Long Living Room Layout

When it comes to design, I usually don’t plan ahead. I have no one to explain myself to but myself. Well and husband, but he’s usually really good about seeing my vision. I spoke once before on instastories about my credenza conundrum and the living room layout is single handlely responsible for why that’s a conundrum in the first place. It’s a really long room, a room that more than likely should be split into two parts. Part living room, part dining room. My husband is adamantly opposed to the notion of formal dining when we don’t need it though so that idea was nixed. This left us with a really long room with no intent.

Between my huge credenza, the need to store our huge dogs crates and our insistence upon having a tv in our sitting area (while still having a fireplace) and you have a problem of epic proportion. Especially since there’s a window on the one free wall and a sliding door on the other.

It became imperative to plan. I downloaded the app “Rooms” one midnight when I couldn’t sleep and got to going on a layout that made more sense for our space.

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Here’s our current situation, and by current, I mean three weeks ago before I rotated these bad boys all over the place at 2am.

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Key

  • Striped rectangles are dog crates. I took used the measurements to make them to scale. There are other places they could live in the house but Sirius barks if he isn’t on the lower level with views to the doors. Eyeroll at him being temperamental.
  • Gold table is a bar cart that I thrifted years ago before brass was really in style. It’s been through three homes with us and was a prop at our wedding so it has some sentimental value. I wanted to keep it if I could even if it was as a printer stand (again).
  • Rectangle behind the sofa is a white parsons desk. We have two of them. One lives in our office and has a new life as a polka dot desk and the other is in the living room so we can work while enjoying our living space.
  • The Brown box on the right is the credenza. The amount of room it’s taking up is to scale.
  • Purple rug is a 5×7 rug that we purchased before we knew what size this room was.
  • Tv on top of fireplace which is to the right but it’s way too high to watch tv from
  • Long white- sliding back door, Right white stripe- Fireplace, Bottom white stripe- window

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Trial 1

Moves: Credenza offset of the fireplace, dog crates flanking the sofa, bigger rug

Problem: Credenza takes focus off fireplace and tv is off sight of the sofa, can’t see tv from chairs. Dogs are on the rug. No go

Good: bigger rug is a must

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Trial 2:

Move: Bigger Rug, both dog crates near back dog, all furniture on rug, back of sofa to fireplace.

Problems: Sofa back is to fireplace and that’s a no go as far as establishing a focal wall.

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Actually try by moving furniture 

Moves: Bigger rug, All furniture legs on the rug, leave credenza, Both crates near front window, tv on credenza, bigger sofa

Problem: Crates feel awkward credenza takes up a lot of space

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Actually try by moving furniture 2

Move: Bigger rug, Bigger sofa, All furniture legs on the rug, dog crates behind sofa to make a sofa table

Problems: credenza may still be taking up too much space

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Ideal but nuclear option: Get rid of credenza

Problem: Got rid of the credenza

Final Solution: We went with the option labeled try three. Doing so meant that we had a large space to the left of the front window. We managed to put the parson desk that originally started out in the living room in that corner. So far we are pretty satisfied. Doing this by way of an app beats the heck out of manually moving every single piece of furniture. Especially when you are struck by this genius idea at 2am when your husband is sleeping and you’re moving all of the furniture alone.

Promise I’ll show you our living room once its complete

Thank for following along with my home woes

Love, Prepford wife

Sunday No Fun-Days

Have you ever gotten the question in  a job interview, “If you were an animal, what animal wiould you be?” I am always the duck. I am calm and relaxed (and might I add, adorable) on the outside but paddling and working hard below the surface. I am an intense planner. I make ten thoughts and plans for every one move I make. Getting ready to face the week is no exception.

In order to avoid a case of the Mondays for my 9 to 5, I’ve gotten in the habit of a Sunday routine. It’s a series of tasks that have to be completed on Sunday (or Saturday depending on what our weekend plans look like) to ensure that I’m off to the races at the start of the week.

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1. Laundry.  It may not always be folded and put away because we air dry a great deal of our more expensive pieces to avoid wear and tear, but having the laundry done at lest guarantees that on Thursday I’m not tearing the house apart looking for clean pants.

2. Set out clothes. I set out the clothes for the week and try to steam all of the ones that are too wrinkly to be civilized. Usually during the week, I wake up and decide I don’t love one of the outfits I chose, so on that day, I just end up pulling a comfy dress, a cardigan and a pair of sandals.

3. Grocery shopping. Let’s be really real here. We don’t do much eating at home. It’s just my husband and I and I do more eating at work than I would ever do in the house. However, every Sunday, we stock up on the foods that we do eat at home. Usually when we go to the grocery store, we hit the perimeter for the must haves. We stock up on eggs, almond milk and dairy milk, fruit, cheese and veggies. Every thing else we more than likely already have at home or will eat out.

4. Errands In keeping with number three, we always do the little errands on Sunday. Whether we need a new rug, dog food or dish detergent, all of this gets done on the weekends.

5. Food. Also in keeping with number 3, I prep smoothies for the first two days of the week; any longer and they don’t hold. I also pick a subset of lunches to make. I don’t need to pack lunch for every day, just the days I need it.

6. Clean. Clean with a capital CLEAN. Like the universe our house tends to move towards disorder. By Friday night, it’s a wreck or at least what we think of as a wreck, just count the pairs of Nikes left in our entrée way and the dishes left in the sink. The weekend is the time where we get all of that in order to start anew.

7. Spa. Anything that has to do with hygiene gets pushed to the weekend. I give myself an awesome deep condition (with steam or heat), choose a style and make sure my nails are done.

PS. This is totally my weekend outfit. Striped shirt, favorite jeans, Nikes, rinse and repeat. Most weekends, I sub out the tote for a cute canvas bag for grocery shopping.

 

 

 

Back to School Bedding

So school starts in T-minus three weeks and if you still haven’t chosen bedding or you’ve chosen a set that you aren’t quite sure about now, you’re in luck. Bedding is the foundation of a dorm room so it’s important to get it right (even if it doesn’t happen on the first try).

With the exception of technology like a new laptop or even a car, bedding is the most money you will spend for your room. The world is an exciting place for preppy bedding because when I started school, none of the preppiest lines even sold it.

My favorite bed sets for college are printed and not white. While I love a gorgeous monogrammed white and navy set as much as the next preppy girl, I can tell you from first hand experience that you are going to use your bed as your sofa for Netflix, your desk for studying when you get tired of the real desk, the table for your pizza hut box and the counselors couch for your weepy roommate. In the best case scenario, your bedding should be able to hide all of the evidence of that and what stains can’t be hidden, should be able to be washed out without having to make a dry clean run.

Duvet covers are actually great for this. they’re like a pillow case for your comforter; where you can pull them off and just toss them in the wash. If you are set on the white sheet sets (I get it, I love them in spite of the impracticality) then go for the duvet.

The bedroom set on my guest room bed is actually a perfect color palette for a college girls dorm room. My husband and I set our guest room up with that in mind since we each have a sister in college nearby and our guest room has belonged to them in the past.

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The Kate Spade comforter set is just like the one on in our master bedroom. It was a great deal and while impractical in white and green, at least it’s washable. It’s paired with a no longer available set of chevron polka dot sheets from the French Bull line at Target.

Here are a few sheet sets that are both lovely and practical and set the tone for a great fall semester.

Whim Collection by Martha Stewart is actually one of my favorite brands. With whimsical prints and just down right cute ways to match them, how could anyone resist this line? Even better, right now, they are having some great deals.

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How cute are the camel sheets and other assorted animal prints? All of these could be paired with any bedding you’ve already purchased. In college there is zero shame in having at least two or three sets of sheets. You don’t want to be the girl who spills something on her bed and then has to wait for the washer while you’d rather be squeezing in a run before studying for that exam.

It’s totally okay to mix from multiple companies. I would absolutely pair the dotty black Whim sheets with the rugby stripe comforter from Target like in my guest room.

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If you’re looking for something in the Lilly Pulitzer print family. Look no further than Etsy.

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Lilly Pulitzer from Have Faith Boutiques on Etsy has a number of beautiful duvet covers based on Lilly Pulitzer prints. You can have the monogram customized for your own personal preferences including the shape of the name plates. They also do shower curtains, towels, yoga mats, etc.

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For a little less print, Pottery barn has this amazing ribbon duvet in multiple colors. It’s one of my favorites because with the lack of print, you can do high impact printed sheets and pillows.

These are some of my favorite sheet ideas. If you’ve already purchased some, tell me about them! What did you buy?

Planner Season

It’s my favorite time of year. The time of year when some of my favorite companies start rolling out planners and agendas in anticipation of back to school time. Ah Planner Season. (That’s a thing right?) Anyway, nothing makes me happier than a brand new and ready to use agenda except for an already filled and completely scrapped one.

I am currently using the Bando 17 month planner which has one of my favorite prints to date. In a job where I do a lot of idle chit chat, this design has been a cute little icebreaker a number of time over. Each year, I try to do something and say something a little different with my planner. Since it’s a book that gets such heavy usage for me, I try to go for one that is not only cute but also sturdy and high quality. I really put the Bando planner through the ringer and it has held up even better than some of the more expensive planner I’ve had over the years. It’s a great price and I am also willing to pay a little bit extra for celebratory stickers. For some reason I am a sucker for stickers.

Here are my top picks for planners this season in a pretty decent range of prices, a few are even personalized. I apologize in advance because apparently all I care about this year is pink, gold and stripes. Happy hunting for your own planners.

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