Exactly one year ago yesterday I stood outside in an ice storm, sick as a dog with a terrible flu....and directed the movers where to go with each piece of furniture as they took it out of the truck.
It was moving day....and despite feeling like something that was scraped off the bottom of my shoe, I was as happy as a clam!
It seems a little surreal at this point....like yesterday, but also like a million years ago.
|Ice Storm on Moving Day 2015|
One year later, I am really and truly settled in my sweet little house, and I couldn't be happier.
One of the biggest projects that I invested in was creating a master suite where there was none before. I knew that it would pay off in the long run, so I was willing to make that investment.
I absolutely love the end result and don't regret even one decision that I made when planning out my space.
You can view more details about my master suite in this post.
Well, one year later and it was time for a little spring refresh in the bedroom.
When I decorated my home, I chose very neutral furnishings and decor so I could change out the look on a whim. Leaving the backdrop neutral means that by bringing in different accessories, I can change out the look seasonally and keep it fresh. It's amazing what a few accent pieces can do to brighten a space!
I started my spring refresh in the bedroom with a trip off the mountain to the happiest place on Earth.....Home Goods!
I'm like a kid in a candy shop when I walk in that store....I could honestly spend hours in there, and way too much money!
I was on a mission this time.
I really needed to buy a lighter coverlet for my bed.....because these darned hot flashes are making it really tough to sleep at night with my fluffy down comforter.
Yup, that's the reality of my life. I'm getting old. Yippee.
Anyway, where better to find a decent priced coverlet than Home Goods?
After a very happy shopping trip off the mountain, I woke up the next morning excited to get started on my bedroom refresh.
I started by stripping the bed, and layering on a set of simple white sheets out of the linen cupboard. Don't you just love a set of good quality white sheets? Classic, simple, comfortable, clean. Perfect!
Next, I layered on a down blanket that I have had for about 15 years. It's always been on the guest bed....but I stole it for my room now. I've looked online, trying to buy another for my room, but I can't believe the prices they charge for a simple down blanket these days - insanity!
So.....sorry, guests, but the down blanket is now mine.
Then came the new coverlet. Again, I kept it very neutral because I need to be able to swap out accessories and update the look when the urge strikes me. And I have no intention of buying coverlets in different colors - no, thank you!
It's hard to tell from these photos, but this coverlet is very much like the color of my bedroom walls - Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter - not quite grey, not quite beige...it can go either way. Perfect neutral backdrop, as it can work well with either cool or warm accent colors.
Now it's time for the layers....and the color.
Because, let's face it....even though the backdrop is neutral, I am anything but a 'neutral' kind of gal!
"When I am an old woman I will wear purple"...and red, and cobalt blue, and fuchsia, and orange!!
Sorry, I digress.....
I added a little pop of color to the bed by draping a pretty throw at the end. It's a heck of a lot cheaper to buy a new throw when I get tired of the look, than a whole new coverlet or bedspread.
Next some shams in a pretty peacock blue color....and my NYC pillow from Pottery Barn went back on the bed.
The bed is done! Just enough color, while keeping the backdrop soft for spring.
Now it was time to bring in a few more layers around the room, to tie the look together. The runner on the left was my inspiration for the whole look - I fell in love instantly with this runner the second I saw it!
Just look at those gorgeous details - drool worthy!
I knew the runner would be just the thing on my dresser - it would hang down just right, bringing a little extra pop to the room.
The other throw went on the chair in the corner, bringing some subtle color around the room. I would like to eventually change out the furry pillow for something with a bit of yellow in it....but I have nothing yet.
I finally found a new lamp for my dresser, also - remember way back a million years ago when I told you I was looking for one?
Yup, that's the last time I was shopping off the mountain - pathetic, right?
Well, this lamp jumped out at me when I was in Home Goods, and I just knew it would work well on my dresser...and it would complement the two lamps on my end tables as well. Added bonus? It was inexpensive as heck!! Win/Win!
You can't really tell when it's lit, but the shade is a soft blue. Which works right now....but can be easily swapped out when I change to a warmer color palette, as I often do in fall & winter.
The soft blue I used for this spring refresh ties in with the hint of blue in the tiles around the fireplace. I use that color in my master bath as well, so it all flows nicely together.
I find it very peaceful and spa-like, which enhances the whole feeling of my master suite being a peaceful retreat.
As it should be!
It's not a large room, but keeping the backdrop soft makes it feel larger.
And it's certainly big enough for me - what more do I need?
It's come a long, long way from that night a year ago when I finally moved in:
|Master Bedroom - Moving Day 2015|
Look at the poor little pups in the middle of that mess - poor things, they were so confused!
|Guest Room - Moving Day 2015|
Thankfully, I had a bed delivered to the guest room the day before I officially moved in, so there was one calm, quiet place in the house to settle in for the night!
I slept in the guest room for about 4 months while the construction carried on in the master suite.
|Living Room - Moving Day 2015|
Although I had to wait months for my living room furniture to finally arrive, it didn't matter. We had a warm fire, food in the fridge, wine in the wine rack, and a cozy guest room to sleep in.
And we were home.
Finally and forever, home.