Friday, February 12, 2016

New Bedding in the Master (and More DIY Pillows)

Hello there all! Sorry for the late post today! I'm back with another quick update to the master bedroom. We have two bedrooms that I've been working on for some time and I really want to call them DONE. (See the updates to the guest room here.) The master has been a long process, so long that I've already changed out the bedding that I bought for the room when I started. Thankfully the end of this makeover is in sight! 

I got a new duvet cover years ago when I started updating this room but the animals wore it out quick. I wanted something with a little more color to it too -- not a lot because I really want to this to be a calm and relaxing space. I started keeping my eye out when I was out and about and finally found a comforter set at HomeGoods -- you could see a peek of it when I finally started painting the rest of the walls
Whitestone Benjamin Moore

It came with the basic pillow shams but because I'm a girl I like a few more pillows on the bed. :) I like some decorative ones and I sleep with approximately seven pillows so I guess you could say I have a bit of a problem.

I made covers for the euros (I get my inserts at IKEA -- best prices anywhere!) and a few others a year ago, but of course they didn't go with the new bedding. I have to tell you -- mixing and matching fabrics stresses me out. I feel like I do OK at it, but it takes a lot of effort. Lots of shopping around finding the perfect patterns and colors to go together. Sometimes the thought of fabric shopping has me giddy and sometimes messing with all of that just wears me out. Seriously.

Another thing -- last month I did my no spend month and I tell you what, after that month I kind of hate to the leave the house to run errands. It's weird. Not spending means I'm home a lot more and I get used to that and love it. So because I'm still easing into my errand running, I was looking for an easy and quick fix for the new pillow covers. 

Yet again, I went with the slightly nontraditional. I do this a lot. :) I took one of the new shams with me to HomeGoods (to match it) and browsed the drapery aisle. I found a basic but pretty set: 
pillows from drapes

The two eight foot drapes were $25 -- which is a steal when it comes to some fabrics. If I went to the fabric store with a coupon I probably could have spent less, but sometimes you just don't want to drive all over the place. 

I thought I would just need one panel and could use the other for something else later, but I cut my covers too small the first time. Thankfully I had the extra drapery panel and three 26x26 (I make the covers slightly smaller) pillows came out of that perfectly.

I still need to steam a few wrinkles out, but I'm really happy with the simpler look on the bed: 
DIY tufted headboard

I LOVE the new bedding! I just think it's so pretty. All of the colors work beautifully with the room and the light color works perfectly with the new pillow covers. I got rid of a few more throw pillows I used to have on the bed -- I wanted to tone things down a bit. It was such a pain to put them all on the bed after making it every day too.

I'm lying. You all know I made the bed for you today and that's the first time it's happened in a long time. Anyway, I just didn't want as many anymore so I stuck with the three euros, two king pillows and a long accent one:
Tarva IKEA dresser as nightstand

Less fuss for sure!

I like how the new euros work with my chair in there too. I'm a matching girl at heart…I like to mix patterns but they have to have colors that carry through. I'm not one who can just throw random colors together -- when it's done well I love that in other homes. It's just not me. 

The other new additions to the room are the Tarva dressers from IKEA -- we've had them for a few months now but I have yet to finish them. The materials are in the garage, I just have to do it!: 
Paneled wall behind bed
I'll talk more about these when I finish them but so far I'm really happy with their size and functionality. They are the perfect height and hold a ton of stuff that used to sit out on the top of the old nightstands.

I'm so glad to get one more thing knocked off the list in this room -- next I need to hem the bed skirt (it's crazy long!) and then finish up a couple more projects in this space. I'm very close to calling this one done!

This room is sooooo soothing and pretty and we LOVE it. Thankfully even with the new bedding everything so far has been a wash with what we got from selling our bed years ago. I think I'm just now at the point where I'm going to spend more than what we got so that's awesome.
Gray accent wall with trim

Oh, and I thought I took a photo of this bedding packaging but have looked and looked and cannot find it. I wish I could tell you the brand name! I know it's a brand that HomeGoods carries a lot -- I see it every time I visit. If I see it again I'll be sure to update this.

So there you go -- more pillows made from things that aren't supposed to be pillows. I do this often. :) (Go here and here to see.) I think it's a great way to improvise and sometimes it's cheaper than something from the fabric store. And it's a great option when you're just feeling lazy and don't want to drive one more place. ;)

Here's more info on other projects in this room!:
DIY headboard for $100
Gray accent wall behind bed
TV gallery wall 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Getting to the Inspiration Pic

Hello my friends! I'm so thrilled with a couple changes I made to the guest bedroom and couldn't wait to show you. I swear, if I didn't blog I wouldn't get half of this stuff done in our house! It's a good thing, but if I didn't blog I'm guessing we'd always have clean clothes, so there's a trade off there. 

Last I left you with the guest room I shared the new bed that makes hearts pop out of my eyes when I walk in the room: 
Softened green Sherwin Williams

I've been contemplating a small change in the room and the addition of the bed made it clear I needed to do it. This photo has been (loose) inspiration for me over the years as I've worked on this space: 
White walls with black and green accents

I don't want to replicate it exactly -- the best part about inspiration photos is tweaking them to work for your own space and taste. But my takeaways from this are that I love the green, black and white combo and the contrast of the three. LOVE. (By the way, if anyone has an original source for this, let me know!)

The Softened Green wall color in this room was inspired by this photo. But as you can see in the pic, that white wall behind the bed really makes everything pop. So I decided to finally change that back wall to white. What I thought would take a little over an hour ended up taking more than four, but more on that in a bit. 

The other part of this photo that I loved? That lamp! I work with Better Homes and Gardens every other month to show off their products and I was SO excited when I found this one online that was so similar (I actually like it even more): 



Swing arm lamp BHG Walmart

You can adjust this in two spots -- the big arm and then the actual light: 
swing arm lamp bronze

The description says it's bronze but it's more black to me. I think it goes so perfectly with the cottagey feel in this room! 

I love that you can adjust where the light goes so easily -- I like these lamps for reading in bed: 
Cottage bedroom ideas

Because I love symmetry I got one for each side of the bed: 
DIY sunburst mirror

I absolutely love them against the new white wall! Contrast is my JAM. 

Although as hard as I try, not having matching nightstands is not my jam. I've tried to do it over the years and it makes me twitch. I am a lover of symmetry and just need to go with it. So one of the last changes to this space will be to find simple matching nightstands. Not an easy feat as I'm trying to redo this whole room on a very small budget. 

I'm so so so happy I painted that back wall white. Love it. The green is so beautiful but it was feeling a little heavy. My husband loved it all in green but as soon as he saw the white he commented on how much brighter it made the room: 
Metal bed cottage bedroom

The power of paint is strong my friends. The white ties everything together in here -- the wall across from this one has the big sliding closet doors in white as well. It also ties in the pretty window woodwork I added last year.

I was hoping because the trim work on that wall is so thin that I could just use the paint roller right over it, but no. I had to use a brush and cut in around all that trim. Sob. It took forever!! But now that I'm done, it was worth it. :) 

I recently put one of our black dressers up in this room (you can see a bit of it in the photo above) and it looks SO GOOD. I'm so stinking happy with how this room has come together. The next time you see this space it will be completely done -- I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks or so. My goal this year is to finish the spaces I've started in this house and this one will definitely be knocked off the list! :) 


Here are some more posts about this room that you may find helpful!


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