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!
Our house has undergone quite a bit of change since we purchased it in 2012. Just recently we did a major update to our living room ceiling. This is what it looked like originally…
You’ll have to forgive the photo quality. The only picture I have was taken with my cell phone. So as you can see it’s just pretty Plain Jane.
We hired a contactor, as we’ve done with numerous projects around our house, and I have to say he was THE best one yet. He, with the help of one other man, measured, cut and installed a complete coffered ceiling and put crown molding up in our entire kitchen all in one day. The guys worked from 8:30am until 6pm until the job was done. We had one piece of molding slip in the kitchen and when I called him he came back out within 20 minutes and fixed it. Now THAT is how contractors should always work. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Here are some in progress shots
This is how our living room looks today.
I’m absolutely in LOVE with this ceiling. It makes such a huge difference. Originally, my husband and I didn’t even consider any homes that didn’t have a two story living room because we liked how spacious and grand they felt but I have to say that since we have had the coffered ceiling put in it has added so much grandeur and character to our home. We recently had a realtor walk through our house to tell us what he thought we could list it for and he said he’s only seen another ceiling similar in one other house that he has listed. We have walked through some new construction houses where builders have installed coffered ceilings but they used drywall and put up some whimpy molding inside of the drywall boxes. Let me tell you it does NOT have the same affect whatsoever. For those interested we have 9 foot tall ceilings in our living room and the molding inside of the boxes is 7 inches thick.
The molding is painted “Mystique” by Valspar.
The inside of the ceiling squares is “Sandy Clay” by Behr.
The wall color is “Toll Booth” by Valspar.
Pottery Barn: Floor Lamp, Floral Pillow Cases and Inserts, Urn by Fireplace
Arhaus: Crank Table
Art Van: Couch and Ottoman
Home Goods: Tan decorative pillows, Basket Tray, Mirror
We are about to have more of an update though because on Saturday we have having new furniture being delivered. I’m so excited to get rid of this green couch and ottoman!! So stay tuned!!
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.
So there you have it–my Spring/Summer Foyer 🙂 If you’re a fellow WordPress blogger please subscribe by clicking the blue “Follow Ray of Soleil” button off to the far left in the black column of my blog. For non-bloggers you can follow me and receive updates of any new posts via email by clicking on “Follow Blog Via Email” which is written in white in the black column as well. For all other bloggers other than WordPress please use the green “Follow” button in the far left column.