My Stylish Shorehouse Master Bedroom

Hello Everyone!!

What a beautiful week it has been here in Chester County, PA.  Still wondering when fall is going to show up, but definitely soaking in this extended summer we are having.  It has been at least 15 degrees above normal and while I love it, I will tell you it has been mighty tricky when it comes to picking out an outfit everyday.  I feel like I never know what to wear.  I am definitely not complaining though, jeans and light shirt and cute sandals are always my favorite outfits.  Here is a sneak peak of my outfit today, I really love this LulaRoe Shirley, I will add more on that in a different post…but this in not a typical outfit for where we live.  We are normally in sweaters, high boots and jeans by now!

ME in Shirley

Todays blog post is about my new favorite item to decorate with…the fabulous self-adhering wallpaper from Walls Need Love.  I have now successfully used it in 2 rooms and I can not say enough about this product.

I often get asked where I get my inspiration and I’ll be honest and tell you that I just research obsessively for days or even weeks and then I see one thing that speaks to me and it is like BOOM there it is…and then I just build off it.  That is exactly what happened when I put together the design for my Shorehouse Master Bedroom.  I bought magazines, I used the app Houzz, created Pinterest Boards, and stalked Instagram… the process almost became obsessive because everywhere I was in the back of my head I was looking for inspiration.

For my shore house bedroom I wanted a fun, bold and beachy/tropical design.  The main inspiration for this room was the wallpaper.  I was on an airplane with my husband traveling from somewhere and I was reading a home decor magazine that featured an article about this new self-adhering wall paper.  First off, it immediately caught my attention because I LOVE wallpaper.  LOVE IT!  I love how it adds pattern and a splash of color and cool focal design immediately to your room.  As I kept reading I was even more intrigued because this wallpaper doesn’t need to be glued to the wall.  For someone who changes their mind about every 6 months on the paint color for my bedroom this was the answer to my prayers!  So as soon as we landed and I was able to access the internet I started doing my research.

As I scoured the Walls Need Love website the bold Red and Blue Hibiscus wall paper essentially jumped off the page and said order me now.  It was exactly what I was looking for and the color scheme could not have been more perfect!  I love all things blue but this coupled with the red hibiscus flowers could not have been more perfect.  So I placed my order and hoped for the best.

Shorehouse bedroom

 

Since I have never installed wallpaper before I was a little nervous to commit to 10 sheets of wallpaper and not know if I would even be able to hang one.  Can I just tell you how easy it is to install.  The hardest part is lining up the sheets but after you get your first 1 or 2 lined up it moves pretty quick from there.  I did the whole wall behind my bed, 8 sheets, in a little over an hour.  That definitely was not bad for the immediate impact it made in the room.

I can’t say enough about this product, in fact I highly recommend it.  If you are interested in check out their amazing patterns click this link…Walls Need Love- Here.  They have a ton new art work.  If you need help trying to find one for your room just reach out to me!

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Happy Fall!

~Melanie

 

My Shore House

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In the course of our busy lives I feel like we always have the intent to do this and that.  As the owner of a smallish childcare franchise you could say I am busy.  Currently we own 4 schools and are getting ready to launch franchises for sale.  In my spare time and for fun I decorate and renovate houses with my husband.  He does all the construction and I do most of the design…he does get a small opinion.  For the past few years I have been looking for a way to document our renovation and design work.  This blog is going to be my outlet.  Our most recent project was our New Jersey shorehouse.  From the minute I laid eyes on this little bungalow I knew I wanted to gut it and bring it back to life.  Here is a picture of our little gem before we got our hands on it.

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Front OF house

 

See, it was very cute… Very White…but very cute with a ton of potential…

For the past 60 years it has undergone many, many bad and poorly executed renovations.  While I am sure the intent was great the execution was not.  We bought this house knowing that this was going to be a project and not a short one.  From start to finish it was a full 6 months to be exact..and the house is only 1800 Sq Ft.  We are actually still remodeling the last bathroom.  Pics to come later on that one.

So this little shore house started with a ton of potential and I couldn’t be happier with the way it has ended up.  Below are some pics of what it looks like today.  We painted the exterior brick grey to give some contrast to the white trimmed windows, installed a new Shaker door and added blue vinyl siding in a vertical direction to give the illusion of height.  We added the window at the top to add some extra light on the interior.  The grass and wood columns finish the house giving it the feel of a true bungalow.

On the interior we tore down walls and ceilings to create a better flow and add height to the living area which gives the illusion of space.  In a house this small having it feel as spacious as we could was important.  The kitchen before was boxy and cramped with a wall that separated it from the living room.  Throughout the demolition the back kitchen wall was one that got knocked down and rebuilt to make the kitchen bigger…even though we added 18 inches to the kitchen/living room it made a huge difference. Now it is open with vaulted ceilings and a neutral palate that does not darken the room.

The front living area is now open to the kitchen and feels more inviting and comfortable.    We carried the floor all throughout the house to try to keep the flow consistent and again not break off rooms that would give the boxy feeling.

The Master Bedroom was probably the most spacious room in the house.  Since this is a second home for us we didn’t feel the need to keep it so large.  We had the closets rebuilt on the back side of the room and I choose this amazing bold Hibiscus Self-adhesing wall paper for the back drop.  It is the perfect beachy bedroom with tons of storage space!

The master bathroom was a hot mess.  The walls were patched and uneven, there was a huge jacuzzi tub that was just too big for the room and the teal walls are not my taste for a bathroom.  The plumbing and electric behind the walls were an accident waiting to happen.  I was never so happy to see studs and subfloor!  So after our plumber and electrician made the bathroom safe for use my husband applied my design and the result is just gorgeous.

Since we are at the shore the Octopus shower curtain was more than appropriate.  The gold fixtures are the perfect finishing touch for the navy vanity with the navy/gold/greyish patterned ceramic floor tile.  I really Love this room.

Well, that was the front half of the house, I will post soon about the back half of the house.  Thank you for reading my first blog post and I hope you come back to see more of my design work, I have a lot more to post!

Best-

Melanie Keller

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