You know the saying: “Things get worse before they get better.” Well, I’m currently sitting in the middle of a living room full of worse.
We’re moving our bedroom into what was previously our office…well, we called it an office because it had a desk in it, but for all intensive purposes, it was used as my closet. See exhibit A:
While I’m excited about the projects that are coming up after the cleaning out portion (and I’m super excited to share the results with you all!), I am currently sitting in this room:
Wish me luck, it’s going to be a long day.
Around the time that we moved into our new home, I bought grey and white paint to redo our second bathroom in stripes. That was a year and a half ago, but you know how it is – other projects are more important, you get busy, yadda yadda yadda, the bathroom stays the same. I had all the elements for the new bathroom (paint, shower curtain, art), but nothing had been done. So, when we left for Europe, our bathroom looked like this:
YOU GUYS. When we got back from Europe, our bathroom was DONE. It felt like Christmas morning. We had just gotten to go on a round-the-world adventure, and back home, my sis was doing super awesome and amazing and kind and wonderful things for us (and this was actually just one of a few). Here are the after shots that we got to come home to:
(Curtain – CB2, Art Print – Jessica’s Little Shop of Illustrations – Etsy, Frame – vintage)
I was going for a monochromatic look with a touch of fun in the art print, and I’m super stoked with how it turned out. And super stoked with Miss C doing all the manual labor 🙂
One of the things I’m reminded of when redoing spaces is that you can have a large impact without investing much money. This whole project was under $100, but the change is really drastic and fresh feeling.
In my opinion, one of the most fun and memorable things you can do on vacation is join with locals on the things that they are the most balls-to-the-wall passionate about. In most of Europe, that’s soccer…I mean football…but soccer….you know what I mean.
In Barcelona, there is nothing the locals love more than FC Barcelona matches. Do it people, join the fun! Get your tickets, buy the jerseys, and go! And when everyone else is chanting “BARCA! BARCA! BAAAARCA!” you chant along with them…and when they’re singing other things and you can’t tell what the heck they’re saying, just make loud noises with a smile on your face. Trust me, it will be awesome.
On this particular night, we watched live as Messi broke the record for most goals in a season. That, my fellow Americans (and other rad people from other rad places), is not a night I will easily forget!
Our first full day in Barcelona, we visited the Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudi. Construction began on the site in 1882, and is still continuing today. It was as crowded as I’ll get out, but still totally beautiful and worth the sea of people we had to wade through.
The ceiling inside the Sagrada Familia was amazing. It was metallic gold and white (talk about speaking to me in a language I can understand!).
While on one of our many (LONG) walks, we came across this slanted brick wall, and Husband quickly decided it was absolutely necessary for me to lay on it so he could take a picture…Unfortunately it was a little too slanted, and I couldn’t stop myself from sliding down it every time I tried….The result of which is this action shot:
One of the interesting things about Europe is the vast array of street performers. My favorite one by far was this guy on La Rambla, a main thoroughfare through the heart of Barcelona with lots of shops and restaurants (and tourists – blah! I realize I was one, but I tried to avoid touristy spots when possible).
(Note: This guy is standing perfectly still, and there was no wind that day)
On Me: Anthropologie Languid Paisley Maxi Dress, Anthropologie Biker Melange Jacket, J. Crew Brompton Hobo
This summer color inspiration is really hittin’ the spot for me, folks. I’m starting to think about which room in my house I could redecorate with this in mind (my husband is most likely having a bonafide panic attack while reading this…it’s not exactly an uncommon thing for me to redecorate).
Are there any color combos that are calling your name?