…master bedroom redux…lighting and littles

My secret to great lighting at a lower cost is to go to the kid’s department. I feel like all the big retail shops have child and teen departments that are getting better and better by the year. If you get these catalogues in your mail and toss them, then I would challenge you to refrain and take a look. I always troll the home decor websites and these departments are real contenders for the good-looking stuff.

I ended up getting the light fixture for my master bedroom from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child. This is the second chandelier I’ve purchased for an adult space from them. Here is the one I chose:

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It’s wood and white washed. Here is a look at what I had previously along with another look at the carpet that was in this space. I heart a crystal chandelier, but this one was not working for me anymore. I wanted something a bit rougher and larger.

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And here is a look at the new one in black and white.

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I also wanted to show you a few other small items that I worked on before I show you the full room. I went a bit monochromatic with my white, but also left the bits of gray.

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I definitely edited the “stuff” that I had in here because I didn’t want the distraction from a sense of calm. I left the books, small statues, clock, a few small wall decor items and pillows. Life is chaos outside those bedroom doors!

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…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.

 

…wallpaper

Don’t you feel like sometimes in order to get things done you just need to consult NO ONE and just get the ball rolling yourself? I do. There are times when I tell DH to stop being a speed bump. I have a vision and it needs to come to fruition. Well, my need for wallpaper was no exception.

You may have seen wallpaper pop up in the last few years. It is definitely coming back in a big way. I remember when my parents had the dining room wallpapered with big flowers and a navy background. Remember, Guys? It is so hip now that places like Anthropologie is selling reams of paper. And you know if Anthro is selling it I’m all in.

I wanted to start with my powder room. I’ve heard it explained that a powder room can be like a jewel box – you open it up and is is a beauitful, little world. I wanted to play a bit in this space and let myself explore some fancy, daring paper.

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I ended up ordering from Graham and Brown out of the UK. They have an amazing selection. It took about 3 months to get my paper and I kind of thought it was never going to come. Finally, 5 rolls arrived at my door. I consulted with a wallpaper specialist who told me how many rolls I would need for him to install.

It took another 3 months for the his team to fit me into their schedule and when he was able to, he called and asked if he could come the next morning. EEEEEEK! I had yet to tell DH that ANY of this was happening! He knew nothing! I had invested in the paper and finally had the installer ready to go….I had to just do it.

So, Monday morning came, DH went to work and 30 minutes later my powder room was being primed. If you have not seen professional wallpapers before, let me tell you that it is a craft. I still have no idea how they did such detailed work, but it involved measuring, a special table.

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So cool, right? A part of me wanted to hang out with these guys and watch every step, but I also didn’t want to be an annoying home-owner and get in their way. Instead, I let myself be surprised by the end result. Ta-da!

(I realize the lighting in these images is not the best – hard to capture light in a small space.)

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I am so happy that I let myself play and do something bold. It is a small enough space that it works. I must say that I am a bit addicted at this point to paper.

PS – If you are not a professional wallpaper-er you probably do not want to attempt to install it at home. The paper is expensive and you do not want to mess it up and get super frustrated. These installers have worked with paper for like 30 years and it is a serious craft!