Affiliate links may be contained in this post. Not to be Captain Obvious, but I am all for making your home look good, especially considering this is primarily a home decorating blog. I am all for updating those laminate countertops, hiding those popcorn ceilings, ripping up the wall-to-wall carpeting and other things of that nature. But…
Affiliate links may be contained in this post. If you haven’t noticed, one thing the 70’s Landing Pad has a lot of that the Beloved Foreclosure didn’t is art – big art. Wall Color / Art / Chandelier / Full Entryway Makeover I like big art and I cannot lie. Hanging large and heavy art though…
Disclosure: Delta Faucet provided me with product for the bathroom remodel. However, all opinions are mine. I think bathrooms are one of the hardest spaces to remodel. There’s so much you have to consider – tile, what pattern to lay it in, what grout color to use, what color for the vanity, what kind of…
Popcorn ceilings don’t necessarily bother me too much. I mean they aren’t the prettiest thing in the world, but they’ve never been something I’ve stomped my feet about and lost sleep over. Also, they are not fun to remove. I tried it. I learned from it. And I’ll never do it again. When we got…
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HomeAdvisor. However, all opinions and contractor nightmares are 100% mine. If you have ever done a renovation, I think you will agree it is one of the most stressful things you will ever take on in your life. They are stressful, time consuming, messy and dirty. If you can…
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m partial to lions. I find it hard to walk away from just about anything lion decor related. I have good reason for this though. Grunt Labor and I met while we were both teachers. Our school’s mascot was…
I have a thing for smalls. Not Smalls from The Sandlot (although I do love The Sandlot), but smalls as in home accessories. I actually have a whole big cabinet dedicated to smalls I don’t always use but never know when I might need them. There are brass horses, giraffes and multiple other varieties of brass…
My family is not a family who easily gets rid of things. When cars of those gone before us stop running, we park them on family land to serve as a sort of monument, a reminder of the soul before us who drove that truck and caused millions of tiny burn holes in the seat…
I make no bones about my love of the color green in decorating. I will fully own up to the fact that I use it often and maybe too much for some people. I don’t care though. I’m not a quitter. Meg from Green with Decor emailed me a couple months back and asked if I wanted…
Lately, I’ve been stalking thrift stores, Craigslist, Close5, Facebook yard sale pages and every other second-hand selling outlet known to mankind.
Ok, let’s be honest, I’m always stalking those places. But the 70’s Landing Pad has given me a more valid excuse to stalk and buy more. Yea, so there’s that. P.S. You can see some of my new purchases here.
Anywho, there tends to be a lot of crap out there that people want to get rid of – particularly on Craigslist. Now, I’m a believer in the “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” motto, but really I just don’t need your passenger side car door from a 1997 Nissan Altima or your used hairbrush. Yep, I saw a hairbrush for sale on the Craigslist yesterday, folks. Now, I’m sure both the Altima car door and hairbrush could be very valuable to many people. However, I’m not one of them. While I would love to have enough time everyday to just scroll through all the newly listed for sale items on places like Craigslist, Facebook yard sale pages, etc., and find that little gem among all the other crap, I don’t. What I do have time for though is to search for specific keywords that help me find what I’m looking for – or what I suddenly realized I was looking for when I find it.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve attempted to select a paint color and it has ended in either tears, drinking or both.
Throwing of hands in the air, slamming of fists on tables and/or walls is typical as well.
Obviously, buying sample pots of paint and testing those out on your walls is the way to go, but if I bought a sample pot of paint for every color I thought may work, I would have a closet full of sample paint pots.
One of my biggest challenges is often coordinating paint colors throughout my house – thus why there is a lot of black and white in my home.
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There are two things I’ve wanted to tear my hair out over with the renovation of the 70’s Landing Pad – the master bathroom renovation and lighting. Oh wait, I forgot about wallpaper removal. Make that three things. And then there was the paint color selections. Hell, let’s just go on and admit that this whole reno is going to send me to the looney bin sooner than I expected.
Anyway, this post is supposed to be about lighting. To date, I have bought one single light fixture for the 70’s Landing Pad – a lucite chandelier (just like this one) from a local antique store. You guys aided in that purchase by telling me to go ahead and just buy it when we were chatting about the kitchen plans. When I went to go buy it, it was marked down and I got an extra 10% off, so it ended up being $150. Thanks for enabling me, y’all. I am madly in love with it, but can’t decide the best place to put it. Entry? Dining Room? Kitchen?
And then I started looking for lighting for the rest of the house.
And that’s when I lost my shit and preceded to find the nearest corner to go into the fetal position and cry.
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I realize it’s been well over a month since I first showed you the masculine guest bedroom and office makeover – A.K.A. Bill’s room.
Essentially, Christmas threw up everywhere and this post kept getting pushed to the back burner.
This room is by far one of my favorites and really, I just pulled it together, Bill came up with the plan and he knocked it outta the park. We used a mix of new items with ones we already had, we DIYed a thing or two and of course, we mixed in a few yard sale and thrift store finds. Here’s the full source list for everything in the space – if something is no longer being made, I tried to find a similar version for ya.
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How many uses can you find for one average sized bedroom?
Well around here, we can find three.
Apparently, we like a challenge.
I thought that as kids got older, they liked to spend more time with their friends – away from the adults in their lives.
Apparently, I was wrong.
Or either Bill is the exception.
It seems the older he gets, the more he’s here.
I’m not complaining – I’ll take all the quality time I can get; he’s off to college next year.
In the meantime though, the room he was inhabiting was not very “Bill.”
While Elvis loved his jungle room, apparently Bill was not fond of a similar theme with the leopard print wall in his room.
I was also invading part of his space with my office area.
So I told him he could decide what he wanted to do with the room.
I know – I couldn’t believe I uttered those words myself.
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I am not a snuggler.
I can be a snuggler for about five minutes and then you need to get off of me.
Grunt Labor isn’t a snuggler either. This is good.
However, he does roll over in his sleep quite a bit and while doing so, his face sometimes becomes thisclose to mine and he breathes right on me.
And I hate that.
I do love him though, don’t get me wrong. He knows I can’t stand him breathing on me. Some nights I give him an elbow or kick to get him to roll back over. If I’m feeling nice and don’t, then I usually don’t sleep great or it takes me forever to get to sleep and then he feels terrible the next morning when he finds out I didn’t sleep because he was breathing on me.
We need a king sized bed.
The best sleep we get is when we stay in hotels with king sized beds. I love him, but I need him to be on his side of the bed. In his defense, he says there are some nights I get right up on him, although I don’t remember this, so I cannot attest to its validity. Maybe he needs me to be on my side of the bed as well though.
So we’re on the hunt for a king size headboard and/or bed that won’t cost a year’s worth of preschool.
Here’s what I’ve found so far…
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We need to get something straight.
Not that you didn’t already know, but just in case.
Comfort trumps style.
There. I said it. I’m sure some furniture manufacturers are screaming at me now.
Let me give you a prime example.
When I first created my office space, I used a vintage chair I had made over for the space. It wasn’t technically an office or desk chair.
The chair was ok for a little while, but as I was increasingly at my desk more, I started getting horrible back and neck pains. After moving my computer to the kitchen table to work one week, I realized the problem was my chair. While it was pretty, it was not comfortable for my desk. Overall, it was a comfortable chair, but it wasn’t made to sit in front of a computer all day. It was made to sit in a living room or den.
And while I had gotten a couple of massages out of the whole thing, the massages didn’t make up for the pain.
So I ponied up and bought a real desk chair.
And it just might have been the best money I have ever spent.
Well, aside from cheap beer money.
I do still get the occasional neck or back ache when I’ve been in front of my computer for far too long, but its just every once in a while.
The best part about my office chair though is that its comfortable and stylish.
And y’all, that is hard to come by in an office chair.
So I have searched this vast land that we call the internet and found 12 stylish and comfortable office chairs….
It was love at first spray when I made the Kate Spade Inspired Lamp Makeover.
I had met my decorating color soulmate and there was no turning back.
Green and I went together as well as me and cheap beer.
Well, almost. Let’s face it – cheap beer will always have my heart. Oh, and Grunt Labor too.
I think one of the main reasons I love green so much is because it looks great with my second in line favorite colors.
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In case you didn’t know, I’m not an art connoisseur.
Now a cheap beer connoisseur, I am.
Ok, really just Miller High Life.
Here’s how I decide what art to hang on my walls:
I browse online and/or thrift stores.
Ooooo, I like it.
Look at the price tag.
Ooooo, its cheap.
Ooooo, its expensive.
Pretty straightforward, no?
While there may never be a priceless hand painted original piece of art hanging in my home, excluding the circus’ art, these pieces either already reside here or will at some point.
Because they’re pretty.
And nothing beats pretty and cheap together.
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Sometimes I lay on the floor.
For no good reason at all.
Sometimes I close my eyes.
Sometimes I stare at the despicable popcorn ceiling and try to find the strength to remove it.
I usually decide I’ll pay someone to do that before I scrape ceilings again.
Sometimes I just ponder life’s mysteries.
Either way, the ceiling is usually ugly.
And most of the time, my wondering leads me down a rabbit hole of painted ceiling designs.
Last Wednesday they let me into the Nashville Symphony Show House.
I’m quite certain the powers that be must have never read my blog before to know that this gal is borderline redneck and hadn’t set foot in such a fancy house before – otherwise they may have thought twice before sending my invitation.
I walked out of that house scolding myself for using inappropriate language in front of people who never met me before, but brimming over with DIY and decorating ideas.
I quickly got over the inappropriate language scolding. I feel overall they became better people for having met me.
The ideas though – my head is still spinning. Here’s 14 stunning home ideas that I took away from the Nashville Symphony Show House – and really, there were waaaay more than 14, but I felt I should cut it off somewhere instead of keeping you stuck here reading all day.
A couple weeks back I asked for y’all’s help on decorating my stairwell.
You were amazing with your responses.
My stairwell isn’t decorated yet, but I’m still mulling over all your ideas.
I thought it might be fun to ask for reader submissions and let everyone help out on decorating another space!
The first one up is Hope’s Kitchen.
Let’s start with her color scheme ideas and inspiration.
I love a good accent chair.
They look great flanking buffets.
They can moonlight as dining chairs.
They make pretty vignettes.
But most importantly – they can provide that much needed extra seating for larger gatherings.
All those reasons are exactly why I’m a chair hoarder…well, and just because they’re pretty.
Here are my favorite accent chairs for $100 or less…yep, a hundred bucks or less.
It seems I am more of a hoarder than I thought.
Not only do I like to hoard accent chairs and fabric, but I’m quickly discovering I’m a lamp hoarder as well….
Its such a hard problem to have.
I know I can’t have all of these lamps, but here are my top 10 lamps under $50…and only a couple reside in my house…and a couple more will soon…
I am all about a pretty space.
I’m also all about a real life space.
The problem is that pretty + real life don’t always work together.
And real life tends to trump pretty everyday of the week.
I always struggle with finding that happy balance between pretty and real life in the kitchen.
Prime example: the chips will always live on top of the fridge. No, its not pretty, but that’s where we expect them to be, so that’s where they will always be come hell or high water unless we magically get more pantry or cabinet space…which I won’t hold my breath for.
That being said, these are my best kitchen ideas for merging real life and pretty.
Doritos bag on the refrigerator not included.