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{one room challenge} Week 3: Why Not Add the Bathroom Too?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's week 3 of the One Room Challenge and I'm converting the nursery into a shared bedroom for my boys... or at least that's what is supposed to be happening around here. But this week has been a whole lot of hurry up and wait since nothing we've ordered has arrived just yet. 

The bunk beds are scheduled to be delivered on Friday... so I know what we'll be doing all weekend. Fingers crossed the assembly is easier than I expect. On second thought, I'll be crossing my fingers, toes, and legs for that one!


If you missed the full plans for the boys' One Room Challenge makeover, you can check them out in last weeks post. I am SO excited about the vintage posters we found, and those should be arriving later this week as well!  

In the meantime, since we couldn't make much progress in the bedroom this week, we decided to tack on a little extra project and give a quick refresh to the bathroom connected to the boys bedroom. Because, why the heck not?! 

We never did much with the bathroom other than hang on frame and put a vase on the counter when we first moved in - years before kids entered the scene. It's always looked fine, but it certainly doesn't say "little boys live here."


I debated on whether to continue the bedroom design into the bathroom as well, but the boys also have another recent passion - superheroes! And since it was too much of a stretch to try to tie Batman and Spiderman into the bedroom design along with the animal and transportation themes, I decided that the bathroom would be the perfect spot for my super boys to get their superhero on.

Our house is full of oddly placed bathrooms where the toilets are a little too on display, and this bathroom is no different. It has two doors - one to the bedroom, and the other to the second floor hallway. That hall door is positioned so that the toilet is the first thing you see when you reach the top of the stairs. So rather than making the bathroom match the colors of boys' bedroom, I decided I' would rather coordinate it to the black and white color palette of the hallway sitting area.

   
Yep, that's right! Black! I've been wanting to paint a room black for a long time, and I'm excited to finally go for it!

My goal is to make this a simple and sophisticated version of a superhero theme... one that the boys will love now, but that will also grow with them for many years, and that will blend in seamlessly with the rest of the non-kid decor in the upstairs hall.

Here's a little peek at what else I have planned for the space:



Ok, so that's what I've been working on while we wait for the all the bedroom stuff to arrive! But let's get back to talking about the bedroom for a minute before I wrap up this week's update.

The boys have been begging to share a bedroom for a long time now, but it seems that the reality is setting in for 3 year old Cooper that sharing a room means change, and he's having a few second thoughts. What kind of a One Room Challenge would it be if without a challenge right?! 

Cooper seemed to think that we were getting bunk beds to play on, but that he'd be keeping his toddler bed for sleeping. I had to break it to him that there was no room for both... so we'll be working on that transition and I hope that he'll love the new bed so much that he'll adjust quickly. 

The other thing Cooper informed me this week is that we absolutely CANNOT get rid of the rocking chair in the corner of his room. I was worried this might happen. He loves to read books in that chair, and he adores his time alone with dad at the end of the day when they "rock the chair," as he calls it. 


I just don't think we can keep the chair in the room and fit the new bunk beds... so I'm working on a back up plan. We're going to try moving things around in the guestroom a bit to make room for the chair. The grey color would coordinate nicely, and this would give Cooper a quiet spot to enjoy the chair alone with dad, since he'll be sharing space with his big brother the rest of the time. However, the elliptical ended up in the guest room when we designed Beckett's room a few years ago, so that may have to go to make room for the chair... And so continues the game of musical furniture. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by for this week's One Room Challenge progress report! I should have a lot more to report next week as the real work gets rolling. And please be sure to hop over the Calling It Home, our fabulous host for this event! On her blog, you'll find links to all of the weekly updates from the other 200+ participants. That's right, there are more than 200 other people tackling this five week makeover challenge...  crazy loves company!



{one room challenge} Week 2: Room to Grow

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's been a busy week around here. I spent last weekend in Charleston at a conference, and I found the beauty of the city so inspiring. Now I'm excited to be back home and I'm ready to get to work on creating a creative and fun shared bedroom for my boys. 

If you caught last week's post, then you know that my boys have been begging for bunk beds for quite a while, so I decided to jump in to the One Room Challenge once again. Today, I'm excited to show you what I have planned...

{one room challenge} Week 1: Brotherly Love

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Here's the story, of a boy named Beckett
Who was playing with his favorite animals
In his room he had lots of books and toys
And argyle on the walls

Here's the story, of a boy named Cooper
Who loved cars and trucks and roads and traffic cones
They were brothers and best friends forever
Yet at night they're alone

Till the one day when these boys asked to share
And mom knew that they would always ask again
Now these brothers want just one room together
That's the way this One Room Challenge will begin

{diy with style} Bookshelf Makeover Part 1: Adding Vinyl Detail with Cricut

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

About a year ago, I added a bookshelf to our second floor hallway, but I've never really loved it. It was budget friendly, and it's perfectly functional, but it's not super stylish. I have big plans to transform this bookshelf though with some simple changes, and I'll be sharing each step. Today - in part one of the makeover - I've added a vinyl detail down the side of the bookshelf, and I'm excited to show you how easy it is to do!


{diy with style} Curb Appeal Dreaming...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our urban neighborhood has lots of perks, like being within walking distance of great restaurants, shops, and even the most charming little library. But one thing you don't get in the city is a big yard. I'm not complaining. I wouldn't trade our location for anything. But we really need to make the most of our limited outdoor space! Right now, our front landscaping leaves a bit to be desired. I'm determined to change that this year, and I'm partnering with Roundup® For Lawns to make that a reality.

Curb Appeal Dreaming
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{seasonal style} Spring Home Tour

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Welcome friends! It's Spring Home Tour day, and I'm joining a super talented group of bloggers, hosted by Carrie from Lovely, Etc., to show you how we add brighten up our homes for the season. You'll find links to each and every tour at the end of this post, with inspiration for every style.


The house always feels a bit empty in January when we take down all the Christmas decorations, so I've been slowly adding in my pink and flowery spring decor for the past few months - and now I'm excited to show you around.

{decorating with style} Client Family Room Reveal + A Giveaway

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What is everyone's favorite part of decorating and DIY shows on tv? The big reveal at the end of course! That makes today an exciting day on the blog, because it's reveal day!

A few weeks ago I showed you the before photos of a family room that I have been working on for some friends. We were so fortunate to partner with our sponsor, Carpet One Floor & Home®, on this project to make the plans a reality, and today I'm thrilled to show you how the family room has been transformed.

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{seasonal style} A Spring Tablescape Perfect for Easter Brunch

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I love a pretty tablescape, but, because of both budget and space, I don't own a lot of different dishes. I have one basic set of square blue plates that we've used for every meal for the past 12 years. By getting a little creative and mixing in some of my inexpensive outdoor servingware, I was able to turn those dark navy plates into a bright and fresh spring table setting that is perfect for an Easter brunch.

{entertaining with style} The Best Easter Brunch Recipes

I just got my pretty spring tablescape all set up, so I thought the timing was right to share some delicious recipes that you might like to serve for Easter brunch, or for Mother's Day in May!


I don't often share recipes here on the blog, but I sure do love to eat! And since I'm really not a morning person, brunch is timed just right for me. It's the perfect meal for those who love to sleep in, and then wake up starving!

{seasonal style} Hello Spring Front Porch Decor

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I am so excited to officially welcome spring! Warmer weather, longer days, and...pink! 

The first signs of leaves and blossoms are just starting to appear in our yard... but spring has officially sprung on my front porch, thanks to my friends at Hobby Lobby who are sponsoring my "April Showers Bring May Flowers" inspired front door decor. 



I went shopping for craft supplies to create some sort of wreath or front door display, but I came out away with a whole lot more. I'm not going to lie...I tend to have that problem pretty much every time I walk in to Hobby Lobby. In the end, not only did my front doors get a makeover, the whole porch is sporting a cheery new spring vibe.