Putting some POW! in the powder room

The toilet room is where I get my best thinking done.

Okay, that’s not true. I get my best thinking done in bed when I should be sleeping. But the toilet room is where I’ve had my latest and greatest idea.

powder room

The toilet room is the only room where the walls are sort of normal. Not covered in wallpaper. Not tiled to the ceiling. Half of the wall is a wonderful blank canvas, albeit a popcorn-covered canvas. Ha! YOU THOUGHT I HAD A NORMAL WALL! Not so!

So I was looking at some of my favorite powder rooms and noticed they were all covered in black and white graphic wallpaper. Such a bold statement in such a small room! It packs such a punch!

Black and white powder room


Black & white powder room


Hinson's fireworks wallpaper


But all of those inspiration pictures use wallpaper. And as much as I’d love to drop a couple hundred euros to make my powder room go BOOM! when you open the door, I’ve got that popcorn situation going on, remember?

So then I remembered a project I’ve been working off and on for awhile, which was basically copying the idea behind this art but using some of our inside jokes in place of rap lyrics:

Rap lyric art

(I can’t find the original source for that picture, so if you know whose genius idea this is please let me know so I can give credit where it’s due.)

I thought, hey, that’s black and white and graphic. And printing some sheets of paper would be way cheaper than wallpaper. Plus, this way I could use frames and create something of a gallery with it.

So what I’m really saying is stay tuned because that is so happening soon.

(Images link to original source where I could find it. All images can be found on my Pinterest board.)


You win some…

… and some wins you have to give away.

Notice I didn’t say “you lose some” because, when it comes to home design, I count a lose as an ‘it wasn’t meant to be’.

Rolan and I enjoyed an afternoon bike ride through our new city yesterday and were pleasantly surprised to find out that the shops were open. (They are usually closed on Sundays here.)

I noticed that one of the home design shops, LifeStyle, was moving its store across the street and selling everything off at incredible discounts.

We are on a major spending freeze given my current lack of employment, but I tugged Rolan’s arm in that direction anyway. I’m a glutton for punishment.

Really awful, terrible super bad punishment.

We fell in love with these globes, but couldn’t justify the purchase since we don’t have anywhere to display it.

We watched the store disintegrate before our very eyes. People were snapping up deals left and right. I started thinking maybe our spending freeze wasn’t the only reason we would go home empty handed. Pretty soon there wouldn’t be anything left to buy.

But then I looked above the cashier station and gasped. The most beautiful basket pendant lights were just hanging there with a 70% off sticker and nobody was grabbing them.

It’s actually the same light as seen in one of my favorite office inspiration pins:

But even with 70% off, that beautiful baby was still way out of our price range. So I closed my eyes, grabbed Rolan’s arm and politely asked him to escort me out of the shop.

Just as we were heading out I saw another young couple examining the light. I just hope whoever got it loves it as much as I do.

If you love it too (and your budget is bigger than mine), I found it on their web site — still on sale!

Sleeping in style

Yesterday I added some links on the sidebar with ways to link up with me on social networking sites like Pinterest and Instagram. If you are enjoying what’s happening on this here blogaroo, please do feel free to follow me over on those sites as well!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite bedroom inspiration photos from my Style Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Many of my favorite home design blogs stress the importance of knowing what you like, so I have been pinning home design images that resonate with me to see if there were any similarities. Here are some of my favorite bedroom images:

I’ll admit it: This photo makes me sleepy. But in a good way! This has got to be my favorite bedroom inspiration image of all time because I love how cozy and lived in it feels. I imagine myself just diving into the bed, sinking down into the mountain of pillows and snoozing away, not having a care in the world.

Realizing my love for this image led me to discover that there are many, many rooms on my list that have a lot of the same qualities, like:

Big, graphic, monochromatic patterns

Soft, white, fleece-y fur elements

Bright flashes of color in the pillows

Neutral, textured wall and duvet

And others like polka dots, ottomans, and flowers near the bed.

This is really a great exercise to get to know your personal style. Looking at all those pictures together, I never realized they had so much in common. And now that I see it, it’s easy to understand why I like them and how to make my own bedroom inspire the same cozy feelings that these pictures give me.

Anyone else inspired by these bedroom images? Do they make you sleepy (in a good way)?

And if you care to see more Pinterest favorites like these, feel free to follow my Style Inspiration board.

Jennifer tested, Rolan approved

The chef’s hat in this relationship sits firmly on Rolan’s head. He loves to cook and I love to watch him cook. And before you say anything, I know. He is a keeper.

But on the rare occasions that I do cook, I like to test various pins that I have acquired in my recipes board on Pinterest.

Sunday morning was just such an occasion. I had exactly four eggs, 1 bell pepper, some bread and some grapes. The bread and grapes I was pretty sure could stand alone, but… what to do with that bell pepper? Normally I would just chop it up and mix it into scrambled eggs, but then I remembered this great recipe for “Flower Power Eggs” from Apron Strings Blog.


They tasted really great and they were pretty to look at too.

One thing I would mention on top of Donna’s post is that it’s okay if the eggs seep outside of the bell pepper at first because you can easily cut the extra off after cooking to maintain the cute flower shape of the bell pepper.

Breakfast doesn’t really get more complete than that, does it? Meat, vegetable, grain and fruit with some flavored water. As they say here in Holland, “Lekker!”