Decorating With Family

Today’s post will explain why there was no post yesterday.  We were helping my parents make-over their bedroom.  They live in middle-of-nowhere Iowa…aka the land of slower than dial-up internet.  We did make pretty good progress over the week-end.  Just not on the blog front. 

Here is my parents’ bedroom before we arrived.  It has been some form of this for the past 6 years.  You know, when they moved in.


My love for decorating is hereditary.  Can you tell?

My mom wanted a cottage look and a “warm” feeling.  My dad wanted to spend $0.00 and I was repeatedly told that I was not to touch the trim.  Why?  Because I may have asked him approximately 1 million times if we could paint the trim white and he’s horribly opposed.  Old people.

Here’s how we ended the week-end…(We had some trouble photographing the room.  The below picture makes the room seem he-giant and the wall color is giving Nate fits in editing.  Amateurs.)

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Yes, Ike makes himself at home wherever he goes.  They are still waiting on white curtains.  The only size of curtains that they sell in the middle-of-nowhere is 84” which are not nearly tall enough.  They also need something above the bed.  I’m thinking a round mirror to balance out all of the square (I act like I know what I’m talking about). 

Everyone loves a good room breakdown so here it is.  The only thing we kept from the original room was the bed frame and mattress.  I did push hard for the bamboo sconces but they didn’t quite make the cut.

Wall Color:  Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.  I like how this color changes throughout the day.  Sometimes greyish. Sometimes greenish. Sometimes blueish.

Bedding:  Purchased at TJMaxx. I don’t know the price or brand because Mom isn’t answering her texts. Get with it Mom. This is important stuff.

Headboard: Nate built it! (More details on that to come).  $50-$60

Nightstands: I taught my mom how to paint furniture and we got to work on the thrifted night stands. $18 and $15.  (Nightstands are hard to find.  I had a dream the night before we went looking for them that we finally found a matching pair after endless searching.  Some lady started yelling at me and I stepped away.  The nightstands then disappeared.) I inhale too much pill dust during the day.  We did not find a pair but they were very similar looking.  They were higher priced than I would normally pay but I get my patience from my mother and she wanted to complete this room.

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Lamps:  I found them at my local Salvation Army.  They were originally dark brown.  We painted them coral.  $6 for the pair of bases.  $12 for the pair of lamp shades. 

Dresser: My mom purchased this from a co-worker.  It was originally made by a family member of the co-worker.  I love furniture with a story.  Mom wanted a punch of color so we went with Sherwin Williams Coral Reef. $25.

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Floating shelves: Nate built the floating shelves thanks to easy to follow instructions from Ana White and Young House Love. $10 for the pair (there is a shelf on each side of the window).

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What did I learn about helping someone else decorate?   It was hard because I have definite likes and dislikes but I need to remember that everyone has different tastes and there isn’t one right answer when it comes to decorating.  But maybe a better answer. Mine. Overall, it was a fun project.  Especially because we didn’t have to fork over any money for a fun make-over.

Have you helped a family member tackle a big project?  How’d it go? 

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