Monday, June 5, 2017

Naturally Neutral Nursery

When we started having kids my belief was to keep everything super neutral, that way when we had such a diverse group of kids we would be prepared....3 girls later and it finally paid off with our son!!! When I painted our nursery initially I used a color called "sienna mist" doesn't it sound majestic?  But more importantly I painted these birch trees which I love!  The tutorial for these can be found here.  The idea behind the original nursery was that with switching some small details it could go from precious, soft and feminine to cute, angular and masculine and I think it worked great.  Here is the original nursery with the feminine touches.

We knew we wanted a bear theme and we ran with it!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Master Bedroom Revamp!

If you remember I designed my master bedroom a couple years ago...Then the workout area happened.  Half of my room was allocated for our treadmill, a weight bench and a floor exercise area, can you say spousal compromise?  I'm actually in love with it now, it is very convenient and useful, but it took me a little bit to come to terms with the change.  (sorry for the crude phone photo bellow, I keep forgetting to take a better one)

Right after we moved everything around for the workout area I sulked a little and didn't touch the walls for a long time.  Pictures remained shoved between the wall and bookshelves and I refused to decorate again.  Then after a lot of internal bargaining and denial (yes, I know I'm all out of order here) I accepted the fate of the room and came up with a plan to still make the master bedroom look purposeful and reminiscent of a relaxing retreat. (As I said, I love having the workout area now, BJ was totally right in suggesting we put it in there! See I can admit when I'm wrong;)

My jumping off point was the board and batten wall.  My husband is not a fan of headboards and we have an adjustable base on our bed so one really wasn't necessary but we needed something to ground the bed and create the same visual line that a headboard would. Voila!  The board and batten wall was born!  It made all the difference!

I situated BJ's desk to face the bay windows and we found a cool old set of wooden file drawers from our favorite estate sale warehouse.  We were told they are from the Vietnam war but we don't really know for sure, what I do know is that they are fabulous and bring in the antique finish we needed to contrast with our other newer pieces and the bright white of the board and batten.

BJ works in telecommunications and so this old phone from one of his clients has meaning to him, I was happy to be able to incorporate it into the design.  He also found this old A&W growler at a flee market a few years ago and I love how it works as a vase, giving different heights to this corner.

One thing that I knew I wanted when choosing art to go above the bed was a quote that would make me happy to wake up to.  I needed some inspiration and encouragement and these quotes fit the bill (fixer upper, anyone?)!  I made them using this transfer technique, it's super easy, anyone with a printer can do it, it doesn't use any extra materials!  All I had to buy were some cheap canvas panels and the frames, my favorites from Hobby Lobby (going with my mom so we could each use our 40% off coupons helped the prices too!).

Before we had our upstairs carpet replaced I painted my upstairs hallway, you know how I love trees!  So I got creative with the cutoff since I'm not ready to paint the whole stairwell.

And there you have it, our bedroom decor, redecor!  Sometimes you have to adjust and I wasn't the best at accepting my fate but I hope this encourages others, even if a room has to be divided or re situated it can still be beautiful, just maybe in a different way!