New Year, New Room Refresh Reveal!

It’s reveal day for the New Year, New Room challenge. I have to say a special thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for hosting this challenge. It’s been really fun and refreshing for both me and my room to do a smaller-scale makeover that doesn’t require blowing up the whole house. My guest room definitely looks more inviting today than it did three weeks ago when I shared a plan to bring together a serene palette of greens, blues and yellows together with art from Minted and new lamps from Lamps Plus. I think I followed through with that vision pretty well.

But first, remember the before? It was a disorganized mess that had a wild dog living in it (those who know Jellybeans can attest that this is only kind of a joke).

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And now the after!

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I picked up this “pillow to the side” technique from the One Room Challenge reveal of fellow NYNR refresher Sharon of Pretty Practical Home. It also happens to be the same pillow, but that’s a coincidence!

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The thing I enjoyed most about this room was that it felt different from what I have done in the past, mostly I think because the desk is a different style of furniture than pretty much anything else I own. I’m always looking to mix up my look, though, and I still think the outcome is still very “me.”

The biggest challenge in this room was to keep the design in balance even though I moved the bed to one side of the room to make enough space for the desk. I was a little worried that placing the largest piece of furniture and art both off-center would look strange, but using an eye-catching piece of furniture (the desk), other symmetrical elements (the lamps), and an anchoring piece (the rugs), I managed to make the visual balance work.

As for the “rug,” I actually decided to use a blanket for that function. I’ve seen blankets used for rugs before, and it’s honestly something I’ve skeptical about. But since this was kind of an irregular sized space as far as rugs go and I had this blanket on hand, I thought why not? Here’s my verdict about the rug-as-blanket approach–it can be done effectively, IF:

  • The blanket has the appropriate weight. This one is wool. Something with an open weave definitely would not work.
  • You use a rug pad. I had a small piece of rug pad that I used, and that definitely made a difference to how well it stayed put.
  • You use it in a low traffic area. This is not for your living room or any other area that is in the flow of traffic. Rug pad or no, you would be folding down the corners fifty times a day.

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That’s my reveal! Due to the crazy weather conditions over the last week for many of the blog hop participants, we are splitting our reveals between this week and next week. What this means for you is that you can get great refresh-related content AND reveals from everybody two weeks in a row. So head over to the other participants and see what goodies they have ready for you. And don’t forget to check back next week–lots more to look forward to!

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And again, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to Minted and Lamps Plus for their contributions to my design!

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Guest Room Update: Paint Reveal!

img_5712-TIMG_6596-TBlue bedroom makeover on a budget.

To read this saga from the beginning, see Trial and Errors in the Guest Bedroom and Inspiration for a Bold Blue Bedroom. Otherwise, press on!

Consider this scenario: You meet a guy (or gal) in a bar. Maybe you flirt a little, but it’s nothing serious, just a little chatter with a guy (or gal) in a bar. No real potential there. You go home, go on with your life, meet someone new. Things are going well, and you are thinking it could be the real thing this time. But in the back of your mind, you still sometimes think about the guy (or gal) from the bar. It’s ridiculous, yes, but it’s there.

Then, one day–maybe it’s New Year’s Eve, or the first day of spring–you bump into that guy (or gal) somewhere totally unexpected–maybe the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, or the top of the Eiffel tower as fireworks burst over head–and you live happily ever after, forever, THE END.

If you’re thinking that was a plot recap of about 80% of all romantic comedies, you’re right. But it’s also what happened to me and paint color #5 (remember paint #5?)! So, you see, these things can happen in real life. They can happen to you and the paint color of your dreams!

Bright blue bedroom. Mixing rugs. Eclectic vintage style.Hanging large art above the bed.

I changed up a few other things besides paint, but paint was the only thing I bought since the previous pictures were taken. Then, using stuff we already had, I switched out the matching glass lamps for taller, mismatched lamps that bring a little more presence and interest. I also rethought the bedding accessories. The printed pillows and blue throw were too busy and didn’t look cohesive, so I decided to go with a set of red plaid pillows Justin brought home from a yard sale ages ago with a set of yellow striped lumbar pillows I made for our TV room in the old house and a simple white lambswool.

There is a lot going on in this room, so I think bringing red and yellow more prominently into the bedding helps convey the color story in the room much more clearly. That awesome yellow mirror helps, too. Justin sweetly gave me that mirror for Christmas after I admired it in a vintage shop. I rudely gave him nothing for Christmas for the second year in a row. We had just bought the new house, and I thought we weren’t giving gifts! I have a lot to make up for this year to say the least.

Mixing patterns for bedding. Ikea duvet  and cover.IMG_6683Bookshelf styling. Yellow decor.Decorative glass hand. Croton indoor plant.

I did, however, give Justin that glass hand for Valentine’s day. Because nothing says love like a decorative severed limb.

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Sorry for cheesing out on you for a second there! I can’t help but give in from time to time…

It’s amazing how much bigger and brighter the room feels with this paint. Any trace of regret that I couldn’t find the matching paint for the original color is gone now for sure, and the two-tone window looks really great, too!

We still have a few things we need to do in here, like install white trim and baseboards, replace the doors (eventually), and replace the kooky ceiling fan, but it’s back to being presentable, and it’s definitely now a room I’m glad to wake up in.

Sources
All furniture, decor, art, rugs are vintage/thrifted/Craigslist except the following:

  • Duvet cover – Ikea
  • Faux lambswool – Ikea
  • Curtains – Ikea
  • Swimmer printed canvas – Ikea
  • White/woven basket – Target

As per usual, vintage + Ikea are practically the only two sources I need.

What do you think of the new paint? Cheerful, right?