I had plans. Ohhhhhh, did I have plans. I was going to be out of town for four nights, first in Denver, then in Portland, and I was going to go back to my hotel room every night and just blog.
No kids, no dinner to make, no nothing. Just fun creative work during the day, and blogblogblogblogbloging at night. But no. I didn't do it. Not even once.
It just came down to me being too wiped out at the end of each day to swing it. But now that I'm home...now that dinner has been made, eaten, cleaned...Now that the kids have been put to bed, the dog put out, etc., etc., I somehow have energy to upload some shots from the week.
I will start from the end and (hopefully) make my way backwards through-out the weekend, as time permits. That means Portland model apartment tonight, before and afters.
I decorated this unit site unseen. Which was terrifying. I was supplied with the *before* shots, and given a floorplan with measurements. I was also given a very, very tight budget to furnish a two bedroom apartment with. It was all great fun! I loved the challenge of trying to get the best look with a tight budget. I shopped sales, weasled coupons, called customer service and begged for discounts. Whatever it took, I was happy to do. My "vision" (notice how I put that in quotes?), yes, my "vision" had to change daily as I found some good deal over here, that now made that look out of place over there, and so on and so on. But yes, it was a fun, fun project, not to mention, I totally fell in love with Portland.
Here it goes --
Dining Room View from Living Room (Before):
Dining Room View from Living Room (After):
Because the management offers residents the option to paint a single wall in each room a color of their choice, I took full advantage of that opportunity and painted and accent wall in each room.
Living Room (Before):
Living Room (After):
Master Bedroom (Before):
Master Bedroom (After):
The headboard above, which I love, arrived with a giant 14" gash along the top portion of it. Luckily when assembled it was high enough that it wasn't really visable, and so I just gave it a quick stitch to keep it from growing.
I pumped up the unit with lots of little items that I picked up at a great store in Portland called HomeGoods. Think Ross (Dress for Less), only it's all home furnishings. I took tons of pictures inside the store that I will hopefully post. That was a good time... :)
Child's Room (Before):
Child's Room (After):
I love this twin bed frame (and bedding) from West Elm!! I got both for 30% during a pre-Xmas sale when they were offering a deep discount on something new, daily. The alphabet art was found on Etsy.
And my absolute favorite shot of the week: