I’m bringing it waaaaay back today with a follow-up to a forgotten room makeover project posted here on the blog a long time ago.
With the craziness surrounding the full kitchen remodel (DIY style) and the new nursery the bedroom redesign was sort of pushed aside. And by sort of, I mean completely put on hold and forgotten about for a good three months.
Here’s a reminder of the before-we-moved-in status:
There’s no longer carpeting in the room (why, why, why red?), nor are there bars on the windows and we painted the walls my favorite neutral tan. Then after agreeing on an espresso-colored bed and dresser off of Craigslist, Kev and I lived in a semi-complete room for a good bit of time. It never bothered me as we didn’t put the room on display when guests came over, just quietly closed the door and let our clothes remain stacked on the hamper and our bed sometimes unmade.
A few months ago I decided it was time to tackle the space and I used these rooms to build this inspiration board:
And so began the hunt for some of the key pieces/room additions.
Here’s a post on the DIY fabric headboard I made for the space and here’s the post on my hunt for a rug for the room (scored a great one at Overstock.com). Try as I might, I still couldn’t find that perfect mirror that I had envisioned for the space… I even wrote a post on my favorite contenders here.
And then the skies opened (cue the angels singing) and the perfect mirror appeared during one of my Michaels Craft Store visits. Best part of the whole deal? I picked it up for less than $50 with a 40% off coupon.
I think she’s perty. And it’s a perfect size for this corner wall space between windows (more on tackling those curtains to come).
Maybe it’s my nesting hormones or maybe I’m just tired of a dull space – but master bedroom, you’re finally getting the love you deserve!
My Friday Guest Interview this week brings us over to City Cradle Design where Victoria shares her beautiful handmade crafts and personally styled parties daily on her blog. I’m consistently impressed with Victoria’s careful eye and her intense attention to detail, each and every post honors the unique and special handmade projects that make up her beautiful celebrations (be it for her own family and friends or a client) . The DIY projects are not just pretty though, they are absolutely doable!
In addition to her blog, Victoria is a mom to twins and a party designer by trade, so staying busy but organized is at the top of her list (in fact one of her interview answers includes planning tips, which I love!). A neat discovery is that we also share the same sunny San Diego hometown and find inspiration in similar, unique places .
But let’s get on with the interview! Victoria shares more on her inspiration, design process, favorite trends and reader tips & tricks. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading
I was looking forward to creating some pretty neat animal wall decals out of fabric or wallpaper for the new nursery (see the inspiration board here), but then I received the most wonderful surprise from Kevin’s mom and aunt. They offered to drive all the way from Phoenix to help paint the nursery just this past weekend – in any design that we’d like!
His entire family is filled with amazing artists and his aunt is especially talented as a professional home muralist (Palette of Possibilities). Because of the short notice and the gender-neutral theme, I stuck with my original animals and asked them to paint several zoo/safari style characters around the room.
They’re so talented! Here they are in progress:
They spent an entire Saturday from dawn until well after dusk finishing the room and I was so impressed with how fast the colorful animals came together. And then, just as quickly as they had arrived, they zipped away back to Phoenix leaving us with a beautiful nursery.
If you’re on the hunt for some easy-peasy not-so-hands-on mural ideas, here are a few of the resources that I love:
Jiving Jungle Pals fabric stickers by Pop & Lolli (completely reusable – just peel off and stick anywhere) are whimsical and adorable!
My Wonderful Walls has created a neat line up of wall stencils (such as the safari animals above) and they work with local children’s hospitals to help decorate bare rooms. Beautiful art for a good cause!
The original designs that inspired an animal theme for the nursery were these beautiful patterned wallpaper decals by Inke over in the Netherlands. Shipping might be expensive but it would be well worth it!
For more Project Nursery posts, click the Home Makeover button on the right sidebar. The nursery is almost finished!