A Post-Summer Perk Up

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Everything has kind of been up in the air, house-wise, waiting for the rewiring work to be done. There are some holes in walls waiting to be patched, and some pretty terrible patchwork waiting to be fixed up. (The electricians are fine electricians, but not so fine at plaster repair. We told them we’d handle that part after seeing how they did it.) I have all of these ideas swirling around for things I want to do in the house, but I have to wait. Gah.

Target asked if I wanted to take on a little post-summer perk up, and I was definitely on board. A quick and easy decorating project was sounding pretty good right about now! The rewiring on the top floor is done, so I gave the bathroom a good cleaning (plaster dust was everywhere) and went out in search of a new shower curtain. This city sketch print was cute, but I chose coral pink because of course I did. We may be transitioning from summer to fall, but I’m always in favor of bringing in more pink all year long.

Third Floor Bathroom with Pink

Since I was changing out the shower curtain, I picked up new brass shower curtain hooks to replace the plastic white ones that were there. It’s easy to find silvery finishes for bathrooms (chrome, nickel), and oil-rubbed bronze is all over the place too, but I was looking specifically for brass and I was glad to see a couple of options for the bathroom at Target without having to order from a more expensive source.

Old Plastic Shower Curtain Hooks, Meet New Pretty Brass (and a Pink Shower Curtain!)

Brass Shower Curtain Hooks and a Pink Shower Curtain

There’s a pink hand towel on the pirate ship hook (why not, right?), and matching bath towels. I hung a couple from the hooks on the back of the door for a picture, but they would normally be tucked away below the sink, in the bottom drawer.

(And I feel like I should point out that the mirror’s dark spots are the result of aged mirror glass. It’s clean — promise.)

Pink Towels in the Bathroom

Pink Towels, Tucked Away in Bathroom Sink Drawers

I picked up a little red accent rug too. It isn’t a bathmat but it is cotton, and I think it will work well in that spot.

Third Floor Bathroom with Pink

Red Bathroom Accent Rug

Our routines are about to shift once school starts again. Obviously the kids will be going back, but I might be going back too (depends on whether enough students sign up for the new course I’m supposed to teach). I love that I was able to knock out an update while our days are still relatively calm by just picking up a few new things in a favorite color.

Third Floor Bathroom with Pink

Making it Yours 13: Möckelby Dining Table

Time for a new edition of Making it Yours! By now you’ve probably seen the new IKEA catalog. Did you spot the new Möckelby oak dining table? Super well designed, great proportions, nice trestle detail, and sturdy looking. The kind of table that should last a long time and that can mix in with a variety of styles, and at a great price ($699). So we’re doing it up three different ways!

IKEA Möckelby Oak Dining Table

First up, it’s all about the newest wallpaper design by Julia Rothman for Hygge & West: Foret, in Midnight. Blue lining in the pair of pendant shades over the table would bring in the color a bit more, texture comes in through the dinnerware and a neutral rug, and black flatware and dining chairs ground the space.

Making it Yours 13A: IKEA Mockelby Dining Table

  1. Textured Dinnerware, West Elm

  2. Black Almoco Flatware, Design Within Reach

  3. Oversized Cone Pendant Shade (Nautical Blue), Shades of Light

  4. Foret (Midnight) Wallpaper, Hygge & West

  5. Möckelby Oak Dining Table, IKEA

  6. Scissor Spindle Dining Chair, West Elm

  7. Chunky Wool and Jute Rug (Gray), Pottery Barn

For the table’s next look, I’m going to go more glam. Do we have a preference on metal finishes? Are you yearning for a return to cool, silvery finishes, or are you still crazy for gold, brass, and copper?

High Fashion Spoofs by Nathalie Croquet

  • The parodies of high fashion ads by French photographer Nathalie Croquet are spot-on. I actually dig the look more on “the average woman” for some, but others highlight the absurdity of the original images. [via]

  • Instructions for a super cute DIY balloon animal plushie!

  • So looking forward to Mindy Kaling’s new book. Have you seen this excerpt yet?
    “People’s reaction to me is sometimes “Uch, I just don’t like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.” But it’s not that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. “

  • The amount of thought that goes into costume design to create a believable character is always amazing, from the serious shows to the silly. Here’s a look at some of the decisions behind the outfits in Wet Hot American Summer.

  • Check out my entryway, switched up and reorganized for the start of the new school year! That new coat rack has been the most useful addition.

Entryway with Vintage Red Console, Jaxon Mirror, and Eldon Coat Rack

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