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Colorado cabin home before and after

I can’t believe it’s already been an entire year!  The time has really flown by, we’ve accomplished a lot but we still have quite a way to go!  We did take some time off in the fall and winter but now we’re back at it in full force.  We spend most evenings and weekends tackling projects, something is always sore on my body and 70 percent of my clothes are covered in paint.  It’s certainly been an adventure… an exhausting one at that, but with each space we improve it just motivates me to keep going.  Today I want to show you where we are a year later, current projects that aren’t finished, a few small spaces we’ve improved, and some future projects we have planned.

If you’re new to my blog and curious about some of our past home projects I’ve linked them below:

Living Room | Ashley’s BedroomMaster Bedroom | Master Bedroom UpdateDownstairs Bathroom | Stairs

Here are some before photos:

Colorado cabin before and after progress

Ok, so I never got the chance to update the front of our house because there were always tools and equipment everywhere… and then snow season hit, but here we are!  We replaced the front door, painted the house, took out the upstairs patio door by the chimney and replaced the house lights.

Next on our list is to paint the roof the same color as the garage.  If it were a deep shade of green I think I’d leave it but nope it’s a hideous faded mint chocolate chip ice cream green.  We also hope to tweak the vent near the door so it’s less noticeable.

Colorado cabin before and after progress

The main part of the house is painted Rockies Brown and the garage and trim are Appalachian Brown both by Benjamin Moore.  I obsessed on finding the perfect shade of teal for the front door and ended up with Sophisticated Teal from Home Depot.  I absolutely love it!

Home Depot Sophisticated Teal front door

Exterior Lights | Wreath (It’s Pier One so act fast)

Colorado cabin before and after progress

This nightmarish space is a work in progress and it’s slowly improving.

Colorado cabin before and after progress

We’ve replaced the exterior door that leads into a small outdoor closet.  The blue metal retaining wall will eventually go, but it won’t be easy.  For now we’ve decided just to paint it so it’s less hideous.  I actually just finished painting all our blue retaining walls and the metal stairs, I just haven’t taken a photo… sorry!  It looks much better!!

Ugly entryway makeover

Now on to the entryway and basement area.  I get nauseous looking at these before photos, still unfinished but this space has drastically improved.

Entry wall progress

Ceiling Light | Hardwood Floor 

basement before and after

This space will be the next reveal on the blog, but for now here’s a little sneak peak.  We’ve referred to this space as the basement and I’m not exactly sure why.  You definitely get basement vibes down here but it’s not underground.  Our realtor referred to the space as a basement and I think the word just stuck, but we’ve decided to call this space a media room… and I’m so excited and ready for it to be finished.

media room design and progress

This space is a true work horse.  It will be our downstairs getaway space to read or watch TV, plus we’ve added an entry space and coat closet plus a utility closet for our washer and dryer.  All of our doors are on backorder, it’s been frustrating.  We just need doors and a few minor furnishings and decor items to finish this space.

As soon as we get our doors and Brian installs them I’ll stain them and it will be up on the blog, so excited!  I mentioned on Instagram how I posted this room to Houzz, asking a simple question and they hated it.  They shredded this room… I’ll go into all the drama during the blog reveal I promise!

Media room design and progress

Ceiling Light | Chandelier Lamp

basement before

Downstairs basement progress

Sorry about some of these photos!  Normally I like to stage our home photos (within reason) meaning I hide dirty shoes and cords and put away junk but I kind of snapped these pictures without thinking.  Sometimes I snap pics for my own personal use without thinking they could end up on the blog.

Attic before photo

Now for the loft, it’s a quirky L-shaped space that has lots of potential.  We added some furniture such as a queen bed, a chair, and a twin bed but it still needs a lot of work.  The living room ceiling flows into this space, so the ceiling is basically the only thing done.  I’ve ripped down the paneling and I’m still deciding what to do with the walls and floor.

I took these photos with my phone one day for Haley and I had no intention of putting them on the blog but now that Haley has moved up here with stuff everywhere a photo is impossible.  So I thought I’d go ahead and share these photos.  Really regretting not tucking the blankets and sheets in!!  Overall it’s a cute space and it has a ton of potential.

small attic loft design

Bed | USB Lamps | Curtains | Pillows 

attic before photo

attic loft design

Trunk (It’s Pier One so act fast) | Mannequin

Nasty sun room before

Now it’s time for the nasty sunroom update.  One day when we were self-isolating/quarantining/losing our mind I just started ripping the interior of this room out.  I was cooped up in the house and one day I just ripped out the carpet and paneling, and it felt good!  Then Brian slowly started to demo this space.  I’ve showed lots of video on Instagram… it’s just felt so good and I had to share.

Back porch demo

Back porch demo

I am so freakin excited about this space.  We plan to turn it into a cozy back deck.  We have a deck off the front of our house with a great view but this space just feels special.  It has a different cozy vibe back here and I love it.  I’m even more exited as to what happens when this small back deck is finished.  Then we start MEGA DECK!! Y’all I am so pumped about mega deck!

Back porch demo

Mega deck will be an awesome multi-level deck that extends off the side of the house past the tree. A majority of our land extends that direction and we’re excited to put it to good use.  We’ve come up with so many fun ideas for mega deck!

We plan on having a dining area, a wine bar rail with stools, a lounge section, a yoga deck, a hot tub, and an outdoor playground.  Yep, you heard me right!  I want an outdoor playground… after a few glasses of wine tell me you don’t want to swing and slide… haha!  I sure do and I’m a kid at heart.  It will definitely take a while but we’ll do it in phases.  It will be a lot of work but a lot of fun too.

ugly bathroom before

Our bathroom will probably be one of our last projects to finish.  The old laundry room is back behind the shower and we plan to combine the spaces for a larger bathroom.  Until then we just did some minor cosmetic improvements to make the space more bearable.  Ashley and I painted spots on the wall one day while we were snowed in during Covid isolation and it was really fun.

Cheap bathroom makeover

Light | Mirror

Our 1 year cabin home update

That’s all for now, but soon I’ll have the media room to reveal.  The world’s crazy right now and it’s 100% affected me and my ability to concentrate on my blog.  Thank you so much for your patience!  I’ve linked all the items I could find that are still for sale throughout my post.  I’m absolutely heart broken about Pier One leaving us, it was one of my favorite stores ever!  If you see something you like act fast before it’s gone forever!

Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and treat everyone with love and respect!




Cedar stained wall in clear satin

Last October our space-efficient master bedroom was the first remodeled room in our new house to make the blog.  Overall I was thrilled with the result and how we maximized space, but deep down I knew the room needed more.  At the time we were sleeping with our mattress on the basement floor and we just wanted to move into our bedroom ASAP!  Then we immediately started the living room and Ashley’s room, and then boom… the holidays hit.  So with all the quiet days we’ve had stuck at home lately I decided it was time to give our bedroom a little character.

I’m thrilled with the results of our master bedroom update, and best of all it was practically free!

Wood accent wall

When we had our living room cedar ceiling installed it was recommended to order an extra 20 percent of wood.  This is in case you get bad boards or have mistakes, but that extra 20 percent plus all the leftover scraps just sat in our garage.  One day while organizing the garage I had a lightbulb moment we needed a cedar accent wall!

Slowly we sorted out all the pieces of cedar that could be salvaged.  I had to sand out a few defects, but we managed to find exactly the amount of wood we needed.

Small space bedroom decor

Brian cut the boards to length, and with his nail gun he had the boards up within a few hours.  Then I filled in nail holes, stained the boards, and touched up the baseboards.  It was the perfect day project that cost us nothing and gave our room some pizazz!

I say stained, but really I just brushed on Minwax water based clear polycrylic in a satin finish.  It gives the wood just a hint of color and dries in about an hour, it’s awesome!  It’s what I’ve also used on all our knotty alder doors.

I wasn’t sure our wooden nightstands would look good on a wooden wall, so my original plan was to paint them with a flat black paint.  I really like black furniture but the downside is it shows dust so bad!  I may paint them black one day, but for now I really like the wood on wood look, it gives the room such an organic feel.

Cedar stained wall in clear satin

Cedar wood wall with black and white art

The leopard pillow covers on our bed are some of my favorite.  I bought them about 10 years ago on clearance for about $3 each, at Lowe’s of all places!  I just wish I had bought more!

With spring here and summer around the corner I had to go back to my favorite all-white bed.  Not only does white bedding look fresh and clean it also helps me sleep.  It’s very soothing and non-stimulating which is what someone with sleep issues needs!  I need my bedroom to be calm and soothing.

The only purchase I did make was this gorgeous blue throw that was on sale for a little over $30, and it’s still on sale!  I was craving a little blue in the room, I just love the color and texture so much!

Master bedroom spring decor

pendant lights for lamps

Every spring I love to grow wheatgrass around the house, so once all my flowers wilted I started planting seeds.  They grow fast too, in about 7 or 8 days you’ll get tall green grass.  Sometimes I let the grass grow shaggy and sometimes I trim them with scissors, I love both looks.  You can get all the details on how to grow wheatgrass HERE.

Pottery Barn storage bed in everyday velvet buckwheat

Lastly, we decided to remove the rug from our bedroom, it just wasn’t working.  The heavy storage bed was creating a bubble in the center that we couldn’t smooth out, and it was a magnet for dirt!  I would vacuum it daily and it looked filthy and smooshed after only 5 months -worst purchase ever!!  Once we removed the rug the room looked so much bigger, so I think I’ll just live without a rug.

Bedroom Wood Cedar Accent Wall

I’m very pleased with how everything turned out, the wood is so warm and inviting.  I do find our TV wall a little plain so in the future I might find a way to jazz it up a bit.

We’ve stayed extremely busy the last few weeks working on random projects around the house and I’ve loved every minute of it!   Besides the pantry, this is our only other new finished project but we’ve started so many other things and done lots of demo work.  Soon I’ll be doing some house updates to show you everything we have going on.  Take care!

Storage bed | Quilt | Throw | Wall frames | Pendant light | Nightstand | Ceiling fan




Budget decorating ideas

Hello and Happy Friday… except is it really Friday?  With mandatory stay at home orders, is anyone really keeping track of the days?  It’s a struggle.  So, as we’ve all learned by now, being forced to stay at home is fun… for the first few days and then suddenly it’s not.  Days of binge-watching Netflix becomes boring and we must find creative ways to bring joy into our life.  An easy way to accomplish this is by creating small spaces, and I want to share how easy this is.  Whether you’re reading this now during the coronavirus chaos or reading this in the future, I’m here to share my love for creating lovely small spaces!

coffee table decor

Ask my Mom and she can vouch that I’ve always loved creating pleasing little spaces.  I remember being maybe 6 or 7 and I would spend hours setting up what I called “displays” on my shelves and furniture tops.  Yeah, I played with my toys sometimes, but mostly I had fun arranging them.  I would spend hours swapping different objects until I was satisfied then proudly show my Mom for approval.  Cut to many years later, and although my toys might be gone I still love creating these satisfying spaces.

These little spaces give your brain a boost of happiness and joy and I think we could all use a little of that!  It’s simple to do this without leaving your house or buying anything, and don’t we all love free home decor?  Take a moment and walk around your house, open cabinets, look in drawers, or in the pantry… you have so much to work with even if you don’t realize it!  I’m here to just show you a few examples of satisfying small spaces you can create but really the skies the limit.

easy tabletop decor ideas

easy tabletop decor ideas

Keeping fresh flowers on the table is my favorite, but that’s not always an option.  Once my flowers wilted for good I decided to create a pleasing tabletop buffet caddy that’s also functional.  Use a tray, plate, or charger along with jars, cans, or small cups and fill them with flatware, napkins, straws, or any other items you use regularly at meal times.

Small items can be grouped in the simplest way like I did on a napkin in our bathroom.  Place small bathroom items on a pretty napkin, piece of scrap fabric, or a small plate.  Bring out your pretty lotions and potions for pleasing eye decor.  I love walking into any room and seeing a cheerful thought out display.

How to decorate for free

Budget decorating ideas

When decorating small spaces you’ll want to follow this basic formula.

Start with a base of some kind.  This defines your small space, you can use any kind of fabric, a tray, basket, a book, or even a dinner plate.

Decide if you want if you want your space to be symmetric or asymmetric.

Group together objects that are different sizes and heights for the most pleasing affect. Think tall and short, narrow and wide.  Let your objects tell a story.

Add some life to your small space by adding a green plant, fresh fruit, or flowers if you have them.

Use different colors and textures, this can come from woven materials, trays, or even plants.  My cactus certainly adds some texture!  Be sure to vary your objects when creating the effect you want.

How to decorate small spaces

These are just a few examples of my recent small spaces, think about what you can do? Creating a home you love shouldn’t be hard or cost a fortune.  Go get creative and create a joyful happy space!




Small pantry organizing tips

Our new pantry is complete and I’m ready to share it!  Like everything else in our home, our pantry is small, but very space efficient.  While lots of women fantasize about having huge walk-in closets I dream of a huge walk-in pantry, but it is what it is.  I’m very pleased with what we were able to accomplish, though, with this small space.  I absolutely HATED our old pantry, I’m not even sure if you could call it a pantry… it was more of a cabinet really, and space was limited.  I knew after the holidays when we went back into work mode that this would be our first new project.

Let’s see some before photos of the slow progression of this space.

Small pantry organizing tips

Small pantry organizing tips

I didn’t take a before photo of the inside of the pantry but you wouldn’t have believed how crazy it was, especially during the holidays.  Every time we opened the door stuff would fall out.

The wood ceiling beams that we had installed last summer created a perfect spot for a larger pantry next to our dining space.  I really got lucky on that one… when we had our ceiling done I hadn’t even given the pantry or future kitchen any thought at all because we hadn’t spent much time living here.

Small pantry organizing tips

The kitchen itself is its own future project but some small changes like cabinet knobs, painting the window, a new sink, and pendant light have already made the kitchen look and feel tremendously better.  The cabinets are surprisingly nice but we’ve got to modify them eventually to make room for a dishwasher.  You would not believe the hours my daughter and I spend washing dishes.  If you ever wonder what I’m doing I’m probably washing dishes.

I’m getting off topic, let’s get back to the pantry.  Wanna peak inside??

Small pantry organizing tips

Brian installed LED lights with a door switch, so when we open the door the lights automatically come on.  It’s pretty awesome but the lights did give me some photo glares and shadows, sorry about that!

OXO food canisters in pantry

Previously the space between the dining area and kitchen was dull and awkward but now it really connects the spaces nicely and also creates a wall in my kitchen to hang my Le Creuset pans.

Hanging Le Creuset pans

A few months after moving in, the microwave over the stove broke, I was actually relieved because I hated cooking with a microwave in my face.  So we went with a counter top microwave, but the kitchen counter space is so limited that it started to crowd the kitchen.  I wasn’t sure what to do until one day on Pinterest I saw a microwave inside of a pantry and at that moment my pantry plan came together.  Having our microwave in the pantry gives us more kitchen counter space, but it also took away space from the pantry so planning was crucial to make it all work.

Small pantry organizing tips

I knew we had to have some type of door rack to give us extra space, we did an Elfa door system in our last pantry but in this instance it didn’t feel right.  I don’t know about you but we have a ton of spices!  I had them crammed into a cabinet and it was always a mess.  One day I found this spice cabinet door rack on Etsy!  I love Etsy!!  They make half size and full size spice racks.  In our door rack I’m able to fit all our spices on top, and the bottom rack holds parchment paper, foil, saran wrap, wax paper, storage bags, espresso pods, and other small kitchen items I use.  It holds all the little things that drive you crazy!  I was able to free up 2 shelves and a large drawer in the kitchen which I desperately need!  The smaller spice jars are from Amazon and came with tons of pre-printed labels, they’re so cute!

The best way to organize your spices

We have baskets on the upper shelves to hold miscellaneous food items that aren’t used as much, the Lazy Susan holds our oils, vinegars, and other sauces.  My heavily used liquids, such as oils, I like to transfer to glass bottles.  My OXO food canisters are incredible too!  They come in a wide variety of shapes and heights, they’re stackable and airtight keeping ingredients fresh!  I don’t like seeing box clutter in my pantry and you never know how much is left in something.  Using clear canisters lets me easily see exactly what ingredients I have and what I need to re-stock.  I added peel and stick chalkboard labels, they’re great, you can use chalk or a chalkboard marker and they easily wipe clean when switching out contents.

Spice rack organization

We’ve used the microwave now for weeks, it’s just slightly below counter height and it’s working perfectly for us, it hasn’t been a hassle at all in the pantry, and it’s great hiding the clunky beast!  I was able to squeeze in some canisters next to the microwave that we don’t use that often as well as some cookbooks.  Due to the height I decided to put our canned goods and produce bins on the bottom.  I really like having my produce separated and organized and the gravity can rack has really saved me space on all the cans we have, it’s awesome!  Especially my large tomato cans that I can’t live without.

Now when I think “What’s for dinner?” I just open my pantry and see a bunch of organized food ready to be cooked.

How to organize your pantry

Ashley is patiently waiting for those bananas to turn black, she wants my banana streusel coffee cake ASAP!

Do you ever see pantries in magazines or on Pinterest that are incredibly gorgeous?  You wish it could be yours but you know you in reality it won’t work for your family and it’s too hard to maintain.  This was me, I spent a long time thinking about what was realistic and easy for us to maintain organization.  So far it’s working out well for us.

I like to stay stocked up on lots of staple pantry items and I keep these in a separate storage closet.  I was doing this before the coronavirus scare, we frequently get snowed in and our area has had severe flooding before, so it’s always good to be prepared for anything.  In fact, here is a recent blog post I wrote about stocking your pantry with staple items in order to stretch your grocery dollar.

Small pantry organizing tips

My daughter and I have been cooking so much lately and now our kitchen flows so much easier compared to our small cabinet pantry.  We have even more food and cooking inspiration.  Julia said it best “People who love to eat are always the best people”.  Yes they are, I very much agree!  She has so many adorable food quotes doesn’t she?  Hanging up this little wooden sign above the pantry was just perfect!

The pantry interior paint is Maritime Blue and the shelves and trim are Simply White, both by Benjamin Moore.

Door spice rack | Spice jars | Can rack | Produce bins | Julia Child quote | Food canisters | Lazy Susan | Baskets | Peel & stick chalk labels | Basket labels | Pendant light




White subway tile in bathroom

Our downstairs bathroom is finally done and I’m ecstatic to share the reveal with you today!  Ugh… this bathroom has driven us insane over the last few months.  When we moved in this was the first room we started working on.  Not only was this space a total disaster, it seems like everything went wrong during the remodeling process.  It took us over 5 months to finish, we even started referring to this bathroom as The Bathroom From Hell.   I’m happy to say the nightmare is finally over!

Let’s first see some of those ugly before photos!  Drum roll please…

Absolutely horrific!  The dead bird in the shower and paper towel holder over the sink added a great decorative touch.  Call me old fashioned but who needs paper towels in the bathroom?

When the cabin was for sale a pipe in the ceiling froze and caused the office tile ceiling to cave in.  It was easily fixable but my main issue was the height of the ceiling.   It was really low and gave a claustrophobic feel to the room.  So our first task was to raise the ceiling.

We found out that we could raise the ceiling by a foot, a foot doesn’t sound like much but it was necessary.  This is when the Hell part starts… before we could raise the ceiling we had raise the air duct, gas line, and water lines up into the rafters.  This is out of our league, so we hired “so called” professionals who were highly recommend at the time.  They charged us a high daily rate and spent over 3 weeks tinkering around without any sort of progress.  At the end of every day Brian would walk into the bathroom to check progress and just shake his head.  He was furious when he noticed a bunch of our plumbing pipes had been installed upside down.

I’ll spare you the rest of the gritty details, long story short we ended up getting some of our money back from the rip off workers and our ever so helpful construction handy man who we call Brian2 saved the day.  Everything that had been done over the last 3 weeks had to be ripped out and started over.

I could go into much more drama and detail but I won’t… I’m just happy about our gorgeous new bathroom!  As you can see below raising the ceiling by just a foot made all the difference in the world.

Bathtub niche ideas

I wanted the bathroom to have a fresh crisp look, with also a bit of rustic charm.  I knew I wanted white subway tile, it’s just so clean and versatile…  it goes with anything and everything!  So my next task was to find a floor tile to acheive my vision and balance the room.  This Laura Ashley tile from The Tile Shop was perfect, but wouldn’t you know when I went to order it we had a problem.  It was out of stock, and I mean really out of stock.  I was told it was having production problems and it could take up to a year to receive it.   I called the Texas location where we used to shop and they were able to find enough scrap pieces from a bunch of area stores and ship it to Denver for us.  Amazing!

Bathtub shower combo with subway tile

The width of the bathroom let us go with an extra wide bathtub which is amazing.  Then I realized all standard sized shower curtains were way too short.  Etsy again saved the day and I was able to have a custom sized shower curtain made.   It was such an easy fantastic transaction, I was even able to buy a custom sized liner… and it all arrived in less than 2 weeks.

The window serves as a natural resting spot for items in the shower, but we decided to add a recessed niche lower down for those taking a bath.

Bathroom shower soap niche ideas

I love bold bathroom mirrors, but this time I felt like going with a clean minimalist look.  I think paired with the white subway tile wall it looks incredible.

wood bathroom vanity ideas

I know brass and gold metal in the bathroom is a trend that’s really taking off… and I love it to death but I can’t do it.  Bathroom and kitchen remodels are just way to expensive for me to get trendy.  I stuck with chrome and satin nickel to keep it safe.  I had a gift card reward from Neiman Marcus, and I wondered what on earth to do with it.  Luckily I stumbled upon this light, I don’t normally buy light fixtures at Neiman’s but it did work out in my favor.

bathroom remodeling ideas

When it came to the bathroom vanity I knew exactly what I wanted, I just couldn’t find it.  We ended up going with a custom built vanity from Etsy, I was able to get the perfect dimensions and all the features I wanted.  I wanted the look of a free standing vanity with drawers, no cabinets.

bathroom remodeling ideas

The top drawer is false, but the bottom drawer holds all the necessary items.  I added modern 12 inch drawer pulls to keep the vanity from looking too country.  The open bottom shelf is a great spot to add extra towels, and in the future I may add baskets to hold extra clutter.

White subway tile bathroom with wood vanity

This faucet… is it possible to love a faucet this much??  I am truly embarrassed by how much it costs but hear me out.  First of all I think every room needs one splurge item and this was it.  Second I had a lot of rewards from buying furniture so technically it was free, I paid just tax, if that.

I couldn’t find anything I truly loved at Lowe’s or Home Depot, the vintage look of this faucet won me over.  I just needed it… that is all.

bathroom remodeling ideas

Let’s get a close up, now that’s one sexy faucet!  If you look closely you can see me in my bathrobe with the camera tripod.  Haha.

bathroom remodeling ideas

The countertop is a remnant piece of quartz.  Any time we do small bathroom projects I like to go with remnant pieces, going this route can save you some serious money.

Chrome metal bathroom decor ideas

I’m not a big fan of traditional towel racks anymore.  It’s such a hassle to fold your towel and make it look nice and often times we need to fold more than 2 towels, so hooks it is!  We’re major hookers!  Sorry I couldn’t resist… but seriously we are total hookers.  Every room has multiple hooks, as well as all the back of all our doors.  Why fold when you can just hook?

hooks for towels instead of towel rack

If you have hooks in your home you know sometimes they pull out from the wall and it’s such a hassle.  We solved this problem by reinforcing the wall behind the hooks with a 2×4 before it was sheetrocked and textured.

I stumbled upon this whimsical animal wall art one day while on Etsy.  Can you tell I love Etsy?  I knew I had to have it somewhere in our house.  My first thought was in Ashley’s room but it ended up working perfectly in the bathroom.   Ashley was insistent on the Marie Antionette bunny.  There are so many cute animals to pick from at this Etsy store.

Benjamin Moore Ice Formations Paint

The original bathroom closet was huge, but awkwardly huge.  It didn’t fit the space so we rebuilt it to an appropriate size.  The air duct was raised but it does go through the tip top of the closet, as you can see how the wall to the right is at an angle.

The closet door is smaller than normal, we found a local custom door company that could make us a tiny door to match our other knotty alder doors.  I love this tiny door, it’s so cute… and it’s just fun to say tiny door.  Tiny door!

Modern cabin bathroom remodel

Such a transformation!  Bathroom from Hell is now Bathroom from Heaven!  I have all our bathroom details linked below.  Thanks for stopping by and viewing our bathroom remodel.

Walls are Ice Formations and ceiling and trim are Simply White both by Benjamin Moore.

Vanity | Floor tile | Faucet | LightTowel hooks | Towel ring | Toliet paper holder | Toliet | Towels | Bathtub | Wall art

Wall frames | Door knobs | Mirror | Shower curtain – custom sized in medium weight white linen




tongue and groove white painted walls

Today I thought I’d give you a Christmas break and share another bedroom reveal with you!  My youngest daughter Ashley, who’s 15, has been so patient and kind with us during our remodel.  She has been with us through all the crazy ups and downs of our intense cabin work.  She has graciously slept with her mattress on the floor, without a door, and with a partial wall missing.  It has been a journey, but I’m happy to say her room is complete, and she loves it!  We spent all summer and most of the fall slowly working on this bedroom, but just last week I’m proud to say it all came together and was completely finished.

tongue and groove white painted walls

It’s hard to define the style of this bedroom. It’s a little bit farmhouse, a bit cottage, whimsical, and most of all it’s Ashley.  I had plenty of ideas for this room, but I made sure to have Ashley’s full input on what she wanted.  We had to compromise on a few things but overall I think we came up with a design plan that pleased us both.

Let’s see some ugly before photos!

Cottage style bedroom decor

Benjamin Moore Tranquil Blue

One thing Ashley was insistent on was tearing out the closet and having an armoire instead.  The closet was bulky and ugly so I gladly indulged her here.  The room is quite small so having an armoire saved space and added that charming look that she’s so fond of.  Her wardrobe is on the smaller side so this worked quite well.  We chose a storage bed with drawers in our bedroom and did the same in this room, so she has plenty of room for pajamas and other items, a shoe drawer, and even the ever so essential junk drawer.  Don’t we all need a junk drawer??  I think so.

We decided to add tongue and groove walls. Brian and I spent many many grueling days cutting, nailing, and caulking the boards.  It took me so long to paint this room I thought I was going to lose my mind.  I tried several different paint rollers and all left an undesirable texture on the walls.  So I had to paint every board by hand, and it took a good 3-4 coats!  So glad that’s over!

Small bedroom space saving solutions

Originally her room had a bathroom connected.  So if you were in the basement you would walk into her room to use the bathroom.  I’m not sure if her room was originally the master bedroom or what (for many reasons we decided to take the bedroom upstairs).  So we added a small hallway so we could enter the bathroom privately.  It worked out well, because if we hadn’t have taken down the closet for the armoire, I’m not sure we would have had room for this.

DIY floating nightstand ideas

When you have a storage bed with drawers, floating nightstands are the way to go.  For our master bedroom I ordered floating nightstands but I needed a quick last minute solution here.  After racking my brain I decided to use the old cabinet doors from our laundry room.  I painted them to blue to match the furniture and Brian found some brackets.  It was such an easy solution!

Farmhouse cottage bedroom decor

Instead of a desk we went with a bistro table and chairs.  It fits nicely into the corner of her room, and it’s so versatile.  She can read, do homework, or just relax and sip some tea at her little table.  Ashley loves her tea!  While pulling out my Christmas decor I found our birch branch tree and it adds a bit of whimsical charm.  I think we’re going to leave it up year round, it’s just so cute in her room!

I ordered the armoire unfinished as well as the table and chairs.  After a lot of back and forth we decided on Benjamin Moore Tranquil blue.  I stained the chair seats and table top with Varathane natural stain.

white shiplap walls

My sweet girl loves animals and all things nature.  One day I found this wooden cow print wall art on sale and surprised her with it, it’s on clearance so if you like it you can buy it now! I framed an elk photo we took last year and it adds a smile on her face everyday.  Ashley named the elk in the photo Honey.

country cottage bedroom

When you have small floating nightstands, you really can’t spare any space for a traditional lamp.  These sconces have a nice clean design that helps bring the room together and the pull chain makes it so easy to turn on and off.  We added a longer pull chain with a decorative crystal for the end, it’s the little things like that that makes such a difference!

modern farmhouse wall sconces

I just love pretty chandeliers, so found this smaller sized chandelier for a great price I jumped on it.

farmhouse cottage bedroom

The shades are from Restoration Hardware.  They’re the same ones from our master bedroom.  I have a love hate relationship with them.  Love the way they look but the cord is in the back and I find it incredibly awkward to open and close them.  You must reach behind the shade and it’s just odd.  Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend them to anyone.

white tongue and groove bedroom walls

By the way, shout out to Ashley who installed her hardwood floor all by herself!  We added a rich chocolatey brown sheepskin rug for some color and warmth.  It’s soft and cozy, it feels incredible to walk on!

cottage bedroom

Walls and trim are Benjamin Moore in Simply White, furniture is Benjamin Moore in Tranquil Blue.

Upholstered storage bed – in Performance Everyday Velvet Buckwheat (read my review here) Pottery Barn Performance Everyday Velvet rocks!

Armoire | White quilt | Floral comforter | Sconces | Chandelier | Sheepskin rug | Table | Chairs | Birch tree | Cow print art  | Coat rack | Door knob | Wreath | Hardwood floor

country cottage bedroom makeover

This week I’ll also be sharing our downstair bathroom with you!  It was a total disaster complete with a caved in ceiling.  You won’t believe the transformation!