A Leon's Makeover Story - Part Two

Do you remember what your childhood home looked like? Or are your parents still living in it? For me, it's the latter. I've helped style many spaces over the past year but this one had me a little emotional. Which, by the way is not surprising because I'm a bit of a sap. I grew up in this house so the opportunity to give this space a huge makeover was a task I wasn't about to take lightly. I wanted it to be functional, beautiful and timeless so my parents could enjoy it for many, many years.

If you missed out on part one of this series, I urge you to take a gander at the BEFORE photos. Here's a little peek at the concept board I put together:


What do you think? Head over to the Hello Yellow blog for more details on the space and why we chose each piece for my parents new living room. Just click right HERE <------------

Stay tuned for the big reveal next week! :) 


Sometimes it’s the little things that help shape you as a person but you don’t realize it when it’s happening. When I was a child, my Dad would come home with metal wire puzzles he made at work (he was a welder). He was really crafty and resourceful, always making improvements to our home. From re-tiling the backsplash to installing hardwood floors - I was always watching from the sidelines to see what he would do next. My Mom worked as a government secretary for 40 years but let me tell you, she could wrap a present like nobody’s business – and this was waaaay before Martha Stewart days and long before Pinterest was even a thought. Twine, eucalyptus, ornaments you name it…wrapping Christmas presents was an event at our house and I loved every minute of it. 


Since this past August was my parents 40th wedding anniversary, I really wanted to do something special for them.  I wanted to give them a new living room! Head over to the Leon's blog, Hello Yellow to read the full post and see all the before photos HERE ! 




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.

Basement Makeover: Inspiration

Oh, basements.  The place where things go to die and collect dust.  To be honest, I rarely spend time in my basement because 1) the lack of natural sunlight 2) it's cluttered as hell and 3) it's just not cozy.  My basement is filled with extra furniture, baskets of dirty laundry and too many mislabeled boxes filled with anything from next season's footwear to old halloween costumes. 

A few weeks ago, I decided to de-clutter and figure out a plan to transform my boring basement into a cozy and welcoming retreat.  I've always wanted to do dark walls and although pretty daring for someone who loves white, I decided to go with one colour for the entire basement.  I knew it had to be something DARK.  Here were some of my inspiration photos:


I wanted something pretty close to black (!).  My husband thought I was crazy (?).  But a mixture of dark walls with white, natural wood and vintage elements was calling my name.  Have you painted your basement?  And would you ever go dark?

Sources: fastighetsbyran.se / Domino / Style By Emily Henderson / Newburgh Row House by Door Sixteen / fastighetsbyran.se




Bookcase Makeover On A Budget

bookcase makeover Do you ever buy a piece of furniture for your home, stare at it every day and then wonder, "why did I do that?".  Well, I did this for months after I brought this beat up bookcase into my home.  What I loved about it was: the size (it fits perfectly in my small hallway), the shelves which provide additional storage and the clean lines of the piece.  But no matter how I styled it, it just wasn't working for me:

bookcase makeover, loveonsunday

Not sure why it took me so long to paint it.  I guess I couldn't settle on a colour I could live with...so very Libra of me.  It takes me forever to make a decision!

After a quick trip to Home Depot I realized the only colours I wished to use were in the wall paint section. I took the leap and bought 2 samples of Behr Marquee in Frosted Silver.  The best part: total cost was $8! (sample cans!)

The result was incredible. Not only did it cover the bookcase evenly, the paint was flawless after it settled with barely any prep. And I have to add, this is not a sponsored post, I am simply a fan of the product because it worked so well!

bookcase makeover, loveonsunday

The bookcase has a laminate top and brown legs which we left unpainted.  I love how the lighter colour takes up less visual space and complements the items so nicely.

Have you worked on any Spring project or DIY's lately?