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!


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!

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.
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!

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.


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!


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.


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.

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.


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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Woman vs. Stencil Take II: Painted Curtains


This project is from August…..

No but seriously, I am not letting my procrastination keep your from Woman vs. Stencil: Take II

Believe it or not even after the tragic woman versus stencil marathon match that ultimately resulted in my loss by decision, I decided to tackle a stencil project again!  Trust me, I was as scared as you are to read another post about my DIY failures…. Buuuut I have to tell you something, when it comes to stenciling there are these {somewhat totally important} tools that you need called stencil brushes {who knew} and when you pick yourself up some of these nifty little gadgets I can attest to the fact that the once daunting stencil project gets a hell-of-a-lot easier!

I had been searching high and low for curtains for the coral and gold room.  I had tried some coral sheers but they were too much for the space, I had tried some white and gold geometric but they were too stark in comparison to the linen bedding.  I was at a total loss, which is not unusual when it comes to home decor lately, do you ever feel like you are just a few steps ahead of the stores?

On a whim one day I decided I would test out the linen Ikea curtains we have in the dining room in the room just too see if they would work… and I LOVED them but they were definitely missing something.  That’s when I decided I would take on my enemy, the stencil once again to give my plain old Ikea curtains a little somethin-somethin!


I started with this Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels {bought with a 40% off coupon of course}.  It cam in a variety pack of stencils and I decided this particular variety was going to be best for me, so needless to say there may be Woman vs. Stencil Part III coming your way in the future.


See that there… that’s a stencil brush… and for the total cost of about $3 I was able to get a pack or 3 of them.  They made my stencilling experience oh so much more enjoyable!  As you can see I used some painter’s tape to keep my stencil in place and a paper plate to hold my {gold} paint {martha stewart craft paint}.


This was the perfect second stencil project as I didn’t care if the lines were perfect.  I quickly learned that blotting off the excess paint on my brush and “reloading” more regularly was the best way to get the look I wanted and to limit dry time between moves of the stencil.



I just moved the stencil as I went and used the seam on the curtains as a guide to keep the pattern {somewhat} straight.


and voila! Super simple DIY painted curtains.


 I love the texture you get when the light hits them. Definitely not perfect but that’s the best part!

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Grey Bedroom Retreat

This weekend I was working on our bedroom.  Our bedroom was one of the first rooms in the house we did (like literally on moving day) because as long as it was “done” we would at least have a space that was a little more peaceful than the rest of the chaos.

I had picked up our duvet cover and the fabric to create the DIY upholstered headboard months before we moved in, I probably should have taken them with me to pick my paint colour but we closed on a Friday and I was at our local Benjamin Moore store about two hours after we got our keys because I just needed one wall to feel “clean” can anyone else understand that?

I almost forgot the other reason I needed to get our room done… it’s because it looked like this.

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Yup, those are baby blue walls with chocolate brown trim.

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Nothing escaped her chocolate brown paint brush alive, even the bifold closet doors and bedroom door were attacked!

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Anyways, I went to our Benjamin Moore store completely unprepared (and desperate) and chose Chelsea Grey as the paint colour for our bedroom.  I liked the colour but after painting the room and then finishing the headboard I realized I had  created a monochromatic cave of a bedroom.

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Yup, thats a seven and a half foot tall king sized headboard, that nearly killed me three times.  I suggest not attempting that project without someone else at home or 911 on speed dial.  I can just picture how that conversation would have gone, “9-1-1 what is your emergency?” “I am being crushed by my giant headboard please send help!” I bet that would be a first for even the seasoned 9-1-1 operators!

Grey Bedroom Makeover - Simply Style BlogThis is how the room looked after about the first week.  I really wanted mirroredbut ended up picking up these at HomeSense after we moved in for $129.99 each.  I thought white was the better way to go with our grey cave and since our bed stands about * feet off the ground, I loved that these nightstands were extra tall!  I also picked up the lamps which are mirrored, at HomeSense before we moved, I couldn’t resist the bargain of $34 a piece (from $59.99) because they were missing the little doodad (that I am sure has a name but a name I don’t know) that holds the shades on.  They may or may not still be missing that doodad!

So the bedroom was kind of coming together but I should mention that Patrick likes a pitch black room to sleep in and so we had to figure out some sort of window covering right away.  We opted for debbie travis roman shade (no longer available) from Canadian Tire for round $50 or $60. The only problem was they didn’t have a white so we opted for this teal/green/blue coloured thing that I figured I would make work since our grey cave needed a pop of something.

Grey Bedroom Makeover - Simply Style BlogHere is the ever so (not) stylish window in our bedroom with the single curtain panel that assists with the black out.  I picked up that curtain panel for a steal of $8 and thought I would be able to find another one but never was.  I ended up not loving it because it was basically the exact same colour as the walls and only added to the grey cave vibe we unintentionally had going on.

Grey Bedroom Makeover - Simply Style BlogAnyways, I have been bothered by our bedroom for awhile and in an effort to break up the grey a bit I ended up making this pillow cover for a barrel pillow form I had picked up on Ottawa Street in Hamilton.  The fabric is from JoAnn Fabrics in the states, I am lucky enough to have a mother who loves me and a cousin who accepts my crazy visions so when my Mom was visiting my cousin Cathy in North Carolina last year I am pretty sure these two ladies toured every fabric store looking for fabrics I loved.  They ended up getting me numerous yards of this Waverley fabric that I never really determined a use for until this accent pillow.

It was coming together but I was still haunted every morning and every night but the awful window covering contraption.  I decided this week that I would make my own curtains as I hadn’t found anything I liked in a 96″ length since I wanted to mount them at ceiling height and ended up finding a fabric I loved that has just a little bit of sparkle to it at Fabricland for $18 a meter and this week is 40% off for their birthday sale, so for about $27 in fabric (this particular fabric was a double bolt, yay for me!) I was able to make my own curtains.

I made the curtains yesterday while I was home for the day and once they were done the green monster that was our roman shade was just screaming at me so I had the idea to cover it with the same Waverley fabric on the barrel pillow and not to toot my own horn but, I’m kind of in love.

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What do you think?  i get that it is still a grey cave but I think the pattern helps break it up and it’s our little retreat!

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And now for a guest appearance by Shaq.

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