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Family Friday: I Owe You One

Family Friday

… A new series.

Last weekend I had all intentions of heading over to Jo-Ann to buy supplies for several projects I have in mind. Somehow I never got around to it and haven’t found the time to go this week either. So, that brings us to Friday with nothing new for me to share. I have good intentions to go this Saturday though.

Last week I shared the final reveal of our master bedroom. Which included lots of photos. In my attempt to not overstimulate you visually I had to refrain from including some pictures. One of the pictures that didn’t make the cut was my wedding portrait.

You can sort of see it in the picture above but it’s not a good close up.

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This picture was taken just a few hours before our wedding on March 10, 2007. I was twenty-two and a little nervous. Haha! I didn’t get nervous until the night before the big day. Sleep the night before your wedding day is overrated anyway, right?

The portrait hangs on my side of the bed and is one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. When we were selecting the wall color one of the things that clenched the Sherwin William color Rain for us was that it pulled from the blue of the hydrangeas in the portrait.

I’ll share more about our wedding day another time. In a nutshell… I walked down the aisle, we said our vows, exchanged rings, were pronounced man and wife, and then kissed. You know how it goes. It was a special day to us with lots of memories though.

I apologize for not sharing more pictures of me… basically leaving some of you in the dark as to what I actually might look like. It’s kind of hard when I am the one handling the camera most of the time. Maybe one day I will do an “All About Me” post to make up for it.

I have good intentions of putting one of those About Me widgets on the right hand toolbar. I haven’t found one I like yet though. Does anybody have a good WordPress one? If so, do you have to use your avatar or will any picture work?

Thanks Jessica for requesting to see my wedding portrait. If you haven’t ever checked out Jessica’s blog Stay at Home-ista hop on over there right now. She has an amazing house out in California with some spectacular views. Seriously, you are missing out if you haven’t visited her yet.

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Master bedroom

Pillow Party

Linda at It All Started with Paint is hosting a Pillow Party today. I was so excited when I received an invite to it last week. The little gears in my head started spinning, thinking of what to do: make a pillow, sew a pillow sham, pin inspiration pillows, find an Etsy pillow shop, or just go buy one.

Well because it’s been a busy week around here (isn’t it always?), I opted for the easiest solution and went pillow shopping. It was really perfect timing because I have been meaning to buy an accent pillow for our bed ever since we bought our duvet cover last year.

Our master bedroom has been a slow work in progress. By progress I mean the only thing we have done is buy a new duvet and cover last year. That’s all the TLC this room has received in the past four and a half years. Well technically not all… we did take advantage of a sale at Lowe’s last year and purchase paint. The can is still unopened.

The color is Sherwin Williams Rain. Since our furniture is such a dark wood tone, we think a lighter color on the walls will make the area seem larger. Plus the subtle tint of blue will give the room a calming effect. And with a name like Rain doesn’t it just make you want to lay in bed all day (possibly with Noah’s sound machine set to the ocean)? Anyway, hopefully one of these days we will actually get around to painting the room. Until then, there are pillows!

Random side note: I find it strange that I am so excited about painting our bedroom such a light and airy color. Growing up I always dreamed of having a bedroom with black walls and blackout curtains. I know… not exactly the bedroom you would find on the cover of Southern Living or Dwell, but it would have been perfect at the time since I suffered from so many migraines. Thankfully, by God’s grace I have rid myself of them (more on that here) and can now openly embrace a light and airy bedroom with sheer curtains!

I was hoping to find an accent pillow at IKEA the other week. Nothing really caught my eye though. Even though we are going for a clean and simple look, I want to throw in a little pop of color with the accent pillow. Isn’t that what they are for anyway? So when I started thinking of places to shop for pillows, I remembered that Pier One had some really bold and vibrant ones the last time I was in there (which amazingly wasn’t that long ago).

So Noah and I headed out with a swatch of Sherwin Williams Rain to Pier 1 Imports. Carrying a sample of your paint color is always good because sometimes our brains aren’t the best at remembering exactly what the color looks like, especially with blues and greens because our eyes can perceive way more tints and shades than with reds and yellows.

I found several different pillows to choose from that worked with our paint color.

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Some I really liked but was afraid it would look to Summery. I really want one that will work all year long.

My eyes kept coming back to this little guy though.

It had the cool blues and greens but also had a few extra pops of color throughout. Just what I felt like the room needed!

I had a little moment of “Oh, no! Is this the one? What if it doesn’t look good? Which one would Michael Luke pick? Should I call him? Text him a picture? Help!” Then I reminded myself that this world has bigger problems than what pillow will look best on my bed… and besides, I could return it if it didn’t look good.

Once we got home and I could see it on our bed, I knew it was the right choice.

I love how the touch of red in it works so well with the dark stain of the bed. I also love how well it pops against our white duvet.

Here’s a close up shot.

And as an added bonus, I took a close up pic of the detail stitching on the duvet cover.

And since I haven’t painted the walls yet, here it is beside the color the wall will hopefully be soon!

I think it is going to look great. Especially, when we get the wall sconces put up that I bought last week on my birthday trip to IKEA.

We are waiting until after the walls get painted before hanging them up.

So what do you think? Have you done any minor pillow transformations lately? Or have plans to your bedroom?

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