For the first time in a long time I’m excited to get my week started. I had a very productive weekend and was able to finish up several projects that are ready to share and I can’t wait to show you. Let’s go to the master bedroom first though and talk about a design dilemma I recently faced, matching bedside lamps.

The last few houses that we’ve lived in have had small master bedrooms and this house is no different. Actually, it’s probably the smallest one we’ve ever had so it’s been a challenge to decorate, we were able to keep our king bed, armoire and my nightstand. In our other homes we never had room for a regular sized nightstand for the hubs, which means we never had a lamp next to his side of the bed. It was never a big deal though, because we always had plenty of light and he didn’t need it for reading in bed.

Small master bedroom remodel with Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies paint color and Pottery Barn bedding.

Our Illinois Master Bedroom

Our master in the new house has no ceiling lights, only a ceiling fan (which is a whole other discussion) and we needed more than one source of light in the room. I had a pretty lamp that I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby, that I wanted to keep, so I tried to look for a twin. I spent a fair amount of time looking but never found a match so I reluctantly started a search for 2 matching lamps. What I found was that the style I was looking for was pretty expensive, especially when buying 2, and I didn’t want to spend a small fortune, so I went in a different direction.

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What if I went with 2 different lamps? I know…stop the presses…I’m a trendsetter (or a rebel). Seriously though. I’m usually all about symmetry, especially when it comes to bedside lamps. I mean, that’s what we’re all used to seeing, right? Well, I thought I’d conduct a little experiment to see if it worked for our room.

Mismatched bedside lamps. Coastal Living

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I started by looking at a lot of rooms online, and liked what I saw, but decided that the only way I would really know would be to get another lamp and try it out. I started my search for a new lamp, both in stores and online, with 3 things in mind, it had to be white ceramic, it had to have a similar curvy shape and be about the same height as the lamp I already had.

Dashing-bedside-table-in-yellow-coupled-with-a-more-understated-counterpart. Decoist

Decoist 

I found the perfect lamp, at just the right size, and placed my order. It came without a shade so, to give both lamps a bit of symmetry, I used the same exact shade on each and matching ceramic finials.

Mismatched bedside lamps. Photo from Ballards Designs.
 

A small disclaimer before I share my master bedroom in the new house. It’s a work in progress, like every other room in the house. The walls are painted but that’s about it. Our older dark wood furniture is under a bit of construction and will be getting a makeover at some point. I’ll share it all in a separate post but I didn’t want to talk about my lamps without showing them to you.

Mismatched bedroom lamps in the master bedroom. chatfieldcourt.com

Both are white, have a curvy shape and are the same size. The new lamp, on the far right (find one similar here *affiliate), is the same height but the side table is a bit lower than my small chest, on the left. To even things out I just placed a book under the lamp to give it a bit of a boost.

Mismatched bedside lamps for a master bedroom, a design dilemma. chatfieldcourt.com

The side table, with the new lamp, is a recent find (not sure if this is it’s permanent home). Wait until you see how it looked before I got my hands on it.

Mismatched bedside lamps in a master bedroom. chatfieldcourt.com

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about two different lamps but I’m loving them and the extra light in the room is an added bonus, plus the hubs feels like a real grownup with his very own lamp (I just go along with him and roll my eyes when he walks away). Sometimes the strangest things make him happy.

Well, let’s hear what you have to say about different bedside lamps. Would you prefer symmetry or are you a rebel like me? ūüėČ

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Yay…it’s Friday and it’s my first giveaway! I’m still celebrating my one year blogiversary and to follow-up my post yesterday, I wanted to¬†thank you all for your support this past year by having a giveaway and to share the progress we’ve made in our home since we moved in last June.

I started the blog the same day we closed on our house so I really hit the ground running and started my first room redo days after we moved in. I thought our tiny, dark and only bathroom wouldn’t be too difficult to do. Umm…yeah. It wasn’t difficult but it took a lot longer than I thought and moving around in such a small space was not fun. Here’s where we started…

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comYou can read more about this room redo here, about the vanity redo here and about some space-saving tricks I used here. It’s amazing how lots caulk and a little bit of paint can change a¬†room.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.com

Next up was the living room/dining room/entryway (the first round). This is the biggest room in our house so it was where a lot of our stuff was dumped on move-in day.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comBesides painting the walls, I reupholstered my favorite chair (first time I did a project like that) and I did a little something to my plain front door. You can check out all of the details of this room redo here.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comA Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comBecause they are connected, I ended up painting the little hallway that goes to all the bedrooms and bathroom the same color as the living/dining/entry. There is no room for any kind of furniture so I filled up the walls with some of my favorite family photos and mementos and changed the lighting.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.com

The master bedroom was the next on the room redo list.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comThe walls and ceiling were painted and crown molding was installed. I also switched out the knobs on our furniture and closet, along with the door knob and hinges.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comOur small master closet also got a makeover with an inexpensive built-in closet system to maximize our storage space.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comMoving onto one of the guest bedrooms. This room already had a beautiful built-in bookcase and crown molding to begin with.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comPaint was used to freshen them up along with the ceiling and a teal blue color on the walls. We had to do some electrical work in here and I did a fun project with paint sticks, glue and a nightstand.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comA Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comA Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comThis is probably my favorite space in the house right now. I’m not a bold color kind of girl, but I love it in this room. You can find more details about this room redo here¬†and here.

I was supposed to move onto the 2nd guest bedroom but I got sidetracked and ended up repainting the living/dining/entry a lighter color.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comAnd because the media cabinet didn’t look right with the new wall color, I had to paint it (of course).

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comI also did a few little updates in the entryway. You do one project in a room and 10 other little things pop up.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comI am currently working¬†on the redo of the 2nd guest bedroom. It’s been slow going, because there’s¬†a lot of projects to do outside that have been keeping me busy too, but next on the list is crown molding and the¬†plank wall. You can read about my plans for this room here.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.comSpeaking of my outside to do list, it’s long…really long. We’ve done a few things but we still have a lot left to do.

A Giveaway and Our Home One Year Later | Chatfield Court.com

So that’s everything for this first year. Thanks for hanging in there through this photo-tastic post. Like I said in yesterday’s post, I am so grateful for all of your support, emails and comments this past year so I wanted to have a little giveaway to show my appreciation. I want to give two of you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for HomeGoods. Good luck!

 

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Disclosure: This giveaway will close on July 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET. Two separate winners will be chosen by rafflecopter.com and will each receive a $25 gift card for HomeGoods.  I will notify the winners by email on July 8, 2014. You will need to respond within 48 hours to claim your prize or another winner will be chosen.

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5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.comSince moving into our small¬†house last July there’s been a lot to learn about small space living. Last week I posted my tips for¬†small space living in the living room and this week we will move into the bedroom. In our last house our bedroom was actually the biggest room in the whole house, and the biggest waste of space, but in this house it is really small. We can fit the essentials so it’s all good, but I have had to come up with solutions for some small space problems. I’m not an expert on this, if there is such a thing, I’ve just listed some things that have worked for me.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.com

1. Use a large leaning mirror to give your space the illusion of being bigger. It also reflects the light and makes your room brighter.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.com

2. I didn’t have room for a dresser for my clothes so we bought an inexpensive closet kit from the home improvement store and put it together. Now I can see everything I own and it helps me stay organized.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.com3. Since storage space is minimal in a small space, it’s important to organize and purge your clothing every season. If a year passes and I don’t wear an item of clothing, I donate it. Going through your clothing at the beginning of the season also reminds you of what you have and what you may need. I also take all of my wool coats and sweaters to the cleaners in the spring and store them away in my closet so that I’m not storing them dirty and they are all ready to wear next winter.

4. Use every inch of space you have. If you have an alcove or some extra wall space use it by adding a small desk with bookshelves above it.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.com

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5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.com

5. If you still find yourself needing more storage space, use some pretty baskets or boxes under the bed.

5 Tips for Small Space Living: Bedrooms | Chatfield Court.comsource

It’s really not so bad having a small bedroom. It actually suits my style because I have to stay organized and I like it that way. ūüėČ

So, do tell…do you have a large bedroom and love it that way or are you like me and prefer a smaller bedroom? ¬†Do you have any tips for living with a small bedroom?

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Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comSince moving into our house last June, I have redone several of my rooms so I thought it was time to do a home tour. First some quick facts about our home…it’s a brick ranch house built in 1956. We have almost 1200 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

I’ve loaded this post with lots of pictures, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! You can click on each picture and it will take you to a prior post about that particular image.

This is our little ranch the day we moved in. We still have a lot of work to do outside to make it ours.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.com

Since it’s one big room, we’ll start with the entryway, living room, dining area. The front door was painted with¬†BM Blue Lake. I actually painted the white trim on the door to look like real wood trim, to dress up the flat, plain door.

Click on image to get post about the room.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe walls were painted with BM Thunder (eggshell finish) and the trim was painted with BM White Dove.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.com

In the master bedroom we painted the ceiling, walls and trim and added crown molding.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comI painted the walls BM Hazy Skies and the ceiling  BM White Dove in pearl finish. It has a slight sheen that lightly shimmers when light hits it.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comWe built our master closet using a kit bought from a home improvement store.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe first room to get done after we moved in was our small (and only) bathroom.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe hallway didn’t escape my paintbrush. It’s too small for any furniture but my most treasured pictures are on display.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe walls are painted in the same BM Thunder that was painted in the living room. I also replaced the plain ceiling light for a lantern.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comHome Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe last room I’ve completed is the guest bedroom. This room already had a beautiful built-in bookcase and crown molding.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.com

The nightstand redo was my favorite project and I spent no money on it. I just used some paint sticks, stain and glue and got a whole new look.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe walls are painted Martha Stewart Plumage in BM Regal paint.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comThe bookcase, crown molding and trim were painted with BM White Dove Advance. The ceiling was painted with BM White Dove in pearl finish.

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.comI am still working on the 2nd guest bedroom and I have yet to start the kitchen. I will update with pictures when they’re completed.

You can also visit my Christmas House Tour 2013. (click on picture)

Home Tour | Chatfield Court.com

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