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Craving Clean & Simple

Monday, September 26, 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was nice.  After the rain passed and we were able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  Yesterday I picked up some humongous mums in a burnt orange and cannot wait to plant them in our urns on the front porch.  I have never been a mum person, but for some reason I wanted to give them a try this year.  I am also looking forward to sprucing up the window boxes with some cheerful white pansies very soon.  Hopefully I will share more on that later this week.


My mind is racing with lots of little things that I want to do around the house.  My goal is to be caught up by the holidays which will be here soon, by the way.  I know we all joke about our rooms never being finished, but doesn't a finished room sound dreamy?  A room where you sit there and think, wow, this is perfect.  Am I dreaming or do people really say this?  Sometimes I wish I was more like my clients and would just finish something.  One area that has been under construction is the master bedroom.  How many of you are gagging at the mere mention of my bedroom yet again?  It has been a place for experimenting with bookshelves, bedding, and burlap which was all well and good, but now I am ready to settle down and enjoy a serene space for once and for all.  The bedding that I mentioned in an earlier post once again turned out to be too busy for my taste so out it went.  Also, I was tossing around paint colors for a while and even asked for your advice.  Thank you for bringing me back down to earth and convincing me to go with a lighter color.  I have chosen Frosty White by Sherwin Williams.

 Fearrington (this is not the color...I just wanted you to see the gorgeous mantel)

Frosty White is on the same strip as the color I initially fell in love with (Aloof Gray) at Fearrington Village near Chapel Hill.  I painted our dining room a shade down on that same strip with Sensible Hue.  I really like that strip of grays.

Hoping to keep myself on task, I made a mood board.  It is really the bare bones, but that is kinda what I want now.  A clean simple oasis without a lot of fuss.  Anybody else out there craving a clean and simple oasis?  So here it is....


So far, I have the pillows, bedding, rug, and mirrors.  I am currently hitting the vintage venues for some special lamps and maybe even some cool pierced mid-century ones if they fit the budget.  Now for matchstick/bamboo shades and paint.  I would also like to add a few pillows to the window seat in monochromatic shades.  And, I'm considering a little diy art canvas inspired by one of these lovelies

I'm off to the paint store.  Have a great day!
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20 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see it all come together. I like the clean and simple look!

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  2. me, too! i am going to go for clean and simple in the next house..... but then i see these beautiful colorful designs and my mind gets all jumbled! i just need to come back to this post as a reminder.

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  3. Such a pretty mood board! I'm also craving something light and restful for our master, but probably won't make any changes until spring. The heavier, warmer colors just work when the wind is howling, and the snow is coming down. Love the palette you've chosen! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Rene...I am excited to see your bedroom come together. Yes...I agree a finished room would be fantastic.....let me know when you figure out how to leave well enough alone :)

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  5. We are slowly (more slowly than I would like, of course) working through our rooms. We finally bought a rug for the dining room to finish it off and I am so pleased. We are waiting on a chair to arrive for the living room and it will be complete!

    Our Master, though, is 3 rooms down the list and I will be so glad to have a calm, serene place to go. It keeps me dreaming!

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  6. Hi Rene,

    That mantel is gorgeous ~ love those lanterns!!

    xoxo

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  7. I love where you are going with this, Rene - I want to curl up, crawl into bed and move into your mood board right now! :)

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  8. I hear you with never being finished...the curse of a creative spirit! I am loving the serene space. And do love that color for the walls. Good luck getting in touch with your zen side:)

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  9. Rene, your moodboard is gorgeous! I especially love the trimmed-out shades of the lamps. Serenity, indeed.

    And, yes, like you, I've never been able to say, "Okay, this room is done. Moving on..." I'm sort of okay with that, too. Every room should evolve like we do as humans.

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  10. I hear you, Rene! I also need by bedroom to be light, airy and free of lots of pattern. Maybe you should add bedrooms to your link party and that will inspire us all to get cracking!

    Love the sunburst mirrors above the lamps. And of course, I'd be so interested to see what you do with some DIY art!
    Camille

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  11. I love where you are going with your bedroom. I can take a nap in your mood board!

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  12. Rene, I love the idea of a "finished space." I think I am too restless for it to ever happen though.

    I like the soft palette and simplicity of the design for your bedroom. I can't wait to see how it turns out, good luck!

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  13. Clean and simple all the way! I am feeling the frenzy as well and hope to get caught up to enjoy the holidays. So funny as I approached my son's room more like a client . . .board and all and it really helped keep me on top of it. So much harder with ourselves. Your room looks like it will be such a gorgeous haven. Excited to see it all come together.

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  14. I really like the mood board Rene. It looks so calming and serene. I completely agree about finishing rooms. I NEVER feel like any room in my house is finished. I don't think I'll ever change!

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  15. rene, i love the plans! i'm all about clean and simple! too much fuss it often times too much. love what your doing!

    ashley over @
    {hookedonhickory}

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  16. Rene, I have been craving clean and simple lately, too, and dreaming about changing our bedroom a bit. As I get older I seem to be drawn to having less "stuff" and having a more simple look to a space, especially a bedroom. I love the look you are going for in your bedroom. Very peaceful and calming - a heavenly retreat! Great paint color and beautiful pillows. Have a great week.

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  17. I'm with you. I love my bedroom, but lately I've been finding myself wishing that it was a bit more luxurious and serene. I love what you've put together here.

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  18. I would love a simple oasis - I'm right there with you. I had set a goal to be done our bedroom by November. I hope I can do it. I love the mood board you put together - you're halfway there already!

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  19. Love clean and simple!! And I am with you on never feeling things are "finished" enough!! Take care, Caroline

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  20. So awesome, Rene. A clean, simple oasis sounds perfect right now. A kind of Calgon-take-me-away sort of room!

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