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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Our Small Bathroom Makeover [Design Ideas]

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The hubby and I recently finished a little makeover on our small guest bathroom so I thought it might be fun to share some before and after pictures.

I was in a bit of a quandary on what direction to go with it because it doubles as not only our girls’  bathroom but also our guest bathroom. So I called upon my good friend Jessica Bennett from Jessica Bennett Interiors to give me some ideas. Lucky for me she offered to give me some design opinions in the midst of all of her big projects. Thank you JESS!

It is really nice having a friend that is an interior designer, because I was going to make it a more cutesy-cutesy kids’ bathroom-ish but Jessica’s opinion was to make it a lovely guest bathroom which kids also happen to use. 

I am glad she set me straight because I love how it turned out. I think it is tasteful and stylish for guests, yet I was also able to throw in a FEW cutesy details for my girls.

Here are my befores and afters (please excuse the weird angles and shadows, the bathroom is so tiny it is really hard to photograph!):

Bathroom Before:

As you can see, it was a tad dark and lacking any personality or cohesive style.  It was sort of a mishmash including a 6-year-old faded pink and khaki shower curtain, rusted shower curtain rod and outdated pastel shell wall art. Ugh.

The first thing we did was to paint it a lighter color a (Behr’s Natural Almond.)  Click here for a must read post on an easy way to pick your paint colors – such a great Jessica idea. My husband then added crown moulding. Lucky for me I have a handy husband that likes to take on projects like this…

I was inspired by these cute monogrammed towels on My Favorite Everything and I think these turned out sooo cute!  I replaced the standard bath towel rack with two hooks and added hanging towels. She also gave me the tip to get the bath towels with hooks at Ikea. Cheap and functional!

Jessica found these cute Hot and Cold Hooks on Pottery Barn on which to hang them…

Another one of my favorite new things we added to our new bathroom was my husband’s DIY homemade “double wide” kids’ stool in plain white.  It is great because it is wide enough for both girls to stand on and not push each other out of the way to get to the faucet, which they inevitably did, even with two separate stools.

Another useful addition was the little black hanging hand towel for the girls adjacent to their stool at their level.  Before they would use the regular hanging guest towel, but because they had to reach for it, they would end up pulling it off a lot and it would end up on the counter or the floor.

I found a matching robe hook and then actually used a hanging washcloth in black (great for kids) also at IKEA which had a built in hanging hook.

Playing off the black and neutrals from the shower curtain, I found these cute monogrammed containers at Pottery Barn for each girl’s toothbrush and toothpaste! Easy for them to reach and they like having their own “letter” cup to put their stuff back in when they are done!

For the bathroom wall art, I was looking for something a little fun (and I admit a TAD cutesy) so I was so excited to find these darling bathroom art prints on Etsy. I emailed the link to make sure they were “Jessica approved!”  I love that I could use the “Hang Your Towel” one above the girls’ towels.

And I just LOVE the Pottery Barn Shower Curtain Jessica recommended.  The ruffles make it feminine and fun for a girls’ bathroom. This piece sort of set the decorating tone for the entire bathroom.

Overall, I love the new look. We made a bunch of changes, all cosmetic, but these things can make a big difference. Here are a list of links if anyone is looking for these items!

Medicine cabinet: Classic Recessed Medicine Cabinet from Pottery Barn

Light fixture: Bennett Triple Sconce from Pottery Barn

Faucet: Heritage Double-handle Centerset Bathroom Faucet in Chrome Porcelain Cross from 

Vanity Fixtures: Chatham Knob in Polished Chrome from Restoration Hardware

Mongrammed toothbrush cups: Ceramic Monogrammable Bath Accessories from Pottery Barn

Guest Towel Ring: Bennett Towel Ring from Pottery Barn

Kids’ Towel Hook & White Bath Mat: Bed Bath N Beyond

Bathroom Art Prints: DeliveredByDanielle on Etsy

Frames: Matted 11 x 14 black frames from Michael’s (check your weekend paper for coupons)

Shower Curtain: Ticking Stripe Ruffled Shower Curtain on Pottery Barn 

White Bath Towels, hand towel and black washcloth: Ikea (in store – make sure to look for the ones that have the HOOKS if you want to hang like we did)

Towel Monogramming: The Monogram Store, Newport Beach

Wicker Vanity Tray & Waste Basket & Kleenex Holder: Crate & Barrel

Candle & Oil Diffuser: Pomegranate from Pottery Barn

 Thanks for reading and special thanks to Jessica for giving me her professional opinion and great ideas!

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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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