I have quite a few hobbies and interests but I’m not necessarily very good at them. For example, I’m very interested in architecture but I would never step foot inside a building I designed. It might collapse. Ha! That being said, this post is based on one of those interests that I’m not especially fantastic at – decorating.
As some of you may know, we recently moved into a tiny condo in Uptown Charlotte. It was previously a rental and wasn’t in the best shape ever. It needed paint, added storage, and some kitchen and bathroom updating. We’ve slowly been working on all of that and we are *this close* to actually completing one room – the Guest Bedroom.
To give you an idea of what the room looked like before, I dug up some photos from when our condo was on the market the past two times. Evidently, in 2010, the room was a baby room with a seriously green wall. When the condo was listed when we purchased, the walls had been painted a neutral color but they still needed freshening up. We liked the concrete floors so we decided to keep them. However, the lighting needed an upgrade and, because there is no closet in this room, we needed some storage.
As we brainstormed about the bedroom, I began to put a storyboard together. I was really starting to like this makeover! The only thing that varied from the storyboard were the curtains. We already had linen-colored ones on-hand and they ended up looking great too!
And here is the *almost* final room. A few caveats first… 1) these are quick snapshots with no added lighting (because I felt lazy today) so sorry if they aren’t the best quality; 2) The landscaping in the backyard is an upcoming project and I didn’t move our bicycles (see #1) – sorry; 3) I still need to add some cool decorations to the mini nightstands I made. Anyway, you get the idea!
I LOVE this light from West Elm! It really makes the room!
I got these gorgeous watercolor prints from a fantastic artist on Etsy
. I highly recommend checking her work out!
A few more shots.
And, because this is a pet photography blog, I had to include an animal in a couple of the shots. Here’s Teton (who is celebrating his 13th birthday this week) getting ready to decorate the room his own way…with cat hair.
Quite the transformation, huh? If this stuff doesn’t bore you guys, I’ll try to share more as we move along in our home. If you want to know details about where some items are sourced, I’ll list them below. Thanks for reading about my side hobby! ;)
Paint color – Nimbus Cloud by Martha Stewart (color-matched with Behr paint)
Curtains – Ikea
Cabinets – Ikea
Chandelier – West Elm
Grey Quilt – Target
Rug – West Elm
Red/White Duvet Cover and Shams – West Elm
Throw Pillow – West Elm
Watercolors – Etsy
Frames – Michael’s
Picture Ledge (also used for “nightstands”) – Ikea
Vinyl “wood” tile accent wall – Home Depot
Let me know if you have any other questions!