Friday, November 19, 2010
Post from our family blog:
So for all of you who are sticking around with me, I will get back to the blog world eventually. I'm in them middle of writing Mia's birth story (which will be my next post) and believe me, it's going to be a long one!
Thanks for your continued prayers and support. We are adjusting well to life with two little ones; it's tough and tiring, but so worth it! Today is Mia's due date and she'll be 4 weeks old on Tuesday. I CANNOT BELIEVE that she is already 1 month old!
Luke had a wonderful 2 year old birthday and party (pictures and post to come). He is the sweetest big brother and is adjusting well to his new life of not being the only one.
Stick with me! There are many exciting updates to come!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Final step: Decorating and accessorizing-my favorite part!:) I re-purposed these three Southern Living at Home trivets as wall art and used my small library of decorating books on the left side of the top of the secretary. I also used an antique apothecary jar, more books, and a hurricane candle holder to finish out decorating the top.
Here is the cabinet shelf unit. I forgot to take an upclose picture, but I taped scrapbook paper to the back that has a paisley pattern and a lot of the colors of my house in the design. My mom helped me get the items on the shelves arranged just right and I love the way it came it. I also used velcro to add push lights to the top to add some lighting down in this dark end of the hall and so you could see all the "pretties" better.
And here's the final product! Like I said when I was doing the master bedroom re-do, decorating is never "done" to me, but this at least is a great start and result up to this point!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Here's the wall opposite of the bed. The dresser with the candlesticks and two plates hanging in the corner. I'm wanting to replace the drawer pulls on the dresser, but am having trouble finding some. The measurement is 3 1/4 in, which most come in 3in. So if you find any 3 1/4in, let me know!
One last view. I do want to mention I found the runner at the foot of the bed on clearance at Ross Dress for Less for $15! I wanted something to anchor the bed and I think it also draws the brown out of the furniture to the floor.
Thanks for hanging in there to see this project to completion! I hope you enjoyed it and I'll keep you posted on some more DIYs to come! I already have a few in the works...
I know, I know. I haven't posted the rest of the pictures from the weekend redo of our master bedroom. Mainly, because the finishing touches are taking awhile to complete. So, I promise, there will a Part 3 to this DIY project which will include the finished product!
But until then...
Here is a shelf that hangs on one of the walls. This is my "taste of the sea" shelf! Nate Berkus, Oprah's designer, says every room should have some element of the sea in it, so this is my bedroom tribute to the sea!:) I mostly wanted to do it because it obviously reminds me of the beach, which is one of my favorite places. One of the goals of redesigning our bedroom was to make it a relaxful retreat, and having beachy things helps to do that in my opinion! I actually really like the way it came out.
This is also a DIY project, because I kinda just made this wood into a shelf. I found this old piece of wood (that already had green paint on it and was distressed and peely) in my grandad's workshop amongst scrap pieces of wood! Then my dad had given me these scrolly brackets that he made and I decided they would work great with the scrap wood to make this shelf.
The hurricane is filled with sand, seashells (gathered from the beach), and a brown candle that has a neat basketweave design on it that was about $5 on clearance at HomeGoods. The driftwood my mom brought home from the beach for me and the starfish she bought from a little collectible store in Panama City. Lastly, the small print was bought on a trip that Ross and I took to Bermuda. I just loved it and wouldn't it be nice to have a beach house one day that looks much like the little white house in the print!
So that's the touch of the sea in my bedroom. Do you have any beachy items in your house? If not, consider adding something that brings the relaxful, peaceful feel of the beach right to your home!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Originally posted August 6, 2009:
This weekend, Ross and I decided to repaint our bedroom. We had wanted to get this project done before Luke was born, but you know how these things go sometimes. We had repainted our bathroom before he was born, so this was the finishing painting touch to redoing our bed/bath. All the walls started out a Sherwin Williams color called Latte. The bathroom is now Palm Breeze by Behr and the bedroom is Spring Hill by Behr also. (I couldn't get these colors to link right, so you can go to behr.com and search them if you want to see what they look like.)
I have seen decorators on many HGTV shows paint wide horizontal stripes as an accent wall, and I've loved the look of it. I decided to give this a try on the back wall of our bedroom! The pictures below are of the striping process. On part 2 of this post (maybe I'll get around to posting it this weekend), I'll show a completed picture (with furniture and window treatments). I really love the way it came out and it was a fairly easy process. I also have pictures posted below of some candlesticks I painted to go on our dresser. Again, an easy process with a big result.
The back wall after being painted Spring Hill. As you can see, the level is leaning against the wall--this is the only way to get straight stripes!
The wall after being taped. The height of the wall measured 105" so I decided I wanted 5 stripes so each stripe ended up being 21" each. I then painted Palm Breeze (the color of the bathroom) on the top, middle, and bottom stripes.
The end result! I love it! As you can see, Palm Breeze, Spring Hill, PB, SH, and PB (well you can't see that one!).
Upclose of the middle stripe.
I have three candlesticks, large, medium, small. This is a picture of the medium size one. These candlesticks actually started out dark red and gold, but I previously had spray painted them brown. You can see all the intricate carving and detail of the piece.
Now, here is the end result! I love the way it came out. All I did was take the paint color of the walls (Spring Hill) and a foam brush and lightly brushed it over the whole piece. The green paint really brings out all the details, while the grooves are still brown. A little bit of paint gives this piece a whole new look.
Upclose of the top.
The finished product! Now, they have 3 vanilla pillar candles sitting on top of them and they look great! This was just the look I was going for.
Monday, September 13, 2010
One day I hope to have a mom cave (MC) of my own, aka, a room in my house where I can go and do all my projects; somewhere to set up my sewing machine, organize my craft stuff, set up a gift wrapping station, etc. As you can tell I've been thinking about this for awhile! My MC would be a place to relax and unwind and to have fun doing all the little things that interest me outside of being a wife, raising two kids, and teaching ballet! But until that room exists, I'll continue to have my dining room overrun with project stuff!
So after all of that daydreaming about the perfect MC, the idea for this blog popped into my head! I have been wanting to go private with our family blog for awhile now, but still wanted to be able to post and have people view DIY ideas, projects, recipes, and other various interests. So this blogspot is the perfect place.
For the time being, this will be my dreamed about MC. Projects will be continue to be done in my overcrowded dining room or anywhere else I can find a spot, until one day you'll be reading posts from my own MC itself! What a great day that will be!
I hope you'll enjoy this little place of my own, and maybe you'll get inspired to create a mom cave too!