Thursday, May 5, 2016

{almost} a new headboard and enjoying the sunshine

Our master bedroom has been a work-in-progress for about a year now. I'm always amazed at people who can put a room completely together within weeks or even a couple of months. How does one choose paint colors, flooring, curtains, blinds, furniture, lamps, wall art and bedding that quickly?! Not to mention the expense.

 First came painting the walls a light gray, then old carpeting ripped out and hardwood flooring put in. Along came a new mattress and curtains. Next order of business was a new headboard, but easier said than done. I knew I either wanted an upholstered headboard or something creative, such as reclaimed wood or a vintage iron piece. The search in stores and online began, but no luck until recently.

 I finally found a headboard I liked and at a decent price, too. I ordered it from amazon and was thrilled to see it set up in our bedroom. (Obviously, Zippo didn't care.)

I like the classic look, how the color (taupe) picks up the same in the rug, and how the texture and slightly curved top bring a little softness to the room. 
However, this pretty piece has to go back. The metal legs that extend from the headboard have slots in them that are supposed to line up with the slots in the bed frame so they can be attached to each other. Our new mattress is very deep ~ and so the slots don't match up. This headboard is actually supposed to be raised up a little, as you can probably tell from this angled photo. For now, the headboard is merely propped up against the wall with the bed pushed against it so it doesn't move. We have to package the headboard back up and return it to amazon. So disappointing.

 On a cheerier note, the sun came out today, which meant more time in the yard pulling weeds, raking, sweeping, cleaning patio furniture, and taking time to appreciate the beauty of spring.

The lilacs are this close to bursting open! Funny thing is, when they do, the flowers are so light-colored, they're almost white. 

The afternoon sun radiates through the back window and across my desk, where the cats love to lie in the sunbeam and watch me through the window.

 "Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun"
~ Kahlil Gibran

Sharing with Art and Sand - Share Your Cup
and At Home With Jemma - Thoughts of Home on Thursday.


  1. Pictures of cats lying in the sun make me happy :) I love this!

  2. I don't think anybody's slower at making progress in their home than I. You're almost done with your room! I love your tufted headboard, and I'm so sorry you have to return it. Hopefully you can find another that fits your bed. On a brighter note, the sun is shining and your lilacs are ready to open. I can almost smell them! Have a good weekend!

  3. Your cats are adorable. That headboard is really nice so I hope you find another like it that fits your bed.

  4. I think it looks lovely, sorry it has to go back. I LOVE lilacs, we can't grow them this far south in Florida.

  5. Such a shame about the headboard because it looks great, hope you can get something else you like just as much. The flowers are beautiful aren't they, hope you are enjoying a good weekend!

  6. What a shame this headboard doesn't work. It is lovely. Are you sure there's no way to make it work?

    Your bed is made up so pretty. I do love the colors you've chosen.

  7. I sure love lilacs, but mine refuses to grow! I've had it about five years or more, and it hasn't grown up one bit. It blooms just fine, but it won't get any bigger. I don't know what its deal is!

  8. I can't tell you how many times I have had to return/exchange things when working on a project.
    Thanks for sharing this at TOHOT!
    Your lilacs are beautiful.

  9. It's so disappointing when things don't go the way we want. But that's the way it sometimes go in decoration!

  10. What a bummer about the headboard because it looks quite nice there. I know you'll find something if you're patient. I think taking ones time while redecorating is better. When I have rushed things, I am not always happy in the end.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Regardless of the headboard troubles ( and I am sorry about that ) you have some very contented cats there! :)

    My Lilac is the same as yours...any day now that scent is going to explode and waft through the house!


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