Kelly Wearstler-inspired DIY Art

So remember when I told you that I was going to have my little man do an abstract painting for me – inspired by Kelly Wearstler? Well, we got some free time a couple weekends ago, and he got to work! Of course, he decided it was necessary to strip down to his undies to do it. Who am I to judge an artist on his process?

First, we covered an old painting I had with acryllic white paint. It took about four coats to get it done, but he was more than happy to help out. Then I just took plain, black acryllic paint and let him have at it. He loved making what he called the “twirly whirlies like the wind and zig zags.”

He was very proud of himself when it was all done. I have to say I am too. I’m in love with it.

I also got my iKea rug in that I told you about a few weeks ago! I’m so excited! It’s perfect for that space.

Now I just need to get my desk decorated, the painting on the wall, and the office is pretty much done. I’ll show the final, final late this month when I have the time to take really good photos of everything.

Enjoy!

DIY Abstract Painting

I channeled my inner Jill and Kathy (my mom) this weekend. Of course I received help from my mom on this project, but we don’t need to dwell on that. What did I do, you say? Well, I created my first real painting! I had a big open space in my master bedroom that I just couldn’t figure out what to do with. My mom had purchased a large, framed painting from Tuesday Morning a while back because it was on clearance for $20 – the frame alone was worth more than that. Several times, she has taken paintings like that and just painted right over them to get what she was looking for. So, I decided that an abstract painting would be perfect for that open space in my room, and she helped me get exactly what I wanted!

Here’s the painting she originally bought.

Original Painting

Original Painting

And here’s our inspiration photo. I wish I could give credit to whatever magazine it came out of, but I simply can’t remember. Sorry about that!

Inspiration Photo

Inspiration Photo

 

We popped out the canvas and painted white acryllic paint all over.

Making a Clean Slate

Making a Clean Slate

Once that dried, we used a coral color, a make-shift mint (I mixed a greenish color with white and a bit of yellow and blue to get the right shade), and a charcoal grey. All I really did was create large, square-ish sections. Then I’d blend each section into each other a bit so that it wasn’t an exact pattern. The original painting already had a great texture to it, so it added to the effect perfectly.

DIY Abstract Painting

DIY Abstract Painting

Back in the frame, it looked absolutely fabulous!

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I’m so excited to get it up on the wall this next weekend! One more project for the master bedroom off the list! And I feel like I’m ready for more painting, don’t you?

Monogrammed Sham

I’ve been searching for just the right photo to send my family member who’s monogramming our new bedroom shams – remember this pic?

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Well, I think I found it. In the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens, a blogger named Erin was featured. And her home is adorable. She writes her own blog, Elements of Style, and also has her own design business. So naturally, I think she’s awesome.

In her master bedroom, she has this great mix of orange and navy, sprinkled with pink. Her shams are right up my alley, with the thick colored border. And I really like that the monogram sits at the top, since my lumbar pillows will completely cover up the middle part of the sham. So I think I’ll send this photo and see where we end up!

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Can’t wait to see it in person!

 

Dressing Up My Side Table

Last week I showed you our new bedding. Bedding is so personal and can make such a statement, as we all know. When you walk into a room, the most important element is obviously the bed. It’s where we spend a huge amount of time. Well, just as important are the side tables. You use your side tables every night, to set down your phone, to lay extra items you’re too lazy to put away, and to turn on a lamp when you need some extra light. So I decided to spend a little time getting our night stands just right during this bedroom update.

I started by moving our previous ones to the side of the settee – I showed these in this post.

Sitting Room Update

Sitting Room Update

 

They were perfect in our teeny bedroom in St. Louis when we had a 100-year-old bungalow. But they are just too small to go beside our bed now. I also decided that this time I didn’t really want matching pieces, so for my side, I decided to use an estate-sale item that I’d had in my house for about seven years.

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I first got this little beauty when my mother-in-law did estate sales several years ago. It had a light honey stain on it, but on top, someone had painted an apple green color. I actually liked it and thought that was such a fun way to bring color to a piece of furniture without committing the whole thing to it. I had painted it white when I first got it, sanded it a bit to keep it feeling distressed, and kept the green top. It has served as a guest room nightstand, side table, and printer holder in my old home office.

 

Now, it’s been promoted to the master bedroom. The one thing I had to do was repaint the top. The green it used to have was a little too apple-y. So I used one of my mint green test pints to give it a fresh, custom look.

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Then I got new lamps at Home Goods for $45. And finally, my friend Katie (the one who had the beautiful pink and navy wedding), gave all her bridesmaids these adorable elephant ring holders as one of our gifts. I wanted a place to put it on display, so I grabbed one of my grandmother’s old serving plates and set it on top, right next to a bowl I found in the clearance basket at Anthropologie.

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It all feels very personal and comforting right next to me every night. I think more furniture needs to have a fun colored top, don’t you?

 

 

Blogger Home Tour: Alaina Kaczmarski from The Everygirl

How precious is Mr. Jonah??? I can’t wait to meet him! And his nursery is just fabulous. So glad Jill shared that with everyone yesterday. Kudos to that momma for still blogging while on maternity leave! We’re grateful to you lady because we love your stuff.

Have you been to the blog The Everygirl? If not, it’s definitely worth a read. Jill told me about it last year when we were talking about blogs that inspire us, and I visit it often now. It’s a lifestyle blog that speaks to pretty much every kind of woman, especially career-oriented women who love fashion, beautiful interiors, and hearing other strong women’s stories. Alaina Kaczmarski is a writer for The Everygirl, and she also has her own fabulous blog, called Live Creating Yourself. How she keeps up with all of this, I do not know. But I’m glad she does.

I adore her home tour and thought you all would too!

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_HomeTour_1

Her family room is right up my alley with all the greys, whites, and worn wood.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Living Room

 

TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

So pretty.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Side Table

White built in bookshelves with the perfect amount of accessories.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Built In Bookshelves

And, oh my goodness black walls in her bedroom with grey and pink everywhere. I really want to be her friend. LOVE this bedroom!!!

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Amazing Bedroom

 

TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Bedroom Accessories

TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Bedroom Accessories

 

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Adorable Alaina. Absolutely adorable. Alaina has recently moved and is redecorating her new digs. We’ll have to check back to see her latest home tour once she’s done. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Master Redesign Progress

We have made progress on our master bedroom/bath update! So excited to share photos with you! The last time we talked, my bathroom looked like this – carpet overload.

Tile Choices

Tile Choices

Now the floor looks like this.

New Bathroom Tile

New Bathroom Tile

We love, love, love the new tile. It has so much personality!

Master Bathroom Updated

Master Bathroom Updated

Our contractors did a great job on the woodwork around the tub. I just need to paint it the same cream color as the rest of the woodwork now.

Master Bathroom Updated

Master Bathroom Updated

The next step is picking out new paint for the wall. I know you’re probably saying, “But Erica, what’s wrong with the color that’s there right now?” Well, for one thing it’s flat paint, so all the stains that are there right now are impossible to get out (NOT a flat paint fan). And the other reason is I pretty much have white on tan on beige right now, and that’s just not really how I roll. I want a paint that helps tie in the new colors I’m bringing into the space, so I need something that’s a bit cooler in hue.

Wall Color Samples

Wall Color Samples

So I decided to go for something in the mint family and got some paint samples on the wall.

Alas, these are a bit too much for the space (the three on the wall are the three paint chips you see on the left) so I’m going to go with one of the lighter shades on the right. Just need to get those samples this weekend and test them out as well.

 

Paint Chips for Master Bath

Paint Chips for Master Bath

 

AND I also finally got some accessories for our bedroom! The corral throw and pillow are from Steinmart, and so are the gray vases. The other mint/corral items are from Anthropologie. I heart the way they look with my black and white striped quilt.

Mint and Corral Accessories - Middle Redefined

Mint and Corral Accessories – Middle Redefined

 

Mint and Corral Love

Mint and Corral Love

More fun to be had this weekend! I’m going to have time to finish painting our bedroom white. There are several items still on the list, but it feels so good to have the bathroom flooring done. What do you think?

Anthropologie Inspiration

The other day when having lunch with Jill, we were of course talking about our latest design projects. I was asking her opinion about the ideas I had for master bedroom color combos, and she suggested I look at Anthropologie for inspiration. I totally agree with her that while Anthropologie sometimes has home ideas that are a bit too feminine for family households, they just have an amazing way of pairing colors and styles.

So I took a look, and I’m so glad I did!! The furniture in my room is painted black and has brushed nickel hardware. I just painted them a couple years ago, so I’m definitely not doing it again any time soon. I mentioned before that I’m painting the walls a creamy white, so I wanted to figure out what accent colors to use that weren’t completely expected. I kept coming back to mint and corral, but I couldn’t figure out exactly how I wanted to incorporate them into the room. And I didn’t know if they were the right combo with black.

Check out this fabulous sheet set.

Anthropologie Sheet Set

Anthropologie Sheet Set

 

And I’m loving this neon corral throw pillow. I might have to get one or two.

Mint and Corral - Anthropologie

Mint and Corral – Anthropologie

Finally, how pretty is this (it’s photo #5 by the way if you want to look through all of them)??? I love how they pair the corral cover with black and white sheets. All of that in front of a corral wall with a mind accent is enough inspiration to solidify that color combo for me.

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What do you think?

Settee Love

I have always loved settees. They just look so comfortable and almost romantic to me for some reason. And I’ve always wanted to get one for my house but haven’t had the right place for it – until now. In my master bedroom, I have a sitting room that right now just holds a desk, a dresser, and a side table. Sort of a jumble of furniture. As part of my bedroom and bathroom update, I’m adding this settee to one wall, putting my current small side tables on either side of it, setting some fun throw pillows on it, and covering the wall above it with art and family photos.

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I can’t wait to see how it turns out. And I’m so excited to finally be able to use a settee! I bought the one above from Overstock, and I got it during their Memorial Day Sale for $230 – a steal for a piece of furniture like this!

Do you love settees as much as I do?

Master Bedroom Redesign Commenced!

This past weekend I finally started working on the redesign of our master bedroom. The first two steps: 1) Order bathroom tile; and 2) Start painting. I decided to go with a creamy white for our bedroom walls, and I was able to get about half of the painting done. My plan is to hopefully finish up this next weekend – we’ll see how that goes. The bathroom will get a different wall color, which I’ll share as we get further along.

I also had to make the final decision on which tile to go with for our bathroom. Remember from my “Master Bedroom Inspiration” post that we have carpet in our bathroom??? Again, I have no idea why builders ever decided to do that. As you can see from the shot below, we have standard 12×12 tile around our bathtub. So instead of trying to match that tile, which would be difficult, we wanted to go with something that looked a bit more like wood flooring to create some contrast.

You can see our top three choices at the bottom of the rediculous carpet up the side of the bath tub.

Tile Choices

Tile Choices

As you can see, one is almost white, one takes on an oak look, and the larger of the three has more of a reclaimed wood feel. Since our woodwork, vanities, and counter tops are all white, we nixed the creamy tile. It would have blended a bit too much.

Closeup of Tile Finalists

Closeup of Tile Finalists

When comparing the other two, I preferred this one since the greyish hue blended well with the standard tile around the bathtub. So that was the winner.

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And the best part is that our local tile shop was running a Memorial Day weekend sale, so we got it all 20% off! If you’re wondering what we’re doing with that crazy carpet running up the side of the bathtub, that will end up being wood.

 

Really excited that this project is finally under way. Can’t wait to be able to share more photos once we make some more progress!

Bedroom Blues

So, you have seen the bed and my quick tutorial about linens.  Now for a cruise around the rest of our master bedroom .  As my “almost 4 year old” would say, “blue is my favorite color” after every time he spots or talks about anything blue.  I too LOVE blue as it is my “favorite color” but  I took this to another level by adding many colors within the blue spectrum into our master bedroom.

Campaign inspired furniture along with turquoise accessories and colorful abstract art

Campaign inspired furniture along with turquoise accessories and colorful abstract art

This blue hue spectrum scale was easy to achieve with dynamic abstract paintings on opposite walls that incorporated many of these tones.  I have this trio of three on one wall.  The three pieces of art in a row work together nicely and the accessories anchor the colors used in the painting.

Turquoise abstract art along with campaign inspired furniture

Turquoise abstract art along with campaign inspired furniture

And you may have seen the post on the other art piece in the room.

Spring Art in Master Bedroom above Vintage Settee

Spring Art in Master Bedroom above Vintage Settee

I scored the main furniture pieces in our Master Bedroom off Craigslist of course – which are Bassett (score!) and my magical husband took these pieces to like-new shape.  Oh how I wish I had the before and after pics of these puppies but kudos to the mister for making these spectacular.  I scored all four pieces for $125 total!  I know, crazy right?!  But again, you should have seen them before…the couple we bought these from had used the pieces since they were married but since Bassett does make quality items they were in great condition.  I had high hopes into making these true campaign pieces but decided to keep with the simple brass hardware pulls.

Greek Key Lamps - Side Table Simplicity

Greek Key Lamps – Side Table Simplicity

I have always been a sucker for greek key and I scored these two lamps at Pier One on clearance.

Lamp Shade Greek Key Detail

Lamp Shade Greek Key Detail

The lighting in the room had to go – again, I won the battle of getting rid of the ceiling fan (yippie!)  So I found this pretty lady (yes, I have a love affair for great lighting so I can call it a lady).  She came from Wilson Lighting here in KC – and waited it out until it went on clearance.  That was torture waiting but it was well worth the wait to get nearly $200 off listed price.

Beautiful simple light fixture - adds warmth and elegance

Beautiful simple light fixture – adds warmth and elegance

I will prove my obsession with light fixtures at a later date.  Next, with funky-hard-to-figure-out windows that cause havoc in the corner I decided to go with a simple ivory roman shade.  These create a great filter for light to come through and I found these at JCPenny Home.  If you want simple and basic, JCPenny has some great options for window treatments. I originally searched for a great detail trim to add to the top flap of these to look more custom but I haven’t yet spotted exactly what I am looking for – the hunt continues.

Ivory roman shades - simple and provides great filtered light

Ivory roman shades – simple and provides great filtered light

And more accessories spotted around the room – which are definitely heirloom type items – Missoni throw pillow and Cross blessed by the Pope from the Vatican.  Both items made in Italy – perhaps the latter has much more meaning but I do love me some Missoni.  Each member of my immediate family has the same exact cross in their house – it was their Christmas gift years back after my tour around Italy.

Missoni decorative pillow

Missoni decorative pillow

Cross from the Vatican while visiting and touring Italy.

Cross from the Vatican while visiting and touring Italy.

Side Table accessories - help bring in blue hues in three shades

Side Table accessories – help bring in blue hues in three shades

Bedroom - turquoise, cobalt blue and emerald green accessories

Bedroom – turquoise, cobalt blue and emerald green accessories

There you have it – you won’t find a television anytime soon in our bedroom – the mister and I don’t believe in it and I won’t fool you, the bedside books rarely see my eyes but that allows for the master bedroom to be a place for sleep and comfort.  In our instance, a major case of the blues…but in a good way.

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