Maggie’s Bedroom Makeover

Over this past year a progressive metamorphosis has taken place in several parts of my parent’s home. The house was built in the late 60’s but has some wonderfully traditional architectural elements such as board and batten, chair rail mouldings, etc. It has seen many updates and re-dos in the past 50 years or so, but the last major update was done in the early 2000’s. Needless to say, it was time to update paint colors and eliminate some wallpaper! Both of my younger sisters were home this summer and my mom decided to take full advantage of the free labor extra hands! About 1/3 of the house was repainted by my mom and sisters. They took down wallpaper, primed and painted their hearts out. And the best part was… they did it all by themselves!

One of the aforementioned rooms belonged to my baby sister, Maggie. Maggie is in her senior year of high school and it was time to shed the Pepto-pink walls of her preteen years! I have only one before photo, but as you can imagine, it was pink… everywhere.

Maggie requested that the new and improved space be in cool blue tones, with fun and feminine accents and a more mature vibe. I immediately thought of Schumacher’s Chang Mai Dragon in Aquamarine.

This is literally my all-time favorite fabric. The color, the design, everything about it makes my design heart sing! Maggie also fell for the entrancing dragon and we decided to use Chang Mai as the jumping off point for our color scheme.

After a heavy coat of primer, the walls were painted Valspar’s Aquatic Edge.

I love the light and vivacity this wall color brings to the space!

With orange and white accents, the room has been transformed into a sophisticated sanctuary… An enthusiastic yet tranquil retreat for an incredible young woman.

Everything you see was done with a budget in mind. The drapery panels were made from a HomeGoods shower curtain and the table lamps were $5 each at a garage sale. The feather wall art was on sale at Hobby Lobby, while the drapery hardware and lampshades are from Target. Nearly every new item purchased was either on clearance or accompanied by a coupon; and several items, like decorative frames, are thrift store finds.

Although I was on hand for the design direction, color selections and sewing projects, Maggie did a lot of the work you see here by herself. She spray painted photo frames, metal wall art and cork boards. Helped hang drapery and de-cluttered.

The floor lamp has been floating around the house for years, but it found a delightful home here, lending a hint of vintage charm.

I can’t forget to mention this adorable slipcover my mom whipped up for an outdated office chair… Did I mention that I am proud of these DIY divas?!

The top of her dresser now serves as an area to accessorize before heading out with friends. On another note, I love how the colors in the room compliment the rich wood tones of the furnishings!

My favorite project was one Maggie did completely on her own, this adorable lace monogram. She painted each letter with a color from the room, overlaid each with inexpensive lace and coated them with white spray paint. After removing the lace stencil, the finished product created a lovely grouping.

Overall, I am incredibly proud of the spunky and energetic little lady below. She put a lot of elbow grease into this room of hers and, I think you’ll agree, the result is a fabulous slice of design heaven! I surmise that we have yet another accomplished DIYer in the family!

I’m still hopelessly in love with my dearest dragon and so glad to use it in a space close to my heart!

What do you think of the room? And what are your favorite fabric crushes?


Mid-Week Makeover – Nurata Embroidery

I am so excited to finally be bringing you a Mid-Week Makeover!

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This design centralizes around a fantastic fabric by Schumacher called Nurata Embroidery.174180

So here is the design plan with furnishings:

Sofa: Rose Tarlow Paddington Sofa, Lounge Chairs: Rose Tarlow Picadilly Lounge Chairs, Coffee Table: Powell and Bonnell Pompeii Coffee Table, Rug: Dash and Albert Chocolate Ticking Woven Rug, Side Tables: Bungalow 5 Polo 1-Drawer Side Table, Dressers: Tonic Home Natalie 3 Drawer Dresser, and Mirror: Tonic Home Zanzibar Gold Leaf Mirror

And Elevation Views of both sides of the room:
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Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Dover White, Artwork: Amanda Talley Conte Stick and Gesso on Brown BFK Paper, Lamps: Circa Selene Table Lamp, Drapery: Schumacher Nurata Embroidery in Coral, Green Pillows: Schumacher Denim Texture in Moss, and Coral Pillows: Schumacher Crosstown Weave in Coral

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I also decided to do a version of this room with a Christmas Twist.

I added some touches of luxurious textures like satin, velvet and gold metallic. And what room is complete without greenery? All great ways to glam up a casual room for the holidays.

Elevation 1 - Holiday

Red Pillows: Kravet Satin 31651 Color:9, Green Pillows: Schumacher Gainsborough Velvet in Fern, and Gold Pillow: Schumacher Glimmer in Pale Gold

Elevation 2 - Holiday

What do you think?

I hope to show you all of my other Christmas Decor tomorrow, but no guarantees! The kiddo is under the weather so it might be Friday before I get around to it.

Lulu DK – Child

My mind has been hung up lately on children’s decor. We have been looking at new places that would allow us to have a play space for Christopher and the wheels of my imagination have been turning…

Late last week, I was in the (oh, so beautiful) Schumacher showroom and the Lulu DK Child collection caught my eye:

How cute is this!

Lulu DK aka Lulu deKwaitkowski is a fabric designer who has done collections for many of the trade companies. Her fabrics are usually hand drawn and brightly colored with a whimsical touch. I think that her designs have such great artistry!

Here are some of my favorite fabrics in her collection:

Parade – Blueberry/ Ocean

Lollipop – Turquoise/Leaf

These animals are just precious!

Jungle Jubilee – Sky

Love – Sky

Embroidered paint splatter…

Skittles – Punch/Coral

and I love the embroidered shapes on this one.

Macaroni – Turquoise/Leaf

Star – Sunshine

Great for a nautical vibe.

Sailboat – Sky

Jelly Bean – Ocean

Being a mother of a boy, you can see I was drawn to the more masculine colors:

But all of the fabrics above are available in other color ways…

What do you think of Lulu DK’s Collection? Is there another children’s collection that you are crushing on?