Double Duty

A tragic fact of life is that unless you consistently have guests at your house, your guest room goes unused 90% of the time. I can’t think of anything more tragic-er. Ok, so that’s not the worst thing in the world, and if you have a guest room at all, you’re pretty lucky, but why not utilize that space as much as you can? It’s still your house, is it not?

Ruthie wanted her guest room to do double duty, so she turned it into a guest room/craft room combo with a fresh black, white, and gold-themed makeover to tie it all together.





That intricate design is a stencil! I thought surely it was wallpaper, it’s so intricate.

“Gorgeous!” you say, “But where’s the craft room? Does Ruthie perch on that window ledge and craft her heart out while her guests nap?” Of course not crazy kids. Did you think to look in the closet?





There it is! So fabulous with the thick striped walls and sparkly gold details. It’s even Audrey Hepburn approved. You can see much more on her blog Refashionably Late

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Basic Beach

Hey girl. Yeah you. I see you. Working hard everyday. Getting things done, taking care of the people in your life. You pay the bills, you walk the dog, you make sure everyone in the house has clean underwear. You’re the backbone of this operation. You work from the second your feet hit the floor until your head hits the pillow. You barely have time to notice that your bedroom has the personality of a paper plate, let alone time to do anything about it.

Well, I’m officially giving you permission to do something about it. Make that a direct order. Put it on your to-do list, at the top, with a star. You deserve a beautiful, vibrant  space to rest and recharge.

Here’s some inspiration from Sarah at Life on Virginia Street to get you going. She started with the most basic of spaces and turned it into …




… this beachy bedroom that practically buzzes with feel-good vibes. A perfect place to relax and rejuvenate and hide from your toddler who is throwing an epic tantrum right this second because you took a single bite of his Halloween candy.

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Seuss Spruce

Did you wake up this morning and think, “You know, I’d love to see a boy bedroom makeover today. But not just any makeover, one that’s heavy on the Star Wars memorabilia?”

Well, that’s exactly what I have to show you today you creeper, how did you know?!

Vel’s son Aiden had outgrown the Dr. Seuss decor in his bedroom. She wanted to bring in a little more sophistication, but keep it fun, while displaying his collection of toys, yet making sure they were accessible, plus organizing his spaces, but leaving him room to express himself, and doing it all in a way that would grow with him. Whew! That’s a tall order if I ever heard one.




But she nailed it. At first glance the room definitely looks more grown up, but there’s much more to it. Vel thoughtfully considered every last detail in this room, right down to light saber storage.

All of her son’s favorite toys and books are proudly on display, but still easy to access and play with. As you can see, he’s a big Star Wars fan, but Vel also made a good point: children’s favorite things can change on a whim. Next month he may be big into Spiderman or Pokemon or whatever the kids are doing these days.

That’s why she made sure that nothing ‘Star Wars’ is a permanent part of the room. Everything can be switched out easily and the room maintains its design.




She’s a smart one! See more of Vel’s work and take a closer look at all the updates in this room on her blog Life & Home at 2102.


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Farm Fresh

Jacinda is the mother of five young children, and all she wanted is what every busy mother wants: a nap and a massage. The ability to jump on a trampoline again. Abs. Ok, I’m projecting here.  What she really wanted was a restful retreat – neutral farmhouse style, if we’re being specific.

Her former bedroom was heavy on the beige, filled with mismatched furniture, and simply didn’t scream “RELAX AND REJUVENATE HERE!” And it was so un-farmhouse-y, Chip and Joanna Gaines were probably already circling the block.

But unfortunately, feeding a family of seven doesn’t leave a huge budget for bedroom beautification. Too bad. So sad. I guess she’ll just have to live with it, right?




Of course not, but you knew that. You’re so smart.

And so is Jacinda. She transformed her room into the serene farmhouse retreat she had always imagined and pinched plenty of pennies along the way. For example: she built the headboard using leftover boards from a fencing project. The bedding was found on clearance. She printed and framed the artwork herself. The blanket ladder was a curbside find. The biggest splurge was the whitewashed brick wallpaper, but it was well worth the huge impact it made.

I also love that she used king-size quilt even though it’s a queen-sized mattress, another smart choice. It looks that much fuller covering the bed, and also helps if you’re a blanket-hog. I personally know nothing about that. But I will steal your pillows.

Much more to see from Jacinda on her blog The Northern Nester.

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