Master Bedroom Update

I am slowly making progress on decorating the master bedroom. Here’s what it looked like the last time I blogged about it:


I am hoping to get the master decorated and fully furnished before moving onto the nursery. When we first moved in, I was going to go with a taupe, cream, and grey colour scheme. I just felt it wasn’t interesting enough though so I scouted out a fabric that could be a jumping off point for a new scheme.
I found this:

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And my new colour scheme was born: navy, grey, blue, white, and a hit of chartreuse!
I bought some new throw pillows for the bed and had some custom drapes made. These were both courtesy of Tonic Living which is fast becoming my favourite place to visit on the internet!
Here’s what the master looks like now:
IMG_3542 IMG_3546And I replaced the console in this corner with this old desk from my university days:
IMG_3547This piece was in the guest room that will eventually be the nursery so I am slowly dismantling the room. I have plans for the desk but that will come in another post!
We ordered a sectional sofa for the bedroom back in January and we’re still waiting for it to arrive! Once the room is totally finished, I will share another update.

Thanks for reading!

Mister Master

Or is it a missus?
So far the renovations I’ve shown you have been pretty basic. The master bedroom/bathroom were where the major renovations happened upstairs. There is a lot to go through so I’ll show you the master bedroom this week and the master bath/closet next week.
This is what the room looked before:

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This was the only room in the house where we moved walls – to accommodate a larger walk-in closet! We also took out the double french doors and replaced them with one door that matched the rest of the doors in the house. The layout used to look like this:

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 And this is the layout now:

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In addition to moving the walls and taking out one of the doors, we also:
  • Replaced the baseboards and trim. We stained the baseboards, trim and doors with “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore.
  • Scraped the “popcorn” ceilings and painted/retextured. Again, we used “Cloud White”.
  • Painted the walls. The colour we used was Spider’s Web by Dulux.
  • Replaced the carpet.
  • Replaced the ceiling fan with a chandelier for a little bling.
Here is a few pics of how the room progressed:

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This guy was hanging out in the room when the clean up began. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of him. I kinda wish my vacuum came with a face and a name (are you listening, Dyson?!)
Here is the room now:
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Obviously, the room needs some work! We bought a king sized bed and used our night tables and console table from the old house, but we’ll have to buy more furniture. We’ll do that when we’ve saved some money again! I would like to putting a small seating area in the corner and perhaps a low long console table for display items on the other wall. Then of course, I’ll need to get drapes, artwork, new bedding (we’re using our queen sized coverlet still), etc., etc. I’ll post an update when I finally get the money/time/energy to finish it off! In the meantime, it’s a good place to have pre-bedtime dance parties (yes, that happens)!

Thanks for reading y’all!


Saturday Night Sister Bonding

My sister, Karissa, and I tackled a reupholstering project last night. What is the only thing more exciting than spending a Saturday night with my label maker? Spending it with my  shiny new staple gun! Giddy up!

My sister wanted to turn this little table into a bench to sit at the foot of her bed:

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If you are interested in a project like this, here’s what you’ll need:

1. Fabric ( we used 1 yard but this depends on how big the surface is that you are covering)

2. Foam Cushioning

3. Batting

4. Adhesive (we used a glue gun)

5. Staple Gun

6. Patience

7. Chocolate

The last two items are essential to the project…seriously!


Step 1: Remove the legs from the bench/table


Step 2: Iron your fabric (If you like this fabric, you can purchase the fabric here and for heaven’s sake, please google “ coupon code” before you buy – why spend more money than you have to?!)


Step 3: Measure and cut the foam padding. Glue it to the surface of your bench.



Did the foam padding fly everywhere or did I forget to use Head and Shoulders that morning? I’ll let you stew over that one…

Step 4: Measure and cut the batting


Step 5: Using your staple gun, staple the batting onto the bench and trim off any excess.


My bro in-law suggested we wear safety googles after he suspected that neither of us had a clue how to work a staple gun. We only had one pair so my sister is sporting a pair of batman ski goggles. Sweet.


Step 6: Using the staple gun, staple the fabric to the bench. We started in the middle of each side and worked our way outwards. We did all four sides and left the corners until the very end. For some helpful tips on stapling, check out this blog.



The corners were really tricky – we had excess fabric on the corners and had difficulty getting them to look tidy which led to step 7.

Step 7: Mutual sister meltdown.

Three hours into the project and 11:00 at night, I lost it. This is what it looked like:


Shortly thereafter, my sister had a meltdown too. Given my state of mind, I was unable to catch photographic evidence of hers. Luckily, we both recovered quickly (that’s what the chocolate was for) and we powered through the last step!

Step 8: We placed legs back on the bench. For many of you wanting to tackle a project like this, you will be done at this point. Because we were turning a table into a bench, we had to work with the sides of the table. If we just trimmed the fabric, it would have stuck out. We pondered over what to do here and ended up rolling up the excess fabric and stapling it again to create a piping effect:


Here’s the finished result:

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Considering this was both our first time reupholstering, I think we did a bang-up job! I think Karissa was happy to have  my moral support (and someone else to operate the staple gun as she jumped every time it went off)! We both have the reupholstering bug now and are planning on re-covering our dining chairs.

Thanks everyone for reading and thanks to my sister for being a part of my blog (should I invite her back, people?!)

Where The Magic Happens Part II

So I began showing you the master bedroom a couple of weeks ago and I had left off showing you the drapes. Here’s the rest:

The espresso wood bedframe was swapped out for a cream fabric headboard with a silver nailhead detail:




The headboard is from Urban Barn and the style is “Duchess” – I was able to pick the fabric and the colour of the nailheads.

I purchased the fabric for the pillows from and Designer Fabrics and had my drape lady whip some up for me (I, unfortunately, cannot sew to save my life).


There was really no need for a dresser in the master as both the mister and I have separate closets, but I wanted a piece of furniture for the wall that the bed faces. I spotted this console table from West Elm and lusted after it for several months:


Unfortunately, it was too long for the space. Well, then I got a bee in my bonnet that I needed a console table for that wall. It seems that most are a standard length though and I couldn’t find one short enough to fit. So, the mister and his father took matters into their own hands and built this spectacular piece:


Apparently, it took some 8 cans of high gloss white spray paint to achieve the desired result. It now has a beautiful home in the master:


Finally, in the corner of the room I added in a sitting chair and this little ceramic side table:


One final view:


I still need to tweak bits and pieces. I want to create some sort of vignette on the console table, spruce up the items on the bedside tables, and add in some more art…another project for another day!

Thanks all for reading!

Where The Magic Happens Part I

On MTV Cribs, whenever the celebrity leads the audience to the master bedroom, they always say, “And this is where the magic happens.” I am not sure what kind of magic they are referring to (wink wink nudge nudge ) BUT I am referring to yet another amazing transformation in my crib.  I’m going to talk about the master bedroom in two parts because there’s a lot to tell you and I don’t want this post to go on forever.

When we moved into the house, the master looked like this:


(this isn’t our furniture – this was one of the pictures in the real estate listing)

And then there was this atrocity:


What can I say about this? Well, I guess I don’t like the idea of taking a dump in a bathroom without a door. It kind of ruins the magic when your spouse accidentally barges in on you. I’ll leave it at that.

Needless to say, we closed in the master ensuite and added a pocket door so that it now looks like this:


Once that was done, it was really just a matter of a decorating it to my taste. I’ve mentioned before that I am a huge Sarah Richardson fan and I took my inspiration from this room she did several years ago on Design Inc.:

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I love the yellow and grey colour scheme. I was so infatuated with the wallpaper that Sarah used that I tracked it down and purchased it myself. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son and it’s called “Rajapur”.  I found it online and discovered that the best price was through a UK company Fabrics & Papers. Here’s a better view of the wallpaper:


We painted the walls “Spider’s Web” by ICI Dulux Paint (which matches the lighter colour in the wallpaper) and then wallpapered the wall which the bed sits against.

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(sorry, the picture was taken on an old cell phone and it’s not the best quality).

I had the drapes custom made with a fabric that I purchased from (I love this website – great deals and you can almost always find a discount by googling “ promo code”).


The only things to do after were this were replace the headboard, finish furnishing the room, and add some artwork – I will share that with you next week.  Thanks for reading!

Also, would anyone like me to list the places where I bought my furniture/accessories?