Soft Grey

 Morning! Love having random long weekends like this past one :) Something so nice about sleeping in on a Monday.

One of things that happened during my little blog absence was some painting! Specifically, my room - which I've talked about painting a light grey for almost three years now. ( I went and checked - here's one of my posts from 2011) Finding the right grey is hard y'all haha

I bought a test pot in a colour I was almost 100% sure of, but it looked way too dark when I got it on the walls. (It was very similar to Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball) So I went up to the very top row of my paint deck and chose Special Edition by Para Paints. It went on looking very white, but dried to this subtle soft grey that I am in love with. It changes a little depending on the light, sometimes looking more greige, sometimes more lilac, but it's beautiful.

New walls call for new art right? Painted the verse above just after finishing my room - the gold is gorgeous against the grey!

And my ever-expanding art wall is below. This is just a small segment of it :) Yes, there is a sideways print there until I find something else. The watercolour in the middle is from this Etsy shop, and most of the other prints are by Leigh Viner. The tiny canvases are from a project years ago, and the giant canvas above my bed (two photos up!) was painted by me as well.

Just for fun, some shots of my new desk! The new year has been full of changes already :) I used to work from the dining room table, so this is a very welcome change.

The disco ball is fantastic when the sun comes out :) And when I have some, my little jar is full of Wint-o-green candies.

Feels so good to finally accomplish something I've been planning for quite a while. Now to just put all the final touches together and share the final tour!! You can find some of my old plans & thoughts for this room under the 'bedroom' tag. Funny to see how my plans have evolved :)

Hope your week is off to a lovely start!


Home for the Holidays

I really love being home for the holidays. I think if I were to ever move far away, the month of December would be the toughest. It's more than just the physical space that is 'home' that I would miss though, it's the people that make it home. The people that love & accept you no matter what. And even if you're not home for Christmas this year, I do hope you get to spend it with those you love & love you.

I mean, where else can you get away with an ornament like above?? Haha

Our tree is full of ornaments collected (or made) over the years. There's some from friends, some older than me, some just because they're pretty and some that come out every year no matter what. There's no themed tree here, but it makes me smile none-the-less :)

Grandma's shortbread is just the best. She makes it every year and knows the recipe by heart. This year I made two batches with her supervision and I think they turned out pretty well! Not quite like hers yet though :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week :)


Design-by-Room: Silver Grey

Good morning!!

Today is a special edition of Design by Room, as this is the plan for my bedroom! I know I've showed my plans before, but this a complete overhaul and I am so ridiculously happy with this plan!

1. Twilight Blue, 2. Edinburgh Windows, 3. The Royal Mile, 4. SEVEN, 5. bookcase idea, 6. IKEA Edland bedframe, 7. IKEA Byholma chest, 7. IKEA Virserum frame, 8. IKEA Ribba frame, 9. silver leaf lamp idea, 10. Farrow & Ball in Lamp Room Gray, Manor House Gray, French Gray & Savage Ground.

Okay, so. Artwork. 1-3 I've had open in tabs for over a week now. WANT. Perfect for my colour scheme and I adore them! I already have a frame for 1, and 2&3 will go in either white or aluminum frames. But I'm thinking white, because I might have another piece that would look ah-mazing in an aluminum frame. 4 is sold out, so I'm going to paint some sort of version myself :D

I want that bedframe. And I'm going to put curtains on it and make it pretty and comfy and oh-so-fabulous :D

I'm undecided about the chest. I love it and the colour and I have a spot for it in my mental floorplan, but ...? Not sure. Thoughts?

My bookcase is currently colour-coordinated, but I'm thinking of turning all the books around so the pages face out instead of the spine. Good or bad idea?

For lamps, my mom has these old dated (mint-green) lamps that are getting some silver leaf and new shades. And I also have a ceiling light/fan that is staying. (old house + bad windows/insulation + hot, humid summers = ugly fan is necessary)

And I also might be getting the new For Like Ever print. Because it's in grey!!! So friggin' awesome. My only problem is a frame. It needs a 24x36" (or 60x90cm) frame. And IKEA doesn't have any that size. Any thoughts on where to find one? It's standard poster size I believe.

All of my current bedroom furniture, which includes dresser, desk, bookcase, and a weird desk-shelf-add-on-thing is white. And I also have a gallery wall of old vintage frames in white.

For paint colour, my carpet is similar to Savage Ground, and I'm liking Lamp Room Gray & Manor House Gray. French Gray is leaning too green for my liking. I don't want the grey to be too dark, but I also want it to be different enough from the white trim in the room. I have 2 massive doors, a massive window, and 1' high baseboards around the entire room. Any colour suggestions?

Okay, I think that was everything. Any thoughts, suggestions, or comments are very welcome!!

I'm kinda super excited to get started on this when school is done! 4 more weeks to go :D

OH! And before I forget, be sure to check me out on twitter!! It's brand new and I'm kinda excited :)


Ballet Inspired & A Question


Lately I've been loving soft neutral colours, especially on my nails. I'm currently wearing Parlez-vous OPI by OPI and I love it! So I thought I would dedicate a little post to some gorgeous, soft, inspirations :)

And now for my question! I'm not super happy with the layout in my room right now. The first photo is what it was a little while ago, and the second photo is what it currently looks like.  (Click on images to enlarge them.)

Light blue = bed
Green = desk
Purple = separate desk shelf unit thing
Pink = bookshelf
Dark blue = dresser
Orange = table being used as nightstand
Yellow = nightstand

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These next 6 are some possibilities.  The weird thing on the right wall is from the chimney. It sticks out about 3 inches into my room. The other three walls have my closet door, my room door, and a window. So there's something on every wall that makes for an awkward layout.

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And finally, this is the layout that I think I'm leaning towards. I think. The nightstands got bumped just before I took the photo, so they wouldn't be so far away in real life haha And I do have a chair for my desk, I just didn't bother to measure it since it goes wherever the desk goes.

Thoughts? Favourites? Any other ideas?

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Times Two

As promised last week, photos of my bedroom at home! Please keep in mind that this room is far from what I would deem 'finished'. It is definitely a work in progress still!

(And I know the photos aren't the best quality, but you can click on them to view full size :) )

First up is the main item in the room, the bed. See the pretty graphic floral? On sale in winners :) The grey accent pillows came with the duvet and the shams, but they're not the greatest. I'm definitely on the lookout for something else, but these two are fine as placeholders for now.

This wall of my room has about 1'.5" or 2" between the bed and the wall; enough to walk comfortably (or store stuff hehe). But it needs something on the wall. You can kind of see a giant canvas in the bottom of the right photo, and I am thinking of painting it and hanging it in this blank space. It's covered in a pretty floral fabric that I was trying out as an idea, but I don't really like it.

On the other side of my room is my desk (which is a complete disaster at the moment, thus no photos of it haha), my bookshelf, and my dresser. On top of my dresser is this collection of things that need to find a proper home. The weird pink-ish jewelry box thing is getting painted, I just have to wait until I can open some windows and not freeze haha. And the frames need photos.

Not going to lie, I'm kind proud of this bookshelf :D I organized it while I should have been studying for exams and I think it looks kinda awesome. All the books are the books from my childhood. So there's some Animal Ark & Princess Diaries, and old books of my mom's like Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins :) And there's even some photos of little me haha (I have some more detailed & better photos of it, but I want to blur some of the faces in the photos on the lower shelves so those will be up another day :) )

Here's a close up of that fabric from before. It's actually a scarf from H&M and I loved the pattern so much I bought it to frame. I was trying it out on the canvas because I don't have a big frame at the moment, but hopefully I can pick one up at Ikea soon!

And here's the second bedroom! This is my tiny bedroom in my tiny apartment at school :)

Since buying this bed, I've realized that I don't love really low furniture, but it hits at the bottom of the window, so it works in this room. We weren't allowed to change the wall colour, and technically I guess they wanted us to limit our use of nails in the wall, but I don't mind polyfilla-ing the holes when I leave :)

 Right beside my bed is this massive wardrobe that came with the apartment. It's not the best ever, but it works (and it's too big and heavy to move anywhere else...).

 Right beside the wardrobe is my little purple chair and my invisible book shelf :) And you may notice the same purple-y floral scarf on the chair haha (took these photos before I took the scarf home :P)

 Close up of my awesome invisible bookshelf :) The little blue elephant was a gift from my BFF (If you look at my bookshelves in my room at home, the strange little animals on the shelves are also from her...sensing a theme? haha)

And then on the other side of my window is my little collection of pretty things :) I bought the fake flowers years ago and found them last summer and knew immediately that they would look awesome in my Ikea vase thing.

And that is it! There is of course more to both my rooms, but I had to throw all my junk somewhere to take these photos haha :P

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Keep in mind that both rooms are still unfinished and definitely not where I would like them to be to be considered 'done', but I'm pretty happy with the direction in both rooms.

Hope you all have a lovely day!


{All photos taken by me. Please email or contact if you wish to use them. Thanks!}

A Good Start

Remember this post from a few weeks ago? I think I've settled on the IKEA bedframe. Mainly for price. But I was still debating on duvet covers. I have a double duvet cover that I bought in Winners; it's a graphic floral in grey and white. And I have still have a duvet from my old twin bed, which I now use on my new bed at the foot because the house is 100 years old and gets super cold in the winter.

Anyways, I've been looking on and off for a cover for it. Debating a solid colour, or a textured white, or something else entirely. I couldn't decide, that is, until I found this duvet cover at West Elm.


I'll take a picture of my home duvet when I go home this weekend so you can all see, but I think it would be perfect! The only thing I don't like is the stripes would be going the other way since I'd be putting it on a twin duvet and it lies width-wise across my bed. (Did that make sense? I feel like I haven't been making sense lately...)
West Elm
But I still LURVE it! (If you've seen the Star Trek movie gag reel, that will make more sense hahaha)

So. Here's the sort of colour scheme that I've been liking lately for my room. Two of the walls (we just won't talk about the mistake that is the other two walls...they're getting repainted this summer) are Lazy Sunday by Benjamin Moore. My bedding is grey and white. All of my furniture (desk, dresser, bookshelf) and trim (1 foot high baseboards and big, old doors) are white. And my carpet is just like a light sandy beige basic colour.

I love the idea of throwing some navy and dark grey (with the bed frame) in there. And then I kind of like the turquoise. Maybe not that exact shade, but I have this really cute bowl in my kitchen here at school and that's the sort of colour I was thinking of and this was as close as I could get from just viewing the colours online.

Maybe it's just the particular shade of turquoise that I chose, but I'm not really loving it here. I love the navy, but I'll have to keep trying with the turquoise. Any other suggestions for a fun colour to throw in the mix? I've thought of purple...might have to look into that more. Or pink? It is the colour of the year after all :)

I think I'll start a "Home Tuesdays" series and share thoughts and inspirations and questions for my own spaces. Because you know this is not the end of the bedroom discussion haha So check back next Tuesday for photos of my room at home and share your thoughts!!

Happy Tuesday!!


ps...sorry for the amount of run-on sentences in this post. Usually my grammar is a little better, but it's coming up to midterms soon and my brain is emptying out of it's usual knowledge for facts on circuits and coding and history... :S

{color chips from Benjamin Moore and the title of this post is from a song by Maria Taylor}