My Master Bedroom in the "Designer in You" Contest.

I would be so humbled and appreciative if you could take a second and vote for my Master Bedroom, Here.  

My Master Bedroom has been entered into This contest at MSN Lifestyle.
I ususally don't enter contests so, asking for votes is all new to me.  Thank you in advance.  

Here are a few more pictures of the Master Bed and Bath...

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Please don't forget to go Here and Vote.
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Thank you.

Custom Art, You Can Do It!

I am a firm believer anyone can create beautiful, meaningful custom art to display in their home. 

You don't have to be a talented Artist, or professional Photographer, or have a huge budget to purchase someone elses' work to have one-of-a-kind, gorgeous Art.

Case in Point...
(Ethan Allen)

These oversized framed photos from Ethan Allen are lovely.  I'm sure many people have paid a pretty penny for them. 

Using my digital camera and my very basic photography skills, I was able to create a similar version.  

I snapped these black and white photos on a recent trip to our family cottage in Northern Michigan, where our family spends a lot of time together...

 I had them blown up (extra, extra large) at 
 I found three large chunky black frames at the Goodwill...

...and used poster board to create my own mats. 

The only difference between the pricey Ethan Allen version and mine, besides the cost, is that mine have meaning to me and my family.

You can't put a price on "warm and fuzzies".

Just remember, size matters.  
The bigger, the more impact your photographs have.

Do you have a favorite place where you and your family have created memories? If you do, and you have a camera... you have custom Art in the making... 

My Daughters Room

My Daughter went on a surprise trip this week to Greenwich, Ct. and New York City with her Grannie.


While she is gone...

I am taking the opportunity to clean out her room and spruce it up a bit.  

Her Bedroom was designed a few years ago.

The original room can been seen over at Rate My Space.

The design was centered around her love of horses and the dot bedding she chose. 
She has grown up a bit since then. 
I think it's important that her room grow with her. 

A few of the changes I made this week include the addition of the zebra print.  
She picked it out on a recent trip to the fabric store and asked me to incorporate it into her room.

I used it on the bed,  

and as a background for some of her favorite photos.

The Jewelry box was a thrift store find.

 I gave it a coat of spray paint to coordinate with her room.

The stars were a Martha Stewart kit.  

We hung them up at Christmas time and decided to keep them around for a while. 

Her desk was made from a Vintage Four Post Bed.  It no longer fit into her room.  
 It had a lot of sentimental value to her
 so we repurposed it into this floating desk. 

We picked up this acrylic chair for the desk to add a little contemporary fun to the space. 

The magnetic boards were made using MDF, flashing and fabric.

I am very excited for her to come home... 

However, it's been fun playing in her room!

Linking up to:

The Red Dresser

I found this dresser at a local thrift store.  It wasn't vintage, it wasn't a super deal I couldn't refuse, it wasn't even cute.  Somehow, it made it's way home with me.


Lately, I've been admiring brightly painted furniture.
I was really inspired by This Buffet- Turned Media Console.  
The green she chose is amazing.

I went with Lipstick Red.  I was going to post a tutorial on the painting process but, why recreate the wheel?  Especially when there is an awesome tutorial like this one already out there.  

My red dresser is our new buffet server/bar in our lower level Family Room. 

If you are looking for a pop of color, 

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