NEW PROJECT #2: A POSH GIRL’S BEDROOM

Happy New Year!

I had mentioned a little while ago that my kids’ bathroom reno was not the only project I was going to be working on. Shortly after posting that, we had dear friends of ours who now live on the other side of the world ask if they could stay with us for a little while during the holidays. I, of course, said yes and was looking forward to seeing them, but realized that the bathroom we had just started renovating is the bathroom that they would normally use as overnight guests at our house. Ugh!!! I felt a time crunch to hurry up and get that bathroom finished before their arrival so I put my other project on hold so I could go full force on the bathroom reno.

Well, the holidays are now over and we had a wonderful time with our friends! But sadly the bathroom reno was not completely finished when they came 🙁 . I made a lot of progress but still didn’t have any functional sinks in there. Yikes! Fortunately, they are gracious people and were okay with it… And fortunately we have two other fully functional bathrooms in the house.

I am now close to finishing up the kids’ bathroom, but I’ve also gone back to doing some work on my second project so I’ll give you a look at that today.

My daughter, who recently started middle school, has spent the last year and a half asking me if I could give her bedroom a makeover. She’s watched me redo other rooms in our home and enjoyed the final results, so she thought it’d be fun if I gave her own bedroom a new look—a more mature look now that she’s so old.

Here is her current room:

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I decorated her current bedroom when she outgrew her crib ten years ago. I’ll never forget the experience! My kids spent a week with their grandparents out of state, and I spent nearly every hour they were gone transforming my daughter’s room into a new “big girl” room so that it would be completely finished when she returned.

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I created my own stencil for these daisies on the wall which go all around her room. With my OCD I had to get each one perfect, so I ended up touching up every line by hand which took about three straight days of work! But it was all worth it in the end because my daughter came home so excited to see her new “big girl” room!

Now that she’s getting close to the teen years, she feels like this is a “little girl” room and she wants something cooler. I was happy to oblige! I have to admit I was excited about the idea of redoing her room for her. It’s fun having my daughter as my client and getting to create the perfect bedroom for my favorite girl in the world!

My inspiration for the design of her room came from old New York City apartments and brownstones. So many of the old New York buildings are filled with so much character and detail. They tend to have a traditional look influenced by various European styles. Just take a look at what I’m talking about…

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NEW PROJECT #1: A BATHROOM RENO ON A BUDGET

Good morning lovely readers! My apologies for how long it’s been since my last post! I decided to take some time this summer to work on purging and organizing some areas around my house. I’m rather OCD about this kind of thing so it took me a little awhile, but it feels so good to have everything in order now! My kids also both started new schools in August (my son started high school and my daughter started middle school) so I’ve been busy with the rush of the new school year and trying to help my kids settle into a new routine.

I’ve taken whatever free time I could find over the last few months to work on designing and sourcing some items for two new projects. Yes, two! I’ve had two makeovers that I’ve been considering doing for awhile and I couldn’t decide which one to do next so I’m just going to do them both. Today I’ll share the first project…

But first, I want to mention my built-in bookcases were recently featured at Better Homes and Gardens Style Spotters and my bonus room was featured at Thrifty Decor Chick’s blog. There are other great projects featured at those links so go check them out!

Okay, now on to my first project…

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These are current photos of our upstairs hall bathroom. This is a full bathroom that my two kids share… or at least they used to. A few years ago, my son kind of took over this bathroom and let’s just say he is the opposite of a neat freak. My daughter hardly uses it now and frankly, I don’t blame her!

This bathroom has taken a beating over the past decade. The toilet paper holder fell off about a year ago, there are stains on the walls, and the shower curtain has seen much better days! I’m so looking forward to fixing all of these issues!

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But this bathroom has more problems than damage and dirtiness. Many of the elements are outdated and my kids have also outgrown the style. I gave this bathroom some colorful decoration when we first moved into this house and my kids were little. It worked well at the time, but now that my children are in the teen/tween years I know they’d prefer a bathroom with a more “mature” look. Plus, this is currently the bathroom our overnight guests use so they might appreciate something that looks a little less childish too.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT?

I hadn’t even finished my home office makeover when I started planning for my next makeover, my dining room. My dining room happens to be another room that sits at the front of our home off the foyer like my office. And also like my office, this room is very dated looking. It badly needs to be brought into 2015 with some new colors, furniture and decor! Just take a look:

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Can you tell by the color scheme and materials that I decorated this room at the same time I decorated my old office? This new dining room will have a different look than my new office though.

I have seen some inspiring neutral colored rooms recently and have been wanting to bring a neutral color palette to most of my downstairs. My dining room will be the first room christened with a neutral scheme.

I also want to infuse a more modern style into this room. My office incorporated some traditional design which was my intent, but I’m hoping this dining room will have more of a modern flair with a few traditional elements thrown in.

And because pretty pictures are so fun to look at, here are some rooms that inspired me for my dining room design…

DIY AND DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM ASHEVILLE, NC

I just returned from a trip to Asheville, NC, a small city in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is known for it’s culture, art and design. There’s a plethora of local furniture stores, consignment boutiques and antique shops, and the designer in me couldn’t resist exploring them looking for some one-of-a-kind pieces.

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I found so many amazing treasures, but only came home with one purchase 🙁 (when we go next year I’m bringing a bigger car 🙂 ). Since I couldn’t afford to buy everything I liked, I snapped some photos to capture the inspiration.

I collected close to 200 images of great design! I want to share these photos with you, and have narrowed down my collection to items that I hope you readers will like. Enjoy… and be inspired to go create or decorate!

You can click on any image to see a larger photo or to view the photos as an album…