1. Ikea: over-hyped and confusing or genius furniture company?
Oh gosh, well, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love IKEA. And that we have PLENTY of it in our home (our dining room set, for starters), but, also, my husband HATES their furniture. With a passion. (Really, he hates the whole “putting it together guided only by that little cartoon man” part of it). But I still love all their shelving options, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more of their bookshelves find themselves in our home at some point. Though, given Nick’s stance on things, I’ll have to sneak them in!
2. Your favorite interior-decorator-type person wants to makeover one room in your house. Which room do you choose and why?
I should PROBABLY tell you my master bathroom. It is HIDEOUS in an “I live in a 1950s ranch and the counters in my bathroom are Pepto-Bismo pink” kind of way (seriously, it deserves nomination for a Bathroom Hall of Shame) but really, I’d remodel my kitchen. Make our open ranch even MORE open by taking out a wall, putting in an island and making our kitchen a true focal point of the home. The older I get the more and more I LOVE cooking at home, so I’d love to have a better range in the kitchen (we have a glass-top stove and I can’t use cast iron or Dutch ovens on its surface) along with updated appliances and new countertops and sink. My “Kitchen Coveting” Pinterest board ought to tell you everything you need to know on how I’d style the space!
3. Describe the furniture in your childhood bedroom. Did you like it? Where is that furniture now?
Oh gosh, it was this dated dresser that was a hand-me-down from my (older) sister with a tall skinny mirror (that I spent way too much time primping in) and then a Target white bookshelf along another wall (and my bed). The bed and dresser are still there (the dresser has since been repainted) and the bookshelf has made its way into Dean’s closet — so instead of storing my Laura Ingalls collection now, it stores diapers and wipes for my boy!
4. When you’re done with furniture, what do you do with it? Donate it to Goodwill OR Sell it on Craigslist OR Put it by the curb and hope the trash guys take it?
I got REALLY lucky when we remodeled our living room and I was able to sell all of our furniture through an online community bulletin board at Ball State, where I work. (I was SO stoked when an eager college kid took my whole set of coffee table/end tables and TV hutch off my hands in one fell swoop!)
5. My Pinterest furniture style could best be described as
Clean/modern/contemporary with a “lived in” look. Or, basically, anything that Emily Henderson designs. I want to live IN her blog.
6. Name the most important furniture/toy in a toddler’s playroom. And why?
The bookshelves — storage for toys AND books. That’s a no-brainer! But also? I’m SO looking forward to an art table for Dean. I cannot wait to color and craft with my little man!
8. Your biggest furniture buying or home decorating regret?
Oh gosh…two things and they both have to do with our living room, which pains me to say it since it wasn’t that long ago I finished work on it: 1) I bought a BEAUTIFUL Room & Board couch but one that, while I’d sat on it at the showroom and loved it, Nick had not. So it taught me a VALUABLE lesson to never buy furniture without your spouse along (even though, at the time, he approved of it online). I will say, too, that we would LOVE to get a sectional in our living room now that we have a family. I so hope we can in the next year or two…I can picture movie nights with Dean all curled up in its folds! Also, I would LOVE to get rid of our Flokati rug because I quickly discovered just how bad it SHEDS. But our dog LOVES it (it’s “her” spot in the living room) and I’ve yet to find something I like better to help make a statement in the room (and hide a few carpet stains from the previous owner) so it’s staying put for now.
9. $1000 gift card! Do you want it to Ethan Allen, Ikea, Pottery Barn Kids?
Ummm…how about none of the above and you make it to West Elm instead?
10. Bunk beds, loft beds, trundle beds, or canopy beds?
Bunk beds are cute if you need the space for kids sharing a room; loft beds — oh gosh, remind me of my college dorm room and my one semester with a loft (all it took was a tornado siren going off one morning, causing me to sit up in surprise and smash my face on the ceiling to decide that was enough for me); trundle beds …hmm…never slept in one, never known anyone to have one…they seem like something that would be in someone’s beautiful beach home; and canopy beds make me think of my sister’s bed growing up and my best friend’s older sister’s bed (so, basically, kind of an ’80s thing).