TODAY IS THE DAY! 6 weeks ago I joined 17 other bloggers on a fun challenge. We were each challenged to revamp one needy room in our home and would have 6 weeks go get ‘er done. 6 weeks may sound like a decent amount of time, but boy does it fly by!
First of all, let me just say how incredible (!!!!) it feels to have a decorated master bedroom. I won’t even post the before photo just yet because I seriously don’t want to blind you before you get to all the pretty pictures (you can see the scary before HERE). I have a bunch of DIY tutorials to share with you in later posts as well, so look out for those in the coming days/week.
Alrighty, I’ll stop talking now so we can just devour these photos together…
I’ve moved my dear ballerina around my house like I was playing musical chairs. I’m confident she’s finally found her resting spot! I love her in this room!
The first major update I made was actually creating a designated workspace. I’m so excited about this! You see my West Elm Mirrored Parson’s desk? Craigslist find like 2 years ago. I scored that desk for $100. ONE HUNDRED dollars! SO CHEAP. I’m just so happy to be using it as it’s purposed, rather than using it as a storage spot for my giant euro pillows. This leads me to ask, what do you do with your sham pillows??? It’s pretty much impossible to make my bed every day, so my pillows tend to reside on the floor, or in previous situations, on top of my desk! I think the solution is to get rid of them all together.
Remember my gold leaf chair?? I like to think it was this glorious chair that started the gold trend [pat’s self on back]
This is the mister’s side of the bed. If only he knew how lucky he is to touch that lamp every night! I was originally intending to go with a different nightstand (and headboard for that matter) but time and money are usually what dampers my plans. I don’t like that the nightstand gets lost in the black paint. The light source in our room is on the opposite wall, so getting natural light for this shot was a bit difficult. Also, these photos make me realize I need to get a better shot of our rug. It’s BEAUTIFUL. I’ll post another day about it.
Definitely the mix of white linens and white dressers against the black dipped walls help the room to feel sizeable and bright. Everything just pops so nicely against the black walls, something I never really imagined to experience in person.
So many perfect elements were married in this room: my love for black & white & gold, my foraging ways, my obsession with Clare Elsaesser (I have another print in route but it didn’t make it in time for the reveal), my thrifting finds (hello $15 mid-century mirror & horse bookends!).
I did the most risky thing ever (for me) in this bedroom. I’m not much of a trendy gal, yes I love black & white & gold but classics are hardly categorized as trendy, so this was really the first time I jumped on a trend that felt like the right thing to do. I dipped my walls and I’m not afraid to say it! I am utterly infatuated with my walls! That crisp black line! Hot mama!
Painting the walls this way was a last minute decision. I was originally going to add some wall paneling or wainscot of sorts, but time just did not allow. I knew my white furniture would get lost in white walls so I had to do something out of the box, and dipping my walls felt like the absolute perfect solution.
You might wonder if our room looks smaller. Quite the opposite actually! And our room looks defined, grown up even!
And just for that impressive before & after, here is the master bedroom before:
Wall paint: top – BM Paper White bottom: BM Onyx | drapery fabric: Dunmore Dragon | Ballerina painting: vintage | gild chair | landscape canvas: Artfully Walls | headboard | navy velvet pillow: handmade | nightstand | gold task lamp | blue tassel throw| tall textured vase | dresser | mid century mirror: vintage | horse bookends: vintage | gold fleur pillow | hair day print | brass ornament | white egg vase | pug bowl & copper candle | black & white abstract art DIY |
Don’t forget, the blog hop lasts all week! Check out the reveals we’ve seen so far by clicking on the links below. All these ladies are crazy talented, I recommend you go and get your Pin-It button ready for action
Welcome Jones Design Company readers! So happy you’re stopping by on this fun blog hop. Emily’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years! Her blog is such an inspiration, she’s actually one of the reasons I started blogging.
Now that Halloween 2014 is in the books, we can officially declare that the holidays are here! I tend to resist the end of summer in spite of the fact Fall is my favorite season. My husband on the other hand? He’s probably the most pumped about the holidays, he’s been listening to Christmas music since July.
I love being a part of these seasonal blog hops – they keep me honest and ready for whatever’s next. In this case, Thanksgiving!
Our family is notorious for keeping the tablescape S I M P L E for Thanksgiving. We really prefer to highlight the food, not that styling a table isn’t something we enjoy doing, we just tend to style more with food than with decor during the big holiday feasts.
Today my goal is to share just a couple tips on how to keep that table setting simple yet chic and memorable.
#1 | FORAGE
The first thing I do when decorating for Thanksgiving is take a walk around the block with a pair of clippers. I keep an eye out for seasonal foliage and ‘borrow’ a couple clippings to toss in a vessel or two for some natural flair on the table.
#2 | LINENS
I love collecting unique linen napkins, and my trick is to buy one or two of a pattern and mix with other linen napkins of a similar color palette. It’s a fool proof way to trick people into thinking I effortlessly mixed the patterns myself, when really… I’m just too cheap to buy a full set. Ha!
#3 | SEASONAL EATS
I always hit up my local Trader Joe’s for inexpensive seasonal fruits and veggies. My favorite fruit for entertaining is the persimmon! They’re so unique to the season and I love how they give the perfect amount of dimension and color, they feel almost sculptural. It doesn’t hurt that they’re crunchy and delicious! My favorite salad right now: persimmon slices + kale + pomegranate seeds + chevre. YUM.
We host such a huge party every Thanksgiving, most of the prep time is spent on the food and not so much on the table setting. Our family is more than casual, with the main focus being on the food and the company, there’s not much room left for frills and layered place settings in our house. A little goes a long way, that’s for sure!
Get more inspiration by checking out yesterday’s BSHT bloggers, and hop on over to Cassie’s blog to catch her amazingly curated tablescape.
// ONE I’m in love with the Sugar Paper line now available at Target! Get your 2015 calendars and planners ASAP // TWO I must be ready for the season as i’m already coveting warm clothes and layer-able items like this perfect plaid scarf // THREE Oh Joy! for Target, the holiday line is here, and I must have that table runner! It still surprises me how affordable this stuff is! // FOUR obsessing over the Etsy shop that sells these gorgeous handmade kantha baby quilts // FIVE this is a very cool, and VERY affordable flatwoven rug
Happy Halloween!!! What’s everyone dressed as today? How about your kids? Zano is going as a grizzly bear. Aren’t baby costumes are so stinkin’ cute?
// I forgot about this table in yesterday’s post (Thank you Lindsey!)
// Sneak peek of our kitchen
A commenter asked me the other day to round up some dining table options since she is in the market for a new dining table, and what do you know? So are we! Our kitchen remodel has decreased our dining space slightly, which means our Parson’s dining table no longer fit the space. I was having a hard time dealing with such a large dining table anyway, as much as I loved it as a craft surface, it was impossible to keep clutter free. With that said, I’m actually happy to be moving on to a table that better suites our space.
When deciding on what table would best suit our space, I first considered the flow of the room. Our kitchen and dining room are now one – you know, that open concept that’s so hot on homeowner’s minds right now? We have a small house anyway, so a smaller table was really the only thing that made sense. My husband always thinks of function as the only deciding factor when purchasing furniture (men. right?, he wanted us to get an expandable table for when we have family and friends over. I wasn’t against it, but I realized we needed a round table to break up the boxy angles and lines of our new kitchen, and there aren’t many round expandable tables that (let’s be honest) I liked.
It’s not often we have a large group of folks over anyway, so we decided we would purchase a folding table which we can store in our garage and bring out when we do have guests over that exceed our normal seating arrangement. It was worth it to me to get a table appropriate for our space rather than get something that is just too large. Our everyday is just the 3 of us, and a 4-seat table is really all we need.
Here are 5 round tables that were contenders for our dining room. Can you guess which we purchased?
We took baby Zano to our local pumpkin patch this weekend! I really enjoyed taking him, he was so observant of all the little kids running around and wanted to touch all the pumpkins. It was always a tradition in our families to go to the pumpkin patch every year and it feels amazing passing even the littlest tradition on to this new family of mine. I know Zano couldn’t actually pick out a pumpkin, but documenting his first trip is something we will reminisce once he’s older.
Speaking of pumpkins, this weekend was the first time it really felt like Fall. It rained on Saturday, which I must have sensed was coming because I actually covered up our patio set just the other day!
Here’s our patio set, sans party, sans appetizers, sans anythign pretty really. We made a valiant attempt last year to cover it, but ended up just bringing the cushions inside all winter. This year I was all bent on getting a patio cover for the set, as with all things I own, I like to prolong it’s life as long as possible.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never worked with a patio cover before, mainly because I’ve never actually had a back yard to call my own! I totally feel like a responsible adult now that my patio set is covered
Their cover was so easy to use. It’s fashioned with ties and those bungee tightening cable thingys, using both really got a perfect fit around our entire patio set.
It might go without saying, but covering your patio furniture will seriously extend the life of your patio set. You can always find a reasonable cover at your local shop, but if you’re in the market, I highly recommend checking out Classic Accessories. It rained on Saturday and our patio set stayed nice and dry, for that I am a happy camper.
*Classic Accessories sent me this product for review, all opinions are my own
TGIF folks, like, for real.
Today’s post is a little different than my usual Friday posts. Instead of piecing together 5 things I love from multiple venues, today I’m sharing with you things I love from ONE venue: the POPSUGAR Must Have Box!
Are you a subscriber? Have you heard of it? I posted this picture yesterday and shortly after I found out a close friend of mine is a subscriber and LOVES it! Her husband surprised her with the subscription not too long ago, and her reaction was pure excitement. A direct quote, “it feels like Christmas every month!” Her favorite products so far are the candles, and I have to agree because the October candle is hands down the best thing I’ve ever smelled. Our dogs sleep in our bedroom, sometimes it can get stinky, and let me tell you, now my bedroom smells like delicious pomegranates, not to mention it’s in a chalkboard votive.
The best part of about the Must Have Box is that you actually receive some incredible products, and each box is a mystery! Every month you receive a box full of goodies, things you need, things you want, things you didn’t even know you want but now couldn’t live without! I started my subscription with the October box which is currently being revealed by bloggers like myself. You can check out previous month’s boxes here, I’m super jelly about that September box!
My favorite item in the October box is the lucite picture frame. Literally the day before I received the box I was searching high and low for a lucite floating picture frame that was reasonably priced. I almost spent $20 on a frame, but this box PLUS all of it’s other goodies was only $39.95! Certainly those Rifle Paper Co. cards in the September box alone exceeds that price.
I couldn’t be more impressed with the products POPSUGAR curates for their subscribers. I’m pretty excited to tell you POPSUGAR has offered a special $10 discount for brittanyMakes readers, just enter code OCT10SELECT when you buy a 3-month subscription. The code is only valid thru 11/2, so get your move on and try it out. You won’t be disappointed.
POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.