Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Guest Bedroom Makeover

Well, go ahead and call me crazy.  My family comes to our house Christmas afternoon and spends the night every year for the past three years.  So, wouldn't you know I get a wild hair the Tuesday before Christmas and decide to paint the main guest bedroom - something that has been on my to do list since we moved into our house.  And, while I was at it, switched the furniture out between the two rooms.  That involved moving the double bed and nightstands out and bringing the queen bed and huge nightstands in.  All while my 2 year old looked at me like I was a crazy person...which I was, and am.  Needless to say, the room was finished in a day and my family didn't even get to use the room because of the snow and had to head back home Christmas night.  This room is begging for someone to come stay and enjoy it's beauty (at least I think it's beautiful).

No before pictures, but here is the room now...

The walls were painted Moonshine by Benjamin Moore.  I used Ace Hardware brand paint and actually loved the consistency and will definitely use it again.

Duvet cover from Target, aqua pillows from HomeGoods, and damask pillow from Garden Ridge...

The lamps are from Old Time Pottery and the butterfly prints are from a free printable website - like vintage printable but different.  I had it bookmarked and for the life of me don't know what happened to it.  I'll keep searching because it is a great site.

I painted the iron headboard with a chrome spray paint and need to add the footboard once I get it painted.  The nightstands were my first furniture painting project and the post is HERE.  It was my first post and the pictures look horrible, now that I look back on them!

Anyway, here are a few more pictures and thanks to Centsational Girl, who takes gorgeous photos, I played around with my manual setting on my camera and got some pretty good pictures (for me anyway).  She recently did a couple of posts on good picture-taking and I jumped in and experimented, too!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

House at Christmas!

Finally had a good rainy day to get some pictures of my house at Christmas! I will try to get some pictures of the outside up in the next couple of days. Sorry some of the pics are blurry and a ton are crooked - argh!

Starting with the tree... I used red, silver, and gold this year, with some bits of red geomesh and gold and silver willow stuck in random places.  I didn't do a topper this year and I really kinda like it without one...

The mantel was kept pretty simple since we have the TV above it.  I ordered matching stockings from Pottery Barn.  They have the best selection and the quality is really nice.

I kept the coffee table simple this year to and I love it!  Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  I found this bowl in the clearance section at TJ Maxx for $7 and I spray painted it brushed nickel.  Some red berry sprigs, a little greenery, and a candle and centerpiece is done!

I put mostly gold in the dining room since I had a lot of gold berries and needed somewhere to put them!
 The candle holder were a dollar store craft, each one cost $2 to make and I made them a while back when the idea was floating around blogland...

Sprigs of greenery on sale at Michaels, dollar store balls, TJ Maxx placemats, WalMart chargers, and Christmas plates from my mom...  Sorry for some of the blurry pictures!

I found this sign for $20 and I thought it was a splurge but I love it!

Next year we will probably get a tree for the foyer but this year I didn't want to have to buy any new decorations so the hutch got a Christmas makeover.  The tree on the landing was given to me by my mother-in-law a long time ago - back when Martha Stewart had her line at K-Mart.  Martha, please come back to K-Mart! 

My nativity set...

Another little table vignette.  Those pictures above are $4 Wal-Mart frames with pictures I printed out from Vintage Printable.  I love that site!  They aren't part of the Christmas decorations but I thought I'd share!

Another table...

And the kitchen.  I finally made some roman shades for the windows using mini blinds and two shower curtains from Wal-Mart.  The fabric is the perfect robin's egg blue to match the chairs in my living room...

Some berry sprigs and more of those dollar store hurricane vases, a few jars filled with balls and one with cookies, and of course you have to decorate around the beloved Keurig machine!

That's the inside of my house this Christmas! I have had a ball decorating and next year I am going to have a tree for my son and hopefully one in the foyer, but for this year, simple works for us!

Have a very Merry Christmas!


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Saturday, November 13, 2010


On Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life, the showcase this week is bathrooms.  So, here you go...

First up, is our son's bathroom.  Still a work in progress because I need some more color on the walls, but I like it for now.  I bought a plain waffle weave shower curtain from WalMart and then added gingham fabric and grosgrain ribbon to make it look custom and to make it longer since I hung the shower curtain rod pretty high.  I used no sew hem tape for all of it...

Did the same thing with these towels to pull in some more color...

These pictures are from a book that I had.  I always sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to my son during bathtime so it was perfect for his bathroom. 

Next up is the guest bathroom.  This room is really plain - not tops on my list to decorate, yet.  I want to paint it a light grey and bring in some aqua to tie in to the adjoining bedroom, which is decorated in aqua, white, and black.

And lastly, our master bathroom.  Love it! I wanted seperate vanities with a cabinet in between the two and I love how it turned out!  The toilet is in the separate room to the right.
Still need to finish the trim around the tub...
Eventually we will have a glass door for this shower...

Looking from our closet entry into the bathroom.

You can see our powder room in this post

That's the bathroom rundown! It isn't easy getting good bathroom pictures, that's for sure! Hoping to post pics of my roman shades I made for the kitchen tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!