Master Bedroom Progress

If there is one thing our bedroom can brag about, it would be its great bones.  But that’s it.  The furniture is mismatched.  The bedside tables are inadequate.  There are no lamps by which to read in bed.  It is unfinished, that’s all.  I got as far as a rug and a bedside table sketch before homeschool resumed.  But after two years of this situation, I’m ready to get this love nest fluffed and styled.

But I have to say, even with all its furniture shortcomings, it is the best master bedroom we’ve had in our 19-year marriage.  So points scored already.

We have an amazing view out the large window that is relaxing to gaze at while in bed–always changing with the time of day.  Foggy mornings, striking sunsets.  The windows are framed in linen from Gray Line, whose swatch matched well with our Benjamin Moore White Dove paint in the rest of the house but turned out to be more cream when hung en masse.  I don’t have cream in the rest of the house so this kinda bothers me somedays.  However, I do love our walls of drapes–it is so cozy when drawn at

The sofa is a vintage find–I love its shape and upholstered feet.  Fabric still needs to be determined–but, really, I’m not entirely convinced it will go in this spot.  There really isn’t enough room between the window and the bed to put seating plus a table or ottoman or bench, and I’m not sure I like the idea of a floating sofa without some kind of furniture companion.  Everyone needs a friend.  I’ve tried two chairs here, and it was a tight squeeze with them angled.

(Sometimes when I’m typing all these furniture musings, I’m all like, what I am I doing??  People are dying out there and I’m dissecting my bedroom?  It can feel ridiculous.  Oh well, let’s carry on…)

Our bed is 10 years old.  It’s been good to us.  But it is one amorous night away of collapsing on us with a weak corner–not worth reupholstering.

I finally made a decision and ordered this bed at the end of the year:restoration hardware

It is the Grayson bed from Restoration Hardware in their indigo velvet.  I knew I wanted either the sofa or bed in blue, and doing it on the bed to have the contrast against the gray walls made sense to me.  It will be delivered sometime in March (patience, Angela).

My original thoughts for the bedside table were inspired by this check-out counter I saw at the Joe’s Jeans outlet store.

www.tphblog.comI drew my own interpretation for a one-drawer bedside table.  Pretty cool, right?FullSizeRender

But lately I’ve been so impatient I just want it ready to be delivered.  So I’ve been looking online for ready-mades.  I found these on One Kings Lane:

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Same idea really, but sadly they are too small for our space.

Then I thought I found the one!  This beauty by Sabin Furniture that I found at Dixon Rye here in Atlanta.  (Please visit this gorgeous store if you are in the Atlanta area.)sabin furniture

In love!  But, right before I placed the order, I realized that these cabinets with its undulating front painted white would resemble the drapery in the room.  I was devastated with this realization!  (Devastation being relative to furniture selection not tragic life events, just so we’re clear.)  With the bedside tables being the only casegoods in the room, they cannot look like the drapery–at least that is not the look I’m after.  I have shopped online and by foot for an option without success so I think custom is the way to go.  So, back to the beginning again and pursuing the drawing above.

Lamps, additional color, pillows, art/mirrors will come later.  Just ordering the bed at this point feels like a win!  I’m not sure which color/s I want to add, but I keep going back to blush or lilac.  Hmm.

Finally, here is the view from the bedroom to the bathroom.

I recently found the little slipper chair at Restoration Hardware outlet–I love its structured silhouette.  The sweet table is from Home Goods.  It has a red top that I will paint

One step at a time in this decorating process.

Bathroom paint, BM White Dove.

Bedroom paint and bathroom cabinets, BM Cumulus Cloud

Oh!  The wallpaper that is going up this week is so trippy!  I LOVE it.  I posted a peek of it on my instagram.  Hopefully next week I can show you the finished product!

Basement Lounge Progress

Aside from the guest room, the whole basement is my husband’s domain.  It’s spacious with room for exercise equipment, a TV lounge, and music makers like amps and guitars and drums.


When we first bought the house, my husband did not fell like much needed to be done to the space to make it his own.  He wanted to replace the built-ins with a new one but leave the fireplace.  It took a little convincing, but I told him I thought we could do better than the faux stone.


We added a soffit, wood-clad ceiling, new built-ins, grasscloth, and a new fireplace surround from the leftover marble tiles from our kitchen remodel in the last house.

While the basement is still quite spare, until recently it only had a table and a leftover sofa.  Our dream sofa was a sectional and leather and mucho dinero…therefore, low on the priority list.  But I kept my eye on the local Restoration Hardware Outlet store, hoping for a good deal.  Then, one lucky day earlier this spring, while my husband was away on a business trip, the outlet store had a prospect for me.  It wasn’t leather, but it was a slipcovered gray linen sectional, and it was 75% off.  A very good prospect!  And, with my husband out of town…this seems like a perfect time to do a little surprise design.

I bought the sectional and threw in a leather ottoman from the outlet, too…happy to get some leather in the mix.  I rush ordered a rug to be bound at Myer’s Carpet and bought a pile of ready-made pillows from Designs by Sudi.  A few accent tables I had floating around the house fit perfectly, and, bam, it wasn’t completed but was changed enough for a big surprise when he returned from his trip. (I did this before with a huge makeover to his office while he was on a trip…it’s a wonder that he still trusts me.)IMG_8746

He loves it, whew!  And, we’ll have fun creating the artwork for the walls.  He has some favorite album covers picked out, and we’ll do something with the photos we take at all the concerts he takes me to throughout the year.  Since I don’t encourage him to quit his day job to be a rocker, he can at least live the fantasy in the lounge.

Opposite the TV lounge is a kitchen area that I haven’t done much to.  We painted the existing cabinets, added a fridge, and replaced the countertops with a remnant piece of Alabama White marble.
IMG_8769In between the kitchen and the TV lounge is a gulf of space that we hope to put a large rug and black pingpong table.  It is a basement, after all.

I’m still hoping for a pretty piano in the alcove to the left–to replace the ugly electric keyboard the kids use for their piano lessons.  Still lots to be done, but I’m so happy to have the TV area cozy now.

I’ll be back soon with an update on the kitchen…the island sculpture light is almost finished.  Can’t wait!  See you all on Instagram in the meantime!

Dining Room | Old is New Again

The dining room is one of my favorite rooms of the house–even though it is missing some key pieces.  I call it The Axis of Evil because it is dark and moody and all the other rooms of the main floor spoke off this space.  But usually I call it The Dining Room.  We eat in here a lot, especially when it’s cold and the fire is blazing.  The room is also where we play our almost-nightly Uno, Skip-Bo, or Phase10 games.  We’re super fun like that.

You can see a dining room progress post here.  Since I wrote that post, my large bird painting flew off to live at the cottage and I repurposed an old cabinet to hold our extra dishes and such.
www.tphblog.comI had the cabinet built back in 2005 to hold our TV in our North Carolina house.  Such good memories at that house…
www.tphblog.comAnd, then, when we moved to Georgia, we used it in the dining room.

www.tphblog.comAnd, then…(do your kids tell “And, Then…” stories, like mine do?) it received a new paint job when I moved it to the loft.

www.tphblog.comIt has served us well through the years.www.tphblog.comAnd, then, for the latest adaptation, Chris transformed it for us into something playful with the oversized knobs and added trim.  It feels great to use something we already had.  I bought the cool lamps from the one and only Sherry Hart at the Atlanta Blogger Tag Sale awhile back.  I love them.  Chris also built the pedestal by the window.  He’s the best!

I hauled in my daughter’s chair cushion to get a feel of yellow artwork here.  It just seems like the art needs to be yellow in this room.

Okay, who wants to sit down and play a game of Uno with me?  We need to do something to celebrate:  I just posted three days in a row!

TV Room Progress

Our family TV room is off the kitchen and has been a white ghost since we moved in.  I painted the walls gray over Memorial Day weekend.
www.tphblog.comThe sectional consumes the room like a giant marshmallow.  Below is a photo of the room all white and rugless.  You can also see the window on the left, above the sofa, that we covered with a large painting.   (You can see our kitchen plans here.)

www.tphblog.comChris, who makes and fixes everything at our house, built the wood panel to perfectly cover the window.  The window is directly opposite of the TV so there was a horrible glare.  We covered the back of the panel with aluminum foil so it looks real nice from the outside.  Actually I just painted it white and it faces the back of the house to the woods.

www.tphblog.comStill obsessed with fabric and such, I finished the painting recently–felt good to do some arty painting.

www.tphblog.comI’m still debating how much art I want on the TV wall.  It’s all stacked up in the meantime.

The photo below shows the room with frames flanking the painting–too much white for me–and the sofa with the back cushions for maximum marshmallow effect.  I found the sofa at Ballard Design Outlet here in Atlanta, it was a classic rolled arm sectional, but I had my upholsterer reshape the arms when he made the slipcover.  And the fabric is, gasp, microfiber.  I am only a supporter of microfiber in white.  The two other white microfiber sofas we have (both at the cottage) perform beautifully, and one we’ve had slipcovered for 10 years with NO stains or major wear.

The above photo also shows our ottoman, which is currently being reupholstered in the flamestitch fabric that Marlowe the cat is sitting on.  The drapery for the double window in the room will also be in the same flamestitch fabric…which would have been awesome on the sofa as an alternative.

Right now we are experimenting with the sofa sans back cushions.  I’ve just loaded it up with all the blue pillows I could find in the house.  I really like it, less ‘mallow more mellow.  It feels good to be so close to being finished in here.  If I keep the chest behind the sofa, I’ll paint it.  And, I’m still deciding fabric for the triangle ottoman (not pictured) that sits in front of the orange chair.  I guess if we keep the back cushions off the sofa, I’ll have to reassess the pillow situation.  Serious decisions around these parts.

The Kitchen | Plans, in Progress

The words “in progress” are key for this post.  I won’t rattle on a disclaimer, but this is the kitchen raw and ready for the details.  The sparse kitchen actually is pretty soulless at this point.  But, I’m working on it; and–while feeling vulnerable–I’d love to share where we’re

I haven’t touched these shelves since we unpacked over a year ago.  I do know the bunny stays.  He holds our tea.

When we bought the house, the kitchen was tired and needed a refresh.  I was excited about having a kitchen to design from scratch–but overwhelmed.  While I looked at hundreds of gorgeous kitchens, none felt like us.  White and grey are classic beauties, but neither color seemed right for our family. Then I saw this kitchen by stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg  Those mint green cabinets heavily influenced me toward a mint paint decision.

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I also keep going back to that dark green chair and mint cabinet combo…  As for the cabinet shape, I fell hard for these Workstead cabinets.

www.workstead.comI couldn’t get them out of my mind and ended up modifying the design for our own kitchen.

www.tphblog.comI love how the cabinets turned out and the putty-minty green color, which I mixed myself out of frustration.  The white quartz countertops make me happy.  We all love the roominess of the space as it is the place where we mill about the most–no more tripping over each other!  And, because the human collisions drive me bananas, we have two locations for trash and two sinks, LOVE the two sinks!  And we have a hot water dispenser that I use more often than I thought I would–adore it!  I also love, love our giant chalkboard, which also doubles as a secret door for a storage cabinet for entertaining ware and gift wrap.

I’m not so thrilled with the backsplash–it was a compromise with my husband who didn’t like my first pick.  But it’s not horrible, it’s just not thrilling…like a backsplash should be, right?

.  I’m also not as satisfied as I thought I would be with the vintage light installed over the island.  The color just isn’t right and the space needs that one big moment that the right chandy could provide.  I didn’t buy the light for this house, for the last one actually, and I just figured it would be nice to use it here.www.tphblog.comDid you see this island lighting in the November 2014 Elle Decor?

IMG_0437Photo: Simon Upton Design: Achille Salvagni

I know, RIGHT?  If there were a race on how fast one calls her welder, I’d win.  He said, “bring it on.”  And, I shall.  So Chris is working with us on how we will wire this cage system up.  The easiest and probably cheapest way to do this, would be to just put a cage around the existing light, paint them up the same, and call it a day.  But I want to be more deliberate with it–at least I say that until the estimate comes in!

And because all the kitchen elements are so big, stout, and boxy right now, I am leaning toward a design that is more open like this:

www.tphblog.comColor and finish of it?  Not sure yet.

The other part of the kitchen causing me grief is the dining area, opposite of the island.  I have spent months looking at fabric for the windows, as I really thought all along that I would do drapes on this wall.  But nothing was exciting me–I can’t tell you how many renderings I made of different fabric/chair combinations.  But the table, by Grey Furniture, we all love!  And, I love our new (comfy!) aluminum chairs that finally arrived…but what color to paint them?

www.tphblog.comWhen I think about how I want this space to look, I keep going back to this image–a Notting Hill dining space by Staffan Tollgard.

I’ve done soul-searching (as one does when considering kitchen finishes) and have analyzed every bit of this photo and every internal reaction I have to it, for clues.  It’s the simplicity in form and color, the color blocking, the artful sophistication, the texture, the symmetry, the classical trim vs modern lines.  And, I love that eggplant-y color on the chairs.  So, I’m moving forward without drapes, add picture trim that will help temper the contemporary flavor of the kitchen, add some statement sconces (we need more mood lighting anyways for quesadilla night), and go subtle-bold (it’s true) with the chair color.  receipts018

Pay no mind to the painted chair.  Sometimes a girl has a can of red paint open and desperation on her hands.  Same goes for the gray-painted chair on the other

My husband says I’ve spent probably a total of 150 hours thinking about that window wall.  And, he is right, I’m sure.  But I’m feeling good about this clean direction.  Above all, this highly-sensitive, slightly OCD mother wants a clean, calm kitchen as a backdrop for the inevitable chaos of life, so I think streamlining it as much as possible will help me reach that goal.  Not a lot of different colors, not a lot of things on the walls (we have the pretty woods outside to look at), not a lot of different finishes…let’s just say it’s therapy by way of a kitchen.

Have you checked out the house tour I’m doing on Instagram this week?  Just a peek at progress we’re making over here at TPH.

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