ONE ROOM CHALLENGE - MY BEDROOM - WEEK 2

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:

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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?

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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:

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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.

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:

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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!

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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?

 

My Bedroom - Before and After

bedroom makeover I've been on a little hiatus but I'm back and feeling inspired.  Today I'm sharing my bedroom update which was LONG overdue.  It's great if a room looks pretty, but how it makes you feel is SO important.  My bedroom was cluttered and definitely not relaxing - it needed some serious help.  If you don't believe me, you can take a look at the before photos.  You might remember this post back in November 2013 when I was in need of some bedroom makeover advice.  I even asked Emma Reddington's readers to weigh in on my bedroom makeover.  I was torn between soft neutrals and graphic black and white.

So, It took me almost a year to fix this room. And now we're finally getting somewhere.

It's become my sanctuary.  My place to escape after a long day and let me tell you, I have been sleeping like a baby.  I decided to go with a palette of white, greys and black and warmed it up with some gold and brown accents.  The photo above the bed is the most colourful piece, it was taken by my husband during a Hawaii trip.  I had it blown up, and framed it in a large Ikea Ribba frame (which I painted an antique gold).

The 2 throw pillows were handmade by the women of Spun Studio and designed by me.  I fun collaboration I took part in this summer which you can read more about here.  Opposite my bed is a dresser where I keep my jewelry.  I picked up a printed napkin on my last trip to NYC and decided to frame it over the dresser.  I love the typographic pattern!

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It's amazing how small changes can do wonders  for your space.  Have you updated your bedroom?  How do you make it more cozy and inviting?