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Slowly but surely, we have been updating our master bedroom. (still love our updated cedar chest!) We have lived here for 2.5 years and still haven’t finished it – isn’t that sad? I wanted it to be the first room that was totally complete but like most of you, we worked on the areas everyone sees first. I’m hoping that by the end of February, it will be really finished.

IMG_2285We painted the walls a dark grey when we first moved in and they still look so great. The yellow-beige moldings and tan ceiling? Not so much. This picture shows what even one coat of primer can do. Original on the left – primer on the right.

IMG_1789This picture shows the ceiling and crown moldings completely finished – wow, right? The moldings on the doorway and the baseboards still have to be painted but we should be able to finish those this weekend. This picture makes it even more apparent how not white our “white” woodwork really is!

IMG_7599Once the woodwork is finished, I am doing a project that starts with this bad boy. I can’t wait and will show you next week what it is! If you want some play-by-play this weekend, follow me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up.

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I guess the real title of this post should be Fireplace Update but since our living room is focused around our fireplace, it is really an update on our living room. This weekend, I came across the photos of our house on the day we moved in and couldn’t believe what our living room and fireplace used to look like!

On the left, our fireplace on June 25, 2010 (closing day). On the right, our fireplace this weekend (October 2012). What a difference, right? I love how much bigger this room feels with the white brick and lower/bigger mantel. For a recap on what we did here, check out this post.

Before you say it, I’ll say it first – I realize I still have the summer decorations on the mantel. I’m not sure I’ll have time to decorate for fall this year so this might stay like this until its time for stockings and garlands. I feel like such a rebel without my pumpkins!

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Our hallway bar cabinet houses our extra and special glasses. Our everyday glasses are in the kitchen but this is the perfect spot for those glasses we use when company is over! It was once a desk nook but we have turned it into a nook for entertaining.

This is where we started two years ago and where we are now. I am so glad I took a ton of pictures the day we closed! It is really fun to look back and see what we were attracted to and how we’ve made it our own. The green room was their dining room that we turned into our second living room. I still love our navy spray painted bar cart!

With the help of Conner’s dad, we easily ripped out the desk. It was a pretty quick process and didn’t damage the wall except for a small spot – very lucky. You can see how the floor polish didn’t make it to this spot when the brick was laid. Luckily we ripped those out so you can’t see it anymore!

Once the wood floors were finished, we painted the walls and the cabinet. Originally, I wanted to replace the doors completely and change it up (remember when I couldn’t make up my mind and needed your help?) but then I realized it was easier to just paint the doors and put on new hardware. Give Conner props – he painted them on his own when I was at a fundraiser!

Since you would still be able to see inside, I wanted to jazz up that space as well. I gathered these supplies, looked at this tutorial and got to work.

I measured the inside of each shelf and cut the cardboard down to size. Unfortunately the shelves are not removable so painting them and measuring them for this to fit was not the easiest. Luckily, the glasses were going to cover most of it and the doors will be closed so it is not perfect by any means! I think in some spots, I just ripped away the cardboard when it wouldn’t cut…definitely not a straight line on these panels!

As I finished each section, I placed (read = shoved) the fabric-wrapped panel into the back of the cabinet. It really confused Conner when I was painting the inside and only painted the shelves and sides. This step was his “Oprah aha-moment.” So funny when you can see something in your head but can’t explain it until it happens. I was loving it already and couldn’t wait to finish!

The next update was hardware. The old stuff was not pretty. It was total 80’s and needed a little upgrade into the modern era. These euro bar pulls from myknobs.com were just the right touch. I made sure to find something that fit in our original holes and sure enough – they fit like a glove!

At first, I couldn’t stand the metal on the glass but once the new hardware was on, it instantly made the metal brighter and shinier! I love it now. It works perfectly with the chrome pulls.

Once the hardware was on, it was time to brighten up the inside and highlight our pretty glasses. There are 4 LED lights in these shelves and they work perfectly! Each has an on/off button and once on, automatically shut off after 30 minutes. I put two on the top shelf to reflect down and the other two are on the wall on the left side to shine across. They simply stick to the side with adhesive and twist apart for easy battery replacement. Love! (And no, I don’t paint the inside of my cabinet doors. The secret’s out!)

I love how the lights reflect in the glassware and highlight the fun fabric in the back. I wanted to make sure the greens and blues we have in the rest of the house flowed into here and this was the perfect way to do that! I don’t have a link to this fabric – I actually found it at a local fabric store. Let me know if you are local and want to know where!

Here is one last look at our before and after. In total, we spent $100 for this project, which is more than I wanted to spend but the lights took up most of that amount and were totally worth it (they were $14/each – whoa, mama!).

Next up in this space? Some wine storage next to Conner’s kegerator!

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Bar Cabinet Update

Remember this post about needing help with our bar cabinet? Well, we’ve come a long way since then! The walls are painted, the moldings are freshly white and the cabinet itself has gotten some paint and a fun update inside! We still need pulls (those have been ordered) but everything else is finished and it looks great! So much better and brighter for this small space. I’ll do a full recap post once the pulls are in but I wanted to show you something funny…

This was the first picture I took. I thought after my one photography class I was doing better so I started with this. Normally, I would have thought that this was fine and just done some editing on my computer. It was after work and the light was coming in weird from the windows, pretty hard to get good light since this is a hallway, so I had the overhead light on. But I remembered Emily’s recent photography post that said no lamps and no overhead lights in photos…so I kept trying settings to see if maybe my camera could do more work for me instead of the computer…

This was several attempts later. SO much better, right? I didn’t edit either of those photos, just resized them for the blog. Both photos were using the same ISO and f-stop but for this photo, I lowered the shutter speed way down so more natural light would come in. Crazy, right? I turned off all of the lights so this was just from the sunlight coming in from the window in the next room. Obviously there are bad shadows, etc but it is a huge improvement over the first photo!

If you’re a serious photographer you probably think I’m still missing some things besides just the shadows, which I know I am, but I think I’m coming along. I’m taking a photography course at our church for the next several months so I’m excited to learn even more and make my photos even better. I don’t like seeing bad photos on other people’s sites so why would I do that to myself?

Here’s one quick little (unedited photo) peek inside the cabinet – new paint and fabric lined back walls! We love it. Conner did the painting and I did the fabric in the only way I know how – at 9 p.m. the night before people were coming over. Procrastination at its finest!

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So, the Olympics? They’re amazing and everything but they took up all of my attention and time! I would come home, make dinner and sit on the couch every day after work. The weekends were worse. If I had to leave, I would immediately come home to watch more people doing athletic things I can’t even dream about doing. I had big plans for some big projects to get done during the past two weeks but…Yeah.

So now it is time to get those creative juices flowing again (isn’t this a great picture? Thanks, Pinterest) and work on some projects at home! I have several in the works and several more started in my head.

To get back in the groove of things, I started small with this tray for my small jewelry and accessory pieces. I wish I had a large dressing room that had room for something like this but I don’t. Luckily our bathroom counter is very large so there was plenty of room for a pretty tray that got even prettier with a few updates. The tray used to be black and was a very old Target purchase. I spray painted it white and cut a piece of navy chevron fabric (the same I used for the DIY lampshade in the kitchen) to bring some pattern and color to the bottom of the tray.

The two bottles I use to hold my bracelets are the same ones I used for our 4th of July tablescape last year. Yup, they are just beer bottles spray painted white. White and spray paint can make anything pretty! The ‘S’ plate was a Christmas gift and is a wonderful John Derian plate. It is perfect for my stud earrings and extra rings. (The rest of my earrings are hanging on my DIY window earring hanger in our closet) The yellow pillar candle holder was a clearance purchase at Pottery Barn several years ago and adds a nice splash of color to this arrangement.

This was the best kind of project to start with because it cost me $0 and took about 15 minutes of arranging, re-arranging and shopping the house. You can’t beat that! Have you done any fun ‘fluffing’ projects lately?

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It is a very happy time in Oklahoma City! The Thunder is headed to its first-ever NBA Finals and the town is pumped. There is blue and orange everywhere you look and I love it. Blue and orange, orange and blue…it is a great combination that isn’t just in OKC. Check out these great pictures of blue and orange in home and fashion.

Gorgeous! The blue maxi dress and orange Marc Jacobs clutch are perfect.

Pattern overload! If you love to mix and match your patterns then this is the room for you. I like how they used different tones of the same color – colors in a room don’t have to be matchy-matchy!

Very cool display! The blue Ball glasses are so pretty.

This is a room I could definitely live in. Clean and crisp with perfect pops of orange!

Thunder Up, friends!

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Liberte Premiere

I had the privilege and honor of being invited to the press premiere of Liberte, a new women’s boutique in Oklahoma City’s newest and hottest area, Classen Curve. Word on the street was that the clothes were gorgeous and the store was unbelievable. The street’s word did not disappoint – I loved it!

The backdrop to the cash register is magnificent. I love the silver foil and the backlit lights! You know how Target has the candy aisle as you wait to check out? Liberte has shoes! I think women love a good impulse purchase and these beauties at the front will definitely help sales.

The clothes are displayed beautifully around the store. The color-coordination that is going on reminds me of my closet! So easy to find what you need. The textured, white background is the perfect backdrop to make each and every piece hanging in front of it come alive and pop out!

I loved the clean and contemporary look of the store. The wood on the shelves and the glossy floors had me at hello. So clean and so fresh. Gorgeous!

These dresses are stunning! I was immediately drawn to them and their pleated glory. I would love to have an excuse to wear this because I would go back in a heartbeat and purchase them all.

Although these dresses aren’t part of the line, Liberte is the exclusive OKC retailer for Issa. This is the line that makes some of Kate Middleton’s gorgeous clothes! I saw several of the options and they definitely do not disappoint.

The lighting in the store is so cool and very unique. This chandelier looks like it is a million crystals, swirling down to grab their favorites from the racks! It reflects the light so well and makes the whole room glow. If you get a chance to stop in, don’t miss the pendants in the dressing rooms. They are glossy white on the outside and white patterned plaster on the inside. They were amazing but very hard to photograph (hence, no pictures). I wish I had a place to put either of them!

For more information and directions so you can see this all in person, visit the Liberte website here. They officially open tomorrow so add visiting this store to your list of to-dos for the weekend!

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