I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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The Blue Room | Before & After

The “Blue Room” is what I like to call our bedroom. When we first moved into our house, I’ll be honest, I hated our bedroom. It was dark, it seemed smaller than it really was, and it just didn’t make me feel happy being in it. Plus, since our house was a short sale the previous owners clearly did not care how they left the condition of the house because it was pretty messy. Even though I scrubbed the house when we moved in, I still find other remnants from them or other mistakes that they made when they were making the house “sell-able” (paint all over the trim and ceilings, food stuffed in the way back between shelves in the cupboards, etc.). Anyways, I decided to give our room a makeover.

Ever since we came back from Jamaica (our honeymoon), Paul and I have had a small case of homesickness (from Jamaica). He’ll even tell you that – it’s not just me. So when I started thinking of how I could transform the bedroom, I began thinking of how relaxing, calming, and beautiful our hotel room was in Jamaica. There were blues, yellows, and whites – ocean colors. It sounds magical, I know. I found a paint color I liked (Paul will probably not agree with this – he’s still getting used to it – love you!! :)) called Jamaican Aqua (perfect, right?!). One day when Paul was gone I decided to tackle the bedroom walls. Holy moley, longest day of my life. But it was completely worth it (for me anyways – like I said, Paul is still getting used to it).

Since our house was built in the early 1990’s, it is saturated with orange wood. UGH. The trim. The floors. The paneling (the entire inside of our garage – INCLUDING OUR GARAGE DOORS – are orange paneling). The cupboards. The stair railing. The windows. The doors. Omigoodness, everything is ORANGE. Which looks horrible next to blue (I don’t care that orange-ish eye shadow makes blue eyes look bluer – it was not a good look in our house). It only took us about about 10 months to start painting the bedroom trim white (that’s sarcasm). Then it only took another 5 months to start painting the doors white. And it’s FINALLY FINISHED!!! However, the decorating never ends. :)

Oh…these colors just make me all sad.

PLEASE excuse the HUGE pile of clothes on my bed. I literally grabbed everything and threw it on the bed – I know my mom is cringing at this photo. :)

Doesn’t this just make you oh so happy?!

I got the lamp and table from HomeGoods and the pillows from Target.

This is one of my favorite things about this room. Another HomeGoods find.

Paul’s pretty amazing. He bought me this digital petite baby grand on Craigslist. :) Obviously this wall needs a little help – that just means more decorating!!

The painting is one of our treasures from our honeymoon. I call the area on the right our “Travel Wall.” I bought the chandelier at the local vintage shop.


My newest find – the poster of Italy is from Zulily.

All of my little loves on my piano (except for Chase – still need a photo of him!!)

This painting is a lovely find from Kirklands, my other favorite go-to store (I’m getting my office chair from them tomorrow – oh happy day!!). Also, don’t mind the dusty mirror – this is real life people!

We spray painted the hardware in the bedroom with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray from Home Depot.

Another favorite thing about our bedroom: the sunsets. :)

I strongly believe that decorating in a way that makes you happy makes all the difference in how you feel about your home. It may sound weird but every time I walk into our room I smile a little. :) Here’s a quote I found on Pinterest today and I think it fits perfectly with today’s post:

“Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” –  Albert Hadley