Monday, July 30

DIY Cornice Boards

Like a lot of my projects, I found my inspiration from photos like these on

Wrap around cornice with nailheads
Cornice with button tufting
I love the simple look of cornices, specifically in the kitchen.  They can be designed to fit any design style depending on the fabric and embellishments you use.  For me, I wanted something with clean lines that would add a bit of color in the kitchen.  I hate ruffled valances and other cheesy "kitchen" curtains.  So with a sheet of plywood (cut to my measurements), a few screws, staple gun, batting and fabric I made my own cornice boards one a Saturday.  Here they are:

So now the pop of blue from the cornices in the kitchen, nicely tie in with the blue stenciled bookcases (DIY steps to that project here).

I will post the DIY steps in another post.  I first need to gather all the photos from the actual project and put it all together :)

Thursday, July 26

Master Bedroom {Sitting Area} Inspiration and Reality

The latest area of focus in the house has got to be our master bedroom.  The decor in there hasnt been touched.  It's simply a bed, dressers and a TV and a large empty space that will be a sitting area.

I've been casually looking around everywhere for inspiration and have a few ideas for the space.  

For the inspiration we have: (real life pics follow below)....

The chair, pillows, side table, mirror - it all works perfectly!
Loving the chevron striped curtains and orange striped wall -- I think I may do a focal chevron wall in our bedroom

Pops of yellow and simple neutral tones -LOVE this!

and here is the reality...

Plain wall, empty space...beige and white. BLAH!

Here is the view from other side of the room looking into the master bathroom -- more beige!

View from doorway -

So yep, lot's to do in here.  I'm still debating what to do on the walls.  I have a few ideas but I am being lazy about them for now as they all involve a lot of patience.  But what project doesnt?

Anyway, the chairs for the sitting area have been ordered and shipped!  So check back frequently for progress pics.  I may or may not get started on the focal wall this weekend.  We'll see.

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