How to style a chic travel outfit

What were they thinking?

If you’ve been following my posts, THANK YOU! You will also know that I’ve been talking about my new life after I moved to America from China almost 8 years ago. In yesterday’s post, we finally got some fresh paint in my bedroom. Other than the color being a bit more feminine than I and especially my future husband expected, the walls looked pretty good. A fresh coat of paint is probably the best investment you can make to update any room. We painted the ceiling a soft clean white and the walls a pastel purple going towards pink on the color palette. So everything looked nice and new until I looked beneath my feet. Our house had the ugliest carpeting I had ever seen. Maybe it was nice 40 or 50 years ago but those days were long over. So our next job was to pull up the old carpeting and see what was underneath it. This quickly became another job that turned out to be much bigger than I expected it would. My fiancé had told me that it was quite common for home improvement projects to become more complicated than you thought when you were planning, but I didn’t have much experience in this. I like to plan my schedule down to the minute so this kind of uncertainty drove me a bit crazy!

How to style a chic travel outfit
How to style a chic travel outfit

Anyway we started ripping up the old ugly carpet and found another mess. It seemed that what had once been some sort of foam pad for the carpet had over the years turned into what looked like dusty blue dirt. That was the next cleaning job and then finally we saw the bare floor. In houses this old it was very common to have all hard wood flooring and our 100 year old house had them in every room. One of the things my future husband and I could not agree on was wood. He liked the look of it and I didn’t. I think in China I had gotten used to the idea that wood meant old fashioned and everything modern had to be made of metal or plastic and be shiny. So I had no problem with painting over the wood trim and doors in our house. My husband had a different opinion so we put it to a vote. It was a 1 to 1 tie so of course that meant that I won! But my husband wasn’t going to give up when it came to the floors. I thought it would be nice to get new carpet put in but he said that he’d owned this house for a long time and had never seen the wood floors. He really liked them and refused to cover them back up. Since I had already painted our bedroom a nice feminine color and painted all over the other wood trim I decided I could probably live with the floors as long as we put several rugs around to walk on. In fact, over the years, I have come around to seeing the beauty in wood and am pretty happy we didn’t cover the floors back up.

white hat
white hat

Now the only thing left to do in that room was finish the closet. One thing I really liked about our old house was the natural light. We had a lot of windows and on a nice day, the bright sunshine would come in everywhere and really light up our house. There were even small windows that faced the morning sun in the bedroom closets. These were pretty big and you could walk into them to get your clothes. The way they were set up was not good for the kind of wardrobe I had planned, so I gave my future husband the job of making them more useful. When I lived in my apartment in Shanghai I had gotten a lot of furniture and accessories from Ikea. They have a lot of great items and ideas to make the most out of small rooms. There aren’t many Ikea stores in America but luckily there was one in the Detroit area so that’s where we started. My fiancé is an engineer and is pretty good with planning out what can fit where. Ikea has a lot of closet organizing items and he figured out how to get me a great closet for our room. I even let him keep a few clothes there too! So, our bedroom was in pretty good shape now. Except we still needed a bed, and dresser, and lots of other things! Please come back tomorrow to see how that came out!

Red Sweater @Tommy Hilfiger
Red Sweater @Tommy Hilfiger
Sunnies @Coach
Sunnies @Coach
Striped pullover @Ralph Lauren
Striped pullover @Ralph Lauren
Shoes @TJ Maxx
Shoes @TJ Maxx
White skirt @Lord & Taylor
White skirt @Lord & Taylor
Blue purse @Saks 5th Avenue
Blue purse @Saks 5th Avenue
Hat @Meijer
Hat @Meijer
Impressario cuff bracelet @My Arm Charms
Impressario cuff bracelet @My Arm Charms

Hat @Meijer
Sunnies @Coach
Red Sweater @Tommy Hilfiger
Striped pullover @Ralph Lauren
White skirt @Lord & Taylor
Impressario cuff bracelet @My Arm Charms
Strength Elephant bracelet @My Arm charms
Blue purse @Saks 5th Avenue
Shoes @TJ Maxx

Cheers!
Grace

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