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Friday, January 15, 2016

New Year, New Projects!


Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! We sure did, though it's never a holiday without a project around here! My dear hubby spent most of his holidays installing the kitchen backsplash (yeah, the one we planned to do last summer!) and it looks awesome! ,I of course, gave him the hardest tile to work with, but I love the results. There's few things to finish in the kitchen and then I can share all the details.

Here's a little in progress shot for now....



Anyways, the kids especially loved Christmas and it's fun to watch them enjoy time with family & friends, open way too many presents and have their daddy home all day. I liked that part too!












With a New Year, we like to sit down and plan/budget for the projects we want to do next. I try not to get too excited as real life usually delays (kitchen tile for example) or changes things and projects don't usually happen as quick as I'd like. But, it is still fun to dream up ideas, plan out the details and then make stuff happen!

One of the projects near the top of the list is our bedroom. It's lacking the built-in wardrobe we need, so we are just using metal shelving (destined for the garage once the room is done) and a hanging rack. It always looks messy and doesn't make for a relaxing atmosphere at all!!

(Here's the wall the wardrobe will run along. Obviously before we stained the floors and added trim.)

We both want the room to feel clean, calming, grown up and classic.  Somewhere to unwind after long busy days with our wild kids :) There's still a lot to be done to get it there!




Being that we're just at the dreaming, scheming and wishing stage I've been saving lots of ideas on Pinterest. It's a great way to find the feel you want for a space, even if you can't implement or afford everything in an image or room you like.

A few spaces that speak to me....

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We already have our headboard, nightstands and lamps and I've decided on a palette that layers neutrals (creams, whites, greys, tan) with shades of lilac (and maybe blue) and a bit of black by way of lampshades, doors, and window frames.

I need to find a statement light fixture, would love to add either a jute or antique rug to warm up the floors and add a chair to  curl up and read in +  art, pillows, so on and so forth.

As far as the wardrobe, we have a long wall to fill so we are planning to use Ikea's PAX system in white.

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We plan to build a base and install the wardrobe system on top so we can wrap our baseboards across the bottom and finish it with crown molding. It's a great way to get a custom look without spending a fortune! You get the idea below, even though I think that's custom cabinetry.

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When we were wiring the house for electricity we added outlets so we could put a few swing arm lamps over the wardrobe. Little did I know how expensive they were! I'm on the hunt for such lights that don't cost an arm and a leg, especially since we'd need a few.

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We've tossed around the idea of adding antiqued mirrors to the door panels as I love the way they bounce light around and visually double the space. It might be too much extra work to do, since I hear assembling Ikea products is all kinds of fun. Sometimes we just run out of steam!

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Let's not forget the hardware! Such an easy way to customize or update furniture! Anthropologie, Hobby Lobby and even Etsy or Ebay if you want vintage (old with new is always a good thing!) are always stocked with great options.

I'd be good with any of these from Anthropologie :)







So there you have all the ideas I dream about in our not so dreamy bedroom ;) As soon as we get the cash saved up and make the (dreaded by someone) trip to Ikea, I'll keep you in the loop!