IKEA VALJE Shelf Turned Colorful DIY Home Bar

I’ve been redecorating my living room (and entire apartment tbh) and needed a new home bar set up. I’ve been using a bar cart for a few years, but I needed a better set up to store my liquor and glass collection. A bar cart wasn’t going to cut it anymore, so I went on a search for a cabinet. I’m no stranger to an IKEA hack, so I took a trip to IKEA and spotted the VALJE shelf and liked the size and set up of the shelves. It reminded me of some mid-century pieces I’ve seen in my vintage home decor magazines. It took about two minutes for me to figure out how I would transform it.

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Paint. Quick and easy.

I didn’t take step by step photos because the process is really easy. All you have to do is spray paint the leg pieces gold and then put it all together by following the IKEA assembly instructions.

VALJE IKEA HackWhen it gets to the part where you insert the backboard, mark a line where the vertical shelves divide the board and then use paint to make the different colored squares. I got house paint samples in custom colors from Lowe’s and painted the cardboard side of the backboard with a few coats. Then insert the backboard and finish the remaining assembly instructions. If you already have this piece you can just carefully paint in the squares.VALJE IKEA Hack DIY BarEasy Mid-Century Inspired VALJE IKEA Hack Bar.jpg

That’s it! Done!

DIY Home Bar Cabinet VALJE IKEA Hack.jpgI stocked it with liquor and filled the shelves with my favorite bar accessories and vintage glass collection.

Colorful VALJE IKEA Hack DIY Bar CaseColorful VALJE IKEA Hack DIY BarVintage Glassware in Bar CabinetI love the way it turned out! I used colors that would tie in with the colors used in the rest of the house. It’s one of the first things you seen when you enter my front door so I had to make sure it was good.

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Stay tuned for more home updates and DIYs!

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Internet Woes Solved with the Help of the eero Wifi System

I have to be honest, you guys, my husband and I both working from home isn’t always easy. Eero Work from HomeBetween me constantly barging into his office to show him cute animal videos and him complaining that the wifi is too slow or cutting out (probably from all the animal video watching), we tend to get a little annoyed with the situation at times.Eero home office .jpg

BUT at least we’ve found a solution to one of our problems! Thanks to the eero wifi system our internet troubles have been remedied.  Oh, and setup was a breeze!

Eero Work from Home Wifi.jpgNow we’re able to enjoy faster and less congested internet in every room. Even though we live in a two bedroom apartment weak connection from room to room was always an issue. Especially running two computers, streaming devices, and our phones.  This tri-band router is already 10x better than any other router we’ve had in the past, but the beacons are what makes this system special.

Eero Wifi Extender.jpgThe eero beacons easily plug in to outlets in whichever room you need a little internet signal boost. Even the kitchen! They’re portable and require no messy wiring. Just plug them right in. Bonus points, they double as nightlights. I don’t know much about the tech aspects, but I do know it’s working for us.

Eero wifi system.jpgMore bonus points for being pretty. From an aesthetic perspective I love the sleek white design. Traditional routers can be clunky and tricky to disguise, but the eero doesn’t need to be hidden. It’s almost undetectable and fits right in with any room. It really is the total package. Can more electronic devices be like this, please?

Are you ready to order yours yet? You can get free overnight shipping when you use the promo code “MELODRAMA”!

 

Thanks for sponsoring this post and creating an awesome solution to our internet woes, eero!

 

 

 

 

Patio Makeover With Faux Boxwood Hedges

Are you ready for part one of my patio makeover? Do you remember what it looked like in my introduction to Melodramaville? Let me refresh your memory.

Patio MakeoverPatio Transformation First we painted the floor a light gray because the orange color that was there before was peeling, was reflecting an ugly muddy orange color cast onto our interior white walls, and just generally didn’t fit in with my ideal vibe. I ended up painting the cinderblock as well for the same reasons.

But all of that and it still looked bad. I needed to find a solution to the industrial looking metal fence extender. I rent, so everything I do has to be put back to its original condition upon my leaving. Taking down the extension and replacing with something else wasn’t an option. Paint can be repainted, but this wasn’t negotiable.

That’s when I found these faux boxwood hedges from Natrahedge on Amazon!

Faux Boxwood Hedging DIYThey’re 20×20 inch faux boxwood panels that link together easily to cover all kinds of fences and walls. It was so easy to install and have been holding up well for months now, even in 120+ degree weather.

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I also laid some realistic looking artificial grass down because I couldn’t keep grass alive or tidy in these areas. My dogs love it and looks great! Better than over grown or dead grass for sure.

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And there it is! Part one of the patio makeover. Now I need to find furniture and more plants. Stay tuned!

Boxwood Panels: Natrahedge via Amazon
Artificial grass: Lowe’s
Bistro set: vintage
String lights: Brightown via Amazon

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Checking In: Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Orlando, FL

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get this post up (long story), but I’m so excited to share this resort with you!

Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIn February we took a road trip out to Orlando to visit family and had the opportunity to stay at the most adorable and fun mid-century inspired hotel. Cabana Bay Beach Resort is located in the Universal area and was the perfect place for us to spend the week.  You don’t even need to leave the property! This resort has everything you need on-site to have an amazing time.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoInspired by the 50s and 60s, Cabana Bay is decked head to toe in colorful retro style. The property has two pools, seven eateries and lounges, a bowling alley, arcade, and fitness studio! I told you it has everything!

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We stayed in a standard double room (but there are also suites with kitchenettes) in the Continental tower part of the hotel which had an amazing view of the lazy river pool. Every where you looked was mid-century goodness.Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoCabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoCabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoCabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoCabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8008Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8021Cabana Bay Beach Resort Orlando

I loved walking around the property taking in all of the details. It was like mid-century heaven for me.Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoCabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8064Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8112 (1)Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8125Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoOne of my favorite parts was the bowling alley. We had SO much fun and great food and drinks there .Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoCabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoSpeaking of food and drinks, the hotel has the most adorable dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8119IMG_8049IMG_8050IMG_8052IMG_8055Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoIMG_8211IMG_8184Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoAnd as for the drinks, the bowling alley serves up some strong novelty cocktails, but there’s also a pool side bar and a lounge in the lobby.

IMG_8074Cabana Bay Beach Resort OrlandoI didn’t take pictures of the pool areas in order to respect the other guests’ privacy, but they feature cabana rentals, a lazy river, and waterslides!

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As you can see, this is my new favorite place to stay in Orlando. They recently opened a new water park that has a walkway connecting to Cabana Bay and I can’t wait to check that out during my next visit. 

 

 

Thanks for an amazing stay Cabana Bay!

3 Reasons Why I Like Renting Right Now – Melodramaville Update

This blog post was created in partnership with ForRent.com.

You guys, I can’t believe it’s already been 4 months since we moved to Palm Springs! We’re still really happy with our decision to move, even though the daily temps have been reaching the 120s. We’ve been loving life here and have been enjoying everything our new little home has to offer. Overall I’m really happy with the entire experience.

 

Over the past few months I’ve often been asked “What made you decide to move?” and the honest answer is “It just felt right.” Seriously! We toyed with the idea of moving for awhile, but when our lease in LA was ending it seemed like the perfect time. I decided to start an online search and with the help of a friend immediately found the perfect listing on ForRent.com. It was so easy to find the perfect place by simply searching our key requirements (pet friendly, pool, washer/dryer, hard floors, etc) on the site. Within a week our lease was signed and we were ready to move in. Easy as pie!

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It has everything we searched for including great light, hardwood floors, pool, pet-friendly, and an upgraded all-white kitchen. All ready and waiting for us.Melodrama's Tips for a better rental kitchen

That’s the great thing about renting in my opinion. If you’ve followed this blog for awhile you’ll know that I’ve enjoyed renting and have shared clever ways I decorate my rentals. I’m a big advocate for not feeling the pressure to purchase right away. One day I do plan on owning a home, but for right now I’ve adopted ForRent.com’s approach which is “Rent your home. Own your life.”

 

Here are some honest reasons why I prefer to rent and how it has been beneficial to my lifestyle:

 

  1. Less long term commitment. Listen you guys, I don’t know where I want to settle down just yet. I don’t want to buy a home and then have to deal with what to do with it if I decide I want to move to a new city or state. I like knowing I have the freedom to up and move wherever my heart takes me. I’m not ready to own a home until I know I’m ready to commit to one city. Buying a home to me is kind of like entering a marriage, and right now I’m happy with my RENTlationship, if you catch my drift. If the mood ever strikes again I can just sign on to ForRent.com and find another apartment of my dreams in my desired location.

 

  1. Freedom and less responsibility. I like knowing that if something breaks (and it’s not my fault of course), I’m not responsible for the cost of repairing it. If the AC goes out, oven stops working, washer breaks, sink leaks – it’s all taken care of by a knowledgeable maintenance person at no cost to us! That’s luxury living to me, my friends. Less stress = happy me.

 

  1. Amenities, of course. We wanted a pool, in-unit laundry, upgraded kitchen appliances, and a place to entertain our guests outdoors. We were able to find all of that ready and waiting for us! All inclusive, baby!

 

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I can go on, but for these reasons specifically I truly believe that renting can be an enjoyable and beneficial experience. It has been for me! And thanks to ForRent.com it was also an easy one.

Stay tuned for an updated home tour and more renter-friendly decorating projects!

As always all opinions and creative content is my own.

 

 

 

 

Treetopia Ice Cream Social – National Ice Cream Month Themed Holiday Trees

I know, I know…a Christmas tree in July?!

In case you didn’t already know, July is National Ice Cream Month! To celebrate I’ve teamed up with Treetopia (who believe their trees don’t have to be limited to one holiday!) and five other bloggers to bring you sugary sweet ice cream themed holiday tree ideas.

What’s even sweeter? Treetopia is giving you the chance to win special treats through their social media giveaway, and brand ambassador, Jen Perkins’ Facebook live contest!

Ready for my ice cream themed creation?

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Tada!

 

I started with a pink lighted tree from Treetopia, of course, and decorated it with DIY ice cream ornaments and ice cream string lights.Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree 3.jpg

I used tissue paper to create pastel scoops and placed them in real sugar cones and cute ice cream cups.

Tissue Paper Ice Cream Ornaments.jpgThen I used colorful mini marshmallows and candies to decorate them!Tissue Paper Ice Cream Christmas Tree Ornaments.jpgFor snow cones I used tissue paper and party hats!

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For extra sweetness I used twine and taffy to make little filler ornaments. Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree 2

By the way, the pastel pink tree gets even pinker once you turn on the pink lights!

Pink Ice Cream Themed Christmas TreeCan’t forget the sprinkles! I filled Treetopia’s iridescent ornaments with rainbow sprinkles! DIY Sprinkle Ornaments.jpgTo top it all off I used the rest of my tissue paper and a party hat to make a giant ice cream cone. Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree Topper.jpg

Make sure you check out the rest of the blogs to see more sweet inspiration:

 

Jennifer Perkins

All Things With Purpose

The Latina Next Door

Smart Fun DIY

Celebrate and Decorate

 

And don’t forget to check out Treetopia’s Facebook page for details on how to win some special treats!

 

 

4th of July Red White and Blue Tropical Rum Cocktail

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and I don’t know about you, but I plan on laying poolside with a tropical umbrella drink in my hand. I like to be as festive as possible with my holidays so I decided to do a layered red, white, and blue cocktail based on my favorite tiki style drinks.

Here’s how you make it!

4th of July Red White and Blue Tropical Rum Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Coconut Rum
1 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao Liqueur
3/4 oz grenadine
3/4 oz pineapple juice
Crushed Ice
Pineapple and cherries to garnish

First mix the pineapple juice and grenadine in a glass. Add crushed ice. Add blue curaçao (pour over an upside down spoon, it helps the liqueur land evenly and not too heavily). Add coconut rum in the same manner. Garnish.

When you’re ready to drink it, use a straw to mix it all up and enjoy!

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