Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mr Chestnut's New Room

Hello Everyone!
How was your weekend? Ours went very well with lovely spring weather.
I'm continuing with our home tour room by room and today I'm sharing our big ole' kitty's room. Mr Chestnut will be turning nine in October and yes he is our fur child with his very own space to call his own. He loves it! This was the former home office and we relocated it downstairs into the unused formal living room. With new aqua blue paint the space has been transformed into a kitty sanctuary/work out room. Join me for a tour!
New aqua paint called Tidewater by Martha Stewart. Blue is Chestnut's favorite color.
He told me this long ago...:)  
Here is the room as it was before. The home office is now located downstairs.
The bookcase and wall collage. 
 C for Chestnut, M for me, A for my hubby and the large M for Miller.
 A place to read and relax.
Chestnut sleeps here and uses the scratch pad. He's too funny.
A wall collage of Marine Corps Ball photos. 
The closet full of cat food, toys, travel carrier and of course his clothes. Ha!
Mr Chestnut says thanks for checking out his new room.
Happy week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mix of Styles TV Lounge

Hello Everyone!
I'm back posting already! I have a few more finished rooms to share with you.
Our new upstairs bonus room has turned into our primary TV lounge. We love it!
This room was previously the work out room / Chestnut's room. We moved Chestnut
into the former office and the office downstairs into the formally unused living room.
Now all three of the rooms are much more functional and most importantly used.  
The sofa is new and is from Ashley. I know it's not the prettiest style sofa to look at.
I was going for comfort first and foremost. This is our third new sofa in less than five
years so I just had to get that part right. So far so good. I had a hard time with the rest
 of the decorating and ended up with a mixture of both old and new. Join me for a tour!
New paint, a neutral khaki called Sisal by Martha Stewart, sofa, tv cabinet
 fan, leather ottoman used as a coffee table. The asian chests are 35 years old.
 Before this was the workout room and "Chestnut's lounge".
 Pier 1 table and family photos. This corner needed light. The room is large.
 Lloyd our little yellow cockatiel stayed here in this corner. He's old and happy.
 I added the pillows for some color and texture. They are from Kirklands and Marshalls.
 The bronze fleur de lis lamp and table are from Ross.
 More art from Ross.
 The black leather cube ottoman opens for storage.
 Chestnut enjoys this comfortable new room.
 I displayed a zebra tray in copper with ivy and mosaic candles. All from Ross. 
 The asian chests open for more storage.
 The drapes are from Lowes as well as the rod and the ceiling fan.
 Another view.
The art above the sofa is by Thomas Kinkade. I'm sad he just passed away.
In the end the room came together with a mix of styles. No rules. Use what you love.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy weekend!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Master Suite Inspired By Nature

Hello Everyone!
Whew! I didn't mean to be gone so long from posting but sometimes before
we know it we blink and another week has passed us by. Room by room I am
sharing our newly painted and decorated spaces. Next up is the master suite.
It was painted a soft cream called Bone Folder by Martha Stewart at Home Depot.
I like this neutral color and used it in many other rooms including the kitchen cabinets.
I have kept the same bedding made by Thomasville for no other reason other than I still
love it after eight years. It goes well with the dark wood bedroom set from Haverty's and
since that is fairly new it's staying. It's also the most favorite furniture I have ever owned. 
I bought the nature inspired canvas artwork at Target and I was hooked. From that day
on I knew I had my starting point. I added new flower pillows, bird and rose canisters,
drapes, area rug and the room was complete. An accent color was introduced that I never
thought I would ever decorate with...rose pink. Never say never. Join me for a tour. Enjoy!

The adjoining master bath was painted the same and again rose pink is an accent color.
The ceramic accessories are from Kirklands along with the bench. The rug is Home Goods,
steel blue drapes are from Bed, Bath & Beyond, the rectangular lamp is Marshalls. The hand
painted ballerina art was a special gift from my sister Monica. She is supposed to be "me"...:)
Thank you for coming by! 
Let me know that you were here. It's always a pleasure to read a comment from you.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lighten Up! It's A Kitchen Makeover

Hello Everyone!
Finally the kitchen is done with it's mini updates. It had been about six
years since it had been painted and with the big move not happening it
 was time for changes. By far this room is the most transformed. As they say
"it's amazing what paint can do." definitely was true in this case. Take a look!
Newly painted cabinets in light cream transform the space.
It feels twice the size to us now. We really love it!
We did hire a crew to paint the cabinets since we had never done this before.
Thank you to Barb for her recommendation. They did a nice job and were fast. 
 Here is the before view with medium brown stained cabinets.
 The new wall color is called Tobacco Leaf by Martha Stewart at Home Depot.
It's a neutral khaki color that really lightened up the space. 
Another before photo from the same angle.
The walls were previously a gold color with a deep red accent wall in the dinette.
 The granite is dark green and was my inspiration for accent color for the entire downstairs.
The hardwood floors are a dark cherry stain. 

The sink is black porcelain and the appliances are stainless steel.
I bought the cream canister set at Kirklands. 

I kept the same barstools and dinette set. The color in the fabric matches the granite.
 Another view of the bar area.
 The cabinet in the dinette area came from Kirklands.
I swapped out the red lampshades for a neutral color.
 Light cream monogrammed napkins are displayed.
 The kitchen dinette has new soft sage green drapes. I kept a few red pieces for a pop of color.
 The drapes are from Bed Bath and Beyond. The leaf rod is from Lowes.
 The cream cabinet paint is called Bone Folder and is by Martha Stewart.
 I found a new wall clock with the perfect colors from Kirklands.
 I added a new lime green tea pot and towels from Home Goods.
 I displayed this french inspired metal tin and added a topiary ball to it.
Twelve dollars for both from Ross. Thanks for the idea Liz!
 Here's a view of the fridge area. I rearranged some things and added a bigger lamp to it.
I used the same stainless steel drawer pulls. I may change them later.
We are very pleased with the changes. I had been thinking of painting the cabinets for years.
I wish I would have taken the plunge a long time ago. If you are thinking about it. Go for it!
Thanks for taking the time to tour. Let me know if you have any questions.
Have a wonderful week!