AT Style Cure #18: Your Furniture Layout

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One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#14: Focus on your furniture layout.

Ugh…another layout assignment. What’s that, over there – is it…it is! It’s a dead horse! And they’re beating it!!!

Sorry, I’m just bitter because I can’t really do anything about the layout in our room. And they keep talking about some guy named Maxwell (or possibly a woman whose last name is Maxwell) and I just don’t care for him (her?). Here are a few bullet points to consider:

#1: Are there any parts of the room that will be difficult to reach with a vacuum cleaner? Adjust as much as possible to make cleaning (and flow) easier and better.

Mmm… I think we’re okay here. I’m not sure how things would be inaccessible? Maybe furniture too close together? We don’t have that issue because everything’s going to be against the wall. Suck it, Maxwell.

#2: Some layouts will require big pieces (bookshelves, dressers, certain sofas) to be placed against walls, but for other items (end tables, chairs, floor lamps, etc) make it a goal to have them at least 6 to 12 inches from a wall to give some breathing room to everything – a “cushion of air so that good energy flow can continue” is how Maxwell puts it.

dafuq? I’m pretty sure putting everything 6-12 inches away from the wall is going to create a lot of areas where I can’t vacuum! Flipping Maxwell…

#3: Locate the middle of the room and work off of that axis as a way to center the main furniture arrangement.

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#4: Consider symmetry. Sofas and beds often work best with things of a similar scale (side tables, lighting) on both sides.

Symmetry is kind of impossible with the way our bedroom is set up. The various doors, randomly-placed window, and ceiling fan all fight with each other. If we center the bed under the ceiling fan (I’m assuming that’s the center of the room) it’s not “centered” with anything else. I’m starting the hate the layout of our bedroom. THANKS A LOT, APARTMENT THERAPY! ;)

#5: Consider the flow lines. Keeping access around pieces open from as many sides as possible is a good goal.

I think we’re doing a decent job of that. You know, by keeping everything against the walls.

#6: If possible, place the bed so the foot points toward the bedroom door.

Umm… I mean…I guess it is? It’s at an angle, but the foot of the bed is closer to the door than the head. Does that count? I really wish there were some basic “right vs wrong” pictures – or even sketches – for this. Using the same furniture, of course! I’m much more visual than this whole Style Cure is giving me credit for. #GrumpyCauseItsTuesday

#7: Try to place the TV and other media equipment on walls that are least visible from the main entrance to the room.

WHOOPS. I don’t see any way around this, short of totally changing the layout of the room. And I’m not sure I want to do that… Gah, all this layout talk is making me second-guess myself!! I do like the idea of not seeing the TV as you’re walking in the bedroom… #DecisionsDecisions #WhyUseHashtagsWhenTheyDontWorkOnBlogs??

#8: Don’t block windows.

Hey – one we’re getting right! Go us, go us, it’s our birthday… We only have one window – we must treasure it and its natural-light-giving-ness.

#9: Keep the corners of your room as open as possible.

Mmm… I don’t see this happening. You know, since we’re pushing everything against the walls. One corner has the door to the hallway. One corner has Mr. T’s closet. One corner will one day have a doggie condo. And the other corner has my nightstand.


I’m going to go ahead and post this…if we ever get to the point where the bedroom is actually cleaned out, I’ll post more pictures. Don’t hold your breath, though. Our life is CHAOS.


AT Style Cure #17: Weekend Homework

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One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#17: Paint!

It’s 7:00pm on Sunday night and I’m only just now thinking about starting to finish my closet. I’ve had a SUPER lazy weekend. I’ve fallen behind on P90X3, haven’t touched the closet, and have barely worked with Sputnik for his obedience school homework. He’s going to be the biggest dumb-dumb in class. >.< I’m so bad at being an adult! But I finished The Office and had lots of snuggle time on the couch with the dogs. Plus I went to a hockey game last night! And church today! And I locked my keys in my car so I got to spend a solid couple of hours hanging out with my sister and her family. ;)

So this is how my closet looked the last time I posted about it:

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Aaaaand…here’s how much I got done:

AT Style Cure #17: Weekend Homework | The Wilson BuzzDon’t let that photo fool you – I didn’t finish. >.< I forgot how long it takes for paint to dry, and how many coats I have to apply for the stencil. Oh, tedium, how you wound me. I should be able to get it done this evening…hopefully. HOPEFULLY. I want order back in my life, dangit.


AT Style Cure #16: It’s All in the Prep

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One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#15: Getting Your Room Ready for Painting.

Did anyone else think about this when they read “It’s all in the prep?” No? Just me? Okay.

I mentioned before that I was planning on finishing the painting in my closet and prepping the bedroom for painting over the weekend, so my husband could take care of the painting when he got back from his trip. I’m pretty much prepped for that, considering everything’s cleared out of the closet and all over the rest of the house. I’m like halfway there – surely I can finish it!! It’s nearly 7:00 on Sunday night, though… I got lots to do. >.<


AT Style Cure #15: Do What You Gotta Do

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One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#15: Catch Up, Get Ahead, or Take a Break.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m sure everyone can use a chunk of free time to work on the Cure in whatever capacity will make you feel best about your progress – it’s your day, so make the most of it!

Raring to go? I’ll give you a secret heads up: We’re going to paint this weekend, so tomorrow’s assignment is getting your room cleared out and prepped for painting. Feel free to forge ahead if you are feeling motivated!

Of course this is the painting weekend… Mr. T is going out of town. >.< Just me and four very large dogs in the house with our pistols and pepper spray. Sorry – people always flip out when you mention going out of town or something in a public forum. Just so we’re all clear, we really do have four large dogs in our house that will definitely be left loose at night because Mr. T is the one that doesn’t like them being in the bed. And we really do have pistols in accessible locations. I’m not afraid to pew pew you dead, robbers and rapists!

What was I talking about? Painting??

Right. Mr. T is supposed to paint the yellow ceiling stripe that hopefully doesn’t look stupid, and the ombre starburst over the dresser. It’s not that I can’t and he can – it’s what he wants to do, and well…I’ll let him. Painting makes me hate my life, anyway. Speaking of… I could use this weekend to finish my closet, and then I can gather up all my clothes that are spread to the four winds and put them back where they belong. Of course, the dresser still isn’t finished, so that will have to wait. Mr. T’s projects sure are piling up!! ;) I was about to suggest that I do the ombre starburst this weekend (if I finish my closet), but then I remembered I need to paint the dresser. SO MUCH PAINTING! For someone that hates it so much, I sure sign up for it a lot.


AT Style Cure #14: Learning to Go With the Flow

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One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#14: Make your room a nicer place to be.

Imagine you open the door and let in a river of water. How will it flow? Will it rush right in and through or will it get stuck and swirl around in dead corners? Ideally it should meander around your furniture, creating paths that allow the most movement possible throughout the whole room. It should not, for example, run along one side of the room that is kept clear, while getting stuck and stagnating along the other side among furniture, clutter, and boxes.

Ummm…wat? Who is Maxwell, and what is this flow mumbo-jumbo?? Am I supposed to put my bed in the middle of the room like some sort of island? The two sample pictures they provide in the assignment don’t even use the same furniture. The “flow along one side only” image looks like it might be a living room with a random dining room table thrown in…and a love seat? Does that even make sense? Who has a room like that? What is the purpose of that love seat?! Is that a TV in the bottom left – why is it so far away from the sectional?!? I’M FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW.

Yes, the “flow throughout room” pictures makes more sense…kind of. But that is totally different furniture. The rectangle in the upper right appears to be the same, and the little oval has moved. That might be the same love seat? But why would you have two sectioned-off seating areas in one room? Do people do that? WHAT SORT OF MADNESS IS THIS?!

Meh – I don’t care for this. There isn’t much we can do with the layout of our bedroom. It’s not a large room, and there are many doors. We’ve put our bed against the two viable walls, and the one it’s against is the best – I promise. There is only one place for our dresser to go – I promise. There is only one place for my desk to go – I promise. So…get your feng out of my shui. This is how it’s gonna be.

#DealWithIt


AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress

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One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#13: Put some time in on your project for the room.

GET STARTED! With supplies and info in hand, today is the time to really dig in and start making some progress toward your goals. While spending a longer stretch of time is always preferable, even if you can only spare 30 minutes today, do it. Putting your mind to it is half the battle!

My first thought was the yellow stripe…but I’m making Mr. T do that. Or at the very least we need to work on it together (Lord help us). I think something quick and easy that I can do on my own would be fixing up the gallery wall! I might regret this, of course… I’ll report back after my attempt!


AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzHere is a beautiful before picture. That sarcasm is directed at the quality of the photo, not the state of the gallery wall itself, for the record. It was a bit scattered, though. And it wasn’t following my “love” theme that I want for this room. I don’t think it took me 30 minutes to make this update, but I’m so glad I finally did it…

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzThis is an after photo from the same angle, because people seem to want those so badly. I doubt anyone will care about this particular project, but I figured I should get in the habit just in case I ever start taking quality pictures, doing quality projects, or at the very least have legit followers. ;)

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzHere’s one at a little bit better angle. Sorry for the low quality – I did this when I got home from work, so it was dark outside. And even if it wasn’t dark our bedroom only has one window. It’s very cave-like, which is why I wanted bright white walls instead of the dark and gloomy brown that was there before.

Anyway, I totally winged it on this layout. There’s probably a better option, but we aren’t planners. All of it is being held up with push pins, too. We’re classy. And there are a billion holes in this wall. >.< When I look at it IRL it seems like it’s all too far to the right, but looking at the picture above this one it seems like it’s too far to the left. Very strange… Eventually I want to cover the entire wall with art so it won’t matter. At least that’s what I’m telling myself to justify leaving it like this. Plus, you don’t really want me to put more holes in the wall, do you?!


In case you wanted it, and even if you don’t, here are close-ups of all the stuff we have on the wall. Sorry for the crappy quality…you can click to embiggen. Hopefully that will help. :(

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I got these from a seller on Etsy. All her stuff is super adorable. But this was my first introduction to prints that don’t fit into standard frame dimensions. Hobby Lobby to the rescue! I found two serving trays, so I bought them, paint, and washi tape and made what you see in the left two photos. I was really proud of that, for the record. 8} The cheap Hobby Lobby washi tape sucks, though, and they’re falling out. Question – should I coat them in Mod Podge? I’m on the fence…

There were only two trays at Hobby Lobby, unfortunately, so for the third I found a frame that had no glass in it, got some little eye hook screw things, wire, and itty bitty clothes pins and rigged this brilliant contraption up. I want you to know – I am so. proud. of this. It’s one of my greatest DIY achievements. I came up with it all on my own and it ended in great success. I still have another project along the same lines I need to finish, but that’s not important. Forget I mentioned it.

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzI got this print when I got the four Ghostbusters prints. If you bought five you got a discount of some kind…I forget now. I can’t remember where I ordered them from, either, to link back to the artist. I’m super bummed about that. :( He had a lot of amazing prints, too! *sad trombone* The frame on this needs some work. Mr. T threw it in here the same day he threw up this gallery wall (not literal vomit, of course – you know what I meant). I found this frame at Goodwill… I’m not sure if I’m going to paint it or not, but at the very least we need to center the print inside it!!

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzA friend of ours made this for us as a housewarming gift, I think. Or a wedding present…

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzMr. T painted this for me!! I lurve it so, so much. He seriously cranked this out in one night – after I’d gone to bed. He will never cease to amaze me. It’s absolutely adorable and I want to show it off to the entire world. 8D

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzI made this one!! Well, Mr. T painted us (yes that’s us!) but I melted the crayon on the canvas (yes that’s crayon!) – it was a lot of fun. I thought I’d blogged about it, but this is all I can find. Maybe on my old blog? Yes! I never posted a finished product, though, so…here it is!! lol! >.< I had started manually copying all my old posts over to this blog from my old one, and must have stopped sometime between those two. Or something. I don’t know what’s going on on my old posts. Don’t venture back there – it’s a mess.

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzLookie lookie – an engagement picture!! Braska updated her studio, so she sold us all her sample prints at cost. We finally have some engagement/wedding/trash the dress prints!! Most of them still need to be framed, though. This was the only ready-to-hang one we got, so it’s the only one hanging up. 8}

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzOh look – our marriage certificate! I found this curled up under our nightstand when I was cleaning for Assignment 7. Mr. T threw it in a random too-big frame he’d found somewhere. A few days ago I found a frame that was the perfect size in the garage and brought it in to put this in. On the back in gel pen Mr. T had written “I love Sarah <some other last name>” and oooohhhhh snap! I think that was the ex that led him to declare his hatred for my name way back when. He refused to let me use that frame for our marriage license, but I thought it would be kind of hilarious. Oh, well. It’s in this frame for now.

AT Style Cure #13: Make a Little Project Progress | The Wilson BuzzI made this a long, long (ish) time ago. And I blogged about it! It was actually a lot of fun. It’s a quote from Pride and Prejudice, over top of pages from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was a dreadful book that we’d somehow acquired two copies of over the years. You can’t really tell because for some reason I never take a good picture of it, but the photo in the middle is from the part in the book where Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are in the middle of a garden and all these zombies are eating cabbages thinking they’re brains. Here’s a picture I found online:

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AT Style Cure #12: Weekend Homework

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​​One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#12: Shop and Gather Your Supplies.

Easy peasy, rice and cheesey. 8D

I tried to type up a list but there wasn’t much we needed to buy…we just need to do. I did go ahead and pick up some more pool green paint, as opposed to that emerald I was bragging about so much. >.< Fun little experience at Lowe’s, though… I requested a quart of pool green in satin. They gave me a gallon. I said “Oh, wait – I only need a quart.” He said they were out of quart containers so I got a gallon for the cost of a quart. We’re up to our necks in paint, you guys. And then – AND THEN – I got a rebate for buying a gallon of paint. I. Just. Can’t. Even. Once I get that rebate in, I’ll have only paid $5 for a gallon of paint. Party.

I also picked up a few stir sticks, because dear darling Sputnik chewed up the one we got when we bought our emerald paint. Little turd. And I got one of those paint can opener things. #SoFancy Oh, and disposable paint tray thingies. I only spent $22 and I got a $10 rebate out of it!! Hopefully we have everything we need at this point. Lowe’s really doesn’t need any more of my money.


AT Syle Cure #11: Set the Date

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​​One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#11: Choose a Date for a Holiday Get Together at Your Place.

I don’t have an exact date set, but I know what event I want  my room to be ready for… Thanxmas!

A long, long time ago – 2008 to be exact – a group of friends came together at the end of the semester to celebrate the holidays before returning to their designated hometowns for the year. We dubbed it Thanxmas and verily it was good.

AT Syle Cure #11: Set the Date | The Wilson BuzzNumber of people in this photo that I still keep in close contact with? Two. To be fair, two of the others were more my roommate’s friends rather than mine, and the other two I wasn’t close with even then. I’m still FB friends with all of them, though!! If you are my Facebook friend, and knew me back in 2008, the full album is worth checking out.

Anyway, for whatever reason we didn’t do it again. Even though we all had a good time! Fast forward – good God – five years and Mr. T and I are now married and are new homeowners. Geeze…2008 me wouldn’t believe it. lol! We decided to resurrect Thanxmas. Very few (if any…there may have been zero) people from the original gathering made it, but we still had a packed house and lots of delicious food.

AT Syle Cure #11: Set the Date | The Wilson BuzzI didn’t even make an album for Thanxmas 2013!! What a tragedy! There are about twenty or so pictures that I tagged at the event, but they’re all lumped in my huge “mobile uploads” folder on Facebook. And none of them are very good. *sad trombone* I’ve got to get better at taking pictures! I think a photo booth setup will be mandatory at all future events.

It’s hard to plan things anymore. People are crazy busy. And five of my closest friends have moved out of state. And not like one state over – like across the country. The closest are in Colorado and that still requires at least a long weekend to visit. I hate them all. Tennessee is the best state and M’boro is the best city – Nashville is 2nd. No one should ever leave. 8P

While a master bedroom isn’t usually the room people spend a lot of time in while visiting you, you bet you booties that if I get this Style Cure finished and my bedroom looks awesome in time for the party I’ll be taking EVERYONE in there to get a look. Especially considering how janky our living room will be. lol!

At any rate – that’s The Event that this will be leading up to. The votes are still going for which day in December it will take place on (so far Dec 5 is winning) but I think this whole Style Cure is scheduled to be done by Thanksgiving, so I should be good to go.


AT Style Cure #10: List & Budget

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​​One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#10: Make a Shopping/Supply List and Set a Budget.

Write out your supply/shopping list.

Hmm… We pretty much have everything that we need. Excluding the stupid paint debacle. I have mentioned a couple times about maybe adding in curtains, but I just don’t know that we have the money for that, no matter how cheap I go. My main focus is going to be on making do with what we have. Cleaning was 9/10 of the battle, I think. And we’ve gotten that (mostly) taken care of. But a supply list is a good idea, so we’re ready to go for everything.

Dresser

  • pool green paint
  • yellow paint, or white paint, or patterned paper…
  • plaster of Paris (I was trying out homemade chalk paint, which is one of the main reasons this paint job was never finished)
  • some sort of paint brush to apply the paint
  • wax coat
  • some sort of something to apply the wax (cheese cloth?)
  • new hardware
  • drill to update the new hardware

Ombre Starburst

  • pool green paint
  • white paint
  • some sort of paint brush to apply the paint
  • painter’s tape
  • Mr. T ;)

Ceiling Trim

  • yellow paint
  • some sort of paint brush to apply the paint
  • painter’s tape
  • laser level
  • Mr. T
  • a lot of patience…

Gallery Wall

  • hammer
  • nails
  • motivation

Estimate the cost of the items on your list and set your budget.

We have most of the stuff…hopefully we have enough. I’m probably going to need to buy more of the pool green paint, since the FLIPPING GALLON for emerald I bought won’t work now. *sad trombone* We have a quart of yellow paint that will hopefully take care of the trim and maybe the dresser. I’m thinking about painting the outside of the drawer sides yellow so it’s a fun surprise when you open it. Too much? Maybe white? Maybe patterned paper? Maybe I should just concentrate on getting the dresser painted before I worry any more about this??

I’m going to guess we’ll need to buy a gallon of paint and some paint brushes…less than $100.

On an unrelated note…

I found a picture of what our bedroom looked like on our final walk-through before purchasing the house!

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AT Style Cure #9: Do a Little Online Research

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​​One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#9: Dig in and Do a Little Online Research.

Now that you’ve thought about what you need, you should set aside some research time online to figure out whether is is something you are going to shop for or take on as a project – and then gather the info you need to move forward with your plan.

Listen, honey – all I’ve GOT is plans, mmkay?? I feel like I’ve already explained this half a dozen different ways, so I don’t have much to say about today’s assignment. Carry on with your busy lives!