Super Affordable Flooring in our MCM Guest Room

As you may remember, back when I was doing the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, we decided that we would skip the floor renovation portion due to our funds and time. The current situation is that we still don’t have the funds or budget to do a proper, long-term floor, but we did find a great solution!

Mid Century Modern Guest Bedroom and Office/ Craft Space

I was talking to a friend (and my amazing cleaning lady), and she asked what I was going to do about the carpet in this room. Ha. She appreciates how we change things up in here often, and she knows about some big news coming to the Brand*Eye world, so she had to ask. It got me thinking about low cost solutions to make this flooring way better. Before I basically filtered the hell out of it to make it look good on social media šŸ™‚ But in reality it was dirty and drab and ugly.

Craft Area portion of the Guest Bedroom with a peek into the kitchen.

My first thought was to go to Restore. Do you have one of these by you? You should check, because you probably do. It is Habitat for Humanity’s shop where they sell super affordable building materials, housewares, furniture, cabinetry, counter tops, light fixtures, you name it. Anyway, so I was there and found a really dark grey carpet square. You may know the brand name FLOR, which I love. These are similar, but a commercial brand, and I found them for $30 a box. I needed about 7 so it was only around $200. That is a really great deal and less than $1 a sq ft!

I love how you can really see all of the lines of the chair legs now that the flooring is much darker than them.

The color is called balkan sea and it is a REALLY dark blue/black/grey. It sort of works like a neutral, but in a really funky way. It makes all of the other colors pop!

In order to try to reduce the obviousness of the lines of the tile, we installed them in a staggered pattern (called running bond). It breaks up the lines of each tile so that they aren’t as obvious. Don’t get me wrong, you still can tell, but not as much as if it were a grid!

Tulip chair, dog toy and tulip stool (not ‘real,’ they’re vintage knockoffs)

The install cost was $0. We will spend $35 to have our township haul out the old carpet, but the demo only consisted of labor (removing carpet and staples). Then we swept, vacuumed and installed the carpet squares. They were relatively easy to trim to size with a utility knife and my fabric cutting surface. I say relatively, because Dave was really good at it and I was not. He deserves the credit for most of the labor.

View into the recently remodeled bathroom with cement tiles.
TV portion of the guest bedroom, because this is also our TV room. This room is very multipurpose!

I’d love to know what you think of the new space! The dark flooring really gives it a new vibe, which I dig.

Hello

I’ve been neglecting this blog for months, or probably more accurately, years. I actually started blogging 11 years ago today. What the hell? I should definitely be better at it by now, Haha. For a trip down memory lane, my old blog is here:
http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/

What I’ve been struggling to figure out is what to post about. I’d love to know what you want to see more of. Interior design ideas? Garden ideas? Travel? I definitely owe you an update on Lucille Jean, our vintage 1964 Shasta Camper. Stay tuned for that.

And does anyone even read blogs anymore? I’d love to know your thoughts on what you want to see and where you want to see it. If you find that you don’t follow me on Instagram, but sure to give me a follow at @brandeyehome.

The two photos are from a couple of months ago in the winter. And the third is from a couple of weeks ago. I love to switch things up around here. I moved the leather chair to where the bench was, and moved this bench to the front.

Brand*Eye Home Portfolio

I switched up my website a bit and now have a portfolio section on my website. It has photos of all of my recent interior projects. Click on Portfolio to see more details.

If you’re looking for someone to help you design your space, hit me up. I am now offering design services for interior styling and design. Email me at brandeyehome@gmail.com for more details. Let’s create your dream space.

In the process of updating the design of my website I some how lost my blog. But now it’s back thanks to my brother in law Brian who fixed it for me. If you’re into obscure punk band and Philly t-shirts, check out his website www.adultcrashing.com.

Easy Halloween Decor

I am typically not one to specifically decorate for Halloween. Usually I just do the fallĀ  pumpkin and generic autumnal vibes so that the decorations can last through to Thanksgiving. But this year I felt inspired by crows and feathers. Here’s what I came up with.

Feather wreath and bat entryway

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2018-10-21 09.50.42-2The feather wreath was from a craft store and I stuck it to this mirror with a suction cup hook thing. The bats were just cut from cardstock. Instructions below.

Week 3: Fall One Room Challenge-Guest Bedroom

Hello again. So… not much has changed in the last day and I am still way behind on this One Room Challenge. But I did just figure out a few small details and made an inspiration board.

I am going to take advantage of the skylight and add a few hanging plants. Maybe not this many, but wouldn’t that be cool?

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The above credenza/wall pic (center) is from a Cup of Joe. The blue chair above I already have. It was actually an estate sale find that I had reupholstered. It was for sale in my now closed online home shop. I schlepped that darn thing to no less than 3 markets and it never sold. So now I am keeping it and it looks great! I am going to try to make the TV look like less of a focal point on the wall by adding art around it. I may also move my cutting table and use a credenza instead.

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I am still trying to decide on the floor. I want to do cork, but I got a sample and ‘tested’ it by trying to scratch it. It scratches more easily than I’d like so I need to keep looking. Oh no pressure, just have only 3 more weeks to figure it out AND install it. Yikes.

Don’t forget to follow along and seeĀ all of the other guest participants.

You can find my Week 1 post here, and Week 2 post here.

Week 2: Fall One Room Challenge-Guest Bedroom

And so week two begins (and ends). I basically have done nothing except order a few flooring samples and I am currently in Ireland for a week. (Edit, I was in Ireland for a week, and was unable to post this while there. Sorry for the delay!)

I think I maybe should have planned this a bit better. Oh well. Here is some inspiration that is sort of the vibe I’m going for in this round of One Room Challenge.Ā inspiration

There will be lots of house plants. And the below wallpaper will also make an appearance. I have one roll and need to use it for the one wall in the bathroom. Since I will have some extra I will also use it for a small wall in the guest room to tie the two together. It is the very famous Woods Wallpaper by Cole & Son. Believe it or not, this wallpaper was designed in 1959! It is actually something that could have been installed in our home, which was built in 1963.

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The room below (from Martha Stewart, read all about it here) is sort of the sparse vibe I am going for, but with more plants. Let’s see if I can do sparse in a room with so much going on! You can find my week one here, with before shots of our guest bedroom.

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Come back next week (tomorrow šŸ˜‰ for more details of this One Room Challenge. And be SURE to follow along and see all of the other guest participants who are surely farther along than I am.

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Green Hex Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom is finished and it looks fantastic! I am so happy with how it turned out! The best part is that the green cement hex tile is even better than I imagined. You may remember I was trying to figure out which way to lay it, and I think the layout I decided on works well with the layout of the room and gives a focal point to the room.

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Week 1: Fall 2018 One Room Challenge

Do you remember when I redecorated our Master Bedroom last spring? Well I’m partipating again inĀ another One Room Challenge and I’ve decided to start it on the very first day that our bathroom remodel is completed. Whew, I may be crazy.

I’m planning to redo our guest bedroom, to try to compete with our new guest bathroom. There are two key differences for this room, I’m working on a very strict budget and it’s DIY.Ā  I have a few ideas that I’ve been bouncing around my head, so let’s see what I can come up with. The guest bedroom at Ewok (the nickname given by Ewok’s most frequent guest) is also my sewing/craft room. So it has to serve both purposes. Here is the space from about a year ago.

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The above actually looks way more cluttered now, because I added a tv and shelves. I am now thinking that I like this wall better without the shelves. Hmmm. A fabric cutting area is a must and this really is a great place to do it. I think most of the above will be staying2017-02-02 14.25.02-2

This area definitely needs to be decluttered. I made the curtains out of this awesome coverlet that I bought in India. But, they just do not look great in this space. It is a cool fabric though and I hope to find something to do with it.Ā 2017-02-02 14.25.42-2

This area above is actually super cute as is. But I am thinking of a bit of wallpaper above. The paintings I made of our beloved pets Moz and punch. Our current love bug is below, Winnie.

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Oh yes, I forgot to mention this is also Winnie’s bed. She has pretty much claimed all beds, chairs and sofas in this house.

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The major area that needs to be addressed is the flooring. It’s currently a very stained and sad beige carpet. I want to ditch the carpet and the replacement is still to be decided. We also use this area to watch tv, so I need to find a way to make it more comfortable.

Stay tuned to my blog for the next 6 weeks as I make over this space. And be sure to check out all of theĀ featured designers and fellow guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.

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