I don’t really like sitting down and watching movies. Quite frankly, I don’t like sitting. So, when the hubs wants to watch a movie, I get everything ready with as much stuff as I can get in my arms, so I don’t disturb the man watching the movie. I tune in more to the fashion and interior spaces than the actual plot lines. If there is a show I’m actually into, I’ll find myself rewinding to listen because the first time I was engulfed in the buffet table with amazing display pieces in the back ground. Trust me, I’m getting to my point. The movie The Break Up is a wonderful chick flick movie, but what I like most about this movie is the decor! Everything from the art board, kitchen, and master bedroom is awesome. Plus, being set in Chicago, it’s all around awesome.

I was searching the internet for a headboard one night for our master bedroom and came across this craigslist find! After I searched all my favorite sites, I always end up on an estate sale site or craigslist! I highly recommend them both for bargain hunting and unique finds. This was the headboard from The Break Up which retails for around $600, and they were selling it for $150! What!?! How exciting!


I was super pumped and e-mailed the listing right away! Luckily, it was still available, I think only because he spelled headboard as two words instead of one (advantage: me)! We got it the next weekend and set it up!

Our master bedroom went from this:


To this: Sorry, I should have put down the pillows a little more so you could see more of the headboard, but the duvet and pillows were so perfect, I couldn’t move them!

DSC_0065Now, I have a little piece of The Break Up in my Dallas home! Ha. Happy finding inspiration for your furniture, friends!


Hi Friends! I don’t know about you, but I didn’t realize what an impact one little piece of fabric could make to a space. A simple piece of fabric called a bedskirt! Serious, I really had no idea.

A while back we sold our cookie-cutter bedroom set, and I’ve been going back and forth on which headboard to buy (tufted, fabric, wood, etc.) and haven’t been able to pull the trigger. I was sick of looking at our frumpy bed frame this weekend and set out to get a bedskirt to make it look (what I first thought) just a little better. I didn’t think it would make that big of a difference, but for a couple bucks I was willing to try. Below is our bedroom before. I really wish I would have taken a photo with the bed in the same location as it is now, so you could see the difference, but I couldn’t summon my husband to help me lift the mattress. He tweaked his back and asking him to lift something just to take another picture, was out of the question. Maybe I’ll just do it when he’s feeling better?I chose a darker grey bedskirt from Target that coordinated with the walls and contrasted with my light blue duvet. After ironing out all the wrinkles, it looked great!

Cheap and easy! I strongly suggest a bedskirt for anyone that can’t commit to a heavy investment such as a headboard or just can’t budget for one. This makes for a wonderful finished look, and a cheap and easy way to change your current look even if you have a headboard! I wish I would’ve done this months ago!

Happy Week Friends!

paint therapy

This is the first weekend Paul and I spent in the house… alone!  The first week Paul’s parents were in town, and the second comprised of surprise birthday festivities; so this weekend we look around our brand new space in ah of all we have left to accomplish.  It’s sort of the feeling (or at least I imagine) when empty nesters have their children back for the holidays.  Oh the excitement and happiness of the moment, having everyone around … but then there is the cleanup afterwards. Maybe that’s why my mother-in-law Swiffers constantly while we’re all still there, so she doesn’t have the same overwhelmed feeling I did on Friday.  My two goals this weekend were to make some order of our bedroom situation, and yes, paint the guest room (we call it guest room two)… all else will have to wait for next weekend.

So I rolled up my sleeves… and started painting the guest room, which looked like this:  (Nope, I didn’t get to keep the egyptian art.) 

Guest Bedroom #2 (door angle) Before

Guest Bedroom #2 Before

I usually do all the big roller stuff first… I’m sorry I didn’t take both angles.

Then I start on the trim… which was double time because I have the great chair rail in the middle… but I must say, I’m very pleased with the results. Benjamin Moore Natura Pashmina AF-100 in eggshell.

Now, I know I still have A LOT of work to do in this space… the fan, the mirrored closet doors, a headboard, lights, fun framed stuff… but I’m happy it’s painted!

I must give a shout out to my friends at Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Natura

I think this is where I have to say – no, Benjamin Moore did not pay me to say this (I wish), but I tried their Natura line and was so pleased with the results.  It’s claim to fame is that it’s more environmentally friendly, meaning it has zero-VOC’s, and well, sorry crazy high-schoolers no huffing here.  It was wonderful, Paul and I walked through the house, and I honestly wouldn’t know someone had painted, well that is, until I looked down at my fingers!  It’s a little more pricey, but if you can forgo a relatively inexpensive Chipotle dinner for a deli sandwiches at home, you will be much happier, digesting your food and sleeping more soundly, when you’re able to breathe “fresher” air.  Just sayin’. AND – because no one really reads the words if I don’t have photos, I added the paint can. Contrary to popular belief, it comes in every color Mr. B.M. has to offer! 

Otherwise, I spent the latter part of the weekend picking up and organizing the master bedroom and bath. But first I painted!

Master Bedroom (door view)

First, we had to paint over a weird stain on the wall… let me tell you, it made for a pretty interesting conversation at the paint store… so I got this stain (above) in the master bedroom.

Sorry, this picture is a little off color-wise.

What I’m about to reveal is a little shocking in the color palette-o-sarah, but I kinda like it… and as Paul said it after he said he REALLY liked the guest bedroom color even better than the master.  He goes “No, No, I mean… I like the blue, it’s kinda beach-y.” Ha. I love him. Benjamin Moore Aura Palladian blue HC-144

I still have a duvet and pillows to pick out and pictures on the wall, but all is good!

Oh, and one more major reveal!!  I know Paul would be at least a little bummed if I didn’t add in his accomplishments this weekend, too… (not pictured, but also great: a wireless printer install, thank you, Paul!)

And sometimes he plays along!

Two cars in the garage! Say it ain't so!!

And that’s a weekend with the Snitkers! Have a fabulous week!

just stay

Since graduating high school, I’ve been on the move.

It started with undergrad in Moorhead, Minnesota. Then Minneapolis. Then back again to Moorhead, Minnesota. After graduation, St. Paul, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Phillipi, West Virginia to start my masters and Marion, Ohio to finish. Then I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to finally live with my love and encourage him while he got his masters. Two years later, we moved again. Dallas bound for new jobs, experiences, and a completely new adventure.

Sorry the picture is so grainy! It was taken from my phone.

Collectively I’ve moved every two years, sometime less than two years, since I was seventeen. I have enjoyed the time in all these places.  It gave me new experiences, friends, and stories, but it also made me realize how much I miss those friends I’ve met who are now hundreds of miles away. I would give anything to have a few of my best friends in one city.  With that, I finally feel it’s time to stay in one place.  We made this official a couple of weeks ago and closed on our first home!  It’s a 1962 classic vintage style which in these few short weeks (two), we have really grown to love and call home.

Our first night! New house, new mattress, new chapter…. Yes, I’m already thinking about colors!

During our move, Paul’s parents came down to lend a hand.  His mom unpacked most of the kitchen, while he and his detail-oriented dad worked on the electrical and some structural issues in the attic!  It was 110 degrees outside, mind you!  I don’t know how Paul’s dad does it!  He was working before I went to work and sometimes after I went to bed on… big electrical engineering things (GFI receptacles, can light installations in the attic, running new circuits from the main panel, so Paul could have some grounded circuits) and discovering holes in our attic!  Oh, the thrill of being a homeowner.

Last friday, I had friends from across the world… okay states, surprise me for my big 3-0 birthday!  I felt overwhelmed but so happy they were here!!  It was so nice to see some of my besties, who encouraged me to get started making our new house (new to us, anyway) our home.

Andrea & Wilyna

Out for Dinner

We even had a pinata!

Boston even got into the action!

…and then we had cake!

Despite the surprise birthday festivities, I was able to start on the master bedroom. I believe you need to work on the master first. Yes, all the people that come over really don’t get to see the master quarters, but I think everyone deserves a safe haven to call home from the chaos of the day, even their house, or a non-running-in-need-of-an-ignition-switch-and-battery-vehicle.  Don’t ask.

Master bedroom post to come! :)