Category Archives: Bedroom

One Room Challenge: Weeks 1 & 2

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Howdy friends.  Thanks to the encouragement of my hard core fans on Facebook, I am jumping into the One Room Challenge Linking Party, Spring Edition.  I love that Linda from Calling It Home organizes this event.  It is a great way to get a room updated and hold you accountable over six short weeks.  I am a week late to the party, but I think I can catch up!

Ok, so last Fall I updated our master bedroom through the One Room Challenge and although I had a few more things to do at the end, I was crazy happy with the way the room shaped up in six short weeks.

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This time around, I am choosing to overhaul my toddler’s room.  She is a wild and carefree two year old.  When she was born, I loved doing her nursery in our old house — it was one of my favorite rooms in the house:

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{Above photos by Beth Furgurson from Cathy Green Interiors blog}

In our new house, we haven’t focused on her room.  It’s comfortable and functional, but baby girl deserves a polished room!  :)  Here are the before iPhone pictures (toys picked up, but nothing styled for these pictures, this is what it looks like everyday):

Wall #1:

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Wall #2

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Walls #3 & 4

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We inherited the wall color from the previous owners and we have liked it, but I would like something more serene for a toddler’s room.  Every bit of her room has been pieced together with items that we already had.  The rug used to be in our living room when we lived in Savannah (8 years ago!).

I am going to elaborate more on my plan for the room next week, but here is my paint inspiration picture:

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I would like to keep my budget to a minimum (as usual).  First up, Matt will be painting and I will be stenciling the walls.  Then, I would like to rearrange the furniture in the room and purchase at least a rug and window panels.

So what do you think?  Can I do it?  Eeeeek.  Stay tuned!

One Room Challenge: THE BIG REVEAL!

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I MADE IT!  Today is the big reveal and I couldn’t be happier.  I have been working on updating my bedroom over the last six weeks.  We moved into the house 11 months ago and it’s been neglected since move-in day.  I wanted a serene, neutral, clean space.  I set a budget of $850, and came in over budget by $178 and spent just over $1,000 (including tax and shipping, and mostly spent on the rug and window panels).  I am going to be back with posts on my budget, sources, DIYs, proudest ideas and ideas for the future, but for now, enjoy the BIG REVEAL!

Here is a shot of the before:

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AND NOW THE AFTER….

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A close-up of the DIY art:

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So, what do you think?  I am so happy with the results and so glad that I jumped into the One Room Challenge.  A huge THANK YOU to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing.  Be sure to pop over there and see what the other contestants did with their rooms in six weeks.  I have seen a few sneak peeks on Instagram and the transformations look AMAZING.

Thank you for coming along on the journey and stay tuned — I will be back with sources, budget breakdowns and a post-mortem of my favorite finds and plans for the future.

{In case you missed any of my One Room Challenge posts: Week One,Inspiration PhotosWeek TwoWeek ThreeDIY Art, and Week Four (I skipped Week Five — Halloween did me in!).}

One Room Challenge, Week Four

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Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge!  Only TWO WEEKS left to go.  This post is later this morning because the vanity came last night and my very patient husband was up late assembling it.  Here she is this morning with a little mocked-up mirror that I had in the closet (sorry for the shadows):

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I am really happy with the quality (for $130), the color, the size and the scale.  I am so happy with the big drawer for storage too.  I can’t wait to style her up!

Here is the sad news — the awesome bench from Home Goods is too wide for the vanity.  But, I moved it on the wall next to my end table last night and I didn’t hate it there.  I am going to play around with it because I really don’t want to return her!

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So, this week, was full of painting.  The ceiling got two coats of paint and is DONE!  Two of the four walls have two coats and tonight we are going to finish the other two walls.  Here are some shots that give you an idea of the true color of the walls:

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I am totally obsessed with this color (Benjamin Moore Fanfare).  I am thinking about using the remainder of the paint for our laundry room.

The little sheepskin rug for the other side of the bed came in yesterday, so I am waiting on the seagrass rug which apparently has shipped, but I have no tracking information (don’t you hate that?).  I have a plan for my DIY art and want to surprise you all next week.  This week, I am going to focus on the windows and pick up the white panels and the matchstick shades. Also, I need to find a suitable stool now for the vanity.  All with two weeks and $188.82 to stay on budget — eeeeeek!  :)

Can I do it??  Stay tuned!

P.S. Check out my previous posts on the One Room Challenge: Week One, Inspiration Photos, Week Two, Week Three, DIY Art.

P.P.S. Also check out the other participants’ progress this week in the One Room Challenge here!

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable and Easy DIY Art

Because I set a pretty strict budget for the One Room Challenge, I am going to try and DIY some art for the walls as placeholders until I can afford find the perfect “forever” art for the walls.  I definitely need an impactful, oversized statement piece for over the bed.

My super creative and thrifty friend Alyson, who is also participating in the One Room Challenge, posted last week about framed botanical wrapping paper (so genius).  And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

It got me remembering some beautiful blog posts about framed marbled paper….

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Kristen F. Davis Designs via Little Green Notebook

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Danielle Oakey Interiors

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There are some tutorials on how to make marbled paper, but there are some really affordable and gorgeous “pre-made” options out there:

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Paper Mojo $6.15 for 24×36

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Paper Source $6.50 for 20×29

I think these would be beautiful put into simple oversized frames, with or without a mat.

Here are some other easy and affordable ideas I am considering attempting:

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via Flickr

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the amazing Jamie Meares of i suwannee

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Thrifty Decor Chick

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Kendall Hailey

What do you think?  What is your favorite?  Can I pull this off??

One Room Challenge, Week Three — Work in Progress

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 Welcome back!  It’s week three of the One Room Challenge, and I have some serious progress to report.   Woo hoo!

As you can see below, we got the first coat of paint on the walls (my husband cut in and I rolled).  We also decided to take down the old Casablanca ceiling fan because 1990 called and wanted its crap back.  And to be honest, if the ORC stopped here, I consider it a success!  As far as paint goes, we still have another coat on the walls and two on the ceiling to finish.  I am absolutely loving the color (Benjamin Moore Fanfare).  It feels exactly like you are in the middle of a whispy cloud.  I can’t wait to use this color again somewhere else.

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Here’s a shot of the ceiling for you.  My favorite part of painting a ceiling is seeing the color the paint takes on at a different angle, even though you are using the same paint color.  I am liking the moody gray that magically appeared.

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 Also done this week, I purchased a cool bench from Homegoods to accompany the vanity.  If you are following me on Instagram (user name: ada_marie) you already saw this beauty:

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 You can see the tag still on it because when I got it home, I measured her and realized that she’s about as wide as the vanity, so I am going to leave my options open and wait until the vanity comes to see how things look together.  I am thinking that I may have to return her (sob!!), even though I love the color of the fabric, the texture of the wood and the nailhead trim!

Also, I removed the desktop computer sitting on the floor.  Keeping it real for you — it’s been sitting under this window for 11 months.  Baby steps, people.  This is what happens when you move with a crazy 10 month old.  Eeeeek.  Matt shortened the cable TV wire, added a power strip and tacked all of the wires to the back of the chest of drawers.

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 More progress:  I ordered the rug ($334.10, 15% off), the additional sheepskin throw rug ($33.20, 25% off), and the desk-turned-vanity ($136.88).  With the bench purchase ($157), I have spent $661.18. I didn’t factor in taxes and shipping in my budget, but I would like to stick close to my original $850 budget anyway.  I have $188.82 left to spend on two panels and two bamboo shades for the windows, and maybe some DIY art supplies.  I am going to have to get creative with styling what I already have (mirrors, pillows, accessories, etc.).

So, this week I hope to finish the paint on the walls and ceilings, start receiving some of my ordered items and adjusting course if necessary, and hunting for window panels and shades.

I have loved this challenge!  What do you think so far???

{If you would like to check out some of the other linking participants, click here.  Also, check out my other ORC posts: Week 1, Inspiration Photos, Week 2}

One Room Challenge, Week Two

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, WEEK TWO – MY PLAN AND BUDGET

Here is the plan, y’all:

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{Clockwise: Benjamin Moore FanfareWoven Shades and PanelsLayered RugsPB Teen Glam Vanity StoolTarget Hamilton Desk}

Per the advice of the amazing Sunny Goode (see post here), I am using Benjamin Moore Fanfare in the bedroom on the walls AND ceiling.  I am going to use that simple Target desk above as my vanity (I like that I can repurpose it later as a true desk or console and it’s not a “vanity only” purchase).  I would love a fun vanity stool.  I may try to save myself some pennies and find one at a thrift store to repurpose.  I am going to bring some texture to the room with the seagrass rug and the sheepskin hides on either side of the bed and the woven shades on the windows.  I love the simplicity of the white panels.  I have considered trying an ink block stamping in silver or gold to fancy them up, kind of like this:

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I am going to try my best to use what I have to complete this makeover.  We bought the paint a while back, and I have white bedding.  I am going to repurpose some lamps, mirrors and frames and attempt some DIY art.  Here is my wish list and budget for new purchases:

  1. Target Hamilton Desk.  $129.99
  2. 9×12 Seagrass Rug. ~$300
  3. One more 2×3 sheepskin rug. ~$30, but going to stalk HomeGoods for a $19.99 one like the one we already have.
  4.  Vanity Stool.  $179 (but hoping to DIY or repurpose)
  5. 2 Bamboo Roll Up Shades.  $55 x 2 = $110
  6. 2 White Panel Curtains.  $50 x 2 = $100

TOTAL BUDGET: ~$850 

Below is the latest progress — it’s not much, but can you see it?  Matt fixed a big crack down the middle of the ceiling in preparation for paint.  This is happening, people!

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What do you think of the plan?  Can I do it for $850?

Check out the progress on the other One Room Challenges here!

{Check out my other One Room Challenge posts: Week One and Inspiration Photos.}

One Room Challenge, Bedroom Inspiration

YES! to:
barely-there blue walls, white furniture, white linens, natural woven shadessimple window panels, sheepskin layered on seagrass, mellow art, big mirrors, a feminine vanitySpartan styling.  

NO! to:
fussiness, anything dark or heavy, window treatments that block natural light, clutter, too much furniture,
TVs (ok, a girl can dream).

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I’ll be back with my design plans and budget later in the week.  For my original post on the One Room Challenge, click here!

{All images can be found HERE}

My Design High aka Paint Color Plan

OhMyGoodness.  What a fabulous paint color consult appointment I had with Sunny Goode.  Is there such thing as a design high?  If so, I am completely buzzed.

I really soul-searched before our meeting and I asked her to help me with paint colors on the neutral yet warm side of the spectrum.  As I poured over images of my favorite rooms and spaces, I realized that I am drawn to rooms with bold color and “punch” used in the art, fabrics, and accessories, with the paint used in a supporting role.    Plus, that approach complements my ADD short attention span and tendency to constantly move and shift furniture, pieces of art, mirrors, pillows and accessories.

Sunny was wonderfully sweet, creative, funny, professional and full of amazing ideas.  I am still digesting all of our conversations and her inspiring suggestions, but here is some of our plan so far:

Entry hall, staircase and upstairs hallway: Farrow & Ball Blackened

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For the family room: Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light

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with Farrow & Ball Mouse’s Back behind the built-ins

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For the dining room: Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath (pretty paint, weird name!)

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For the master bedroom: Benjamin Moore Fanfare

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For Clare’s room: Benjamin Moore Hint of Pink (1/2 strength)

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For Julia’s room: Benjamin Moore Silver Satin with white stenciled polka dots

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So, what do you think?  We are going to get started upstairs, probably with Clare’s room first.  I am so excited to try a stencil in Julia’s room.  Seriously, I am on a giddy design high!

{All images can be sourced here}

Confessions of a Design Blogger

Bless me readers, for I have cheated, I have called in for reinforcements….

For Christmas, I asked for and received a PAINT CONSULTATION!

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{Love the polka dots for Julia’s nursery by Sophie Burke Design via Desire to Inspire}

I am both thrilled and slightly embarrassed.  Thrilled that I will get an expert’s opinion on each space in our new house and its function, while also focusing on the flow of the whole house and how each color and room relates to each other.

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{Thinking about Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for the entry hall, staircase and upstairs hall}

And, slightly embarrassed that I needed and wanted a second opinion!  For better or for worse (and I have really only had one true paint disaster, and let’s be honest, peach is a color best left to nature), I have always picked my own paint colors.  Because this house feels more like a “forever house” than any of our previous homes, I thought I may give some extra planning and consideration to the overall color scheme.

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{Love Benjamin Moore’s Proposal for Clare’s room via Young House Love}

I have had a few people independently mention and highly endorse, the Richmond-based and nationally renowned, Sunny Goode.  Once I heard her name, I realized that I actually have blogged about her products (stencils) and never really knew much about her.

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{Thinking about painting the brick hearth in our den white, but keeping the wood mantle a natural wood color; image via Pinterest}

So, she comes to the new house and all of it’s disorganized and disastrous glory on Monday morning.  I am like the world’s most intense helicopter mom on parent-teacher conference day.  I have copious notes on each room and my ideas.  Sunny is going to be sending SOS smoke signals and waving the white flag after two minutes!   :)

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{Beautiful color for our bedroom via Pinterest}

I will keep you posted — she has been beyond sweet and flexible in our correspondence.  I  can’t wait to learn from her and work together on a great paint plan.  Stay tuned!  Happy weekend!

Design Crush: Suellen Gregory

I love running across amazing Richmond-based interior designers.  I stumbled upon Suellen Gregory on Pinterest and was giddy to find that she is based a few miles down the road.  I really like her traditional, timeless aesthetic mixed with a few impactful and unexpected modern details.

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Isn’t she wonderfully talented?  All of the pictures are from her website — go check out her entire portfolio for some serious inspiration!

P.S. Are you on Pinterest?  Come find me there!