One Room Challenge- Where are they Now? … My Master Bedroom

Hey Hey Hey!  Guess who’s not dead?  It’s me.  I’ve been consumed by a dozen or so amazing design projects and using my free time to enjoy my delicious little life.  I must say, I’m very happy right now with my personal situation and I think it has taken a toll on the blog.  Don’t be a jealous girlfriend quite yet though, I promise to be better to you in upcoming months.  March and April should be an exciting time for DM, the online version.

I’m coming out of blog winter hibernation to take part in the One Room Challenge NOW linking party.  Linda, creator of the ORC, has come up with a great idea for the past participants of the decorating challenge.  The idea is to share how our rooms have evolved since the 6 week makeover.  What worked, what didn’t, etc.  Some of you may remember that I decorated my Master Bedroom for my first challenge last February/March.  It was a manic, rushed, and overwhelming project as I attempted to finish my bedroom and move into my house while construction was happening all around me.  To say that I was thrilled with the result would be a big overstatement (LIE) and the room has continued to evolve over the past year.  It’s still not “right” or “done” in my mind, but at least it doesn’t keep me up at night any more.

So let’s quickly reminisce, shall we?

At the end of the ORC, I had my bed  on the long bare wall and I had whipped up a slip-covered, shapely headboard as the focal point…

orc week 7 block print paisley headboard bed straight on

BEFORE- Bed on Bare wall, Bay window Open.

bed against long wall

Well the curved headboard lasted about 10 months before I just couldn’t take it anymore.  As much as I am incredibly grateful to my father and sister for making it, it looked like a DIY and didn’t have the feeling or quality I desired in my bedroom.  So I took it off and went back to the standard Ikea Malm bed.  Then on a whim this past weekend, I moved the bed into the bay window.  It’s really opened up the space and I like the feel much better!

NOW…

Design Manifest Teal Bedroom with Suzani bedspread and Danish Chest

Berry Border Bedding with vintage Suzani bedspread

I’ve mixed up the bedding a little bit, changing to plain white shams and adding a bedspread on top of my duvet.  I bought a vintage blue and green suzani for a client and I loved it so much I went on Ebay on a whim and snagged one for myself.   (Hehe- casualty of this biz)  Not sure if it will stay in the bedroom, but I’m loving it here right now.  My pug is loving it too, because now I let him up on the bed.

NOW-  The view as I walk in the door…

Design Manifest- Bed in Bay Window

The rug is also new to the room.  It’s another Ebay purchase from years ago.  I had it in my loft and it’s been in storage for the past 2 years.  I didn’t think I’d use it in the cottage because I’m kinda totally over Beni Ourains.  (Sorry, but Very overused int the bloggersphere.)  But it was “free” soft and warm and my floors feel rrreally cold underfoot, so I’m happy to have it back.

BEFORE-  Nightstands and Lamps

orc week 7 bed and nightstand

NOW- My old nightstands (THIS Ikea Hack) have moved to under the mirror.

Mirror Wall

NOW I have mismatched nightstands.

Design Manifest Pink Desk as Nightstand

Due to window placement, I had much more space on the right side of the bed then the left,  so I trying out a desk as a bedside table.

This desk (a used West Elm Parsons Desk painted Glidden’s “Very Berry”) has been floating around my house unable to find a home.

It REALLY needs to be repainted.  The desk chair is vintage.

I’m hoping to use it as a vanity, but I haven’t styled it up yet.  I also plan to hang the bamboo mirror.

Pink Desk top with bamboo mirror

BEFORE

corner before

and NOW… RIP Tree :(

Design Manifest Teal Bedroom- Suzani Bedrspread-  pink Desk

On the left side I shopped my own home and used a vintage rattan and glass coffee table.

I love round tables for nightstands!  So much room for all my stuff.

Since I moved the foo dog lamps downstairs, I needed a new light by my bed.

This one was cheap and cute- Nate Berkus for Target.  I don’t think its available anymore but this one is super sexy too.

Design Manifest Round Rattan Glass bedside table

The panton chair is a spare dining chair.   Since my first floor is so small, it’s nice to have it out of the way, but convenient to grab when I have a larger dinner party.

round rattan and glass nighstand

After living in the bedroom for a while, I realized I needed more storage.  So I hit up Mom for the spare Danish Dresser in her basement.  I like having wood in this super saturated space.  It’s warm and maintains a nice balance between the natural and the POP in this room.

Teal Bedroom with black and white dog photo on danish chest- Design Manifest

Pug art and the real deal, Mr Bailey Bartholomew…

bailey on bedroom rug

So to recap, in 11 months I have remodeled/dressed down my headboard, added to the bedding, changed the nightstands, added a dresser and rug.

I’d say things are a little different now.

This new design may last me 11 months.  Maybe.  I’m kinda itching to repaint the place, but I’m trying A) to not be crazy and B) to focus on other rooms for now.

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I’m linking up to Linda’s ORC Now party.  To check out updates on all the ORC projects, please check out Calling It Home.

 

It’s my Cottage One Year Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe that’s its been exactly one year since I signed on the dotted lines and bought myself a little cottage.  Part of me feels like the time has gone by in a wink, but when I think about it,  SO much has happened since those early days.  I feel like a different person and the house has been transformed into a whole different (better) kind of home.

Highlights of the renovation include a bathroom gut job, painting my existing laminate kitchen cabinets turquoise, removing all of the walls (and half walls!) on the first floor and creating an open concept plan.  I also used a heck of a lot of paint.  I ripped up maroon carpets to discover antique pine floors. I attempted to make a headboard and subsequently burnt out on DIY’s for the next 6 months.

Here’s a little round up of my project so far.  You can click on the title or the picture to see all posts related to each room!

the living room

living room before and after

living room before and after 2

the dining room

design manifest dining room before and after

design manifest dining room before and after 2

the kitchen

design manifest kitchen before and after

design manifest kitchen before and after 2

the bathroom

design manifest bathroom before and after

the master bedroom

design manifest master bedroom before and after

the guest room

design manifest guest room before and after

the lounge

design manifest lounge before and after

Reading this first post I wrote the day after settlement still puts a big smile on my face.  I was so hopeful and excited.  Six months of waiting and renovating tested my patience and honestly, my self esteem.  (Who wants to live and work with their parents 24/7 ?)  October  through December were NOT good months for me as I sunk into a anxious state of depression.  (I talked about it in this post here.)  I impatiently moved in mid-February (even though the house wasn’t finished) and quickly began putting my decorative touches on every little nook and cranny.  Work, life and exhaustion plagued my progress, but I was happy just to be doing my thing and living in my own home.

I still have a lot to do, but I’m grateful that I’ve been able to take my time and allow the space to evolve as I live in it.  The more I use the cottage, the more I learn what it really needs.  Some rooms I love (bathroom, guest room,) some rooms I can’t seem to get right (master bedroom,) and some rooms I’ve barely touched yet (lounge, dressing room.)  I think year two is going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!

xo

Naomi

Bedtime Story… Or how I hacked my Ikea Bed

naomi and hand blocked paisley

A girl,  a Dream and a few yards of DIY Hand-Blocked Fabric

Ok, the time has come for me to tell my bed story.  Note:  I’m not calling this a DIY.  Frankly it was very difficult and involved collaborations with a professional carpenter (dad) and fashion designer/ expert sewer (sister) and I don’t recommend doing the whole thing yourself.   I didn’t read a single how-to post before starting this project, I didn’t prepare at all, I just dove in and realized half way through I was way over my head.  I’m dumb, silly, lucky and a little bit wiser now.

Nevertheless, a lot of you have asked about it.  So let’s get down to it.

wood stamp paisley

It started with a hand-carved paisley wood stamp.  The first thing I did when I put an offer on the cottage was buy this stamp.  I didn’t know where I would use it or what application (curtains, bedding, upholstery, on the walls?), but I knew I needed it in my life.  I bought the paisley block print from HERE on Etsy.  I loved that the scale was large (8″ high) because most of the wood blocks I found were only half the size.

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Question

How many times can you change up your bedroom before you are deemed certifiably crazy?

At least a dozen, right?  After all, you have to crack a few eggs to…

design manifest black block print bed ikat suzani gold pillow

{I originally bought these ikat pillows for a client but then couldn’t give them away}

{Gold pillow was moved from living room}

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The NEXT post I do will be on this Darn DIY bed, promise.

That means it may be awhile… hehe.

Lighting Week: My Bedroom Chandelier

In honor of my Rejuvenation Giveaway, I decided to make this week all about the lighting in my cottage.  When it comes to decorating my own home, I am aggressively thrifty, but one area where I have dropped a few dimes is lighting.  I think lighting is just delightful: it creates instant atmosphere and easily elevates a whole room.  I don’t care if your space (ahem, my space) is a  mish-mash of Ikea and vintage furnishings, the right light can make it cosmopolitan.

Today I’m sharing my bedroom chandelier.  It’s a white glass chip piece that kind of reminds me of a murano chandelier and also has a beachy wibe.  It adds a nice softness to the room, while actually being quite bright.  The small frame allows me to use it comfortably in a room that only has 8′ ceilings.

design manifest bedroom white glass chandelier paisley headboard

white glass chip chandelier detail

The chandelier is this steal from Lamps Plus.

Only $199.

I was worried that for that price the glass chips would be crappy, but it’s really cute.

No Murano, OBVIOUSLY, but a very cute light.

And NO, Lamps Plus is sadly not sponsoring this post.

design manifest bedroom with chandelier rattan stools

Pillow Basket Caitlin Wilson pillow greek key  Design Manifest

And while my post is about my chandy, I just have to share my basket I picked up at HomeGoods.  I never score at that store and last weekend I got a little lucky.  I’ll be sharing more finds later.

Do you guys Likey?

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and don’t forget…

Enter the $100 Rejuvenation Giveaway HERE