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Shared Bedroom Loves

We recently moved into our previous rental home.  The tenants moved out and we began renovating the place room-by-room.  It’s a small bungalow, so we have to be smart with our “stuff”.  One of the bedrooms is significantly larger than the other. My step-son loves having sleepovers with “sissy” and so far its been great since her room is currently housing all of our unpacked boxes.  His room is tiny and I’m kicking around the idea of making her room into a shared bedroom and his room into our guest room/office/playroom.  I have a lot of nature inspired pieces and artwork throughout my house, so I want to use that as a jumping off point for their room.  In addition, my plan will also use several neutral prints and some eclectic pieces to “carlyize” it.  Those who know me, know that I love a classically eclectic look.

I drew inspiration from some of these shared bedrooms and spaces (all found on either my pinterest page:  http://pinterest.com/upstyled/ or by searching twin or shared bedroom in pinterest):


All mixed up

Tuesday was supposed to be “Tutorial Tuesday”, I did the project and took the pictures, but I haven’t written the tutorial yet.  So this week “Tutorial Tuesday” will really be on Thursday.
Since my week is mixed up, lets talk about some other ways to mix up your life.  Mix up a cocktail–or three– here’s a couple that I have been dying to try out with my girlfriends:

Tangerine Gimlet

Orange Pushup Smoothie (add a little orange or vanilla vodka)

Riesling Smoothie–the perfect brunch cocktail


Another way to mix up your life; mixing patterns.  Pattern on pattern may be intimidating to all you “matchy-matchy” folk.  As a reformed head-to-toe match freak, I can assure you that layers of texture and pattern can add life to your home and your wadrobe…and even your man’s wardrobe!  Here’s a few highlights of ways you can add a little interest to both your house and your style. Remember, it doesn’t always have to be so bold.  Simply adding a few pieces of varying pattern or texture with the same hue can make a huge impact.  If you’re going for bold, stick with the same color tones to make it cohesive, if you throw ten different patterns with ten different textures and colors, the impact will be lost in the chaos.


A nice example of bold pattern on pattern without it looking overdone.


Stripes & Florals

A simple scarf with high impact.

I need this bike.


Boy style.

Neutral toned pattern-on-pattern.


Get out there and mix it up!