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Master Bedroom Refresh: The Plan

Deme Crinion5 Comments

Our poor neglected master bedroom.  She's a dump zone and she knows it.  Is yours a dump zone too?  Is it brimming with piles and clutter and randomness? Can you just ignore it or does it drive you nuts?

I'm not jumping on a soap box about how our bedrooms should be a serene sanctuary or how we should put ourselves first by making our bedroom a retreat.  I mean that all sounds nice, but in reality I'm just tired of bumping into things. And not knowing if the piles of laundry are clean or dirty or a rare mixed breed.  

A couple weeks ago I also started to feel like a bit of a hypocrite for requiring our kids to maintain their spaces when ours was the pits.  Then I thought it might be nice to actually crawl into bed at the end of the night and be able to breath in a sigh of relief, instead of looking around at more things to add to my to-do list before closing my eyes for the night. 

So, here we are scheming about a little refresh for our much neglected space. I'm calling this a refresh instead of a makeover because most of the pieces are already there....just buried.  

I've gathered a few things for this space over the past year that will finally get the dust blown off them. I had forgotten about some, but was pleasantly surprised to rediscover these old treasures in looking at what I could use that I already had on hand.  

The first was this Deuteronomy 6 print from Naptime Diaries.  

I grabbed a poster size of this beauty a few months ago and it has sat in the shipping tube like a trapped genie ever since.  I was so excited to find this hiding next to my desk, because it's now driving the train for this whole project - the colors, the significance, all of it.  

James' only input for the room is that he wants some color.  Taking that feedback and using the print as a jumping off point, I came up with this:

The base of the room (walls/furniture) will be mostly neutral, but there's plenty of color coming in via the headboard and other accents.  The best part is that I already had everything here except for the duvet/comforter.....and thanks to a clearance sale, I can now check that off the list too. 

Here's the breakdown....

1. This jute rug from H&M was such a fun find (and H&M has become one of my favorite online stores for affordable home stuff - check out their pillow covers!).  I got it months ago intending to use it in another room, but I think its going to help add a great natural/textural element. I'm thinking on the wall above the headboard.

2. Obviously this piece is central to the room.  I love the saturated colors and versatility.  We can pull some blues/greens into the accents for a cool feel or pull some of those pinks and oranges if we want to warm things up.  

3. I've been e-stalking this upholstered headboard for over a year.  I was hesitant to go with such a bold color and it seemed a little too teal online.  I was going for more of a peacock blue or navy.  But I just never found anything else that was the right style/color at the right price point. The reviews mentioned the color was darker in person, so I finally pulled the trigger during Wayfair's last headboard sale.  It did not disappoint! 

4. Anthropologie is like a dream.  A dream way beyond my budget...BUT!  They can have decent sale prices and occasionally run an extra 40% off sale items.  I jumped on the last one and snagged this duvet. It has some pattern and subtle gold hand stitching but the black and white allows it to act as a neutral.

5. Even though I ended up finding two bigger items at deep discounts I didn't want to sink much more cash into the room, so we're using a left over can of paint from the family room.  At first I wanted dark and moody but for free I think I'll be fine with light and airy.  It's a great light neutral grey with warm undertones (Silver Drop by Behr). 

6. You know you've found a kindred spirit when your friend calls to inform you that they've cut down a tree in her yard and wants to know if she should save some stumps for you to use as side tables.  Free and rustic and just the right size: WIN-NING. 

I think the biggest challenge is going to be keeping the room from feeling too feminine.  The florals, the delicate details in the jute rug....I'm hoping some of the more rustic elements like the stump tables and some black accents will help dude things up a bit.  We also brought in two bookcases from other rooms in the house to flank the headboard.  We'll mount some reading lights (which I already have) and then we just need to find some curtains.  I do have an extra white set but I'm not sure if that will meet the color quota from the hubs.  Maybe some fun trim details?  We'll see.  For now, we're starting by digging our way through the piles of books and clothes and then we'll hit those walls with some fresh paint!  

Picture Ledges, Photo Gallery Tips, and a GIVEAWAY!!

Deme Crinion35 Comments
This giveaway is officially closed - congratulations Rebecca Rooney! Check your email, Girl!

I'm embarrassed to admit how long it's been since we've had family pictures up on the walls.  Or on a nightstand.  Or even tucked into a wallet.

Where they have been, is multiplying on my computer for years. Which made the task of actually sifting through and printing them even more intimidating.

But this big open space above our couch was calling for attention, and I felt like maybe it was time to add some evidence of the family who actually lives here. Since we tend to have a lot of rooms in progress, it can be easy to put off the finishing details of a room.  Those usually come towards the end, but they're what gives a space personality...makes it relatable and meaningful.

I finally decided to stop waiting and have been intent on adding some personality to our home through those details over the past month, finished rooms or not. OK, all our rooms are pretty much in the 'not' category, but the living room just nudged a bit closer to 'done'.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

This project all started with a long RIBBA picture ledge from IKEA that used to hang in my office, now the babe's nursery.  I'm intimidated by gallery walls (which would have been a great space filler) but a picture ledge gallery seemed more doable.  Little measuring, no nails.  I could handle that.

But I needed a ledge about twice as long as the RIBBA to span the majority of the couch. Observe one RIBBA, alone and afraid:

Heeeey......maybe I could shove two of them together to make one long ledge...but what about the seam in the middle?  Could I caulk it and paint it?  

Why yes.  Yes, I could.  Because someone smarter than me had already done it (check out the ledges Jenny did in her mom's home here.)

I made the trip to IKEA to stock up on 3 more RIBBA ledges, and had a minor panic attack when I discovered they were being replaced with the MOSSLANDA.  It was like a flashback to the traumatic news of the discontinued EXPEDIT.  But lucky for us, the MOSSLANDA  turned out to be a great upgrade....and a steal at just $9.99 for the large ledge (a $5.00 price cut from the RIBBA ledge)!

The MOSSLANDA is a bit chunkier than the RIBBA but keeps its slim/sleek footprint.  I really liked the more substantial feel, but especially loved the addition of this groove down the middle.  It acts like a stopper for the frames layered in the back, leaving space to add another frame in front.  It would be a really nice feature if you wanted to create a display with plates or something similar.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

We did some quick measuring, some checking with the level, and lots of eyeballing. We ended up with the bottom of the lower ledge  12 inches from the top of the couch, and 18 inches between the front lip of the lower ledge and the bottom of the upper ledge.


As I perused some of my favorite pins, most picture ledge galleries that caught my eye were black and white (both the frames and prints).  I also liked white mats and preferred the look of a thin black frame vs. a wide edge.  

Fortunately, I had a few black and white frames on hand, but certainly not enough to fill the ledges.  I really needed to keep this project from becoming too costly and was excited to find these frames (holding our baby girl announcement below) on the end cap at Target for $3.00 a pop.  I grabbed a few 11x14 (matted to fit an 8x10) and a couple 8x10 frames (matted to fit a 5x7).
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

 After playing musical frames for a day, we finally had it.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

I wanted it to feel balanced with the various sized frames, but not too cluttered.  I kept the prints mostly black and white, but did work in a few color prints (most of which are not super saturated and have black/white somewhere in them). 

IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

From my uber-extensive frame tweaking experience, I walked away with a few simple tips for success: 

-Large frames are key to keeping the group from feeling too busy.  I recommend 2-3 large frames on each ledge.

-Place the large frames first, then work the smaller frames in around them.

-Balance elements.  I made sure I didn't spread load one side with color prints and the other with black and white.  I also tried to vary the frame orientation for a good spread of horizontal/vertical, and to equally disperse the few white frames I had among the black.

-Shift the frames so that they aren't perfectly aligned with any of the frames above/below.

When I did this it looked good, but something still felt off.  Until I tried this: make sure that none of the gaps line up vertically.

See this?  There's a gap between two frames and if you trace a line to the ledge below there is another gap right below it. 
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

So, I slid one of the top frames over and now if you trace a line up from that gap on the bottom ledge, your eye hits a frame.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery tips

Just follow that rule of thumb throughout.  Wherever there's a gap between frames, make sure the vertical line leads to a frame, not another gap.   All the gaps in the arrangement below have a frame along the same vertical line on the opposite ledge.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery tips
I suppose you could just layer the frames without any gaps all the way through, but I felt like a few spaces helped the whole thing breath.  If frames could do that.

I tried to include a baby, toddler, and current individual pic of each kiddo and then a few of our family favorites.  I was so happy seeing these pictures in no-kidding frames and not the screen of my computer.  I loved the black and white frames, but a few other items made this area just a bit more special.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

I've been loving neutral rooms with a small pop of bold color, so I thought this mostly black and white set up might benefit from the same idea.  This print from Jones Design Company was the perfect touch of color and whimsy.  And it really captured the heart of these photos.  The time goes by so fast and it's those little things, their little way, that I want to remember.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery
(*I have not yet caulked and painted the seams but will update once I do!)

I had a gap on the lower shelf but didn't have another frame.  This horseshoe was a special gift from my inlaws and perfectly filled the space on the wall.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

My friend Katrina recently opened the most beautiful hand lettering and art shop on Etsy  Hatch Prints . She has so many amazing designs that it took me forever to place an order because I wanted. them. all.  This one seemed to be the perfect mantra for us.  I hope those that witness the love between our family, also witness the Gospel in action. Every time.
IKEA picture ledges, photo gallery

I also snagged this print from her shop, and can't wait to find a spot for it in my kitchen.
Picture ledges and photo gallery tips

 Gorgeous right!? Her prints are striking online, but even better in person.  The print quality is so fantastic they would look good in or out of a frame.  

The best news is that she's giving away two gorgeous prints (one 8x10 and one 5x7) to one of you!  Just check out Katrina's lovely shop and leave a note in the comments with your favorite print.  You can also use the code HOUSEFORSIX at checkout for an extra 15% off your Hatch Prints order through the end of October. I have several of these beauties in mind for Christmas gifts, but you'll find so many great options for newly arrived babies, and even loss.

You can follow Katrina behind the scenes and get shop news over on the gram and FB.  But don't miss out on the goodness of her blog Cedars and Tiny Flowers either!

And what the heck, lets throw in a $30 IKEA OR Target gift card (your choice) from me to help get you started on your own gallery wall, or putting those personal touches on your home.  That's one 8x10 art print of your choice, one 5x7 art print of choice, and one gift card to one mothership, for one lucky reader.  Good luck, ducks!!!

*Giveaway will run through Friday, Oct 30th at 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. 


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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Working With What You Have: Fall Decor Take Two

Deme Crinion1 Comment
We're halfway through October, which means halfway through my personal spending freeze.  The temptation to hit the store for "just this one thing" has come many times, but I especially felt the pull when the kids wanted to put up fall decorations.

Fall decorations that were in scarce supply around here since I purged at the end of last season.

On the plus side, the few things I did have were things I really liked.  So, before caving and shelling out cash for more pumpkins, we raided the craft closet and shopped the yard to augment what we already had on hand.

Here's what free fall decor is looking like around here this year...

Working with what you have: free fall decor

Before we did anything with decorations, we cozied up the place with some extra throws and pillows. A couple weeks ago we gave the piano a mini fall update (see the details here).  This rug instantly softened the area and has a great color palette for fall.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

The pillow is from Lulu & Georgia (courtesy of an awesome giveaway hosted by my most favorite of mommy grammers, Grace!) and pulled some of the orange accents from the rug.
working with what you have: free fall decor
We tossed a cozy blanket from our linen closet over the chair and called it "fall".

I've never known what to do with the top of the cabinet behind the chair.  Since the ceiling is pitched, anything set on top typically looks dwarfed and sad.  This was my attempt to add a little height.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
I already had this jug-vase-thingy from Home Goods and the mummy jar from Target.  I just needed something to fill them....something other than candy corn.  Because my rate of consumption is not safe.  Not safe at all.

I relocated a plant from another small pot to give our mummy some height..and some hair. Yes, it's an ill fit but I'm saying it adds to his mohawk.  
Working with what you have: free fall decor

Then I grabbed a few sticks from outside.  Thanks to a windy night they were basically covering the driveway.  I stuffed a large plastic bag inside to help hold the sticks in place.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
I liked the bare look void of leaves for fall, but wanted to add a little color. #cantstopwontstop

We ended up using a few pieces of  leftover felt from my daughter's First Communion banner project (purples and gold) and some blue construction paper to cut leaves.  I used a needle to string some black thread through for a loop at the top of each leaf.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
Easy peasy.

These were mini poms I cut from two sets of pom pom trim in my sewing stash.  I strung the black thread right through the orange ones...
Working with what you have: free fall decor

...but stretched out the white ones a bit to stick right onto the tiny branches.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

Together I think they make a fun pair.  
Working with what you have: free fall decor

I had some leftover poms, so I put them to use in the dining room as well.  This trio of blue and white was a $5 steal (for the set!) from a garage sale this summer.  I arranged a few orange pumpkins on them (again stuffing a plastic bag inside the short one so the pumpkin would sit close to the top).
Working with what you have: free fall decor
(You can see our work-in-progress picture ledges in the background!)

I grabbed a few more sticks for the leftover pom poms and dropped them in the pitcher.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

working with what you have: free fall decor

This old school mint high chair was another garage sale find from last year and it's become a fun spot to play with seasonal items.  We kept it simple with a couple of my more neutral pumpkins.
Working with what you have: free fall decor


Working with what you have: free fall decor

A 24 hr flu has taken our family down one by one this week.  The babe and I were the last ones to bite the dust so, hopefully we'll all climb out of the fog enough to enjoy some of this beautiful fall weather this weekend.  And finish up those picture ledges!

How do you get creative with seasonal decor when you're on a budget? Is anyone else shopping their yard for fall?

Working with what you have: free fall decor

*Check out our fallified piano right here.

*And for last year's fall home tour (and more backyard diving), go here.


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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A Fallish Piano Update

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I think there must be something magical about October.  Every September I wonder if fall will really ever come.  Then the calendar reads October 1st and suddenly there's a cool breeze and the leaves are changing.  Anne Shirley was so right, "I'm so glad I live in a world with Octobers." And now that it feels like fall outside, we're ready to celebrate fall inside.

Just a few days ago, I put out to the interwebs that I was going on a spending freeze for October.  Well, when I opened the bin of fall decor, and was quickly reminded that I had pared down my fall decorations at the end of last season, I admit that I was tempted to run out to the store to stock up real quick like on pumpkins and leafy things (it was September 30 after all).

But I resisted.  Or maybe I was just too tired.  Either way, we have a limited amount of fall decor and we're sticking with it.   When we purged it down, I kept only the things I really loved and that the kids liked using year after year.  So, anything we augment with is going to have to come in the form of crafty-free from whatever supplies we have here at home.  And it's good.  I was going to run out and buy stuff.  But now I'll be forced to use some creativity and let the kids help me make some stuff.

Which means we're also decorating one little corner at a time, instead of a whole house affair.  The first spot to get fallified was the piano.
fall piano update

I've always loved using the top of our piano to add a little holiday flair.  Last year we used lots of fall colors and orange hues, which really popped against the navy wall.  This year we kept things a bit more neutral and added some layers for texture.
fall piano update

For us, fall is not just about colors, but about cozying up the place.  Mia loves sitting on this faux sheepskin (IKEA) when she plays and I added a rug that didn't work out in our entry.  #doorclearanceproblems
fall piano update

The rug might be my favorite addition and helped define this musical zone in our living room. These pumpkins were a gift from my mom.....she found them at a little store up in the mountains and I love their quirky vibe.
fall piano update

fall piano update

I needed to add some height variation, so in the spirit of using what we had, I grabbed a few of our Harry Potter books.  The colors on the spines are perfect for fall and something about the magical wizarding world just seems to fit the fall/Halloween season.  Mia has devoured the first couple books and we're currently reading the first one aloud as a family.
fall piano update

And I finally found a spot for my Naptime Diaries print.  We used to have a gold sunburst mirror here, but I needed something for the nursery and this guy needed a proper home.  It was the perfect swap. 
fall piano update

And just in case you were wondering, the reason nothing gets done around here...
fall piano update

It's tough stuff when you pull yourself up and can't figure out how to get back down.  Which clearly she will never learn because of her 24 hr rescue squad.
fall piano update

 Yup.  Wrapped around her puffy little finger.  All of us.


How do you decorate for fall?  Are you a separate Halloween/Thanksgiving decorator or do you just jumble it all together?  I hope things are feeling cozy in your neck of the woods!


See last year's fall home tour here.

And how we gussied up the piano for Christmas last year right here


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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