Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bedroom Style Quiz

I've been looking through so many bedroom inspiration pictures, that I almost get confused on what look I'm going for.  I think I have a transitional design style, mixing the modern with some traditional.  I know I want our bedroom to be calm and soothing but have punches of color.  I love our furniture and it's fairly new so I know we're keeping these pieces.  I may find something I like one week, and change my mind about it the next.  I show them to hubby and he just shakes his head because I am so indecisive.  He told me to just make up my mind and do it already.  Easier said than done. 

I found this bedroom personality quiz and decided to give it a try.

My results: an escapist and a purist.

I find it funny that both of these describe the feel I want.  With the escapist, I want my bedroom to feel like an escape with neutral tones and earth tones.  I think I've decided on tan walls so that will be a great backdrop for more accent colors.  Red is my favorite color so pops will be throughout.  I hate clutter so I don't think there will be an overload of accessories.

The purist in me wants cooler colors.  I plan to add blues and grays in our bedroom so that was spot on.  The upholstered headboard thing is on my list but that's a separate issue.  We have a dark wood headboard so I plan to layer the pillows to lighten it up.

Go on, take the style quiz.  Are the results accurate? 


Monday, July 30, 2012

Back From Vacation

Happy Monday morning to you.  Just got back with the family from Magic Kingdom.

It was my daughter's first time to the Magic Kingdom and she was super excited.  Disney World is all she's talked about for the last couple months.  She was watching youtube videos everyday to get herself pumped.  I've got lots of pictures to document to occasion.  She was a little sad to leave.  We're glad she had a great time.  She mentioned a couple times how awesome everything was.  She rode Thunder Mountain like a champ.  I love that girl!   

So glad to be back home in my own bed but still wishing I was still on vacation.  Back to work I guess.

Here's to a great week.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Halfway Point

The year is more than halfway over so I thought I would review some of the projects I've completed so far.

In my plans for 2012 post, I told you I wanted to do a major change to the kitchen.  We did this by installing a tile back splash and painting the cabinets with a Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kit.  The change was a total success.  The changes made our kitchen look like a completely different one.  It was weird for the first few days walking in and seeing the change.

The dining room has gotten a few changes as well.  I started by finally getting a rug for under the table at Ikea.  More updates included new curtains on the windows, I removed the painted chandelier and a new chandelier went in, and my DIY sunburst mirror was made.  I would say it's close to completion but I am trying to find a way to put in a buffet table under the mirror.  It might be a tight fit with the table.

The family room was empty for a while until we bought new furniture.  It really brightened up the space to get a lighter colored sectional and chevron pillows.

We painted the master bathroom and framed out the mirrors.  We're a few steps closer to getting our spa retreat.  The color is more soothing than the light tan that was there before.  I still want to change out the vanity lights and put some art over the tub.

I made a nailhead pinboard and striped curtains for the office.  The red in the curtains and the artwork give the gray walls a fun pop of color and excitement.

There have even been a few smaller projects like a kitchen command center, paint chip art, and West Elm inspired decorating spheres.  Small projects can have a big impact on a room.

Seems like 2012 is flying by on a jet.  I have so many projects on my to-do list.  I wonder if my plans for 2012 will get done.  If not, we've worked hard on what we have done.  I'm proud that we're working together to make this house our home. 

Have you completed any projects on your goal list for 2012?


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Bedroom Talk

Looks like we are about to finally paint the master bedroom.  This has been a long time coming.  This is the last room to be painted, except for the spare bedroom.   

Here's our bedroom now.  Just like how the other parts of the house started, there are boring builder beige walls.

One of the things I love about this house is that is has a ton of windows.  During the day, our house is so bright and full of sunshine.

This view is looking back towards the bedroom double door entrance. 

This is the sitting area.

The view into the bedroom from the sitting area.

We've lived in blank slate for a year and I am glad we decided to do something about it.  The first change we plan to make is painting the walls.  The room is pretty big so I want  a color that will bring warmth to it to make it a little more cozy.  I've been torn between a few colors.

I love the warm beige in this bedroom.  The color is just a little lighter than our main floor.  It goes perfect with the dark wood throughout the room.  I would add pops of blue to continue the color scheme from downstairs.  I like the open book shelves that separate the bedroom from the sitting area.

I was also thinking about doing a light blue.  The dark headboard pops against the color and adds an airiness.  Maybe with a blue wall, I could do more neutral colors in the bedding since the main color is on the walls.

 As I mentioned before, gray has been on my mind lately.  There are so many hues of gray and I know it will be tricky to find the perfect one.  I could pair any color with gray and it will look good.

Once the walls are painted, I can bring in more furniture and accessories.  I didn't want to start adding items until I had a background to work with.  Do you see how much space I have to fill in here?  It's like another living room in our bedroom.  The bedding is definitely changing, which is another dilemma in itself.  I haven't seen anything we both agree on.  Any ideas?  What color is your master bedroom? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Come In, Have A Seat

When I showed you the updated family room, I told you that I had used a chair from the living room as a temporary place marker.  I've searched for months and have gone through four other purchases and returns of chairs.  A real game of musical chairs.  Three were from Target and one was the Poang from Ikea.  That was definitely not the right chair.  It was more of a nursery chair.  The others worked because of the wrong color or just the shape of the chair.  From the beginning, I knew what chair I really wanted but was trying to find cheaper options to satisfy my pocket.  I explained the dilemma to hubby and we decided if there was a chair I really wanted, I just needed to suck it up and pay for it.  Yay!  He saw my side.

The weekend we decided to make it ours, it was on sale.  I guess this chair was meant to be.  Nothing like getting what you want for the price you want to pay.  It's the same soft suede microfiber as the sofa but a little lighter in color.  I love that it's an armchair so we can sink down in it.  It sits pretty deep and is really comfy.  I've claimed the chair as mine, but we'll have to see who actually ends up sitting there more often.  It has a little tuft in the center with a one button detail.

I'll be looking for a new pillow for the new chair.  Maybe something bold and in a graphic print.  I would love to add more red to the space or black and white.  I've seen some fun options on Etsy I may try out.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Christmas in July

I know it's a little early for Christmas but Melanie at Bear Rabbit Bear is hosting a Christmas in July party.

Today I shared a fun project you could do with the kiddos.

So go on over to see my post and say hi.  She also has a Christmas Holiday Prize Pack giveaway going on too.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Faux Photo Canvas

It's time for another Pinterest challenge.

I love these challenges because they push me to actually do something about all the pinning I do. 

I've seen a lot of photo canvases like this and another using a large foam board and wanted to do one of my own.  My daughter didn't have a ton of self portraits in her room, so I started there.  I wanted to jeep this project pretty low cost, so instead of using canvases, I used foam board.  I cut my foam board to the size of my photos with an exacto knife.  Using black paint, I painted the edges of the foam board.  I applied the photos to the front of the board with spray adhesive.  Since I was using foam board, I thought using Mod Podge would make the board too wet and wrinkle up.

This is one of my favorite pictures of her.  I can't get enough of that smile.

I used a few photos from a few different stages in her four years.  Yes, my little girl is four now.  All the more reason to hang these photos.  I like looking at how she's changed over the years.


The foam boards are lightweight so I used painter's tape to put them on the wall.  I love how it looks.

Now on to tackle some more Pinterest pins.  That lists keeps growing.  Tackle any Pinterest projects lately?


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Friday, July 6, 2012

Crushing On Gray

Lately I've been seeing all these gray rooms and love them.  So much that I mentioned painting over all the beige walls downstairs.  Can you imagine the look I got from hubby?  He wasn't thrilled at the idea.

Gray is becoming a popular neutral and looks great with pretty much every color.  There are many shades but the color itself is so refreshing.

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Love the gray walls, white molding, and pops of yellow.

Love the stripes in these nurseries.
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All these rooms are drool worthy.  Gotta find a room to add some more gray to.  Is gray a neutral for you in your home?


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Designer Pillow Shop Giveaway Winner

Happy Tuesday!
I'm excited to announce the winner of some fabulous pillow covers.

Congratulations to Allison Sullivan!  I'll be in touch with you.

Thanks to all you awesome readers who participated and showed our giveaway sponsor some love.  Special thanks to Designer Pillow Shop for sponsoring a great giveaway.  Until next time.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Stepping Up

This little guy has been sitting in my daughter's room since her room makeover.  I loved the simplicity of it but it needed to be dressed up a little.

I had a new stash of craft paints so I decided to put them to use and bring this stool up a notch.  I made a monogram stencil on the computer and printed it out.  I just used a box cuter to remove the letters.

Using paints that coordinated with her room, I filled in the stencil and added some polka dots.

That's better.  A simple splash of color and I love the monogram.  Have you personalized something for your kid lately?


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