Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Home Tour 2015


Merry Christmas! I had so much fun decorating for Christmas this year! I was in the mood for something different. I am normally not one to follow trends, I usually just like to do what I feel like doing, and don't pay much attention to what the "in" thing is. It just so happened the thing I fell in love with this year, was also the trend, which made it easy for me to find what I was looking for.
It all started with a roll of plaid ribbon I found, as soon as I decided on the ribbon, it was like I instantly saw plaid and buffalo check everywhere! And my love grew. I wanted to have fun this year and not take things so seriously when it came to decorating for Christmas. I knew I wanted to add some festive red, plaids, and have some snowy, rustic, woodsy, and cozy touches. Reminders of our favorite place we like to visit at Christmas time, Big Cedar Lodge

The large bear head over the fireplace was a sweet gift from my in-laws, when they were here visiting this fall. My mother-in-law knew I had been eyeing it at Target when we were out shopping together.  As we have named all of our animals heads in the past, we gave him a name also, Mr. Augustus. I just love Mr. "Gus". 

My 13 year old son had one request this year, he wanted me to add his Red Ryder BB gun and Scott Farkus hat to a display. We had fun creating this "Christmas Story" entryway together.

I kept things neutral and simple in our new bedroom.

Thank you so much for stopping by my Christmas Home tour!  I hope everyone has a blessed and Merry Christmas!


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I'm so excited to share this room with you today! Last year when I was sick and stuck in bed for months, I would look around my ugly, depressing bedroom and think about how I wanted it to look. I wanted it to be a serene place, light and airy, pretty, calm, luxurious, and yet cozy and casual at the same time. I wanted vintage pieces, french touches, and a place that felt like a pleasant retreat at the end of the day. At the time our room was anything but that. Like so many moms do, I had put our room last on the list, it was very neglected. It was painted a color I hated, a weird tan/gold that I didn't like the moment we painted it years ago, but I had never gotten around to fixing it to a color I liked. It had worn out stained carpet that made me cringe every time I looked at it. To see all of that now gone and my vision of what I wanted come to life, is a very satisfying and therapeutic feeling. 

I had slowly started collecting things for this makeover a couple years ago. I am glad I took the time to carefully and thoughtfully choose pieces I really loved. I was also able to find great bargains! The bed was a lucky Craigslist find, it was originally a dark wood and was very pretty, but also very scratched up. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White. It took me 12 hours to apply two coats, sand, and wax this large bed. All the hard work was so worth it, I love how it turned out!

After sampling and testing many gray paint colors for the wall, I ended up going with Moonshine from Benjamin Moore. I am so glad I did, it is a beautiful neutral gray, and it wasn't too dark or too light for what I was wanting.

The Swedish Mora clock was my birthday gift this year, It was originally black. I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old Ocre, dry brushed in Pure white, sanded and then used clear and dark wax for aging.

The fireplace bookshelf is a piece I bought from an antique store years ago for my daughter's room. It is made from an old fireplace mantle and is one of my all time favorite pieces. We had to take it out of my daughter's room for a project I will be sharing this fall. I was thrilled to move this piece into our room. :)

The nightstands were originally part of an old vanity. They were solid white when I purchased them from The White Rabbit. I painted them in Annie Sloan's Paris Grey, sanded, dry brushed with Pure White, and added some vintage style glass knobs.

The chandelier was one of my most exciting finds. I bought it for $20.00 off of a local yard sale group last fall. Yes, $20.00!!

I am still working on what I will put on the fireplace shelves permanently. For now I gathered some mercury pieces I already had and an old crate. I am going to wait for the Vintage Market this fall to see if I find the perfect thing for it. Part of the fun is the hunt! :)

You can never have too many pillows in my book! :) It took me a while to find bedding I loved, I eventually found pieces from Joss & Main, Ebay, Etsy, Target, and Homegoods.

It took me a year to find lamps I loved. A year! I finally found the right pair at the At Home Store, but they were an orange gold shade. So I painted them with Annie Sloan Old Ocre, sanded, and waxed with clear and dark aging wax.

       I can't make this post without mentioning my sweet husband who helped and worked so hard with me on our room. Thanks for stopping by to visit and see our new room.I will add a resource list below.
Have a great weekend!

God Bless,

Wall color- Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Fooring- Allen & Roth Handscraped Driftwood Oak from Lowes
Rug- Lowes
Bamboo shades-Lowes
White curtain panels-IKEA
Tufted Bench-At Home (painted legs with Annie Sloan old White)
Lamps & Shades- At Home- (lamps painted Annie Sloan Old Ocre)
Antique nightstand- The White Rabbit STL
Frame- The White Rabbit STL
Old books- The White Rabbit-STL
Mirror- Kirklands
Urns- Joss and Main
Mercury- Homegoods, Kohls, World Market & The White Rabbit
Glass knobs- World Market
Annie Sloan chalk Paint- The Gingham Buffalo
Mora Clock- Joss & Main- (painted Annie Sloan Old Ocre, Pure White, Clear, and Dark Wax)
Bed- Craigslist find
Chandelier- local yard sale find
Antique Fireplace bookshelf-local Antique shop
Damask quilt- Joss and Main
Tan Damask sham- ebay
Tan and white ruffles shams- ebay
white ruffle bolster pillow- Homegoods
Ticking Stripe Euro Sham- ETSY- Only Linens Shop
Embroidered monogram pillow- ETSY- Sew Gracious
White Comforter-Rachel Ashwell- Target

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