Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Ever Evolving Living and Dining Room

I updated my living room yet again! I know, I know. It's one of those rooms that just keeps evolving. I've been working on it for a few months now. I found some beautiful pieces of furniture at the flea market and Goodwill that fit the scale of the room better than all the pieces I had accumulated over the years.  I really wanted a cohesive look throughout since my entryway, living room, and dining room are all open to one another and my entryway is very bright with colorful artwork the kids did. I just felt what I had before was not flowing well with the gallery wall, so I got together with my girls created some diy marble prints, added some organic elements, and white curtains to give a more open and airy feel. I think I'm almost there...; )

The dining room is constantly evolving as well because it's open to the living room and like I said I like it all to flow well. I found this old window frame awhile back. It fits perfectly above the dining room table without being to much.

I have wanted Geode prints for a long time and after seeing this  DIY marble print using nail polish all over Pinterest I thought it would it would be fun to try. originally I had botanical prints which I love but my gallery wall as you walk in the front door is full of bright colorful abstract art prints my kids made as well as I and I felt like it needed to flow into the rest of the home so my girls and I made all these fun prints using water and nail polish. I just switched out my botanicals for these homemade marble prints.

Love the way this one came out! It's such a fun project to do with kids, every print comes out differently.

My vintage glass collection is growing but I'm keeping with the greens and blues thought I do have a pink swan in there but she was to pretty to pass up.

I got these benches at an auction. I just painted them white and added some pretty pillows.

Here's the updated living room. I finally broke down and bough a large area rug which helps the room so much more.

The side table on the far right I found at the flea market and the wood is to gorgeous to paint over plus it's an antique. It fits perfect!

My previous coffee table is similar to this one only it was too boxy for my living room and taking up to much space. I found this gorgeous coffee table at the Goodwill. It had beautiful lines, The bottom half was pretty scruffed up so I decided to paint it white and left the top as is with a stain over it.

                           I'm seriously thinking about painting this wall the lighter color that I painted the rest of the upstairs in. What do you think?
 This wall has been a pain in my butt. lol. I just can't seem to get it right until my youngest daughter started throwing her homework and backpack in her closet and losing it all the time I decided it was time for a little "command center" where they can keep their backpacks and jackets and where I can go through them easily. I found this shelf at Hobby Lobby. We added some of our marble paintings and a little chalkboard for inspirational quotes and Voila...we have a little command center.

        I wanted to add a piece that wasn't a painting or a print. I saw this metal piece and fell in love. I then traded out my botanical prints for some homemade marble art like the rest.

 Here's my entrway wall. It continues all the way down the stairs and I LOVE it to much to change. It's a variety of my girls and I's artwork with pictures of the family and kids I took thrown in. It's so bright and colorful and the reason why I wanted to bring the abstract of the prints and colors throughout the rest of the home.
  I am going to paint the trim and staircase a white and stain when we finish our basement renovations.

One day I will stop buying throws for my ugly sofa chairs and actually break down and purchase two new chairs but until then I have finally found the perfect mix.

I needed something in the Hallway but I didn't want to go overboard with pictures. I found this adorable bird print at Hobby Lobby that had all the colors of my home in it and it had a little family of 4 perched on a rope. It suits the rest of the house.

                                                                          Peace And Love....

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An Eclectic Cottage Bedroom Makeover...

The master bedroom for me has always been just a modge podge of things, not really decorated, and just thrown together. Every home we've lived in and yes we've lived in a lot of homes over the years, the master bedrooms were always small. This house was our first purchased home, it has 5 bedrooms and the master has a 1/2 bath so instead of using that as our main bedroom I decided to use the smaller one upstairs for our master and the "actual master" as my office/closet because I actually enjoy having a total separate room to do all that in rather than my bedroom. Though the room is quite small it suits us for now because all we do is sleep and watch some bedtime television. Back in the spring I "sorta" redid my room but the more I laid in it the more I realized it was not my style. I tried to go neutral with touches of reds but I couldn't get on board with it. I love color and pretty things to look at. My parents had a garage sale so as I was going through all my hoarding tendencies I just couldn't give away all of my vintage scenic prints that I have collected over the years. I decided it was time for new bedding and an entire new look for our master using thrifted and flea market finds as well as shopping my own home, which for me can be fun, like I said I have decorating hoarding tendencies. lol. I love an eclectic cottage feel and I love vintage prints. My living room is done in vintage birds and flower prints, my office is full of vintage Japanese prints and now my bedroom has my collection of scenic and cityscape prints. I love laying in my bedroom, it almost feels like I'm somewhere on the east coast in a cottage enjoying a vacation! Check out all my nooks and crannies in our updated bedroom.

Here is when we first moved in...

Here was my first makeover...It was a rustic chic look but I love greens, yellows, and blues to much to enjoy this red and brown room.
Now this....I'm loving this so much better and it's more my style. All the photos were previously bought and collected over the years from flea markets and thrift stores, the plates as well. I made the initial art awhile back. This now flows well with the rest of my home. I'm not a minimalist by no means. ; )

 I just changed out the lamp shades I bought on the clearance shelf at Target. The side tables are laminate and were pretty beat up. I filled in the damaged parts the best I could with wood filler and then painted them the with the paint I had laying around the house we used for our living room. Sea Sprite by Olympic paints. Throw pillows a few I got on clearance at Target and the others are pillow covers I purchased at Hobby Lobby for literally a few bucks. They were half off!! Such an affordable way to change your pillows. Bedding was on clearance at Kohls.

I picked up this telephone desk at the Goodwill a few years ago. It was an awful pea green. I painted it a bright yellow and painted the desk part with chalkboard paint.

I LOVE me some gallery walls and if you follow me you know I go big or I go home. Lol. You can check out my entryway gallery wall that's my pride and joy because of the time it took to create it and the sentimental pieces I have hanging Here

I needed a vase to complete my room and I found these cute little rustic one's at Hobby Lobby for 6 bucks.

Excuse the massive Television, I have to leave some sort of wiggle room for my husband when decorating. If it were up to me I wouldn't have a television in my bedroom but I compromised. The dresser I picked up at a local thrift shop, it was pretty beat up so I just painted it and stained the front drawers with a green stain and then went over it with a brown stain. Half the knobs went missing so I had to double them up.

Well I hope you enjoyed this tour. I think I'm satisfied with our little master bedroom. I feel like it's an actual put together bedroom instead a modge podge of things.
Peace and Love...
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Repurposed Window Frame

Hey All! It's been a few since I posted last. It has been crazy around here lately with school, new job demands and family activities. The weather is getting cooler so my outdoor activities have become less and less and started back up decorating the house....AGAIN. I feel like it's a never ending process. Anyway I was out doing some thrifting and came across this old window. I see them all the time but for some reason this one was calling to me. I picked it up for $20. It was missing 3 glass panes so I decided to just take the others out from there I had no idea what I was going to do with it until I started playing around and found it went perfectly in my updated living room I've been working on. The old rustic wood of the window just fits perfectly. At first I was going to leave it blank but then decided it would be cool to place some vintage bird prints inside using yellow washi tape.

I just love the wood.

Bird prints and washi tape. Raise your hand if you love Washi tape!!! I do, so great for hanging pictures you can change out frequently without the holes.

At this stage I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I had just used some sticky tape on the backs before using washi tape but I wasn't digging it.

Then I decided maybe I'd just leave it blank, but the colorful me said NOPE it won't do after looking at it for a few days. ; )

I don't know about you but I love the look of the tape, it actually has a white chevron print on it. It works great for me because I can change the photos as much as I'd like easily.

I just love mixing new and old things together. I can't wait to show you the updates in the living room I've been working on. It's looking more and more like the eclectic cottage feel I've been wanting. Everything takes time.

                                                                   Peace In Love,