Sunday, February 13, 2011

Master Bedroom Reveal

well guys... with our internet out for exactly 26 days I found plenty of time to "get to work" on our master bedroom. 

First thing I did was plan... for ohhhhh 3 years.... then when I couldn't entirely decide what I was wanting I began to do what I do best. I collected pictures of inspiration rooms!!
Don't tell me you haven't seen at least 10 of them, they were kinda starting to take over my life. 
But to appreciate the after you must know the before.
shall we?

{please note these are nasty iphone photo's and i apologize for the dingy quality}

 Recently a very dear friend of mine found a "treasure" and quickly called to share her find. 
Someone living near them was throwing out 6 perfectly fine windows!!!
I immediately begged with everything in me agreed to take two of them off her hands and my wheels began spinning.
I wanted mirrors, so i googled, and blogged and found out about a paint Krylon makes called Looking Glass paint.
It is not a true mirror when completed but after 5 light coats of paint it definately renders a mirrored like look. 
Once the windows were hung I had a slight vision and where the room was headed.
my wonderful mommy made my pinch pleated drapes for me for christmas.
and they are a story in and of themselves....
you see we had been looking at fabric for quite some time and just weren't finding anything..
a trip to ikea!!

the Lenda drapes were exactly what I wanted; a slight variant of color with a subtle tick in the fabric... however they needed the pinch at the top.
after lots of ripping apart and investing only a minor fortune into doctor's flannel and lining voila, here they are!!
The rods and rings I stained but they are the Allen Roth collection from Lowe's

{are these walls not screaming for some crown molding?? only room in the house without any, wierd huh?}

Some of you are probably wondering why I have a baby bassinet in my bedroom.
As I briefly mentioned before another dear friend of mine is allowing me the privledge of watching her sweet baby girl!! Baby C will be with us 2 days a week starting thursday till mommy is out of school for the year. {her mommy teaches 4th grade}
So, we will need a place for Baby C to nap and I found this bassinet at a children's consignment sale for $35.00 and I just couldn't pass that up!
Hoping to recover the bumpers with a white linen fabric and make an inverted pleat skirt to cover the frame.
*as you can see from the picture I tried to make a bumper out of some leftover minky dot I had laying around. Not only was mine to short and squatty it resembles a neck roll. Who knows, maybe I will go buy some rice to put in it and make it just that, a neck roll.
Now, back to the room. Here is the view you see when you enter the bedroom from the hallway.

We did remove the mirror which was attached to the dresser for a more "eclectic" feel. My only quam with this collection are the dark slate mats on the pictures.
do you think they should be white?
friends who have seen the room in person are all saying different things, I need your help people.

On to the lovely chair in front of the bed, I have always loved this chair, she has a twin sitting at my mom's but her twin broke her leg a few years ago and because of where the break is located the furniture medic is going to charge $165.00 to repair!! OUCH!!
So for right now the chair stands alone; but not in this fabric.
what do you think of this??

would you like to see more tone on tone or is this my chance to bring in my pop of color??
and if I bring in color is it bold and graphic or soft and floral??
check out her features, she really is a beauty, do I paint her mahogony or leave it?
clearly the room is not fully complete!

{yes, that is a feather on the floor, it comes with the territory of having a feather comforter, mattress pad and feather pillows; alas my work is never done}
now onto the bed... I have been drooling over the Centsational Girl's stenciled wall for quite some time.
only problem that stood in my way was there was no stencil to go off of.
so I bought 2 poster boards and spent a whole naptime drawing out the perfect replica of her image.
{click on image to go to her post}

I used this small image she shared and began my free-handing.
{credit centsational girl}

and this is what I came up with.

It took me ALOT longer than it took kate; 18 hours of work to be exact. 
but i am a complete and utter perfectionist sooo whatev... its fine!
now all i need is a pop of color on the bed and some crown molding at the ceiling.
here is the other wall of our room. We are lacking about 3 more plates, 
 another trip to Michael's for plate holders. haha.
Now for the real nitty gritty of the room. 
The nester has a very similiar sleigh bed to ours.
here is her bed before.
and here it is after.
{click on image to go to post}
holy I am in love is a complete understatement
here is casey's rebuttle to painting the bed which are very valid points
  • the bed is actually really good quality
  • just because we got a really nice bed on sale doesn't mean we need to paint it {me "it was on sale, who cares so i don't feel as bad for painting it"
  • white?? again?? don't laugh he says this ALOT
  • him "the bed has inlaid burlwood" me "so, i still want white", until we got married he had no idea what burlwood was.
So because his points are valid... the bed may remain stained....

*did you notice how similiar our chair's are?? I mean do we shop the same places??  her side tables are in my entry, same bed, same lamps (unintentionally the same, promise), same chair style.. wierd!!
Now for the bed and regarding adding a pop of color, do I bring in more of the butter yellow, go with blue or try something wild like the brightest kelly green imaginable???
I think a trip to the fabric store is in order here. 
 and the wreath....
this is all Jones Design Company's fault.
she would make the stinkin' cutest book-page wreath my eyes have EVER seen!!
{click image to view tutorial}
do I make one of these beauties or...
add a starburst??
{credit unknown. i do apologize for not knowing, I have had this image saved for a few days and forgot to note the origin, if it's yours please forgive me ;/ }

So there you have it, the reveal of the done but not complete master bedroom.

I am linking to ...

Home Goals

I have been meaning to post this since January 1... man does time get away from me.....
The one thing I will say is I am going to wait to show before's because they are located mighty closely to some stuff I am about to reveal.
Anywho on to that list.
First thing is first; our sweet beagle deserves a nice secure fence, and we deserve some privacy in our backyard. Poor thing is just so curious that this past spring he got out a good 20 times.... Now we go out with him to use the restroom and run right back in. Bottom line, his curious personality deserves to be able to roam for a bit and mommy and daddy want to be able to let him do just that.

1. fence in back yard.
2. trim all low lying branches/remove "brush trees" {okay these will have to go first so that we can install the fence in a straight line}
3. finish up the screened in porch {post coming soon with progress thus far}
4. complete master bathroom; found lighting, now just need shower/sink fixture and to do the install/purchasing.
5. build lockers in the kitchen
6. build railing around front door stoop
7. complete landscaping in the front yard
8. find a suitable runner to prevent dirt from being tracked in my house
9. complete den decor, ie painting, rug.. accessories more or less
10. complete master bedroom
11. now that baby is talking she has revealed to us her favorite color; purtle to be exact... and with all this renovating coming on she requested purtle walls when daddy got home from his travels... I mean... how could i resist?? so purple, i have never really liked you, but we are about to embrace in a big big way!
12. oh the dining room, you have always housed everyone in the family's left overs... maybe one day soon you will grow up and get some things of your own... we shall see.

okay... so pretty daunting list and no where near complete. lets see what we can accomplish this year!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Who knew.

Who knew that a month ago my new year would start off with a jolt??

My Internet would go out, I would have to reorder a modem 3 times and then cancel my service.

Who knew we would need roof work and have two ceiling leaks in AC's room in one week?(unrelated issues)

And that we would gain a tenant in our guesthouse?

Lots of fun and excitement!!

And did I mention I am going to be keeping a friend's baby two days a week starting next Thursday??

With the 4 day countdown to the new,better, faster, stronger Internet coming I thought could do a few simple posts from my phone.

Because who knew??

I have a secret obsession I want Share with y'all. I have a profound obsession with random facts. And a wonderful book to provide me hours of entertainment. The book is called, Who Knew?

So how do y'all feel about me sharing some excerpts with you??


U wanna know random stuff to impress your friends? Thought so..

Well here goes nothing..

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

There are approximately 1,750 o's in every can of spaghettiO's!

The smell of Crayola crayons is so familiar that it is one of the twenty most recognizable scents to American adults(ranking up there with coffee and peanut butter) and so soothing that sniffing has been proven to lower blood pressure.

And last but not least
Tip is an acronym for "to insure promptness"- and once upon a time was given in advance.

Be back tomorrow with more randomness!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Catching Up

Hello there.

Yes I am posting from the trusty ole phone.
I can't believe it has been almost 2 weeks since I posted last.

We have been busy busy busy with school/husband out of town/ getting ready for a children's consignment sale/ working on master bedroom/ brainstorming future projects this spring.


However I have found some time to squeeze in a few pics of lil bit.

We have eaten alot of pez lately.

Baby thinks it's hilarious everytime you get a candy out of the characters mouth.

And most importantly we have been planning our valentine's dinner.

Growing up we always had a big valentines breakfast and dad would give the girls something nice and my brother always got legos or a gameboy game,( you know something he had been wanting) sooo I thought I would carry on the tradition with my family.

Be back soon with more pictures of what we r planning.

Did I mention my Internet ha been down for over a week?

And I need to order my Shari's berry's.

Happy weekend

Sunday, January 16, 2011


A new year means newness all around.
Time to purify our hearts, minds, and spaces.
For me, when my home is clean, my head is clear.
I can create.
This is when the lord speaks to me and i am not worried about the dishes or fingerprints or dog hair lying around. 
*time to repurpose some pieces for storage.
*time to FINALLY label what is what
*and even if your closet is tiny like mine, learn to make the most of the space!
*maybe I will find some stuff in my garage sale pile to repurpose.
*and finally finally finally establish my gift wrapping station.
pretty sure i have all the stuff laying around the house and just need the time to put it together.
I mean aren't these spaces amazing....
*and a playroom. man does my little girl need a playroom. 
ps. isn't this space amazing??
I think caving and making a bunting banner is definitely in my future.

Okay friends off to church then time to get organized.

Psalms 51:10 Create a clean heart in me oh god and renew a right spirit in me. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Review

Now that we have entered into a new year I have been looking for fun new things to add to the blog. 
As the thoughts began twirling through my brain I received an email from the wonderful CSN store. 
Should I do giveaways, reviews, project parades??
Well I must start somewhere so how about a review??
Then I must thank all of you lovely readers so I do have something in return for you all. 
{Stay tuned for that soon}

So back to that review.... remember that sneak peek of my master bath??
The direction we are wanting to go in with our bathroom is sleek, chic, and modern.
I have looked through several of their stores and have found the perfect pieces of modern decor to incorporate into the design!!
Can't wait to show you guys!!
Click here to check out the site. I already have my eye on several great things. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Early Spring 2011

Early Spring 2011
Early Spring 2011 
Here are a few things I am "crushing on" right now

I already got my MomAgenda and I am in LOVE.
Now that Casey is going to be traveling for work it's a great way for me to organize everyone's schedules.
Also, GILT had a great deal going on recently.
Hip2Save posted a link for joining and you automatically received a $25.00 credit towards a purchase (included shipping)
Well we found this AWESOME lunch box on there and AC has had a blast decorating it!!


Thursday, January 6, 2011


I would SOOO.... be lying to yall if I said we were "taking it easy" over the holidays.
In all actuality we worked like dogs finishing up projects here and there.
  • Kitchen is painted
  • new fixture hung (properly, key word) in the kitchen
  • new curtains hung in master bedroom (ended up being very very time consuming)
  • picture gallery is almost finished
  • window project was started
  • upstairs was organized
  • removed all medication of any kind to higher ground
  • and all photo's of 2010 are properly labeled and stored under the 2010 label (hallelujah!!)

**again please disregard the nastiness of the porch. hoping for a beautified version come late spring.
Paint color.. Benjamin Moore Abbington Putty with 25% darker tint.= LOVE
Light fixture is Pottery Barn and can be found here
however.. i found one lonely pendant at the PBO and got it for 49.97 {dont hate me}
    Now, do you see where the oval mirror is on this wall??
    let me show you a better view.
    {see the big fat empty wasted space??}
    Sidenote: yall are probably asking yourselves why we took our kitchen table out and did this?? Well after 3 miserably long phone calls with At&t it was determined the wiring in our house is old and that is why we loose internet connection up to 15 times a day. Yeah!! 15!! So one night laying in bed we decided we would try and move the computer to the first point of entrance into the home; i.e. kitchen phone jack. Well lo and behold, it works i tell ya!!!
    Thus the movement of homeoffice to kitchen eat-in area.
    So, back to that bare wall... desk/cords/tech-savvy items all relocated in front of window complete; I decided I wanted these.
    My friend Maribeth got them and i just fell in love when i saw them in person.
     Then I found this on some home website and figured we could build for way less than $799
    * What are your thoughts??
    Once we get a wrought iron gate to backyard this will be the main entry door, we will drop our things in the lockers and be on our way..
    Then and Now.

    I am waiting to finish glazing the rods to show the reveal picture of our curtains and the medicine cabinet is nothing to write home about so those pics aren't included.

    In other news.
    About three weeks ago lil' bit found some Ambien in my nightstand drawer.
    I was doing my usual chore of making beds and she was watching little bear, or so i thought
    When i got into the den she had one pill in her mouth, one in her hand, one was in the bathroom sink and one migrated to the rug in her room.
    I immediately freaked and called poison control.
    The problem then was I had no idea how many pills were exactly in the bottle.
    So the very sweet lady at poison control proceeds to tell me if she gets sleepy within the hour go to the emergency room, this medication could cause my little 2 year old to go into cardiac arrest.
    Well we went on to school and i kept her with me monitoring her for the next hour, and by the grace of god nothing happened to her.
    However this lit a fire under me to begin operation "store everything HIGH"

    Then just when i think all of this is over, yesterday i again go to my room to make the bed.
    Gone 4 min. TOPS.
    {seeing a reoccuring theme, either dont make bed or wake up earlier, check}
    I walk back into the den to discover my pinking sheers out of the sewing bag on the ottoman.
    And yes... my worst thoughts were confirmed.
    Although a tiny chunk, its a 4ish inch piece of golden tendrel laying on my couch and my precious angel saying "Mommy, look I cut!!!"
    I took a deep breath and laughed, I couldn't yell because I wasn't there to witness this even.
    Okay, so lesson learned... 
    Life is now in operation keep everything potentially dangerous stored.
    This picture conceals the evidence but ever since she cut she keeps saying "Poppy cut, Poppy cut!"
    {ps my dad is a hairdresser}
    So, you know what we did??
    We went and got that little girls hair cut.
    She actually did really well.
    excited about some curls
    complete with her new do!!

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    New Year

    As the new year begins and we return to preschool in a few short minutes I have a "mission" for myself.
    I am there to guide these children
    and tell them about my Jesus
    In hopes that a seed is planted and they will one day call him their savior
    Therefore this verse will urge me on.
    Deuteronomy 6-9 Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. {the message}