Progress in the Boho Bedroom

I just returned from spending a week in this guest bedroom at my daughter’s house.  I had a wonderful few days looking after my 7 month old granddaughter while her parents attended a wedding in the Caribbean.  We had a fun time and I took the opportunity to introduce her to Homegoods and TJ Maxx.  You can’t start too early on these things!

If you have been reading along you know this is the room where we want to add some warmth and coziness on a budget of $500.

This is where we started.

We had the basics, bed, nightstands, lamps.

Dressing up the bed just added little added personality right away.  Lilly already had the chambray sheets, which coordinate well with the color scheme of blues and blush pink that we are going with.  The pillowcases with the geometric designs are from Target, as are both throw pillows and the blush colored throw at the foot of the bed.

I was able to hang the art above the bed, by myself, during granddaughter’s nap time.  In the room the placement looks good, but here they seem a little high.  Read more about the beautiful, inexpensive artwork here.

The furniture is all a dark brown color that kind of dominates.  I looked for inexpensive nightstands but had no luck there.  Turning to my inspiration pictures gave me the idea of draping something over the headboard.   That gray throw on the headboard gives an upholstered effect to the bed, softening it in color and feel.  Right now it is just draped there, but if it is to remain I will sew the edges for a more tailored fit.

I could not decide what kind of lamps would fit with the boho vibe.  Did we want unique thrift store options?  Or more contemporary brass desk lamps?  But then I found these blush crystal lamps at Homegoods.  The color is right for  our color scheme.  Add that they had two and they were in budget and it was a no-brainer.

So this side of the room is looking good.

We still have some budget left for a few changes on the other side of the room.  But the room is already looking more inviting don’t you think?


Guest Bedroom Makeover

Post Holiday Doldrums:  it’s a thing.  I have been in the throws of a huge case of lassitude since January 2.  This lack of energy did allow me to read 4 books, which is fine, but not much else is getting accomplished.

I saw a way out of my funk when I was over at my daughter’s house a few days ago.   She and her husband moved into their new home about 10 months ago, then welcomed their first child a few months later.  With jobs and school and a new baby there has been no time or energy for fussing with their guest bedroom.

This is the furniture and curtains from their previous home.  It is a nice sized room, and the furniture is solid and functional.

We decided to set a budget of $500 for fixing up the room.  I can honestly remember a time when allotting $500 for a guest bedroom would have seemed frivolous and even wasteful.  But, we wanted to see how far we could go with this budget.  Since we have the furniture, it seems like we can do a lot.

These are my inspiration photos.  We are going for a boho, collected look that seems particularly appropriate for a guest bedroom.  Guest bedrooms are often repositories for our cast off furniture and decor, saving us from spending money on a room that is not in constant use.  But of course we don’t want it to look like a store room, so we need a plan to make it look cohesive and inviting.

I actually started off with Emily Henderson’s bedroom makeover (below), with most of the bedding and decor items from Target.  A lot of it is on sale and you may recognize a few odds and ends in our After photos.

I think the addition of pink in the throws gives a warmth and coziness that is so important in a bedroom.  I do like the pink paired with navy to contrast and keep it from looking too girly.

A few more photos of the room from a different point of view.

We intend to try and replace at least one of the nightstands if not both and find some lamps with a little more personality.  And of course we need some nice art above the bed.

Hopefully we will be able to find an affordable dresser that fits this space better.  That might be our most expensive item.  An alternative to a longer dresser is to add a chair or stool to the side of this dresser.

We are off to a good start.  I have purchased some bedding and new curtains which will make an immediate impact.

Meet me back here next week for a progress report!


I finally have an organized garage.  I cannot tell you how excited this makes me#getalife. 
If you are a real do it yourselfer you are probably snickering at this paltry amount of tools.  But even when you have only a few tools, which are mostly not power, you want to be able to find the one you are looking for.  You even want them organized on a pretty striped pegboard.
Below see how this area used to look.

The old kitchen cabinetry was left here by the previous owners.  In fact they left quite a bit of old cabinets that I have gotten rid of over the years. 
I decided to keep this one – I like the hidden storage that the doors provide.
As always, paint gave it a new life.  And priming it first was key to making it look so much better.  I also bought new handles for an update.
There was an old laminate countertop on the cabinet.  I washed it with TSP, then primed it and painted it with glossy black paint.  I finished it with two coats of polyurethane.  We will see how long it lasts.

I purchased this galvanized organizer and tray from Birch Lane.  I think you could get a similar effect with cans with the label removed and an enamel tray.
The perfect little stool for those hard to reach tools.
But that was just one area that needed organizing and fixing up.
Below is what the other side of the garage looked like.

We started with two piles:  keep and donate.  I loaded up the van and made several trips to the thrift store.
Next I drew up a plan on scrap paper for the items that were to be stored in the garage.  My categories were:  Christmas, sports/games, coolers, beach, camping gear.  By doing this planning I was able to buy only the shelving and tubs that I needed.

Tom and I went to The Container Store and bought 3 shelving units with 4 shelves each, plus two tubs (for the camping gear and the games, sports gear).
Having everything on the shelves makes it organized and easier to clean around.

The tool area always frustrated me.  Having to paw through this pile in order to find the rake or the shovel was so annoying.

Now I can immediately find what I am looking for.  I found this Rubbermaid tool caddy on Amazon.

There is still work to be done.  Did you notice that file cabinet in the middle of the garage?  It’s full of papers that my hoarder husband must read through first.  And those doors on the cabinet are hiding a few secrets.  But we are so far ahead of where I had even dared to dream.
It’s the simple things.

To read about my gardening area in the garage go here.

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Our garage had reached the point where it caused me stress every time I went in there.  The disorder, dirt and cobwebs, not to mention not being able to find anything, made me want to scream.
The previous owners of our home used old kitchen cabinets and the puniest shelves for their storage needs.  I have been gradually getting rid of both for years.  They made the garage look even more rundown and they weren’t functional for any of our stuff.
This past weekend I managed to cajole Tom into helping me get started on this project that has been nagging at me for years.

We have cinderblock walls in our garage, so mounting any wall systems or hooks is challenging.  The walls were old and stained and covered with cobwebs and dust.  Yuk!

We painted half of the garage.  And put up two shelving units that we bought at The Container Store.  Just painting made the space seem so much fresher and cleaner. And we also bought a few tubs for camping equipment and sports equipment.  It’s so nice having everything organized and stored and off the floor.

Those clean, freshly painted walls make me so happy.  We used paint we had left over from a renovation project, so no cost!

Still to come is the workbench area (I use the term loosely; we are not workbench people).  And more painting.  And more disposing of stuff.

But looking at the part that is done is very motivating.  Onward.