Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Bedroom Neglected Finally Gets Curtains + a little more

We have thought about and painted our bedroom 3 times since we have moved in 4 1/2 years ago. When we first moved in it had 3 walls a yellow cream color and one long wall a 1990's mauve. Well.... that had a to real quick.

We ended up painting the mauve wall a turquoise color and leaving the other 3.

After a year we couldn't handle the turquoise and couldn't figure out what to do. So we painted the entire room a gray. Unfortunately, it was a mid to dark gray and I couldn't get inspired.

This past year we painted the room a tan color that I can only say looks EXACTLY like the caramel icing color you get in the can. I even held up the can and checked. YUP! It matches. I LOVE the color but just couldn't figure out what else to do.  This picture is the small corner between the large wall (on the left) and the closet door on the right.
Here is my empty window before. Don't judge on the broken up blinds. These are the original builder blinds from 15 years ago and they are pretty much dry rotted. As soon as I find something I love to replace them, they are GONE!
I finally decided on something. Curtains and lamps. My mother and I went shopping at Marshall's where I found two awesome graphic lamps that I just LOVE!

This is our random night stand on my husband's side for now. It is a wood filing cabinet. I don't love it there but it works until I find two pieces that fit the room perfectly. This picture is taken at night with just this lamp on.
 This picture is taken with the lamp and our overhead light on at the same time. Still night time though. Don't you just love the graphic print? I do!
 This one is on my side of the bed. I have an IKEA end table that was originally purchased for our oldest daughter's room when we moved into this house but it doesn't fit in her room. Therefore, it is my make shift night stand until I fall in love with something.
 Here are my cream curtains. You can tell they aren't ironed. I was in too much of a hurry to finally get them up and check them out that they didn't see the steam yet. I will take them down and iron... eventually. :o)

 Here is a close up of the cross design in the fabric. I like that it is a heavy cream color so it doesn't look to "white" against the caramel walls.




I also found some great cream curtains.




I want a feature wall of trim like the dear people at Rambling Renovators Bedroom




But I am keeping my caramel color on the other walls. I might even keep in between the molding caramel as well. Haven't decided yet. What do you think? Trim out the wall in white and keep the large sections caramel or paint the entire feature wall white with the trim and leave the other 3 caramel?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Valentine's Day Mantle in Pink



Okay so I have played around and come up with my Valentine's Day mantle. I've had it up for a week but I'm just a little slow with the blog this week. We've been a little nuts at school and things aren't beginning to settle down for a few more weeks.

Here is what I did. I had the "Wish" word up for Christmas, carried it through January and just can't seem to put it away. I am just in LOVE with this sparkly word and I think it might just be my mantra for this year. I tied a small pink ribbon around the "I" just for fun. I also stacked it up on a few books and covered it with a white gauzy scarf to boost it in height.
Next up is our beautiful candlestick. I had this sitting on the piano for Christmas and January and was just dying to get it onto the mantle for February. I used two different pink ribbons tied in a bow to spruce it up.


I bought this awesome shiny vase at T.J. Maxx for $10!!!! I LOVE it! I filled it with fresh carnations a student got me last week for my birthday. There is sand in the bottom and a small glass vase inside with water for the carnations since the vase is way too tall for them on its own.
The small glass hurricane is from Partylite a few years ago with a pink candle inside. The Longaberger basket with our "G" is still there from January. I just LOVE it as well. The little greenery is from my hallway shelf. It is a small Chinese ceramic container filled with button fern. Also, the white lights from January are still up as well. The girls just adore how it glows at night with the fireplace and us all in the living room. They may have to go by March though. We'll see.

Monday, February 7, 2011

FREE Avery Valentine's Day Printables









Click HERE to find some FREE Valentine's Day Printables from Avery. How cute are they?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

30th Birthday and a Little Video Love





So this week has been crazy with my students getting ready for the Super Bowl and of course this week is always my birthday week. Yesterday, February 4th, I turned the big 30.  Trust me I have now dealt with all that comes with that change and even had a good cry and chest pains to boot. My family threw me a party at my mother's house and did lots of special things. I had a cake shaped like a camera, my birthday announced on the radio and my husband made an awesome video for my family.

I thought all his hard work needs to be seen again so I am posting it here.

It has been very hard realizing I am now 30. It isn't that it seems old just I wasn't ready to be that age yet. Strange huh? Anyone else have an emotional birthday milestone? Does it get easier?

On the bright side I asked for Lowes gift cards so now I'm at least a happy 30 year old.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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