Operation Family Room

Happy Friday!

You’ve seen a sneak peek of the French doors.

Benjamin Moore Peacock - French Doors

Chunky baseboards have been installed.

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

A slipcover gives an ugly sofa a clean neutral look.

beach cottage living room, slip cover, terrarium lantern

Pretty new pillows from Drop Cloth Designs.

drop cloth pillow

Thrift store treasures on stand by.

DIY chandelier coffee tablewooden candlesticks

Fabric for curtains ordered.

family room design

A thrifty chandelier replaces the extra gold brassy flush mount.

Still a work in progress. Thank goodness for weekends! What are you working on?

Ps. Here are some beautiful eclectic family rooms…

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: goodgirlgoneglad.com via Roeshel on Pinterest

Source: ethanallen.com via Roeshel on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Roeshel on Pinterest

I still LOVE this beach cottage family room:

Coastal Cottage by thediyshowoff.blogspot.com and remodelaholic.com

Source: decorpad.com via Melissa on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Amanda on Pinterest

 

Enjoy the weekend!

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Bedroom Makeover Design Board

The master bedroom is on the DIY to-do list this year. I’m starting to put together some ideas and this is the first draft. However, if you know me, you know this will change. Still, just for fun, here is what I’ve come up with. A lot of items are things we already own that I’m trying to work into the design.

farmhouse bedroom design board

The details:

  1. DIY Styrofoam/Convex Mirrors – using DecoArt MagiKote, Americana craft paints and Styrofoam wreath forms and PARTSMART SMR729193 8-1/2″ Offset Mount Convex Mirror
  2. Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan (a Mr. DIY must) – Overstock
  3. Vintage Inspired Industrial Large Number Signs (our anniversary date) – Antique Farmhouse
  4. Distressed European Wall Clock – Wisteria
  5. Sage Chinese Pots & Vases – Wisteria
  6. Burlap Crewel Damask Draperies – Ballard Designs
  7. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  8. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  9. Benjamin Moore –  Morning Dew
  10. Black Bowfront Chest – Wisteria
  11. Handwoven Rustic Rug – Wisteria
  12. Vintage Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover – Pottery Barn
  13. Old vintage steamer trunk

Other things in the room:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Two mismatched windows – a challenge!
  • King sized sleigh bed
  • Old dressers
  • Built-in dresser with hutch/shelving

And of course the design board is only a wishlist/dream since some of the items are not in my budget so imagine a DIY spin on some of those numbered items. We’ll use dressers we already have. Curtain panels will be stenciled drop cloths, a DIY knock off on the accent pillows. Vases/planters will be thrift store finds + spray paint. #13 – I already have those trunks but hope to do something fun with it. And #1, the Styrofoam Convex mirrors are a DIY project. I’m sharing the tutorial today at the DIY Club.

DIY convex mirrors

Do you take the time to ‘dream’ up a mood board for your room makeovers? It’s a great way to see how things coordinate and come together. Sometimes catalogs/a little internet window shopping is a great source of DIY inspiration.

DIY Club


The Good Mood {board} – Living Room Edition

Good Mood {board} – Living Room Edition

When I found out that “living rooms” were next up on the Good Mood Board event {blog friends sharing themed mood boards with a mood board linky finale}, I couldn’t wait to get started.  Remember the last time when I put together a mood board for my guest bedroom and shared the reveal about a month later? A mood board is awesome motivation for giving your DIY plan direction.

Well, this time, I’m doing a mood board for our family room. It’s a mess of a room right now with old mismatched furniture (not in a good mismatched way and not in a good “old” way – we’re talking hunter green striped couch with matching hunter green side tables…hellooooo 1990s!), walls in desperate need of paint, another plywood floor, windows with wood blinds but no drapes, huge potted plants and one ugly fish tank with one lonely gold fish that Mr. DIY refuses to part with (in fact he bought a fish tank 3x the size and it’s sitting empty along side the other in the family room at this time).   I’m saving the ‘before’ until I have an actual ‘after’. Hoping that sometime early 2012 demolition and remodeling will take place.

Anyway…Mr. DIY usually doesn’t offer up much in the way of preference when it comes to decorating but I think he’ll like this comfortable design.  If I like it, he likes it. (He’s wonderful that way!)  His only request is a ceiling fan. And of course the fish tank has to stay (gag!) but I’ll disregard that in my design today. It might look like I’m swapping out one mismatched room for another. lol  But this is my starting point in terms of colors and overall style. A mood board for me is a visual starting point – colors/overall feel. It might not be literal in the sense of each piece (definitely not as some of the things are not in my budget) but it gives me an idea of where to start in terms of design. Paint choice, furniture, color, textures…
Neutral, Navy, Texture. I even decorated for Christmas…
It looks a little cluttered but I never ever claim to be a minimalist (unless you count the one time when it comes to fish tanks). It’s so hard to fit all of the details on a little design board…there’s more space in real life. See something you like?  You can see the details of my olioboard here.

Get this look

What I like is that with this design,  I can add in more color with accessories. 

Pops of red 

or yellow/mustard

or green/chartreuse 

or orange/rust
or even pink/fuchsia if I was so inclined (and only if Mr. DIY became color blind) and it’d still look pretty. 

Very versatile. 

What do you think of my first rough draft?  I love seeing if the real design will be anything like dream version.  

Make sure you pop over to check out the next design in line from
Chris at Just a Girl 

Monday November 28th:
1. Remodelaholic
2. Home Stories A to Z
3. The Handmade Home
Tuesday November 29th:
4. House of Hepworths
5. Simplified Bee
6. Our Humble ABowed
Wednesday November 30th:
7. Design Dump
8. Under the Table and Dreaming
9. DIY Showoff
Thursday December 1:
10. Just A Girl
11. All Things Thrifty
12. Link Party for your boards over at Remodelaholic
Psst…get your holiday/color themed/paint projects ready for:

starts tomorrow 12/1!
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Mood Board Monday…er … Tuesday

OOPS! You may have caught my earlier post but I just wasn’t happy with it, so here is an update. My work schedule has been crazy so I’m late participating in Mood Board Monday hosted by Sarah from Pewter and Sage. I’ve been trying to work on it for the past week in my spare time and time got away from me, but the challenge was to decorate with either of these two rugs as inspiration:

1. Andalusia Rug from West Elm

{Exotic pattern from a traditional silk scarf is reinterpreted for the floor in Horizon and Ivory}

2. St. John Striped Indoor/Outdoor Rug from Dash and Albert

Please visit her blog for more details and to check out the other awesome mood boards!

I created a few different boards (my indecision and love for a number of styles gets me in trouble every time) but here is the one I decided I liked best. I chose the West Elm rug and created a cozy guest bedroom (i.e. a place for me to read and hang out on rainy days):

Then, I did this one.

And started this one:


And played with this one:


I told you I was indecisive!

Thanks for hosting Mood Board Monday, Sarah!
I love seeing everyone’s creative ideas!


Mood Board Monday at Room Remix!

I‘m participating in Mood Board Monday at Room Remix.


This was so much fun but also harder than I anticipated! I felt like I was studying for a test. But, I really enjoyed making it and can’t wait to see what the others came up with.

We were to design a room with either or both of these:

Curtain panel from Pier 1/Trellis fabric

I‘m nervous, because my imaginary client is a high maintenance, single girly-girl. She wanted something feminine and fun. ;) Therefore, there was no budget so this room it a little unreasonably priced.

Here is where I shopped:

Tall Lace Pendant Lamp – $499 – Room & Board


Chairs – $899 each – Crate & Barrel


Orimino Pillow – $78 – Anthropologie


Round Occasional Table – $89.99 – Target


Fatal Attraction Print – $49.95 – ZGallerie


Schonbek Silver Leaf Deco Lamp – $1245 – Lighting by Gregory


White Morgan Chair – $643 – Ballard Designs


Studio One Black Writing Desk – $299.99 – Value City Furniture


Rug – $90 – Plaza Rugs


Dale Tiffany Flamingo Lamp – $104 – CSN


Artificial Quince – $1.18 each – Pier 1


Black Bird Vase – $19.99 – Target


Petal Party Fabric – Tonic Living


Well, let me have it. What do you think? Will my imaginary client be pleased or will she give me the Donald Trump “YOUR FIRED!” ?

Head over to Room Remix to see the others! Thanks PK for hosting such a fun party! I had the best time shopping with a pretend wallet! ;)

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And in real life, I decorated my back patio. I just posted at the

Fall Festival.

Have a great Monday!