Master Bedroom Transformation

Master Bedroom Transformation

Our master bedroom is my favorite room in our home. It is neutral, cozy, and inviting, which is everything I wanted in a bedroom. Today I want to share how we transformed this room on a budget and give you the confidence to tackle a project like this on your own. You don’t need to spend a lot to transform your space. All you really need is determination and willingness to do some hard work.

Before I get started telling you about all the changes we made, I want to start by giving you a look at what we were working with before we began this project. The picture below shows what the bedroom looked like before we moved into our home.

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As you can see, it was already a great space but just needed a little TLC. I was not a fan of the paint color or the shelving so those were the first things to go. I enlisted some help to remove the shelving and then my husband and I repaired all the holes that were remaining once the shelving was removed.

Next, I went to the local Sherwin-Williams paint store and chose a few samples to see what I liked best. When choosing a paint color, my best advice is to choose a few samples and hang them up in the room you are wanting to paint. Seeing them in the space, with the lighting in the room, may help you decide which color looks best. Also, you’ll want to be sure it pairs well with the furnishings.

After much consideration, I chose to go with the color Gray Screen. It is a beautiful light gray with slightly blue undertones. My sweet husband and I then set to work painting the room.

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Once the painting was done, we then re-installed the curtain rod but chose to go with new white curtain panels. The white was a much better choice then the dark panels that were in the room before. It was a small change, but made a huge impact.

Finally, the room was ready for our furniture. We didn’t purchase any new pieces of furniture for the room, but instead chose to use what we had. I did, however, paint my husband’s side table so that it matched the other pieces. You can see from the photo below that it was a dark stain before I painted it.

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The only other purchase we made for the room was a large area rug and I could not be more pleased with how it looks. It totally completed the space. Also, since we have tile throughout our home, the rug makes the room feel so much warmer.

Once the furniture was in, the only remaining thing was to add wall decor. Thankfully, much of the decor we used were things we already owned. This saved us a lot of money. My favorite detail is probably the wooden monogram that is hanging over our bed. I think it looks so lovely and is a nice personal touch.

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The pictures were all taken once the room was complete. Now, I only have one more task to accomplish and that is to reupholster the chair for the corner of the room. I found this wingback chair on craigslist for just $20, but the current fabric is hideous so we just draped a sheet over it for the time being. It still doesn’t look great but it’s so better than staring at the awful peach chevron fabric that’s currently on it.

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That’s all there is to it. Thanks for reading!

Tips for Decorating on a Budget

Tips for Decorating on a Budget

It’s no secret that I love to decorate my home. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a passion for making spaces beautiful and cozy. Decorating allows me to use my creativity on something I really enjoy and it just makes me happy.

Another thing I love and am passionate about is saving money.  I have learned through the years that you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to make something look good. In fact, if you’re smart about it, you don’t ever have to spend a lot. Today I want to share a few of my tips for decorating on a budget. I have decorated our entire home using these tips and have done so without spending a fortune. Hopefully these tips will prove to be just as helpful for you!

Tip #1: Shop Your Home and Use What You Have

Many times in decorating I have found that what I need is often right under my nose. If I get scrappy and look in other rooms or closets, I can usually find pieces that help complete a look I’m trying to achieve. Whether its a blanket from my bedroom draped over a chair in the living room or a basket from my closet to hold extra pillows in the guest room, I can often pull off a completed look without ever spending a dime.

Tip #2: Buy Used or Second-Hand

This is one of my best tips for saving money! I cannot tell you how much money I have saved by buying used pieces of furniture and decor. Hit up local thrift shops, craigslist, Facebook marketplace, or even online trading groups to search for pieces you need. You may be surprised at the deals you can find. My best advice is to keep a running wish list on your phone so when you are at a thrift shop or searching online, you can quickly look at your list and know what you need. Also, be flexible. You may find something with good bones that just needs a little TLC. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and make it what you want.

Tip#3: Sell Unwanted Items and Save for Items You Really Want

This tip is huge! That piece you’ve really been wanting may not be so far out of your reach if you get smart and sell some things you don’t really need or want.

Tip #4: Invest More in Bigger Pieces and Less on Smaller Decor Items

Don’t spend a lot on little things. Save your dollars for the things that matter. Invest more in a cozy sofa or chair rather than in smaller pieces of decor you will likely replace in a year or so anyways. It’s better to spend money on things you really love than spend money on things you like right now but will grow tired of looking at.

Tip #5: Bring the Outdoors In 

Not only is it free, but a beautiful vase of hydrangeas or roses from your garden can make all the difference. You can also use pine cones, moss, sticks or leaves in your decor. Get creative or search Pinterest for inspiration.

Tip #6: Embrace A Less is More Mentality

Rather than having your home so full of decor, try to do less. A room with minimal decor can still be very beautiful. Alternately, a room with too much decor is often unattractive. Try to focus on a filling a room with things you love rather than simply filling a room.

Tip #7: Don’t pay for What You Can Make Yourself 

A hammer, some nails, and a trip to the Home Depot may be all you need to create what you want for your home. Pinterest can come in super handy here. You may find a way to make a similar coffee table to the one you’ve been wanting for just a fraction of the price.

Tip #8: A Good Coat of Paint Can Cover a Multitude of Wrongs

This needs little explanation. Paint your walls, paint your furniture, paint all the things. It can truly change the entire look of a room or a piece.

Tip #9: Repurpose and Reuse 

This tip goes with the previous one. Don’t be scared to paint something or repurpose it. I once repurposed an old wicker hamper to house our unsightly trash can and some old shutters as decor pieces to frame our TV.  These are just a few examples of things you can do if you get creative.

Tip #10: Shop for Free On The Curb 

My husband often jokes that I have a knack for making something out of nothing. I am not afraid to hunt for what I want, even if it means driving down our street on trash day to see if the neighbors left anything good out by the curb. You would be surprised at what people throw away!

These are all my tips for now, but I have one final piece of advice for you. If all you can afford to decorate is one room at a time, then focus on the room you want to decorate most and save to do the others at a later time. There is no rule that says every room in your home has to be perfectly decorated. Just do what you can rather than overspending. You will be much happier in the long run.

 

 

 

Our Baby Girl’s Nursery

Our Baby Girl’s Nursery

Upon finding out I was expecting our first child, excitement began to build as I imagined what life with our little one would be like. I was so excited for all of the experiences. Like all newly expectant mamas, I began thinking of baby names, imagining what our child would look like, and making plans for how I would decorate our nursery. As someone who loves to decorate, I found this to be so exciting! While I didn’t have any specific plans in mind just yet, I knew I wanted to create a space that was functional, cozy, and flowed with the rest of our home. What I envisioned was a light, neutral space that was kid-friendly, but didn’t scream “baby.” I also knew that we wanted to have another child within a few years, so I tried to think ahead of items I may need to reuse so I could be sure they were gender neutral.

When we found out our sweet baby was a girl, I was elated! That secret Pinterest board that was filled with soft, feminine nursery inspiration was finally going to come in handy…but, like any good wife, I wanted to clear my plans with my husband before I set to work on this space. Thankfully, I married a man who not only supports and encourages my creativity in decorating, but also shares my love for neutral, cozy decor so he quickly gave me a thumbs up on all my plans.

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The first thing I did before I began the process of decorating was to make a list of all the things we needed to purchase and all the things we needed to do. Once the list was made, then I made a plan of how we would go about accomplishing it all. First, we needed to empty the room and paint.  My husband was kind enough to tackle this job on his own, since I was about 6 months pregnant at the time. Next, we needed to purchase a rug and a couple pieces of furniture for the room. Since we had a small budget for this decorating project, I got really thrifty and creative with the items I chose. The biggest purchases we made were the rug and glider, but both are neutral colors and could definitely be used with our next child or really in any room of our home. We also were also very fortunate to have a friend who passed along the crib when her child no longer needed it. The dresser/changing table was a also gift, which was a huge blessing.

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After the room was painted and furniture was taken care of, I could then focus my attention on decorating the room. My favorite part!  I had been saving up hobby lobby gift cards for a while and was so excited to finally put them to good use. I purchased almost all of the wall decor for the room from Hobby Lobby, with the exception of the mirror over the changing table. We also did a few DIY projects, which turned out great and saved us a lot of money.

Overall, I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. I think everything came together beautifully and feels so cozy. I also hope it’s a space my daughter will love when she is old enough to enjoy it.

~Kayla

Just in case you are interested in where I purchased all the items for the nursery, I’ve provided links below.

Lamp: Gray Floor Lamp

Glider: French Gray Glider

Ottoman: French Gray Ottoman

Side Table: White Round Side Table

Curtains: White Panel Linen Curtains

Rug: Rugs USA -Keno Shag Rug

Wall Decor: Hobby Lobby

Bookshelves: White Floating Bookshelves

Book Basket: Rope Basket

Elephant Toy Basket: Purchased from Ross, but painted it to match

Elephant Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids Elephant Rocker

Hamper: I think it’s from target. We already owned it, but painted it and made a new liner for it.

Crib: Passed on to us from a friend

Dresser: Purchased as a gift from a local furniture store

Ladder Rack: DIY -my dad made it