The Master Bedroom is coming together quite nicely and it was time to put some holes back in the walls. One thing you should know about me by now is I am not afraid to put holes in the wall.
Although I dogged on these gold frames that were hanging in the bedroom pre blue paint, saying they belonged in a nursing home, it turns out I love them again. I love you-I love you not-I love you-I love you not-I LOVE YOU!
The two little round frames had a gold ornament hanging in the center that I wasn't wild about so I ripped them off. I have a couple of replacement ideas.
The place I work is pretty relaxed about our attire. Thank goodness because up until a week ago I was getting dressed in the dark.
My closet came equipped with a light socket, but screw in a bulb and nothin'! So, every time I went into the closet I made some snarky comment like "I sure wish I could see which jeans still fit me." Like it? What do you get when you couple the lack of lighting issue with the post pregnancy weight issue?
Oh, that Henry is so handy!
Turns out we needed a new socket, so 3.00 later....Let there be light! It was that easy, right Henry?
Henry agreed to move fixing the closet light to the top of his priority list. However, he was not so agreeable when I mentioned I wanted to buy a chandelier for my closet. So, I made a ribbon chandelier. I am pretty agreeable myself and am able to recognize when I am being a little ridiculous, right Henry?
Materials: Ribbon and Embroidery Hoop. Total Cost: 8.00
Tape cut pieces of ribbon on the inside hoop.
We hung the final product to the screws that hold the socket together.
That's better. Now, I bet my coworkers are wondering why I am wearing my old prom dresses to work.
The Lovely Residence is one year old today. Can you even believe it? It has been a great year.
Although we aren't doing a big party (unless there is a surprise party happening later...fingers crossed), we are excited about how much we have accomplished in the past year. I started this blog while actively searching for a house and y'all know the outcome of that. The arrival of our sweet boy, which is why we were house hunting in the first place and so so many projects..I will give you a brief run down in category form... Paint: 3 rooms, 2 dressers, 2 chairs, a chair mat, and too many spray painted chachkis to count Furniture Inherited/Gifts: 3 bed frames, crib, 2 dressers, rocking chair and kitchen table Furniture Purchased (at bargain basement prices): couch, 2 chaises, church pew, two night stands, club chair, and 2 mattress sets Furniture Found in the Trash: 2 kitchen chairs and a dresser Plumbing: 3 new faucets and garbage disposal removed Art: 12 frames for the living room, stairway gallery, free Internet art for the kitchen, homemade art for Oscar's room and master bedroom design coming soon! Baking: 4 cupcake themes, a cake design, a granola bar recipe and s'mores in a jar! Light Fixtures: 4 new fixtures and lots of swapping around Decals: Numbers for stairway and artwork, birds and the kitchen back splash Exterior: Light post, Apple Tree and the Water Feature!
Of course, there is more, but I don't want to brag:)
Here are some quick blog fast facts, in bullet form...
While I am gaga over my homemade curtains, the other window in our bedroom also wanted a little attention. Do you think it is weird that I give inanimate objects emotions? Don't answer that. Seriously.
I didn't want to make the same curtains for both windows because there is a radiator below the other window and I am not a fan of shorty curtains.
So, while sitting up in the middle of the night with Oscar, which is when I do my best mental decorating. I decided to tie the windows together with a navy and white painted board above the window.
I already had the board. In it's former life it was a shelf above the doorway in our condo. I spray painted it white and taped on a pattern with blue tape.
I scribbled in the sections I was planning on painting. Y'all know about my careless ways, I didn't want to accidentally paint the wrong section.
Here is the finished product, after I took a little sandpaper to it.
This free project is just what the window needed to keep up with the other window. Yep, our inanimate windows are competing for best dressed.
Pay no attention to the baby on the bed...Oscar's first words might be "just a minute buddy, momma needs to blog".
You may notice the accessories are different from pic to pic (hint: first the fan and now the bucket of lavender.) I do that to keep you visually engaged!?
Attention Please...Tomorrow is The Lovely Residence's 1st Birthday. Wahoo! Make sure you come visit 'cause you can bet there will be party favors! Invite your friends, the more the merrier. No gifts please (but if you need my address let me know;)
I did it, I took the time this weekend to make new bedroom curtains. You might remember the original attempt in Dressing the Bedroom Windows, Part I, turning out to be something that belonged in an ice cream parlor. Here is a shot of our new panels that I whipped up.
When I say whipped up what I really mean is..I cut the strips of white and navy, seen here.
The tape measurer was just a prop, because I didn't measure very well and the original version of the curtains weren't long enough to touch the floor. Okay, I am still not being completely honest...part of the curtains touched the floor. Can you say "crooked"? So, when my mother in-law was in town last week I sent her to the fabric store to get another yard. Thank goodness for the support team! Well, yesterday I anxiously cut the new strips for the bottoms of the curtains...crap...I cut them the wrong way. Now, they would be long enough, but not wide enough. I suck at being careful. So, I spent time making the final product longer and narrower. Now, all is as it should be.
I ended up spending 30.00 on the fabric (such a bargain!) and lots of wasted hours. But, I love the big fat horizontal navy blue and white stripes! This is the look I was aiming for in the first place and they look great with the faux roman shades from Dressing the Bedroom Windows, Part II.
A little visual stroll down the Bedroom Window Lane...
I am not a computing expert by any stretch of the imagination, so I was pretty proud when I figured out how to start this blog. It was even a short time ago I called a student into my office to show me how to "confirm" a friend on Facebook. Students have also taught me how to PrtScn (print screen), Save a Google Doc, and set up my wireless mouse, pathetic right?
Well, today I figured out, all by myself, how to make a Blog Header. It may not be a gateway to a job with the Geek Squad, but you can bet I am sitting here patting myself on the back.