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Kitchen Progress; Upholstered Benches

Kitchen Progress; Upholstered Benches

Today I finally did it. I upholstered the benches in our kitchen.
DSC_1066Ty was home sick and in bed all day, so I couldn’t fiddle around with the details in our bedroom today. As I had finished up the last of some freelance responsibilities yesterday, I was still itching to get stuff done; I put myself to good use and finally got around to finishing up these benches and finalizing frame placement in the hallway (things changed in there after the picture ledges moved to Laelia’s new room). I’d say both the kitchen and the hallway are 90-95% done! Woo-hoo!

Our Bedroom; Before (and before and before)

Our Bedroom; Before (and before and before)

Our bedroom has seen many versions. It is  — mental check — yes, it is the only room in our apartment that I haven’t blogged about yet. I’ve even blogged about the hallway! When we moved in, it was pretty plain and boring. We didn’t even have a bed! We did paint all my old furniture black, and we really loved the way it came out (and held up!). Just below is a photo of our bedroom in February 2010. Feb2010

We painted 2 walls (not all 4, I have no idea why, looking back), and bought our bed right after this. I was 8 months pregnant and nesting, what can I say?! I have a few photos I took the night we painted the other walls (December 2010), and I think think this is when I realized the focus was broken on that old camera of mine, so these are blurrry! For the sake of your eyes, I’ll double them up and make them pretty small. Also, I think I must have been into taking those horrible, messy before photos at the time. I mean, jeez! Or I was right in the middle of moving everything in order to paint?! I don’t remember!Dec2010Anyway, we eventually moved onto here:

My lovesDefinitely getting somewhere better here, but then I thought up a new way of having our room about 6 months ago, and I started preparing for the transition and our bedroom lost a lot of love, and it didn’t have a lot to begin with. Does anyone else do that? The second you decide on a making over a room, even if it is a YEAR away, you just start to tend to it less? I mean, I let the curtain rod in this room just totally droop and I completely ignored it, despite the screws having completely removed themselves from the walls!curtain_bracket (And, why, yes, I did recently write a post about hanging curtains! >.>) With that said, here is what our room looked like a few weeks ago.Continue Reading

A Laelia Outfit #46

A Laelia Outfit #46

LaeliaOutfit46Headband: Old Navy
Cardigan: Mini Boden
Dress: Target
Boots: Baby Gap

$5 Night Stand Makeover

$5 Night Stand Makeover

Twin-NightstandsI finished painting the flowers on Laelia’s night stands last week! I’m super happy with how they turned out. I’m thinking I’d like to add a more fuchia-y color at some point in the future, but I’ll see how it plays off the quilt (whenever I get to that… all the fabric is almost cut, and my sewing machine is set up on the kitchen table and it’s calling my name, but I have a HUGE list of things I can do before I sit down and sew! D: )

beforeNightStand_IP AfterPrePaint Angled-View Flower_details_1 Flower_details_2 Flower_details_3 Flower_details_4contact-PaperPainting the flowers was pretty straightforward and easy, and I took my inspiration from the wallpaper I love to be able to afford. :) Of course, I added some pretty contact paper in the drawers! I mixed the yellow paint from some leftover samples I had lying around. It’s just a mixture of two yellows and some white, and I didn’t have a way to capture the leftovers for marks later, so I guess I’m kinda screwed there…

I’m loving the way they play off the new rug in here (I’ll share better photos of that in another post)! Now I still have to:

  • paint the room (we’re going with BM horizon)
  • paint the bed (blue or white??!!)
  • sew the quilt
  • paint the closet
  • dye the curtains
  • paint the expedit
  • replace the dresser

… oh man!

A Laelia Outfit #45

A Laelia Outfit #45

LaeliaOutfit45Cape: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Pants: Baby Gap
Sandals: Nordstrom Rack


Welcome to Visual Vocabularie! My name is Jesyka, and I am a designer, artist, mom to Laelia and Luca, wife to software engineer and UX designer Tyler, coffee lover, and all around enthused person. This is my blog; here I share my personal projects, whether it's a furniture makeover, a new painting, a birthday party, an invitation I designed, or a favorite outfit for my little. You’ll also catch a glimpse into our family life in Los Angeles.

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