Friday, August 15, 2014

Master Bedroom Project List

Happy Friday!  I hope your week has been great, but I hope your weekend is even better!

When I last left you all, I was trying to decide if I wanted to go with a darker bedroom or a lighter one.  I've decided to go dark...I want to feel like I'm in a cocoon when I'm sleeping, ha!  But really, I've never had a dark bedroom and since we have the space for it I'm just going to go for it.

So with that, I do have new Before photos of the room (the last set of images weren't too great) and details of what I plan to do in each area.  I'm going to start out facing the bed then go around each corner of the room.

Bed Area//
1.  DIY a floor to ceiling headboard
2.  DIY drapes
3.  Add decorative trim to lamps
4.  Add glass tops or something similar to the nightstands
5.  Add different baskets to shelves on nightstands
6.  Paint the front of the nightstands white
7.  Add a few decorative pillows to the bed.
8.  Paint walls black
9.  Add plantation shutters
10.  Maybe hang one image on the wall to the right with the grey paint sample on it (which has been there for probably 4 years now...this goes for all of the paint samples you will see randomly ahead).


Sitting Area//
1.  Gold and white wallpaper on the three walls of the sitting area.
2.  Either DIY a roman shade or add plantation shutters and DIY small drapes.
3.  Add one floor lamp
4.  Add a side table
 

Dresser Wall//
I'm not too sure about this area.  I want to paint the front of the dresser drawers white, but I'm not sure if I want to keep it on this wall or move it somewhere else.  I thought about putting a vanity here or maybe a floor mirror because I definitely need a larger one.  You will see what I mean shortly.


Credenza Wall//
1.  Paint walls black
2.  Get four drawer inserts from Ikea for the open spaces.
3.  Get a new TV (ha!  No time soon...)
4.  Get rid of that mirror and replace with a larger one.
(By the way, these doors are the doors to enter the room)
5.  Hang enlarged photos and/or art work.


Entry Walls//
1.  Paint walls black
2.  Probably will keep the hampers there because there's nowhere else to put them and they're right next to the bathroom (the double doors on the right).  Maybe I will move the dresser into this area.
3.  Maybe hang one image on the wall to the right of the bathroom doors.


Ceiling//
1.  Thought about painting the ceiling, but probably won't.  Then again who knows how I will feel when the time comes.
2.  Replace the fan.


So there you have it, my proposed project list.  I just hope everything turns out as beautiful as I'm imagining because if not I'll have a crap load of black to cover up, heh :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Master Bedroom- Light vs Dark Round 2

Hello there people!  I hope your weekend was relaxing or at least enjoyable.

It's finally time for me to tackle this master bedroom.  I know what I want to do (for the most part), so I'm getting ready to press GO.

After much deliberation, I finally decided on a color scheme of coral, black, white and gold.  The main "colors" will be black, white and gold and the accents will be coral.  Simon was fine with a comforter that I picked out a few months back and it happened to have coral on it.  I thought he wouldn't like it because it looks kind of pink, but he said it was fine (yay!  thanks honey!).  This is the comforter:



Now I just need to decide if I want the room to be dark, dramatic and sexy or light, airy and calming.  I love both styles, so this is a difficult decision.  I actually posted about this very topic here a little over two years ago, that's why this post is labeled round two :)

Here are a few photos of both styles.  Which would you choose?

Light, Airy and Calming//



Dark, Dramatic and Sexy//


Upon searching I realized that there aren't many images with this color scheme in a bedroom, so just imagine a bed in these rooms :)
 


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Friday, August 1, 2014

5 Reasons I'm Glad That We Used a Travel Agent

To finish this week off, I decided to share my experience with using a Travel Agent for our vacation.  We've never used one before, and I'm really glad that we did.  Our agent was Sharon Law with Pack Your Bags and Go Travel (catchy name, right?).  Here are the reasons that this was a great decision:

By the way, the following photos don't necessarily have anything to do with the listed reasons, I just didn't want the post not to include images :)

Better Deals
A travel agent has access to multiple vendors that offer deeply discounted pricing to the agents that they work with.  There are even deals that you cannot find online, but the agent has access to them.  We got a great deal on our hotel especially being peak season and having an ocean front room.




Stress Relief
I don't know about you, but when it's time to start looking for hotels I expire in about 20 minutes.  This is mainly because I start to feel overwhelmed and frustrated because I'm very particular about where I stay.  With an agent, they are doing the brunt of the work and will send you results based on your requests (kind of like a real estate agent!).  This took so much stress away from me.



Travel Perks
As I mentioned in the last post, our hotel stay came with two free tickets to a dolphin cruise.  That bonus may not have been available if we'd booked our travel ourselves.



A Knowledgeable Representative That's "Team You"
If anything goes awry at any point of your vacation, you always have your agent to back you up and to handle any of those issues for you.  An agent is well versed in travel and knows what to do in many situations that we may not know.  Who really wants to deal with drama on vacation anyway?



Payment Plans
You may not want to use a credit card to pay for vacation and you may not have all of the cash on hand.  A lot of agents offer payment plans so that your trip will be paid in full by the time your vacation starts.  One less thing to worry about in my opinion.



So those are my top 5 reasons that I'm glad that we went with a Travel Agent this year.  If you are looking to travel sooner or later, check out Pack Your Bags and Go Travel!

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**I was not compensated for this post, I just wanted to share my experience with you all because it was a great one!**

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vacation Recap Pt II

Our vacation was relaxing.  So relaxing that we had free tickets to a dolphin cruise but passed it up to stay on the beach and soak up more rays.  We did take a break from the sun one day and ventured to St. Petersburg to visit the Sunken Gardens and the Dali Museum.

The Sunken Gardens was a tropical paradise.  As soon as you walk in your shoulders drop.  There were so many rare botanicals and everything was so beautiful.  The trees were so tall that they created a roof for most of this outdoor attraction.  We actually decided to go here on a whim and I'm so glad we did.


This tree looks painted but it actually grows like this!  It's called a  Rainbow Eucalyptus and I'm in love with it.

We planned to visit the Dali Museum and I found out that Thursday's the admission is only $10 after 5pm and the parking is free!  I didn't take my camera with me because I was sure that I couldn't take photos inside (though I did sneak one photo of a cool illusion piece), and I was right although photos were fine outside of the galleries.  There was a labyrinth outside which also had some cool pieces at the entrance.  Lastly, if you don't know about Salvador Dali, he was a surrealist artist with some amazing paintings that will make your mind go nuts.  He also had a really cool mustache which there is a sculpture of outside.

 
           Dali image via

As far as the rest of our vacation, we ate well, drank well and enjoyed being off of work.  We even saw a pirate ship sail by one day.  The weather was surprisingly mild at night, so sitting on the balcony listening to music was my favorite thing to do.



So that's our vacation.  As I mentioned before, I'm ready to go on another one.  I'm thinking a long weekend around our anniversary maybe to a Bed and Breakfast.  Have you guys gone on any fun trips this summer?