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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Shack

Blogland, I know you were all just on pins and needles waiting to see pictures of our transformed Love Shack. I just know you were....ahem. For a before picture, go ahead and click here. As for the afters, here's how it went down...


My Inspiration: Serafina. I fell hard for this pattern when it came out in August. I mean, hard. It hurt. It is perfect. It's also so unbelievably expensive there was no way I was going to get what I wanted- enough fabric by the ($25 each!) yard to make drapes.



So, scratch that- after my dedicated friend Jen- the practically perfect in every way one who made the ornaments I showed you last week- looked for a (please be on clearance in the store, because sometimes stuff in stores is clearanced when it's still full price online!!) shower curtain for me to make due with for creating drapes, and then even called her nearby outlet for me- no hope. Pottery Barn, if you would lower your prices you know I would buy more stuff from you. You know it. And you're not fooling anyone- I know you're hurting. You're sending out like, three emails a day and offering free shipping and monogramming like nobody's business and I know you're hurting. Let me help you, Pottery Barn. Let me help you.


I opted for a pillow cover instead, which did the job nicely. Basically, every color I love is in this pattern. So then, I just shopped my house, and hit a few thrift stores last weekend while I had some time to myself and the stage was set. I love finding lovely and unique things in thrift stores that I couldn't find anywhere else. Love it. And, I'm still workin' on that throw...


Oh, and the drapes? I decided on cream faux silk. Around $40 at Target. And then I found some that were exactly what I wanted at a thrift store for $5 a panel. Woot! They aren't up yet. A snooty woman would have waited until her room was perfect before she showed it to you. Clearly I'm not snooty...well, you can be the judge of that...but I know the room for sure isn't "done". Whether that helps my non-snoot status or not is up for grabs.
The color is Sherwin-Williams 6199 Rare Gray. My kitchen is 6206 Oyster Bay, and I love it. I just went to the color card that comes right before it (more of a true gray) and chose the shade in it's same slot. Same feeling, a little less blue, more gray. It's very close to the kitchen color, and I don't mind. It's wonderful- very relaxing. And, the color combinations for this room are endless- everything really pops against it. I know this room will change a bit once I admit it's really winter, and things will be more wintry. And it will be really fun to go crazy with bright color in summer!

This is our anniversary...6.8.02... And speaking of the man I married- why did I get to receive my Christmas gift and paint before the end of November, much less before Christmas? He says your votes were no part of his decision whatsoever, and he couldn't be swayed by popular opinion...but he told me I could paint...it's because he's simply awesome, of course. And, the conditions? I'll let you use your imaginations on that one...OK, just kidding, the one condition was that I never paint while he was home. And I complied. And I'm done.


Closet and Bathroom pictures tomorrow!

13 comments:

Ashlie said...

I love it!! The red is absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures tomorrow!

Tarrah said...

It looks so nice Megan! I love your red comforter, I need a color one really bad :) I'm glad you got to paint early, did you sleep really good last night? :)

Mandy said...

Oooh! It's beautiful! And our anniversary dates are so similar...ours is 8.3.02. I like your picture display. Everything is so very classy!

Elizabeth said...

love your choices. isn't decorating fun...and soooo stressful! i would already have made other curtain choices...but i'm stuck now for at least a while since we just moved in a few months ago!

Anne Elizabeth said...

It looks great! I LOVE the pillow and the wall color:)

Kim said...

I love it, Megan!! I wish we had a good corner for a desk in our room so I could turn the office in a classroom of sorts.

As always, beautiful decorating.

Katie said...

Really like the "rare grey"- will have to remember that color.

Jenn Boerger said...

looks beautiful!!

Erin said...

love the color... and the fabric. I love pottery barn too, but they are way out of my league. I love to try and create the look on a budget... it is a fun challenge!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Of course, another beautiful room! I really love your color choices. I especially like how you think ahead to how the different season will look in there.

The Serafina... it was love at first sight.

Shannon said...

Beautiful Megan!!! Just amazing - every little detail is just stunning. You are a real inspiration - hope you are enjoying your new sanctuary!

Lisa said...

Beautiful!!! You make magic, girl!

Mrs. Staff Sergeant said...

ooooooo I love it! You did a great job!