Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Master Bedroom Reveal


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It's finally here! The first really "complete" room in our house. Granted, we've only lived here a month but I am not terribly patient so it seems like it's taking forever to get everything put together. I know that's not really true, and we made great time on this space. I think it's mostly because I had a really concrete plan and vision for the room, so that helps.



I wanted the space to be white, light, airy and sophisticated  - like a luxury hotel. I am so happy with how everything turned out!


The star of this show is definitely our bed. We absolutely love it! We had been sleeping on the cheap mattress we purchased when we got married and let's just say it was not up to par and I'm so glad to be done with it! After visiting a few mattress stores and debating about buying online and traditional vs. memory foam (I guess I should write a whole post on choosing a mattress haha) we ended up taking a total leap and buying the Wayfair Sleep 14" Plush mattress and we really do love it. It comes rolled up and then expands when you open it, and we have zero complaints so far.


The gorgeous white tufted headboard is from Joss and Main and it's everything I've ever dreamed of. I have always wanted a bed that was tall for some reason - it just feels grand to me. I knew I wanted a pure white tufted headboard, with wingback sides and this one was perfect and is such a good price.


 
 I wanted the room to also have some modern touches, so I paired the traditional headboard with this geometric coverlet and euro pillows and a simple duvet cover. I already had the Kelly Wearstler bengal bazaar pillows and they add the perfect pop of pattern to the all-white palette.




The dresser was a great find at Ashley Furniture Home Store when we were in there looking for something else. I loved that it was nice and tall to add some height to the room. Above it hangs my favorite-ever Home Goods score of this huge and beautiful abstract painting. I adore it. I was even very patient and waited for it to go on clearance before purchasing...so lucky it was still there when I checked back a few weeks later!



If you watch my Insta Stories you know I was scouring the internet/stores for a clean-lined but well-sized white lamp to go here. I was even considering paying around $300 for one I liked from Pottery Barn. Then I happened to pop into Tuesday Morning one day and found this one - the perfect thing! I was prepared to pay the usual price of $50 or $60, but it was on 60% off clearance and I ended up getting it for $19! I still can't believe that! The large gold vase was another Home Goods (similar here).


The dresser came with more traditional pulls and I changed them out for these gold and mother of pearl knobs from Hobby Lobby.




Our enormous bedroom window faces east and lets in the most beautiful morning light. I dressed it with the same favorite brass curtain rods and white curtains as downstairs (I shared about them here). We also needed some sort of blinds or shades for privacy and light blocking, and though you can't really see it in these photos, we went with the roman shades from Select Blinds and are very happy with the quality.

 


For the nightstands I wanted something more on the modern end, and these white Greek Key nightstands fit in perfectly. I love the detail on the drawer front. (The nightstands are out of stock in white everywhere right now, but hopefully should come back soon!)


 
I styled them with my favorite modern brass frames above, filled with black and white family photos. Some designers think it's in bad taste to display family photos, and it can definitely be cheesy or overworked if not executed properly. But these photos make me so happy (and that's the whole point of living in your house!) and I think displaying them in an elegant way really makes all the difference. I adore how it turned out.


These lamps on the nightstands were another great find. My inspiration for this room was Monika Hibbs' gorgeous master and she has lamps exactly like this, except in white. I stumbled across these gray ones at TJ Maxx one day for $35 a piece and was so thrilled I found exactly what I was looking for! Originally I thought I would paint them white but I like the contrast the gray brings once I pulled it all together.


One of my favorite elements is the quatrefoil mirror above the bed. It's from Target but I think it's such a statement piece. One of my favorite things about this house is the vaulted ceilings in the master, and the mirror really helps draw attention to the great height of the ceilings.


I really wanted to change out the light fixture in this room, and I may still, but for right now the existing fan was the most practical. I don't really love that it's so dark in the middle of our white space, and I may either change it out for a lighter fan (since my husband likes a fan) or a beaded chandelier (my choice). I keep trying to remind myself that not everything has to be done at once ; )




I am so happy to have this room finished, and it makes me smile every time I walk in. I think often the master bedroom is an afterthought because there are just so many other spaces to worry about, and who really sees it anyway? That's definitely how it was at our last house. But when I turned 30 this summer I vowed it was time to move on from the dresser set I had had since I was 4 (no joke) and the squeaky newlywed mattress to something that was fresh and sophisticated and felt like a couple of adults lived there. A place we could relax and and unwind at the end of the day. I think we achieved it!




S O U R C E  L I S T

Paint Color: Casual Elegance by Porter Paints

Bedding: Target | Coverlet | Euro Pillows | Duvet
Lumbar Pillow: TJ Maxx
Quatrefoil Mirror: Target
Rug: Hayneedle

Nightstands: no longer available from Joss and Main | available here on Overstock (out of stock on all sites right now, hopefully will be back soon)
Lamps on Nightstands: TJ Maxx | Similar | Similar
Brass Picture Frames: Target
White Inlay Box: Tuesday Morning | Similar
Decorative Beads: Etsy

Abstract Artwork: Home Goods | Similar | Similar | Similar
White Lamp: Tuesday Morning | Similar
Mirrored Star: Home Goods
Gold Vase: Home Goods | Similar
Gold Pulls: Hobby Lobby

Brass Curtain Rods: Amazon
Curtain Ring Clips: Walmart
White Curtains: IKEA
Mirrored Frame: Target (no longer available)
Gold Convex Mirror: TJ Maxx | Similar

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access: Home Picks

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Ok, yes, every blogger in the universe is talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale...I know, I know! But...most of them are fashion bloggers and ya'll know we're here to (mostly) talk about home stuff. So hopefully this is a bit of a different take for you. I just had to share a couple of my favorite home scores from the Early Access Sale. Right now the sale is just for Nordstrom card holders, and the sale opens to the public in a week. There are a few things I've had my eye on for a few months and was really happy to see were included in the sale.



One (my very favorite rug, which is way out of my budget but I wanted to include because it is discounted so if ever you were going to scoop it up now would be the time!)
Two I've eyed this pillow for a while - perfect for a serene bed
Three A classic, neutral pouf that can go anywhere
Four You can't go wrong with simple latte bowls. We have these and use them constantly.
Five My very favorite way to style a kitchen is by layering pretty cutting boards for detail and dimension
Six Rifle Paper Co...need I say more?!
Seven So many pretty rugs in this sale! Love this silver and soft blue one
Eight Most of their Dash and Albert rugs are on sale. They have the best classic patterns!
Nine People rave about these Nordstrom towels
Ten I've been hunting for a pure white pillow with a good pattern on it. This one is under $20!
Eleven Fall is coming, which means cozy throws everywhere
Twelve Another pretty rug with tons of interest
Thirteen My mom has wanted this pillow for her master foreverrrrr and it's finally on sale!
Fourteen And I've wanted this blush ikat pillow foreverrrrr too : )

Is there anything you're loving from the sale? Happy shopping!




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Favorite Inexpensive Brass Curtain Rods (And White Curtains Too!)

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Hi guys! First of all, I have to say thanks for all the love over on Instagram about my backsplash debacle. I'll write a full post on the experience soon, but you guys were all so sweet and supportive and I really appreciate it!


Besides pouting about tile this weekend (ha!) I also got our living room curtains hung! It took me a long time to decide what to do about window treatments in here because of both cost and looks. These are such large windows that I didn't want to spend a bunch, but couldn't decide whether we needed blinds/shades in addition to curtains. I also dragged my feet a bit because my favorite Target Farrah panels were perpetually sold out in the longer size. (I just went to get the link for you and they are back in stock! So the story of my life haha!) I knew the Ikea Ritva curtains were a favorite of many bloggers, but they are just a touch off-white, and I really love a true white, so was hesitant.


Ultimately though, we really, really needed window coverings so I ordered two packs of Ritvas and am really happy with them. They are ever so slightly off-white but it's certainly not the end of the world. They have a nice hand to them and look much more elegant than their price point. As you can see we've made a decent amount of progress in our great room and it's really starting to feel like home!


And now on to the best part...these curtain rods. They are the Umbra Cappa brushed brass rods and I love them. They are very similar to these from West Elm which I love but at a much better price point. The largest size (which I have) is usually between $40 and $50. You can find them on Amazon, Hayneedle, and a few other stores if you want to compare prices.


I somehow got crazy lucky one night and stumbled on them for just $10 a piece! I seriously think it was a glitch in the system! I bought three rods as quickly as I possibly could in case the price went back up while I was on there. Even if you don't find them for that price, they are still a great deal.


I paired them with these ring clips from Walmart.com, which were also very affordable. They are a pretty close match to the rods. The clips are probably a bit more shiny and the rods more matte. If you're very OCD it might bother you, but I think especially once hung it's hardly noticeable.


I am so happy with how our simple window treatments turned out! I'm glad I didn't end up getting other shades, since just the panels keeps things so light and simple. We can just draw the curtains closed in the evening, easy peasey. It was the perfect touch to make this room feel more complete!

G E T  T H E  L O O K





S O U R C E  L I S T

Wall Color: Casual Elegance by Porter Paints
Curtain Rods: Amazon | Hayneedle
Curtains: Ikea Ritva
Curtain Ring Clips: Walmart
Sofa: Birch Lane
Dining Table: Pier 1
Dining End Chairs: Similar
Dining Chairs: Wayfair
Fiddle Leaf Fig: Amazon
Abstract Wall Art: Home Goods | similar | similar | similar
Coffee Table: Wayfair
Floor Lamp: Target
Pillows: similar | similar
Club Chairs: Wayfair


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

20 of the Best Bar Stools (And What We Chose for the New Kitchen)



Our new kitchen…be still my heart! It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of! Beautiful white cabinets with crown molding, a gorgeous custom vent hood, quartz counters (don’t tell, but I would have picked lighter ones…but I’m not going to complain!), and a soon-to-be marble subway tile backsplash (we are having it changed since this one is pretty but a bit busy for our taste).



I agonized over which bar stools to put in this stunner, knowing they’d be like the jewel in the crown. There are so many beautiful choices out there, but I had a few details I really wanted. I knew I wanted them to have a back, for both comfort and kid safety, and I really wanted them to be white to break up the dark countertop a bit. Right off the bat, I fell in love with the Riviera stool from Serena and Lily. It had just the casual-modern look I was going for, had a nice tall back, was light and bright and added a touch of natural wood tones with the bamboo legs. But ya’ll know I love a bargain, so I looked everywhere to see if I could find something similar at a better price, with not much luck.




The runners up were these upholstered beauties from Joss and Main. I do absolutely love them, and if we weren’t right in the middle of raising up little ones I might have picked them. Of course I have bright white upholstery other places in my house, but we are intentional about not eating on it (not gonna work with a bar stool) and really it’s all slipcovered and therefore very washable. Upholstery not so much. So the Serena and Lily beauties ultimately won out for their wipe-ability! #ToddlerLife

Now that we have them in our home I have to say we absolutely love them! They are incredibly comfortable, with nice long seats so your legs aren’t dangling uncomfortably. We get compliments from everyone who comes over. I’m ultimately so glad I went with them! 


If you’re on the hunt for bar stools, I rounded up a few of my other favorites, since I’ve now seen just about everything out there haha! Which ones would be your pick?


one | two | three | four


Friday, June 30, 2017

A Few Peeks at Our New House (And Fourth of July Sales!)


Ahhh I have so much to tell you guys about our new home! We moved in a week ago and it was a total whirlwind but we are so glad to be here! It is absolutely beautiful and so different than living in an older home. I loved many things about our former house but am excited for this new adventure in a brand new build we can love for years to come. It's a gorgeous blank slate and I am loving the process of making it our own! Since I sold so much of what we used in our last house (not everything, but quite a bit) I was able to use that money to purchase some new pieces that fit this home and space better. I'll have lots more to share in the coming weeks but wanted to share a few angles of our new place plus let you know that several of our new pieces are on major sale right now.


Let's start with our bar stools. I plan to do a whole post on them and choosing bar stools, but let's just say we love them! They are the Riviera stools from Serena and Lily and everything there is 20% off right now. That is the best discount I've seen from them so if you're on the fence about buying these beauties like I was, now is the time!


And our gorgeous new dining table that I am in love with is on serious sale! It's marked down, plus an extra 15% off, which puts it at around $400 which is an absolute steal and even less than I paid! It's the Pier 1 Bradding Natural Stone Wash 84" Table.


And this has nothing to do with sales but is just a little corner of our kitchen that makes me happy : ) Our house is far from being put together so I live for a few pulled together areas that make it seem like home.

Here are a few more of the great sales I found for Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July!

Joss and Main has 20% off the Fourth of July sales with code FIREWORKS
West Elm and Pottery Barn have up to 50% off at their Premier Sale

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