July 31, 2013

Decorating Mistakes & Lessons: 1 Bedroom, 10 Ways



When we first bought this house, I had grande images of trotting off to all of my favorite furniture stores, handing over piles of cash, and having a fully decorated house within a few weeks.






Obviously, that didn't happen.









What I expected to feel like this...



felt more like this.


 Turtle power.

 Due to time, knowledge, and budget hurdles, everything has taken way longer than I expected. But, you know what? It's been a bit of a blessing in disguise. As I look back on photos of our house early on, I really had no idea what I was doing. Seriously. No idea.

My style constantly evolves, and I'm glad I was forced to experiment for awhile rather than buy a bunch of expensive stuff that would only drive me crazy today.
There was a certain point early on where I was definitely searching for a black pleather headboard.
So, phew.....close call.

 I was thinking about all of this captivating information yesterday as I was photographing the updates to our bedroom, and came across some entertaining photos saved on my camera from long ago.

It was so entertaining that I thought you might enjoy seeing a few. Some of these photos have never seen the light of day on my blog, so hold my hand while we walk down memory lane.
Hold it tight.

  
Version #1.
I'll never forget when we saw this house for the first time. The master bedroom was the last part of the house we looked at (as it was an addition that was built sometime in the 1980's) and it sits on the very back of the house, basically hogging the backyard. I walked into this room, and my little turtle jaw fell on the floor. It was absolutely hideous in every way, but I was so excited by the potential. There was nothing else in our budget that even came remotely close to the space this house had to offer.  It was a true diamond in the rough. The bedroom had two sitting rooms, a giant closet, a bathroom, a set of french doors, and was attached to an outdoor deck. I just knew that it could be something really special. Of course, I had NO idea just how much work it was going to take, but that was probably a good thing. 
This is the photo of the room that was in the real estate listing. You can see why I didn't have really high hopes for this room at first. This photo did a terrible job of accurately portraying this room.



Version #2.
We moved in, and for the first 2 months, we slept with our mattress on the floor, surrounded by dark wood paneling. I had never painted or done any sort of DIY stuff yet, so this was truly the beginning of this little journey. You can already see little hints of what is to come. Like that line of blue tape near the left closet door. That was me sticking my toe in the water.



Version #3.
And then it really happened. I somehow taught myself to paint an entire room full of wooden trim. That may not seem like a big deal, but it was so scary at the time. There was no better feeling than knowing that I figured out how to do something that really intimidated me at first. Look at what a difference it made painting all of that wood paneling the same color as the walls (in the side room). 


Crazy, right? (Trim painting tips can be found here.)

Version #4.
After the trim was painted, I decided to leave the wall color that yellow color for awhile. The next step was to figure out a way to get our bed off the floor. I couldn't afford to buy a new bed, so instead I found a metal bed frame for $20 on Craigslist and I made the first version of my upholstered headboard. I've never shown you this next picture, but this was basically my first decorating attempt. I wanted so badly for the bed to be against that wall, but ultimately there just wasn't enough room between the closet doors. This was when I first took down the ugly fan and replaced it with a giant thrift store chandelier. You can also bear witness to my first ever upholstery attempt on that little chair and stool.


Version #5.
Around this time, I also painted my first little dresser, painted the vanity, and upholstered an end table that I somehow convinced myself was okay to use as a bench at the foot of my bed. There's not much else to say about that.


I learned a lot, I messed up a lot, but kept working on things. I think the room stayed like that for a good six months. 

Version #6.
This version was actually one of my favorites. I found a great dresser on Craigslist (My Craigslist tips can be found here), painted it and added a salvage store mirror. I moved the dresser to where the bed used to be, and moved the bed to the only other wall it would fit on. I also added some thrift store end tables that I now realize weren't ideal. Thrift store shopping is a skill, and my skills were not very refined at first. I also decided to paint the walls darker. I now wish I would have painted this room a cool white and called it a day, but I suppose then I wouldn't have been able to enjoy painting this room 3 times already and probably for a 4th time soon. 


I also stenciled the top of the vanity, moved it into the main room, and moved my old hutch into the sitting room. I also added a rug from Home Depot.



Version #7.
Then, missing the memo about the gold craze, I decided to paint everything silver. I painted all the mirrors silver, all of the hardware black, and then painted the top of the vanity high gloss black. I also switched out the gold bedskirt for a white bedskirt. 

I have a really fun habit of making things worse before they get better.


I also jumped on the chevron trend and upholstered the chair in the sitting room. I never shared it because I just didn't love it. By the way, I've never discussed this dresser. It was a dresser my grandmother gave me (she collects antiques) when I was 13 or so. I took it to college, moved it across the country, and completely beat it up. So, I painted it during my 'paint everything white' phase. 
Oops.

I've since moved it out of the sitting room, and plan to use it elsewhere. I'd really love to do something different with it, but can't decide what to do yet.



Version #8.
Something about this version just wasn't working for me, but I couldn't see why at the time. 
Obviously, it was just too much white.
 I added a white rug, painted the vanity back to white (that poor vanity), added the dropcloth upholstered chair and added an ottoman at the foot of the bed. I also painted some stripes on a couple pillows. 


Here is the view from the other direction. This was around the time that I also made the dropcloth headboard


Version #9.
Things started to improve a little bit with this version. I replaced the massive chandelier with a smaller lantern that I found for $5, and replaced the white rug for a green rug. I also added some larger accessories to the dresser, painted the doorknobs black, swapped the pillows, and added the striped bench that I made.


Here is Version #9 from the other direction.



And then that brings us to today.

Version #10.
I don't know if this version is any better than any of the others, but it makes me happy, and that's what's important. The room feels a little more colorful, a little more lived in, and a little more me.
So, here are the updates I've made to this room since February.

I added quite a few colorful accessories...


and even some colorful furniture.


I even threw caution to the wind, and turned our little side room into an area that is actually useful now. It now functions as a mini-gym, and an ironing board room. I know that makes no sense, but basically I use the treadmill and Jesse uses the ironing board to iron his work clothes. So, this room is seeing more action that it has in 3 years. 
Congrats, Room.
I also added the blue dresser which I use to hold all my accessories like swimsuits, clutches, scarves, and belts.


And you may have noticed that piece of jewelry dangling from my ceiling. That is the Scalloped Teardrop chandelier that Lamps Plus so generously provided us with.
And I'm totally having a moment over it.
Multiple moments.

 I think it totally takes this room up a notch, and is my total dream chandelier for this room. I love the scalloped shape and all of the beaded chains that hang from it. It's basically magic in light fixture form.


Along with the new chandelier, 
I also added my DIY glue pillows I made a few months ago, (This one didn't make the cut. Whomp, Whomp.) and some new art.


I found a botanical print that I loved at the thrift store and painted the outdated dark green mat white. I've mentioned before that I spray paint mats from thrift stores. But in case you don't have any spray paint or if you just don't have the right color, you can paint it by hand, too. I just used some tape to cover the print (which was previously glued to the mat) and used some leftover off-white interior paint.


I was debating painting the frame, but for some crazy reason, I felt like leaving it as-is.


Lately, I've felt like mixing metallics and even added a little gold frame near the dresser. (I framed a greeting card that had a flamingo on it.) I'd like to make that entire wall section around the mirror into a gallery wall, so I plan to add to it. I realize it looks kinda lonely by itself. Clearly, it takes me awhile to pull things together.

I usually add some colorful flowers to this room, too.
Those tulips did NOT want to participate. That's what a tulip pout looks like.


I also added a few more thrifty accessories to my vanity area, which has gone through a million changes of its own. I use this vanity every single day when I get ready, and it gets coated in makeup and hairspray on the reg. If you know a really durable form of furniture coating, please share. There is no amount of poly that has been able to withstand my flatiron yet. Therefore, this vanity has 1 million spots where I've melted the paint. Just keeping it real.


But, for now, we'll just crop out the melted paint and enjoy the tulips who were kind enough to cooperate. To accessorize this little area, I added a vintage silver tray and glass vase I found while thrifting, along with a mirror my antique-collecting grandmother gifted me.



And now for the exciting part. 
Here's a little peek at the closet I've been working on for  the past few weeks.


I'm so excited to show you all of the juicy details of the closet soon. It's such a big improvement, and there are so many goodies to be seen.
(Update: See the completed closet makeover here!)


And that's pretty much all for today.

I'll leave you with this little nugget.
 I get emails all the time from readers wanting advice on how to decorate a room, and the truth of the matter is that I just don't know. 

I'm not an interior designer by any means.
 I'm just a gal figuring it out as I go along, and making a ridiculous amount of mistakes along the way. But, here's what I do know. If I can do it, so can you. Just dive in and start somewhere. Don't be discouraged if you have a room that you just can't figure out. Think outside the box and don't you dare be afraid to try something for fear of failing. If you try something and it doesn't work, try something different. You may even make it worse. I did. Several times. Just keep trying. You WILL eventually learn to harness your inner turtle. And eventually you will rock that turtle.




Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.
 I'll be back soon to share the closet!




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91 comments:

  1. I would put a piece of glass or acrylic cut to size on top of the vanity. Much easier clean up, and it would protect the paint.

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    1. Oh my gosh, Courtney! That is brilliant! I can't believe that never occurred to me! That is exactly what I should do! Thanks so much, girl! xo

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    2. I was scrolling down to leave the same suggestion of glass or acrylic for the vanity top, and low and behold, someone else left the same suggestion -- great minds think alike! I actually think the glass would hold up better to the heat of a straightener or curling iron. You can have the edges sanded and polished so they don't cut you.

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I've recently discovered your blog (not a blogger myself) and find your information to be really useful. I tend to take a slow approach to decorating but more from being afraid to change (I'm working on it)! This post gives me hope that I can do it slowly and change it as often as I desire.
    Thank you!!
    Trena

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    1. Aw! Yay, Trena! And I totally understand!! During this ENTIRE process, I was so worried and timid about changing stuff, but just wanted to improve it, so I kept trying even though I was worried about it. In retrospect, that was the best thing I could have done. Although I made things worse occasionally, I learned a little something with every change I made that ultimately made it better in the long run. I've learned that the key with decorating is just to keep practicing!!! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! :)

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  3. Sweetheart you have described my entire decorating life here! I can't decide and I change my mind and I keep painting and changing stuff. I agree, if you threw all the money in the world at it when you first move in you would hate it later cause you have to live in a a space to know what you want (and even then it takes a long, long time). Love your pouting tulips better than the soldier ones. Love that first chandelier - holy send it to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The teardrop one is pretty spectacular too. Love a lot of the different design looks. Why don't you buy a piece of tempered glass to cover the tabletop of your vanity? That would work the best, I think, or tile it if you don't like the glass idea.

    Love your pretty bedroom and thank you for sharing all your ups and downs. Loved hearing the 10 step program!
    xox

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    1. Oh, Anne! This comment is one of my all time favorites. Seriously, just thank you. And yes, that idea about a glass cover is pure genius! That had never even occurred to me! Oh, the power of asking for help!!! xo

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    2. I'm with Anne - everyone makes a gazillion decorating mistakes as they go, but few of us can write about it as humorous and as honest as you kiddo. Keep entertaining and teaching everyone (even this grandma) as you go.

      I adore and am SO JEALOUS of your ironing/exercise room - lol, what a combo. Love your blog too. And maybe you :)

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    3. Oh my. I'm so envious! Gorgeous. So neat and clean looking. The nearly all white gives your rooms a classy look. Such talent you have. Can you come here and do our bedroom?!
      :) LOL

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  4. I am totally in love with your house! It's an inspiration for those of us who yearn to decorate and improve, but are scared and unsure of how to do so. I've been taking baby steps but your blog is for sure a go to for any all things decor on a thrifty budget. LOVE the bedroom!

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    1. Thank you so much, Krystal! That means a lot! :)

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  5. I love thr trip down memory lane! Hilarious and genuine as always. My favorite additions are the new striped bench and colorful pillows. I still swoon everytime I see that glorious painted french provincial dresser. Gah! An oldie but goodie;)

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    1. Thanks so much, Brittany! It's still an all time fave of mine, too. Clearly, since I blog about it atleast once a month! CANTHELPIT! :)

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  6. FLAMINGO! I love! I am the exact same way. Props to you for having your progress documented, because I was too embarrassed to take before pictures of my house...and now I desperately wish I had. So much has changed, and as I was growing and changing, I knew that it wasn't perfect, so I took no pictures! I really love that you have your progress from the beginning. It looks so fabulous now! And I'm in the middle of organizing my closet too, so I can't wait to see what yours looks like! Great minds! :)

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    1. HA! No joke, I thought of you when I went the route of the flamingo....knowing that your version would be ohsomuch more stylish. But then I pressed forward and FRAMED that greeting card!!!!!!!! Thanks for giving me inspiration to keep chugging along in my quest to be a better decorator! And I will admit, I'm so glad I ran around and snapped all the scary before pics. They've been so very useful. :)

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  7. I love seeing the progression of your room, It has turned out beautifully.

    Lisa

    Creative Raisins

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  8. Oh my gosh, Virginia! This is such a great post and reminds me sooo much of me! I love that you have had 10 versions of one room! I can totally relate and love to try DIY stuff although it is extremely intimidating and my ideas are every changing thanks to awesome bloggers like you and pinterest!! Always love a good find and a great deal with unique detail! Thanks so much for sharing this post! I'm glad I'm not the only crazy one out there {at least that's what my husband thinks!!}

    Can't wait for the closet reveal!
    -Caitlin
    Table Talk with C & C

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    1. Love it, Caitlin! Thanks so much!!!!! Crazy ones, unite!

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  9. what a great tour of your room changes...I am sure, if we are truthful, we all have changing tastes, that looking back weren't so great. I know I am forever changing things in our home. I love the calm feeling your room has with all the white...sure wish my hubby would let me paint some furniture!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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    1. Oh, absolutely! I've made sooooo many questionable decorating choices! Thanks so much, Cheryl!! :)

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  10. I love to see all the changes in your bedroom, it inspires me because we moved to our house 3 years ago and I keep changing furniture and even wall paint or wallpaper in some rooms while in other rooms I haven't even taken care of the basics ... I love that you added some color with the pink vase, the flowers and the pillows on your bed. The only thing I would change is the frame above the headboard. It looks odd to me, on thing just in the middle. I would put three frames (the magic three, you know) or maybe even more little ones instead of one big one. But I know it's hard to decide or even find THE pictures and frames ... keep up the good work, I keep coming back all the time. ;)
    Jule

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    1. Thanks so much Jule!! I couldn't agree more...he is so lonely up there by himself. I'm thinking about adding 2 smaller ones, one to each side. Or maybe one day I'll just find something I like better. The search continues!!! And thanks again...great tip!

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  11. I love this! We've been in our house 2 years- my living room is on it's 3rd paint color, my sunroom is on it's 5th look, and our bedroom is like a revolving door of accessories. this nonsense takes far more planning and trial/error then I thought! haha

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    1. Right?!?! Oh, I couldn't agree more with that entire statement. I feel ya, girl. I feel ya!! :)

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  12. I loved this post - how awesome it is that you documented your entire evolution! I would also agree with just adding a glass top to the vanity - plus, it gives you more decorating space, like photos or some nice wrapping paper under the glass to add another pop of color!
    I'm getting ready to re-upholster my first couch.. well, it's my first ANYTHING to be re-upholstered, but I'm excited! It turns out, when I thought at 12 years old that I would always love a bright red couch, I was sadly mistaken. ;) I have yet to pick a fabric, though.. any thoughts on couch colors, by chance?!
    xx Johanna

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    1. Thanks Johanna! Yes, that glass top idea has me thinking. I really would love to do that. So glad I asked! Good luck with the couch reupholstery! I'm really feeling gray lately and if I were to get new couches this very moment, I would probably go with gray. But CLEARLY, I change my mind a lot! Oh, and I have pink couches in my basement...OOPS! :)

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  13. Very nice. Got a tip though. Get a more substancial curtain rod and move it up to the ceiling w/ longer floor to ceiling drapes. Will give a more finished look.

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    1. Great tip, Christy! I couldn't agree more! I've been wanting to do that for quite sometime....just have to get some longer curtains or add some fabric to my current shorty versions! Thanks again!

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  14. I was going to suggest a piece of glass, but see that's already been done :) You could also get an insulated travel case for your flat iron, one tat lets you put it away while it's still hot- I keep my iron in mine even when I'm not traveling and use it kind of like a coaster when doing my hair. They're really cheap on Etsy.

    I love your blog, by the way. I just moved into the apartment my fiance and I will share after we get married, and I definitely need the reminder that it takes a l o n g time to get a beautiful home :)

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    1. Great tip, Kim! Yes, I've been eyeing those little cases for awhile, wondering if they worked. That's a great idea, too! Congrats on your new home....it really does take awhile! :)

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  15. love this! I suggest a penny in the bottom of the vase to help your tulips stand up - no idea why but it works. LOVE mixed metallics and the pops of color - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Holly! Yes, you know what...I actually had heard that and I tried it this time around with no luck!!! What on earth am I doing wrong? I felt like I had a fake penny or something! ha! I only used one though, AND my tulips were on their last leg. So, maybe next time I'll put a whole handful in and just get better tulips. Poor little discount tulips! Thanks so much for sharing! I think I'm going to have to further research this penny thing! :)

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  16. This was such a fun post! I loved all the changes and the descriptions. I'm SO intimidated that you made all these changes in a year!!! You are amazing. I have DIY ADHD so there are about 6 projects for my bedroom that are started but not completed. This post has inspired me to get it done. Oh, and such a good point about waiting awhile before you make major purchases and changes. When we first bought our home I was so excited that we had a formal dining room but due to budget constraints I was unable to run out and buy a new sideboard/chandelier/rug etc. After a year of us only using it 3 times we turned it into an office and converted our "breakfast nook" into the dining room. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, isn't that the truth, Liz!!! You really have to live in a home for awhile to figure out what you need from it! Love that you converted it into an office....smart! And thank you so much...don't be intimidated! Blogging about this stuff gives me motivation to get WAY more stuff done than I normally would. I would probably still have my bed on the floor if this blog didn't exist!! ha!! :)

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  17. I love seeing the progression over time... and how your style has matured! Such a process! Your choices are timeless and your color palette is so neutral that everything seems to work! BRAVO!! Love it all! Such an inspiration all the time... I'm constantly getting great ideas from you. Please never stop blogging, I would be so lost! :)

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    1. That is so incredibly sweet! Thank you so much! Love having you as a reader!

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  18. I just discovered this blog and I'm so happy I did! I feel very inspired by your house and projects, and I can't wait to get started on a few of my own. I'm thinking of attempting that amazing sequined piece you put up the other day - so cute! Thanks for sharing your great tips.

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    1. Aw! Yay, Kate! Thank you! So happy to have you as a new reader! xo

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  19. Lovelovelove your blog! I'm showing this post to my hubs. I want to repaint my living room a lighter color, but I "painted it 3 years ago..why do you need to paint it again?" Men just don't understand!

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    1. Hahahahah!!! Oh, it's the truth! I'm pretty sure Jesse thinks I am a crazy person bc I've painted this room 3 times and all of the colors have looked the EXACT same to him. Meanwhile I'll think I've changed the world. :)

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  20. You crack me up girl! Your face on the turtle, priceless! Love the mining metals and flamingo!!
    -Lauren

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  21. Your blog is so inspiring I love it! All versions looked gorgeous to me but I also think the last one is my fav, I know a lot of people like all white everything but I me and color are besties lol! Did you do the electric stuff, like replacing the fan and chandelier yourself? If so do you have a tutorial? I would love to learn how to do that stuff! Thanks so much for sharing, you have a new reader ;)

    -Christal♥

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    1. Hi Christal! So happy to have you as a new reader! I love the color, too! As for the electrical, Jesse does all of that. One of these days, I'm going to make him teach me so that I can share it on the blog! :)

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  22. Tulip pout. I love your crazy brilliant descriptions. I adore tulips but they always droop for me. I didn't realize they were just pouting this whole time ;-)

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    1. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make them stop. :) I've tried everything. The penny trick doesn't even work for me!

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  23. I like the tulip pout - at least you could tell they're real flowers. I had fun reading all the way through, and I imagine you had fun putting this post together for us to read. Thanks and I will be visiting again.
    (by the way this was in my spam box - I don't know why, so I made it go to my inbox, hopefully the next post won't be viewed as spam by my yahoo mail)

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  24. Well I am a decorator and I can honestly say your room has looked pretty dang super all through its reincarnations! Decorators make mistakes too....you just don't hear about them very often ;-)

    The biggest change and the best part is painting out the dark paneling and all the trim. I wished I would have painted all the trim in our former home. But now, our current home has white trim and I'm so happy! It makes picking paint colors so much easier! (That orangey-yellowy stain is tough to get colors to play nicely!)

    Love that light fixure from Lamps Plus! It does make a great statement in the room!

    Keep sharing your decorating escapades....We all learn and get inspired from them! Thanks Virginia

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    1. Thanks so much Connie! You are so sweet!

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  25. My goodness, your bedroom has lived so many lives in such a short period of time! It now looks so beautiful, you created a wonderfully peaceful and inviting place to dwell. I particularly love your light fixture, your vanity table, the pops of pink and turquoise glass for whimsy, the switching out of the chevron chair (I am so OVER chevrons) and your gorgeous mirror. I just realized I could mention each item in the room as a piece that I loved! I have been in the planning (in my head planning) a major re-do of our master bedroom. It's taking me so long to commit because I'm afraid of doing something that we'll end up hating. Do you think it's all in the revisions and revisions? I'm prepared to do that. I'm beginning to feel like I could plan forever and what I really need to do is just jump in. BTW, did you have a LOT of purchasing and returning trips to make? Seems like you may have had many! Congrats on a FABULOUS finish!

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  26. My goodness, your bedroom has lived so many lives in such a short period of time! It now looks so beautiful, you created a wonderfully peaceful and inviting place to dwell. I particularly love your light fixture, your vanity table, the pops of pink and turquoise glass for whimsy, the switching out of the chevron chair (I am so OVER chevrons) and your gorgeous mirror. I just realized I could mention each item in the room as a piece that I loved! I have been in the planning (in my head planning) a major re-do of our master bedroom. It's taking me so long to commit because I'm afraid of doing something that we'll end up hating. Do you think it's all in the revisions and revisions? I'm prepared to do that. I'm beginning to feel like I could plan forever and what I really need to do is just jump in. BTW, did you have a LOT of purchasing and returning trips to make? Seems like you may have had many! Congrats on a FABULOUS finish!

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    1. Thank you so much Judy! It's totally all about the revisions! You just have to start somewhere. And actually, I didn't have any returns at all, as most of the bedroom came from thrift store finds or was handmade! I basically just bought the plain white bedding and collected the rest over time! :)

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  27. LOVED this post. It seems like bloggers always have it all together and never get anything wrong. It was definitely refreshing to read this post. I'm at a point where I just don't know what to do! We have been in our house for about two years and the only thing we have somewhat done is paint some of the walls. I get all worried about hanging stuff and buying furniture that I'm not going to love later on. I just need to TRY things or else I will never know exactly what it is that I want.

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't know about other bloggers, but I for one get stuff wrong a lot! I'm glad I get the chance to share that! Ya'll are so supportive that it makes it easy! And yes, just start trying stuff. :)

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  28. G R E A T post! Seriously ~ thank you. What a fantastic way to let the rest of us know we're not nuts for changing, changing, morphing, & then changing again. Sigh... you've had a very calming effect on me today! BTW ~ so FUN to see the room grow up with you!
    Happy weekend.

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    1. Oh, Lynn! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It truly made me smile. xo

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  29. I have commented on blogs approximately once (1x) since the internets were invented years ago, but this is awesome and you are hilarious. Thanks for photoshopping your head onto a turtle's body, and for sharing such cool home projects with us! I actually think you have a great eye and could easily be a paid consultant for this stuff! (Maybe you already are and I just haven't read your "About" section yet.) I plan to visit this blog often! Rock on, lady.

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    1. Your comment absolutely made my day, Carrie! Thanks for taking the time to let me know that! Who knew my turtle would be so inspiring?! :)

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  30. We just moved into our new house after 3 months of renovating it (used to be my family house). We still don't have kitchen cabinets because someone (me) forgot to put a penalty clause in the deal with the kitchen cabinet provider :( and he still hasn't installed it (here's hoping that the daily phonecalls I give him will make him reconsider). Anyhow, my mother is an interior designer but I am going to do this all on my own (along with my jenious and so invloved hubby) and enjoy it along the way! Mistakes are going to be made for sure but they are after all our mistakes! Good for you for writing such an in depth post! Love the turtle, too!!!
    Akamatra
    akamatras.blogpost.com

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  31. I stumbled upon this post from Pinterest, and it was such a refreshing read! I can totally relate to not getting it quite right! I have read tons of blog posts from different people who just seem to have the midas touch when it comes to decorating, but I can never put their tips into practice in my own home. You did a gorgeous job on your room. I am head over heels in love with that chandelier!

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  32. Not sure whether or not this has already been suggested but I always put a neutral colored tile under my flat iron so it doesn't damage whatever it's currently living on.

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  33. So pretty!!! I love seeing the progression, inspires me to make sure to take more photos. I noticed that sometimes you see things in photos that you don't notice while you are IN the room. weird... I just found your blog, and I LOVE it! your neutral scheme is gorgeous, and makes it easy to make small changes with accessories, BRILLIANT! Can I ask about the paint in Version 10? is it the same as the other "versions"? can you share what color it is? (or email me at julieaspear AT gmail DOT com, maybe?) I LOVE how it looks tan, gray, blueish, greenish... all depending on the light. so pretty!!! following you now on Feedly! thanks for sharing, you are doing a fabulous job at decorating. OH, and that new chandelier??!!?! from heaven! I seriously think it is the most gorgeous piece of lighting I have EVER seen. I have lighting envy. (wow, sorry for the superlong comment)

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    1. Thanks so much!! You are so sweet! The paint color in #10 is called Wheat Bread by Behr (sold at Home Depot). I've used it in several rooms, and it's one of my absolute faves. Just a really pretty grayish beige that changes with the light during the day. It's so calming. And yes, that light fixture is definitely my fave, too. I never get tired of staring at it with googly eyes. :) Thanks again for making me smile today!!! xo

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  34. Sounds so much like me, I keep changing & changing again. In fact, I just started my blog because I plan on updating/remodeling our new house :) I love the cool colors you use..makes me rethink the warm neutrals in my house currently haha

    http://devonisdigging.blogspot.com

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  35. Love your rooms and all you've done with them. They all look gorgeous! AND, it makes me feel so much better that I'm not the only one who changes my mind/style/look. My husband can tell you some wild stories!

    One tip about tulips (and other flowers) - there are green straw-like thingies(?) florists use to hold the flowers. They can probably be found in Michaels or Hobby Lobby or a floral supply store, and they can be reused. Just put the stem into the straws and that makes them sturdy enough to stand up.

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    1. Awesome tip!! Thanks so much for all your sweet words, Lynn Beith!

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  36. Great blog! The tulips drooping are awesome! Leave it! And it goes along with the flamingo's neck...

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  37. Hi Virginia,

    This post is absolutely fantastic (and informative and impressive)! I am in the process of moving and just getting over my all-white phase - but still mostly white ;). I've subscribed to you on BlogLovin' and will definitely be consulting with you via your blog as I decorate and re-decorate. Thanks so much!

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, Lauren! You are so sweet! xo

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  38. Love the finish product and the pictures along the way. Use a silicone hot plate on your vanity. I saw this at the hair dressers today and thought it was brilliant!

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  39. Love your blog, Virginia! Found it on Pinterest. Your creative solutions and the generous tips on the techniques you use are a real gift to your readers! Personally, I love the cascading (or as you call them "pouting" :-)) tulips, but if you really want them to perk up the trick is to *decrease* the amount of the water in the vase and wait a couple of hours, usually overnight. Usually about an inch or so of water at the bottom of the vase will do it.

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    1. Oh, what a fabulous tip! Thanks Romy! I kinda like the pouty tulips, too! :)

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  40. I absolutely love this post, and I so appreciate your candidness! I moved in my new home 6 months, and there are very few things on the wall. Our last house we painted accent colors everywhere, but I haven't painted on wall here. I need to get moving on it, and I am finally coming up with some ideas. I think spaces need to be lived in before you can get the full feel of things!

    I absolutely love the photoshopped photos of your heads on the horse and turtle! Priceless!

    Thanks for sharing, and I found this on Pinterest! Kari

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    1. Hi Kari!! Yes, so true! You really do figure out a space so much better after living in it for awhile! And don't worry...you saw that 'before' pic of the bedroom with the bed on the floor, right? Our bedroom pretty much looked like that for 6+ months when we first moved in! It was basically awesome. :)

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  41. I SO enjoyed reading this post and my stumble upon it on Pinterest couldn't have been better timed! Having just bought our very first home, I am embarking on the journey to make it our own, so reading this really resonated with me. I have decided to start a blog with the hopes that I will end up with a record like this of my own. Thanks again for sharing ... looking forward to exploring more posts!

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    1. Thank you so much!! And yes, you should definitely start a blog if you want to...it's such a great way to capture little memories! :)

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  42. I love this post! I have like 1/2 of my house that I've yet to figure out. I am going from an all white neutral bedroom and adding a splash of color for a change. Also, have you thought about having a piece of glass or mirror cut to size for the top of your vanity. I'm not sure any poly will hold up to flat irons. They're brutal but oh so necessary! ;)

    Love your room so much! Thanks for sharing and thanks for sharing your mistakes along the way. We all need to know it's okay to change your mind and improve!

    Hugs, Mallory

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    1. Hi Mallory!! Thank you so much!! Yes, I don't know if you saw, but I recently changed a whole bunch of stuff in this bedroom (in my post a couple weeks ago) and I finally did get a piece of glass for the vanity! It was life-changing, I tell ya!! HA! And yes, soooooo many mistakes along the way, but that's half the fun. At least in retrospect!! :)
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  43. I love love love your blog!You have impeccable taste and very talented as well !
    I wanted to share a tip regarding the top of your vanity ..it may sound unorthodox but I used white garage floor epoxy paint.they sell it in pints and quarts...then I used varathane water based for the floor..I did the brown craft paper decoupage floor and a glitter floor in my daughters room and this varathane floor sealer is indestructible and they have held up amazingly with a family of five..so I did my dresser tops and my kitchen island which I made from an old dresser .
    I look forward to more of your blog!You are a diamond in a rhinestone world !!

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    1. Aw, thank you! Great suggestion and SUCH a sweet comment. I eventually had a piece of glass cut for the top, and it's worked perfectly! But, I seriously love your epoxy idea. Thanks for sharing! ~V

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  44. Hi Virginia! This is so inspirational! I am constantly switching things around and painting and it drives my husband crazy. I love that I'm not alone! :)
    -Monica
    Shimmering Image

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  45. Hi Virginia!! I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it!! Lots of awesome ideas and inspiration! I love how the bedroom turned out, the pillows look awesome! I also love you crisp white bedding, can I ask where you got it?

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  46. Virginia, your blog is my new favorite website ever. My eight year old daughter even peers over my shoulder, oooing and aahing and saying, "mom, she's amazing! How did she do that?!" On one hand I'm so inspired because it honestly never occurred to me that other people aren't happy with their first decorating job. I just thought it was because I didn't know my style and if I did, I could do a room one time and be satisfied with it for 10 years! lol I guess that's not very realistic, is it? On the other hand, I'm a bit discouraged because with four kiddos under 8, I don't have time (or $) to do, and redo, my house. Plus, we rent, so we're limited with what we can do in our home. So all that to say, you need to come to my new rental that we're moving into next month and tell me everything to do, how to decorate around my huge brown couch, how to make a home school office/classroom with 3 computers in it look nice, and how to decorate beautifully with something other than white! haha Hurry up and have kids so I can follow what you do with all their CLUTTER! ;)

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  47. I can't believe that I just found such an amazing blog like this exist. Virginia, thank you for making this blog, I am moving to a new state and you have inspired me so much to set out to create my dream house. Big Thumb Up to you!

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  48. This post is fantastic. I've just re-disscovered your blog as I enter the blogging world myself (bought a house, suddenly DIY took on a new life), and I sat here (at work, whoopsie) glued to this post, trying to suppress giggles. I just loved it. I also had an idea! I've been obsessing with black interior doors lately. In the picture of the dresser with the big silver mirror - you can see the french doors in the reflection. Have you ever thought of doing them black, a la http://www.houzz.com/photos/3877319/Windsor-Road-Residence-Austin-TX-transitional-hall-austin?

    that is all! I will be coming back soon to read some more!

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  49. LOL, the turtlehead!!

    Totally perspectifies (I made that up just now) my current bedroom remodel...
    I heart your blog, thanks!

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  50. At what height do you hang chandeliers in a room like this? I have a space with ceilings about the same height as yours that I am using as a library, and the light fixture will fall right in the middle of room, so I'll need plenty of clearance for people to walk underneath it. Thanks!

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  51. Hello! I only wanted to stop by to tell you how wonderful and amazing job u did! your blog is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

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