eclectic guest bedroom refresh

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oh the guest room.  The place where old furniture and unwanted decor goes to die.  In our house I call it our bone yard.  It's also where I stash piles of stuff when I'm too lazy or don't have enough time to put it where it really belongs.  And to think that's where I have guests sleep when I welcome them over night to our home.  Even though I pick up the piles of junk before hand, it's not exactly inviting.  Sorry about that mom and dad.  I wanted to freshen it up, but as is normally the case, on the cheap.  


Certainly not a nightmare, but incredibly blah.  And honestly this was looking way better than it had before.  Wishing now I had some photos so the before and after would be more impressive ;)  It was a mash up of furniture.  The other side of the room had a dresser and mirror that matched the sleigh bed.  It was A LOT of dark furniture. 


I'm calling this eclectic because there is still definitely a mix of styles in here, but it's much more pulled together now.  The biggest change was slipcovering the bed in drop cloth.  It was super affordable and lightened the room up a ton (UPDATED: You can find the slipcovered bed tutorial here).  Other than the drop clothes I used to make the slipcover, the only purchase were the two matching brass lamps.  Since the tables stayed the same, matching lamps brought in some form of symmetry.  Everything else was added in by shopping the house!  When you think you've got nothing to work with, you just might surprise yourself.

To give you an idea of layout, this is right off our front entry.  I used to keep the door shut so I didn't have to look at it.  Now I'm happy to have it open.

I couldn't come up with what to do over the bed.  Thought about the usual piece of art and then thought about how I'd love to have a collection of round baskets on the wall.  I didn't have any baskets and didn't want to buy any.  But, what I did have was a pile of hats in the playroom that the kids never used.  I love it way more than the baskets!  The perfectly round one was leftover from Izzy's tea party birthday years ago and was probably less than $5 from Hobby Lobby's floral department.  The other's were old hats that had lost their shape or weren't being used. 

Mike had a box full of seashells, sand dollars, and little star fish stashed away from when he was a kid.  I decided to pull them out and put them in a glass box so they could be enjoyed.

That then inspired me to fill the antique french table with some of my grandmother's seashells that she lined her driveway with.

I kept my DIY subway art but hung it over by the door.  I've also been working on the attached bathroom to the right.  It's a boooooger to photograph, but I'll share it with you soon.  Lots more DIY's going on in there.

The bedding is a happy mash up.  The banded pillow shams came with the duvet I used in Sam's room.  The quilt used to be in our master.  The white euro pillows are several years old, and the throw pillow was a newer find from Homegoods that I didn't intend on using in here, but works perfectly.

My takeaway from this is that you don't have to spend much to freshen up a space.  

  • Shop your home before going out and buying new decor.  Move stuff around, you just might surprise yourself.
  • Look for like items that you can turn into a collection for bigger impact (like the hats and seashells)
  • Instead of purchasing matching nightstands, create symmetry with matching lamps.  Much cheaper.
  • Mix and match the bedding.
  • If you just can't stand it, slip cover it.  I've done that with our master bedroom's nightstand, our dining room buffet, and now this sleigh bed.  HUGE money saver.
  • Greenery goes a long way.  You don't have to hit up the florist, just snip anything green from your yard and toss it in a vase.  Instant life.

SOURCES:  DIY slipcovered bed // campaign table and oval table - antique // brass lamps // white duvet - Homegoods (similar here) // quilt - Target, no longer avail (similar here) // gray print pillow - Homegoods (similar here) // plastic white tray // glass display box - Junk Gypsy's (similar here and here) // green glass vase - Homegoods (similar here) // DIY subway art // white drapes // bamboo blinds



best of the nordstrom home sale

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Now that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public (those of us non card holders), I thought I'd pull together my picks from the sale.  You can check out some other great finds from my other post (not all sale items, but awesome prices none the less).  I was excited to see that the Dash and Albert rugs in our master bath were included in the sale!

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Sale ends August 8th, so don't wait too long to snatch up your favorites!

life hack | how to keep your flat sheet tucked

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I think I've mentioned before that my husband is a cocooner.  When sleeping, he wraps himself up in the sheet and duvet and practically rolls like an alligator doing it's death roll, cocooning himself in the covers.  I'm literally left out in the cold.  Sucks.  Our poor flat sheet doesn't stand a chance.  Every night it gets untucked and slides all around driving me insane.  But... no more!!!  I recently found a solution for the flat sheet that's too good not to share.  It's been a full week and that puppy is still in place.  WINNING.

Full up game changer.  Now if I could only figure out how to get him to stop hogging the rest of the covers.


While I've got you, I want to give you a sneak peek into what I've been working on lately!  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll recognize this.  Our furniture and decor boneyard guest bedroom got a quick and super affordable makeover that I'm pretty darn excited about.  This was just a quick shot I took on my phone, but am planning on taking photos this week to share with you next week.  

It's no longer feeling like the ugly duckling anymore.  Poor guest rooms.  They always get left out in the cold.

our fifth house - 2014

Monday, July 18, 2016

You've done it!  You've made it to the finial house tour!  If you're just joining, I'm sharing how my style (or lack of) has changed over the years and with each house.  You can catch up by clicking on our first housesecond house, third house, and fourth house.

Our Fifth House - Houston, TX 2014

This is our current home which we built.  It wasn't a completely custom build, so we have slowly been tweaking things and adding our own touches to it over the past couple of years.  Knowing that we were going to be changing things, we had this house built with a number of builder grade items (cabinets, lighting, bathroom fixtures, etc.) and only upgraded things during the build that made a big impact (hardwood floors, tile, counter tops, adding in hardwired light boxes, etc.).

Since this is our current home there are a lot more photos, and I've included links to full room tours and information about items used in each room.

INFO: entry tour // barn light // DIY bench // rug - Homegoods (similar here) // hooks - Rub n' Buffed in gold (similar here) // DIY paper wrapped books

KITCHEN INFO: kitchen tour here // counters - Silestone Lyra // pendants // cabinet pulls // cabinet knobs // faucet // wall mount pot filler // counter stools // paddle cutting board // rope handle cutting board - Homegoods // fruit bowl // utensil crock // 

NOOK INFO: lantern (spray painted black) // DIY bleached wood table // chairs // DIY floor mirror // bamboo blinds // white drapes // basket // rug // vases 

BATHROOM INFO: bathroom tour here and here // false drawer vanity hardware // knobs // light fixture // faucet // rug // DIY mirror frame //bamboo blinds // art over tub (personal photo printed through SnapBox)

POWDER ROOM INFO: powder room tour // hexagon pendant - discontinued (similar here) // ladder - vintage (similar here) // bird prints (Round Top) // frames // mirror // faucet // vanity lights // basket -Homegoods (similar here) // hand towel (similar here)

INFO: hallway tour // frames are a mixture of TJ Maxx, IKEA, hand-me-downs, and garage sales

BEDROOM INFO: bedroom tour // DIY polka dot decals // DIY tufted headboard // giraffe sheets // wall sconces // round nightstand - TJ Maxx (similar here and here) // bunny vase // giraffe art prints // DIY pin board // desk - thrifted (similar here and here) // ghost chair // DIY pom pom drapes (no tutorial, but used my super secret drape source) // baskets - Homegoods // dresser - antique market, (similar here and here) // DIY inlay mirror // bunny lamp // silver bunny bank // bunny alarm clock

BEDROOM INFO: bedroom reveal // Bed + DIY bedrails // DIY large scale art + frame // IKEA last hack // rug - purchased overseas (similar here) // sheets - no longer avail (similar here) // blanket // duvet and pillow (Homegoods) // sconces // bamboo blinds // drapes // hanging chair - no longer avail (similar here)

INFO: mudroom reveal // paint - BM Simply White // metal bins // large hooks // small hooks

PAINT:  Entire house is painted PPG Palomino Gray.  For additional paint info, visit this post.

Even in two years these rooms have all changed since we first moved in.  No matter what, it always takes time to figure things out.  And, that's kind of the fun part anyways.  It's nice that nothing ever has to be DONE.

I think it's interesting to see how a lot of the same furniture has been used over the past eleven years.  We are definitely not the type to start fresh with out furnishings when we move.  But, maybe that's just because we have moved so often.  A few new pieces have been purchased like the chairs in the living room, coffee table, dining table, and bed in the master.  The older pieces get reworked if they're not falling apart.  Things like making skirts to cover our old nightstand and dining room buffet, painting our dining room chairs and restaining our kitchen table have been a huge cost savings, which makes me feel better about the new purchases we make.

This last photo may make your eyes bleed, but hey, no pain no gain!

Man oh man do I wish I could go back in time and change things ;)


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