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We did a lot of DIY projects in here and I plan to share all of them and post pics of the finished nursery this week (just put cute new knobs on her dresser last night) but here is a teaser for now.  The bedding we chose didn’t come with art for the walls so Len created these in photoshop and we painted the mats and framed them (details to come in a later post).  

And a pic of the munchkin in the glider in her room:

More details and pictures of her nursery to come soon…


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This room (like almost every room in our home) was a blank slate with white walls, light carpet and big open space.  Here are the “before” pics:

Master Bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.
Ever since coming across a room painted Adagio (by Benjamin Moore) on the internet last year, I knew I wanted one room in our home to be this color.  The blue gray color is so soothing and we decided it would be perfect for our master bedroom.

Master painted by you.

We also had crown moulding installed, moved our furniture in, picked up a new duvet, throw pillows and a new slipper chair.  Here is how it looks today:

Master bedroom "after" by you.

Master bedroom "after" by you.

TV hung on the wall by you.

Details of the duvet cover that we picked up from LNT on clearance (does the custom photo at the top of this site look familiar?):

Close up of duvet by you.

Close up of the new slipper chair from Target:

Slipper Chair by you.

We still want to replace the carpet, add wall decor and add some decor to the top of the dresser so I wil be updating with all of that soon.

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We’re hoping to finish this makeover in the next couple of days just in time for our guest who will be staying for the weekend.  We started on Saturday and have already finished painting the walls and putting up the wainscoting.  This is what the guest room looked like “before”:
 Guest Room "before" by you. 
 Guest Room "before" by you.

It looked like this for a long time and we actually were mainly using it for storage until we finished other projects and could get around to fixing this room up.  We painted the room BM Sweet Pear:
 Guest Room "during" by you.
 Painted BM Sweet Pear by you.
 All painted by you.

We got the wainscoting from Home Depot and since we wanted 4′ and not the standard 3′ that they sell already cut, we decided to get the 8′ planks and cut them in half:
 Wainscoting cut to 4' lengths and ready to be put up by you.

We started on the wainscoting over the weekend and finished up most of it tonight:
  Wainscoting by you.   
Chair rail installed by you.

We just have to finish installing the chair rail, caulking and painting the wainscoting and then we can move on to decorating the room.

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We never had a dining room table before, since we always lived in small apartments with no dining rooms, so it took a while to find the right one.  Although we still don’t really have a separate dining room, we do have a really cute dining area that definitely called for a square table.  We found this counter-height table by Cindy Crawford at Rooms To Go (got it in antique black) and since they were having a sale we got two extra chairs for a total of 6 chairs:
 table in rtg] by you.     

It took a while for our dining room to even be ready for a new table!  Here is the before:
Dining Room "before" by you.

And here it is with some paint, new floors, new moulding and a light fixture:
Dining room "during" by you.

Finally, here it is now:
Dining Room Table by you.
We loved the overall design, the sturdiness of the table and how the detail on the legs kinda matched our new crown and base moulding:  

Table & Chairs detail shot by you.
It has a butterfly leaf so when it’s closed it’s a rectangle and open is a square… we always keep it open:
DR Table decor by you.

We just love our little dining area now!

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I was in the Benjamin Moore paint store on Friday getting paint for our guest room and picking up some samples for the foyer when I came across the Aura paint collection.  These Affinity colors are gorgeous and the sales person was saying how great the coverage is with one coat (which is great since our foyer is going to be VERY difficult to paint with the extremely high ceilings).  I’m just wondering if the higher price tag is worth it.
There are a few new colors that we’re now considering for the foyer:

    BM Windchime by you.   BM Refined by you.   BM Jute by you.  
 BM Azores by you.   Metropolitan by you.

Azores seems dark, but cut by 50% or even 75% would lighten it up.  We originally wanted a blue-green color but also want it to flow with the colors we already have in the rest of the house, which are mostly BM Historical Colors (Nantucket Gray, Shaker Beige, Lenox Tan, Yarmouth Blue). Choosing paint for the foyer has been the hardest choice yet.
I did pick up two gallons of BM Sweet Pear while there though for the guest room and we will be starting on that today. 
Have you used the Aura paint?  Let us know your experience and the color you used!

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We still have more decorating to do in our living room but here is the before, during and after from closing day to now:

(before)   ry%3D400[8] by you.


      ry%3D400[3] by you.
(after)ry%3D400[3] by you.

ry%3D400[3] by you.

What we did
-added crown moulding and new base moulding
-ripped up carpet (the day after closing!) and installed new flooring
-painted (BM Nantucket Gray)
-added a ceiling fan/light
-put up shelving, decor, etc.
Still need/want to:
-put up curtains on sliding glass doors
-add wall decor over couch
-get new couches
-add a coffee table (or end tables if we get new couches)
-replace tower next to TV stand with one that has doors/drawers

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These are the “before” photos of our guest room:



We don’t have “after” photos yet but we do have a few ideas for this room (which is now basically used for storage).  We will be having family visit in a few weeks so we figure we better get moving on the guest room makeover!  Last night we purchased a mattress from Sears (took advantage of their VIP sale – 50% off plus free shipping) and we are lucky enough to be inheriting the box spring and bed frame from a family member.

We’re going to paint the room Sweet Pear by BM (a pale yellow with green undertones) and add white beadboard to the bottom half of the room with a chair rail:

         photo: apartmenttherapy.com               photo: milwaukeemarketplace.com

The bedding will either be a beachy blue stripe:

Or a yellow vintage print:

Leigh Palampore Duvet Cover, Twin, Yellow

We already have the VIVAN curtains from Ikea and are thinking about a dark bamboo roman shade (from Target) also for the window: 
VIVAN Pair of curtains

And since it’s a small room, the only other furniture we want to put in there is a nightstand (or two) with a lamp (or two):
Hawthorne Open Anywhere Table/Telephone StandProduct Image
What do you think?  Any other suggestions?

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