Hi-Beam Bedroom

Espresso and oatmeal. Perfect for somebody’s breakfast. Rather un-exciting as a color scheme in a bedroom.  I love me some neutrals, but this was neutral overload. The walls, bedspread, carpet, heck even the lampshades were all the same color, contrasted with heavy brown and nothing more.

Anna-Lisa knew it needed a big dose of personality, so she turned to her friend Katie to pump (clap) it up.

Blue and Beams Bedroom Before Blue and Beams Bedroom

When you think of adding ‘personality’ to a room, you might think that means crazy colors and wacky patterns and a chandelier made from a garden hose or something, but that’s just not true. No ma’am.

All you really need is a bit of color, contrast, and texture, like Katie gave the walls here with paint and wainscoting. She also used plaint white bedding, which sounds like the opposite of ‘adding personality’ but actually gives you more room to play with accessories and provides a sharper contrast to help the other objects in the room shine. And how about those faux beams?! I love how they tie in the dark furniture and make the room feel complete.

The result feels pulled-together and serene, which mirrors Anna-Lisa’s personality exactly.

I actually don’t know if that’s true. BUT …


Blue and Beams Bedroom Before 1


Blue and Beams Bedroom 1

… I DO know that both Anna-Lisa and her husband are big readers, which is reflected now in their space thanks to this built-in bookshelf and other pieces of art Katie used around the room.  You can see them all on her blog at Reclaiming Home. (Spoiler alert: one of them is the wreath over the bed made out of book pages!)

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Little Girl Glam

Have you been itching to do a bedroom makeover for a little girl, but can’t make up your mind which direction to go?  Pink and aqua? Coral and gray? Paint or vinyl? Stripes or flowers?

I say YES. Do it all. See also: What the heck, why not, YOLO.

It might turn out as adorably as this makeover from Kiki at Kiki and Company

kiki bedroom before

kiki bedroom after


It’s got it all! From the stripes to the flower decals to the vibrant color scheme and painted furniture, this room is little girl heaven.


kiki bedroom makeover before

kiki bedroom makeover after

I love how she used extra large pieces for the gallery wall, anything smaller would have gotten lost trying to compete with the big flower decals on the adjacent wall.  I also love how it manages to be both bold and serene at the same time. Probably because if you look close, there is a sweet sleeping baby in the crib!

And being so nice and tidy helps too. There is zero clutter to be seen. My daughter is a major pack-rat and can hardly bear to part with even the smallest scraps of paper, so her room is a constant disaster. I have to sneakily throw things away all the time. Yet somehow she ALWAYS catches me, like “MOM!! Why did you throw this away???” as she tearfully produces an expired pizza coupon that I had stuffed inside an empty milk jug, which was inside a garbage bag, which was inside a larger garbage bag. It’s her sixth sense, I swear.


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Attic Attack!

Hey party peoples, happy Friday! If your week has left you feeling like you could use a long weekend, then cozy up to this space by Malorie at HomeWork Design Co.

Or if Malorie is busy, or lives too far away, or you don’t actually y’know, know her (awkward), then perhaps you could attack your own attic and make it into a bed-and-breakfast worthy hideaway too. You might need more than a weekend to accomplish such a feat, but I’m sure you’ll thank yourself later.
Light Attic Bedroom Before


Light Attic Bedroom


I just want to kick up my feet and binge watch some Netflix in here, who’s with me?!

What are you watching these days? I could use some recommendations. I’m currently watching Revenge, and I’m only on season one, but I love it so far. I think the best part is that it is set in the beautiful beautiful Hamptons. I especially like to drool over Grayson manor and wish I lived there too, minus all the drama and murderstuff.  Here’s a great look at the set I found from Hooked on Houses.


Back to Malorie.  She also took this beaten up tub …

Black Tub Bathroom Before 1

And this dreary corner of the attic …

Black Tub Bathroom Before

And somehow made a light-filled stunner of a bathroom!

Black Tub BathroomYep, I’d never leave.

Check out more of her bathroom makeover at HomeWork Design Co.

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From Musty to Must-see!

One time I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena with a couple of friends, and one of those friends found a velvet mustard headboard just like this one. It was glorious. It was also enormous, but she insisted that she could fit it in the minivan we were traveling in, no problem.

I insisted that she was Wrong with a capital W. Much arguing ensued. Turns out I was right, there was no way on earth it was going to fit, and so it didn’t come home with us after all. She was sad, but I was fist-pumping on the inside because who wants to ride from Pasadena to Phoenix crammed in a minivan with a musty headboard inches away from your face the entire time? Not this girl.

As awesome as this headboard is, it had some damage, and you know it was full of funky mustiness too.

Cream Colored Button Headboard Before

Cream Colored Button Headboard

But Eri came to the rescue and recovered it with some gorgeous Irish linen and multi-colored velvet on the buttons. So cute! She also stripped the varnish on the wood for a more natural look, and you can see more on her blog LuLu’s Cupboard.

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