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4.22.2015

How to Apply Removable Wallpaper - An Office Update!

When we last left off, my basement office was... white. ha! But you can see all the inspiration I had for it in this post. I'm so excited!

Okay, so like I mentioned before, while shopping Joss & Main not too long ago I came across this fab, speckled removable wallpaper, and I knew I HAD to have it :) 
(yes, I have an obsession with this website, I know)
I ordered my paper from here because I had some store credit I needed to use, but Chasing Paper sells LOTS of great removable wallpaper designs, and is even a couple dollars cheaper.

So there were a few things I loved about this removable wallpaper idea: 
1. It's not permanent.
2. It's easy.
3. It could make a big impact.

See!...
I la-la-la-love it!
First of all, I was really happy that the paper was actually black and WHITE... and not black and cream. I was a bit worried when I first ordered it. 

Secondly, putting up this paper was straight forward enough... but tricky at the same time. Here's what we used and how we applied everything. I thought it might help, because this stuff isn't cheap, and you want to get it right the first time.
- Removable wallpaper of choice
- A step stool
- Level
- Scissors or box cutter
- Pencil 
- An extra hand... or two ;)

The wallpaper will come with two layers. The actual paper itself, and then the backing that keeps the sticky portion from being exposed.

Measure the space where you're putting your paper and make cuts BEFORE you remove the backing. Duh... I know, but I just wanted to put it out there. ha!

We also made sure to flip the wallpaper over to the backside to draw our measurement lines, so that we didn't have any pencil marks on the nice designed portion. The great part about OUR particular wallpaper design, is that it was SUPER forgiving. You might have to go with a different measuring technique if you have a very stubborn pattern that needs careful lining up. (good luck!) LOL.

The level itself wasn't necessarily used for leveling anything, as much as it was handy for making those really straight, long cuts. 

Once we were ready, we peeled off the backing, and both held the paper at one end. Cason would place the top portion where it needed to be, and then I would line up the rest. 
It took a few tries, but since this material IS removable (much like vinyl) you can reposition it - BUT... it is VERY sticky. Make sure NOT to let it fold over on itself, it was almost impossible to pry apart, and we even messed up a large sheet due to some tearing while trying to manipulate the sticky paper :( 

PS: you might want to partner up with someone who you feel comfortable enough with gettin' REAL close to. haha! To position the paper straight and where it needs to be, you sort of have to be all up in each others space. Oh! - and a height difference doesn't hurt either :-P

After you've applied your piece of wallpaper, try to smooth it from the middle out, to avoid any big air bubbles or wrinkles. 
Once we got the hang of everything, the application for the paper went really fast. There were portions that had to be cut out for the outlets, but other than that, it wasn't too bad.

We were a handful of sheets short when it came to finishing the whole wall, but I ordered more so hopefully I can finish next week... I just couldn't help but share the portion that we DO have done!

I'll be back with an update once the entire wall is finished too, so keep your eye out!

xoxo

Chairs: Joss & Main
Table: Down East Home (slightly damaged product section for $200), but it's West Elm
Rug: Costco
Bookshelf: Ikea

4.21.2015

Our New Homes Paint, Flooring & Carpet Colors

I've had a bunch of people on Instagram ask about the exact paint and flooring colors in our new house, so I thought I'd create a post with all the resources for you!

None of this paint or flooring was picked out by us personally, it was all set to be installed about the week we first looked at the house. That being said, I don't think I would have picked colors that were that much different. They're all really neutral, and go with warm OR cool tones. MAJOR plus!

Rug - Rugs USA, Table - The Black Goose (you can also find it sometimes on Joss & Main for less!)

1. Wood Floor - Hallmark Hardwoods: American Birch Canvas.
Online it says that Birch Canvas looks like this:
Uhh... I can KINDA see where they get this, because in the brightest of sunlight I pick up some more yellow tones, but honestly, I see WAY more deep brownish/gray when I look into my kitchen and entryway.
Below is a picture that I just snapped real quick, from our own entryway, and I didn't edit the colors at all, in hopes that this will give you the truest idea of what WE see.

Maybe it just depends on what batch of Birch Canvas you get (?) ha! 
If you are considering installing this color floor for a project or in your next house, maybe go check out an actual sample, so you can make sure yours is the exact color you want... because if I would have only seen the top, lighter version picture up there, I definitely wouldn't have picked it. 

Here it is with our carpet, and also a bit of a white and gray rug that we have, so you can see different shades next to it. 

CARPET: Into the Wood - Shaw 12 linen B Standard 6lb pad. 
It hides pretty much EVERYTHING. It's a higher pile, super comfy and goes really well with the floor and both the Salsify AND white paint. 

2. Salsify: form Kwal in eggshell or satin finish.
The perfect medium Greige. Yup... that would be gray-beige. You know, that color that EVERYONE wants when they can't decide what their actual home decor accent shades will be - hence the reason it works so well for a standard home building color. lol
Okay but honestly, I really like it. Sometimes I see more brown and sometimes I just see gray. It's a sneaky shade of paint, but it goes with anything, and I love that. 

If I were to have had any say on this color, I would have changed the paint finish to satin verses eggshell (because it's easier to wipe clean) and possibly would have gone a smidgen lighter as well, so in the corners of my house where there's no sunlight, wouldn't be quite so dark.  
3. High Hide White: Sherwin Williams in a semi gloss finish.
Guys, it's the perfect white - really! 
No blue tones, no creamy yellows... just WHITE! I love it so much, and even though it may sound weird to be so passionate about simple white; it's only because it's not as easy to find as you may think.
We painted our entire basement this High Hide white, and it's fresh and lovely! Below is an idea of how the carpet looks next to the white paint, going down to our basement. 
Oh! And we ALSO used High Hide white in FLAT, on our ceilings :) 

Well... this was definitely the worlds most uninteresting picture post ever... but it does the job :) 

Hopefully this helps out those of you who have been wanting to see if these colors will work well for YOUR home! I know how much of a headache it can be, finding the perfect shades to go into a house, where you may not even know yet what other colors you'll be using! 
Trust me, these are GREAT options :) 

xoxo

4.19.2015

Don't Mind Me While I Throw Up - The BEST Ways to Cure Motion Sickness

Hi, my name is Shelley, and I suffer from EMSD.
Extreme. Motion. Sickness. Disorder.

motion sickness cure
Me on a road trip to CA, after losing my lunch on the side of the road #glamorous

Okay, so that's not really a medical term, and while some of you are rolling your eyes or giggling, there will be a handful of you who TOTALLY understand the seriousness of this stupid problem. 

How?
Motion is sensed by the brain through three different pathways of the nervous system that send signals coming from the inner ear (sensing motion, acceleration, and gravity), the eyes (vision), and the deeper tissues of the body surface (proprioceptors)
When the body is moved intentionally, for example, when we walk, the input from all three pathways is coordinated by our brain. When there is unintentional movement of the body, as occurs during motion when driving in a car, the brain is not coordinating the input, and there is thought to be discoordination or conflict among the input from the three pathways. It is hypothesized that the conflict among the inputs is responsible for motion sickness.  - source

Culprits:  
Rollercoasters 
Riding as a passenger in ANY vehicle
Planes
Trains 
Boats
Swings
Trampolines

Symptoms:
Killer headache
Dizziness 
Nausea 
Stomach turning
... and typically, vomit.

(ew gross. why am I even reading this weirdo girls blog who's talking about throw up?)

It's cool, I just thought the same thing... but I feel like this NEEDS to be talked about. No matter how UNglamorous a topic it is. 

Why?
BECAUSE IT SUCKS! And because it's a freakin' annoying, real-life issue that I've had to deal with for as long as I can remember. And if I have strong feelings about it, then I KNOW someone else does too, so I thought, why not share what helps ME to shake MY extreme motion sickness!? Maybe it could help someone else.

This post came about because while on my cruise a while back, I was deathly sick for the first 2 days. It was awful and I wish I would have started with a few of these treatments sooner, because once I had some stuff in my system, I was about 99% better and could enjoy myself. 

1 - Dramamine is a miracle worker... but make sure you get the LESS DROWSY kind, or you'll be out like a light! The original formula puts you right to sleep. Some people say they still had some sluggishness when taking the less drowsy formula, but I didn't have that problem at all. 
Bonine is said to be a big helper too, much like Dramamine, but I've never tried it. If you've taken both, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how they compare!
* I only take this if I'm actually going on a road trip, plane or boat. Never just "because".

2DigestZen from doTERRA is amazing! It works for a laundry list of things, and is totally safe to use on kids and pets! In fact, I just learned this year that my body doesn't digest cabbage well... like, at all, and one day I was dealing with shooting pain in my stomach after eating an Asian salad that was basically all made of cabbage. I came home, filled up an empty capsule with 5 drops of Digestzen, swallowed it, and in a matter of about 30 minutes, I had ZERO pain.
I have no idea how it all works, I just know it does. I'm not a crazy oil lady, but my sister is, ha! and she sells me the stuff she knows I'll like and need, so if you have questions about them or want any oils for yourself, feel free to talk to her... because I'm no help past this point. lol!

3 & 4 - These are probably the LEAST effective methods for me, but they do work for some people, and I've tried them, so I thought I'd include them as well. The ginger gum... or just gum in general, has a really effective way of helping ease the nauseous feeling when it comes on after you realize you're experiencing motion sickness. I think hard candy is just as effective though. There's something about redirecting the "I want to throw up" mindset, to "Hey, I've got a flavored treat in my mouth... so that means I can't puke"  that makes you feel a little better. 
The bands - meh. I tried them on my cruise, and could never tell if THEY were actually working, or if it was more the Dramamine. Some people swore by them though... so maybe for certain individuals they work well.

Obviously I'm just a normal person who has zero medical knowledge beyond what I know works for ME and my symptoms, when it comes to motion sickness... so make sure you read ALL directions on medications before you take them, especially if you're pregnant or giving them to younger kids. 

I hope this helps someone... and when you see ME driving and Cason sitting shotgun next time in our car, it's not because I LOVE driving so much, but it's mostly to save him the annoyance of me having to stop halfway through wherever we're going, to hurl on the side of the road. #notawesome. LOL

xoxo

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