Thursday, December 6, 2012

While Everyone Else is Decorating for Christmas...

I am doing other things.  Before I share what I have been up to, can I just confess that not one single Christmas decoration has gone up?!  No worries in that department though because I am about to flip the switch on and sprinkle this place with some holiday lovin'.  Nothing too crazy, but once we get our tree this weekend, it's on!

Anyway, last weekend I shared my little project on instagram...new paint for the built-ins in the master bedroom.  Urbane Bronze, I love you even more now!  If you have followed my blog for a while, you might remember the grasscloth that I applied to the back of the shelves waaay back when.  News flash - it's gone.  I kept the backs white for a while until I could get the rest of the room figured out.  White was just a clean backdrop that kept me from being too confused.  Once I decided on pillows, etc. the other colors fell into place.  Still to do are the window seat cushion and throw pillows - so please overlook what is there now :(.


This entire project was about using what I have - including the paint.  By the way, you can read about the pinch pleat curtains here and the DIY monogram box here.  It's kinda hard to see in the picture, but there are two dark boxes stacked in between the books on the shelf third from bottom.  In person it looks good.  You'll just have to trust me on that one.


I began by arranging the books, then started filling in with other items.


Most of the paintings were done by a family friend.  Cassie, do you recognize the elephant?  He's gold now...Thanks!


Yes, I like elephants, thank you.  I'm sure these shelves will be tweaked as nothing is off limits around here.  It doesn't help that this is the last thing I see before turning off the light at night ;).  Gotta run.  Someone is texting me saying their ear hurts...

19 comments :

  1. Rene, you did a wonderful job. I love all of those paintings and the silhouettes. I hope you're not so little one is okay.

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  2. Bookshelves look great!

    I haven't started decorating either! I'm a little panicked.

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  3. Rene this looks fantastic! Love the color and your styling, especially the various nods to your boys!

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  4. Looks great! I love books and always enjoy a bookshelf remodel. :) Hope the ear feels better soon!

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  5. Love a dark background for bookshelves...makes everything so grounded. You" done did" a good job girl.....! And by the way....not an ounce of greenery at my house either :)

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  6. Thanks ya'll! And a big ole thank you to Sherry & Urban Cottage for being with me in the lack of Christmas decor club ;)Better late than never I suppose.

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  7. Love the shelves. My niece has a few elephants too. Her husband is Cuban-Canadian and in their home the elephants butt has to be facing the front door-some kind of cute little superstition.

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  8. That color is so fabulous!!! I need to find somewhere for it. And YES, love your gold elephant. Jonathon Adler will be so jealous!! Xo

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  9. love it all! and love the blinged out pachy! :) and i feel a magazine spread coming on.....

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  10. It looks beautiful Rene. That is a great color. I love the painting of your sweet Maddie and also your gold elephant. I always like a touch of glitz and glam somewhere! Hope your son is feeling better.

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  11. What a gorgeous color for the back of those shelves! And I love your elephant collection -- I love elephants, too. I have a habit of inheriting them from my grandmother's house. ;-)

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  12. wow! what a difference a little paint makes right?!! Its beautiful and totally crushing on your gold elephant!

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  13. Love the paint against the shelves, so chic. You are awesome!

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  14. Love it - your styling is interesting and easy on the eye! I'm a big fan of Urbane Bronze and used it outdoors on a lamp post, etc.

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  15. Love the paint color on the backing - really makes your items pop. And your shelves look like items collected over time - looks real, not like a furniture showroom!

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  16. I predict a run on Urbane Bronze! It turned out fabulous, love the contrast of all your pretty books and artwork! Happy weekend!

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  17. I love the dark back drop in the bookcase! I remember the grass cloth and loved that as well. This really makes all your pretties stand out!

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  18. I haven't started either...too much else to do!

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  19. Rene your built-ins look fantastic! Nice job :)

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