Life has been changing at a crazy rate over here, and I owe you all a catch-up post. Long story short, I went back to work (teaching) part time this fall, and while the change was surprisingly easy on all of us at home, it did mean taking a little step back from blogging so I could find my new groove. (More on that on soon!) Even when I’m not sharing on here, I do try to share on Facebook so if you’re not already following A Thoughtful Love and/or Anna Barton, come on over and say hi. And of course, on Instagram as well.
In other news, January is giving me all the home decor/organization feels, as usual, and this year we decided to make our own bedroom a priority. Our room has seen a lot of new babies, laundry, sticky toddler fingers, and even though we do our best to keep our room a little refuge from the craziness of parenting, it still creeps in over time. 😉
My husband will tell you that I’m not the easiest person to shop for. Hubby is all about spending hours searching for that perfect gift, and he really didn’t know what to do with someone like me who is totally thrilled knowing ahead of time exactly what’s wrapped up in the box. 😛
After reading The 5 Love Languages a few years back, we finally found what works for both of us – his romantic, gift-giving heart, and my practical, get-things-done heart.
For gifts that can be bought, I keep a running wish list and update it all the time, so that when that gift mood strikes him, he chooses something that he can be sure will spark lots of joy. (There’s no marital mood kill quite like the I-got-you-something/You-spent-money-on-WHAT?! kind of convo. haha)
For gifts that matter just as much, but don’t get wrapped in paper and ribbons – I have a home decor list. Anything from projects to specific home decor purchases that I would love but normally get pushed low on the list because #adulting. I can’t be the only one with this problem? For all my Target shopping jokes, I literally have put the same blanket in my Target shopping cart about 25 times, only to put it back and decide I don’t REALLY need it so let’s buy diapers instead. 😉
It’s a system that can’t go wrong. He’s guaranteed a thrilled wife, and our home projects are enjoyed together! This Christmas/birthday, he gave me new blinds and a headboard for our bed. And my personal favorite – he gave me a Brooklyn-loft-style wall in our bedroom!!
You guys. If you’ve known me for more than 5 seconds, you know how happy this makes me. Hubby swears I’m a hipster girl stuck in a Long Island girl’s body, and I’m pretty sure he’s right. More avocado and fedoras, please. Ha!
Luckily for me, Hubby fully embraces my hipster heart, and was more than happy to show me love via a faux brick wall. He won’t admit it, but he secretly loves being a hipster just as much as I do, and likes using me as his excuse. But you didn’t hear that from me. 😉
I’ve talked about WallPops nuwallpaper in the past, when I showed you the mini makeover we did in the kids’ room. Months later, and I’m still in love with it in there, and might actually love it even more in our room. We used the Loft White Brick style. It totally transforms our room from looking lovely but basic, to having just a little bit of funky edge.
Just like last time, the process of putting it up was relatively simple, even with the 8,000 mini interruptions of “Mooooom! Daaaad!!” etc. 😉 Hubby did say that he found this particular pattern of paper a tad more difficult to line up properly than the ship lap style we used in the kids’ room, so just an FYI on that.
(This other pattern also caught my eye – it’s stunning and unique, but with those muted colors that make it easy to decorate around. This one would look lovely in a nursery or playroom!)
The kids keep sneaking in with their books, to take a nap, or just sneak an extra cuddle so clearly we’ll still be sharing our room for a few more years. 😉 But this easy refresh makes a huge impact, and we’re totally in love with the result.
As silly as it sounds, turning our home projects into mini date nights/gifts/experiences is a win for our marriage. It adds a whole other feel to our home to-do list, when our to-do’s become part of our love, pieces of our heart that surround us in our home. The wallpaper is beautiful, but now it’s so much more than just a pretty wall.
It’s a memory, it’s a gift, it’s a little bit of love in home decor.
WallPops sponsored this post and is partnering with me to give away a $150 store credit to one lucky winner! To enter, head over to my Instagram and follow the giveaway instructions there! Good luck, darlings!