White is Right

When you move, you get a fresh start. Not only do you get a chance to explore new parts of town, enjoy new roommates, and finally relish is a kitchen that’s big enough for more than one person but you also get a chance to redecorate. And my new decorating theme is: White is Right.

White walls, white bed frame, white comforters, white sheets, white decorations. And then wood and green accents. And in a place like Seattle, a girl can use all the light, airy feelings she can get. Out with the winter gloom, in with the aesthetic feng shui. 

Now, if I was a rich girl and if I had all the money in the world and if I had my dream house, then my bedroom would look like this:

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But until the day when I find a beautiful home filled with brick walls and light pouring in from every angle, I will learn to be content with houses inside of my budget. Which means, that you get to watch as I transform a boring old bedroom into a glorious haven of eternal light and joy. The following items will be hopefully part of my tools for the transformation:

1) A white bed frame. I hope to find a wrought iron bed frame on craigslist.com and paint it white. Or, if I can’t do that, I’ll purchase one like the one below from Ikea. 

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2) Find white linens. I am in search of 500+ Egyptian cotton (white) linens and pillow cases. My only fear about white linens is dirt. But I’m willing to commit to washing them once a week–which, let’s be honest, no one actually does–to ensure that their beauty remains pure. To complete the look, I’m looking for a white down-like comforter that is ruched or gathered. See below.

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From this point, I will be imbuing the room with greens succulents, old apple crates for night stands and storage, and wood frames hanging from the wall. And one day soon, when I’ve actually moved into my new home (Saturday), and unpacked all my stuff, and purchased a few of these odds and ends, I will post pictures of my actual progress. And all of you will be inspired to create light-infused bedrooms of your own.

Until then, let the craigslist searching begin. 

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While summer in Seattle is a time of confusion and bipolar weather, it should still be properly celebrated when possible with appropriate festivities. And I can’t think of a better combination than summer fruit, summer clothes, and some metal studs…can you?

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So I guess this post is a combination of recipe development and DIY. Think Watermelon Feta Fresh Salad meets Street Punk.

Up to bat first: Watermelon Fresh Salad.

Ingredients: Watermelon, Feta, Any kind of sprouts (I used Clover), Sunflower Seeds, and Balsamic Vinegar.

Cube the watermelon and feta, combine in a bowl. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds, top it off with sprouts, then drizzle with balsamic. Put the first bite of everything into your mouth and be amazed at the wonderful bursts of flavor that perfectly sum up summertime.

Second up to bat: Studded Cut-offs.

This one’s more difficult. You’ll need to find a cheap pair of glorious 80’s pants that fit well in the waist, crotch, and upper thigh. You can either cut them off before studding them or after. It don’t matter.

Then you’ll need to go online to a store like http://studsandspikes.com/ and buy whichever studs you want. I bought the bag of 100 Silver 5/8″ studs. They were great and reasonably priced, which is all I ask for. Then comes the nasty part (after you get them in the mail). You have to attach them to your pants wherever you want them. For me, this was in the back pocket.

I used a de-stitcher (I don’t know if that’s what it’s really called) to take the stitches out of part of the pocket so that you would be able to see the studs. Then I began putting the studs in line by line and turn the tabs down on the back. I used scissors or whatever was at hand to push down the tabs. Recommendation: push down the tabs really far, further than just even with the fabric because the fabric likes to slide off the tab and then you just have a stud hanging loose. It’s irritating. I would suggest turning on a movie or a favorite show while you’re working.

After several days of pushing tabs and hurting fingers you’ll have super bad ass shorts! And you’ll have paid half of the price, if not more!

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My Little Corner

Even though an entire home or apartment can be decorated to reflect your personality or style, it can be difficult to accomplish. And usually a house, with all its nooks and crannys, wall fixtures, and television sets becomes just a place to store things, even when you are intentional about making it feel like home.

That’s why it’s nice to have a corner or a room where you feel like you’ve managed to capture the quintessential you. Maybe it’s the way a chair sits snuggled under a window with the right curtain and the right blanket or your bathroom where you spend every morning getting ready and you’ve found the perfect combination of light, towels, shower curtain, and paint. No matter where it is, it’s nice to have an area that feels like it represents who you are and what you love.

My apartment is small and I share it with a roommate so it’s complicated to decorate. Also, I’m on a tight budget and we all know how that goes. But there is a little corner in my apartment that I feel has found the perfect balance between all of the many things I am.

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It has skulls, books, a typewriter, color, and flowers. It’s rough and tumble, but soft and sensitive. It’s weird and quirky and most people probably don’t want it in their home. And that’s why I like it and why I feel like it represents me well. Also, it reminds me of Frida and I love her.

Which is why I channeled her for Cinco De Mayo. Please be kind, I remember that I’m white and could never measure up to anything as brilliant as Frida.

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“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”   —Frida

What it do, boo.

First post.

Who ever knows what to say on a first post? You just have to put something down because you know that no one is going to read it, but there is no other way to begin the process.

Battlestar Galactica. Potato Chips. Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix. Turquois jewelry. The Maldives. Tea Parties. Fresh powder. Dark Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake with Roasted Pecans. Tattoos. Making money. Gardening. Clothes, clothes, clothes. Triumph Scramblers. The Misfit. Shoes. Sephora. Mac. Aveda. Books. My cat, Einstein. My future dogs.

As I said previously, I have no idea why I wrote any of those things. I guess it’s a list of things that I like, most of which will end up on my blog at some point or another.

I named the blog BloomandBonney because Bloom is my last name and Bonney is the last name of a close friend who has great style, is smart, fun, and artistic. People often ask if we are siblings or tell us that we are the opposite gender of each other. So, it seemed like a natural compilation.

We’ll see, I guess.

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Mon petite chateau

I’m not fancy. Sometimes, I would like to be fancy but that’s not going to happen for quite some time, if ever. Which is perfectly fine because it forces me to be creative and learn to how to be content with what I have and where I am.

All of that to say, I like my apartment. I continually work on decorating it to make it feel cozy and welcoming…even though the only two people who ever see it are myself and my roommate. But a nice home is important to me.

So, for your viewing pleasure: my abode.

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