Tag: bedroom redesign

How To Style Your Nightstand

May 16, 2020

Good morning everyone! I know that you are probably not thinking about decorating your nightstand at this moment, but if you find yourself with a little extra time and feel like playing stylist, I have put together a few tips for you:How To Style Nightstand Pro3

 

    • Design: It’s important to start with a good foundation — the nightstand itself! Choose a nightstand with a drawer and/or lower shelf so you can hide the clutter and stack your books and magazines underneath.
    • Lighting: Lighting in a bedroom is key, as you want to create a warm and gentle ambiance to set a calm environment for bedtime. I always make sure the lamp is on a dimmer so that it can be used for reading in bed as well as mood setting on a low level. Make sure that the scale is appropriate for the space you have. Choose a lamp that doesn’t take up the entire nightstand.
    • Mirrors: If your room is small, a mirror mounted on the wall behind the nightstand can make the room feel bigger.
    • Jewelry box: A box or small plate to hold your ring, watch and trinkets is important to help keep your bedside table organized.
    • Family photos: Having one professional photograph of a special milestone like a wedding or newborn photo is a nice way to remember the important people in your life. Make sure the frame doesn’t overpower the picture. Sterling silver frames are simple and will match with anything else you use on nightstand.
    • Clocks: So beautiful and functional too!
    • Books: Choose some pretty books,  it can be color or subject that attracts you and make a neat little stack.
    • Personal touches: Add something a little whimsical or sentimental. Those little pieces make a nightstand go from boring to perfectly styled!
    • Add a plant: Plants are continuously evolving accessories that you can customize over time. Not only do they look great, but they also create better air quality. Too much work? Go for a beautiful faux plant or flowers.
    • Trays are your friend: If you have the space, a tray will add visual interest and help to corral things like small bowls, a water glass and/or bud vase.
    • Keep it simple: Clutter has a way of stressing us out. Make sure your nightstand has built-in storage for all of your bedside accessories. Leave the top for essential accessories like a clock, lamp and pretty stuff.

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New Home Projects Completed

April 25, 2020

We are happy with the way our living room is progressing:

Living Room

Living room Flowers

These color are so me- pinks and blues.  I have always loved blue since I was little. Can you tell I love raspberry too? 🙂

The walls you see in the above photos are much closer to the actual paint color. My friend helped me lighten to be more accurate.

Here is a Before::old living room

Living Room new

living new

These cherry blossom branches from the yard were beautiful! I just wish they lasted longer. Barely a week and I had to throw them out.

cherry blossoms

We also painted a bedroom accent wall. The room is just so big that I am making various ‘vignettes’ around the room . Remember I was looking for colors?:

bedroom before

bedroom testing

I am glad I tested because I thought Ben Moore Scenic Drive 697 would be the right choice, but after I compared with the next color on up paint strip, Pleasant Valley, it was a bit too dark. So Pleasant Valley 696, the lighter one, was the one we selected.

new bedroom

I love the new paint color with the bedding and especially with the dark wood of the bed:Read More

Best of 2019 Posts

December 28, 2019

Here is a list in no particular order of reader favorite posts from this past year:

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

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The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know

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Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

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Moving Into Our New Home

December 7, 2019

Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to write a short post letting you know that I am still around, (missed two weeks of posts) and that we have moved into our new home!

new home

Mike and I are now in a one-story home, half the square footage we have previously lived in. Downsizing is hard, (too many decisions to make about getting rid of stuff) but it is also refreshing and uplifting! For example, an armoire that was in good shape that we have moved six times to homes in the past and have hardly used, is now donated to someone that can use a dresser:

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Great feeling. I have not had a chance to decorate much since I just moved in the day before Thanksgiving, but being so close to the Holiday’s, I am going to just do some fun Christmas decorating for now:

Christmas decorating

I am planning to do some painting soon I hope! What do you think about painting these tops of the tray ceiling navy blue?:Read More

How I am Decorating Rental Home Using What I Already Own

January 12, 2019

I thought I would share a couple photos of how I decorated the rental we are staying in with our existing furnishings. Pulled pieces from different bedrooms, living room and storage to put together a few pretty rooms.  Might as well make it nice while we are living here!

Remember the spare room we had to fix for guests coming to visit here?

Before:

guest room before

I used our old bedframe that was previously in a guest room in our old home. Lamps I pulled out from storage, to work with carpet. The bedding and even window treatments are also taken from closets where I was storing them.

guest room

Nothing fancy or magazine worthy, but I think it came out nice:Read More

Double Post! Readers’ Questions Answered PLUS Stunning Before & After Exterior Photos

January 5, 2019

I have not written a post in awhile, so I thought I would start the New Year off with an double dose of decorating fun! Here are a few questions I have received recently from readers:

Hi Kelly,

“This is what I am working with. I recently purchased a home that has emerald/forest green kitchen and bath counter tops the cabinets were a medium brown and had gold hardware. Since replacing the counter tops is not an option and I am working with them. I have chosen a grey almost slightly shaded brown for my cabinet color and have purchases a light grey for my walls which flows into my dining and den area where I have a large wall that has a rock fireplace with built inns. My problem is in the den there is chair rail molding not the pretty kind and taking it up is not on my want to do list should I paint the chair rail the same color as the wall to make the room flow or should I make them pop. I will be painting kitchen and hopefully funding some type of backsplash I am considering just going with hunter green subway tile and just going with it lol. “Also should I paint the built ins the same color as the walls or a contrasting color like the color of my kitchen cabinets also I want to brighten up the stone fireplace but not to much and am unsure if I should keep the fireplace mantel the original wood because I am adding a custom variated wood island in the kitchen area. I trying my best to blend it all together without it looking to log cabin style lol going for more farmhouse.”

Before photo:

emerald green counters

My advice for her back splash working with the emerald green counters, is NOT to buy a solid green subway tile. I think it will be too much green! Here are a couple ideas I would consider to work with the green counter tops for a back splash:

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A neutral back splash or a tile with a bit of hunter green in it would work best. Choose the one that will work best with counters and cabinets. I think your kitchen will look great after painting and adding a new back splash!Read More