Sunday, January 22, 2017

Romantic Bedrooms

Hello everyone.  I hope you all having a wonderful weekend.

Today, I want to talk about creating romantic bedrooms in your home.  If you are anything like me, a romantic home is just part of your every day life.  And bedrooms are an ideal space to express this style.  

Our home definitely reflects who I am and my passion for creating rooms that celebrate my romantic heart.  I would say that each room in our home is like a little jewel box.  I especially love soft colors on walls, delicate pastels and beautiful chandeliers.  A room should be one that makes you feel instantly at ease, welcomed and above all, happy!!!  I also prefer furniture that is light and with a bit of old world charm.  This romantic and feminine style is not difficult to achieve.  You can combine favorite thrift store finds, fabrics and accessories to create a comfortable and romantic bedroom.  

Last summer, we did a makeover in our master bedroom and I am so happy with the results. I do have to admit that the hardest part of the makeover was painting our furniture. The bedroom set below was originally dark and although it took some elbow grease, it was totally worth it.  It has made such a big difference in the room.    


Our rooms are always painted in muted tones so there is always a serene feel when you walk in the rooms.  Nothing shouts out at you.  The focal point of the room is the canopy which my sister-in-law made for me.  The furniture is a light shade of cream keeping the room's color palette soft and monochromatic.


The chandelier was a purchase from a local antiques shop.  It is gorgeous and it gives the room a bit of a french feel.  The ornate mirror next to my night stand was a Home Goods find.  My husband built the radiator box for the room.  He did such a great job!!






The mirror was a thrift store find.  Originally a very shiny gold, it was toned down with a coat of cream and matte bronze paints.  The hardware on the dressers also received a coat of bronze/gold paint. I made ll the floral arrangements in the rooms as well as the runners.



And as you all know, when you are doing a room makeover on a budget, one has to be really creative. So when I am make plans to refresh a room, my go to places are thrift stores, antique shops and garage sales. I do invest on good quality foundation pieces for our home too but for the most part, I try to re-purpose furniture, art and decor items whenever I can. And who doesn't love a bargain or the thrill of the hunt right?








Since I was on a budget, I did not have a lot of extra funds to invest on a crystal chandelier so when I came across this gorgeous and acrylic chandelier at Home Depot for only $99.00, it was love at first site. And you won't even notice the difference. It is stunning and a quick way to add elegance and romance to a room. (if you re interested, here is the info for it: Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier)


The lovely reproduction painting on the wall was re-purposed. The frame was originally gold and the nightstand had a dark finish so that received a total makeover too. And that saved us a lot of money. It is amazing what a little paint can do.


My inspiration came from this pretty Waverly fabric that I purchased from my local fabric store. I made this no sew scarf and bed canopy with the double sided sticky tape. At took a little time but it was totally worth it.



For the bedding, I used a textured Matelasse coverlet in cream, vintage linen pillow covers found at an antiques shop and a floral Ralph Lauren comforter set I already had.
Ins't this Ralph Lauren comforter beautiful?




These vintage pillow shams are lovely. I love the raised detail. Such a sweet detail and I only paid about ten dollars for the set



The chair was my most expensive purchase for this makeover. I found it at Home Goods for $129.00 but I just could not pass it up. It was the perfect color and style.



This is smaller guest room in our home. We gave it a makeover a few years ago. As you may have already noticed, I have a passion for florals and romantic decor. And this room has a bit of a cottage feel. It is so dreamy!!



This room is also very bright. My goal has been to unify the rooms. It has certainly been a labor of love for the past 9 years.


The antique bed and nightstands were also dark. We painted them beige and lightly distressed them. I do not like perfect pieces. I like things to have character and a worn feel.

We chose teal bedding for a pop of color. A rattan tray holds beloved collected items such as my pink floral tea cups and vintage ladies bust. And I always have to have fresh flowers. It is my weekly indulgence.





I love adding personal details in every room. Pretty pieces for guest to enjoy but I too take the time to enjoy each room in our home. After all, it is a room worth admiring.

So take the time to enjoy your home. It is our largest investment and should be enjoyed not only by your family and friends, but by the people that live in it. Create a room in which you can escape to. A room to gather your thoughts and re-connect. Large or small, you deserve it.


Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Janet




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas Storage & Organization Ideas

Hello everyone.  I have been a little busy bee these days.  I know it is almost the middle of January, but I have been working on getting Christmas decorations organized.  I am embarrassed to admit that our basement is a total mess.  It is starting to feel cluttered and I am starting to stress over it all. Has that happened to any of you?  I did not want to add extra chaos to the mess that was already in the basement so when we took down all of our Christmas decorations, it made sense to start with the the holiday items.  

It is not a fun task but one that certainly needed immediate attention.   I love the feel of a clean and fresh home and for that reason, I really have to start doing a better job storing all of my seasonal decor and china. 

As soon as January 7th arrived, Christmas decorations came down.  Our last two weekends were spent doing inventory, separating decorations by room and getting rid of unwanted items.  I am not an expert on the subject, but I will tell you that I am learning a few tricks through hands-on experience and plenty of nose-diving into those over-packed ornament bins.

The first thing I did was search on Pinterest and YouTube for organizing ideas.  One idea that stood out for me was storing the decorations in clear roll-out storage carts.  The idea is brilliant.  Everything is quickly accessible, no heavy lifting and no need to dive into messy bins.  

I just loved this idea of the roll carts.  I purchased a few of these carts from Walmart assigned one for each of the two trees in the house.  One large cart holds the ornaments for the tree in our living room and another holds the ornaments for the tree in our dining room.







We also bought the following supplies to help with the task:
  • Large Sharpie
  • Gift wrap Tissue Paper (Dollar Store)
  • Storage Bags (Target)
  • Small Garbage Bags (13 Gallon)





I began by labeling each storage bag and wrapping each ornament with tissue paper.





































All of the Christmas arrangements were store in deep large clear storage bins.  I layered a few sheets of tissue paper on top of the arrangement for protection before covering.






Max always finds a way to get into the picture.  lol




Holiday art/pillows/stockings were also covered and placed in small garbage bags and then placed in clear storage bins also.









These are also perfect for storing those special wreaths.
This was another great idea I found on Pinterest for storing electrical extensions,




I have to be honest, this was not a small task at all.  Thank goodness I had the help of my husband through it all.  But I am so glad that we took the time to organize it all.  Another thing I found most helpful was labeling everything.  It will make your life so much easier.  

Well, Christmas goodies are finally in order.  Next year, decorating the trees will be a breeze.  Now is on to the rest of the basement ladies.  That is a scary thought and one that I am not looking forward to.  

I hope you can take some ideas from this post to use in your own home.  I will share my progress with the basement as I go along.


Thank you for stopping by today.

Janet


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Creating A Room For Relaxation


I always look forward to decorating for the holidays but when New Year's roll around, I am eager to put all the decorations away and tidy up around the house.


But today, I decided to enjoy a few moments of solitude and catching up with my reading in one of our guest rooms. This room has a double purpose. A guest room for family and friends a place for me to enjoy a bit of privacy and relaxation. The room has plenty of charm and sweetness. A serene space that makes it easy for anyone to take a little breather.


And that is my focus today, creating a private space for yourself in your own home. We all have such busy lives that we forget to take a few minutes for ourselves. I am so guilty of that myself but this year, I have promised myself that I will dedicate a few minutes to unwind.












This is smaller guest room in our home. We gave it a makeover a few years ago. As you may have already noticed, I have a passion for florals and romantic decor. And this room has a bit of a cottage feel. It is so dreamy!!

This room is also very bright. My goal has been to unify the rooms. It has certainly been a labor of love for the past 9 years. The antique bed and nightstands were originally dark. We painted them beige and lightly distressed them. I do not like perfect pieces. I like things to have character and a worn feel.



We chose teal bedding for a pop of color. A rattan tray holds beloved collected items such as my pink floral tea cups and vintage ladies bust. And I always have to have fresh flowers. It is my weekly indulgence.  I have fun putting together room that is insta-dreamy.


I love adding personal details in every room. Pretty pieces for guest to enjoy but I too take the time to enjoy each room in our home. After all, it is a room worth admiring.


Details are everything when decorating and creating a space for total relaxation and bliss.  And candles are always a must. They add instant ambiance to any room.











 A comfy chair next to the fireplace is the perfect spot to curl up with a book and enjoy a warm cup of tea.






And every room needs a chandelier of course



So take the time to enjoy your home. It is our largest investment and should be enjoyed not only by your family and friends, but by the people that live in it. Create a room in which you can escape to. A room to gather your thoughts and re-connect. Large or small, you deserve it.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Janet