– Tamarindo, Costa Rica –
February 28, 2016
Joel’s parents, Hal and Mary, planned the most amazing groom’s dinner for our entire wedding group off the coast of Tamarindo, Costa Rica. It was the day before the wedding, all of our friends and family waited on the beach to be queued onto these long dingy boats that would shuttle us out to the catamaran. The sun was bright and air warm, but the windy was rocking and threw those little dingy’s all over the place. If you sat in the front the ride out to the catamaran was a wet and wild rollercoaster, which is of course where I sat. I was soaked. It was awesome.
If you remember from the before tour of our new house, you’ll know nearly every inch of our place was covered in wallpaper. The old lady who owned the house before us had a deep love of wallpaper. There were only like 15 different patterns going on and even a border on the ceiling in the kitchen, but who’s counting?
Task number one after we closed on the house was remove all the wallpaper before moving in. A tall order. I search endlessly on the internet to find the best way to remove wallpaper, the suggestion was always a steamer. Joel and I bought ourselves the best rated steamer on amazon, plus our realtor gave us one as a home warming present. We thought we were set to rock and roll off that awful 80’s wallpaper, but very long 3 hours into the job and only a few sheets off wallpaper removed we were desperate to find a quicker, less tedious way, and one without the scalding heat of a steamer. It was the last weekend in July in Minnesota and we were baking in our kitchen trying to take that damn wallpaper off.
I’m so excited for this room! Right now we are sleeping in the guest bedroom while we wait for our new KING SIZE bed to arrive in a week or two. The all caps was me squealing with pure joy. I can’t wait to sleep like a starfish in our new mega blob of a bed. I’ve been dreaming about it. So, for this glorious new master bedroom, I’m hoping to create a calm, warm, rustic vibe that makes ya want to cozy up to warm cup of tea and dive into the next big young adult novel series or just straight pass out in that marshmallow bed of linen. Over the past few months of house hunting, my decor taste has been shifting, which is making purchasing furniture and such decision impossible for me. Like most of the internet, I was totally hook link and sinker on midcentury modern EVERYTHING. I still love the lines of midcentury modern furniture, but I’ve been craving something different. About this time, my good friend introduced me to the HGTV show Fixer Upper. I binge watched like 4 episodes in a row sipping on rose, of course. Oh, Joanna Gaines you had me at shiplap. I mean, she just does that whole rustic yet feminine farmhouse look soooo good. I may not be ready for the total farmhouse look, but I’m loving some of the details and overall casual vibe. So, this is my hipster spin on the rustic farmhouse look for our master bedroom.