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9 Feb

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Modern Canopy Bed Style

4 Feb

The canopy bed is back, with a modern twist. If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest lately, I’m sure you’ve seen these beautiful modern canopy beds. They’re all about elegance, without the floral fabrics from your childhood.

I wanted a modern canopy for my bed, but my room just isn’t big enough to accommodate that, either in footprint or visual impact. So I got creative.

I had some white ruffle curtains from my last apartment, and I wasn’t using them because why would I want to cover up my gorgeous plantation shutters? So I put them behind the bed!

Here’s what the bed looked like before:

And here it is after:

As an aside, do you know how hard it is to photograph white on white on white when you’re a terrible photographer? Hard.

I love the visual impact! Since my bedroom is white-all-white-only-white, I like to add different textures to give it more dimension and make it feel cozy and warm. (Those antique nightstands were granted a special exemption.) And yes, I know I need new bedding. It’s on The List.

I hung the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as I could get. I thought about hanging it directly from the ceiling, but then I got nervous about drilling into the ceiling. Plus, I really didn’t want it to fall on me in the middle of the night. Part of The Plan is to build out crown molding in that room, and I want to pop it out like a cornice over the bed. I might go ahead and add a cornice in the meantime, because I think we all know it will be quite some time before I get around to crown molding.

In the meantime, I love my version of a modern canopy bed! It was such a simple way to add big impact.

LuLaRoe Leggings Three Ways

2 Feb

Have you heard of LuLaRoe leggings? According to the women I know on Facebook, they’re revolutionary. I heard people talking about them for so long I knew I had to try them for myself, so I picked up a pair with this cute dog pattern!

Here’s some background if you’re new to LuLaRoe. The company makes comfortable clothes in a huge variety of patterns, but there are only 1,000 pieces made in each pattern. So you’re getting something that’s different from what everyone else is wearing. They have a lot of dresses, skirts, and tops, but they’re really famous for their leggings. The leggings come in OS, which fit sizes 0-12, and TC, which fit sizes 10-22. There are also Tween leggings, which fall between their kids and adult sizes and fit kids size 10 through adult size 4. I wear a size 0 and have the OS leggings, which fit great. I want to try a pair of the Tween to see how they compare, but I am loving my OS!!

So how do you wear these leggings? Everyone knows you can kick back around the house or hit a yoga class. But the beauty of these is that they’re thick enough to be pants. You don’t have to worry about them looking sheer, or wearing something long enough to cover your bum so your underwear won’t show. So I styled my LuLaRoe leggings three different ways to show you how I wear them.

Dress It Up

For my first look, I added calf-high boots, a basic black t-shirt, and a black blazer. It’s great for lunch with friends, casual Friday at the office, or even date night.

Keep It Casual

For my second look I went with a black sweater and basic black flats. It’s your standard out and about look. You’re really good to go for almost any occasion in this look, and you can add jewelry to dress it up more if you want.

Kick Back Casual

No, I don’t actually do yoga in booties, but I was trying to find a creative way to show you the shoes. Listen, I was taking these with a sketchy makeshift tripod and a camera on a timer. We’re lucky they’re (barely) in focus.

At any rate, if you want to go really casual but still cute, throw on a black hoodie and some cute metallic fringe booties. Perfect for running errands!

So that’s how I style my LuLaRoe leggings. Want to try to style your own? I’m having a LuLaRoe party next Tuesday and you’re all invited! It’s a pop up shop on Facebook, so you can come and browse with no pressure to buy! Hit me up on Facebook if you want an invite to check it out!

IVAR Blanket Ladder: IKEA Hack

25 Jan

It seems like everywhere you look lately the magazines and design blogs are featuring a blanket ladder in every living room. They’re wonderful and charming and the perfect touch for any style. Like this beauty from Pottery Barn. Except that beauty is $249 and LOLOLOLOL that ain’t happenin’ at Chez Anne.

So I went to IKEA, where so many great ideas are born. And I found the IVAR side unit. This unstained pine piece comes in six different sizes and is meant to be the side of a customized storage unit. I picked up the 20″x70″ piece for $15 because I knew it would make a great blanket ladder.

I knew it would be perfect as soon as I got some stain on that beautiful untreated pine. How wonderful is IKEA untreated pine? I get so many ideas every time I look at those pieces! I hit Lowes and found this miracle of modern staining, Minwax Finishing Cloths.

These are fantastic for small projects because they’re wipes with the stain and finish in one. You just wipe it on, let it dry, and you’re done. Since I was using the untreated pine I didn’t even have to sand or pre-treat. You get eight cloths in the pack, and I used three for this project.

I used my painting pyramids to prop up the ladder on a plastic sheet. Do the back side first, wait for it dry for an hour, then flip it over and do the front side. I attached some felt furniture feet to the top and bottom where it would hit the floor and the wall so I don’t scrape anything.

Then just prop it up! I let it cure overnight before I added any blankets. And so I could look at my beautiful stain job.

And then I added my blankets! I’m so happy with the way this turned out!

My version was $23.97, so take that, Pottery Barn.

Crispy, Easy Mexican Lasagna

21 Jan

Mexican lasagna? Mexican casserole? Mexican foods in a dish? I have no idea what to call this. I’ve made this casserole type dish a few times and it’s so good! This recipe was born when I wanted Mexican food and made it up as I went. Here’s the dealio…

You will need:

Refried Beans
Fajita Seasoning
1/2 cup Brown Rice, cooked
More Tostadas
Taco Sauce
Diced Tomatoes
Green Onions

Then you layer those things in a dish, in that order, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

See? Look how easy it is!

I guess normal people would add cheese between diced tomatoes and green onions, but I don’t like cheese. So I didn’t add any. You could also use ground beef, peppers, tomatillo sauce, it’s so easy to customize to your family’s preferences!

I serve it topped with guacamole, but you could also use mashed avocado or sour cream. I don’t have a nice image of how I serve it. The downside to this recipe is that no matter how valiant your efforts, it will look like you dropped it on the floor between the serving dish and the plate. Listen, it’s the taste that matters.

And it looks so beautiful in the dish!

This is great to take to work for lunch – it keeps in the fridge really well. So go forth and cook!