Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Powder Room Redo

This is a repost from my other blog "Sunnypond Home" from Jan. 2009. Since I would like this blog to include more home decorating, I decided to add it here for new readers. This post will be updated soon with new additions!


This is the only before photo I could find of our powder room. It is from the home inspection. Not much had changed. Slightly different wall art, slightly different wreath. Walls a little dirtier from little hands.

And then I saw a bit of inspiration from a photo online from a bathroom in a magazine. One of those "Living" magazines. Maybe Coastal Living? Maybe not.
I definitely wanted to do a brown color on the walls. When I had a color specialist out, she helped to narrow it down. I (again definitely) wanted new lights. Notice the lovely builder's special light strip. You can barely see it in the photo, but I'm guessing there is enough there to know what I'm talking about. I also wanted a new mirror and a new towel holder. I don't have a photo showing it, but the previous owners put up robe hooks. It never worked for our towels as they'd slip off. Maybe they had towels with a loop on them? I wanted to keep the artwork I had in there but make it the main piece. And then later I was inspired by Thrifty Decor Chick to purchase this shelf at Hobby Lobby. I had kind of wanted a little shelf above the commode anyway. Not sure if all the items up there will stay. The candle thing in the middle will probably be replaced.

The color in the room is called Firewood by Benjamin Moore (1027). The mirror was on clearance on Marshall's Homegood for $20! I got that right around the time I was doing some Christmas shopping. Again the shelf is from Hobby Lobby on sale for about $15. The artwork is "Hello May" from Ashley G. I consider that my "modern" piece in this more traditional room.

So what I purchased today was the towel holder and a set of two hand towels. The holder came from TJ Max Homegoods for $9.99 and the Waverly towels were on Clearance at Target for $5.59. I ordered the light fixture from lamps plus on sale.

The only thing left is to find a waste can. We also hate our toilet paper holder. I guess you can't see it in the after pictures, but it is the same as in the before. Oh, and we are thinking about replacing the lovely faucet someday too. And when I get back to "normal" I plan to make a reversible tissue box cover too.

I hope you enjoyed this Makeover. I may not be the best designer in the world, but I like this a lot better now!

Master Bedroom Evolution

Our master bedroom has been a true work in progress.  It may not be the style of the day, but it has evolved into something we like.  The latest addition is this scrumptious pintuck duvet cover from West Elm.  I love all the sculptured bedding I’ve been seeing lately.  My inspiration was from several of these at Anthropologie.  They were just a little out of the price range!
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Here is what our bedroom has evolved to to date.  I was ready to lighten it up with natural creams and light french blues.  We also acquired some new case furniture for this room last year.  We had known we wanted some, but weren’t really actively looking.  We just happened onto this set one day while browsing and we knew it was it.  The price was also reasonable!
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“Where did we come from?” you might ask.  Here is a peak into the past lives of our Master:


Shortly after we moved in…
Our first generation of décor.  Creamy green walls and gold touches with greens and pinks.
A new bed, fan and other various décor.
Starting to add creams and blues.

Back to Today!

I wanted to order some custom made vertical stripe panels from an Etsy shop, but the person I was working with was a little slow for me, though very kind.  Or I was too impatient.  So I went off to our local Loomcraft and found this swirly fabric I loved.  And I went to town making these panels myself.
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You can see the addition of some other blues through lamps and accessories.
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Oh, and here’s that yummy duvet cover again! 
Psssst.  I’ve never been a huge fan of that painting.  I would really like to get a sign like this to put over the bed, but I can’t seem to convince the hubby.  What do you think?
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I think this cover looks so romantic without being too girly.
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I have only one wall which I haven’t shown.  It is still on my to do list to rearrange the numerous pictures of our kids on that wall.  For now it is a bit of a disaster.  If When I get that done, I’ll be sure to add a photo to the blog!
Thank-you for stopping by to visit our happy Master Bedroom evolution!
Do you have any rooms that have evolved over time?  How have they changed and why?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My have they grown

Ella and Miles First Day of School August, 2011

Miles, no lost teeth. 

Ella, two tooth spaces, long hair.

Wyckoff 2012 August School 2011


Last Day of School June, 2012

Miles, 4 teeth lost, two bottom adult teeth grown in, top teeth still missing. 

Ella, one tooth space grown in, second space tooth peeking through, short hair, glasses. 

Both, older, wiser, stronger, taller, smarter, more beautiful.

Wyckoff 2012 June School 2012

Much thanks to their teachers and staff for a wonderful year!

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