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8 In DIY/ Interiors

Francois Renovates: The Nursery Before & After! (Video)

Today is the big day! We’ve been working hard to renovate the nursery and after several weeks I’m excited and relieved to say it’s done. And just in the nick of time might I add: our due date is less than 2 weeks away! At the beginning of this process, I had no idea what I wanted this space to look like, only that I wanted it to feel Nordic, fun and playful, a space that might spark imagination and foster creativity. 

When we found out we were having a girl, I have to admit my mind immediately went towards the color pink: girly pink with white and neutrals. But the more visual research I did on Pinterest, the more I came to the realization that Ken and I don’t even really like the color pink. And we all know the baby doesn’t have a preference what her room looks like yet, so why not create a space that we’ll enjoy spending long hours rocking our little one to sleep in. Let’s kick things off with what this room looked like BEFORE, shall we?

After 6 weeks of renovation, the space is complete! Come check out Francois Renovates' Nursery Before & After. Psst...there's a video!

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2 In Interiors

Guestroom Office Makeover: Get the Look

On the coattails of yesterday’s big reveal, I wanted to breakdown what specific pieces we used to achieve the overall look. There were a few accessories that I DIY’ed myself, like the pink floor mirror, Ikat lumbar pillow, message board and indigo-dyed shams, but most everything else is shoppable. I also tried really hard only to include links to the EXACT accessories you see in the reveal. The only exceptions to this are a few of the DIY’ed pieces and the  insanely gorgeous, one of a kind vintage rug from Woven Abode. In this case, I linked to the most similar rug available.

Love the look of our guestroom office makeover? Find all the sources for recreating the look at your place. Click for the full list! Continue Reading →

18 In DIY/ Interiors

Before & After: Creating a Small-Space Guestroom with method

Baby Girl Francois is well on her way to taking over our current guestroom come February, and with 3 bedrooms in our home: our bedroom, my office/studio, and the soon-to-be-nursery, we had to figure out a way to accommodate overnight guests comfortably without resorting to our living room sofa (our only sofa) as the royal sleeping chambers.

After much ‘what-the-heck-are-we-going-to-do-with-our-guest-bed-situation?‘ discussion, Ken and I concluded that our only real option was to add a bed to my current office and turn it into a multi-use space by re-configuring the layout.

I tossed in the idea of doing a murphy bed, because I had one in my tiny first apartment post-college, and they’re such a smart space saver. The way it folds up into itself when not in use, giving me nearly the same amount of space in my office to work on large projects as I originally had, was just too tempting to pass up!

See how we created a guestroom within our office using a murphy bed. Click for the full before & after! Continue Reading →

6 In Interiors

Our {Pre-Baby} Mini Bedroom Makeover

There are a ton of changes that take place when you’re expecting. Major physical changes, extra dietary requirements, and feeling a bit up-in-the-clouds spacey (it’s true!), to name a few. So far, I’ve been  rolling with all of it, and then my sleep pattern began to change, and I started becoming restless at night, mostly from having to sleep on my side. I’ve always been a great sleeper, so when things started to go downhill, I decided we needed to do something about it. We need all the sleep we can get before this bébé arrives!

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

Our bedroom was one of the spaces in our home that didn’t get a ton of love when we moved in about a year ago. We pretty much plopped our furniture in place and focused on the more immediate changes we needed to make elsewhere in the home, a.k.a. the kitchen. However, now that we’re expecting, I spend more time in our bedroom, and want to make it a cozy space conducive to sleep.

With a nursery and guestroom redesign already underway, our bedroom updates didn’t come in the form of paint and carpet removal (which is on the honey-do list for someday). Instead, they’re more about styling out this bare, forgotten space to make curling up for bedtime more enjoyable.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

Probably the biggest change we made in terms of creating a better night sleep was in our mattress. We previously had a run-of-the-mill spring-loaded mattress which worked okay prior to pregnancy, but now it just wasn’t cutting it. We decided to upgrade to a GelFoam Mattress given their pressure-sensitive Serene Foam technology. Enhanced with billions of microscopic air capsules, Serene Foam is proven to increase self-adjusting support while simultaneously reducing pressure on key areas of the body.

As an expecting mother, my OB recommended sleeping on my left side to avoid the strain on internal organs that sleeping on your back or right side can sometimes take on your body. On the old mattress, no way. There was no way to sleep on my left side the entire night without constantly tossing over due to the pressure put on my left hip. With GelFoamBed though, I sleep through the night on my left side, no problem! The mattress just kind of hugs you as you lay down, all the while providing firm support so you can get a good night sleep. Needless to say, I’m loving it.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

Another reason I love GelFoamBed is the eco factor: The mattress arrives rolled up super tightly, which means it uses less packing material and takes up less space on the delivery truck, resulting in an overall smaller carbon footprint.

Normally I hate allocating budget to non-decorative things that you don’t actually see, but in this case, it’s SO worth it. It’s so worth sleeping through the night, waking up refreshed, and being my most productive self during the day. If you’re also in the market for a new mattress, take a look at GelFoamBed. They’re offering $50 off any purchase with promo code: francoisetmoi !

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

The other updates we made were hanging drapery, updating the bedding and throw pillows to help soften the space and dilute those beige walls. The drapery is from Ikea a few years ago, that had been stored away since the move. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’re available anymore, so I’ve included a similar panel style in the “Get the Look” section below.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

We also added a nightstand on the far side of the bed. The door you see in the photo is a tiny under-stairs closet for occasionally accessed storage, so we felt okay with a nightstand there. All three bedrooms in our home are small by today’s standards, but typically sized for a 1930’s home, so you do what you gotta do to make the space work for you! Last but not least, we flanked the bed with matching lamps with fabric shades that give off the most serene glow just before bed.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

  A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. Drapery  ||  Lamp  ||  Striped Pillow  ||  Throw  ||  Picture Frame  ||  Blue Velvet Lumbar Pillow  ||  Night Stand  ||  White Sheet Set

This post was brought to you by GelFoamBed. Thank you for supporting the brands I love that help me keep the DIY inspo flowing directly to your inbox! All thoughts & opinions are explicitly my own.

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