I am fairly certain I suffer from design ADD when it comes to our home. In the midst of one project I brainstorm something entirely new for a different room - or three. Currently, I am working on our home office but I also want to repaint the laundry/mud room and I just pulled together a full design board for our guest bedroom. We have to put new flooring in our upstairs bathroom and I also have my eye on a new console table for our living room and a DIY shelving project I'd like us to work on. Not to mention, I laid out how I want our master bedroom to look and I have a mental shopping list going. AH! How does one stay focused?!
Thankfully I have limited resources and funding so I'm forced to slow down, but my mind is racing at all times. In an effort to stay sane and not make Tim go crazy, I'm trying to limit myself to two rooms at a time - because I can't stop at just one. Inspiration strikes at any given moment, after all!
The two rooms I am hoping to pull together quickly - and inexpensively - are our home office and guest bedroom. These are two rooms that basically house all of the junk and miscellaneous items that we're not sure where to put yet, or have all of our leftover decor from our rental days. While I can appreciate re-purposing items that are still useful and in good condition, it can't hurt to spruce up each room with a few hundred dollars.
First up, the guest bedroom. This is how it looked when we bought the house (previous owner's decor):
The walls have some sort of stucco/rough texture that feels like light grit sandpaper and it's SO not good, nor is the color. The carpeting is so low-pile that it almost feels like you're walking on concrete (or original hardwood floors that we're not ready to uncover quite yet). Since we had so many other projects to tackle, we furnished it with an old comforter, sheets, and our old bedroom set. It works just fine as my sister and brother-in-law's room when they stay over, but we never felt proud of the room so we always kept the door shut.
A few weekends ago I felt a surge of inspiration and decided to take on the guest room. I threw on a duvet cover that was in storage (that is king sized on a queen bed), put down a gray shag rug that was previously in the office, and started giving it a little love. I picked up little trinkets and vases we had lying around the house and it immediately felt like a new space. It's still dark and heavy, but so much better than before.
This is what it looks like now:
There's something about rearranging furniture and loving previously neglected spaces that allows you to see them so much clearer. Now it's time to give the room a facelift. I am challenging myself to keep it as low-budget as possible because we still have so many other projects to complete, but I'm confident that paint and a few new touches will totally transform the space into a relaxing guest room.
Ideally, I want to keep the project under $300. If I'm lucky I might even come in at $250. I've sourced all of the items I'll have to purchase with the exception of a DIY project, and I'm really hoping that this challenge will not only keep me on track budget-wise, but keep me motivated to wrap up the project quickly and efficiently.
I want the room to be calm, serene and light. The walls will go white, the bedding will be a neutral white and chambray stripe, and there will be touches of indigo throughout. Minimal decor will keep the project inexpensive but also make the room feel nice and calm. Plants and a few framed prints will bring personality and energy to the space, and voila! The bedroom will be transformed.
Here is my design board, along with a few inspiration images:
With some savvy shopping and a few coats of paint, this space will totally transform and I can't wait for the end result! It'll be so nice to take pride in the room and leave the door open for once :)
For me, I find that the simplest way to stay on track and under budget is setting parameters and creating the overall design ahead of time. Otherwise, I can lose my focus quickly and shop impulsively which is NEVER good. How do you tackle new projects?