Monday, November 3, 2014

Minimal Master Bedroom

Hey guys!  So, I'm pretty sure the actual words of this post are going to be pretty lame.  I'm a great procrastinator and one too many social media feeds informed me that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix now.  Gotta pick your battles I suppose.  However, our master bedroom is finished and I'm excited to share it!
My design direction has completely changed over the past few years.  I'm in the process of scaling back our things and the Fall in Love Room Challenge was such a great opportunity and motivator to do so.  

We've accumulated way too many things over the past 8 or so years and it was getting kind of ridiculous.  We were surrounded by things that had no meaning to us and weren't beautiful.  

I don't feel like I can say that now.  It's minimal, that's for sure, but everything about it feels right.  Over time I would like to add a few more pieces, maybe a proper bed or at least a headboard.  I'm also thinking about swapping out our night stands.  

Another pretty awesome thing about this new set up, less to clean and easier to clean!  I can dust and run the vacuum in less than 10 minutes.  That has never happened and it just means more time for
things I actually enjoy!

I'm also pretty happy about all of the white.  It's so refreshing compared to what we had before.  We have pretty low ceilings on the second floor and I really think that getting rid of the visual breakup that carpet/wall color/ceiling color can have was huge for us.  The room feels seamless now with the wall color and ceiling color being the same.

And Zeke seems to be okay with it all too, just as long as he has his toys.

So there you have it!  My poorly narrated version of our bedroom changes.  Like I said...Gilmore Girls.  

Now is the time for me to tell you to go check out rooms of some awesome ladies!  I really don't know what I would have done without this Challenge.  I've been putting this off for too long and their support and having an actual deadline was exactly what I needed!





Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall in Love Room Makeover

Sometimes you just need friends to give you a swift kick in the arse to get something done.  I feel like a common theme among homeowners is to take care of common areas first which usually leaves the master a little ho-hum.  We are the epitome of those ho-hummers, our bedroom is bad.

Thank goodness for these ladies!  Who knows how long it would have taken me to get to this room otherwise.

The main plans for this room is paint!  The ceiling had some work done over a year ago to repair some water damage and I have yet to paint that (seriously, who likes painting ceilings?  I might need a six pack to get through that).  The walls are going white and overall, I want a very calm and relaxed feel to the room.

We are currently on vacation (sharing more over here) and I'm hoping to find a few pieces we can add.  Ideally I want most of the additions to be thrifted or straight from a local Savannah/Charleston artisan.  I haven't found anything that I can't live without so hopefully my luck changes before we venture home.

I'll be sharing some pictures of our master in its current state once we get home!  I can't way to see what some of these ladies have up their sleeve!  Be sure to check in on their room updates as well!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall/ish Capsule Wardrobe

So I think I'm gonna do it, I think I'm going to try this whole capsule wardrobe mumbo jumbo.  The gist of this to limit your wardrobe to 37 (or so) pieces for 3 months, during which you do zero shopping until it's time to plan for your next capsule wardrobe. 

As crazy as this seems, the whole lack of shopping won't be that hard for me - my 2013 NY resolution was zero clothing purchases, so this should be easy in the purchasing department.  The thing is, I've never really planned much when it comes to my clothing.  For the most part, I stick to neutrals with clean lines and I'm not one for prints, patterns, bright or trendy colors, or embellishments.  However,  I am no a stranger to a little emotional shopping and that's when I get the stuff (usually fitting one or more of the categories I just listed) that lasts a season, if I'm lucky.  Once my confidence is restored, those pieces are the last I reach for.

This past year I've slowly learned this about myself and while I occasionally digress, I've also seen a lot of progress.  Over the past 2 years, I would say I've reduced my wardrobe by around 70%.  I'm going in the right direction but I don't feel like I'm close to finished.

In addition to scaling back, I'm also trying to be smarter and more resourceful with purchases.  Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely willing to splurge on well made, quality pieces but I stalk sales like it's my job.  Additionally, I've recently taken to dying.  These gray jeans had a weird wash on the thighs that was super unflattering but they are the most comfortable pair I own.  Around the same time I was thinking of donating them, I had begun to casually look for some black jeans.  It eventually clicked that I should just dye the ones I already own, problem solved! (They are the jeans I'm wearing in the top right picture below - not jet black but pretty great!)  I now have a robe and blouse I want to dye next!

So that's a lot of blabbing without me really talking about the capsule wardrobe.  Honestly, this challenge has me a little nervous.  I think I may take a page out of Natalie's book and allow myself to do a transition during my first go of this.  It's still pretty warm around here so I'm not really ready to give up my sandals and tanks quite yet.  My goal is to make the swap for some warmer options around Halloween.

I'm also debating the total number I want to land on.  I need to do a bit more planning so I have enough options for work but still be happy with my "regular life" wardrobe.  I like pretty casual clothing so I'm really not a huge fan of professional attire on me but...I gotta do it.  I want to hunt down a few more pieces that can make the transition from work to life a bit better than some current options.

I have no intention of turning this into a fashion blog but I did think it would be fun to share.  I'm so glad I found Caroline's blog!  If you're interested in trying this yourself she has made some great worksheets.  I started my Pinterest board last night which has some recent purchases, lust items, and a few things that are substitutes for items I plan on using.

Who has tried this and how did it go for you?  I'm open to suggestions, especially if you have tips on picking and styling professional and casual attire!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

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