Monday, February 19, 2018

New Home Tour: The Guest Bedroom

 Time to share some room tours before this new house becomes old!  (wink)  

The guest room was definitely one of my favorite rooms to decorate in this house and I splurged a little here and there.  What that means is our guest bedroom has soft, beautiful sheets while our master bedroom has old, close to threadbare sheets - ha! 

 While the majority of the rooms in our house were painted white, I went out on a limb here (exaggerating just slightly) and painted the guest bedroom a soft green-blue.  The color is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.  If you do a little digging, this color is a favorite for many and I'm no exception.  We also had our master bath painted this color and nobody has guessed that it's the same color.  It can look a little blue in one room, a little green in another, depending on the light.

 Initially our plan was to use this room as our schoolroom while we gradually worked on finishing the bonus room upstairs, so I sold all our previous guest bedroom furniture.  However, we ended up completing the bonus room before moving in (something I'm thankful for every day... can't wait to share that room!), so this room sat empty for a while.  My mother in law so kindly gave us the twin antique bed frames, and they were exactly what I had pictured for this room. 

I found this sweet little table at a local antique store.  I went out one afternoon looking for something to place in between the beds, but I didn't want to spend much since I had already purchased so much for this room.  I passed up a lot of beautiful desks and furniture, but it all worked out, because I found this table at the last store we visited for $40.  Sold! 


 I think the star in this room are the roman shade curtains.  This was fabric I had purchased for our previous house in the dining room.  My mom sewed me floor length drapes for the room, but after we moved into our new home, I realized none of our drapes would work as the window placement is completely different.  High water drapes... no thanks!  So my mom and I spent an entire day (and I do mean an entire day) turning the drapes into roman shades as this fabric matched so perfectly and was essentially brand new.  

{Fabric is Buffalo Check Spa by Ballard Designs found here, although I found it on ebay}


I wish I had a good tutorial to share, but it was mostly trial and error along with several trips back to my house to analyze the roman shades in our master bedroom I had purchased.  There are some tutorials for roman shade shortcuts, but these actually do have the real roman shade hardware.  My mom and I both thought we didn't want to see another roman shade ever, but I think we both felt it was completely worth it once the shades were hung.  (smile)

{This is the tutorial we used as a guideline}

Since the beds are antique, I really wanted matelasse bedding to give that timeless feel.  The sheets I purchased in a color to match the walls and shades.  And wouldn't you know it, there was just enough fabric left over to make a couple throw pillows! 

 {Matelasse bedding by Pinzon Ivy found on Amazon here
Sheets are Restoration Hardware Vintage Crochet in Seafoam found here (and still on sale!)
Buffalo check throw pillows made in fabric linked above and toile pillow purchased here a few years ago}

 I purchased these thick gold frames for this bedroom, but they seemed too bold for the room when they arrived.  However, my husband said the room needed a pop of color and now I appreciate the contrast (smile).  I cringed while I cut out a couple prints from my Audubon bird book to place inside.

{Frames purchased here.}


  The rest of the decor in the room is what I already had on hand.  I couldn't wait to hang some of my transferware plates again.   

A look at the other side of the room... I didn't take a picture of the closet inside because it is so messy, but it's a nice sized walk in closet that we had lined with shelving for a linen closet.  The chair is a gift from my husband's grandmother and does anybody remember the mirror hanging above?  It was in our previous living room (smile). 

 Across from the guest bedroom in this tiny little hallway is the coordinating guest bathroom, which you can see here.

Thanks for visiting again!  I hope to get some pictures soon of another room to share! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

 As always, I feel so thankful for so many things this year.  One of those things is you - who still read this blog despite it being so neglected!  Thanks for all your encouragement over the years!  I hope you and your families had a very happy Thanksgiving! 

This year we had the privilege of hosting Thanksgiving for our families, our first Thanksgiving in this home.  This past month I enjoyed every minute of Thanksgiving preparations and yesterday, welcoming our families into our home to make new memories, was so special.  

 Having Thanksgiving here was also a huge motivator for me... I have done hardly any decorating in our home, afraid to commit to hanging anything on the walls.  This gave me the incentive I needed to get some things done around here (smile)! 

It was so fun to set the table... it's been a while since I've dragged out my china and tablecloths.  My mom made the adorable place cards that wrap around the napkins. 

The kids table was so cute... Target had this adorable paper tablecloth for coloring and games.  

 My mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law all pitched in and helped cook the meal.  As most Thanksgivings, we had an overwhelming amount of delicious food (all which I failed to capture except for this lone picture).  I tried a few new recipes this year... some so delicious they'll be making a comeback.  You must try this green bean and brussels sprout casserole; this corn pudding; and these candied yams. I tried a new pumpkin pie recipe, but wished I had used my tried and true recipe here.  

 Jillian somehow had the idea of a photo booth in her head for Thanksgiving and went to her crafty Grammy about it.  (She knew who would be able to put together something this adorable!)  So my mom made this photo booth and the girls took pictures all day of everyone.  It was pretty fun and entertaining when I downloaded the pictures this morning (smile). 

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

An End of Summer Vacation

 {A post for my memories}

This is our second year taking a beach vacation at the end of the summer and both times it has been the perfect ending to our summer break.  We (along with my parents) booked the condo several months ago, knowing that we likely wouldn't make the trip if we booked it closer to the time our house was being finished.  Before we left, I felt guilty and regretful spending the additional money on top of all our house expenses, but now I'm so glad we planned this ahead of time. There's just nothing as calming and relaxing as the sunshine, white sandy beach and ocean waves crashing.  We needed this - a little break from work and worries and the busyness of life.  And just as it's nice taking a break, it's nice to come home feeling refreshed, thankful, and ready for a new season ahead. 

 Our so sweet nine year old... helpful, conscientious, always wanting to be by my side, talking, laughing, and growing up oh so quickly.

 Perfect weather every day we were there, some days with a calm sea and some with huge waves that we all (young and old) enjoyed playing in. 

 Our six year old full of personality... funny, smiling, constantly moving, cute as a button and always ready for a cuddle.  I'm having a hard time thinking about her not always being at this stage! 

As I post this, I'm looking back at a previous post three years  ago at this same beach when our girls were much smaller, life was much different, and I'm reminded again why I'm so grateful to have this space to document my memories.  

Warm water and quiet mornings.  Sweet sisters.  And a mama's heart bursting with thankfulness for her precious family and another summer's worth of sweet memories.  

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