This has been an exhausting week. The cool weather and today’s visit from the Dalai Lama brought hundreds of people into the coffee shop, where I worked for five solid days. We were at least a person down from where we needed to be to keep the shop running smoothly this morning. I didn’t even get a chance to finish my coffee! I did, however, get to partake in the consumption of a free sandwich due to an order mix up, so all’s well in the end.

I pinned that lovely bedroom photo weeks ago and constantly go back to it because I find it so comforting. I love the mix of mustard and coral hues with light and airy grays and creams. The light coming in from the picture window is ethereal, too (I placed our bed under a window for this effect in our old apartment, but the light always glared in from under the blinds and woke us up early, so we moved it after a time). The nights here have been chilly, so an extra blanket at the end of the bed would be a welcome addition.

I just purchased that elephant shirt (along with a dress and some leggings) from ModCloth with the gift card my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday. I used to have a fairly impressive collection of graphic tees, but my style went more feminine-classic-basic in the final years of college. I’m embracing all the styles that have influenced me in this new stage of my life and am enjoying a good graphic tee again.

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home tour: The Bedroom

I finally finished the bedroom (but I’m sure I’ll manage to clutter it up with knick knacks in the coming months)! I made two chevron pillow cases and a butterfly one, stretched bird fabric onto stretcher bars to create a 16×20 art piece, and mod-podged my Lichgate tree photo onto canvas (which actually didn’t turn out that well if you look closely – you can’t always trust Pinterest tutorials; those women are sugar-coating things).

I love the brick wall in the bedroom. This portion of the apartment used to be the garage, so the brick is actually part of the original exterior of the house built in the 1960s.

Art: Lichgate tree/San Francisco oil painting/Stretched fabric, from old shower curtain/Bridge print, purchased by my dad in Paris.

We purchased the mirror above the dresser at Possessions Recycled here in town. If I haven’t already mentioned it, the mirror that came with my dresser is too tall for our short, basement apartment ceiling, so we had to find a replacement. This one is black with gold stenciling and was made in the 1950s.

My grandma gave us this silver platter; we have no idea what it was intended for, but it works well for my toiletries. She also gave me the wood storage tray, originally intended to display painted wooden cats on the wall.

I’m happy that I managed to be so productive today. Originally, I was scheduled to work, but my boss got her days mixed up, so I had the afternoon off. Daniel was never really clued in to my plans for the room, but he (without my prodding) complimented my choice of fabrics and he and I chose the mirror together, so we both have a room we like now.