Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Bedroom Gets Updated

More than any other room, the master bedroom was in desperate need of fresh paint. We think that it had not been repainted in 25 years. It was scuffed, dingy, and had lots of holes in it. Now, it's a light blue that matches this wallpaper that I'm going to use as a feature behind the headboard. I also painted the ceiling a quarter of the color of the wall. I was terrified, but Benjamin Moore's flat paint doesn't drip. It turned out great.

Disclaimer: The lighting in the room isn't great right now, as we removed the existing chandelier and scones for painting (and updating), so it's hard to show the color as it really is.

We ordered bedroom furniture this week, but it's going to take 8 to 10 weeks to get it. So it's going to be awhile to see the finished room.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I Am on a Roll, People!

Things have moved along quickly the past few days on the home-decorating front. On Monday we ordered living room furniture from Candise Olsen's line at Norwalk, and yesterday we ordered bedroom furniture from Ethan Allen. Today I painted the ceiling in the bedroom (which seemed to go surprisingly well; I'll be able to tell once it's fully dry) and tomorrow I'm painting the bedroom. Today I got some new wallpaper samples in for the foyer. I changed my mind about the one I had picked out. I liked it, but it just didn't flow well with the rest of the colors I had painted. So I think that a paper with red in it would work better: The library behind this feature wall is painted red, plus I'm using red accents in the living/family room and the kitchen. I have also decided to use turquoise accents in the living room to coordinate with the kitchen, so I have a few papers up that have turquoise in them. I have marked my favorite papers with blue post-it flags. If you can see them well enough, please let me know which ones you like. The ones I have marked have colors in them that match the existing foyer paint color, which would be very helpful. I am leaning toward a floral design since Pottery Barn's twig hat rack would coordinate nicely, but I do like the modern circles too.

I should have a post on the new bedroom color soon. Picking a color has been harder than all of the other rooms, but I think that we finally found one.

NOTE: Click on a photo to enlarge, or you're welcome to stop by my house to see them in person if you're in the neighborhood.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Perfect Kitchen Clock

I've looked online several times for a kitchen clock with a red metal rim but have found nothing. And then one day as I was walking through Target, I spotted this clock that was made just for my kitchen. The red rim was just what I wanted, it has a blue circle on the inside that looks like a lighter version of my wall color, and I love the style of the numbers. Thank you, Target.

What I've Been Doing for the Past Month

I've been taking a Copperplate Calligraphy class. The last class was last night. This is the first thing I've made with it. It's not perfect, but I'm pretty proud of it. The pen is old-school: It has a nib and you actually dip it in ink!