Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Wrap-up!

Happy Easter Everyone! 

I was super fortunate to have my entire family come in for the weekend and spend some much needed time together!  While my dad lives in the city, my mom is about an hour and a half North, and my brother and his family are 4 hrs away, so typically we only see them on major holidays! 

Easter is always a pretty special time for us, as my nephew Phoenix was born 3 years ago on Easter! While I know the date moves around, we roll the weekend into one big celebration as they are usually only here for 2-3 days! 

While they are leaving today, since my brother has to work on Monday, I am grateful for the time we had together! Here's some of my fave shots from the weekend:

Super unimpressed with us singing "Happy Birthday"

3 seconds after we stopped and he blew out his candles...

Siting on his new chair from Auntie! 

Finley helping her "cousin" play with his new tractor.

Dad and Dawn watching P open his gifts! 

My beautiful Easter hydrangeas.... That immediately wilted. Except the purple...those like my house :( 
The sweetest bunny cupcakes I whipped up! Super proud of how cute they are, but note to self: oil in cupcake batter will make ur fancy cup look weird, so bake in a plain paper and then use a "fooler" fancy one! 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Light the Way: Master Bedroom Update

Yesterday I mentioned that I had made another little update to the Master Bedroom and it's one I am super excited about! You see, a few years back, I purchased a great light fixture at an amazing price over at Home Sense and the ex said he would hang it, over and over and over.....

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and it was still sitting in the office waiting to be hung. Thankfully, I had someone come over and give me a hand with hanging it!  You can't imagine how happy I was to get rid of this boob light.

Since electrical stuff frightens me, I'm not even going to pretend that I did the work myself, so this is by no means going to be a tutorial.

But it is a reveal so here's the after:

Sooooo pretty!  Even the pattern it creates on the ceiling is pretty! It's been installed for a few weeks and I'm really happy with how it looks. The only downfall is that the bulb situation is different and less bright, but that's what happens when you put a dining room fixture in the bedroom.

Instead of regular bulbs it takes these chandelier bulbs, which are slightly more annoying to buy.

My favourite thing is how well the fixture coordinates with other elements in the space: the diamond pattern that's repeated in the bedding, which coordinates with the slightly Moroccan styled shape on the stencilled wall! 

(The color of the bedding looks weirdly purple here, which is odd since it perfectly matches the walls...) 

So that's where the room is at right now. I will try and get some good daylight photos this weekend since I finally have some days off for Easter.

What new additions have you made lately? 

New Addition: Master Bedroom Edition

Last week, I came across a steal of a deal and couldn't pass it up! While I wasn't actually in the market for a new upholstered bench, I essentially snagged this one for FAH-REE so I couldn't NOT bring it home with me! 

You see, I've been working part time at a local home goods retailer for the past few months. I happened to notice that this beauty was marked down from $180 to $99! As an employee, we also have the ability to earn "dollars" towards our purchase, up to half the cost of the item! I had more than enough to pay for half the bench and wouldn't you know it - I already had a gift card that I had won at a charity event, making this baby FREE!

What's even better? I absolutely ADORE this piece! It's worked everywhere I've put it, so far! 
 When we put it together, we originally set it up in the dining room, which was absolutely perfect!

Not only did it look great, but it was very functional. My main floor is setup as one large room and putting the bench between the dining room and living room means it's perfect for pulling into the living space when I have guests over! However, we have some guests under the age of 3 coming this weekend and white linen really wasn't a great option, so I moved it up to my bedroom for the time being and absolutely love it there too! 

It actually looks really nice in this little window alcove. I originally planned on refinishing a vintage chair that's sitting in my basement for this space, but now I am loving the bench! 
So far, we've managed to avoid getting this thing dirty, but I have to admit that since it's spring and someone's paws are exceptionally dirty, we've been keeping things under cover. But, it apparently is Teflon coated, so I'm sure with 3 pets, I'll be putting that to the test soon enough. :)

The legs are super traditional but it works really well in this house

These photos do NOT do the fabric justice. It is definitely white, NOT cream!  But sadly, working so much, limits my time frame for taking some good shots! Plus, I've somehow lost both of my cameras sd cards....  :( 

Oh, and since I wanted to add a little something to the bench but didn't have any free toss cushions, I added this beautiful handmade quilt. A fiend of my mom's made it for me and it is gorgeous!  Here is a closer shot of the pretty fabric! 

So while I wasn't looking to add more furniture in this space, I am super happy with the new addition! 
Stay tuned tomorrow as we've made another change in this space!