I Interrupt This Very Serious Blog to Bring You... a Decorating Post


Didn't see that one coming, did you? Me neither, really, but a little light breathing never hurt anyone- and sometimes I miss that old school blogging where we just showed each other what the insides of our unprofessionally designed houses look like. Anyone else?

When we decided to move back to Iowa this summer after our Texas upheaval, I came alone into town and had about 24 hours to find us a new house. By a stroke of good luck (and the help of a lovely realtor from our church) I managed to find one situated both in the zoning of our oldest son's former elementary school and within walking distance to downtown, our two biggest priorities. It's 100 years old (just how we like them), unremarkable from the outside, but charming and cozy when you step foot indoors. It's historic feel captures our family vibe, but the big updated kitchen has me waving my 21st century praise hands, and the kitchen/dining/living space is really great for hosting.

Favorite part of new house: a kitchen door that opens straight to the backyard for optimal kicking-kids-out proximity

Least favorite part of house: having only one bathroom for six people; imagining said bathroom with four pubescent boys

We hemmed and hawwed over which of the upstairs bedrooms to make the master (and I use that word so loosely it's hysterical), since they are all pretty much the size of the box that my preschooler's last pair of shoes came in. The one that somehow ended up making the most sense happened to be... wait for it... bubble gum pink.

I would show you pictures of the rest, but actually that's basically the entire room. We bought the king-sized bed years ago when we were in a house that had a normal amount of bedroom space and have questioned whether we've regretted it ever since. But man, when you have at least one extra human sleeping with you (no matter how small- you know the tinier the human, the more horizontal he sleeps) every night for years, it's pretty hard to beat. So I have to shimmy against the wall to get out my side in the morning, but I can more or less sleep through the night no matter who joins me so #winning.

Anyway, back to the pink. I personally kind of liked it, but I'll leave you to guess how Eric felt.

(if you guessed "ambivalent", go back to the drawing board)

But hey, hey remember who's preggers and can't spend hours painting poorly ventilated bedrooms? So we waited until my mom came into town - which always guarantees somethin's about to get DONE - and let her do it.

E and I agreed on sage green but when I got to Lowe's I accidentally didn't at all get sage.

It just looked so... dark! And serious.

So I got Melancholy Mint. Perfect, I thought, Melancholy for him, Mint for me.

Unsurprisingly, his assessment was too much mint, not enough melancholy, but agreed it was a heck of a lot better than sleeping in Pepto Bismal. So we left it, I like it, and I think he doesn't mind it.

The room still felt rather sterile, so we thought a rug might warm things up. Eric surprised me by bringing one home spontaneously one day but I returned it because I am a monster.

Eventually we found this one together at Target and it's not artisan made or ethically sourced or even super original, but gosh I like it. The piece of art on the wall was given to us by our friend and uber talented artist Mick Burson, and I adore the colors.

(The armchair is so great, but children have written alllllll over that mug. Don't look too closely.)

So the room came together fine I'd say- but it fell short of the kind of special, pulled-together vibe we were hoping for. Enter Pixers wallpaper. They offered to send me some samples and their watercolor designs didn't give me a chance to say no. I've never applied wallpaper before but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as hard as I thought. I actually didn't bother to match up the patterns on the individual sheets, but as the placement is behind the bed I don't think you can tell unless you're looking for it.

Pixers has some beautiful wall murals, and if you're looking to jazz up a space with an accent wall, poster, or decal, I would definitely recommend checking them out. I'll be honest, the prices are not cheap- BUT 'TIS THE SEASON FOR WISHLISTS, am I right?! Let grandma give you the gift of a beautiful space.

Last but not least, I need your help. What on earth could I possibly hang on this huge blank wall over our bed? I'm stumped. Of course I know that a gorgeous canvas painting would be the best option but let's be realistic about that bank account, shall we? Does anyone have ideas on something really large but also inexpensive, and not so heavy that I'm terrified of it falling down and killing us in our sleep? Por favor.

We're still dreaming of one day making this a guest room and finishing the attic to be a real, live master. But in the meantime, I'm totally feeling this sweet little B-and-B style hideaway.

Do you have an old-school home decor post in the dusty archives of your blog? Link to it in the comments so I can see! I'm feeling nostalgic these days.

(I did not receive monetary compensation from Pixers for this post. I did receive free product to review, but all thoughts are my own.)

Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, 'what have you done with your life?' & though there are many moments I think I'll remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us.

(Brian Andreas, Storypeople)