Between Christmas and New Years I love to work on a good project. Surprisingly there doesn’t seem like much time to work on one. We have been searching for accent chairs to create a reading space in our bedroom online and I’m glad we found ones at a good price in the store instead. Shopping online is amazing, however, it’s hard to see color and quality even though reviews are essential for that. With online decor stores like Wayfair, Joss and Main and Houzz, there are many great options and deals. I have had luck online with a couple pieces of furniture, but some things you just can’t. The At Home store had a chair similar to the one I liked online, however my husband didn’t like it and it had a defect. Only one chair fits in the car and when I went back to get the second, there were none without a loose leg. I picked an alternative that he actually likes and it is nicer. The color choice was a difficult decision. My husband doesn’t like that the furniture is all beige. I got the ottoman online and went with a pattern. Another designer told me it’s good to go neutral on the furniture and add pops of color with pillows and accessories. Our bedroom furniture is traditional and I am tired of that look. It has been a challenge to find accents that update the room without looking too out of place. The mercury ball floor lamp I found at Target and I got two mercury lamps for the night stands which replaced the french looking lamps that I am happy to see go. The pillow really made the space in my opinion. I have been looking, there are so many choices, but what color, design? My husband is picky with colors and designs and we didn’t have a color in mind to go for. I found this gold one with a pattern that doesn’t compete with the ottoman and had to order the other one because they were out of it.
Drapes are next! Already I think I want to do silk or polyester in taupe and put them on french pipe rods with rings.
My other project was to create a spice drawer. In our old house we had a spice rack mounted on the pantry door, plus a small round rack for the counter all within reach when cooking. In the new house that setup doesn’t work. I threw all of the spices in a basket and kept them in the pantry until I got the idea to do a spice drawer. My drawer wasn’t the size of the inserts you can buy online so I followed the directions of a DIY’er and made one myself. It wasn’t easy. I went to Home Depot and purchased some wood strips and constructed the insert. It’s definitely not perfect, I split the wood slightly with a nail, I switched to screws which work, however, they are visible. The glue was a mess and wouldn’t stick without the screw. However, the end result is just what I needed. All of my spices are organized and conveniently in reach for the crazy amount of cooking I do.
I’m still on the hunt for some different bowls, pasta bowls single serve au gratin dishes and a rectangular plate just to change up the way we serve food. My husband got an air fryer for Christmas and already I have made the most amazing bacon and fried chicken tenders! I also got a Mandoline and sliced some zucchini into thin chips and crisped them in the oven at 250 degrees for a little over an hour (dehydrate) , even the boys loved them!!!