Adulting: Home Furnishing Edition

Hi Karibbean,

I have adulted recently, and I wanted to show you what I did! I bought expensive furniture that will last me a lot longer and looks a lot better than Ikea furniture!

What sparked this was a need for a new dresser. I got mine when I was in middle/high school and it’s been with me ever since. I was not kind to this dresser when I was young. I used to hoard clothing inside it and stuff it so full that if you opened the top drawer, you opened all of the drawers – as the bottoms were so bowed that they would catch on the next drawer down. This dresser deserved a better life. Hopefully it will find one with it’s next home (cuz I donated it, that was the adult(hehheh) thing to do).


So I bought this stunningly beautiful dresser from Living Spaces. It’s a solid wood piece so it’s going to last me a million years and it’s very versatile. Depending on the lighting/what it’s surrounded by, the color of the piece changes from brown to grey. The top shelves are lined in velvet. I’m actually in love.

We knew we wanted to buy another piece for the house when we bought the dresser because Living Spaces was having a killer offer – 0% interest for 12 months if you spent over $1000.00. So we knew we were going to buy something else and we finally decided on this beauty.

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We needed a new love seat for our living room because the one we had before was a recliner, and like all recliners, it broke. And quickly. All of our guests hated the couch, we hated the couch, and we are very happy with our new one! It’s lovely and comfy and has a beautiful grey herringbone pattern.


Next item, which was purchased this month instead of last month(ish – I’ve been hoarding this post clearly), was a new vanity! I bought this one from Wayfair and it’s just. I am in love. I did a massive cleanout of my vanity and makeup and threw away everything that was or could possibly be expired. I threw away a Trader Joes bag FULL of makeup. I’m both proud and disgusted. But now that I have this new set up, I feel inspired to do my makeup more! Yay!

These next few years I’m going to dedicate a bit of my wallet to redecorating my house. I’m excited!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my beautiful, flamboyant sunfish.

PS I really am pants at this. I finished the Labyrinth of Drakes and it was wonderful! But it seemed a bit more rushed than her other novels and that made me a bit sad. I gave it a 5/5 on Goodreads but in my heart it was a 4.5 maybe even a 4. I am now reading Mistborn, which is the book that Andrew is demanding that I read.

PPS you never picked out a book for me to read. Tell me what I have to read woman!

DIY Shelves

Hi Keddahbean and Cheese,

Andrew and I did our first DIY project in our new house! I wanted shelves for our bathrooms which don’t have any good towel storage. So instead of buying super expensive shelves, we decided to make our own.

Here’s the finished product and how we made them!


We bought a 2in x 12in x 10ft plank of wood from Home Depot and had them cut that down into 5 24in peices of wood. We sanded and stained the wood, bought some brackets (again from Home Depot), and fixed them to the wall.

For three beautiful shelves, the total cost was less than $24.00 per shelf (minus the cost of any tools you may need to get the project done)! They’re rustic and perfect and I love them so much!


Big thanks to my wonderful husband who assembled these for me. He’s the very best in the whole entire universe =)

Random Thoughts

Hi Kara,

I didn’t really have anything specific to post about so I’m going to post random stuff.

1) On a scale of 1-10, how mad would you be if Andrew and I came to Tucson this weekend? Like, I know you have 100 crochet projects to do, but I’m just saying. Let me know. I can cancel plans. (I’m almost being serious)

2) Our new apartment is very dark. Like, uncomfortably dark. We’ve switched out a fan in our bedroom for a fan with a light, and that’s helped. We’re going to do the same thing in the living room, but it’s still so dark. And it could be that I’m coming from an apartment that was flooded with light every second of every day, but this darkness is affecting my mood. SO. I wanna buy things. Bright things. Happy things. The first thing is this:

Vida Reversible Cotton 3-Piece Quilt Set

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I am having a fucking moment. I also want to get a floral piece of art for the bedroom too, with a lot of yellows and blues. I will also be painting our house as soon as I flipping can. Light feather grey? Yes. I’m not ready to do an apartment tour yet, because so much still needs to be done. But soon!

3) UM NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM??!>!?

4) I’ve updated my 101 in 1001 list. The things I’ve completed so far are:

1) Go to Mickey’s Halloween Party 2) Visit Tucson for a weekend 3) Visit a Museum 4) Wear tank tops for a week in the summer 5) Wear a sleeveless dress out and about 6) Learn how to exercise for me and not for skinny benefits 7) Be reunited in Disneyland with Kara 8) Kiss Donald Duck 9) Do a makeup purge 10) Go to Maryann’s and not leave something 11) Play a table top game 12) Marathon a new show 13) Watch a show that Andrew likes 14) Take engagement photos 15) Get another tattoo 16) Buy a Jo Malone perfume 17) VIP Rouge 18) Ulta Platinum 19) Do a puzzle 20) Bake a pie 21) Complete a DIY project 22) Get a raise

If you wanna see pictures and even links to our engagement session, click the link here!

Alright, I’m done. No more brains.

Sending love!

New Laundry Room – Before & After

Hi Steffi, one of my 101 in 1001 goals was to complete a home project. The yoga room is almost done, but the project we started over a year ago is now basically done. I say basically because it’s not pretty, but I do have a laundry room IN the house now. We had to make a new doorway, re-wire some electrical, insulate the walls, hang new drywall, and move the washer and dryer. It was quite the project!

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Before. The only way in was through this door in the backyard. The bedroom door is right there also, but that was three doors to go through to do laundry!

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There’s the old entry door where you got in from outside, behind these helpful men!

They ripped off the old drywall/pegboard and found no plumbing lines through where we wanted the new door. Woo!

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Figuring out measurements for the new door. That was legitimately my dad’s shopping list. On a piece of wood. Not gunna lie, I didn’t have much to do with this project other than documentation haha.

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Derp! Look at this puppy! He was trying to be helpful. We covered up this old dryer vent hole and made a new one on the other side of the room where the dryer would be.

Here’s the huge blank wall in the kitchen where the new doorway was going to be.

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Grayson vacuumed the dust as my dad was cutting out the drywall. This was very helpful as it didn’t make a big mess in my kitchen!

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Yay doorway!

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After

We still wanted to cover up the old doorway so we took the door out and put a piece of siding on the outside.

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They insulated everything and put up new drywall. Right next to the dryer is where the old door was. We added a spare bit of carpet so it wasn’t just concrete flooring.

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After! I even have shelving. And the kitty box no longer has to be in the kitchen. I got a little cabinet unit for my birthday as well that will go in here once Grayson helps me put it together. There’s not a whole lot of space so my parents bought cabinets that were only a foot deep, but I can put cleaning supplies and leftover paint cans in there!

It may not be pretty, but it’s functional and it’s accessible from inside the house so I’ve been very happy with it! A huge thank you to the wonderful men in my life! ❤

A New Yoga Room Floor!

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My awesome husband made me a new floor for my birthday! Yes, a floor. Remember my yoga room? It hasn’t really been used for yoga lately; it hasn’t been used for anything really except it’s where Midna looks out the window. It’s difficult to do yoga on carpet – really bad for your wrists and things – so I needed hard flooring. Grayson bought flooring at Costco in arcadia sunset and followed the instructions on the box, easy peasy! Well, he won’t say the same, but nevermind that.

Here’s the room before

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Underneath all that carpet was horrible vinyl! Grayson hacked at it for a couple hours before it was all gone.

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He put down a moisture (ew) barrier first and then started piecing the wood panels together. The barrier didn’t reach all the way across the room, so he just made sure the uncovered part was along the inside wall because here in AZ there’s hardly any risk of water coming up from the ground.

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Apparently there was a fair bit of finger smashing during this part.
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Aaaand done!
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Well almost. Still have to do the baseboards and right up to the door but look at it! What a difference, I have a yoga studio! I’ll show you a picture once I’ve got it all set up 🙂

A /new Home

Hi Kara,

As you know, the almost move to Tempe was pretty miserable. But – with all of our stuff in boxes, we took the money set aside for the move, and a fair bit of cleaning products, and reimagined our home! Here is the bedroom – which got the most love. I hope you like it =)

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