Should it stay or should it go?

As mention in my last Falling for Fridays post our master bedroom just doesn’t feel right.  We bought this bedding on clearance online when we upgraded to our king sized bed and I’ve never really loved it.  I thought it looked bright and airy and I liked the ‘plumpness’ of it.  Turns out it reminds me more of camo colors than anything else and the pillow covers (shams & euros) lost their look after one wash.  No matter how I ironed & starched I couldn’t get the edges crisp and full again and it just looked dumpy.

Bed before:

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Then I found a king-sized comforter set at Target on clearance that I really liked and picked it up for our guest bedroom.  It stayed up there for a few months and I kept wishing it was in our master (because, you know switching them would have been sooooo hard).  I didn’t think the cream & grey-brown would go with our current paint color (SW Silvermist) which I love.  And no, repainting wasn’t an option because I’m pretty sure Matt would have laughed in my face if I mentioned it (we just paid to have this room professionally painted nine months ago).

And then I saw this picture that gave me confidence:

Master Bedroom Retreat, I Chose The Gray/Blue And Brown Colors With A Blue And Grey Bedroom Ideas For Men Or Boys Modern Furniture Design

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I was striping the upstairs beds to wash the sheets after some guests left when I finally decided to just try it.  And then I kicked myself for not doing it long ago.  Because it’s just so much better.  The colors play really nicely together (who knew) and I think I can finally see a vision for this space that I just didn’t have before.

 

Bed after:

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There is still much that needs to be done but it’s an improvement.

I still want to do the following things in this space:

  • get a new bed skirt
  • re-upholster the headboard or build a bed frame
  • thrift & re-finish two night stands (the current white one will move upstairs, the other is a laundry hamper)
  • thrift & re-finish two dressers (a tall one to replace the wooden shelving which will be stained & move to the living room, and a long one to replace the current dorm dressers which will be saved & painted for future kiddos)
  • replace the curtains? (more cream-colored?  move the current ones upstairs?)
  • repaint the initials over the bed frame?  change the art out?
  • add silver/glass lamps

And here is my first ‘mood board’ (please forgive my pretty pathetic editing skills)

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Have you ever ‘shopped’ your house to work with what you have?  Did you believe something would never work until you saw it with your own eyes?

 

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Contented

More specifically Sherwin Williams Contented.  As is the paint we picked out for one of our guest rooms.

 

Sherwin Williams runs a 40% off sale every now and then, and we happened to see an ad that it was going on a few weekends ago.  We had been debating paint colors for the upstairs for a while and the sale made us decide to bite the bullet and pick a color.  I was sick of the builder beige anyways.  Contented is a color I have pinned a few times before and it’s a nice cool neutral (like the rest of the house) that will work well for a guest room or possible future kids room.  We went with SW Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex paint in an eggshell finish because it is a zero VOC formula (no fumes) and has extra durability/washability.

While there we also picked up a few gallons of Anew Gray for the bonus room.

 

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Supplies used (from top, clockwise): roller extension poll, i-pad/pandora (tunes are a must have!), disposable roller tray liners, cordless drill, rags, roller wand, painters tape, roller covers, 2″ angled brush, & paint cup.  See below for our reviews/recommendations!

 

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We started out by clearing the room: taking off the linens and pushing the bed to the middle of the room, removing the curtains & hardware, removing all outlet covers and light switch plates, taking down the blinds & hardware.  Luckily this room was pretty sparse so this step didn’t take long.

 

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Next we caulked/prepped a few areas that needed attention.  There was a space where the trim over the closet door didn’t meet the wall and the window had some drywall cracks that were previously hidden by the blinds.   Just make sure to use paintable caulk and wait the recommended amount of drying time before painting over it.  In this case we did everything else first and painted these areas last.  We also used a putty knife to pop off a few paint drips the builders had left.

 

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Then it was time for taping.  I used ScotchBlue Edge Lock painters tape to tape off the baseboards and any tight spaces (like the closet door trim).  This tape worked great with no seepage except in one area where I didn’t press it down firmly enough.  After testing my steadiness I decided to leave any open vertical spaces and the ceiling un-taped because I could cut right in with a clean line without the extra effort of taping off.  I used a 2″ angled brush from Wooster for this process and I looooved it.  My advice would be to get a good quality short-handled angled brush like this, tape a section off, and try your hand.  Chances are you won’t even need tape in most areas.

Here is a great cutting-in tutorial from Sherry over at Young House Love.  Seriously it could change your life ;).

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While I cut in Matt started on the next wall and rolled.  A tip here is to use an extension rod on your roller (you can even use a broom handle withe the end removed!) even with short walls as it will save your shoulders and neck from a lot of strain.  We started on different walls and moved in the same direction so we wouldn’t be in each others way.  Matt laid down a little tarp to protect the carpet from over-spray but I just did without.  I found it was easier to just be careful than to worry about a drop cloth.

 

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I also got the HANDy paint cup that has a magnet to hold your brush when not in use…. GENIUS!  No worrying about dripping, needing an extra hand, or the brush falling too far into your cup.

 

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Our pups came to supervise while we painted.  I was a little worried about them getting into stuff but they were tired from a long weekend of playing and just fell asleep under the bed.  My hearts 🙂

 

To recap, here is the room before paint…

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And after we put it back together (far from finished lol).  I switched the previous heavy blue curtains with white sheers I already had on hand for a lighter look.  Everything else will probably stay as is for a while.  However I love how just a gallon of paint and a few hours work can totally change the look of a room (goodbye beige haze!).

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Love this Emily Dickinson quote.

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And yes, the black and white blur in the bottom right is Sophie & Chloe play fighting like they do all-day-every-day.

 

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‘Falling for’ Fridays

Just a little look into the things I’m ‘falling for’ these days… beach edition!!!

 

#1: These beached tones…

Coastal and Beach Decor: Coastal Decor Color Palette - Beached Tones

We don’t have a beach house but I like to pretend we do 🙂  Doesn’t this color pallet make you sigh a little in relaxation?  Love it!

 

#2.  These beach paintings…

John Seba-Ocean Tide

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great for foyer table. Coastal Art, Abstract Ocean Painting, "Into The Fog", Grey Morning at the Sea, One bird flies down the shoreline.

sold, but by this etsy artist

I have done a number of ocean paintings myself (mostly at sunrise/set) but I’m loving the more muted colors in these pieces.

 

#3:  This wooden beach house sign…

You can make your own with this DIY tutorial here from My Pink Life by Aimee Weaver.   I need this in my ‘beach’ house!

 

#4: This beachy quote…

live in the sunshine swim in the sea quote - Google Search

I have been looking for a good sea themed quote for some time for an art project I have planned for our master bathroom.  Found it!

 

#5:  This beachy starfish decor…

Beach Decor White Starfish Mirror -  Nautical Shell Mirror - White Starfish Seashell Mirror

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Next time we head to the beach I just might have to pick up some starfish to decorate with.  I love the look!

 

So that’s what I’m falling for this week!  What are some of the things you’re falling for?

‘Falling for’ Fridays

Just a little look into the things I’m ‘falling for’ these days… July 4th style!!!

#1: This red, white, & blue cheesecake cake from Recipe Girl…

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake Recipe from RecipeGirl.com

YUM… I’m a firm believer that everything is better with cheesecake!  And how cute is this twist on a 4th of July dessert?

 

#2.  These 4th of July printables from The Blissful Bee

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Visit her site through the link above to get the full-sized versions.  I especially love the flag bunting!

 

#3:  This DIY clothes pin flag wreath

Simple, cheap, & cool

 

#4: This DIY pallet wood USA map from all things DIY

How cool is this for a big open wall space like the stairwell (we have one as well).  Just find yourself some wood to re-purpose (or buy new), add a stencil & some paint (or freehand), hang and viola!  Huge cheap art!  I could easily see this done with all kinds of images/stencils, just pick whatever works for you.

 

#5:  This table design from Starfish cottage

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I love how simple this is, besides the flag you could easily use everything for multiple occasions.  And I might have a slight obsession with starfish 🙂

 

So that’s what I’m falling for this week!  What are some of the things you’re falling for?

Installing a Ceiling Fan

I have this one weird super power that I can only access while asleep.  I turn into a living space heater and emit enough radiant heat to turn our bed into a furnace.  I believe this is why I’m so cold-natured, because I give off all my warmth during my REM cycles.  (If we could harness this heat I swear our power bills would be nothing in the winter).

And all this heat means I am a miserable sleeper in the summer.   Growing up we didn’t have central air.   Summer in the south is miserable most days with no AC, not to mention unbearable at night.  I’m still not sure how we all survived (drama drama drama, I know).  I remember having a huge floor fan in my room turned on full blast and pointed pointblank at my bed.  Even on the worst nights just that rush of air movement over me was enough to eventually lull me to sleep.

We moved to a house with AC when I was in high school and I’ve lived with it ever since.  However I still think the most blissful sleep is when waves of cool air blow over me from a fan.  Up until this point in our marriage we have lived in apartments with ceiling fans.  However our new house only has overhead lights in the bedrooms.  It didn’t bother me much during the winter but as the months have gotten warmer my nights have gotten more and more restless.  Cranking the AC up didn’t help so we bit the bullet and bought a ceiling fan

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And I LOOUUURRRVVVVEEEEEEEE it.  We shopped around until we found something that fit the decor of the room (I’m working towards a white, black, & grey-blue palette with a little ‘sparkle’) and settled on the Hampton Bay Lyndhurst fan in black from Home Depot.  (I can’t find the particular color online but here is a link to it’s sister).  The black fan & blades match my leaning mirror and the crystal light shades are just beautiful.

 

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Look at the pretty light patterns they throw around the room!

 

As far as installing goes, we were first-timers (not pros!) so I won’t begin to do a step-by-step lest you follow and end up electrocuting yourself.  However there were some pointers we found helpful along the way.

1) Read the directions all the way through before starting and then read them again.  Some steps didn’t make sense in the beginning but later on in the directions they were clarified.  This way you don’t skip something that seems out of place but ends up being crucial (or second guess something and have to re-do it.  Not that I did that ;)).

2) Set all your parts out before hand to see what all you’re working with and get a cup to place all your loose hardware in.  Also go ahead and get any tools recommended out so you don’t have to keep running out for them.  We ended up using screwdrivers (both flat and Phillips head), wire strippers.

3) Have a second pair of hands.  I have heard legend of people who can install ceiling fans solo.  All I can say is you ambidextrous, incredibly flexible, super strong people must be amazing.  Most times it worked well to have one of us hold the thing while the other did the attaching/screwing/assembling.

4) Make sure your power is off… and install with plenty of daylight left.  Obviously if you are taking down an overhead light you will need another light source!  Our install took a couple of hours so time your start for plenty of daylight.  And double check that your power to the overhead box is off (at your switches) and if you’re extra paranoid you can turn power off at the breaker box.

5) Wiring isn’t that scary (or hard)!  Our instructions came with very clear directions as to which color wire went to which switch: we were pre-wired from the builder for separate light & fan switches in this room.  However some wires could be in a variety of colors, so if you don’t see exactly what the directions say it’s best to consult with someone who knows what’s going on.  In this case the wires from the box didn’t match those from the fan so we consulted Matt’s Grandpa who has lots of experience in this matter.  Worst case scenario you wire to the wrong switch, it won’t work, and you have to take it apart and try again.  (But again, I am no expert, which is why there is no tutorial to follow).

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Whee!  Fan’s are awesome, and a lot easier to install yourself than you might think!

 

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For better or worse?

Have you ever been to the eye doctor and had them flip the little lenses back and forth in front of your eyes while staring at the alphabet chart?  They ask you “which is better, lens A or lens B?”  Half the time there is a minuscule difference in clarity and I honestly don’t know which one to pick (um…B?  Maybe?).   Occasionally I suffer from the inability to pick the ‘better lens’ in my design choices too.

Which is where a fresh set of eyes comes in handy (aka yours)!

This particular dilemma is about a rug.  Actually a couple of rugs.  I bought these right when we moved into the house and promptly had to put them into storage thanks to a certain non-housebroken pup.  Now that she’s over that phase (yay!)  I felt it was time to break them out again.  Only thing is I can’t decide where to put them… help!

So do you like A…

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or B?

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Again, A…

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or B?

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And just to complicate it more here is are some alternate placements for both rugs…

 

So A…

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or back to B?

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And another A…

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or B?

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What do you think?  Do you love or hate any of the placements?  Should I start the hunt over with all new rugs?  Give up on rugs altogether and just have the bare floors?

Thank for the advice!

 

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Dining Room Diva

We have a new addition to our family…

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!

 

Matt and I have a track record of being ‘fast shoppers’.   When it comes time for us to make big purchases we typically make them the same day we go shopping  ‘just to look’.  This happened with our mattress, car, couch, and now our dining table.  In our defense we do a lot of online shopping/reading reviews before hand and we never allow ourselves to get serious about it until we have the money in our pockets.  I guess it’ just when we fall, we fall hard 🙂  I received a nice bonus this year at work and Matt told me I got to pick exactly what I wanted to spend it on.  I chose a new dining set and the hunt was on.

We knew we wanted a farmhouse-style table with lots of seating.  Since we don’t have a formal dining room it didn’t make sense to get a formal-style table but we still wanted something large enough to host a lot of people.  After a lot of internet searching we found this Champagne Dining Set at Macy’s of all places… and best of all it was SUPER on sale thanks to it being Memorial Day.  (Note: if you need to make a big furniture purchase and can wait until the next holiday, do it!  Most places have killer sales for things like Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc.).

Luckily our local Macy’s had this one in stock so we could look at it in person (I am wary of buying things online sometimes, colors in pictures can be so deceiving).  And I was glad we went because even though the color online looked a little brown/tan, in real-life the wood had a lot more red in it which perfectly matched the floors/cabinets in the kitchen.  Matt actually made us walk around to a few more stores just to make sure we weren’t ‘rushing into things’… but we ended up back at Macy’s that night to place our order!

Fast forward a few days and they delivered and put the table together for me.  I had never ordered anything from Macy’s before but they had good service and I would recommend them to anyone.  One thing the sales lady told me was that by ordering in-store your money goes back into the local community (rather than online where it just goes to corporate) which was a cool factor for us.

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It really is the perfect color for the space, you can see how well it goes with the cabinets in this shot.  The table, bench, and chairs are all solid acacia wood.

 

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I only had four place-mats from the old table so I’m going to move those to the patio table outside (they’re woven plastic).  I found these gorgeous Moroccan-style printed ones at World Market after shopping around.

 

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Matt’s sister got married this past weekend and my mother-in-law brought some of the flowers to me afterwards.  Aren’t they beautiful?  Sarah was a gorgeous bride, the wedding was truly beautiful, and we are so happy to officially welcome her husband Andrew to the family!

 

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More wedding flowers

 

So that’s a short little update for this week.. We had a lot of Matt’s family in town for the wedding and already got to host a big breakfast at our table and it’s perfect!

 

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