ORC: Master Bedroom Final Reveal

Reveal week of the One Room Challenge is here! The whole thing flew by so quickly and what a crazy whirlwind. I still can't believe it's over. As the weeks came rushing by, I prayed for time to slow down so I could get everything done that was on my list. That didn't happen! Well let's recap why this was such a crazy time...  I was out of town a few weekends and that put a big damper on room renovations. Then it was near impossible to work on the room during the week because of school kicking my butt and other commitments. Add in trying to take pictures of the room with this time change and you've got yourself a disaster. Excuse my melodramatic self but we only get natural light in the room in the morning or early afternoon, so by the time I get home from work the room is pitch black. That's why you'll notice different coloring in some of the pictures. I still wanted to capture parts of the room but couldn't get the lighting I wanted. Oh well, it happens! That's why I'm not a pro at this! :)

Here are the previous ORC posts:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 5
Week 6

Overall, linking up with Calling It Home for the One Room Challenge was such a great experience. It got my creative juices flowing and it was so fun to see Mark get so into it. He was a HUGE help on the room and would even help me clean so we could pictures each week. The painting and the shiplap wall could not have been done without him either. No one wants to see me with a nail gun. THANK YOU Mark!

Now, what you've all been waiting for... the room reveal! I don't blame ya if you skipped all this jibber jabber above because the pictures are what you really want to see.

Oh hello Oli!

What do you think?? I am in LOVE with how it turned out!  The room looks so much more cohesive and just serene. I actually like spending time in here now :)

Finally adding a bed really helped to make the room feel more put together. Who would have thought lol??? Also, the headboard is perfect for this space and super comfy too. Even changing the placement of the throw pillows makes it look so much better haha! We are still trying to figure out what to put above the bed though. Originally I wanted this Be Still sign but then wanted to make a sign myself. Then I changed my mind again when I thought of putting a distressed white ship's wheel above the bed. Mark thinks he can make one so that's next on the list of things to do. That's if I can finally make a decision!

salt cellar

The wall color is perfect and I am so glad that we didn't go darker. The lighter sea foam color really brightens the dark room and the white trim looks perfect. It's so hard to get an accurate picture of it though but it pulls a greenish-blue color that is super pretty. When you see it against the white shiplap wall it pops more.




I always use books I'm actually reading on the nightstand. I can't style things that aren't functional to me because it just doesn't end up staying there for long. The paintings above the nightstands are from HomeGoods and I bought them on a whim a few months back. I really love how they turned out. They are beachy but not seashell beachy, ya know? Also, ignore the coaster... I know it isn't cute but it's functional lol.



lantern   |   similar plaque

cotton stems
I LOVE this jug from Kirkland's but I can't find the same one online. It was under $20 and looks great!

I moved a couple items around on the larger dresser (as you can see above). I need to add some flowers to the jar, that was originally by the lantern, so I took it out for now. Styling a room is always a work in progress. I have always like decorating with personal items instead of just picking out a bunch of stuff that goes together. Sometimes that strategy goes really well and other times it's hodge-podged. I feel like it looks more cohesive than it did before but like I said, a work in progress. 

similar plaque 
I have an S-shaped hook all ready to go to add a Christmas wreath to the metal and wood plaque. Can't wait! 



I'm not in love with the frame around this picture so hopefully we can change it out. The painting is just an odd size and we will have to get a custom frame. I really like the painting though and want to keep it because it reminds me of living in San Diego. 



the anchor was a gift from my mother in law a couple years back

we changed out all the light fixtures except for that one lol

This is right by our closet- one of my favorite songs :)

We still haven't found a bench so I just moved our original bench near the doorway and I love how it there. I added a couple lanterns and some throw pillows to give a cozy look. Hopefully we can still find another bench to put at the end of our bed. Also, I can't find the metal tin shown above on Kirkland's website and the lanterns are from our wedding. I love repurposing items!

Head on over to see the other guest participants :)

Planner Favorites

I am a self-proclaimed planner lover.  It's something that brings me joy and yes, I know that makes me a total nerd and I totally own that lol.  There's just something about starting out my week knowing exactly what I have going on that just helps me to feel calm and collected. And then add in some cute stickers and fun pens and I'm officially in my happy place!

Some of you have reached out and asked about my favorite planner goodies so I thought I would share them on here. If you aren't a paper-planner person, then this post probably isn't for you but you should stay around because something might catch your eye. :) Maybe I'll convert you to love my paper-planning ways!


A question I get asked a lot is what kind of planner I use. I am an Erin Condren planner girl and have used them for several years.  Yes, there are cheaper options out there but I really like the layout of Erin Condren, the size of the Life planner, the thickness of the paper, and the overall quality of the book. I've had three and each one has made it through the entire year. I am close to ordering another one for next year but I am waiting for Black Friday/ Cyber Monday because I am hoping they have a deal.

I use the horizontal layout because it's easier to write everything in and just works better for me. The vertical version is very popular in the planner world but it just wasn't my fave. There's also an hourly version, a teacher plan book, a hardbound planner, a deluxe monthly planner, and more.

If you are interested in buying one click here for my referral link. You will receive a $10 gift certificate after your first purchase. Pretty awesome deal!

Covers & Accessories 

buy it here

Another fun perk of the Erin Condren planners are the customizable and interchangeable covers. Sometimes you just want to change it up and to be honest, after 6-8 months, my cover is in need of a facelift. The Erin Condren covers are only $8, so not bad at all. Recently I found a new website for planner accessories that I really like called Stylish Planner Accessories. The covers are all hand drawn and are so unique and beautiful. They are a little more expensive than the Erin Condren covers but worth the splurge. Also, she always has a free wallpaper for each season and they are so cute! Go check out the November version!

I just recently got this cute planner clip and I'm in love. So adorable for Christmas!



Like I said before, I like the whole plethora of planner accessories, stickers being one of them.  I don't go totally nuts and do the whole "no white space" planning because it's a little too intense for me. However, I like to use accent stickers for events and important info throughout the week and then of course a cute checklist as well.
Some of my favorite sticker shops on Etsy:
FireFly Paper
Little Paper Prints
Virgo & Paper
It's Planning Time
Planning Roses


Since you will most likely be writing on stickers in your journals, it's important to have pens that don't smear or bleed through. My favorites are the Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie Permanent Markers for vinyl stickers and the Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens for writing on paper. I've tried a ton of pens and these are the best!

Weekend Recap {Wooster/ Quinn visit}

Hey everyone! Happy Monday! We had a fun-packed weekend with family visiting. Thankfully Aunt Kathy is amazing with capturing everything in pictures so prepare yourself for a great weekend recap. Thanks Kathy!

On Thursday, the Woosters and Tracy got to the house after work and we headed to Rockafellers on recommendation from Becky. Thank you! The food was delicious and the view was beautiful. Afterwards we got some ice cream and headed home. It was pretty dang cold out but when you're craving ice cream, you're craving ice cream!

On Friday, we ventured out to Norfolk to see the USS Wisconsin. The museum was super interesting and it was neat to see what it would be like to live on a ship. Afterwards, we went over to the Waterside District for lunch. We ended up eating at the Smokehouse and had the most delicious nachos. Fun fact about me: nachos are one of my favorite things to eat. SO good! We had some time to kill so we went to my favorite store, Kirkland's, to check out their Veteran's day sales. We got a couple of Christmas goodies but for the most part I was able to refrain from going nuts.  :)

Our last stop for the night was the Million Bulb Walk at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. It was so beautiful and definitely got me in the holiday spirit. It was soooo cold out though. I was not prepared for it to be this chilly outside already. Thankfully Mark packed extra layers for me so we had plenty to go around. Plus the peppermint mocha from Starbucks helped too!

freezing people!

On Saturday, I wasn't feeling very well so I stayed home while Kathy, Mark, and Tracy went to Colonial Williamsburg. Their pictures looked like so much fun though. I made black bean flautas for dinner and we had a cozy night in by the fire.

Sunday, was spent at the Cape Henry Lighthouse and then at the Bodacious Bazarre in Hampton Roads. I was so disappointed by the Bazarre because I was expecting more cute crafty things. They just didn't have much that I liked but I did get a couple of Christmas items. Oh well, still fun to experience something new!

We had such a fun visit with Kathy, Mark, and Tracy! Thanks for coming to visit us in our new home :)

One Room Challenge: Week 6

Hey everyone! It's week 6 of the One Room Challenge and holy moly it's going by so quickly. I can't believe it's almost time for the reveal! Well, technically we should be done this week but everyone was given an extra week and I am SO thankful for that bonus time.  The room is definitely coming along and I am loving the results but we still need a bench and two chairs for the room. It's been very difficult to find chairs that are within our budget and that we really like for our room. I don't want to just buy something for the sake of the challenge, I want it to be the perfect chair. Whatever that means haha.

Headboard  |  Lamp

So this past week we made some big progress. We finished the shiplap wall by painting it white and adding some one-inch quarter round to the sides of the wall.  I think it really helps to make the wall look finished but it still holds some of the rustic feel we love. Since we used knotty pine there are some notches in the wood but I like the "imperfect" look. Also, when I say "we" did all this work, I really mean Mark lol.

Mark also painted all the trim in the room which makes it look 1000% better. Hallelujah!!! It's hard to get a good picture of the trim but trust me, it's awesome! :) We also hung a bunch of the decor and WOW we all of a sudden have a master bedroom. So fun.


Another big change to the room is that our mattress is officially off the floor and we have a bed! Seeing the bed in place and the headboard installed makes the room really look pulled together. We got our headboard from Wayfair and I couldn't be happier with it. The color is perfect and it was very reasonably priced. The only downside to having a bed is that Oliver (our pup) can't just walk onto the bed any more. Poor puppy!

 I can't wait to show you all the whole room next week. Let's pray that we can find the rest of the items we need so it will really be complete. :) If you want to check out the other guest posts click here or check out the Calling it Home website.

Here are the previous week's from my ORC:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 5

One Room Challenge Week 5

Hey everyone! I'm sorry for my lack of ORC post last week but it was pretty uneventful on the room make-over front.  I bought a couple things from Kirkland's but most of our attention was spent on our dining room table.  Mark started building it a few weeks ago and we finished it last week. See my post from earlier this week to take a peek at it!

We seem to have a lot of projects going on in the house, including our latest one, which actually is happening in our master bedroom, yay! We decided to do a faux shiplap wall on a random whim last weekend.  This was an unexpected twist to our original room plan but we needed a focal point and so far nothing was doing it for us. Mark bought all the wood on Thursday and had it finished Sunday night. He seriously amazes me! Now, we just need to paint it white and it's good to go. We've also hung a few items in the room and it's starting to come together. Hallelujah!

I'm only including a couple pictures because I don't want to give too much away in the room. Plus, all the pictures look so dark since our room has terrible natural light. I leave before it's light out and get home when the sun is going down. Hard to take great photos lol. So please forgive me!

Yep we are still missing a bed frame lol!

There are some major items that need to be purchased though... bed frame, bench for the end of the bed, and a wingback chair and small side table. These are BIG purchases so it's been hard to pull the trigger. UGH! I will keep you updated with what we find.

Check out the previous week's posts:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
See the pros here.
See all the Week 4 participants :)