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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Master Bdrm Final Reveal & Custom Euro Sham Tutorial

The last of the fiinshing touches have been put on the master bedroom makeover.  I have to say, I really do like it and it looks so fresh and inviting.  Black/White/Beige is one of my favorite color combos and allows me to add any accent color I like.  For summer, I used Raspberry Pink and I really like the sharp contrast it has to the neutral background.  A little unexpected and just plain fun.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

274th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 274th Inspire Me Tuesday.  I love all of your wonderful linkups, so fun to see what everyone is up to.   We always have such a variety and that is what makes it so fun.   Here are a few examples.

Life Love Larsen shared her Summer Home Tour, you will love it, so fun and what a great mix of pattern, color and texture. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Is The Secret To Taking Those Glamour Shots

I think we all stop in our track when we see a picture that just speaks to us.  It could be one single thing or part of a room, but there is something about it that just says stunning - chic - amazing.   Now those in the know call them "Glamour Shots".  It can be about fashion, but the same term is used for decor and that is what I have been trying to learn.  We have some awesome bloggers that could rival any professional with how they style and take their pictures.  Every shot they share with us is a work of art.

Simple Details shared this shot of her living room in the summer home tour.  I have studied this shot to see if I could figure out what makes it so eyecatching.  I came up with several things - - -

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

This is a shot that Monica Wants It shared.  What makes this unique --

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole cart.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

This picture came from Charming In Charlotte's tour.  Do the same things apply here ----

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

I think this picture of Tidbits & Twine's dining room has been pinned about a million time.  Do the same features apply here - --

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

Ok, now I need to learn how to stage some of my shots so I can take better pictures.   I've been trying, but I really have a long way to go.  Here are two attempts




What are the tips and tricks you've learned?

Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

I am joining the following parties:
                             Lou Lou Girls , Karen's Up On The Hill




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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A 10 Minute Job That Took All Day

If you follow very many blogs then I know that you have seen "busts" all over the place.  Stautes of animals or busts of men and women, even little children are one of the current trendy accessories.  Time to pull the one I have out of storage.



One thing that I disliked about mine is the color.  When I found it at Ross it was a weird sort of gray color.  So I spray painted it white and then rubbed some stain all over it.  It still turned out gray, just a little lighter.


I had some paint out that I was using to paint some baseboards, so I thought this was the time to give this piece a white-wash.


See, I was just going to give it a little touch up,

When I looked at it after it was drying a little bit I saw that it was streaking and also the paint was peeling up and leaving little chunks that I didn't see before.  Not very pretty at all.  I tried wiping part of it off on the back and boy, what a mess, this stuff was peeling up in gooie chunks.  I decided to just let it dry and then deal with it.

I couldn't believe that this took several hours to dry.  When it finally did, I used some fine steel wool to smooth down the streaks and all the lumps of paint that had peeled up.  Then finally outside to spray paint.


I couldn't believe that this took all day in the hot sun to dry - - -
 however, I love it now.  All white and no lumps, streaks or bumpy surface, just a nice smooth white.

So have you had any fails or saves on your projects lately?

I am joining the following parties:
Addison Meadows LaneCraftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove , 
The Charm Of Home , Chic A Shoestring Decorating,
 FindingFabulous ,  Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo ,
 Redoux Interiors




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Friday, June 26, 2015

Refreshing The Bed From The Mattress Up

While I was looking for new bedding to finish our Master Bedroom Makeover, I was also intrigued by all the new plush bedding available.

I finally found a quilted coverlet at Penny's Discount Home Store that was perfect for my room.  A beautiful polished cotton quilted spread that was ample size, beautifully done and only $109 for King size.  If you followed along you know that I looked all over town and even ordered 3 different  Duvet/Comforter/Coverlets and returned them all.  

 
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