Growing up, our parents weren’t in a position to give us the latest and greatest. We never had an excessive amount of gifts to open at Christmas and often relied on giving each other homemade gifts. The lesson we learned was that giving is not always about giving material things as you can also give by putting your talents or gifts to good work.
My mom would bake and decorate our cakes, embroider a monogram on our uniform and with my dad’s help, make our birthday pinatas, etc. When my dad was a child, he used to work with a tailor who taught him to sew. He would make caps and sell them to his friends and to this day, helps my mom with patterns or with difficult sewing projects. So often times my mom would sew my sisters and me new dresses for our birthdays or Christmas. The tradition continues as each year my mom will make something handmade for all 9 of her grandkids.
So when my little sister – who lives with my parents – told me she wanted to remodel her downstairs bedroom, I offered to help her transform her space which needed a lot of love.
The first thing we did was plan the space and one of the tools we used were idea boards. The Wayfair site offers a great idea board tool that makes it easy to share favorite products and collaborate on the design. This was so helpful as we were able to see each other’s items as we were planning the space. Here is a link to my sister’s idea board, which she aptly titled ‘I like it’ ha. And here’s a link to the board I had created.
But let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Are you ready? Here is a photo of the before…
Well, this is actually mid-process I guess as my sister and dad had removed the closet which had been located in the sunken area on the left. Notice the lovely blue carpet that was in the room?
Once they knocked down the closet, my sister also smoothed the popcorn ceiling. I can’t believe she did it all by herself in one day, but she was determined to get that thing off. ha
A fresh coat of paint, of course new flooring and let’s have a look at the after…..
Amazing, right? Because this is not a very big room, it’s hard to take a good photo but I love how it turned out. My dad built an entirely new closet with drawers but I will share in at a later post.
I love the color of the wall and the way the headboard looks against it. I think it’s a great mixture of rustic and modern.
My sister and dad made the headboard which was inspired by this ONE. I’ll have a tutorial for you at a later date.
I think they did such a great job!
Another great addition to the room was this fan from my friends at Hunter Fan. This is the Valby Fan and it’s just so perfect for this style and mixture of rustic and modern (sorry, not available in Canada).
Isn’t it just so cool? It’s really one of my favorite features in the room.
Valby features a wall control and integrated LED light kit, along with a Direct Drive™ motor that provides powerful airflow with silent performance to keep your space cool. And the Valby comes with a cool remote control as well.
I kept telling him this wasn’t his photo shoot, but he kept climbing on the bed so I just left him.
Here is the other side of the room with a super cool barrel chair from Wayfair.
My sister loves plants. I mean, she loooves them and I believe the term ‘plant lady’ was named after her. She fell in love with this beautiful ceramic planter which she used to house this snake plant which someone had thrown out. I saw it one morning as I was walking Brody along with someone’s garbage and I quickly picked it up as I knew my sister would love it.
I need to apologize for the dust on the mirror. With all of the renovating, the dust settled on it which was sitting nearby. As you can see, it’s still not hung because we knew our dad would want to make sure it was done ‘properly’. He’s a perfectionist when it comes to things like that, so we thought it would be best to leave it until he did it. ha
That adorable little crochet doggie was made by my sister. Isn’t it cute? Let me know if you want one, she’ll gladly take orders…ha
Here’s another side by side of the before and after…
And here is my sister’s furry baby. He’s quite cute in person but needs a serious haircut…ha.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope that as this Holiday season approaches, you keep in mind that giving is not just about material things but service also counts and often times is just as appreciated.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful week ahead.