Turn a bay window into a reading nook

The front of our house was blessed with two south facing bay windows that bathe the office and dining room with sunlight most of the day. It makes the office the perfect spot for cuddling up with tea and a good book in the winter. The bays themselves; however, create a bit of a decorating  problem.

office

Originally we placed two large club chairs in the window, but they were really too large and not comfortable for long periods of time. You can see in the picture below how far they stuck out into the room.

office progress

The hubby and I love to sit in the bay in the winter and soak up the sun over coffee, but the chairs made cuddling impossible. Until one day he had the bright idea to put a sofa in the bay. (Probably his best idea to date!)

Enter the Karlstad sofa from Ikea which fits perfectly into the bay and only sticks out a couple of inches.

KARLSTAD Sofa IKEA A range of coordinated covers makes it easy for you to give your furniture a new look.

We quickly planned a trip to Ikea, bought this baby, and slid it into it’s new home (well I mean after an hour of putting it together).

bay window reading nook

This is probably my favorite spot in the house now!

karlstad ikea bay window

I spend most afternoons reading and soaking up the sun here as well as weekends drinking tea and talking with the hubby.

office

I made the pillow myself with some fabric from Joanne’s.  The down pillow is perfect for getting cozy. I may have even taken a nap on it.

sheep skin rug

I wanted a modern coffee table that wouldn’t block the view from the foyer and West Elm’s Origami table fit the bill perfectly.  I wanted to cozy up what is an otherwise functional office, so I added the sheepskin rug I found at Ikea. It’s ridiculously soft!

reading nook

The table serves the functional purpose of holding my tea cups and books, but I personalized the tablescape with a tray that hold a family picture, a plant to bring in a little life, and some cheek in tongue coasters.

office

This was such a fun little space to design, especially since it didn’t actually require any renovations. We actually love this space so much we’re thinking of replicating it in the kitchen. As for the rest of the office we have a plan for some built-ins that will hopefully be executed this year.

Industrial Chic Bathroom Makeover

I know what you’re going to say….. “where have you been?!?!” Well mostly hibernating.  We actually finished the bathroom up back in November, but I decided to not stress about getting this post up during the holidays and just enjoy some downtime with the family. I know….bad blogger. Well I’m back now with our industrial half bath reveal! This room is now officially my favorite room in the house!

reclaimed wood wall

Since the room was so tiny we decided to go overboard on the finishes.  You may remember our original mood board back here.  We kept with the Industrial Chic theme we started in the foyer makeover.  The wood wall is made of wood we reclaimed from our fence. The mirror was originally wood which I gave an antique gold finish to (see all the details on that here.)

industrial DIY shelves

The hubby built these amazing reclaimed wood shelves out of the old fence boards as well. Originally they were just going to be floating but they were really heavy so we added the cable wire to insure that non of our guests got knocked unconscious while relieving themselves.

wallpaper in bathroom

The ceiling and molding is still by favorite part of the makeover. You can check out how we did them both here.

bathroom moulding

The white penny tile with gray grout came out amazing.  It really makes the bathroom feel fun, which I know is a weird adjective for a bathroom but it’s true.

bathroom art

I found this print on Etsy and I love that it adds just a little hint of color and whimsy to the space.

bathroom art

Our guests love the “have a nice dump” art! I fond the cross stitch pattern on Etsy and  stitched it myself. The frame is from Marshall’s.

half bath makeover

Overall we couldn’t be happier with how all the finishes came together!

reclaimed wood bathroom

And the obligatory before and after pics!

bathroom before and after

industrial shevles

 

Sources:

Paint: Glidden Bluegrass White

Baskets: Target Small Milk Crate Wire Basket

Bicycle art: The Meek Boutique 

Mirror: Home Emporium

Cross stitch pattern: 2 Dirty Needles 

Title: Home Depot Metro Penny Tile Matte White

Plant: Ikea Fejka

Wallapaper: Hygge and West Daydream by Julie Rothman  which I found discounted here.

 

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Cedar planked headboard wall in guest room

diy wood headboard

My best friend and her family came for a 2 week visit from North Dakota recently, so we decided it was finally time to make an actual guest room. We’ve actually had this tiny green room all along, but it’s mostly been used for storage/dog sleeping room.

guest room before

I decided to go with a neutral masculine color scheme seeing as we get all different types of guests.  The end product is sort of a modern camp style.

First off, I painted the room Gray Ghost just like our master, hallway, kitchen, and family room. Clearly we like the color.

Second, we paneled the wall with cedar siding. This was not only cost effective at $60 for the bundle, but also went up quickly and easily. Originally I had planned on staining the wood, but in the end we decided it was so beautiful and smelled so good that it wasn’t worth the extra effort.

cedar headboard

Next, we built a platform bed for the mattress. We knew we were moving our old king sized mattress into this pixie sized room so I wanted to keep the new bed as streamlined as possible.

diy platform bed

build a platform bed

We finished off the sides of the bed with cedar 1x8s.

Finally, we built floating tables to provide function, but keep the foot print of the bed small. We picked up the lights from Ikea about 6 years ago but had never got around to installing them anywhere.

floating bedside table

Last, but not least, we added all the bedding which was conveniently all found at Target.

wood wall bedroom

camp style bedding

wood paneled wall

masculine bedding

So the guest room is now officially nicer than our master bedroom! I’ll admit we’ve spent a couple of hours sipping wine and laying on the bed enjoying how warm and comfortable the room feels. We still need to add some more art work and makeover a dresser in the room, but for now our guests are pretty psyched to not be sleeping on an air mattress.

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Make custom curtains from store bought panels

Last time I updated you on our master bedroom was when we painted it like 2 years ago. Well, we recently decided that we needed new curtains for our master bedroom; and I promptly fell in love with these ones from Restoration Hardware for $2000.

restoration hardware curtainsYa, you read that right. $2000 for 4 panels. You’re probably laughing as hard as my husband did right now.  When I started searching around for something similar but cheaper though I came up empty. That’s when I started playing with the idea of making my own.  A couple of Youtube videos later and I convinced myself that I definitely did NOT want to make curtains from scratch. Damn that is a lot of work and still pricey.

That’s when I decided I would just alter some store bought curtains into custom curtains.  Specifically the Ikea Ingert curtains which are $40 a pair. Ikea curtains are great for altering. Remember when I added stripes to our family room curtains?

ikea ingertI obsessively stalked custom curtains on Pinterest and made of list of what I wanted my curtains to have.

  1. 2 finger pinch pleat
  2. Black out lining
  3. Hang heavy and straight

And here’s the materials I used:

The first step was ironing out the curtains. This took forever.

ikea ingert

Next, I laid out the ironed curtain on the floor and placing the wrong sides together put the ironed blackout liner on top. The blackout liner is slightly smaller than the curtain.custom ingert curtains

I pinned the two pieces together along the top and two sides. Then using the stitch witchery and iron I attached the two pieces together.

diy custom curtains

I attached all 3 sides together using stitch witchery leaving the bottom open.  Next, I made the pinch pleats. This is where you just have to play with the fabric to figure out what you want. Once I figured out how many pleats I wanted I pinned them together and hand sewed them.

diy pinch pleats

Here’s what they looked like from the front.

make pinch pleats

Once the pleats where completed I hung the panel from the new rods. Make sure that the rods are at the proper height and you like the way the panels hang from the rings. I played a while with this step as well.

Once the panels were hung I inserted pins where I wanted the hem to be. For me this was just gracing the floor. I then took the panels down and cut the fabric about 6 inches from the hem. I folded over the bottom by 1 in then ironed then folded the fabric to the hem and attached it to the blackout liner using the stitch witchery.

custom curtains from store bought panels

Before closing up the bottom I also inserted a drapery weight into the bottom hem on each side of the panel.

Here you can see how the new panels compare to the old ones.  Not only are they longer but they hanger straighter and stay open wider.

make custom curtains

Here’s a close up of the pleating.

diy dutch pleat

And here they are all done. I apologize for the terrible lighting. Taking pictures of windows is difficult.

dit custom curtains

And this gives you an idea of how much light the black out liners block.

add a black out liner

These pictures don’t so the curtains any justice, but we love how much more mature they make the room feel.

And as for cost:

Panels: $80

Blackout liners: $50

Everything else: $18

Total: $148

So while these curtains took me forever to  make (I did the work over a couple of weeks) the savings (over $1800!) sure made it worth it!

We have more plans for the master bedroom coming up!

 

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Backyard Makeover 1 year later

It’s officially been 1 year since we started planning our massive backyard makeover and guess what???? It’s still not done.  Sigh….. However, the big stuff is finally done so I thought I’d finally share some pictures with you guys.

Here’s a reminder of what we started with:

Back yard

And here’s where we are today:

backyard pool

 

You can see all the construction pictures here!

 

outdoor kitchen

backyard pool deck

Pool house

wood pool deck

pool waterfall

backyard makeover with pool

 

Check out more fence and gate pictures here!

fence with arbor

 

Beaubo Approves

backyard

Here’s what we still have to finish:

  1. Cable railings
  2. Finishing touches around steps
  3. Build bridge between deck and boardwalk
  4. Stain all the decking gray
  5. New furniture and lots of potted plants

Most of this will be done by the fall; and I’ll finally be able to share true “after” pictures with you. We’re just excited that for now the whole space is functional; and we’ve been taking advantage of it with plenty of pool parties.

backyard makeover

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