…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.


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.


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.




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.



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.





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.



…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)


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.


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.




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






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