In our post wedding blissdom, we’ve had some serious time to kick back and relax. It’s been strange to come home and not have to do anything. No wedding crafts, no DJ meetings, no nothing. It’s been relaxation maximation here at the roost and we’ve been 100% enjoying it. And since we’ve spent the last six plus months trying to clean up our bedrooms and prep the house for house guests, we haven’t had much time to think about any of those frivolous fun projects in our house. And in the last week we’ve been scheming up projects in just about every room in the house. Things we’ve been dying to tackle but just haven’t had time. After careful deliberations, very Design Star judge like, the room we decided to focus on for the next couple of weeks, our sad little living room.
I like to refer to the living room as the room where misfit furniture goes to live. Seriously…there’s a china cabinet in the corner of the room! We haven’t really touched the living room since move in day 2.5 years ago, other than a few tweakings here and there. Like the lobster art and Maine Cottage style media cabinet. So it’s about time we set out on a little freshening project in the living rooms.
And it all started last Monday, our last day off together on our vacation, just a few days after our wedding. We wanted nothing more to do than to relax on the couch and watch movies all day. But our couch, a small two seater, is not so conducive to our synchronized couch lounging ways. It’s not comfy for both of us to lounge simultaneously and we were officially over our two small love seat. It was time for an upgrade. Armed with some wedding money, we cruised the local furniture stores for a couch and finally settled on this guy:
Excuse the iPhone photo. The couch hails from the American Mattress & Furniture Gallery in Bangor, Maine and he was on sale for $688. We loved it! We can both 100% sprawl out, me on the chaise and Colby on the couch part, comfortably. Believe me…we tested it out. Thoroughly tested it out squishing our behinds into the plushness. Anyway, we wanted the chaise on the other side so we had to order the couch but he is scheduled to arrive in the next week or so. More on that later when the big dog makes his big appearance. So with a new couch on the way, I HAD to come up with a little living room mood board to help guide me in the freshening process. You know I couldn’t stop with just getting a new couch! He’s deserving of a cute space to come home to. Thus, there’s painting and sewing and building to do! Here’s the game plan:
- Valspar Baywaves Paint In Satin: It’s the same paint color that’s throughout the rest of the open spaces in our house and it’s about time the living room was painting the same color.
- The Couch: This guy came from Ikea, which was the original plan, but we found one we loved even more at the American Mattress & Furniture Gallery
- Rustic Chunky Wood Coffee Table: Like this one via Ana White based off a Pottery Barn style coffee table.
- Jute Rug: Which is the same rug we had used in the master bedroom mood board. He hails from Overstock.
- Drop Cloth Slip Covers: For the pair of pink chairs. The chairs are my grandmother’s old chairs and I’m pretty sure they’re older than I am but in great condition. I love them to death, just not the color. Since I’m infatuated with drop cloth upholstery these days, I’m thinking of trying my hand at crafting a slip cover.
- Built In Bookcases: I dream of built ins in our living room around the window overlooking the porch. I also dream of painting the backs of the built ins a light blue color. Sadly, this may need to be a long term project idea since adding built ins probably wouldn’t make sense until after we replace the floor. Sad. I believe the inspiration pic came from Better Homes & Gardens but I can’t seem to track it down.
- Bamboo Window Shades: layered with…
- Wide Striped Drapes: That I plan to sew using my Spoonflower Fabric creation.
- PILLOWS: I’ve been dreaming about throw pillows for weeks! I have been waiting years…YEARS to invest in throw pillows for a big ol’ couch and I finally get the chance! I shall leave no
stonestore unturned as I search for the most epicly awesome throw pillows for our new couch. But I’m digging orange pillows to play off the pair of Pottery Barn orange lamps (that I LOVE) already in the room. These orange pillows would be perfect and they come from Etsy here.
This plan should keep me busy for awhile. First up, wall painting, which is well under way. Actually…if you follow me on Instagram (I’m angiesroost and I just, JUST joined so go follow me) you’ve already seen that I’m up to trim painting! Woo to the hoo progress is being made.
Pssst…Stay tuned for a wall painting revelation tomorrow. Sad little living room no more!
The other day I was talking to my mom about style and she pointed out that it was painfully obvious, as she’s read the blog over the last couple of years, that my style has shifted. At first, I was a bright colors all the time kind of gal. I’m talking bright wall colors, bright patterns, bright light fixtures, etc. A more modern style. But lately, I would have to define my style as a cross between farmhouse and cottage with a few pops of accent color. This was painfully obvious to me as I put together the mood board for our master bedroom:
Did you ooh and ahh? I sure did! So here’s the breakdown for the master bedroom plan:
- Wall Color: I’m going with Valspar’s Sea Salt Blue. It’s muted with a punch of that blue tone that’s been resonating throughout our whole house. The paint color has this beachy, cottage feel to it that I adore.
- Jute Rug: Alas, another jute rug. This just so happens to be the same rug that I picked out for the guest room mood board yesterday that can be purchased from Overstock.
- Built In Closet: I have always had this grand vision of a wall to wall, floor to ceiling closet for our master bedroom. We have the perfect wall for such a closet and just barely enough space to make it work. In our tiny master bedroom, I want to make every inch count and what better way to maximize storage than with an organized to the max closet. This inspiration closet hailed from here.
- Shutter Headboard: No matter where we put the bed in our room, it’s inevitable, there will be a window behind it. So why fight it? A window shutter headboard, kind of like this one, would be adorable and practical in this room.
- Vintage Ticking Stripe Bedding: It’s official, I’m obsessed over this bedding from Pottery Barn. It’s gorgeous, it was the first item I added to the mood board (I may have designed the room around it), and we’ve registered for it as a wedding gift. Hmmm…but perhaps it should come home with us sooner?!
- Red Night Stands: I found this one at Rooms To Go Kids but I’m not married to the night stand…just it’s color. A pair of nightstands is high on the summer yard-sale-ing priority list. I’m feverishly scouring the local hoods for a matching pair that I can paint red and dress up with some hardware.
- Antler Chandelier: And finally le piece de resistance….a white (preferably faux) antler chandelier. Jury is still out whether or not I can find something like this guy or if I will have to DIY something. But I love it and think it will add some much needed masculinity to the room.
So there you have it. That’s the game plan for putting our master bedroom back together again. I’m hoping to stick to the game plan but you never know just what might pop up and change my mind. At least there is a plan to start with.
Pssst…In bedroom renovation news, the guest bedroom has been officially sheet rocked and we moved most of our clothes back in there while we dive into the master bedroom. We still have some more sheet rock to hang in the master and then it’s the always fun endeavor of mud slinging. And sanding…ick…I loathe sanding!
Since our bedrooms are still the most ginormous mess in the history of ginormous messes, I don’t really have much of an update for you on those rooms. But rest assured that new insulation and sheet rock has been going up. In lieu of a quality progress post, I’m whipping out the game plan. For your viewing pleasure today, I bring you our guest room mood board. Now, this is the first time in our two year renovation history that I’ve actually put together a plan for a space. Usually, I just kind of wing it. So it will be interesting to see how these rooms turn out vs. the winging it approach. But anyway, today I’ll be presenting you the guest room plan aka mood board and tomorrow’s post will be all about the master bedroom (still a little uncertain about that room). The guest room scheme was completely inspired by some napkins.
Is that crazy? A little bit? Maybe? I saw these napkins at Target a few weeks ago, the Privet House for Target napkins, and fell completely and utterly in love with them. It was all about the color and the pattern combined in this set of eight napkins. I loved them like a person should not love napkins. And since I was in the middle of trying to come up with a plan for guest bedroom, I decided to let my love for the napkins transpire into a love for the guest room. Here’s what it led to…drum roll please…the guest bedroom mood board:
So here’s the plan:
- Rustic Wood Accent Wall: The back wall (the one with the window) is going to be covered with recycled wood. Totally inspired from Keven & Layla’s reading room at the Lettered Cottage.
- Anthropologie Curtains: I adore those curtains at Anthropologie with the pom pom trim. I’m in total crazy stupid love mode with those curtains, just not the price tag ($108 PER PANEL). I want to make my own by taking a cheap pair of white curtains and sewing on pom pom trim…maybe in green.
- Rustic Light Fixture: More specifically a galvanized metal pendant like this guy from the Home Depot for $48.97.
- Rustic Armoire: I have visions of transforming an old cabinet that we inherited with the house into something like the inspiration picture above from here. Since the room will be serving as a guest room and has no closets or storage space, an old cabinet would be the perfect spot to store linens and pillows for optimal guest comfort.
- Day Bed: A day bed, maybe even one with a trundle bed underneath for extra guests, is the perfect solution for such a small room. I’m thinking throw the day bed up against the window/accent wall, leaving the rest of the room open. The inspiration day bed hails from the amazing Ana White’s design files. You can find the tutorial for it here.
- Jute Rug: The room needs texture, kind of like the twine wrapped around the napkins (my room inspiration). What better way to add texture than with a jute rug like this guy from Overstock. And I’m a total sucker for jute rugs.
- Bedding: Let’s talk about bedding. This past winter, I fell in love with a bedding combo from Martha Stewart. It included white, ruffled sheets and shams with a knit blanket. Because I could never get away with ruffles in our master bedroom, I’m getting it out of my system in the guest room. And I have big intentions of teaching myself to knit by knitting that blanket.
- Throw Pillows: Now this is where the majority of the color is going to come into play. I’m thinking a sea of coral and green with maybe some browns mixed in there for good measure. The coral pillow is from Bliss Living Home which can be purchased at Nordstrom and the green pillow is a Trina Turk pillow from Bed Bath & Beyond.
I’m still a little undecided on the wall color but I’m leaning towards a deep tan color, kind of like the tan in the coral napkins. But that’s still up in the air.
So here’s hoping I can stick to the plan. But given my track record I’ll probably go in a completely different direction when the time comes.
Pssst…Be sure to check in tomorrow for the master bedroom mood board a plan. And happy Memorial Day to you all!
Our wedding is officially less than 90 days away! Can you believe it?! Less than three months away! When I realized this for the first time a minor panic button went off in my head. It went something like this, “oh my gosh, you still have so much to do, you haven’t started a single craft project, you still don’t know what you want to do for centerpieces………uh-oh.” So I decided it was time to make my reception table decisions and COMMIT TO THEM so I can start making everything. So without further ado, I bring you the wedding reception table mood board….wah-bam!
So here is a break down of the game plan:
- Table Runners: This blue ticking fabric will make amazing table runners. I recently picked up the fabric from a local Jo-Ann’s store and have started assembling runners.
- Place Cards: I dig rustic, made from branches and twigs place cards. These will be a fun DIY project to tackle.
- Table numbers: These numbers are perfect. The perfect color and the perfect style. I envision having Colby cut me up some boards out of scrap wood and then I’ll paint some wooden numbers from the craft store and glue them to the boards.
- Stenciled Napkins: This may sound crazy, and believe me that’s exactly what I’m thinking, but I love the idea of making my own napkins for the reception and stenciling them. But if for some reason I become time pressed, this is the first project to go.
- Mason Jar Candles: So simple…take a mason jar, fill it with gravel, wrap it with twine, insert candle, and light it! And you can’t have a barn themed wedding (our official theme is “Party ‘Til The Cows Come Home”), without some mason jars?!
- Favor Boxes: Can’t you just see cute little, craft paper favor boxes sitting on our reception tables? I do, I do! I’m pretty certain I can make these. I’ve found a few templates but have yet to test them out. You know I’ll share the details once I figure it all out. Oh yeah, and I’m thinking whoopie pies will make a mighty fine Maine themed favor!
- Birch Bark Vases: I have already started working on the prototype for this. If collecting the birch bark counts as making a prototype. I want these vases to be the focal point of the table. And of course they will be sporting our initials in a Colby-carved-our-initials-in-a-tree kind of way. And inside the vases will be…..
- Billy Buttons and
- White Zinnias both of which are happily growing in our garden as we speak.
So there you have it. The girl has a plan, a very definitive plan. So now when I’m cruising Pinterest or Style Me Pretty I won’t get distracted and go totally off track. Although I’m sure things will change and my “mood” will sway a little bit but at least there’s a plan.
Pssst…so seriously, what do you all think? Any hints, tips, tricks or advice? Any recent brides out there who would like to share their centerpiece craft stories? Or brides to be…chime in too!