Love thy Neighbor: A double room update

So… I love you to the moon and back and am so sorry for my hiatus. I have been *trying* to get my life in some sort of order (one of those “to hear God laugh, tell him your plans” kinda things). I have tons of stuff to post about so the good news is that I am back and will be posting much more regularly. The bad news… gotcha… there isn’t any.

You may have checked out the inspiration board page and I am really excited to reveal two rooms that I worked on with my Neighbor. My neighbor had the initial ideas that I put together the inspiration boards with and from that we have two brand new rooms! Both of their daughters are off at college and they wanted to update the girls’ rooms to be more chic and adult while reflecting their totally different personalities. So, with a few new pieces of furniture and some new decor, the rooms really look pulled together and completely brand new.

Sadly, I didn’t really take any “before, before” pictures. I have one that shows the previous wall color and a little bit of the furniture that was in one of the girls rooms. My Neighbor was really excited to get them some new furniture for their rooms, the stuff that they had was around for quite a few years. But all the old stuff went to great new homes (one piece is currently in my storage waiting for a fun new look, it is going to be an awesome piece in a guest room one day). So I totally scored on this makeover as well. Anywhoo… here are the before pics that I DO have.

You can see the old paint color in the top picture and the new neutral color in the bottom pictures. My neighbor had the rooms and ceilings painted – they may eventually put their house on the market so she wanted it to be something that would be a more universally liked color.

I however, am petitioning for them to never move. If that house ever goes on the market, I have evil plots up my sleeve to be sure that everyone who comes to look at that house thinks that the neighbors are all crazy and then they will never move (not really, but we would be totally bummed if they weren’t just across the street anymore).

Here is the inspiration board for the first bedroom we are gonna call “mini-A’s” bedroom. I asked them about using the pictures for the blogs but not about names. Nicknames are more fun anyway.

And now the BIG REVEAL BEGINS!!! I LOVE both of these rooms. I can’t pick a favorite. They were so fun to work on because the girls have totally different personalities and it was fun to find the individual pieces and see it all come together perfectly. Plus I totally creeped around my neighbor’s house until the girls came home for a weekend visit just so I could see their faces and see how surprised they were.

They knew their parents were updating the spaces but didn’t know the details.

Love the saying in this picture frame. I even made one for myself. We didn’t have any of their photos handy so I whipped this up real quick on the computer and I love how it turned out. Now to the full room…

Mini A loved the room. It totally reflects her bubbly personality. She loves bright colors and she LOVED the painting above the bed which is actually what a lot of the pieces in the room were inspired from. I think the basic gray bedding that has an awesome sheen and small amount of detail allows for everything else to be really fun and bright.

All of the different pillows on the bed totally compliment each other and then let’s not forget the awesome chair that their Mom picked out. That was the first piece in the room and gave us a jumping off point. The arrangement of the room (wish I had a better before picture for you) really opened up the space. Despite the bright colors, the room feels very calm and a cozy to me. Totally a group effort and I totally love it.

However, I love things about “not-so-mini-A’s” space as well. I think both offer simple enough base pieces that they appeal to pretty much anyone no matter your color preferences. I will tell you my faves after you see the awesome room. Below is the inspiration board you may remember. Definitely a much more girly Parisian chic sort of feel for this room.

And here is “not-so-mini-A’s” final room. My FAVORITE part are the puddled drapes. I love a good puddled drape. More than anything. I’m serious.

Note the photographs in this next pic. We picked them up at Ikea and I wanted to run away with them so badly. I love love love photographs of doors. Something about them seems promising to me. It’s a constant reminder that when God closes one door he opens another door and sometimes it is a B-E-A-UTIFUL door.

Heres a close up of the photos. They had a bunch of different doors and fences at Ikea but these were our favorites.

“not-so-mini-A” is usually pretty reserved but she cracked a pretty big smile seeing this room for the first time. I really think it fits her. She is not an ultra girly girl but loves the color purple. So I think we gave her a space that was uncluttered and totally fit the calm vibe that she has.

“mini-a” is the older sister, strangely enough. I only feel okay calling her “mini-A” because we are about the same height even though I’m like 4 or 5 years older and hey, being short is not as bad as some people thing. “not-so-mini-A” is definitely taller but I very much relate to her calm demeanor. I’ve known them both for quite a few years and am so happy that their Mom asked me to help out with this project.

We definitely kept an eye on cost by watching out for sales, using coupons and doing some online pre-shopping so we had an idea on what the total cost would be. Out of respect to clients, I never share their total budget, etc. but if you are looking for a piece in one of the pics, send me a message or leave a comment, I’m happy to help you find anything that you love.

Do you love it? Have any updates you are working on right now?

Another successful bedroom update… times 2! Coming soon I will have a playroom update that I am about to begin with a client. I also have some super fun tutorials including the princess birthday hat that I made for the sweetest and funniest little girl who turns four this weekend (my, how the time gets away from us!)

I’m so glad that you are still reading and promise that I have TONS of fun new things coming soon. I swear!

Hope you have an awesome weekend. Sic ‘Em Bears against TCU tonight at 6:00pm and as always Sic ‘Em Redskins and Texans (haven’t even looked at their schedules yet to see who and when they are playing, but that is a blanket statement for me).



Catching up & Spare Bedroom Reveal!

I apologize for my recent MIA status – I have been crazy busy and sick and all that jazz. Blah blah, but i’m back and I have some awesome new stuff to share with you!

First, I finally scheduled my move and will be moving things next week so that means I have a whole storage unit to go through but I am super excited to get some of my craft items out of storage which means you may see a crazy surge in projects, but I’ve been missing all my stuff and now that I have finished the spare bedroom/craft room/sewing room and gotten that all updated I am totally excited to cross off some of the projects on my list.

So you guys saw a sneak peak at the cornice box for the spare bedroom last week but as I mentioned, I wanted a little something to jazz it up. I found the perfect thing. So without further delay – I’m totally pumped to share the WHOLE bedroom with you!

Let me remind you of what it was looking like before:

Cluttered, messy and a total dumping ground. After a million  enough trips for the Goodwill folks to remember me each time, we donated a bunch of stuff and got this room ready for some reorganizing. The whole update only cost about $150 – some new bedding and pillow covers, a couple of decorative items and the rest was just some careful shifting of items that were already lurking around the house.

So here is the final product

Here is a close up of the key I added to the middle of the cornice box

Lantern, books and an alarm clock on top of the chest. A TV might be going there in the near future. 

2 part desk area with tons of shelves for storage. 

The main part of the desk – can use both desks for sewing or crafts, etc. etc. 

Found an awesome clock for $14 at ross and then made the cork board below it. Tutorial on that to come. 

Got an awesome deal on a lamp at Kirkland’s – covered over the side table with scrapbook paper and mod podge and added a handle – tutorial for that coming up too. One more pic of my favorite part of the room

I love the nautical feel of the bedroom and I also love that a lot of the items were repurposed – the frames on the wall have these awesome coastal town pictures in them. I repainted the 80’s frames they were in and then painted the mats as well. I already had all those supplies so that was totally free. It is easy to get creative once you start rolling and know you have a limited budget.

My parents are totally happy with their spare bedroom makeover and are so glad it isn’t the family dumping ground anymore. Do you guys have rooms that end up being a dumping ground? You just kind of shut the door and pretend it isn’t there?

Have a fantastic weekend!


DIY: Recovering An Outdated Cornice Box

You have seen some of the pics over the last couple of weeks of all the cleaning out that I have been doing. It feels so good to donate things and get items out of the house and to have everything de-cluttered. I’m not quite ready for the final reveal of the spare bedroom yet, but I will show you a sneak peek of what I have been up to in there.

Before I loaded up all the items to donate, you’ll remember that the room looked like this:

CHAOS. Old, dusty, stinky chaos. I borrowed an SUV to haul all my stuff to donate – there is no way my sweet little Volvo sedan would have been able to cram all of that in. Here is a picture from the front seat (you can’t see much but big garbage bags, but you get the point, the car was PACKED).

So I dropped off all of that jazz at goodwill, the women’s shelter and a few other places along the way (remember to check out what local shelters and programs need to see if you have any items that might be of use to them). I returned to a room that looked like this:








This room pretty much serves as a dumping ground and the door stays shut. I have some big plans for this room. First: that really awesome 90’s cornice box. Navy with a sunshine yellow braid across the middle. AWWWESOME. Also, you probably cannot see it very well but the curtains under that awesome cornice box? YUP they are multi-colored flowers. My parents have had no use for this room but now that I am back for a bit, this will be a great craft/sewing/spare bedroom space and my plan is to make it just that.

My overall plan is a somewhat beachy/vintage/nautical type feel since that is the general feel of the rest of the house. I went to Hobby Lobby and got 2.5 yards of this ticking stripe fabric (one of my favorite fabrics)

I think this will be a nice subtle fabric for the cornice box. I took the measurements of the box and added about 2 inches to each side before making my cuts so I would have plenty of room to staple. Then I got out my staple gun and went to town.

This is a super simple project and a totally easy update. I just ironed the fabric before I started working on it to get the creases out and then laid the fabric out on the floor and put the cornice box on top of that. I pulled the fabric tight and stapled all around the edges. The hardest part was trying to keep the lines somewhat lined up. I love how mine turned out but I would definitely recommend using a fabric without lines to make it a bit easier on yourself.

That’s what it looked like when I was done. Whole thing took me about 30 minutes (mostly due to lining everything up). I added some simple curtains I got from ikea for $19.99 for the set. This is a mini sneak peek of the spare bedroom update.


I know it isn’t much but I can’t wait until it is finished so I can show you the whole thing. I am planning on putting something in the middle of the cornice box to add a little more detail to it. I love the new look, though.

The whole project cost me $35.11 – $19.99 for the pair of curtains and $13.48 for the fabric. If you don’t already have a staple gun, you can buy one for less than $20 at Lowe’s.

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday and have a great rest of the week! Don’t forget to check in Wednesday for another “Why didn’t I think of that” tip.




When life starts falling apart… start a DIY project, of course!

Let’s see… over the past few months I have had a large number of changes in my personal life – some great, some that I could have done without. But, hey… I live my life knowing God has the plan and I must only be faithful. So what better to do than redecorate when everything feels out of control? I find it comforting to have a project.

So first things first – my bathroom at my parents house has had a few changes recently including a new soothing green paint color and the cabinets went from boring white to a much more modern black. There are still several things that could bring this bathroom up to a much more modern level. On my “to tackle” list is… 1. The large contractor mirror 2. Those old light fixtures that do nothing at all for any space – who ever thought those were a good idea? 3. The bathroom hardware – door handles, faucets, towel bars, etc. and finally 4. The general decor and accessories.

All of this is a work in progress and I will include some progress pics as well as the final product. The total budget is approximately $400 – lighting and new faucets will use up a lot of that so it will take some creativity to do the other items and come in under budget. Stay tuned for tutorials and updates on the progress. For now I will leave you with a few “before” pics.


The 80’s light fixture – these remind me a bit of a broadway dressing room.


The plain contractor mirror


The current towel rings – not bad at all, but they don’t go with the look I’d like, so they will need a little update.


and last but not least, the gold hardware. Again, not a huge deal and not super noticeable but they don’t really go with the look that I would like to have.