Frugal Friday~

Hello Frugalistas! 

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Now it's time to check out the great posts I'm sharing for this week's Frugal Round-up...

First up, Brepurposed shared a great Pottery Barn Knock-Off Filing Cabinet.  She did an amazing job!  I love it!!

Next, check out this fun raised palette bed that Kammy's Korner created for her son!
So cute!

Read more after the break..


One Room Challenge - Room Prep Has Begun~

This post is sponsored in part by Shades of Light and HomeDecorators.com

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge  hosted by Calling It Home.

We're in the final stretch, and a lot is going on this week so that the room will be ready for install and I can share the BIG REVEAL next week!

It occurred to me that I had never actually shown a photo of the space, so I snapped a quick one with my cell phone last night.  Not the best photo...but let's face it, that will make the reveal look that much better!  Lol!

The  space has a bit of an awkward layout.  I've tried to work out a different spot for the bed, but the location it is in this photo seems to work the best, so we're going with it.  

We're using the Verdiana bed which I purchased from Home Decorators when we first moved in to our home. It is a greenish gray color which I like with the color scheme because it lends an unexpected depth to the space.  It has a sweet little floral detail on the headboard and a slight bit of distressing which keeps the space from looking too contemporary.  I like a space to have a bit of "age" to it.

The hot pink bedding (left over from her previous bedroom), and the nightstand didn't make the cut this time around.

Read more after the break...


Open Shelving Saves The Day!~

I thought it would be fun to share a project from several years ago.

"But this is an interior design blog,"  you're thinking.  "Shouldn't you be showing us more up-to-date ideas?"   Okay, that's true...to a degree.  The idea I want to share is perfect for anyone who moves into a house that needs a bit of updating.  (Please forgive the small photos....they are from my early blogging days, and I couldn't make them any larger without losing clarity.)

Awesome Open Shelving!

This is the kitchen from my first house back when I lived in Massachusetts.  And this is how it looked when we purchased the house - more or less. Boring oak cabinets. And no pizzazz.  In this photo we had already replaced the vinyl flooring with tile, and painted the walls Cathedral Gray by Ralph Lauren - they were dark red before. But we hadn't done much else. (except, apparently, leaving a mess on the counter...ahem.)  Please notice the ugly floating cabinet to the left of the window.  Why in the world do builders do this?  The cabinet looks sooo out of place all by its lonesome.

Here is the kitchen after (please remember this is circa 2008)! We painted out all of the cabinets in Ralph Lauren's Nantucket White. We replaced the outdated brass hardware with new black hardware (Of course if I were re-doing this kitchen today, I may have just kept that brass hardware - Lol!). We also replaced the range hood with a new black version. (We had purchased the oven and refrigerator for our previous rental home and brought them with us.)

Then we removed that ugly "floating" cabinet to the left of the window and replaced it with fabulous open shelves. So. much. better.

Read all about the open shelving after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up, I have a couple of great posts to share with you!

First up, you know I love me a good room makeover!  What?   You do too?  Of  course you do!  So make sure you check out this pretty living room redo shared by Provident Home.

Next, you'll want to check out this fun dresser makeover shared by Revolutionaries blog.  I  just love this fresh new look for a mid-century piece! 

Read more after the break...


One Room Challenge - Week 4 Progress~

Welcome to Week 4 of the teen girl bedroom makeover I'm attempting for my daughter as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home.

In last week's post I asked you, my dear readers, to chime in on whether you would paint the walls a saturated mint/aqua color, or a more muted mint/aqua color.

To be honest, I was leaning more toward the muted wall color, but after much debate, and many searches on Houzz for aqua and mint-colored walls, we decided to go with a more saturated tone.

I know, I surprised myself.  As a self-proclaimed neutral-palette lover, I tend to avoid overly saturated colors.  But in this case, it just seems perfect.

At my interior-design day job, I work primarily with Sherwin Williams paints, so I pulled out my paint deck, and my daughter and I sat down with  her bedding to find the perfect shade of mint/aqua.

The color we chose for the walls is Sherwin Williams Aqueduct.

Read more after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday! 

So glad you can join me today!  I have a fun group of posts to share for this week's Frugal Round-up.  
First up, I'm loving the spring dining room shared by Vintage Finds.  It's so very pretty!

Next, Love Grows Wild shared a pretty picture-frame-turned-tray.  It would be a great addition to a spring table!

Read more after the break....

One Room Challenge - Week 3 - Teen Girl's Room Details~

This post is sponsored in part by Shades of Light.

Welcome to week 3 of the One Room Challenge.

As you may recall from posts 1 and 2, I am working to create a bedroom for my 12-year-old daughter.  

She LOVES the color mint, so with that as a jumping off point, we have come up with a main color scheme of mint and navy as illustrated by this duvet cover that we purchased from Pottery Barn Teen (it arrived this week and it's ADORABLE!)

This week I ran across the perfect side table for her space at Target.  Don't you just love their Threshold line of home decor?  The thing I love about this table is the fact that it's got a bit of contemporary flair.  The majority of the furniture in her space is quite traditional, so I absolutely love the idea of bringing in a piece or two with more a more modern feeling.

My other exciting find for this week is a lighting fixture.  This is the Beaded Elegance Ceiling Fixture from Shades of Light.  I adore it!  It's got a definite feminine flair and as the name states  - elegance.  It's going to go a long way toward adding sophistication to the space.  Because although I want the space to feel youthful and fun, I don't want it to be too juvenile.

Read more after the break...


Clever Space-Saving Desk in My Little Boys' Room~

Perhaps you recall a few months ago when I posted about the built-in bunk beds in my little boys' bedroom.  One of the things that I was hoping to accomplish with the built-ins was to create a room with space-saving solutions so that if feels bigger than it actually is.  The bunk bed went a long way toward accomplishing that.  But I also wanted to create a work area, and adding a desk to the end of the bunk beds was the perfect way to do that.

You may also recall from that post, that I got my inspiration from this photo that I had saved from Better Homes and Gardens several years ago.  

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens

Well, I shared the photo with my friend Tim from Millworks Woodworking who created the perfect desk for me.  

We even added a cord pass-through so that I could add the cute lamp above the work desk (and perhaps a laptop or something down the road.)

I'm so happy with how this cute little desk turned out.  I just know that my boys' will get years of use out of it!


Wall Lamp:  IKEA
Globe:  Vintage
Paper Mache "B":  Hobby Lobby
Stool:  Purchased from a Model Home Sale



Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

So glad you can join me!  For this week's Frugal Round-up I'm sharing a couple of ADORABLE crafts and a mini-home office that I'm totally crushing on.

First up, that home office!  Shared by The Blissful Bee, this little space has me smitten!  Make sure you pop over and check it out for yourself.

Next up, Woods of Bell Trees shared instructions to create this fun little "party animal jar"  that literally stopped in my tracks it's so cute!

Read more after the break...

One Room Challenge Week 2: Teen Girl's Room Progress~

This post is sponsored in part by The Land of Nod.

Welcome to week 2 of my One Room Challenge project.  As I mentioned in last week's post, I've decided to tackle my 12-year-old daughter's bedroom as my project.   

This week has been full of progress, but not of the visual variety.  Mostly decisions and ordering and behind the scenes stuff.  But I realize that blogging is a visual medium...so I'm going to try and make this post pretty for you anyway! ;)

My daughter is in love with the color  mint...or aqua...or turquoise...or really anything of the blue-green variety.  So that was her first request when it came to her new room.

With that in mind, we started by choosing bedding.  And here is what we've come up with:

To give her all the "mint" her little heart could desire we chose this pretty ribbon trim quilt and a matching Euro sham from Pottery Barn Teen.

Then because she specifically asked for a layered look...and because I wanted to bring in some navy blue, we added this pretty Trellis Duvet Cover also from PBT.   The trellis pattern is definitely trendier, and I like to bring trendier patterns in using less expensive items like a duvet cover, so it wont hurt the wallet as much when they need to be replaced in a few years.

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up I have some adorable spring DIYs and a room reveal (because I always love a good room reveal!)

First up, Ash and Crafts shared this darling blossom-covered Eiffel Tower.  Simply darling!

And as long as we're on the topic of blossoms...check out this fabulous idea to create inexpensive cherry blossom branches shared by Life & Home at 2102.

Read more after the break...

One Room Challenge: Teen Girl's Bedroom~

We've been living here at Hydeaway Cottage for the last 8 months.  And it is still largely un-decorated.  As an interior designer, you'd think I wouldn't let this "sort of thing" happen.  But it is very much like the case of the cobbler whose children have  no shoes.  I simply haven't had the time to do much.  At least that's what I've been telling myself.   But as I thought about it, I decided it wasn't so much time I didn't have as it was motivation.

So this year, I decided that I would do something that I've been wanting to do for the past couple of years and have been a little intimidated to take on.  "And what is this intimidating thing?" you ask.

The ONE ROOM CHALLENGE (insert ominous music)
hosted by Linda of Calling It Home.

It's not that designing a room is scary...it's the idea of giving myself a timeline that scares me. Ha ha! But at the same time, I'm hoping that by making myself accountable in some way, I'll actually get a room in my house completely finished.

So the room I have chosen to tackle for this challenge is the bedroom of my 12-year-old daughter.  (Okay, she's not technically a teen...but she really is - if you know what I mean.)

Designing kids' rooms is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  I feel like there are fewer limitations placed on kid spaces.  Whimsy is an expectation.  

I want the rooms I design to be a true reflection of their inhabitants and so this bedroom design is going to be very much a collaborative effort.  

Here is a little snippet of my daughter's room in our previous house.

You can read all about this room here.

I LOVED this room.  And so did she.  But we're going for an entirely different feel this time around.
I posted a bit about it here.

My daughter LOVES aqua, mint, turquoise...really any color in that blue-green family.  So that is going to be the basis of the room.  I talked her into grounding it with a little bit of navy blue.  And then we're going to add a bunch of other color with art and accessories.

Read more after the break...