27 February 2008


by 8:30 on a friday night, dinner's over, the tube is on, and most couples have already committed their plans for the evening: a rockin night out on the dance floor, the movies with a group of friends, or like carlie and i, recuperating from a long week with a nice relaxing evening at home. and if plans change at this point, the most spontaneous choice might be an inspired trip to coldstone's.

but, when my bride drew me into one of the many home design reality shows, that can show you how to turn a dozen paper towel rolls into a hi-fashion bedroom accessory, inspiration struck... and not involving a delectable frozen creation.

let's move our bed, quickly turned into, how about we paint our room, find some new window treatments, and maybe find a mirror or two to hang on the wall... and yeah... maybe we could paint our dresser and hang some pictures.

with a half-an-hour of time before our stores of choice closed for the evening, we made it, mario andretti style, to home depot and ikea [with 5 minutes to spare]. and, as a skeptic of the shows that can turn a house upside-down in a matter of days, i knew we had taken on a bit more than we could chew.

but, somehow [i say that as if i didn't realize the radfactor power behind the inspiration of a wife on a mission... especially carlie on a mission], we were in bed by 2am with four freshly coated sand-stone walls, a coffee [though i think it looks black] colored dresser with matching mirror, and a set of double-drape window treatments [white lace & dark espresso], not to mention the crisp ivory duvet and pink peonies accenting the neutral tones [but not-so neutral smells] of our new room. and though we probably should have slept in the living room, we were beat.

next time you don't know what to do on a friday night at 8:30, get inspired and follow thru. it can be a lot of fun.


  1. Wow. I can't believe you did that all in one night. That's amazing. It looks great!

    Homebodies rule. My fiance, Adam, and I always laugh at ourselves because since we're so exhausted from the week, we want to sleep and it's only like 8pm on Friday nights. So we try to stay up a little later to more "hip" time and sleep then.

    Usually it's not past 11pm. :P

  2. You guys are so awesome! My favorite thing to do on Friday night is eat and relax so I can totally relate to this post! I can't believe you totally re-did your bedroom in one evening!That's some talent!

  3. That is so awesome! I wish I had that kind of inspiration! Seriously you guys rock!

  4. Wow...i freaking love your wall art!!! :)
    love you!

  5. So, randomly came accross your blog. It's awesome! You and your wife are super cute together, I can just tell! So, this is a random question...but where did you get the mirror?!?! Way to go on doing all of that decorating in a night!