Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A new room to decorate -- help me decide!

Stink Eye Sister, otherwise known as "Elizabeth," graduated college last year after only seven five and a half years of school. (I like to exaggerate that a bit.) She did an internship in Atlanta last summer and then came home to find "real" employment.

I offered for her to stay with us...but the deal was practically written in BLOOD...only THREE months. I put my foot down and made this clear from the start. She found a real job and we were all thrilled!

And boy, did I stick to my guns. It's only been four, seven, nine months since she moved in.


Sooo anyhoo...about a month ago, I told her she needed to find her own place pronto. Why?
To get out and be independent?


To find a place so I could decorate it?


So I could have this room in our house to redo? Yes!:
I'm one sick puppy, I tell ya. I mean, I'm kind of lying. (Kind of.) I really did want her to get out and stop eating all my food become independent. But the added bonus of a new room to redo didn't hurt at all. Her room is the one above. It was my stepdaughter's room, back in the days when she'd actually come hang out with us, stay the night, spend quality time, bring her friends over, play games...wait...sorry, ummm...anyway, this is her room.

My stepdaughter picked out the colors and we did this project together -- I taped off the squares and she and her friends painted them all. It was so special. Sniff.

Anyway. I was waiting on Sister to get the heck out of my house move out, being oh-so-patient.

Twiddling thumbs.
Checking watch.
Tapping fingers.

And then one day, last week, she got a real, real job. Like, for reals. Where she makes good money and everything! But it's THREE HOURS AWAY.
Stink Eye, I did not mean to move three hours away!! I just meant get out of my dang house!

Well, she's leaving. I'm happy but not happy about it. I'll be glad to have my food back, but I will miss her terribly. So to help me through this time (I'm exaggerating just a teeny bit here) I am thinking of the glorious things I could do to this room! All involve molding!

At first I thought I'd go with the old standard around here and do wainscoting. But then I thought more beadboard like I did in the laundry room would be nice:
I have too much of both in this house though. I want to do something different! Something like this?:
This wall is FANTASTIC:I think I'm leaning toward this now:
(Credits: Unknown ((my idea binder!)) and Pottery Barn Kids)
Oh my, I lurve it!! I've already decided on the colors -- Linden by Eddie Bauer for the walls and ceiling, and white for the molding and furniture.

What do you think?

Stink Eye, I hope you know how much I love you, how proud I am of you, and how very much I will miss you.


  1. Awww, what a sweet sister you are to have "stink eye" live with you guys. And good for her for getting a real job! Makes a sis proud I bet.

    I like all of your options, but the 3rd is my favorite. The board and batten is just my thing though, so I could be a little biased. I can't wait to see the redo!

  2. Great inspiration pics! I'm sorry she's moving so far away, that stinks! At least it is still just a drive away. She'll be headed back on weekends to scope out your pantry, I'm sure of it.

    Can't wait to see how the room turns out.

  3. Okay I love your laundry room, if mine wasn't basically a closet I would do the same thing! I can't wait to see what you do!

  4. I LOVE the number 3 option. But I'm also really lovin' number 2.

    I can't wait to see what you decide, and how it turns out!

    Still thinking you should hop on a plane an come paint that awesome bedroom set I scored for my daughter though.

  5. What the???
    I seriously did a double take on the Blue baby boys nursery. It looks EXACTLY like my nephews nursery.
    I had no idea my sister copied it so closely from PBK.

    Sisters are awesome huh! Good luck to her in her new endeaver.

    I can't wait to see the room transform. Cool! :)

  6. Good bye stink eye..good luck at your new job. I love the little shelf on that moulding...gorg!

  7. I totally love the #3 option!!! I can't wait to see what you do!!

  8. That's so funny. I was going to suggest board and batten instead of molding. Good luck, I'm sure it will be beautiful!

  9. I like them all, but I like the first choice--very new and updated!

  10. I love them all!!!! I think anything with molding, wood, trim work, bead boarding are beatiful. I can't wait to see what you decide.
    When you are bored after this room I will give you my address along with a plane ticker. Would love to have your input!!!

  11. I have that exact same picture in a binder for inspiration for my daughter's room.

    I have a piece of trim that high in her room and the top and bottom are different color pinks. I wish I would have found the picture sooner, because I would have done this.

    I can't wait to see how it turns out for you.

  12. I used to have a friend whose nick name was "worm eye".......

    Anyway... love all your ideas. What will you use the room for? Did you say that? I'm sorry... all this Easter candy is distracting me...

  13. Yes, please do! Then you can teach us all how to do it. I have wanted that in my house forever!

  14. That is going to be AWESOME! I love the molding that looks like siding (but cooler of course!) and is horizontal. So different!

    I can't wait to hear more news! And I think it's so cool that your sister stayed with you so long!


  15. I like all of your ideas. To bad that your sis is moving three hours away, but nice that you will have another room to decorate for all of us bloggers can see it! Since I'll be working for P.B. by Monday, I'm glad to see that everyone in bloggerville likes their ideas.

  16. Great pictures. I love them all....Can't wait to see the finished project...Just found your great blog. Will be back often. Would love for you to visit me...

  17. Too funny....I have the same blocked off walls in our house! My son loved Thomas the Train at the time - and his favorite trains were Thomas & I went in with the trains and we have Thomas blue, Percy green and a lighter blue & green checked up on one wall - with the white grids - always get lots of compliments on it!
    Love the yellow and black laundry room picture - what a joy laudry would be to do in that room!!

  18. Hi Sarah,
    I found your blog through SITS, and I am loving what I see! My vote goes to #3...

  19. Did you make her headboard? (I am sure you did, but thought I would ask). Is there a tutorial on your blog for how to do it? Thanks!!

  20. Congrats to your Sis on finding a job! Quite an accomplishment in this economy!

    The molding you picked out is what I'd like to do in my dining room. So glad you're going to figure it out for me LOL!


  21. Oh, I can't wait to see how that turns out --and to hear all of your budget friends tips on how to get the look for less!!

    And if you really need an empty to room to play with come to my house!

  22. I just can't believe your blessed enough with an empty room! I have three kids (want a 4th) and dont have enough rooms; can't afford more rooms! Oh to dream! Whatever you do, I"m sure will be fabulous! For now, I'll hang onto the dream of an empty room when mine grow up and move out! I have such a long time to wait....

  23. Please, pretty please do #3! Love Love Love it!

  24. Ha hee! I too am counting the days when the fashionista moves out and I can begin transforming her room into a lucious retreat and crafting area. Plus, I do want another space to decorate~ her apartment. :)

  25. Okay, now you simply MUST share the story behind Stink Eye! That is a classic baby sis name, and we need to hear about its inception. Please?

  26. As soon as I saw the picture of the room, I thought, "She should do a whole wall of moulding!" Our minds think alike, eh? Great pics! Now go do it, so you can tell us how difficult it is! :)

  27. Looks like some great decorating ideas. I can't wait to see it when it is finished.

    I almost forgot to tell you. I may get to see NKOTB again this summer. They will be playing outdoors at Tinley Park in Chicago in June and the grass seats are only $4 so my friend that lives up there bought 4 on a whim so I think I'm heading up to stay with her and see them again. Am I nuts??? :)

  28. You are a powerhouse, woman!!! Do you ever stop? I am constantly amazed and inspired. Have fun decorating that new room. And don't get too down...I'm sure Stink Eye will come and visit often!


  29. I love all your ideas..but the third (pink and green bedroom pic) is my favorite. You could make it a craft room/guest room and rotate the art work leaning against the! Wish you could come and help me with my house! You're inspiring me to get things done though....I am taking a break from my bathroom redo as we speak....3 coats of primer, 1 coat of paint and one more to go until i am done!!! I framed my bathtub with beadboard ala thrify decor chick! :)THX!

  30. Oooh. Oooh, I did something like Pic #1 in my daughter's room but with a bunch of scrapbook paper here.

  31. Congrats to "Stink Eye" on her first REAL job!
    I love the blue nursery wall treatment, so cute! I love your laundry room too, I might use it as inspiration for my own!

  32. Congrats to Stink Eye on her new job and to your for your new project.

    I really like the 3rd photo ;o)

  33. I love 'em all...but the third is my favorite. Thanks for asking!

  34. Awww...I have a stink eye sister too, but she's never lived with us. I think I understand how you're feeling--must be nice to have someone girlie to spend time with and watch girl TV with, but the food thing I totally get. ;)

    LOVE that page from PBKids...I tore that one out for my idea binder too. :)

  35. You have officially become the new spokesperson for Lowe's Trim Department! They need to start paying you for all this advertisement!

    I like all the ideas you pulled...can't wait to see the finished product!

  36. first, i love reading your blog!
    I like the picture of the wall with the crib in it the best.

  37. We did the wainscoting in the 3rd picture! I saw it in the PBkids mag and begged my husband to do it for our boys room. We love it and tons of compliments on it!

  38. Very nice and great inspiration pictures!! I suggest to browse Pottery barn kids for your kids room decorations.


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