Feature Wall in My Daughter’s Room

The little princess has a favorite color.  That color is purple.  (and sometimes pink and turquoise)  When we moved, we let her decide what color to paint her room.  Guess what she chose!

Yep.  Purple!  Not a subtle lavender or anything, but knock you out purple.  The actual color is Kismet by Sherwin Williams. 

Pottery Barn Kids had a duvet in the exact purple of the paint with white paisley on it.  I ordered it right away and couldn’t wait to surprise the princess with a new bed in her new room!  When I put it all together I realized something – that’s a lot of purple!

I had to do something to break up all that purple.  I had the thought of mimicking the paisley on the duvet up onto the wall.  And leave it to Martha Stewart to have the exact paisley I wanted!

image I purchased this silk screen kit at Michaels.

I had some left over paint samples from when I was testing whites for my trim.  I decided to use Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams because it had a hint of pink in it.  I also mixed in some Valspar paint crystals to add some sparkle.  And I picked up some adhesive rhinestones. 

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As you can see, the “self adhesive” part of the silk screen quickly wore off so some painters tape was needed. 

finley's stencil 4finley's stencil 3

When the paint dried I placed one rhinestone in the center of each stencil.

finley's wall

The wall was complete.

finley's wall 2

And the princess was happy!



Have you ever wondered “Am I any good at this?”

I wonder that exact thing every day. 

Lately, I feel like the universe is telling me “Hey!  Have some confidence!  You ARE good at this!”

For example, Tuesday I FINALLY stenciled my daughters room.  Just a focal wall to offset all that purple.  I had the idea in my head to try to mimic the pattern of her bedding.  It seemed like a good idea.  Then I added more to it – it had sparkle like glitter, and maybe have jewels….

Perhaps I went too far…..  But then I did it and it came out better than I imagined!


(full “how-to” in the future)

Or dinner the other night…. I was following a recipe but decided to cut a little of this, add a little of that…… And I ended up with this….


It was soooo good!



Or just hoping that someone out there likes your decorating…. and your blog…

Then you get featured on Wow Us Wednesdays with Savvy Southern Style and you feel validated.

And it feels amazing!!!!

A Sneak Peek

I am certainly in the throes of project management!  There are lots of tradesmen at Chateau Charmant right now making it amazing before we move in.  I thought I would give you a sneak peek at what is to come.  I know that I can’t wait!!!!!



A purple bedroom fit for a princess!  It’s a lot of purple, a lot more than I truly wanted.  She asked for the ceiling to be purple too, but I had to draw the line. 


My built-in kitchen buffet is getting a make-over.  So is that little side table.


Hardwood floors are being refinished.  I chose the middle stain.  Not too dark and not too light.


This one is the best make-over yet!  The kitchen is getting a total transformation.  I don’t want to show you too much.  It’ll ruin the surprise!

I am having trouble containing my excitement!  This is the first time I’ve really made over a space.  I’ve changed furniture, paint or some decorating, but never really done a total transformation.  Prince Charming better watch out, I think I’m addicted!

The floors will be finished by the early part of next week.  Then the carpet will be installed.  Cabinet doors will be delivered late next week and we move just in time for Easter.  Talk about new beginnings!!  We are truly blessed!