coffee station

coffee station

just before sean and i got married, i hosted a sleepover bachelorette party for a friend, and needed to make coffee for the ladies in the morning.  thankfully, we had already been given a coffee maker at a wedding shower, so i was ready to go.  until i wasn’t.  i put in a filter, added coffee grounds, and poured the water right in, and turned on the machine.  i guess i should also add here that i wasn’t a coffee drinker yet, so i had never made coffee before.  at age 21.  so the machine starts brewing and… water is dripping all over the floor, with grounds mixed in.  i had poured the water right on top of the coffee grounds, not in the back to heat up.  oops!  thats the thing about mistakes: if they are bad enough, you can learn from them the first time.

coffee station

so now that i’m a grown up and drink coffee, i decided it would be fun to have a little coffee station in our rental house.  we had a little spot on our counter, between the fridge and the sink that worked just fine, but there was nothing special about it.  we had a space in our dining room and a table that fit just perfectly there, so we tried it out – and i love it!

coffee station

i’ve had this table since i moved out of my parents’ house when i was 18.  actually, i took it from their house and it had been in the original cabin before they remodeled our home.  its the perfect little side table, with a single drawer and the best part is the enamel top!  years ago i had spray painted the top (why?!) and the paint was chipping, so my dad took it on as a project and scraped and sanded all the paint off until we (he) got to the shiny enamel again.

coffee station

coffee station

coffee station

i moved the coffee maker, and the tray i store the beans, grounds, grinder and other goodies on.  i also added the milk steamer, both for me and for the kids to make steamers.  the little drawer holds the filters perfectly.

coffee station

i bought this cup holder on an absolute whim several months ago.  it was some special daily deal that apparently was an amazing price and i couldn’t resist. #NoSelfControl.  i was so surprised at my lack of thinking things through on this impulse purchase that i left it boxed up in the garage for a couple months!  i really wanted it behind the coffee maker, but it really didn’t make sense.  plus i was overruled on which wall it should go on, so there’s that.  it has actually turned out to be a great purchase that we all use many times everyday.

coffee station

the space needed something above it, so i went into our living room, pulled this framed print off my wall (and still have a blank spot up there) and moved it here.

coffee station

i’ve had this clock for years, but am so over the red, so i just grabbed a bottle of black paint and swiped on a coat for a much improved look.

previously, this space just held our trash can (which now fits perfectly under the coffee station table), our calendar and chore chart, the red clock, and more often than not, our broom and swiffer. #notcute

coffee station

now the space is still super functional, a happy place to start my day, and it cost me nothing but a little time.  well, i did have to buy the hazelnut syrup, but only because i was out if it and really, its kind of an essential ;)

coffee station

my 2 favorite ways to have my morning coffee:

a small drizzle of hazelnut syrup at the bottom of my cup, 3/4 full cup of coffee, top off with frothed milk

or

a small squirt of agave syrup, a couple shakes of cinnamon, coffee, and top off with almond milk.

coffee station

get the look for yourself:

coffee station

coffee cart // print // clock // cup rack // coffee maker // frother // pour spout // squeeze bottle // cinnamon shaker // vintage blue mason jars // enamel tray // sugar shaker

 

rental house: master bedroom

6 months back i shared with you my plans for our master bedroom in our rental house.  since we’re not here long term (a couple years total at most – hopefully) i didn’t want to invest too much time or money into our room.  but since it is where i tend to retreat to, i wanted it to feel welcoming and cozy.

master-bedroommoodboard

this design board really gives a pretty clear idea to the direction i was headed: warm and cozy, lots of texture, white & grey with natural wood tones to warm it up.  over the last several months i had been gathering supplies – i already had the rug, i got wood stumps from my parents’ house, i made the “macrame” wall hanging, and ordered the supplies for the lights, as well as the bedding (duvet cover).

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i am really pleased with the results!  everything that i purchased will move with us into our next house, so i don’t feel like any money has been wasted.

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

since we sold our bed frame used in our last master bedroom when we sold our house, our box spring and mattress have been sitting directly on the floor.  and i kind of love it!  maybe a few inches higher would be nice, but its free so i’m happy!  i didn’t get to making a reclaimed wood headboard yet, but that is high on my priority list.  i haven’t decided yet if i want to go with clean and simple linear boards, or come up with a fun design.

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

as much as i love all white bedding, i was ready for a bit of a change.  i ordered this duvet cover and pillow cases from H&M, and still use white sheets and in the cooler months a coverlet that we got as a wedding gift.  the throw is from marshalls or homegoods, and the throw pillow is from target (no longer available).  the cross sheets were from target but are no longer available.  one of my favorite purchases and i wish i got another set!

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i do miss having a drawer in my night stand, but i love the way these stumps look!  the bigger one has a good amount of surface space (without a lamp taking up any room), so its been great.  because our outlets are located in funny spots, i have a power strip tucked between our bed and the larger stump to charge my computer, phone and to plug in the lights.

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these stumps are extra special to me because they came from my parents’ neighborhood, where i grew up.  any time i can have a piece of Bass Lake nearby, i’ll take it!  also that plant – its nearly dead!  that is the only species of houseplant that i have not been able to keep alive and i don’t know what i’m doing wrong.  i’d love suggestions!

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

we just got some new family pictures taken, so i am looking forward to adding more to our room once i get them printed!

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

sean’s side of the bed is simple – my favorite detail is the wooden jar that my dad is “loaning” to me.   i think it was his grandfather’s!  it holds coins in it just like when my dad used it.  i still “borrow” coins out of there just like when i was a kid!

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now for the lights!  there are a few tutorials to make these brackets and thread the light cords through, but i found the brackets and lights at ikea and just wound the cord around the brackets, rather than rewiring them – so easy.  since i don’t have an ikea close, i was able to get the brackets shipped to me, but had to find the lights from a reseller on ebay.

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

and they are so pretty at night!  the lights have a switch that falls just behind the stump for easy access.

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

i spotted this macrame wall hanging and wanted to mimic it.  then i remembered i don’t know how to do macrame.  and i didn’t want to spend a fortune on cotton rope.  and i wanted to do something right away.  so i improvised and started knotting and unknotting thick yarn strips until i came up with a pattern i liked.  its kind of like making a giant friendship bracelet!  i’ll create a tutorial sometime…

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

this wall seemed a little bare, so i nailed up a few empty gold frames i have, and added this print from barn owl primitives (i don’t think the print is sold any longer, but here’s the sign).

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i think some family pics may go here eventually.

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

this is the view from the door and our bed.  you can just barely see sean’s stand up desk in the right hand corner.  i purposefully chopped it out of the picture because its U G L Y and messy.

and you may notice the oddly placed area rug.  i know, its weird.  it is definitely too small for the room, but i love having something warm under my feet when i wake up in the morning.  i’d love for something huge, but i just can’t justify that kind of investment right now.  large rugs can get pricey so that seems like a huge decision to me!

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

i still have plans to refinish/strip this dresser, but i just don’t have the time for it.

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

i grabbed another fiddle leaf fig, this time from home depot and its going strong!

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

after i photographed the whole finished room, i added this hanging plant from a macrame hanger i bought from native fern on etsy – fabulous quality, and the creator behind the shop is just 14!

neutral modern bohemian master bedroom

you can see the lighting in here is kind of funky.  the house is a split level, so you walk in the front door and are at a set of stairs going up and a set going down.  the master bedroom is downstairs, with a 2nd story deck hanging over the one window, causing some funky striped lighting.

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we’ve had these hooks and moved them in every house we’ve lived in!  they are just so practical.

light switch cover

the previous tenants left this lovely switch plate, but it just wasn’t my style, so i swapped it out with a new white one – so much better!  you can also get a glimpse in these pictures of how bad the paint job is in here – the square of old paint around the switch.  there are all sorts of that fun stuff throughout the house.  i am seriously considering repainting this room if we’re here for another year, maybe year and a half.  i think $20-$40 for paint is worth it.

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i am really happy with how far this room has come!  i still have a couple projects i’d like to do in here, but overall i think it works!

duvet cover set //  similar throw //  similar sheets // similar stumps // similar coverlet //  lights //  brackets  //  similar macrame wall hanging  //  similar wall hooks  //  macrame plant hanger  //  similar clock