How to Decorate a Boho Bedroom with Flair

Posted in MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, OneRoomChallenge
on May 9, 2018

We can define Boho style as an eclectic decorating style blending colors, patterns, fabrics, and eras, with a big heaping scoop of “free spirit.” It would also be the style our daughter was striving for in her new boho bedroom. Read on for ideas on how to add this style to your own home and bedroom!

boho bedroom

Hi. You thought I’d disappeared, didn’t you? In a way, I did – into our teen daughter’s bedroom. I’ve been swamped turning it into a glam bohemian chic fantasy, with a slight edge, full of gray and silver tones then mixed with soft pastels! But I’m done now, which means I’ve poked my head out and it’s time. What time? It’s Reveal Day! Today you get to see the AFTER of our 6-week One Room Challenge. I’m SO excited to show you how it turned out!

If you’re new here, let me say that this room started as the smallest and most awkwardly laid-out room in my home. There wasn’t enough room for anything but a single bed, no room for homework or applying make-up and no hangout space.  On top of that, the style – or lack thereof – didn’t reflect my daughter’s interests or style one little bit. All the terrible before pictures are summarized for you below!

glam bohemian teen room - before

And without further adieu, here’s the after!

boho bedroom - full room

 

Can you believe it? I can’t even! Where do I start? Let’s start with the room layout!

The existing layout had a door or window on every wall. That coupled with a small footprint, the room was suited more to life as a giant closet rather than a bedroom.  It was indeed a bedroom though, as it contained a closet. The closet layout, however, was worse than the room. It was small, cramped and half of it included a sloped ceiling – more unusable space.

boho bedroom - bed

By turning the existing closet into a bed nook, we gained enough space for a full-size bed. As a bonus, it almost feels as though we’ve doubled the size of the room!

boho bedroom - bed nook bookcase

A built-in bookcase acts as a side table and storage.

The (larger!)closet finds a new home with custom floor to ceiling built-ins. The mirrored doors help to make the room look larger and reflect tons of natural light from the nearby window.

boho bedroom - closet

boho bedroom - closet open

boho bedroom - closet door jewelry

 

Make-up and homework move to the opposite side of the room, leaving room for a new sitting area – a great place to curl up catch up on social media with a good book.

boho bedroom - view from bed

Let’s talk color. If you know me at all, this color palette is different from the bold colors I usually gravitate to, but I had a TON of fun playing with a different palette and style.

We pulled most of the color inspiration from the floral quilt. The quilt is a bit of an heirloom as it was in her parents home when they were married. We were going for a current and on-trend color palette, but with our girl switching houses every week, (her primary residence being her mother’s – we share custody) it was imperative that the room feels “homey” with items that had a history. The quilt was a perfect inspiration for this!

boho bedroom - quilt

I pulled pastels of yellow, rose and pale blue from the bold pattern and laid them against a moody gray neutral and crisp white,  finally mixing in metals of gold and both shiny silver, as well as brushed. The look is fun, trendy, and sophisticated.

boho bedroom - metals

To keep the room from feeling too stuffy, we added quirky elements throughout the room that upped the “fun” factor. The wall color has a hint of purple which is even more evident against the bright white trim – it’s a close match to a lilac color found in the quilt.

boho bedroom - side table accents

There was a danger that the new closet would stick out like a sore thumb. Continuing the paint color over the closet helps to prevent that and brings all the attention to the mirror detail.  For contrast,  the rest of the custom-built furniture is finished in warm oak tones and encouraged to show it’s imperfections.

Now, let’s talk furnishings. Given the (lack of) space I had to work with, every furnishing choice and placement was carefully thought out to maximize and increase functionality, and nearly everything had to be custom built to fit.  Think tiny house in one room!

The bed platform is low – a platform bed was on the list of must-haves – but set high enough to accommodate drawers underneath at a later date, and was built to slide into the nook.

 

boho bedroom - shortened view

That chair! I was almost giddy to put it up finally, and you can bet I clocked some time testing it out – I had to make sure it was safe! I love that despite being an oversized piece, That chair because it’s suspended, leaving visible floor space underneath. Don’t even get me started on the boho vibe it gives off! #loveit

boho bedroom - hanging chair

The desk area is where things get creative and even a bit innovative.

boho bedroom - desk area

 

I wanted to keep the design modern and simplistic, but I needed storage. Too, the desk also had to function as both a make-up vanity AND a homework desk. Let’s face it – the make-up is NOT going to be put away unless it’s effortless to put it away if at all which means homework had to happen somewhere other than the desktop. Here’s what I came up with:

boho bedroom - desk top

A hidden cubby stores the everyday essentials and ensures they are close at hand. A rolling cart takes care of the rest.

boho bedroom - desk cubby

Homework can be done on the secret pull out writing tray, regardless of whether makeup is littering the top of the desk or not. The desk has a sleek, narrow, modern look that checks all of the boxes. The subtle dot pattern brings a tiny bit of fun and whimsy to an otherwise serious piece. This is by far my favorite part of the room – I’m so proud of how it turned out!

boho bedroom - desk writing tray

Let’s talk about wall art! The cactus canvas print is from Pier 1 and is precisely the statement I wanted over the bed. I love that it adds a little pop of color to an otherwise neutral space and that it pulls even more color out of our inspiration – the quilt.

boho bedroom - cactus

Rather than go with a themed piece of art, I decided on the larger wall art pieces being those that can grow with her and are relatively classic. The watercolor print especially is something she’ll be able to use in many settings for many years to come.

boho bedroom - sitting area

I tried to keep the trends to room accents, so they are easily switched out as she grows and potentially grows tired of things, but with so many cute things out these days, it was a challenge!

boho bedroom - succulents

Pineapple accents are everywhere – the girl LOVES pineapples. A small palm tree sits atop her desk, surrounded by succulents – small picture frames that glitter like gold hold pictures of her favorite people.

boho bedroom - desk accents

We can’t forget to talk about lighting! The DIY faux capiz shell pendant light was in her room before but found a better home in the bed nook.

boho bedroom - capiz light

An adorable little Vintage Glass Cylinder Table Lamp graces the side table and is perfect for soft lighting at the end of the day.

To improve lighting to the makeup area, we installed a battery operated under cabinet light to the underside of the shelf that hangs over the mirror. It gives off a good amount of light and is on a timer, ensuring it can turn itself off when left on. The price is right, too!

boho bedroom - under cabinet lighting

A few more shots –

boho bedroom - desk area from chair

boho bedroom - command center

So, there you have it! Six weeks are done and done. It was so worth it – Finally, a room for her that meets all of her needs AND gives her space to stretch out.

boho room - happy girl

boho room - she loves her chair

It was SO fun revealing it to her yesterday and almost like we were on an episode of house crashers. You can catch the video of that here!


Thanks so much for following along with me on yet another crazy journey. I appreciate your support and all of your comments! Cheers!

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Huge thanks to Linda for hosting yet another stellar event! Be sure to check out all of the guest poster’s reveals by clicking here –  I can’t wait to see them all!

 

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Drywall Repair Magic with Lowes and The UpSkill Project

Posted in DIY, DIY AND HOME DECOR
on April 24, 2018

Are you looking for drywall repair for a hole in your wall? In this post, I share the simplest method of repairing a hole in drywall without using a mesh patch, as taught to me by the team at Lowe’s! 

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. All thoughts, opinions and rave reviews are my own.

Drywall Repair - lowes truck

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon at one of my favorite places with a fantastic group of people – the place: Lowe’s in Richmond, Virginia and the people: A few of my favorite Virginia Bloggers, as well as The UpSkill Project Team!

About The UpSkill Project

The UpSkill Project is a Lowe’s sponsored program with a goal towards giving homeowners the confidence to say “I can do this!” The program teaches home DIY skills that help homeowners realize their home improvement and maintenance dreams confidently and successfully.  The project has two components: a contest
and a community workshop. Area residents enter by submitting a video to Lowe’s sharing what they hope to tackle in their home and the skills they’d need to learn.  Residents selected received a professional design consultation, side-by-side teaching instruction in their home over two full days AND $2,000 to purchase the materials for their project from Lowe’s. My friend Liz was fortunate to participate in the project and transformed her backyard by installing a gorgeous patio area with help from the UpSkill team. Yes, I’m jealous!! To see if The UpSkill Project is visiting your area be sure to visit their website!

The UpSkill Project Community Workshop

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - sign

I was excited to attend the community workshop event along with Liz and Ashley from Attempts at Domestication.

Drywall Repair - The UpSkill Project - Blogger Friends

The focus of the workshop is to provide tips and guidance on the most common projects a homeowner will encounter. There were four different stations with local Lowe’s employees on hand to teach the basics of plumbing, tiling, painting, and dry-walling (one word is correct).
These men and women in Red Vests know their stuff!

The Workshop Stations

I can’t say I had a favorite station because I gained a tip or two at each one, making them all my favorites!

PAINTING

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - paint station 2

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - paint station 3

The painting station had a fabulous demonstration on painting cabinets, both laminate, and wood, as well as how to use a bonding primer for a perfectly smooth finish. The bonding primer is something new for me and something I’ll be putting in my back pocket for future reference. I love knowing that Lowe’s store employees are available to help select the right products for my cabinet painting projects.

TILING

The tiling station had some great tips on spacing tiles and explained that many tiles have a built-in spacer. I wish I’d known that when we tiled our bathroom, as it would have saved so much time.

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Tile station

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Tile spacers 1

There was also a discussion on sanded versus unsanded grout and when or where to use each type. Our instructor shared the importance making sure the grout gets right down between the tiles. Not doing so is apparently the number one reason for cracking in the grout line – good to know!

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - tile grouting

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - tile grouting1

PLUMBING

The plumbing station led us through replacing a bathroom faucet and hooking up water lines and where I got hands on – Jim and I were fast friends!

Drywall Repair - Jim and I Plumbing

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Plumbing parts

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Plumbing

Replacing a faucet seems like a difficult task, but anyone can do it with help and about an hour. If you want to take on a faucet replacement, let a Lowe’s associate guide you in selecting the proper size and type of faucet. They are also there to provide knowledge on anything else you might need to get the job done.

DRYWALL

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - drywall

Drywall Repair - hole in wall

At the drywall station, Doug shared a simple solution to filling a large drywall hole without a mesh patch. Such a simple thing that makes life so much less overwhelming, and I would NEVER have thought of it! It was SO easy and so valuable that I recreated the steps in picture form for you below. It looked a little something like this:

DRYWALL REPAIR

Drywall Repair Hole

Learning this tip made the idea of drywall repair much less intimidating, and possibly even easy!

 

Huge thanks to Lowe’s, and the local Lowe’s associates,  for allowing me to be a part of The UpSkill Project! I learned so much and had such a fun time. It is nice to know that DIY guidance and technique tips are just a Red Vest away! Be sure to check out The UpSkill Project website for a list of dates and locations and see if they will be visiting a city near you!

 

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How to make a wardrobe closet from scratch

If your home has limited closet space, or even worse, NO closet,  then a DIY Wardrobe closet may be the perfect option for you! A DIY solution is substantially less inexpensive and allows for complete customization of size, look and storage options. It’s also much easier to build than you might think! 

wardrobe closet

It’s week three of the One Room Challenge (aka the ORC), hosted by Calling it Home –  A six-week event that challenges those of us with a love of design to transform a room in just six weeks. It’s a blissfully crazy time but one of my favorite things to do!

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Wanna catch up on the progress? It’s all right here! 

Wanna catch up on the progress? It’s all right here! 

week1 |week2 | week3| week4| week5| week6 |

In week one I shared the plan to transform our daughter’s room into a Glam Bohemian dream, with a slight edge, full of gray and silver tones mixed with soft pastels. You can check out the whole design plan and the rest of the nasty before pictures HERE.

Last week I shared with you the new teeny unuseable closet turned closet bed nook. The bed nook gives us so much more usable space, but we had to lose the closet to gain that space! A teen girl without a closet is a bit like a world without air. But a teen girl with this crazy – that’s just as bad!

wardrobe closet - before 1

wardrobe closet - before 2

 

Coming up with a plan was a bit challenging. I knew all along that I was going to want to add a standalone wardrobe closet, but I didn’t know what that was going to look like.

I explored various options, including the PAX system from IKEA, but they were either too small, too large, or too expensive. I’m starting to sound like Goldilocks and the three bears – Let’s say a DIY wardrobe solution for this room was not too small, too large but just right!

How to make a wardrobe closet from scratch

Getting Started

Step one was to measure, measure, and measure. We’d talked about the room dimension issues in week one, but the long and short is that I had one location in the room to place the closet – that makes things easy when needing to make decisions!
wardrobe closet - Where to put closet
Once I had my dimensions, I went on to Easyclosets.com to design my solution. They have a great tool that allows you to plan custom closets and it’s free! They aren’t paying me for this promotion, I just use their tool ALL the time (tiny closets are not a yay kinda thing). Once I put in the dimensions, I played around with the design, adding components such as shoe storage and drawers, before I came up with something that fit our needs. I finally decided on a closet with three columns – one with a single rod (for long clothing) and shoe storage, a drawer bank and a third with two rods. Next up, find some building plans!

Building Plans

For the building plans, I visited AnaWhite.com – everyone knows Ana has the BEST ideas for free and of course, she had something on her site that was workable – the Industrial Style Wood Slat closet system.  I pretty much followed her plans verbatim but adapted it to our needs. The main modification I made was adding a center column of drawers. Having a built-in drawer tower means I can remove the existing dresser in the room, hence giving even more usable space. With the plans figured out, it was time to get to work. The other modification I made was to add cross supports to the bottom and top of each support tower. This allowed me to secure the unit to the wall and floor for a built-in look.

Using Common Wood

Using common wood helped to keep the costs down to reasonable – was able to build the entire unit for around $150, minus the doors – but meant a little more sanding and prep work. I often use common boards for parts of a piece that isn’t visible, such as the inside of a closet, and splurge on trim work. If you’re using common boards, do your best to check each board for straightness and fill any knotholes with wood filler. I started off giving all of the wood a good sanding, then built the framework for all three columns.

The Drawer Column

wardrobe closet - add slides crate

wardrobe closet - add slides column

wardrobe closet - add drawers

Before securing any of the columns to the wall, I completed the drawer column so I could move the center if needed. I’d decided on a depth of 18″ for my closet and as luck would have it, found wooden crates at Home Depot with the perfect dimension to accommodate that depth – score!

At $11 a piece and ball-bearing drawer slides, using the containers was time-saving, economical and functional. I built the supports from the bottom up, adding cross supports at the location of each drawer.

The closet columns

 

The plans from Easyclosets.com helped to determine the placements for the closet rods in both of the more prominent units.

 

wardrobe closet - rod

 

In the closet section with the single rod, I added four half-shelves for shoes, allowing for better viewing of the shoes when stacked.

 

wardrobe closet - shoe shelves

Finishing up

wardrobe closet - kim painting

To help the finished closet blend in with the room I painted the exterior and the columns the same muted gray as the rest of the room, while staining the shelves a warm walnut color. Finally, I secured the entire unit to the back wall, floor and ceiling. 1″x6″ boards act as a kickboard.
wardrobe closet - no clothes

Left to Do

wardrobe closet - trim work

 

Ugh, I hate having to say that this is “mostly” done but I still have to add the trim pieces back in and make mirrored doors – that’s next on my list. Although we could leave the closet open, I want to hide the eventual and inevitable clutter.  Once I’ve got the doors on, I’ll drop by and update this post! Although it’s mostly done and not done, done, I’m going to go ahead and cross the closet off of the TODO list.

TODO:

  • Create space for a larger bed
  • Include additional closet space
  • Provide well-lit make-up vanity
  • Homework desk
  • Add Sitting/hangout area

Still, I’m happy to say that the wardrobe closet is mostly done!

wardrobe closet -closet only

Eeek! There are still more than a few things to get done, and we’re halfway through the challenge! I better get my butt moving! Be sure to pop in next week for hopefully the latest updates on this room. If you are looking for me, you know where I’ll be! In the meantime, be sure to check out the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge and prepared to be wowed! There is much inspiration going on over there!

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