replacing. They’re a cheap-y set I picked up at TJMaxx and after less than a year they’re already pretty worn.  I want to stick with the fuchsia hue, but maybe go with a subtle print like these ones from PBTeen.

At some point I feel like I should really have headboard. After all, adults have headboards right? I love this simple gray one from West Elm and it would be bomb flanked with matching lamps. These ones from Pier 1 are on sale this month! I think about buying them every time I work.

Ok, let’s shift to my work space now. My little desk that I got for my very first apartment is working nicely, but I’d like to upgrade to a larger Parson’s desk. My current desk chair is adorable, but it has the ugliest cheap metal legs–and it’s not actually all that comfortable. This upholstered chair would complement the headboard nicely and a classic carpenter lamp would be a slightly-masculine touch to my very feminine bedroom.

Black and white is my go-to. For everything. I have black and white dishes, I had black and white bedding forever, and um, have you seen my closet? (well actually you probably haven’t–but there’s not much color in there). And since there’s really no place for it in my living room plans I knew it would be perfect here. Every self-respecting-hip-young-and-trendy furniture supplier has some version of this black and white stripped rug and it would be the perfect replacement for the shaggy gray rug I have now.

And finally that fabulous, oversize leaning mirror. I haven’t found a specific one yet, but I just love the idea of a giant mirror leaning against the wall in place of my teeny one. Tres Chic! (<— please. use a French accent when you read that)



Living Room Plans

Slide1Oh my living room!  I get so excited when I think about decorating it. For the most part it’s a blank slate–well actually its a burnt orange slate with a sad slip-covered love seat and beautiful new floor lamp.

So here’s the story: When I signed the lease for my apartment I though that the accent wall was going to be a steely blue. Then I got the keys and skipped into my beautiful new apartment then just about lost my lunch when I saw the behemoth that was my new ORANGE accent wall. I’m not an orange girl. I’m a cool-colors-black-and-white-accented-with-BRIGHTS type of girl. The warm, burnt orange was not me.

Easy fix: I’ll paint! Well…my landlord told me I couldn’t. Psh who listens to their landlord: I’ll do it anyway! Well then my dad (who happens to apparently like burnt orange) came to help me move and convinced me that painting really wasn’t a very good idea. He also pointed out my love of all things fall and if that wall is anything it is a fall color. So I started to come around to the wall. And now that I’m a few weeks in I actually kind of like the wall. Okay. I really like the wall. It’s so cozy and man it is going to look FABULOUS with all the pumpkins that will be living in my apartment in a few short weeks.

So, as you can see above in my nifty little “color story” I’m going to go with a plum-y purple and burnt orange scheme with just the subtlest of green accents–mostly in the form of house plants. 
I had every intention of purchasing myself a new, adult couch from a real, grown up furniture store. Then I bought a car. So my couch purchase is on hold for a few more months. But the good news is that gives me more time to plan and shop and dream.

I was set on a gray sectional. And I found one that I loved but of course it was way over priced and had really questionable online reviews (I wrote this. Then I went to find the link for sofa and discovered it’s now 40% off…not so over priced now. Strokes chin contemplatively.) But a smallish sectional is still at the top of my list. Here’s the thing–I’m just one person and I live alone (bliss) so I feel like I shouldn’t have more than one piece of furniture to sit on. Is that weird? #girlcode.

Last weekend my mom got me a new floor lamp for birthday–which does wonderful things for the space already. Anyhow, on the box there was a picture of the lamp beside an oversize cream chair with a matching ottoman. It was calling out to me. So I’ve thrown the possibility of a couch and oversize chair combo into the mix. 

pillowsPillows. My favorite home decor item. Of all time. They’re fluffy, versatile, affordable and did I mention fluffy? I have the three on the bottom already and the two on top would round out my color scheme nicely while adding texture for visual interest. (<— that’ s lingo I use at my part-time retail job to make customers thing I know what I’m talking about. Shh…don’t tell.)
UntitledRefer back to the layouts above for just a second. See with the sectional I have a round coffee table with a floor pouf. I stole the idea from Inspired by Charm. I just love it. And Target has these fab poufs just spilling all over the place. They would make nice extra seating (because you know I have more than seven people at my apartment ALL THE TIME…) or a good foot rest. AND it’s like a mini dining room table (appropriate only for 20-somethings of course. Don’t worry I’ll get a real table sometime in the next seven years.)

Phew, I can hardly believe you made it through all that. *HIGH FIVE* Do you have any thoughts, or suggestions about my living room plans? Tell me! Tell me please! Did you just look at the pictures and skip all the ramblings? It’s okay I do it too. 😉

ChangesI’m about two Netflix documentaries away from becoming a full-on commune-living, range-free egg eating, organic cotton-wearing young adult with a cause.

It first started a few months ago during a free yoga class at Lululemon. The instructor that week was just a few years older than me and before he began the class, he shared that he just quit his respectable job as a landscape architect to pursue his passion—getting people outdoors. He didn’t know just yet how he was going to do that, but he knew that he didn’t belong behind his desk. And he led us in an excellent yoga session—focusing on what centers you and practicing for yourself–not competing against your neighbor. I actually called my mom afterwords and told her I met my soul mate. I’ve since learned that every male yoga instructor sings the soul mate tune in my book.

Then I stumbled upon Un-Fancy—a style blog about dressing yourself in just 37 pieces each season. After devouring everything about creating a capsule wardrobe (while considering moving to a studio apartment with less closet space than I have now—not happening) I discovered The Minimalists.

And in the midst of all my minimalist explorations I watched Hungry for Change (while impatiently awaiting the release of Orange is the New Black…which I’ve long since finished) which lead me to Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Both emphasize the importance of whole, natural, fresh foods—which incidentally falls right into a minimalist lifestyle.

In addition, I’ve also been reading And Then We Saved for several months, which made me pay closer attention to what I buy, why I buy it and if I could do without it. Okay…my monthly student loan payment nudged me in that direction as well.

As I’ve contemplated a simpler lifestyle and started implementing some aspects into my day-to-day life (I had a green smoothie for breakfast and donated 6 bags of clothes last weekend) I realized that this “lifestyle,” “belief,” whatever you want to call isn’t actually as radical as it may seem.

Décor for the sake of décor already drives me nuts—big shallow bowls full of rattan balls, wood carved into wordsa coffee table full of ironic knick-knacks and candle snuffers. I love these things when I see them in my favorite blogger’s home tour or curated onto a “home styling” board on Pinterest, but in my home—nope. I loved the whole bowl/ball thing so much I actually hunted one down at TJMaxx last summer (okay…hunted is too strong a word there, they’re really not that hard to find). And it lasted about a week before the bowl moved to the kitchen to hold fruit and the balls were (eventually) thrown away.

Ok, Angela, neat…but why do I care that you’re so hip and trendy that you drink green things and count your clothes?

Well, all of this crunchiness is making me rethink what I blog about and why I blog. Most of the content here on Tulips & Rain is about stuff—mostly unnecessary stuff—and relatively unhealthy food. I also repost a lot of things—from my monthly round-ups to found recipes—and I’m not sure if that’s really contributing anything valuable to the blogosphere.

So longstoryshort, I don’t know what’s going to happen here. You might hate it. Heck, I might hate it. But you might love it, and hopefully I love it—because it’s important to blog first for yourself.

Stay tuned.

Entryway Update

Entryway Update | Tulips & Rain

My entryway is in serious need of an update. When I bought this little shelf a few months back I underestimated the amount of wall space I have there. The shelf is pretty small and not really all that functional. But I think a few simple updates with turn this space around.

The shelf is part of the Closetmaid collection at Target so I think I’ll pop over and get another one to create 2×3 cube shelf.

With a second shelf I’ll have enough space for a little bit of decor on top. A small basket or bowl will be perfect for mail. Just about every surface in my studio has a plant on it and this will be no exception. 🙂

I just made a pretty cute DIY (sharing soon) that will go up and a hook will give my keys a spot to live.

And lastly a rug. There’s an adorable gray striped rug at Target that I’ve had my eye on for a while.
Entryway Update | Tulips & Rain

Ikea Expedit

Ikea Expedit | Tulips & Rain


The Ikea Expedit shelf is the ultimate must-have for small apartments. It’s at the top of my Ikea wish list (along with a few other things I’ll be sharing soon) Since I’m not planning on staying in my studio once the lease is up I’m keeping my eye out for pieces that can work in my current space, but will also be versatile for my next home. And this certainly fits the bill. It makes a great room divider in studios and I just love the idea of putting it in a dining space.

Ikea Expedit | Tulips & Rain


The smaller ones are pretty enticing as well.  They make great TV stands, sideboards or entry tables.
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