Monday, February 23, 2015

Ballard Designs Camden Tufted Bed Review

    It's been almost a year since we bought our Camden Tufted Bed from Ballard Designs and I thought now would be the perfect time to do a review of the bed. Justin always teases me about my reviews and calls me the review queen. I wear that title very proudly! I look at reviews as a way to vent about my frustrations if I have any, or a way to proudly brag about a product! Trust me, you do not want to get on this chicks bad side, because she will not hold back on :p

    But in all seriousness, I love this bed. And I wanted to tell you why. I'm also going to be honest and share some cons too. Just for fun I've decided to add some other photos of our master bedroom so you can see how things are looking. It's definitely smaller than what we are used to, but it's cozy and we love hanging out in it! 

    Just because, here's a picture of our old master bedroom from our Florida house. I used to complain that it was too small. I want to build a time machine just so I can go back to three years ago and smack myself. 

    This is where I first fell in love with tufted beds. Justin and I made the headboard pictured above and it was great for a year or so, but it was not professional and there were a lot of imperfections. Not to mention that making it was NOT fun and I might have said bad words during the process. I can't remember. All I remember is that I would NEVER EVER do it again. It was terrible. So when we moved and we got ready to take the headboard with us, all the buttons popped off and it was just not pretty. We decided to let it go. At this point in our marriage we had yet to have a real "bed" with a headboard/footboard/etc. We basically had a mattress and a frame. So we got to work on shopping for a bed we would love forever.

    I knew I wanted another tufted bed, I just had to convince Justin that's what he wanted, too. :p I found this picture on pinterest and knew it was the bed for us, but I couldn't find where it came from anywhere. I looked and searched and emailed people for a good two weeks. I was crushed. This bed was my dream bed. I loved the deep tufted buttons and the fact that the footboard was tufted too. Justin even loved it!

    We couldn't find this bed anywhere, so we almost settled for this one from Joss and Main. But I couldn't pull the trigger. It was a great price, but I wasn't in love. The buttons weren't deep enough, I didn't like that the sideboards didn't come up high enough to cover the whole mattress and there was no dreamy tufted footboard. It didn't have the best reviews, either. I couldn't do it!

Eventually we found a tufted bed pretty identical to the one we loved at our local furniture store. It was $3000. YIKES. But we almost paid that price because we just wanted our bed search to be over and to finally have a real bed to sleep in at night. I decided to give one more try at googling the crap out of my dream bed when Ballard Designs website finally popped up. There was my beautiful dream bed in all its glory, waiting for me to add to cart for only $800. They were having an anniversary sale and everything was an additional 30% off on their website. You guys. I freaked out. So the bed saga finally came to an end and this slice of heaven went straight into my online cart. Here it is in all its beauty today: 

Dear Bed, I love you. I am never letting you go. Thank you for finding your way into my Google search after a month of searching for you.

Here are some updated photos of our bedroom now-if you just want the review scoop on the pros and cons, scroll to the bottom. Although I can't wait for the day we have a master suite again, I do love this little room and all the personal details we've added here.

    Pretty cute for a teenie little thing, right? My favorite part has to be the sheet music I had printed off to go on each of our nightstands. It is actually a song from our wedding. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

    Ok now the fun part, the review! I'm going to start with the pros.

    *This bed is absolutely beautiful. Look at it. I have never owned such a nice bed, ever. I don't think I will ever get sick of it. I think it would look great in any bedroom. It's so cozy.

    *It's neutral so it will match whatever color choices we might have in the future.

    *It is custom made for ever order and is a very high quality product.

    *It is linen so it has more of a relaxed feel. I think the velvet tufted beds are too fancy and wouldn't match any of our stuff. I love the linen look and feel.

    *Great price, even without the 30% off.

    *It's not too tall, but not too short either. 

    I could go on and on, but those are the most important pros you need to know about. Here are some of the cons-


    *Since it is custom made for ever order, it took almost four months to get to us. 

    *Ballard Design is a great company, but they definitely need to work on their customer service department. If you read other reviews from other people on their Facebook page you will read the same thing.

    *This color is called Off-white twill. We originally wanted Oatmeal, but all other colors are considered specialty and cost a lot more. Not only that, but any other colors are absolutely non returnable. Since we had never seen this bed in person, that made us nervous. (We also didn't want to pay more money for a different color. Kind of dumb in my opinion) Since it is such a light color, you can see dust and dirt more easily. So if you have a black dog who sleeps in bed with you every single night, this might not be an ideal color for you. 

    That's it! That's all the cons. You guys. I can't say enough how much I love this bed. If you have contemplated getting a tufted bed, I would absolutely recommend this one. (As long as you are ok with all the cons I mentioned) I love it as much today as I did the day it was delivered to us. I think it's a timeless bed, too. So in 10 years, I still think I'll love it! What do you think? Have you contemplated getting a tufted bed? We were torn between tufted and wood, but I'm glad we went with this one! 


Monday, February 16, 2015

Before I Become Mommy-An Open Response to the Every Day Pressures of Starting a Family

     *  (On a side note, I want to add something personal before I begin this post. For the first two years of our marriage I wasn't physically able to get pregnant even if I wanted to. So when people asked me about babies it would make me cringe or bring tears to my eyes. I have since been to many specialists and thankfully have a complete thumbs up in the female health department. So I wanted to remind everyone that this can be a very sensitive topic and to always respect a woman's feelings and privacy.) *

     Justin and I have been married for four years this fall and I have lost track of the number of times people have asked us about babies. Friends, family, even complete strangers. Since this is an on going question, I decided to openly address it. At first I used to brush it off by saying we had a five year plan, but the truth is-we don't have a plan. And that's ok.

    I feel like I hit the jackpot when I found Justin. I love being his wife. I literally run to the door every single day when he gets home from work. We are best friends and I love this life that we live right now. Not one part of me wants a baby. At first I felt like something was wrong with me for feeling this way. I'm a woman, aren't I supposed to be gaga for babies and want one of my own by now? I feel pressure sometimes to move along to the "next step" in our life. Or that I'm not as mature if I don't have children. For a long time, it made me feel terrible. But you know what? I decided I wanted to live in this step. I love this period of our life and I don't want to rush that. 

    I like sleeping until noon on Saturdays and making last minute plans to go skiing, canoeing or to New York City. I like not freaking out if I forget to meal plan for a couple of days because I know we can just have cereal for dinner. I like random Tuesday night date nights. I like spending a laughable amount on each other for Christmas and not feeling at all bad about it. I like us. I love us.

    Justin and I are growing together. We are figuring each other out. (I just found out a couple of weeks ago that the guy doesn't care for tomatoes that much. What??) We are learning how to tone down our Netflix arguments. (You always get to choose what we watch! Well that's because you can never make up your mind!) We are building a stronger marriage.

    So before I become mommy, I need some time. Before I become mommy I want to hog Justin all to myself. Travel the world hand in hand. Before I become mommy I want to look into the crowd and see my husband beaming proudly at me while I receive my college diploma. I want to become the ironing master and have all of his clothes hung neatly in the closet each week. I want to finally learn to nail his favorite comfort meal, Salisbury Steak. (Help Karen!) Before I become mommy I want to continue to learn to keep our Savior in the center of our marriage. I want to love my husband with the same unconditional, blameless love our Father loves us with. I want to be a better Christian. 

    Before I become mommy I want to soak up this amazing, beautiful, exciting step that we are in right now. I want to be so busy enjoying today that I forget about tomorrow. Before I become mommy I want to be Justin's wife. And you know what? I'm getting pretty darn good at that. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Why You Should Be Taking More Portraits and Less Selfies


  First, I need to clarify that this is not an anti-selfie post. I actually love selfies. If my hair looks awesome and I'm blemish free at the same time, you can bet that crap's going on Instagram. Hashtag flawless. No selfie hatin' over here. But. Those are not the photos I will line my stairways with.

    I have a lot of friends that ask me how I take so many family photos and if I hire a photographer to follow me around all the time. (LOL who has this kind of money? If I did I might think about it;) I honestly just love collecting memories. I try to collect as many as I can. I was browsing Pinterest the other day and I stumbled upon the best quote: "We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone." And that explains it all.


Three years ago I invested in a DSLR camera and tripod. I learned the inside and the outside of my camera and I started collecting memories. And you know what? I've gotten some pretty amazing return tickets.

Anytime I can avoid an arm fully extended, can't see the background at all selfie, I will. I will lug that tripod with me on as many vacations as I can fit in. I will set the self timer and run like mad to meet my family on the other side. Because these are the photos that make the frames. These are the memories I want I need to remember. This is the life I am lucky enough to live. And all of the moments in between are worth holding on to.