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Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Look Back At How My Style Has Changed

Boy, do you ever look back at your style from a few years ago.  Mine has changed drastically over the years.  Believe it or not when I had my first home I loved Danish Walnut and modern.  That didn't last long then I went more Traditional.  When we lived in Oregon I was bit by the antique bug and had a home full of fun wallpaper and primitive antiques.   Some of that furniture is still with me to this day.

It's fun to look back a few years and see how just one room has changed.  (It's also fun to see that my photography skills have improved a little too.)

When we downsized and moved into this home, our Master Bedroom was a hodge podge of all kinds of furniture that was left over from many years of different styles.  This was a case of use what fit, not necessarily what was stylish.

 Definitely time for a makeover. ( I am not knocking what I had going on, it was what I was working with at the time and served it's purpose.)

This was the before.  A simple upholstered headboard, family photos over the bed, antique washstands for end tables and really simple decor.


A small settee and chair and that was about it.  See that piece between them, that's an antique butter churn complete with the paddle and crank.

 (A few years ago I took all of the antique pieces that I still have and put them in the guest bedroom.  It's kind of cute, you can see that post here)


All the changes started when I found this headboard at Hotel Liquidators for $75.  I knew it would be perfect for my transformation.


 Some paint and distressing and this is how it turned out.  I love it.  You can see how I painted it here.


 I brought in a buffet I had in the garage for one side of the bed and added some new accessories.


 Great lamps from Hobby Lobby and a few seafoam and aqua accessories for hubby's side.


 Paintings that were previously in the hall got moved in here and some new candles and a fern added to my side.


 This was the look for a while.


 Then I found this nightstand at Goodwill and refinished the top.  This is exactly what I was looking for, now to find a dresser.


 A couple of months later I found this beauty at a used furn. store and refinished it to match the nightstand.  I love this piece, and the storage is fabulous.  Gorgeous detail on the old hardware.


 Now it was looking like my vision.  I really like the new pieces and it reflects a much more elegant and put together style.


Of course it didn't stay that way too long.  I glammed it up a bit with some fur and glitzy pillows and decor.









 At the foot of the bed is our armoire that holds our TV.  I found this fabulous french chair at Goodwill for $15 and did a little makeover on it.  You can read about that here.

I am so enjoying this room and it definitely reflects my current style.


Well, I am sure you guessed that it has changed again -   2015 brought in the era of no more sea of beige.  I am loving white and color.


The white is still a favorite but the accessories have changed a dozen times. This is today. I love this room in the early morning with all the sunshine.


No telling what changes will come next, seems like my style is ever evolving.  Has your style changed drastically too?

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How To Decorate For Pennies - Totally Change A Room For Under $25

When I did my family room refresh I had quite a few ask where I got my pillows.  As you know, I love pillows and they can totally change the look of a room in seconds.  A different pattern or color and you have an entirely different room.


Mixing up patterns in pillows gives a room so much character.  If you have followed me for any length of time then you know my favorite way to decorate is to change out the pillows.  It just seems like a simple pillow change from one color and pattern to another gives a room a whole new look and for just pennies.  I can have a bright and cheery room or a monochromatic room in minutes with just a simple change of pillows.

 My "hello" pillow got a lot of attention from you guys.  This is a fabulous find from Amazon and on sale for $5.61.  Now you can't buy the fabric and a zipper and make a pillow for $5.61.  I also really like that it adds a little bit of fun to the room, keeping it from being too serious.  After all, the horse painting isn't serious at all, so the room needs to be fun. The other three pillows I made, so they were really inexpensive too.  I like to buy 1/2 to 1 yd of fabric and then make them double duty with a different fabric on the back.  You can see my tutorial here and here.

I always get questions about this monogrammed pillow.  This was a fun DIY that I posted about here.  11 Magnolia Lane has a wonderful etsy shop that sells these fabulous monogram decals.  It totally transforms a simple pillow.

When I was browsing Amazon and saw the "hello" pillow, they had some others that I just couldn't resist too.  So I ordered three more, the prices were just too good to pass up.

 Since we all love black and white I thought I would pick out my favorites from that group, but they have tons in fabulous colors also.  I think you will find their prices as unreal as I did and probably have to have a few too.

                                                              $3.49


                                                              $5.81


                                                             $5.97

                                                              $5.99

                                                              $6.92
$7.94

All of these are gorgeous 18 x 18 pillow covers with zippers.  I always stuff mine with a 20 x 20 feather insert and this gives them a really full plump look.  I sometimes get the comment that you don't know how to mix and match pillows. If you keep it in one color family it is super easy and mixing patterns is so much fun.    All 6 of these and the "hello" pillow could work in the same room and would look fabulous on a large sectional.

Here is my room with the one "hello" pillow for $5.6l - - -


and here it is with the other three pillow covers I ordered.  A totally different look to the room for a total of $22.85 for all 4 pillows.  Now anyone can decorate at that price.


This is not a sponsored post and Amazon did not compensate me in any way.   I just thought there were some gorgeous pillows at unreal prices so I wanted to pass the info along.

If you buy some I would love to see what you picked out.  I can't wait to start playing with pillows again, so fun to change things up.

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