Here's the Plan for Our Bedroom...

Thursday, January 30, 2014


So, back to our house. We have been knocking out a TON of projects lately, and quite truthfully, I haven't been dealing with the mess very well, but it feels good to finally see real progress. FINALLY. 

More on those later :).

Another project that I have managed to be crazy enough to start during the existing chaos is making over our bedroom. I cannot take it anymore. Did you know that it is seriously depressing to wake up to this every morning?

These pictures are from our walk-through, so we currently have a bed in here and our dressers from our last bedroom, but that's it. We have not painted (I KNOW), we have not hung anything on the walls, and we definitely have not replaced that icky fan or the water-damaged carpet. 

(creepy mirrors)

I do want to say though, that I LOVE this house. I love this bedroom. I love the size of it! It is huge and it has the perfect spot for a king bed (underneath those creepy mirrors), room for all of our furniture, and plenty of space left over to play and walk around. I've always wanted windows on either side of our bed and now we have them. I am thankful--but I am ready for things to be pretty again.

The main reason we haven't done anything in this room (or most of the house, for that matter) is that I have been trying to save up some money. Well, I did that (!) but then was torn on how I wanted to decorate everything. When we moved into this house, I said that I was going to be more bold in my decorating choices...but I just can't. I am drawn to soft color palettes, natural textures, and clean lines. And I am happy with that. :)

With ALL of that being said...I have finally gotten around to selecting paint and fabrics and putting together an inspiration board for our bedroom. Here it is:

We already have the headboard. It's a Drexel Heritage and I got it at TJ Maxx for $250. It was extremely discounted because it didn't have the frame with it, which was fine because I was just wanting a headboard anyways. I LOVE this thing. It is huge and substantial and a true statement piece but in a subtle way.

The paint color that I have chosen is Benjamin Moore Refined. I'm going to use it at 50% though. I have about seven paint colors on our wall right now and this one is SO pretty and soft. It goes super perfectly with the fabrics for this room. I ordered about 30 swatches from and am SO excited to use these together. (Sidenote: When asked if he cared about using a floral fabric in our room, Bryan immediately rolled his eyes and said "I'm a guy, why would I care?" And that is why I love him ;)

I've already gotten a new quilt from Overstock (this one), and we just got it in the mail two days ago. It is awesome. I also went and got king-sized pillows last night so now we actually have pillows that fit our bed!! If only I could convey my genuine excitement over this fact--it is ridiculous.

I'm still on the lookout for an awesome couple of dressers and have my eye on several bedside tables. I would really like a mirrored set to add another layer to the room. Let me see....a woven bench or set of stools would be amazing for the foot of the bed---something light and airy though--gourd lamps are a must, and so are my favorite bamboo blinds, also from Overstock (I like that place a little too much). I'm also thinking of sticking with my favorite white curtains from Ikea for both windows. They are so airy and nice looking in real life!

We eventually want to replace the old carpet with something like sisal or a natural fiber (along with new baseboards), but that will unfortunately be the last thing we do in the house since we have so much dust and construction going on. I'm trying to be patient about that one but it is hard to wait!

We also have something fun planned for the ceilings and the only thing I'm still truly torn on is whether to stick with a new ceiling fan since we do actually use it throughout the summer (SO HOT), or go the pretty but less practical route and get a glitzy ceiling mount like the one above.

ALSO. There is this weird little corner in the room. It's about 3 feet deep and 6 feet long and neither of us know what to do with it. It's driving me nuts!

Originally we talked about building a desk for me to work at. But then I didn't want to bring work mess into our room, so that idea was nixed. Then we talked about building bookshelves, but we have those in the living room (though they can be moved...), then we talked about being a small sitting area....and then about closing it off to be an extra closet. (We each have our own walk-in closet in our bathroom though.) What do you think? Any ideas? I'm having a hard time finding inspiration for this particular problem and am just stumped.

So that's where we are with that. It's so exciting and refreshing to get going on this. I hope to hear some of your thoughts and suggestions!

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to pop in and blog something because, oh, I don't know, I was feeling guilty about starting a new blog and then being the worst blogger ever.

I have a couple of things bouncing around my head tonight and I thought I would share them since this is my blog and all.

{1} We finished our laundry room! I will take pictures at some point in 2014 ;). And we went all out, too. New everything--floors, ceilings, door casings (craftsman style!), shelving, paint, lighting, and accessories. Going in there makes me happy which is a big deal because laundry sucks.

{2} This little one is turning 2 in a couple of months and I started planning his birthday party this week. I am bound and determined to keep it small and simple, but I love the theme. It has to do with some of his favorite things, which are construction trucks. :)

(Oh, those times that he wraps his arms around me and smiles! Melts me.)

{3} We are in Austin right now at a SUPER nice resort that has been fully funded by the school district thanks to the fact the Bryan's golf team is playing in a tournament and I'm the official "women's sponsor". I had to get a background check and everything. We are having a blast and even bribed my mom (with Parker's presence) to fly down from Denver (Go Broncos!) and spend the long weekend with us.

Yesterday, we shopped around the famous 6th Street District (more like on 2nd Street though), saw the capitol, and ate some great food. (Annie's and Hula Hut for the locals.) Today, we are going to the park so Parker can ride the "too-too" train and possibly to the children's museum if we have time.

(Picture of the resort. Yep!)

{4} I have read a lot of books since Christmas break and have loved most of them. They are: The Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant---I can't even...they are good...and I don't want to spoil anything, but I had a hard time with the last one), The Spectacular Now (great book, and maybe the only book I've ever read that I liked the movie more--I mean, it has Kyle Chandler in it! Coach Taylor!), If I Stay (sad), The Maze Runner, and Reconstructing Amelia (it was good, although it has a ton of plot holes). I am currently on Sisterland. It's great so far.

{5} I need to re-paint my brand spankin' new-to-me barstools that were a total score off of Craigslist (3 for $60). Yep. And they look almost identical to these from Pottery Barn but with a natural wooden seat instead of woven:||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

 I can't decide between the original black or maybe a gray or maybe like a deep gulf green?

{6} Speaking of barstools, I also need to suck it up finish the kitchen and post pictures. It is done from a glance, but we still need to:

-Paint the pantry door
-Put new craftsman door casings on pantry and kitchen entrances (this is Bryan's to-do), paint
-Paint baseboards to match cabinets
-Pick out a freaking chandelier. Guys, this has been torturing me for months. Maybe I should blog about it?
-Get a new rug for the dining room
-Paint barstools
-Possible paint door hardware and knobs (is anyone opposed to the antique brass trend?)
-Possibly, maybe, but probably not convince my husband do to a bead board backsplash
-I would love a new SS dishwasher and stove but that ain't gonna happen right now. Patience is a virtue! And appliances are expensive.

 {7} The shop has been super busy lately which I am extremely grateful for! Parker isn't going to college and our house isn't getting decorated without my little shop on Etsy. (You think I'm kidding, but I'm actually not, ha!) This is my newest invite and I like it a lot--just added it the other night.

{8} Bryan just finished talking in his sleep. Something about toilet paper and effectiveness. My mom and I died laughing as I egged him on. And yes, I am writing this post in the middle of the night. And yes, my mom passed her insomnia on to me and my sisters.

{9} My main New Year's resolution was to go to bed before midnight which I am failing at miserably right now. Oh well, I'm on vacation, right?

{10} While shopping in Austin, we came across a FLOR store, which I have seen around blog world and was interested in since I (eventually) would like to get a new living room rug. The one we have right now is too small for the room so I am being forced to shop. ;)  I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of FLOR's carpet tiles! After going to the store, I'm also thinking of using them wall-to-wall in our bedrooms, since you can just switch out the tiles if they are ruined and they have some great natural fiber options which is what I have been planning to put in the bedrooms anyways. My favorites are Roadside Attraction, Weave a Story, A Tisket A Tasket, and Suit Yourself.

 (Roadside Attraction)

 Well, I HAVE to go to bed, especially after this novel. What has been going on in your world? Any new projects? Books? Trips? Great places to go in Austin?
Have a wonderful day!