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.

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Stay tuned for more home updates and DIYs!

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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!

My Top 5 Round Dining Room Rugs From RugsUSA

When I first found out I’d be moving into a new place I immediately started shopping for new rugs. Rugs to me are the foundation of every room and are the best trick for defining spaces in an open floorplan, which my current space has.

 

I had my mind set on a few criteria when shopping for a dining room rug. First, it needed to be round, because my dining table is round and my dining room is very square. Second, I wanted something colorful. And lastly, I wanted it to fit in with my mid-century inspired decor.

I ended up picking 5 contenders from RugsUSA. I like RugsUSA because their site is easy to search, they have a great selection, and they always have awesome sales.

Here are my top 5!

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Berber Moroccan Diamond

I love the colors and pattern of this hand-tufted berber rug. And it comes in 4 different colorways!

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Albina Prismatic Warp Space

This one was a serious contender because I could end pull in accents featuring any of its very many colors.

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Lightfoot Cotton Soft Solid Border Rug

Then I thought about going with a solid color in a bright hue like this one in beautiful baby blue. It also comes in pink!

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Webberly Dreamcatcher Outdoor Rug

OK so this is technically an outdoor rug, but who makes the rules anyway. I love the lose woven look and the muted green. Feels very 60s to me in the best way.

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Keno Crystal Rug

I fell in love with this at first sight. It has both a great pattern and color and I love the the detail on the edge. I also like that the light parts aren’t white, and will be easier to maintain and keep looking clean and pristine. I thought this would be perfect to anchor my white tulip table.

ANDDDD that’s the one I chose!Mid-Century Inspired Dining Room (2)

It’s exactly what I was hoping for. Mid-Century Inspired Dining Room (3)I even lucked out and found some vintage bucket chairs with matching orange seats!Mid-Century Inspired Dining RoomSee how the pedestal fits perfectly in the middle of the rug? Yessss!

I still have some work to do on this room so stay tuned for that!

 

Complimentary product was provided by RugsUSA.

 

 

Mid-Century Inspired Refrigerator Makeover with Peel & Stick Wallpaper

The only thing that really bothered me about my new kitchen was the way the refrigerator looked in the space.

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Now don’t get me wrong it’s a nice brand new refrigerator, but the way the side of it created a big black rectangle in in the middle of everything bothered me.

I bought a peel and stick wallpaper a couple of years ago with the intention of covering my old refrigerator, but never got around to it. Luckily I found the paper when I was unpacking and since I’m still renting I decided to put it to use!Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator

I like the shape of the refrigerator door and I don’t mind the stainless, so I decided to only apply the wall paper to the sides and top to cover all the black. I was also inspired by the two-toned refrigerators that were popular back in the day.

The paper I used is a light minty blue with a metallic silver cross-hatch pattern. It looks very vintage to me and reminds me of mid-century upholstery fabric. I knew it would work perfectly for what I wanted to attempt.

All I had to do was pull out the refrigerator and apply the peel and stick the paper, carefully matching the seams and making sure to smooth out any air bubbles. This type of paper is very easy to work with and made the job extremely simple.Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator (before) (3)Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator (1)

To finish off the edges I used a thin washi tape in the same color and similar pattern. This gave it a more finished look and helped make sure all of my edges were properly secured.Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator 1.jpg

Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator 3.jpgWhat an improvement! The refrigerator no longer stands out like a sore thumb and adds a nice subtle color and more retro flair to the space. It also gives it a nice smooth texture which makes it way easier to clean than the bumpy texture that it had before. I love it!Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator 2.jpg

Now I’m going to use a different peel and stick wallpaper to cover that back wall as well. Stay tuned!

 

Checking In: Lone Star Court – Austin, Texas

When we were planning our road trip a couple of months ago and decided to stop in Austin I knew I wanted to stay at the Lone Star Court. It has a mid-century, rustic, Texan theme that I just had to see for myself.

Lone Star Court did not disappoint. As soon as we pulled we were greeted by a neon sign and a 1950s Roadmaster.

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Lone Star Court 3.jpgThe lobby was warm and inviting, decked in leather and hides, with western memorabilia displayed on the mantle and shelves. A turntable played old school country records which felt very “Welcome to Texas”. Lone Star Court 4Lone Star Court 5Lone Star Court 6This room seemed like a great place to hang out on such a dreary overcast day but I couldn’t wait to make it to my room.

Lone Star Court 8The pathways are lined with orange rockers and aqua doors, one of my favorite retro color combinations everrrr. This sight made me so happy!Lone Star Court 9

The suite we stayed in was the most perfect place to kick my feet up after a loonnnng day. The living room area had a comfy mid-century style couch and a television, which is all I really want in life. A sliding wood door separates the two rooms.Lone Star Court 10There was also a little dining table surrounded by Eames style molded plastic chairs that was covered in fairly priced mini bar snacks. The good stuff even!Lone Star Court 11

It also had a SMEG refrigerator with more snacks and drinks – from water to wine and spirits. There was an excellent selection in there, which I promptly took part in before our dinner at The Water Trough (the hotel’s on-site restaurant.)Lone Star Court 16My favorite part about this room was probably the bathroom though. You’ll see why.Lone Star Court 14This shower and claw foot tub saved my lifeeee! It was just the thing I needed after a 9 hour drive.Lone Star Court 12Plus how pretty is it?! I love the penny tile floor and black and white color scheme.Lone Star Court 13Lone Star Court 17.jpgClean, crisp, white sheets and a fluffy mattress! This bed felt like heaven! Lone Star Court 7The grounds of the hotel have a few places to eat- The Water Trough, a bar and sit down spot, and The Feed Store, a food truck with quick bites. Lone Star Court 18The grounds also have a ton of places to hang out around firepits and a pool.Lone Star Court 19Lone Star Court is conveniently located next to a mall and lots of shops and restaurants, but when you’re in the court you kind of feel like you’re in their little world. One where you can relax in rocking chairs and drink a cocktail out of a mason jar while listening to the sounds of country western.Lone Star Court 20If you want retro vibes with tons of modern conveniences, check out Lone Star Court during your next visit to Austin.Lone Star Court 21

 

Thank you to Lone Star Court for a wonderful Stay!

 

Welcome to Melodramaville! Our Palm Springs Home

Well, it happened! We made the big move. I’m once again a permanent resident of Palm Springs and loving it.

We’re still busy moving in and unpacking but I wanted to show you a little peek of our new home.

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There it is! Our little mid-century home! It’s part of a 1960s sixplex, but feels like its own little house with a private fenced back yard and back entrance.

The living room is going to be redecorated with new furniture from Joybird and vintage finds that I’ve been collecting for awhile.I love the all white kitchen and the amount of light it gets!IMG_9843.jpg

The bathroom has a washer and dryer! I haven’t had my own laundry in over six years! So exciting!

It has two bedrooms, one of which will be used as a home office. The main bedroom has awesome views and a built in vanity that I love.

We’re also waiting on a new bed from Joybird!

I think my favorite part is the back patio, which I’ve already begun filling with flowers, grass for my pups, and a lemon tree!

I can’t wait to show you all of the decorating and DIY plans I have in store for the place!

Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for more updates and photos!

Checking In: Hotel Valley Ho – Scottsdale, Arizona

Warning: This is a very image heavy post, but I just can’t help myself.

Last month we had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was the first stop on our three week long road trip to Florida and boy oh boy was it a good way to start off the trip.

Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (1).jpgHotel Valley Ho has a very interesting history, so let me lay some on you real quick.

Designed by Edward L. Varney (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright), Valley Ho opened its doors in 1956 and was an impressive example of what we now know as mid-century modern architecture and design. Upon opening it quickly gained popularity with numerous celebrities and trendsetters of the time. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood even celebrated their wedding reception at the hotel in 1957.Unfortunately, during the 70s the hotel was bought and was stripped of its design and fell into disrepair until it finally closed in 2001. Plans to demolish the structure were considered until architecture and history enthusiasts rallied to save it. Thanks to those efforts it’s now a registered historic landmark.

Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (3)In 2002, the hotel was bought by Westroc Hotels & Resorts and underwent renovations by Allen+Philp, an architecture and interior design group from Phoenix. In 1958, Edward L. Varney proposed building a tower above the lobby, but it never came to fruition, until 2002  when it was built under Westroc’s owenership. The years long renovations were a success and stayed true to the spirit of the original style and era, and thus the Valley Ho we know today opened in 2005 on December 20th, exactly 49 years after its grand opening.

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The lobby immediately feels like a time warp with its glass walls, cast and poured concrete details, and natural stone walls. All perfect examples of mid-century desert style. Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (6).jpg

Retro style furnishings, including large curved sectionals, shag carpet, and woven textiles surround a space-age fireplace.

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The high glass walls flood the room with light and give you a sense of being within the desert landscape.

This is a great place to grab drink by the bar, or just hang out and mingle with other guests if you want to escape your room for a bit. Rumor has it that sometimes late at night Jimmy Durante would play the piano in the lounge for the other sleepless guests.

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We had the pleasure of staying in a King Tower Suite for the night. Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (3).jpg

The suite is definitely impressive and features a living space, adjacent bedroom, expansive bathroom equipped with a washer and dryer, a large patio over looking the pool, and a fully stocked kitchen. It’s decked out with mid-century modern furniture and plenty of modern conveniences.Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (1)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (2)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (4)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (5)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (6)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (9)

The bedroom area has a comfortable king sized bed, chaise lounge, and a light fixture that gets honorable mention because I need it in my life ASAP.

Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (10)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (12)Did I mention the hotel is also extremely dog friendly? Well it is! Pandora definitely enjoyed it.Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (11)

The expansive bathroom is a little on the dim side, but is equipped with a walk in closet, laundry, double sinks, and an amaaaazing shower. Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (7)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (8)

The room overlooks the main pool area and has gorgeous views of the sunset which you can watch while lounging on the patio furniture.Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (13)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (14)Outside, the lush property is nothing short of break taking. Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (9).jpg

The property features two pools – The “OHasis” Pool, a relaxing lap pool.Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (10)And the OH Pool – the more lively hot spot with private cabanas, a hot tub, cocktail bar, and live music.Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (11)

Can we talk about all of this color?? Serious heart eyes.Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (12)Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (13)

The hotel also features delicious on-site dining at Zuzu. Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (1)Here you’ll find seasonal American food and stylish mid-century design including a curved diner-style counter, stone walls, globe lights, and round booths.  Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (3) Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (4)We had dinner there and were not left disappointed. I wish I was able to take pictures, but it was dark and I didn’t want to be the annoying person photographing all of their food. Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (2)We dined in a cozy booth and I can honestly tell you that everything we ordered was great, especially the drinks. Our server, MJ, was very helpful with his suggestions and helping us navigate the menu. We started off with the roasted tomato and goat cheese casserole and a round of their seasonal cocktails. For our meal, I had the seared salmon in a tomato broth and my husband had the short ribs that came with the most amazing green chile grits. I stole them. Delish.Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (5)The next morning we ate breakfast on the patio at Zuzu before hitting the road and it hit the spotttt! We shared stuffed french toast (yessss), eggs, bacon, the works. They even brought out eggies and a water bowl for the dogs. Two thumbs way up.Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (6)

Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (4)I can’t get over what a great experience we had during our stay here. From check-in to check-out everything was exceptional. One night definitely wasn’t enough and I hope to go back again soon. If you’re planning a visit to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, I highly recommend paying a visit to Hotel Valley Ho. Especially if you’re a fan of mid-century architecture and design. It’s well worth it!

Big thanks to Hotel Valley Ho for a wonderful stay.