DIY vs. BSN {Bonus Room Preview}

I know I hinted last week, but we really really are close to wrapping up the bonus room make-over and I can’t wait to share it all with you soon but today, I’ve been thinking about how we all make decisions for our homes.

This is how I operate decorate: it can take me some serious time to decide what I want and the process doesn’t end there. I try to wait for it to go on sale, question if it’s still what I actually want, finally buy/do and then wonder if it really was the right choice. Please tell me I’m not alone.

I’m a thinker. It’s how I’m wired; however, since I am on the tail end of this project, I can tell you- I’m very happy with my decisions. As I always say, it’s all subject to change and evolve over time- and chances are it will- BUT I’m almost to that place where I can say it’s complete (for now). In some form or another, I’ve marked everything off the list for the room. What I’m thinking about today, is that “in some form or another” statement. When do you think substitutions are ok and when do you hold out for THE PERFECT (insert whatever  you’re looking for here)?Home Sweet Here Bonus Room Preview

We did both in here. For example, Robb wanted a hideously ugly manly leather recliner, I wanted a pretty yet comfy, accent chair. When we finally agreed upon a leatherish recliner with the look that I liked and the feel he approved of, that was it. I stalked it at World Market until it went on sale and then I pounced on it like a cheetah. There were no substitutions that would make us both happy so we got it and it works. We were right to wait for the one.World Market

I also had grand visions of a new media cabinet for the TV but the sale is not good enough yet so I shopped the house and moved something else in there. New look, no cost and I’m completely happy with it for now. Home Sweet Here: Bonus Room Redo

But where I really changed things up is with an ottoman. We had a pretty large ottoman with our old hand-me-down couch and I don’t think the room would function well for us without something similar. We needed comfy enough to prop your feet on but sturdy enough to hold a pizza and drinks while movie watching.

My (very well thought out) plan, was to build an ottoman very much like this.

West Elm- Essex OttomanSeriously, I have a detailed plan drawn up in my head (other INTPs will understand that completely). I just needed to make it happen. But when you start adding up the cost of wood, foam and a pretty fabric that doesn’t make me gag- it’s not West Elm prices, but it’s not a cheap DIY.

So what do you do? Sometimes DIY or that perfect item is just too much. In this case I chose BSN. That’s “Buy Something Now.” I’m sure BSN will catch on as quickly as DIY. :)

We ended up with a these:Target

Two little ottoman/stool/poufs/whatever you want to call them from Target at about a 1/4 of the cost of the ottoman work perfectly. Will I build my dream West Elm rip-off someday? Maybe but my BSN solution is perfect for now. Home Sweet Here: Bonus Room Redo

Home Sweet Here: Bonus Room PreviewThe moral of this story is not to tell you that I’m cheap with some things and not with others, I really want to know what you do. Do you hold out for the one, or do you substitute? How do you decide what’s worth the DIY or extra cost and when you should just BSN? Let’s discuss.Home Sweet Here Bonus Room Preview


Go Big or Go Home {Master Bedroom Upgrade}

A picture is worth a thousand bajillion words. That’s an exact number. If you don’t believe me, take a picture of a room and tell me you don’t see every teeny little flaw. It’s true and it happened to me.

I love our master bedroom and I do not regret showing it to you first in my quest to update that pesky little home tour page. It is one of my favorite rooms in the whole house, but when you take a picture, edit it and look at it over and over again, and then you think about all the people out there in blogland who looked at it over and over again, you see the flaws.

The ginourmous pimple in my room was already on my to do list, but it quickly moved to priority #1 the more I looked at the pictures The wood tone one was a hand-me-down (thanks, mama) and the mirror one was perfect compared to the even teenier one I started out with (thank you again, mama!) but the more and more “finished” the room became the more I became aware that the scale was totally off.

So I did what anyone would do, I went big. Way big. Probably too big for some but I’m ok with it. Remember this guy and his twin?

Do you get where this is going? Oh yea. I bypassed nightstands all together and went for MATCHING DRESSERS. Most of the time, I’m a firm believer in different (yet totally balanced!) side tables but I went matching and did I mention HUGE??????

But wait! Are they really perfect? hmmmm. Am I the only one who has random pieces of drawer hardware just laying around to try out? I can be a bit picky in the hardware department but to be totally honest, I had no problem with the Ikea pulls. They were silver with some black tones in them and worked. Until this guy entered the picture. 

Oh my. That does make a difference. Jump in car. Drive quickly to Lowe’s. Grab 3 more.

But wait, again. As I was walking down the aisle at Lowe’s to leave with new hardware in hand, something pulled be back (pun intended).Hello, lover. I loved them. Robb loved them. We all lived happily ever after. The end.

Pictures? ok!

Sometimes I make a change in the house and I love it, but it’s the “it will work until I find perfection” kind of love. This one turned out to be “I want to spend the rest of my life with you kind of love.” I’m no design expert but I can feel balance. This change got me there for the master bedroom. The strange thing is, the more and more I discover my style, the more I realize I am not a fan of teeny furniture. My house is by no means big, but it is HUGE compared to the doll house I lived in previously. So maybe that explains my aversion to teeny furniture. Even in small spaces, if you use something that feels big initially, it’s usually right in the end.  Do you feel the balance? I do. I like to just sit there and look at how much more “finished” it looks and feels.  As for my to do list, let’s revisit that.

  • Artwork
  • Crown molding
  • Bigger nightstands (maybe in bright white?)
  • Bench for the end of the bed
  • Maybe paint the dresser- I just can’t decide

As for Avery, she’s a fan of the new addition too. I think she likes all the extra storage space. 

Home Tour: Master Bedroom

There are good and bad things about letting others, like the whole internet, know about your goals. The good thing is, you feel like you have to follow through and the bad thing is you feel like you have to follow through.

One of those is this pesky little post I made in January about my goals. I checked in several weeks ago and was doing pretty good on some. But some I haven’t touched. Like the whole House Tour deal.

I thought typing it and hitting publish would help, but that still doesn’t spotlessly clean your house and perfectly style everything. WordPress needs to upgrade that button.

But I promised to be real. You already know that I don’t live in a house that looks like a magazine and nothing here is perfect. Not even little Avery. And nothing is ever finished. The to-do lists grow and projects evolve. If I’m waiting for a finished product, I’ll be waiting approximately forever. So here goes nothing. I decided to start with the Master Bedroom. Let’s take a look at the true before, like before I moved in.

The Master bedroom is pretty simple- 12×15 with one window, one door to the hall, one door to the bathroom and one door to the closet. It is the only room that I painted before I moved in. I knew I wanted it to be a dark slate gray with simple bedding and touches of shimmer. I had an inspiration picture that I carried with me everywhere in my super organized “I’m buying a house!” binder. I cannot find the original source to this picture but I’ve kept it for over 2 years and it really was the starting point for the space. And it taught me that if you’re going to go with that dark slate you must have something else to break it up.

Everything is an evolution so here is the first phase.

I was happy with it for awhile but this was not my forever bedroom or even my more than a year bedroom. I liked the paint, bed and green accents so that got me thinking of what I wanted it to look like more permenantly. I replaced the bedding and (in my opinion) completely upgraded the whole room. What to see what it looks like now? OK!The bedding is my favorite. I fell in love with it at Z. Gallerie last year and waited and waited for it to go on sale. Then I looked at it on sale 34 times. Then my mama finally talked me into just getting it before it was gone. Mother really knows best. It has the green that I love and the floral/bird print is full of gray. The walls are a rich blue gray, but the green is what ties it in to the rest of the hosue. See how it peaks out from the hall that leads to the dining room? I kept the curtains the same because they still worked. With the walls so dark, the airy soft panels from World Market brighten and lighten it up a bit. You might have noticed that I edited a few items out, like the magazine bin. I still need a few more things but I like that there is no clutter (when it’s clean :)) Just bed, dresser, nightstands and mirror.

The lamps have changed THREE times, but I think this is where they’ll stay for a while. I moved these in when I upgraded the dining room lamps.

And there you have it our Home Sweet Master Bedroom (as of right now). There is still much to do like…

  • Artwork
  • Crown molding
  • Bigger nightstands (maybe in bright white?)
  • Bench for the end of the bed
  • Maybe paint the dresser- I just can’t decide

And in case you are interested here’s where I found everything:

  • Paint- Elephant Gray by Valspar
  • Bed- Overstock
  • Bedding-  Z Gallerie
  • Small Green Pillow- Home Goods
  • Sheets- plain white from Pottery Barn
  • Mirror over bed- Khol’s
  • Wall Sconces over bed- Z Gallerie
  • Curtains- World Market
  • Dresser- Flea Market a long time ago
  • Gold Mirror- Vintage family piece
  • Floor Mirror- TJ Maxx
  • Lamps- TJ Maxx
  • Orb Lamps- Pottery Barn
  • Fan- bought it for college and can’t sleep without it. Maybe from Target?

Perfectly done? No way! Magazine worthy? No way! BUT do  I LURVE where we are for now? HECK YES!