Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ORC Week 3 - Good news, Bad news and Choices on Master Bedroom Re-do

Can't believe we're on the 3rd week  of the  ONE ROOM CHALLENGE already and my, this past weeks have been CRAZEEEE!

First, I had to battle some illness and to top it off, I had to pack up the outdoors stuff and finish my Halloween decorations! Oh, I had to deal with a lot of school activities too! Like I said, CRAZEEE!

Ok, let's talk about my ORC now. First off with some GOOD NEWS...

Goodbye POPCORN CEILING!
Yes, despite my bedroom looking like a Decontamination room from "Outbreak", I am happy to report that the ceiling is now nice and smooth and the white paint is up. I used BEHR Polar Bear white in flat finish, the same white I use in the other bedrooms. I didn't even have to pay for it since I had so much left over and the cream paint was easy to paint over on! Hew!

Now, let me share some really BAD NEWS...

yup
We already knew we had to replace the door and door casing going outside because of some water damage that we let go out of control. But then when our contractor was checking things on the floor, we found that we not only had water damage, we also had some TERMITES! EEEEEEEEEEWWWW!

Still, we are so lucky since the buggers did not eat up our base floor (the termite guys checked it from the basement), ate up only part of the door frame and some of the top floor (the wood floor that you see), but we do have to fix this damage and have our house treated. I called the Termite guys right away and we scheduled the treatment earlier, so that was good. Now we just need to get the floors fixed!

The carpenters are currently working on the molding for the room and ceiling and also building the built-ins off site. But for sure, the floors and this problem is TOP PRIORITY! What's good is a nice bedroom if your going to fall off of it! ;-)

And now, for some CHOICES.

I mentioned that I needed to do a lot of shopping, and I have been browsing on and off line for months (yes, I was obsessed with fixing up our bedroom without my hubby's knowledge)!


BED OPTIONS
1//2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6/ 7/ 8/ 9/ 10
 It's obvious I want an upholstered headboard. I just think that something soft at the back of my head is something I'd like to try, since we always had a hard headboard. Also, I like how relaxing it looks.
As you can see, I had so many choices to think about. My husband has to have a say on this too (well, at least he thinks he does ;-)) I did order the bed already, can you guess which one?  ;-)


BEDSIDE TABLE CHOICES
1/  2/ 3/ 4/  5/  6
For my husband's side of the bed, I wanted a side table that can maximize what's left of the width of the wall, and as you can see I like the Campaign furniture look. The problem is that none of these are wide enough! I need to look for alternatives for my hub's side.

VANITY/ DESK OPTION
1/ 2

Can you spot the difference? Not much really, but the price is just crazy different. #1 is from Hayneedle for $399, #2 is from Potterybarn for $899!

 Since I really wanted a desk/vanity as a bedside table with the campaign look, these were my choices. But practicality won me over and I chose #1.

That's it for now folks! Hope I can share more progress on the room next week! It's definitely CRUNCH TIME!


Have a Great Weekend!

VEL

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ORC Week 2 - The Plan for Master Bedroom Re-do


Now that you know I'm working on our Master bedroom for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, I wanted to share with you the over-all plan.
Ta-Da!

This is the plan on the bed area :

1) Replace all the furniture - got that handled since a friend of mine who just moved into a new house is buying all my old one! Yey!

Good bye to my choccolate goodness!


2) Add huge picture molding beside the bed to for wallpaper. - Since I change my mind often, wallpapering the entire room or a wall would be 'problematic'. So by doing this, I can change up my wallpaper in no time!

And currently I'm obsessed with Schumacher Chenonceau wallpaper

3) Paint the entire room white.- The cream and blueish gray has to go.

Good-bye cream and blue walls!


Mainly this side of the room just entails a lot of shopping work & fun! LOL!

On the opposite side of the bed. I want something like this...



1) Build custom cabinetry beside our fireplace. I need to hide a couple of small safes and the rest of our 'junk', but also, I need to display some of our 'junk'!

Good-bye to putting things in bins and on the floor!

2) Remove old fireplace surround and come up with something prettier. - I basically want it to be marble or natural stone all around, more of a contemporary look. The Hearth needs to go too!

Good-bye Mantel!

3) Add interesting lighting to the cabinets.

4) Hide all the wires. - Like you, I hate wires, and having these built-ins made is the only way I could hide the wires from the TV and Blu-ray with ease.

5) Add crown molding to our tray ceiling and remove the old popcorn ceiling. I want to replace our ceiling fan too!

Best shot I could get of the tray ceiling.

Here are some of my inspirations..





I have already discussed all the plans with our contractor and we're getting started already! Wish me luck!

You can check out my ORC Week 1 HERE.


LINK UP HERE
Have  a Great Weekend!



VEL

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sophia's OTHER birthday party - Peppa Pig Party

Thank you for all your birthday greetings and comments on my daughter's birthday party! I hope you won't mind me sharing her "other" party today too!

We celebrated her Birthday party on Sept.30 so that a lot of our friends and family can come and join. But we also had a mini-celebration on her actual birthday a few days before! And since this little girl is into everything right now, her other favorite gang of characters is Peppa Pig, so I thought of putting up just that for her special day!


Ordinary store-bought cake which I decorated with her toys

Used some of the paper flowers on this day too!

Early morning surprise for the birthday girl



Used a lot of her toys for decoration

Sophia's favorite - chocolate pancake and strawberries!



I set it up for breakfast and lunch. As you can see, she was still in her nightgown when we sang her birthday song!



At lunch we had a few friends over....

With her friends


It truly was a a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY for our special girl!

Have a Great Week!


VEL

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

ORC Week 1 - What we're working on, MASTER BEDROOM


I'm so excited to participate once again in the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE!

You can LINK UP HERE


And I just realized, that for the last 3 times I joined this awesome event, was to finish and do my kids rooms! Now, it's MY TURN!


 3) COMFY & STYLISH BOYS BEDROOM

BEFORE
2) SAFARI GLAM NURSERY
BEFORE
1) TWEEN BOY BEDROOM

BEFORE
Yes, as any parent would do, I started on fixing up my kids rooms before my very own. But I told my husband that it was time to make our own haven with our bedroom. Here's the space we're working with...
Ok., this was when we moved in to the house. This has changed to..

.... this. Which was not bad, but then we had to change to....

... this. Yes, we combined our nursery with our bedroom, and now it's back to...
.. this

And sadly, to this...

My other son moved in to our room so that explains the folding bed - long story, he's moved out
back into his room already thankfully.

The sad Fireplace wall - just look at all the wires and mess here, I tried decorating around the tv but I just could not make this are work!


I did some minor facelifts to this room before with the blue stripes on the back wall and  removed the orange paint form the window walls. The floors were re-done and re-stained before we moved in to this house in 2011 (which if you didn't know was a foreclosed home).

But now, I want to do the master bedroom of my dreams - a room which is not only beautiful, but shows off my current taste in design. Also, I need to update my furniture too. Yes, I was a fan of "dark brown" furniture before (over it now), and with the dark floors, it's just, well, too dark!

So hope you can join me and the other participants as we try to achieve our dream spaces in 6 weeks!

Wish me luck!
  Have  Great Day! 

VEL

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Sophia's Moana-themed 3rd Birthday Party


 Hello Friends!


We had a very busy but fun week celebrating my youngest daughter's 3rd birthday!

I will let the pictures do the talking since there are a lot to share, I had some help of course setting up everything a few days before the big day, but I'm proud to say I made most of the paper flowers ( in between patients)  and my cousin made the lettering and some of the other flowers here! Can't believe I would sew the flowers on the grass carpet turf too!

TA-DA!

Invite I chose from ETSY

Cake and Dessert Table
I got the table cover from TARGET on clearance


My baby looking at all the goodies
Brownie boats courtesy of my cousing, she also made the marshmallow topped cupcakes

The  Naked Cake was made by a friend of mine and I decorated the cake too!

I added "coconut trees" inside the gazebo

Just paper and balloons

Our backyard was transformed

A friend of ours lent us this stand and we just decorated away

We had Gulaman which is a Filipino Sweet drink




I wasn't able to take a good picture of the centerpieces but they were yellow balloons with leaves
and a Moana Balloon on top. Needless to say they wouldn't stay up because of the wind!

Some more party details - Lei's and flowers for everyone.
The loot bag was a Moana Back pack with goodies.

To welcome our guests
The Gift tag I added to the loot bags


My cousin made this Photo prop for the party and was a huge hit!
And of course we had lots of food...


Sushi Galore



We had Sukiyaki, Spring rolls, Chicken wings, Pork Barbecue, Pancit (Filipino String noodles), Baked Spaghetti and
Torta (Filipino Chiffon cake), and White rice of course - a Filipino Staple
For entertainment we had pool still open and warmed up for the party, the playground set...

Bounce house

Fire Dancer
Overall, the party was a huge success for everyone especially my little girl who bounced, swam, mingled and danced away.

Me with my little celebrant


Don't forget, the ORC starts this week so be sure to drop by!

Have a Great Week!

VEL


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