Makeover Monday: Guest Retreat

I am so excited to share this room with you.  From the beginning it has been one of my favourite spaces in our home as it was the one I had a “vision” for from the get go and the pieces sort of just came together.  If you have been a friend of Simply Style for any amount of time you know I could blab on and on but how about we skip that part and get to the good stuff…. pictures!

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That breakfast tray is a thrifted find.  I picked it up at our local Vinnie’s for $2 and spray painted it white.  I love the guest feel it adds to this space, though I have yet to serve anyone breakfast in bed here!

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The lamps are yet another thrifted find.  I also picked them up at our local Vinnie’s for $4 or $5 a piece and gave them coat of yellow spray paint.  The shades are from the crystal lamps that used to be in this room.
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The bedding is a Target US find way back when before we even moved in.  I had my heart set on it and picked it up for $20 while on a cross boarder shopping trip!

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You may recognize the dresser, it was the amazing hand-me-down from my in-laws.  Well the pretty lady has found its home in this space.

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Does this chair look familiar?  It’s probably best if it doesn’t.  It was this somewhat awful pink lady I picked up while at a charity garage sale this spring.  Well I started reupholstering her in the summer but that project was a little more involved than I had hoped for so once the body of the chair was done I came to a complete and utter halt stalled at the cushion {despite that being the easiest part} and the half finished chair sat in our hallway, cushion less,  for nearly ever.  Well I won’t lie to you, that cushion is still not properly finished but it will do for now!

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The ceramic owl side table I fell in love and picked up from Homesense and though I have different plans for it, it has found a temporary home in this space.

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The pillows are made from napkins I picked up on clearance at the end of the summer {2012} for about $5 for four {1 navy, 1 lime green, 1 teal and 1 yellow} I bought four packages and DIYed the pillows for here and the navy in our family room.

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We’ve had the end tables forever, they came from Walmart and cost next to nothing.  They’ve managed to survive three moves and 6 months in storage so I would say we’ve gotten our money’s worth from these!

I couldn’t resist this faceless big while at Bouclair Home one day.

The headboard is a DIY special and my first adventure in button tufting.  When we first moved into our house I attempted this project and though she could use a few improvements she does the trick in this guest space.

The tray is yet another DIY special that you may remember from here.  The apothecary jars I had on hand and filled them with seashells I had leftover from our wedding decor and feathers from my craft bins.

The art is this Ikea fabric, stretched over canvases and painted with acrylics to tie some of the colours together.  I have to give it to my Momma on that DIY as the idea was all hers!

The curtains are actually shower curtains I picked up at TJ Maxx for $11.99 a piece.  I hung an ikea sheer behind to add length and give them for a whimsy “skirted” look.

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Well there you have it, our guest “retreat” or at least I like to think so!  This space is all ready booked for Christmas so we must be doing something right! Until next time….

 

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Turtle Turtle

Allow me to take you back…
waaaaaaaay back…..
to a decade you may not even recall…
a decade I don’t recall ever existing…..

Back to when the kitchen of our ONLY 14 year-old house

LOOKED LIKE THIS

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oye!

No your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a real live kitchen in the real live house that we actually were in competing offers for…. believe… or not {no but seriously I’m not kidding}!

After a whole lota primer, paint and elbow grease we managed to transform our lemon lime dream kitchen to something a little more manageable…. it looks like this

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 She aint fancy, but it is pretty amazing what a little paint and hardware can do isn’t it!

Though our chocolate brown {for now} kitchen it a heck of a lot better than the yellow and lime mess we were working with, we pretty much stripped this space of like all it’s personality.  Enter TURTLE!

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I was wandering my fav local thrift store {Vinnie’s} when I stumbled upon this open shelled beauty.  While other’s may have overlooked this $1 dude, I saw nothing but opportunity for him!

I brought him home, doused him in a coat of white spray paint and voila!

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Like an all new man… I mean turtle!

Now you are probably wondering, what the heck are you going to do with this turtle who is missing half his shell.  Well to you strange person asking me rhetorical questions {wait that’s me} I am going to add a little personality to my kitchen that’s what.

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ta-da, sure I could have painted him a fun bright colour but lets me honest after this mess

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a little white turtle to hold sponges is about all I can handle…
I’m working on it with my therapist {ps. I don’t have a therapist}

So there you have it, an easy peasy ceramic animal makeover to add a little “personality” to your space!

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Designer on a Dime – DIY Decorative {GOLD} Spheres

Let’s talk about balls ahem, perhaps I will call them spheres instead, to save myself {and my family} the embarrassment that comes from me repeating the word balls over and over again, metal balls at that…

I am sure you’ve seen them, those decorative metal spheres, orbs, or dare I day balls {oops}.

Pottery barn did them

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West Elm has a few versions

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Image{west elm – veneer spheres $17.33 – $31.41}

and even Target rocked their no longer available version of “galvanized decorative ball” {their name not mine} that Jess over at the bright green door shared here.

It was Jess’ tutorial I stumbled upon while putting in my obligatory endless hours on Pinterest one evening that inspired me.  I had considered doing something with embroidery hoops before and was excited at the idea of making myself some cheap & easy shelf decor that would fill empty space.

As you know I picked up some embroidery hoops in my latest thrifting adventure and was beyond excited to bang out this all too easy project using my most favouritest medium ever… spray paint!

#1 – Take your hoops

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#2 – Make your balls spheres

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#3 – check out your {ahem} speheres from all angles

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#4 – get your gold spray paint and your best grass protecting flyers

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#5 – get your spray paint on!

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#6 – check out those spheres again for good measure

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And last but not least…

#7 – get those beauties up on a shelf

Enough with the cheap & easy banging out ball talk… it’s time to turn the class back up here, these gold balls are nothing to make light of and since they will be living in the ever so swanky coral and gold room, let’s take a sneak peek at their new home!

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And there you have, in just 7 easy steps, two of which are completely unnecessary you too can create your own designer on a dime “spheres”