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Our Cozy Hideaway

It’s the weekend!


What better time to sleep in. Or, if you color yourself an early bird like me, the ideal time to rise before the sun (sans an alarm), lounge in comfy PJs, enjoy a cup of coffee, and just putter away the morning. I love Saturday mornings especially when I have a tiny list of small things to tackle, not the least of which is a top priority. Matt will sleep in and I will read, or knit, or browse Pinterest.


Which is precisely why, when redesigning our bedroom, I strove for a cozy feel that wasn’t too masculine, wasn’t overtly feminine, but the perfect mix of rest, relaxation, and style.


I browsed through my entire library of digital photos – 1,474, to be precise – looking for a “before” photo of the bedroom. Sadly, I couldn’t find a single one! Not even an accidental snapshot.


What I can tell you about the space before is that the dresser and lone nightstand were oversized, the once-white mini-blinds were filthy and old, the walls were a poorly painted dark magenta, and the bedding was just too juvenile for a newly married couple in their early thirties.


And so, as with my previous home projects (my office and the living/dining room), I sought the expertise of Jessica McKay of Birdhouse Interior Design and the brainchild behind COOP. Knowing my style and budget, Jessica offered numerous suggestions on the directions our space could take.


Given the fact that my full-time job has me crisscrossing the country and sleeping in hotels on a weekly basis, it was imperative that our bedroom be a sanctuary with a bit of color here, a lot of cozy there. Matt and I couldn’t be more pleased with how the room looks today.


Although Matt’s first reaction when he saw the space? “It looks great. It looks just like a hotel!”


Which is a solid observation. Not just any hotel, however, but our hotel.

Our bedroom is a mixture of pieces that are vintage, handmade, and new. The bedding is from Macy’s, while the sheets, curtains, blanketlamp shades, and even digital alarm clock are by the Threshold line at Target. The side tables are from, while the mirror and jewelry bowl are from the Nate Berkus home furnishings line (again: Target!). The two orange throw pillows and two red candle holders were found on a shopping trip to HomeGoods, while the larger LOVE pillow is from Joss & Main. The dresser is from McMillan’s Antiques here in Omaha, while the swing-arm wall sconces are from The Home Depot. My favorite accents? The gold-dipped milk glass vases I found at Etsy. (Two are in the bedroom; the other three are scattered throughout the house.)





















My Home Office is Granny Chic

Random snapshots of my newly redecorated home office have sporadically populated my Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds these past few weeks. But a full feature of photographs? Not until today!


Jessica McKay of Birdhouse Interior Design, who on Monday was featured by Design*Sponge (Yay!), patiently held my hand as we transformed the space from boring and predictable to a phrase she coined: granny chic. (Jessica and I also worked on my living/dining space to reach maximum granny chicness.)


The pink walls, floral chair, drapes, wooden desk, orange pouf, my collection of Vera Bradley bags, and even the artwork (by Felicia P. Dadak) beautifully work together to create a space that has quickly become my favorite room in our home. I find myself spending hours knitting, writing, reading, thinking, browsing (the web and magazines alike), and wishing for warmer weather while surrounded by bold color and vivid patterns. And I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.


Welcome to my home office!