Bedroom Make Over Project 2 (Before and After Pictures)

Client wanted help in organizing and decorating his bedroom. This make over was done by the client sending me pictures of the room from his home in South Carolina and I came up with the ideas from my home in Maryland.

Once I looked at the pictures, I asked him to get rid of all the clutter and move the dresser from the side of the bed to the opposite wall near the window. I picked out the architectural piece placed on his dresser and the round mirror hanging on the wall and suggested he add two end tables and lamps from thrift shops.
A few weeks later his new comforter arrived and I suggested he add a red blanket across the bottom of the bed for a pop of color. I suggested several stores that he should look for a piece of artwork to place above the bed. Once he found the artwork, he sent a picture to me before purchasing it and I told him it was perfect because it would give the room a masculine look and connect everything in the room visually. This was all done from my home in Maryland by looking at the pictures he sent via email from his home in South Carolina. He was amazed and very happy with the outcome and grateful for the ideas that saved him money!

Stairwell Make Over

My client’s stairwell was a blank canvas. I suggested the photos that were in her living room sitting on a table be put in black frames and hang them in her stairwell to give them the display they deserved. Now she gets to see them every time she goes up and down her stairs!

I added an architectural piece, a black metal mirror star, to add another dimension to the wall and used the client’s vase with Asian stems to bring an accent color to the stairwell. Now whomever visit will see her photos and know how important the people in them are to her!

Creating Your Own Wall Art

To create this wall art I used a white canvas, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Annie Sloan clear wax to protect canvas, vintage metal leaves from a thrift shop and rope.
This is the finished product I created for a client! Painted the canvas using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Once the paint dried, I used Annie Sloan wax to protect the canvas then attached the metal leaves using wire and hot glued the rope around the frame. The rope gives the canvas another dimension.
Second piece of wall art I created for a client I used a metal flower, white canvas, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Annie Sloan clear wax and rope. I painted the canvas, once the paint dried I used clear wax to protect the canvas, attached the metal flower with wire and hot glued rope around the canvas to give it another dimension. Two unique pieces that compliment each other!

Living Room Make Over Project 1 (Before and After Pictures)

Updated a client’s living room. I asked what is her style and how did she want to use this space. We continued to discuss what could go and then I pointed out to her the pieces I wanted to keep to add back in the room. She happily agreed and was amazed that I could and wanted to use some of her pieces. Why not, they have good bones and would fit perfectly with the new design. The good news is, because I used some of her pieces, she didn’t have to spend her entire budget to update this room!
Client had the walls painted gray with white trim. Purchased a Gray sofa and accent pillows. Replaced the picture behind the sofa with a round mirror to soften the square edges in the room (coffee table and end tables) and added architectural pieces around the mirror to give the wall some interest and dimension. Used the client’s trunk as a side table along with a different side table on the opposite end of the sofa to give the room a unique look. Purchased a new lamp with a glass base to keep an airy look in the corner with the brass trunk since it already added heaviness to that area. Also added some of the client’s accessories she already had and purchased some architectural pieces to accessorize both side tables. Used the client’s Asian inspired wooden coffee table to add warmth and another texture. I accessorized the coffee table with different textures, architectural pieces, beautiful coffee table books and added the color blue with the painted candle holders to connect with the blue around the room.. Client did not want to cover a big portion of her hardwood floor so I added a rug with gray/blue tones to put under the coffee table to ground the room.
Purchased a side chair to become the accent color of the room which connects to the pillows on the sofa. Added a side table near chair and used client’s vase and added the twigs and palms client already had . Used the client’s floor lamp near the sofa and changed out the shade to give it a different look. Client already had the bluish green vase I placed on the side table near sofa and I added the two leaves to add another texture to that corner.
This room feels so airy and inviting. Using the different textures around the room adds a lot of interest and making sure everything connects visually. I love looking around the client’s home and finding things that they already have that I can use. My motto is use what you have and use your budget to buy only what you need to complete the room. Home Design on a Budget!

Upcycled Thrift Shop Find

This is a before picture of a country style wooden cabinet from a thrift shop that you can use for storage. If this look is not your style, don’t worry, with a little paint and vision, you can create a one of a kind piece to use in your space. I love using pieces that don’t require a lot of work to change the original look as you will see in the after picture.
This is the after picture of the small wooden cabinet. I removed the duck from the door and then painted the cabinet inside and out with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Once the paint dried I stenciled the client’s initial on the front door, decorative stencil inside (see on next picture) and then used Annie Sloan clear wax to protect it. This cabinet can stand on a dresser, counter top or hang on the wall for storage.
Added a decorative touch to the inside of the cabinet using a stencil. This decorative cabinet can be used for toiletries to sit on your dresser or hang on your wall in a bathroom or bedroom. I love pieces like this to use for storage at the same time gives your home a decorative touch and keep it organized. My client needed something to hold her shower gels and lotions and this is what I found and created for her.
This cabinet also has a top shelf where you can display decorative pieces like a small plant, candle (battery operated for safety), pretty perfume bottles, small picture frame, the choices are endless!