Casual Friday: Back in Our Room, Hair Inspo, Taking A Year off from Working Out & More

January 17, 2020

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After 2.5 months, we finally slept in our own bed in our own room last night. Halloween we moved into Faye’s room (and Faye moved into the spare bed in Greta’s room) and we were told it would be a couple weeks to take out the tray ceiling. But then there was no use in putting the drywall back up until the new doors got here. And then we added floors to the mix and finally, this week, we finished painting and both looked at each other because we knew what it meant—we could move back in!

Rug | Nightstands (similar) (similar) | Lamps | Paint Colors | Julia: Jacket, Jeans, Boots | Chris: Sweats, Tee, Slippers

One minor detail–there’s no electricity in here until next week so we have an extension cord running from our bathroom to power our bed  (the Sleep Number Mattress gets plugged in!) and to charge our phones. But even still, it was the best best feeling! Strangely, with all the changes we’ve made it was the first time since moving in that it felt like our room. Faye was also very excited to have her own room back. We were worried that she wouldn’t want to go back at all, but apparently she was so anxious to get back to her own room where she could have her nightlight and listen to soft music all night while she sleeps.

Ps. We still have to wear shoes or slippers in our house at all times because if you walk out of the bedrooms, you are walking on floor covering caked in renovation debris (drywall mud and dust galore!). So while we’re generally a no shoes in the house family, right now, we wear them for safety sake.

Other fun things this week–

Sarah’s master bathroom ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

• It’s 20 degrees here with 3 feet of snow, but I’m swimsuit shopping because we’re taking the girls to MEXICO for Spring Break! I just snagged the most flattering one piece of all time.

• I got sucked into the comments in this post on Emily’s blog about how much it costs to work with an interior designer. It was so interesting to hear others argue why one profession should be making more than another. So many comments that were really educated with valid points. In the end, I believe you have to LOVE what you do, first. You have to be incredibly passionate about it. You have to be okay with doing it for nothing. And then work your butt off to make as much as you can doing it–because if you love it that much, you’re probably one of the greatest people doing that thing and you deserve to make all you can.

Hair inspo! The shine! The color! The cut!

• I want to wear this cozy gray sweater this cozy gray sweater with hearts all over it for Valentine’s day…and every day before and after. (40% off!)

Weekend to-do list.

The world of contronymsFascinating. 

These perform leggings are available NEXT week and I’ve already joined the waitlist.

• Speaking of perform, I started the 6 week SWEAT app challenge! Are you doing it? I’ve used the app before now, usually doing the PWR program, but I recently switched to BBG Stronger because I just don’t have as much time anymore and it’s 35 minutes and I’m sweating and feeling great. (I had an ovarian cyst rupture this week and had to take a few days off, but I am actually anxious to get back and I haven’t felt that way about working out since over a year ago.) The odd thing about my year sabbatical from the gym is I’m someone that generally likes to break a sweat every day. I’ve always consistently worked out. But with everything that has happened in the last year, I actually consciously took a year off from going to the gym or working out. I know many would argue that it’s BEST to workout and get moving if you’re feeling down, but I let myself rest, guilt free. I showed myself some grace. I didn’t push my body since I knew my mind was already being pushed. And guess what? The desire to move has returned! Sometimes you just need a new pair of workout leggings to get you motivated and sometimes you need to just allow yourself a break. (Happy to be back!)

• I have to use this wallpaper somewhere in our house! (or have I been watching too many period dramas?)

Hope you all have a great weekend! We’re going on a double date with the Fullmers tomorrow and I can’t wait! It’s been too long!

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  1. Lexi says:

    I know your nightstands are sold out, but do you happen to remember the manufacturer and/or model name? Thank you!

  2. Cori says:

    I loved that article on contronyms! Thanks for sharing it! Also, while exercise is usually good, if your body, including your mind, is under extraordinary stress, exercise may only add to that stress, creating more problems and, potentially, future issues. It’s always important, though not always easy, to listen to your body, as you did. Glad you are loving your return to a regular exercise schedule!

  3. Debby says:

    Love the wallpaper! Remember to look for the same in other places, remember John and Sherry’s anthro wallpaper that they found at JoAnn for so much less?!

  4. Louise says:

    I also read the interior design post and found that
    a lot of people were jealous of people who can afford
    a designer and also what kind of money gets paid to
    a designer. I have never hired a designer but I view
    it as like any other trade off. Would I rather buy a less expensive car and take a nice vacation or drive around
    in a fancier car and stay home.
    Some people would rather spend their money on
    making the home of their Pinterest boards and
    that is absolutely fine if that is what makes them
    happy. The follow up post the next day was more enlightening and I think most people will agree
    you should spend your money on what works for you.
    I just want to know when do you and Chris take a break?
    Do you have one day a week that you absolutely are able to relax and not do anything work related?

  5. Stephanie says:

    Ha! I really appreciated your PS about wearing shoes inside because of renovation safety. I saw the picture of you guys lying on your bed and thought, “there’s no way it is normal to wear winter boots – that have been worn outside – in bed, is there?!?!” Needless to say, I was very confused. But then you solved my confusion in your next line. I have strong opinions on this as we are a fiercely no shoes inside family, haha. Although we do wear slippers and socks when it is cold.

  6. Kathryn says:

    I have been looking for nightstands JUST LIKE THOSE for months. The pull out tray! Can you tell me the brand? I know you linked to a similar style…but it’s just not the same. le sigh.

  7. Lindsey says:

    I’m curious where you’ve put the other two rugs you’d purchased for this master. I know you’ll let us know in time but I’m just so curious to see how you’ll style the rooms using them. I bought one of them – the colourful one that you ended up trading out to one of your girl’s rooms. Also can’t wait for this rooms reveal!

  8. Jennette says:

    I wanted that wallpaper badly when I did my powder room, but just more expensive than I wanted to spend. I have House of Hackney in my sunroom and absolutely love!

  9. Lindsey says:

    Those are some honking baseboards ;)

  10. Virginia says:

    What period dramas are you watching? Please share!

  11. Kate says:

    “I believe you have to LOVE what you do, first. You have to be incredibly passionate about it. You have to be okay with doing it for nothing. And then work your butt off to make as much as you can doing it–because if you love it that much, you’re probably one of the greatest people doing that thing and you deserve to make all you can.”

    ^ I love this! And I am saving it! This beautifully articulates how I feel and how I live my life ????

  12. I can’t wait to see your bedroom finished!

  13. Courtney says:

    I love your casual Friday posts and there is so much inspo in this one!
    1. Totally joined the wait list for those leggings. Will you share your review of them when you get them?
    2. I saved the haircut inspo for myself! Love the cut!
    3. I can see that wallpaper in several places in your home… the closet, the downstairs powder room, the music room with wainscoting! Oooh I’m excited to see where you end up using it!

  14. Leslie B says:

    The rug looks so good. I thought it was vintage!

  15. Andrea says:

    That wallpaper is a must use! I can’t wait to see how you put your Julia spin on it!

  16. TONI C. says:

    I seriously can’t wait to see what bed you chose!!! I’m currently in the design board phase of a bedroom overall and I’m on pins and needles seeing yours come together. :) Have a beautiful weekend!

  17. Lauren K says:

    Congrats! Nothing like sleeping in your own bed! How is the bum coverage for the bathing suit? The pics look skinnier than I like, but I had read that they made the coverage more modest. Thanks! Enjoy vacay!

  18. Katie says:

    That wallpaper would be a great statement piece in your closet!

  19. Arli says:

    Oh that Anthropology paper is GORGEOUS!
    There’s nothing g likes,Ed ping I. Your own bed in your own room. Congrats and sweet dreams.

  20. Jenni says:

    Hi Sweat sister! Doing the challenge as well! I am 1 year straight on the Sweat app this week! PWR 1 & 2 followed by Fierce 1 & 2 and now doing Fierce for the challenge! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on BBG stronger after the challenge!

    That hair AND wallpaper are Both MUSTS!

  21. Jill says:

    Love everything!
    Apparently I hv to sign up to other blogs to be able to see Sarah’s master bath. No thank u, at this time anyway.
    Have a beautiful day!

  22. Courtney says:

    Put that wallpaper in your master closet in the inset wall with a huge mirror!!

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