Bedroom + Office Makeover: The Reveal

A home tour of @thecraftedlife's Philly apartment (bedroom + office)It’s time for the reveal y’all! I am so excited to have this space done because I think one of the hardest aspects about moving is not feeling settled. While I still have my living room and kitchen to go, this makeover has certainly pushed me in the right direction of making Philly my new home (you can read a bit about that in yesterday’s before post).

I will do my best to link to sources, but if there’s something you see and would like to know where it’s from, just leave me a comment! Now, on to the photos!

A home tour of @thecraftedlife's Philly apartment (bedroom + office)For the space, I tried to make it a mix of DIY (like that polka dot pillow) and pieces I really love. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve lived alone, which meant I didn’t have to check in with anyone if they liked what I did. Thus, pink side tables.

One of my favorites pieces in the room is the oversized palm tree print (54″x 40″) from Minted. I was nervous that such a large scale print would overpower the room, but it really just adds the perfect amount of color. I think if you’re going oversize that it’s important to keep the art simple and keep it to scale (ie don’t make it bigger than the bed).

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Bedroom + Office Makeover: The Before

Bedroom + Office Makeover: The BeforeAlright friends, it’s the week of the big reveal! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on the last two months. Let’s start at the beginning, the before.

You might remember that in December I moved from Portland to Philly. Because I drove across the country in a smaller U-Haul, I ended up leaving a lot of things behind. And even though I ended up sleeping on an air mattress for two months (ps this one is amazing if you’re looking), it also gave me the opportunity to start fresh and really narrow in on what I wanted.

Bedroom + Office Makeover: The BeforeIf we’re being completely honest here, I’ve never considered myself that great at decorating. I know what it is I like when I see it, but it’s always been hard for me to bring it all together on my own. So since my goal for the year was to change that, I’ve been doing a lot of research. Reading books and magazine and really studying what it is that I like about styled home photos that I come across. I recommend grabbing a copy of Sage Living and/or Styled if you’re looking for some new inspiration.

The apartment I moved into was essentially a blank slate. When it came to shopping for new pieces I asked myself if I absolutely loved what I was considering. If it was a no, then back it went. After doing this several times, I finally came up with some pieces that I really love, as well as a mix of DIY projects that I think are some of my favorite to date.

Bedroom + Office Makeover: The BeforeSo that’s a preview of what the space looked like before!  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the full reveal!

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Mounted Wall Desk

DIY Mounted Wall DeskHappy Monday friends! Boy am I excited to show you a preview of my room makeover today! There’s still a bit left to do, but I really couldn’t contain my excitement about this diy mounted wall desk. After rounding up these creative workspaces, I fell in love Old Brand New’s midcentury wall desk. So, instead of buying a new desk for my office space, I decided to give Dab’s tutorial a try!

In all honesty, I was a bit overwhelmed looking at the instructions online, but I have to tell you, it’s SO much easier than it seems and I am beyond thrilled that I went for it.

DIY Mounted Wall DeskI decided to paint my brackets a variety of different colors because the more color the better, right? I used the laminate boards recommended in the original tutorial, but part of me wishes I would have made custom ones because the screws (that hold the board onto the bracket) aren’t as secure. It did, however, save a ton of time and I can always go back later and add them if I want.

DIY Mounted Wall DeskOverall, the unit cost about $220 for all the supplies and took a little over an hour to install. The fun part is that the shelves can me moved up, down and around, so if I ever get bored with my space, I can change it up for free.

So what do you think?! Maybe it’s the fact that the pin actually worked, or that now my room is much more colorful, but I’m totally smitten with it! I can’t wait to show you the full space next week!

DIY Mounted Wall Desk

Office Makeover + DIY Storage Boxes

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesHappy Monday all! Today is a fun day because I finally get to reveal what I’ve been working on over here for the last month… my office makeover! If you’ve been a reader for a while, you might remember the office makeover I did last year. Almost immediately after hitting publish on that post, that space become one giant hot mess. I mean stuff was so all over the place that I sometimes found it hard to walk to my chair in the morning. Yikes.

After really evaluating what was happening, it came down to the fact that nothing had a designated place. Because I didn’t have storage for any of my craft supplies, I ended up just putting them wherever there was room (aka stuffed in the closet), which as you can image, is not a great system for staying organized.

So, I teamed up with Snapfish to get my office into shape! Not only are the steps I took totally diy-able, but they’re affordable and super easy. Let’s get to it:

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesFor smaller and frequently used items, like scissors and paint brushes, I used mason jars and a simple shelf from Ikea. This way, everything is in eye sight and easily grab-able.

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesRemember that mousepad?! If not, you can grab the diy right here.

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxes

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesTo make the room feel larger, I swapped out the partially painted wall for floral wallpaper. Another way I organized my space was by making these colorful storage boxes. The DIY is easy peasy:  Continue reading…