Project Girls’ Rooms Makeover: Before Pics

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As you know from my previous mattress post, with two new Serta mattresses on the way for the girls, I had to rethink our girls’ bedroom situations.

Our house was built in the 50’s, so the bedrooms are small. I think people must have been smaller back then. In our 7 years living here, we never figured out proper storage in their rooms. Nothing really had a designated place, which resulted in a lot of clutter, and they never felt functional to me.

With these new mattresses on the way, I was forced to look at their rooms from a brand new point of view for the girls’ next stage of life.

Emma, at 6 years old and in 1st grade, has matured into more of a big girl grade schooler, and had definitely outgrown her toddler-ish room.

Morgan, at 3 years old, was ready to move out of her baby room and crib into her first big girl room.

But trying to figure out what I should do in their rooms design-wise made my brain hurt.

With our limited space, I was having such a hard time visualizing what made the most sense.  Should I move their rooms, keep them? My husband and I would stand in the doorway of the bedrooms (the girls’ rooms and our guest room) and just stare at them trying to figure out what to do, and we were stumped.

We needed help.

Through my blogging years, I have become friends with Shanna from My Favorite Everything. She is so darling and talented and has a background in interior design and the most fabulous style. I had heard she was starting to take on some design clients this year, get this, —> specializing in children’s bedrooms and family living spaces. Just what we needed!

So I sent out a design S.O.S to Shanna, which turned into an assessment meeting fueled by lattes with idea flying around on how we could create new bedrooms for our girls. Ones that would be more functional and appropriate for this stage of their life.

It’s pretty amazing what a fresh pair of eyes and new perspective can do.

She had ideas I would NEVER have considered in a million years, and after talking it out, and looking at our bedrooms, she had a clear vision of what we should do and the direction we should go.

And it was going to be a project of musical bedrooms with three rooms to re-do: 

Emma was moving to the guest room, the guest room was moving to Morgan’s room, and Morgan was moving to Emma’s room.

Shanna was on the job!  I thank God for her because the thought of re-doing three bedrooms at once felt as daunting as a move.  With small children, I can’t imagine doing this on my own, as I seriously have NO extra time between my family and the blog.

With my blessing, Shanna asked me if was OK to post some before pictures from our project on her blog. Here they are (don’t judge.) I can’t believe how cluttered things got over time. The rooms really felt like a mish-mash of stuff. I never really decorated the rooms like I wanted to with either girl, because when I was doing the rooms both times around, I was moody, tired and pregnant! Not advisable.

You will not BELIEVE what Shanna did to transform our three rooms.

They are something out of a dream.  And she incorporated so many brilliant ideas on to make our kids’ rooms more functional ~ she is a space management / storage genius! Now everything has a PLACE and my house has never been more organized or clean.  Not only did she change our rooms, she changed our way of life.

She was like a little design fairy that sprinkled her magic design dust all over our little rooms. And she made them spectacular.

We are going to reveal them one by one. Stay tuned. I am so excited to share I can barely stand it!!

In the meantime, click HERE to visit her post and see some befores on what she was working with…

Happy Friday gals! See you back on Monday!

[Disclosure: We received our Serta mattresses free to faciliate review as a result of my participation in the 2012 blogger program.]

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I Love Houzz

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For anyone doing any sort of home improvement project, home design project, or if you are just someone who loves looking at photos of homes to get ideas, you will go CRAZY over this website,

The Houzz site is home to thousands of articles and interior and exterior photos that design professionals are able upload to showcase their portfolios. It is the largest database of design and decorating ideas.

You can create your own “Ideabook” by category, so whenever you see a photo that catches your eye, you can make a comment and save to  reference later. What I love the most is that you can sort and filter to find exactly what you are looking for.

For example, my husband and I are thinking about putting in new patio flooring, so I can search on Houzz by “Patio” and then also filter by style, “Contemporary.”

Then I add patios I like to my “Patio Ideas” Ideabook and he is able to do the same.  It is helpful to then be able to go back to look at all the ones you saved to notice what you like about them and see patterns emerge. Sometimes home projects can be overwhelming, and this makes it easier (and FUN!)

There is even more you can do with it…sharing, discussions, finding professionals in your area, etc…that I haven’t even explored yet!

I also recommend downloading the Houzz App if you are on an iPad or iPhone.  They even have a Houzz Kids’ Rooms App.

One of my favorite weekend activities is to steal away while hubby is with the kids to sit in bed with a cup of coffee to drool over gorgeous home photos.


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Another Jessica Bennett Interiors Tiny Oranges Project: A Little Boy’s Room

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This past March I did a post on the extreme accessories makeover that Jessica Bennett Interiors did on my living room.  Every single time I walk through my new living room it makes me feel happy.

From this first post, Jessica got lots of inquiries from Tiny Oranges readers also wanting some design assistance. One of these inquiries resulted in a super cute “big boy” room for a soon-to-be big brother of an OC mom in Irvine!

I love that my post turned into a beautiful new room for another family, so this is a full circle project between Jessica Bennett Interiors and Tiny Oranges! I love design posts so I am thrilled to show you this family’s before and after pictures of their two-year-old’s new room.


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Designing to Make a Difference

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I am a HUGE fan of Jessica from Jessica Bennett Interiors. Huge.  I wrote about her here.

Jessica Bennett Interiors is an Orange County interior design firm specializing in young families and professionals and she did the most amazing transformation of my living room in what I called my “Extreme Living Room Accessories Makeover” a few months back. Every day when I see that room that I love so much, I think of Jessica and I smile.

And now Jessica has made me smile again for another reason.

To me it is incredibly heartwarming to see people that use their talent for a good cause. Which is exactly what Jessica is doing in a very special design project benefiting the Good Shepherd Center for homeless women and children in Los Angeles.

The Good Shepherd Center gives refuge to women and children who are otherwise homeless, have a small income, and need a place to stay for up to two years while they find work and start getting back on their feet.

Just take a moment to let that sit with you.

Can you imagine having children and being homeless?   Being a mom is tough enough on it’s own but not being able to have a safe haven to call home is beyond comprehension.

Jessica Bennett Interiors is one of thirty other interior designers from Los Angeles and Orange County who have each pledged to design and completely furnish 30 different rooms for 30 different women, pro bono.

The designers are all donating their time and talent to design a new, beautiful room for the women residents so that they can have a fresh start as they work to rebuild their lives.

This amazing project is headed by two equally amazing women, Vanessa De Vargas and Vanessa Kogevinas. You can read more about the project here and read all about Jessica’s Good Shepherd designer interview here.

So now comes the easy part (designing the room!) and the hard part (paying for it…) so GUESS which part she needs your help with?

Since Jessica always dreams big, her goal is to raise $10,000 for the center.

She needs $4,000 to outfit her room from top to bottom and wants to raise another $6,000 to put directly in the center’s hands to help support the amazing work they are doing to help so many women.

Whether you can spare $5 or $1000, no amount is too small or large.  And she is getting the ball rolling with a $500 pledge in addition to her design service.

The list below shows you what your money can buy for her dream room:

Bulletin Board $20
Towel Bar $30
Picture Frames $40
Towels $40
Mirror $50
Lamp $90
Paint $100
Small Painting $100
Sconce $100
Light Pendant $130
Desk Chair $200
Large Painting $200
Area Rug $300
Chest of Drawers $300
Desk $300
Bedding $400
Painters $500
Window Treatments $500
Upholstered Headboard $600

Total $ 4,000

If you are moved to want to help Jessica with this project, you can click here to donate and send funds via PayPal or you can send a check to*:

Jessica Bennett Interiors
1931 Newport Blvd., Suite J
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

The project begins June 1st so she needs to have all donations collected by June 8th!

Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance!

*Due to logistical limitations at the shelter, all donations must be paid/made out to Jessica Bennett Interiors. Once all the donations are collected, we will then send the Good Shepherd Center a check, accompanied by a list of all our generous donors.

GOOD LUCK JESSICA!! I can’t wait to see the “after pics!”  I will do a post on the transformation Jessica does on this room!

{Disclosure: Jessica Bennett Interiors is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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