I believe in retail therapy

 Posted by at 2:00 pm on February 19, 2011
Feb 192011

I am sharing with you, my friends, my latest non-baking project. I firmly believe in retail therapy, especially when you are in the process of writing a cookbook, negotiating a contract, tv appearances, and baking classes. Not to mention a full photoshoot….

My hubby and I have re-done, well I should be honest… I have redone the entire house, painting all the rooms, and adding even a brick wall in the kitchen- I’ll post about that at a later time.

But, I’ve never done our bedroom. Never. How could that be? It’s my quiet place, my oasis… yet, I’ve only ever purchased simple brown curtains (a Big Lots special) lamps ( with a coupon at JoAnns), and made a fabric headboard? I love DIY projects…. and when I am not baking, I tackle my list.
The picture was painted by my hubbys aunt, Helen Paul. She’s a famous watercolorist, and painted this house of his great-great-great-grandfater. The first 3 story house in the town he helped settle. I love the colors, and thought I’d use if for inspiration. Then I found this vinyl wall art on Amazon one day while brousing thru the site. I don’t remember what I was looking for. I love it and bought it thinking I’d put it in my office. Wrong. It’s perfect for my room after finding these pillows for my bed. Now there’s a story.

I really went to the store to find new pillows for the old bedspread. But after stumbling across this cream bird pillow, and this beautiful coverlet- all were on sale, I decided that I deserved a new place to call my own. Something that was claming and peaceful. Beautiful and mine, all mine.. But my hubby can claim it too. (Ethan just had to be in the pic- I love my son!) So I bought it all, including 2 new pics for each side of my window.

Here’s the bed, showcasing the pillows- after Ethan had jumped on the bed. I really had it looking nice and smooth. But I was too tired to fix it before the photo. I found the beautiful wooden art above the bed at Emily Jane’s (800 East 800 South) consignment store here is Salt Lake City. WOW! I can’t believe I am sharing such a great find- I would love to keep is a secret. But YOU deserve to know where great finds are… So I will share. It was spray painted pink. But it caught my eye, and I had to have it. Adding a dark brown spray paint to it, really brings the room together. One of a kind pieces have such an added touch.

Then I realized that the walls were looking pretty dingy. I hate how one project leads to another, and another, and another. But I didn’t have time to paint, and for once in my life, I didn’t want to paint. So I thought I’d try to wash the walls and see what happened. Yeah, they look brand new again. And I got quite the workout going up and down the chair, and washing the walls like the Karate Kid. Nothing like some good elbow grease to get the job done. At least I don’t have to paint.

I am still waiting for the bed side tables to be finished. I had them made to match the dresser my father-in-law made my hubby some 30 years ago. Gosh, I love the Wood Connection. They will be done just in time for our 11th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary to me!

I am much less stressed…. and actually rejuvinated from my shopping spree. Thank goodness it was all on sale, and I was able to use a lot of what I already had. I love, love, love to go to my room after a long day baking or carpooling, cleaning or blogging.

Happy Shopping & Happy Baking!

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