Fiberfill Pillows are Hereby Forever Banished From My Home

I am an unabashedly, unapologetic, unrepentant lover of down and feather pillows.  I go out of my way to make sure the pillows that come into my home aren’t fiberfill.  Does that make me a weird, unprioritized, pillow snob?  I don’t know.  But if it does, I’ll wear that label proudly.

But, what happens when I find a pillow that I love but it isn’t feather filled?  Well, it’s an easy fix!

The first thing I do is make sure that the pillow I love has a removable pillow cover.  Because of LIFE, I need to be able to wash or dry clean my pillow covers.  If the cover is not removable, it just can’t be a part of my life.  And let’s be honest, it’s generally the pillow cover that you fall in love with – not the pillow insert.

If the cover is removable, I remove the fiberfill insert and replace it with a feather filled insert.  To make this little switcheroo easier on my wallet, I keep my eyes peeled for feather filled, cover removable clearance pillows.  For instance, I found a pair of yellow pillows at HomeGoods on clearance for $18 for them both ($9/pillow).  I took out the feather inserts, because they are cheaper than what I can find in other stores or online, and sent the yellow covers on their merry way to Goodwill.

Yellow Pillow

Then, I took out the fiberfill insert that came in this red, nubby pillow I bought for Zack’s room and replaced it with the clearance feather insert.  The fiberfill insert also went jauntily to Goodwill.

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Sometimes Refinishing Furniture Makes Me Want to Throw a Tantrum

Back in April 2014, I found on bed on Craigslist that I just HAD to have for Zack’s room.  It had great lines and only needed a little work, which sounded awesome after just finishing Emma’s green bed.  I wasn’t quite ready to work on it, so I put it aside in the garage.

Two in a half years later, I decided that there was no better time than the present.  HAHA!  Procrastinators unite!

After I got the bed cleaned up, I could tell that the finish on the veneer was peeling and bubbling in places.  It wasn’t in perfect shape when I got it, but I’m sure that hanging out in the hot garage for a few years didn’t help its case.

No hassle update for a Mid-Century Modern bed

Well, it was time for me to get started refinishing furniture again.  I decided to do some light sanding on it to see what would happen.  It’s always touchy when you sand a thin veneer, because if you can easily go through the veneer.  Like this.

No hassle update for a Mid-Century Modern bed

Okay, so that’s not EXACTLY what happened.  The veneer was pretty marred in these spots and felt really rough, so sanding it down was a decision that I made and not an accident.  But, it could easily happen if you aren’t careful!

Because I just couldn’t handle this turning into a multi-day project, I started thinking about how I could save this bed.  I could paint it, but I really didn’t want a painted finish.  My friend Marian suggested that I use a chemical stripper to take the stain off the veneer (which was actually the “right” thing to do), but that made me feel like Andy from Wet Hot American Summer.

So…that wasn’t going to be the right answer for me.

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Counting Down to the Holidays with At Home

This post brought to you by At Home. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Makely School for Girls.

I always get a little exhausted when I see Christmas decorations hit the stores in September.  It’s too early, right?  What about Halloween?  What about Thanksgiving?  But then, I start to panic that all the really cute stuff will be gone before Halloween, so I need to get a move on it immediately.

I had the exact same thought process when I walked into my favorite At Home store this past week.  It’s not time!  It’s still pumpkin season!  Oh, wait!  That’s amazing!  I better buy that before someone else snaps it up!  The struggle is real, y’all.

Okay, so don’t freak out on me, you guys, but I bought some At Home Christmas Decor in October.  We have so much going on in the next two months, that I decided to just get a jump on it when I had time.  I have never jumped into the holidays before Thanksgiving, but last year we had virtually no Christmas decorations in our home.  I think we put up a tree a few days before Christmas, and that was it since we were so busy.  As with everything I do, it’s either feast or famine.  I do it 100% or not at all.

So, I went ahead and decorated our master bedroom.

Master bedroom decorated for Christmas with items from At Home

GASP!  I know.  But it looks so fun!

Luckily, you don’t have to get started on your decorations right this minute, because At Home has a huge selection of holiday decorations – definitely the largest selection of any other retailer in my area.  And even better, they make it so easy to put together a great holiday room or beautiful tree on a small budget.  They have 15 different themes of decorations, like Snow Capped Scene, Forest Fairytales, and Cherished Memories.  You can pick one theme and go wild, or you can mix and match.  Many of the themes are shown here.

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Happy Little Cacti

The overarching goal for my home has always been one thing: fun.  I want my family to feel happy, energized and in good spirits the second they walk in the door.  I accomplish that through crazy wall treatments, boldly colored furniture and generally unexpected little touches.

And thanks to my latest find, I can do that through my plants, too.

Colorful cacti

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My Staircase Moment

I don’t know about you, but I used to love watching The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo.  As a celebrity stylist, Rachel is the perfect mix of witty and ridiculously un-self aware.  I don’t have a fashion bone in my body, but I always loved how she referred to a great outfit as a “moment.”

I think about areas in my home as “moments,” too.  When I am working on different spaces, I think about how they may look from other parts of my home since we have a fairly open floor plan.  Recently, my staircase moment wasn’t working for me as I viewed it from my living room sofa, and I just couldn’t take it any longer.

Here’s what it looked like.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

Now, let’s be clear.  The vast majority of this picture is my EVERYTHING.  I literally sit on my sofa and swoon at it – the feature walls, the built in desk, the rug on the wall, the red bar cart, the drum light, the Elvis painting.  But, my problem was the accessories on the green wall.  They were just too much going on right there and it needed to go away.

Luckily for me, an At Home has opened up just a few miles from my house.  This is dangerous, I tell you! At Home is a store about the size of a Target, but it only sells home decor items – furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, bedding, accessories, patio stuff, and more.  It is literally a store I can spend 2 hours in and not see everything.  I absolutely love it.  They have many different styles – cottage, coastal, modern, industrial, traditional, etc. – so there is always something that I can use.

At the same time that I was “over” my staircase “moment,” At Home asked me if I’d like to head into their store and pick up a few things on them to rework a space in my home.  Um, yes!  So this week, I literally spent about 4 hours going up and down the aisles of my local store.  Between some of the incredible items I found and a few things I already had at home, I transformed this area into one that I truly love.

The first thing I did was take down the stuff that was on the green wall and patch/re-paint the holes. Then, I went on a recon mission to At Home.  I intentionally left my gift card at home so that I wouldn’t let myself buy the first thing that I saw.  I took pictures of everything that I loved so that I could go home and look at the pictures and look at the space and back and forth and back and forth until I decided what I wanted.  It’s super scientific.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

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A Tour of the 2015 HGTV Smart Home {Part 2}

I’m back with Part 2 of the 2015 HGTV Smart Home photo tour!  It wouldn’t be lying to say that I like the second floor even more than the first floor.  If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out here first.

Family Room

As you head up the staircase, you are greeted with more of the natural wood trim that we saw downstairs.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

That focal wall continues into the family room.  I love that!

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

Also in the family room, there are a pair of curtained reading nooks.  What a fun way to seclude yourself from the rest of the world.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

Master Bedroom

The crown jewel of the home (in my opinion) is the master bedroom.  The pictures really speak for themselves.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

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