Go Big or Go Home {Master Bedroom Upgrade}

A picture is worth a thousand bajillion words. That’s an exact number. If you don’t believe me, take a picture of a room and tell me you don’t see every teeny little flaw. It’s true and it happened to me.

I love our master bedroom and I do not regret showing it to you first in my quest to update that pesky little home tour page. It is one of my favorite rooms in the whole house, but when you take a picture, edit it and look at it over and over again, and then you think about all the people out there in blogland who looked at it over and over again, you see the flaws.

The ginourmous pimple in my room was already on my to do list, but it quickly moved to priority #1 the more I looked at the pictures The wood tone one was a hand-me-down (thanks, mama) and the mirror one was perfect compared to the even teenier one I started out with (thank you again, mama!) but the more and more “finished” the room became the more I became aware that the scale was totally off.

So I did what anyone would do, I went big. Way big. Probably too big for some but I’m ok with it. Remember this guy and his twin?

Do you get where this is going? Oh yea. I bypassed nightstands all together and went for MATCHING DRESSERS. Most of the time, I’m a firm believer in different (yet totally balanced!) side tables but I went matching and did I mention HUGE??????

But wait! Are they really perfect? hmmmm. Am I the only one who has random pieces of drawer hardware just laying around to try out? I can be a bit picky in the hardware department but to be totally honest, I had no problem with the Ikea pulls. They were silver with some black tones in them and worked. Until this guy entered the picture. 

Oh my. That does make a difference. Jump in car. Drive quickly to Lowe’s. Grab 3 more.

But wait, again. As I was walking down the aisle at Lowe’s to leave with new hardware in hand, something pulled be back (pun intended).Hello, lover. I loved them. Robb loved them. We all lived happily ever after. The end.

Pictures? ok!

Sometimes I make a change in the house and I love it, but it’s the “it will work until I find perfection” kind of love. This one turned out to be “I want to spend the rest of my life with you kind of love.” I’m no design expert but I can feel balance. This change got me there for the master bedroom. The strange thing is, the more and more I discover my style, the more I realize I am not a fan of teeny furniture. My house is by no means big, but it is HUGE compared to the doll house I lived in previously. So maybe that explains my aversion to teeny furniture. Even in small spaces, if you use something that feels big initially, it’s usually right in the end.  Do you feel the balance? I do. I like to just sit there and look at how much more “finished” it looks and feels.  As for my to do list, let’s revisit that.

  • Artwork
  • Crown molding
  • Bigger nightstands (maybe in bright white?)
  • Bench for the end of the bed
  • Maybe paint the dresser- I just can’t decide

As for Avery, she’s a fan of the new addition too. I think she likes all the extra storage space. 

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Home Tour: Master Bedroom

There are good and bad things about letting others, like the whole internet, know about your goals. The good thing is, you feel like you have to follow through and the bad thing is you feel like you have to follow through.

One of those is this pesky little post I made in January about my goals. I checked in several weeks ago and was doing pretty good on some. But some I haven’t touched. Like the whole House Tour deal.

I thought typing it and hitting publish would help, but that still doesn’t spotlessly clean your house and perfectly style everything. WordPress needs to upgrade that button.

But I promised to be real. You already know that I don’t live in a house that looks like a magazine and nothing here is perfect. Not even little Avery. And nothing is ever finished. The to-do lists grow and projects evolve. If I’m waiting for a finished product, I’ll be waiting approximately forever. So here goes nothing. I decided to start with the Master Bedroom. Let’s take a look at the true before, like before I moved in.

The Master bedroom is pretty simple- 12×15 with one window, one door to the hall, one door to the bathroom and one door to the closet. It is the only room that I painted before I moved in. I knew I wanted it to be a dark slate gray with simple bedding and touches of shimmer. I had an inspiration picture that I carried with me everywhere in my super organized “I’m buying a house!” binder. I cannot find the original source to this picture but I’ve kept it for over 2 years and it really was the starting point for the space. And it taught me that if you’re going to go with that dark slate you must have something else to break it up.

Everything is an evolution so here is the first phase.

I was happy with it for awhile but this was not my forever bedroom or even my more than a year bedroom. I liked the paint, bed and green accents so that got me thinking of what I wanted it to look like more permenantly. I replaced the bedding and (in my opinion) completely upgraded the whole room. What to see what it looks like now? OK!The bedding is my favorite. I fell in love with it at Z. Gallerie last year and waited and waited for it to go on sale. Then I looked at it on sale 34 times. Then my mama finally talked me into just getting it before it was gone. Mother really knows best. It has the green that I love and the floral/bird print is full of gray. The walls are a rich blue gray, but the green is what ties it in to the rest of the hosue. See how it peaks out from the hall that leads to the dining room? I kept the curtains the same because they still worked. With the walls so dark, the airy soft panels from World Market brighten and lighten it up a bit. You might have noticed that I edited a few items out, like the magazine bin. I still need a few more things but I like that there is no clutter (when it’s clean :)) Just bed, dresser, nightstands and mirror.

The lamps have changed THREE times, but I think this is where they’ll stay for a while. I moved these in when I upgraded the dining room lamps.

And there you have it our Home Sweet Master Bedroom (as of right now). There is still much to do like…

  • Artwork
  • Crown molding
  • Bigger nightstands (maybe in bright white?)
  • Bench for the end of the bed
  • Maybe paint the dresser- I just can’t decide

And in case you are interested here’s where I found everything:

  • Paint- Elephant Gray by Valspar
  • Bed- Overstock
  • Bedding-  Z Gallerie
  • Small Green Pillow- Home Goods
  • Sheets- plain white from Pottery Barn
  • Mirror over bed- Khol’s
  • Wall Sconces over bed- Z Gallerie
  • Curtains- World Market
  • Dresser- Flea Market a long time ago
  • Gold Mirror- Vintage family piece
  • Floor Mirror- TJ Maxx
  • Lamps- TJ Maxx
  • Orb Lamps- Pottery Barn
  • Fan- bought it for college and can’t sleep without it. Maybe from Target?

Perfectly done? No way! Magazine worthy? No way! BUT do  I LURVE where we are for now? HECK YES! 

BFF Staycation, Part 3: Project Projecterson (and a teeny more shopping)

We have finally reached the end of our little BFF excursion. I am almost as tired as the first time around, but it’s also just as worth it.

This next one is going to go pretty quickly because the real exciting part is the project. We made a stop at Southeastern Salvage which I lurve with all my decorating heart. We found lots of goodies we wish we could have taken home like…So we didn’t really want to take it home but we did love the details. This would be perfect (in someone else’s house) 

Sometimes the lighting section is pretty bare, not true on this trip. Here are just a few of our favorites…

This one was beautiful and came really close to going home with Sarah. Really, it was on sale and she stared it down like a menu full of grilled cheese but the shade looked like it had some water damage so we hung our heads and walked away. Stupid stain.Fortunately, I don’t have kids or a place for this sofa. If I had both I might be willing to give my first born for this nailhead trim. It’s ok, go ahead and sigh with me. 

I really do love that little couch, but please know I was joking about the first born thing. It would have to include at least a chair for that :)

If I didn’t offend you with that little joke, let’s give it a try with sports. We’re in Nashville. Sarah lives here and I’m about 30 minutes away. Nashville is home of the Titans but to be honest with you, I’m kind of over them. I may change my mind eventually, but for now I’m looking for a new team. And with their new quarterback, I must say that this team is looking even better :)

Who doesn’t need a rug for the J-E-T-S- Jets! Jets! Jets :)

Back to serious shopping. Add both of these to the list of items I should have bought. These baskets were like $19 and the bread tray was $13. Non-Buyers remorse again! And I dont know where I would put these, but I am seeing them all over the internet and magazines. They are fun. 

Now for the fun part. What you have all been waiting for- our little project. I told you way, way back when that Sarah bought these great curtains from World Market and I even made it one of my goals of 2012 to help her hang them. Here’s a little reminder of what they look like.

Pretty huh? I told you before that Sarah is an excellent cook, but she’s also an excellent decorator and painter so you can imagine the beautiful colors she has in her house. Maybe we’ll show you some more of those someday but for now, take a look at the color she picked for her master bedroom.

That’s Valspar’s Woodlawn Valley Haze from Lowe’s and I think it is sooo pretty. Her bedroom ceiling slopes way up on one side so the darker color was absolutely perfect in there. Just like her curtains are absolutely perfect with the color. See what I mean? 

She picked a simple ORB rod from Ross that really work with the gauzy light panels. 

The windows are on the short side of her room so we hung them super high to balance it all out. I happen to think they are gorgeous! They’re light and airy and casual yet dramatic and glamorous all at the same time. My BFF did so good! 
(Just a little side note here- does anyone watch Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis? I LLLLOOOVVVVEEE Jeff and I’m one episode behind but I was looking at the gallery. Did The Jeff Lewis use these same panels in the after? Someone please confirm this for me!)

Back to Sarah, she’s still looking for the perfect new bedding and putting together a little gallery wall that I cannot wait to see how that turns out but I happen to think this all looks fantabulous as it is. So, you can admit it, you’re jealous of how awesome my painting, decorating, waffle making BFF is, aren’t you? I know I am, but I’m the lucky one that gets to keep her around :)

Psstt… Did you miss parts 1 and 2 of our fun day? Check those out here and here.