Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Little things

Warning...if any men are reading this will probably have absolutely no interest in this post! 

For my birthday, one of the gifts my parents gave me was a metal jewelry stand from Pottery Barn that I've had my eye on for awhile.  I love it because once the stand is covered in your jewelry, it becomes beautiful, unique and functional.  When those characteristics are combined in one thing, I feel like I've accomplished something great in the realm of decor.  Plus, you can only wear so much jewelry in a day, or even a week, so putting it on display is a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite pieces while adding a bit of glamour to your bedroom.  If you place the stand in front of a mirror then you get twice the impact.

Some favorite pieces of jewelry and my stand

I made a minor change to our bedroom last week that I should have made a year and a half ago when we moved into our apartment in San Diego.  When I needed two new euro pillows in 2009, I just picked up some inexpensive ones at Target with a gift card we had and thought that was sufficient.  (Note: It might be silly to talk about this on the blog, but I thought I would share this information for my fellow pillow lovers out there.  My husband does not understand my desire for lots of pillows, and I'm sure he never will.)  So, the change I made was replacing the regular 26'' square euro pillows with oversized square euro pillows that are 28'' squares.  I can't believe how much better the larger ones look in the shams!   I'm so glad I made this discovery while I was shopping for euro pillows for our new guest bed.  In case you need some oversized euro pillows of your own, Bed Bath & Beyond carries them.  As you can see from the photo below, those extra two inches on each side make a big difference!  Moral of the story: euro shams and euro pillows come in different sizes.  Having shams and pillows that are appropriately sized for one another makes me a happy girl.  Sometimes it's the little things in life! :)

26" on the left vs. 28" on the right

28" euro pillows

Monday, March 21, 2011

Our Bedroom

Let me start by saying this...the process of decorating our house is going to be a long one! Not only do I like to take my sweet time making decisions (especially when they involve spending money), we have more space in this house than we had in our San Diego apartment. I have a lot more decorating to do in our master bedroom, but here is a glimpse of it so far.  Thank you to my Dad for painting the walls and hanging the curtains, and thank you to my Mom for helping me make decisions!

Someday when the other walls are decorated, I'll post photos of our entire bedroom. :-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The house is officially our house!

Here are photos of our new house!  Sorry for the delay.  I also want to thank my incredible parents for coming to South Carolina for a whole week to help get the house in order.  Kevin and I are beyond grateful for their support! 

We love the view from our backyard!