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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.



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 fabric.com. 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 tonicliving.com 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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Listing the night away




When it comes to projects around the house it’s easy to get distracted by shiny objects (like I do) and veer off the originally intended course. Lists are a must in this house to keep us moving in the right direction, not to mention the untold satisfaction of crossing an item off the list.  A list allows us to contemplate our options and plan for the future. We can jot down those big-ticket changes we’ll have to save for and the little projects that will only cost a few dollars but just take some time to complete. We find that we get so much more accomplished with a list staring at you. So this weekend I walked around the house, pen and paper in hand, took and good look around and started listing like crazy including simple updates we’re sure about, ideas we haven’t thought all the way through yet , some stuff that’s been on our list for a while, and some that might change as we plan for the addition.  Because I’m such a die-hard list junky I thought I’d share what’s on our evolving to-do list including some things we just finished.

  • Prime and paint the oak kitchen cabinets
  • Add decorative feet to the base of the kitchen cabinets
  • Add crown molding to the kitchen cabinets
  • Kitchen island
  • New counter tops
  • Replace the Kitchen back-splash
  • New more energy efficient appliances
  • Change out the flooring (maybe someday)
Living room
  • New sectional sofa (we recently ordered one from Potterybarn)
  • Console table for behind the sofa. (Possibly build one if we can’t find one)
  • Install new baseboard molding
  • Install crown molding
  • Paint door molding (it’s already been changed out just need the time to paint it)
  • New coffee table (possibly a round one)
  • Sew some new pillow covers
  • Reupholster old chairs that are in the attic
  • Mount TV on the wall
  • New TV stand
  • New artwork
  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint
  • Add molding around mirror
  • New faucet
  • New hardware
  • Linen cabinet to fit in the awkward empty space between the wall and the cabinet
  • Crown molding
  • Figure out a color palette
  • Build an upholstered headboard with some awesome nail-head trim
  • Build/buy platform storage bed either with plans from ana-white or buy an ikea frame
  • Paint
  • Feature wall, possibly with some cool graphic element
  • New nightstands/paint the old ones
  • Refinish dresser
  • Crown molding
  • Replace existing drafty window with something a bit higher for privacy
  • Sew new curtains
  • New bedding
  • New pillows
  • Update lighting
  • Update and Organize closet
  • New artwork

So basically it we just like to write everything down, we generally start in a room and pick those projects that don’t seem too daunting and just go for it. Of course we jump around when we feel like it , add and subtract as we go along and save for the bigger projects that will take more time. We write down tons of things including the DIY art work I want to make but don’t quite know what it is yet and eventually in a few years we’ll look back and see everything we crossed off the list.

Check out our floor plan post so you can see which rooms we’re talking about

To-do list stationary found here on ETSY

We’ve been “Knocked Off”!



We’ve had our Ballard Design Inspired-Berry Blossom Print tutorial featured over on Knock Off Decor today! Go check it out. Knock Off Decor features all sorts of inspiring ideas based upon your favorite interior design companies like Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs and restoration hardware to name a few. It’s a great place to get inspired. Some of our favorites are:

Pottery Barn Kids — Bird Art Knockoff

Ballard Designs — Ticket Plaque Knockoff

Horchow Home — Mirrored Writing desk tutorial

…and lots more. Go check them out!


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