Braizen Design Studio – Makeover Part 1

Do you guys remember that amazingly talented graphic design team that designed my logo and website?!  (You can see my blog post about it here.)  Braizen was my first choice when I decided to hire a professional to design my brand, and I was blown away when they returned the compliment and asked me to redesign their studio.

They wanted a chic industrial vibe, with pops of their signature Braizen Red throughout.  Here is the mood board I pulled together to kick off the project.

Braizen-Mood-Board-Samantha-PattilloThey already had quite a few good pieces to work with in the space like these IKEA arm chairs and a beautiful handmade desk that the sexy Walter designed and made himself.  Working in those few items I started sketching…

Braizen-Ideation-Samantha-PattilloWe wanted to give them 4 workstations- 1 for Ashley, 1 for Walt, 1 for Amber, and 1 to grow! They also wanted a ‘chill zone’ using the cozy arm chairs where they could curl up with the company mascots: Choo Choo, Katie, and Chester, as well as a separate meeting room for Skype calls and a worktable for large project layouts.  You can see the floor plan below with the smaller meeting room at the back on the left side.

Braizen-Floorplan-Layout-Samantha-PattilloHere is the main studio now:

Braizen-MainBefore…and this is my plan for after:  Add curtains to frame those great windows and main entrance doors, move the ‘sitting area’ to the side wall with a great gallery wall behind showing off some of their amazing graphic design work.

Braizen-Living-Samantha-PattilloThe reverse side of the room with built in shelving for much needed storage, a custom reclaimed wood double desk cantilevered off the cabinets, a dropped pendant to add a focal point to the room and an awesome gallery wall on top of a chalk board painted wall-perfect for graphic design doodlers.

Braizen-Main-Samantha-PattilloBelow is the back meeting room where all of the top-secret brilliance will happen…. (see all that much needed storage?!)

Braizen-MeetingRoomBeforeTo continue that rustic industrial vibe I added a feature wall of weathered wood planks that the TV will be mounted against, a recycled glass light fixture, a metal shelving unit for more storage, and an awesome adjustable height work table with red stools.

Braizen-MeetingRoom-Samantha-PattilloWe are in the process of pulling everything together now: repainting, staining the concrete floors, installing light fixtures, and shopping shopping shopping.  I’ll keep you all updated on the progress.  In the meantime, what do you guys think of my renderings of the space?  Effective?

Jillian - Hi Samantha,

I love your design for the space, but I am really enamored with your renderings! I study interior and architectural visualization and teach it at the University level. I would love it if you wrote a post on your process for generating such beautiful work. I know my students would be so interested, since your renderings are different from anything I have shown them before.


Samantha Pattillo - Thank you Jillian! I will def put together some info on my rendering process, though it’s mostly just sketching by hand. I’ll shoot you an email when I post it. Thanks for reading!!

Mid-Century Modern Credenza Upcycle

Yay!! After being finished with this project for months now I am finally getting around to putting it up on the blog.  It was a long process, but I think it turned out well, don’t you?

Samantha-Pattillo-Final-1BDo you guys remember how the credenza looked with I first found it?  It was on that random craigslist run I posted about here.  For 45 bucks I couldn’t pass him up!


This little guy was hidden in the back of a garage and I knew that he just had to come home with me.  With a little love, creativity, and a lot of painters tape, I got to work.  I’ll talk you guys through all of the gory details below…

1. Strip Existing Finish

I knew parts of him were damaged, he had some deep gauges and years of rough wear on his aged body.  I wanted to see what the extent of the damage really was, and the best way to do that was to strip him down.  (isn’t that the best way to really get to know anyone?…)

Stripping finishes can be a pain depending on the detail of the piece, but when you are working with furniture that has very thin veneer you can’t just sand it down.

{ Look at the back edge of one of the boards on the furniture to see if it is veneered or not.  Only the back or bottom edge will show it since makers use ‘edge banding’ on the fronts to hide it so it looks like solid wood.  If the veneer is less than an 1/8” you want to sand as little as possible. }

Since my guy was veneered (with what looked to be a pecan wood) I needed to strip that finish off.

You Need:

  • A paint, stain, varnish Remover (I like Dad’s Easy Spray, it comes with a spray bottle)
  • Cheap, disposable paint brush
  • Putty Knife, the flatter your surface is, the wider your putty knife should be
  • Chemical grade rubber gloves
  • Paper towels for accidental clean up needs


Make sure to put on your gloves before starting!!  Very dangerous stuff people!

  • Make sure area around your furniture piece is clear of any overspray that may occur
  • Spray one coat over a large area, I did the top and sides of the cabinet all at once
  • Let stand for 15 minutes (it turns into a jell so it will not drip)
  • Scrape off bubbled up finish with your putty knife, being careful not to gouge the wood
  • Repeat the process once again, only let it stand for 5 minutes.  This will take any last residue off the surface.
  • Whip off finish with an rag or paper towel
  • Lightly sand with fine grit steel wool, this should keep you from having to sand anything down with sandpaper.

Repeat steps on all surfaces of the piece that need stripping.

2. Fill damaged spots


Sadly this little guy had some spots that were beyond refinishing, so I needed to fill the holes and paint over them.

  • Make sure the damaged spots are clean and clear of dirt
  • Fill your holes (I like Durham’s Water Putty-it’s strong and easily sanded)


  • Let your putty thoroughly dry after filling all holes
  • Using a flat sanding block, sand the putty flush with the surface


3. Clean/condition your wood

I just whipped the whole credenza down with a dust cloth to remove major dirt, then whipped it clean with a damp towel.  I don’t find conditioning necessary if you don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies like carvings for stain to get hung up in.  Plus it’s just one more step in the process, get ’er done people!


4. Make a design plan

Now the fun part!!  My challenge was to use just enough paint to cover up the damaged spots on the credenza without covering up that beautiful pecan wood grain.  Part of what makes mid-century modern pieces so distinctive is their devotion to warm mid-tone woods.  I wanted to keep what wood I could…so I went a little funky…


When I’m looking for pattern inspiration I like to shop stationary stores, art galleries, and see what other bloggers are trending.  I love this angular pattern I’m seeing all over the markets right now.  I talked about some of the specific images that I looked at for inspiration here.

When laying out patterns I usually start with a quick sketch then go to Photoshop.  You don’t need a fancy computer program like that to do it your self though- just take a picture of your furniture, print it out and trace over it with a piece of paper.  That way your pattern will be to scale and you can get a realistic idea of how it will look when you’re done.

Anyone who knows me or has been to my blog knows I LOVE teal, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that in the design somewhere.  I started there, and just plugged and played with other colors until I found a balance I liked.  Then I printed out my rendering and matched paint colors from Valspar’s paint line.

  • Coconut Milk 2007-10C
  • Everglade Deck 5011-3
  • Elegant Silk 5010-7
  • Woodlawn Valley Haze 5004-5C
  • Filoli Ginkgo Tree 5006-4B
  • Mystic Sea 5007-7A
  • Olive Suede 6010-3


5. Purchase materials (paint, rollers, tape, stain, poly)

  • I went with Valspar brand latex paint/primer in one, knowing I would already be doing a ton of coats, I didn’t want to add more to the mix with a separate paint and primer


  • When possible, on flat surfaces, I prefer to use foam rollers to apply paint by hand as opposed to brushes.  It dries with a smoother finish.


  • You need GOOD QUALITY tape!  For something this detailed it is key that you have clean paint lines.  I used 3M Edge Lock-fabulous!!

6. Layout pattern with straight edge (I used tape)

This process was super tedious since all of the straight lines were crazy hard to do with all of the angles of the drawers.

  • I used masking tape to layout the initial design
  • Then I took a straight edge and ‘connected’ the dots


7. Tape off and paint!

This was the part that tested my patience…With all of the overlapping color blocks I had to paint one ‘non touching’ section at a time.

For each color block:

  • Tape off outer edge, and PRESS that tape line down with your nail.  Nothing’s getting thorough that bad boy!


  • Roll on paint, allow 1st coat to dry for 2 hrs


  • Apply second coat, allow to dry for 24 hrs (I know, I know.  Why so long?  Since you will be taping over those color blocks to do the next color you want to MAKE SURE it is dry or you will ruin all you have done so far.)
  • Remove Tape (so satisfying)
  • Repeat for ALL color blocks (deep breaths)


8. Stain Wood

Since there were still some dark discolorations on the wood I decided the best way to cover them was to stain the credenza.  Normally I would sand those spots out, but when you are working with a veneered piece you don’t have that luxury.  My veneer was less that 1/16” so I only sanded enough to smooth the surface before painting.

I used Varathane Wood Stain in American Walnut finish.  This stain is fab, super easy to work with and dries really quickly.  You only need one coat to get a nice saturated color and it is dry in an hour.


  •  First, I tested my stain on a sample board I made with a paint line.  I taped one paint section off and left the other exposed.  I wanted to see how/if the stain would affect the paint and if the tape would keep a clean line.
  • I decide that taping off was the way to go.  Now I had to tape off ALL of my paint lines so that the stain would not ‘stain’ those.  I just wanted to darken the exposed wood.
  • Apply the stain with an old, but clean, T-shirt or cloth.  Wear latex gloves so you don’t stain your skin.  Be generous with the stain; just whip the excess when you have covered the whole area.
  • Remove the tape when you are done.  Beautiful!!


9. Apply Poly

Last step!  You just need to protect all that work you’ve done.

  • I used Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish in a clear satin.  2 hrs between coats, I did two coats.  You can sand between with 220 grit sandpaper, but since I had painted a pattern I did not want to scuff up the paint finish.
  • Apply finish with a high quality synthetic brush over the whole thing.


10. Reassemble

Now the fun part –  Put it all back together again!!  (Remember to mark the inside of your drawers and legs before removing all of them to start the project, since they usually are not interchangeable even if they look the same)

Check out the whole process!Samantha-Pattillo-Process-Shot

Samantha-Pattillo-Final-4BSamantha-Pattillo-Final-6Samantha-Pattillo-Final-1Samantha-Pattillo-Final-7Samantha-Pattillo-Before-After-2Hope you guys like it!!

Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor - Holy hell this is beautiful Samantha. Serious perfection. Thank you so much for sharing the process from start to finish. It’s just gorgeous.

kristin keilt - Fantastic work…love how it works in the room!!!

Michelle - Wow so cool!!!! Super impressive!!!!

Ksenia - Such a great project – love the color combination!!

Treva - Awesome!

Rebecca - Wow!! Love it, you are so amazingly talented!

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Tara - This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Seriously, you did an amazing job! I’m totally inspired!!!! :)

Eva Sabbado - Wonderful! Fantastic work. Congratulations!

l - Love this so much! You did an amazing job! Thanks for the inspiration.

Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse - This is AMAZING!! You have so much patience, and such creativity. I would never take my eyes off this dresser if it were mine. Incredible job!!

Vanessa King - Loving this

Ben - This is next level. Super inspiring – well done!

Ilene - What a statement!! Genius.

C.K. - WOW……….Too Beautiful !!!!

Chris Weatherl - Love your vision for the credenza. Amazing!! Also love the egg chair. Can you tell me where it’s from?

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Samantha Pattillo - Thank you Chris! I actually got it at a flea market last year, but it was from the Restoration Hardware collection a few years back. I don’t think they carry it anymore.

Marie-anne - je suis très intéressée par votre travail,mais je ne sais pas lire l’anglais pourriez vous me le traduire en français merci cordialement

Suzy - I love that paint job! It looks incredible!!

Susa - I love this in ways I can’t describe! Perfectly executed!

Vic Busto - I wouldn’t have painted it. It reminds me of the camouflage ships that were painted during WW2 to confuse the Germans and the Japanese…

J. - What an awful thing to do to MCM furniture. MCM SHOULD NOT BE PAINTED! :-/

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Monica Stibbs - Awesome!! I love mid-century.

Lucie - Quel travail ! Bravo !

Habs33 - Wow, truly awful. Way to ruin a nice piece of furniture.

Vicki @ EntriWays - What a great solution for those pieces that are really beautiful wood but require some repair with wood filler. I’ve had this situation so many times! I’m definintely doing this on the next one. Very time consuming but the result is stunning!

My Dining Room – Update 1

Time for another mid-process update on my new house.  We have not made a ton of progress with all that I have going on, but at least the space is livable now… ’cause lawd knows I could not live with those orange walls!

Dining Room Update-Banner-Samantha PattilloDining Room Update-BeforeAfter-Samantha PattilloWe are still missing some key items for the dining room to be finished, but I am loving this light and airy vibe that is going on in here.  My dining table is one of the favorite things that I own-it was my grandfather’s and it has wonderful memories tied to it.  He got it, and a few other items I have in my home, when they lived in Holland during one of his Naval assignments.

Dining Room Update-Gallery Wall 1-Samantha PattilloAfter placing the major pieces of furniture in the room I wanted to start a gallery wall with a large mirror over my new live-edge console table.  I wanted the mirror because directly across the room in the kitchen is a beautiful recycled glass light fixture hanging over our island.  The mirror reflects that light at night when we entertain.  So pretty!

Dining Room Update-Gallery Wall 2-Samantha PattilloDining Room Update-Gallery Wall 3-Samantha Pattillo

I started out with a pretty even balance on both sides of the mirror, but I will be adding to it as I get more of my art and photographs framed.  It’s a process people!!

Dining Room Update 2-Samantha PattilloThis is the matching buffet to the dining set.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I still have the original brass keys for each door and each pillbox hinge is still perfectly functioning.  The best part?  When I open the doors I can still smell the faint scotch scent from my gradfather’s decanter he kept in there.  Ahhh, memories rooted in alcohol…aren’t those the best?…when you can actually remember them.

Dining Room Update-Hershey-Samantha PattilloAnd of course I can never do any redecorating without a little furry help…Hershey loves the new rug.

Dining Room Update-Needs-Samantha PattilloI still need to order our new chandelier for over the table and I want to do a little DIY recovering on the dining chairs, I’m thinking dark teal to pop that color out of the rug?  But until Bailey, our cat, decides to not sharpen her claws on the fabric I will live with the outdated blue stripe. (animals suck sometimes)

Dining Room Update-Curtains-Samantha PattilloLastly, for a little more ‘decorative’ privacy, I will add curtains to the sliding glass door that goes out to our small deck overlooking our back patio.

What do you guys think, you like where it’s going?

Suzi - Love how the house, room by room, is coming together.

Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor - Your dining set is amazing. What a beautiful heirloom. I love all your ideas for the space as well. It’s going to be awesome once it’s done:)

Design Bloggers Conference 2014


Who else out there in the blogger community will be in Atlanta this sunday for the 2014 Design Bloggers Conference??  I personally have never been to a conference dedicated to blogging so I am super excited!  I am still new to this blog thing and I am eager and hopeful to learn a ton from the speakers and classes that are showcased…but let’s be real, the best part are the after parties!!  I will be hob-nobbing with design bloggers from around the country alongside the editors of Traditional Home and HGTV Magazine.  Getting my business cards all polished up and flashy.  Let’s network people!

If any readers are going and want to get together, message me on my contacts page and we can set something up.  Buckhead, here we come!

Erin @ DIY on the Cheap - Hi Samantha! It was great to meet you at the DBC. You can email me at DIYontheCheapBlog at and I will add you to our Atlanta Home/DIY Bloggers group. Hope you can make it to the Haven Conference this summer!

Kristin Mayfield Meredith - Hey Samantha,
I met you at the Design Bloggers Conference, I sat next to you the first day. I am going to start following your blog so I look forward to reading. I love your sense of humor.
I am forwarding your site along to a friend of mine who is a designer. He is opening a retail store and is really trying to curate a collection that not every other store has.

Stay in touch,

Kristin Mayfield Meredith

Happy Birthday To Me

I’m sure all of you had your calendars marked this past week, so I don’t have to tell you it was my birthday.  A big one to be exact.  The daunting three zero.  Man.  Goodbye 20’s.  You were great.  But if my birthday celebration on February 1st was any indication of how my 30’s will unfold, I am in for some good stuff.

30th-Birthday-2-Samantha-PattilloBrian kicked the day off by recruiting one of my best girlfriends to distract me with nail polish and vintage furniture shopping while he busting his ass turning our house into a red carpet gala.

Dressed in the gown I was instructed to wear I rounded the corner outside of our house to see an actual red carpet with VIP ropes leading to our front door.  Everyone special in my life was waiting inside in black ties and evening gowns.  For me and my fancy self, it does not get better!  See how amazing people looked!!

30th-Birthday-Party-3-Samantha-PattilloThere was a signature cocktail list designed for the night, all named after the snow-maggedon that took over Atlanta a few days earlier.  So delicious!!  This was everyone waiting for me to arrive, they wrapped around the staircase!

30th-Birthday-Party-1-Samantha-PattilloMy dad, who never dresses up, bought a tux.  Wow.  Just wow.  His red polkadot pocket square matched my mom’s shoes.  So fab.  Friends came from North Carolina to surprise me too.  How no one spilled the beans is beyond me.  (I had a hunch though…I’m hard to surprise)  I would say the best dressed couple of the night had to be Brian (my husband) and Mitch, the cutest matching white tux gay cake topper ever!!

30th-Birthday-Party-2-Samantha-PattilloAnd how well do my friends know me?!  They each got me something from my favorite designer…Jonathan Adler!  There is no better present than a gift wrapped box from JA and a room filled with my friends and family dressed to the nines.

30th-Birthday-Gifts-Samantha-PattilloThough there was one more gift…Brian got me a 30yr old single malt scotch.  Awesome right?!  You look at the pictures below and tell me how awesome it tasted…

30th-Birthday-Party-4-Samantha-PattilloIt was a really amazing night.  Even though my house was not fully decorated or unpacked yet, the liquor was flowing and the bow ties were loose.  With everyone looking that sexy, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who had a great night…

30th-Birthday-Party-5-Samantha-Pattillo…the last gift of the night was an announcement that we were leaving for Aspen that following week.  My inner Eskimo woke up from her 20yr hibernation and rocked those slopes.  Colorado was gorgeous and my skin looked amazing.  I think growing up in Alaska bred me to have pink-kissed cheeks and sexy hair in cold dry weather.  Snow is in my blood. :)

30th-Birthday-Aspen-Samantha-PattilloThank you Brian for an amazing 30th birthday.  It will be the best one I ever have.

Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor - Happy Birthday love!! You looked radiant at your party and what a great trip! Welcome to the best years of your life my dear:)

Hurry-Be Romantic!!

Let’s hope this is not the first you’re hearing about Valentines Day shopping…it’s tomorrow!  Hopefully all of your shopping is done and this blog post can be bookmarked for your next gift idea.  If not, you are a horrible partner and you deserve to be alone this Valentines day!

Whew, maybe that was a bit harsh.  Now get out there and get shopping!!

Valentines-Day-BannerLet’s get down to some gift ideas for the always-hard-to-shop-for man.  In my experience, sentimentality only goes so far with guys.  Yes, they appreciate it, but ultimately, they just want something ‘cool’.  Annoying right?!  Well here are a few of my suggestions that cover the cool factor, but can be sealed with a kiss if done right.


1. Bose Limited Edition Headphones | $299  – I am a huge Bose fan!  With all the travel I do I use mine all the time, could not live without them.  Anything that silences the sound of crying babies is priceless in my book.  I love the brown details to this limited edition set and if your guy is into music and/or sound systems he will love these!  To add that romantic element in there, I would suggest he try them out right when he opens them and I would already have ‘our song’ cued up when he plugs them in.  Awe!  (and if he doesn’t realize it’s your song…well, he sucks and I can’t help you there)

2. The Art of Shaving Classic Shaving Set  | $475  –  Any man I have ever talked to who has gotten on The Art of Shaving bandwagon LOVES them.  Best shave ever and makes their skin feel amazing, especially those guys with really sensitive skin after shaving.  All you have to do is sexily suggest that using this will make you want to get ‘closer’ to him and he will be on board, promise. ;)  note- they do have much less expensive ‘starter’ kits if you want to start out slow

3. Leather Smartphone Gloves  | $90  –  What woman doesn’t love a beautiful set of leather gloves?  I just want to protect those rugged manly hands of my man, and how cool?!  These come with that ‘gadget’ the boys are always looking for.  The fingers have that smart touch technology so they can still send you sexy texts while keeping warm.  This pair is from J Crew.

4. Tickets  | $$$  –  I left this one wide open, it is very personal after all.  A go-to gift for me when I am out of ideas is always a pair of tickets to my man’s favorite team or band.  They can be for future events, not always on the day of the gift-giving.  Placed in a sweet meaningful card, these will be a huge hit! (the more exclusive, the better)

5. Compact Tool Set  | $40  –  I am the first to say not to buy me tool ‘sets’ because I buy the brands that I want for different types of tools.  Sets are for novices :)  But I do like the idea of having a nice compact, comprehensive set to keep in my car.  You have no idea how many times I have been at a friends house and needed to fix something on the fly and they had nothing!  Your man will save the day in style with this handy leather-clad kit.  Go for this, or a really great Leatherman.

6. Chromecast  | $35  – Oh yes, gadgets.  I don’t like these types of things for gifts, especially on romantic holidays, but this isn’t for me is it?  Nope, it’s for him.  And he likes this kind of stuff.  Google Chromecast is an HDMI plug that pops into your HDTV that allows you to watch all of your online content.  A lot like appleTV, but cheaper.  Romance this baby up?  Have your favorite romantic comedy cued up on your Netflix account when he plugs that baby in.

7. For-You-For-Me Gift  | $$$  These are MY favorite types of gifts.  ;) The gift you buy for yourself, that he gets to enjoy as well…lingerie is the best example of a for-you-for-me gift, unless he’s the one who likes to wear the lingerie…in which case you have bigger fish to fry than buying the perfect Valentines Day present.

Valentine-Gifts-for-Her-Samantha-Pattillo1. Derriere Vase  | $198  –  If you’re going to go the cliche flower route, at least put them in a gorgeous vase that she will want to keep after the flowers die.  Jonathan Adler makes some beautiful vases, some sexier than others ;)  If you give me flowers, at least show me you put time and thought into it with the personal vase, not just a grocery store stop on your way to pick me up for our date…

2. Couple’s Pillow Case  | $39  – Yes, us girls can be pretty easy…wait, not what I meant.  We are predictable in that we love sappy quotes and lyrics on things that make us feel like you wrote them just for us.  I know, silly, but always a crowd pleaser.  Go for the sweet card, a cool graphic hand-lettered print, or in this case a pillow cover meant for just us and our private moments.  She’ll love that the last thing you want to think about is how much you love her as you fall asleep.

3. Sweet Nothing Necklace  | $40  – Rule of thumb boys-just because it has a heart on it, doesn’t make it a good valentines gift choice.  My husband has learned this the hard way.  I know the thought is that you want to show how much you love the person and what better symbol than a heart to show that love, right?  Well sorry Jane Seymour, but you can go screw yourself!  If my man is getting me something with a heart on it, it better be in a different type of way.  I do love this necklace and the way it turns the irony of a heart on its head-too funny.  My guys would get bonus points for making me laugh and buying me something I would actually wear multiple days out of the year.

4. Personalized Photo Frame  | $40  –  A picture frame is always a go-to gift for guys to give to girls.  Take it the extra mile though-do a collage frame with multiple pictures of you guys as a couple.  It shows you put a little time and effort into the gift.  She’ll appreciate it, I promise.  (this one is from Crate & Barrel, but you can get options at places like Target and Walgreens.

5. Hand Drawn Mug  |$15  –  Like I said, give me a quote and I’m yours for the taking.  I love this handwritten mug with the simple but powerful words you’re my person.  “Yes, I would love to drink my coffee next to you every morning for the rest of my life…oh, you just thought it was a cute mug?  Sure, sure, me too.”

6. Heart Gloves  | $34  –  Yes, yes, I said no to heart stuff.  BUT…if you do get anything heart related, please give it to her the day before or the morning of valentines day.  At least she can wear it all day and not look like a crazed love hungry lady.  (side note-these gloves are super cute and I would totally wear them all season long)

7. Cozy Throw  | $67  –  For the girl who always complains about how cold she is.  Let her know you are thinking about her and care that she is nice and warm…not that you hope this blanket will keep her disgusting freezing feet off of you while you cuddle on the couch.  This one is from Pottery Barn, but you can pick up super cute one on the cheap at places like TJmaxx.

Happy Valentines Day!

My Master Bedroom – Update 1

Like every other working family that goes through a move, we are very slowly wading through our sea of boxes.  Our master bedroom is finally unpacked and decorated to a stage that is ‘sleep-able’.  Still no art hung and many more purchases to go until it is where I plan for it to be, but I wanted to show you where I am so far.  (No judgement people, a work in progress!)


Master Bedroom Update 1-Samantha PattilloDo you remember those heinous red walls?  I wanted to go calm and neutral with the bedroom: grey, grey, or maybe grey?  We went with grey. :)

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You can see from the image above that we ripped the carpet out from the entire upstairs.  With all of our animals (we have 2 dogs and 2 cats) I cannot do carpet.  With our limited timeline moving into the house, we had pros come in and install those gorgeous hickory hardwoods.

Master Bedroom Update 4-Samantha PattilloThe light that floods into this room in the afternoon is perfect for napping.  Tucker and Phoebe agree.  Don’t you love my night stand lamps?!  Floor samples on crazy sale from West Elm.  LOVE.  

As you stare in judgmental horror at all those exposed wires/cords, I remind you that this is a mid-point update.  No staging here, just snapping pics to show you where we are today.  They will all be hidden once all other boxes in the house have been dealt with.  Judgey-wudgey was a bear…

Master Bedroom Update 5-Samantha PattilloBailey , or B Bear as we call her, loves to lounge on the bed in the sunlight ALL day long.  Lazy three legged kitty.  But so cute!

Master Bedroom Update 6-Samantha PattilloSo my favorite thing in this room is that wicker chair in the corner.  I inherited it (and some other fantastic pieces) from my grandfather.  Danish mid century modernism at its best.  Next steps: get larger TV and mount it on the wall over the credenza. Don’t you love the credenza and night stands?  Craigslist finds.

Master Bedroom Update 7-Samantha PattilloPhoebe loves the view.  Floor to ceiling windows make for a lot of light and a nice view 3 stories up.  Next step: new designer dog beds that go with the room’s color palette.

Master Bedroom Update 8-Samantha PattilloThis bed was a gift when we got married.  Yep, magic happening here….

Master Bedroom Update 9-Samantha PattilloThanks for checking in.  I’ll keep the updates coming as all the rooms get unpacked.  Electrician coming next week so that will help pull all the spaces together.

(see the inspiration board for the master here)