Friday, January 3, 2014

Guest Bedroom Overhaul

Ever since moving into our dream home, I have been fighting a battle so fierce, I thought I was going to have to call in the Calvary. That was until I had an epiphany! Here is the back story...

True Confession; I hated this desk!

It is in the guest room and takes up WAY too much room. My dream... to have a guest room that our company would love to stay in. Bed and breakfast inspired and totally relaxing.
This desk was cramping my style...literally!

I have brought up selling it about once a month since moving in and every time, I get the same response... "It's a good dresser, I like it, I don't want to get rid of it." This is the last frontier folks! I have been able to convince him to get rid of many things that do not meet my standards but THIS DESK is his one hold out. I have offered to help him move it into the Man Cave, (hehe) but that didn't work. So I decided to add some fabric on the back to make it blend better with our decor...but the new wore off and I hated the desk again. The guest bedroom haunted me. I had no inspiration, it was stuffed with furniture I didn't love and it just became a dumping ground for craft and DIY project tools and supplies...something had to be done!

Then, one glorious Sunday, I got the best idea EVER! Put the desk in the closet! There was just one problem... the closet was FULL! Well, no matter! I was determined to have my way with this guest room. ;-)

 Here is the room before (I am so ashamed!!!!)

 Here is what it looked like after I cleaned out the closet...

... and moved the furniture.

And here is the final product...

I LOOOOOVVVVEEE it! I really wanted to sleep in the guest room that night! Can you blame me?! 

I hope this has inspired you to tackle a project that has been haunting you. You can do it! Love ya!

New Sign Additions

So this holiday break I have been busy making signs for others but wanted to share two that I just completed for our home. One is above our master bedroom door and the other crowns the doorway to the garage. I love putting my own spin on items I see out on shopping excursions. I saw a French Confiserie sign at Ballard's ages ago and it really spoke to me. I would have just bought that one, but I am not made out of money :-) So, without further ado...

Decorate for the Holidays

For Christmas this year I decided to go BLING! Silver and gold glitter, white pearl, and a touch of blue. That was my inspiration for this years holiday celebration! I started with trolling my favorite Tampa  home decor warehouses to get my glitter fix. If you are in the Tampa area, Val's Home Decor Warehouse in Tampa and Old Time Pottery in Brandon are the best places to score holiday decorations in bulk for cheap. Here is what I came up with this year...

 We didn't really have a great place to hang our stockings since we don't have a fireplace so I decided to try out the stockings on our mirror this year...I LOVE THEM! Plus they are up pretty high so Santa can't reach to put any coal in. ;-) I made the snowflake art out of tongue depressors and spray paint...Thanks Pinterest!
 The tree is always the crowning jewel! This year I used gold and silver glitter balls from Old Time Pottery and Val's, white pearl balls from Michael's and some left over light blue pearl balls from Walmart two years ago. I also added some floral picks from Michael's that really fill in any gaps.
I have always wanted a nativity scene and last month I found this little gem at an antique market in St. Petersburg, Florida called Brocante Market. It is open the first weekend of the Month and is filled with great deals.
 I LOVE getting Christmas cards and each year I hang them from our dining room mirror. Looks like we will be needing a bigger mirror! :-)
 Several months ago I ditched our happy little house flag and made us a wooden sign bracket (cost about $8) I got tired of spending $15 a pop on cloth flags that fade. Also, when we moved to our new place Andy made me promise no more flags containing : flowers, birds, glitter or rainbows. If you have ever been flag shopping that really limited my choices. Therefore, I began making seasonal wooden signs that are easily interchangeable. For Christmas, I made a double sided sign. One side says "Joy to the World" and the opposite side says "The Lord has come." I LOVE making signs!

 I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year! I am usually not into resolutions but this year my new year's resolution is to complete more DIY projects and post more tutorials. I hope to see you back soon, I have a ton of past projects to write up and I hope you will enjoy them! Love ya!