Let's Talk Trash Cans

I promised an update on the office or master bedroom on Monday, but I've had a few unexpected delays... I hope I'll have something to share tomorrow and if not then - definitely next week!

Y'all. Stop the presses. I have a very important decision to make and I need your help. *sarcasm alert* Our trash can step mechanism broke over the weekend and it looks like there's no fixing it, so we're in the market for a new one.

I know. I know. Big life decisions. #firstworldproblems

You might be saying to yourself, "Are we really talking trash cans today, Chaney?" And my response would be yes, yes. we. are. If you live in a house - I presume most of you have a roof of some sort over your heads - you know how much of a difference a good trash can can make. Am I right?

We've had a simplehuman one for the past 5ish years and it has served us well, but it finally bit the dust. I started looking at trash cans a couple of days ago and - dang - trash cans can be expensive! I would really rather not spend $100+ on one, but many of the best-rated ones are at least that much.

The things I'm looking for in a trash can are (I can't believe I'm actually making a bulleted list for this):

  • Step can or hands-free
  • Soft close top
  • Ability for the top to stay propped open 
  • Stainless steel or white - preferably made of sturdy metal, but I'm open to plastic too
  • Slim profile to fit in our small kitchen
I pulled together a list of contenders (apologies for the bias toward simplehuman...they just make a lot of good ones!) that have decent reviews and fit the specs above, but I'd really love to know if YOU have a trash can you love, and if you paid a nice chunk of change for it, was it worth it? Find a bargain one that does the job just fine? Any bad experiences with any particular ones? Help!

1 | simplehuman 45L Slim Step Can ($80)

2 | simplehuman 20L Butterfly Step Can ($80)

3 | simplehuman 40L Slim Plastic Step Can ($39.99)

4 | Brabantia 13.2 Gallon Touch Bin ($148.10)

5 | iTouchless Deoderizer 13 Gallon Trash Can ($79.99)

6 | simplehuman 50L Semi-Round Step Can ($49.99)

7 | Motion Sensor 2-in-1 Combo Bathroom/Kitchen ($69.14)

8 | simplehuman 38L White Wide-Step Rectangular Can ($139.99)

9 | Stainless Steel 12 Gallon Rectangle Step Can ($59.00)

Alright, now it's your turn. Tell me about your trash receptacles! ;)

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Tour Through Blogland

A couple of weeks ago, Amanda from Serenity Now invited me to participate in a Tour Through Blogland where I get a chance to show you a little behind-the-scenes look at my creative process and introduce you to three other awesome bloggers who will continue the tour next week. Here's how things are gonna go today: first, I'll talk a little bit about Amanda and her blog, second, I'll tell you a bit about myself, and third, I'll introduce the three awesome bloggers you need to meet!

First up, Amanda!

I first came across Amanda's blog when I was a brand new blogger. She hosts a weekly link up party on Fridays and I started adding posts there. Amanda has been kind enough to share some of them along the way and last year, she invited me to join in her Christmas series, which was so fun!

She's a momma to three kiddos, and lives in my home state - Virginia. She's all about easy, approachable, budget-friendly DIYs, craft projects, recipes and design tips. And although she's been taking some time off to enjoy her newest little boy, she's about to jump back in with new projects and posts. You won't want to miss out on that - say hello and visit her over at Serenity Now. One of my favorite posts of hers is these tissue paper pom poms she made for her girls. They add just the perfect pop of color and whimsy to the space!

Thanks, Amanda, for asking me to join in on this blogging tour!

About me

I've been blogging for nearly two years and love sharing my home, DIY projects, graphic design and bits of life at May Richer Fuller Be. I work in healthcare by day, and do projects on nights and weekends. It's a fun - and busy - adventure! I'm also married to a wonderful man and we've got a mostly awesome, sometimes crazy pooch named Jackson. He pops up here from time to time. 

A few weeks ago we moved from DC to Philadelphia (by way of a summer at my parents house at the river) and are enjoying exploring a new city and making an 1850s row house into our home. Here's a peek at our living room from the "introductory house tour" I posted a couple of weeks ago:

What am I working on right now?

Oh, so many things! Moving to a new house comes with a whole new set of fun things to add to the ole to do list. I'm currently taking the shotgun approach and working on parts of several spaces in our home. Everything's functional right now, but there is much work to be done! Right now I'm working creating an entryway out a space by the front door, tweaking our master bedroom and adding some organization for my office.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?

I'm a big believer in using what you've got and making it work for you. This doesn't always make for a magazine-worthy, picture-perfect home, but it's real life - perfection isn't the goal here! This might mean doing something like giving a bedside table a creative, inexpensive makeover instead of replacing it with a new one. I also inherited a lot of furniture from my grandparents and while not everyone would choose to use pieces like this in their home if they weren't quite their style, I love them because they're a part of my history. For that reason, I'll make them work and repurpose them in creative or unexpected ways. Secretary turned bar, anyone?

Also, I really enjoy graphic design, which I think makes my blog slightly different than the traditional DIY/home/design blog. I designed MRFB from scratch and have done some projects on the side for non-profits. I'm constantly trying to learn more and refine my graphic design skills. In fact - I'd love to take on some clients in this area! (Interested? Shoot me an email! :))

Why do I write/create?

I've always thought of myself as creative, but was always on the lookout for a good outlet to share my passion with a broader audience. So when I came across the world of design blogs several years ago, I knew that I could contribute something that would add to this incredibly creative community. Speaking of community - that's definitely one of the most fun aspects of being a part of this blogging world. Connecting with other bloggers and readers is one of my most favorite things. 

How does my writing/creative process work?

First off, I constantly have a million ideas for projects and posts running through my head, so I use the Wunderlist app to keep track of them. Since I always have my phone with me, it's easy to jot down ideas there that I can go back to later. There's nothing worse than remembering you had a good idea...but you just can't remember what it was. Hate that. I use those ideas (along with other blogs, Pinterest, magazines, etc.) as jumping off points for posts and projects.

I get all of my projects done on nights and weekends, so the actual creative process happens then. I wish I had more time to spend on this part! I find I'm at my best when I have a big chunk of time and brain space to dedicate to creating and doing. This season of life hasn't allowed quite as much time as I've had in the past for that, so my current blogging schedule includes three posts per week: one project, my regular lovely links Friday post and a wildcard post. I usually give myself a day or two to pull the post together and hit publish the night before so it goes out first thing in the morning - before most of you are probably awake!

Alright, alright, enough about me. I want to introduce y'all to three awesome bloggers who are going to continue the tour next week. Drumroll please...

Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us

I met Ashley through a few other bloggers and when I first went to check out her blog, I was blown away by her home! She's got amazing taste and creates beautiful things like the DIY Ikat painting you see above. I'm also a big fan of her calm, layered master bedroom. The blues she's got going on in there are similar to the ones in our master bedroom - such relaxing colors.

Ashley's a photographer and stay-at-home mom to an adorable little guy, and she's got so many other great posts that I don't have room to share, so head on over and check out Bigger Than The Three Of Us!

Emily from The Gallivant

Emily is a real-life friend (yay! real life friends!) who writes over at The Gallivant, which is a lifestyle blog that covers a wide variety of topics. She writes about everything from design to cooking to her adventures with her new husband to book reviews (she's a big-time reader, so if you're looking for a good book recommendation, she's your girl). A couple of favorite posts of hers include The Anatomy of a Cozy Guest Bedroom and one that included this delish-looking squash dish she made from The Kinfolk Table cookbook.

Emily is a freelancer and editor in "real life" and is currently living in Pensacola, Florida, where her Navy husband is in flight school. If you want to check out a blog that veers off a little from the typical DIY/design blog, you'll definitely want to stop by The Gallivant.

Shannon from Burlap and Lace

I'm pretty sure Shannon was one of my first ever commenters at May Richer Fuller Be, so she'll always have a special place in my blogging heart (did you know that, Shannon?). Her blog is full of incredible DIY projects like this black and white spotted art in the above left photo, and beautiful interior design like her dining room "progress" in the right photo (I put it in quotes because I think it's more than just progress!). She's not one to shy away from bold pattern, which is something I admire. It comes so naturally to her as you can see from the photos above. 

She and her husband recently moved from North Carolina to DC and she's been busy making their new apartment into a home. I'm sad that our time didn't overlap in the Nation's Capital! 

I think you'll enjoy each of these bloggers as much as I have, so stop by and say hey - and tell them I sent you :).

Also, my blogging friend Cassie is posting her Tour Through Blogland next week as well, so make sure and visit her awesome blog, Primitive and Proper next Monday, the 25th.

I'll be back later this week with either an office or master bedroom update. We'll see which one I finish up first!

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Lovely Links

Boy do I have some lovely links for y'all today! As I was browsing the blogosphere this week I felt like I ran across so many different beautiful and fun things - there aren't enough spots for them this week! I'll have to save some for later I suppose...


*As usual, if you like something you see here, please pin from the original source! The link is always right below the photo. Give these sites some love! :)

1 | I love a good thrifting score. Take a look at this beautiful bar cart that Jen found and made over. Gorgeous, no?

2 | This is such a cool piece of DIY paper wall art.

3 | Shannon did an amazing job using simple IKEA brackets and wooden boards to make some awesome floor-to-ceiling shelving. Isn't her styling fantastic too?

4 | These are some great tips for styling a coffee table.

5 | Oh yes. I will be making this chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream this weekend.

6 | A round mirror with a pretty copper edge is so simple and chic. Bonus points for the fact that this one is DIY'd!

7 | You would never know this dresser started out as a simple one from Ikea - it looks so custom!

8 | And the last link of the day is dedicated to a gorgeous kitchen makeover. You must must must see the befores.

Happy weekend to y'all!

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Mini Bulletin Board Makeover with Custom Pushpins

A few days ago, I did a mini project for the office that's helping keep me a little more organized. I gave a small bulletin board that used to hang in our DC apartment's kitchen a quick makeover and made some custom pushpins to go with it.  If you are a very observant reader, you might remember it was covered in dandelion fabric, which I actually thought was pretty, but it didn't fit with feel I'm going for in my office here.

Here's what it looked like:

To give it a new look, I pulled off the dandelion fabric and replaced it with a remnant of white fabric with gold abstract/wavy stripes I grabbed from my fabric stash.

I'm not going to go into detail about how I reupholstered the bulletin board since it's pretty self-explanatory, but the basic gist is that I laid the board facedown, cut a piece of fabric that was slightly larger than the bulletin board, pulled the edges to the back and stapled them to the backside of the frame with my staple gun. Really easy!

Now that that was done, I turned to the second part of this little project - making some custom pushpins!

I had some run-of-the-mill clear pushpins that I wanted to jazz up, so I dug through my craft drawer and discovered a little bag of small glass tiles in varying shades of green (I decided to only use the lightest minty green tiles for this project). Perfect! They captured the modern look I wanted for these guys.

I used a hot glue gun to add a dab of glue to the top of the pushpin and then placed the tile on it, holding it there for a few seconds while the glue set.

It took me about ten minutes to make 20ish of these custom pushpins, which I think sort of look like stud earrings, haha. I can't imagine they would work very well or be comfortable though!

I love the minty green next to the wavy gold stripes of the fabric.

Then I just propped up my newly made-over bulletin board against the wall on my desktop and was done! It was ready for use.

That little glass cup holds the extra pushpins and that pen cup is just a tin can I covered in chevron fabric years ago...I still love it!

This simple project took a mere hour or so of my time and made such a big impact on the look and function of that small area of my desk. I've already tacked on a few items for work (post-its, reminders, notes and a few handy phone numbers) and love how it keeps my desktop a little less cluttered. While a bulletin board may be utilitarian by nature, it doesn't have to look that way if you cover it in pretty fabric and add a few pretty glass tile pushpins!

Another thing I loved about this project? It cost me zero dollars. Zilch! I got creative with materials I had on hand and it turned out to be quite a lovely transformation. Hooray!

Curious about other projects from my office? Check these out:

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Wall Sconces {Design Ideas For Small Spaces}

Whew! This weekend flew by waaay too fast. SO fast in fact, that I didn't have time to get this post together on Sunday for my usual Monday post day. Oh well! Such is life. Moving on.

Y'all remember this photo of our bedroom from my little post-move-in home tour last week?

And remember that crazy-long to do list I created of things I'd like to do for our house? Well I added something else to it for our master bedroom: change out the floor lamps for wall sconces. Our bedroom measures about 9 feet across and feels pretty tight around the edges, so I've been thinking about ways to make it look and feel more open. Wall sconces seemed like a great way to make that happen, but knew we couldn't hardwire anything since we're renters.

Enter the newest IKEA catalog. 

It arrived at our door a couple of weeks ago and as I pored over the pages, I spotted the RANARP wall/clamp spotlight.


I fell in love with it immediately and knew a pair of them would be perfect for our bedroom. They have a gorgeous design (I mean, hello white and brass combo... plus a black and white cord...), look high end and PLUG IN, but are priced at a mere $19.99 each. A steal, I tell you. I had to restrain myself from running out the door right then to go grab two of them. Eventually I did make it to IKEA this past weekend and made the purchase - I can't wait to show them to you, but I haven't quite had time to put them up yet!

In the meantime, I thought I'd show y'all some lovely bedrooms that incorporated wall sconces. There's a little something for everyone in the images below style-wise. I hope to have more updates on my own bedroom soon.  This is real-time decorating, my friends, and sometimes it doesn't happen as quickly as I'd like!


{Design Indulgence - link to original photo shown unavailable. this room is now a nursery!}

Even though most of these aren't small bedrooms like ours, you can see why wall sconces could be a great idea when you're tight on space. They free up space on bedside tables and can make the room look less visually cluttered while providing the right amount of light.

Do any of you have wall sconces in your bedroom? I'd love to see them if you do!

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