Before & After: A Stylish Handicap Accessible Master Bathroom Remodel

 

We love designing bathroom remodels....we've done several of them over the past few years, but this particular client had a challenge for us. They wanted to turn their original 1980's master bathroom, in what they have decided to be their "forever" home, into a spa-like retreat. Seems fairly reasonable, right? Except they also requested that their newly remodeled bath be handicap accessible.

The request took us by surprise only because our clients are in good health, however because they do plan for this to be their last home, they wanted to be prepared incase they are faced with any kind of handicap in the future. Smart move, don't you think?!

And while we did fulfil their request, they asked that we not include grab bars, etc in our design as those can be added later, if needed.

So here are a couple of photos of our client's master bathroom before demo day...

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Before
Before
Before

And here is their new master bathroom...

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After

The subway tile is from Ann Sacks and has the faintest blue/green border that we just fell in love with.

To offset the cost of the Ann Sacks wall tile, we opted for a less expensive floor tile consisting on a white hex with blue/green dots to coordinate with the wall tile.

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After

The pedestal sinks not only provide wheel chair access, but they are so charming with their turned legs and exposed chrome plumbing.

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After

The mirrors double as a medicine cabinet and the cabinet tower between the sinks provides additional storage for towels and toiletries.

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After

And let's not forget the closet that is now accessible through double pocket doors at the back of the bathroom.

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After

Another fun project in the books! Thank you again to our awesome clients for allowing Dana Bass and our Design Team to execute our vision. We know you will enjoy your new master bathroom for many years to come!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: A University Park Master Bath Revamped!

 

We're back with another fun remodel project!

When our clients first contacted us to complete a handful of remodel projects around their newly purchased University Park home, we couldn't wait to see what they had in store for us! When we first set eyes on the master bathroom, we knew it would be at the tip-top of our priority list! And with that priority list rapidly starting to grow, we assured our clients that we would do just enough to bring this bathroom up to date so that they would have enough left over to complete the rest of their home.

Here is the master bath before we got our anxious little hands on it...

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UP Bath Before 1

Our initial thought was of course a free-standing tub, but we ultimately decided against it as we knew it would be a great place to cut cost without sacrificing style.

Here is the bathroom today!

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AWDH UP Master Bath After 1 copy
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AWDH UP Master Bath After 2

The basket weave border that caps the subway tile makes such a statement... and I love how it makes its appearance again on the shower floor. So pretty...

Here a couple photos of the vanities before the remodel...

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UP Bath Before 3
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UP Bath Before 4

And here they are post remodel...

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AWDH UP Master Bath After 3 copy
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AWDH UP Master Bath After 4 copy
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AWDH UP Master Bath After 1 copy

We've been holding out for just the right project to utilize a herringbone floor! Oh, and those leucite sconces....yes please!!

Alli, who was the lead designer on this project, did such a great job revamping the space without going overboard...wouldn't you agree?!

*Due to client contracts, we decline to share sources*

Photos by Nate Rehlander of Nate Rehlander Photography.

 

Client Project Reveal: Little Hadley's Room

 

Last week we revealed the Pearson's Living Room, and today we are excited to reveal their little girl's room! Miss Hadley is the cutest, but her room was quite the challenge as it is just under 10'x10'.... Literally the smallest room we have ever had the privledge of designing. Her Mom asked that we incorporate a full sized bed and, of course, fabrics that her little munchkin could grow into. We were up for the challenge!

Here is Hadley's Room Before:

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hadley before

And here is Hadley's newly designed room:

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2376

Seriously...could you die for that monogrammed headboard? We had it custom made and incorporated her mongram with the most perfect cursive font.

And hanging her drapes high and wide makes her window feel so much larger.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2388

Fabric lined baskets provide hidden storage for her favorite books and stuffed animals.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2397

Drum shades trimmed with dusty pink pom poms and a bedskirt decked in ruffles. LOVE.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2410

And all topped off with a dainty crystal chandelier.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2415

It's amazing how a lighter paint color can make a room feel that much bigger.

Thank you to the Pearsons for allowing us to take on this project! We can't wait until next week when we reveal their new Study!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Client Project Reveal: Master Bedroom Retreat

 

Over the past year and a half I have mentioned this client's "forever home" project a handful of times... As previously mentioned, this home is a new construction and was completed about 3 months ago.

While I had the pleasure of selecting the furnishings for the Living Room and Master Bedroom on my own, I was lucky enough to be asked to "hand hold" throughout the construction process. In other words, my client felt confident in her vision of the home (she has ah-mazing taste!), but asked me to accompany her to the design meetings to help her make decisions on finishes such as flooring, wall tile, counter tops, etc to ensure that her selections corresponded with her vision.

The most exciting part of that particular process was the master bath and kitchen, hands down....you'll see why later in this post!

Ok, back to the Master... We had the furnishings installed about a month ago and finally had the chance to have it photographed yesterday. Here is the photo of the fireplace wall during the construction process....

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curry before mb

My client's aspiration was to have a monochromatic, serene, sophisticated master retreat where her and her husband could truly relax and unwind.

Here is the finished product...

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AWDH Curry MB5
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AWDH Curry MB6
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AWDH Curry MB2

I'm slightly obsessed with the cozy little sitting area by the fireplace. Oh, and the door to the right of the fireplace leads out to a private balcony, which they plan to make a breakfast area... I know, right?! The best part is that their master bedroom is on the second floor and has the most amazing tree top views!

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AWDH Curry MB1

And behind those french doors to the left of the sitting area is their master bath....

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AWDH Curry Bath

We haven't quite nailed down all of the accessories for the bath yet.....we are still on the hunt for a little gold table to put next to the tub for bath salts, etc. BUT we did recently find the most amazing grey tufted bench with lucite legs, which will settle against a long wall that leads to the walk in closets.

We are scheduled to have her living room photographed next week....so I'll give you a peek into her fabulous kitchen at that time. Think, GRAY cabinets! Yes, it's fabulous!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

 

Before & After: Cantrell Kitchen Remodel Reveal

 

I'm so excited to finally reveal the remodel that I posted about last week! A great big thank you to the home owner, Jamie, for giving me free reign on this design, and to her husband, Shawn, for saying to her, "It's whatever you want, babe..." during our initial consultation! (I swear he totally said that...and when he did, it was like the skies parted and the angels started singing.......ahhhhhhh!!!)

Ok, onward...

When I first stepped into the space, this is what I saw...

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Dark oak cabinets, a rust colored travertine floor and dated wall paper. And no offense to the builder, but what is up with that "serving bar?" It totally closes off the kitchen from the adjacent living room. And the counter top overhang was no more than 3", making it virtually impossible to comfortably incorporate barstools for dining.

And did I mention the miniature island in the center of the kitchen? You can't see it because it is blocked by the serving bar, but it was literally 2'x3' and offered zero work space.

Here is a "before" picture of the breakfast area...

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And another view of the kitchen from the breakfast area...

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And here is the new kitchen design from the very same angle...

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Cantrell Kitchen 6

My favorite part of this remodel has to be the custom island.

By removing the "serving bar," as well as the island, we were able to build a 10' x 5' custom island with built-in counter height dining and a freak load of storage. It's the perfect place for their boys to sit and do homework while Jamie prepares meals.

Removing the serving bar also allows the kitchen to feel more open to the living room (which also has a new design in the works, btw!)...I know that Jamie & Shawn will really enjoy this aspect of the kitchen when entertaining friends and family.

Below is a shot from the opposite end of the kitchen...

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Cantrell Kitchen 5

We replaced all of the cabinet fronts with paint grade wood and had all of the cabinets painted white.

We also added glass uppers, island pendants and additional canned lighting as well as the most beautiful taupe/grey solid surface counter top. We opted out of marble and granite as we wanted to keep the counter top free of pattern and movement.

The new wood floors were a must... We extended the existing living room floors into the kitchen to merge the space.

And of course, the herringbone pattern backsplash styled with fresh white subway tiles .... Love.

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Cantrell Kitchen 1

And finally, the breakfast area...

Custom drapes, woven shades and a lively graphic print rug.

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Cantrell Kitchen 4

Such a fun project! Can't wait to show you their living room remodel in the next several weeks!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by: Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography

 

Before & After: A Little Girl's "Big Girl" Room Reveal

 

Remember when I teased you with this project sneak peek a couple of months ago? Well, I am excited to reveal it in it's entirety today! It's a fairly dramatic "before & after," which is always fun!

This family of 5....make that family of 6 (as of yesterday!!), resides in one of Dallas' most historic neighborhoods. They recently moved here from Denver and are excited to begin making this 1930's sprawling ranch style house their home. We started with their little girl's room, which was most likely the former owner's little boy's room as it was covered top to bottom with blue, blue and more blue.

Here are pictures of the space before the transformation:

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My client's desire was to have a room that her little girl could grow into... something fun and frilly, yet sophisticated and versatile.

And here is this lucky little girl's room now...

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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 1

I adore the fresh white walls paired with the pink ceiling...I thought it was a bit unexpected.

And notice the black closet doors? Yes, they are the exact doors that I have in my house...right down to the added molding and the paint color (which you can read about HERE)...they add that touch of sophistication that we were looking for.

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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 3

Most of you are aware of my love for symmetry, so we opted for 2 twin beds, so that little Miss K could accomodate over night guests... The headboards were custom made at an exagerated height of 70" to create a bit of drama.

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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 4
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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 5
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room

Miss K is thrilled with her new big girl room....now if we could just get her to actually sleep in there instead of bunking with her brothers down the hall :-)

Oh, and as I mentioned, this family recently became a family of six....they welcomed their sweet baby boy yesterday! Congrats G family! And guess who had the pleasure of designing their baby boy's nursery?! Yep! Another super fun project for this family! I promise to have photos to you within the next couple of weeks!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

*Photos by Jay of Jay Davis Photography*

 

Before & After Dining Room Make Over Reveal

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving...I know I did, and I now have a waistline to prove it. Ugh. Anyhoo, it's back to the grind around here... and today I'm excited to finally show you this dining room project in its entirety! I was so lucky to have, yet again, extremely amazing clients who were so much fun to work with. I'm not sure how I get so lucky!

From the very beginning of this project, my client expressed that she wanted an inviting space with a pop of color... after working with her for only a few days, I began to realize that she desired a bit of a vintage feel, which I was really excited to incorporate into the design.

If you missed last week's post on the antique hutch that we used for the space, check it out HERE.

Below is the "before" picture of my client's dining room...

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V Dining Before 1

And here is the after...

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1 A Well Dressed Home Dining After
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5 A Well Dressed Home Dining After

We opted for 4 x-back chairs and a bench to help that side of the dining room feel more open to the adjoining living room.

Another shot of the dining area before the make over...

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V Dining Before 2

And after...

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10 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
11 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
11 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
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2 A Well Dressed Home Dining After

I loved styling the hutch...and we did so on a budget as everything on the shelves is from HomeGoods or was on sale!

Thanks for stopping by today... I can't wait to show you sneak peeks of a few of the projects I'm in the midst of right now! I promise to do so asap!!

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

 

Before & After: Dining Room Gone "Restoration Glam"

 

To say that I've been crazy busy since the end of my maternity leave is an understatement, which is why I'm so excited about today's post. It feels great to finally reveal one of my latest projects, and the best part is that there is a lot more to come over the next few weeks!

This particular Dining Room project was supposed to start last Spring, but my unexpected hospital bed rest with the twins kinda threw a wrench in those plans...ya think? Luckily my clients were in no hurry, so it was the first project on my list as soon as I was back in full swing.

Their desire was to have a tailored, Restoration Hardware-esque feel....something casual, but still formal enough for those special occasions.

Here is the Dining Room before the make over...

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Barber Dining Before

And here is the dining room today!

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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 8
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 4
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 6
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 3
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 2
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 1

photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography

A big thanks to Laura and Adam for being such awesome clients and to Jay of Jay Davis Photography for the awesome photos! I had so much fun working with y'all!

Don't forget to stay tuned for my next reveal!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

 

Before & After: An Online Design Board Transformation

 

I need to take a minute to brag on one of my Online Design Board clients... Several months ago, I submitted a Master Bedroom Online Design Board for my out-of-state clients, The Perrigo's. I was thrilled to recently receive an email from them with photos of the final transformation, and I'm excited to share those photos with you today!

Here is the "before" picture of their master:

Perrigo before
Perrigo before

Their Online Design Board purchase included the following:

a scaled furniture floor plan

an electronic design board, which included images of some of their suggested items to convey the ambiance of their design

a specifications list, which specified what items to purchase and where to purchase them  *Note: not all items on the specifications list are shown on the actual Design Board

Below is their Online Design Board....

Perrigo Master Bedroom Design Board
Perrigo Master Bedroom Design Board

And here is the final transformation!

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Perrigo Master After
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Perrigo Master After 2

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

What a difference! And what I love most is that they were not afraid to improvise... For example, the headboard suggested in the design was not offered with a fabric frame... the Perrigo's preferred to have the frame, so they found another bed, similar to the one I had suggested.

Perrigo Before & After 2
Perrigo Before & After 2

As if receiving pictures of the conversion wasn't enough...the email that accompanied the pictures made my night!

"Emily, Ta-da! We are finished! We absolutely LOVE it! You reached right into my head and came up with a plan that was exactly what I wanted, but I couldn't have told you this is what I wanted:)" - Erin Perrigo

They did an amazing job, don't you agree?! And this was just the first of a total of 3 boards that I will soon complete for them....I'm excited to see their Living Room and Entry Way come together within the next few months!

Stay tuned for more Online Design Board transformations...

 

A Tranquil Master Bedroom Makeover

 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sneak peek of a Master Bedroom Makeover that I worked on last Fall. I had the opportunity to photograph the room this weekend (forgive me - I didn't get as many pictures as I had hoped as this was not my finest hour using my SLR camera).

Anyhow, it was certainly a fun project as the homeowner, Jean, was very involved in selecting many of the items. She even topped off the room with a beautiful chandelier, which was found by her daughter, Jenny, for only $80 at Costco of all places! Can you believe it?!

As a reminder, here is Jean's bedroom pre-makeover:

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And here is her room today:

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We replaced the queen sized four poster bed with a king linen headboard/frame which was adorned with polished silver nail heads.   And the carpet was replaced with sand & finished oak wood floors by Southland Flooring and Remodels.

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A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover

And check out this glimpse of Jean's remodeled master bathroom (which she is responsible for designing all on her own!) Who doesn't love a chandelier in their master bath - or anywhere for that matter?!

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Here is what it looked like before the remodel:

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Jean's Master Bath Before

I'm loving the brightened look of these rooms...very polished and serene! A love a good master bedroom makeover, don't you?

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Lantern Pendant Lights

 

I have received several compliments on the pendant lights that I used in our kitchen remodel. I found them for an amazing price, so I decided to feature them as this week's frugal find! I originally considered purchasing the Hundi Lantern from Pottery Barn.....

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Hundi Lantern-1
Pottery Barn Hundi Lantern
Pottery Barn Hundi Lantern

And then I found this one from Overstock.com for $166.99...

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Glass Lantern Chandelier

I loved the lantern as well as the price...so I ordered two for my kitchen and saved over $200!

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PS Kitchen After PS1
 

Frugal Find of the Week! Medallion Throw Pillows

 

Since I've posted about my friend Jenny's Master Bedroom Makeover, I've received several inquires about where we found the medallion fabric for the throw pillows on her bed. Jenny actually found this fabric at Fabric Factory here in Dallas. She loved it so much we decided to design the entire room around it. So we had a few throw pillows made for the bed, and after all was said and done, the pillows ended up costing around $50 each.

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Master Bedroom Remodel 5

Well...what do ya know.....a few weeks after having them made, I found these....

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Pillow

Where? you ask..... Garden Ridge! And for only $20 each!

There were a TON of them left as of last weekend! So if you are in the market for these great pillows and you live in the Dallas area, head to Garden Ridge at Legacy and 75 for this amazing frugal find!

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Pillow1
 

A Master Bedroom Makeover!

 

A couple of months ago, my friend Jenny called me for help with her master bedroom. Jenny, her husband and their son live in a gorgeous home in the Dallas area. They moved in a few years ago, and although they have done a fantastic job decorating their house, their master bedroom was lacking in style. In fact, the only items they had for the room so far was their bed and night stands. Jenny explained that she wanted to add color and sophistication to the room without spending a huge amount of money. Here is the inspiration fabric that she fell in love with.......the colors were exactly what we were looking for! I just love the combination of the aqua blue and apple green...so vibrant! She did a great job selecting this fabric!

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Fabric

Here is Jenny's master bedroom before....

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Clapp Master Bedroom Project - before 4
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Clapp master Bedroom Project - Before 3
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Clapp master Bedroom Project - Before 1
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Clapp Master Bedroom Project - Before 2

And here is her Master Bedroom After....

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Master Bedroom Remodel 6
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Master Bedroom Makeover 04
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Master Bedroom Remodel 3
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Master Bedroom Makeover 01
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Master Bedroom Remodel 5
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Master Bedroom Remodel 8

Do you recognize this table? Yep...that was a DIY project that I posted about several weeks ago!

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Master Bedroom Remodel 9

In my opinion, the wall color and the drapes made the most dramatic impact!

Jenny and her family are very happy with the trasformation, so I'd say this project was a success!!

 

Timeless Vintage Inspiration...

 

For years now my Mother has been talking about one of her favorite stores, "Laurie Anna's Vintage Home," in Canton, TX. She has tried several times to get me to make a trip out there with her, but I have always passed on the offer because the store offers only vintage pieces and accessories. And while I do love vintage style, I just never thought I would find anything out there that would fit my style of mixing mostly modern with a touch of vintage. However, last week I was informed that Laurie Anna's Vintage Home was holding her first annual "Vintage Farmhouse Christmas;" and when my Mom found out, she insisted that I go with her. This time I agreed, as I am currently hard at work on the most amazing master bedroom makeover for a friend that loves ALL things vintage! I knew that at the very least I would find some amazing inspiration! Little did I know, I would be blown away by the over-the-top tablescapes and designs that I was about to encounter!

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures that I snapped (with my iPhone) while perusing through her store............

Don't you just loooove this old vintage rocking horse?! And the oversized flowers....aren't they stunning?! They are made of craft paper that she sells in her store, so I purchased a couple of rolls to try a hand at it myself! I'll let you know how that turns out :-)

If you look closely, you will see the paper chain draped on top of the shutters...like the kind you made out of red and green construction paper as a kid to count down the days until Christmas. Only these are made from old vintage book pages....I loved that idea!

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Laurie Anna's 6

I loved how these dog treats were displayed on the iron stands...and how the pine cone wreaths serve as chargers! Who would have thought?!

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Laurie Anna's 4

The porcelain dish was filled with vintage buttons...

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Laurie Anna's 1

Ivories, grays and dusty pinks.......sooooo vintage.....

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Laurie Anna's 7
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Laurie Anna's 2

Stay tuned for the vintage inspired master bedroom makeover I'm currently working on....I hope to have pictures posted within the next week or two....you won't believe the transformation!!

 

Some exciting news for all you Austin, Tx readers!

 

To those readers in or near Austin, TX ......cancel your weekend plans and put on your shopping shoes! Nothing could be more exciting than this!! Sunday, October 24th, is the much awaited Grand Opening of HOME GOODS!

That's right! All of you that follow my "Frugal Finds," will now be able to partake in the excitement as sooooooo many of them come from Home Goods (where else?!)

Remember Z Gallerie's Nova Throw look-a-like that I found at Home Goods?! And the super versatile apothecary jars?! And who can forget that coveted mirrored nightstand?!

I have accessorized my entire home with great finds from Home Goods! The lamps and pillows in my Living Room, the frames on my Stair Wall, and the apothecary jars I used in our Kitchen Makeover ............ all from Home Goods! 

Visit www.homegoods.com for hours and location. Be sure to email me with your exciting finds...I would love to see them all!!