Sunday, November 3, 2013

"SIMPLY ELEGANT" Master Bedroom Makeover

"Simply Elegant" precisely describes this Master Bedroom makeover, because it was SIMPLE and ELEGANT.  

3 main requirements for this space were:

  1. Add light (natural light was not properly being addressed)
  2. Bring soothing colors with paint and fabrics
  3. Add storage and appearance of space

Light Element
Bringing as much natural light into this room was also important, so custom  3 1/2" wood shutters were contracted to be built and installed by Home Depot.  

Soothing Element
What a remarkable difference paint and fabric can do to soften, and light, and add a feeling of elegance to a room.  

Sherwin Williams paint colors were used.
Walls:  Full Moon (very soft yellow)
Ceiling and trey: Sprout  (very soft green)
Cabinet and trim:  Pure white

Fabrics were purchased at Brentwood Interiors in Brentwood, Tennessee  to make Box Pleated Valances for the windows, re-cover the window seat, make a queen size  tufted head board, and bed skirt.  Sheers were found at Bed, Bath and Beyond to connect Valance with the floor and elongate the windows.  A simple and elegant trick on the eye.

After discovering that oak hardwood could be installed, sanded and stained for about the same price as the best quality Home Depot carpet, the decision was clear!  HARDWOOD!

Changing the Brass door hardware to oil rubbed bronze also softened the feel of the room.

Storage Element
This master also needed  extra storage  to compensate for small closets, so carpenters were hired to build a cabinet.  The cabinet had to have the following features:

  • Look like it had always been there
  • Ample storage for clothing, etc
  • Book shelves with doors 
  • Have a clean, polished, and elegant look
  • Have recessed doors for the television that would open when needed, yet when closed be seamless with the rest of the cabinet.
  • Ample access to outlets for  electronics.
Lastly, we wanted to make this master feel as spacious as possible.  The carpet was 23 years old, and after discovering the price of solid oak hardwood flooring would be about the same cost as quality carpet, hardwood was an easy choice.  With that choice came the added illusion of a LARGER room!

Now for the before and afters:
Navy ceiling and trey, beige walls, small bookcase
Cabinetry, hardwood, pain and fabric

Changed headboard, fabrics, bed skirt, sitting area
Box pleated Valance.  Love the white buttons and trim!

Old cluttered book shelf 
New Cabinet.  LOVE

After paint/and proper placement of furniture
Previous entrance to bath area

Spray painted lamps to match hardware and trim to lamp shades
Only place a few simple cherished items for display that are a reflection of who you are

 In the end, this makeover is a MASTER SUITE RETREAT that is a soothing and relaxing place to sleep, read, and retreat from the world.  Simple and Elegant goes a long way.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Simple Master Bath Facelift

It is widely advised by Realtors, that the best dollars that you can spend on your home (other than regular needed maintenance) are in kitchen and baths.  While they can be expensive, they don't have to be.  

These are the focal areas that made a huge difference in this Master bath.
Fiess Mini Chandelier from Furgason's in Nashville
Master Bath before, gold fixtures/shower surround and dark cabinets

Before grout was cleaned
Vanity before
Cabinets before

After, bath seems larger, and focal point is large window!
Added a shelf and power to tidy things up

Beveled frame to existing mirror
New vanity 

  • Add crown
  • Add special lighting element 
  • Paint
  • Replace fixtures, door pulls, door hardware
  • Professionally clean existing tile for "like new" look... make sure they seal again
  • Replace shower surround
  • Add beveled "frame" to existing mirrors.

Plumbing, Electric, and Woodwork was installed by Moore Solutions, Inc. in Franklin, TN  615-349-0173 

RSM Painting, Franklin, TN used Sherwin Williams Paint
All trim, crown, medallion, and doors: White
Ceiling: Full Moon
Walls:   White Willow

Let your light shine~
xo  Dee

Scarf Tute

Need a new way to wear those scarves that complete your wardrobe?  

Try this one!

Be well...
xo  Dee

Friday, December 9, 2011

Champagne Christmas on Beer Budget

 Nothing like making your home festive for family and friends, and there is something great about having deadlines! I wanted to freshen up past years decorating, and use more organics this year.  Our back yard is full of beautiful fresh greens, so I took advantage of what we already had.  I did purchase a couple of things:  Pre-made fresh wreath from Costco for $12.00, and 2 spools of 6"tulle for $8.00 (I had coupons for Hobby Lobby!)  LOVE COUPONS
German Chandelier was made festive by adding fresh balsam green wreath tied on with red ribbon.  1 spool of tulle (6") 300 feet for $4.00  Wreath was $12.00  Above all of the tall bookcases I spread magnolia, and other fresh greens from the trees in out yard.

After researching the cost of simple panel drapes, I decided I needed to dust off the old sewing machine and make our own pinch pleat panels.  I have 4 windows in a large bay area that needed 5 panels to add softness, length, and color to the kitchen.  Found 120" wide fabric in a discount bin at CALICO CORNER for $12/yd.  Because it was so wide, I only needed a few yards.  Pinch pleated them up and hung on a set of black poles that look like wrought iron.  The Burgundy glass ornaments hung with tulle makes the kitchen pop with color.

Used greens from the back yard to make this chandelier have a festive look.  Added more of that red tulle, stuck in some magnolia leaves, and strung more glass ornaments ( we already had them)  Cost was about 50 cents of Tulle.

I just Love COUPONS from JoAnn ETC.  I found these 2 wreaths that were already on sale, and had a 20% off total purchase.  Again...the tulle.  The wreaths have red berries on them and "weathered" metal stars.

Dressing up the end of the bannister in the front foyer.  What a great way to say WELCOME to our guests.  Lots of magnolia, greens, a few red berries, and bow from my mailbox from last year.  Used paddle wire to make it stay put.  Recycled everything, fresh greens from out yard.  Cost... ZERO.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

25 years of life in Tennessee

Photos:Hot Air balloon at dawn, Victoria Falls-Zimbabwe, View of "God's Window in South Africa, Elephant Safari in Zimbabwe, Lion Safari in Zimbabwe, Getting ready to white water raft down the White Nile in Jinja, Uganda

By now, I am officially a "country girl", have lived longer in Tennessee than the state I was born in. We just took our youngest off to the we are officially empty nesters, except for our precious little dog. A friend of mine mentioned to me that no one should judge "this book" by it's cover...I look all pretty in pink with my auburn locks, but there is a Navy Seal side to me that is very much alive. I took that as a HUGE compliment, and want to continue to live life to the fullest, and use the strength, time and talents that I have been given to help others. Here are a few photos from our 25th...white water rafting on the Nile River ( class 5 rapids )
Walking with Lions in Zimbabwe
Zip Lining over Victoria Falls Gorge
Visiting Amani Baby orphanage in Uganda where we plan on sharing some of our time and talents:

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Left, Judah and right, Asher...two precious little boys that have been loving cared for by AMANI BABY COTTAGE in Jinja, Uganda. They are being adopted by friends of ours here in Nashville, along with three other precious little boys!

Dan and I just returned from celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Africa. I finally fell in love with Dan's dream of Africa... and fully understand why he has been so taken with Africa. The children, people, animals, lanscape, and history are amazing!