Incorporating Smart Technology Into Your Home

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I wanted to share with you how I incorporated Smart Technology into my own home during the One Room Challenge but time got a bit away from me and well, sometimes technology pictures aren’t the prettiest. But today’s the day!

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If you’re in the market and researching Google vs. Echo these are my words, review, and opinions only and should be taken as such.


First I’d like to start off that while I was gifted this Smart Light starter with a C by GE bulb and a Google Mini to review I do already own Google home which I purchased on my own.

So why did I chose Google over the Echo or any other Smart Technology system? My answer is pretty short. Google’s smarter.

Yes, speaking “Alexa” rolls off the tongue a lot faster and easier than “ok Google” there’s no doubt about that. I also considered aesthetics, which basically weighed about the same to me except that Google Home was about to launch the Hub! I’ll be that one standing in line on Black Friday to get this piece of gorgeousness!

Ok, but I did mention smarter. While both are pretty comparable and compatible with many other add-on devices such as the Ring, Sonos, Nest, Hue, etc. Google’s infrastructure has been around a lot longer than the Echo’s and therefore Google’s search engine is larger and smarter. Not to say sweet Alexa won’t get there but as of right now she has a little catching up to do.

Now, back to the C by GE.  As I was saying, I already had a Google Mini but that’s ok, I needed another one when they sent me the kit.

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I have a reading lamp in this room I wanted the C by GE bulb installed in and let me tell you it was a breeze. Like setup in under 40 seconds type of breeze.

I screwed in the light bulb into a vintage pharmacy lamp that I have in this room.


Next, I set it up through my Google Home app.


You guys. It was that simple. And now I can turn the lamp on/off, dim, control color temperature and/or set up a schedule.

But with the Holidays quickly approaching at  $55 the C by GE Starter Kit is a great gift!


As always thanks for visiting and I hope this helped you as well as a great gift suggestion!


Happy Holidays!



Modern, Rustic Family-Friendly Media Room – Week 3

Welcome back! Well, we’re halfway through the challenge and I don’t feel like I have anything accomplished so that’s a little scary. What’s even scarier? I am not panicking. Like I should be having a full blown meltdown right now. Completely freaking out. But I’m not.



Call me crazy but I’m just rolling with it this year. Yes, I did plan a little ahead and source materials and accessories but I do have a few things on back order, I need a light fixture installed, I need to install wood paneling and share my DIY (sponsored by Black + Decker), I need to paint, I need to install a shade on the window, I need to set up smart technology, ahhhh the list goes on.

I will tell you today that this past weekend I drove alllllllll the way to Wisconsin (ok, it was only 1.5 hours but I’m a dramatic person) to pick up the fireplace for this room. Do you want to see it?

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This is a pretty rough picture but I was so excited I had to snap one real quick and I can’t wait to see it installed up in the media room.

Let me tell you this couple that previously owned this fireplace was absolutely the cutest! They kept all the original parts and pieces and even the owners manual and were so so happy to hear that it was going to a good home and not left to rust outside as an outdoor firepit. (although I do love that idea and I am in no way knocking it) This Preway was just too good to do that to though.

So last week you saw a couple of my inspiration pics for this room, here are a couple more:

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I love the masculine and feminine balance here and the plaid just gets me!

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I love the wood tone, the fireplace (naturally) and of course the balance of new and old.

Speaking of old. I’ve been a busy bee finding amazing one of a kind vintage and antique pieces. Like this (sneak peek):

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When I purchase new furnishings and pieces I try to balance out with old. Like for every 2 new pieces, there’s one old piece. I feel like that’s the depth. That’s the character. While I love vintage and antiques I equally don’t want my entire home filled with them, that’s why I try to balance. I don’t consider myself a collector but I do appreciate a good found piece.

Accessories are fun and they’re sort of like the cherry on top when designing so I’ll get into more of the accessories I chose for this room and why later.

This week will be a big push and I hope to move onto painting the room, sourcing the right rug (and I’ll share quite a bit about this because sometimes rug hunting can feel daunting), a little DIY with Stikwood and new window treatments. In the coming weeks, I’ll also share more about incorporating technology and specifically smart technology into a space as well as accessorizing.

Please check back next week for lots of progress!


See ya soon!



PS – Don’t forget to check out the other Guest participants of the One Room Challenge! You can read more about what they’re all up to here.






Modern, Rustic Family-Friendly Media Room – Week 2

Hello and thank you for stopping for another visit, this is now Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! You can read more about last week’s post (week 1) here.

This week I want to talk more about how the room looks before (or now) and what inspired me to take it in the direction it’s going.

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Currently, this room is just a  hodgepodge of leftover furniture from our previous homes and it’s sort of becoming somewhat of a dumping ground. The furniture is too large and not comfortable and it’s become my husband’s “man cave”. I want to change that. Not to take away from him, finding places for everyone in our home to feel comfortable in is the most important to me but this room needs work and we do have an entire finished basement (which hopefully, will make its debut in next year’s ORC).

Ok back to this room. It’s dark (but east facing so it can be much brighter). The walls are a deep, moody grayish-green which is a lovely color BUT so wrong for this room (similar to what was going on in our master bedroom which you can read here). This room (like the master bedroom) has steep roof pitches from the shed dormers outside so this moody color on the walls only calls it out more prominently in the ceiling. See below for what I mean:

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We have a photobomber too.

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Ok, you get the idea for the ceiling and how the two colors meet and how they don’t work together at all because frankly there’s not any architectural interest here to highlight.

Here is a view of the doorway and from the outside hallway looking in:

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See how tight the furniture is squeezed into this tiny room?

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This room is so small as you can see and equally the furnishings in it are much too large for this space. I want to create a room that’s a good fit for everyone in our family who is looking for that quiet space to retreat to or be together enjoying some quality time without a TV.  This tiny room will need to work hard and pack a huge design punch. BUT, that will be part of the fun! The challenge!

Already, my design concept has changed just a bit, here is a little update of some of the design details that will go into this room.

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I’m hoping to create a fun and relaxing retreat where we can read a good book, play a board game, enjoy a favorite podcast, listen to music or all of the above! I will be looking to incorporate smart technology into this room because in today’s world we’re all connected somehow and someway and I want to share with you how easy that can be without taking away from the beauty and simplicity and rustic nature of this room. Balance. This is what will be key to pulling this design off successfully.

Here are a couple pictures I drew my inspiration from:

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As you can see, I took my wood tones from this inspiration. Living in MN we are surrounded by trees and lakes and greenery so it was only natural to stay “natural”.

Here is another source I drew my inspiration from:

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Photo: Schoolhouse Electric

This photo reminds me of the rustic woods and comfy and cozy woolen blankets I grew up with.

So now that you’ve seen the before photos and some inspiration photos, I’m hoping to share some progress or in-progress photos with you next week. I’ll tackle a little DIY this year where I’ll share a step by step tutorial and then I’ll take you on a small tour of a local boutique where I source some of my favorite pieces.

Until next time!

Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to check out the other Guests of the One Room Challange!







Modern, Rustic Family-Friendly Media Room

Welcome! It’s that time of year again where we are kicking off a brand new season of the One Room Challenge! This year I will be creating a media room for the family (furry members included of course) and I hope you tune in every week to see what I’m up to!

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So what do I have planned? I will create a space that’s warm and inviting for the whole family and yet modern for the way we live and interact today. While we do live in a world of technology, my goal is to take this room back a step or two in time. A place where we can gather as a family and play board games and hang out or a place when a quiet reading spot is coveted. There won’t be a TV (at least, for now, that could change in years to come). But, we all know media comes in many forms so I will incorporate charging stations and speakers for the many times we want to listen to our Spotify playlists or our favorite podcasts.


Let’s get started with some of the initial details that we need and are on our list.

Modern-rustic, Family-Friendly Media Room Must Haves:

Comfortable seating


  • General
  • Ambient
  • Task

Soft and cozy textiles

Activity surface



Sound/charging stations

Rad Décor


I’m pulling my inspiration from the Midwest (MN in particular) because well, that’s where we live. I love looking at the things and places around me for guidance. Here there will be lots of textures and woods.


Taking center stage will be this sofa by Jonathan Louis Furniture. I chose the Alchemy sofa in the condo size and in the Hugo Indigo fabric. First narrowing down the style was difficult for me, I knew I wanted a mid-century style sofa but I don’t necessarily want to create an entire mid-century room. I also had to keep in mind the room I’m making over isn’t large so we needed a small scale sofa. I think the most fun thing about this room for me is the challenge of a small space that needs to work hard. While it must work hard, it must look aesthetically pleasing as well and as always quality is VERY important. When selecting staple pieces for a room such as a sofa, I will always go with quality and craftsmanship over price. Splurge a little on the sofa and save on the decor when you can because decor changes and trends change. If you’re looking for a sofa like mine or where you can find one in your area, click Here.

Next, I needed to figure out a color. When first walking into this space the sofa is the first thing you see so it’s a focal point in the room. Can furniture arrangements change? Absolutely! And ours probably will to some extent over the years but in this small space, there aren’t many options for placement. I knew I didn’t want to go neutral, I knew I wanted something a little bolder because this room is about creativity and fun! I went back and forth between greens, browns (don’t ask) and ultimately had my Ah-ha moment with blue. I must’ve pulled a thousand and one fabric swatches. Finally, I chose a Polyester/nylon blend called Hugo in the Indigo color. It’s soft, easy to clean and has a little bit of a brushed twill feel to it. Nothing fancy, we’re not fancy people! Besides, in this room, I don’t want to have to worry about spills and if you’re laying around on the furniture. Go ahead, take that nap!

Here’s a little close up so you can see the color and weave.

Blue sofa fabric swatch

JL Fabric Back

So while the sofa was in production (I had to get moving because I’ve learned the hard way with this One Room Challange that time is your biggest adversary). Since writing this post, the sofa has been delivered and she’s a beauty!  Next week, we’ll get into some more of the details going into this new room!

Here’s a little sneak peek!

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Until then share with me your favorite Podcasts so I can start channeling some of my modern rustic media room vibes!


See you next week and thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other Guest participants of the One Room Challenge!




Our Modern Kitchen Makeover

You may wonder how many kitchen makeovers can be done in one room and with the word “modern.” How does modern describe a space? Is it trendy, contemporary, minimalistic, bare, industrial? Or how about all of it. I am often asked what is my design style? If I had a name for it, what would I call it? That’s a very good question, I’ll reply. Because to me, “modern” simply means the way we use a space, feel in a space and the overall aesthetic of a space in the moment of today.



So today, I’m going to show you how I changed the aesthetic of our traditional kitchen into a modern kitchen. But first let’s talk just a little bit about me because to know me is to understand me and to understand me is to know where I’ve come from.

When describing my design style to other people, I often can’t. Because that would mean putting a label on myself and as a creative that’s just almost near impossible. Why? Because we’re ever evolving and changing. Friends will laugh at how many times I’ve changed out light fixtures or rugs or decor in our home. My husband dramatically rolls his eyes and I, well, I simply shrug. Now I’m not here to advocate changing out all your lighting in your home every 6 months but I am here to share with you how simple changes can help breath new life into a space and most with little cost or effort.

When we built our home, the kitchen was thought about the most, as I’m sure most families do when planning their home and how they will live in it. I’ve always loved older, classic homes and we often spend Sunday afternoons driving around some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in our city admiring them. There’s something so romantic about fantasizing about fixing up an old gem and restoring it back to it’s original glory. Unless you’ve done it before, you’re probably thinking lady are you crazy?

Ok, I digress. Back to my kitchen. I wanted a classic style, I wanted that feel of an older 1920’s style kitchen but with modern functionality. So I designed the bones about my kitchen to be just that. Next was the easy and fun part. Decorating! My first tip? Live with a space for a good while to get a feel for how your space moves and feels. Ours wanted to be traditional but with a little somethin somethin. So in went beautiful traditional style lighting and gorgeous brass hardware, with layers and layers of pretty traditional decor.


(very traditional style)


BUT…as we lived with it, that “somethin” wasn’t giving me what it needed to give me. Why? Because it wasn’t how we lived. Not truly. We’re not traditional style people, we are  quirky, uniquely ambiguous, all over the place, messy and not messy, simple and carefree. So, no wonder the traditional style didn’t feel right for us. Back to the drawing board I went. I studied the places we visit, what draws our eye, what is beautiful to us, and how do we live. How DO we live?

We eat out, grab take out, order pizza most days and then there are the few and far in between days where I love to cook. BUT, I cook when I’m feeling inspired. We live juuuust on the outskirts of the city and we love it. We’re in the city at local eateries, bars and lounges nearly every day and yet we love to entertain. We shop mostly thrifted and the other parts of our home that are new, need to be timeless. So with all of that wrapped up, I thought we needed a kitchen that felt the way we live.


Lighting was the first to go. Down went the traditional pendants and up went simple and clean lined pendants that gave a bit of an architectural feel of modernism to me. These dome pendants are by Troy linked here. I love the simplicity of them and with the dome shade the lighting focuses on where I need it most which is on the island. The diffusers are a wonderful detail because they soften the light and take the glare away that would be present with other lighting. I also chose the 16″ diameter shade over our 7′ island. We have 9′ ceilings and when hanging fixtures over an island I like to stay 34″-36″ above the countertop.


(before lighting) Very pretty but just not us.


Next was to update the hardware. The brass was beautiful and I still love brass. It’s in the clock in our kitchen by Schoolhouse Electric and dining room light fixture by Hudson Valley Lighting. But in here, I wanted to step back. So I selected simple bin pulls with a classic feel and knobs that nod to a bit of minimalism. Here I chose these classic pieces by Top Knobs in flat black. You can find them here and the knobs here if you’re searching for this look.


I love the classic contrast of black and white.


(This is the before hardware) – Very traditional.


Am I a minimalist? No. Not a chance. Some days I wish I were but that is a true lifestyle of self control that I have no control over whatsoever. I’m like the Japanese word “wabi-sabi”. Perfectly imperfect and that’s what makes this girl tick.

After new lighting and hardware which made a huuuuge difference. Something was still “off”. And like Oprah, I had my Ahah! moment. The counter stools were so off. And badly off. They were cheap and by cheap, I mean it in every sense possible. They weren’t walnut although they were trying to be, they didn’t have brass feet but they wanted to dance in brass’s shoes and they were freaking slippery! Like don’t sit down too fast or you’ll slide right off of them. That’s when I scoured for new stools. I wanted something architecturally unique and interesting but functional. Must be functional. These beauties I found at build.com. They’re stylish and sturdy and for short people like me, the foot rest was a must! I also love the overall aesthetic of them, they’re artfully designed and with a little sculptural beauty to them.


(These were the previous stools – see in the background) extremely not comfortable.


So what’s next on the design checklist when creating a space that’s beautiful AND functional? Because a kitchen MUST be functional. I mean this isn’t Sex In The City and I’m no Carrie Bradshaw here. I really do put pizza in our oven.

One of my design guidelines is, rooms ought to flow from one to the other cohesively. They don’t need to “match” but they do need to complement.

So when looking for the decor pieces to add, I of course looked around our own home first. Dishes and pieces that are pretty enough to stand on their own as decor but useful enough that we can grab them down and well…use them. Everything in this kitchen gets used. And most of it is thrifted!


I love this little conversion chart it comes in handy all the time!


Our home is small so storage space is at a premium. Brooms, step stools and dustpans even go on open display in our house.


This simple little print was gifted to me by my good friend Kathleen, her art can be found here. Almost every meal is cooked in this cast iron pot. I tell my daughter all the time one day she’ll make her family’s meals in here.


More pieces that we use daily but when displayed on an open shelf can be artful as well. Artful storage.



I love a rug in the kitchen too. And this one I admit is a splurge but the beauty and warmth it adds in here makes it sooooo worth it! When you can, invest in good rugs. You can find more of these vintage beauties here. Again, my daughter will thank me one day when she begins creating a home of her own (or so I hope).


I mentioned I love thrifting and as a family we thrift together often which is fun! Another passion is finding small and/or local shops that have a story to tell on their own and who produce or procure some of the most amazing pieces. Here are a couple of my favorites:

  1. Golden Age Design – I love their Danish pieces and their eye for detail and quality is immeasurable! Plus, they’re super fun and knowledgable!


2. Carthage.Co – I love their stoneware and their story of ethically sourced dinnerware      is a must read! You will love their beautiful products.


3. Schoolhouse Electric – I am always and will always be an advocate for their goodies!


I do hope you enjoyed this read. Thank you so VERY much for stopping by and I hope that it provided a couple tips if you’re planning your own kitchen makeover or design as well as a few new resources to check out!


Come back soon!




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Master Bedroom Makeover – Reveal


We finally made it! Can you believe it’s reveal week already?! I have so much to talk about (alllll the details) so I won’t fill you up on small talk, let’s dive right in!

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If you’d like to catch up on previous weeks click the following: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5. We spoke a lot about paint and even took a paint poll where you all helped narrow down my choices – THANK YOU so much! It was a toss between Glacier Mountain and Shell Tint. We ultimately went with Shell Tint by Hirshfield’s in eggshell. If you want to learn more about choosing the right paint finishes, I laid them out for you in week 4. I also went with Hirshfield’s platinum ceramic in their ultra premium line for the best coverage. We painted over a really dark color and going to white I thought we would need a primer but nope! Come to find out from our painter, primer is really only necessary with new drywall. Otherwise a good coverage paint is all you need and we only needed 2 coats! Without sounding like a commercial or “pitchy” I truly love Hirshfield’s and my experience with them! Also, if you’re like me it’s important to support family owned businesses as well as local businesses like Hirshfield’s. Look how bright this space turned out! I am so in love with how it feels now, it just feels refreshing going to bed and waking in the morning.

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Remember how I raved about the draperies? Check out these details!

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I cannot get over the quality of these draperies by Calico as well as the hand forged French rods. I went with pinch pleats here because I love the look at the top for added detail.


Here I want to share with you a close up of the Calico craftsmanship. What are some of the details that you see in custom draperies?

  • double hems
  • weighted corners
  • double stitched

I am certainly not a textile expert but I knew I wanted to invest in quality draperies for this room and Calico and their team of experts just blew my mind away!

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Look how beautiful they hang and kiss the floor just so.

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This window was a biggie! It measures over 9 feet wide and these panels are one solid panel on each side so as you can imagine they’re quite full. Calico’s design team recommended wands for these for easy opening and closing.

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I love the smooth glide across the French rods. To me, it’s these little details and finishing touches that matter the most in great design. While these draperies would have been quite a splurge (I do have a contract with Calico which made these attainable) I knew it would be so well worth it, especially when this is after all, our bedroom. I needed it to feel like a sanctuary and quality materials, thoughtful design and purposeful purchases were my top priorities for this space. To hear some more behind the scenes details of these draperies and hardware click here.

With the airy-ness of the fresh new paint and the tailored and voluptuous draperies, we also needed a mattress.

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We chose Mygreenmattress.com because it fit all our check boxes. I went into loads of mattress details and why we chose this mattress here. Without repeating myself so as not to bore you, our decision came down to truly organic materials and craftsmanship as well as the story behind this father creating a safe product for his daughter, now you know it’s made out of love!

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We chose the Natural Escape in a standard king size.

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I also chose these organic sheets from Target. You can read more about my bedding details here.

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The blanket I chose is the Winter + Summer Cotton Coverlet by Schoolhouse Electric. I love the graphic details on this blanket and it’s truly an heirloom quality piece.

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I also love playing with textures and patterns. Here, the focal is the blanket but I’ve layered over a small delicate print paired against the subtle backdrop of the ticking on the draperies and topped with a fun polka dot stitched pillow.

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Let’s take a look at lighting next. Every room needs good lighting, right? We have one ceiling light (our general light) and here I chose the Humphrey semi-flush mount fixture by Hudson Valley Lighting.

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General lighting is necessary for lighting up the entire room when you need good overall lighting. The defuser on this fixture helps to soften the glow.

Next, we have task lighting and these gorgeous fixtures are by Minneapolis’ own Bellacor. Bellacor has such a huge online presence and so selecting these fixtures was not only fun but I now have like a million and one things in my shopping cart! Ha! Here I chose the Dainolite fixtures for their mid-century modern aesthetic. These allow for great reading light (we may even throw these on a dimmer for ambiance lighting as well). They’re design is so pretty.

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Look at the detail here. Just like I love mixing textile patterns, I equally love mixing metals. And I have a simple guide to help you can achieve this look in your own home. Click here to read more about mixing metals in your home decor.

Lastly, in our room, I added this awesome lamp as accent lighting. I was able to score this little cutie on clearance at Target and it sure doesn’t skimp on style one bit!

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See what I mean? This may have been the best $14 I’ve ever spent!

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The three metals in my room are:

  • Focal metal – the polished nickel bed and it’s cameo in the modern accent lamp.
  • Secondary metal – the ebony hardware on doors, curtain rods and the table lamps as well as the finial on the ceiling fixture.
  • Accent metal – the brass of the table lamps and vintage pieces around the room.


Back to patterns and mixing textiles, here you can see another pattern I’ve mixed into the room.

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This beautiful rug is by Plush Rugs and here I chose an 8 x 10. When choosing a rug for your bedroom make sure you can walk all the way around it so that it doesn’t look too tiny in scale to your furnishings.

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Let’s talk accessorizing a little here. I’ll bring you in closer.

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I love thrifting, in fact, it’s become a passion of mine. I feel there is something so special in finding pieces that were once loved and made in a simpler time or way. Pieces that have stood the test of time and carry so much character.

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Here I’ve mixed new and old. I think my favorite piece is that wooden pedestal and this beautiful print by Minnesota’s own Melissa Coleman @thefauxmartha while gorgeously framed by Art to Frames out of Brooklyn, New York. I am in love with and will continue to support them because the quality of their handmade frames is top-notch! This frame here is solid oak and I love it with this print I found on Etsy.

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The warm wood tones create such a beautiful surround here.

Another way to accessorize is with plants. I love using plants in all different shapes and sizes and bonus they help clean the air, so don’t forget about incorporating them in your bedroom!

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Again, thrift stores are the perfect place to find inexpensive and unique vessels and planters.

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Personal momentoes should be displayed in every room of your home and even utilitarian pieces can still be displayed beautifully.

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Here I keep my favorite photo of my grandmother, my daughter when she was younger with her beloved horse and a couple thrifted pieces such as this sculptural piece and hand thrown dish that’s perfect for my rings.

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On the other side, my husband keeps his favorite watch I gifted to him years ago and cuff links corralled in this walnut tray along with some bedside essentials and this thrifted brass clock that doubles as a compass.

Moving around the room to the other side; in our room we went years (don’t ask) without a full length mirror. The one I wanted was quite expensive from Rejuvenation but working on a budget I found this one from Ikea. I love the clean simple lines on this mirror that gives a modern and minimalistic aesthetic.

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I don’t have loads and loads of jewelry but if I did, this mirror also doubles as storage and you can hang additional jewelry behind it with its swing out hinges installed.

I also love these wall hooks because I felt like they also attributed to my minimalistic style which I’ve often described as wabi-sabi for my love of perfectly imperfect. These wall hooks are handmade by Grovemade out of Portland, OR and what I love most about their simplistic design is how they are beautiful just by themselves. True wabi-sabi.

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With the exception of our bed (which is about 17 years old) all the furnishings were thrifted by way of Craigslist! While thrifting does take time and time was desperately working against me in this challenge, it is a great way to recycle pieces headed to the dumpster (so it’s a way to help keep this planet green), it’s generally cost-effective as well as you can score pieces that are unique and one of a kind. Plus, did I mention I love mixing and matching? LOL!

So what are some of the things I didn’t get done in this challenge that I’m hoping to share with you later down the road?

  • bookcases under the roof dormers.
  • A highboy or hutch dresser (for the north wall)
  • vintage chairs (preferably velvet)

In the 5 weeks (because photography takes 1 week away from me), here’s what we did accomplish:

  • painting the room – light and bright
  • custom draperies – much-needed privacy without skimping on style
  • lighting – general, task and accent were all accounted for
  • rug – with hardwood floors a soft rug underfoot is so necessary
  • organic mattress – because we spend so much of our lives sleeping, why not invest in a great quality and eco-friendly solution
  • artwork – every room (big or small) needs artwork
  • personal touches – function and personality
  • plants – clean air


Before I go I want to thank you ALL for following along my journey and if you’re thinking of joining the next One Room Challenge I encourage you to go for it! If you’re someone like me, it takes a 6 week challenge to keep me on my toes!


All my best,




Without the work of these generous sponsors I could not have pulled this off! My hat and heart goes out to all of you, it’s been such a pleasure working with you all! THANK YOU!


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As well as Linda and the amazing hosts of the One Room Challenge!

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One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 5


Welcome back to my Master Bedroom Makeover! Can you believe we’re onto week 5 already? If you’d like to catch up and read, click on the following weeks to see the progress: week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4. So much has been done and we’ve discussed so many steps and important details and decisions such as paint, paint finish, organic mattresses, how to measure drapery and the right size rug for a bedroom. This week we’re going to talk about the fun stuff! Decor and accessories.


As you may have remembered (especially if you’re following me on Instagram @creekwoodhill) we’ve had this bed for YEARS! It’s from Restoration Hardware and in polished nickel. I don’t believe they sell it any longer but it was such a classic style that I knew long ago we needed something like this. I am a HUGE advocate for going with classic shapes and aesthetics on pieces that you won’t change out often. Unlike the brass version, I thought the polished nickel here kicked it up a notch and gave it a bit more of a modern personality and equally unlike the black finish you see on many farmhouse beds of this style I thought the polished nickel gave it more glam and presence. (ignore the fact that I still need to steam or iron the bedding, they’re quite wrinkly but I wanted to get them on the bed).

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Remember we talked about rugs last week? Here’s a little view from the side of our bed (standard king size) so you can see what I was referring to. Let’s talk bedding a little bit, I chose very, very simple linens. I consider my style to be wabi-sabi (perfectly imperfect) and I love mixing old and new. The sheets on the bed are organic sheets by Target’s Threshold line.


I thought that these would give a subtle pattern next to the blanket at the foot of our bed. I had my eye on another pattern but thought the scale of the print would be too large and too busy next to the main print (the blanket).







Here you can see the two patterns next to one another and if I would’ve gone with a larger print on the sheet I think it would’ve called for too much attention. The blanket here is my favorite piece, absolutely heirloom quality. This is from Schoolhouse Electric and to me, there’s nothing they do wrong. Anything I’ve purchased from them I know will last for years and generations, so while some of their things may be a bit of a splurge on the pocketbook, in my mind I know they’ll last and I won’t have to replace them. Quality over quantity, it’s the wabi-sabi way.  I love mixing patterns. It’s become one of my favorite elements of design. I’m definitely not a textile expert but I do love how the ticking stripes of the draperies, the geometric design on the rug, the bold graphic pattern on the blanket and the small delicate print on the sheets all play together cohesively.


Adding the decor pieces into a room to me isn’t about always running to some store to grab mass produced things off the shelves that are probably on “sale” for 50% or more, or I need some ridiculous coupon to get the “discount”.  For me, when I look for decor pieces for our home, I enjoy the hunt of a good vintage, antique or past loved piece. Again, something that was made to last, maybe handcrafted (usually USA made) or even utilitarian by design. The downside to scouring through those musty thrift stores or antique shops? You don’t always find what you need or are looking for. And yet, that is still part of the fun for me.


Here I found some old/used books at the thrift store and grouped together in the same color family of “blue” they sort of neutralize. I also found this vintage-inspired lamp on clearance at Target (because the metal base echoes the cool tone of the metal on the bed) – see, I don’t always shop thrifted or handmade, here’s evidence of a mass produced lamp in my house! Gah! However, while I don’t expect this will last generations, it was a nice modern contrast to this vignette against the books and the vintage brass swan.

While I have you here. Let’s talk mixing metals (since we talked a little about mixing textiles up top). I believe it’s OK to mix metals too! But I do have a little guideline:

  • Start with a dominant metal – in my case, it’s the large polished nickel bed, which also makes a little cameo in the silver finish on the lamp (above). Your dominant metal should be the focal metal in the room.
  • Layer in a secondary metal – in our room it’s the ebony hardware on the doors, the French rods and accent on the ceiling fixture.
  • The cherry on top – this is your accent metal – in this room, it’s the vintage brass swan and the bedside table lamps and the brass candlesticks and even an old brass clock which doubles as a compass too (one of my favorite thrifted finds).

IMG_3543This is the lamp I chose for the bedside tables but they haven’t been delivered yet and TBH I’m getting a little nervous. Photographers will be here tomorrow and so my deadline is closing in on me.








Since our bed is metal, it’s not like it would have matching metal dressers (like a wood set would have), but that’s ok with me. I tend to steer clear of matching sets of anything anyways. This is a vintage mid-century dresser I found on Craigslist last summer that I knew would one day go in our bedroom. Could I clean up the hardware? Sure. Will I? I’m not so certain but time will tell. With the exception of that lamp and print, everything here has been thrifted. (which obviously takes time). And what’s one thing the One Room Challenge doesn’t give? Time. While I planned on adding more to this wall, it’s just not going to happen. Not by tomorrow anyway.

All prints were framed by Art to Frames out of Brooklyn, NY. What I love most about Art to Frames? They’re handcrafted, right in the USA  out of Brooklyn by their team of artisans using quality materials like mine (which are solid oak). The ordering process is SO easy and they ship quickly, well packed and right to your door! Another detail I love about Art to Frames? I don’t have to send my beloved artwork, print or vintage painting to them in order to have it framed. Unlike another direct to mail framing company that made me a nervous wreck when I sent off a vintage charcoal drawing of my daughter when she was 1 year old to have custom framed. (yes, it did arrive back in excellent condition but the process was not that fast). With Art to Frames, the frame comes to YOU!


Ok, let’s take a look at the other side of the room.


Every home needs a full-length mirror, it’s a necessity. While I had my eye on a pricier mirror…this one from Ikea did just the trick and as with all Ikea wonders this offers hidden storage behind the mirror. Now, if I had loads and loads of jewelry, that would be where my stash is but alas, I do not. I only own a couple pieces and you guessed it, most are vintage and passed down to me from family. But that doesn’t keep me from loving the modern, minimalistic style of this mirror and the black frame nods to the secondary metals in the room. Next to the mirror, however, are these lovely, handcrafted (made in Portland, OR) wall hooks.

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I love the leather detail on the front and the wood blocks on the back, I love the simplistic design of them and how they look like wall art on their own. These are crafted by Grovemade and I’ve linked them here for you.

Well, that’s all I have for you this week friends! Decor and accessorizing don’t need to be costly if you have the time to invest in hunting for special pieces. Sometimes all you need is a trip to grandma’s house or a great aunt! And sometimes, it’s all about tag sales, thrift stores, antique shops and flea markets. Whichever it is for you, happy hunting!


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One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 4


Welcome back! Thank you for joining me for another week of the One Room Challenge! Time flies doesn’t it? We had a major push this past weekend and I am feeling so much less stressed right now. The paint was a huge component of the overall aesthetic of the room and WOW did it change how the room feels! What a difference paint makes! This post talks about paint and the effects of paint, textiles, and hardware. Ready?

First up, let’s talk paint. Paint really can transform a space or a piece and this was proof of the power of paint! Last week we talked about our selection and so I won’t go into that again here. However, we did use Hirshfield’s Platinum ceramic paint in eggshell. The color we chose was Shell Tint. Do you ever have trouble selecting the sheen of the paint for a room? When in doubt ask a pro! Here are my guidelines:

Flat – will be the least expensive of all paints and I only recommend using on a ceiling if at all. This paint is not wipeable whatsoever. If it were up to me, flat wouldn’t be an option at all.

Eggshell – this is what we chose for the bedroom. It’s wipeable and not too light reflecting which is good for spaces like bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms.

Satin – Our whole main floor is satin, we have an open concept floorplan. It’s easily wipeable which is great for a kitchen and bounces light around very subtly. Unlike recommending eggshell for bedrooms, I would definitely suggest this sheen in a kids room or playroom. This is also very durable and practical in a mudroom or any high activity room where walls are prone to scuffs or splatters.

Semi-Gloss – We chose semi-gloss on our cabinets, interior doors, and trim work. You will definitely see a sheen here but that is what we were looking for on these pieces and it’s very wipeable, especially good for cabinetry. I would recommend a spray application if you can when using this finish.

High-Gloss – High-gloss like semi-gloss can be used for trim work, doors, and cabinetry and even furniture. This is the most wipeable finish but I highly recommend you spray this on for a silky smooth finish. This sheen will provide the most reflection.

Ok, are you ready for a little before and after?

Before: Dark and gloomy – calls out WAY too much attention to the roofline.


After: Light and bright. Furnishings stand out. The roofline visually recedes.






You get the picture. Paint is one of the least expensive home improvement purchases but provides one of the largest design impacts. Invest in good, quality paint, it will make all the difference.

Next, let’s move onto textiles. Again, I shared all of the specs of the textiles in last week’s post so I won’t repeat here. (If you missed it and would like to read it, click here to Read Week 3). Now that the paint has dried, it was time to install the curtain hardware and curtains! I have been WAITING for this moment because I knew how beautiful they looked and I couldn’t wait to see them against the crisp, white backdrop. When designing and selecting hardware for our room, I knew I wanted simple but classic. When it comes to design decisions for pieces that will not change, I will always choose classic over trendy and “what’s hot”. A good rule of thumb is classic details never go out of style. My idea of class is clean lines, think from the 1920’s era (shaker cabinetry, penny tile, black and white, and wood, etc.). Here I chose French rods for their smooth silhouette and wrap around ends, this allows the drapery to “bend” with the rod so beautifully.


These were hand forged out of high strength steel in the USA by TMS Menagerie and made to the exact specifications that I provided. I chose these rods in ebony.


See how simple and classic these feel? Another design trick I use is installing the curtain hardware as close to the ceiling as possible when ceilings are low (and ours are 8 feet). This gives the illusion that the windows and ceilings are taller. Another trick I use is installing the curtain hardware a few inches past the outer edges of your window trim. So in my case, I went 6″ over on both sides of the window. Why you may ask? Not only does it play another trick with an illusion that makes your eye see the window as larger but when your curtains are pulled back all the way, they still flow into the window without obstructing the open window view. Like this:


I also chose pinch pleats for my curtains. Pinch pleats offer detail to this very subtle pattern (ticking stripe) and carry a tailored finish to an otherwise flat panel.


I also love curtain rings and use them on all our windows for their ease of smooth opening and closing. All hardware and curtains were expertly crafted by the amazing Calico Corners team! Their designers offer free services (yes, I said FREE) to assist you in maneuvering your way through the textile, trim and embellishment world! Textiles are not necessarily my strong suit so I happily relied on their advice and I loved my experience! They were so patient and knowledgeable and trust me I changed my mind a million and one times and they never made me feel bad about it for one second. They know and understand the textile industry and how much impact great textiles make! They will take all the time to ensure it’s right and you feel comfortable and confident with the final decision.


This is one LARGE window, I think it measures around 9 feet wide so the hand forged rod is heavy and those custom draperies are HEAVY (two solid panels, one on each side). The Calico team recommended a middle support bracket for this window so as not to bow the rod. The rod is constructed so beautifully, that I don’t know that it would have but I trust the experts!


Look how full and generous these panels look. I just love how they kiss the floor just so.


So we talked about curtain width a bit let’s talk about curtain length. Have you ever seen curtains too short for a window, and they look a bit like high waters? Equally, have you ever seen curtains too long for a window they no longer puddle on the floor they just spill? While I love a good curtain puddle (my biggest peeve are too short curtains, gah! don’t get me started), I knew I was going for a very tailored and simple look here so no puddling was going to happen in this room this time. These had to hit the floor just so. Not too short where you can see under them (not even 1/2 an inch) and not too long that they would awkwardly bend (like a pair of ill-tailored dress slacks), these had to “kiss” the floor. They touch ever so slightly but do not drag one bit. And this folks is why I turned to Calico Corners. You can’t pull this look from off the shelf. Just like you can’t pull an exquisitely tailored suit or pant leg off the rack.

Am I a textile snob? No, not one bit. But remember this room was allll about purposeful, meaningful and thoughtful design. All these details counted for this room (after all we’ve been waiting for a retreat all our own for about 20+ years!).

We’ve talked walls and windows now so let’s talk floors for the trifecta!

When we built this house we knew we wanted it to feel like a house that had been around for years. And what do old houses have that most newer homes don’t? Wood floors and I mean on the entire upper level, even our closets. But that wasn’t just a design decision, that was a functional decision because our family has allergies. Ha! So solid surfaces are naturally easier to clean than rooms full of carpet. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good rug! If budgets didn’t matter I would have a large vintage rug but when you’re sourcing 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 vintage rugs well…let’s just say I still wanted to stay in my marriage too. Instead, I chose a simple but geometrical pattern by Plush Rugs. I felt that this pattern complements well with the ticking stripe on the windows.


Let’s talk rug sizes. Just like curtains that are too short make me have nightmares, rugs that are too small do the same.

We have a regular king size bed, and if you’re choosing a rug for your bedroom my rule is you should still be able to walk on your rug all the way around your bed (except for where your headboard probably is). Typically, around 24″ on both sides of the bed. I didn’t place my entire bed on the rug, I’ll share more next week so you can see what I’m referring to. But don’t toss that small vintage rug out of your design just yet! You can still utilize those on the side of the bed if a large rug is not an option. The don’t? DON’T place a rug the same size as your bed under your bed.

This week we made a TON of progress but there’s still one more push before the finish line! Next week we’ll talk more about accessorizing, lighting and decor.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and following along this 6 week journey with me! You all are the best and I can’t believe the support and love I feel from you all!


Warm wishes,



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One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 3


Welcome back! This week was full of final paint selections, draperies and hardware were received, and a mattress! I am in love with all of it and I think it is going to pull off nicely! Minimalism-ish but definitely cozy, simple and meaningful. Peppered with quirky vintage finds because that’s just my style. I love quirky and fun pieces.

Ok, let’s get started because we have 3 biggies to talk over.

Let’s first start with the paint selection. If you’ve followed along on Instagram Stories @creekwoodhill the paint vote was between Glacier Mountain and Shell Tint by Hirshfield’s and so I picked up some samples to make larger swatches in our room. Our room is very dark for two reasons, one it faces west and two the already dark color in the room makes it dark. Being that it’s dark, it does make it difficult to get a true feeling for the new color. But here goes:

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I took these 4 colors and sampled them on a larger wall.

Paint swatch white and green

Which would you choose? Take a vote on Instagram @creekwoodhill!

Here I sampled just the two whites next to our trim. Very close but one is slightly warmer.

White paint swatches

Sorry for the poor lighting and grainy pic, this large window makes it difficult to get a good picture here.

Now that I have the two whites narrowed down, I will make the final selection this week and then you’ll see what we went with next week! Hopefully, we get all the painting done in time to stay on track!

Now, moving on to the curtains! Calico Corners is a company I’ve worked with in the past and they’re soooo good! So naturally, I chose to work with them again on this project. They are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Sometimes textiles can be scary and if you’re like me, a bit intimidating. There’s so many! And unlike paint (if you don’t like the color you can re-paint) well…textiles can become very costly. But they’re SO worth the investment. If and when you can, go with great textiles! They just look good, feel good and hang so much better than off the shelf curtains. (Which I’ve done plenty of by the way, and still have some in my home). BUT remember, this master bedroom makeover was about purposeful, thoughtful and meaningful design. That meant carefully selecting materials that would last and last and last. So I wanted to go with a custom curtain that would look tailored for our room and Calico Corners has ALL the experts (especially when I’m not).

Last week I shared with you my textile selection click here if you want to read more. But this week I wanted to test install them. Test install them? Well, since they’re custom I wanted to make sure I measured correctly (Calico Corners does also offer free design services) but I figured I could handle most of this myself. So up they went, hardware and all and I almost died. Seriously. I fell head over heels with them and how full and gorgeously tailored they are. They just kiss the floor perfectly! (Yes, I’ll talk more about kissing draperies in the reveal).

Here’s an up and close sneak peek:

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Clearly, someone else loves them as much as I do (Thank you Mister for modeling so fiercely). Yall! I love them so much I did the whole Sound of Music scene where Maria is in her bedroom dancing to My Favorite Things with the old draperies that she’ll make into play clothes for the children. (eerily my bed looks somewhat similar to the bed in that scene as well)  Oh…I digress.

Ok finally, let’s talk about mattresses! Again, keeping with my design motto of keeping things purposeful, thoughtful and meaningful, a great mattress was not left out of the equation. After all, this is a master bedroom, right? So not just any mattress was going to do and I was disgusted by what I was finding in the big box stores (that’s a whole other subject for another day). That’s when I turned my attention to My Green Mattress. I’m trying to become more aware and more conscious of the products I bring into our home. I shop thrifted and vintage quite a bit, not just because I love it but because I feel it helps restore life to something with a past life and possibly headed to the dumpster. And we don’t want that! So when I found My Green Mattress, I knew they weren’t just an ordinary mattress company touting “we’re green”. No. You can even view their Gold standard certification right here. They are GREEN! Another reason I chose My Green Mattress over other brands was that I love they’re family owned. Coupled with the fact that this father found a solution and went to work to develop a product that was safe for his children. Talk about meaningful design right there! A real passion and purpose! Shouldn’t all great design come from a thoughtful purpose? I’m not going to go into all the details of the construction of the mattress on this post but you can read more about them here.

So after receiving our mattress which I could not photograph and roll out at the same time because I’d need more than 2 hands. (Ha!) which by the way was suuuuper easy. It popped up into its shape right away! I wish I had a video recording because my husband was just fascinated! You can also read more FAQ here. As with any purchase you should research and shop for what fits your family best. My Green Mattress fit all the check mark boxes for us! We chose the Natural Escape in a King size.

  • 100% natural wool (sourced from California) √
  • GOTS Certified organic cotton √
  • 100% all natural, GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex √
  • Intentionally designed with love √

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I hope you enjoyed some of my polls on Instagram and I hope you are loving my decisions as much as I do, next week we’ll talk more about progress, more photos that I think you’ll see a big change with and a little more about my design decisions and how I pulled this look together. In the meantime here’s another peek at some deliveries!

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Yup! That’s the rug!


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One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 2


Hey there! I’m so happy to see you’re back! This week I’m sharing two HUGE selections that give the biggest impact when designing a room!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my polls on Instagram (You can find them in Stories or saved in my Highlights) and if you haven’t checked them out follow me at @creekwoodhill! I’d love to see you over there as well! At the beginning of a project I always seem very in control but by about the 2nd to 3rd week I’m quickly like nope…and with just 5 actual weeks to share our work (shorter if you’re me because I need to account for the photographer) it goes by soooo very, very quickly!

So let’s dive right in shall we?! This week we’re going to talk about the biggest real estate in the room, the walls, and windows! (Floors do too but the floors are staying).

First up the walls! This color is called Anonymous by Sherwin Williams (SW 7046) and it’s sort of a grayish-greenish color with brown undertones that I really don’t care too much for in our bedroom (my husband selected this color when we built the house and I went with it because…well, it was just paint and you can always change paint).

Anonymous Gray by SW

Needless to say, after trying my best to live with it for 1.5 years, I called for a change.

Here are some before pics:

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This is the view from the upstairs hallway looking into our room.

These ceilings are a bit of a  design challenge but I roll with it and one day it would be nice to possibly add some built-ins beneath them for extra storage or even bookcases. We’ll see…I don’t know that we’ll have time for that in 4 weeks.


We originally were planning on installing a TV  on this wall but…the designer in me vetoed that. And now we need to move these outlets down to the floor.


Lastly, I need to come up with a good solution for my husband because…


Like seriously, what type of charging station is that?! LOL! (Notice the Mrs. Meyer’s? I wonder if he cleans in his sleep)…

Ok, so what am I thinking? Well, if you know me…white of course! But…what type of white…there’s so many! (Take my poll on Instagram!)

And this is when I turned to Hirshfield’s, a Minnesota, family-owned business with years and years of experience and knowledge and an EXTREMELY helpful team! Hirshfield’s carries everything from wall coverings, window treatments and of course paint! Check out their Design Resource Showroom here.

Out of the thousands of paint colors here are the few I pulled.


Currently, I have an interactive poll going on Instagram where I’m turning to YOU! Take the poll or send me a message with your vote and by the end of this week, I’ll share the most selected color by all of you! So stayed tuned! This will be a fun way to let you all be the designer!

Ok. Next, I’m going to take you over to the next biggest impact of the room, the windows. Our bedroom faces west, so it’s pretty dark most of the day (which is another reason I wanted to lighten it up with a white). We have two windows in our room, one is very large about 9 feet wide and the other 36 inches wide, which is nice because it is west facing and we need alllll the light we can get. So when there’s such a large window in the room, I wanted something with a pattern but something not too bold so it wouldn’t be the whole focus of the room. That’s when I turned to none other than Calico Corners! Founded in New York, they specialize in everything fabrics and trim, from upholstery to window treatments, bedding, and wall coverings. With that range of assortment, I knew they would be the perfect partners for my windows!

So what did I choose? This beautiful fabric called Janvier La Mer


I will have these lined, French pleats added and wands installed for easy opening and closing. More details about these beauties soon! (I am sooooo excited to share more about these!) But this is where I leave you for this week.

Thank you so much for stopping by for another week of my master bedroom makeover and I hope to see you again next week for some more details!


Warm wishes!



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