One Room Challenge- The Reveal!

Hi All! The day has finally arrived! I am so excited to share my One Room Challenge reveal with you! I chose to makeover my older daughter’s room, and her only request was to create some comfortable areas to relax, and to paint the walls pink.  To be honest that much pink kept me on the edge of my comfort zone for the entire project, but in the end it all came together and she is so happy with the result…and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do it. Thank you again to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing this crazy adventure!

Here is the Entry BEFORE:


and Entry AFTER (insert my giddy giggle):




and AFTER:


Before, the headboard and wall that never got completed..


and AFTER:



The dresser BEFORE:


The AFTER: I am so thankful to amazing friends for pulling off this incredible makeover of my late grandfather’s dresser. The lacquered grey is gorg in the room and each brass handle was polished to perfection…



Simple styling on the bookcase…


and a lap desk for use as a homework area…


And then there is the wallpaper…which definitely provides the impact I was hoping for:



I am so happy this all came together and sooooo thankful that an extra week was added to the challenge, as I was literally polishing the brass hardware on the dresser a mere 24 hours ago.

Source List (no affiliates used): Wallpaper (repositionable) | Gold Frames | Chair | Floor Lamp | Table lamps (Kate Spade @homegoods) | Nightstands (hardware sold separately) | Pink Pillow | Floral Pillows (my own custom, Sara Langley) | Bolster | Duvet | Rug | Bicycle Art @ home goods | Mirror | Drapery Hardware

Thanks for following along with my crazy adventure! You can view the amazing final reveals of the other guest participants here.





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Top Five Back-to-School Ideas, Dorm Edition

Hi All! So we in NY don’t head back to school until after Labor Day, but I know many of you are heading back in early August, including college students who have the exciting opportunity to set-up an amazing dorm room! Here are some fun ideas to personalize your room and!

ONE: Personalize your room with artwork or download some of the amazing printables out there.

customize your monogram
customize your monogram


Similar can be found here
Similar can be found here


via Etsy
via Etsy

TWO: Create a custom headboard.  I constructed an upholstered headboard for my older daughter’s room using this tutorial and it was easy peasy and can be done on a budget (not speaking from experience or anything, but when you totally change your mind next month it is easy and cost effective to alter).

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Create an Amazing Custom Headboard
Create an Amazing Custom Headboard and a shout out to my fellow DELTAs:)

THREE: Organize your desk area to! I was out and about at one of my favs, HomeGoods, and saw these awesome options to give your desk area some PIZAZZ!

HomeGoods Desk Lamp and Organizer
HomeGoods- Because there is always.too.much.paper!!
HomeGoods- LOVE!

Below is one of my favorite pics pulling the look all together:

Study In Style with a Gorgeous and Organized Desktop
Study In Style with a Gorgeous and Organized Desktop

and lastly, I have been informed by my kiddos that we are doing this at our house for all their homework necessities:

Inexpensive DIY storage option from IKEA
Inexpensive DIY storage option from IKEA

FOUR: Bring in something living.  Adopt a plant, orchid, or succulent and it will make the room feel more like home. When I met hubby in college he had a palm-like plant in his senior suite they named Kiki.  She actually made it to our first apartment together.

via ShopStyle

FIVE: You can never have enough bins or storage containers.  They hide messes, organize like items, store things, and….did I mention hide messes?

HomeGoods vinyl baskets
HomeGoods Vinyl Baskets
HomeGoods Colorful Laundry bins

And, as I read this over, I realize that while the top five things apply to ladies and gents heading to college, my inspiration tends to be more for the ladies.  So guys, PBDorm has a cool Lookbook for more gentlemanly dorm room designs.

Gorg Inspo Pic for the Boys from PBdorm Cookbook
Gorg Inspo Pic for the Boys from PBdorm Lookbook

Happy BTS dorm dwellers!



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