Home Decor: Son’s Room Update

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I have been MIA lately because I have been studying long and hard towards completing my comprehensive exams to receive my MA in English Literature. I am tired. My days and nights have been a blur for the past 5 months. Fortunately, I have completed my three part exam. Unfortunately, I will not know my results until the second week of June, give or take a week or so. During my time as a dedicated graduate student, I have remained insistent on working on updating my home, but due to the fact that I decided to not write a thesis, I knew studying would be something laborious in passing my comp exams and with this dedication, I knew I had to let the projects and the blog rest for a bit. Luckily, I’ve managed to create these photo ledge shelves in between. I still need two more on the other side where his floor lamp and ottoman reside, but this is the room for now. What do you think of the room so far?

The lampshade needs to be cleaned and placed on this table lamp. Can you believe this only cost about $5 at the swap meet?

The box holding toys is Noah’s favorite thing. He calls it his “secret box.” In fact, you’d often find his sister’s toys that he hides in order to frustrate her. 

Home Decor: Son’s Room Progress; Part Deux

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I recently posted about my son’s room and the progress we’ve made in sprucing it up. Although I am slowly, but surely, working on the room it is still incomplete. I am, however, really excited about the progress. Here is how it currently stands:







I still have a lot of details to complete and trim work, but I love the progress! What do you think? Is it frustrating for you–as it is for me–to have projects that take a long time?

Home Decor: Son’s Room Progress

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. My son–Noah–has had an incomplete room for a while. I took the leap–between studying for my MA English Comp Exam, being a mother of 3, wife, etc–and three weeks of weekend dedication has resulted in a work in progress that I am happy with. I am still working on it, the same goes with Sarah’s room–my 6 year old–but the results are so much better. He still needs casing around the window, curtains, a light switch plate and the other details, but I couldn’t wait to share the progress with you. Also, I’m on a mission to conceal the visibility of the neighbor’s house. Arrrggghhh!

We decided to add new baseboard, crown molding, blue paint, white paint, a gallery wall, and a rug. I can’t wait to show you the final results!


Crown Molding–it is the $52 pro pack from Home Depot

Baseboard–We had it at home from previous projects, but I’m sure it is the pro pack from Home Depot.

White Paint–Benjamin Moore’s Bright White

Blue Paint–Sherwin Williams’ Naval

Dresser–Ikea’s Tarva (we bought this 3 years ago and never had time to assemble it.

Picture Frames–Thrift Store, Etsy, Pottery Barn (elephant) and Marshalls.








Home Decor: Daughter’s Room, still working on it

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. Over the summer, I decided to work on my youngest daughter’s room, but grad school has kept me busy and I haven’t touched it since. We still have to add the crown molding, baseboard, trim to the door, paint the door, the ceiling, add crystal door knobs to the doors, lift the headboard to cover the wires and complete the closet. It certainly can become frustrating to have so many areas in the house unfinished. The good news is that grad school coursework will be over in 7 weeks, the bad news, lots of work. Anyway, I thought I’d post an update on the room thus far.

Can you believe I bought those two sconce shades at a Goodwill for $3?

Below are the pictures of the closet. She has a nice window in there that we want to add casing too and I was thinking of painting her closet a blush pink. She’s five so all things pink and gold excite her, hey, I’m 33 and they excite me.

Home Decor: Reupholstering an Antique Settee . . . Still in Process

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. A while back I blogged about this antique settee I found on Craigslist for $50. I put the reupholstering off for about a year. It simply sat in my garage waiting to be revived. Finally, my mom took me under her daring wing and we began reupholstering the settee. Please note that we are not professionals, in fact, far from it, but my mom is daring enough to give it a try. We made sure to look at each layer as it is assembled to further understand the assembly process. It is not complete as I still need to add the trim  to it. Once that is done, I will convert this post into a DIY post with steps on how to reupholster your own thrifty findings. So far, what do you think? I sanded and painted the settee gold and I decided upon this velvet black material I purchased at Joann’s with a 60% off coupon. I will say, it is not difficult to reupholster, but it certainly is tedious and it is a long process. At least it felt that way for me. Anyway, I did want to share this with you and I will update this post with steps for those that are interested.

Before:                                                                      After: (Trim still needed)


Home Decor: Model Home Inspiration

I was an avid model home visitor for a while and had to stop due to my school schedule. I decided to get my mind off of school and took the family for an impromptu model home tour a couple of months back. Going to model homes reminds me of the long journey we went through when we were trying to buy a home a few years ago. It brings butterflies to my stomach every single time. The homes, as always, are well staged and it becomes a little dangerous as you forget no one actually lives in them, hence the perfect appearance. Reality sets in and I soon realize that these are exactly that, staged. They are, however, a great way to draw inspiration for your home. I didn’t categorize them per home, but simply by area. These homes are by D.R. Horton and Lennar Homes that are currently being sold in Fontana, CA.

The Threshold:



The Kitchen:


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Home Decor: CW’s Beauty and the Beast

I am obsessed with the CW’s Beauty and the Beast. Not only do I love the chemistry between the beautiful and talented Kristin Kreuk (Catherine Chandler) and the very handsome and extremely talented Jay Ryan (Vincent Keller), but I also love the story line and every single episode including the rest of the cast and its mixture of action, romance, female empowerment (KK and Nina Lisandrello) and often funny dialogue by Austin Basis (J.T. Forbes). I am completely heartbroken about this fourth season being the last season. Aside from the obvious, I can’t stop obsessing over “Cat’s” New York apartment. The apartment in the first season was okay, but the change in the second season had me bouncing off the walls with excitement. The different and calming shades of light blue walls, the wainscoting details throughout the whole apartment, the whitewashed brick wall in the kitchen, the white cabinets with the glass inserts, the red cabinet in Cat’s hallway, the windows, the clawfoot tub in the bathroom, the list goes on. I couldn’t get pictures of all of these areas, but the pictures I managed to acquire display the majority of the beauty.

Here are a few pictures I’ve compiled from the CW’s website:

Season 1:

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Season’s 2-4:

The Threshold:

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Coat rack in the kitchen by the entrance.

The Kitchen:

The white cabinets with the glass insert doors somehow allows the kitchen space to look a little bigger.

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White counter stools make it look sleek and it takes up less space while providing extra seating for company.

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The Living room: I love the gray and different blue tones.

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The Bedroom:

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The Wainscoting and trim work:

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The Gallery Wall above the Fireplace:

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I love the show, but also the decor aspect, including, but not limited to the fashion ensembles worn by  Nicole Gale Anderson (Heather Chandler) and the beautiful dresses worn by Kristin. How about that wedding dress “Cat” wore for the roof top wedding?

I am loving the different blue tone colors throughout the apartment and enjoy looking at apartment living at its finest. It is interesting to see the decor choices, the set up and its inspirational aspects. What do you think about the set decor? Does it draw you in? If you haven’t watched it and are curious, Netflix currently has seasons 1-3 and the CW provides recent episodes on line and every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

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Season’s 1-4.