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September 2013

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Nook: Progress

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  • September 30, 2013

Remember when I introduced you guys to this sad little nook?

loft nook

Then, remember how I improved it ever so slightly with my DIY corkboard?

DIY Painted Memo Board | Lemon Drop Life

Well, thanks to a trip to Ikea a couple of weeks ago, my little nook is lookin’ up:

Nook: Progress | Lemon Drop Life

Like, 1000x better, right? Yeah, I thought so, too. The desk is the Micke desk in white, and it is a perfect fit for this space! I fell in love with the idea of a Parsons style desk, and this still gives me that same kind of feel without the price tag of an actual Parsons desk!

My hubby is pretty adamantly opposed to wicker furniture indoors..he just thinks it’s way too uncomfortable. I, on the other hand, have a small obsession with it. So I was able to get away with it here since I’m the only one that has to sit in it! It’s the Agen chair, BTW.

Nook: Progress | Lemon Drop Life

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that we put our sanity at risk pretty much every time JP and I attempt to assemble IKEA furniture together. So, I decided to try and tackle this desk on my own, and I’m pleased to say I made it through with nary a hair pulled from my head!

Nook: Progress | Lemon Drop Life

Obviously, I’m majorly lacking in the color department up here. I’m planning to recover the chair cushion in a fun fabric and hung something colorful on the wall behind the desk. I’m even considering trying to customize the desk somehow..we’ll see where that ends up!

Nook: Progress | Lemon Drop Life

For now, I’m just enjoying having a little place to call my own!

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Does That Really Work?: Stinky Shoe Edition

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  • September 11, 2013
We’ve all seen those ‘miracle pins’ on Pinterest that promise to do something awesome for us with very little work. Well, in this series, I’m putting those to the test.
Does That Really Work
If stinky shoes are TMI for you, you’ll want to skip this post.

But let’s get real. Sometimes your shoes start to smell just plain funky. Well, I guess I don’t know about your shoes in particular (how dare I throw your delightfully-scented tootsies under the bus?!), but my shoes do.

And it’s not all my shoes, guys…I mean I bathe on a regular basis. The usual culprits are moccasins or anything Toms-like. Closed toe, canvas shoes that I don’t wear socks with. And I know they make special footie-type socks that you can wear with them, but it’s 95 degrees out and socks are SO not my summer jam.

So after a few weeks of consistent wear, the shoes start to funkify. And then every time I go to someone’s house I have the angel on my shoulder saying, “You’re a guest, you should take your shoes off.” But then the devil on the other side, says “Hold up girl, you know your feet are going to you really want to be that person?” And then I realize that I’ve been standing awkwardly in their front doorway for 5 minutes having this inner debate with myself, so I just turn around and run screaming out the door, determined to become a hermit because of my stinky shoe problem.

OK, so that last part probably didn’t happen. But you catch my drift.

So what am I to do? Just toss them when they get stinky? That seems like such a waste! I was determined to save them, so I turned to Pinterest. I found lots of tips on getting rid of shoe stank, but the one that intrigued me the most (mainly because I already had everything I needed to try it out) was this one:

Does That Really Work?: Stinky Shoe Edition | Lemon Drop LifeUnfortunately, there was no source on this pin.

Like I said, I already had tea bags sitting in our pantry so I figured it couldn’t hurt. I put three in each shoe and let them sit for a full day before I did the smell test.

And, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I mean, they don’t smell brand new or anything, but they are definitely a lot less funky! Score one for free home remedies!!

Now you all can invite me over to your house, and I’ll walk in with confidence and take off my shoes right away 🙂

{Side note: Please don’t use tea bags that have been in your shoes to then brew tea. People will stop liking you.}

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When NOT To Settle

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  • September 9, 2013

The title of this post may imply that I’m going to give you guys some really awesome life advice about how you should follow your heart and shoot for the stars and all that jazz. But I’m just talking about decorating your house. Priorities.

A few weeks ago, I talked to you guys about how I was making it work with regards to our bedroom furniture. Mainly because we paid good money for it, and even though I don’t love it, it feels wasteful to just discard it.

But you can’t always make everything work.

Our bedroom for example. You may or may not remember that when we moved in it looked like this:

master bedroom-progress


There’s been a couple updates since this photo. Namely, we got white bedding, I reupholstered the headboard, and we got hardwood floors installed. But as much as I tried to love it, the wall color always irked me. I chose it mainly to coordinate with the bedding (which I also wasn’t over the moon about). Word of advice: if you don’t love something, don’t try to design the rest of your room around it. I corrected the bedding problem, but I was still trying to make the wall color work, and it just wasn’t. Like, at all.

So on a whim, I painted it.

When NOT To Settle | Lemon Drop Life

And I am SO happy. It finally feels right.

The smoky gray-blue gives off just the cozy, relaxing vibe I want in our bedroom. The color is (wait for it) Smokey Blue by Sherwin Williams. And I’m already imagining how I want the rest of the room to look. It’s amazing what the perfect color can do!

My point here is that if a problem can be rectified fairly cheaply, do it. If I had just purchased bedding I liked to begin with, I wouldn’t have been in this situation at all. But luckily, bedding and paint color are things I can change fairly cheaply and I’m so so glad I did.