The Project Continues…Master Bathroom

OK, I clearly have a painting addiction. The first step is admitting you have a problem right???

I had to run to the hardware store to buy a little more paint for our much-needed bedroom makeover and I came home with some more BM Chelsea Gray for the bedroom and I just happened to pick up some paint for our master bathroom as well.

Our bathroom was in pretty good shape, but you can’t underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint.  It was painted a very light gray and with a gray bedroom, I wanted to add a little bit of color in here.  I decided on Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue (HC-147).  It is a light blue-ish green.  Some days it looks more blue than green and other days it looks more green than blue.  The color addition goes perfectly with the dark vanity and hardware and white marble countertop and tile.

Here are some before and after pictures.  The before picture is from the listing photos.


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Also, I’m going to take a minute to give you one very important piece of advice when it comes to painting.  If you take anything away from the decorating section of my blog, remember this:  please, please, please do not use flat paint on your walls or trim, especially if you have kids.  It is impossible to wipe anything off it, including dust.  So, once there is a mark on the wall you might as well just take your paint brush out and start re-painting.  Our house had a lot of flat paint and I just don’t understand it.  We typically use an eggshell finish on the walls and semi-gloss on the trim.  OK, I’m done ranting about flat paint.

I think this will be our last painting project until the Fall, if I can control myself from picking up another paint brush 🙂




Master Bedroom

I had previously mentioned that I had taken on a bit of a project.  That project was getting rid of the horrible Harvest Gold color that had taken over our master bedroom!  I have no idea what the actual brand and name of the paint color is, but that is name we came up with.  Not only were the walls painted that color, but all of the trim and doors were painted that color as well.  And, there were also splotches of it on the ceiling as a result of a bad paint job.  Although we eventually want to do a complete overhaul of our bedroom with new furniture, a king size bed, new bed linens, etc., this won’t be happening for a while.  But, getting the room painted makes it feel 100 times better already 🙂


Now the ceiling is a bright white…what a difference painting the ceiling can make.  For the walls we chose a charcoal gray, which I am loving!  It is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray (HC-168).  This is the first time I have chosen such a dark color, and I was definitely nervous, but it turned out perfect.  I actually think I could have gone a little darker.

We have beautiful wainscoting panels on the walls and we debated painting the wainscoting trim white, but finally decided on doing it all gray and just painting the window/door trim, base trim and doors white. We tried it both ways before making our decision and with such a dark gray, the white trim on the wainscoting seemed too harsh of a contrast all over the walls.  This is what it would have looked like with the white trim on the wainscoting, but a much darker gray.

As I was painting the wainscoting trim gray, which took quite a while, I was very happy with our decision because if I painted that trim white I probably would still be painting.

Here are some before and after pictures.  It is quite a transformation!


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I added some simple white sheer curtains from Pottery Barn and some (more) crystal lamps from Home Goods.  The room is slowly starting to come together as the romantic getaway I was hoping for.

Here is my eventual plan for designing the room…

  • Dark wood furniture
  • All white bed linens
  • Gray rug w/ a modern pattern
  • A touch of color for an accent (color to be determined, but maybe yellow???)
  • Chair or tufted bench for a sitting area

Like I said, it will be quite a while before we start buying bedroom furniture so this plan could completely change by the time we actually start buying things, but in the meantime it is fun to design our bedroom on Pinterest.

And, this is not the end of this project…check back to see what else we decided to take on.

Eggplant Tomato and Mozzarella Stacks

I love eggplant, I love tomatoes and I love fresh mozzarella and this appetizer has all three!  I have seen several variations of this on Pinterest and I don’t know what took so long for me to try my own version.  It is really easy to make and great as a leftover, which is good because one eggplant makes a lot.  I served it as an appetizer, but I personally could eat this as a meal.

Eggplant Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella - LiveDineParty


  • Eggplant
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper


Cut the eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices.  You can either peel or leave the skin on, whichever you prefer.  Salt the eggplant and thoroughly dry it.  Salting eggplant before cooking is an important step to getting the right taste and texture.  It also helps prevent the eggplant from absorbing too much oil when cooking.

Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and add a little crushed black pepper.  I was planning on grilling the eggplant, but the weather did not cooperate so I decided to use my grill pan instead.  It came out great, but there is nothing like that real grill flavor so I will have to try it again when it is not pouring out.  Grill the eggplant on both sides until tender.

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In the meantime, slice the tomato and fresh mozzarella.  Once the eggplant is cooked, place the eggplant on a baking sheet and stack the tomato and mozzarella.  Adding a fresh basil leaf would also add to the dish, but unfortunately I made this before my basil was ready for picking.  Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is bubbling about 15-20 min.  Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!