I’ve finally gotten around to photographing more of the house updates. I thought I’d resume the house tour in my favorite room – the master bedroom. I’ll start this post the same way I started the one on the guest bedroom, with a before photo.
Pink walls. Pink carpet. Floral drapes and bedding. ’80’s-ish furniture. A fan with roses on its main light.
Here’s what it looks like now, from the same angle.
This room was actually one of the easiest room updates we did. All we did was take up the carpet, have the wood floor sanded and re-stained, and painted the walls and trim. We already had most of the furniture from the apartment, but we bought a new duvet cover ($15 on clearance from Urban Outfitters), rug ($99 from Target), and end of bed bench ($1,299 from Room and Board but only $160 on craigslist), along with creating most of our own wall art.
The inspiration was beachy, but focusing on the water element and not the traditional beach decor of seahorses, sand castles, and everything else associated with beach houses. The reason is simple. We’ve taken some trips to beaches and love a good Saturday morning on Lake Michigan here. The room feels tranquil with its neutral color palette, but also playful with the triangle duvet cover.
We’ve also tried to throw in pops of personal meaning, mostly in the wall art around the room. More on that next time.
After talking about it for the last 5 years, I finally hosted a 1960s themed Mad Men party for its premiere last Sunday night. Of course, we all dressed up for the evening. I used items that were either from the era or looked like they were. Case in point, this bar cart (my grandparents’) with plastic gold rimmed goblets from Target (now sold out). The flowers are from a shaped hole punch and old paint chips. And that punch bowl is an engagement present, from Crate and Barrel. I also set the food table with a working flame colored fondue set (a thrift store score for only $2.45), a vintage pyrex casserole dish, a cheeseboard from the ’60s, and a chip and dip that’s actually made by Martha Stewart, but kind of reminds me of this chip and dip that Pete had to return in a Season 1 Mad Men episode. Did you catch that lovely jello dessert in the photo? I borrowed a Tupperware jello mold from my mother-in-law and made a layered mold complete with floating mandarin oranges in it. I also baked a pineapple upside down cake as a sort of birthday cake to celebrate Dan’s birthday that evening (we sang “Happy Birthday” to him, much to his embarrassment).
I was so happy to see everyone get as into the era as I was. Overall, I’d call the party a success.
This past weekend brought about some gorgeous weather in Chicagoland. I won’t get into what the temperature is outside right now.
In any case, the warm weather got me wanting to make something that felt like spring. I decided on these lemon poppyseed cookies.
1 stick of butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest (or to taste, I only had 1 tsp left from another baked good I made)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 and 1/3 cups white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. Once the mixture looks fluffy add the wet ingredients (egg, zest, juice, and extract). Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) in a separate bowl and then add the contents of the bowl into the butter mixture. Mix for a minute or so, just until combined. Finally, add the poppy seeds and mix them throughout.
I used my tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to drop the dough onto silicone pad-lined baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes on one side, turn the pan, then bake for another 4-5 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the pan when they come out of the oven for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Once the cookies are fully cooled, mix together one cup of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to form a glaze. You can either drizzle the glaze on top the cookies like I did or dip each cookie top into the glaze itself. I didn’t have any zest left or I would have sprinkled some on top of each cookie before the glaze hardened.
I brought these to a gathering and they were a hit. Light, refreshing, and a great way to kick off springtime.