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One of the things I am most thankful for in my life is that my mother lives around the corner.
1.2 miles away.
After she sold the house I grew up in, she bought the cutest brick house with the perfect floor plan for grandchildren and children and cousins and visiting guests. There’s a kitchen and a living room and a master and a dining room and a downstairs playroom and an upstairs with two bedrooms and one bath.
She wanted to get the upstairs ready for all the holiday visiting and she asked me if I would help.
And I told her I would think about it.
She’s my mother.
She doesn’t take no for an answer.
Here’s one of the bedrooms upstairs.
Grayish khaki walls.
One single window.
Here’s our plan of action:
1. Lighter, brighter space
3. Freshen up the room to get it ready for guests
4. Add architectural interest
5. Help center the window with longer curtain rods
I came up with a simple, easy plan to add architectural interest to the walls with an over-sized harlequin pattern.
This is such an easy project and took an afternoon to complete.
It adds visual interest without overwhelming the space.
Here’s a close-up of the wood on the walls.
I’m sharing how we did this later.
After we caulked all the wood pieces, we painted the walls and painted the trim and hung artwork and added new bedding and a new rug and new furniture and a new lamp.
That same space looks like this.
My mother called me this morning and told me it looked like a magazine.
She was so excited at the transformation.
And the transformation?
It’s all due to one of my favorite paint colors of all time.
It makes such a color statement that we only painted one wall.
Quick decorating tip: if you want to add color and it seems a little overwhelming?
Pick one wall to add your color.
I found these bright, colorful paintings for over the beds.
I love how they pick up the color of the wall and bring a few other colors along.
Just a simple pop of white and color on the coral wall.
We found this lamp with this beautiful brass silhouette.
I loved it so much, I bought two for the twins’ room, too.
It goes perfectly with the small clock and the wood ampersand.
I wanted to balance out all the color and tie in the khaki carpet with a small area rug.
This one blends in perfectly with the existing carpet.
And it adds another layer of pattern to the room.
We kept it simple with the bedding.
White duvet covers.
White throw to help accent the coral.
The small dresser between the beds is the perfect place for guest storage.
I changed out the knobs on this dresser and replaced them with these brass knobs I found at a local thrift store.
Changing out hardware on a piece is an easy way to change it up.
The shining star of the space is this coral.
Coral Reef SW 6606 is one of my favorite corals because it goes with so many other colors.
You can pair it with a navy like Naval SW 6244.
Or keep it plain and simple with a classic white like Alabaster SW 7008.
I’m so happy with how the room turned out.
Are you ready for one more before and after?
The room is ready for the holidays.
The beds are made.
The sheets are fluffed.
The curtains are hung.
The guests have a colorful new space to lay their heads.
But more than that….
…my mother is happy.
And all is right with the world.
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