Category Archives: Room Update

Master Bedding Refresh

Since I first redid my master bedroom, I have wanted new bedding. There was just something about the light grey quilt and linen headboard that rubbed me the wrong way. BUT after redoing the flooring and ship lap, it just wasn’t in the budget yet. I finally got so tired of it, I decided i would do something. I went to Joann’s and bought myself a bottle of Rit navy fabric dye. I was so excited that I was going to get the change I wanted for a mere $5! I followed the directions and threw it in the washing machine. I went to pull it out and my heart sunk! It was PURPLE!!!!!!! I am talking Barney eating grape jelly purple. It was awful. Much worse than my previous problem. So I waited a few weeks, sold a few things and sought out for new affordable bedding. This is what I came up with and I love it.

We ended up moving the Target Belfast Rug into the family room and needed a new one for the master bedroom. I really like this one from Rugs USA.

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Duvet- IKEA

Throw Pillow- Target clearance. Similar HERE and HERE

Rug- Rugs USA

Jenna’s Home Office.

Before we jump in and share our Holiday home’s with you all, I wanted to drop in and share my home office that is finally finished and has been a long time in the making!

I came up with the vision for this room months and months ago, but I was newly pregnant, and turns out being pregnant, having a couple kids, and being self employed takes a LOT out of you. Now that baby Allen is coming in January I’m in major crunch time to wrap all these projects nesting made me do up.

We tried something in this room we hadn’t yet, and that is WALLPAPER. I am just so thrilled with how it turned out, we chose this beautiful Peonies & Anemones black and white wallpaper from Milton & King for the feature wall. I was a little intimidated at first, but my sweet husband did such a good job installing it. I think this design happens to be forgiving (thank goodness) for us wall paper newbies. I love the subtle pop of pattern and the texture it brings to this room.

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The rug in this room has been one of my favorites for the past year, but couldn’t find a good spot for it in my home. I finally decided that my office was the perfect excuse to purchase it! It is the Indigo Belfast rug from Target . I just love this pattern so much.

The curtains are from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I love the little Tassle detail.

The art I grabbed one day at Hobby Lobby. Their wall art section is impressive these days! I haven’t looked at it in a while and there was SO much good stuff!
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There is a full sized computer in here, but more often than not I find myself working on my laptop. This little settee from World market is the perfect place to do just that! I found it for a killer deal from a friend who was selling it. It’s so darling! I love it. jennas-office-4

A large corner mirror is perfect for this room because it’s a small space, so it makes it feel bigger having that tucked in the corner. The other accessories are from my favorite stores like Homegoods, and Anthropologie. They never fail me.

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I definitely believe that having a pretty space to work from makes a huge difference in your work product. Being an interior designer by trade, perhaps I’m biased. Us creatives might fall on the crazy side of the scale, but it’s probably more fun over here anyways.

Thanks for stopping by my home office today!

Black and White Nursery

dsc_0195-2It’s finally done, and with only 4 weeks to spare! This nursery has definitely been a labor of love. Have you ever had one of those projects that you thought was going to be a piece of cake and end up saving you money in the end but goes the complete opposite? Yeah that was the nursery. I think it was worth all the headache though:)

Here are a few before pictures of the room right after we bought the house.

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It had a chair rail a few feet from the floor but it didn’t go all the way around the room because of the castle in the corner. So I wanted to take the chair rail off. Piece of cake right? Um, no haha. The chair rail was nailed AND glued on so taking it off was a disaster. The paint and drywall was peeling off in chunks and it left a terrible mess. We figured the cost of having it repaired would be about the same as planking the whole room so I went with planking much to my husbands dismay. Since we were planking the room I figured why not add new window, closet and door molding and new baseboards! My husband loved that too (insert eye roll). But it was all totally worth it in the end! I love how the vertical planking turned out. We used the same process here as Jenna and I have both used in our homes with the 4×8 sheets of plywood.

I was CONVINCED this baby was a girl so I already had a baby girl nursery designed in my head. Needless to say, it is actually a BOY! It took me a while to change gears and decide on a design I loved for baby boy. The black and white buffalo check was my inspiration and from there everything fell into place.rylens-nursery-10

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I debated on wallpaper but wanted something that was A. cost effective and B. easy to change out if we ever had another baby and it was a girl. I found some awesome buffalo check fabric at IKEA and decided to try out some fabric wallpaper. It worked great and was really pretty easy to apply! I’ll post a tutorial on that process soon.
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I found this adorable pillow at home goods and was immediately in LOVE! Look at all that texture, what dreams are made of right?!rylens-nursery-5dsc_0185-2

I put a basket of baby essentials next to my chair, including my favorite buffalo check nursing cover courtesy of Milkmaid Goods. I seriously can’t wait to use it!rylens-nursery-2Let’s talk about this Llama print. Amazing huh?! My husband thought I was loosing my marbles when I bought this but I just think it’s just perfect. rylens-nursery-6I got this dresser off craiglist and of course forgot to take a before picture. I painted it a soft black and bought some hardware from amazon that I painted gold.

I’m loving the modern, monochromatic look with little pops of vintage and green. Now all we have to do is wait for baby to make his debut (hopefully sooner rather than later)!dsc_0220-2rylens-nursery-8

I had so much help from family and friends filling holes, sanding, nailing, and painting and am so grateful for their willingness to help bring the vision I had to life. We seriously have been so blessed with the BEST support system!

Bedskirt: made by my mom

Sheet: Aiden and Anais (HERE)

Mobile: made by me (similar HERE)

Curtains:IKEA (I added black pom poms)

White rug: home goods (SIMILAR)

Black and white rug: IKEA

Black and white throw: IKEA

Pouffe: Target

White basket: Target

Pillow on Chair: Home goods

Black lamp: IKEA

Llama print: ETSY

Faux plants: Target

DIY Slipcover for a Vintage Settee

DSC_0033 (2)My settee is FINALLY finished! YAY!!! I’ve had most of it done for quite a while now but could not bring myself to finish the cushion for some reason! With the baby coming in October, nesting has finally kicked in though so hopefully I will have the drive to finish up all my other half-done projects.DSC_0036 (2)DSC_0020 (2)

Ever since I can remember my Mom has had this cute little living room set. It was in our living room growing up then she moved the settee to her bedroom after she recovered the wing backs that went with it.  She decided to get rid of it so I snagged it, knowing it had the potential to be amazing again. It’s probably as old as I am, so needless to say it was in need of a face-lift. IMG_9109

If you are considering a slipcover project, don’t be intimidated!  You really only need basic sewing skills and there are SO many great tutorials out there. When I first started slip-covering my favorite tutorials were Miss Mustard Seed’s video tutorials found HERE. No kidding they are so awesome and totally make you feel like you can do it! I watched them a few times before I started my project then referred back to them if I had any questions or hiccoughs along the way.

For the base of this settee I used drop cloths. I’ve used drop cloths found at Home Depot or Lowes for many of my slipcovers. They are a pretty inexpensive fabric option, especially when you are learning. It has seemed to hold up pretty well too. Just be sure to wash the drop cloth on hot and dry it before you start so they won’t shrink later. It also helps to use fabric softener and/or dryer sheets to help the stiff fabric to soften up. The beauty of slipcovers is that they don’t HAVE to be perfect. They are supposed to look lived in. This leaves a lot of wiggle room when making one.DSC_0040

For the cushion I did the piping and underside out of drop cloth. I used charcoal ticking stripe from Fabric.com for the top. Lucky for you it is on crazy SALE right now for $4.86 a yard! DSC_0037

I am a very sentimental person so I love having pieces in my home that tell a story or have been a part of my life for a long time. I love the lines of this settee and think it makes the perfect addition to my forever ongoing master bedroom renovation. DSC_0023 (2)

The perfect bedding solution + one of our new favorite things.

We are so excited to share this post with you because it is our latest obsession, and favorite part of Grace’s whole room. Jenna’s husband built the most beautiful day bed with plans from Ana White. We loved the bed so much, but it was a huge hassle to make every day. My toddler could no way do it by herself, because it was even difficult for ME. So basically her bed was never made, so really, her room was NEVER clean and tidy like I would have liked it. It bothered me to no end. Enter Beddy’s Zip Up Bedding. I had just about reached my limits one day lifting and tucking in her quilt when I remembered about zip up bedding I had seen once on Shark  Tank a long time ago. I immediately google’d it and was so happy when I saw all the cute styles available. I chose Chic White for Ms. Grace. The ruffles are just so sweet, and it’s lined with minky fabric, which she is over the moon about.

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The best part is the sheets are built in so you just slip on the cover and you’re done. The zipper is really easy to use for her, she loves that she gets to make her bed everyday. Now if I could just teach her how to arrange her pillows just how I like them…. hmm. I’ll  have to work on that.

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I just love this bedding beyond looks, my mom sanity has gone up a few notches… and I need every once of sanity I can muster these days. Have you ever thought of zip up bedding? Now we want it in all our kids spaces! It is so great!

A colorful + sweet little girl’s room.

We are SO excited to share Jenna’s little girl’s room today. She is a funny and sweet little five year old, and we really wanted  her room to reflect that. My goal was to try to create a girly, colorful space that would foster creativity, but also represent her and her little happy life. Today we’re just going to share the pretty pictures, and the detailed posts will be up later [we especially want to GUSH about the bedding that has made such an enormous difference in my mom-sanity!] I fretted over the little details of this room for a LONG time, but I was inspired from Emily from JDC to just call it done, when she did so with her little girl’s room [which was so super cute, btw.] So thats what I did, and here is how it turned out….

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This room has been in the works for a long time, my sweet husband built this bed last spring for her with plans from Ana White. It’s a knock off of a very expensive, like $4,000 day bed. We are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. The reason this room was stalled for so long is I just couldn’t get the bedding situation right. In the end, after so much silly frustration of difficulty making her bed, and an endlessly messy looking room… I remembered an old episode of Shark Tank I had seen with, a zip up bedding product called Beddy’s. When I looked at their website, I was so please when I found the sweetest little ruffle bedding set and KNEW it would be perfect.

I love the little antique dresser that I refinished last summer with Rifle Paper Co. wrapping sheets in a similar technique I used with BBFrosch chalk paint powder, and mod podge like this hutch. She has been harder on this dresser than the back of the hutch, so the paper is a little worn but I don’t mind.

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I put together a little mini gallery wall of a couple cute things, my favorite is the framed mermaid towel I found at Anthropologie. I just put it in a large Ikea white frame and I think it’s so fun.

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What do you think? Now that I look back, I think it’s so funny all the little things that stalled me for so long with this space. I think it’s perfectly imperfect and that is just fine by me.

New Family Room rug + RugsUSA review

Today I’m popping in to share our newish family room rug which was quite the drastic change from the sessile rug that was seen in my Fall Home Tour last year. I certainly loved the kid friendliness of sessile, and the natural texture was just the stuff dreams are made of… but I wanted to do something more risky with my space. I like neutral a WHOLE lot, I mean… most my house is grey or white… but I think that provides the perfect situation to bring in a punch of fun. So I went for it, and took the risk on this beautiful rug during a great sale, from RugsUSA around Black Friday.  This site has frequent amazing sales, and lots of useful customer reviews on their rugs that are quite helpful when trying to figure out the true color, etc.
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When I first unrolled it I was a little taken aback by how BLUE and BRIGHT it was (I mean, I had sessile before… so… quite the change) But it has sure grown on me! It makes me smile every time I take the time to clean up the mounds of kids toys and can take it in… which I’m trying to do more often BTW. But let’s be honest… it’s hard. Good news is covered in tractors and beanie boo’s it’s still pretty. TCH- rugsUSA  - 3

I am very happy with the great quality of this rug, it has a soft silky feel, and has stood up well to our family of two children, a puppy, and messy adults. I had ordered rugs for design clients from RugsUSA but never for myself, and I am quite pleased with the price points as well as the quality! Rylen has purchased some rugs for her  home from the site too.TCH- rugsUSA  - 4 TCH- rugsUSA  - 5

I love when risks I take around my home end up being so rewarding. This rug is definitely an anchor in our family room space, and has really brought so much liveliness to our home… Isn’t it great how adding a little unexpected item, that may be a little out of your comfort zone can end up being the greatest thing!