Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

OK…I have teased you enough with my “sneaky peekies” of my bedroom.

You have seen a “sneak peek” of the fabric and pillows . . .

~ ~ some of which were made by my friend Linda.

So without further adieu . . .

Here is what I have been doing in the master bedroom.

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I found the duvet cover while at the Pottery Barn in Atlanta . . .

~ ~ it was on super clearance and it had to come home with me.

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Sneaky Peekies of a Bedroom Makeover and Farmer’s Market Love

No…it is not my granddaughter’s space…still working on it . . .a slow process.

It is “MY” bedroom . . .

~ ~ while in Atlanta for the Haven Conference, Kim and I went to Pottery Barn . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ no surprise on that!

I found bedding that was on super clearance.

I have had it for a while; however, I needed to find some coordinating fabric for pillows.

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So my friend Linda to the rescue…making the euro shams and 2 pillows for me.

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There are a couple of additions in the room from HomeGoods.

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There will be lots of changes coming up next week, like this area in my sunroom.

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I made a trip to the Farmers’ Market yesterday to gather items for my front porch area.

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And guess who I met there???….the pretty Lauren from The Endearing Home…

~ ~ She did a post today on beautiful pics of the Farmers Market . . so hop over and see!!

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My friend Sherri took a pic of us….

~ ~ we were on a mission to get as many items in my van and do it in 2 hours.

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We filled every inch of the van with 18 large mums and countless pumpkins.

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This weekend I am decorating my porch for Fall . . .

~ ~ for the upcoming Fall Porch Linky Party!

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So link up your wonderful Fall Porch to this great party on Monday, September 22nd!!

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Happy Fall decorating!!!….and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Plate Inspired Fall Mantel

The last area to “fallify” was the mantel . . .

~ ~ however I did not want to add much fall foliage . . . just a simple vignette . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ to include the warm colors of Fall.

A bit of a departure from a past Fall Mantel.

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I started with this small platter by Myott & Sons, England/Banff, that I purchased for $5.00 . . .

~ ~ in an antique shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Sunflower Inspired Decor

The other day, I was “on the hunt” for a new pillow for the great room.

I really did not have anything in mind . . . other than it had to coordinate with a gold throw.

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The pillow is crewel work of a pretty gold and brown flower . . .

~ ~ it reminded me of the colors of sunflowers.

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Found the throw at HomeGoods too . . it has a “furry” texture on one side . . .

~ ~ and a velvet texture on the other side.

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After I left HomeGoods, I went directly to Trader Joe’s to purchase some sunflowers.

I grabbed my red transferware pitcher that I purchased on my France trip and arranged the flowers.

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My newly purchased ironstone tureen (my Pennsylvania deal) holds red apples for added color to the table.

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I changed out the garden stool that stood beside the chair and added the French Wine Picnic Basket . . .

~ ~ another find from France.

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Funny how a item such as this pillow can inspire you to change things about . . .

~ ~ to keep the room fresh and interesting. Pretty changes . . . a good thing.

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My High Low Project

I have been an Ethan Allen fan all my life…still am..

I wanted new lamps for the living room…I have had my eye on these wonderful lamps at Ethan Allen.

They were on sale…however, even on sale, they would have been over $700 for the pair..

So I left the store…..Leaving those beauties behind.

Looking sad :( I asked my hubby if he would not mind driving me by the new HomeGoods..

…..that was just around the corner.

He obliged…what a guy!

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I walked into HomeGoods and headed straight to the lamp section…

Que the choir of Angels…!!!

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Yes, this has been the week of lamps around here…

I wanted the look of those lamps that are made from vintage porch posts or balustrades …

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Ones that would blend in well with my other architectural elements in the room…

…..and the colors in my chair.

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Mission accomplished…

AND, the price was right!!!…$700 vs. just a tad over $100…

Lamps by Raymond Waites….Happy Dance by HomeGoods.

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I was lucky that I walked into HomeGoods when I did…I think they just put those lamps out…

…..and as I was wheeling the cart around..many asked, “are there more of those”???

“Sorry”…(Que the Violins)…I did not see anymore of these…but we have 5 HomeGoods in our area…

And that’s a good thing!

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A Taste of Carolina Dinner Party Tablescape

We are a part of a Dinner Group consisting of wonderful friends…

…..who I must say are fantastic cooks and gracious hosts.

So, this week was my turn…

…..with my hectic schedule lately, I decided to do something different.

TAKE OUT!!! :) :)

From many of my favorite restaurants and deli’s…

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Simple Centerpiece of 3 “North Carolina” Beverage Glasses of Flowers…

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At the end of the evening, they will be given to my guests.

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My chef announcing the theme of the dinner….

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Place card holders with the names of the “food origins”…

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Flowers from Trader Joe’s….North Carolina Beverage Glasses from A Southern Season.

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Have you noticed “peaks and valleys” of fabric on the plates?

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So what’s a Lifesaver doing on a napkin?

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Ta Da!!…The “Water Lily” napkin fold needed something in the middle of the flower…

…..so the Lifesaver mint doubles as decoration for the napkin and an after dinner mint!

I will be posting the napkin tutorial soon.

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The original place setting was going to be this one….Dinner Plate, Lenox Butler’s Pantry.

Salad plate and bowl is Noritake Summer Estate.

The actual table setting was meant to be simple…along with the meal…

…..so I thought a “pretty folded napkin” would add some character to the table.

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Tablecloth and napkins by Ralph Lauren (HomeGoods).

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It was a wonderful evening of food, drink and great conversation with wonderful friends.

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A Guest Bath Makeover

For 8 years I have been wanting to change out the mirrors in one of the guest bathrooms…

It is the smaller of the two guest baths.

One of my favorite stores was closing and I snagged a couple of mirrors for $12.50 each!

I painted them and here is the result:

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After….

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Here was the “Before”….

As you can see they were very large and “dark”…

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So I took the two mirrors and painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

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Used my trusty Frog Tape..and I started painting away…

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I usually paint in the garage…

…..and do not mind it at all, as I can watch my favorite HGTV shows at the same time.

The channel is usually set on HGTV or of course, ESPN.

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I love the shape and color of the mirrors now…they coordinate well with the cabinetry.

Not a bad investment…a total of $25 for both mirrors!..

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I replaced the candlesticks with topiaries…

…..trying to obtain a garden feel to the room.

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The lantern and plates remain in the room..

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This wall was blank…I purchased one canvas print from HomeGoods…

…..and snagged the other print from my bathroom “privy” area.

No worries that this left a “blank area” in the “privy”…I bought something else to replace it! :)

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I purchased this “plaster” column at a yard sale for $5.00…

I applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax to the column.

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The dark wax actually created a “wood” effect.

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The column was placed under the existing art…

….the frame of the art was originally all gold and I painted a portion of it white.

The frame feels less heavy now.

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The bookcase across from the vanity has been re-styled…for now…still tweaking it.

I purchased this bookcase many years ago from a consignment shop…it is Drexel Heritage…an older piece.

…..I had a decorative painter paint it to match the wallpaper in a previous bathroom.

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So this is what I have been working on these past few days.

As I was taking pics in this room without a window….

…..it emphasizes the fact for me to make another purchase.

For my camera that is…a much needed flash attachment so I can take decent pictures of a low lit room.

And…..there is one more thing that I have been working on these past few days..

…..I am getting ready for a dinner party at my house this week.

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Can you guess the theme?

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I Love Topiaries….My HomeGoods Finds

What did we ever do without the great shopping experience of HomeGoods?!!!..

I always find some great treasures every time I visit…and this visit was no exception.

I love topiaries and when I entered the store, and saw this one…it quickly went into my cart!

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Oh, I know..it’s faux…but it really looks real!..no watering, no dying of a dreaded plant disease!

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I had purchased these small topiaries from HomeGoods a while ago…

Now I know this container may be a bit small for the large topiary…

…..I am “on the lookout” for a larger piece of pottery, maybe a confit jar…

“Confit”…hey I am practicing for my France trip with Kim and Kim

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Don’t you think this spiral topiary looks pretty real?…

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The backdrop is a piece of “gingerbread trim” that I purchased from none other than Kristen!

One day we will get to hanging this beauty, but until then, it has a home in the dining room.

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It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood….

And speaking of beautiful…we had a great Easter with our traditional Easter Egg Hunt…

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My granddaughter enjoyed it so much along with her little friends…We had a houseful on Easter….a good thing!

Hope you had a beautiful Easter and have a wonderful day!

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Ever So Clever, Ever So Pretty Friday, #4 {House Number Pillow}

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I did an “easy peasy” creation that I took inspiration from the gals at 11 Magnolia Lane.

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It is from a Christy’s front porch when she featured her home tour.

I do eventually want to do exactly what she did, but with some time constraints I did a similar version for today.

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I bought a pillow from HomeGoods, and some house numbers from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

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The numbers are secured by the small nails that were provided and hot glue.

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Easy peasy!!!

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I think this method is a great quick decorating project…with my busy week, this fit the bill!

However, when there is more time, you can make those wonderful pillows and stencil the numbers as Christy did.

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This project cost about $16.00…

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Hope you enjoyed my “easy peasy” project, inspired by the gals at 11 Magnolia Lane.

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This little cutie has been my helper this week!

AND….at this time I would like to tell you something that is very exciting for “me”…:)

The fine folks at POTTERY BARN are featuring my Spring Mantel on their blog tomorrow (Saturday, March 30th)

I will be posting a link to it tomorrow morning…did you feel the earth move?…

…..that was me doing cartwheels across the floor!!…

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Spring Vignette

Well, the bunnies have chased away the birds ….

…..and the bunnies have playfully settled on the table.

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You may have noticed that I relocated my chalkboard print…

…..it was on the shelf above the stove…but I had to look up to enjoy it.

So I hung it “on” the mirror!

And if you want to know where the bunnies chased the birds off to….

…..they landed on the mantel.

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Keeping the other bunnies company.

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I added my “flower pot bunnies” that I have had forever…

….along with the bunny egg cups.

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I have collected White House Easter Eggs…from past Easter Egg Rolls…

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Each year the design changes…and colors are varied…

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I love collecting “White House” memorabilia…I guess it is the “patriot” in me…

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My dad instilled in us kids, the “love of country”….I am such a “flag waver”…

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And it is such a “wonderful world/country”….

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I am hooked on Jennifer’s (Dear Lillie) chalkboard prints…

My hubby was wondering what I was doing with the command hook stuck to the mirror…

…..looking at me with that “I have two heads look”….

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But after it was hung…he and I loved it!…I pass this table many times a day….

…..and it makes me smile!

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The artful writing is just amazing….

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I bought another bird’s nest (can’t have too many)..and another pair of faux boxwood topiary rounds…

…..the larger boxwood replaced the 2 small ones I had stacked on top of each other…

……….but then I decided to place one of the bunnies on top of the candlestick tucked into a bird’s nest.

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I look for ways to embellish candlesticks other than using the typical candle…

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This bunny has special meaning….

…..I was in Atlanta years ago…I dropped off my hubby at a client’s and I drove to one of my favorite shopping places.

It had a large TJ Maxx and Bombay Outlet and Calico Corners…

…..On that day, I noticed a change in the TJ Maxx…it was “TJ Maxx and More”…

When I entered the store, my jaw dropped…it was filled with the greatest home accessories…

…..I barely got through the store and the phone rang…”I’m ready, you can pick me up now!…uugghh!!..

Now that “store” is HomeGoods!…So basically the pretty ivory bunny was my first purchase from HomeGoods!

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So here is the complete view of the Spring Vignette….

…..I am sure I will tweak it more in the next couple of weeks.

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