Hello, there! I just wanted to share a little wallpaper update I made to our kitchen recently and talk about the process of ordering custom printed wallpaper through Tempaper.
Here’s the scoop. I already had lemon wallpaper in here from a different company, but it didn’t stand up to the demands of our kitchen. Any time we would wipe a food splatter or try to clean the walls the ink would smear or come right off, often times leaving behind a stain from the splatter. Our kitchen also gets a lot of sunshine and in the summers gets very hot. This caused the paper to yellow and lift at the creases. No bueno!
I already had a hard enough time finding a lemon wallpaper with the vintage look I had in mind, now I had to start all over again! I used Tempaper in my bathroom and bedroom and had no problems whatsoever, so I decided to contact them about printing something custom for me.
I had a repeating image of lemons that I had saved from a stock image website and was able to purchase the license to have it printed for my own use. I sent it off to Tempaper and worked with their graphic designer to customize the print to fit the exact dimensions of my kitchen walls. They sent a sample right away and I put it through vigorous testing. I poured coffee, pasta sauce, and grease on it. I wiped, scrubbed, and sprayed cleaner on it. I left it in direct sunlight for a week, kept it by the hot stove and oven, and even applied heat with a blow dryer. I did it all! And it passed each test.
When the final product arrived it was pre-cut into manageable panels to fit each section of my walls. They sent over a little map and labeled each one. I barely even had to trim anything! It fit like a glove. Seriously, those pre-cut panels made getting around all these nooks and cabinets a breeze. And you can barely see the overlapping seams unless you’re super up-close! I’m so picky about that and it doesn’t bother me at all. Overall the entire custom printing process was a breeze.LOVEEE! Now I have exactly what I had in mind to begin with!
Thank you Tempaper!
Product was provided by Tempaper, but all views and opinions are true and my own.
I am so excited to be featured in one of my favorite magazines everrrr — Atomic Ranch! The Spring 2018 issue is all about Palm Springs and I’m honored to be included with the other beautiful mid-century homes featured.
The 11 page spread features my own photography and styling with a lovely write up by Leslie Thompson.
Be sure to pick up a copy to see all the midcentury eye candy!
Huge thank you to Atomic Ranch for this opportunity!
I finaallllyyyy get to show you guys our bedroom before and after reveal! Yay!
I didn’t think it would turn out to be my favorite room in our apartment, but I think it totally is. I was inspired by mid-century atomic and glam styles, and used green, pinks, and lots of gold elements as my palette.
Here’s what it looked like before:
Putting a bed in front of a window like this can look a little awkward, so the first thing I did was hung wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shimmery coral-pink curtains and sheers from Target to frame the bed and disguise the window, while still letting tons of light in.
I used a fabric in a similar color to do a wall treatment in the vanity nook. I changed the built-in’s hardware to a vintage 1950/60s set that I found on Etsy and also changed the light to a beautiful brass Sputnik from Lucent Lightshop. The vanity chair is from Nate Berkus for Target.
I installed a beautiful metallic gold and white wallpaper from Tempaper (the same brand I used in my bathroom)! It’s so easy to work with and adds a lot of shine and pattern to the room, but isn’t overwhelming.Lamps are a vintage find from Etsy! Shades are from the Project 62 line at Target. Our bed frame is from Joybird. You know I love me some Joybird. We had our tv mounted in front of the bed for our viewing pleasure. To jazz up the boring closet doors I used metallic gold tape and changed the knobs out to starburst ones from Etsy. The oval starburst mirror is also from Joybird.
And there it is! Can’t wait to show you more rooms soon.
Make sure you’re following on Instagram and search the hashtag #Melodramaville to see more!
Ok, you guys, I finally added some finishing touches to my bathroom. When I last posted about my peel and stick wallpaper I still needed a window treatment and some art.
I ended up dyeing an inexpensive white valance that I found at Target. I used a half and half mixture of Rit’s Petal Pink and Rose Quartz, with a tiny bit of golden yellow to get the right shade of coral-y pink. I love the warm glow it adds to the bathroom. The flamingo shower curtain is from Target, the cute little piña colada girl print is from Ann Shen, ANNND the final detail is pink Renova toilet paper!
When I posted these pictures on Instagram the pink toilet paper got a lot of questions. I love this toilet paper. Besides the color (they have several options and word is Beyonce uses the red) it’s amazing. It’s 3-ply and super strong so a little goes a long way, and it’s lightly perfumed. I did my research before I bought my first pack because I remembered some issue with colored toilet paper in the 80s, but Renova has been a trusted brand in Europe for years and is safe for water systems and dermatologist/gynecologist tested.
Anyway, enough toilet talk! Stay tuned for more #Melodramaville updates. Xx
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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!
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.