Master Bedroom – The “Before”



Now that we have the plan in place for our Master bedroom I thought it be a good idea to take a look out how our bedroom looks now. You know go over the nitty gritty of the before. What’s a good “after” story without the “before” right? Right.

So here it is

Right now the walls are green, I love green and this on is a nice green but this room has mostly morning sunlight. In the afternoon it tends to give off a dreary quality and we’re just not down with dreary in the bedroom. We painted it when we first moved into the house, well before we were aware of the lighting situation that happens from room to room in this house when we chose the color. The side tables are hand-me downs from my mom, they were some of the first pieces of furniture she bought when her and my father got married. They’re built solid like a rock nut are definitely in need of some TLC  after 35 years to bring them back to their former glory. They are alos a little low as compared to the bed. I’m positive that I’m going to refinish these but I’m not positive if we’ll keep them in this room.

The comforter is pretty that I bought on clearance from a Pottery Barn a looong time ago. I still love it but it’s time for an update. The window above the bed just doesn’t work we’re debating on two options, the first is closing up the window completely since it’s the most unappealing view in the house. We can’t leave the shade open because you happen to be staring right at the neighbors driveway. Not a pretty sight. Closing it up completely would give us a much needed feature wall space for our planned upholstered headboard. Option 2 would be to keep a window there just have a high, long rectangle window that will still allow for some natural light while not requiring us to keep the shade closed at all times.

Here is our lovely close doors, Nothing scream relaxing bedroom like a bunch of white bifold doors as the focal point of the room. We even have reandom artwork in the left corner that hasn’t made the grade to being hung on the walls yet.

And this dresser, It also comes from my parent’s. It’s an Ethan Allen dresser and as solid as the day the bought it 35 years ago, but definitely needs some TLC after 35 years and 3 kids. We plan to update it with some paint and add new hardware. Also notice the toolbox that is currently acting as our door stop. For some reason the door opens the opposite way it should blocking your view of the room and the light switch. Which is a sore spot with the hubby so this will definitely be changed out in the near future.

So there you have it…where we are now. If you would like to see where we are headed check out the inspiration for our Master Bedroom makeover.



A 3 hour tour (part 1)



Now that spring is here and in full force and we’ve been released from the confines of the house we’ve been spending some warm spring afternoons touring our lake on the boat. It’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon drooling over the grander houses on the lake, gathering some inspiration for own own along the way. Even though we’ve lived in this area of NJ most of our lives you never really get to see the houses on the lake until you see them from the water’s edge. There’s something quirky about water front houses, they usually have their best side facing the water so you really can’t appreciate the size or the beauty of these homes on a Sunday drive in the car from the road. Many of the homes have their small detached garages facing the street, and if you’re able to walk around them they open up to beautiful large homes. Since we only just recently moved onto our lake and bought a boat it still knocks my socks off every time I come across these beauties that I’ve ony seen from the road only to reveal on the water their true beauty, it’s something like a secret treasure.

So we took the time on our last lazy Sunday afternoon boat drive to snap a few pictures to show off a few of our favorite houses and spots on our lake. Showing off that there may be something more to New Jersey than the “Situation’s abs” (although I am addicted to the “Jersey Shore”) the parkway and meatheads. Come take a look at part 1 of our 3 hour tour. Just call us the Skipper, Gilligan & Maryann.

I’m in love with this one with the multiple levels of decks , the arches on the ground floor, the large lawn and that round turret on the right. I imagine there is a master bedroom sitting area in the top floor round room with magnificent views. What a place to relax and read a book that would be! Or dream of a Sunday morning relaxing on the balcony eating breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee.

These three house together are amazing. What a gorgeous setting looking at them together. I love how they have organically grown together over time. You can tell that each one is unique, a builder hasn’t come along and just plopped three identical houses side by side. Check out those pink flowering trees on the water’s edge, and the white flowering trees behind the houses.

Check out this sprawling beauty! Look at all the rooflines and peaks. I love those retaining walls, a great, beautiful way to tame a sloped yard. If you look closely at the top retaining wall there’s a glass fence, I bet there is a gorgeous inground pool just calling your name. Lake too cold? Come take a dip in the marvelous heated in-ground pool complete with a glass fence so as not to obstruct your view.

This has to be one of the most majestic old mansions on the lake. Look at all that stonework. I love the meandering path down to the water. It looks like you should have afternoon tea with the ladys on the veranda in your summer dress and sun hat. Could you imagine the bathing beauties about 100 years ago frolicking on that lawn. They say this was a happening place to “summer” for the rich at one time.

This is my husbands favorite, He’s a sucker for A-Frame style homes and this one is his perfect idea of A-Frame meets log cabin rustic. tucked away in the trees you can feel like you’re the only one around for miles. Or hop in your boat and go to one of the boat-up restaurants or bars on the lake enjoy the night away!

Now that you’ve seen just a few of our favorites be sure to check back for more as we boat on our lake this summer and take you along for the ride in our 3 hour tour series. We’re looking forward to it, should be a blast!

For now we’re over and out!

Skipper, Gilligan and Maryann

Bedroom Update, a Touch Yellow and Gray



We’ve begun to plan a bedroom update around here. It’s not that we hate our bedroom the way it is now, we’ve just haven’t gotten around to doing much with it…yet. It has tended to be a series of hand-me downs and leftovers from the rest of the house that didn’t quite fit anywhere else. Right now the walls are painted a muted green and while the green might feel nice in another room it makes this room feel a bit on the dark side. So we’re going for a cheerful vibe this time around. What could be more cheerful than yellow? We’re loving a yellow and gray color scheme to bring some light to our bedroom. Here’s what we’re thinking we’ll do to update to our current bland bedroom.


  1. Our inspiration colors just happen to come from the Triana Plate collection from Crate & Barrel.  I love the soft yellow, green and gray colors. They strike me as just the right touch of cheery and colorful without being too in your face bright. I think it’s a great color combo jumping off point. Maybe we’ll DIY some artwork to mimic the plate design and colors or purchase the plates and mount them in a cool shadow box for some custom art work. We shall see when the time comes.
  2. The bedroom should be all about fabric and I LOVE this zebra print fabric from Waverly at Joann. The muted colors are great and I think it will add some whimsy to the space.  I’m thinking we should use it for a chair or bench or possibly a bed skirt.
  3. The pattern and color on this Pkaufmann Kamala Kilim Fog fabric from Joann’s is perfect for our headboard. It’s just the right amount of pattern and texture and will go easily with another color scheme should we ever decide to change out the the yellow accent color that will be sprinkled around the room. My plan is to upholstered scroll top headboard with some nail-head trim.
  4. Simple gray linen fabric will be breezy and casual for some custom sewn curtains, might even add some chunky grommets to the top and nice oil rubbed bronze curtain rods.
  5. Now that I have the neutral base I like this yellow geometric fabric from Dwell Studio at I plan to add a large yellow band of this fabric onto our linen drapes for a custom look.
  6. Next up, the pillow fabric this is where you can get really creative with patterns and color and change it out easily whenever the mood strokes or for the changing seasons. Here I’ve chosen Dover Linen, Tiffany Blue and Drake Maizefrom to round out our colors in easy to change out pillow covers.
  7. For the paint color right now we’re thinking Glass of Milk from Martha Stewart for a calming color on the walls.
  8. Our boring builder closet doors will get a much needed face lift with the 3 M’s mirror, molding and Mastic, making the room feel bigger and bouncing some light and sparkle around the room.
  9. I really like this Art and we can carry the yellow and gray color scheme around the room and onto the walls with some well placed art.
  10. Finally I’m like certain aspects of this room, like the yellow side tables and black accents. We might  include this yellow color in a piece of furniture and maybe paint out our dresser in a dove gray to compliment the overall color scheme.

So there you have it the inspiration for our touch yellow and gray master bedroom makeover.

Super Simple Summer Art Tutorial



We all like to you update our homes from time to time and for the changing seasons, It brings a sense of renewed energy into the home brightening up the same old space that we look at day after day.  With summer right around the corner, a season of long days, warm nights, bold colors and outside fun it’s nice to bring some of that outdoor fun in.  With that in mind I have a new super simple and super cheap art project today inspired by Crate & Barrels Summerlin pillow collection.I just love the colors in those pillows.

So everyone get out your paint brushes and grab some craft paint. It’s time to update those tired winter walls with a touch of summer with this Super Simple Craft Paint Art project.

Stuff you’ll need

  • 2 8″x 10″ Canvas Boards
  • Paint brush
  • 2 8″x 10″ Frames
  • Silver Paint (Liquitex Iridescent Silver)
  • Apple Barrel Craft Paint:
    • Plum Kiss
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Country Grey
    • Titanium White
    • Light Leaf Green
    • Kiwi
    • Apricot
    • Licorice

What you’ll do

Step 1. Paint the entire canvas with 2 background coats of silver. Wait for the background to dry according to the directions on the tube.

Step 2. Using the sketch outline trace over outline with a piece of  graphite transfer paper onto the canvas board. Sketch outline is attached at the bottom of the post.

Step 3. Using the handy dandy paint guide paint in the outline you transferred onto the canvas in Step 2. Tip: It will probably take a couple of coats of craft paint to get good solid coverage.

Step 4. Frame your Summer masterpiece

Seriously, that’s it! You’re on your way to creating some great summer art for next to nothing.

Click for PDF of Summer Art Sketch

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Product roundup: Outdoor Pillows



We all know that pillows are a great way to spruce up your indoor space . As summer quickly  approaches there are a ton of great options for outdoor pillows. I’ve found some options for that quick decorating pick-me-up to any outdoor space.

Below are 8 great pillows that will turn your spot into a colorful fun retreat where you’ll want to spend those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and put you in the mood for a refreshing summer cocktail.

Images above: 1. World Market, Bohemian Summer Toss Pillow, Yellow/Grey $24.99; 2. Etsy, Suzani Pillow Cover $48.00 3. World Market, Gauguin Garden Multi-Stripe Lumbar Pillow $19.99; 4. Crate& Barrel, Summerlin Maribel Pillow $29.95; 5. Crate& Barrel, Regatta Big Leaf Pillow $29.95; 6. Crate&Barrel Meridian Marimekko Madison Pillow $29.95; 7. Pier 1, Peacock Pillow $20; 8. Etsy, Mod Canvas Floral pair of pillow covers $32.oo

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