Leftovers in the Little Office

I've been putting off redoing our smallest bedroom but I got tired of looking at its bare white walls, so I finally tackled it a couple of weeks ago.  It's a room almost entirely made up of leftover accessories and furniture, but Alex commented that it's the most coordinated of all of the bedrooms.  Funny how that works.  Here's the "before":

And now here are the broad views of the "After":

The dresser was left in our garage when we moved in, the mirror we pulled out of the trash, and the sconces were purchased for another project but didn't work out.  The wall paint was also supposed to be leftover but I made a mistake and bought some supplemental paint that was a shade darker than what I had been planning to use out of my stash.  It all ended up being Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.

The curtains hung in our basement for awhile until I replaced them with some others that I fell in love with at Ikea.  The nightstand is part of my childhood furniture set that is scattered throughout the house.  The orange chair belonged to my Gamma (paternal grandmother).  The lamp and teal pillows are more items that we had in our collection, leftover from our earlier lives.

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The desk is part of that same childhood set.  The chair was purchased from the neighbors across the street - originally intended for a refinishing project but I've stolen it for myself for the time being.

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I had this dresser in our other guest room for awhile but I decided to move it out since it was a tad too big for the space.  I love the wood grain veneer on the front. Please pardon the cords.

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Two new additions are this owl print (Rockfish Gap Antiques) and this gold framed box (Target).  The gold box has pieces of coral that my dad harvested in Hawaii before it was illegal, and the owl print reminds me of my Grandpa, Henry. When he passed, my cousin Chip noticed an owl hanging around in the daylight and decided it was a sign that Grandpa was watching over us.  I believe he is.

These birds are another item we had in our collection, waiting to be hung.  They were a gift from my Mom about 5 years ago and used to hang above our bed in our first apartment.  They used to be black (someone once mistook them for bats!) but I spray painted them white and gold to match the room.

This twin bed was mine in college.  The London print over the bed was purchased on clearance at Pottery Barn and was the color inspiration for the room (gray, orange, teal, gold & white). The duvet was a new purchase from Ikea, as was the curtain rod, and the frames in this part of the room.

This photo was taken by my dad when he was a student at Annandale High School.  It fits with the bird theme (can you tell I like birds?).

Another photo taken by my dad in high school.

On the desk -- more vintage cat art from a family trunk full of photos and prints; a lovely quote by John Wesley given to me by a friend at church, and an angel given to me this Christmas by my mother-in-law.  The wooden box behind contains all of my work files.

Over the desk, these rails were purchased for another project but didn't make the cut. Here, they're doing their job keeping me organized.


Neutral Elegance

This is the third of 3 design boards for my latest freelance project: a master bedroom/master bath project.  See the others here and here.  Read more background about the project here. For the third, a little bit more elegance and a more neutral, masculine palette.


A) Master Bedroom Wall Color - Olympic D13-1 Off White.  Bright, neutral, soothing.

B) Light gray and silver accessories through out the room will add bright, reflective touches to the room.

C) Mancave Wall Color - Olympic D58-3 Flagstone.  This dark color on the wall, paired with bright white trim and accessories, create the perfect TV-watching environment.

D) Darker wood tones and leather finishes will ground the spaces, along with...

E) Darker accessories and black accents.


1) This slightly contemporary, floral print is large enough to anchor the focal point of the room: the bed.  This is from Ikea, Pjatteryd, $49.99.

2) Just for fun and because the owners are dachsund enthusiasts, this is from Pottery Barn - $14.99.

3) This is a different furniture set with clean, traditional lines and a dark cherry finish.  The owners expressed a desire for quality, solid wood furniture that they could pass down so these pieces are the "Manhattan Collection" from our local "Amish" furniture store.

4) This is the same vanity from the last design board, from PBTeen for $1,299.

5) For a bit more elegance, this crystal lamp base is from Target's "Simply Shabby Chic" collection for $49.99.  The lamps will add that extra little bit of sparkle to the space.

6) The bed will be a grounding feature in the space with dark charcoal bedding from Target - Home Modern Geo Bedding in Charcoal for $59.99.  This bedding is lightweight with beautiful texture thanks to a lovely, geometric stitching pattern.

7) This pillow is something I found on Etsy.  I love the fabric pattern and colors - I feel like it's a modern nod to traditional, folksy pinwheel quilting patterns.  The fabric is Waverly pinwheel parade.  The pillow costs only $12.99.

8) This rug is a steal from Target -- only $119.99.  With it's creamy neutral color, it's sure to go beautifully with the cream walls.  I also love the way the organic medallion pattern plays off of the pinwheel pillow fabric.

9) This chair has modern lines with a wipeable leather finish.  It's also a recliner.  The price tag is even better - $399.99 Country Living Bicast Leather Recliner in Espresso from Sears.

10) Repeat curtains again - Eclipse Braxton Window Panels in Khaki from Target($12.99-$16.99 per panel).

What do you think?  Too modern?

Oh, by the way, I'm thinking of adding this baby in the mancave:

Oh yes.