Year of Change: June's project in the guest bedroom

It's FRIDAY and the very last day of the school year.  This means I'm a mom of a 4th grader.  Whaaaaat? He's so grown up now.  Cheers to all the parents gearing up for summer!  We can do this!

I have exciting news to share.  A few ladies I love are participating in a "Year of Change" and every month they take on a DIY challenge, partnering with a sponsor, that's accessible but makes a big impact on their home.  This month I get to be their guest!! 

We're partnering with Lamp's Plus and I'm tackling our guest bedroom.  The bedroom currently looks like this.  I have a wooden bed from my late grandmother that I painted, a pair of Craiglist nightstands, and crystal lamps from my other late grandmother.  Clearly, family pieces are close to my heart.  But I have another location in mind for the crystal lamps, and I think this will be a huge change for the better!

When we bought the house the room looked like this: the listing photo.
A darling space for a little boy, but we needed a room for guests.
I placed our bed on the long wall, and painted the ceiling to the molding coral.  BIG change.

I pulled some bedrooms I love that have pendants hanging over the nightstands so you can get an idea where I'm headed with my vision.

 Pieces, Inc.

This is where Lamps Plus comes into play.  They have these plug-in shade swag adapters.  This means you can use ANY shade and turn it into a pendant yourself.  Cra-zy!  Am I right? 

I selected two of these patterned shades to hang over the nightstands.  I love them.  The pattern isn't too trendy, doesn't seem obvious or boring for the room, and I like the idea of a modern shade against the antique bed. 

Who knows...I may even go crazy and add some art over the bed and some fresh pillows. ;-)
I'm excited to mix the modern pendants with my grandmother's bed.  

What do you think?  This project needs to be finished by the end of June, so stay tuned!  Be sure to click over to the other blogs participating.  They are awesome talented ladies that you won't want to miss.

Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


  1. Abby I love that idea of pendants on either side of the bed, and your shades are gorgeous! Can't wait to see this. Oh and the coral on the wall and across the ceiling? FAB. So beautiful. Adore. Dying. Need to find a place to do that!

    1. Thanks Lisa! The coral actually covers the entire ceiling and then comes down to the molding. It's difficult to tell in these photos. My husband thought I was super crazy for doing it, but I love it! Let me know if you try it in your own home. xx

  2. The bedroom is darling! I've always wanted to do pendants on each side of the bed- I just did sconces for a recent project, maybe pendants next after I see what you've done! Good luck!

  3. Hi Abby! I've been enjoying your blog and instagram for several months now. I graduated from the Interior Design program at MSU in 2001 and just wondering if we might have overlapped at all?

    1. Hi there! We would have been there at the same time, but my degree is actually in Foreign Policy from James Madison college. I know...clearly I was in the wrong major. (sob)

      But I have two friends that were in your program. Jenny Tole (not sure her maiden name) and Sarah Zandstra, who would have been a year below you. Thanks for reading!

  4. What a great idea, this is going to look great. And can we just talk about how much I love your ceiling?!! With those pillows, I die. Love this series idea, can't wait to follow along!

  5. I always thought your guest room was pretty. But these shades are going to put it over the top...in a good way!
    Don't forget to get diffusers for your shades.


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