bedroom facelift

Happy Sunday!!

It’s been awhile since I shared some things that are going on in my own house so this week seemed like the perfect one to circle back πŸ™‚ I have been doing a lot of projects and (late) spring cleaning around my townhouse this weekend so things were in good shape to take some photos.

Many months ago I shared some photos of my bedroom on the blog but so many things have changed that I wanted to take some new photos and maybe bring some ideas and inspiration to all of you if you’re looking to try something new in a room in your house!

The first big change is my bedset/comforter. My former set was getting worn and faded from the sunlight coming in my window every day and so I did some extreme hunting for a new one on Wayfair and found exactly what I was looking for! This orange and teal patterned comforter set was only $75 and it included 2 shams and 2 decorative pillows. I love the lightweight blend of the fabric and the mix of colors it brings to my already bright bedroom. The other blanket on my bed is a heavy faux fur on one side fleece on the other blanket from Target.

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My headboard was also an awesome score from Wayfair. I like the classic look to it and it offers balance to the other colored elements of the room. The garland above my bed I made by hot gluing colored tassels to a piece of plain white garland with small pom-poms. Hanging it up with clear tiny command hooks made it easy to eyeball and create the curve.

My bedside table was my inspiration for my wall color. I bought the table from a couple at a garage sale who had repurposed and painted it while I was still living in my apartment more than a year ago. I loved the unique cutouts on the side as well as the shelf down lower to hold books. When I moved into my townhouse and had the ability to paint I was able to color match the table and buy paint for the accent wall behind my bed to match exactly!

On the table I also have one of my favorite wood signs from Gordmans, (Let Her Sleep, For When She Wakes She Will Move Mountains….a good message to have in your mind when falling asleep!) Β a sweet geometric gold decor piece from Target, and this SHOWSTOPPER of a lamp also from Target. I had my eye on this lamp for a couple of months but couldn’t justify buying it at full price. A couple of weeks ago I spotted it on a clearance endcap and leaped for joy! It matches the orange on my bedspread perfectly and ties in with the gold in the rest of the items on the table.

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A few final changes that are newer in my room are some metal/wood letters I found at Gordmans. They went well on the small section of wall between my window and the fun paper brown stars I bought at Target and hung from the ceiling in the corner. I also added a few new things to the top of my dresser drawer. The photo frame was a gift from a friend and the other decor items are all from Gordmans! Adding 2 different kinds of filler to a vase or jar can add some depth. I used the rock for a natural element and then added these fun lightweight gold sequin spheres that I found at Micheal’s.

Lastly, this wall of my room I have included before but wanted to include again. I had one bigger wall left in my room that I was having trouble finding decor for. Then in a magazine and on some of the other blogs I follow I saw how ladies were using their own jewelry as decorations and thought I should do that myself! I found these turquoise jewelry holders at Bed Bath and Beyond. I attached them to the wall with command strips and then hung my jewelry up with like colors hanging next to eachother. Now I have a whole wall that is “decorated” with things I already owned! I also find I wear my jewelry way more often now because I can easily see all of it and match it to my outfit for that day. I worked in a couple more decor pieces to give the wall some more interest. The yarn hanging is from Kittsona Lifestyle, the canvas from TJ Maxx, and the owl outlet cover is from Delia’s!

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I hope these photos and ideas were helpful to you!! Thanks so much for reading πŸ™‚ I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Make sure to take time tomorrow to offer extra thoughts to those who have served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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xoxo Jen

 

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patio season

One of the biggest joys I’ve found in owning my own home is the patio I have out front where I am able to enjoy coffee, quiet time, reading, writing, or just simply being outside. Last summer I didn’t have everything set up quite the way I wanted to outside so when the weather turned nicer l I was determined to make my outdoor space exactly how I wanted it this year…

Outdoor lights are one of the simplest ways to change a space and add an element of softness. Now that the sun doesn’t set until around 9pm, evenings when I am at home I love to sit outside with my patio lights plugged in and enjoy the last few moments of the sun. They also provide plenty of light to be able to read after dark. I bought my lights at Lowe’s this year when they were having a sale but you can find patio lights in lots of different places πŸ™‚ I strung them up on all three walls of my patio and used tiny outdoor clear command hooks to keep them in place.

My mom helped me score the perfect outdoor rug from Hobby Lobby. The blue and white diamond patterned rug is all purpose and has the woven material that makes it durable for weather and can hold up to rain. I let her know I was on the lookout for a rug and she saw this on one of her shopping trips for 20 dollars (I know!!!!) and called to ask me if I wanted it.

My bistro table, outdoor footrest/pouf, chairs, and pillow/cushions were all bought at Target a couple of summers ago. The gray plastic adirondack chairs are a very affordable alternative to the “real” version and are nearly as comfortable for a fraction of the price. The coral and navy cushions and pillows all worked well together when I was picking out at the store and they are really complementary with the gray. I bought the pouf at the same time because the pattern added some interest and also matched the color scheme just right. I like being able to have something to put my feet on while resting or reading!

The bistro table I didn’t buy until this past fall once all of the patio furniture had gone about 90% off because I wanted to save some money! When I found one I loved for less than 20 dollars I was glad I decided to wait like I did πŸ™‚ The beautiful white daisies were a gift from my Kelly Services co-workers on my last day of work last week and the cute little garden gnome as well. I tend not to have a positive track record with plants/flowers and keeping them alive but I am determined!!!!

I hope all of you have been enjoying time outside in your outdoor spaces during our late spring weather. Summer is just around the corner and I think we are all more than ready. Thanks so much for reading!

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xoxo Jen

 

work out clothes that won’t work out your bank account

Happy Sunday!!

Tonight I wanted to share with all of you where I tend to buy my workout clothes. I have listed things in terms of price so if you’re looking for a steal or more of a splurge you know what kind of price range I’m talking about!

Affordable

TARGET – Ok….I know…but really none of you should be surprised at this point! Hahah! Target is my go-to for a few specific activewear items. One being sports bras. I own this seamless racerback in almost every color of the rainbow and is hands down my favorite. It is duo-dri so does a nice job of wicking away moisture and has good support without feeling heavy. You can find it hereΒ and at $16.99 you can afford to have one in every color!! Also, another tip, activewear and the C9 owned Target brand are on Cartwheel VERY often so I would be on the lookout and if you find that everything is 20% off for a day or two then it’s the perfect time to get a few things you’ve been waiting for!

OLD NAVYΒ – The first time I bought workout clothing from Old Navy I was skeptical…but it was so inexpensive that I wanted to give it a try. After trying it there is NO reason to be skeptical at all. The workout leggings I have bought at Old Navy have stayed in good shape the longest and are the most comfortable pairs I own! I like the capri style best and they have a nice higher rise to them so they don’t roll/slide down like some other workout leggings have done for me in the past. They also have really fun patterns so if you prefer funky ones you can find them here! Here are some of the pairs I have my eye on. Cutout detail is getting to be really popular and I’m ALWAYS up for funky patterns. Head here to check out their selection of activewear bottoms….they’re 40% off right now with code MAY πŸ˜€

Slightly more expensive

FABLETICS –Β This activewear line was co-founded by actress and fitness enthusiast, Kate Hudson. I joined this subscription service after seeing some commercials for the brand on HGTV a few summers ago. My favorite thing about Fabletics is that it is largely based on the selling of outfits instead of just singular items. You can still buy items separately, but they also list and sell everything paired up in outfits and also give you a deal on the price that way!

If you sign up to become a VIP of the website you get special pricing on all of the outfits. This is the way I chose to join and got a really great deal on my first outfit as well as additional promos and sales. The important thing to know about becoming a VIP is that on the 1st of each month you are sent an email notification about “new outfits” for the month. You have until the 5th of the month to either shop or skip the month. There are no penalties for skipping the month but if you forget to shop or skip your card will be charged and then that money will show up as credit in your account.

I have been a VIP member for about 2 years and have only bought 3 or 4 outfits. I like to browse each month when new things come up but if I’m not looking for anything that month it’s so easy to skip with no repercussions. All of the outfits I have received are extremely high quality and I love the unique pieces you can find. The website is also laid out so that you can search for outfits geared towards different types of exercise: yoga, general gym training, casual/relaxation. You can find more here and these are a few of the outfits I liked from this past month’s collection!

Splurge – treat yo’self!!

VICTORIA’S SECRET –Β I am not a frequent VS shopper but a couple of months ago I was in there with my friend and found myself rifling through the “Victoria Sport” collection of activewear. A wild floral pattern pair of leggings caught my eye and I knew I had to try them on to see what I thought. They fit like a glove and were SO comfortable so I decided to splurge and buy them. It’s definitely the most I’ve ever spent on a pair of workout leggings but the quality of the material seems worth it so far. This might be a place worthwhile of the splurge for a staple in your workout wardrobe (a neutral pair of leggings or a fun pair like mine!) but definitely not the place where I will be buying all of my workout gear! Here is the Victoria Sport collection if you want to see more.

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If any of you have tips for me or new places to check out active wear let me know πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for reading and have a great week!

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xoxo Jen

nursery crafting part 2!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some fun nursery crafting projects I made for my soon-to-be born cousin (who has now arrived πŸ™‚ beautiful baby Jocelyn – born April 14th) and you can check out that post HERE if you haven’t seen it yet!

Now I am coming to you with part 2 of nursery crafting Β because we weren’t only expecting a baby on the Regimbal side but are also patiently awaiting the arrival of a baby on the Johnson side of the family! My cousin Chuck and his wife Tera are expecting their first baby and June and we just celebrated today with a shower.

They are choosing to be surprised with the gender and I am so excited for their big day to arrive. I knew I wanted to make something for the baby’s room as a gift for the shower so when Tera let me know that they kept everything very neutral (soft gray and white) I went the same route with the gift I made.

I had two things on my mind when I was brainstorming a project for them:

  1. I wanted to include a wood element of some kind
  2. I wanted to give “string art” a try for the first time

This project was very simple and didn’t include a lot of supplies or a lot of time! Here is what was needed:

  1. A wooden/shiplap style canvas (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $10)
  2. A paint marker in the color of your choosing
  3. Yarn in the color of your choosing
  4. Brass nails or tacks
  5. Scissors
  6. A piece of chalk

***Yes, you read that right…this project did NOT involve a hot glue gun. I am just as surprised as you!!!

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The project was an easy few steps. After getting the wood canvas at Hobby Lobby I decided on the quote/saying/phrase that I wanted to use.

I used a pencil to lightly draw out the letters to ensure my words and spacing were correct and it was easy to erase and fix (Note: if you don’t like to freehand things like this or don’t like your own handwriting you can definitely utilize stencil letters from any craft store!) Once the spacing was down I shook up my paint pen and began to trace over the pencil lines. It took a few coats of the paint pen in order to get the brightness of the color I wanted. I think part of this was due to the surface being wood which soaked up more of the paint.

After I had the letters the color/thickness I wanted I let dry for about an hour to be safe. Since I’m a leftie I always worry about smudging things with my hand so I like to err on the side of caution so I don’t ruin the whole project!

Then I took out the brass nails and my hammer. I took the piece of chalk and drew a heart in the size and shape I wanted lightly with the chalk. I hammered in the brass nails along the edges of the heart and spacing them out about an inch apart.

The string art on this scale of project was SO easy and I love how it looks. I can’t wait to try it on a larger scale project sometime soon! All I had to do was take my gray yarn and tie it in a knot around one of the brass nails. Then you just begin weaving the yarn back and forth, round and round, in no particular pattern. The less you think about it the better! If you don’t like the way it’s turning out you can always unwind and go back.

Once I reached the thickness and look I wanted I cut the yarn, tied another knot around the last nail I wrapped around and then tucked the ends in to hide them. With just the heart on the bottom I thought it looked slightly bare so I decided to add the white decorative lines to fill up some more space and add more coverage to the wood. I like the simplicity of the finished project and hope it works great for them in the nursery πŸ™‚

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The quote “How wonderful life is now you’re in the world” is from a song in one of my favorite movies: Moulin Rouge. I remember seeing that movie for the first time and thinking how beautiful those words were. I know how big of a blessing this baby will be to Chuck & Tera and the rest of our family!! We can’t wait to meet you, Baby Johnson!

Have a wonderful week everyone! I have some exciting stuff coming up for you soon…

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xoxo Jen