February has flown by and I do believe it was my busiest month yet. I have been working on redoing the girls' bedroom and also finishing up a loft space that we have in the house.
Today I am here to show you how to make decorating easy with the DIY Home Planner. I'll be sharing a few photos and also how I came up with the inspiration for it. Because let's face it, the last thing I would call myself is a decorator and I certainly don't want to lose my mind over this.
Let's take a quick look at the room before. it was a mustard color which really did little to make any of the photography I shot in there look good. But I digress. I don't believe this color is flattering for anyone. Trust me on this... it had to go!
I originally set out to decorate the room in my usual haphazard way. However, as luck would have it, KariAnne Wood blogger extraordinaire of Thistlewood Farm put the call out for friends who wanted to review her new book DIY Home Planner, and you know I just jumped at the chance.
Ever since I was a young girl I have been obsessed with floor plans, and was delighted to see that KariAnne had a whole section in the book all about how to create your own, and how to position furniture in your room without actually having to move it first.
It also has pockets so you can store your paint chips and fabric swatches. A portable decorating mood board, if you will.
I also used a fun app on the internet called Roomstyler that helps you create 3D images of your rooms. This gives you a good idea of how your furniture will look in the room.
The DIY Home Planner book is divided into sections such as flooring, paint colors, patterns, wall treatments, window treatments, etc. And it takes you step by step, showing you how to create a room. It really helped me to focus on what needed to be done and in which order to do everything. Because like I said before, I tend to be haphazard in my decorating decisions.
But not this time!
The first job was obviously the painting. With the girls input we decided to paint it white. But there are sooo many whites, so many! How do you choose the correct one? With much agony we chose basic brilliant white by Benjamin Moore and went with it. We started painting and the girls were helping and working hard...
But then something extraordinary happened.
They approached me about painting a wall a non-white color... for the most part. And this was the result.
I have to be honest, I was a bit hesitant when they suggested this idea to me, but boy was I surprised when I saw the result. You can see that the top is painted like outer space and as we come down the wall it turns into the atmosphere, with an ombre effect.
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Reading KariAnne's book was freeing for me because I felt as if it was okay to let the girls do this and not worry so much about the outcome. After all this is our home, we should be comfortable with it and it should be designed for us. It should make us happy and bring joy!
Normally I would shy away from so much color, but in this space it all came together. So I trusted in KariAnne and let the girls guide me, instead of the other way around, which is usually the case!
By the way, if you have ever been to her blog, you will understand why I trust her decorating advice so much. Her home is impeccable and warm, and sweet and so many more things all rolled into one.
When the time came to go to Ikea we were ready to choose the right storage units, Billy bookcases of course. And with the help of the Roomstyler we could even visualize the room. That made it easier to plan and pick the right pieces beforehand.
Of course nothing could have prepared us for this beautiful rug that we found there. It looked as if it was meant to be in that bedroom all along. Notice the ombre effect here?
After going over my budget, just a little bit, I even let the girls pick out some cute accessories.
The girls in turn were nice enough to let me place my recent painting (my only painting) in their bedroom since it looked like it belonged there. Oh and those lamps, they used to look like this before.
You can see how this whole black and white vibe is really coming together. And the blue, well, that was the unexpected surprise of the whole plan. We went with it and have not looked back since.
Below is the other space I'm also working on. It's called the loft space for lack of a better word. Just one big space with no walls - just a few windows. We were able to select the flooring after I had figured out the difference between hardwood, laminate and engineered wood is, thanks to the DIY Home Planner.
I am so glad to be done with this one. For a while there, I was dreaming gray colors... so many and all with different undertones... who even knew that was a thing! Thank you KariAnne... now I can go back to my normally scheduled dreams.
This book that has become my best friend - it even came to Ikea with me - is available now! You can order it on Amazon. Below is the link. And there is even an e-course.
It is infused with lots of KariAnne stories and witticisms but most of all it is full of hard earned advice for us folks who need all the help we can get when it comes to decorating.
If you have decorating dilemmas this is the book for you! Now you too can decorate the easy way with the DIY Home Planner because not all of us were born decorators.
In the coming weeks I'll be sharing lots more projects for these rooms that have become our new home.
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