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It’s the night before IKEA
I can’t hardly wait!
For 99 cent breakfast,
We must leave by 8.

The drive will be long
But worth every minute
To get lost in utopia &
The labyrinth within it.

But where to begin?
The kitchens? The bedding?
Navigating the showrooms
Is one task I’m dreading.

I’ve got to stay focused –
My list be my guide,
I’ve no need for a FLÖRT!
BJÖRKENS, step aside!

I’ll tackle my list
So quickly, it’s scary
With spare time for meatballs
And strange lingonberry.

We’ll breeze through the self-serve
And race to the checkout,
Grab some frozen yogurt
And then get the heck out.

Ah yes, the instructions
Without one single letter…
At least other languages
Will fare no better.

And each time I leave
We part with such sorrow…
If I had it my way,
I’d be back tomorrow.



I’m not even sorry about how excited I am to spend most of tomorrow getting lost in IKEA®. As I tweeted yesterday, I feel like this little guy. (Remember him?? He kills me.)

I haven’t yet come down from my we’re-leaving-the-burbs high, and it feels great. Endless decorating ideas and brainstorming nuggets are a-swirling in my brain like an unstoppable force. This is usually the part where I get totally overwhelmed before I even arrive at the store, leave empty handed, and then drown my ironic sorrows with a glass of prosecco and some 30 Rock.

But not this time.

This time, I’m prepared. I’m staying focused, keeping my eye on the prize, and reminding myself that it’s ok to swipe that plastic and make some big moves, should I find a killer loveseat or the perfect vase.

In an effort to reel in the creativity and keep myself on track, I’ve made myself a mood board with my future living room in mind. Cheery and crisp and lovely, no? I’m a big fan, myself.



As you can see, I’m gravitating toward a palette of coral, sea foam, yellow, grey… maybe some navy thrown in there… and bright whites keep the lightness. I’m really excited to see what IKEA has to offer me tomorrow that’s in-theme with my new decor ideas! And of course, if I leave with any good finds tomorrow, you’ll be the first to hear about it.

How do you stay focused in the midst of your home decorating project? Do you get easily overwhelmed? How do you prioritize? Please, share your wisdom!

Guys. I’m super excited.

In a few months, I’ll be packing up and leaving the burbs and heading much, much closer to the city – my favorite city! My love affair with Washington, DC goes back to the fall of 2009 when I was a wee intern living in Dupont (I know… I don’t even want to talk about it) and I feel it’s only appropriate that I’m finally going to be close enough to blow DC kisses from my backyard.

Too-da-loo to the boonies… and hello, Arlington.

The only thing arguably more exciting that my imminent change in locale is… drumroll… decorating the new place. (Are anyone’s eyes lighting up yet? Just me?)

A while back I stumbled across this post from the Fieldstone Hill blog about identifying your own signature style and using it to overcome decorating paralysis. It’s like she read my mind. In this post, on top of sharing her own signature style board and an awesome tutorial on how to create our your own, Darlene ever-so poignantly points out the following:

Knowing your signature style comes from several years of repeatedly choosing what you love.

The things we love, the things we gravitate towards time and time again, and the things we choose to surround ourselves with are our signature style, collectively. I followed Darlene’s tutorial, mostly because I physically couldn’t stop myself, and created my own board. I have to tell you… I’m sort of obsessed with it:

My Signature Style Board

Really though – creating your own signature style board is super fun! And even more than that, I’m already staring at it constantly and using it as a source of inspiraton as all kinds of ideas swirl around in my head when it comes to decorating my new digs. I want this place to feel like me, and me is exactly what this board captures.

What does your signature style look like? I’d love to see your boards!