September 19, 2011

Weekend fun and Dana vs. Godzilla

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My birthday is tomorrow and as my gift Adam planned a top-secret surprise weekend getaway for us. We ended up in downtown Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street. When I saw that it was valet parking only I decided that it may have cost a little too much, but Adam knows me so well and knows that my love language is BARGAINS and was able to score an amazing deal on the hotel using Travelocity's Top Secret Hotels. This is the only way we book hotels now, and we've never been let down. Basically we got a four-start hotel at a two-star price.  Way to go honey!

We lived it up and ordered room service when we got there on Friday night. Adam's burger was delicious and the shrimp tempura was the best I've ever had!

We spent Saturday (sleeping in a little) shopping and eating at Ikea, saw a movie at one of those swanky theaters that serve meals and drinks (helloooo pomegranate martini!), and more shopping and eating. Mostly we just enjoyed our time together! And I got to wear a new dress :)

So now that you're jealous of my awesome, thoughtful husband, I can get back to our real life which doesn't involve room service or valet parking. A few weeks ago we started our bedroom transformation, and the paint and moving around of furniture was enough to make it SO much nicer in there.  We installed floating shelves but I hadn't really gotten around to decorating with them, so Adam took it upon himself to make a design decision...

That's right. Godzilla's in my bedroom. 

It goes without saying that I had to make some changes. And I didn't want to spend money. So I went shopping in my home and got a little crafty using stuff I already had on hand. Like these books...

As much as I appreciate a good psychology book from the 70's, I knew I could jazz it up a little bit.  I took pictures of this process but it's kind of a no-brainer.  Basically I used some cute wrapping paper I got at the Dollar Tree months ago to make covers for the four books.  No need for perfection here, we're just going for the look of a cool collection of books...without the collection :) I tried standing them up together, but liked the more relaxed look of the stack.

I moved stuff around on those shelves for what seems like forever, and still am not sure that I'm sold on the finished product, but I'll keep my eyes peeled for things around the house I can use or items from my favorite thrift stores.  Here's what the shelves look like as of right now. I think you'll agree that while Godzilla was an interesting touch, this may work better in our grown-up, beautiful bedroom. And just so you know (as if you haven't guess already) the metal birdie, cream frame, cross, bookends, and books all came from a thrift store.  I used the same wrapping paper from the books in the cream frame to bring the two shelves together.

Let me know what you think! Ever thought about using some old books to decorate with?

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  1. That is just beautiful. You have transformed your home beautifully. Ya'll were in Atlanta and I was in Chattanooga, haha. Gotta get coordinated. Miss you and Happy Birthday tomorrow. Love ya...OtherMom

  2. Oh yeah, and I'm very proud of Adam for his thoughtfullness. Hope I had a hand in teaching how to love unselfishly. He does that with you.

  3. I love the shelves!!! and no, I had never thought of using old books to decorate! you give me such awesome ideas and I am always excited to see what I can learn from you next! --- Christin

  4. Great way to unify books. I like your paper choice.

  5. I'm glad your trip to Atlanta was better than ours. Wish we had known of the Ikea store there!

  6. ca-ute dananana! cant wait to see it!

  7. Cute blog and Happy birthday! I am also a September baby!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am following you now.

  8. Love the shelves.. great look.. Found ya on hop/linky party, officially following with smiles.. Great blog you have here & I can't wait to read more.. I'm Marilyn from - hope you can stop in sometime.. :)) TY

  9. Sounds like a fun time!


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