covid renovation: farmhouse guest bedroom

Geoffrey and I made a renovation list in 2019, detailing which room we would renovate and when. For instance, this guest bedroom was originally slated to be made-over in the spring of 2021. That was pre-COVID.

At the beginning of our self-isolation, it was still too cold to be outside twice a day. Remy’s preschool and activities were all cancelled, so like the rest of the world, we were expected to be home all 24 hours of the day. With all of this extra time, I knew that I would need a project. One that I could do while being in the basement with the kids while they played. This guest room was the solution.

This is what it looked like before. It wasn’t in that rough of shape. The drywall was exposed in some areas where the paint had been ripped off of the wall. Other than a few blemishes, it seemed like a fairly simple room to spruce up. All it required was some paint, better furniture placement, and for my husband to stop using it as his work closet/filing cabinet.

Because we were supposed to limit the amount of times that we went shopping, we made it our mission to reuse paint, furniture, and decor where we could. Not only did it keep in line with our zero waste mission, but it made it an uniquely Coronavirus renovation. Challenge accepted.

We had over half a can of pale green paint leftover from our children’s bedroom, and half a can of of white. I decided to do two walls and the closet in the green and two walls in the white. Even with two coats we would be needing every last drop of paint. I prayed that it would look good, because there was no room for error.

The green looked much better in the guest bedroom than it did in the upstairs bedroom. That was a huge relief. I painted the rest of the bedroom slowly over a matter of weeks, in between playing with the kids and having to wait for when Geoff had time off. After two coats, many touch-ups, and sealing the edges in silicone, I was finally done! 

In keeping with our farmhouse theme, I chose to use the majority of our antiques in the guest bedroom. The bed, armoire, Hudson Bay blanket, and white crate are all vintage items.

We reused the dresser, cowhide rug, braided rug, plant, planter, bedding, and curtains from our other rooms in our home.

I did have to buy a wall sconce and gold curtain rod from Amazon. We also bought a new register and switch plates from Home Depot. Other than that, it was a successful COVID renovation!

Emory

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acreage renovation: remy & wilder’s new bedroom

I am going to preface this post with a question. Do your children have their own bedroom, or do they share with their siblings?

For most of Remy’s short life, she has had a room to herself. We had hoped that when we moved from our last home that we would be moving into one with multiple bedrooms. While our current house does have four bedrooms, only two are on each level. That means in order to sleep on the same floor as our young children, they have to sleep in the same room.

Remy and Wilder’s bedroom was actually only Remy’s room up until two weeks ago. After spending weeks making it over, we finally transferred Wilder’s crib into her room, thus making it a shared room for a boy and girl. Not an easy design feat! This is how we did it …

We initially began with a blank beige slate. See above. These pictures were ones that I saved from the MLS listing for our home. Once we moved in we only added a few necessities.

With neutral walls, a white bed, white rug, white dresser, and no window treatments (we embarrassingly hung a blanket in her window for months), we had so many options to make their bedroom into whatever theme we wanted to! Because the bedroom is not an overly large one, I knew that I wanted mostly white walls in order for it to appear bigger than it really was. That said, Remy’s last bedroom had four white walls and even though I loved it, I did want a bit of a change. Cue the accent wall!

With a mental image of three white walls, we now had to come up with one colour that would be bold yet gender neutral, yet childlike, and be able to tie the entire room together. The only problem was that Wilder’s crib was blue. That immediately left blue out of the equation. Yellow? Too dated? Grey? Not playful enough. Black? Already in our room. Green? Yes! Now to decide on a shade of green.

After bringing home paint swatches, Geoffrey and I fell in love with a medium-dark green. However, right before going to Home Depot to buy it, I felt like it might be too dark. I chickened out at the last minute and instead purchased a light green shade called Frosted Jade that I felt would still compliment a blue crib. I was wrong.

I came home, put up two coats, and hated it. It was a pretty colour in itself but on their wall looked institutional. Wanting to salvage what I had done, I painted a Harringbone pattern overtop of the green that was highly inspired by a Swedish wallpaper company that I followed on Instagram. I thought that it looked better, but was more suited for a modern condo bedroom and not the rural room that I was going for. Frustrated, I went to bed.

After talking it over with Geoff, the next morning we took one of Wilder’s crib rails into my favourite Home Hardware store with a mission to pick out the darkest green that we could find. He promised to repaint it for me since I had felt like a complete failure. We found the perfect shade that had hints of blue in it called Atlantic Waves. We played in the store for a bit, then bought it, and left. Then we came home, and Geoff started painting. It was done by the end of the day. It looked beautiful.

Now that their wall colour was finally sorted, I had the fun task of buying items to complete their room! I turned to Amazon for most of it. There I purchased white curtains and a gold curtain rod, pony bedding for Remy’s bed, and seagrass baskets for their books (that haven’t yet arrived). Everything was very inexpensive.

I also bought the cutest white floating shelf from JYSK that we hung between their beds. It was on sale for $7.99.

I brought in the antique storage unit that we were using in our laundry room as a boot rack. I believe that it used to be in my mother’s hair salon and was a bright shade of red. I scrubbed it down, painted it white, purchased five wood crates from Michael’s, and put their toys on it. I love the way it looks so much, and it certainly has a lot of memories attached to it.

We were finally able to hang all of the pictures and artwork that I had been storing in the closet for the past year! Remy’s side has her three sonogram photos, a three-month photo, a picture of her as a toddler from my pregnancy reveal, a “be you” sign from a Canadian company, and a ceramic elephant vase that I have had for years.

Wilder’s side has his two sonogram photos, a baptism plaque that was given to him by my in-laws, a deer head that had belonged to my Gedo, and a “wild & free” banner that I had purchased while pregnant with him (and not knowing that he was a boy that we eventually named Wilder).

We decided to reuse the rug, shelving, and mirror that was in Remy’s room prior to this makeover. I also didn’t buy a new light fixture because I can’t decide on whether to hang a modern ceiling fan or a trendy bamboo light. Which one would you choose?

All in all, we spent less than $200 dollars turning this girl’s bedroom into a shared boy and girl room. Everything in their room holds so much sentiment and meaning (including the toddler handprints on the mirror). It certainly was a labour of love, from both Geoff and myself. I honestly love the way it turned out, and I know that Remy and Wilder enjoy sharing it together as well!

Emory

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before and after: remy’s room

remys-room-1Hi everyone! Well, like I posted earlier on Instagram- it only took 7 months and 3 houses, but we finally have a room for Remy!

I can’t believe that we went this long without having anywhere to put her things. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I remember going out for supper after my biweekly doctor appointments, and crying in the restaurant every time because I didn’t have a nursery for our baby-to-be. At the time, I felt like such a bad mother. While I hope to never relive that experience of being so pregnant and feeling so unprepared, I also realize that it really wasn’t the end of the world. However, I am so glad that she has a room of her own! Let’s begin the room tour.

before-roomAbove is what her room looked like when we first moved in. The walls were painted beige, and the ceiling had a cloud design on it. There was an old fixture, dirty blinds, and dated switch plates. (Please excuse the mess of boxes, I couldn’t put anything away until her room was painted.)

remys-room-2-2Geoffrey and I chose a basic white, zero VOC paint for her walls and ceiling. After two thick coats, we were ready to set up her room.

remys-room-4remys-room-11A week before Remy was born, I published a post on my nursery envy. The inspiration for Remy’s room largely came from this room. To me, its whimsical nature and somewhat chaotic state is exactly what I think of when I think of a fun and well-loved child’s room. Plus, I’m notorious for hanging crates as shelving. It was a perfect match.

remys-room-6The white rose was Remy’s baptismal flower, and the little black-eyed-Susan was the first flower that Remy ever picked for me.

remys-room-7remys-room-8Remember the post with her crib? It’s a Jenny Lind, and we made a road trip specifically to purchase one.

remys-room-9-2Her sonogram photos were a DIY project that I shared in November of last year.

remys-room-12Rather than buying a new light for her room, we removed the one in the hallway and turned it from brass to silver by spray painting it. We lucked out with the light, since I was having the worst time trying to find one that would suit a little girl’s room. This one even has flowers on it. I think that it’s so cute now.

remys-room-3We still need to replace the carpet with hardwood flooring, and change the colour of the baseboards. However, that will probably be in a few years from now. Until then, Remy (and whomever else may come along) can have the ugly but soft carpet to play on.

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Emory

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home: an american familial haven (blue eye diy)

Things I love and my husband hates!Guys, please welcome Letisha and her lovely and oh-so-comforting American home to Hello, Scarlett Blog. Letisha’s blog, Blue Eye DIY, is self-described as “where lipstick meets sawdust.” It is there where you can find the most amazing creative projects to beautify your home. I hope that you enjoy touring her home and reading her thoughtful answers as much as I did! I think that her domicile sounds like nothing more than a little slice of heaven.

Emory

Life in Every Space and Color!!1. Where is your home located?

Home?  Boy that a good question!  I have moved quite a bit so the idea of “home” has evolved for me.  If you would have asked me this question 5 years ago I would have said “anywhere my kids and are.”  Now my kids are starting their own lives and making their own homes.  So I have had to reevaluate.  I think about the moments that I am most happy, when I am most at peace.  Those moments are when I have finished a good day of work, I am relaxed with my husband and dogs and eating food I don’t let myself feel guilty about.  That is home!

Memories2. What are your thoughts on the idea of ‘home’?

I wish I had a unique perspective to offer, but I really think home is about love and laughter not necessarily the location.  My son is leaving for his first “home,” it will be a tent in Nepal as he helps individuals rebuild after the earthquake.  I imagine him laughing, crying, sleeping, eating, working, playing music or cards … in his little tent.  Meanwhile back here in the states I will hang pictures on my walls, cook meals, watch tv, play cards, complain about slow internet … in my house.  Both are filled with love, both are a beautiful home.

My Personal Junk Yard3. What kinds of things influence your design style?

When I am designing my own home, I say my style is if Marilyn Monroe married Davey Crockett.  By that I mean, I love a bit of femininity and glam blended with rustic and distressed items.  I also LOVE to reuse or repurpose any item that I possibly can.  I believe everything should be purposeful if it takes a place in our home.  Even if its purpose is just to bring us joy!

Mirror and Brush 4. What do you consider to be one of your favourite items in your home? What could you never live without?

My favorite item is an antique mirror and brush set my husband gave me for my first birthday with him.  I told him a story of watching an old movie where the handsome man marries the town ugly duckling.  He told her she was the most beautiful woman in the world to him.  For their wedding gift he gave her a mirror so she could see the beauty in herself. 

My Memory DrawerTwo things [that I could never live without],  first, my memory drawer.  I have saved mementos and collectibles over the years from my children and courtship.  These items make me laugh and remind me of when my kids thought I was cool!  

The second thing is my personal junk yard.  I just love my junk!  I have an addiction with all things old, dingy and discarded!

The Hubby's Guitar5. Please share any ideas/stories/pictures that best highlight your home.

When I decided to become and interior designer it was originally because I loved color and making spaces attractive.  As I have grown and had more experience in the field I have learned that what I love more than that is making people feel alive, comfortable and finally excited about their homes.  In my home I try to keep that same attitude.  I love to see my husbands guitar around, doggy’s toys, even the painting in my living room that my husband hates!  Because all these things mean that “WE” live here.

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potomac trading post : in the store

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThese items were recently added to Potomac Trading Post, Ltd.

Women:

IMG_15441. Peplum Tee by Cherry Dress // $10

IMG_15502. Floral Dress by En Creme // $30

IMG_13783. Fringe Top by Double D Ranch Wear // $85

Men:

IMG_76601. Vintage Skyline Sweater by Unbranded // $10

Vintage:

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 5.00.55 PM1. Mid-Century Magazine Rack // $15

IMG_13822. 1982 Deluxe First Aid Kit // $25

Handcrafted:

arrow row1. Arrow + Row Tea Towels // $12

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 preset2. Beard Oil // $25

Sold:

IMG_1299Please dispatch an email to potomactradingpost@gmail.com to purchase any of these items.

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Emory

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