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Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Bedroom Makeover with bold and feminine style


Today, I am sharing the changes we have made in our bedroom. I loved our soothing bedroom, but it started to feel boring to me. When you see everyone doing what you have, it just starts to feel old and not fresh and new anymore.  There are a BAJILLION serene gray bedrooms all over the web right now. Seriously, I don’t go a day without seeing one. Although, I do love the look– it was time for something different…


For all of you who said go bold or go home, you were so onto my game! Kudos to you for knowing me so well!

A workspace and bedroom all-in-one.

This room presented many challenges since it is pretty small. This space had to function as my temporary office, so I have a desk that is pulling double duty as a nightstand too. The Rifle Paper Co. Emerald Peonies Paper I framed was the jumping off point. It was ultra feminine, so I wanted to work in some bolder pattern to contrast the floral art. Black and white are my favorite neutrals for my personal spaces. It is easy to switch out color and pattern with it as the foundation.

Framed Rifle Peonies Paper for artwork

Now let’s talk about the bed, shall we? 

Since I wanted to bring black and white in, I opted for the Crane & Canopy Linden Black Border Duvet and Shams. I had the shams monogrammed for a more custom, personal feel. The bedding is super soft and has zipper closures which I prefer over buttons or flaps.

My thrift score green office chair is one of my favorite finds to date. It inspired me to layer different shades of green into this room. We can call this room 50 shades of green. Bad over-played joke, I know. I love the way the green plays against the darker gray walls– which brings me to the pillows.

I am so in love with the accent pillows on my bed! Let’s dish on those for a sec!

The 3 green pillows are the Kelly Green 24×24 Pillows from Lacefield. They are exquisitely made and come with down inserts. Definitely quality pieces that I will love for a long time. The larger size is also great. I prefer it to the 20×20 and 18×18 sizes.

For a playful punch, I ordered a custom-sized pillow from the Etsy shop Stuck on Hue. I have my favorite go-to fabrics that I love to use and I was itching to use the Jamil Natural Fabric in my home. Stuck on Hue is such a great resource for custom pillows. They have a variety of designer fabrics that I love and you can even get the down inserts in the perfect size. Which is SO GREAT, especially if you are doing a specialty size.



Bedroom Makeover with bold and feminine details

Bedroom Makeover with feminine and bold details

The other side of the bed and a little DIY.

On my husband’s side of the bed, I wanted to do something a little different for a nightstand. He is NOTORIOUS for spilling his water-glass on the nightstand and he is not much of a coaster user.  I thought this the perfect moment to use this faux alligator fabric from Online Fabric Store. It’s vinyl and wipeable for spills. Waterproof and chic. Win-win.

I got this brass bamboo tray stand on clearance from C. Wonder (who is no longer with us, le sigh), but the tray to fit the top was out of stock. With a little DIY prowess we built a custom tray out of plywood. We upholstered the tray with the faux gator fabric and now we have a beautiful tray that fits perfectly on the stand…and did I mention it is waterproof? I love you, honey! You are my favorite water-spiller.

DIY tray table for nightstand

DIY Bamboo Tray Table with Faux White Croc

Now what’s on the floor?

Since the pattern in the artwork and pillow was small, I selected a large bold graphic pattern for the area rug. A few weeks ago, I polled you lovely readers on whether to go bold or vintage. As much as I love an over-dyed rug, I felt that the bold rug fit the design better. When I found it, I went with my gut and I am glad I did. I selected the Rugs USA Satara Diamonds Rug because the pattern was extra large and it also had the same dark gray as my walls. It adds a more modern feel to the space, but also compliments the mix of styles. Just note that the rug is 100% wool and it will shed for the first couple months, but that is normal.


Bedroom makeover with green, black, white, gold, and pops of pink.



Peonies Paper  |  Kelly Green Pillows  |  Animal Print Pillow  |  Bedding Set  |  Faux Gator  |  Diamonds Rug

What I love most about this room is it is a mix of high-end decor, flea market finds, budget-friendly accents, and some smart DIY projects. It combines my love of traditional and modern and throws in a pop of color. It’s my signature style.

That’s part of my goal with this blog–to give you the inspiration to find your own signature style. Even if you don’t have a flare for design or decorating, maybe you can see some little things to do that will change your spaces and make them personal.  Whether it is framing some beautiful paper or splurging on some quality pillows– it’s yours to discover.

I’ll be sharing more about my tried and true sources I used in this post next week. It is so great when you can find amazing product and great customer service all-in-one.


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Launch of the New Adorne Collection in NYC

I was traveling last week and I am excited to share with you what I was up to in New York City!  I had the pleasure of going to NYC for the press release party of the new Hubbardton Forge line for the Adorne Collection, a collaboration between Legrand and Hubbardton Forge.

The New Adorne Collection

The Adorne Collection

Here’s the dilemma…You design a room. You get every detail selected: the flooring, the surfaces, wall treatments, the lighting…and then you stick a 20 cent plastic wall plate on your switches and outlets. It doesn’t fit with all the nice finishes you just added to your space!

In 2012, Legrand “reinvented” the everyday light switch with the Adorne collection of distinctive switches, dimmers, outlets and wall plates. Now you can match these much overlooked must-haves with your design for a seamless look. Homeowners now have choices when it comes to selecting these details with 32 wall plate options that coordinate with the switch.

The unveiling of the new Hubbardton Forge line as part of the Adorne Collection

The Adorne collection has been very successful since its launch and that brings me to what’s new. Building off the success of this collection, Legrand has teamed up with Hubbardton Forge–the oldest commercial forge in the country that is a maker of beautiful forged metal light fixtures. Each light fixture is a piece of art. This collaboration has married the two brands with the introduction of six lustrous metal wall plates forged by fire that pair perfectly with the light fixtures.

The new Adorne collection with Hubbardton Forge

Now you have the perfect pairing between these gorgeous light fixtures and wall plates. Each one is exquisitely made right here in the USA by skilled artisans. I can’t wait to share more about this exciting new collection in the weeks to come!

On February 19th, I was 1 of 6 design bloggers invited to the press cocktail event held at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea. We all had a blast getting to know one another and learn more from the Legrand and Hubbardton Forge teams.

Hubbardton Blog Team

Left to Right:  Christy Davis from Donna Vining, Jeanne Chung from Cozy Stylish Chic, (yours truly) Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home, Renee Carman of Mandeville Canyon Designs, and Patricia Davis Brown of Dig This Design. Not pictured Justin Power from Maison Decor.

The night was full of great conversation, drink and food pairings, and some fun little extras too!

the new Adorne collection launch

The New Adorne Collection

I’m excited to share more with you on the new Hubbarton Forge line of the Adorne collection in the weeks ahead. It’s an exciting thing when function and design blend seamlessly to bring you great new options for your home!

You can follow my coverage of this new Hubbardton Forge Adorne collection with #HubbardtonBlogTeam and #LegrandMeetsHubbardton on social: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

I’d like to thank Legrand and Hubbardton Forge for the all-expense paid trip the NYC to cover the release of the new Hubbardton Forge line of the Adorne Collection. Also, a thank you to Sharp Communications. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. Photos in this post provided by Sharp Communications.

Our New Animal Print Runner

Bonjour! I am saying bonjour a lot lately…only because we are planning our dream Paris trip for next year…but that is neither here nor there! Today is all about this fabulous animal print runner I added to our home. You may remember the inspiration post I did a couple of weeks back on animal print runners. I have been obsessed with this look to say the least. I finally pulled the trigger and now our hallway is walking on the wild side and I totally love it!


It was love at first sight. When I was looking online for a runner, I found the Safavieh Soho rug at Rugs USA. It has the perfect pattern repeat and I like that the spots are larger.


It was love at first touch too for everyone in the family. It’s 100% wool and hand-tufted, the quality is great. It’s nice and thick and the perfect weight for a runner. It’s my youngest’s favorite new place to play with his cars.

hallway-11 He says the spots make a maze. They totally do.


This hallway was the perfect place to add in some animal print without it being too much. The white walls and the contrast of the black light fixture are pretty perfect with the runner.




Be sure to check out Rugs USA  and see their entire collection of animal print rugs. You can also see the ever popular Moroccan Shag like I used in our living room. They have something for every taste and budget.

I am going to go back to driving through the car maze with my main daytime squeeze!!


What do you think of the animal print runner look? Love it or leave it? It may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for me! It adds a richness and a little pattern play to a neutral space.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Rugs USA. As always, I only share what I love and the little things that make my heart go pitter-patter. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

January Month in Review


Happy February, everyone!

January was a busy month as we have been working on several projects for 2015. I enjoy doing these Month in Review posts because it is nice to have all the posts from the month in one organized recap. This way you can easily revisit something, see all the posts from a series, or catch up if you missed one. Here’s our January Month in Review and it is full of design and some DIY you can tackle on any given weekend.


My office space had to be moved again due to the remodeling going on around here. This simple DIY was the jumping off point for my new workspace and a bedroom refresh.

Floral artwork above desk

Framed Paper Art

Our DIY library wall is one of my favorite projects we have finished in our home and it got taken up a notch with some beautiful grasscloth and a little help from Walls Republic.


Grasscloth Backed Bookcases


We have quite a few design projects going on right now. Even some I haven’t shared yet! I shared the design process of our bedroom refresh in a series the month of January. I’m just waiting on one more thing to arrive and we can photograph it and share the reveal soon! I just love the way it is coming together.


Bedroom Bedding Options


Bedroom Rug Options

One very large project we have been tackling this month is our bathroom makeover. This is a complete gut and remodel project. We haven’t been sharing the process on the blog and we are saving all the details for the big reveal. There is a lot going on behind the scenes on this one and it is the design project that I am most excited about so far in 2015! We did share the design plans so you could get an idea of what we have been doing around here. You can get some behind the scenes teasers on our Instagram too.


Bathroom Makeover Plans


With a new year comes new office supplies and I shared my favorite ways to stay organized in 2015.


On My Desk 2015

I have been busy sourcing decor for our bathroom remodel and shared some of my finds that will totally pump up the style in your bathroom.

Bathroom Accessories to Add Style

Sources for Chic Bathroom Accessories

After the holidays and the decluttering, it’s nice to refresh your decor and wardrobe a bit. I found some awesome finds that won’t hurt your pocketbook at Target.


My Target Style Finds


So much inspires me in the world of design and I like to share the love. I shared some great examples of how to add animal print into your space in a tasteful way.

Animal Print Runner Inspiration

Animal Print Runner Inspiration Gallery


The January/February issue of HGTV Magazine hit newsstands and I had fun collaborating on a design around a basic sofa.


HGTV Magazine Feature

Our February projects are in full swing and we are still working away on our bathroom remodel.  I will also have some Valentine’s Day decor and ideas to share soon too.

We were snowed in yesterday and enjoyed a family day at home. Anyone else in the same boat? We got a foot of snow and it was blustery, so school was cancelled and Dave couldn’t commute to work. It’s coming your way East Coast friends! Stay warm!!

Grasscloth on Bookcases…Um, YES PLEASE!



As we have been working away on the gold and marble goddess, I did have a chance to work on another project this weekend. I added grasscloth to the backs of my bookcases and I am in love!  Love like you have to say it like LURRRVE. Basically, Dave was measuring and doing complex fractions in the bathroom, I started yawning,  so I took that moment to sneak out and get to work on my bookcase project.

To date, one of my most high traffic projects on this good old blog of mine is our DIY library wall made out of Ikea bookcases. They have held up great over the past 2 years, but I knew they could be even better. That’s where the grasscloth comes in. I found this fab dark grasscloth on Walls Republic. Walls Republic has a great selection of wallpaper and their grasscloth selection does not disappoint!  I checked out some samples of different papers and colors, but this one just won me over. It has such a great blend of dark browns and blacks and flecks of copper and gold shine through.

duo sisal coffee brown wallpaper

The whole idea was to take the built-ins to the next level. Grasscloth is so luxurious and glamorous. It has a richness that can make a space look like a million bucks. It’s such a beautiful statement and layers in more texture and warmth. I opted to go dark because I wanted the contrast against the white bookcases.  It really adds some drama to this focal point in our room. It also warms up the space quite a bit.

get the look | grasscloth backed bookcasess

Nice shelife! Grasscloth backed bookcases and styling

Our accessories just pop against the dark grasscloth and the warm metallics really shine. Boom, boom, POW. Just so you know, I played in styling heaven. I could style a shelf for hours, now I want to restyle them. It’s part of my sickness.

This little project only took a few hours and it’s a lovely way to get a designer look without having to wallpaper an entire room. I would totally go for wallpapering an entire room though, let’s just keep it real. There are several things I don’t think the moderation rule should apply to, a few of which are gold, marble, and yes, GRASSCLOTH!

Get the look: Grasscloth backed bookcases

high contrast bookcases

Grasscloth backed bookcases

I feel like our library wall went from nice girl next door to sex kitten! Now, it’s a sultry little temptress that you can’t stop looking at. Totally okay to say that about bookcases by the way. Seriously, such a huge transformation! It feels more expensive, and you can not see any proof that we used Ikea bookcases now.

If you want to add grasscloth to your space or bookcases here are just a few things to know…

This wallpaper you apply to your surface with wallpaper paste. This is good news, trust me! I used Roman brand heavy-duty wallpaper paste. You just roll on the paste to the back of your wallpaper. It is really nice to work with because you aren’t getting water everywhere and you can reposition your paper if you need to adjust it on your surface.

You will also want to use an exacto knife or box cutter to cut the paper. Make sure your blade is sharp. That is so important! The grasscloth is thicker and the fibers will want to fray if you don’t use a sharp blade.

You can check out Walls Republic for a great selection of grasscloth and high quality wallpaper. They have fantastic customer service and can answer any questions you may have about wallpaper or the installation process.

This is a sponsored post for Walls Republic. As always, I only feature brands I adore and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

Our Bathroom Makeover Details

We have been covered in dust and busy working on our bathroom. We had some subfloor issues that we needed to address, but now our gorgeous marble floor is down and we get to grout it today! I’ll be sharing how we fixed our floor tomorrow. Today, I thought I’d share all the juicy details on the selections I made for our gold and marble goddess.

You know I love a high-end look and this bathroom is going to be the little jewel of our home. The finishes are so beautiful and there will be some eclectic details brought in through the decor that will give it a warm feel.

Here’s what I’m working with for our bathroom makeover…


Can you picture it in your head? Until we get to work on bathroom #2, this bathroom has to function for our entire family of four and for guests when we entertain. By adding a second sink and more storage, we are making it function better for our family. The custom vanity is full of awesome and smart storage–you guys are going to love it! It’s going to change the way we get ready in the morning. The Carrara marble tile is the same marble we used on our fireplace makeover and will unite the rooms in our home. There are also some fun extras that my kids are totally into that I haven’t shared yet. Not only is this bathroom going to look amazing, but it will be fun for the littles too.

You can follow our bath remodel on Instagram and Twitter by following #BHbathmakeover.

Now, I am going to get back to it and get covered in construction dust again!

My Animal Print Runner Addiction

I’m a sucker for a bold statement in an interior. I love the wow factor in a space. One thing that I wish I had in my home is a beautiful staircase where I could showcase an animal print runner. Since we do not, that does not mean our home cannot have this moment. I have the perfect opportunity in our hallway. It is a great black and white slate that you can see from the entry way and the living room.

Animal Print Runner Inspiration I think it is inevitable that my hallway is going to be walking on the wild side. Unless we decide to add a second story on this puppy (never happening), then the hallway is the best chance I have to execute my little runner obsession. If you obsess over something for two years, it’s just something you must act on. Am I right? Doesn’t matter…right or wrong…if it’s wrong– I don’t want to be right! It’s on like Donkey Kong!

Now, let’s see some beautiful animal print runner inspo…











As you can see from the inspiration above, a neutral space is the perfect place to showcase one of these beauties. That’s how you do it right, without going into tacky territory. We’ve all seen animal print gone horribly wrong! I think the best way to approach working it into your space is to do it as a single statement…like A runner, A pair of chairs, A pair of pillows, A pair of x benches–you get the idea. It looks amazing against a white or black backdrop. Work a solid pop of color in there somewhere and it takes it to a whole other level.

I’ll share when my hallway gets some extra RAWR! It’s coming…

Rug Choices for the Bedroom

Wow! So, you guys are on it! Last week, when I asked you guys to weigh in on the pillow options for our bedroom design you were all about it! So, I thought we’d do it again, but this time with the rug options.


First off, the bedding option with the most votes was option one. It was the majority winner by over 60% out of all of you that took the time to state your favorite. Nothing else was even close. You guys really love your animal print and I dig that about you!


I am not sharing what I am going with until room reveal day, but for fun, since option one was the overall favorite, I thought we’d use that for our mock-ups today.

An area rug can definitely make or break a room design. As I shared before, the Rifle Paper Co. Peonies Paper I framed above my desk area is the jumping off point for this space.

Floral artwork above desk

Popping the option one choice in for bedding, I decided on two routes this could go.


The first option is to go BOLD. Have some strong geometric pattern to contrast the already vintage feel of the desk area. It’s a statement and the black and white ties in the bedding. It makes the space feel more modern and exciting.

bedroom-rug-option 1


An over-dyed rug has a vintage feel and plays up the romantic vibe a bit. The softer tones bring in the neutrals more and the pop of color is an unexpected twist. It keeps it fresh and not boring.


As you can see, two completely different looks are created by the area rugs.  So, basically it comes down to what you want to feel when you are in this room.

Which do you prefer? Bold and exciting or vintage and romantic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here are the posts so far from this series if you want sources or need to get up to speed:

bedroom-series    Bedroom Changes with a Desk           Bedroom Bedding Options                  On My Desk 2015

HGTV Magazine Feature



Hello! Here’s to the weekend! And… while you are out you should grab your copy of the January/February issue of HGTV Magazine. Not only is it full of great decorating advice, but you might see someone familiar staring back at you! I know you are wishing it is the Property Brothers, but you’ll have to put up with my mug instead!

I and three other design bloggers collaborated on a style challenge. Each one of us was asked to come up with a budget-friendly design styled around one piece of furniture. With a little DIY and some pretty accessories there is a lot you can do! As you know, I love a high end look for less and this was a fun project to collaborate on.


For info on how to make the stencil wall accent featured in my design visit You can get all the details on the DIY projects featured in all 4 challenges.

To all of you suffering these freezing temperatures, I sympathize with you! Northern Illinois right now is requiring a parka and Uggs during all instances where you will be outside for more than 10 seconds. Instead of freezing our heinies off, we are staying indoors this weekend to make some progress on all these home projects. We are deep in the midst of our bathroom remodel and a couple other projects around here. Stay tuned and stay warm my friends!

*Images in this post courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

Bedroom Bedding Choices

Mock it up! Mock it up! (I sing it like T Swift…Shake it off, shake it off!) How has Taylor Swift worked her way into every facet of my life in one form or another?!

Anyways! Yesterday, I shared my little desk space I added to my bedroom. Today, I wanted to show you the direction I am going with the bedding options. I have decided on black and white bedding for sure, but now I am trying to choose pillow options.

One of my blog goals this year is to let you guys in on my design process a bit more. For me, design isn’t just one day I decide on everything. It definitely is a process. I find one thing that inspires a space. That is key. I tend to always work that way. I find that one thing that I love and it starts those little design wheels in my head turning.

In this case, it is that gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. paper I framed. It is the starting point for everything. It is why I added in the kelly green chair. It is going to affect my decisions with our closet makeover too. I now have a clear vision of what I want there.

So, when I want to envision things a bit more, I do a quick mock-up so I can decide on options. Things like pillows, patterns, rugs, curtains, etc.

Here’s my options for our bed pillows. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite!


So many options…I can get really carried away when I do this. I had to stop myself at six this time because it was starting to get out of hand. All you design happy people out there understand, right?

Which one is your favorite?

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