Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Decorating With Family

Today’s post will explain why there was no post yesterday.  We were helping my parents make-over their bedroom.  They live in middle-of-nowhere Iowa…aka the land of slower than dial-up internet.  We did make pretty good progress over the week-end.  Just not on the blog front. 

Here is my parents’ bedroom before we arrived.  It has been some form of this for the past 6 years.  You know, when they moved in.


My love for decorating is hereditary.  Can you tell?

My mom wanted a cottage look and a “warm” feeling.  My dad wanted to spend $0.00 and I was repeatedly told that I was not to touch the trim.  Why?  Because I may have asked him approximately 1 million times if we could paint the trim white and he’s horribly opposed.  Old people.

Here’s how we ended the week-end…(We had some trouble photographing the room.  The below picture makes the room seem he-giant and the wall color is giving Nate fits in editing.  Amateurs.)

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Yes, Ike makes himself at home wherever he goes.  They are still waiting on white curtains.  The only size of curtains that they sell in the middle-of-nowhere is 84” which are not nearly tall enough.  They also need something above the bed.  I’m thinking a round mirror to balance out all of the square (I act like I know what I’m talking about). 

Everyone loves a good room breakdown so here it is.  The only thing we kept from the original room was the bed frame and mattress.  I did push hard for the bamboo sconces but they didn’t quite make the cut.

Wall Color:  Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.  I like how this color changes throughout the day.  Sometimes greyish. Sometimes greenish. Sometimes blueish.

Bedding:  Purchased at TJMaxx. I don’t know the price or brand because Mom isn’t answering her texts. Get with it Mom. This is important stuff.

Headboard: Nate built it! (More details on that to come).  $50-$60

Nightstands: I taught my mom how to paint furniture and we got to work on the thrifted night stands. $18 and $15.  (Nightstands are hard to find.  I had a dream the night before we went looking for them that we finally found a matching pair after endless searching.  Some lady started yelling at me and I stepped away.  The nightstands then disappeared.) I inhale too much pill dust during the day.  We did not find a pair but they were very similar looking.  They were higher priced than I would normally pay but I get my patience from my mother and she wanted to complete this room.

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Lamps:  I found them at my local Salvation Army.  They were originally dark brown.  We painted them coral.  $6 for the pair of bases.  $12 for the pair of lamp shades. 

Dresser: My mom purchased this from a co-worker.  It was originally made by a family member of the co-worker.  I love furniture with a story.  Mom wanted a punch of color so we went with Sherwin Williams Coral Reef. $25.

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Floating shelves: Nate built the floating shelves thanks to easy to follow instructions from Ana White and Young House Love. $10 for the pair (there is a shelf on each side of the window).

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What did I learn about helping someone else decorate?   It was hard because I have definite likes and dislikes but I need to remember that everyone has different tastes and there isn’t one right answer when it comes to decorating.  But maybe a better answer. Mine. Overall, it was a fun project.  Especially because we didn’t have to fork over any money for a fun make-over.

Have you helped a family member tackle a big project?  How’d it go? 

Linking up: Remodelaholic


  1. I tried to help my aunt once. I have a definite style opinion also. It was very different from hers, but in the end, her dining room looked nice.

    I have been obsessed over "Sea Salt" for the past 8 months! So glad you guys went with it! The pink lamp bases & frame really compliment the wall color. Good work ;)

  2. It looks great! It cracks me up the way you're griping about them. What is with the short curtain thing? I feel like it's the same story here, I end up buying online or making my own. The headboard looks awesome! I wish I had fifty bedrooms so I could actually DO something with all of the great ideas out there!

  3. You crack me up. I can so relate to the trim thing. That color of trim can drive me nuts and my mom has some in her house. I wish I could get my hands on one of her rooms. Maybe she'll let me when we are in town, but our tastes are so different that she's afraid, I think. What a fun project. Looks great! Love that headboard!

  4. The headboard looks amazing and the colors are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my living room re-do. Have a great day.
    From - Professor Plum in the Conservatory (LOL)

  5. Hahaha! I totally understand the trim thing. A few years ago, we lived with my in-laws for a couple months. We stayed in the den downstairs that had dark paneling. I think I almost gave my FIL a heart attack when I asked if I could paint it white! (the paneling is still dark)

    Great job on the transformation! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the headboard and can't wait for the post on the how-to.

  6. How nice of you to help out your mom. I like the thrift store lamps you made over and the shelf with frames on it. It gives me an idea for my room.

  7. ooooh love the coral. I wish it could work in my house somewhere. I'm with Gloria--I wish I had 50 bedrooms so I could have a different headboard in each. :)

    We offered to help redo Rick's parents' room but that was over a year ago and we haven't gotten anything accomplished...maybe because we now have our own house to deal with?

  8. It looks great! So much more relaxing now :) I love the headboard and bedding!

  9. You guys and your fabulous headboards. I bet your parents are kicking themselves for not asking for your help sooner. The room turned out amazing.

    I offer my family lots of unsolicited decorating suggestions, but no one really takes my advice. Except for my sister, who is younger and always does what I tell her to do :)

  10. This looks awesome - I love love love the colour...what an awesome retreat for your parents :)

  11. The room looks great and I love the accent color paired with the blue. Magnificent headboard and dresser!

  12. Looks fantastic!! Love that headboard and those lamps! My mom and I have different tastes too - a little part of her dies every time I paint something wood. =)

  13. Gorgeous, I love that headboard.

  14. Huge changes! Looks awesome! I love the coral accents.

    PS - WHY won't my relatives with rooms like this let me redecorate? I'm ITCHING for it.

    PPS - Every single one of them also has the words "live laugh love" displayed in their bedroom.

  15. Yeah, either the trim needs to be painted white or the wood-color of the trim needs to be brought into aspects of the room. Maybe in one of the collection of frames? 'Not sure.

  16. It looks really cute. I really like the color combo, and esp. the coral. You folks do good work!


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