Well…this is awkward. It’s been almost 14 months to the day since my last post. Even I can’t believe that as I type this out. But, I’m embracing my absence for what it is and what is was. If you’re just joining me here you can catch up with what led to my absence here.
After completing a very special space for my best friend and her sweet baby, the Wright’s (specifically me) took some time away from it all to truly reflect on..well… life.
I can’t quite pinpoint why I hadn’t been able to get back to blogging in all this time but there are a lot of mysteries with navigating PTSD that I may never understand. I have to accept that. I did, however, have a special project up my sleeve last summer that I slowly worked on and it was on that project where I finally found my spark again.
I have a sweet and sassy teenager who, after a few years of living in our new home (and her chosen lilac room), decided it was time for a makeover (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). Well, actually it all started with her wanting a new comforter – which then spiraled into a whole makeover – as things naturally do. Her style is boho, eclectic, and if anything a bit minimalist — which she DEFINITELY didn’t get from me. Her grandparents bought her a blush colored comforter and from there we designed a new space fit for a 15 year old. HOW I have a 15 year old I don’t even know. Her and my dad painted the room together and while she was away at band camp I surprised her with a big reveal. It was magical and everything I’d hoped for.
My vision for her new space would be one that felt true to who she was; a place of comfort, refuge, and inspiration. I envisioned a moody color, lots of texture, a bit of glam – and that’s what she got!
Now for the fun pics! (Source list at the end). I also want to note that this makeover didn’t happen over night – quite the opposite actually. I think blogging and instagram paints the illusion that it all happens flawlessly, but the the reality is this makeover took place over months and with several tweaks. In fact, there are still a few things yet to be done! Ahem – lower the curtain rod – ahem.
Here are a few before’s. In true fashion I didn’t take before pictures with my good camera so I had to dig through my phone archives to pull these semi before’s from 2015.
Some of the elements I knew were going to stay – the gold ikea shelves and the ikea light fixture. As far as furniture in here she had a full sized bed (also Ikea) and a nightstand. Not pictured are double closets on the other side of her room.
My daughter, her friend, and I spent two weeks traveling England and Scotland last summer and many of the images I captured served as inspiration for her new gallery wall! Costco and Walgreens were my friends in the oversized print department! I sprayed the frames (almost all from thrift stores) in a deceptively close shade of green to create a monochromatic look – which I think helps the images really stand out. It’s hard to capture how cozy this space feels – mostly because of the gallery wall.
I wanted to showcase the moody glow of her room in the evening (which breaks most of the home decor blogging rules) but my blog my rules haha. Abby even got in on the impromptu photoshoot for me!
It’s fitting that today I bring the blog out of retirement so to speak as it’s my daughter’s 16th birthday. Creating this space for her is so much more than paint and curtains and decor – it’s about honoring her creativity and heart and giving her the space to be exactly who she is – unapologetically herself. My hope in bringing the blog back is to show how our home looks and feels matters – wanting to create a space that is calm and peaceful and a little bit eccentric some may seem futile – but in fact the opposite is true – it’s terribly important. In this space memories are made, feelings are felt (both good and bad and all the in between), and life is lived.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of a very special space and I can’t wait to share more of the projects we’ve done with you!
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Riverway
Frame Spray Paint: Rustoleum Hunter Green
Brass Bed: Thanks to the beauty of FB marketplace I scored a “new” full size bed frame for $20 and sold her ikea frame – hence I made money on the deal so it was a win/win!
Wall Art: Mostly original photography with a few images from the Juniper Print Shop.