a makeover.

This post has been in the works for quite some time, so I am super excited to finally share it. It goes back several months when one of my dearest friend's husband asked me to consider surprising her with a bedroom makeover. (That sentence sounds like she has more than one husband. But she actually only has one...)

I was super excited about it from the start, because Naomi is basically one of the best people you could ever meet. I have known her for 13 years now, and it is no overstatement to say that she has changed my life. Her love for Jesus flows into everything she does, and to know her is to know Him.

Naomi lives with open hands and an open house. Literally. In addition to raising two energetic little boys, and taking care of her man—who has until recently been working full time and finishing grad school—she has really opened her home to whoever has needed a place to stay, whether for a few days or a few months.  She is one of the most hospitable people I have ever known. The other amazing thing about Naomi is that she is so easy to please and so fun to bless. She is just one of the most grateful people I know. 

So, when Daniel asked me if I wanted to help him surprise Naomi with a room makeover, I was really excited to be able to give back just a little bit. 

Daniel and Naomi's bedroom is a bit of an unusual sleeping space. It definitely has a degree of charm, with pitched ceilings and built-in shelves, but it's also kind of awkward, with a stairwell coming up one side of the room, and doors to adjacent rooms on either side. And did I mention it was small?  Here are a few before shots that I secretly snapped while Naomi was out one day.

Here's the view from the top of the stairwell...

Here's the view from the top of the stairwell...

Same view, opposite wall.

Same view, opposite wall.

Here's the view opposite the stairwell.

Here's the view opposite the stairwell.

It's tough to fit a king size mattress into that little nook!

It's tough to fit a king size mattress into that little nook!

We tried to pull off a complete surprise for awhile, but it wasn't practical to be able to arrange a full weekend away for her. So, Daniel told her that she was going to get a new bedroom on a particular date, but didn't share any of the other details. She planned an all-day shopping trip, so we knew she would be out of the house.

We were definitely working within a budget, because they are just renting their house, and it didn't make sense to spend a fortune on it. I did a fair amount of DIY'ing, Craigslisting, and thrift shopping to stretch the money. I also tried to find things that they could take with them if they move, so nothing would be wasted.

Daniel gave me complete creative license in the project, which was AWESOME. He was like the best client ever. I had so much fun putting together a look that I hoped would add some sophisticated coziness to their space. Here's what I came up with for the look of the new room:

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Because of the small size and unique shape of the room, I picked a light, warm gray for the walls— Sherwin Williams "Worldly Gray". Peter suggested painting the ceiling the same shade as the walls, and it ended up being the best suggestion ever. 

I immediately started stalking Naomi's Pinterest Boards for inspiration, and I noticed a number of reclaimed wood headboards, so I determined to try my best at making one for her. That will definitely have post of it's own... It was quite the adventure.

As you can see from the design board, West Elm carried many items that fit the look, but I ended up getting better deals on most of the stuff elsewhere. I did splurge on a few nice pillows and throws, though. Ha, I probably ended up spending twice as much on throws and pillows than I did on the dresser. That's not saying much, though, because I found a Craigslist gem of a dresser for only $80. More on that later...

Stay tuned for more in the next couple weeks. I can't wait to share the big reveal!