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it’s official.  it’s now november. does that mean i can start decorating talking about holiday decor?

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i am crushin on this quilted reindeer pillow. apparently everybody else is too because it is no longer available.  bummer.

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i absolutely love , love, love this sleigh bell crewel pillow.  the little bells are a fun addition don’t you think? {although i am sure my toddler would try to eat those}

and that red buffalo check pillow in the background. i love it against the sleigh bell pillow. so fun!

{all images courtesy of pottery barn}

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Are you tired of me talking about my kindermarket finds yet?  Hopefully not, because I am back with more goodies from the consignment sale. I stumbled upon this little box of floral picks in the home section of the sale and sat there and debated for way to long whether or not I should spend $2 on them.  My friend D talked me into buying them and I am so happy I did!

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After I got home and took all these little guys out of the box I realized there were more little doodads than I first thought there were.  There were pine-cones, apples, pears, berries, leaves and pomegranates.  Not too shabby for $2.00!

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I decided to use all my little goodies to make myself a fall wreath for my front door.  I bought a simple grapevine wreath and started attaching the biggest pieces of greenery/fruit first.  Then I took the smaller pieces and worked those in until I ran out of floral picks.  I still had a few empty spots so I snagged some pine cones from mother nature and hot glued them into the bare spaces.

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So what do you think?  Does it look good or does it look like the fake fruit aisle at Hobby Lobby just threw up on my wreath?!?  🙂  I’m not sure when it comes to wreaths if “less is more” or not.  Any thoughts on that?

No makeover post would be complete without a “before” right?  When I went to search for a picture of our master bedroom I didn’t really have very many.  So ignore Hubs, the new babe, and I in this shot and focus to the left if you will on our bedding.

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We didn’t really have a whole lot accessories in the room then and we had that one lonely black shelf up on the wall.  I love, love, love the print on the duvet we had but we wanted a quilt instead and I wanted something a little lighter and brighter.

Ok.  Now on to the good stuff.  The AFTER!!  It all started with some new bedding I bought last May.

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Here’s an up close view of the quilt.  The quilt is white and blue. {with the blue being more of a blue/grey}

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I spent just under $80.00 for the quilt, two shams, and small throw pillow at TJ MAXX/HomeGoods. Not too shabby! Our town has the biggest and best TJ MAXX/HomeGoods I have ever seen. I’m gonna probably cry when we move away from it next year!

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{Please ignore the tag still attached to the pillow! I took these pics when I was trying out the bedding to see if it was a keeper.}

I feel like I could use some more pillows to add to the mix but haven’t run across any that I love yet. Anyone have any suggestions on how to arrange pillows or what is a good amount to have? I have to large Euro inserts I could use as well if I were to find some Euro covers that I loved.

Ok enough about the bedding, let’s get back to the makeover.  You remember the monogram canvas that my sweet friend Erin painted.  LOVE it!

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In the second picture the wall color is more true to what it really looks like in person. {I call the wall color “camel” but the official name is Churchill Hotel Maple by Valspar}

With the monogram canvas in place I still had three more walls to “fill.”  I decided to shop around my house to see what I could find.  I ended up stealing this gallery wrap from the living room so I could use it in our bedroom.

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We previously had it on a shelf in our formal {and I use the word “formal” lightly} living room but I thought it might be better suited in our bedroom. I love this picture but I wasn’t quite sure I wanted a life size picture of us in the living room.  If you think I am kidding about it being life size then you can just ask our photographer Melissa.  She’ll tell you I’m for real.

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See that little wicker chest in the picture above?  I bought that while in college and it has turned out to be a very versatile piece of furniture.  I have used it in a bathroom when I had no cabinet, in the corner of a dining room, in Noah’s nursery, and now it is in our bedroom for extra storage.  The wood used to be a really light stain and I never really loved it.  When we moved it into our son’s nursery we painted the wood a nice chocolate brown color to compliment his crib and it totally changed up the look of it.  The wicker pops so much more against the dark chocolate!  Love it!!

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And you might remember this mirror I found at a garage sale and made over last month.  It fits perfectly with the decor in our master bedroom.  I would still like to find two lamps to flank either side of the mirror but haven’t come across any that I am in love with yet.  I would actually prefer to find some lamps at the thrift store I could fancy up myself.

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Hubs so kindly painted my black shelf white for me and I decided to hang it back above our bed.  On the shelf I have some pictures of the Hubs  and I, our wedding invitation{ our invite just happened to be blue and white, bonus!!}, and I put my favorite picture of us from our wedding.  We got married in a gorgeous chapel in the ozark mountains that is made entirely of glass except for the beams. And the wedding picture I chose for our shelf really captures the beauty of the chapel and our special day.  {Sidenote: Can anyone guess which Chapel it was?  Those of you from AR might know!!}

Ok, back to the makeover…….Remember how last year I was trying to find a way to display/store my jewelry?  Well I finally decided on a simple white tray.   I can just lay out the pieces I wear often on the tray and then switch them out when the season changes. Ha! Truth be told this is almost all of the jewelry I own! Who am I kidding with the “switching out my pieces with each season. ”  {Hubs if you are reading this…hint, hint I could use some more jewelry.}

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Well there you have it, our master bedroom makeover!

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Welcome to my little corner of the world. Nothing too serious here for you to read about. Just the comings and goings of my day to day life. I blog about the trials of being a military wife, tales of my role as “Mommy Dear”, recipes I love, my DIY projects, and our home renovations. Happy reading!