May
04
2015

Despite the title of this article, this is not actually going to be all about my feelings or personal reflections. Unless you count gazing at my full length reflection in the mirror a personal reflection (which you totally could). Nope, just a bit of decorating goodness, progress on my closet makeover, and a super handy tool, especially if you are working on a project by yourself. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten creative (and completely irritated) when I am trying to measure something larger than my personal wingspan and I am by myself. Let's not even reflect on how this scenario plays out when I need to measure both height and width then need to mark my point... multiple times. Forget it... So frustrating. I have developed some tricks over the years, but there are circumstances where those tricks don't precisely work, like when you are working in the middle of an empty wall and you need to calculate relatively precise distances between objects... And then do some math that hurts your brain... 

My tricks have nothing whatsoever to do with measuring, more like for hanging things and making sure they are level without having to climb up and down the ladder 87 times. But these smarty little Intel Tablets can actually give you exactly the kind of measurements you need when you are trying to figure out how many mirrors you can fit between two dressers and if you have enough space to hang a shelf above those cute dressers. Imagine if you were planning a gallery wall... you could snap a picture of the wall, tap the two points you want to gauge the distance between, both horizontally and vertically, then use a stylus to draw frame positions directly on your picture. You can even measure your frame size to get a true to life representation of how things will look. But, I digress down the rabbit hole of possibilities.

Armed with all my numbers I set out to add a bit of reflection to this space and some small storage solutions that are big on style, not on size. Visually, I didn't want to add bulk or weight to the space, prefering instead to keep things light with a round metal wire shelf and wire shelf brackets for hanging my heels.

To create the high heel storage unit I simply installed the two of these shelf brackets side by side and wrapped them at the ends with Mason Twine (similar to the stuff I used for the closet rods) to keep them close enough together that my heels sit and stay perfectly, regardless of the height (or lack thereof) of the heel. They hook over the spot where the shelves would go if I were using these as shelves, and fit nicely in the space between the brackets.

Now that I am virtually done with my side of this closet project (I still have a few other things to address), I am about to embark on the other half... otherwise known as mister TDC's side of the closet, but shhhh, don't tell him. He is resistant to change and fights me every step of the way until everything is finished... then he usually loves it.

To view all projects in this closet case series, in order, check out the articles below to see how far we have come!

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light // Easy Lighting Update

DIY // From Wiry Slobs to Sleek Hanging Rods

Just Add Shelves // Easy DIY Shelving for Stylish Shoe Storage

Closet Case // Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Closet Case // Measuring Up and A Bit of Reflection

IMAGES // Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential

 

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Mar
27
2015
The Design Confidential Closet Case Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Closet Makeover

It is so much easier said than done when it comes to 'not sweating the small stuff'. At least for me. It seems like the small stuff is precisely what starts the avalanche of mess in my house. No decent place to put that belt, so you set it on your dresser and before you know it, a week's worth of 'I might wear it again laundry' is right there with it. Ya, you know you all do it too... it's like the plague and then it spreads and multiplies. Ugh. I am excited to say I have picked up the pace on the closet a bit, after a huge delay from the wisdom teeth saga and subsequent infection which I absolutely still have and can't seem to shake. Aside from all that, it was the business of trying to figure out how to store the small stuff that was a major mental hurdle for me. As you can see, I settled on a solution or two and after living with them for a bit, I am fairly confident I love them and they shall work perfectly!

To view all projects in this closet case series, in order, check out the articles below to see how far we have come!

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light // Easy Lighting Update

DIY // From Wiry Slobs to Sleek Hanging Rods

Just Add Shelves // Easy DIY Shelving for Stylish Shoe Storage

Closet Case // Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Closet Case // Measuring Up and A Bit of Reflection

The Design Confidential Closet Case Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Closet Makeover

I feel like we are blogging this in real time and by real time I actually mean 'as slow as molasses'. But, that is just about how things go around here, especially these days. I still have so many other things to address in this space, and of course there is the whole issue of the mister's side of the closet. I can tell you with certainty that he is coming around to the idea of making some sweeping changes there. I mean, how can you not when my side looks so puurrrrtttty. Right? I think... I am not sold on the whole jewelry display arrangement at the moment, though truly that is the one aspect of this that is temporary and in need of a good DIY project I think. It's hard to find something that doesn't rest on a surface that will handle everything from rings to earrings. For now, the stem of a tree shaped kid toy and a towel holder will suffice.

The Design Confidential Closet Case Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Closet Makeover

Since I decided not to build out the entire closet at this point in my life, with a wild toddler on the loose and a seven year old who enjoys chaos more than calm, I have gone the route of budget friendly and easily obtainable for the main pieces and basic storage structure. Everything else is fair game here, but for the large pieces so far things seem to be taking a path of all white, all IKEA, and easy on the wallet to be sure. Except for the art. This particular art print is from my favorite online haunt - shutterstock, duh. But I do have several other pieces planned for this space, and they are pretty special so I can't wait to show you!

IMAGES // Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential

 

Palm Print

Malm 3 Drawer Chest

Glass Top

Vertical Wall Shelf

Enudden Scarf and Belt Holder (actually a towel holder but whatev)

Have you been making any sweeping changes at home? Maybe you are less impatient than I and you are attempting to build out a space to custom perfection? I hope so... I will live vicariously through you! This space is in no way done or even close yet to be honest, but slowly we march along, one tiny step at a time...

Feb
16
2015

I realize this complete list of sources and details has been a long time coming so I will get right into it and share all of the lovely things for my family room makeover. Of course since I was really only getting this space styled out and decorated for the first time since moving in, it was less of a makeover and more of a make? Or something like that... if you know what I mean. To browse the full reveal, click here, otherwise hang on to your socks folks... because all of the projects and purchases are listed out below in one handy spot for you to reference! Yahoo!

DETAILS + DIY PROJECTS // 

My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal + Gallery

Removable Marble Wallpaper

Easy + Inexpensive 5 Minute DIY Fabric Trim

My Houseplants Bring All The Boys To The Yard

NOTE // There are quite a few items listed for the sources below that I am still trying to find links for, so if something is listed and not linked, stay tuned because I shall find the proper link and update this list as I do!

FURNISHINGS //

Sofa with Chaise / Room + Board

Leather Loveseat / Vintage from Craigslist

White Leather Club Chair / Wayfair

Mid Century Dresser / Vintage from Denio's

Large Black Trunks / Vintage from Denio's

Low Black Trunk / Vintage Inherited

Deco Glam Coffee Table / Vintage from Craigslist

Deco Glam Console Table / Vintage from Craigslist

Expedit Shelving as Console Table / IKEA

White Media Cabinet / IKEA

Navy Ceramic Stool / HomeGoods

FIXTURES //

Hanging Wood + Brass Light Fixture / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Floor Lamp / Target

Oversized Yellow Ceramic Table Lamps / Vintage from Craigslist

Himalayan Salt Lamp / Target

Curtain Rods / Industrial Plumbing DIY with Parts from Home Depot

Switch Plates / Adorne by Legrand

ACCESSORIES + DECOR //

Rug / Rugs USA

Curtains / Nate Berkus for Target

Large Ceramic Pot in Mint / HomeGoods

Small Ceramic Pot in Blue / HomeGoods

Small Ceramic Pot in White / HomeGoods

Large Brass Pot / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Small Brass Pot / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Medium Copper Pot / Smith + Hawken for Target

Large Baskets Various / Target / HomeGoods / Vintage from Snowline Hospice

Moroccan Pouf / Nate Berkus for Target

Teal Trunk / Vintage Inherited

White Deco Round Vase / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Small Black Cat / Vintage Perfume Bottle from Snowline Hospice Cameron Park

Brass Elephant / Vintage from Denio's

Brass Birds / Vintage from Denio's

Cholla Skeleton / Denio's

Acacia Wood Tray / Target

Mint Photo Box / Martha Stewart for Avery

Acacia Wood Vases / Target

Black Sculptural Fruit Bowl / Dot + Bo

FRAMED ART + WALL DECOR //

Graphic Black and White Print / Society 6

Black and White Print Water and Rocks / HomeGoods

Black and White Print of Stormy Ocean Waves / Vintage from Snowline Hospice

Fiber Art / Vintage from Snowline Hospice

PILLOWS + THROWS //

Kilim Pillow / One Kings Lane

Moroccan Pillow / Nate Berkus for Target

Tie Dye Pillow / Threshold for Target

Red White Embroidered Pillow / HomeGoods

Gray Yellow Embroidered Pillow / Target

Geometric Pattern Pillows / HomeGoods

Faux Fur Throw / H&M

TDC 
Jan
21
2015
The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

Oh yes, my fabulous unlikely nightstand has a new home. It seems like every time I finish a space, I systematically undo everything good about the space and start again in some way. Obviously I have a loose screw. But in my defense, I have been on the hunt for a vintage dining room table and chairs for some time, and I recently found something that made my heart skip a beat (I will share all about my new beauty later in the week) and that something happened to be blond. Now, I don't mind mixing wood tones, or metallics for that matter... obviously. Once I found the table I took a good look at my Master Bedroom and felt like with recent changes I have made in there, this gorgeous shelf was a bit of the odd gal out, if you know what I mean. Since she is blond like my table for the dining room, it got me thinking that it would perhaps be the perfect thing to fill this awkward wall that spans clear to the second story. Such a tricky thing to style since it is relatively narrow but super duper tall. It would be overwhelming to go all the way up, but not going up high enough would be equally not perfecto. These shelves with their height and open framework are the perfect compromise of size and weight and I couldn't be happier with the new space for me to store and display my goods.

Truly equal parts form and function here. Yahoo.

Master Bedroom for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

The shelves in all their glory in the previous space, worked with the headboard situation I had going on at the time this image was shot. But alas that has also changed in the last month (I know... such a horrible blogger who takes years to update you all) and so there isn't much left to tie these shelves into the space anymore. Of course this leaves a rather large gap in my Master that will need to be addressed real quick like because it is making me twitch when I walk into this now undone room. Seriously.

Just for the hell of it, let's take a look back and see how far this unlikely nightstand has actually come. It feels pretty monumental to me, but I still have so much work on the dining room to finish before it feels truly full circle I guess.

Unlikely Nightstand for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

Her modest beginnings as a brand new member of the family, nearly a year ago (or more? eek). Oh how my eyes lit up when I stumbled upon her, left out in the cold as someone's trash. A little bit of TLC and she was shining bright in her new home as my unlikely nightstand.

Master Bedroom Makeover for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

As this space grew and morphed into my dreamy master bedroom, so did these shelves grow to feel a bit more grown up and complete.

Weekend Wall Challenge Art Update for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

As I updated the art, and focused on the gallery wall flanking these shelves, the more spectacular they became... until I threw a wrench into the whole plan and ripped them from their comfy surroundings and put them into an entirely new space and with an entirely new purpose. Yikes! It's a damn good thing this new arrangement feels like home for these shelves... for now.

Penn undecorating for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

Of course no project would be complete without this cute face helping dismantle everything I do as I go along. Oh how my boys both love to decorate and undecorate. They Must get it from me?!

Design 
Jan
08
2015
The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys and Shower Curtain Basket Towel Starbust Mirror Brass Blue White Shibori

I’m not sure when or even how, but somewhere along the line my tiny baby bird became a much bigger babe and moved right into the glorious age of bath time water sports and other miscellaneous shenanigans. Oh the pride he shows as he helps most of the water out of the bath, oh what an adorable nightmare it is. Naturally, I thought this was a good time to move him into his own bathroom. Of course where there is a new space to be used, there must be style and function in place.

Shower Curtain / Bamboo Bowl / Mirror / Basket / Tank Basket / Bath Towel / Hand Towel Gray

Starburst Mirror Tank Basket Brass Planter Shibori Shower Curtain Tea Towel Hand Towel for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

I knew Target would have everything I needed and I didn’t leave empty handed. Not even close. I think they should make carts that can attach to each other like a train, just in case you do an impromptu redesign and you don’t plan your cart packing as well as you could have.

Mirror / Basket / Tank Basket / Bamboo Bowl / Bath Towel / Hand Towel Gray / Shower Curtain / Gray Marble Towel

Blue Ceramic French Bulldog Cookie Jar Wooden Sphere Hammered Brass Tray Framed Landscape Photography Feather for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

There is a connecting bath between Penn’s room and Blake’s room that they will ultimately share. Until now, neither of them have really used this bath much. With the 5 year age difference between them, they have different needs in this space. My biggest babe is now able to do much of his bathing and bedtime routine himself, but the little babe is not and is still a general hazard where many of the bath time tools are concerned. Storing items like q-tips in containers is a must and the French Bulldog Cookie Jar is perfect for my little animal lovers.

Framed Art / French Bulldog Cookie Jar / Wooden Sphere / Hammered Gold Tray

Basket Towel Holder Throw Blanket Navy Moroccan Pillow Teal Arrow Stripe Rug Gray Chunky Rug Woven Bench Brass Planter Shibori Shower Curtain for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

The floors in this space are tiled so rugs are also an absolute requirement in here, especially with the extra splashing going on these days. There are no towel bars near the actual place where a person might be looking for one, so a basket serves as easy storage with extra towels for those particularly wet and wiggly kiddos of mine.

Arrow Rug Teal / Chunky Rug / Bench / Throw / Pillow / Basket / Wastebasket / Shower Curtain / Hand Towel Gray

Himalayan Salt Lamp Night Light Bamboo Tumbler Toothbrush Holder Framed Landscape Art Bamboo Soap Dispenser and Hand Towel for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

I found these fabulous kitchen towels to use next to their sinks, and love the pattern and interest they add. A big focus on hand washing is always happening in this house so they each have their own soap dispensers and Penn (the littlest) has a bench that can be moved next to the sink so he can reach. When he isn’t washing hands, the bench can be used by Blake for sitting (shocking I know) so he can remove those tricky bits of clothing that love to stump a 7 year old, like socks!

Gray Marble Towel / Salt Lamp / Bath Towel / Hand Towel Mint / Soap Dispenser / Tumbler / Framed Art

Blue Ceramic French Bulldog Cookie Jar Hammered Metal Tray Brass Wooden Sphere Bamboo Soap Dispenser for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

With both boys wanting to be big boys so very badly, a new space decorated just for them with their particular needs and wants is pretty exciting.

Wooden Sphere / Hammered Gold Tray / French Bulldog Cookie Jar / Tumbler / Soap Dispenser

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Jan
06
2015
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal

It has been many many moons since I gave you this teaser and now I suppose it is high time I finally share my family room overhaul with you, especially since I have already started changing things up (yes ridiculous, I know). There are a few fab DIY projects in this space, a great many budget scores and a lot of gorgeous goods that are vintage and were also extremely kind on the wallet. All told, this room was a bit tricky to pull together given it's size, and without having much in the way of funding to dedicate to this space I had to be creative, to be sure. 

I shall stop talking and let you browse. Then we can all dish on the details later... yahoo.

Of course if you would like to check out other spaces I have recently finished, visit my Home Tour page and for some of my recent styling work you can check out my recent work page (it's new and will be getting a makeover soon).

Now where were we...

The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal

Many of you remember the ever popular DIY removable wallpaper wall of 2013, it looks so very different to me, in this space with all new decor and shows just how far this room has come since we moved in. As a room wrapped in windows that all sit lower than most furniture stands, the layout of this space was quite a task. I think the current arrangement will be around for a while, but I am dying to try a totally new arrangement just for the hell of it. Trying something unexpected is always where I find my happy place in a space.

The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal

I will follow up with a full list of sources and projects for this space this week! There is one in particular that involves an inexpensive version of fabric trim and I can't wait to share it. It's just spectacular and I have now used this little styling secret 3 more times since originally doing it for this space. *Squeal* because seriously specialty trim is crazy stuupid expensive and truly not affordable for most of us, and so we go without... but not anymore - stay tuned for that project! 

I hope you like this space as much as I do! It is so very comfortable for my little family and a snap to keep clutter free - crucial for my sanity! 

TDC 

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