Room Tour (Finally): McKenna's Bedroom

You guys know how it is... 

It is next to IMPOSSIBLE to decide when to shoot a space. I take one picture, and all I see are the five things I want to change about the room. I keep telling myself that I'll have our new Seattle rental (we moved here in July 2017... is it still new?!) photographed when it's "done." But let's be honest, that day will never come.

I'm lucky, then, that a breakthrough of sunlight - a welcome arrival during this gray and drizzly winter - made my decision for me. I finished work, snuck in a workout, and came home to the most breathtaking sunshine seeping through our windows. So today, Mutts, you can thank the anomaly that is the winter Seattle sunshine for this peek of our bedroom.

Exhibit A:

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No, I did not add those light bubbles to these photos. That just HAPPENED. And I know they're not perfect, professional photos, but holy cow, I had to capture it. 

When we moved across the country from DC last summer, we literally brought clothing and kitchen supplies with us. The only pieces of furniture were a coffee table in our living room, and the two bedside tables you see above. Oh, and the painting - which is a Framebridge print of a photo I took in my soul city, Palm Springs, CA. The side table on the left is a table that my parents purchased and refinished at the start of their marriage in the 80s; the table on the right belonged to my fiance's grandmother. Both are precious to us and, luckily enough, majorly back in style. We saw exact lookalikes at a trendy vintage store in Seattle a few months ago. 

 
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So that means that we had to purchase everything else. As someone who moved every 11 months for 5 years, this didn't phase me, but we took our time to make good decisions and find great deals. 

My proudest purchase is actually our bed. Even though it's a mass-produced item from Wayfair, we spent only $73 on it, and the quality has really surprised us! 

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I hunted down this midcentury Tallboy on Craigslist. It's a tight squeeze in what is already a small room, but it gives me the storage I need. Now that I've accented it with some dried flowers from our local farmers market and a copy of our favorite engagement photo, I seriously love this little corner. 

And then we splurged on a few things: our Parachute Home bedding; our plug-in West Elm sconces; and our stunning and soft West Elm rug. I waited for sales and have no regrets about these purchases. In fact, we've registered for many more Parachute Home items for our upcoming wedding. They're worth it!

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I love the way the small but sufficient bedroom has come together. Of course, there are things I'd change if I had a limitless budget, but it's a space that I genuinely love at the end of the day. There is no better feeling than lighting a candle, diffusing some essential oils, and nestling into bed with a good book. 

I am so excited to share the rest of our home with you all soon; in the meantime, have a great weekend, Mutts!

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Reader Design: Shelley's Stunning Space

Today, we're heading off to the West Coast. Specifically, the Pacific Northwest. I'm particularly excited about this one as it just so happens that my boyfriend & I will be new PNW residents starting this Summer - in Seattle! Big news... 

But, this is not about me. It's about Shelley, and her stunning La Grande, Oregon home that she shares with her husband, Ian. 

Her home is a perfect blend of neutral elements, metallics, textiles, and just enough color to keep things interesting. 

My style is definitely a mix of mid-century/Scandinavian/bohemian. It took a long time to find my style and it has definitely evolved over the years. I grew up in Los Angeles and always loved the mid-century home designs. I love the simplicity of clean lines, but also love color.

Another element that is clearly a 'must have' for Shelley is greenery. She absolutely nails that interior green thumb, and plants of all kinds - including a StyleMutt favorite: the snake plant - can be spotted all over her home. 

Another 'must have?' 

When we purchased our house, a ‘must-have’ was a formal dining room. I love hosting dinners and holiday events at out house.

Another lovely element in Shelley's home is the perfectly-styled bedrooms. As someone currently living in a cramped basement city apartment in DC, I am totally envious of the extra room. Her master is #goals to me. I have similar pieces - the black mid-century modern lamps, the classic white bedding, and the indigo pillow - and she brings those elements together perfectly. 

And then, there's the most precious room of all. 

In our nursery, I love the dresser and the plant corner. I am a big sucker for West Elm dressers. I am always willing to splurge on rugs. I think they can really make or break a room design and can completely change the feel of the room.

Shelley, you better believe I'll be channeling you once we have our new Seattle pad to decorate. Thank you for the inspiration! 

Follow Shelley along on Instagram @the_tattams, or to check out her stellar wedding photographer go here

The Finishing Touches

I have a question for the universe: why is it that the finishing touches for a room are always the hardest to find? I find that I'm so quick to buy the basic, big-ticket items. But what about the things that really pull everything together? 

If you're keeping track on Instagram, I'm 90% through a bedroom refresh. Have I only been living in my apartment for five months? Yes... but, I was living in a space that didn't feel like me. Most of the items were donations from my parents. Of course, I'm keeping that ones that mean something real to me - the pieces I look at and am reminded of either a memory, or a person, or an example of an awesome marriage and life. But, it was time to really make my very first solo apartment mine. You can see what is used to look like here

Ignore the grainy photos for now. I promise a full reveal soon! BECAUSE... drum roll. I have found the final two pieces that I needed to complete this space, thanks to Furniture.com. Now, I'm willing to bet if you all are anything like me, you guys can search for hours for the right items at good prices. I find those awesome sentimental, handmade, or thrifted pieces first. 

Then, I used Furniture.com to source the rest - on sale!! 

Their awesome "Find Local Sales" tool hooked me up with deals in the Washington, D.C. area. And what did I find?? 

 
 

Here is the space. Almost there, right? Can you guys guess what the finishing touches are? 
You'll have it wait to find out, but until then, check out Furniture.com for your own finishing touches or complete projects!