Master Bedroom Update (Plus 4-Month Spoon Mattress Review!)

By | Room Makeovers | 8 Comments

We’ve slowly but surely been ticking away at our master bedroom project. This has always been a tricky space to keep prioritized on our house projects list because it’s just a space for Aaron and I, but my goodness, keeping it top of mind and continuing to work on it has been the best. And I’ve been making our bed everyday—GAME CHANGER.

We’ve done a few things in here already—hanging curtains, adding a rug and a large gold mirror. And there’s a new mattress here that allowed us to put our very old and very tired IKEA bed finally out of commission. More on that in a moment.

Let’s talk the walls! I really took a big risk here and painted the walls… WHITE! Predictable I know, but when it works it works. This is Pure White by Sherwin Williams. I also painted all of the door and floor trim.

Master Bedroom Painted White

Here is what it looked like when we first started:

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

It’s such a brighter, happier space with white walls and fresh curtains. (And you guys, these curtains are game changers. They’re so well-made, HEAVY and can block out every single inch of light without looking too industrial or blah. They are a lovely velvet texture and you can buy them (for very affordably might I add) here.

Master Bedroom Painted White

Master Bedroom Painted White

We’ve got a bit more ways to go, and honestly have steered pretty far off our original plan, but I’m loving the direction overall. I’d love to get some wallpaper in here, but it’s a big space. My dream would be Cavern Home’s Birds of Paradigm here, but unless I agree to sell one of my kidneys, the numbers just are not going to work. I’m not too bummed—it will just push me to get more creative.

Perhaps the biggest improvement to this space is one you can’t really see and that is the mattress! We added a Spoon Sleep mattress in September and as promised, wanted to do a follow-up on it now that we’ve lived with it for several (four) months.

Spoon Sleep Bed

You guys, we love this mattress. This is not our first rodeo when it comes to foam-mattress-in-the-box companies and it has by far been the best experience. A couple of things about our experience with the Spoon Sleep mattress:

  • It is a medium-firm mattress which has been a nice balance between the marshmallow pod that was our IKEA mattress and the very firm and hard memory foam mattress we have upstairs
  • We stay cool, which is a big deal for foam mattresses, who sometimes get a bad rap for retaining body heat
  • The sides are firm. If you have experience with foam mattresses, you’ll know some of them suffer from soft sides that “collapse” when you get close to the edge. This is not one of those mattresses
  • I do notice that Aaron’s side has become a little softer than mine over time, so something to be consider if you consider yourself big and/or tall and want to maintain more firmness.
  • The foam pillars! This is a big one for me and I will be honest, I was skeptical at first (My day job is marketing and I get paid to “spin” things to feel more unique than they actually are). Spoon mattresses are made with foam pillars and guys, I can feel these pillars. In the best way. They are supportive and soft and have been the best for someone who loves spring mattresses but wanted the benefits of a foam option.

The foam pillars inside the mattress look like this:

Spoon Sleep Bed

Yep, we are fans. All of us, including two little monkeys who want to sleep in here every night. 🙂 Here’s our original post on the Spoon Sleep mattress.
Spoon Sleep Bed

Next up for this space? Wall decor, figuring out something special for the walls, lighting and more. Maybe 2018 will be the year. 🙂




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DIY Giant Botanical Framed Prints (For $50!)

By | Craft & Create | 10 Comments

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I have learned over the years that scale is everything when it comes to well, everything, but especially for wall art. Big walls call for big art, with no excuses. I’m always on the hunt for things to fill my walls, but budget often keeps me from achieving my big-scale dreams. That’s why I pull out all the tricks to fill my walls with great stuff—all done in a very inexpensive way. We did something similar with the prints of the boys in our entryway. Same process!

Ready for the step-by-step? I swear this will be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life.

1.) Download your art files. I’ve got them ready and sized perfectly for you! Just click the link and “Save Image As” to your Desktop. They should save at their original size (which is huge—perfect for the large scale printing we will be doing).

Botanical 1

Botanical 2

2.) Now to save the day! You will need the 24″ x 36″ Engineering Prints, located here.  Once on the page, click “Get Started” to begin processing your images for printing.

DIY Giant Botanical Art

3.) Upload both of the files you downloaded off the botanical art links above.

DIY Giant Botanical Art

4.) Once uploaded, you will need to adjust your settings in the left-hand column. First, let’s adjust the orientation from Landscape to Portrait. 

DIY Giant Botanical Art

5.) Now, let’s adjust the size, which is listed under “Media” in the left hand column. It will default to the smallest size. We need to change it to the middle 24″ x 36″ size. The images you downloaded have already been sized (thank you Aaron!) perfectly for that size print.

6.) Add to cart, then purchase! It will typically take 24 hours for your prints to be ready, but every Staples location is different. You will pay around $4 (!!!) for each print.

7.) Time to frame! I like the black RIBBA frames from IKEA in the largest size. 24″ x 35 3/4″ for $19.99, article number 903.016.21. Your print should fit perfectly inside. Some trimming may be needed, but it should be pretty close!

DIY Giant Botanical Art

DIY Giant Botanical Art

Now step back and enjoy your handiwork!

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour



Also, just a little note to say thank you so much for all of the kind words you left on my Biggie post (do you see him above?). It’s been so comforting to read and I’ve gone back a few times to re-read your comments. It’s been hard, but life and our boys has been keeping us busy and distracted. A big comfort has been finding little ways to honor him as time moves on. 

Remembering Biggie

By | The Brothers May | 19 Comments

Me & The Boo

My little Biggie passed away unexpectedly and very suddenly on Tuesday night. It’s hard to believe I would ever have to write such a thing, but here we are. I’ve been wanting to eulogize him in some way. To make a little shout to the world that he was here and he mattered. Biggie – you mattered. Especially to Aaron and I.

When Biggie and I met, we were both a mess. He was a product of a puppy farm, not even a pound, with a bad heart, rickety knees and crooked ankles. I was in my early 20’s, probably a little too hungover a lot of the time, in debt, a bad relationship and just generally was lost in who I was and where I was going. And I wasn’t sure anyone cared.

But Biggie cared.

If you’ve met Biggie, you know that he had the best temperament. Chihuahuas have a reputation of being yappy and aggressive but Biggie was none of those things. He loved strangers, kids and other dogs. He loved big dogs—the bigger, the better. He brought joy to anyone he met, and quickly made himself comfortable on the nearest warm lap. He loved peanut butter spoons, running through the yard and laying in the sun. He had a weird affinity for hair on stuffed animals. He once jumped with wild abandon off the back of a boat. On his birthday, I always let him ride with his head hanging out the window.

But most of all, he brought me joy and peace and love. (Biggie – I hope I helped you as much as you helped me.) Later, as I got older and life became better (Aaron! Kids! Stability!), Biggie played a new role. He was our comfort and routine. He slept between Aaron and I, his favorite spot in the crook of Aaron’s back. He stayed next to me as I struggled with newborn twins and later, those middle of the night nursing sessions with Otto. He was always by my side, sometimes with his paw on my leg or buried beneath my blanket.

When Biggie was younger at around 3, a vet who lacked some tact, after listening to a murmur in Biggie’s heart, deadpanned to me, “This dog will die of congestive heart failure.” And we tiptoed around the fact for many months, waiting for the worst to happen. But then months turned into years, and after several uneventful routine checks, we sort of released our grip on that fear. We went on road trips, played on the beach and more. He was about to turn 11 this year, so one of the tiniest comforting things out of all of this how much “extra” time we got with him.

All of that bonus time meant he got to be the best dog brother to our kids. And he was the best with them. Patient, kind and gentle. He worked hard to keep out from under their feet, but was quick to jump up beside them to poke around. He loved stealing hot dogs out of their hands. They don’t really seem to notice he’s gone yet and this kind of bothers me. It’s unsettling to think he could just disappear from their memory so easily. I don’t know.

I was with him when he passed, and while it was an absolutely horrifying experience for Aaron and I, I am glad I was with him and could hopefully comfort him in some little way. A very good guess is congestive heart failure, but I’m too afraid to Google any further.

For the first time in nearly 11 years, there is no Biggie in the house. No greeting at the door. No companion while I use the bathroom. No jingle of the collar. It’s the strangest, saddest thing. I’ve kept his food bowls out because I’m not sure I believe this all yet and just maybe he’ll come back and want something to eat. I know that sounds strange but that’s where I’m at.

Biggie – I hope I was enough for you. You were everything to me. 

We love you.

Emily (and Aaron)



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Memorial Day 2011

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