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H&M Inspiration

This time of year is always a bit crazy for me. While most people are planning egg hunting parties and planning for elaborate brunches, I am working longer hours and getting yelled at by people who feel like the IRS has it out for them personally. A side effect of this is that I go a little overboard with my out of the office hours. I decided that it is absolutely imperative that I tackle the bevy of small projects on my “to-do” list: you know, things that are absolutely crucial like rounding up clothes that need to go to goodwill, painting the guestroom before Andy wakes up, rearranging things in the closet, etc. Things that can be accomplished relatively easily, don’t take a lot of mental effort, and allow me to get rid of some of the frenetic energy that builds up during the work day.

Recently, the lack of “decor” in our home has become mildly distressing. A lot of my friends have wonderfully appointed homes, many of them have been in their current homes a lot less time than Andy and I have, and my brain is screaming at me “GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, BUCIOR!” My online browsing turned up an interesting decor source, H&M.


1. Cat Apron, 2. Feather Bowl, 3. Glass Box, 4. Photo Frame, 5. Jacquard Bath Towel, 6. Laundry Basket, 7. Small Wooden Box, 8. Round Metal Tray, 9. Candle Lantern Andy and I have very different opinions when it come to what is considered “good” design, but surprisingly enough we both agreed that a lot of these minimal pieces would be quite lovely in our home. The only downside is that there isn’t a H&M location near us that carries these wonderful items.

All photos from H&M.


Is It Really a No if They Don’t Say “No”?

Before you all get to worked up, I am just talking about wallpaper here. Beautiful, realistic, floral wallpaper. With images like the ones below popping up all over the internet, I’ve seriously been considering adding a floral accent wall somewhere in my house. My top two space contenders are the front wall in the master bedroom or the back wall of the dining room, both offer large fairly square canvases unbroken by windows or doors. Of course, being the considerate wife that I am I had to run my idea by Andy and force him to look at all of the pretty, pretty inspiration pictures.

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He looked at a page or two and then did the guy thing and made an unintelligible grunting sound. After being together for almost six years, I am pretty sure that was Andy speak for “I really hate this idea, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings or get into a fight about future hypothetical wallpaper; besides, you have your own office why can’t do your crazy woman design voodoo in there?”  But since he didn’t actually say any of those words, could I really be blamed for thinking that he meant, “Wow baby, you are so creative and I love your idea, but as a dude, I have to pretend like I don’t like things like floral wallpaper, but you do that thing you do and our house will look AMAZING.” It could totally go both ways, right?

Images from here.


It’s Just Bedding Right?

Andy and I have been married for a little over three years now, and for the most part, we have our life rhythm down. We have a budget and a mortgage, you know the big grown up stuff, but we still occasionally get tripped up on the silly smaller stuff. Our master bed room for instance is still undecorated. We painted when we moved in and purchased some really beautiful bedroom furniture, but for the most part, we’re exactly where we were a week after we closed on the house. This all came up again right around the holidays because we were looking at a house full of people and I wanted to be able to show them our entire house. Long story short, it didn’t happen, but the itch to decorate reignited when I saw these gorgeous bedding sets from the Zara spring collection.

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I love them so much. They are colorful and oh so pretty, but not super masculine. Daisies don’t exactly scream “rugged and manly”. So my question to you other married folks out there is this: How do you find that happy middle when you have two very conflicting aesthetics? I know Andy would let me do whatever I wanted if I made a big deal out of it, but I want him to feel at home in our home. First world problems, right?