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Dressing Room Details

Dressing Room Details 

I’m moving right along on my combination dressing room, walk-in closet, and vanity renovation.  If you’re new here, we’re basically taking a small bedroom that connects to our master and turning it into a walk in closet.  We’ve completed the big changes, like knocking out the previous closet, painting the room, and installing a closet organization system.  There are still a couple of curve balls to share, but we’re still working those out. In the meantime, I’m thinking about how to bring this room up to par with our adjacent bedroom.

fresh, neutral bedroom

When the construction’s done, the paints up, and the big pieces are moved in, it’s easy to hurry the rest. I’m a firm believer, however, that this detail work is really what makes or breaks a room’s design. I want the feeling of our bedroom to flow into the closet and feel like one continuous room, so I’ve brought in the same dark gray walls, and choose white for the closet organization since it matches back to the custom built-in’s in the bedroom.

To really keep the room looking like more of a designed dressing room than just a closet, I’m also bringing in a few different textiles.  I plan to use pattern in the drapes (using the same blue and cream ticking stripe as the bedroom), and on a vanity stool.  Do you recognize the ikat fabric? I bought it to use on my cane chairs, but I’m SO happy I held onto it for something else, because I think it will really help to bring everything together in this dressing room.  I also plan to include a light grey ottoman of some sort to hold a suitcase when we’re packing to head somewhere or just be a perch for Matt when he’s tying his shoes.

The vanity will get a rustic farmhouse mirror which I’m going to create out of this chalkboard from World Market because the one I really wanted was too big.  To keep the whole room from getting too girly and soft, I’ll add in some matte black spotlights for the vanity which also help to incorporate some of the black from the ikat fabric. The whole room will be topped off with a heather gray drum shade as an overhead light.

I’ll show you guys some of these individual projects (like the tufted ottoman which I intend to make) as well as the finished room soon!  Oh yeah, and that curve ball I told you about, you’re going to love it.

What did you get into this weekend?

 

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Superb Shelf Surprise

 

As you know, I spend the better part of last week and the weekend in Salt Lake City for Alt Design Summit. I learned a TON and need a moment to process all of the information! Do you guys want to hear more about it, or are you going to throw up if I mention it again and you want me to just get on with the regular show?

Regardless, today is about the shelf surprise that I came home to at 11pm last night. Matt had been working feverishly all weekend to put together the shelves we had planned to install in our master bedroom. I was blown away by how amazing they were.  At one point, Matt asked me what was wrong because I was silent (which doesn’t often happen).  They just looked so grand, it took me a while to process. 

Everything was exactly as I had planned, and better than I had imagined. I am so excited to get them painted and styled (after all, the styling is my favorite part).

I took off from work today and tomorrow to recover from being out of town, but you know instead of relaxing, I’m off to the store to get some white paint and get going on this!  As always, I’ll show you the next installment of our home progress next Monday (have you guys realized that? I only show my home renovation projects on Mondays?).

Have a SUPERB Monday!

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Getting the Shelving Show on the Road

Last year, I wrote a lot about my plans for my master bedroom, including the built-in bookshelves that have been in the back of my mind for over a year.

We have an odd wall in our master bedroom due to the fireplace downstairs and it’s chimney which continues up through this room.  I always felt that two (somewhat) symmetrical bookshelves would be a good idea to make the best of the odd wall and also to give us more storage.  We have a ton of books and collectables which need a home.

When I initially posted about the idea, our bed used to be orientated on the left side wall.  Matt challenged me to move the bed in order to see if I even liked the bed on the strange wall prior to going through the shelf building process.

We’ve been living with the moved bed and emulated the idea of having shelving behind the bed with tables and smaller bookshelves.  I’m proud to report that we’re moving ahead with the plans, and I spent some time yesterday measuring out the space. We are limited to how deep the shelves can be due to the window on our north wall, but I think 14″ will be a good hearty depth.

Along with the shelving we’re going to re-paint the room (in the same exact color!), repaint the white trim, and replace the flooring. Since these things will be done around the shelves, our first move before any of the other bedroom changes will be to build the shelving.

After the shelves are done, I’ll be building a custom headboard and layering some interesting side tables in front of the shelving.  You may wonder how that’s all going to work stacked in front of the shelves, but I assure you, I’ve got a vision!  Stay tuned!

P.S. This weekend, I did everything that was on my to-do list including shopping for some non-work clothes, getting caught up on floral school, having brunch with my parents and photographing the wedding reception of some friends (my first experience shooting a wedding, but they came out so well and I’ve excited to share a few).  I hope your weekend was everything you wanted it to be and you’re ready to get back into action on this full five-day week!

 

Have a SPLENDID Monday

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It's a Long Story

It’s been on my Master Bedroom ‘to-do’ list to change out the curtains, although, in a normal world, this would occur after the renovations we want to complete in this room, I went ahead and tackled them.

The long part of the story is how I finally came around to the fabric for these curtains, and the short part of the story is how I was recently inspired by Molly over at The Nesting Game to add a roman shade into the mix.

I had been looking for a good master bedroom curtain fabric for some time (which is part of the reason why my army green, grommet top tarps were still hanging until this point in time).  I wanted something light, airy, and with some type of pattern that didn’t overtake the room.  My long term plans for this room have some built-in shelving, a new headboard, wood flooring, and an awesome global/vintage patterned rug.  Eventually there will be a lot of texture going on and keeping it simple on the curtains (but not boring) was important.

First things first, after removing the old curtains and mini-blinds, we mounted a piece of wood painted white above the window.  We did this not only hold the weight of the curtains and blinds, but also to enable us to hang them taller, making the windows appear larger.  

*H of E Tip: If there wasn’t a roman shade, this wouldn’t be a good idea because the wood would be visible.  Make sure you have some sort of blinds or shade to cover the extra piece of wood before going this route.

The story can get long about my searching fabric websites and fabric stores and home stores and on and on, but I’ll save you the reading.  Eventually, I found a duvet cover in a linen vintage ticking stripe pattern that I loved at the Pottery Barn Outlet.  King duvet covers are around 110″ wide and 96″ long.   It was just wide enough for two panels and the perfect length.  Since the duvet cover was patterned on the front and back, I could get four panels out of it for just $75.  These very similar Pottery Barn panels cost $109 each!

The the only issue with this plan was the sunlight that these loose weave linen panels would, no doubt, let in at the crack of dawn.  As mentioned above, The Nesting Game made some pretty amazing roman shades out of mini-blinds, and since we don’t have a shortage of mini-blinds in this house, I jumped at the chance to transform them into something prettier and more sun-repellant.

You can get the full how-to scoop over there since I followed her instructions (minus the decorative greek key). The only difference is that I used black out curtain liner instead of fabric.  It was cheap, and since I already had the PB-esque panels, using nice fabric wasn’t necessary.

It was actually pretty enjoyable, the first one took me a while just to figure out the logistics, but the second one took just a quick 45 minutes. I think it only took me that long because the fabric glue bottle was really hard to squeeze!

Completing it all took pretty much my whole weekend.  Overall it was pretty simple stuff, just time consuming to wait for the glue to dry on the shades and rip out all of the original seams on the duvet cover.  I love the way it turned out too! Hopefully I can get some better photos to share when I have more daylight.

Have a WONDERFUL Monday!

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House Tour: Master Bedroom – The Extended Cut

I’ve called it many things, (the closet room, the room attached to our bedroom, perry’s room) but in reality, I’m pretty sure this room’s purpose is to be a nursery.  I grew up in an old farmhouse also, which had the same type of master bedroom appendage, which we called the orange room (it was literally neon orange).

We most regularly call it the closet room for obvious reasons The closet (and it’s terrible upside-down bifold doors) is off this room, and we have some small dressers in this room also.  That’s it.

I’d really like to utilize this room to its fullest potential and I’ve considered a few different uses for it.  My favorite, and least practical, involving turning the entire room into a huge walk-in closet.  We want the space to serve more of a joint purpose, however, so the solution is to use the room as a type of sitting room and dressing room.  Although we don’t have children yet, in the future we will and having a separate little sitting space in our own room will be a nice little retreat from the rest of the house, and also give me a place near my closet to ready myself.

Here is the plan to make that happen:

1. Open up that wall the closet is on, and reconfigure the doors to make the closet large enough and accessible for both my husband, Matt and I.  Currently, the closet us much bigger than it appears, but accessing all of the space involves a climb inside.

2. Tear up carpet and replace with the same floor treatment we choose in the bedroom (we’re still a little divided over new carpet vs. hardwood).

3. Secure some better dressers which allow for more storage.  Our current dressers are tall and skinny- each drawer fits only two pairs of pants! I got them at a garage sale, and think they could work for some other purpose later in our upstairs renovation projects.

4. Relocate the TV to this room.  (possibly on the wall between our two new closet doors so that it is visible from bed?)

5. Change out crazy 0.99 disc light fixture.

6. Add some cozy furniture.

Our plans haven’t gotten much further than this.  We are looking at this big picture right now, and don’t have many of the details firmed up.  When We get all the carpet pulled up and build the built-in shelves for the bedroom, we’ll probably tackle this closet project too.

Any big changes in your future?

Have a HAPPY Monday (and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!)

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House Tour: The Bar

I wouldn’t say that the intent of this ‘room’ was to be a bar.  My husband’s grandmother (who lived in this home during the early days of her marriage, some 80 years ago) says it’s a hallway.

It is a little wider than a standard hallway, you could call it a ‘pass-through’ with it’s purpose just being a little shortcut under the stairs into the kitchen. Upon moving into the house, the 80′s carpet extended through this hall and the walls were white.  I painted it Behr’s River Mud (the same as the entry) in 2008.  The ‘Vino’ art and Thomas O’Brian console are both from my first ever apartment in 2005.

This long board was fixed to the wall with coat hooks screwed in, lined up down its length.  It was this way for years and years and years (at least 70).  Matt and I didn’t want to do away with it completely, and although we didn’t want to use it as a coat rack, we wanted to keep it in place.  Making it into a shelf for glassware storage seemed like a good solution. We placed a 2 x 4 on top as a ledge, and built it out with some trim. We also swapped out the existing 70′s gold globe lighting with a simple ‘arts and crafts’ style pendant.

A wall with some built-in cabinets faces the shelf, and holds an amazing surprise! I was pretty excited about this when I moved in…

A built-in wall safe with hand painted interior dates back to 1873.  The house isn’t that old, so it definitely had another home prior to this one. Up top of the safe was open shelving which Matt rigged into a built-in wine fridge for me!

Originally we set this room up as the ‘bar’ due to its proximity to the kitchen and a lack of any other idea for it.  Now that we’ve been living with it for a few years now, it seems very grown-up and somewhat indulgent.  In a house this old, there is no way we’d have something as modern as a wet bar, but somehow this seems ten times better – a creepy old safe, wine fridge, and all our booze? Can’t beat it!

At some point I would like to refresh this room a bit and make it more of an extension of the kitchen by using the same color palette.  This isn’t high up on my list, but is definitely on there.

Do you have a dedicated bar area in your home? Please tell!

Have a FABULOSO Monday!

p.s.  We’re heading out of town Thursday for a wedding in Chicago, so I only have  3 day week… which is why I’m pretty sure my Monday is going to be fabuloso!

p.p.s. For other house tour photos, you can click on the HOUSE TOUR link under ‘Regular Scoop’ header to the left!

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On My Radar: Raw Art Letterpress – Quotable and Personalized Prints

Last week I stumbled upon Raw Art Letterpress and spent hours looking through every single print.  I could immediately think of several people for whom I wanted to buy one – myself included! I went ahead and settled on two prints, one for my brother’s graduation and one for myself (to go on the amazing built-ins that will soon grace my master bedroom).

Colette Urquhart is the artist behind the imperfect perfection of these prints and made up the ‘raw art letterpress’ process back in 2009.  She hand cuts all of the plates & every letter with love from recycled materials.

And now for the SUPER EXCITING GIVE-A-WAY news!!  Today, I am giving ONE LUCKY READER the opportunity to win a print from Raw Art Letterpress!!  Choose from one of the many fabulous quotes or one of the amazing personalized prints!

 

There are TWO ways to enter!

1. Head on over to Colette’s store at Raw Art Letterpress, then come on back here and leave a comment about which print is your favorite and why.  So simple!

2. ‘Like’ House of Earnest of Facebook HERE and leave your comment about which print from Raw Art Letterpress is your favorite!

 

The winner will be picked at random and announced Wednesday, July 20th! Enjoy, and good luck!

 

Have a BEAUTIFUL Wednesday!

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Before & After: A Stylish Compromise

 

So, my master bedroom is somewhat of a thorn in my side.  It looks the same as it did when I moved in (aside from new linens which I switch up regularly so I don’t get too restless). It has strange angles, a weird jut-out from the downstairs fireplace/chimney and a wall of windows opposite the bed which are 100 yrs old, drafty and let in every bit of road noise.

Just as our renovations of this old house begin to move upstairs, I want to get started on the bedroom ASAP!  My list of desired renovations includes pulling up the carpet, re-staining the wood floors, repainting, adding built-in shelving to those two recesses and of course new window treatments and furniture.  I really really want the head of the bed to be rotated up against that jut-out in the wall, allowing my built-ins to serve as dimension behind the (future) headboard, with side tables layered out in front.

*see my two drawings (which may or may not have been penned in an exceptionally boring meeting) here and here

As I spout off project after project that I’ve hoping to complete in record time, my husband reminds me of the value of patience and mapping out plans.  Does the bed fit in the spot that seems so perfect in my head? Do those two wall recesses need built-ins or can we do shelving systems? He has spent a couple of weeks (months) pleading with me to first adjust the room layout in order to see if I even like the bed on that wall prior to purchasing large sums of lumber for shelving.

So – long story short, I decided to emulate the look I wanted using only furniture and decor that I already own.  This would give me a good idea of whether or not I like the new layout enough to jump full steam into a renovation based on that layout.

I moved the bed, moved the existing college-days shelving to the south recess, layered some side tables to the north recess and decorated both inlets.  This give me an idea of the eclectic, curated look that my dream built-ins would achieve.

A chair in the corner serves as a place to tie shoelaces and the ample space on either side of the bed allows me to enter and exit without disturbing my husband.

I think it was a pretty good compromise.  So far, I think it is a wonderful change and although I love the bed here, we’ll sleep on it for a few nights before jumping head-long into building those shelves (and getting rid of those mini blinds for goodness sake)!

What are your thoughts? Do you like the change?

Have a FANTASTIC Monday!  I hope your week is off to a great start!

 

P.S.  My FIRST EVER giveaway will be popping up this week, and it is FABULOUS - so stay tuned!!

 

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Chic, Modern, Country Luxe in 1200 square feet

I was first attracted to this dining room when it was featured on the House & Home dining room contest.  I love that it has very luxe qualities – the Carrera marble, stainless steel lower cabinets, plush calfhair bench – but is still easy, accessible and casual.  A full 10 seat dining table in the kitchen is not something as common as it once was, but I absolutely love it here, and it is a necessity!  This country home is only 1200 sq ft!

Adjacent to the kitchen and dining area is the living room, which is beautiful as well.  A large wood burning fireplace is flanked by two custom built-ins designed by owner Ingrid Oomen, and the oversized neutral sofa and plush with pillows.

This is a house in which I could see myself! It just goes to show that you don’t need square footage to have luxe, chic space.

What are your feelings on this common area? Leave a comment to let me know! Kitchen, Living, Dining all in one – successful?

Have a FABULOUS Tuesday!

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Bathroom Perfection

If this isn’t one of the closest things to perfection, I don’t know what is… maybe 98% perfect.

This bathroom has most everything a vintage chic girl could ask for – white everywhere, penny tile (or octagon, can’t really tell), dual vintage open sinks, a big window, built-in storage, and a free-standing tub.

If there were a couple more rustic touches, that would put me all the way up to 100%.  ok, and maybe some different light fixtures…

Tell me what you guys think?? Do you love, like or hate?

What does your DREAM bathroom look like?

DON’T FORGET about the house of earnest* ‘What a Difference a Spray Makes’  READER SUBMISSION DAY!

Submit your before and after photos of something from your home that went from gross to great with just a little spray paint!  I’ll feature them on the blog on 6/13 – so PLEASE SUBMIT BY 6/10!!

Have a FUN and FABULOUS Tuesday!!

 *photo from Victoria Hagan Interiors

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