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This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Early this morning I woke up to the rustling sound of paper in another room. Darin and I were still in bed, which could only mean one thing: Konan was trying to eat something. Normally, it’s big, fat Brody that’s trying to beg and steal for food, but he tends to stick to edible stuff. Not Konan. She stalks around the house at all hours of day and night, waiting to fulfill her dark cravings. She thieves paper and adhesives when she thinks she is alone so she can devour them in secret.

After a rushed search of the condo, I found her in the most unlikely (or likely, once I thought about it) place: our bathroom. You know, the one I’d done up all fancy with the silver washi tape. The lovely tape that is the perfect marriage of paper and adhesive. The tastiest tape.

Behold, our destroyed washi mural:


And the guilty-as-sin culprit:



Looks like my options are limited: Head back to Michaels for more tape and a do-over that will inevitably lead to another midnight wall snack, or rip the tape off and think of something else.

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The Great Bin Hunt

Our bathroom was designed by a man. I know this because there is a glass sink/counter that is impossible to keep clean, and open storage areas that showcase all of your clutter.

Who would see this and go "Yes, that's the design for me!"?

Who would see this and go “Yes, that’s the design for me!”?

As some of you may know, I’ve been looking to reduce this mess-tastic scenario by purchasing lidded, opaque storage bins. If you know that, then you also know that I’ve been looking for over a month with absolutely no luck.

Places that disappointed: Target, Pier 1, Michaels, World Market “Cost Plus”, Bed Bath & Beyond, our local Goodwill, and many online shops (Amazon, The Container Store, and more).

Then I discovered there’s an IKEA in Burbank. I forced Darin to take me there post-haste. Naturally, he was thrilled.

I didn't want to go alone because I knew I'd never get out with money left to my name.

I didn’t want to go alone because I knew I’d never get out with money left to my name.

After finding our way through the labyrinth to the area where you can actually purchase things instead of gazing at the showrooms with reckless wallet-abandon, we finally found the holy bin grail.

IKEA BLADIS, our hero!

How sexy is that bin!? It’s black, and even has a handle to pull out of the storage area. We bought two, along with some other things because you obviously don’t just go to IKEA and leave with the bins you needed.

Here we are in triumph.

Here we are in triumph.

And here's Darin at Hooter's, because I let him choose dinner after dragging him through IKEA.

And here’s Darin at Hooter’s, because I let him choose dinner after dragging him through IKEA.

I got the bins home and am happy to report that they have acclimated well to their non-Swedish surroundings. They fit in the spaces well and look like they’re the right color. I’m so pleased to come to the end of this bins saga.

Damn, those are some sweet bins you might say.

Damn, those are some sweet bins you might say.

This is how I found the bathroom when I went to take photos.

This is how I found the bathroom when I went to take photos.

Also, while out hunting for bins I was able to score these adorable little succulents at Michaels for the equally non-functional, clutter-baring shelving above the sink. (They’re artificial, because there’s no natural light in the bathroom at all.)

They were like $8 or so, and they make me happy.

They were like $8 or so, and they make me happy.

Here's Konan checking them out like the sassy cat she is.

Here’s Konan checking them out like the sassy cat she is. She’ll probably try to eat them later.

Cats - they're so vain, you can't take a single home photo without them.

Cats – they’re so vain, you can’t take a single home photo without them.

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Washi Tape All the Walls!

So, after the geometric fox wall decal went over so well I noticed all the washi tape I still had laying around, and I took a crack at giving our little bathroom an accent wall.

Silver Washi Accent Wall

Silver Washi Accent Wall

Same procedures as last time, minus any planning stage. This time I used silver in two widths and just went for it. However, the thinner tape seems to be having some adhesive issues (maybe because it’s not meant for walls?) so I’ll have to keep you guys updated on the status of this design. I might end up replacing the thin stuff in the future. Either way I’m having loads of fun. Hooray!

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Earthquake-Proof Wall Decor

Since moving to CA I’ve had this blank wall above the bed, and I’ve been too afraid to hang anything on it because of the potential for whatever I hang to fall on me during an earthquake. (I mean, I spend a lot of time sleeping, so the likelihood of something falling on me during a nighttime rumble is probably pretty high.) The blank wall was so distracting, though!

hideous wall

OMG, hideous.

I ended up searching around online to find something I could put on it that wouldn’t become shards of doom when the shakes start. My options were either to buy a beautifully expensive tapestry or get a decal, and I wasn’t liking my choices. So I decided to make my own dang decor.

Enter the washi tape geometric fox:

washi fox

An attractive and simple solution to all you embarrassingly empty walls.

It took less than an evening to design this little guy and throw it up on the wall, and now I can sleep safe and sound.


I made a quick plan in Illustrator, then threw it up on my iPad for reference. I’d imagine if you were a thorough person you would have made a grid on the wall and on your art, then meticulously planned things out. I did nothing of the sort – I grabbed my tape and got to it.

First I put up the outline in black, kind of looking at my iPad to make sure I didn’t give the fox super wonky legs or something. I placed tape and cut while I went along, using the scissors. If things got crooked I just pulled and re-applied. The washi tape is SUPER forgiving. (It’s easy removal makes it great for renters!) After laying down the outline I went back and used the Xacto knife and a ruler to cut down the edges and make corners tight. Then I filled in the geo stripes in gold, all willy-nilly:

Willy Nilly Striping

Willy Nilly Striping

After laying down the stripes, I busted out the Xacto knife and ruler again and cut the gold stripes to fit inside the black outline.

Cleaned up edges.

Cleaned Up Edges

The bits I cut off, stuck to my leg.

The bits I cut off, stuck to my leg, because where else could I put them?

After trimming down everything I was left with a renter-friendly solution to my anxiety-inducing blank wall. It’s hard to tell it’s not just paint. Bonus: The whole project was super cheap, and I’ve got washi tape left over for future decal-ing or whatever.

The finished product

The Finished Product

Before and After

Before and After: Click for Big

I can’t take any photographs of a finished project without cats getting in the shots. It’s a bonus feature of my camera, I’m sure. “Wouldn’t the ‘after’ shot look better with a cat?” Yes, yes it would.

Cat approved.

Konan approves.

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