The Debut of our Master Bedroom

Our rarely seen master bedroom is finally making its full debut on the blog today!  I've struggled with this room since the day we moved in, it just isn't a room that WOWS you... know what I mean?  The 2 homes prior to this had amazing master suites but, ya'll this is just a master bedroom!  Maybe it is the size, it is for sure the smallest master we've had since our very first home.  At any rate, I gotta work with what I got!
Let's first talk about the wall that the dresser sits on, since it has been my biggest challenge.  I'm certain that all the experts and maybe even some of you will say you should never had a tv in the bedroom.  Personally, laying in bed watching TV is one of my fav things to do so, the TV had to be worked around.  I posed that exact statement to a designer and immediately she said "keep the TV."  But she followed that up with a  "you just need to camouflage it."

Then she began to tell me that I needed to put things on the wall and on the dresser to drowned out the screaming I did and it worked!  Shopping the house yielded more than I had expected, all antiques with the one exception of the shelf.  There are very old certificates of baptism, one in French and the other in German.  I added a lamp along with a tray that holds an assortment of items to include a body powder puff, my Chanel and other crystal bottles.  Clearly you see I have not yet given up my landscape mirror, maybe one day.

 In the reflection of the mirror you can see the opposite side of the room where the bed...without a headboard or foot board insert a sad face here.  When we upgraded to the king size bed the 4 poster bed moved to the guest bedroom and left me headboardless.  Yes I am currently looking for a new headboard but have yet to find what I want at a price I can swing...I won't settle... I can't... I won't!  

The vanity on my side was a gift from Honey last year on Valentine's Day.  I really didn't intend to leave it in the master so as soon as I find another chest, the vanity will head to the guest bedroom.  I wish it could stay but there is just not enough room.

This side of the room is difficult to photograph, there are always shadows!  The door you see heads straight to the master bath.  The door stays open most of the time so I can't really hang any kind of art on that wall.

In the next few weeks I hope to have the bedding I've bought on the bed along with the curtains I've ordered hung.  Cross your fingers they all work together.

Well that is it....our master bedroom.  Be sure and check back to see the changes I've got coming for this room!

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A New Home for the Dogs

A couple weeks ago I shared a post about my new painting for over the fireplace, you can catch up on that here.  When I changed out one painting for the new one it left the dogs homeless.  Here they are in all their glory over the mantle.

Beautiful they are but, it was just time for a change.  So for the last week the dogs have sat homeless in the corner of the bedroom.  Then on Saturday night when I was forced to watch tv in the living room it came to me.....the dogs needed to move in there.  Now the painting I had in the spot I loved there but, did think it might be time for a change in there as well.  Here is what that looked like.

This ship painting is one of my all time fav pieces of art in the house so you can for sure count on this showing up somewhere else in the house...soon.

The dogs are well suited in this spot.  I'm glad to have them back up on the wall.  Now I've started a full scale, 3 county, 2 state search for a new lamp as this one just kinda sits there... can't have that!

I'm curious, what do you all think about the new home for the dogs?
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Makeover Madness

Welcome to our Makeover Madness Blog Hop!!!  If you are popping over from  MJones Style I'm delighted you are here!  Her #makeovermadnessbloghop was fabulous!

If you are a regular follower of the blog you are in for a real treat as I've partnered with an amazing company, Velvet Finishes and 10 amazing bloggers to bring  you inspiration in all your DIY projects.

I should profess something right from the start....I've never embraced this whole "let's paint everthing in sight movement" that many have done.  That said, there are several pieces in our home that are painted.  So when I was asked me to be part of this I jumped at the chance to see what all this painting was about.

My project started with an Ikea chest called the Rast.  I'd seen several makeovers on this particular piece and thought it would be an ideal project for me.

Honey was a very good sport and assembled the chest for me.  Just as soon as he got it put together I slapped a coat of Kilz on it.

All Decked Out

After a grueling 2 days of painting the deck along with the outdoor furniture it sure is good to stand back and admire your own hard work.

When we bought the house the deck was already painted so we have had no choice but to keep painting it.  Once in the spring it gets a fresh coat and then before the leaves start to fall in September I give it another coat.  It helps my feeling in the dreaded winter time to have it not look so bad.

Last fall when all the outdoor cushions went clearance at Pier 1 Imports I was able to snag new cushions for a DEAL!

Dressing up the Driveway

It was past time for this area to get dressed up and styled!  Of all of our outdoor spaces, this might be our most used one.

When the boys were younger we spent lots of time playing on the drive.  I'd drag out a chair in a bag and watch them.  Then one day I upgraded by moving a wrought iron glider in this spot and that is where it sat for the past 8 years.  This year I decided to amp it up by moving a couple of chairs that were on the deck and dressing them up in new cushions and pillows from Pier 1 Imports.