Category: Home Decor

Succulent Moscow



The next time you’re near a Trader Joe’s stop in and pick up an adorable succulent that comes in a tiny terra-cotta pot for just a few bucks. Then, the next time you’re near Walmart, pick up their two pack of Moscow Mule Mugs for around $12. The terra-cotta planter fits right into the mug and you’re left with a super cute little plant addition for your shelf.

xoxo,
Adora

Photo Ledge === Wall Art



imageI wont sport with your intelligence by telling you how to screw two 1×2’s together at a 90° angle. It’s pretty straight forward, but then again, I didn’t actually have do it. Handy handsome husband perks, you know?
imageimageAnyway, for about $20 of wood (we had the stain & screws on hand) we made two 7 ft. long frame ledges to go above our standing desk.

Josh got 4 – 8ft 1″x2″ pieces and cut a foot off of each, stained, sealed, and screwed them together. Then, he screwed those into the wall above the desk.
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I’m so pumped about how this turned out. I love the way the letters shadow the wall when the overhead light is off and our work lamps are on.

This whole project ended up costing about $65. $45 for the letters (found on clearance at Joann’s for $3 each) and $20 for the wood. Not bad given how much wall it covers.
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Just like that, this has become my mantra for my work life and really, many other aspects of my life as well. I’ve messed with the spacing on the letter a few times a day for many many days. Probably will continue to do so. World without end.

Work hard & be nice, little babies. Until next time…

xoxo,
Adora

Coming soon: an office update 




A few nights ago I found these cardboard letters on clearance at Joannes for $3 each. (15 letters = $45) They have a chalkboard front but I’m not sure I’ll use it. I’ve been wanting to put “Work Hard and Be Nice” on the wall above our long double desk in the office for a while, but wasn’t sure how I would go about it. I was thinking of doing a painting, but when I found these, it clicked. Josh is going to build me two super simple photo ledges for the letters to sit on. I can’t wait! I’ll show y’all when it’s done.

We’ve been at the new apartment for a little over 3 months now so I know it’s long overdue for a house tour. That will also be coming soon. 

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: Shelves



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the delivery of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at the pipe shelves.

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Josh in his infinite genius and handiness made these breathtaking shelves with wood and pipe and half way into our home depot shopping trip I told him I wanted custom lights on the shelves too and he rose to the challenge. I like to give him a hard time about the number of Star Wars/Dr.Who/Thor toys and trinkets on the shelves, but in all honesty – I love how much we’re both represented here. This is the one place I’ll allow knick-knacks and if any of your ever come over, I can give you a background story about every little thing on the shelves.

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: Book Wall & Master Bedroom



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at the book wall (part two) and the whole master bedroom.

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Book Wall? Yes, I did have this exact same look in our last apartment in Florida, but I can’t help myself. I did it again. My friend Brie can take you through the steps. She helped me with that first book wall, and I actually helped her with the one in her old room, but this one was all on me. So, two copies of Pride and Prejudice and at least 3 Jules Verne novels later, our walls were covered.

The opposite wall was painted Navy and I decided that painting a poem on a canvas that I randomly water colored with Josh after work one day, could pass for art. I love you, Robert Frost. Some new lamps and matching bedside tables from Target round out my mini master makeover. I’m one very happy girl.

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: Stand Up Desk



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at my pipe based stand up desk.

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Josh was on a roll with pipe-based furniture so I didn’t want to slow him down. When I was in my former office which we now just call “Bert’s Room” I didn’t even have a real desk I was working on an Ikea console table and it didn’t give me much room. I told josh I wanted a stand up desk like I had at my old office. I held my hands to the height I wanted the desk to be, he measured, and a few hours later (and one quick trip to Ikea to pick up the corner desk top in the as-is section for like $25) my beautiful stand up desk was born.

xoxo,
Adora

p.s. I’m a total bum and i’ve bought a bar stool for the days I just don’t want to stand.

The Apartment 3 months later: The Couch



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at the new couch!

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While not exactly a project, I’m in LOVE with this couch from Rooms to Go. It’s the first non-ikea piece of furniture we’ve ever bought new, and it was worth every penny. The cats seem bent on destroying it, but I’m enjoying it while I can. You like it? You can get it here. Also, for the record, I pretty much gave Josh carte blanche with the above the couch art and he went hard on the nerd vibe, so yeah those posters are covers of vintage comic books.

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: TV Nook



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at our TV nook, from the sad state of small tv on a coffee table when we first moved in – to the beauty that it is today.
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We negotiated the acquisition of this GIANT TV from our new roomie Bert, for a couple bucks, one of our older small TV’s, and one month of free rent. Josh is happy. Fortunately we had just gotten this tv stand, that I think is actually supposed to be a buffet for a formal dining room, but we (read: Josh) drilled holes in the back to run chords through and it works perfectly. We even have room for our record player, video game consoles, DVD’s we will probably never watch again, and all our records. Again, this is an Ikea (as-is section) purchase, but I like how mid-century it looks. After painting the back wall of the nook Navy Blue with left over paint from our bedroom, it was done.

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: music wall



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at our instrument wall!

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I actually saw a piece of art with this song reference before I ever heard the old crow medicine show song, Wagon Wheel and I was immediately intrigued. I “play” the guitar the way that all girls in high-school played guitar. I know major chords and that was enough to play every worship song from the late 90’s, so I never learned any more. While Josh, just recently got a banjo and is planning on taking lessons. We both said we wanted to hang the instruments up rather than have them in their cases in a closet, so this wall idea was born. I worked with a lovely woman on Etsy to get the vinyl, and at the last second, we decided to add the letters at a 90 degree angle to better fill the wall space. I think it worked out SO well. I’m finding that I play more, if I can just take the guitar down from the wall and then put it back there.

xoxo,
Adora