One Room Challenge Week 2

My mid mod bedroom for the One Room Challenge is coming along great! There are still some decisions to make, like what rug should we buy and what should we use as nightstands. But the biggest decision of what bed to buy has been made! And boy am I happy with our choice. Here are some basic plans for the space.

The rug in the first photo is not really an option. The problem is it doesn’t come in the right size. But if it did, I would buy it. It’s from Anthropologie and it is so dreamy.

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One Room Challenge Bedroom

For the last couple of years I have been watching the fun going on at the One Room Challenge and this year I decided to sign up as a guest participant! If you’re not familiar with it, over the course of 6 weeks we will all be redecorating a room and sharing the process on our blogs. You can read all about it on the website for One Room Challenge and see all of the guests posts here. You can also follow along on instagram at @oneroomchallenge. (P.s. you can also find me on instagram at @brandeyehome).

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So what room am I going to redecorate? Our bedroom! We switched bedrooms over a year ago and I never really decorated the new bedroom. And to make things worse, I decided to switch beds and move ours to the guestroom and buy a new mattress for ourselves. But I haven’t decided on a bed yet, so our new mattress is just on the floor. It’s currently a really sad and depressing room. This challenge will force me to transform the room in a short time frame, 6 weeks!

Here is the bedroom as it is today.bed before

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How to Style Your Shelves in Four Easy Steps

Our home has a lot of built-ins, so I get a lot of practice styling shelves. One of my favorite parts of January is starting with a clean slate after taking down all the holiday decor. We spent some time cleaning out and getting rid of a bunch of extra stuff this winter, so I decided it was time to re-style these shelves. I will show you some tips that you can use in your own home.

Step 1: Start with a clean slate. Take everything off and start fresh. I ended up using a lot of what was already here, but by starting fresh you will come up with new ideas. DSC_0674

Step 2: Add stacks of books. Most of our books are on another set of shelves, so I just grabbed some of the prettier vintage ones for these shelves. You can stack them on top of each other, side by side, or a combo of both. I like to do both, because it adds interest and the stacked side works as a book end for the side by side end. This way you need less book ends! I have also seen books styled backwards, if you want to limit the color palette and just see the pages side. You can also style them by the color of the spine. Just note that both of these options are not at all functional. If you actually use these books, then the better way is to group them by subject matter. I once styled my shelves by color and finding the book I was looking for was not easy.

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Step 3: Add your objects by adding similar ones at the same time. For instance I started by adding all of the wooden items. Think about balance, and move them around as you go.

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Next I added the objects that have strong lines, like the metal horse, deer and tree. Then I filled in more with the brass vases. While adding your items, think about balance. You want to balance out the colors and shapes. You could also experiment with grouping colors (all brass on one shelf, books on another, etc…).

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Keep adding items until it feels right. I kept the top shelf open, because nothing really fit well up there. Then I had an idea!

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Step 4: Plants! I moved some of my plants to fill in the top shelf. I also added one to another shelf to balance it. Plants make everything better, so don’t be afraid to put them everywhere, even your shelves!DSC_0697

Here are my shelves from another angle. Don’t forget you can stack objects too. I added a small brass vase on top of a wooden box, and objects on top of some stacked books. Think about height on each shelf and white space around objects you want to highlight. For instance, the metal horse I love and wanted it to be a focal point. So I kept the object around it at a distance so that you can really see the shape of the horse against the white background.  dsc08891.jpg

I hope this helped you have some confidence in styling your own shelves. Don’t forget that you can always change it up, move it around, have fun! After seeing these photos, I already see a few things I will move. Don’t be afraid of having to make everything perfect, just get started and enjoy the process. A few of these items on my shelves are actually available in my brand*eye home shop, so as they sell I get to continually restyle my shelves.

Some other options of things to add are photo frames, small paintings, fresh flowers in vases; the options are endless! What do you love to add to your shelves? And let me know if you use any of these tips.

 

Christmas Decor

 

We had the perfect snow day yesterday and I spent it decorating the house for Christmas. Winnie spent it cuddled up in “her” chair with a quilt, and Dave ripped out the carpet in the dining room. He also made a homemade pasta and meatball dinner. I was definitely the winner yesterday! DSC_0994

It’s so fun to be able to change up the house after I have a pop up shop. It’s like I get to start with a clean slate and I usually mix in my shop items. It was especially fun this year with the glass collection that I have amassed. Most of the items below are actually for sale in my shop. Some are not yet listed. You can message me for anything that you see, except the ceramic tree, that is all MINE. DSC_0003

The above is the minimalist holiday design, with just lights and vintage glassware. And  below is the maximalist with lots of trees added. Which do you prefer? DSC_0007

I collect Christmas trees and my collection has grown quite a bit over the years. I try to buy or craft some new ones each year, so the collection is always expanding. The ones on the right below were crafted last year. And the jeweled tree was a gift from my parents. It is an antique and oh so cute. I have 4 of them, which I’ll have to get better pics of. DSC_0008

We switched around some seating and moved this piece of our sectional to this nook. I think it makes this part of our house so cozy! What do you think?

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It was the perfect amount of snow to make everything beautiful! DSC_0024

Here is the house all aglow last night. As you can see, Winnie pretty much didn’t leave that spot all day. I used tinsel on the tree this year and I LOVE IT! Every year I look for it and can never find any. But last year I found some at a yard sale. Score! DSC_0043DSC_0055

The tree is decorated with lots of birds, tinsel, lights and round glass ornaments in silver, orange and blue. DSC_0058DSC_0061

DSC_0065DSC_0068Have you decorated your tree yet this year? What was your theme or color palette?

POP UP Shop Tomorrow!

Hey everyone! The POP Up shop is tomorrow Saturday, December 2nd. I’ve been busy all week getting ready for it and am so excited to have you all join us! This year I will have a bunch of friends joining me. You can read all about these talented friends in the last post here.

I’ll have lots of vintage home goods including pitchers, glassware, kitchenware, pottery, art and candlesticks.

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Vintage pottery

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Philadwellphia Feature

I am so very excited to announce that our home was featured on Philadwellphia, which is a local mid century modern home website. Check out all the gorgeous photos that were shot for the feature. They also have a lot tidbits and info about us and our home. It was built in 1963 by a local architect, Robert Morrison.

Check out the link HEREMorrison-House-Exterior-1

The craziest thing happened when this was posted. My Mom shared the feature on her facebook page and we found out that a nurse that she used to work with is a nurse for the architect of this home! As you will read in the article, the architect built this home for his family and they lived here for almost 50 years. We feel so lucky and honored to be able to live in this amazing home. It’s like living in a tree house and our friends have nicknamed it Ewok Village.

I’d love it if you check out the article and comment here with your favorite room. Mine is the living room/kitchen area.

And here is a link to a post about it from my old blog shortly after we moved in.

Yard Work

We absolutely love our yard and the many garden areas. But it is definitely hard work to keep it looking nice! I actually really enjoy doing yard work, however, I have been so busy lately that I have been severely neglecting it. This morning we had a couple of free hours and tackled some weeds that look more like trees, and the never-ending battle with the ivy. DSC_0011DSC_0012

For the love of god, don’t ever plant ivy. I have to say it does cover an area nicely, but it won’t ever stop growing and it will become a life long battle to keep it in check.

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Above is one of Winnie’s favorite spots, right in the sun. Below is an area that has especially been neglected. That area is at least 60% weeds.

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The tree below is my favorite tree in our yard. It gives perfect dappled light right over this whole area.

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Spring

In my opinion, the best season is spring! Each year it seems to get better and better. After months of cold weather and barren trees, it’s so amazing to see everything sprout to life. Here is a little trip around our gardens.

Bathroom Remodel Complete

Our bathroom remodel is complete! We are so happy with how it turned out and had a great experience with the remodeling company that we used, d remodeling. They turned this bathroom around in less than two weeks and it looks spectacular.


I am planning to hang plants above the shower area, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. The ceiling is higher in that area and there is a window above, so it will be a perfect spot to hang plants. The tile is from The Tile Shop and the details are as follows:

  • Marble tile on the main wall is Venatura Nero Polished
  • Floor tile is Charcoal Blend Gatsby
  • Side wall tile is Leyre Gris

You can see the before here.