Teen Bedroom Makeover

     Wallpaper! That kept me from redecorating my step-daughter’s bedroom for more than two years after we moved into this house. My previous experience with the stuff was enough to prevent me from ripping down a fuchsia-colored print that Liesbeth was never fond of. It covered only one wall; one with a slanted ceiling at that, thus not really even a full wall. Silly me! One day I finally decided to just take a peek underneath by peeling back a small piece in a corner. Fifteen minutes later, the wall was bare and the floor was covered with intact rolls of fuchsia. Except the wall wasn’t completely bare. It was covered in paint…fuchsia paint. Ha! It was also covered in several blotches of putty where the previous owners had attempted to repair some blemishes. I couldn’t leave the blotches as they were since they’d show up as uneven imperfections under new coats of paint, so I sanded them down and covered several other holes to smooth out the wall. All in all not a difficult task. That’s how this decorating project finally got rolling!

     We then focused on colors and furnishings. She already had a twin bed, two deep purple beanbag seats, a white IKEA desk, her grandmother’s rather old-fashioned armoire and a chromed ceiling lamp. I wondered where to start exactly. She takes drum lessons and likes heavy metal. She’d been through a ”goth” phase and was then into a “grunge” phase. She doesn’t like fuchsia and hot pinks but adores dark purple. Not quite sure about which direction to take, I simply let her make the first big decision by selecting the curtain fabric. Some people choose curtains last to help bring everything in the room together. I thought it best to start with something new that would suit her own taste. She chose something quite unlike what I anticipated! Something very sophisticated and grown-up! That should not have entirely surprised me though, as she’s 18 and just starting studies at a nearby college to be a veterinarian assistant. They grow up fast before you realize it, don’t they!

     I then had to scratch my head about how to tie in the purple beanbags with a fabric of darker flower silhouettes on a background of graduating shades from gray to beige. Challenge on! Given her love for animals, we decided to create her “sanctuary” based on the flora and fauna of the local nature preserve. We live near a heather marshland, so the beanbags became the “water” around an old coffee table that I painted purple to match and also applied a vinyl photograph of lily pads to the top. 

     We painted the walls a neutral greige as a backdrop for the curtains and the vinyl “birch forest” stickers on the opposite wall. (I found all the vinyl appliques on Etsy.) I used the leftover lighter beige shades of the curtain fabric to make a velcroed decorative top for the duvet cover. The duvet cover colors worked well in the room, but the zig-zag striped pattern didn’t, so covering it up with the removable fabric worked out perfectly. I also bought modular IKEA units to complement and provide extra storage.

     I added a bit of character to the old wall mirror by creating a sort of diorama of the nearby pond. I cut and glued a piece of wavy patterned glass to fit within the frame, then filled it with blue gravel that I found at a local crafts store. I added a miniature plastic rabbit and set of cattails as well as a couple of small twigs to emulate trees.

     I painted a colorful landscape on the face of the old armoire to emulate heather in the foreground, then grasses and hills in the background.

     Finally, I also added some paint to the ceiling lamp to cover up the chrome and make it look a bit more natural.

     Lies is very happy with the result, and it now provides her a serene place to study or relax!

Home away from HOME

     My emotions recently turned from dread to looking ahead. This will soon become a favorite reading nook of mine. It’s the space at the top of the stairwell of the rental house my husband and I have found in a small village in Germany. My husband has been reassigned from Belgium to Germany and starts his new job on Monday. That may sound like a big move, but it’s only 3 hours away from our permanent home and only a 3-year assignment, so we decided to maintain our home we’ve created here while renting a fully furnished “home away from home” there. I’ll split my time between the two. I haven’t quite figured out yet how often I’ll make that drive back and forth, but we’ll be spending most of the weekends in Belgium with the kids, who are in college and the last year of high school.

     I expected that we’d end up with a small apartment with no character at all and barely enough room to maneuver about, but I was very pleasantly surprised when we found this little gem. It’s more than 200 years old and oozes with old world charm, both inside and out. It’s a converted farm building, with original wood beams and some of the stone-faced walls exposed. The furnishings are even stylish—farmhouse meets art deco (that just happens to be my favorite design period!), so when we viewed this I thought it was perfect just the way it is. Of course, there’d be NO fun at all just leaving the decor as is, so I will add my own touch here and there. I’ve challenged myself to figure out how to do that without spending much money. I’ll try to repurpose things. I’ll also have to restrain myself and purposefully add things only if I know I can use them in our own home 3 years from now. Since it’s a rental, I’ll also restrain myself from adding unnecessary holes in the walls, etc. That’s a challenge, but a fun one!

     I hope you enjoy this little photo tour of this home’s unique architectural elements.

     I even like the copper piping surrounding the front door—it adds a bit of an industrial feel.

     The outside even oozes with character, to include apple trees and a small vinyard maintained by the owners!

     This little corner will become our outdoor entertaining area. Prost! (That’s German for “Cheers”.)

Mission Accomplished:Bookshelves in the Foyer Finally

Summer season is just about to be over; at last 4 new bookshelves stacked against the walls in my foyer room.  I have had a strong desire to have bookshelves in my foyer for a long time. The front red door opens to the foyer; inside the foyer the French/glass door opens to the house.  I like the fact that the foyer room is a buffer between the front door and the rest of the house.  I put in enough books and some decor so I could take some pictures, but the real goal is to put books on the shelves—as is the function of bookshelves.  I don’t really like to overstyle or overdecorate bookshelves because I have many books and need each shelf for each subject heading.  I Like symmetry so I fully decorated the top of each of my 4 shelves; this way the eyes are drawn vertically upward because my foyer has high/tall ceiling. #loveyourhomechallenge.

Tween Bedroom Makeover

My daughter’s bedroom needed a major update because most of the decor was from her original baby nursery.  Since she’s about to start middle school, it was clearly time! Her window treatments are the last thing we are waiting on, but she is thrilled with the results and so am I!  We started with wallpaper from Serena and Lily and this set the tone and color palette for the room.  The ceiling is my favorite feature, because we created a tray with simple molding, then painted the inside with a mauve-type pink (BM Palermo Rose) and the outside a lighter shade of pink (BM Petunia Pink).  Both colors were picked up from the wallpaper. We added a lovely chandelier and the colors from the ceiling radiate off of the crystals.  The walls are BM Chantilly Lace.  Linens from Pottery Barn Kids and the starburst mirror from Target.  Everything else was already present in her room, including Mr. Moo Moo, who has been with her since birth!  To truly appreciate the breadth of this transformation, see the “Before” photos below!

A Room for Macy

My daughter decorated her room, all by herself :). I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, and thought her room turned out beautiful! She wanted a white and tiffany blue room, with a beachy feel. She created a gallery wall with a variety of teal and white cottage frames. Rivulets Quilt from Anthropologie. Throw Pillows ~ Target & World Market. Fabric for Headboard Jumbo Aqua Stripe ~ New Arrivals, Inc. New Arrivals Custom Pom Pom Curtain Panels. Bedside Table ~ Homegoods.

A New Sofa and Summer Decorating

Life has been a little crazy in my world the last couple of months, and I’ve been a little absent from the ”neighborhood” lately, but I’m enjoying getting caught up on what everyone has been up to. 

We had a new sofa delivered last month (the slipcovered white sofa I’ve wanted for YEARS) and I finally spent some time adding ”summer“ to our home over the weekend.

How do you like to decorate for summer?

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My First House

                

In college, I had the opportunity to live with 5 of my best friends. We had lived in the dorms the first two years of college, and when it was time to move out we decided to rent a house together!

We started house hunting and ended up finding the cutest little brick tudor in Queen Anne at a price we could all afford. We loved the hardwood floors throughout and all the charm that came with an old house. It was small and cozy, but it still had plenty of room for all six of us to spread out. I shared a room upstairs with my best friend that I’ve had since 1st grade.

       

We called this house “The Manor”. This will always feel like “my first house” (as an adult, at least). We were about to be juniors in college and had a lot to learn about actually living on our own. 

We learned those things together, laughing our way through things like taking out the trash, calling the plumber to fix leaky faucets, spending money on boring adult things like toilet paper,, killing spiders (since our dads weren’t around to take care of it)…the list goes on.

We had a gorgeous view with the most amazing sunsets every night. If you climbed out that window to the left of the fireplace, you would enter out onto the roof of our garage with a wooden porch swing.

          

We combined whatever furniture each of us had, and scoured Goodwill for things we needed. My best friend‘s dad made us this gorgeous crackle-painted table out of an old door, we loved it!

          

          

This main room is where we spent lots of our time together. When I think of this room, I just picture us all lined up on the couches with our laptops working on homework, browsing Pinterest, or watching the Bachelor and other great quality shows like “Dance Moms” and “Toddlers and Tiaras”.

          

Our dining room table was where we had meals together and where I completed many of my interior design projects late into the night.

          

We lived in this house for a year, and I’ll never forget some of the amazing memories of living here! I lived with these girls for the next two years (in another great house, I’ll try to find some good pictures of to share here soon!), and now even though some of us live apart now, we all continue to be best friends!

Feeling At Home

I decorated this little shelf in my bedroom with two blue and white pieces I’ve collected at flea markets with my mom, a candle from a friend, and a funny little alpaca that reminds me of good memories with the girls I lived with in college. The print above (from Graceline) is one of my favorite quotes and was given to me by my best friend for Christmas! These might look like random accessories at first glance, but they all have some kind of meaning to me and it’s one of the many reasons I feel at home here!

I love how we all have little things in our home that can start to tell our story.

What are a few things you have in your house that are meaningful to you?

My Beach House Remodel

Home Entry
This is a full shot of our entryway, living room & gallery wall.  

Front Doors 
Solid Pine Knotty Adler Custom Doors with wrought iron grills.  Mexican Tile Border from Latin Accent Tiles.  #frontdoors

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Foyer 
For our entryway, we add large pine front doors ~ My favorite part of the remodel! Rug from Anthropologie. Foyer tile from Tabarka Tile. 

Sunburst Mirrors ~ Ballard Designs & World Market.  Lamp Homegoods.  Cabinet Pier 1.

Gallery Wall

A collection of old and new photos. #gallerywall


Dining Room 

Chandelier Aiden Gray Home. #chandelier

Hallways

Family Room

Our den is a large open space and connects with our new kitchen. Features slipcovered white furniture (the ONLY way to go with kids!) #slipcovered #den #familyroom

Living Room
Slipcovered linen sofa.  Rustic accents.  Area Rug ~ West Elm

New Kitchen 
Backsplash is Tabarka Tile, white custom cabinets, butcher block island top, marble countertops.  Stools from Home Decorators.  #kitchen #remodel

Built In Subzero frigerator, Lighting over island from Park Hill Collection.


Farmouse kitchen sink from Kohler. Pendant light Currey & Co.

Eat In Breakfast Area



Hallway 

Filled with cottage armoire photos & beach knick knacks.  Diamond jute rug from Homegoods.

Master Bedroom

Closet


Master Bathroom
Sign from You & Me Signs (etsy store).  Mirrors Ballard Designs.  Sconces Cyan Design.

Linen Pom Pom Curtains ~ New Arrivals, Inc.  Wooden Curtain Rod ~ Anthropologie.  Chandelier ~ Cyan Design.
My Daughter’s Room


Jack & Jill Bathroom



Guest Bathroom



New Laundry Room

I did shiplap walls in my Laundry Room ~ Love them! Tabarka floor tile & laundry sink from Kohler.  Custom cabinets ~ handles from Anthropologie.

Sign from House of Belonging (etsy store).

Land of Sunshine Sign from New Arrivals, Inc.

Exterior


Pool

My Maltese, Harley :)

Our home is located in Atlantic Beach, Florida a couple of blocks from the beach, in the “Oceanwalk” subdivision.  Oceanwalk is a beach side community with over 250 homes and is only a bike ride away from the Beaches Town Center ~ a collection of shops and restaurants.  
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Small Updates

I bought this beige/off-white table at the thrift store for $20.  I replaced the coffee table in front of the daybed with this table.  So now I can have both: home library and dining room in one.  I don’t like my dining room formal so this relaxed and mellow furniture arrangement works out for me.  In the picture below on the far right I also hung up two mirrors on each side of the french door.  I like how the door turned out.  The french door used to be my front door, but now behind that door is the foyer; the foyer is where the red front door is now.  On the very far right of the french door where you see a bit of yellow curtain is my daughter’s bedroom.  It’s rather inconsequential that I should decorate and tidy up some parts of my house one day before I leave for summer.  I like to come home to a nice and clean home.  I only did this because I am practically done with all the packing.

“Make It Pretty” and Functional:  The Modest Sunroom

Finally my small sunroom is beautifized and functionalized. It is in use so I do not over-decorate.

*pillows: thrift store; the tag says Bombay Company

*painting; the original tag still says 1990 JC Penney $190 but thrif-store price was $15 and further reduced to $3; the frame was oak wood and I painted white with some wall paint on hand

*on the left of the photo you can see my freezer

*plate on the wall shelf: Goodwill store $1.99

#makeitpretty