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Today was a beautiful day and with it being the last day of July I realized, not for the first time, that the end of summer is just around the corner.  As much as I hate summer’s heat and humidity I love summer because all of my children are home with me all day long.  I miss them when they go to school in the fall and I don’t see them all day long.

Since there is only a month of summer left I decided this morning that we needed to take a walk and enjoy a little picnic.  My kids were thrilled at the idea when I presented it to them and hurried through their chores this morning so that we could walk to the county land near our house and have some time to pick some black berries for our picnic.

Watching them pick berries and listening to them chatter and laugh as they played and ate brought me so much joy.  It was one of those thoroughly enjoyable moments, when my kids were getting along exceedingly well, talking sweetly to each other, laughing at each other’s jokes.  They were even hugging each other and my older daughters were so good at helping my youngest two pick berries and explaining to them how to be careful of the prickers.  It was one of those moments I wanted to freeze in time.

(Yes, I dressed them up a bit for this walk because I haven’t taken summer pictures of them for my wall yet, so decided to do that today as well.)

Here’s our picnic and enjoying our berries.

Some of the many pictures I have to now choose from for my wall…

Making memories with my kids…priceless!

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When my husband is behind the camera, laughter is inevitable.  I can’t help it.  For some reason when he’s playing the photographer for my blog photos we end up laughing hysterically over the littlest thing and I have a hard time holding to my professionalism as a model. 

Did you catch that little joke, “professionalism as a model”?  It’s quite a hilarious statement when you take into fact that 90% of my pictures don’t look like the ones I actually post on here.  Nope, they look something more like this…

…Me trying to hold myself together (Which as you can see, I’m not very good at.), while he continues to snap away and make jokes which make it even harder not to laugh.  As you can tell from some of the photos I just start playing around or, as in the case of the picture below, I just decide to give up and go crazy!

After all the outfit’s been captured and that’s all that really matters, right?  So I’m no Olivia Palermo, oh well, at least I’m having fun!  I’m sure even she has her silly days; and if not I feel bad for her boring life.

A picture of the two of us from Friday night, I love that he makes me laugh!

I wore this outfit on our date to The Olive Garden Friday night.  We’ve been really bad the last couple months at keeping up with our monthly dates so made up for it a bit this weekend.  My parents took our kiddos Friday and Saturday night and we went out to eat both nights.  I’ll post Saturday nights outfit on Thursday’s WIW.  

Besides going out for dinner twice and a little stop by the mall for a little shopping trip where David got new shoes and I got a couple of blouses and a cardigan at Francesca’s (Remember that’s my new favorite store!) for this fall, we were basically lazy in our new room the entire weekend.  It felt so wonderful to just eat, veg, play COD, watch the olympics, movies, soak in our whirlpool bath and just be lazy for an entire weekend.  After late nights and all the hard work we’ve been putting into our home since November we felt we deserved a little R & R.

Oh, I almost forgot on our way to The Olive Garden I just had to stop and get pictures of this beautiful sunflower field.  I love sunflowers!  

My hubby suggested that since I was wearing a yellow top maybe I should take a few pictures of my outfit in front of the sunflowers and I actually managed not to laugh!

(blouse – The Buckle, cami, ring and wedges – Maurices, jeans – GAP, earrings & bracelet – Target)

I opted to show just one of those photos of me because compared to the good times had earlier they weren’t as much fun to share with you.  After all…

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I’m so excited to show you

…what lies behind these doors!

As I’ve said before our goal was to have a beautiful, country chic and romantic bedroom.  We wanted neutral tones so that we could accent with whatever color we wanted too without having to worry about it matching the wall color.

This is the view when you first open the french doors.  The support beams, which we painted white and wrapped in grapevine, are lit with pendant lights that are on a dimmer switch.  The chimney, which we left in the original color of the beautiful brick, proved to be a little difficult to design around but I think we did pretty good!

To the right you see our bed and on the left is our whirlpool.  These are our two favorite parts of our room!

First off the bed…

Because of the low knee walls we built a low platform bed with a mantle headboard that we painted to look antique.  The bed is spread with an ivory quilted coverlet and accent pillows in antique shades that include our first accent color, blue.

(A couple more views of the bed.)

These are the pictures that are on the wall by our bed and my nightstand.  The window frame is an old antique window that was pink.  I stripped the paint and repainted it to give it an antique feeling.  I then edited some of our favorite pictures of us in a sepia tone and printed the saying “Love Me Like There Is No Tomorrow” on card stock (antiquing the card stock as well) and placed them in the window panes.  My nightstand holds a picture of us from last fall and my blue classic Jane Austin’s “Mansfield Park” book.

Our whirlpool bath!  

When we decided to change the attic into our master suite we knew we wanted a whirlpool bath and I am so, so glad we did.  We opted for a corner bath, since it’s nice and big, and surrounded it with framed panels we made and a little step to make getting in and out a little easier.   I placed a blue picnic basket that we received as a wedding gift beside the bath and filled it with a bath mat, towels, washcloths, and a plaque that reads “Happily Ever After” which are all tied up with a big blue ribbon.  The wall sconces and rusted metal mirror add a little romantic feel and lighting to our whirlpool corner.

Hall and window seat.

I love that I have a little reading nook now!  The window seat panel matches the panels on the whirlpool bath.  The top of the window seat lifts up for a little storage area of our feather quilts and extra bedding.

The door on the left is our bathroom…

(I apologize for the odd tones of the pictures.  I think the bright flourescent lighting in the room made it difficult to capture it well.  It’s the same cream as on the trim and ceiling in the main room.)  We plan to build some storage into the knee wall, but opted to wait for awhile and explore more just how we want to do that.  I also would like some decor on the walls in here but haven’t found just the right things yet.

The door on the right side of the hall is our closet…

David’s side is on the right…

(He used an old rake head to hold his belts.)

In the middle is our shoes (I think I may have a few more pair than he does)…

The left is my side…

My favorite part of my side is what’s in the center.  My jewelry & make-up area….

My necklaces hang from drawer knobs screwed into the wall and bracelets surround two old stair spindles cut off to fit in here nicely.

In the top left picture on the very left of my jewelry section is my earring holder that as you can see below is on piano hinges so that it can fold out and display my earrings nicely.  I’m pretty sure I’ll need another one of these on the right side some day soon.

Not shown is a full length mirror on the left side near the door of the closet where I do my make-up which is all organized in the top drawer just below my jewelry area…

Back out into the hall and a view of the room from the window seat and hall

View of entry wall from back corner beside bed…

Pictures of our settee and other furniture and decor on that wall…

This trunk was my great grandmother’s and it holds a vase full of one of my favorite flowers, blue hydrangeas, another picture of us, a pair of antiqued lily candle sticks, and  a “Love is Patient” plaque.  On the floor beside the trunk are blue hydrangea stacking boxes.

In the right pictures is a piece that was love at first sight!  As soon as I saw this settee I knew it was made for our bedroom.  It’s covered in a beautiful script fabric with matching pillows that I added blue ribbons to.  We couldn’t find an end table we liked for beside it yet so as a temporary fix I placed an old bucket upside down on a stool and placed a lamp inside another blue hydrangea stacking box.

In the bottom picture of this set is our television that we framed to look more like an art piece than a television.  The table below it was an old dresser of my great grandmothers.  The top two drawers were irreparable so my husband built bottoms for them and turned them into shelves.  The top of the dresser is adorned with an old family bible, a picture of our hands, a blue pie platter with blue accent balls, and a little jewelry chest my husband made me when we were first dating, way back in 1996.  In the shelves are a couple more plaques that say, “P.S. I Love You” and “Grow Old With Me The Best Is Yet To Come”, the rest of my Jane Austen book collection and a few books that were gifts from my husband while we were dating.

Lastly, my husbands office…

It isn’t complete yet because he’s not sure how he wants to do it but here’s what it looks like now…

I apologize if I overwhelmed you with pictures.   It was so hard to choose what to get pictures of.  I actually wanted to show more but was worried I have too many as it is.  I hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to pin away if you see anything you like.  Also, clicking on any of the photos will allow you to see them bigger if you wish to do so.

To see the before pictures you can look here.  If you are interested in seeing all the thoughts that went into our room you can look herehere, & here.  Also feel free to check out my Pinterest board Dream Master Suite.

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This sums up how I felt yesterday…

If I look tired, it’s because I was.  My youngest two children kept me up all night Tuesday night, so I was a complete zombie yesterday.  I was so zombie-fied that I made very poor company for my friend that I got together with for our kids to have a play date.  I kept dazing out and having to force myself to focus on what was going on and being said around me.  I may have slipped in and out of consciousness a few times.  Sorry, Alyssa, for being so boring yesterday.

Tiredness comes with being a mom, right?  Anyone out there want to tell me when it ends because I don’t remember the last time I actually felt awake.  Most days the fuel is low or, like yesterday, I’m just running on fumes, coasting along praying I can just make it to bedtime when I can finally collapse in my bed.

I felt my outfit of choice yesterday was befitting to my extreme exhaustion and the rainy day that greeted me after my less than four hours of sleep.  I guess you would probably like to see that outfit in color, hu?

Here it goes…

(Everything, except the heels come from Maurices, Heels – (Very Old) Younkers)

As you can see I added a little sparkle to my day with my heels & accessories in hopes that my exhausted mood would follow suit.  Did it work?  Sadly, no.

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(Both the skirt and shirt are old Old Navy items, Sandals, necklace & colored bangle – Maurices, Earrings & other bangles – Claire’s)

For summer I love the boho look and I wear this skirt a lot!  Boho is fun, easy, comfortable and effortlessly pretty.  Thank God for my naturally curly hair that I can just let air dry to look like this.  So thankful that I don’t have to do anything to my hair except apply leave in conditioner to my wet locks to get wavy boho (aka beach) hair.  I’m also thankful that this hair style is cool again.  When I wore it like this in high school I use to get the “Why didn’t you do your hair today?” look.  I guess I was ahead of the times.

I’ve owned both this shirt and skirt for probably 5 years or more.  Gasp!  I know it’s old but it’s still one of my favorite pieces.  Don’t look too closely at the waistline or you’ll see the elastic is becoming quite loose.  Quite loose.  So loose that  it’s constantly falling down as I’m walking.  I really need to fix it but haven’t seen tan elastic to replace it with so I wear it and just keep hiking it up.

The kids and I were out for a little walk on the trail near our home to pick some flowers this day and when my oldest daughter spotted a little patch of Brown Eyed Susan’s she knew I would love a bouquet of them.  They are one of my favorite flowers!  So simple and beautiful, not to mention fall colored!  I put one behind my ear and my youngest needed one too.  Luckily Gabrielle still had the camera and captured me putting one behind Elizabeth’s ear.  It’s one of my new favorite pictures of her and I!

*Skirt last seen here

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Romantic chic was what we wanted out of our bedroom.  Simple, beautiful, romantic. A sanctuary that had a hotel suite or romantic Bed & Breakfast feel to it.  A room we never wanted to leave.

Before deciding on a color for our bedroom I started researching quilts because that would help decide which color paint I wanted on the walls.  I loved these quilts…

The problem was that I loved them all so much that I couldn’t decide on which one I liked so I decided that I needed to do a neutral tone in our bedroom so that I could change-up the quilts as I wanted to and the color would match all of them.

The next step, was to then google neutral toned bedrooms to get some inspiration.

Since we have white trim in every other room of our home we wanted to continue with that in our new room so we knew we wanted a darker neutral tone on the wall like in the last picture rather than white on white like the middle two rooms.  I also noticed another thing about these neutral toned bedrooms that I was really liking.  A neutral toned quilt with a splash of color at the foot of the bed with a folded quilt…beautiful!  I was now shopping for a neutral toned quilt.

Finding the perfect neutral toned quilt was harder than one might think.  I ordered and sent back so many cream/ivory quilts over a two month span that I lost count.  I just couldn’t find the right one.  Either I didn’t like the color (too buttery, too white, some were just plain yellow) or once seeing the quilt up close, rather than in a picture, I didn’t like the quilting pattern on the quilt.  I finally found the perfect quilted coverlet at a local Bed Bath & Beyond.

Now we had our quilt and paint color and it was on to what style bed we wanted.  David like the idea of a platform bed so that we didn’t have to buy a box spring because our knee walls would be too low for a bed frame, box spring and mattress.  We looked at lots of images like these…

However, I was quickly discovering that most platform beds are way to modern looking for my antique country taste.  Also, none of them fit that “romantic chic” look we were looking for.  We knew we wanted a platform bed but it was apparent we’d have to make it ourselves to get the antiqued, country look we like.

We continued searching what other beds frames we liked to see what we wanted to incorporate into our platform bed.

Drapes always add a very romantic feel to a bed, but how would we do this with our knee wall and vaulted ceiling?

We also liked the nook bed but once again, how to do it with knee walls and a vaulted ceiling?

I saw this idea on Pinterest, using an old door as a headboard and since I have a couple of those around we thought that might be a neat idea.

This mantel headboard is BEAUTIFUL but we thought our knee wall was too short, that after you put the pillows on the bed you wouldn’t see it anyway.

So maybe we should just make a plain fabric headboard since it probably wouldn’t be seen by anyone but us.

What color did we paint our room?  What does the quilt I deemed “perfect” look like?  What bed style did we decide upon? You’ll have to come back next Monday when I finally reveal our dream master suite!  I’m so stinking excited to share it with you all!!!  I confess I haven’t even taken the pictures yet because I know if I had pictures I would have posted it before now, LOL.

If you are interested in checking out all the things I pinned as ideas for our bedroom, please feel free to do so here.

*All pictures have been linked back to their original home page as long as I was able to do so.

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(Tee – Charlotte Russe, Shorts – American Eagle (similar), Heeled Sandals – Maurices)

Honestly, there is no theory, I just like the title.  Though if I were to come up with a theory to go along with this post it would be…

A shirt with a beautiful bright big bloom, uniquely designed with a single bat sleeve, when seen by a woman will be bought immediately.

I, obviously, turned that theory into a fact when purchasing this tee at Charlotte Russe last summer!  I loved the colors and the uniqueness of the shirt, with the one sleeve shorter than the bat sleeve side that is tied off at the waist.  Ahh…the wisdom of philosophical me to buy such a gorgeous shirt!

*Big bloom tee last seen here.

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