Making: Some crafty type things for a close friend’s baby shower. It’s like this…the crafts are basically just a convenient distraction from the CUTE SQUISHY BABY that will be here so soon!! I’m a lil excited.
Cooking: I made an old summer standby last week- Pioneer Woman’s chicken salad with blueberries, corn, red onion, and feta. So good every time. Next week my brother is coming in town and we’re cooking dinner together for his birthday. He’s a bona fide chef, so I kind of feel like he’s giving me a cooking lesson for his birthday, but my mama didn’t raise no fool so I’m not about to say anything.
Drinking: Basil lemon drops with too much stevia. Note to self: next time look up the stevia to sugar substitution ratio instead of just eyeballing it. Also, ice water. It’s hot, yall.
Reading: An oldie but a goodie- The Prince of Tides. Does anyone else worry that they are too focused on new books, new restaurants, new movies, and that they are missing all the old but still good stuff?
Wanting: This time of year makes me want to exclusively drink from double-walled tumblers. There’s so much condensation that coasters don’t even help. I have a few of these, but would love some that don’t have lids. Anyone have eyes on some cute ones?
Enjoying: Cool, clean sheets. Clean sheets are great year-round, but I especially love how cool these sheets from West Elm stay even during the summer months.
Loving: Hour and a half long conversations with one of my best friends that lives overseas.
Listening: To Finn panting. He’s a huge baby in this heat. I wait until the sun is going down to take him on a walk each night, and he still lays down one to three hundred times during the walk to cool his belly down in the grass.
Needing: Just like, one day of 80 degree weather would be nice. Just a little teeny break. I’ll settle for the awesome, sporadic thunderstorms that have been rolling through. (I think of Clueless every single time I use the word “sporadic.” “I hope not sporadically.“)
Smelling: The last of my favorite Target candle. Time to restock.
Wearing: Head to toe Old Navy. They have such cute stuff this season, and they are never not having a sale. Some recent purchases include these sandals and this peplum tee. I’m also dipping my toe into the monokini waters with this one from Target. Hard to argue with that price.
Watching: Orange is the New Black. I finally buckled down this weekend. It was overcast and Matt was out golfing, which made for the perfect lazy afternoon to blow through the end of the season. No spoilers–I thought the first half of the season was kinda meh, but the second half had my jaw dropped pretty much the whole way through. So good!
Bookmarking: Everything by this artist is amazing. This play-by-play of the Game of Thrones finale made me lol.
Feeling: Excited for some time with Matt’s family and some friends at the lake this weekend. That + 360 degree views of fireworks around the lake always makes for a really great fourth. ‘Murica!
I mentioned in this post that we’ve decided to stay put at the Rosedale apartment for the next year. After Matt and I made the decision, we were sitting around talking about the pros of staying, and he said, “It’ll be so nice for you to not have any projects, since everything’s done!” I paused, looked at him, and laaaaughed and laughed and laughed. He now understands that the projects may never end. (The limit does not exist!)
In the spirit of never-ending projects, I thought I’d try out a new series on the blog-monthly small goals. I saw this series originally on the site of the super lovely/stylish/fun to read and fellow Austin-blogger Writes Like a Girl, and I love the idea. I do better with goals when I write them down–hello, physical monthly planner book that I still use on a daily basis. Also, lists. Sign me up. I’ll do my best to make these somewhat related to the blog and not list things like “For the love of God, schedule that dentist appointment already.”
SO. Here are my small goals for the month of June, including one I’ve already completed LIKE A BAWS.
Sell furniture/decor items on Craigslist.Done! A while back, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I used it mostly to clean out and organize my “things,” but realized during the process that some of my furniture and large decor items were just taking up space and didn’t bring me joy. It’s always kind of sad to get rid of things that you have a history with, but I ended up selling four things- two rugs, an armchair, and a side table that we never used. The place feels roomier and happier already.
- Paint TV wall black. I’ve wanted to do this since moving in. Our living room is so bright that I think it’s the perfect room for this experiment, and the black will really make the art on the wall pop. You can see my inspiration here. We started the process by putting a couple of paint samples on the wall, and neither of them are quite dark enough. Really want to get this done by the end of the month!
- Shoot before/afters of the black wall and submit them to publications. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made any submissions, mainly because I’ve just been enjoying creating content for the blog and not focusing on promoting it. I think these before/afters will be too fun not to share, though.
- Make these basil lemon drops and enjoy them on the finished patio. This checks off several mini-goals: 1) actually using the herbs I’ve planted/successfully kept alive, 2) basking in the glow of the completed patio and 3) ree-lack-say-shee-on. Plus: “Basil Lemon Drops.” Just saying it out loud makes my mouth water.
- Finish Fates & Furies. Bonus: could combine this with goal #4 for a very enjoyable evening. I kind of had a hard time getting through the middle of this book, but now that I’m reaching the end it’s really ramped up and made me excited to finish it. Plus, I need to finish it so that I can choose my next book. Any recommendations? I’ve got a little list going, or there’s the ever-present option of re-reading the Harry Potter series for the eleven hundredth time.
Next month I’ll circle back and I’ll either be successful and lord it over everyone, or I won’t be and everyone can point and laaaaugh and laugh and laugh like I did when Matt assumed I wouldn’t drive myself nuts with projects over the next year. I’ll try and cling as hard to my goals as Finn is clinging to his best friend, Harvey, in the most adorable candid photo of all time. Just kidding, I staged it. OF COURSE I staged it, guys. Do you think these photos just happen?
Man, time flies when you aren’t writing an updated Whole Enchilada checklist post! It’s been six months since I posted the original checklist for this apartment. There’s definitely been some progress, but I’m holding off on a few things until we decide if we’re staying here for another year. For reference, here’s the first checklist. Previously, I left off the bathroom and patio, so I added them to this post. I’ve really enjoyed doing this whole list thing–it’s helped to keep me on track, and it’s a nice reference for when I feel like I haven’t made any improvements.
Disclosure: These are quick and dirty photos of what the apartment looks like now. Or, they are moderately recent photos because I was too lazy to take new pics of the whole apartment. I did a bit of tidying up for photos, but nothing beyond that. This is just what the place looks like (eh…maybe what the place would look like if people were coming over.) A more in depth home tour with detailed photos of each room and a source list is in the works! For reference, the bolded items are things that I’ve added to the checklist since last time. Without further ado, I present The Whole Enchilada: The Rosedale Apartment Checklist, Part II.
Hang art Hang mail drop/hooks Find a runnerFound one and then moved it into the bathroom because we discovered that our front door is too low to the ground to allow for a rug. Add a small entry table/shoe dropDude, wut? I don’t have room for a table. I did add a basket where we can toss our shoes and some wall-mounted baskets to hold random stuff. Improve the bar situaishSwitched out the black tray for a clear one, and it’s made all the difference! Fun treatment forthe mail drop wall- Halfway crossed through because I updated the wall decor here and I like how it fits the space a lot more, but still may want to do a chalkboard paint or crazy accent color. Add a fiddle leaf figIf you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve met our new family member, Lief!
- Spray paint or find new hardware for cabinet- Haven’t done this yet, but I recently found out via this post that Hobby Lobby sells cute hardware on the cheap. Brb going right now.
Hang curtains Find a side table Hang art/decor- Halfway crossed because I half-assed this! Recover or find new throw pillows Find a rug?Crossing through this not because it’s done, because I’m not planning on doing it. I think it might look weird in such a small, carpeted space. Different curtains for the window/entry (would be nice to have curtains on a tension rod for privacy for guests).- The olive green of the curtains is growing on me, especially with the new pillows/decor in here. Curtains for the entry haven’t happened yet!
- Sell bookshelves/purchase new (smaller) TV stand
- Carve out a workspace (small desk + storage for me)
The Living Room
Find new (to us) couchNeeds a blog post! Find new (to us) rugNeeds a blog post! Find new (to us) credenzaFind the blog post on this here. Pick up some basics from Ikea to round out the space (plants, hanging light)Find the blog post on this here. Hang picture ledge, artNeeds a blog post! Mount TV Hang…more art? 🙂Switched out some art on the TV wall and hung more art on the other walls. Pick up a very small side table for the couch (currently using an old one from Ikea that’s just wedged in there sideways because it’s just such a small space)Done. Found a perfectly sized table from CB2 that doesn’t take up very much visual space, either. Really, really love the look and price of this little table. Add some new throw pillows
- Paint art wall- This is in limbo right now. If we end up staying here another year, it’s ON. If we move…I’m not going to paint.
Find barstools Add art For God’s sake, buy new knives (not decor related, but I’m struggling for bullet points here.)Thanks for the Christmas present, parents! 🙂
Update bedding (Be sure to buy mostly white/light-colored bedding so your dog’s black hair shows up everywhere. Check!) Create a wall hanging for over the bedFind the blog post on this here. (Moved this above the TV.) Buy mirrors for above the nightstandsMoved one to the entryway and one to the bathroom. Find vintage nightstands and refurbish them (post is coming on these!)Find the blog post on this here. Move Cosmico art/find new art for that wall Replace your dresser from high school that your dog teethed on as a puppy. He chewed the little knobs off. YEESH.Needs a blog post! Hang art above/style new dresser. Recover headboard with a lighter fabric.Find the blog post on this here. Update Ikea dresser with new knobsNeeds a blog post! Update light bedding with dark bedding because you realized the error of your waysFind the blog post on this here. Update wall art to coordinate with new bedding Replace curtains that Finn randomly chewed throughGrabbed these from Target and love them!
- Maybe snag a patterned lumbar pillow to replace the white lumbar pillow because I can’t stop changing the bed
YEESH taking pictures for this room is so tough. There’s no natural light in here, and I can’t figure out how to make them less yellowy and sad looking even with editing them. I promise it doesn’t look this bad IRL!
- Find a less girly shower curtain
Find two rugs, one 3′ x 5′ and one 2′ x 3′ Find some basket storage for the linen shelves Get new neutral towels Hang art/decor
Install Ikea shelves Add plants/decor to shelves
- Find inexpensive/cute outdoor set, likely two chairs and a small table. (Currently rocking a $5 chair and old, old table.)
Doing the patio at the end was probably a bad idea, since now I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing. But looking at the place as a whole (and ya know, living here and stuff) makes me happy. And I could be wrong, but I think that’s kind of the whole point of decorating. Looking forward to showing you guys more photos, sources, and whatnot with the upcoming home tour that I feel like I’ve mentioned 1 billion times. It’s a real thing, I promise!