A DIY Nursery Light: The Serena And Lily Malibu Chandelier

When planning our baby nursery, I knew that replacing the boring old white fan that was already hanging was a maja must. And I have loved the Serena and Lily Malibu chandelier for like ever. Imagine how pumped I was when I came across the DIY tutorial over on Simply Salvage! 

The Malibu is just one of many gorgeous lights offered at S&L, but the price tags just didn't fit into the budget! 

So, I took to the tutorial, and for a little less than $100, I made my own! It's definitely not perfect, but it sure beat the $900 price tag on the real deal! 

Here are a few snaps of my process:

And the after!

Have you ever tackled making a light fixture? 


Preppy Young Men's Rooms: Before and After

I had so much fun working on this project! 
My aunt and her three boys happened to be my "clients."
Their home is a fun California style 2-story stucco ranch built in 1947.
The house has a lot of charm and character, much of which is original to the house.
The boys share the front part of the second floor - all of which is paneled in original heart pine. The wood is absolutely beautiful and provides a fabulous backdrop for their rooms.

However, they needed some updating, and I was happy to help! 
Here's a bit of a before picture collage: see the wood paneling, the old window seat cushion, and the wooden cornice over the window seat, as well as the inspiration colors for the spaces

And here's the front of the house:
The boys share the front part of the upper floor - the two rooms are separated down the middle, and you can see the two window seats and new pillows in this image.

Two sons share one side of the space.
A color palette of crisp blues, grays, and white was used here, and two chic upholstered headboards were installed.

The window seat got a new cushion in charcoal gray with a few toss pillows for comfort. The beds are now dressed in white and stripes. So fun!

The new white valance hanging over the old wooden cornice is super clean. The white fabric with charcoal gray trim, along with the gray headboards and chrome trim, reminds me of a good-looking suit.

New white spreads keep the look fresh, and striped rugs underfoot keep this room soft. 

The older son's room is on the other side of the space. His color palette was a preppy mix of pink, cream, white, and blue. A madras plaid coverlet was the inspiration.

The old window seat cushion got a maja makeover with new blue upholstery. A few fun toss pillows make it inviting. The new valance is in cream linen with a nice blue trim.

I love this bedding! 
The man of the space chose the preppy madras plaid himself, and it's fun mixed with the heart pine paneling.

Loved this project and love these boys! 
Hope you enjoyed the updates too!


A Commercial Project: Before and After Church bathroom

Recently, the ladies' room at my hometown church had a maja makeover. I am sick that I don't have "before" photos, but trust me - it needed updating in a big way. 

You may remember this mention here

And here are a few inspiration images for the space:

I knew we wanted to keep it super feminine and to make sure it was suitable for a bride and her maids to use. The ladies of the church use it on Sundays as well. Remember the post on the parlor from a few years ago? 
Now, the ladies' room is on par with the dressing room. :)


The space is so girly and soft now...with beautiful sconce framing a sweet mirror....

And a mirror wall for checking one's appearance....
**it makes the space seem twice as large too!

A lovely blue ceiling with two drum shade light fixtures...

New white stalls with crisp white counter tops and cabinets....

And ballet slipper pink walls...

with gorgeous black and white marble tiles....

We are so happy with the outcome!
Hope you like! 


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Our little man's nursery reveal

Thank you guys for being so patient with me! I know I've taken forever to post about our little man's room, but I wanted to have everything in it before I showed it to you all! 

So, you guys remember my nusery plan:

And here's the bedroom where our little one will now sleep:

Lest we not forget the waaaay before image either:

And here is a progress collage when the room was finally coming together:

And now, the AFTER!

David and I both LOVE the way it all came together! 
Since finding out in December that we're having a baby boy, it was kinda non-stop with the projects from there on out. 
First on the list: 
- moving the existing bed and nightstands to my office (more on that later)
- installing crown moulding
- painting the ceiling blue
- painting the door dark charcoal
- installing wall sconce on either side of the armoire
- installing bamboo shades for extra privacy

While those things were happening over the last several months, I was:
-having the window treatments made
- choosing bedding
- picking out the glider
- ordering the bed
- finding the right piece as the changing table
- constructing the light fixture

And gathering things for the large wall above the blue chest

The baby bed is a pewter wrought iron four poster. There are more bars to connect the four posters in the event we have a little girl and she needs a canopy. :) The posters also come off completely in case our little one is fond of swinging from them when he gets older. The bed has two other settings that drop the mattress lower as he grows taller and begins to stand up.
His bedding is a classic mix of cream, blue, and flax Belgian linen. I wanted to make sure that I had something that we could use again - whether the next one is a boy or girl, all I'd have to do is swap out the sheet! The gorgeous blue blanket was the first gift I received - it seemed to set the tone for this little one's linens! 

We've been fortunate to have so many precious things handed down to us, like this baby rocker that I painted white, and David's childhood teddy bear Honey Joe 

Another friend gave me this sweet diaper cake - and the Bla Bla lovees, rattles, and finger puppets are my faves!

I picked up things along the way for the accessories for the room. It was really important to me to have things that would grow with him - nothing too "baby." I found the fish plates at an antique shop on East Andrews in Atlanta, and the vintage book pages with letters on Etsy. The mats were custom on Etsy too, and the frames are from a craft store.

I have had the white octagonal mirror since I was in college, and loved the modern touch of it surrounded by all the rougher textured accessories. The turtle shells were grabbed from an antique shop too, and the antlers were a gift. 

The blue platter probably won't stay there with a increasingly-mobile baby's arms and legs while changing him - but, I love the Rebecca Wood piece there for the time being. 

The glider is so super comfy! And we foresee lots of time here! ha! 
The rods I chose for the curtains are privacy rods, meaning they turn on the ends to block light - this room gets lots of sunlight and we want baby to be able to sleep! 
The bamboo shades are from the hardware store, and the fabric on the window treatments was grabbed in Atlanta. I added a double line of sweet jute trim around the edges of the drape - gives some texture to the very "boy" stripes.

The woodland animal mobile we received as a gift is absolutely precious!

Here, you can see the drapery trim a bit better, and a close up of the chic garden stool I found. The elephant mimics the animals in the crewel on the stools I had made.

Crown moulding makes the biggest difference! I love the way the crisp white looks with the blue ceiling and soft gray walls.

One maja DIY project I tackled was the light fixture. I found the tutorial online and ordered the parts - and I love the way it turned out! Especially the price! (more on how I made it later)

The pram was used by my mother in law for my hubs and his sister - I love it in the nursery! And the antiqued rocking horse was made by a friend - how precious!

I knew we'd need a place for books, frames, etc. so the armoire that has been in this room stayed put. I just had the shelves built to slip inside without damaging the interior of the antique piece. 
The vintage crewel fabric on the custom stools was my inspiration for the room.  

He's got several frames waiting on a photo, lots of books to read, and lovees to drool on! I also have the silver pieces that belonged to my husband and me - and Baby G's too waiting on a monogram!

I found the antique blue chest at Scott's. 

The white turtle shell is a la Nate Berkus for Target, and the antlers were part of a trio given to me.

I found these animal head hooks and spray painted them white (don't worry, I've got to paint the screws white too with a paint pen) for his hooded towels.

I love love love my diaper bag - a gift from my awesome parents! 

The Bla Bla mobile is just the sweetest thing! I love the little sheep and lambs.

Now on to the closet...he's got no shortage of clothes! ha! Truly, I have had the sweetest, prettiest, most thoughtful baby showers where our friends and family have spoiled mommy and baby rotten. He's got the caaa-uuuutest outfits for the summer already! We've even got his Christmas pajamas and his first rain coat too!

I found the best floppy baskets at Target for his socks....

... and his little hats too.

A fun friend from home even made sure he has a signed box of Honey Boo Boo's Girl Scout cookies - signed by the whole family of course! Love it! 

He's got the sweetest little rattles...

and drawers for his bibs, blankets, diaper cloths, and extra sheets. 

I do hope you've liked seeing the final product! This mommy and daddy have had a ball preparing for our little one! Only a little over 3 weeks to go!