How many of you love the home design show Fixer Upper? Seriously, who doesn’t?
A well deserving family or individual chooses one of three homes for an amazing husband and wife team to radically makeover just for them!
I KNOW. It’s the stuff of dreams.
First of all, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the real deal. (‘Cause y’all KNOW we’re buddies and on a first name basis.)
~insert teenage eye roll~
They’re sweet and kind, real and funny. I completely empathize with Joanna. She’s plotting and planning on how to design a room, and Chip is cutting up and mugging for the camera.
Totally like my DIY hubby. With one big exception. My hubby doesn’t exactly do what I tell him to.
Ok, maybe sometimes.
Come to think of it, there’s another exception.
No hit TV show. No TV show period. Unless you count my Youtube channel.
Nah, that doesn’t count!
But I do have a room to share that he actually allowed me to design from the ground up.
Or rather, allowed me to pull together one repurposed, trash to treasure DIY project at a time.
My hubby was a painting contractor for 25 years (his best DIY tips here) and he painted in a LOT of different homes. From the finest, most expensive in town to everyday ones like ours, he observed many different styles and trends.
As I was discovering my own personal style, what I liked and didn’t, why certain colors worked and others bombed, my hubby of 29 years developed pretty strong opinions of his own.
~insert double eye roll~
Might have caused a few
decades years moments of conflict as we’ve been working on our home over the last few years.
DIY is a lot like marriage, though. There’s give and take, compromise and disagreements!
Tim still has his opinions but these days he loves the joy I experience as I create my own perfect style in our home. I’m the one who derives the most pleasure in both the creative process and beauty of the dwelling we live in and share together.
Besides, I’m the one who is blessed to write and share all of it with you guys!
Y’all know I’m not a designer, have absolutely no training but am discovering as I go. I hope to inspire you to create a home YOU love without spending a lot of money or time. That’s what I’m doing and I’m having a blast!
Here’s where this room makeover began, with my now 17-year-old adopted son’s room, after he ran away from home. In reality, my son was not running away from our family that loves him passionately, but from deep wounds in his heart.
I’ve shown you just a bit of the amazing after, and why this room has tugged at my heart so much.
I designed this room with a single coastal colors inspiration piece in hand, thinking about my son’s likes and dislikes, yet knowing when he moved into a group home last August he didn’t want to live with us.
Even though he may not choose to live with us permanently again, I wanted this room to be a haven, a room where peace and love reign, whether my son visits for a night or longer periods of time.
Let me show you how to design a room around an inspiration piece. (It’s really easy, I promise!)
I knew I wanted to go with lighter walls (read all the details here). That was a no-brainer! After years of shocking red and a chalkboard paint accent wall the room spoke to me and said, please give me calm!
At first I was drawn to royal blue for painting some furniture we had, but my youngest daughter just kept telling me to go with “seaglass” accent colors.
Nope. I’m the designer. I get to decide.
Of course, we go shopping at Michael’s and see the perfect piece with coastal colors, on sale half off, and I’m sold.
Teenaged daughter, 1. Mom, 0.
Here’s how this little piece of art inspired my vision for the entire room.
How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece
I love the mix of rustic wood, rope and metals in this focus piece. It’s different than anything else in my home, yet still along the lines of the repurposed, shabby chic projects I love so much.
My daughter was right. The colors just speak calm to me, especially against the painted walls. I foresee a little bit of chalk painting in the future!
The word “relax” pretty much says it all, however, I knew I didn’t want to go all out with a beach theme. My son does love to collect seashells and could walk aimlessly for hours along the shore. As I began to accessorize the room, specific pieces in my attic stash, or items I found at yard sales became obvious choices for a more relaxed vibe.
You can see just a bit of a small nautical gallery wall that I created. Don’t you just love little sneak peeks?
That’s how my son’s small bedroom is transitioning from chaos to calm!
Chip and Jo, y’all are welcome to come to NC and start from scratch with my house. There are still a few rooms that need some HELP.
Y’all feel free to write and mention my name!
What do you think of the room so far? Do you like the color choices?
Read all the posts in our Coastal Bedroom Makeover series:
♥ How to Paint over Dark Walls
♥ Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover
♥ How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece (you’re here)
♥ How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint
♥ How to DIY a Plank Wall with Chalk Paint
♥ Inexpensive DIY Beach Decor Ideas and a Bedroom Makeover