A few months ago I decided to turn a room into our house into a “she cave” for myself. Prior to the makeover it was pretty sparse and didn’t serve much of a purpose. Since it looks like we are going to live in this house for a few more years at a minimum I thought it was time to spruce it up a bit. Now it is a nice spot for me to lounge, watch my favorite TV shows, and blog.
I started the project after a very inspirational trip to World Market. They had this great steel blue sofa on sale and I couldn’t resist. It’s really comfy and I love that it doesn’t take over the entire room. Luckily I had Chris with me to push me into making the purchase, he love to spend money and I tend to be a saver.
After I bought the sofa I started looking for curtains, I figured I could find a fun pattern or a pretty color and then build the room off of that. I looked at Overstock, Target, World Market, Pottery Barn and I couldn’t find anything. I was about to make my own but then I saw a commercial for JC Penney and decided to go online and take a look. I found these cute yellow panels for a steal of a deal. The color is great and I love the pattern. They bring so much life the my boring beige walls and boring beige carpet.
I was going to find a slip over for my ottoman but I decided that I would keep it the way it is. It actually coordinates with the sofa in the living room but I was sick of the pattern (funny now that I moved it into a new room the pattern doesn’t bug me as much). There are so many patterns in the room now that the chocolate swirl pattern blends in. Harper loves it too, she knows she is allowed on it and I frequently catch her napping in the “she cave.” Today is her 8th birthday, can you believe it!
I also changed out the light fixture which made a huge difference. I found it at my local Hardware store, it is a hanging globe.
I found these pillows with yellow piping at West Elm during their spring sale. They are on clearance now so you should snap them up!
I only buy items from my estate sales if they don’t sell during the sale. This little side table was set to go to Goodwill and I couldn’t resist. It is really old and has great character. There is a tray that pulls out of the top, perfect to hold me evening cocktail!
The lamp is another estate sale find. I had been looking for a lamp for a long time when I found this vintage stunner setting up for my Mountain View estate sale. I didn’t wait to see if it would sell, I just bought it for the price that I would’ve asked. I love it! The pattern on the base matches the pattern on the curtains.
I found this TV stand on the same night that I bought the sofa at World Market. The room didn’t have a connection for a television but I bargained with Direct TV so that they would set up a second TV for free. If I have one gift it is my phone skills, I am a real charmer with customer service. I always get what I want…
I love that it looks vintage and distressed. I bought it with a coupon when it was on sale. I think it’s on sale today, check it out.
Love that light fixture!
I wanted to make a collage above the television and I searched for prints all over the internet and even thought about making my own or framing some of my old drawings from my school days. After much debate I finally decided that I would frame pretty paper. I’ve seen so many people do it in blogland so I stopped by Paper Source and curated a mix of different patterns and colors. I wanted the pop of color to be blue and I offset it with neutrals. They had a ton of options so I set a time limit of 10 minutes so I wouldn’t overt hink my decisions.
I really love how it turned out. I bought large 11×13 frames from Aaron Brother’s (from the same collection that I used in our guest room so they would coordinate if I ever needed to use them in the same room.)
I bought 5 large sheets of paper, each with a different pattern and cut them to fit in the frames. The total project took me 20 minutes to complete. The hard part was measuring them to hang evenly!
This mirror is another estate sale item that didn’t sell. I swear, there are such great items left at the end. It originally had an ugly wood grain look but I painted it dark brown, distressed it with my sander, and then sprayed a coat of gloss to give it some polish. The mirror is really old and beveled and now the frame has the same character.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour of my new she cave. I love having a room in the house that I can watch my dorky TV shows like Don’t Be Tardy and just unwind.
Have a great weekend!