Crown Molding in the sunroom...

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Wanted to quickly show y'all another update to our sun room. We have had crown molding sitting in our garage for what seems like forever... but I purchased it awhile back to add to as many rooms as possible! I just love how much it finishes off the space. There's a few more details planned for this space but we are doing them as cost and time will allow. I'm really into a simplistic style right now...

We added the crown to give the space a little bit more "umph". We still need to finish the board and batten underneath the windows and to the left there below. I have been thinking of changing the color in this room as well... but haven't had time to sit and decide what I want.

Maybe one day, I'll stop being so hard on myself and appreciate these rooms for what they are. Home.

Master Bedroom Progress

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So, this room will be ever changing. There are some ideas I have in my head. And in a perfect world where money goes on trees and the days have no time limits and oh, we didn't need to sleep... maybe this room would be done. But ah, that's not the case! So, slowly, we are injecting "us" into this space. And I can't wait to show you another progression post about this room.

I've realized through blogging...and watching myself with others that it TRULY "doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." You should really enjoy your home. You should enjoy that $100 comforter and don't sweat it if the dog throws up on it. Or your big, fat lazy lab likes to sneak in and sleep on it getting black doggie hairs everywhere... 

My point is, things are meant to be used. And yes, these photos show a clean room. But you know what, this room is NOT clean all the time. We LIVE here. I think anyone who was going to post their photos in front of hundreds or thousands on the internet... would clean their house first, just saying. So, please remember before you get down on yourself about not having the perfect house, don't. NONE of us have a perfect house. All of us want to change things. All of us want a magazine worthy house. But for now, enjoy the house you're in. Just do me a favor and buy the freaking comforter!

So here's how the room somewhat started... Still love the windows. Still love the bead board wall. Definitely serves as a great focal point as soon as you walk through our bedroom door.

      I really didn't want to post the photo below because it's not a finished photo but what I wanted to show was not completion but progress. Progress shows in this not so pretty photo of somewhat where I was headed... and what I wanted this room to feel like.

And here's what it looked like this evening. I changed out the linen like "grain sack" stamped curtains (which are now available at Vintage Living Marketplace in the HBA room). I would like to sometime soon add window headers to the top of our windows for some extra umph. For some extra character and some extra...Ally :-) Get it yet? My husband...doesn't either ha!


Something I would love to do is to switch our dresser and nightstands. I really would love something a little more rustic. Not so much of the feminine lines or the white even. I'd like to see some rustic wood, some grey and cool tones maybe... but have yet to find any nightstands that may coordinate with a separate dresser. The search shall continue...


Hi Winston!

Source List:
Ticking Duvet Cover: Ikea
White Ruffled Comforter: Target
Tufted linen Headboard: Kirklands
Chunky rustic lamps: HomeGoods
Tall Photoframes: HomeGoods
White Curtains: Ikea
Chunky white throw: HomeGoods
Rustic wood framed quote sign: DIY by me! (Available soon at VLM)

Room Planning: Living Room Step 1

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Everyone loves a good before and after.

Today, I wanted to touch on alittle bit of decorating for your home. One of the most frequently asked questions that I get... is "I don't where to start, where do you start?" So, I thought it would be helpful when I started the task of revamping our front room to be more family friendly, less formal... and more livable to document that here on the blog. So, if you're wondering where to start, I will be doing a series of blog posts building on each other to get you to a completed it's never complete if you're me room.  Or at least a room you can feel good about :-)

You walk into our front door which is below to the left and you are greeted by almost like a row style home. Very long and narrow... but VERY open concept. We have real oak floors in a natural finish and the front window usually lets in alot of light, especially in the mornings. Before, we had a couch we purchased second hand sitting against the major wall to the right and some odd chairs throw into the mix with left over side tables. It was not even remotely close to my style. I purchased that french chair with the hopes of recovering it....and as you can see, I started tearing it apart and took a long break. There's a mis-mash of styles going on in this photo and at this point, I was looking for something for the wall above the couch... something large and that spoke to me.

The couch with the chaise in this room was not working for me so we sold it on a local yard sale page for basically what we had in it...and off to Ikea we went. We picked up two Ikea Jenny Lund Chairs and the loveseat... only,  on the way out of Ikea...I thought I should check Craigslist one last time to make sure none of these items were on there that we could possibly save some money by buying second hand from another family. Low and behold, an Ektorp loveseat had been posted late the night before for a fraction of what we were going to pay new. We basically threw that couch back into its section and left with only our chairs and new covers in tow for the new loveseat/chairs. 

The french chair will be getting recovered and will find a new home at my mama's house. We are completely starting fresh in this room...and if I don't love it, as in gasp when I see it or just HAVE to have it, I don't need it. Folks, that's how you know you really love something. When your heart beats alittle faster when you see it or you just can't seem to get it off your mind.

We opted for a smaller sofa that fits the scale of this space much better as well as the chairs. We need seating for functionality purposes and that was also very important to us. I also have our dog bed behind the chairs because this room is supposed to be comfortable and lived in. I also plan to add some fresh greenery for pops of color in this space...and obviously, personal photos.

 Ok, so above is the space if I'm standing in the dining room... 

I'm right near the entry wall here, very close to our hall way but not quite...

 This wall above is the largest wall as well as the one behind me while I took the photo. Since this is a long and narrow room, so to speak, the walls are very long too! 

And here's a view looking from near the loveseat in wards. My vision is to have a sofa table as well as coffee table in this space. I also plan to have a small rug, some great and unique accessories and a statement piece on the wall. We also need to recreate some storage as well as some functionality when you first enter the door for coats, keys, etc. and also somewhere to put our shoes. :-)

I can't wait to show you the rest of what I'm planning but I'm waiting on a certain store called World Market to have a sale so I can purchase a few things from them... Or they can just send those things right on over to me so I don't have to deal with all that. "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

I'll keep yall posted!