10 Unique DIY Nightstands

Since moving into our new place, I am extremely picky about what furniture we decide to decorate with. When we lived in Germany, I mostly checked the..dumpsters.. as well as thrift stores. And no, I didn’t go into the dumpsters! I just snatched up the pieces that were set in front of it to be trashed. 🙂 I loved finding pieces of unwanted furniture or decorations that I could fix up and turn into something amazing. A lot of it ended up being things I couldn’t exactly fix up, but would make our place feel more like home.

So here in Alabama, we didn’t have that many pieces of furniture or decorations because we tossed the majority of it before heading this way.

One thing that I have been on a mission to get are nightstands. Every time I find one that is a potential winner, the price tag usually sends it to the loser stack. When did furniture become so expensive? This led me down the path of Pinterest to search for DIY projects. And boy, do I love those!

I have included some of my favorites below. I will post the outcome, once I choose which one we decide will work best in our new bedroom. I am excited to get started on something!

Have you guys ever made a nightstand? If so, send me some pictures and give me some advice!

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From Designer Erinn Valencich via hgtv.com

The Miracle Bed in a Box

Ahh, the infamous Bed in a Box..

We gave in.

Before I start explaining my love for this bed, I would like to say that this is not a sponsored post.

That being said, I LOVE THIS BED!

We were a little hesitant about buying one. Who wants to spend that much money on something that they have never seen before? I say that, but this bed was still cheaper than every other king bed we looked at!

We went in to a few mattress stores and decided that we couldn’t decide on a bed. Does that make sense? Everyone says that you should lay on a bed for at least 15 minutes because that is the actual time it takes for the bed to fully adjust to a person’s body. So, plopping down on a bed really quick isn’t going to feel the same way than when you lay on it all night. Well, we maybe got to the one minute mark and then felt extremely awkward lounging out on the bed while the lady was oddly watching us. I also started thinking about everyone else that just sprawled out on the bed before me and put their head on the very same pillow. Yuck!

Once we decided that trying out mattresses in the store wasn’t working for us, our only option was to listen to all of the other amazing bloggers that posted reviews on ordering a mattress in a box.

My thoughts?

Well for one, we cannot feel each other move on the bed. Zero movement. How great is that?! My back hurts often, so I needed a somewhat firmer bed. I also like comfort, so I didn’t want it to be too firm because I wanted to enjoy going to sleep. This bed is the perfect compromise. Immediately laying on it, it sort of feels a little firm. Then it just turns out to be so cozy. We love it and are incredibly happy with our purchase.

Let me know if you guys have ever purchased a bed online and how it turned out. 🙂

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It does look a little rough, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. This box is EXTREMELY heavy, so I didn’t expect it to arrive in perfect condition!

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This was when we finally got it into our bedroom. You can see the size of it compared to the door.

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When we opened the box, this is how the mattress looked.

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After taking the bag off, this is what it looked like. We had to cut the plastic off that was tightly surrounding it. I guess we were boring Ellie, haha!

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After the plastic was cut off, we folded the mattress off so we could cut off the air tight seal covering it.

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Now Ellie is interested in our project!

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After cutting the seal off, the mattress almost instantly started expanding and growing. We had to hurry and cut the plastic off because it happened so quickly.

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When it was completely out, it was sooo heavy, so it was hard to get the plastic out from underneath it, but we did it!

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And this is the final product!

Moving

I’m back!

I posted maybe a month ago about possibly being MIA due to packing and moving, but I didn’t think I would be away from blogging this long! So much has happened since we left Germany. We have been busier than we thought we would be. Busy traveling and visiting family, busy looking for a job (I have), and busy moving into our new place and buying furniture. We have loved every minute of it, even though a lot of it has been super stressful!

I hope that all of you guys are still with me,and know that I am still here!

Posts and pictures to come soon. 🙂

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4 DIY Hammocks

Since we are in the process of moving (yay!), I have been so busy trying to tie up loose ends, pack, and clean. I promise I have not forgotten about blogging!

I also have been doing a lot of research and browsing on Pinterest for our new rental. Trying to find things to fill the space for a house is harder than I thought! I came across these super cool DIY hanging chairs, and I just knew that I had to include them in our new place.

Having a hammock reminds me of vacation. It reminds me of peace, serenity, and relaxation. Who doesn’t want those three things? We have a tiny room with a lot of sunlight, so I think one of these projects will be perfect!

Let me know what you guys think. 🙂

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Hammock via: goinghometoroost.com                                     Instructions via: outsidemom.com

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Seared Scallops With Cauliflower Puree and Pine Nuts

Does this title get any better?

Seared scallops.

Cauliflower puree.

Pine nuts.

YUM.

Tony and I made this for Valentine’s Day dinner, and I must say, it was amazing. We have always wanted to try cauliflower mashed potatoes, but have been skeptical of what it would taste like. This recipe is great because it has cauliflower and potatoes.

The verdict?

Best. Puree. Ever.

It had so much flavor! Boiling the potatoes and cauliflower in the vegetable broth is such a great idea. We also added a little bit of heavy cream to the blender, with the butter and seasonings, so it would blend easier (this was not in the recipe). Another edit to the recipe we made was omitting the raisins and capers, due to personal preferences. It turned out beautifully.

INGREDIENTS

For the scallops

  • 12 sea scallops (select same size scallops to the best of their availability and the color has to be beige pink rather than white)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the puree

  • 2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt

Garnishing

  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/8 cup golden raisins, soaked
  • 3 tablespoons capers, fried
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sear the scallops: Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium high-heat; add a splash of olive oil to prevent the butter from burning. Season scallops with salt and pepper add them to the pan, without overcrowding. Kitchen Tip: Cook scallops in two batches; if they touch they will steam rather than caramelize. Cook, without moving the scallops, until the bottoms are a rich golden brown, 2 minutes on each side. Turn the scallops and cook on the second side for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Make the puree: Pour stock into a medium-size pod, add cauliflower, potatoes, and make sure that the liquid covers the vegetables. Season with salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover with the lid and simmer until potatoes are tender. Remove from heat. Transfer cauliflower and potatoes into a blender. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, butter, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Keep warm.
  3. Toast the nuts: In a small non-stick frying pan toast the nuts for 4 minutes on a medium-low heat, shaking the pan often, until nuts are golden brown but not burned. Set aside on a paper towel, do not leave them in a flying pan, otherwise they’ll continue cooking.
  4. Fry the capers: In a small non-stick frying pan heat some olive oil, add capers and fry for 5 minutes.
  5. To serve, scoop a spoonful of the puree in each plate, top it with 2-3 scallops, drizzle lightly with olive oil. Scatter some pine nuts, raisins and capers, sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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