Little girl, big color!

Pop quiz time.  What’s the best way to begin a room makeover?

A) Paint the walls!

B) Find accessories!

C) Buy the big items!

The answer might surprise you.  It’s B.  I’m not making it up, go ask David Bromstad and he’ll tell you the same thing.  Start somewhere small.  A pillow with a fabric you’re in love with.  A favorite photo.  A colorful throw. Something that captures the ‘mood’ you’re trying to create.  The paint should come last if you decide to paint at all.

That’s exactly how it happened for Julie, anyway. Her daughter is a happy little thing, and her room was just the opposite.  A dark, depressing box.  That wouldn’t do!  This girl needed color! Fun! Whimsy! A bright space for a bright girl. And where did Julie start?  With a rug that was all of those things!  After that, everything seemed to fall into place.  So cute.  More details to see on her blog Julie Petunia.

 

What a colorful transformation of this little girl bedroom at betterafter.net

 

What a colorful transformation of this little girl bedroom at betterafter.net


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Poster Bed Poster Child

This poster bed was a bit of an intimidating sight, without anything else nearby to soften it. But Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home changed that with shower curtains! Now before you run off to go tack your vinyl Hawaiian beach shower curtain behind your bed, let me explain that these were extra-long ticking stripe fabric curtains found on Etsy.  (Although I actually did own that Hawaiian curtain, and it actually hung on my wall as decor. I was in college.  It was an … experimental time).

New pillows and bedding complete the look, and I especially love how she painted the lamps black too.  They anchor the white dressers and add a masculine touch to this room (something her college-age son who occupies it probably appreciates).

See this beautiful french vintage bedroom makeover at betterafter.net

 

See this beautiful french vintage bedroom makeover at betterafter.net

On this wall: a lone TV looking lonely.

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But it looks great surrounded by a gallery of friends!

See this beautiful french vintage bedroom makeover at betterafter.net

 

 


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Lots of chevron and impromptu haikus

Chevron is a pretty popular pattern, but don’t call it trendy! It’s been around for a looong time. Credible sources pinpoint its rise to popularity to 13th century Italy. (Credible sources include me and the 40 seconds of google research I just did).

So if you love chevron so hard, sit back and enjoy! If not, you can still use these ideas as inspiration to display your own favorite pattern, whether it’s plaid, polka-dots, houndstooth, argyle, ogee, paisley, or camouflage.

And speaking of patterns, I thought I’d introduce these projects with my favorite one of all: 5-7-5. Yes, the patron saint of patternry in poetry, the haiku. Here we go.

Simple table by

DeDe at Designed Decor.

zigs left, and zags right.

Chevron Roundup: Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Amber adds gold feet

and A Little Bit of Zazz,

old chair gets funky.

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Sad piano bench

now Nicer Than New

Play on Joan, play on.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Passed-down set of chairs

Robin has chevronified.

One down, nine to go.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

 

Smart Girls DIY,

bet this called for heavy math.

Liz ain’t no dummy.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

And, since I’m in a contest kind of mood lately, let’s have a haiku contest RIGHT NOW!

Leave a comment in the form of a haiku and the best one shall win $10 giftcard to, I don’t know, Target or whatever you want. Fun!


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Because they’re the real masters anyway!

Can someone please explain to me the concept of the master bedroom?  Sure, as ‘master’ of the house, I appreciate a spacious bedroom, but they are getting out of hand lately! I walked through a model home recently, just a standard suburban style home, and the master bedroom had a fireplace, a separate lounge area with a TV nook and a wetbar, an exercise room, a master closet the size of a bedroom, and a shower that could have easily fit twelve people.  It was 1/3 of the entire house! Who spends that much time in their bedroom? I guess if you’ve been quarantined maybe?  Or have no hobbies other than working out and showering?

Sarah’s master bedroom was not of ridiculous proportions, but it was the largest room in the house, and was a big waste of space.  So she gave it to her daughters!  Looks like they  are loving and using every adorable inch.  So cute.

An adorable girl bedroom/nursery makeover at betterafter.net

An adorable girl bedroom/nursery makeover at betterafter.net

 See more on her blog LA LA land.

An adorable girl bedroom/nursery makeover at betterafter.net

 

An adorable girl bedroom/nursery makeover at betterafter.net


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