The easiest way to go somewhere during the next (inevitable) quarantine without leaving your home

Covid cases are ticking up again (bigggg sighhhh) and I'm mentally preparing to hunker down again in the Bakare household as that seems the next step. Not that we've fully unhunkered from the last quarantine, but we've been spotted in a restaurant or two doning masks and whipping out hand sanitizer, then going for sweaty cycling class at our open gyms right before we catch a movie in our open movie theaters (we have NOT done the last two). We live in Georgia if that helps explain things.

Like two hours later...

Anyhoo, we've all spent wayyyyy more time in our houses than we ever thought possible this year; even this proud homebody got a little stir crazy after she finished Netflix in its entirety. But seriously, like so many others, Dammy (the husband) and I had to cancel our adult-only, splurgy Cancun vacation in April. Y'all. Y'ALL.

I'd hired a trainer to get me semi-snatched in 3 weeks, planned a healthy diet, kicked my Aveeno to the curb for some expensive ass sea kelp face wash so that this girl would be glowing on that beach! Like is that the sun? Wait, nah, it's just Aundrea shining on em! (Btw, I'm woke. I'm very aware how #blessed we are as that was our biggest "problem". God is so good.).

So one of the reasons I'm updating my master bedroom for the One Room Challenge is because I've been spending SO much more time in there. My home office is right across from the playroom, and Yinka is always bringing me random stuff and LEAVING it, so my office looks like a war zone and it's the battle of Toys vs. Tile right now. So I've retreated to my bedroom and after looking at it for months, the only logical next step was to spend more money than I ever intended to redecorate it (thank God for the ORC, the only explanation I could give my husband, hehe!).


So here's the lick: 6 or 7 years ago I came upon an inspiration photo that stopped me in my tracks.

There she go.

I MEAN CAN YOU EVEN?!??!!! I wish I knew who designed it, but LOOOOOOK at that wall mural! I'd try to walk all up in that sucker! You see where I'm going with this?

In the words of Domino Pizza, oh yes I did.


I don't have a 16 ft.. ceiling but isn't she looovvveeelyyyyy! I bought this from They. Have. Everything. They literally pull images from Adobe Stock Photos and possibly Google Images...I repeat: they have everything. Have something in mind, don't just go up on there all browsy-like or the rabbit hole WILL EAT YOU ALIVE!

I knew this was the one because I named the dog as soon as I clicked on this. His name is Ricky Pee Pee. Yes, I have the humor of a 20-year-old frat boy. I have yet to come up with a name/story of that textbook European man. I figured he'll reveal it to me. We have time, let's take it slow.

I also have this huge 4'x4' pic of Cape Point that I took when I studied in South Africa back when I was all frolicky and free (read: not married, not mothered, not mortgaged, young, hot bod). I haven't put it up yet but it's going on the wall near Ricky Pee Pee. So, from my bed, to the north will be Lisbon, to the east will be South Africa, and after STALKING THE HELL out of Target when nothing was available during the beginning of the pandemic, I scored this which will also grace the walls. It'll be the perfect, calm balance.

Y'all, this story was pretty much set in stone the day I saw that inspo photo. I knew in my spirit at some point I would have a whole damn city street on some wall and it is now the first thing I sees when I wakes up. It literally feels like I can just walk into Lisbon, Portugal from my bedroom. Who's quarantined up in here? I SAY WHO?

I chuckle because I think it's obvious that my room design took place during a time when travel was non-existent and outside was cancelled. And as someone who LOVES exploring this world, my suburban life was becoming a little suffocating, so I opened up the borders in my own damn room and I'm pleased as pie you guys! We international up in here Y'ALL! (gives self some dap)

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