Tailored Touches to the Master

February 24th, 2014

One of the biggest luxuries for Matt and me is sleeping past 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. Monday through Saturday it’s go-go-go but Sundays we delight in those extra minutes of repose. In the baby years the idea of both of us sleeping in was completely unheard of, it was always a crying baby or eager toddler or bouncing adolescent demanding what they needed immediately at that moment no time to wait or “waaaaaah”, and so like most parents we had to take turns. Now we don’t have to anymore and we love it. Parents of youngsters know this, it will happen someday for you too.

Our kids, now 8 and 10, totally get that Mom and Dad do NOT want to be disturbed until the clock ticks past 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Which means fetch your own bowl of cereal. And which means we’re always late getting to church (yes, we are that family) but it’s a luxury we won’t deny ourselves even with the daylight is streaming through the windows reminding us that life’s obligations await.

lamp and flowers on nightstand

Last Friday I took a trip to HomeGoods in search of a new set of plain white sheets, nothing fancy, I found a set by Ralph Lauren, brought them home washed them and made the bed with them. Perfect.

I also visited HG at the chance I might find a patterned quilt or a pair of lamps to upgrade what we have in our master bedroom. As we all know, HomeGoods is a dangerous place for a decorating obsessed but on a budget place for a gal to be. I left with a few lamps to try out.

home goods lamps

The first crystal lamp was too traditional and I didn’t care for the shape and it weighed 4,567,895 pounds. I knew if a bouncing kid or a clumsy me knocked it over someone might die, or be knocked out cold. The blingy mercury glass jug on the right was nice but too shimmery next to the other accessories and took up too much space and I didn’t like the cord coming out of the top or the cork peeping out (which could of course be painted) but they were both not quite right so they were both returned.

Then I passed by my daughter’s room like I do every day and saw her pale jade Target lamp and said to myself, “what if…”  and so I tried out her Target lamp on my nightstand and of course, of course her lamp was exactly what I was looking for. 

bedside lamp

 

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Contests are On!

February 23rd, 2014

Hello and happy Sunday! Just a quick post today about two contests going on right now – after all, it’s award season !

The first is The Homies at Apartment Therapy. I was honored to be included as a judge to round out the ten candidates also chosen by readers’ votes:

homies

Vote for the blog you think should win at the links below:

Home Design & Inspiration

Home Projects & DIY

Family & Kids

 

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Also, I’m one of twelve mentors in the upcoming Creating With the Stars, hosted each year by East Coast Creative.

 

creating with the stars

 

DIY bloggers, get your best project from 2013 or 2014 ready to enter on Monday, March 3rd, to be a contestant. The top 12 will be paired up with one of the twelve as their coach/mentor, and will participate in a weekly challenge: Knock Off, Paint, Upcycle, and Home Decor.

Meet the judges, the hosts, and find all the details and prizes at East Coast Creative.

Now back to your weekend festivities!

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Weekend Reading

February 21st, 2014

Hello all, welcome to the weekend! I’m off to buy some primer and paint to begin on some of those thrift store finds I shared earlier in the week. Speaking of paint, I’m smitten with this oversized mural on canvas as a focal point behind the bed, or anywhere you envision large scale art. This serene version is a DIY project explained in detail at the link below.

diy mural headboard

diy mural project via refinery 29

 

Also some favorite & fun reads from the week:

A love hate relationship with IKEA

The highest returns on investment if you’re remodeling

My friend and home flipper Liz shares how she finds her houses to flip

Which IKEA kitchen cabinets fit your style?

Great advice for breaking up matching furniture

I love these vase shelves

This guy really loves his 18 cats

Amazon’s 100 books to read in your lifetime

Dave turns thrift store paintings into sci fi pop art

Quite an innovative phone charger

The story behind the $19 billion dollar WhatsApp

50 of the most perfectly timed photos

    

My latest posts at BH&G

flat screen green accents

Decorating Around a Flat Screen TV

Spring Green Home Decor

And my recent article at My Colortopia all about painting furniture a bold color.

 

Finally a quick shout out to some new sponsors, the first is Stylyze, a site where you can create your own color palettes to discover your perfect mix based on digital images of favorite spaces, textiles, or products. Curate an entire collection, it’s a useful tool for all color and design lovers!

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stylyze palettes

 

Please welcome Chic Shelf Paper – drawer and shelf liners in modern motifs, perfect for adding that dash of panache to your drawers, shelves, or even for lining the backs of bookcases – get creative and have fun!

chic shelf paper

 

Introducing Rough Fusion, an Etsy shop filled with handmade contemporary concrete home decor for office, kitchen, bath & garden. Concrete, you’ve never looked so good.

rough fusion products

 

You’ll find luxury goods for every room in your home at Vielle + Frances, their products are so stylish and elegant, I’m saving up for that faux bamboo coral mirror!

vielle and frances

  

Have a great weekend everyone!

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