I thought I would break away from the norm and post about a recent room redo I did, rather than my Thanksgiving and fall decor. No orange, yellow or browns here today, just cool grays, blues and turquoise.
As I have shared, our one and only child - Baby Bluebird to you all - moved to Virginia this past summer to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech. This is a two year commitment and when she is done, she will be 26 years old. Unlikely - sniff, sniff, tears - to return "home" to live. In fact, when she left, her room was empty except for her furniture! I couldn't bear passing by that vacant, forlorn room every day and so, what's a mom to do? Well, if you are me, you head off to Marshalls and TJ Maxx for decor inspiration and whip that room into shape!
Here's a glimpse from the hall: (Baby Bluebird is peeking at us from the left - this is a collage of all of her elementary and high school years. I remember when it was just her kindergarten picture in the frame and all of the other spots were blank!)
Here her room is today:
Baby Bluebird is very picky and she has not seen this room in person yet. I decorated it with her in mind, but it was still a risky undertaking, lol! I am debating what to do about the hanging lamp cords. I purchased some fabric cord covers, but I am not in love. I originally was going to go with Pottery Barn's wall lamps, but I found these cheaper alternatives. Unfortunately, they have the cord issue. I was going to wait until I found the right solution before I showed you all, but decided I would keep it real, as the saying goes!
The art piece above her bed is something her and I found at a builder's model home furniture and decor sale. It is large, 3-D and very textural. It originally had a cream and antiqued finish, as you can see in the "before" picture. The original finish was kind of dated at this point, but after a coat of glossy white spray paint, it has some new life breathed into it. In the future, I think I will replace it, but I was already spending a lot of $ on this project and decided to make do.
This corner has a super cute chair that I bought at Kohls.com. I had a 30% off coupon, along with free shipping and picked it up for only $114.00 - plus I received $20.00 in Kohl's cash. Love a deal!
Here's another view. I made the "1991" art with some leftover wrapping paper, a $5.00 Wal-Mart frame, and chipboard numbers I painted turquoise. Isn't the little fireplace on the dresser cute? This bedroom gets so cold in the winter and when I found this little cutie, I knew it would be a perfect addition. It can be used with just the "flame" effect or with the heat.
I have to give a shout out to my friend, Vel, who's version of the "1991" art was my inspiration. She made one for her daughter's bathroom using the word "Love" that is amazing - be sure to check it out!
Besides being cold, this room gets terribly hot in the summer. The white fan is original to our house and has served us well. I looked for a replacement, but could not find one I liked better for this room. But I knew it needed a bit of an update. I just removed the fan blades and gave them a spray of silver paint. I am so happy I did! It really freshened it up.
The bedding was from Wal-Mart's Better Homes & Gardens Line. It was less than $50.00 for the comforter and two shams. The navy duvet is Pottery Barn Teen Morgan, picked up on clearance for $17.99!
And now the headboard. Aahhh, the beautiful, beautiful headboard. You all know how pricey these things are. We are talking way over $600, all the way up to thousands of dollars. Tempting, but no can do in this room! I ended up finding the perfect headboard at an amazing price: Better Homes & Gardens Grayson from....wait for it....Wal-Mart.com! Yep, Wally World. And the price, you are wondering? $120.00 and free shipping! It is absolutely beautiful in person, well made and easy to put together. It comes in a few other colors if any of you are looking for an upholstered headboard at a bargain price.
I am picking her up from the airport tomorrow - haven't seen her since the end of July, when Palmer was twenty pounds instead of the 60-plus he is today! To say she has been missed is an understatement. I am so grateful she will be home for Thanksgiving and our traditional Black Friday shopping extravaganza.
Speaking of which, time to get my Thanksgiving act together. Have a great week everyone!
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