Art Swap

Things in the “master” bedroom get changed up every couple months. If you’re wondering why I use quotations, it’s because we rent a tiny (like 912 sq. ft. tiny) California bungalow and the “master” bedroom is only 12’x13’ with a tiny closet. I pretty much hate the size, but we make it work, especially when the average cost of a home in Monterey is $800K. Yeah, you read that right, $800,000.  We rent and since we’re a military family, it works incredibly well.
before after
Aaaaaand moving on. Since I’m always changing things up, I like to go shopping in my house for stuff. I just recently swapped out the curtains and pillows and realized that the art was a little too depressing for me. Black and white landscape prints were the only thing the mister and I could agree on a few years back. I decided it had to go.

Swapped the blah black and white with some colorful green and turquoise prints on top of some neutral cardstock. My husband went with me to the craft store and literally said, “Maria, there are so many other beautiful colors besides that bluish green (a male’s version of turquoise), please, PUH-LEEEASE…. pick anything else.” So I chose a warm champagne colored linen cardstock that had just a bit of sheen to it. I’m actually glad he was there to stop me because I love it, I love it a lot.

Now every time my husband walks in our bedroom he says it looks like a hotel. I’m hoping he means like a new Sheraton, not a dingy motel. 

If you’re wondering about our bedside lamps, we got them at Tar-jay a few years ago and I painted them using Martha Stewart’s Arabesque stencil kit I got from Michaels. Got to love their coupons baby! I used a small thing of craft paint (think it was $1) and a stencil sponge.

Anyone else like to go shopping in their own house to refresh the décor of other rooms? Got to love free shopping!


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    Life: Designed says:

    Kudos to the hubby- I love the champagne cardstock! It works so well with your wall colour. The whole room is fresh and lovely. I love shopping in my mom's garage…Always a bunch of goodies there. =)

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    I love the new pictures! Such a small change but it made a huge impact!!

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks so much! I love how airy the room feels now. My mother in law has lots of goodies and antiques in her house… too bad she lives so far away. I'd be raiding her garage every week!

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks! Isn't it amazing what a little art can do for a room? Thanks for stopping by!

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    Sassy Sites! says:

    Your new pictures look amazing! It makes the room so inviting and calming. It's amazing what a color can do for the feel of a room! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!


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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks Marni! I'm loving the calm feeling also. Can't wait to see the shout outs!

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