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In exactly seven days, I will be leaving with my amazing husband with TWO degrees to run away to Palm Springs for the weekend.  That’s right.  William is basically done with his Masters degree.  He still has to attend class for another month, however, he has completed his thesis paper, art show, final oral defense, everything!  I. am. so. proud.  (not to mention happy beyond belief that this part of our life is behind us!)  My work has topped the charts with stress lately so we decided a get away was in order.

To celebrate our returning to normal life, we booked ourselves a room at The Ace Hotel for Mother’s Day weekend!  I’ve been getting advice from amazing friends on where to go and what to eat and we have a tentative schedule, though all I really want to do is lay by the pool, soak up a lot of sunshine, hold William’s hand, and have a few of these “adult sno cones” everyone keeps telling me about!

The Ace Hotel- Palm Springs, CA

The Ace Hotel- Palm Springs, CA

Amazing pool scene at The Ace!

Amazing pool scene at The Ace!

Take me to the desert!

Take me to the desert!

On Saturday morning, I’m going to take a free yoga class that is offered to guests of the hotel.  Can’t pass up free yoga!  Sunday morning, I’m going to be in the pool taking water aerobics.  Yes, water aerobics.  Also included with the cost of our room.  Not passing up the opportunity!  AND Sunday afternoon, I’ve booked William and I Couples’ Massage Lessons!  We’re planning on going to some amazing restaurants recommended by one of my best friends, Heather.

Palm Springs is quite the happening place these days.  I’m glad I’ll have William on my arm!  This JCREW-clad lady might not quite fit in, but hey, I bought a big floppy hat from Urban Outfitters (an experience which, might I mention, made me feel SO old) that is pretty cool if I don’t say so myself.

7. Days. And. Counting.

 

 

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Amazing headboard from the Ace Hotel

We are going to try and recreate something like this in our home in Portland–the headboard that is.  I think it would be pretty simple to make.  I love the idea of having lights/lamps fixed to the headboard itself.  Saves me from toiling over the perfect piece of artwork to hang above our bed.  Now I just need some great reclaimed wood!

I’m also scoping out what kind of light fixtures I’d want.  I ran across this great website Barn Yard Electric.  I love their philosophy of combining vintage and modern to create amazing, American made fixtures.  All of their products represent original barn lighting and I want one of pretty much every one they make.  These are the ones I am considering to be attached to the above headboard:

Option #1 the Austin Wall Sconce

Option #2 the Atomic Topless Sconce (love the name...makes me chuckle)

Option #3 the Rawhide Sconce. I think my favorite and of course the most expensive. Surprise, surprise.

I think we’ll end up going with option #2.  It’s the one we both like.  I would buy it with clear glass so that you could see the light bulb.  I want to use those nostalgic Edison style light bulbs.  I think they’re just lovely.  Barn Yard Electric sells those as well but I am going to be on the lookout for some where that I can buy them for less than $20/bulb!!

I’m on the lookout for bedding as well.  What we have now, bed and all, is going to be our guest bed when we move.  We’re going to get a cheap bed frame and make a headboard so that shouldn’t cost too much.  I have no idea where to start with bedding though.  If it were just me, I wouldn’t have trouble at all.  But, buying bedding that is masculine and feminine, well designed, comfortable, reasonably priced, and that doesn’t have to be dry cleaned is WAY too difficult!  I guess if that is my biggest problem I’m doing a-ok! 🙂