Friday, May 23, 2014

Dancing stick figures?

Hi everyone!  This is one of those off the beaten path's post, but I just had to share it with you.

I remember when I was young how I would look up and see shapes of animals or faces and other objects in the sky.  I think we all did that, didn't we?  Now, I don't have the time to do things like that anymore, who has the time?

As I was walking my dog Ringo, the other day, I looked over at my neighbor's front yard and noticed these twigs, I couldn't believe what I saw!

These twigs were dancing!  Okay, now you think I am really crazy, right?  Crazy or not, I was amazed what I saw!  Do you see what I see?

These twigs look like they were frozen in time, at least till the gardner comes!

These are the things we used to notice before life pulled us away from simplicity.  Everything we do is rushed and we miss the beauty around us or in my case twigs! Ha Ha!

Even though, you may think that I've completely lost my mind...  I hope you come back and visit me on Monday, I will post my tutorial on the drum shade chandelier.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, May 16, 2014

My favorite One Room Challenge designer rooms

Now that I have visited over and over again all the designers who participated in the very exciting One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it home.  I want to show you some of my favorite room transformations.  These designers are truly talented and are a great source of inspirations.

I have to start with our host Linda with her mud room transformation.   Even though she will be moving soon she manages to add some beautiful detail into otherwise mundane room for the new homeowner, while she adds gorgeous artwork and accessories she can take with her.

Abby's bathroom transformation is stunning! I am in love with these amazing shower curtains, towel hooks and all the beautiful details in this bathroom.  

Talk about a show stopper!  It takes a gifted visionary to create such a beautiful room, from all the molding on the wall to the exquisite flooring and everything in between!

You had to see the likes of the small humdrum powder room before!  Seriously stunning now!

I love the wood on the ceiling and this cozy lounge area created by Naomi.  Looks like a comfy hide away!

Albertina's transformation is so chic and stylish!  I can't stop admiring the credenza she custom created, I need to have one of those!!

Really!  How gorgeous is that hood?  Pam renewed a lot of what she had to give her kitchen a whole new look!  Stunning!

The black and white in this dining room is so striking and elegant!  

If you want to see the rest of the designers and their room make overs, you should head on over to  Calling it home, you will be amazed at all the resources and inspirations.

I can't wait to show you my favorite ORC from the link up party, there are 76 participants.  That may take some time, so many great ones there too!

Thanks for stopping by:)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tutorial - How to make an upholstered headboard with mirror border

Hi everyone!  Now that I've recouped a little after the makeover of my master bedroom for the One Room Challenge, I want to show you some of the DIY projects I implemented in my bedroom.  Today,  I'm going to show you how my husband and I constructed the biggest focal point in my bedroom, the six foot tall upholstered headboard with mirror border.  The best part of this is that the upholstered section is easily interchangeable with another fabric if a change is needed.  I am thrilled at the way it turned out, it really makes a statement in the room.

Let's get started, here's what we used for a king size headboard.

-  Two - 1/2" - 4ft. by 8ft. plywood or MDF panel (One panel can be enough for a shorter headboard)
-  Two - 2" X 4" for the legs
-  One - 1/4" plywood or MDF for upholstered section
-  2" foam to accommodate the upholstered area
-  Batting
-  Fabric of choice
-  Simple molding slats for the border
-  Mirror strips cut to size at a glass & mirror store
-  Stain or paint
-  Spray adhesive
-  Mirror adhesive
-  Preferably nail gun
-  Heavy duty stapler
-  Screws

First, design the headboard and take measurements of the desired upholstered section.  Upholstered portion will dictate the size of the surrounding moldings and mirror.

Cut the plywood or MDF to size, this can be done at Lowes or Home Depot (as long as you purchase the wood from them)

Screw in the 2 X 4's to the back of the panel.  I measured where to place the 2 X 4"s according to the metal frame of my bed so that I can screw in the metal frame to the 2 X 4 legs.

This is where the interchangeable fabric comes in... After figuring out the size of the upholstered section, cut the 1/4" plywood or MDF to the same size.  Spray the adhesive on the 1/4" panel, place the foam on top and wrap it with the batting.

Wrap the fabric and staple.

Meanwhile, stain or paint all the wood molding pieces...
Next, add the molding and mirror to the perimeter of the headboard.  Make sure you do the math correctly for the size of all the components.   I was never very good in math or measuring so I did have some trials and tribulations, thanks to my hubby he was able to correct them.

Then, insert the upholstered section and screw from behind the headboard to secure.  If you need to change the fabric in the future, just unscrew from the back to take out the insert, reupholster and screw back in

Viola! You got yourself a custom headboard!

I hope you like this tutorial and check out the rest of the room here.  I will be posting the DIY drum chandelier next, I hope you come back to see it.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!!



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Weekend!

I want to thank everyone who visited and for leaving such sweet comments on my One Room Challenge reveal.  Thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing and pulling this event together.  My master bedroom is complete, at least 99% of it.  If it wasn't for this challenge I would be procrastinating endlessly.

I started off with a blank slate... Really, very blank!  There were some changes to my original plan, the fabric I chose discontinued after I purchased them from an online store.  Being that time was running out, I went to countless local fabric stores instead of ordering online till I found the fabric I liked.  I also eliminated the desk for a corner office spot in the room, I didn't want all that clutter accumulating in this wanna be sanctuary.

This was my original plan...

My mood board consisted of this...

The room evolved into this... and I am so happy for the way it turned out.

My real challenge for this room was to create a beautiful, relaxing space on a very limited budget.  Which meant as many DIY's as possible. 

My wonderful husband was so helpful and supportive with this whole process.  He constructed this ginormous headboard for me and I love the way it turned out.

The side tables are painted Ikea dressers.

The drum shade chandelier was also a DIY 

Making the curtains were a huge undertaking, I broke out into a song and dance as I finished sewing the final stitch.   

I will be posting all the DIY tutorials and the sources at a later date, I hope you come back and check them out.

Thank you for stopping by!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Room Challenge Reveal

I can't believe six weeks have gone by already!  It's been a crazy ride since I started this  One Room Challenge... Thanks so much to Linda at Calling it Home for putting this challenge together,  I would have dragged my feet doing the master bedroom.  I can actually say one room in my home is done!   
If you miss the previous posts, you can check them out here Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5.
Here it is now...


My DIY drum shade chandelier

 Our DIY mirrored headboard turned out exactly as I envisioned!

Blood, sweat and tears went into making these curtains... Okay, may just sweat and tears!

Thank you so much for joining me throughout the past six weeks.   I will be posting the DIY tutorials next few weeks on the projects in this room.  

Please go by and check out all the amazing participant's reveals at Calling it Home.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sherry - Widget 1


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