family room to back porch to bedroom makeover

When we purchased our home a year ago, the back addition was labelled as a family room. It was also one of the first rooms that I tried to improve a bit. In this blog post, I explained how we added wallpaper, a new light fixture, barn wood shelf, and began using it as a porch/office. This worked very well for us and our dogs until recently. Above are the before photographs.

Knowing that we desperately needed a third bedroom for guests, I began to brainstorm how we might be able to change the space into just that. I was also thinking about resale. I contacted our realtor and asked him what it would take to legally call a room a bedroom. He replied that it would need a window (or door) and preferably, a closet. The room was already equipped with the former, so we set about obtaining the latter.

The first thing that had to go was the carpet that our dogs so aptly stained over the previous year. I returned to the same flooring store where we purchased the carpet for Remy’s room, and picked out a laminate floor that I thought would work well.

Next we ordered a large wardrobe from IKEA. Prior to its arrival, I gave the room another coat of white and Geoffrey added the quarter round moulding. After we completed that and the closet arrived, he put it together for us. Then I set to decorating- the best part!

Here is our newest bedroom:

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about staging a room. That and my style so often changes. That said, I do what I can on a limited budget. I’m sure that many will pick out flaws with our work, but we’re both so happy with it. It’s a huge improvement and better yet, has increased the value of our home. We know that it was a smart decision in the end.

Emory

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deer oh dear.

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between diy-ing them, or wearing them, i’ve noticed that i own quite the collection of deer motifs. whether its their antlers, bodies, or heads, they can be found around little green in all forms! but have no fear regarding these deer, for they are not real. i am a vegetarian, after all. :-)

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let’s begin our tour with buck jr. purchased from urban outfitters, he was the deer that started off this collection. for that reason, i cherish him the most.

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we refer to this guy as buck jr. jr. having at one time belonged to my gedo, he came to us after gedo passed away. i spray painted him white and hung him above our staircase with our other assortment of animals.

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i purchased these deer decals on ebay over a year ago. oh, how i love decals! little green is currently adorned with them, since i find them to be  easy to apply, inexpensive, and very unique. take this decal, for instance. i am so pleased with the way it looks adorning this vintage crate. das ist sehr wunderbar!

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getting back to urban outfitters, for the longest time we had no towel hooks for our bathroom. i knew that i wanted something other than a plain old bar, but at the same time i knew that most hooks were quite unstable. that’s when i came across these lovely items. i was so thrilled with their actual size and weight, not to mention the fact that they are absolutely incredible looking! uo, you did it again. :-)))

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last, but certainly not least, is our year-round wreath hanger. while it is really intended to be a seasonal item, i did not have the heart to take it down after winter ended. besides, i think that it gives visitors an indication of our design sense. what could be better than that?

tell me, what are some of your collections that you have around your homes?

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what i bought.

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urban outfitters is without a doubt one of my favorite stores to shop at. do any of you readers ever shop uo online? if not, then you are truly missing out! they frequently have deals that can only be found through their website, not to mention the best and inexpensive array of home decor! they have yet to ship furniture to canada, but until that day comes, i am happy with only purchasing smaller treasures.

this is what i bought:

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1. make yourself at home rug.

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2. sunshine orbit tapestry.

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3. floral flag tapestry.

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4. please don’t leave rug.

i hope that you enjoyed my latest assortment of whimsical goodness. :-)

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installing a basement window. pt 2.

this was our first post entitled ‘installing a basement window’.

img_1above is the view from the exterior of little green. below is the progress from start to completion.

photo_1 photo_2photo_4it feels so good to see the final result!

p.s. i would love to hear what you think … provided that it’s kind. ;-)

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our woodsy and whimsical downstairs bedroom.

img_1 i began posting about our new bedroom one month and a half ago. it all started with the installation of a window. after our contractor completed that job, he began to frame the bedroom. 

img_4once the framing was complete, it was time to put up the drywall.

img_5 next came the mudding and the taping …

img_7 img_8then *g* and i were ready to install wallpaper, paint the walls, rework the cupboard, and stain the baseboards. below are the after photos.

img_9 img_10img_11img_12img_13 img_14img_15 img_16while we are nearly finished with the bedroom, there are still some items on the ‘to do’ list.

1. frame off the wallpapered wall

2. buy new bedding

3. install a light fixture

4. paint the ceiling white

for now though, we are more than happy with our wood-themed bedroom. :-)

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