Teen Bedroom Refreshed and Grownup

My oldest son, recently graduated from high school and will be living at home for the next couple of years attending while attending college, before transferring to a University. I’m so excited about his transition from teen into young adult. Most of all I’m thrilled, I get see him everyday before he moves away. Motherhood is hard and I’m glad he’ll be close while he navigates his first two years of college. To celebrate his transition as a young man, I wanted to give his bedroom an update. His bedroom was stuck in the young teen look for several years and it was time for a refresh. Behind his room look too young, it was just blah, didn’t have enough storage, his desk was too small and the layout was all wrong.

Like most 1950’s bedrooms, his room is on the small size and the current layout was emphasizing that very fact. Below is a sneak peek at his bedroom now. This project was completed in partnership with The Home Depot, to give Tabari’s bedroom a complete makeover.

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Here’s how his bedroom looked before getting made over. As you can see in the below photo, his room just felt jumbled and messy. The over-sized light fixture was perfect when he was entering his teen years, but now he bumped his head everyday! His bedding was worn out, desk was too small and felt too bulky next to his bed. The layout the once worked in this small space, was now all wrong.


The design plan for my sons bedroom, was to bring in a new desk, new overhead fixture fixture, update his bedding with layers. Create a work zone in his bedroom for schoolwork and a zone for relaxing and sleeping, along with streamlined lighting and storage.

After talking with my sons about the functionality of his bedroom, we decided to make some shifts to his bedroom layout. We moved his bedroom to the opposite wall, giving the feeling of more space in his bedroom now that is was away from the desk. I really wanted to create a focal in his bedroom and opted for wallpaper! Instead of using traditional wallpaper, I decided to try grass cloth peel and stick wallpaper, to bring in texture and color. It’s such a great affordable way to transform a room or wall! Plus, I love the affordable commitment and how it can be removed without damaging the wall. When the Grey Tibetan Grosscloth wallpaper arrived I was amazing by how textural and real it looks!



I tackled installing the grasscloth wallpaper myself, and was surprised with how easy it is to install! In fact I only used a few tools to install the peel and stick wallpaper, I used a wallpaper smoother and utility knife kit . Using a ruler, to make sure I started level, I gently pulled back the sticker sheet away from the wall paper and began attached the wallpaper to the wall. Quick reminder, be sure and start with clean dust free walls and remove all outlet covers. To prevent air bubbles and better adhere the wallpaper, I used the smoother working in small sections. I used the utility knife to cut the wallpaper once it touched the baseboards. Following the directions closely, I also made sure to overlap the sheets of peel and stick wallpaper, which helped mimic the look of ‘real grasscloth'.’

Once I added the second wallpaper panel to the wall, I fall in love! Tabari loved the look of the wallpaper, but wasn’t sure it would like it once installed, happily it loves how it turned out!


When it comes to designing in a small space, I’m a firm believer in go big or why bother! To add more visual impact on the wall, I added a Large Round Black Mirror above his bed, it helps his room feel more sophisticated and masculine. We kept his bed and brought in new linens and pillows for his bed all found on Home Depot: Large Euro Loop Pillows, Pillows, Organic White Sheets and Navy Bedspread, Duvet Insert, Grey Sateen Duvet Cover , Mattress Topper

I love having several lighting options in a bedroom, since his bedroom is tight on space, I opted to bring in a wall sconce instead of a lamp. I love the Gold Wall Sconce, it can be hard-wired or plugged into the wall. Having a wall sconce instead of a lamp, helps free up space on the simple side table. I added a woven Seagrass basket under the side table to hold books and extra sheets. Behind his door, we added a row of Black Coat Hooks to hang his hoodies, he has a so many hoodies and by adding hooks outside his closet it helped free-up closet space.


On the wall opposite bed, I hung a large print of Muhammad Ali. The art is huge, but it makes impact and I loved the quote on the art, “ I hated every minute of training, by I said, 'I don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” A good reminder for Tabari as he starts the next chapter is his young life. To bring in more color and texture in his bedroom, I selected a grey tribal style rug for his room. I swapped out the over sized light fixture for a Walnut Wood Flush mount light fixture.


I love how his bedroom turned out! For more details and before and after pictures of his bedroom makeover, visit The Home Depot blog!

What do you think his bedroom makeover?

Master Bathroom Part 2 | Bathroom Reveal

As I mentioned earlier this month, I partnered with 1StopLighting.com to give my small master bathroom a refresh. For a long time, it felt like my bathroom was stuck at a midway point and had no clear design direction and while I liked the main bathroom elements, subway tile in the shower and hex tile on the floors and bathroom vanity. Overall everything felt flat. I love pretty lighting and knew finding the perfect bathroom vanity lighting would help give the entire room an updated look. 

After putting looking at bathroom lighting ideas on 1StopLighting.com I was able to narrow down the style I had in mind, a modern gold light fixture. I love how easy is to navigate their site and filter down to the light fixture style you had in mind. In addition to offering amazing lighting deals, they also have a large selection of mirror styles. I put together a few lighting and mirror combinations, which help me create the design plan for my bathroom, read more about my design plan here


Here’s a quick recap of my bathroom design plans, update lighting, mirror, and bathroom hardware. Paint the bathroom vanity black and add trim on the drawers to create more depth, in addition, freshen room up with paint and a new shower curtain and new bathroom hardware.

I’m so excited to share how my updated Master Bathroom and how we tackled this project on a budget! I can’t get over how incredible my bathroom feels and looks, it went from so-so to inviting and feeling more luxe! I’m so excited to share the process of transforming this little space. Here’s a quick reminder of how my bathroom looked. Not bad, but in real life felt like a snoozefest. 





To give my bathroom vanity more depth, I added 1x2 lattice on the flat panel drawers giving the appearance of shaker style. This is a great way to add visual interest on otherwise boring drawers. I used wood filler to fill in the gaps of the wood trim and also filled the holes in the old cabinet hardware. 

Next, I tapped off the area in my bathroom and painted the cabinet Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams, I used to paint in one primer. Although I love grey cabinets, this color felt off in my bathroom and I knew going with black cabinets would help ground the area and create depth in this small bathroom. I gave my vanity three coats of paint, lightly sanded before each coat and waiting for 24 hrs before applying the last coat of paint. 


We made a 12th-hour decision to replace the old vanity top with a pretty stunning Scintillante Bianco Polished Marble. The new counter is amazing, it has a clean white background with flecks of grey throughout and almost sparkles. Next, my husband installed the new bathroom faucet. I love mixing metals and adore the look of polished chrome paired with the gold elements in my bathroom. 

After the sink and vanity were completed, Hasani installed the new light fixture. The light is incredible and feels modern and gives off the amazing light! I love how it looks paired with the gold mirror, also from 1StopLighting. I’m waiting for one key element in my bathroom to arrive, the new roman shade. I went back and forth between a natural roman shade and a fabric woven shade, I ultimately decided on a simple natural shade that will complement the woven baskets in my bathroom. below is a closer look.



I adore the gold glided mirror, the curve is so pretty! I should mention the mirror is very heavy and a two person job in install. 


I love the gold matte light fixture, it feels modern and polished, I also love the generous size of the shades. When it comes to bathroom lighting, I'm all about frosted glass. It's so easy on the eyes. We also installed a swing-out vanity mirror! Perfect for shaving, applying makeup and doing my eyebrows. 


I love how this space turned out! I walk in here and can’t believe how good everything looks! Now for more exciting news for Labor Day weekend, 1Stoplighting.com has significant sales, and they want to give you a discount, use the code KBLAIR from now until Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and save 20% off!! This means my beautiful bathroom mirror is under $175 for a few days only and my pretty light fixture is also on sale, under $100!! Hop over to their site to check out their fantastic deals, also, their customer service representatives will be on hand to answer questions about their products. Never underestimate the power the right light fixture has in updating a space! 

 Next week, I'm sharing how I organized my small master bathroom to make it more efficient for my husband and myself, plus breaking the budget down!  What do you think of my bathroom update? What room in your home needs a lighting refresh?