And just like that, we are done. It’s reveal day and I am so excited to share this space with you all. Project Mildred Manor actually started over 6 weeks ago because as you all know, decorating takes time...Read More
It's time!!! My bedroom is DONE. That actually sounds really good to say. The past few weeks have been a blur trying to keep up with work and sourcing items for this room. To be honest I had a very low budget and I spent under $300 for everything. Luckily we had an IKEA credit which helped me out tremendously!
So let's get right to it, do you remember what it looked like before? Here's a reminder:
I knew I wanted to keep it white but bring in some texture and pattern and incorporate some of my favourite thrifted pieces. Originally, I wanted to keep the headboard wall completely bare but I made the last minute decision to incorporate some plant life. What can I say, my love for eucalyptus is strong, folks. This wall hanging was inspired by Sarah Sherman Samuel's DIY which I love!
Because everything is so white, I knew texture and pattern would make the space more cozy and inviting. I incorporated that in my throw pillows, blankets and rugs. I'm in love with this hobnail chenille blanket I found at the Aberfoyle Flea Market. The 2 throw pillows were gifts from my Mom, the white cutout pillow is a handmade piece she brought back from the Philippines. I love it!
Instead of matching wall lamps, I opted for a table lamp on one end. I find it gives the room a more relaxed vibe. Plus, the black lamp was my Dad's, he's had it since I was a child. It's super old (and not that pretty) but I just love it's simplicity.
I've had my eye on this bench for quite some time. It was in my parents backyard collecting dust. I knew it would be perfect for the foot of our bed. My Dad was a welder and he constructed it out of metal pipe and old wood. It's weathered over time and I love the look of it.
Below is my hubby's side of the bed. My Mom likes to take photos of things at the thrift store and send them to me (cutest, right?). I spotted this brown frame in the background and asked her to take a look. It turned out to be perfect because the ceramic sculpture is a rooster from Chinese Astrology — which is my husband's year. Apparently, roosters are "hard working, shrewd and definite in decision making, often speaking their mind". I agree with all of that so of course, this went up on his side of the bed :)
I really wanted a small vanity area and this little nook in my bedroom turned out to be perfect. Now I have a place to store my brushes, makeup and jewelry. It only takes me about 10-15 mins but it's nice to have a spot where I don't have to fight for the mirror. I also have the option of pulling the stool over when I want to sit down.
I even organized my closet! I've been obsessed with the Konmari Method and it's so much easier to see what I have when it's organized.
Thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for organizing this event. I sometimes need a little push to get my butt going and this is exactly what I needed. Thanks to my parents and hubby for all their help! I absolutely love our new bedroom and I slept like a baby last night :)
HAPPY THURSDAY, INDEED!!!
Soooo, life happened and I skipped Week 3's update. OOPS. The truth is, I'm actually in the midst of styling a client space and we're right about halfway which means a ton of sourcing and travelling on my part. Exciting times! But I'm also juggling some graphic design projects which explains my missed post. But that's a whole other post and today is all about the One Room Challenge, Week 3 AND 4! Here we go...
After having no luck finding a stool for my vanity area, I decided to hit the Aberfoyle Antique Market on Sunday which was the opening weekend. Let me tell you, this girl went home happy because I scored some amazing finds!
I could easily spend the whole day there which is precisely why my husband was nowhere to be found (haha); instead my parents came along. Growing up, Sundays were all about thrift stores and flea markets and finding things to repurpose for our home (hence the name of my blog). If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, I suggest you check it out if you haven't already been.
I found my stool for $20. It's dirty and a little disgusting but I like it — cracked paint and all. I'll clean it up a little but for the most part, it's staying as is. I'm actually wondering if I should peel off more of the paint. Thoughts? I also found this interesting teak light pendant for $25.
Right before leaving, I spotted these hobnail chenille blankets which I fell in love with (I mean, look at that detail!) And for $20 each, how could I say no? It will bring in some really nice texture to the bed and complement our popcorn ceiling...........
ewwww. I was totally joking. I hate popcorn ceilings and just noticed how prominent it looks in this photo. But I will turn a blind eye because we don't have the time or the money to put towards that. On another note, after sleeping in our bedroom for a year, WE HAVE CURTAINS! I opted for some simple white Ritva's from IKEA.
Some great progress over the past week but there's still A LOT to do. Don't forget to check back next Thursday for another update and also visit the other featured designers and guest participants to see what their week 4 is lookin' like!
It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge! In case you missed my first post, I'm giving my master bedroom a much-needed makeover. Every Thursday, hundreds of bloggers and designers along with myself, will be posting about the progress on their space. If you feel inclined to go back a week, you can find more of the deets on Week 1 here.
Update time. So, after scouring the internets, this is probably the closet thing to what I want my bedroom to FEEL like:
Soft, laid back, peaceful.....ahhhhhhhhhh I can just picture myself curling up with a good book on that cozy bed. Unfortunately, I don't live in Sweden so I'm not blessed with white-washed floors and a killer view BUT I do have IKEA 30 minutes away so I can make an Amy version of this happen.
I threw together a little concept board below. I love the soft colours but I'd love to bring in some colour and texture in the accessories. I've had my eye on some vintage mudcloth throws but of course they are $$$ so I'm looking at some options. Also, why is it so hard to find a rustic stool??? I've had no luck on Kijiji or Craigslist. Am I crazy to hope that it will magically appear on someone's curb on garbage day?
I've added an asterisk to pieces I already have. The rug is actually in my office and I've realized I don't really need a rug in there since I shoot most of my things on the floor so I might be moving that into the bedroom. However, if I decide to buy one I've narrowed it down to 2 other choices:
I don't know if I want a warm or cool tone to the rug so I would love to know your thoughts!
And that's it for the Week 2 update. Make sure you check out the other talented folks over on Calling it Home . Big shoutout to Linda for creating this challenge! Make sure to check back here next Thursday to see what progress I've made :)
Source: top image via Alvhem.
That's right, I did it. I am finally a full-time entrepreneur. I say "finally" because it's something I've been thinking about for quite some time now. As someone who's worked a steady job since I was 16, venturing off into a world of uncertainty was a scary thought for me. The thought of not having a pay check every 2 weeks was terrifying to say the least especially now that we've moved from a condo into a new house (stay tuned for that post).
I had a good job, working as a full-time graphic designer for a large Canadian brand but something kept tugging at me. It started as a whisper which I ignored, and then it just got louder as each day passed. Soon I felt like someone was throwing a brick at me screaming, "you're on the wrong path, stupid". It would consume my thoughts morning and night. I've always been very self-aware and observant of the things that happen in my life and it just so happened that opportunities would present themselves every time I was closer to making my decision. Opportunities that I've always wanted and just couldn't pass up. Oprah says, "there's no such thing as luck. There's only preparation meeting the moment of opportunity". I believe this 100%. I wasn't ready a year ago but I worked hard, sacrificed and hustled…and now I'm exactly where I need to be. Now is my moment of opportunity.
After working over a decade on and off with freelance clients of my own, I knew I could sustain a somewhat steady income and be much happier because I would be able to create the life I've always wanted. Working for a growing company can be rewarding but also challenging at the same time. On the upside, you get to be part of something amazing that touches the lives of thousands. On the downside, you may have to give up a lot of your own free time in order to meet the needs of the business. I soon felt that I was giving up too much of my life, especially for something that I couldn't see myself doing for the long haul. It just wasn't right for me anymore. My heart and gut was telling me it's time to go. The life I wanted included being my own type of creative person and still being able to enjoy my home, family and friends.
So here I am, writing on my couch on a Tuesday morning. I'm a little under the weather, surrounded by a mound of kleenex and blankets but I wouldn't have it any other way. There's something liberating, scary and exciting about creating something that is truly your own. Only I can determine how much money I make and whether I get a raise at the end of the year. I'm ecstatic and thankful that I have the opportunity to take this risk during this time in my life. It's going to be a long and hard road ahead but I accept the challenge. I'm now comfortable with being uncomfortable. It also helps that I have the most supportive hubby in the world. I wouldn't have been able to leave a steady full-time job if it weren't for his belief and trust in me and of course his steady income. He's always been my #1 supporter which makes things a lot less scary and a lot more exciting :)
So things are going to look a little different around here. I'm in the process of consolidating my portfolio and blog so some changes will have to be made to Love On Sunday. Right now, my business will be focusing on interior styling and graphic design and I definitely want my site to reflect that. I hope you'll stick around for what's to come!