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Friday, January 21, 2011

Sometimes you feel like a change

This time of year I always feel like I need to change something in my house. I don't know if it is because the weather outside is so blasted cold you don't want to do anything outside, or if I just undecorated my house from Christmas and I want to change things around a bit. It is hard to decorate for January because it is still cold outside and it is not quite ready for spring.
I didn't do a lot to the dining room except for take down most of the Christmas decorations.  I left some of the winter up because, it is still winter!

I found these trees for 90% off and could not resist and figured I could still leave them out because they are white and it is pretty white outside.

I left my "winter" in the window sill.

and left my crystal snow flakes and icicle snowmen hanging from the chandelier.
I then went on to the bedroom and decided I wanted to brighten it up as well. January is a great time to buy new bedding and that is usually when I have the bug to change my bedroom.

Below is a before picture.

This is a before of the other side of the room after I cleaned out the book case. This actually was the part of the room that was" bugging" me the most. I was ready to change the paint on this book case.  I used to have a red couch and I had painted the bookcase to bring some more red into the room.

Here is the after picture of the bed. I am thinking though that I need to paint those metal plaques above the bed an ivory color.  I would love to paint the bed as well but I don't know if Mr. Jones would let me do that. (this bed is the only furniture in our home that he hand picked himself, he loved the massiveness to it and I decided if he loved it so much I should let him have his choice.)
I bought a new duvet cover and used some of the pillows that I had (and added a few new ones, I am addicted to pillows.)

I found the 4 back pillows at TJ Maxx and the brown one in front at Ross's.

It is not a lot different but it is a lot brighter. I got the lamp by my chair for Christmas, it is one of those pure light's that you can see with really well, I love it when I am sitting there working on projects.

Here is the book case painted and after finishing the glazing I realized that the counter did not look to great with the new paint so I sponge painted the counter as well. It looks like a new top and matches so much better.

You can kind of see the top of it better here.

I loved the look of these puckered pillows and have tried to figure out how they did it.

I replaced the topiary with some lemon trees, no they are not real, but they kind of fake you out.

Also Mr. Jones also did a big favor for me and mounted the TV on the wall. I have wanted to do this for a long time and I really hate seeing cords, so he made an outlet up the wall. He also ran the HDMI cable up the wall so that the blue ray player cord is hidden as well. I love the hidden cords!!
So, how are your January projects going? Have a great day!!


Rachel said...

You went back to Bed Bath and Beyond. I loved that duvet too! It is so pretty. I of course love it and can't wait for you to come over and decorate the shed for us :)

Anonymous said...

I love your bookcase area! The bed would look pretty lighter like you wanted, but it looks good the way it is too. I know about wanting to paint when nobody else wants to. Looks like you're in the winter mood, though I'm ready for it to be over. Maybe because we're not used to so much snow, but I'll be glad for spring to come!

A Vintage Vine said...

Great choice on painting the shelves and desk! It looks so clean and fresh...thanks for sharing over at Dittle Dattle.

April said...

Oooo! I love that bedding...especially the pillows!

bookaddict4real said...

I love this color combo . Thanks for linking up with me.(@scrapaddict4sure)

Unknown said...

Wow--thats a HUGE master B-Room! I LOVE the duvet cover!!!!

. said...

Your new bedding is gorgeous!! And I love the bookshelf and desk painted!! They actually stand out now and look so fresh! Great job! :)

Gale said...

How pretty!

Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

really LOVE your desk - - aged to perfections - and the drawer pulls!! AWESOME!!

Hugs ~~ Suz

Ellen said...

It all looks so great. Love the fake tree and yeah, hidden cords are a must!

Jen said...

I love this room - please come and do mine. I would love to have you come and link up to Fantastic Friday tomorrow at


Susan Freeman said...

Your bookcase looks great! I am sorry to say that I am not as far along with my projects as you are, but your finished project has motivated me!

Susan and Bentley

The Treasurista said...

Love...Love...Love that comforter. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

love the winter scene! If you ever have a chance I'd love for you to link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.

oh & p.s come enter my giveaway for an inspirational dog print :)

Jennifer said...

First of all, I love the "winter" decorations. My house always feels so naked after I put all my Santas and stuff away. I need to get some "winter" decor to have for January. Love it!
Your bedroom looks so nice. I love the bedding and the bookshelves look great painted. I must say that the pillows are my them! And that lemon tree is cute too.
Stopping by from Home & Family Friday. Off to check out some more of your posts :)

AllieMakes! said...

What great changes! I love those pillows!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie. I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Ladybird Ln said...

Oh, I love the changes! The bed is so pretty!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

How fun that you got to make over some of your bedroom. It's a shame the Mr. won't go for some paint on the bed. If you painted it the right shade of brown, it would be updated and still "look massive". I love the changes, Donene, especially the bedding.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jen said...

Thanks for coming and linking this up to Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will come and join us again this week!


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