Thursday, April 16, 2015


As I was checking in on some of my favorite bloggers yesterday for their One Room Challenge updates (see the group of Wednesday gals at Calling It Home), several of them mentioned that we're at the half way mark.  Way to give a girl heart palpitations!  I feel like I've barely dipped my toe in the water, I definitely need to get a move on with this makeover! 

If you're new here, Welcome!  You can catch up on my makeover progress here:

I do have a few more things to cross off the list this week...  

I finished the stools that I shared last week, and is anyone surprised that I added the nailheads AND the ribbon?  I plan for them to sit at the end of the bed, but they're in the living room right now and it's the perfect spot for them.  I hope I can tear them away when the bedroom is finished!  I'll have a tutorial soon for their makeover.  Bonus, you get a little sneak peek of what's going on for my Blogger Stylin' Home Tour that I'll be sharing tomorrow. I'd love for you to come back and check out the Spring touches I've added around my home! (Sorry for the yellow-y tint, it was getting dark.)

I've started cutting out the curtains, always a bigger chore than I remember!  When working with such big pieces of fabric, since I don't have much open floor space at home, I like to drag all of my supplies up to our church and cut it out in an empty hallway.  It's nice to see the entire piece (17 yards!) all at once and be able to match everything up easily.  

And, a favorite tip that I've posted before is to use my laser level to cut straight lines across big pieces of fabric.  Works like a charm!

We picked up the chairs from being re-upholstered, and they're terrific!

And speaking of terrific, did you catch a glimpse of that rug?  LOVE.  RugsUSA was kind enough to partner with me for my ORC and sent me this beauty.  After purchasing 2 rugs from them previously, this is my third one from the company and every single one is top notch in my experience.  This is the rug that I selected, and in addition to being beautiful, it's 75% off right now!  

That's all I have to show you in the way of progress this week.  So, today I thought I'd also share a little more about the wall opposite the bed that will be a little sitting area. 

Our room gets cold in the winter, so when I saw this freestanding fireplace mantle on Craigslist, I thought it would be a good addition to our room.  Besides the practical warming factor, I've always dreamed of having a fireplace in the bedroom.  I love the character it adds.  The problem with a lot of these units is that they're very short, this one was only about 4 feet tall, not big enough for the statement that I was looking for.  

So, my handy dad made a base that's about a foot tall to raise it up.  We're adding some quarter round and molding to the bottom to finish it out.  I'm hoping once it's all assembled and painted it will be one cohesive looking unit.  

This week has been a rainy one, and I'm hoping next week clears up so I can drag the fireplace and nightstands outside to spray it all at once. 

Imagine the pretty fireplace, the pair of chairs flanking it, and a little table for books or a drink. 

Around the fireplace, we'll mount the tv and I'll be coming up with some kind of a gallery wall.  Another thing to think about- I have some random artwork but will mainly be using family photos... color or black and white?  I don't know yet.  But, there's one thing that I'm probably more excited about than anything else in the room right now.  Want a peek?

Perfection.  1,000 times prettier in person.  It's always hard to get a true idea of an item pictured online, but I couldn't have been happier when I opened the box.  The shade was round and white (I thought it looked oval maybe and slightly creamy in the photo), and the gold was the perfect color, not to dark or too bright and brassy.  These Phila Gold Leaf swing arm lamps are a good value and look so much more high-end than their price tag suggests.  I'm planning for this sitting area to be a comfy spot for reading or relaxing, but there wasn't really a great spot for a table lamp, and even a floor lamp would be a little awkward.  Sconces were the perfect solution, and when I saw that these extended 25", I knew they were the perfect choice.  I seriously can't wait to get these hung!

That's it for this update, I really, really need to kick it into high gear!  

To Do: 
(not nearly enough crossed off here!)

DIY Upholstered Headboard
Bedding- Duvet, Bedskirt, Pillows
Make drapes
Switch out white blinds for bamboo shades
Update and paint nightstands
Ceiling Light
Find and install lamps and other lighting
Choose Rug
Refinish armoire
Add molding, prime and paint fireplace
Mount TV to wall
Sitting area gallery wall
Reupholster ottoman stools
Choose chair fabric and have reupholstered
Choose artwork/mirror for headboard wall
Add molding and repaint doors to bathroom

Thank you to RugsUSA and Lamps Plus for working with me on this makeover, and thank you readers for supporting these companies that keep the projects coming around here!

Click here to check in on the other makeovers in progress today, and I'll see you tomorrow for my Spring Blogger Stylin' Home Tour!
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  1. Julia @cuckoo4designApril 16, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    OMG that swing arm and the fabric. Love

  2. Looks the chair and rug and what a wonderful idea with the fireplace. It is all going to be fabulous. ~Sonya

  3. Kristin Strickler CadwalladerApril 16, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    OH those wall lamps! I love the fireplace idea too :) xo

  4. oh that lamp is amazing! and a laser level is genius.

  5. The green fabric used on the stools is wonderful - almost like a natural stone or something. I LOVE the pink ribbon detail you added at the bottom!!! I look forward to seeing more of your room in the next few weeks

  6. WOW! It's all looking fab so far! LOVE how the stools turned out and I'm totally pinning that laser level trick - BRILLIANT! Looking forward to next week already!

  7. Those stools are GORGEOUS. I love the ribbon and the nailheads, perfect. The wall lamps are going to be perfect and the fireplace is such a great addition. Can't wait to see more.

  8. I love your tips for cutting fabric!! I was struggling this week with limited space .. and the puppy peeing on them :)

  9. Danielle FerrettiApril 16, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Looking amazing so far ! Can you please share what fabric you are using for your drapes ? LOVE them !

  10. Hi Danielle, thank you! Sure, it's by Duralee and the pattern is "Kalah". I will tell you that the photo is of the wrong side, so it's looks gray but it's really royal blue. I got mine at a few years ago so I don't know if they still carry it, but I do think that Calico Corners might have it.

  11. Pam @ Simple DetailsApril 16, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    I have thing for swing arms and those are beauties!! I just did a rug like that for a client but with a white background and they love it, it's such a fun bold statement!

  12. So good, Jennifer! I knew you'd add both the trim and the ribbon- love it! I can't wait to see your tour tomorrow, too! :)

  13. Love the stools and the chairs look beautiful! It's all going to be gorgeous ~ The rug is stunning!


  14. You NEVER disappoint. LOVE the fireplace..its going to be perfect! Cant wait for next week :-)

  15. Lisa @ Shine Your LightApril 16, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Jennifer those sconces are just gorgeous! I love love love them and how amazing is it going to be to sit in bed reading with a fire in your fireplace come winter? So cozy and elegant. I almost forgot the stools, they are fabulous!

  16. Those sconces could easily have a $400 price tag! They are stunning! I am glad they are not $400 each because then I couldn't afford them at my house. Now where could I put them...

    I love where you are going with this room! It's going to be gorgeous.

  17. Jennifer, that rug is fantastic. I love the color and scale of the pattern. How amazing the fireplace will be. Such a great focal point. Love the peeps at Lamps Plus. Great choice.

  18. Great progress! So smitten with those sconces, I can hardly stand it!

  19. Love love love those sconces and everything going on here!

  20. I purchased the swing arm lamp a while ago, and I just love it. It really does look expensive.

  21. Love those sconces!!! The greek key is perfect!

  22. Danielle FerrettiApril 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Thank you for your reply ! Yes, I have seen curtains made in this same pattern/color and it has been at the back of my mind for when I get our Master Bedroom redone - but I have searched everywhere online for it... seems like it's not being sold anywhere anymore...... :( Boooo ! So, if you happen to have some left over that you would like to sell - I'll grab it ! Keep up the amazing work ! Love everything, and I wish I were as bold with color as you ! xo

  23. Oh girl! what a great week. I absolutely love the chairs and those sconces have me SPEECHLESS!!! What a treat to sit down on Saturday morning and check out updates! It's all fabulous and you are tackling your first challenge with ease!! xo

  24. You've done so much! The fireplace is looking amazing and those swing arms will look great. I love the green stools with pink trim. What an amazing style! Love it!

  25. Love those swing arm lamps! They're perfect for your space!

  26. Thanks Danielle. It's not cheap, but I do see it at Calico Corners right now. I'll keep an eye out!


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