Design Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday! I hope you all have a great long weekend. I haven't done a 'Design Inspiration Friday' for awhile but I really want to get back to it. There are so many blogs, images and ideas that inspire me and I want to share some here.

                                                                        Dear Emmeline
I'm still going through the One Room Challenge links. There were so many of them and they are all inspiring!  I love her dining room make over.
I also loved how Erin decorated her boys' room in Kelly green. 
                                                             A great DIY headboard idea.
This is a good reminder of what to plant to help the bees out. 
Jenny's trick of two mirrors that go over the the long mirror above the sink. Brilliant!


A Boring Wall and Some Inspirations

I guess I took a nice break after the One Room Challenge. I didn't really mean to, but time gets away fast! Thank you for all your kind comments on our bedroom- we love how it turned out. I will be posting how we made all our DIYs this week and next. 
I move furniture around our house often enough and came to this wall in our family room. Originally, I had a blue dresser here under the white mirror, but it since has moved behind our couch. This area is looking a bit boring. I do however like how the big DIY statement mirror turned out on the opposite wall. I freshened up our mantel with some white (mostly spray painted) vases and honeysuckle from the backyard. 

Love it! Back to the subject... a boring wall...what to do? The bench doesn't need to go here and I'm looking at putting a console table over here. Also some art or plates on the wall with the mirror would look more interesting. 
I was at Chartreuse last weekend (it's my local barn shop) and my friend Candace who has a space called Rubbish in the barn gave me a great idea.

For an easy DIY console: get two turkey crates,  put some barn wood on top and  you've got a cool farm side board that looks unique. What a genius and simple idea. If you're a local, you really should check her area out- she has beautiful things. I guess if I were to make this table, I would need to become friends with a turkey farmer to get vintage turkey crates. Here are some inspirations for styling, art and consoles that I'm looking at:

Parquet Reclaimed Wood Console Table               pottery barn
This console is styled to perfection with a whole shell/nautical theme. 
                                                                              Why not double up the mirrors?
                            The upholstered stools and frames surrounding this mirror are perfection.
There are many beautiful ideas out there for consoles. I'll keep you updated on this space now that it's on my radar. Do you have a boring wall in your house?


One Room Challenge: Master Bedroom Reveal

It's reveal day! Yea! I've been working on a makeover of our master bedroom the last six weeks and I'm excited to share with you the changes. Some late nights and weekends of work have paid off to get our room decorated. Thank you for all of you who have been so kind with your comments and thank you to Linda for hosting another inspiring challenge.  Without this deadline our room would still look the way it was, so it was worth it! I will keep this brief since you're all here for pictures. Let's take a turn about the room shall we?
Let's see a quick reminder of what the room looked like before:
Our room was already painted one of my favorite colors, Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue. We really didn't have much furniture or any art work and the curtains needed to be lengthened. It was great to start with a somewhat blank canvas. With the help of thrift stores, Craigslist and some DIYs we were able to makeover our bedroom. 
You can catch up on the progress of this room with these posts:
Week 1        Week 2         Week 3        Week 4           Week 5
I love how our DIY headboard and bench turned out. 
DIY shadow box frames and shell art give our room that coastal feel. We love to go to the beach in the summer and collect shells, most of these are one's I've collected. I sanded our dresser and put on some lime wax to give it a more natural look.
On the other side of the room we now have pictures up. I decided to go with all black frames and black and white pictures.
The armoire was a steal on Craigslist and got painted white, but I kept the original hardware, which is a crest shape. 

                                                    Chinoiserie thrift store lamp score.
This wall was looking pretty blank before. We moved the dresser to the other side of the room and put the armoire in it's place. With such a long wall I broke it up with a small desk and a side chair (free from my friend). The pictures on the wall really make it feel more inviting.

I can't wait to see what the other One Room Challengers came up with. I know it's going to be so good! Yesterday, was also inspiring with the other designers. Thanks for stopping by! Here's a list of my sources and other rooms I've done.

Armoire: Craigslist, painted Benjamin Moore China White in Satin
Bedroom paint: Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue in Satin
Desk: Target
Headboard: DIY (tutorial soon)
Floral bed pillow: Aurelia (I love her pillows!)
Frames: Ikea
Photos: Printed from MPix
Shadow Boxes: DIY (tutorial soon)
Curtains: Marshall's, lengthened with white fabric
Stripe Euro pillows: Fabric, Nate Berkus line
Coral pillows: originally place mats from Target
Other furniture we had or was thrifted

                                      Other One Room Challenge rooms from the past:
                                                               Laundry Room
                                                            Tween Daughter's Room


ORC Week 5: Headboard and Progress Update

Here we are in the 5th week of our master bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge..gulp! I can be a  bit of a procrastinator so it helps me to have these deadlines. However, I will probably be cutting it close since there is still lots to do. You can catch up on the progress of the previous weeks here:
                       1                         2                               3                                4                                                                
However, this has been a productive week:
The hubs made these beautiful deep shadow boxes and I used a lot of hot glue to make some shell art. This will most likely go above our dresser. I'll post a tutorial on these babies soon.
I showed a preview on Intstagram of our DIY headboard! The height of it really makes a statement and I'm loving it! Now, I need to figure out if I want anything above our bed. I did have a black mirror, but I think it might be too large for the space. Also, this week, the curtains got lengthened by my friend Janet who offered to sew them for me. Talk about nice! She can sew well and faster than me.  I think they turned out pretty with the pleats. I have some pillows to sew and so you're seeing an image with me playing with fabrics. The bench is 95% done. I need to finish cutting off the excess fabric. I decided to paint the legs black and put a peacock green blue fabric on it to give it a rich color.

Big Craigslist deal this week. We bought two armories for a steal. The front one we'll keep for the bedroom and the second one we'll sell. We are planning to paint them this weekend. What do you think: white or gray paint? I plan on using gold pulls. Hmmm... I better make my decision today.  We have a sprayer, so that will help speed up the process (cross your fingers).

Also, I will be picking up this desk today. Next week, Steve and I celebrate our 15 year anniversary. I'm really glad we decided to do this challenge so we can have a beautiful space that we can enjoy. I love that guy!

Here's what still needs to happen this week:
-Sew pillows
-Finish dresser
-paint armoire
-put desk together
-hang photos and artwork
-finish bench
-Style and shoot

No big deal right? Now, I'm off to see what some of the other ORC challengers are up to. Come back here next Thursday for the reveal.


One Room Challenge, Week 4 Art and DIY's

Thanks for stopping by today to see the progress of our master bedroom. You guys, this past week flew! There is still lots to accomplish in the room and I'm glad we have a deadline of six weeks since it pushes me to get it done. Cue the panic attack (Just kidding)! This weekend we'll have some time between kid's sport activities to finish most of the DIY projects. Fingers crossed.
You would be so proud of me, I finally ordered some photos of our family and places we love. Why does it take me so long? I like the idea of black and white photos to keep it simple for our room. Here are some art inspirations for our room.
Mostly there are cute family faces in black and white, but I also printed off some pictures I took of Martha's Vineyard where we like to go every summer. This is one of them:
I'm also working on some shell art in the shadow boxes that my hubby made. My collection of shells is not this extensive but here is an inspiration image:
I'm also looking at a floor length mirror for one of the walls. I looked at HomeGoods the other day and they have quite a few that might look good. I better make a decision soon. I like this one from Kirkland's too.

The headboard is almost done. We installed DIY French cleats for the backing and I used a white heavyweight curtain as the fabric. We still need to put on the upholstery tacks.
Lots of our DIYs are started or almost done, so I hope to have more completed pictures for you next week. You can see what I've done in week 1,2, and 3. Stop by and check out my friend's progress in the ORC and the 20 designers who are all working hard.


Kirkland's Look for Less Spring Updates

Kirkland's Refreshing Spring Updates
Spring is a great tine to refresh your home and get good deals on home decor. I shop a lot of thrift stores and yard sales because you know I love bargains. However, Kirkland's is a store where you will consistently find good deals on their furniture and home decor. Kirkland's asked me what some of my favorite items were for Spring. I gathered up some of their beautiful items and compared their prices with similar stores.

1. Lamps can be pricey. This Kirkland's blue glass lamp for $60 is pretty. The same look for $157.
2. I love the look of lanterns for outdoor or indoor use. Kirkland's lantern $25. Comparable to Wayfair's lantern $124.
3. Chalkboard beverage dispenser $30. This would be so fun to use for summer entertaining. Pottery Barn's price is $60-$70 for a similar look. I need one of these!
4. Kirkland's blue pillow $14. Similar pillow $30.
5. Kirkland's mirror $150. The design on this mirror is lovely. Horchow's mirror $371.25.
6. Kirkland's geometric pillow $17 is a great price.
7. Chalkboard with hooks $50.
8. Kirkland's metal tray $40. Similar tray for $56.
9. I really love the shape of these over sized vases. Kirkland's $30. Pottery Barn's same look $100-$200.

Happy shopping! They're having lots of Spring sales right now too.

*All opinions are my own.


Master Bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 3

It's week three and the half way mark for the One Room Challenge. You can see my design plan and week two. There is still so much to do. Acckk! There are several DIY projects we're working on and those take awhile, but somehow I know it will all get done. Here's the low down:
This week, I switched out our lamps for these tall beauties. I scored these awhile ago at a thrift store andI had painted them yellow and recently I painted them a gray. What do you think? Should I keep them gray or give them a pop of coral? I also got a great deal on the lampshades at Target. They had all their lampshades on sale the other day, so if you need something like that, you'll find a good price. I also got some beautiful baskets on sale at JoAnn's. These side tables are also really old. Steve's grandfather gave them to us and they were looking pretty shabby but with a little paint and fixing they make the perfect side tables.
This week we cut out the shape of our headboard.  It will get covered and hung this week. Anyone can make this headboard and I'm excited to show you how we did it.

Also, this week the hubs made shadow boxes. I haven't determined if we will be putting three of these with shells above our bed or on another wall. I'll post soon how these were made.

                        The dresser is getting de-glossed and lime waxed and it's looking good.
Here are some of the fabrics I will be using for pillows. The blue toile print is a beautiful Pottery Barn quilt I will probably use at the bottom of our bed (we've had this for awhile). I still need to get fabric to lengthen the curtains.
Lansdale Bouquet in Spring, 173070. http://www.fschumacher.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=173070 #Schumacher
I also ordered a pillow from this Etsy store with this gorgeous Schumacher fabric. Love! That's it for me this week. Off to work on some projects! Thanks for checking in with the progress of our room. I will be posting all tutorials soon. Go check out more amazing bloggers who are doing the ORC, they will be showing their progress too.