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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‘Falling for’ Fridays

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

#1: This TV show…

Fixer Upper is our new addiction!  Chip and Joanna are such an adorable couple and I love watching them transform these old houses into gorgeous homes.  Also I want Joanna to come help me decorate my house, I LOVE her style.  And I want to hang out with them, I think we would have a lot of fun 🙂 (why is Texas so far away?  SIGH)  My favorite thing about this show is just how upbeat it is – even through the unexpected messes & problems of renovation these two keep their cool and everyone seems to genuinely love what they do.

 

#2.  These stripes…

aqua and white striped bathroom

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I want to do this look in my laundry room.  Thick chunky aqua and white stripes.  I’m thinking of doing the entire wall behind the appliances a solid color and stripes everywhere else.

 

#3:  These flowers…

Limelight hydrangea

Limelight Hydrangeas are nothing new but I still love their look.  I want to put these in the long back bed we just mulched along with maybe some pale pink Knockout Roses like the ones below?

 

#4: This bedroom…

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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It’s been hard to create a gender neutral bed room that both Matt and I love (okay, okay, his idea of ‘love it’ just means no pink or flowers).  The bedspread we have now is okay but I found some new bedding on clearance for our guest room and I’m contemplating switching it out with what’s currently in the master.  Our walls are already a similar grey and the spread is white with brown leaves (like the shams in this picture) so I’m thinking I can make it work.

 

#5:  These jars…

picture source: smashedpeasandcarrots.com

My friend Brooke collects these beauties.  We were over at her apartment the other night and she has them lined up on display above her kitchen cabinets.  Brooke has amazing  taste in decorating and I love her unique ideas… now I want to start my own collection!

 

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

 

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Mulch Ado About Nothing

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As you might have seen hinted on my instagram feed… we’ve mulched!

 

We had eight cubic yards of the stuff delivered on a Friday morning and spread it on Saturday.

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This is our first time mulching since we’ve been in the house and we had no idea how much we would need.  Matt googled ‘mulch calculator’ and found one to help us estimate.  Basically you impute the area of the beds you want to mulch & how thick you want it spread and it will estimate how many yards you should order.  We had to guess on the areas of the beds since they are all weird shapes but it was close enough.

 

The most important reason for mulch was the huge bed in out backyard.  It used to look like this:

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We didn’t have them sod this area (because it was extra and who wants to mow on a hill) and instead we put down pine straw with the intention of making this a nice planted area.  However once spring kicked in the weeds (and grass) went CRAZY and started busting through the straw like it wasn’t even there.

I did some research on the best way to kill these weeds and reclaim the space.  We looked at landscape fabric but that seemed to not be worth it in the long run (it has to be replaced eventually to be effective & weeds can still grow on top).  I was hoping to go another chemical-free route, either an all-natural spray or the smothering method (cardboard & newspaper layers with mulch on top).  However the reviews I read for all-natural sprays weren’t very good (if you know of something that works let me know!) and the sheer size of the bed nixed the smothering method (didn’t have access to that much material).  So we went for weed killer.

 

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Matt it action, killing those weeds!

We got the Round-Up Weed & Grass Killer III for a few reasons.  It absorbs through the leaves so it wouldn’t hurt my nearby day lilies.  It is waterproof & people/pet safe after it dries (10 mins).  And lastly it isn’t a preventive weed killer and leaves the soil shortly which allows us to add plants this fall.

 

And here is the After:

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so much better

 

Everything looks so much cleaner and professional here now.  Just one more step towards looking like grownups live here 🙂

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We ended up leaving the pine straw and putting the mulch right on top.  My thought was it would decompose and help enrich the soil.  The landscaper that works for our builder told us pine straw was also good around the house because bugs don’t like it and it helps keep them away.  Not sure if that’s true, but I’ll trust the expert… and anything that means less bugs is great in my book!

 

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Still left to do is to clean up the grass line with an edger tool since the sod grew in all wonky.  I would also like to add some sort of edging like this to keep the grass out.  Lastly we will plant some shrubs/trees/perennials here this fall to really flesh things out.

 

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my pretty day lilies are loving it!

 

What’s new around your house?  Doing any landscaping yourself?

 

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‘Falling for’ Fridays

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

#1: These bedroom colors…

guest room, grey/green, white, & coral

Beautiful little space

Great idea for getting the drapery length you need. combine a patterned drape with a white panel. I like that the pop of colour is on top.

(don’t know the source on these photos, both from my Pinterest house boards)

After painting one of our guest rooms I’m itching to add a little more color and furnishings.  I’m thinking lots of white to brighten up the smaller room and pops of coral… Matt says no pink in the house but surely our guests won’t mind 🙂

 

#2.  This recipe…

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole...light and healthy casserole, low calorie, low fat, healthy, clean eating recipe

Creamy Chicken, Quinoa, and Broccoli Casserole from here.  We are on a quest to eat healthier and that includes ‘super foods’ like quinoa… but I get easily turned of by the strong taste.  However I have found that cooking the quinoa in chicken broth actually tones down the flavor, and this recipe is no exception.  This one isn’t as quick as I like my weekday recipes to be but is certainly worth a shot on weekends.  It’s creamy and flavorful, and makes great leftovers.

 

#3:  This DIY wooden sign tutorial…

lettered sign

Karah over at The Space Between shared this image transfer tutorial that she used to create this word art sign awhile back.  I recently dumpster dived  with my sis at one of the under-construction-houses in our neighborhood and picked up a lot of scrap wood.  Now I’m itching to make myself a cool sign like this!

 

#4: This fabric…

54'' Braemore Gazebo Cloud Drapery Fabric & Upholstery Fabric By The Yard by Braemore, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E5M034C/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_eN4esb1ZDTFH2

It’s called ‘Gazebo Cloud’ by Braemore and it’s beautiful!  I’m determined to put this somewhere in my house but I haven’t figured out where yet.  Also it can be a little expensive so I’m waiting on a good sale to bite the bullet.

 

#5:  Babies and their best furry friends…

Dogs. I Love them.

(don’t know the source for this, found on Pinterest)

So sweet!  Melts my heart.  I hope my fur babies love our future kids just as much someday (and vise versa).  The golden retriever licking the baby?  That would be Chloe.  And Sophie would be the one letting the kid sleep on top of her. 🙂

 

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

 

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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…

 

#1.  Ornamental grasses…

Give your garden four seasons of interest with low-maintenance ornamental grasses. Here are some of the best varieties.

Matt and I are planning on mulching the back bed this weekend and then would come planting/landscaping.  I love the look of ornamental grasses but haven’t convinced him to join me on the bandwagon yet.  However thanks to our neighbors new privacy fence I did get the ‘ok’ to put a raised vegetable bed in our newly hidden side yard so I’ll take what I can get.

 

#2: This song

Seriously can’t stop playing this over and over again (luckily Matt likes it as much as I do!).  Granted the music video is a little weird but it’s an homage to Robert Palmer’s ‘Simply Irresistible‘ video and kind of a farce (read more about it here).  LOVE it!

 

#3:  This TV show…

It’s HGTV’s newest show Flipping the Block, about four teams who have to renovate condos while living in them… and the conditions are nasty!  The first episode was this past week and I’m hooked.  My girl Nicole Curtis from Rehab Addict is one of the judges (love her!) and it’s pretty crazy seeing what all can be done in a few days.  Plus it’s nice to have something to watch when we veg out at nights since all our regular shows are on hiatus for the summer.

 

#4: Sliding/Barn doors…

narrow, sliding door..

upstairs bath door ideas

We need to do something about the door on our upstairs bathroom.  It opens into the room which is pretty narrow and makes it impossible to get to the bath/toilet while to door is open.  I’m thinking a pocket door might be the way to go (if we have room in the wall) but I’m also digging the sliding/barn door look.  Trouble is our wall space is limited so it would probably have to be something custom-built but I’ve found a couple of tutorials and just might do it…. maybe :).

 

#5:  This printable…

Hebrews 6:19 Printable from Elegance & Enchantment and The Thinking Closet

You know I love all things sea-inspired so this anchor printable from The Thinking Closet (shared on Elegance & Enchantment) is perfect.  Also I love free art, and you can too!  Just click the link at the bottom of her post to download your own printable copy.

 

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

Edgy

Things just got edgy around here. Not because we did something radical or envelope pushing but because we did a little landscaping… specifically we added edging stones to all our beds (see what I did there?).

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Aren’t they pretty?

Our lawn is Bermuda grass which grows really well in our hot humid climate. Too well actually. It is pretty invasive and sends out these long ‘runners’ everywhere… Including into our mulched beds. I did realize how much it had grown in until we started edging the beds to prepare for the stones. I pulled hundreds of two/three foot long runners out of our beds that were actually growing right up under the pine straw and putting down roots.

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We edged the beds by creating a trench a few inches wide around the perimeter of the beds using an edging tool. Then we added back a little dirt and some sand to level out the trench. Sand is key here in getting your stones to lay even, it is way easier to play with than dirt. We just used all purpose sand from the outdoor section of lowes. For our all of our beds it took about 2 1/2 bags.

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Our yard and mulch bed in front of the porch actually slope downward. We chose to follow the slope of the yard and not build up a level wall here. So for this part I just ran my hand over the tops of the stones as we laid them to make sure they were at a uniform height compared to their neighbors. If there was a considerable difference in the transition between two stones I simply removed some sand underneath and wiggled it around until it became smooth. (I say ‘I’ for all these parts because I was responsible for placement of the stones while Matt did the carrying of supplies/pouring sand/heavy labor. It’s nice to have a man around ;)). All in all it took us about half a day from start to finish including a run to the store for supplies.

I love the polished look something so simple and easy gave our yard (now only if the backyard would catch up…)

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And just to keep it real here is the view beside our newly beautified yard…

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One day we will have a finished yard 🙂

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