Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Master Bath Heaven!

I was all set to reveal my Master Bathroom - the one that I've been working on for over 6 months now - when my plans came to a screeching halt.  While blog-hopping this morning I came across two master bath make-overs that stopped me dead in my tracks.  My budget re-do paled in comparison to these gorgeous retreats and I decided I just had to share them with you!

So without further ado, here they are!

The first is Cindy's master bathroom over at Shanty Insanity.  Cindy transformed her bathroom into a breathtaking vintage retreat.  I swear I would never leave this room!

I love how they incorporated the beadboard around the facing side of the tub - genius!!

Cindy did what hubby and I dreamed of doing but never did - she transformed an old dresser into a gorgeous vanity with double sinks.

LOVE the carrera marble.

Second up is the drool-worthy escape of Carolyn at Sweet Chaos Home.  I'm tellin ya, this is something straight out of a magazine!

Oooooo la la!!!!!


Both of these ladies deserve the Academy Award of Decor for their accomplishments in capturing the true essense of relaxation in these stunning master bathrooms.

Be sure to stop by and see more amazing pix of these and other rooms from these talented bloggers.

I had to add another fabulicious Master Bath remodel after visiting Penny's blog.  You all know and love this lady from The Comforts of Home.  She is one of my favorite bloggers for her talent and gracious nature.  Here are some pix of her lovely bath.

The window alone is enough to have me never wanting to leave this room!!

And another amazing tub!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sacrificing in the Name of HD

Have you ever had to make a decorating sacrifice in favor of technology?  My man decided to upgrade to high definition with Direct TV and in doing so, I had to make a decorating sacrifice.  It's okay though, because now we can use the remote from anyplace in the room and not just from the sofa on an angle standing upside down.  Yeah, that was my fault.  What can I say?  The receiver just didn't look as appealing as the matching baskets peaking through the glass doors of my entertainment center!

Before hi def:

After high def:

Gotta have some green somewhere.

Room before being taken over by baby stuff:

Room after being taken over by baby stuff:

Entertainment center before:

Entertainment center after:

Of course I'm watching House Hunters (pick #3!!!).

Fern's new home:

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Master Reveal

Amidst all of the renovations going on here at the House of Bliss, I was able to redo my master bedroom.  I just made some minor changes, but they were enough that even my man noticed, which is saying something.  I could have a moosehead mounted over the fireplace and he wouldn't notice it for a good 6 months.

Here is the before with the same down comforter, but different bedskirt and shams.

I designed the headboard and my wonderful man brought it to life.  It's mounted onto the wall.
At one point I changed the decor on the headboard and replaced the ceiling fan with my Craig's List chandy which you can read about here.

A much softer look.

And here is what it looks like now with the new Pottery Barn bedding.

This is the PB Essential Quilt, Shams & Bedskirt in Sandlewood.  After purchasing and returning 2 PB printed duvets, I opted for a softer solid color quilt over the white down comforter.  I decided on this because I wanted to master to coordinate with the adjoining sitting room.

A coordinating monogrammed pillow.

Love the muslin look of this bedskirt.

We also added height by placing the frame on risers I bought at Walmart.  This shortened the look of the headboard which was needed as I thought it looked too long before.  It also makes the bedskirt the right length.

I'm on the hunt for a few more throw pillows with a splash of color. I'm also going to switch out the bedside lamps for something a little more contemporary.  I'm thinking glass base with white drum shades.

The white sheer panels are from Burlington Coat Factory a couple of years ago.  Can you tell I love white??

Wall decor over the headboard is from Hobby Lobby.

I also changed up my dresser and mirror.
Here is the before - very cottagey, which I love.

And the after.

I didn't like the matchy-matchy look of the previous mirror.  This new one is from Ross and has a lot of carved detail.

I just love it.  I may decide to hang it horizontally at some point, but for now it just leans vertically.  I'm trying to save my walls the grief of exposed unwanted holes.

From this view you can see into the sitting room.

The slipper chair and antique hutch are both Craig's List finds.

I got the chair for $35.  The pillows came from a favorite store of mine in a local Amish Market.

The China Hutch hubby and I painted.  You can read about that here.

I added plates above from Walmart and the prints I bought years ago from Michael's.  They were moved here from the Master.

A peek inside:

Where I read and watch TV.

These pillows also came from the same fabric store and the blanket was made by a blind friend of my Nana's.

This is another nook in the Master.

I replaced the dated pillows on this chair with a more contemporary one from Tuesday Morning.  I like it much better.

The French Country chair is another Craig's List find for $15 and the side table was purchased at a church flea market last year for $4 (I'm not kidding).

And my most favorite spot of all in the new master bedroom.....

Thanks for visiting today and have a wonderful week!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stop The Insanity!!!

When doctors performed my c-section in January, in addition to taking out my baby, they also removed some vital brain cells (I know this makes no sense anatomically, just go with me).

What made me decide to renovate my home at exactly the same time I brought home a brand new baby?  Just ask the IRS.  It's tax-return time and in my house that translates to "Git 'er Done".  

Kitchen floors are done and I am ever-so-pleased with the results.  You can see the before HERE.

I love, love, love these porcelain tiles.  They are completely low-maintenance!  I chose a grout that blends in with the tile.  I didn't want too light and didn't want dark either.  Renovations are so much easier when you know exactly what you want, don'tcha think?

I chose a 20x20 size and as we all know, size matters ;)

I'm happy to say that after killing myself for 2 days I finally have my kitchen put back together and I'm taking the day off.

Here's a look around.

A new Roo-ey from Ross.

Splashes of color on my hutch.  The flower arrangement came from Bed, Bath & Beyond, and of course I added stems to it myself.  

Little Roo-ey tassel from Cracker Barrell.

Love the pea green color on my counter.  

My master bath and hall bath are being renovated as we speak and I will share the before/after photos in the next week or so.

Thanks for stopping by!