I had so much fun decorating our first home! Our little bungalow is the perfect size for us- only a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms, and two baths. The house is very open and if you are standing by the front door, you can see through the kitchen, into our bedroom. Because the bedroom is so visible, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do something special, exciting, and fresh.
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The mirror over our bed is one of my favorite things! My mom gave it to me for Christmas one year when I was moving into my first "big girl" apartment. Andrew calls it the death star because he thinks it's going to fall on him in the middle of the night ha!
Since the room is painted an airy mint color (Lighter Mint by Sherwin Williams), I wanted our bed to be really neutral and white. Even though it's a pain to keep clean with a man, a dog and a cat running around, it's totally worth it. The solid light colors make the bed look fresh and make our room appear bigger.
I absolutely LOVE how my monograms turned out!! Traditionally, the linens of the house belong to the lady, so her monogram appears on bedding, towels, etc. A lot of people ask me why the monograms around our house aren't our names put together and it's because I love age-old traditions and I tried to incorporate as many good ole' southern traditions as I could throughout our home. When Andrew and I were registering for gifts before our wedding, I had my eye on a set of gorgeous Matouk bedding. But after looking at the price tag, I just couldn't justify it! The fear of staining, tearing, or somehow ruining those silky beautiful linens made me change my registry from Matouk to Pottery Barn and I'm so glad I did!! The animals and Andrew have definitely added a lot of wear-and-tear to our ounce brand new bedding but I don't mind! Into the washer it goes! And so far, it's all survived. I still kept the Matouk style monogram though. Isn't it pretty?
Our headboard is special because it once stood behind my Grandmother's childhood bed. My mom said she still remembers visiting my Great-Grandmother's house where this headboard lived. When I found it, the fabric had all disintegrated down to threads but the wood was still good. I cleaned it up, bought new foam and batting and recovered it. The pretty oatmeal color canvas fabric is a canvas drop cloth from The Home Depot- a cheap alternative to anything found in a fabric store! The hardest part was nailing these nailheads one-by-one. It was a labor of love! I love pouring my heart and soul into my home- there's nothing so comforting than to walk into a home full of items that tell stories.
Last but not least, the bench. I found this bench one afternoon with Andrew's grandmother in an antique store. I immediately fell in love with the colors and the hand-stitched look. Mama-Too was so sweet to give it to us as a wedding gift and it fits so perfectly into our room!! Thanks Mama-Too!
Nothing can surpass this precious-ness!!!
Y'all enjoy this sunny Tuesday afternoon!
Photos by Anna K. Photography
Mary Hester Williams
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I'm a city girl living a small town life with my husband and baby boy. Here are my thoughts in type, my dreams in paint and my life in pictures.