Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Our Rancher: Before & After - The Master Bedroom.

Here we #9!  After a rather underwhelming post about our guest bedrooms, this post has been a long time.  I've "revealed" our master bedroom a few times, but things never felt quite right to me.  I've been working on it's latest transformation (so. very. slowly....blame it on the hypothyroidism ;)...) for well over a year.

Like I mentioned in my hall/guest bath post, we added our original master bath and part of our largest master closet to renovate the hall/guest bath.  Since neither of those spaces were very "masterful", I had no problem giving them up...especially since I had plans to turn our third bedroom into our ensuite.

Here are some floor plans to help you visualize it all:



Besides creating our master ensuite, we removed some wallpaper and glue (ohhh, the glue...THANK YOU, MOM!!!), painted the walls, refinished the hardwoods, replaced the doors and windows and added some lighting.

Don't worry, I'll be posting a more-picture-filled-reveal after I wrap up this super fun series.

And if you are behind on it all, catch up with post onetwothreefour, fivesixseven and eight.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Our Rancher: Before & After - The Guest Bedrooms.

Andddddd, I'm finally picking the series back up!!!!  Can you believe this is the 8th post in my before and after series?!  I can't!!  If you are just catching up, make sure you check out the intro and parts onetwothreefour, fivesix and seven.

Now that I've covered the guest/hall bath, it's time to show the guest bedrooms.  This post is probably the most underwhelming of the series.  Whomp, whomp.  Why?  Because we haven't made any major changes to these rooms.

Well, I guess that's not totally true.  Our third guest bedroom radically changed...from a bedroom to our ensuite!  That's right...two walk-in closets and our master bath!  What the what?!?

Remember when we added our original master bath (and part of the largest original master closet) to enlarge our small hall/guest bath?  We were able to do that since we were stealing our third bedroom to compensate.  Here are the floor plans again better illustrate...



You'll see all that goodness when I reveal our master, but for's all about our underwhelming bedroom #1 and #2.  (You're excited aren't you?!?!)  Both rooms received new windows, doors, paint, a light/fan combo and refinished hardwoods.  The first space is halfway presentable because it's the room my parent's call home when they come visit.

The second space, welp, I'm just keeping it real.  At first it was a smidge of an improvement....

But now, yeaaaaaa, it looked much better in the "before".

This space is where all my half-worked-on-crafts, maybe-going-to-start-one-day projects, extra decor and random junk live.  It's not pretty, but it's real life.  I'll get my act together one day, and actually paint this room a color I like, but I'm pretty sure I won't do it until we have a child to put in there. Embarrassing?  Yes.  True story? Yes, again.

Don't worry....after this less than stellar post, I'll be sharing our master next!  I've re-worked this room more than any other in our home, and I think it's safe to say, I'm finally loving the outcome!  Stick around! :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Home Tour - 2015

If you've been around my blog for a while, you know I love to decorate for the changing in, loooove to do it.  In fact, some of my favorite posts (ever) were when I was a part of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours.  They always gave me an excuse to play with new color schemes and freshen up the view.

I may not be a part of the BSHT this year, but that doesn't mean I've stopped decorating as each new season came along.  In April and May, I started a "before and after" series showing the progress we've made in our humble home, and if you checked out those posts, it's clear this spring and summer were all about the light and bright.  Aqua, coral, citron...oh my!

To simplify my seasonal swaps, I keep a consistent base all year round (blues, gray, B&W, mixed metallics) and swap out different shades and hues to breathe new life into our home.  This makes the process inexpensive and enjoyable.

Last fall, bright, almost neon, colors were my inspiration.  It was fun, vibrant and warm.  This year, I found myself drawn to all-things-purple...more specifically aubergine, plum and orchid.  (Fun fact, growing up...purple was my favorite color before turquoise stole my heart.)  These colors, as well as a few pops of mustard, really help to warm up the cool blues throughout our home.

Prior year decor, a few Michael's pumpkins and pinecones, spray paint, Behr paint samples, fabric and help from momma all made our home fall-ready this year.  I'm a big fan, and even hubby commented that it might be his favorite "look" yet!

Here's a million and one pictures...I hope you enjoy! :)

So...are you guys lovers of swapping out decor seasonally?  Or does #nobodygottimeforthat...believe me, I'd totally understand.

And in case you want to check out my other Blogger Stylin' Home Tour posts:

*Fall 2013*


PS-I have not forgotten about wrapping up the "before and after" series I started earlier this year.  I'll definitely be sharing the remaining some point!!  Hehe.