Happenings.

January got the best of me. Winter always inspires me to rethink the organization/function/decor of my home. I started doing the January Cure on Apartment Therapy, but soon realized that it was overzealous. I was with them in spirit, although my Cure consisted primarily of getting rid of junk, shaking out my living room area rug, and making my closets a little less bad. It felt good to get rid of unnecessary stuff, and to create limits on the amount of stuff in any given category. I've definitely found freedom in realizing that it's okay to get rid of things that we don't really use or love, and to be more purposeful about the things we allow into our home, even if they cost a little more in the short term.

With that in mind, I have decided to focus on a couple spaces in our home in the next few months. First of all, the closets. Yep, this is real life, and here they are. I hope to tackle them by summer.

This is our preschool, sewing, tool, craft & broom closet. It looks bad, but the function is even worse...

This is our preschool, sewing, tool, craft & broom closet. It looks bad, but the function is even worse...

And here's the hall coat & vacuum closet. Right now our shoe storage is all over the place, and I want to do something about that...

And here's the hall coat & vacuum closet. Right now our shoe storage is all over the place, and I want to do something about that...

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Next project is our main level powder room. We painted and replaced the hardware as soon as we moved in, but I am ready to invest a little more to make it cohesive with the rest of the house. A new toilet is on the list. The 1983 tank lid was cracked when we moved in, and I picked up a $5 replacement at the ReStore, but it never quite fit right. It bothers me. 

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I'm also doing some tweaks in our bedroom. We painted it a couple years ago, before R was born, and I've been so blessed to have a peaceful spot in the house to rest. I bought black IKEA Hemnes dressers and nightstands off of Craigslist back then, because I didn't find anything I liked better. 

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 Until now...

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I think all the mid-century dresser hunting for my friend's makeover rubbed off on me. I found these babies on Craigslist for $360, delivered. Not a giveaway, for sure, but definitely fair. The next day, I sold both of our IKEA dressers for $300, so I got what I liked for only $60. Not a bad deal, really. I love the smaller profile of the vintage pieces, and the warm wood tones feel so natural and welcoming. I've seen some pretty cool painted dressers here & here, but I wanna live with them before I do anything too crazy. I also moved the upholstered rocker down to the basement, and moved in our little 1950's office chair. Peter found it in his family's old farmhouse years ago—it belonged to one of his great aunts. It's too squeaky for everyday use, but it works perfectly as a place to lay out clothes... 

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I'm strongly considering repainting our room the same light gray as our hallway and living room, in order to neutralize the space a bit, but we'll see. Of course, down the road I would love to install wood flooring in the entire upstairs, but that's not on the table right now 'cause we have to save for a minivan. And no, I'm not pregnant.

Okay, this post has gotten way too long & rambly. Check back soon, because I have a nightstand makeover project to share...