Guest Room 2 Source List {Project Bedroom Refresh}

Today is the final installment from the source list series in Project Bedroom Refresh. This was such a fun project with amazing clients! I always love to see the completed product after the initial vision and hard work. There’s nothing like it. And seeing it through the lens of talented photographer Sarah Heppell is such a treat! This is the front guest room in their home. This was a bit of a diversion from the other two bedrooms, in that blue wasn’t a main color {or a color at all!} But that’s ok. You don’t have to have all of the same colors throughout your home, in every room. It is important to take a couple of similar elements, to tie the spaces together. We did that here with texture, earth tones and an overall neutral palette. We also added the buffalo check print again, but just in a different colorway. Enjoy!



// drapes // roman shades & curtain rods // round mirror – Hobby Lobby // bedskirt // quilt // sheets //


// headboard // side tables // throw pillows // vases & throw – Home Goods // mirrors – Hobby Lobby //


// woven basket – Target // throw //


// tufted ottoman, tray & marble gem – Target // pillow & art – Home Goods // design book //

I hope you enjoyed the tour through this design process. It’s also fun for me to look back and see the various stores and sources that go into a room design. It helps to bring a collected over time feel to a space. Have a wonderful day!

Guest Room 1 Source List {Project Bedroom Refresh}

I am excited to continue on with the source lists for Project Bedroom Refresh. Up today, is the back guest room. I also went with more blue in this space and the design definitely has a coastal edge. The amazingly talented Sarah Heppell took all of the after photos. Enjoy!



                          // wall color // quilt // palm leaf // palm pillows // blue & cream pillows // sconces //bedskirt // mirror, art above bed, sheets, vase and night stand – home goods // headboard – client piece //


// lamp & driftwood branch – Home Goods //


// dresser & lighthouse print – clients pieces //


drapes // roman shades & curtain rod // striped throw – Home Goods //

The next and final source list for this project will be the front guest room! Have a great day!

Project Bedroom Refresh… The Final Reveal

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was packed with fun family events and finishing up our Christmas decorating. I am ready to show you the final reveal for Project Bedroom Refresh! Up today… the front guest room. My clients were wonderful to work with. It was a blast for us all to see the three rooms take shape. And the final icing on the cake was seeing Sarah work her photography magic. There is something so rewarding and exciting about seeing the finished designs through her lens. We worked with my clients dresser and table lamps. We refreshed the space with a new wall color, headboard and accessories. On Friday, I mentioned that there would be a bit of a change in this space and not incorporate all of the same colors. I went without the blue in here, but you’ll notice the neutrals and even some buffalo check, helps to tie the three rooms together. So let’s get right to it! Here is the room when we began…


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And here it is now…



























All After Photos by Sarah Heppell Photography

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Project Bedroom Refresh! I have more exciting projects to show you after the New Year!! Stay tuned later this week, to see some snippets of our home for the holidays.


Project Bedroom Refresh… The Reveal Part 2

Welcome back to another reveal day for Project Bedroom Refresh! Today, it’s all about the back guest room. I carried in the same shades of blue from the master bedroom, to tie the two spaces together. My client’s home has blue and neutrals throughout, so this brought some continuity to the overall design. And like yesterday, the wonderfully talented Sarah Heppell Photography took the gorgeous after photos! Here is where the room began…


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We kept the headboard and one dresser for the space. We also used some of my client’s art work for the walls. And here it is now…















All After photos by Sarah Heppell Photography

My clients really love the laid back coastal vibe this room has and how it ties in well with their master bedroom. On Monday, I’ll be back for Part 3 and the final reveal… the front guest room! The third room will be a bit of a diversion with the color story, but it will be tied together through fabric patterns and an overall neutral design. Stay tuned!



{Before and After} E- Design Reveal!!

Before and afters are always so much fun to share! This particular client is near and dear, since we have worked together on most of the rooms in her home and even some spaces in her daughter’s home! She has always been one of the most supportive, sweet and gracious clients that I have had the privilege of getting to know. We worked on both her office and guest room during the same period of time and the guest room will be revealed today! We actually swapped the two rooms, as it made more sense to convert the office/hang out room to a guest room. It is in closer proximity to the shared hallway bathroom, which would be great for guests. So the before pictures will show an office, while the afters are all about the guest space! Here we go!


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The Design Plan


OB-E Design Retreat

My client wanted a serene, delicate retreat. Her daughter will use this guest space when she visits, so the pink and green color combination was right up her alley! We kept the bedding and walls neutral and added color through the art, pillows and accessories.


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I am thrilled they are so happy with the design! I love the whimsical cloud like ceiling fixture and the way the colors from the pillows work with the gorgeous art. Painting the doors a dark color makes standard doors feel more custom, which is always a fun trick. There are striped ottomans that double as storage, at the foot of the bed. That is so helpful in compact spaces. It is always fun to see an e-design project from beginning to end. Thank you so much to my client for sharing these with me!


DIY – Adding Fabric Trim to Lamp Shade

With the holidays behind us, it’s always fun to change up some things around the home with simple and quick projects! I recently added some new grosgrain trim to my lamp shade, giving a little pizazz to our guest room corner.

Here are the quick and easy steps:

1. The only materials I needed for this project are grosgrain ribbon and fabric glue.

2. Before cutting the trim, I placed it around the shade, making sure I left a little extra to work with. (I could always cut the extra ribbon later.)

3. At first, I applied the glue to the trim, but ultimately ended up appyling right on the shade. It worked out better that way.

4. I continued to make my way around the shade, pulling the trim tight while also pressing firmly on the shade.

5. With one ream, I had enough trim for the top and bottom of the shade, with some left over! And here are some more afters:

This tacky glue is very strong and stays really well, even on this overlapping fabric shade. If you look really close, you might see some waves, but it’s pretty secure. I hope this simple project inspires you to add some trim to your lamp shade!

Will you be tackling any projects at the start of the New Year??

Our Guest Room Revealed!

We have been tackling this project for quite some time, and I’m happy to reveal the after photos of our guest room! In the rest of our home, the colors are neutral and muted, so I wanted to try something different in this space and go for a brighter, cheery vibe. Here is the before shot, when we were adding the stripes to the bed wall:


And after:

With a simple palette of blues, greens and yellows, I wanted to achieve a fun, cheerful space for guests. The room’s wall color is Yarmouth Blue by Benjamin Moore and the white stripes and trim work are painted Moonlight White also by BM. I found some great deals on the items in this space and have acquired them over time. The lamp was a great Target score at only $20, including the shade! The chevron pillow is also from Target and the rest of the throw pillows are from Pottery Barn. The green frame was a great TJ Maxx find, but still has the original image of Valerie Bertinelli that came with the frame. Now if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’re probably thinking: Really?? She hasn’t changed that out yet?? But like I said in yesterday’s post, I tend to procrastinate with my own home and will eventually switch that out with a photo of someone I actually know! The night stand has been around forever and plan to eventually change that out with a pedestal style end table. The room is small enough already and could use the extra visual space. The wall art behind the end table helps to bring in the vibrant colors in the space, making it a fun, whimsical piece. And the art above the bed was made by me in college! I took an art class and this piece was made with 3 different sized black paper dots, to show the variation in a newspaper print image. Since the piece is small, I plan to add more of something above the bed.
As you all know, a room is never completely done, so I plan to add a bit more in the future. Here’s the breakdown:

– Add a charcoal trim to the lamp shade.
– Add more art above the bed.
– Add a drapery rod and curtains above window.
– Maybe add a bench or small seating option.
– Do something different with the end table.

That’s where we’re at for now! I am definitely getting motivated to do more with other areas in our home! More to follow…

Guest Bedrooms on the Brain

I have been making some changes and updates to our guest bedroom, and it’s almost there! It has been fun coming up with a cheery color palette, adding whimsical touches and fine tuning/tweaking the space. I like to start a room, then step back and take a look to see what else it needs. It ends up being a long process. (Partly because I tend to procrastinate when it comes to my own spaces!) But, we’re almost there and the big reveal will be tomorrow. For now, here are some lovely bedroom images from pinterest for this Monday!

These images give a hint in the direction of the room’s color palette. The first two images are very similar to my room’s wall color and the last image almost has the entire color palette of the space. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s guest room reveal!

Horizontal Stripes – Before and After!!

I have been talking for a while about making some changes to our guest room. I have so many ideas in my head for this space and I am super excited to cross one job off the list! I wanted to add two horizontal stripes to the bed wall, making this the focal point in the room. The space was already painted Yarmouth Blue by Benjamin Moore. While reading Sherry’s blog a while back, she added two, wide horizontal stripes to a friend’s master bedroom wall and I loved the outcome. I love a quick project with big impact, so I knew I wanted to try it! I decided to use some extra trim paint we had lying around and added two creamy white stripes to the blue wall:

My wonderful husband did all of the measuring and prep work, and I came in and painted! Our ceiling in this room is about 8 ft, so the stripes measure at about 18-19 inches wide. We wanted all of the stripes (both blue and white) to measure the same width, so that is how we came up with this number. After using a level and some painter’s tape, the stripes were ready to be painted! I ended up doing about 3 coats to cover the blue completely. After taking off the painter’s tape, there were minimal touch ups, but no big deal! I started taking off the tape while the paint was still a bit wet, so the tape wouldn’t rip off the dry paint. (It has happened to me in the past, and I learned my lesson!) So here are some before shots with the tape up:

And one with the stripes painted (only 2 coats at this point):

And a couple more afters:

I wanted the paint to completely cure and dry before putting the headboard back and the rest of the room together. The room still needs some art on the wall, throw pillows on the bed and some extra jazz in the space! Stay tuned for a completed guest room!

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How to Style Your Shelves

Shelf styling is something I always work on… for me, it takes some time with editing. I have to look at it, walk away, come back to look again… it’s a process for me. I think that beautiful shelf styling is an art and a beautiful way to express your personal style. There are so many ways to style shelves: the main focus can be for organization, or just a place to display treasures and finds. Here are some inspiring ways to style shelves, all via Pinterest.

I love the detail added to the last image- painting the back of the shelves a different color is a great way to add more style to the space and help to bring in an accessory color. It also allows the items on the shelves to pop against the different color. I also love the idea of adding a mirror or artwork somewhere on or inside the shelves. It’s a creative way to add some different elements to the mix! I have also loved using the shelf space for extra pillows. There are so many gorgeous pillow fabrics out there that look like a piece of art. Why not display them where all can see! And here is my interpretation of shelf styling- these shelves are in our guest room. After some editing, here is where we are now-

What do you like to add to your shelves?