Monday, January 30, 2012

Brown Bomb

OK.  So this is kind of embarrassing, but I'm gonna share anyway.  I was hoping to have a beautiful, new, white chair that I got a great deal on to show off today.  Instead, I have a brown chair that's being returned and I'm back to square one of my cheap chair hunt. 

First off, here's why I thought I was getting a white chair.


That is exactly what the listing on the Williams Sonoma website looks like.  NO WHERE does it say that the upholstery is brown or "walnut".  Oh, and when I ordered my chair the sale price was $479, so I was in a pretty big hurry to place the order before such a great deal was gone.

Here's the embarrassing part:  I was so excited to get a chair at almost $1000 off the original price that I didn't even realize that the "walnut" in the description was referring to the fabric.  No warning flags went off, no thoughts, of, "Hmm, that's funny maybe I should call about that and possibly cancel my order."

Please tell me that I'm not crazy and that I had every reason to be completely shocked when a brown chair showed up at my house! 

After a short freak-out session and a chat with customer service (I kept the freak-out separate from the customer service call) I got them to agree to come pick the chair up and give us a full refund.  Whew!

Anyways, I have definitely learned my lesson.  From now on, every online order will be read and scrutinized a million times before I click "place order."

I'm a bit bummed that I didn't get the deal that I thought I was getting.  The chair really is great and very high quality.  It's comfortable and it's the perfect size and style I was looking for, just not the right color.  Now I have to start searching all over again. 

I'll let you know what I come up with!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Liiiiiittle Bit to the Right

As promised, here's the little bit of rearranging I did in my bedroom.  Nothing big, just some shifting.  The bed used to be in the left corner which left a huge open space on the right side of the room (picture here). 

The last time I posted progress pics of my bedroom Andrea from Decorating Cents asked why my bed wasn't centered.  At first I couldn't remember, and I thought, "Why isn't my bed centered?"  I started poking around my room and I was reminded that the air vents are both right under the windows.  That's why I hadn't bothered to try and center the bed, 'cause I thought that the bedside tables would block he vents. 

Well, I got curious and pushed the bed and night stands to the center.  Turns out the night stands fit without blocking the vents!  (Thanks for the inspiration, Andrea!)

I love the new centered bed/sunburst focal point and that they're the first things you see when you enter the room.  I also think it will be less expensive to fill two small-ish corners instead of one massive expanse that was almost the size of our living room.  

The picture below is a quick break down of what I have left to do.

So I'm still looking at Craigslist everyday an making frequent visits to Home Goods and furniture discount places.  I've got two big ticket items to buy and I'm hoping to find some good deals.  I think it'll be a while before I come across anything at the right price, but when I do, I'll let you know!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Corner Inspiration

Real Simple did a feature on corner makeovers years ago and I never forgot it, especially that changing corner (swoon).  Well, I did a bit of rearranging in my bedroom and now I have two corners to fill (pre-rearranged bedroom here).  I'll share the rearranging later when I get the master nice and clean.  Our bedroom was severely neglected in the weeks that I didn't feel too hot (I'm proud to say that the rest of our house stayed pretty clean, though). 

One corner will be a little reading nook and the other corner will be a little changing area.  I have a pretty short list of things that I need to buy in order to get these corners finished and have a mostly done bedroom.  I still need a fairly inexpensive, but comfortable chair, a large leaning mirror, and an ottoman.  I haven't figured out the best (cheapest) way to go about acquiring these things.  I may try to make an ottoman (like this one), places like Home Goods usually have large, relatively cheap mirrors, and lately I've been scouring furniture clearance places for a chair. 

There will be lots and lots of looking in my future until I find just the right pieces that are also the right price.

The hunt is on!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Big News

So basically that's why I've been MIA lately.  I was about 10 weeks along at the beginning of December and I thought I was going to make it through my first trimester without any symptoms, but then I just got slammed with nausea, heartburn, and exhaustion.  Anything that wasn't essential to daily life went out the window.  No Christmas tree, no advent calendar with cutesy activities, no baking (definitely no baking), and no decorating or household projects.  Thank goodness Little Man is not even two yet and won't remember the Christmas that Mommy ruined!

I'm still experiencing some sluggishness and food aversions, but now that I'm 14 weeks, I think I can feel them starting to go away and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things! 

How did some of you mamas deal with pregnancy, a small child, and everyday life?  Also, any tips on having an infant and a toddler would be welcome.  I'm so thankful and very excited, but I am kind of nervous about learning how to take care of a newborn and a toddler at the same time.  I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I'll Be Right Back!


Please excuse my terrible blogging etiquette of just takin' a little break with zero explanation whatsoever.  I've got a really good reason and I'll do some explaining when I start posting again next week.  Until then,  hope y'all had some great holidays you've had a great start to 2012!

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