Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday's Turndown- A Little Bit of Lovely

Hi! I’m Kara from A Little Bit of Lovely and I am thrilled to be here today sharing my master bedroom with you! I am a big fan of Shelli’s blog and I love her style, so I was honored when she asked me to participate in her Tuesday Turndown series.
I like my bedroom neat and peaceful, and I like my bed to be comfortable and soft. I want to be able to fall into my bed and be enveloped by it. Although our bedroom is still a work in progress, having our bed completed was a must! The furniture, mattress, and duvet are all from Macy’s furniture store. Since I can remember, I have loved the look of sleigh beds, so my husband and I chose a king size wood sleigh bed with matching dresser and side tables. I wanted our mattress to be like laying on a big, fluffy cloud. I ended up falling in love – and I mean LOVE – with a pillow-top, Hotel brand mattress. It has been by far one of the best purchases we’ve ever made. The first night I slept on it, I thought “now this is heaven.” In addition, we chose a down-filled duvet.
Not only do I like my mattress super-soft, I have an obsession with soft, smooth sheets. The higher the thread count, the better. We have ivory colored, 600 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets for our bed. I like having multiple sets on hand, and have found good buys at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon) or Tuesday Morning. I adore little touches like eyelet stitching and would love to have pillowcases with our monogrammed initials someday.
The rest of our bedding is from Pottery Barn. I like mixing different fabrics and patterns, and ended up going with PB bedding because I was able to pick and choose my pillows within the same color scheme to “build” my bed how I liked.
I love having tons of pillows! My husband says our bed reminds him of Ben Stiller’s bed in Along Came Polly – ha. I started with 3 euro shams that matched the duvet cover. Then, we have 2 king size pillows and 2 standard size pillows with ivory pillowcases. Next, are 2 standard size, red pick-stitch shams. Again, I liked the extra detail on these pillows – their stitching and their bow closures. Finally, an ivory and red lumbar pillow sits in front of the red shams. There are a lot of pillows, but all of them come off at night except the ivory colored ones.
To complete our bed, good lighting was important to us. We have silver candlestick lamp bases with ivory, linen drum shades. I don’t get to do as much late-night reading as I use to, because with two little ones, I tend to fall asleep after one page, but I do like having good books near by. I also like to surround myself with pictures of loved ones, a lovely scented candle, and a little greenery.

Thanks for having me today, Shelli! 
xoxo, Kara
A Little Bit of Lovely


A Week of SUMMER- Breakfast At Toast

Wanna see a few of my summer

Today I am guest posting here 

Many of you have emailed me asking how to grow and expose your blogs, well....join in these FUN link parties!
Monday - Summer Beauty
Wednesday- Summer Fashion
Friday- Summer Fun
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Monday, May 30, 2011

DIY Driftwood Sunburst Mirror from Blessed- AWESOME

Hi Everyone!  It's Shirley- back again at Shelli's request! 
Shelli asked me to post about my recent project
A Driftwood, Sunburst Mirror!!
So here she is!!! We are so proud of the mirror! 
It's a labor of love, I'm truly amazed how an idea will come, then to see it come to fruition, it's so rewarding!! I must say that without my husband John, none of this would be possible. 
Like I said before- I dream up these ideas, and he makes it happen! 
Thanks John. 

     Chloe said, "mom your mirror is so pretty"
Had to be extra picky, choosing only smooth, long, round wood
John routing
We routed out a two inch section around the base, then nail gunned the first section!

  • Wooden base from Home-Depot (17inches) $16.99
  • Mirror from Michael's (14inch) $7.99
  • Finish nails/ nail gun
  • Two inch section routed around base
  • Mirror glue from Home-Depot (liquid nails)
  • Mounting bracket's in back of mirror
  • All photos by Lynda Rueter, thank you!
So, who else besides me just said "WOW" out loud?
I mean, seriously?  This driftwood mirror is literally MORE BEAUTIFUL than ANY I have seen for sale....and they go for quite a pretty penny too!  Shirley is not only talented, but has the most loving spirit, ADORABLE children and super sweet hubby!  THANK YOU SO MUCH Shirley, for sharing with us another one of your amazing DIY projects, and all within a WEEK?  You're a cool chick and super talented!
Go check out BLESSED!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Calypso St. Barth for Baby K!

Just a routine visit to Target....
you know for food, toiletries and stuff.
and lookie what fell into my basket.
Well, they WERE on clearance for $8.01...
can you blame me?
"oh, lookie there.  Gold ones."
 Well, it just went downhill from there.
Darn you Calypso St. Barth for Target!
I mean, how could I pass up this boho baby bubble?
And Jack Rogers inspired baby shoes?
I didn't stand a chance.
K wanted to try them on when I got home.
I mean, chubby baby feet in cute shoes?
Can you stand it?
I looooooove those chubby baby toes.

Head over here  and here and here!
(special clearance prices can be found in store too)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Love this Life Home Tour- The Kitchen

The lanterns!  The stools!  The marble!  White perfection.

GORGEOUS white subway tile and open shelving

Look at that butlers pantry and the quatrefoil window!

Dying for this marble

Loving the farm sink

 (loving the lighting and arched doorways)

Outdoor seating off the bar area.  I want to sit there by the fire!

Stay tuned for more of this gorgeous home that I am OBSESSING over 
(can you tell?)

Friday, May 27, 2011

The King Guest Room

The King Guest Room

I  ADORE this arched doorway and juliet balcony!

*all photos by Amber Beckham Photography*

THE FYI (a mix of high and low):
-The bed frame and side tables are  from Storehouse Outlet (no longer exists)
-The duvet is from HomeGoods ($49.99) (ps my mom found this first, then me, then my bff made me buy one for her- popular duvet in my circle, lol)
-The ivory matlasse euro shams are from Potterybarn clearance ($19.99 each)
-The 20x20 throw pillow were made from dwell studio napkins ($6.99 each)
-The bed  bolster (stolen from downstairs until my new one arrives) was a dwell studio table runner
-The gold lamp bases are from HomeGoods (had UGLY shades) ($29.99 each!)
-The NEW ivory lampshades are from HomeGoods ($9.99 each!)
-The driftwood tower is from HomeGoods ($69.99!) The first one was bought from under my nose and I stalked the next week and another one showed up! That never happens!
-The gold round mirror is from HomeGoods ($24.99!)
-The aqua hydrangea prints are from HomeGoods ($24.99 each!)
-The settee was a splurge from an Atlanta boutique but I LOOOOVE it, had to have it.
-The rectangle mirrors behind the lamps are from P.D's ($39.99 each!)
-The Celerie Kimble pillow, Bleeker print in Absinthe is from Elegant Touch on etsy (paid $45, it has now gone up to $55)
-The glass bird vase is from TJMaxx ($4.99)
-The curtain panels are from Potterybarn, Peyton Grommet Drape, Oatmeal, 108", ($109 per panel) I have these in almost every room of my home
* I did this room in a week's time for some upcoming guests....I have already added more color and I still have one wall left....stay tuned, more pics to come soon!