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Bedroom Makeover Progress

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When we first tell people we are having a baby, the first thing they ask is if we will be moving to a bigger apartment. And with the rental market being what it is in San Francisco, it’s just not something we are willing to do. We decided to make living in a one bedroom work, and to make that happen, we had to commit to majorly revamping our space.

In the past, our bedroom was always a mishmash of hand-me-down furniture. And while, we like the eclectic look (and I loved our old bed frame), to make space for the baby, we needed to make sure our furniture was smaller and had ample storage space.

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In case you hadn’t noticed, everything before was grey or brown. You think neutrals are safe, but when put together, they just look horrible. The furniture was bulky, mis-matched and it had an overall blah feeling. We never really cared, because it was a place to sleep, not hang out in.Clothing piled up on chairs and clutter covered our makeshift nightstands. When rethinking our bedroom, matching furniture and a bed with built in storage underneath were both priorities.

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We started with the bed. We had our eye on the Tate Bed from Crate and Barrel, but couldn’t bring ourselves to pay $1500 for it. Then we found a very similar bed from Mancini’s Sleepworld for a third of the price, with storage underneath (score)! One of the must haves on our list was a rug. I got mine from One Kings Lane, it was a bit of a splurge, but it was well worth it! Not only did it bring in a lot of color, but it’s nice to not have to keep shoes next to your bed. Stepping directly onto gross hardwood every morning was not my favorite feeling.

The bedroom set and glider are from West Elm. I obsessed over these both for months and broke down and bought them both when the glider went on sale. The dressers were solid wood and I love the fact that they seem timeless. I plan on not buying new bedroom furniture for a long ass time. Like 20+ years would be ideal.

All thats left now is small finishing touches. Some extra storage for the baby, a mattress for her crib and hanging some art on my super bare walls. I’m so excited for this project to be done and just enjoy my bedroom rather than be stressed out by it. It also makes me feel like a grown up to have a sassy bedroom. In 4 months I may still have a roommate that incessantly babbles and barfs on herself, but I’d say it’s still a huge step up from my first living situation here in San Francisco. Yay, progress!

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Clean Sheets for Less Green

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There is nothing nicer than curling up into some clean sheets. Clean of chemicals used for permanent pressing and repelling stains. It used to be that the only organic bedding was over priced and hard to come by, but that seems to not be the case anymore. Organic sheets are popping up all over the place and I am pleasantly surprised to see that a good number of them are under $100. I’m a big fan of the Target Threshold Organic Cotton Sheets and the West Elm Organic Cotton Sheets, they both come in a variety of fun designs to add a little fun to your bedroom!

Kohl’s – Organic Egyptian Cotton 350 Thread Count Sheet Set - $80 – $95

Target – Threshold 325 Thread Count Organic Cotton Sheet Set - $23 – $56

West Elm Organic Wavy Stripe Sheet Set - $23 – $95

West Elm Organic Ikat Stripe Sheet Set - $16 – $95

West Elm Organic Harmony Sheet Set - $27 – $95

Bed Bath & Beyond – Simply Organic Sheet Set - $80 – $100

(Image via West Elm)

{Inspiration} Entry Organization

My home is an ongoing area of improvement, especially in the organization department. In an attempt to cut down on cleaning we have been taking out shoes off at the door. It helps so much on hardwood floors to not be tracking the disgusting streets of San Francisco all throughout your house. After making some minor tweaks, our entry is almost perfect.

All I need is something to sit on to make taking off and putting on shoes easier and a prettier solution for storage. Right now, our shoes are in a decorative basket, but Tom’s boots are scattered around it, because they don’t fit. I’m thinking of trying out this DIY leather stool and working on some shoe storage to go with it. Bu,t I love some of these long benches and shoe racks I’m seeing.

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(Sources: Warm DecorPinterestIkea FamilyPottery Barn)

Obsessing Over Cashew Cheese

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What happens when you eat all the cheese in the house and your pregnancy craving are being relentless? You find shit in you cabinets and make do. Luckily, I had intended to make cashew cheese months ago, so I had a buttload of cashews on hand. Ugh. I can’t tell you how much of this stuff I just ate. I had a full box of cracked pepper and olive oil triscuits that has now dwindled to the broken pieces. Pieces that I will soon be fishing out of the bottom on the box with no shame what-so-ever.

Just so happens, cashew cheese is pretty healthy! Cashews contain oleic acid (the same fat found in olive oil), which reduces the risk of heart disease and are a great source of magnesium, which makes for a happy heart and happy body.

Wanna taste for yourself? It only took about 3 minutes to put together.

Simple Cashew Cheese (Adapted from Dreena Burton’s Truffled Cashew Cheese)

1 3/4 cup cashews (soaked and drained)

juice of half a lemon

2 cloves of garlic

salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until desired consistency.

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