Monday, May 30, 2016

Headboard Options

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!  I took advantage of some of the sales over the weekend to get going on my bedroom.  I ended up getting nightstands, a desk, a rug and sconces.  Not a bad start if I do say so myself.  As my husband says though, I'm going broke saving money! One thing I couldn't decide on this weekend was which headboard to get.  In my original moodboard I had the Balboa headboard from Serena and Lily which I really like.

But then I saw these, which I also really like.
via Wayfair
via Wayfair

The Wayfair headboards come in so many colors.  Really beautiful.

via Etsy

I included this one because I love the chippendale look but it really wouldn't work with the sconces I got.  It's so cool looking though.

Via Etsy
 Love Shack Designs LA has some great upholstered options for reasonable prices.  I love the above headboard.  I'd probably do a different color although I think it's a gorgeous shade.

Via Etsy

Mid Mod Tropical is another Etsy store that has fun regency furniture.  Love this headboard but I'd have to paint it.  It could be really fun though. 

Ugh, decisions. I don't know which to choose.  I'm also narrowing down where I want to put wallpaper.  I decided to wallpaper the sitting room but I'm still deciding on the bedroom.  I'll either just paint the entire room or I'll paint but put wallpaper on the wall where the bed is going.  I'm getting a quote for labor and to see how many rolls I'd need for both options.  That may be the deciding factor.  

So, any favorites?  I'm going to take a little time on this decision.  The last time I bought a headboard I kind of rushed it and was never really happy with my choice.  I don't want to make the same mistake twice.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Master Bedroom Begins ( or at least I hope it does)

First of all I want to thank everyone for their sweet comments about my sunporch and master bathroom.  It feels so good to have these rooms done.   Now I'm ready to move on to the next room.  I haven't really been blogging much lately about the house even though we have made progress.  I guess I was just burnt out with work and life, but I forgot why I started the blog in the first place.  To document our progress!  Duh!  So I'm going to start up again with what's happening at the domicile.  There are rooms that I've done in the past that never really felt right to me and rooms that were just plain ol' not finished or even started.  I really want to love each and every room or else what's the point?  Don't get me wrong, there are some rooms I'm infatuated with and won't change, like the sunporch and my blue room.  There are a few that are on the chopping block though but I may save those for another One Room Challenge.  In the meantime, now that my master bathroom is done, it's become glaringly obvious that my bedroom is downright sad.  I've always thought that it would be the last room we'd do just because I'd like to get the downstairs done, but I can't ignore it any longer.  Like I said before, I can't commit to keeping a room tidy if it isn't finished.  I just can't.  My room is a pigsty because I don't like it.  So...I'm going to start on it.  What I have planned is pricey so it's probably going to be a gradual process.  I have a bedroom and an adjoining sitting room which we don't sit in.  I may work on them independently but we'll see.  Here's what I'd like to happen.

By the way, I just learned how to make these moodboards at Olioboard thanks to Blue i style and I'm obsessed.  I haven't quite mastered how to do the source thing though but I'll tell you where everything is from.
-Nightstands:  West Elm
-Sconce: Rejuvenation
-Campaign desk: Pottery Barn
-Headboard and Bookcase: Serena & Lily
-Dunkirk Chandelier: Hudson Valley Lighting
-Vincent Sofa (in a different fabric): Calico
-Fabrics: Schumacher Iconic Leopard Linen, Schumacher Grass Stone, Schumacher mineral
-Bedding: Ballard Designs
-Wallpaper: Cole and Son Woods and Pears
-Paint: BM Swiss Coffee
I'd also like a bench at the end of the bed and a small lingerie chest but haven't found those yet.

And here's what it looks like now. The first couple are the sitting room.  These were originally two separate rooms but we took a wall down to make it a sitting room...which we don't use....yet.

I'd like to put the bookcase to the right of the fireplace.  The fireplace isn't functional so we'd like to turn it into a gas fireplace.  Cha-ching.  This is adding up.

The campaign desk would replace what's there.  These chairs are going away as well as the chandeliers.  We bought this stuff as "in the meantime" furniture which was a waste of money honestly.  I never loved any of it.

Lol!  The chair with the massive pile of clothes is staying but will be reupholstered.  In this view you can see into the bedroom.

We always meant to have doors made for those cubbies but never did.  That needs to be finished up.  
And our bedding is old as dirt.

So this furniture we had in our last house.  It's a king size bed which is too big for the room.  And I can't open the closet door all the way.  Annoying.  I'm hoping switching to a queen size bed with smaller side tables will allow the furniture to be centered on the wall...or at least not squished to the left side.  And don't even get me started on the paint color.  It was the one time I didn't put a sample on the wall.  It's not as bad in this picture but it's actually a little boy's room blue.  Not what I had in mind.

The chair in the corner is my friend's that I'm keeping for her.  That's going to find a new home in the attic.  I told you my room was a mess!

So that's the story.  Who knows if it will evolve into something else.  I'm known to change my mind pretty frequently but I love what's in the moodboard.  I'm really hoping some of this stuff will be on sale for Memorial weekend.  Right?  I hope?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The One Room Challenge-Week 6-Master Bath Reveal

First of all I want to thank Linda of Calling It Home for hosting this amazing event.  I've been able to finish 3 rooms thanks to this challenge and I'm looking forward to continuing with other rooms as well.  My master bathroom was always very nice but it just needed a little push to make it great.



I stenciled the bathtub when we first bought the house.  You can see the before here.  I'm not sure if I would do it again, but there was no way I was changing it remembering the time and effort I put into it.  That was back when the house didn't have air conditioning and it was August.

I'm pretty thrilled to have this room DONE and I'm going to try super hard to keep it looking this way.

 A few things about the room in case anyone is interested.
-Etagere is from Ballard Designs spray painted brushed nickel
-The fabric is Hot House Flowers in the mineral color by Schumacher
-The apothecary jars were a mix of Pottery Barn and Amazon.
-The wall color is BM Mineral Ice
-The roman shade was made by Lynn Chalk

Now that this is over I'm so excited to see how everyone else did on their rooms....and I'm already thinking about which room I want to take on next!  Check out all the amazing reveals and enjoy!
One Room Challenge Guest Participants.

The One Room Challenge-Week 6-The Sunporch Reveal

It's D-O-N-E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Thanks again to Linda from Calling It Home for creating and letting us be a part of the One Room Challenge!   This is the room that has been the most challenging so far just because of the sheer amount of time and energy we had to put into it.  I'll tell you what, though.  It's come a loooong way baby.



So a couple of snafus in the room.  I'm still waiting on the little ottoman I bought but I knew that wouldn't arrive in time.  I did end up getting the brackets in time, but they were in a different color.  I actually prefer the color to the rods.  I put them up anyhow and I kind of don't mind the two tone thing going on.  I may just leave it.  The curtains are another story but I'm too tired to get into it.  Needless to say they may be getting modified at a later time.  I'm so glad I switched fabrics though.  The original contender was a complete fail.  Also, not on my list are the hideous jalousie windows which will be going bye bye but financially it wasn't in the budget as of yet.  Soon though, very soon.  We're going to get custom french doors made to go out onto the porch.  That's a story for another time though.

Well, that's another room I can cross off my list.  Yes!!!!  Words can't even describe how much I love this room.  Coffee in here on the weekends is bliss.

Now for the deets:
-Coffee table and end tables from West Elm
-Curtain Fabric Thom Filicia Pennock Lizard ( I found it for a steal on ebay though)
-Pool blue pillows from Pottery Barn
-Pillows on the chairs in Schumacher Imperial Trellis on the face
-The faux fur rug is from Etsy seller Not Too Shaggy

Now I'm off to work.  I hope I'll be able to sneak away and start checking out everyone's rooms.  If not it will have to wait until tonight.  I'm so excited!!!  One Room Challenge Guest Participants.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

One Room Challenge-Sunporch and Master Bathroom-Week 5

Week 5, holy hell!!!!  Its down to the wire now.  So the curtain hardware is delayed.  I have everything but the brackets.  They said it's probably not going to get here in time so I had to go and buy temporary ones.  What a pain.  Also, I started on the curtains and finished one panel.  I put it up to see how it would look...disaster.  The fabric, though it said was appropriate for drapery use is way too thick and heavy.  My husband said it looked like something that should be on the couch in a Mad Men episode.  Ding ding ding.  So...I'm going in another direction.  I scrambled and found some fabric that actually just arrived last night.  In the ad it said there were 10 yards available which would be tight but would work.  Turns out it wasn't continuous!  Crap.  I'm going to work some magic and make it work though.  It's going to be a heavy sewing weekend.  My favorite, insert rolling eyes.  I also forgot to mention that I ordered another piece of furniture for the sunporch.  A cute little ottoman that will serve as extra seating if needed.  Not that it matters though since it will be a miracle if it gets here by next week.

On the brighter side of things I did get the roman shade for the bathroom which is gorgeous, and the mirror for the door is done.  The door is being picked up today and the mirror will be installed tomorrow.  There better not be any hiccups with that!  I also made the pillow covers and got my chairs in which I love.  Styling is almost done as well.  Now if I can just finish those frickin curtains all will be right with the world.  Here's a peek at my progress.

(The new fabric...wish me luck!)

(The painted etagere!)

I also got the real roman shade and made the pillow covers but I'm going to wait until next weekend to show them in the reveal.

Sunporch:  -Buy coffee table, end tables, chairs (ordered)
                  - Finish styling bookcase and style tables
                  - Put up natural shades (ordered)
                  -Make curtains and decorative pillows
                  -Faux fur rug (got it)
                  -Pray that the reality mirrors my vision

Masterbath:  -Get roman shade for window
                     -Make faux roman for small window
                     -DIY bench project
                     -Find/style etagere
                     -Hang closet door and get mirror made
                     -Touch up paint
                     -TIDY UP BATHROOM.

By the way, I'm going to go through all the sources next week.  Keep forgetting to do it but I promise I will!
That's about all for now.  Next week is going to be fun.  Not the whole week, just Thursday when it's all done and I can just relax and go to work.  Wait, what?  Oh, right. Work (rolling eyes).  I'm sure everyone is scrambling now, right?   Let's see shall we?  One Room Challenge Designers and Guest Participants.