Where Are They Now?

We showed you a lot of really fun projects over the last several weeks as we were a part of Creating With the Stars. I had an absolute blast coming up with everything and Corey and I adore all of the projects we did.


When we showed you photos of them, they were the photos we used for the competition. Which means they were staged like crazy and had to be anonymous, so you basically just saw the project and nothing else.

And that’s no fun, is it?

So today, we’re taking a quick little tour of the four projects we did for Creating With the Stars and checking out what they look like in a real-life setting. Because I like to keep it real around here and some of the projects look pretty different in use in our home than they did in the competition (let’s face it – if I kept all of those cute accessories in the bookcases, I’d have NO accessories anywhere else in my house!).

Let’s kick it off with our week one project. Here’s what it looked like in the competition…

…and here’s what it looks like now.

It’s pretty much the same, with just a few changes in the styling. We hung a pink mirror over it for the competition, but in reality the pink looked absolutely crazy up against our curtains, so we switched it up for something a little more suited to the room. I’d like to add some more cute accessories to this guy (so it’s not quite so bare), but I absolutely love how it works in the living room.

Corey and I had been going back and forth on what to put in that spot for a while – it was pretty awkwardly empty beforehand, but we weren’t quite sure what would work best there. Now that we have this here, I can’t imagine anything else. It’s right in-between the dining and living rooms, which makes it perfectly suited to making both drinks to go with dinner and drinks to go with, you know, sitting on the couch and watching television. Love it.

Week two was shot in our bedroom (as I’m sure many of you guessed), but we actually had a different plan in mind for it while we were making it. Here it is in the competition…

…and here’s what it looks like now.

It fits perfectly into our guest room and I love how it goes with everything else (though, it’s pretty clear I need to learn how to take better photos of this pink room!). Once again, the styling is very lacking, but we’ll get there. I have quite a bit of work to do in this room – as you can see, I switched around the furniture arrangement from the last time you saw it, but I haven’t changed the art yet, so it all looks a bit funny. 

I have plans for it, though, so be on the lookout for an update to this room soon!

Our third project was shot in our garage. Remember this one?

I’ve mentioned before that Corey and I have plans to turn our garage into an extra living space, and this is a bit of a preview of what it’ll look like. Of course, we haven’t actually begun the process yet (hopefully within the next couple of months!) so it’s looking kind of…crazy right now.

Yeeeah definitely a disappointment compared to the original, right? This room is in a transition phase as we start prepping it for the big renovation, so it isn’t cute right now. But, I have high hopes that as we get started on actually converting the room, we’ll be able to live up to the awesomeness of our competition project.

And finally, week four. The big one.

This room looks mostly the same as it did during the competition…

…except the bookcases have been re-arranged and our elliptical and dog kennels have been added back in. It’s a bit, um, crowded.

Once we get the garage done, the dog kennels and elliptical will be moving down there, so hopefully in a very short time this room will be looking quite a bit better. The rug we used in the competition photograph was actually my sister’s (as were many of the accessories from the other weeks), so once it was all over we brought up the rug from week three and put it in here.

I love how it looks, and I’m pretty obsessed with this room. It’s the perfect place to relax and read, and we’ve gotten quite a bit of use out of it already. 

As you can see here, we haven’t quite finished all of the trim yet – we didn’t need to complete the whole room for the competition, so we figured we’d save ourselves a bit of stress and do the rest later. We plan to trim out the entire window at some point soon, and then obviously finish all of the picture molding around the bottom. It’ll probably happen once the garage is all finished and we have a little room to actually work in here again.

And with that, you’ve officially seen all of our projects in their natural habitats. Not quite as stylish and photo-worthy as they were for the competition, but that’s real life, isn’t it? We’re head over heels in love with all of the projects we did, and I think it was a really awesome way for us to push ourselves and see exactly how creative we could get. I’ll admit, there were a few times where we thought we weren’t going to manage to come up with a good idea, but we always managed to pull through and come up with something we were proud of – I love that we got the chance to see how much we could really do!

Does anything in your house look different in real-life than you make it look for photos? Anyone else have some crazy looking in-transition rooms in their house right now?

Transformed Lamps (Yes, Again)

Um, remember these lamps?

We originally bought them ages ago from Goodwill back when we were living in College Station. They lived in our little duplex in two different places (not as a matching set) and as two different colors.

Then we moved to this house and had a big poll about what color we should paint them so that we could use them in our bedroom. They ended up yellow and lived in our room for a while.

THEN we got new lamps for our bedroom…

And these lamps got sidelined for a while. Until now. We decided recently that we wanted to use them in the guest room, and Corey’s always a fan of bringing more color in, so he requested kelly green to go with the other accents in the room. We had some in the workshop already, so I obliged (you know I’m all about a free project).

A couple of quick coats of spray paint later, and we’ve got some brand new (looking) lamps once again!

It’s obviously a minor project and a minor change, but it’s nice to finally have a matching set of lamps in here instead of just one tiny little lone lamp. And of course, it’s always fun to get some more color and a new element into this room. We haven’t done anything in here in quite a while, so I’m excited to make a (tiny) bit of progress in here again.

Did you tackle any cheap (or free) and easy projects this weekend? Anyone else have something in your house that just seems to migrate and change over and over?

Fillin’ Up the Walls

Currently, Corey and I have a very sad lack of art in our home. I mean, we don’t have completely empty walls – we have our gallery wall

Our hallway art

And the DIY silhouettes in the guest room.

But, uh, that’s about it. We both enjoy art and would like to add quite a bit more to our home, but it’s not always very cheap, and we’re both a bit on the picky side so finding things that we can both agree on isn’t exactly easy.

That’s why it’s really awesome when every once in a while we just stumble on something that happens to be perfect for one of the rooms in our home. That’s what happened this past weekend when we took a random trip to Home Goods and found some gold and white floral art that was on sale for 50% off – only $15 each! We immediately knew it was perfect for the empty wall in our guest room, so we snatched them up and brought ’em home…and we were right – perfection!

We love how they play off the gold in the bed, and we’re happy to have some soft floral lines in here to counteract all of the stripes, high-contrast colors, and angular lines in the room.

Neither of us can really believe that this room is actually starting to come together so well – this just might be the first room in our house we actually finish! We both joke that we’re jealous of our guests for having a more put-together room than we do, but it’s nice to have a pretty spot for our guests to land, so we don’t complain much. This room finally got put to use this weekend for the first time since we started working on it when our friends Audrey and Kyle came into town, and I think it’s safe to say it was a smashing success!

What were you up to this weekend? Any awesome random finds or new art for your home?

The Green is Back!

Corey and I have been slowly but surely updating our guest bedroom into a nice, cozy haven for our guests. We’ve already got a shiny brass bed, painted some pink stripes on the walls, created some silhouette art for over the bed, replaced the awful old fan, and updated some Ikea dressers to use as nightstands. The only major problem we had left in the room was the bedding – it completely clashed with everything and made the room feel a bit grandma-ish and not nearly as crisp and modern as what we wanted to achieve. Here’s a quick reminder of what it looked like:

(This was taken before we added brass corners to the night stands)

No bueno, right? Pink is already a pretty risky choice for a guest room (at least for Corey and I!) and this bedding totally wasn’t doing us any favors. It also didn’t help that we were using old sheets from when I lived at my parents house and a bunch of random pillowcases that didn’t really go with any of it. It was quite a mess.

We’ve talked about several different ideas of what we could do in here – we both liked the idea of ruffled bedding, but the room is already very girly and we’d hate for our male guests to feel like they’re hanging out in a room meant for an 8-year-old girl. Awkward. So, much to my dismay, ruffles were out. We waffled back and forth for a long time, but the only thing we could both decisively agree on was that we wanted a layered look (not just one blanket), and we wanted the base of it to be white.

That really narrows it down, huh?

Luckily, on a random trip to Ikea last week we managed to find exactly what we wanted – and it was cheap, to boot!

Drool. We bought some new black sheets, this beautiful, textured white duvet cover, two super cozy throw blankets (they both have an incredible texture, too!) and three cute throw pillows that were only $3.99 each!

ikea bedding

ikea bedding

We were so happy to be able to bring some kelly green back into the room (I’ve been seriously missing it since we took the green nightstands out!) and we both love how bold and graphic it looks. I always love to see white bedding in a room, but it doesn’t work for us in our room since we have two dogs that like to sleep with us any make everything incredibly dirty. Thankfully, the dogs don’t ever sleep in here, so this should stay nice and clean.

We also snatched up that cute little vintage-looking alarm clock that’s on the nightstand – we previously had a big, ugly alarm clock that wasn’t doing anything for the room. Plus, who actually uses alarm clocks anymore, anyways? My phone does just as good of a job and takes up way less room on my bedside table!

So, what’s left for this room? We still need art for the other walls – we’d like something big and bold for the wall next to the door (across from the window) – and we’d like to replace the desk with something that fits into the room a little better. Other than that it’s just little accessories and maybe a rug and some curtains! I’m excited to see this room starting to come together, although I have to admit that I’m more than a little jealous that our guest room might be completed long before our own room is!

Anyone else have a guest room that’s more put together than your own?

Nightstand Upgrade

Yes, we’re already making tweaks to the nightstands that we put in the guest bedroom last week!

But I promise, it’s a good thing.

When I wrote the post last week, I mentioned that we had plants to put campaign-style corners on the drawers at some point down the road, and at the time I really thought that we would wait a few months before doing it. We typically procrastinate about that sort of thing around here, and I figured it would be a while before we got around to it. But just a few days later I found a great deal on some corner plates and I decided to go for it.

So, just a week after we put them in the room, we decided to go ahead and change ’em up a bit to add the corners.

And I’m oh-so glad we did!

Much better, no? I love how the brass corners tie them back into the bed a little better, and the little detail makes them look so much more custom and fancy! I’m in love, and I think it’s safe to say any lingering sadness about the death of the green nightstands is long gone – we’ll bring in green another way, but these dressers are the absolute perfect fit for the room!

Have you ever changed something up right when you thought you were done with it? Did anyone else do any furniture tweaking this weekend?