Master Bedroom Progress!

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We’ve made some pretty decent progress in the master bedroom recently—a new rug, curtains, bedding, drapes and some furniture! It’s getting there! We’ve got quite a bit more to do (here’s the design plan post), but any progress is considered awesome progress around here.

Master Bedroom Progress

It wasn’t too long ago that it was looking more like this…

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

We’ve yet to make the big visual changes yet—like painting the walls (DREADING IT!)—but it’s crazy to see how simple layers like bedding, rugs and drapes can change the space.


Master Bedroom Progress

This rug needed an 8′ x 10′ so I was on the hunt for an affordable option. I needed something muted, with just a tiny hint of pattern, and this Safavieh Valencia rug did the trick. I actually found this rug marked as “damaged” via eBay and got it for much cheaper. I have been loving this eBay shop for “damaged but mostly lovely” bargain rug finds.

Master Bedroom Progress


Master Bedroom Progress

I always tell people when designing spaces that dressing a window with a decent 96″+ drape and quality rod is going to cost you around $200/window. Fabric at that length and that width is just expensive, no matter which way you cut it. Now, there are certainly deals to be found and you best believe I was trying to get this closer to $150/window, which I almost succeeded at.

The black rods are from Walmart (believe it or not) and I LOVE THEM. They are heavy, feel very substantial and I like the style of the finials—mostly traditional with a touch of matte black modern. And get this—they are $25 a piece. That is unheard of.

The drapes are another awesome bargain find. Like I mention in this post on big-home living, I’m firmly footed in the land of 108″+ drapes thanks to our 9’+ ceilings, so finding affordable options that are fully lined and can also block light is really hard. The average is about $80/panel and with 3 windows to cover, that was just not happening. I also am fairly picky about the hanging style of the drape and prefer something that has both a pole pocket, tabs AND a sewed in panel for drapery hooks. High maintenance, I know. These 108″ blackout velvet drapes via Amazon did the trick!


Master Bedroom Progress

I have a white duvet in the design plan, but I’ve had this taupe floral bedding around for awhile now and wanted to see how it would look with the new, well, look. It’s from Dwell Studio—called the Georgia—and I do love it. It was a way for me to get my floral on, but yet neutral enough that Aaron didn’t feel completely silly with it pulled up around his ears at night (lol).


Nearly everything “new” you see here—the chair, the side table, the black task lamp, the blue shibori frames—are from Target. This was all stuff that I had purchased to stage the Holman house (and ultimately to live at this house) but I didn’t exactly plan on it all being within the same 5 feet of each other–ha! We have plans to swap out the art in those Target frames (the frames are incredible!) but I do like everything together here.

Chair / Side Table / Black Lamp (similar) / Blue Shibori Frames

Also, if you’re interested in the Target frames, they are made in a way that you cannot open the back of them. I think I can still get in there, but have yet to investigate how much damage opening up the back of those puppies might happen. Just so you’re aware…

I think that’s it!

Now on to painting… UGH!



Staining Our Deck Like A Boss (With A Sprayer!)

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Our back deck is finally stained! Hallelujah! You’ve heard me yammer on about staining this deck now for weeks and the weather finally cooperated long enough for me to get it done. It feels great to check this off my list.

Spray Staining Our Deck

Spray Staining Our Deck

When we designed the deck, we opted for a shadowbox-type approach for the walls. It gave it the modern horizontal look we wanted, saved us some money on materials and keeps the space nice and breezy (vs. doing a solid vertical wall). I talk more about our approach in this post, including where we started and where we ended up. We used the very talented Bill Harris from Custom Carpentry in NKY to bring our vision to life. Here’s what it looked like when Bill wrapped up his part (it was about 90% done at this point).

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

That was in November of last year. And it sat and sat. There’s actually some merit to letting treated lumber “sit” for awhile, but I doubt they meant for nearly a year. Whoops. I had been putting it off because I knew it was going to take forever. While the design of the walls is awesome visually and functionally, getting the nooks and crannies of those bad boys stained is right up there on the torture scale with painting kitchen cabinets. It was one of those “take a vacation day” type of jobs, if you know what I mean.

But wait… I had forgotten about these lovely little devices called paint sprayers!! D’uh!! Guess what sprayers can also spray? Wood stain! (Stain is actually much easier/less fuss in a sprayer versus paint because you don’t have to water it down like you do paint.)

Spray Staining Our Deck

Here is when being a blogger comes in handy. I emailed my contact at HomeRight and asked for a prayer to review, and she recommended the Finish Max sprayer. My very own showed up in the mail a few days later.

I have to admit—I was intimidated by this thing. It looks and feels very powerful. It IS powerful. But it was so easy to use. I was expecting to spend 2 torturous days staining our deck by hand and it took me like two hours. TWO HOURS. There is nothing I love more than something that saves me time.

A couple of things to note on spraying vs. staining:

  • You’ll use more stain (so be sure to have some extra on hand)
  • You’ll need to stay close to the wood (about 4-10 inches) to ensure you don’t waste too much (took me awhile to get this down!)
  • You’ll need to practice the spraying motion on a piece of cardboard to avoid getting those start and stop circles
  • You’ll need a long extension cord so you can move with freedom
  • You’ll need a good stain brush to smooth out any drips (I used this one)
  • You’ll need some mineral spirits and a bucket for cleanup
  • You’ll need to plan a date night to celebrate all the free time you’ll suddenly have (no seriously, we went out that night)

As far as the supplies we needed—we didn’t need much! The stain we used is called ProLuxe Cetol SRD RE in a Cedar Matte Finish… pretty much the Mercedes Benz of wood stains… it went on like buttah! I also really liked this AllPro Stainer Brush I borrowed from my dad. I can’t find the link for it, but this one is a similar size.

Spray Staining Our Deck

The color of the stain turned out so pretty. I was a little worried because sometimes cedars come out too orange, but this one was just right while still coordinating with the color of our cedar playhouse.

Spray Staining Our Deck

Spray Staining Our Deck

A year ago it looked like this (below), so I’d say we’ve made a vast improvement on this space!

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

I’m not completely done here (I’d like to paint the floor) but I’m happy for now!




A New Bed From Spoon [VIDEO!]

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Pssstt… there’s a coupon code and a video at the bottom of this post!

As you know from my last post, we moved up the master bedroom to the top of our “things to get done around the house” list. And let me tell ya, it’s been very satisfying.

The latest news—we have a new bed!

Also fun news—we now have curtains!

I’ll talk more about the curtains later, mainly because I need to get some photos of them that doesn’t include a blur of a small child running past. 😉

Anyways, we have a new mattress/bed and it is from a company called Spoon. Spoon Sleep just launched and one of the reasons I was interested in them is because of their unique position in the market.

Spoon Sleep Bed

Our bed is the main piece of furniture in our bedroom, which means we use our bed for a whole lot more life things than just sleep. It’s where I feed the baby, work at night, read to the kids, etc. I think it’s safe to assume that we do a whole lot of living on our bed as a family and very little sleeping (that’s Otto’s fault).

Spoon Sleep Bed

So it only makes sense that a mattress should be designed for more than just sleep. Like, ding ding ding!

(Also, I have not talked much about my “real job” on this blog, but as a person in the product innovation industry who has spent 7 years working hard to create new products and ideas that fit peoples’ lives better, this bed spoke to me. It just makes sense. Of course!)

Spoon Sleep Bed

Spoon calls it a “life hub.” I call it a godsend.

The way that it works is that it is filled with these industrial-strength foam pillars. These pillars move as you move, to support you and lift you where you need it, whether you’re sleeping or working or whatever.

Spoon Sleep Bed

I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me after posting it in my Instagram Stories and the best way I know how to describe it is this: you know those games back in the ’90’s where you place your hand on the bed of pins and the pins conform to the shape of your hand.. and moves and conforms to your shape as you move? Yea, it’s kind of like that.

I can’t feel the individual pillars at all, but I do feel supported in every which way.

It’s lovely.

The Spoon mattress comes inside a box and will expand as you open it up. Ours took about 36 hours to fully expand. It’s hard to believe a giant king-size bed can fit in there, but ’tis true.

Spoon Sleep Bed

Aaron made this fun video of us getting everything all set up, with help from the whole family. The boys were so excited to see it spring to life, and honestly so were we. Aaron and I might be even more excited to put our terrible 12-year old marshmallow lump of a mattress out on the curb. Buh-bye!

Watch here:

More Than Just a Bed with Spoon from Go Haus Go on Vimeo.

We’ve spent about a week with our Spoon mattress and we’ll report back as we spend more time with it. So far, so good!

And for transparency sake, Spoon did send me this bed to review, but all thoughts and opinions are very much my own. The whole “hey, it’s kind of like that pin game!” was definitely my idea LOL!

To learn more about the Spoon mattress, here’s their website, Instagram and Facebook.

Use code READYTOSPOON for $100 off your first Spoon bed.





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