Susie Homemaker, Check in

February 7, 2013 · 24 comments

Not really. But a little bit.

I don’t know what’s been going on with me lately. For the past few weeks, I’ve been obsessing over all things home-related. Kitchen, bedroom, living room… it all must be perfected!

Nothing is safe.

If you recall, I moved into a fixer-upper, and my dad is in the midst of flipping it. I’ve just been kinda living here in the meantime. It’s nice when your landlord is father dearest, but when rent is late, it’s pretty easy for him to find you. 😉

Anyway, much of my furniture and kitchenware is either from my grandmother or a Walmart necessity buy. Lately, I’ve been acting adult-like and buying things to spruce up the place.

Like a sofa and loveseat set.

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Everybody is a fan.

And allow me to introduce the first addition to my upcoming bedroom makeover:

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I’m serious when I tell you I’m in love with that nightstand. It’s a refinished antique, and I’m hoping to figure out how to sand/repaint my existing bedroom furniture to match it. Any tips out there are greatly appreciated. I’ve heard I’m supposed to use vaseline to get an antique-y look? Someone educate me.

And I got a lamp that matches the motif from World Market, but it isn’t quite feeling photogenic today.

That’s a lie. I’m just lazy and didn’t photograph it. But I promise, it’s cute.

I finally put together my jewelry holder to match all this ivory nonsense, as well.


Screen shot 2013-02-07 at 8.17.33 AMThe bedroom overhaul hasn’t happened yet because I still have yet to find a comforter I like/have the budget for.

bedding(beautiful Anthropologie bedding)

I love all of these, but since they are all from Anthropologie, I’d have to sell my soul for them. Has anyone seen a thick (it’s gotta be puffy) Anthro-looking comforter of this persuasion lately? Haaaalp.

And as for the kitchen, I got Chloe some new dog bowls.


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This happens never.


But I did it. And you can see stuff now.

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You know, like my absurd amount of Love Grown Foods oat clusters, nut butters, and protein powders.

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And check out my new iced tea brewer! My house is about to be all UP in Teavana iced blueberry bliss.

I also got some cute glass airtight jars for my fitmixer protein powder that I add to my oatmeal every morning. Because I am a meathead.

Speaking of oatmeal, winna, winna, Gardein dinna, Danielle. Congrats on your Love Grown Foods HOT OATS giveaway win!

[Us vegetarians don’t have chicken dinners. Gardein is where it’s at.]
Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 9.34.02 AME-mail me your mailing address and the flavor of oat clusters you would like at alyssa[at]lifeofblyss[dot]com.

And just when I start to get worried I’m out-adulting myself, something like this happens backstage:

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No, it’s not mine. And yes, I know it doesn’t fit. I just wish you could see the sparkles in the photo.

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1 Stephanie February 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

LOVE the stuff from anthropologie! Maybe check out etsy to see if you can find something “anthro inspired” for less?


2 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots February 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

ugh I just love anthro! I bought my comforter online at walmart and was really please with it. Im pretty sure its for a girls room but my boyfriend approved so I got it ha! I love your jewelry holder, I have been wanting to make one of those, did you make it?
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3 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

Ahh, those comforters are so pretty. Why does everything gorgeous have to cost a billion dollars? I’m also loving that tea maker. I’m a huge iced tea fan and I can tell that little machine would come in handy!
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4 em @ living & learning February 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

YES i love the anthropologie bedding too, but like you i couldn’t fork over that kind of money for it. BUT, I did find something that was similar and reminded me alot of the style on Groupon a few months ago. I got a 7 piece set for $60 – it was just completely random, but I’m obsessed with & obsessed with the price I paid, so keep your eye out on the “goods” section of Groupon, maybe they’ll have it again!


5 Allison February 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

Girl. I just found your blog. I’m obsessed. I love your outfit. So excited to keep reading!
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6 katie February 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

Try target for a similar looking comforter set!!!

Love the night stand too, very pretty!
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7 Sarah @pickyrunner February 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

I really wanted a comforter from anthro but I just couldn’t justify the cost. Sometimes it’s just a little too out of reach…I got mine from Serena and Lily which is probably just as expensive but they seem like they lost such a long time. Sometimes they have major sales where last season gets marked way down. I would never know the difference!
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8 Angela February 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

Cute cute cute! Everything…especially the shirt. 🙂 I would check Pinterest for refinishing ideas!
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9 Bailey February 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Um so if your nightstand comes up mysteriously missing…in the famous words of shaggy “it wasnt me”


10 Randilea February 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

You should to check out West Elm! They have some great comforters that look similar and are cheaper.


11 Amber K February 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Sheet sets that feel awesome that aren’t totally expensive do not exist, I swear. Ugh. Being an adult sucks sometimes 😉
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12 Liz @ iheartvegtables February 8, 2013 at 7:35 am

hahahaha you are too cute! I can’t wait to see what your bedroom ends up looking like!
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13 Brooke February 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

That bed stand is beautiful!!

I have been on the hunt for the same type of bedding and all I keep finding is anthropologie DIY look a likes.. I wish I was a whiz with a sewing machine!!
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14 Angela @ Health's Angel February 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

I’m in a similar predicament. I’ve been lusting over Anthro bedding but my bank account is NOT having it. I’ve been redecorating my apartment here and there for the past few months- it’s so fun to me! My next project is definitely new bedding, so keep us posted if you find anything good. It’s time to get rid of my Target bedspread circa junior year of college…
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15 kayleigh February 8, 2013 at 10:14 am
16 Jessica @ Prayers and Apples February 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

your room is going to be so cute! i’ve been on a major white kick lately – i just got a super cute white comforter (from shabby chic) but i’m not sure it’d be fluffy enough for what you’re looking for… love the nightstand! 🙂
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17 Tracy February 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I thought you posted about a grey and ivory bed. Voila!

(except not that headboard. I like your reclaimed wood plank thing idea)


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