…master bedroom redux – hardwood

I am finally able to show you some of the updates that we did to our master bedroom this summer. Like most projects that DH and I get into, they are not small. We love a good project. It all started with a dumpster being delivered to our driveway in June. This is what our home looked like for the summer.

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I got a bee in my bonnet about replacing the carpet in our bedroom with hardwood because of this. I cannot stand buckling carpet. Bad. Yes, we could have had it stretched, but we also had a dog in this house for a very long time and he loved lounging in here. Needless to say, the carpet suffered.

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DH wanted to pull the carpet himself to save on time and money. It is a messy job. Good thing we had a capable helper.

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I should mention that at the same time we were installing wood floors, we were also refinishing our main level wood floors and building a patio. That’s how we roll. Here’s a look.

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Here is the after of the master. We are so super happy. I do think you need an area rug for a bit of softness and I was thrilled to find this one. It’s light in color, but I love the lattice print. When choosing an area rug don’t get sucked into a pretty print in a magazine. They can look great in a magazine, but that does not mean you can live with it in real life. Go a few shades more subtle even if you think it’s a bit boring. You don’t want the rug stealing the show! You want it to all work together to create a calm space.

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I am not going to show you a wide shot until the end of the week. So stay tuned. I’ll show you some wall decor, lighting and fantastic mirrored nightstands I chose.

xo

 

…oscar egg blue

There is so little to get excited about in late February that when it’s Sunday night and the Oscars are on, I cannot help but get into the spirit. I turn the TV on about 4:00 to catch the full 3 hours of “Live from the Red Carpet”. For those of you that do not live in the US, this is a basically our chance to judge all the celebrities’ clothes and it is quite entertaining.

I love movies. I love movies so much – maybe not as much as books – but I love getting swept away in a story in time that I will probably never experience. I get so into a movie that it lingers with me for days until I am able to shake it off. Don’t get me started on how long it took to decompress from “Room.”

So, when one of my favorite actors chooses to wear a dress that looks like a fairy tale I love it. Cate Blanchett. She never disappoints. Hello, she was Queen Elizabeth.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Magic.

And a magical color. Let’s look at what Pinterest has to offer in this amazing color.

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Blue egg. Seaglass. Dreamy. Fairy. Queen. Bliss. Fresh. Quiet. Water.

 

…favorite things friday: cutting board decor

I have more cutting boards for decor than I do for actual use. I think a pretty, little stack of boards in a kitchen can be so simple and add interest. I must admit that I was first inspired by this look by the one and only Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa. Obsessed with everything Ina.

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I would love to tell you all to go out to a vintage shop and pick up a few, old French cutting boards. For some of you this is an option, for others you can order something similar online. I love these boards from Pottery Barn. They are pretty and practical. Prices vary.

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Here are some more images decorating with cutting boards via Pinterest.

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This last image makes me want to troll Etsy for vintage boards. Ready, set, go!