DIY: Secret Bedroom (Part 2)

Finally, after going on holiday and several delays, I finally finished the bedroom makeover. There are still a few decor items that I need to get, but the room is finished and I couldn’t be happier. I could go on and on about what I did, built, changed, etc… but I think I will let the photos do all the talking. I apologize in advance for the lack-luster quality of the photos, but my camera wasn’t working and this was what you get with cell phone camera. The after photos don’t even begin to do this room and color scheme justice. I’m going to get some better photographs and share them with you guys next week! Keep in mind, I tried to makeover this bedroom for as little money as possible, so the best place to go for furniture that you can easily upgrade is IKEA. Let me know what you guys think?Slide1Slide3Slide2Slide4

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  1. Walls: Shermin Williams/Color Passive (i’m secretly trying to make my daughter calmer by using this color)
  2. Bed: Duken Bed – What I love about this bed is the super cute grey with white polka dots fabric headboard cover. If she ever gets tired of the fabric, I can simply make a new cover with some modern fabric!
  3. Nightstand & Dresser: IKEA Hack of the Tarva Dresser and Nightstand – I love hacking IKEA furniture! It’s inexpensive and lots of fun. Mason loves this light blue color and I found these beautiful glass knobs which gives it a vintage look.
  4. Pendant Light: Land of Nod
  5. Table Lamp: Jonathan Adler
  6. Glass Bookcase: IKEA VITTSJÖ – this bookcase just looks amazing! It was black metal with glass shelving, but I spray painted the metal in Sunshine Yellow and it just pops and looks amazing against the grey walls!
  7. Art Prints: Give Peace a Chance & Owl Stock II
  8. Desk: Linnmon/Adalis
  9. Desk Chair: Herman Miller (personal collection)
  10. Custom Canvas Photo over the bed: CanvasPop

p.s. read how it all began here and see some making of the room photos here and here. Hope you have a great weekend!

Something Different


Matisse is a culinary connoisseur in the making, granted she’s only seven, but she knows what she likes and more importantly she likes to request culinary delights for dinner. So I find myself making a Brown Butter and Sage Aussie Meat Pie this evening and I have never made one before.

Divine. Delicious. Yum!!!! Even though it was about an hour and twenty minutes of hands on time, it only 30 minutes to cook in the oven and the result… Well simply fabulous!

(note to self: Revoke Matisse’s Food Network privileges)


Brown Butter & Sage Aussie Meat Pie

Made in a 9-inch pyrex pie pan.

1 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cups carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 cup parsnips, peeled and diced
1/4 cup celery stalk, peeled and diced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
2 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon sage, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh or frozen English peas

Savory Pie Dough Recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour
8 oz (two sticks) unsalted butter
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tblsp sugar
1/4-1/2 cup ice water

1 egg, for egg wash

For the pie crust, in a food processor or quickly using your fingertips, combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter until the chunks of butter are broken down to the size of peas and the flour feels like wet sand. Add the first 1/4 cup of water and mix until the dough comes together easily. It’s too dry if it immediately clumps apart. Add two tablespoons of water at a time, you can always add more water but not more flour, so careful not to add too much! Bring the dough into two balls and plop them on top of two sheets of plastic wrap. Loosely wrap up the ball and press down, smooshing the ball into a disc about an inch thick. Pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Prepare the filling. Place the butter into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium heat. Add the onion and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic and the meat, sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, carrots, parsnips and celery and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and add the sage, cooking until the butter is browned. Set aside off heat.

Meanwhile, roll out your pie dough to 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface, and loosely fill a pie dish with one round.

Add the peas, brown butter, and sage to the meat mixture and pour into the pie dish, over the dough. Roll out the second pie dough and pop on top of the pie, pinching the edges to secure. Slice a couple of vents on top and brush with egg wash (just a a beaten egg w a touch of water).

Place on a half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20-30, or until the pastry is golden brown and juices bubble out of the vents. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy!

keepin’ it local with pillows

il_570xN.428859500_rsmmThis time of year always makes feel a little happier, which makes me want to make my home a little brighter! So, with a few new DIY projects on the calendar and one DIY Surprise Bedroom completed (I’ll be posting about it this weekend!) I’ve been on the hunt for some easy, bright changes to make in every room and what could be easier than pillows! I am absolutely in love with these beautiful, colorful and stunning pillows from Richmond Local Jillian Carmine! Her Color Block Stripes pillows are made with luxurious natural linen and a punch of color. This color palette and design was inspired by the fashion trends one of her favorite stores – JCrew. This beautiful pillow will make the perfect accent on a chair, sofa, window seat or bed. From stripes to geometrics, flowers to to antlers, there is something for everyone!

Available at Jillian Rene Decor!