Here is the master bathroom before the blinds were installed. Check out this fancy-dancy window treatment here. I know, you’re jealous. Try and calm down though because for about $1.99 this gorgeousness can be yours too.
Below you can see the honeycomb shade that I installed and then the process of picking a paint color begins. I’ve learned my lesson with neutrals and have resorted to buying samples of paint now. Picking the right tan/gray/beige or combination of the three is very difficult. So here are the before shots of my bathroom.
If you’re curious what color I chose you’re just going to have to wait. Is the suspense just killing you!? I know, probably not but it’s still fun for me to have a teaser moment. I have a few minor touch ups to do before I post the final product. It’s amazing what a difference paint makes. I LOVE the new color. Buh-Bye boring builder paint!
I recently painted my kitchen. In case you don’t remember here is a picture of some of the different paint colors I was deciding between. In person each of these colors are very similar to one another and unless you were in really good lighting deciphering the difference between them might be difficult. Each was only slightly different, more green, more blue, more red etc. I was going for a color that would be relatively neutral as I like to change my decor and table settings often. However, I didn’t want Plain Jane tan. I also wanted to pick a color with a depth of saturation; one that was pretty dark as far as paint colors go because I think dark paint colors add drama to a room.
I picked the color on the top: Oyster Shell. It’s a funny color. Sort of green, sort of taupe and sort of gray. Depending on the time of day and lighting it looks a little different. Here is what my kitchen looked like BEFORE. This is the yellowish tan the builder painted throughout our entire house (that we didn’t pick). I’ve lived with it until now because I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do.
And here’s what the kitchen looks like newly painted. I carried the paint into the entry off of the garage which is connected to my kitchen.
I had alot of questions from people about how I was going to stop the kitchen paint color without continuing it into the foyer. My foyer and my kitchen sort of share some walls. The most logical thing for me to do was to stop when the wall ended. So in this picture I painted the wall along the ceiling on the side facing the kitchen and the underside of it. The wall with my collage frames in the foyer is the original builder paint which I didn’t change. The wall that my kitchen pantry is on is painted. This picture also helps demonstrate how much DARKER the new paint is from the original color. I am absolutely in LOVE with it. It looks so much richer in there. It’s hard to tell in the pictures because the flash makes it look a little lighter than it looks in person.
This wall is mostly in my kitchen so this wall did get painted the kitchen color.
What do you think?? Not to shabby! I actually like the color so much I almost wish I painted the living room the same color lol.
Here is the current decor in my Foyer. I spent very little money to update this space for the new season because we have been spending money on our front yard landscaping and a new patio set for our backyard. So you will notice that most of the things pictured have been there before but dispayed in a slightly different way. Remember, if you’d like to see any pictures larger just click on them.
The rug pictured is a couple of months old but I’m just now posting about it. I believe it was around $200 from Home Goods and is 5X7 or 5X8. I can’t exactly remember. I’m not sure if you’re able to tell in the pictures but it has a few colors that make up the dark gray background and the detail work is made up of cream and different shades of taupe. It took me a long time to find a new rug for this space because I was specifically looking for one that contained several colors in it but was still neutral in tone and didn’t have a crazy pattern. You will also notice the guest appearance from Soleil by the door and on the door is a decal that I bought for a $1 from the dollar store. It’s a peel-and-stick vinyl saying that reads, “Love makes a house a home.” Just cheesey enough for my taste lol and jazzes up the door a bit. I’d like to do something for the inside of the door like a wreath but I haven’t gotten around to it.
Next up is my mirrored buffet and collage wall.
The mirrored buffet I’ve had for about a year and it’s from Art Van. The framed R and two pictures have been there but the “Good Times” sign was just hung on the wall this week from TJ Maxx. I have had it for awhile just sitting on top of the buffet because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hang it vertically or horizontally and I wanted to find some smaller frames to layer in but haven’t found anything that I like. So I decided to just hang it and put it to use finally.
Now, let’s look at the details a bit closer.
On the left side of the buffet are two glass apothecary jars from Home Goods that have been there since Christmas I believe. I had them filled with ornaments and once Christmas was over I started putting all of our wine corks into the smaller one for “any season decor” but I struggled with what to do in the larger one that wasn’t seasonally inspired. I found an idea flipping through a Restoration Hardware magazine and saw they filled one with old scrolls. *Light Bulb*
“I can do that!” Lol so I took some scrapbook paper that I already had and soaked it in a bath of warm water and old coffee grounds from my husband’s morning brew. I used the contents of one Keurig K-Cup for this and a large mixing bowl
Here, you can see the before and after. To achieve an aged appearance beyond the color, while the paper was still wet I crumpled it up into a ball and carefully opened it back up. Then, I used my fingernail around the edges to kind of mar them up a bit. Some of the edges tore naturally because the paper was pretty fragile while wet. I smoothed it out so it would dry flat. Once it was dry I just rolled it up and tied some twine from Michael’s in a knot around it to secure the “scroll” and put them in the jar.
After looking at them in the jar for a few days I decided it was a little plain so I added the moss on the bottom. The moss is my “spring time addition.” I had the moss left over from another project so that was also no cost. However you can buy a giant bag of it at Michael’s with a coupon for around $3-$4.
The books were part of my Salvation Army book haul and were 20 cents each. I picked these books because the titles were written in pale gold which matches the rest of the decor and the covers were fabric which I personally think just looks more expensive than something with a paper cover. Don’t laugh at the title of the second book on the left side of the buffet lol. You can read it clearly in the picture but in person you just see the pale shimmer of the champagne letters and can’t really read them unless you bend down and intentionally TRY to read it. To bring in some more green and the Spring Vibe I tied some green ribbon I already had in a bow around the cork filled jar. You can buy this for $1 or less at JoAnn’s or Michael’s stores.
On the right side of the buffet are more old pieces mixed with new. The treasure trunk is from Michael’s and I’ve had it for awhile. The tall ceramic cream vase is from Meijer’s kitchen section near the dishes; which I’ve also had. The books are new and I added the spring flowers from Michael’s. The little angel was part of a flower arrangement that was sent to us by a friend for my son’s passing. Thanks Katie and Justin 🙂 I wanted to keep it as a reminder of my son and also because I love angels.
And last, but not least…The corner nook by the stairs. Nothing has changed here since Christmas other than that I removed the wintery ribbon that I had tied around the tops of these lanterns. The lanterns are from Ikea and were given to me by my Sister-in-law Annie. Thanks Annie! The green candles are from Garden Ridge and the pine cones are from Hobby Lobby. I have thought about removing the pine cones but I didn’t want to put moss in there (the candles are already green and that’s a bit much). And I didn’t want to spend money on another filler at the moment. I may put rocks in there if I find ones with colors I like. If not I’ll have to come up with something else. Now accepting ideas lol. Oh, and the baskets are from Michaels and were on clearance for practically nothing.
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Hi All 🙂 I’m very excited to show you some of the changes I’ve made to my living room over the past month or so. Here is my living room as it looks overall today (remember to click on any of the pictures you want to see larger)… That’s my sweet puppy Soleil in the picture (hence the name of my blog).
The changes I’ve made are subtle but perhaps the most dramatic change is the color of my ottoman. If you scroll down to a few of my previous posts you’ll notice it used to be warm colors. This year the fabric was ruined when we put the vacuum on top of it to vacuum the dust off of our ceiling fan. The roller in the vacuum actually burned through the fabric and ate away at it leaving brush marks. We lived with it like that for months and I’ve wanted to recover it but I haven’t found a fabric I think will work with our living room that I care to spend money on.
I ended up buying a cheap fabric drop cloth from Home Depot for around $13 near the paint department and sewed a cover for it. I haven’t yet secured it to the bottom of the ottoman. I had planned to use upholstry pins and just tack it into place so that if it ever was dirty or stained that I could throw it in the washing machine. The upholstry pins didn’t work because they have to screw into material and the bottom of our ottoman has wood in the way so they can’t be pinned in. I think I’m going to get some Velcro one of these days so I can Velcro it into place and let it still be removable for washing. You can’t tell from the pictures I’m going to post but the drop cloth has a nice texture and actually has a few colors running through it but it’s very subtle and the camera wasn’t picking it up. I’ve never dyed fabric before but I may even try dying it a slightly darker taupe color because this color blends into our carpet a bit much for me. Here is a close up.
Because it just looked like a sea of plain, light fabric to me I decided a solution to that would be to put a tray on it with some pretty accessories. Off to Home Goods (my favorite store on the planet) I went. I was actually really lucky to find this giant tray style basket for only $16. It’s a pale gray wood with dark gray rope handles. I bought the “bird cage” looking potpourrie container because I was specifically trying to find decorative pieces that weren’t vases or candle sticks. I tend to buy alot of the same types of things and then have a problem with the way my staging looks because it’s too monotonous. So, that was a good find. The metal looks like an old weather vane, like it’s been aged by the sun and lots of time which I love about it. I’ve never bought potpourrie but it actually makes the living room smell amazing and doesn’t involve me having to burn candles or Scenty wax. The silver mercury glass “genie bottle” I already had on my mantle but put in on the tray for height. I like to group things in threes which is why I bought the jar candle (also from Home Goods). It smells good; I like the silver lid which adds a bit of glam to the more rustic basket and goes with the mercury glass bottle. I also threw some Restoration Hardware magazines in there. You can’t beat free decor right?
Now– on to the mantle. Here is a close up. You may also notice the paint swatch on the wall to the right. Yayy!! I finally picked a paint color!! I’m procrastinating with the paint because I have to paint all of the white trim in here cream and I HATE painting trim and after painting lots of the trim in this house I’m OVER ITTTTTTTTTTT. I’ll get around to it…eventually…lol
Here are the details a bit larger. The large glass vase is from Home Goods along with all of the balls inside and next to it. The antiqued silver candle holder was given to me by my mother. She received it as a gift I think and it sat in our basement for years before I stole it for my house. It actually was bright silver but it’s tarnished since it’s been in my house and I actually LOVE the tarnish. Every now and then with it becomes TOO tarnished I’ll wipe it down a bit but I always leave some of it on because I prefer it that way over the bright silver. The cream vase and flowers are both from Michael’s.
On the right side of the mantle I have two cement containers that I bought from Home Goods and I was surprised at how inexpensive they were. They’re super heavy, excellent quality and they remind me alot of Resoration Hardware. I’m obessed with owls and I’ve had that guy for awhile; he’s from TJ Maxx. The books are all from the Salvation Army. Those are a recent find of mine and they were only 20 cents a piece!! The little cream vase is from Michael’s and I’ve had it forever and it’s never been on display in my house. The other side of it has a bunch of butterflies and things on it but I liked the plain cream showing better with my color scheme. Then there’s the section in front of the fireplace. The distressed solid wood candle stick is another Salvation Army find. It’s heavy and I love the carvings on the sides. It was already beat up and distressed which I like about it. I may distress it a bit more around the carvings a bit to make them show up better from further away. Or not. We’ll see. The green vase with the flowers has been out since we’ve moved in. I just normally have two of them on either side and I removed the red, orange and gold flowers from it now that I recovered the ottoman. I’ll bring them back out when it’s fall.
This is also a new addition for my living room. The two chairs were part of our 4 seat dining room set we used in our condo. For the past 2.5 years we’ve lived in this house they’ve been sitting in the basement unused. The antique dresser has also been in my basement for quite awhile. I bought it to use as a nightstand in my guest room but my guest room is at capacity with all of my scrapbooking supplies while my scrap room is under construction so I haven’t been able to use them. I’ve been sick of staring at this side of the living room being completely empty for some time and it suddenly occurred to me that I could use these items to fill up the space and put them back to use. I plan to refinish the dresser because it has alot of orange undertone to it that I don’t love. I’d like to make it look like a white-washed gray with some of the wood grain still showing through so that will be a project on my To Do list. I plan to leave the antique gold hardware as is because I LOVE IT. The pillows I put on the chairs were previously on my couch and I just moved them over there. The dresser is staged with more Salvation Army books, bronze candle sticks and candles I got from my Aunt Jan who recently passed, an a distressed cream vase from Michael’s.
So…all in all, I really like the result of the changes I’ve made so far. What do you think?
I bought two of these Hadley Sofa’s from Art Van last Saturday for our basement. I’m going to arrange them in an L shape and put a table in between them. I paid for lifetime stain protection so Art Van will clean them should there be any spills in the future. I originally was looking for something a little more feminine (think tufted back, nailhead detail etc). However, I checked at multiple stores and either the couches were much too big for our space, they came in a color that I didn’t want or they were just plain too expensive for a basement. I paid about $2,000 out the door with taxes, delivery and the stain protection package and overall I am very satisfied with my purchase. The pillows aren’t exactly my favorite pattern but maybe if I’m lucky I can con my mom (who hates to sew) into helping me recover them with something else.
I still have to find a coffee table for the space and I’m looking for something either perfectly round, or perfectly square. They didn’t have anything I liked at Art Van and I’m actually considering taking the ottoman that’s in my living room upstairs (recovering it) and moving it down to that space and getting a new coffee table for the upstairs. My husband and I recently ruined the fabric on it by putting the vacuum on it to reach the fan blades to clean them and the roller in the vacuum literally ate through the fabric so it needs to be recovered regardless lol. We still have to wait until after the first week in January for our cabinets and countertops to be installed in the kitchen so we can’t have my sofas delivered until they’re finished but I’m dying to see them in the space!!!
I haven’t gotten into decorating for fall too much this year because we’ve been very busy working on finishing our basement. However, I thought I’d share with you some of the little things I’ve done to warm up the place.
First up is this centerpiece I made for my kitchen island. I LOOOOOOVE IT. All of the flowers and fillers are from Michael’s. The wood box I bought at TJ Maxx in June and had planned to put a bunch of white hyndrangeas in it but never got around to it. So I decided to go with the fall themed flowers
I had an extra sunflower left over so I put it in this vase I got on clearance for a penny! Don’t mind the paint chips on the wall. I’m not sure I like any of them and want to pick up a few more. If you have a vote on which you like best let me know 🙂 The two little candles were free from a baby shower I went to recently. The owl cookie jar is something I’ve had for a year or two and I bought that at Home Goods. I’m obsessed with owls.
I bought this super cute sign for the wall next to my bay window in the kitchen from TJ Maxx. I think i was around $16 or something. I don’t have hardly anything on my walls because I’m super picky about what I like. But I love this. There is a little burlap bow at the top that I think is absolutely adorable. I had planned to buy some little acorns or coffee beans to put in the vases with the candles but never go around to it. Such is life.
Here is my fall table decor this year. The runner is sort of a gray/green and cream chevron that I had on the table this summer. I bought the place mats, napkins and napkin rings from Bed Bath & Beyond last fall. The owl vase I bought this year on clearance from Michael’s. The flowers in it were also from Michael’s and there’s about three bushes of the pre-made bouquets in there to make up the arrangement.
Here is my updated fireplace/mantle for fall. The black mirror is a few years old from Home Goods. My husband and I had it hanging up on the wall in our dining room of our condo before we moved to this house and since we’ve lived here it’s been covered in dust in the basement. I just dug it out of the dark whole a couple weeks ago and propped it up on the mantle. I think the black frame compliments the black accents in our kitchen. The stick pumpkin is from TJ Maxx and the other two are both from Home Goods.
In my foyer I just added this burlap runner that I had on my kitchen table last year along with the vase of sunflowers that was the centerpiece on my kitchen table last year. The little green vase was on clearance for a penny and the brown flower was an extra I had from building my kitchen island centerpiece. The little wood/leather trunk was also on clearance for a penny so I added that also.
Also in my foyer is a neglected corner. I got these two baskets on clearance for a penny and didn’t know what to do with them so I stuck them there for now.
Last but not least is my front door wreath that I made last year. Everything I used to make the wreath was bought at Michaels.