i make emily henderson cry

So, I’ve decided to start a series called, “How I Make Emily Henderson Cry”. If that name is completely irrelevant to you, just know she is my girl crush an HGTV star who I idolize. If you read my to-do list, you know that there are many areas in my home that aren’t perfect. Yes, there are nooks of perfection, but there are also nooks of complete and utter disaster. It’s real and it’s normal and for some reason photographing it and making it public gives me purpose to give it a makeover.

But, until these poor unfortunate spaces gets redesigned, I know somewhere in Hollywood, Emily Henderson is crying. She may not know why. Maybe she’s chalking it up to a mood swing…leftover hormones from her pregnancy. Maybe she thinks she is sad because she didn’t buy that perfect MCM lamp at the Rose Bowl flea, or she forgot the booth number where she purchased that white vessel for her oh so perfect florals. Oh no sweet kitten, you cry because of my nooks of disaster.

The first in this new series that I’d like to share with you is my bedroom…not really a nook per-say. Ya, the entire room is sad, but today I’d like to focus on the bed nook, the non-existent headboard, and nightstands. And let me tell you that nightstand  is prolly her biggest disappointment. See, I was actually in her top 15 of of Nightstand Styling Contest winners! If you clicked on that link, I was #13. Well, that nightstand stayed like that for approximately 2.5 seconds, and then it became real again. So here it is in all it’s glory..the bed that makes Emily Henderson cry sweet salty tears of saddness.

this makes emily henderson cry

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too cool for school /// dorm style

affordable decor for the dorm room

it’s time to go back to school, so we found some hip, affordable, and stylish items to brighten up any dull dorm room! create a space that is unique to you and save your cash for books (or beer).

fancy pens: you will take better notes when you know you are better than unicorns (okay, i’ll admit, i bought these for myself)

bright bedding: this embroidered quilt adds pops of color to make that dull bed pretty

a little luck: this jewelry holder will keep all your babbles safe and sound

some inspiration: always remember to “fall in love with as many things as possible”

light it up: a stylish task lamp for pulling all nighters

swanky table: this little table is light, portable and small…it will hold anything from a glass of water or an alarm clock

team spirit: put a little pep in your day with this “do your best pennant”

camo backpack: lug all those books in style

jammin’ sound: bring the party along with this portable speaker

indoor house plants you won’t kill

a snake plant is easy to care for

after taking a good look around the house, i’ve noticed that a few spots could really benefit from some green leafy foliage…blerg, my nemesis…in the past, i have sent many a plant to an early grave. plants hate me. i swear, i walk past one and can hear it begging for its life. but there are so many inspiring home decor photos on pinterest where a fiddle fig leaf tree makes the entire room come alive. the space just seems to have this breath of fresh air. so i asked the interwebs, “hey interwebs, what plant can the blackest of black thumbs keep alive? for i need a plant that can survive major neglect” this my lovelies is what i’m here to share with you today.

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mantle styling — before and after

mantle styling before

this mantle makes emily henderson cry…seriously, it does. it needed a makeover…badly. one of the best features in a home might just be the fireplace and mine was embarrassing. to say the least it was not the fireplace of my dreams. in fact, a large part of me wanted to take a sledge hammer to it. but rather to take things to such extremes (mainly because we have been living in construction zone central for almost 3 years), i chose to dip my toes in the mantle makeover. to keep it quick, clean and easy, i decided to keep the ugly molding and even uglier marble and gave it a simple facelift. (the boy and i discussed painting it white, but since all of our trim was medium wood, we thought it might look weird.)

i’ve tried to place things i love over it to mask it’s ugliness. one of my favorite pieces is the max wanger “tulum” photo. i purchased it two years ago before it made a giant splash in the interior design scene. i thought i had nailed it until i saw my girl crush, emily henderson, frame it in white about 6 months later. my heart sunk…IT LOOKS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER! i also loved the turquoise tea lights from jayson home and garden. they tie in the ocean colors just perfectly! they were to stay.

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a new room for the little lady

little maus is growing up, and fast. everyday she seems to learn something new…her vocabulary is expanding, she is walking down the stairs on her own, she is kicking a foot over the crib railing…wait, uh-oh, that mean ROOM MAKEOVER! excellent! no more nursery for this little lady, we are almost ready for a big girl bed, and that means out with the old and in with the new. finally i get to say goodbye to the crib (although secretly, that makes me a little sad).

zozo

gawd, if she was only cute right? i mean, she is hard to even look at. LOL! seriously, i’m obsessed with her

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