Master Bedroom Reveal

As you all know, I’ve been in the process of redoing my master bedroom/nursery the last several months. Well I’m happy to say, I think it’s pretty much finished!

From a new headboard and end tables to some lovely plants, a glider and crib, I love how all the things finally came together to create a calm peaceful place.

The Miles night stands from Baby Relax might be my favorite new addition. Their sleek simple shape added so much to the room. They were surprisingly easy to assemble, and only took a matter of minutes from start to finish.

(You can find them on Walmart.com or click the link I’ve included below to shop.)

Miles Nightstand

I found these gold lamps at Target. There were some there I absolutely loved, but ultimately I wanted something a little less pricey. These were under $30 and I was happy to find a more budget friendly option.

I already showed you all my gorgeous bedding. It’s really perfect and makes bed making so much simpler.

Beddy’s Chic White Bedding

Check out this beautiful Dorel Living headboard! I’ve always loved the upholstered look, but was afraid of the fabric getting dusty or dirty really fast. When I found one in faux leather, I knew it was meant to be. I can just wipe this down with a damp cloth, and dusting is a piece of cake! I love how it looks with the end tables and comforter!

(You can find the headboard on Walmart.com as well, or follow the link.)

Faux Leather Tufted Headboard

I’ve been obsessing over plants lately, and wanted to incorporate lots of green into my decor. I was able to create the little arrangements on the bedside tables for $2 each! The plant on the floor is real from Ikea.

I put the rug next to my bed to add texture to the room. It was super cheap and is from Ikea as well.

I wanted a shelf above the bed, but didn’t want to try hanging an actual floating one. I used brackets from Home Depot and a plank of wood and created an “almost” floating shelf. I put some canvases I had made forever ago on it, along with a candle and some faux greenery stems. Eventually I’ll probably switch out the canvases for some picture frames with photos of our family.

The glider in the corner has been my hangout while I wait impatiently for this baby to make his arrival.

Olive Glider and Ottoman

Bailey Mini Crib

I’m so pleased with how everything turned out! It all came together beautifully and I couldn’t be happier!

I’d love to hear about your own decorating projects, whether it’s a bedroom or another room in your house! Comment below and tell me what you’re working on!

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Some products featured here have been gifted to me. However, ALL opinions are honest and completely my own.

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*Thank you to Dorel Living and Baby Relax for the lovely headboard and nightstands.

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**Thank you to Beddy’s for the beautiful bedding, to Delta Children for the mini crib, and DaVinci Baby USA for the pretty glider and ottoman.

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IKEA DIY: Cheap and easy pictures

Recently I’ve been bitten by the “redecorate my entire house” bug. I don’t know if those third trimester nesting hormones are kicking in or what, but I’ve been really wanting to change things up.

Since I haven’t won the lottery or inherited a fortune recently, I’ve been on the hunt for cheap ways to make my house look refreshed and chic. My sweet husband painted our main living area a clean white for me, and now I’ve been scouring Pinterest and YouTube for decorating ideas. I’ve really been loving minimalist decor with clean simple vibes(think lots of white, with plants etc.).

I visited IKEA today to pick up pillow inserts for some pretty pillow covers I ordered from Woven Nook. They have singles and sets for really affordable prices. In the past I’ve sewn my own, but at these prices it’s probably cheaper to purchase than make them.

Sahara Pillow Cover Set

While at IKEA, I also picked up 8 of these simple black frames at $3.99 each. I noticed online it lists the black frames as $4.99, but in store I paid $3.99.

FISKBO Frame

When I got home, I searched online for free prints of plants. I chose some I liked and printed them off.

Free Magnolia Printables

I took out my watercolor notepad and cut out pages to use as picture mats.

I know these aren’t professionally matted and framed, but here’s my simple easy way of doing it.

I simply placed the prints on top of the watercolor paper, and held it in place with a little rolled piece of tape between the two. My watercolor paper was just a tad smaller than the frame needed, so I kept the white paper that came with the frame and just placed it behind the watercolor paper. Like I said, not perfect but it worked for my purposes.

Total cost: $3.99

The printables were free and I already had the watercolor paper for the matting. This made my total cost per picture less than $4!

I’m planning to hang several of these in a group setting in my living area. I still need to work out placement and measurements, but stay tuned to see the finished product!

Bedroom Update

I’m in the process of updating our master bedroom/nursery. I debated whether to share just yet since it’s not done, but I’m too excited not too!

Currently I have a new mini crib for baby, a gorgeous grey rocking chair for late night feedings, and some pretty amazing new bedding.

Even though baby boy isn’t set to arrive until July, my older kiddos are getting plenty of use out of this rocker already. Not only do I rock them and sing to them before bed, but they sneak into my room and sit here any chance they get.

Rocking Chair and Ottoman

I already shared over on my Instagram about this adorable mini crib. It’s cute and practical space wise especially when you’re combining a master bedroom and nursery.

Mini Crib

Last but definitely not least, I found a new comforter. This is no ordinary set though. It has been designed specially to make bed making only take seconds of one’s time. I’m calling this a mom hack, because it’s saving me time and effort and it makes my life so much easier! Use code MSMARY20 for a discount on your order.

Beddy’s Chic White set

I also ordered home pillows from Beddy’s to add texture, as well as a simple bedskirt.

Decorative Pillows

I can’t wait to share more updates as I find a headboard, end tables, and decor! Stay tuned!

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Disclaimer: I receive some products as gifts. However these are all my own honest opinions about items I love and want to share with you!

Anytime you have a question about anything, please feel free to email me or contact me over on my Instagram page @msmary_style !😘

What’s In My Hospital Bag

We are growing baby number four over here, and I figured I should share all my [hard earned] insights into what to bring with you to the hospital. These days, I keep it simple. I’ve shared the links to my favorites below.

There are certain things your hospital will provide, and if you know those ahead of time that helps. All the hospitals where I’ve delivered gave me mesh panties and large pads. So something you really do NOT need to pack is your own undies.

Grey Lace Robe

My top item to pack is a nice robe. I’ve never met anyone who loved chilling in a hospital gown longer then they had to. Plus, you’re most likely going to have visitors. A robe is an easy way to look pretty and put together, and is handy for nursing and all those checkups from the nurses and doctors. (I plan on tossing this one in the dryer for a bit to loosen up the wrinkles.)

May and Joy robes are incredibly affordable and they have many pretty options from which to choose.

I always bring my makeup bag. Even if you just slap on some tinted moisturizer, a swipe of mascara and lipgloss, you’re going to feel much more human if you can get a little fixed up.

Cream Bearpaw Slippers

I also have slippers on my list. I’m not a huge fan of the fuzzy socks the hospital provides, but I want something to slip on my feet when I go to the bathroom, or walk around.

It’s kindof a given, but don’t forget your phone charger.

Clothes to wear home is another thing to consider. I’ll probably bring leggings, a T-shirt/tank and a cardigan. I might throw in a dress just in case I’m feeling extra fancy.

Feather Swaddle

Don’t forget a few baby things. Once again, the hospital will provide the basics like diapers and wipes. But it’s so fun to pick out their first little outfit, along with a blanket or swaddle. Look for a cute hat, as it’s good to keep the baby’s body temperature regulated.

And that’s about it! I’d love to hear your must haves for your own hospital bag. Is there anything you packed that you didn’t use at all?

Summer Catchup

Here’s how our summer is going so far.

I woke up one day and realized it’s officially summer. Being here in California has my brain utterly messed up on seasons. When it’s 90 in December but you can wear sweaters in June, that’s mind boggling to this midwestern girl.

The kids and I have been swimming fairly often. Playing in the sun and water wears them out and helps them sleep better.

Arowyn spends more time out of the pool running around and chilling on my Watermelon beach towel from Vfish .

We have gone blueberry picking a couple times now. If you haven’t tried fresh blueberries straight from the bush, you’re missing out!

Right now, the kids are playing in the backyard while I write. The boys are doing better at getting along and playing peacefully. Arowyn and Teddy seem to struggle with that a little. Sometimes they will fight over who gets to sit in my lap, even when I tell them I can hold them both.

So that’s just a bit about our summer and where we are. Nothing too exciting, and yet I’m happy to enjoy these slow days.

Tell me what you’re doing this summer!

Ps. I just wanted to mention a new flossing product I discovered. The Flossolution Mini is great for easy fast flossing that doesn’t hurt your gums.

Sprucing Up for Spring

When your decor is neutral, it’s easy to change little things here and there for the different seasons. I absolutely love to add pretty flowers to my already existing decor.

A friend gave me a set of milk bottles back when we lived in Ohio. They had colorful straws, lids and burlap wraps. I stripped them down of all color, and now they are perfect. I poked a couple faux flower stems in each bottle, and voila! Easy centerpiece.

Here I put a few flowers in a decanter I found in the Target Dollar Spot.

All of these flowers cost less than $20 at Michaels. They had spring florals on sale and I couldn’t resist the peonies and cabbage roses.

My cake stand is another Target find.

Tell me me how you get ready for spring. Do you do anything special with your decor?

Santa Barbara Saturday

This was our Saturday: Farmer’s Market, zoo, then the pier/wharf. Not too shabby eh?

The boys got their faces painted at the zoo. Teddy insisted on getting the “nake!” Billy got a scary dragon.

One of my favorite things is the foxes. Arowyn actually cried because she didn’t understand why she couldn’t hold this little guy.

We have been to the Santa Barbara Zoo before, but we always went home after going. This trip, the kids weren’t too worn out so we decided to pay the wharf a visit.

Yes we got candy. Because one, my husband is a big softy and two, my husband is a big softy.

All in all, not a bad Saturday! What did you all do this weekend?

Secondhand Tea Party

When I was younger, I thought my mom was a little crazy for wanting fancy dishes, teapots and all that. Fast forward to now, and I’d have to say I too like a pretty table setting.

My father in love passed down a beautiful tea set to me and Arowyn. It was his mother’s, and it’s gorgeous. I was beyond happy to receive it and it’s everything I dreamed of in a tea set. Right now it’s displayed on my kitchen counter and brings me great joy just having a piece of history there.

But for a long time I’ve wanted a bigger set or even a bunch of mismatched tea cups, just so I can have fun tea parties. I wanted to have the ladies and girls over from our church when we lived in Columbus, but never had enough cups and plates.

Well today I made the score of a lifetime. We had to take my husband’s truck over to the muffler shop to get worked on. On the way home, we found a big secondhand store. I almost didn’t go in, but I’m sure glad I did! I found a beautiful set of white china plates, saucers and tea cups. I got everything for $29.99!

When we got home, my husband looked it up online. To buy one replacement dinner plate costs $9.99. Say whaaa?!

I also scored this big silver tray for $3.99. You can bet I’ll be going back over there as soon as possible!

Comment below and tell me what you think. Would you buy dinnerware or China secondhand? Do you have a tea set or china? I’d love to see pictures!

This Is Us

Thanks for joining me! I’m Mary from @msmary_style over on Instagram. I finally made the leap, and have started a blog.

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I’m looking forward to sharing a little more in depth about life in our family. Here I’ll be talking about my children, military life, fashion, beauty, home decor, my diy projects, our values and more!

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Stay tuned for upcoming posts. Please comment below and let me know what you would like to know more about!

DIY Dropcloth Placemats

Even if I were extremely wealthy, I’d probably still be checking local yard sale websites and making Home Depot runs. Because all the money in the world can’t give you the satisfaction of making something with your hands, or provide the thrill of creating a unique piece no one else will have.

You may keep your multi thousand dollar table, mine has character. Mind you, it has loads of flaws too, but those imperfections are perfectly mine.

Material can get costly pretty fast. A cheaper option I’ve discovered is to buy one big dropcloth from your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. It’s durable, big, light and has endless possibilities.

It’s recommended to bleach the cloth prior to use, but it really depends on what you’re using it for as well as the look you’re trying to achieve. For this placemat project, I didn’t bleach.

Here’s my tutorial on how to make your own simple placemats from dropcloth:

1. I used a rectangle object that was about the size I wanted my placemats to be. I traced around it, then cut two for every mat to make a total of 6 placemats.

2. For my designs, I looked on Pinterest for different ideas. I’ve been trying to go for a French Farmhouse vibe in my decor. Once I found things I liked, I free handed it with a black permanent marker. Some I kept pretty close to the Pinterest inspiration, while others I ended up doing more my own thing. For those of you who don’t want to go to the trouble of drawing your own designs, look for free printables and trace/transfer those.

3. Once you have your design on the one rectangle, take one plain piece and one picture piece. Place the two right sides together and sew around the entire thing. Make sure to stop about four inches or so before the finish to leave a small hole.

4. Turn the placemat right side out through the four inch area you left unfinished, using scissors to push the corners out nice and sharp.

5. Carefully iron the mat, including the unfinished area(tuck the edges in until it matches the rest of the mat).

6. Sew the hole shut and continue around the entire mat to give a nice finished edge.

Here’s five of the six placemats I made(see previous pic for the Fresh Eggs one).

My favorite one is the billygoat mat I made special for my Billy Boy. It took me three tries and I wasted several pieces of drop cloth to do it, but I’m glad I didn’t give up.

Feel free to comment below with any questions you may have about how to make these. If you decided to make your own, send me pics. I love seeing what others come up with!