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Monday, January 22, 2018

Room by Room - Living Room in Black/Gold/Leopard

I always have fun playing with my accessories and changing things up a bit.  My favorite color scheme with black, gold and leopard, so of course that is what I did in the living room for winter.  Once all the Christmas decor is down, it just seems like we need something that looks warm and snuggly and that color scheme says that to me.


Since our home faces NW, it is amazing how much different the sunlight is that streams in through this front window.  In the summer it is full of sun, now it is not so much, so I had to turn the lights on.  Sorry, I know they say not to have the lights on in pictures, but it was just too dark without them.


The coffee table got sort of a mix of rustic accessories.   I love the marble horse and obelisks.  The gold antler is a fun addition too.


 This pretty shell is one of my favorite pieces, so it usually stays around somewhere.


 I am developing a really bad habit of walking in the door and taking off my shoes, dropping my handbag and anything else I have here at the front door by this chair.  Since it all fit my color scheme I just left it for this photo.  (I usually pick it up for all the other pictures) haha


 Simple but cozy for winter.




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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Transitioning to Winter - Room by Room - Master Bedroom & Bath

Once you have all the Christmas Decor down, everything looks so empty and bland.  I think all the extra decor and color is wonderful, but it is sort of nice to have things decluttered.  Less decor and less color seems like what I am looking for right about now.



A snuggly fur throw to cover up with and a nice chair to sink into are all I really need.


Our headboard is still one of my favorite things and is always the show stopper in our bedroom.  I love the carved wood and the pretty brown and black upholstery.  Everything else can be really simple so it can shine.  My nightstand has one of my favorite lamps that I found at Goodwill and a small bouquet.


Some decor pillows in soft shades of beige gave me just enough color and still not too much.

Quiet and simple, just the way I like it.  (I still need to get that jewelry armoire stained - definitely on the list. )


Bedroom Take #2 - Do you ever get in a rut and keep things the same way more often than the times you change them.  Those pretty white with black trim Euro Shams have been on my bed for years.  Ever since I did the black and white drapes in the last house, those shams have been on the bed.  Now what if I take them off and do something even a little more simple.


 I really like it.  It looks so much more elegant and refined.


 I think I should have taken those off a long time ago.


 See how pretty it is to let the throw pillows shine on their own.  Ok, change is good, I need to do things like this more often.  Switch things up and take something away and add something next time.


The dresser stays pretty much the same.  We just need to hang the tv on the wall or do something in the way of a gallery wall.


The master bathroom is back to simple too.





 Just the things I use all the time.


I love the faux orchid here, it reflects in the mirror and looks so pretty.  Nice to have something that looks like outdoors.


 A pretty tray, and a really pretty little jewelry box to hold my watch & rings.


 A clock, pretty candle and of course some tissues.


 I really enjoy the window over the tub, it lets in some natural light.  This room always looks so pretty and bright.


 The shower and potty have a small window in there too, so it also always looks nice and bright.


 Just enough sparkle and glitz.  Now to get that vanity painted.


How about you, are you de-cluttering and going for less too?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

I Couldn't Wait - I Painted My New Chair

Ok you know how it is, you get something new and you just have to play.  I love my new chair, but I thought the frame was just a little too light gray for what I wanted.  This room is going to get a complete makeover little by little and my new chair is part of that makeover.  I am thrilled with the style and size of the chair, I need smaller furniture in here and this works really well.  I am going for a little more modern look for this room, so I am trying to find timeless pieces that have a "Modern Transitional" feel.

Here is the chair before I painted it. Really pretty but a lot more light gray than I want.

Since it is a painted frame and done in an antique finish, adding a little more of an antique vibe to it was just what it needed.  I got out my craft paints - 2 shades of brown & 1 charcoal gray and did some dry brushing.  I love this technique because if you don't like what you have going on you can just paint over it.   Now I think the finish is much better for my style. I wanted sort of a driftwood look.




Here it is in the room.  Love it.  I removed the wicker chair and kept the brown Louis style chair.  These are much smaller in scale and fit the room size better.  I think they will go with my more modern style sofa that is coming too.    I am going to refinish the frame on the Louis chair and reupholster it also, I just need some time. (Of course painting or replacing that console is on my list too.)

I also got some other pretty decor pieces for Christmas.  Love the new camel velvet pillow and my new table top accessories too.  The horn is a fabulous piece, it is such a great accent piece.


Isn't this a pretty concrete horse head, love it.


They are both great accessories for this room.






If you missed my post about this amazing consignment shop that I found the chair in, you can check it out here.

Now all I need is time and money, no problem - right?

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