master bedroom refresh!

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

2 things i found surprising about myself: 1) this is the first time i’ve painted our master bedroom since we built the house 8 years ago.  thats a long time for a girl who likes change!  and 2) this is the first time i have ever painted a room white.  like ever.

so what do i think?  i love it!  it is definitely taking some getting used to – i mean, its bright!  i can lay in bed at night with all the lights off and it still seems bright.  the color is called “crisp linen white” by glidden, but i had it mixed into behr marquee paint.  i wanted a warmer white.  if i didn’t go warm, i would’ve gone white with a touch of grey.

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 the color we had before was flax, by restoration hardware (mixed at home depot into a less expensive paint).  i still love that color, but it was time for a change.  besides, this room doesn’t get a ton of natural light so it tended to stay darkish.  that is, until we painted it white and now it sure looks like we get A LOT of natural light in there!

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i’m big into shopping the house rather than buying all new for a room change.  there’s a couple of reasons for that.  one, i like to change my mind a lot and i would spend a lot of money if i bought all new each time.  and two, i like the look of a room that looks like it evolved over time rather than was styled with all store bought purchases.  for this room change, i think i only bought 4 new items, a couple pillows and 2 new frames.

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this dresser was a hand-me-down from a friend, and i love it!   i am thinking about sanding down the top for more wood showing.  and maybe the drawers?

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i bought these lamps at target years ago and then swapped out the lampshades sometime in the last year.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this metal suitcase was a find – vintage or thrift or garage sale…?  right now it holds nothing but i love it so there it sits!  the lucite purse was my grams and it holds some of her goodies inside, a hand held fan, a decorative hair comb, some teeny tiny dressy gloves – this stuff is too pretty to have packed away.  the milk glass vase holds a tube of fancy hand lotion, a pen or 2, and phone/ipad cords and earbuds – i love having these things on hand when i sit in bed (where i’m typing right now).

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i just moved this big ol’ rug from the living room into here.  its almost too big, but i really like it (from coscto).

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

years ago, like 14 years ago, i went to a garage sale where a painter was selling all her unused frames that she had bought to frame her artwork.  gorgeous elaborate frames for, get this, a dollar each!  needless to say, i bought them all.  i gave lots away but have painted and repainted the ones i kept over and over.  the fancy one in the center of our bed is one of those.

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i taped a little bakers twine to the back of the frame and clipped a small selection of out photo booth pictures there.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

these wood frames are 2 of the new items i just purchased for this room.  they were from target and on clearance for $5.08!  i think it would’ve been wrong to not buy them, don’t you?  a little gold and white wrapping paper made a nice mat for a couple of my favorite instagram pictures of sean and i.

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sean travels a lot for work, but when he’s home he works out of the house in this little corner of our room.  the desk was built by his local company OneSource.  and full disclosure, i scooped up an armload of his desk mess before i took this picture.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this beautifully textured pillow was another one of my new purchases for the room, from target.  i actually bought it for my living room but love it in here too.  i don’t expect my pillows to stay too long in one place, so it will probably migrate throughout the house soon.  the sheets are my favorite, from target also.  the coverlet was from our wedding.  the euro shams peeking out from behind were from tuesday morning.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

we bought this bed from pottery barn, one of our few “new” purchases in the furniture department.  it was unbelievably/accidentally mismarked in its price in the catalog and we were sure to jump on it before they corrected the error.  i am toying with the idea of selling it.  or painting it.  i have never loved the finish – i was hoping for a wrought iron look rather than this pewter finish.   the folded bedspread is a pretty pin tucked one from target a few years ago, and that pretty knit blanket was a wedding gift made by my gram.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

yes, my jewelry takes up quite a bit of real estate in my room, but its just so pretty!

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

some of my glitzier pieces have made it to the antlers.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

and after several different versions of earring, ring, and bracelet storage, this is my favorite.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this thrifted tackle box has also moonlighted as a cash box for past stitch markets, but this is its home for good.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

on either side of my dresser are these cabinets we found at the rose bowl flea market.  the seller had ripped them out of a home that was being torn down.  i love the layers of paint and the chippiness.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

that’s my favorite piece in the room ;)  when sean gets tired of sitting at his desk, he gets some back relief using the tall dresser as a standing desk.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

this wall is a bit of a work in progress, but i really like it.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

my bedside table books have migrated to the foot of my bed, alongside routers and modems and whatever those things are that blink lights at me all night long. #lightsleeper

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

sean calls this “grandma’s corner because of the chair and the floral painting above it.  i get it, but imagine that chair in a grey linen!   at least thats what i’ve been doing for the past 6 years.  thankfully, when mama’s happy, sean is happy.  aka he doesn’t really care all that much and knows i do.  the curtains were  from target.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

that adorable print is from barn owl primitives.  kristi is always awesome and sent me a coupon code just for you!  use code POPPY5 for $5 off any art print  from now until saturday, march 7th.

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i’m sure some people could do great things with this chair, but the coral/pink/mauve thing just doesn’t work in here, and i’m tired of covering it with random table cloths.  i figured if i exposed its true color then maybe i’d be more inclined to actually recover it.  we shall see…

and that pillow is my last new purchase for the room, from world market.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

i was the genius who wanted to save square footage and designed a house without hallways.  which means that you can see my room from the front door, the loving room, the kitchen, and the dining room.  awesome.  so i try to make my bed everyday.  sometimes.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

just one more before and after for you.

master bedroom update at the pleated poppy

aaaah, much better.

currently reading

currently reading

if you know me in real life, the title of this post will give you a chuckle.  if you know me, your guess would be a variety of magazines.  i used to be a reader as a kid.  i loved reading!  give me a babysitter’s club book and i’ll read it in a day.  but over the years i have lost my love for reading, which has in turn caused me to be out of practice which has made me a slower reader.  dang you, inconsistency!  you strike again!

but when i do read, i find i tend to read for specific purposes.  either i’m reading something i find interesting, like books on design, or i read more often to educate myself on something.  over the last several years, the little bit of reading i’ve done has been either bible-based, homeschool related, or about parenting.  and it you look at my current pile on my bedside table, you’d see that pretty much holds true.

we’re in an interesting phase with our kids right now.  out of the life-saving phase, but into more complex life stages.  and i’ll be honest, most days i haven’t got a clue what i’m doing!  i find myself throwing my hands up more often than i want to and i think digging into books can be really helpful.  now please know this pile of mine is mostly pretty new.  we had a rough few weeks where i was freaking out and ordering everything off amazon that i thought could help!  thank goodness for free shipping.

currently reading

so here’s my list:

growing up duggar – i’ve only seen the show a few times, but its certainly intriguing.  my sister-in-law recommended reading this to my girls.  it sounds like a sweet book with an interesting perspective from the older duggar daughters.

365 ideas for recruiting, retaining, motivating and rewarding your volunteers – as the supervisor for our school’s thrift store, volunteers are a necessity for keeping our costs down, but they always seem to be hard to get.  we’re hoping this book fills us with all sorts of great options for our non-profit.  i’ve also read a couple sales-based books for the store recently, too.

how to talk so kids will listen & how to listen so kids will talk – this one was definitely ordered in one of those “parenting emergency” situations.  somedays i feel like no one listens to me, and it freaks me out!

raising a trail blazer: rite-of-passage trail markers for your set-apart teens – a few moms of pre-teens and i are just starting into this book as our girls near the teen years.  we just heard the author and her husband speak at our church a few weeks ago and they were full of great insight, having raised 3 girls themselves.

6 ways to keep the little in your girl – i haven’t even cracked this one open, but it came highly recommended.

siblings without rivalry – same author as how to talk to kids, also ordered in haste, hoping it will help with some of the junky stuff here.

grace based parenting – i am probably most excited about this book than any of the others!

created for work – we really believe in the power of working hard and glorifying God through that, and we want to instill this in our kids.  i think this book is more specifically geared towards boys, which will be helpful since its our boy who has the strongest aversion to work!

the read-aloud handbook – i finished this book several months ago, but it has great references in it.

one thousand gifts – i am so bad about finishing books!  i have been slowly creeping through this wonderful book for a couple years (yikes!), so there it sits.

praying the scriptures for your children – another unfinished book, but so good!

the reason for God – not started yet, i think it migrated from sean’s table.

my bible

the meaning of marriage – we just finished this book with 3 other couples and i can’t recommend it highly enough!  it spurred on great conversations.

not pictured, being that lent started yesterday, i am starting on my naptime diaries lent devotional.

do you have any great recommendations for me?