My First Furniture Purchase

I was watching Rehab Addict the other day, and designer Nicole Curtis was talking about the very first piece of furniture she ever purchased on her own. I asked my mom what her first purchase was: her bedroom set when she moved in with my dad. In the 70′s a whole 6-piece bedroom set was around $800. Can you imagine?

I bought small decor pieces when I was growing up with Christmas money. A magazine rack from IKEA, a little side table with letters all over it from Kohls. But I still had never bought a piece of furniture with my own money that deemed worthy of “my first furniture purchase”… until today.

After being sick all night and day, I had to get out of the house. I went to Southport Antique Mall here in Indy to poke around and stumbled upon a queen-size headboard for $195. After talking to my dad, mom, aunt, and sister, I decided it was worth a try. I bargained with the dealer, and we settled at $160.

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Graham & Green had the Antoinette Bed and a similar style bench that I imagined being in my future bedroom, not to mention it was called Antoinette which just further encouraged me to add it to my “to buy someday” wishlist (aka my pinterest).

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I have an obsession with Marie Antoinette and french-inspired designs. I’ll pretend I am Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette, and this is me in my future bed. I never imagined I’d score something similar for thousands less!

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I post a lot of similar styles on my tumblr that have made me want a grand headboard. My latest obsession with gold, like a grand gold mirror, drew me in to this headboard purchase.

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The next step is to change the color of that velvet (the bottom has brown stains, plus that blue is just too much for me. Can I say that after purchasing a gold leafed regal-as-hell headboard?) I’m going to use Sara Aaserud’s, blogger of Beautifully Contained, tutorials (tufting from scratch & re-tufting). Her step-by-step directions will make my process much easier.

I could make the frame and the fabric the same color, like these

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I am most likely leaning towards a more authentic-gold frame color with a dark neutral fabric.

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I think this picture best resembles what I want and what it may turn in to.

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 I can’t believe I haggled and bargained all by myself! Next time I’m going to be more firm in a lower amount, but overall, I am happy with this purchase and cannot wait to incorporate it into a future master bedroom.

Share with me your first furniture purchase! Do you still own it? Have you ever re-tufted and can offer me some pointers?

Love always,

Madelyn

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Interview Bags

I’m graduating in May, and you know what that means? Interview Bags! If you’re like me, you did not expect that coming. As I finish putting my design package together for interviews, I’m overwhelmed by the things I need! Portfolios and design packages are expensive, as well as a professional wardrobe. But apparently “interview bags” are a thing too? I have a few nice purses, but I can’t help looking at large totes and bags that will carry all my stuff while looking professional and “unique” enough to be eye-catching for a design job. You can’t be a designer if you don’t have good taste; that’s my motto.

ASOS has a bunch of holiday sales going on right now, and I’m obsessing over a few totes.

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Pieces Eike Two-Tone // Wood Base Shopper // Johnny Loves Rosie // Boxy Beaut // Mini Tote // Front Pocket

I added that Pink Satchel because the name is adorable, even if it isn’t too large. Same with the Mini Tote- it was just too cute to resist. Pink bags are not impossible to style either! Here’s some inspiration

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Enjoy the holidays, and invest in a statement bag!

xx

Madelyn

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Summertime Blues

My roommate told me whenever I see anything colored cobalt blue, I want it. Cobalt blue was big as a jewel tone last fall, so close to sapphire. Yet, I’m still loving it! I put together some of my favorite blue finds of this season! I’ve added links underneath so you can find the items in some of my favorite stores.

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1. Flats – Steve Madden Vegass $52 @ 6pm

2. Skirt – Pleated Voile Maxi $15 @ Newlook

3. Top – Mesh Crop Tank $20 @ Topshop

4. Pants – Mossimo Ankle Pants $9 @ Target (ON CLEARANCE!)

5. Shorts – Zip Front Shorts $30 @ Janenorman

6. Bralette – Sparkle & Fade Lace $20 @ Urban Outfitters (SOLD OUT but similar here and here)

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1. Bag – Deena & Ozzy $69 @ FashandFurn 

(I got mine on sale at Urban Outfitters for $40 and it is one of the most durable bags I own!)

2. Necklace – Bejeweled Art Deco $9 @ Forever21

3. Scarf – Merona Polka Dot Scarf $14 @ Target (In stores only)

4. Book – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green $18 @ Barnes & Noble

(I’ve read his book Looking for Alaska and I’m so eager to read this one with my book club!)

5. Headband – Gleaming Mosaic Headband $32 @ Anthropologie

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1. Bin – KNODD bin w lid $15 @ IKEA

2. Bag – SINGLA tote $2 @ IKEA

(How cute is the pattern? And it can hold up to 17 lbs!)

3. Rug – 6′ x 8′ STOCKHOLM Triangel $499 @ IKEA

4. Vase – Dot Wall Vase $29 @ Urban Outfitters

(It’s a simple vase for your stems, it just sticks to the wall. Great for apartments/dorms)

5. Napkins – Petite Dots Set $8 @ Anthropologie

6. Candle – Bamboo Blue Agave Soy Wax $9 @ Target

(I am in love with these candles. They give off perfume-like scents & the containers are great as makeup brush holders once it’s used up. My roommate uses hers for pencils!)

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Blue doesn’t have to be limited to small accessories and fashion! These rooms have found cobalt blue to be their interior design inspiration.

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The bright blue of this headboard is just as eccentric as the rest of this room!

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I’m surprised by how easily this bright blue couch brings the living room together.

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A simple paint job makes this dining space crisp and modern.

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Finally, my favorite. How scandinavian-chic; a natural wooden dining table painted bright blue!

How are you seeing cobalt blue used? I’d love to see more great finds!

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I’m going headboard CRAZY

I have overlooked the value of a headboard ever since I wanted to redo my own room. I constantly was looking for ways to disguise a bed frame and toss the headboard. But lately I have noticed how effective a headboard can be at bringing a bedroom together as one sophisticated, put-together room.

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I love the shape of this headboard and how regal it makes the bedroom look!

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This geometrical tufted headboard from Urban Outfitters gives such a masculine effect to the bed. The dark rich wooden slab below would also help add masculinity to a bedroom.

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an old fence painted halfway across

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the oh so trendy pallet DIY

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a huge metal “medallion” look turned into a headboard/art pieceImage

fabric upholstered on wood to add a whimsy, fun detail.

There are also many ways of reinventing the headboard!

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I like how this headboard is wider than the bed, and encompasses the nightstand.

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Inverted Shelving in the wall provides more storage space and visual appeal to an otherwise square, white room.

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The detail on this metal headboard adds dimension with its shadows to the white of the walls and floors.

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And finally, one of my favorite bedroom inspirations! The whole room is blue, from floor to wall to bedspread to headboard, yet it’s eclectic and gorgeous! I love the studding around the edge of the nontraditional semi-circular headboard.

Use these ideas to spruce up your space, and show me what DIY headboards you have come up with!

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My Art

Hello followers! I’m so excited to tell you that I have opened an Etsy shop! This website is so cool; you can look at different original artwork, clothes, jewelry, and crafts from people all around the world. Then if you love it you can buy the item at usually very reasonable prices. My favorite part is seeing how talented, original, and creative some “no name” artists are out there!

These are a few of my random canvas paintings that I’m selling

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I also have my butterfly wall art for sale on my page. I decided to sell them in black too!

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These are some of my favorite things I have seen on etsy. Freya does amazing marker and pen drawings. They are whimsical, unique, but awesome, and she is so young!

il_fullxfull.437739630_qcra Claire Elsaesser also does really amazing paintings with characteristically thick strokes. They are so realistic but so beautiful! I want to own one someday

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Finally, these prints in The Aestate, an etsy page owned by Jessica Rowe, are so bold and beautiful! I like the lips one for an adult girl’s bathroom wall.

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Go to Etsy and look around! I have been fancying some jewelry and iphone cases from so many artists. Check out Freya, Claire, and Jessica’s pages (links above if you click on their names!) as well as mine and purchase something!

Love always,

Madelyn

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Fall is Here, Fall is Here!

As we’re transitioning from fall quickly to winter (it snowed in Indiana two days ago.. and before that it was 70 degrees outside…) I decided to post some pictures of cold weather street style & fashion ideas! I love the red pants and leather pants, especially with a bright color punch in a scarf or jacket!

I got all fall inspired the other day, then went to Target like I do urmmm.. 3x a week!

oops how did he get in there? hehe

Love Always,

Madelyn

As promised..

I said months ago that I would do some renovations of furniture and my room, and I am FINALLY getting around to showing them off. DIY done!

I transformed this free desk

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into this with some paint!

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I cut butterflies out of paint chips (I first made a paper template then traced it over and over….) & from some inspiration from tumblr, I folded them in half and put them on my wall w sticky tack!

tumblr inspiration

close up of my wall

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I’m actually in a butterfly obsession phase..I was even one for Halloween & painted my face.

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I also painted a huge bulletin board my mom found at a thrift store. It hangs above my small bookshelf filled with books I have read/want to read. I love finding really old first publications of my favorite books, like this one in its original cover of The Catcher in The Rye.

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I covered the board in inspiring prints and images & things I have collected, like IU Basketball Tickets, a ticket from the Ben Folds Five concert I went to in October, & even the Coldplay concert in Chicago over the summer!

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Have any of you made/painted anything recently to inspire you? Share with me!

Love,

Madelyn

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Skirts & Stripes

Looking through my pins & tumbles lately, I realized I post a lot of pictures of stripes and skirts. So I gathered up all the posts I could find of a fashion trend I think will be big this spring and summer. Boost your wardrobe combining your maxi, a-line, pencil, and mini skirts with a simple striped top!

What do you think? Send me pictures of you wearings this adorable, simple outfit!

Love always,

Madelyn

Bedroom Makeover

Guess who is moving into an apartment this summer? After living in a teeny dorm freshman year at IU, then renting an older house in Bloomington for my sophomore year, (and as cute as the little bungalow may be) I am ready for some easier college living. Our house right now is 3 bedroom, 1 bath. For three girls, this just does not cut it. The new apartment will have 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and…. TWO CLOSETS EACH! It’s the little things.

Enough of my rambling. I’m doing some DIY projects to revamp my bedroom for next year. Let me enlighten you first with my quick Illustrator inspiration board.

I hope to make a lot of things I have found courtesy of Pinterest. Click on the links to get directions to make your own, and I’ll keep you updated on my DIY status!

1. a vanity (desk gifted free from a family member of my brother’s-in-law, which I will paint white & hopefully find a really cute decorative mirror)…(or frame a cheap mirror).

2. a chandelier (made from a hanging wire basket, Mardi Gras beads, and some spray paint)

3. A perfume display like this here (since I collect perfume bottles & the collection is growing)

4. Paint my trunk (I got it at goodwill for $20 but the color doesn’t really fit with my color scheme of light pastels)

5. paint my dressers (one big, for the room. One small, for the closet. Both white, because I’m into the “all white” thing right now.)

6. make-up brush holders & soap dispenser (from Ball jars)


Look back later when I have updates on my step-by-step projects. I hope to tackle the desk first, & the little makeup brushes & dispenser are easy so they’ll come last. Comment/email me at msfry@indiana.edu to give me updates on your own DIY projects, especially if you tackle the ones listed above!

xoxo,
Madelyn

Paper Lace Doily Lamp

Back from Christmas Break and still not tired of crafting from ideas on Pinterest! Nevermind my project in Interior Architecture to design a chair out of cardboard to hold a person…I’m making lamps instead. I’m so good with time management ;) Anywho, I saw this doily lamp and have been dying to make it. So, finally, I remembered to take step by step pictures & instructions to show you how I made it and how readers can make them too!

(original picure found on DOS family that startled my inspiration.)

I remembered the project when I was walking through the dollar section at Target here in Bloomington. I swear I’ve spent more money in those aisles than in any other part of the store. (Okay let’s be serious that’s not true, though I did just snag this Missoni Ottoman for $12 at Target the other day.) I was looking at their cute Valentine’s Day decorations and found these paper doilies for $1 for a pack of 20. I bought 6 packs in both red and white and brought them home to my roommate Leah who also wanted to do this craft. The original calls for actual crocheted doilies, which I’m sure are a lot more expensive and hard to find. I prayed these paper ones would work just the same.

Next, my other roommate Nicole & I headed to the Dollar Store to find big round punch balloons, which form the the “mold” that the lamp is made from. It took us at least half an hour before we found them, right next to traditional balloons which I figured I’d buy incase I wanted to make smaller lamps too.

To begin this project, you blow up the balloon and hang it by a string a bit below eye level (to make it easier to hold onto and glue onto). I hung mine from the ceiling fan pull strings in the dining room. Then, to make the adhesive, you can either use wallpaper glue which they advised in the tutorial (though I’m guessing that’s because they needed more heavy duty glue for their fabric lace doilies), or use my wallet-friendly/conserving method of mixing a little bit of elmers glue with water so it becomes a liquidy form. This conserves glue (that I need for class projects) and also makes it a lot easier to coat each paper doily with a paintbrush. I tried sugar starch, and I do NOT advise it because it takes forever to dry, makes the paper fragile and watery, and really just does not try in the same effect.)

Next, you take a paintbrush, put a little watery glue on the balloon, but the doily on top, then coat the whole thing with a layer of glue just enough so that it sticks flat to the surface. If you want to coat it thickly, be careful. This method will ensure that the paper doily doesn’t fall off, but it also can make the doily rip from all the wetness and takes longer to dry.

When adding additional doilies, make sure you’re overlapping them at least on the corners to make sure that when it all dries, there are no gaping holes that prevent the lamp from maintaining a circular shape. Also, make sure to leave a whole big enough for a light bulb at the top of the balloon so that if you do want to hang it from a light cord, you can.

After you’ve finished covering the whole balloon, allow to dry completely, still hanging. I would occasionally push my fingers on the blank spaces of the balloon once it was nearly dry to make sure that the paper wasn’t sticking to the balloon anymore. That way, when it pops, the doilies don’t shrink with the balloon itself.

Once finally dry, you’re ready to pop the balloon and pull the remnants out through the opening at the top. Then hang it alone with a string or hang it from a light cord so that the spaces in the doilies make cool light patterns on the walls.

Here is one of my balloons in its final product. I hope to make more later.

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