Casual Friday


It’s Friday!

Even though I love my job and actually enjoy going to work, there is something about the anticipation of the weekend that makes Fridays feel extra special.  Plus… who doesn’t love not having to set an alarm clock?

I’m using the opportunity of “Friday” to be a little casual and write about things that I have seen around the web this week that I couldn’t go without sharing!

  • The collaboration between this lady and Park Studio on her new hardware line is incredible. I can’t wait for an opportunity to use something from the line on a project.
  • While everyone is talking about Stranger Things 2 (trust me… I’ll watch it soon!) I’ve started watching Alias Grace. You have to have a bit of a stomach to watch it, but if you can get through it, it’s very well worth it. I’m into any kind of “true crime” lately, and this Margaret Atwood novel interpretation is spot on.
  • The first bloggers I ever followed have been renovating a beach house and are working on the kitchen (with a pink stove, mind you)!
  • The anticipation of this reveal has me at the edge of my seat.
  • My friend made a version of this for me (before this recipe was posted) and it was so yummy that I had to make it for myself. Then I saw this crockpot version of the recipe and knew I had to share, especially because Chungah can do no wrong in the kitchen!

This week was full of excitement with launching this blog and I want to say THANK YOU. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop by, comment, and engage with me on this new platform! I would love to hear from you… what kind of content would you like to see here?

As a thank you for joining me as I get this blog up and running, I’m giving away a $5 Starbucks e-gift card to the first 2 commenters on each of my posts this week. So don’t be shy… say hello!

Upholstered Beds for Every Budget

This amazing design is by Amber Interiors for Elyse Walker. Photo by Tessa Neustadt. If you don’t follow any of these three amazingly talented ladies, stop what you are doing (seriously!) and go follow them NOW. Please and thank you!

Embarrassingly enough, we lived in our last apartment for three years and didn’t change anything about the bedroom from the day we moved in, including the hand-me-down, particleboard, platform bed that we swiped from my parents before the move.

I made Jon promise me that we would get a real bed for our new apartment, and it became quickly apparent that the options out there are overwhelming. After living with no headboard for three years, I knew I wanted a plush, soft headboard that would feel comfortable to sit up in and read or watch TV, so I narrowed my search to upholstered beds. Hours of my life and approximately 4 million beds later, I finally decided on a style and budget appropriate option.

In an effort to be a friend (and hopefully give you back time that you probably don’t have to spend searching in the first place), I thought a round-up of my favorite options in a range of budgets would be helpful (so you wouldn’t have to go through the struggle I did)!

UPHOLSTERED BEDS 11 CB2 Facade $1199 | 2 Restoration Hardware Cloud $7550 | 3 Interior Define Gray $13004 West Elm Mod Platform $879Structube Clancy $319 | Anthropologie Carlier $18987 Blu Dot Dodu $1279 | 8 Crate & Barrel Tate $1699


1 Structube Griffith $559 | 2 All Modern Alrai $522  | 3 Gus Modern Carmichael $17094 Serena & Lily Wickham Shelter $2998 | 5 Restoration Hardware Belgian Shelter $28756 Pottery Barn Rochella Bed $1699 | 7 All Modern Cacho $372 | 8 West Elm Damian $2499


1 Anthropologie Tufted Wingback $2498 | 2 One King’s Lane Bryan Canopy $3995 3 Room & Board Marlo $2199| | 4 Anthropologie Ainsworth $2298 | 5 CB2 Jarvis Leather Bed| 6 Lulu and Georgia Naeline Navy $1106 | 7 AllModern Upholstered Canopy $6 | 8 Design Within Reach Parallel Wide $8500

Now that I have the bed, I have to finish the rest of the room. Stay tuned for the plan for the room and a final reveal!

As a thank you for joining me as I get this blog up and running, I’m giving away a $5 Starbucks e-gift card to the first 2 commenters on each of my posts this week. So don’t be shy… say hello!

How that one friend’s house is always clean

photo-1503278501277-e50457741130You know that friend who seems to always have an impeccably clean house, even when you drop by unexpectedly? The one who seems to never be cleaning, but somehow miraculously keeps their home guest-ready at all times?

I have a friend like that, and I happen to know for a fact that she does not hire someone to clean for her. She just has some clever tactics that help keep her home consistently spotless. After watching her closely I think I’ve figured out how she does it. I tested the tricks out in my own apartment last week, and getting my apartment ready for my parents to come visit last weekend was a breeze. Here is what I tried:

Make the Bed | A seemingly simple method, but one that really works. If you get up and make your bed right away, you not only have a cleaner, more organized looking bedroom, but you also accomplish something before you’ve even had your coffee. It takes discipline, but it’s oh so worth it. Bonus, if your friend stops by unexpectedly, you don’t have to rush to close the bedroom door!

KitchenWipe it Down | Finished getting ready two minutes early? Take that time to wipe down your vanity and mirror really quick. Same goes for the kitchen counters and the sink. If every few days you take the time to quickly wipe down your space with the cleaning solution of your choice, it will take so much less effort when you have time to do a deep clean. These little efforts really add up!

Set a Timer | Feeling totally overwhelmed by a mess? Set a timer for ten or fifteen minutes and devote that entire time to some kind of chore. It could be picking up and fluffing the pillows in the living room, tackling a giant pile of dishes in the sink, or doing a quick sweep and vacuum of all of your floors. My favorite thing about this trick is that usually when the timer goes off I’ve gotten one area clean and I’m motivated to finish another. And if not, I’ve only spent a short amount of time and feel exponentially better about the status of my space.

Candle.jpgTrick Yourself Into Cleaning | When I was a kid, my mom would clean the entire house and then, when she was all finished, she would light a few candles and sit down to read. I’ve found that to this day, a lit candle can make me feel like the apartment should be clean. I’ve read about this phenomenon with fresh cut flowers, too. The point with this one is if you know there is a little task you can do that will make you want to clean the house, do it! If a vase of flowers makes you feel like the house should be clean, buy them more often. Your house will be clean AND you will have more fresh flowers (it’s a win-win).

The One Touch Rule | This one is genius, but you do have to force yourself to form the habit. I’ve found after a few weeks of reminding yourself, it does start to stick and become more automatic. Here is the tip – You are only allowed to touch something once. For example, you just got home and are taking off your coat. If you throw it over the chair in your living room, you’re going to have to touch it again to put it away. Therefore, you put it away right away, and only touch it once. Same goes for shoes, keys, your curling iron in the morning, or any ingredients you are cooking with. You’re only allowed to “touch” it once and  it has to be put away as soon as you are done with it. I know this seems like common sense, but when you really start paying attention to your habits actively, it becomes very apparent why your space always feels in disarray (guilty)!

Laundry.jpgFinish the Laundry | We don’t have a washer and dryer in the unit of our current apartment. That means that in order to do laundry, we have to use the machines in our apartment’s laundry room. At first I thought that would be such a hassle (and sometimes it is), but I have also learned that all the laundry is done on one day, within a couple of hours. Washed, dried, folded. Nothing sits around in piles, nothing gets left in the washer for three days, and nothing gets folded (or not!) and never put away. When we have a washer and dryer in our future home, I would like to keep this trend going by designating a “laundry” day and just getting. it. done.

The final tip? Give Yourself Some Grace | Everyone has those days/weeks/months where life is crazy, routine goes out the window, and nothing is clean. And during those times, I say forgive yourself and move on. Life is too short to worry about your house being clean all the time. Sometimes when that friend shows up unexpectedly and your house is a mess, you just roll with the punches and share your real life with them. That’s what friends are for, right?

Any other tips to keeping a clean house? How many of these have you already tried?

As a thank you for joining me as I get this blog up and running, I’m giving away a $5 Starbucks e-gift card to the first 2 commenters on each of my posts this week. So don’t be shy… say hello!

Monthly Mood Board | November

Gorgeous design by Jenny Wolf Interiors. Photo by Francesco Lagnese.

November is one of my favorite months of the year. Growing up in the South, November is the first month when it really starts to get cool. Plus, I think it’s the official beginning to the holiday season (and who doesn’t love the holiday season?).

That might be why I’m so in love with this gorgeous green for November. It’s getting us into the holiday spirit, but not throwing it in your face. Subtle, rich, and sophisticated. So much so that I might be inclined to keep this color in my home year round!


1 H&M Herringbone Throw | 2 Article Matrix Chair | 3 CB2 Temescal Green Vase | 4 Target Balsam Pine Candle | 5 RugToGo Basil Rug | 6 Minted Oja Art | 7 Ikea Sanela Pillows | 8 smARTStudiobyKeeler Handmade Ceramic Bowl | 9 H&M Bergamot Candle

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Schafer Rea Studio | The Launch


Welcome to Schafer Rea Studio, a blog about interiors, art, and design.

I’m a full-time interior designer by day, and now, a blogger by night. I’m also a wife, a dog mom, a (big) fan of Law and Order SVU and House Hunters, an amateur painter, a compulsive list-maker, and a total slob in the kitchen (just ask my husband)!

My parents built the home I grew up in when I was a kid, and even then I was providing direction on the floor plan (that was actually implemented, hilariously enough). That affinity for spatial thinking led to a degree in architecture that was close… but not quite right for me. Eventually I discovered interiors, which combined my love for art and expression with my fascination with psychology.

And that is exactly how I would describe interior design… the intersection of art, psychology, and creative problem solving. At my job I deal with interesting challenges every day, from developing a finish palette, to showing a code official that I’ve designed a space that will allow everyone to exit safely in the event of a fire. I get to design things daily that not only look good, but fulfill a functional need that can transform a person’s business, experience, or life.

This blog is a space for me to share inspiration and be inspired, brainstorm, connect with others, and continue to explore all the things I’m passionate about. I would love for you to join me on this adventure!

As a thank you for joining me as I get this blog up and running, I’m giving away a $5 Starbucks e-gift card to the first 2 commenters on each of my posts this week. So don’t be shy… say hello!