Keeping it simple

I love this time of year, with the cooler weather and the leaves changing to amazing colors (at least here in Virginia they are) and we have been enjoying the festivities that fall has to offer. A few weeks ago we took a trip to a corn maze, last weekend we went to an apple orchard to pick apples (I plan to make apple pies and attempt crock pot apple butter, yum), and hopefully this weekend we will be able to go to a farmer’s market and pick out a pumpkin! Yay!! And it is about time I bring some of the wonders of fall inside. I have been slacking with decorating for fall this year, so this week I am getting on that, using what we have and keeping it simple. I pulled out all our fall decorations to see what I had to work with, along with a few other items I though I could incorporate.

I purchased a few new items this year: a flux pumpkin (for 50% off at Michael’s), a lantern (for $2.50 from Target) and a glass pumpkin container (for $4 from Goodwill).

I also pulled out two owls that Ricky got for me from West Elm (on clearance). They came in a few weeks ago, just in time for fall decorating. Aren’t they the cutest?!?

After seeing what I had, I began placing everything to see what looked best and this is what I ended up with:

I liked the way everything turned out. Maybe over time we will add more (by making or purchasing items), but this year we just wanted to keep it simple. What about you? Are you enjoying the wonders of fall by decorating and taking in the festivities? We would love to hear about it. Leave a comment or a photo.

Feeling Blue

No, I’m not sad. I’m just feeling the color blue for the master bedroom. When we purchased our home, we loved that the master bedroom had a sliding glass door that opens to a deck, then wraps around to a covered porch. (We’ll show you more on that another time.) What we didn’t love were the yellow walls and the yellow and green curtains. Don’t get me wrong, I like yellow (just take a look at our kitchen here), just not for a bedroom. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to get a before picture when I started painting. By the time I had thought of it, I was already finished with the first coat. Oops.

When choosing a color for the master bedroom, we used the same technique that we used in the dining room. We hung several paint swatches on the wall to see what they looked like at different times of the day, then choose the one we liked the most. We choose BEHR Reflecting Pool color matched to Sherwin Williams Duration in satin.

After painting, we began looking for curtains and bedding to match the new color scheme. I found the curtains (on sale) and bedding (on clearance) at JCPenney. I believe I spent around $300 for all of it: two sets of sheets, a comforter, a bed skirt, two pillow shams, two euro shams, four curtain panels, and four sheer curtain panels.

I love the dark, slate blue curtains against the lighter, blue/gray walls, but after living with it for almost a year, I’m just not in love with the bedding. So I was on the lookout for something different. Enter West Elm. (I love West Elm!) As part of our last anniversary, Ricky and I took a trip to Tyson’s Corner in Virginia to visit some stores we like. (I know it’s not a typical romantic thing to do, but we enjoyed it and we had an amazing romantic dinner!) While in West Elm, I found it. The perfect duvet cover. I just love it! It’s not too feminine, a perfect blend of blues and grays, and the best part is that I can just slip it over our current comforter. I haven’t purchased it yet. I am hoping for an amazing sale and I’ve heard they have some great ones after Christmas, so we’ll see. Then I hope to add pillows and a throw blanket to finish off the look.

We also have plans for the ottoman at the foot of our bed. (That is where our dog, Brodie, sleeps.) Ricky found it on Craigslist for $30 and we hope to reupholster or make a slip cover for it.

For our bed frame we are currently using a medal frame with a too-short-for-the-bed headboard. A few months ago we purchased a wooden bed frame with two matching end  tables for 20% off from a local company called Solid Woods. The company specializes in solid wood furniture that is unstained, giving you the option of paying them to stain and seal it for you or you can do it yourself. We chose to do it ourselves as one of our first “big” DIY projects. Unfortunately, the bed has been backordered so we are still waiting for it to come in, but we’ll give you the play-by-play when we finally get our stain on.

As far as storage goes in this room, there isn’t much. The closet is a decent size, but not enough to hold both my and Ricky’s clothes. Currently all of Ricky’s clothes are in this room (using the closet and the dresser in the corner) and mine are in the second bedroom, which I affectionately call my “dressing room” (stored in a similar sized closet and a shorter, longer dresser). It works for now, but we would prefer if everything was in our master bedroom, since there are only two bedrooms upstairs and we would like to be able to use the second bedroom for something other than a dressing room. To get that added storage, we decided we would like to get PAX wardrobes from Ikea. We’re just not sure how many, what kind of inserts we’d like, or if we want to use doors or a curtain for the front. The plan is to put them on the right side of the window and make it look built-in. Then possibly replace the tall dresser with another dresser or seating, depending on how much storage we get from the wardrobe.

Here’s the list of our other Master Bedroom plans:

-Add crown molding

-Change out the curtain rods

-Paint the trim

-Purchase two lamps

-Paint or replace ceiling fan

-Remove or replace mini blinds with something different

-Purchase new bedding (this from West Elm)

-Add three quatrefoil mirrors above the bed to reflect light from the sliding glass door

-Change out the gold hardware

-Add decorations and accessories

-Possibly add an area rug

What about you, are you working on master bedroom ideas? If you have a dog where does he or she sleep? We would love to hear about it.