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White square tile in a shower

It’s time to talk about, what we’re calling, Phase Two of our hall bath renovation! This is the very first time in our young adult lives (can you call 30-somethings “young adults” anymore?) that we’ve ever literally moved walls to bring a design vision of ours to life, so we’re admittedly a little apprehensive. And, truth be told, our contractor still hasn’t shown up the sub floor ventilation to get the job started despite a scheduled date that came and went. BUT we’re taking things day by day and I’m just trying to stay positive in the midst of our first official reno.

While I cross my fingers (and toes) that we see and/or hear from our contractor at some point this week, I thought I’d take you through the plan. That photo that you see above was the main inspiration for our little hall bath makeover, although the reality probably won’t end up being quite so dreamy. You see, this bathroom is located off to the side of our finished basement family room, which means that it has no natural light to speak of. This fact is most painfully obvious in the shower. If you’d like some visuals, click back here to check out the space right when we moved in (before photos of the bathroom are toward the bottom of the post), and you can see how far we’ve come thus far with a few minor weekend-type updates here. Now, let’s talk about the future.

Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

The main goal for this second phase of work centers on the shower stall. It’s built right into the corner of the tiny room, with a drywall partition on the side facing the sink, and a flimsy plastic off-the-shelf swing door on the other side (again, click back here for visuals). As it stands, the drywalled portion of the shower blocks 98% of the light from the single overhead fixture we have in the space, which makes for a very dim washing experience. The wall also makes the shower feel extra cramped. You probably won’t be surprised to hear it, but the very first priority is to ditch the drywall and put a nice piece of custom glass in its place.

Although we had hoped to double the size of the shower itself, taking it all the way across the back of the bathroom, our contractor (who, happily, did arrive on time for the estimate and initial walk-through!) explained that we were looking at a pretty intensive renovation and an even scarier price tag. So, instead, we’re going to work with the existing footprint of the shower. That said, we’re hoping to be able to replace every single bit of what currently exists within that footprint.

How does our inspiration image factor into the plan? Well, it all comes down to that simple square tile you see. Rather than choosing the type of bold, multi-colored cement tile that seems to be all the rage these days, I decided to keep things simple in the hopes that what we choose will be “in vogue” for decades to come. We only want to do this once, after all, and since falling in love with the tiny white square tile in the inspiration image above, I ordered six boxes of this Ceramic Mosaic Tile. It sports a gorgeous nearly-matte finish, and I think the bright white color will help make the shower blend in with the rest of the room, making it feel twice as large. I’m also hopeful that the combination of that sleek tile with the glass wall (and new custom glass door!) will help the shower actually feel larger when you’re inside it since we don’t have the time or budget to make it any larger.

So, what do you think? I’m excited to share progress photos—as well as those long-awaited afters—as we bring this bathroom into the current century. And I have one more burning question to ask…Should we paint the existing original grasscloth wallpaper? I’m not sure! Leave your votes in the comments below.

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Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

One of the things that really surprised us about our house when we moved in was the size of the rooms. The home was built in 1963, so you would think that the sub floor ventilation and closets would all be on the small side, but that’s not the case, especially when it comes to our master bedroom. The room is, frankly, kind of huge and even sports its own walk-in closet. It’s so large that we can actually fit two dressers in it—something our previous master bedroom couldn’t do.

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

In our old house John had possession of the only dresser in our room. To compensate while he enjoyed dresser drawer storage for all of his clothing, I situated an IKEA shelving unit and storage boxes in our old walk-in closet for all of my clothes. We ended up just going with the same system out of habit when we moved, but that’s all changed now.

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

If you’ve been following along for any length of time, then you know that my dad is a really talented woodworker. He’s built lots of furniture for my parents’ home, as well as some pieces for my little sister’s apartment, too. I guess, at some point, I had gotten a little sassy (as I do) about the fact that everyone had a piece of original dad-built furniture but me, so he got down to work creating a dresser especially for me.

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

To say that I was excited and honored about the prospect of owning something my dad had built from scratch with his own two hands would be an understatement. He and I worked together on the design in order to blend his traditional aesthetic with my modern taste, and the result is the gorgeous, clean-lined, ultra-sleek piece of furniture that you see pictured here today.

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

It feels so good to have my clothing put away and organized in an actual dresser as opposed to the flimsy IKEA boxes and shelving unit I used to have stuffed into our closet. Plus, the handmade cherry dresser just adds so much sophistication and style to our bedroom.

Oh, and did you notice the cute brass flower hardware? Those pulls were actually originally in our kitchen—we held onto them after installing upgraded handles, and this project turned out to be the perfect way to repurpose the old pulls.

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

Traditional dresser in a mid-century style home

It’s a pretty big upgrade from the tiny bookshelf that used to sit in this spot (don’t worry, we didn’t get rid of the bookshelf entirely—we just moved it to the family room). This is a piece that I know I’ll be loving and enjoying for the rest of my life—thanks, dad!

Have you added any new pieces of furniture to your own home lately? What’s your favorite heirloom piece in your collection? Tell me in the comments below.

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DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

What can I say? I just love pushing the limits when it comes to crafting supplies, which is why our Supply Of The Month series with Oriental Trading is such a fun one to be a part of. I’m one of four bloggers who, each month, take one craft supply and demonstrate how it can be used in four totally different ways.

This month, it was all about baker’s twine, and I personally decided to try manipulating the string into a fun art project that (as evidenced by the mood board I styled above) can inspire an entire room makeover—from drawer pulls and curtains, to paint colors and potted plants. See the full tutorial for my DIY Leafy Baker’s Twine Banner over on Oriental Trading by clicking either one of those links.

DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Speaking of OTC, did you hear that the team just launched a brand new site? Oriental Trading’s Fun365 is a fun way to get inspired to craft this fall—the improved site allows you to, quite literally, see it, shop it, and then make it. You can now click through to all of my original DIYs here (it’s so fun to see all of those projects in one spot, btw!), and you can purchase supplies for everything right from the craft tutorial. See what I mean here in this example.

I’m excited to dive into the other three baker’s twine projects that were part of this month’s Supply Of The Month series, and hope you’ll share your own craftable string ideas in the comments below.

DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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5 Things To Do When You Have 10 MinutesWith a daily to-do list that feels like it’s a million miles long, I’m always looking for ways to maximize my time. I try (and fail) to focus on one thing at a time for long stretches, but in the end, I get more accomplished when I work in short bursts on small things here and there. For example, I’ve been known to quickly reorganize the junk drawer, only to hop immediately over to meal planning for the week soon afterwards. Then, I’ll work on sending an email that I remembered was still lingering in my drafts before running on to the next project.

Although it certainly seems like a chaotic way of getting things done, I’ve learned to embrace my jumpy process because, at the end of the day, somehow it all (mostly!) gets done. Something about this system just works for me.

In case any of you out there can relate—or if you’re looking to test new productivity habits—I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite recommendations for 10-minute tasks that make the most of your day. If you’re able to stay on task with these, you could theoretically knock ALL of them out in under an hour! Let’s get to it.

1. Set Up Gmail Canned Responses

I’ve said it multiple times, but nothing has revolutionized my work day more than canned responses. If you also use a Gmail inbox for professional emails (or even personal ones!), I would highly suggest giving this system a try. In a nutshell, canned responses allow you to auto-fill the body of an email with the click of a button, so if you have similar types of responses or messages that you send multiple times a day, having this collection of pre-written drafts could shave an hour or more off your daily tasks. I explain more about how and why you should set it up here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

2. Hyper-Speed Clothing Purge

We actually used our Labor Day holiday to go through almost all of the closets in our house, filling charity bags and boxes with items that we no longer need or love. Although we probably spent about four or five hours on the project over the weekend, you can knock out a good amount of purging in just 10 minutes. Choose one closet or drawer (like your clothing closet!) and do a hyper-speed purge. When you finish making a pile, go ahead and bag or box it all up and put it in the trunk of your car so you’re ready to drop it off at a donation center the next time you’re out and about. See how we added even more extra space to our closet post-purge here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

3. Label Your Medicine Drawers

This is one of those projects that I can’t believe I waited so long to do. It cost less than $15 for the nice plastic drawers, and took just 10 minutes to have the containers organized and labeled by medicine type. Let’s just say that the system has saved me from painful struggle on more than one midnight migraine occasion…Find out more here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

4. Add A Towel Ring

Another project that I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to cross off my to-do list is adding a towel ring to our downstairs bathroom. For years, I just left our hand towel draped over the countertop, but then I installed a proper ring during our recent bathroom mini makeover. It’s kind of shocking how much nicer it is having the hand towel hanging on the wall. It no longer takes up valuable space on the slim counter, and I feel like the towel dries out faster, too. Oh, and, of course, it took less than 10 minutes to install! See the full room makeover here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

5. Upgrade Your Door Knobs

Our last home was a new-build townhouse, so we were lucky to enjoy modern hardware on all of the doors. This 1960s house, though, is full of outdated and scratched-up knobs. Happily, I’ve found door knob updates to be one of the easiest and quickest home improvement projects around. See it in action and learn how to go keyless in under 10 minutes here.

So, which of these 10-minute tasks will you try tackling this weekend?

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

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Mid-century table lamp

I don’t know if it’s just the imminent changing of the seasons or what, but I’m feeling the major urge to move things around and tone things down in our home. I’ve been on a reorganization kick lately, too, which means that I’m taking huge car loads to charity, and our trash can and recycling hauls have been overflowing. It’s funny because I feel like we sort of just got settled in our house now that it’s been almost two years since we moved in, but I’m already itching to tweak a few major things.

Case in point our downstairs family room. My friend and photographer Carrie Coleman came over to the house a couple of months ago to shoot an updated home tour (more on that next month!), and she captured the current state of things to a “T” above and below. I love the tufted details and the pattern play between textiles and upholstered pieces, but in my quest to neutralize our decor, I want to take things down a few pegs.

I’m working with Interior Define to replace our existing couch with something a little easier on the eyes (and a little more “loung-y,” too!), but I need your help deciding how to bring the rest of the room together from there.

Transform your basement into a cozy family room

Help Us Choose Our Family Room Mood Board

Below, you’ll see two options that I came up with. I don’t want to have to change everything because (a) our budget is tight, and (b) I don’t want to waste what we already own. In the two mood boards below, you’ll see that I’ve included our existing flooring and rug, but the coffee table, art, lamps and end tables are all new ideas. Our existing mid-century recliner and the side chair will probably stay, as will the entertainment center, and plants/accessories.

Sadly, our oversized tufted leather ottoman won’t work with the new couch since we chose a sectional. Instead, I’m on the hunt for a round table to fill the space and offer a place to rest drinks, but that won’t stop the flow to the couch.

Help Us Choose Our Family Room Mood Board: Option 1

Resources: Sectional, Abstract Art, Rug, Laminate Flooring, Side TableLamp, Coffee Table

You’ll probably notice that Option One is a little more pulled-back than Option Two, what with a single piece of art instead of a gallery wall. The sculptural coffee table in Option One’s mood board is certainly a focal point, but I think the white and glass surfaces help the table blend into the background juuuuust enough so that it doesn’t steal the show from that pretty sectional.

On the other hand, I love how the gallery wall in Option Two brings just a hint of color into the space without overwhelming things. Since I brought so much hypothetical color into the room through art, I chose a white end table to balance out the palette. A mid-century inspired round wood coffee table then grounds the space, while a bold black lamp punches up the masculinity just a tad.

Help Us Choose Our Family Room Mood Board: Option 2

Resources: SectionalRug, Laminate Flooring, Side TableFigure Drawing, Floral Drawing, Abstract, Horse Portrait, Lamp, Coffee Table

So, which one would you choose? Oh, and before I go, Interior Define is hosting their annual 15% off sale now through September 20, which is huge since their prices are already really affordable. Check out the options here, and don’t forget that you can get free swatches so that you can touch and feel the fabrics in person before you buy!

Now, go ahead and leave your vote for decor options in the comments below, and don’t be afraid to tell me how you’d mix the two together if you can visualize a third option! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think.

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DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

One of the biggest investments I’ve made in my career as a blogger thus far is in camera equipment. I’ve spent roughly a used car’s worth on my camera and set of lenses, but, oddly enough, I rarely break them out to capture real-life personal moments. Instead, I mostly use my “nice” camera to document DIY blog projects like the one you’ll see here today. While that’s all well and good, I’d like to make more of a point to start using it to capture fun family memories, too. You know—the kind worth framing and hanging on the fridge!

Which leads me to today’s craft. In an effort to take and print more family photos, I thought it would be fun to start backwards and create a set of colorful custom DIY magnets. That way, whenever I do get around to snapping personal moments with my camera, I’ll already have a collection of magnets ready and waiting to hang the pictures on our fridge for us to enjoy every day.

To get you guys in on the fun, too, I figured it was the perfect time for us to make a new pact—a promise to print and display favorite fridge-worthy photos as we edge closer to the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s high time we celebrate life’s crazy, beautiful, wild little moments. You can join in on the conversation by tagging your own fridge-worthy photos with @dreamgreendiy on social media and using the hashtag #dgdfreezeframe. Now for the DIY craft!

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • 1.5″ circle punch
  • 1.5″ wood circle discs
  • Round magnets
  • Tacky glue
  • Super glue
  • Foam paint brush
  • Printed family photos (we love Artifact Uprising!)

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Start by gathering a collection of pretty pieces of scrapbook paper. These usually cost less than a dollar each at your local craft supply store, or you can just buy a book of coordinating scrapbook paper like I did for around $5-$10. Choose a few of your favorite patterns, and then use a 1.5″ circle punch to pop little pre-measured circles out of the patterned paper.

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Use super glue to attach magnets to the backs of 1.5″ wood circle discs, and allow them to dry for about 10 minutes before handling. Flip the now-magnetic wood circles over and squeeze a dot of tacky glue on the front wood surface.

Spread the glue evenly over the disc with a foam paint brush, and then gently press one of the pre-cut patterned paper circles onto the glued surface. Line up the edges of the paper with the edges of the wood circle, and hold the paper in place over the glue for 30 seconds. Set it aside, and repeat the steps on each of your magnetic wood circles.

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

To speed up drying time and to ensure a firm hold, gently lay the magnetic wood circles patterned-paper-side-down on a clean, dry surface. Allow the magnets to fully dry for 1-2 hours before handling.

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Now you’re ready to use the custom magnets to hang favorite photos up on your fridge—or, really, any magnetic surface, like an office bulletin board or a metal front door. If you try this craft or if you’ve already shared a photo on Instagram that you’d love to have printed, be sure to tag @dreamgreendiy on social media and use the hashtag #dgdfreezeframe. Who knows…you just might see the printed photo show up in your mailbox!

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

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Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Okay, guys. I’m going to let my craziness show here in a second, but I figured it was only fair that I demonstrate just how OCD I am about home decor—and, really, about everything in life.

Late last year, I bought this pair of vintage wooden candleholders from one of our favorite antique stores here in town. They weren’t exactly the cheapest secondhand purchase I’ve ever made (I think the set cost $25), but I was kind of desperate to have them for a shoot, so I splurged. I also really loved the handmade, curvy shape—you know I can never resist something one-of-a-kind.

After the shoot though, I tucked the candleholders away for a good long while because, for some reason, I had the hardest time finding the right spot for them in our home. No matter where I put them, they just felt a little off and too matchy-matchy. I tend to prefer things that look just a tad unbalanced and love styling in odd numbers to get that layered look, so these two identical wooden candleholders posed more of a problem than I had anticipated.

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Three months later, though, I couldn’t get the candleholders out of my head. I hated that I had spent so much money on them just to have them collecting dust in storage, so I decided to pull them out of the closet and challenged myself to set them up somewhere in the house. I tried them on the bookshelf in our master bedroom, and really liked the way the dark stained wood texture popped off the wall color, but they still weren’t quite right.

Then, I had my lightbulb moment. In order to make the candleholders feel a little more layered and asymmetrical, all I needed to do was fill them with candlesticks that were slightly different heights! I told you this story was going to prove just how crazy OCD I am…But the good news is that I now love the candleholders and they finally feel juuuuuuuuust right in our home. I’m glad I didn’t give up on them.

Do you guys have any weird, quirky things you do at home? Share your stories in the comments below!

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

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Roundup Of 16 Mid-Century Portraits From Etsy

The other day, I had a little extra time on my hands and decided to do an impromptu search for “mid-century portrait paintings” on Etsy. I typed exactly that into the search bar, and although some of the results were definitely not what I had in mind, I ended up falling down the rabbit hole of a very specific type of art that did speak to me: Socialist Realism.

Nearly every tab that I opened on my Internet browser ended up being from this era and region, and I quickly realized that I couldn’t keep the beautiful pieces of art to myself. So, I decided to round up all of my favorites for you here. Scroll on for the linked portraits, all of which are one of a kind and currently for sale through Etsy.

  1. 1960s “Schoolgirl” Female Portrait ($149)
  2. Vintage 1963 Original Oil Painting by Kohan K. ($89)
  3. Old Original Oil Man’s Portrait ($89)
  4. 1970s Socialist Realism Portrait of a girl ($95)
  5. Original Oil Painting Of A Woman ($89)
  6. 1970s Man’s Portrait ($99)
  7. 1980s One of a kind Signed portrait ($89)
  8. Vintage Large Pop Art Portrait Oil Painting ($460)
  9. Socialist Realism 1960s Woman’s Portrait ($99)
  10. Old Original Oil Painting Portrait ($95)
  11. Vintage portrait of a boy ($149)
  12. A.Solodovnikov 1970s Woman’s Portrait ($79)
  13. 1960’s Male figure ($69)
  14. 1970s Socialist Realism Man’s Portrait ($69)
  15. Vintage male portrait ($69)
  16. 1970s Woman’s portrait ($75)

You can probably sense the style theme here—intermingled (but not mixed) colors, a kind of sketchy, unfinished quality, vague backgrounds. Although most of these are on the small side, nearly all of them are hugely affordable (the only exception being the Vintage Large Pop Art Portrait Oil Painting), and each would make a big impact either hung or leaned somewhere in your space.

Which one is your favorite? I personally love the last portrait of the young woman in a blue turtleneck shirt. Her far-off gaze is really intriguing and I love the mix of colors in her face. Number three, Old Original Oil Man’s Portrait, is another favorite, probably for the same reasons. Leave your vote in the comments below!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I would buy for myself.
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Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all fall into one of two categories: those who toss their old license plates, and those who hold onto and display them. John and I are firmly in the latter camp, with a whole collection of bent, rusty, scratched-up plates lining the walls of our basement. We’ve got personalized plates and those that sport a random smattering of words and numbers, but each one acts like a placeholder for some time in our lives—from high school and college, to as recent as earlier this year.

Our families, not surprisingly, do the same thing, so when my dad sold his truck to us just a few months ago, I knew I wanted to do something special with the personalized license plate that he gave up along with the truck.

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

The Tacoma was actually his second car, so Dad didn’t need the special license plate anymore, and John had his own to transfer over, making the original “3LABZ” plate kind of useless. Yet there was something about the sentiment that was just too nostalgic for me to trash once we got ahold of the car.

I remember countless times looking out for those five characters to come down the drive after dad got off of work, or times when I’d inspect other passing silver Toyotas to see if they matched the right plate while out and about around town. And, of course, there’s the fact that the personalized message represented my parents’ trio of sweet (you guessed it) labs! No, there was no way I was getting rid of that license plate.

Not wanting to simply hand it back to my dad as is, though, I decided to have it professionally framed with the help of Framebridge for his birthday. If you’ve never custom-framed anything with Framebridge before, consider this your challenge to do so immediately. It’s one of my favorite types of gifts to give, and—post sponsorship aside—I can confidently say that this brand makes it especially easy.

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

To sum things up, I first ordered a mailer kit from the website, which arrived at our door about a week later. Then, I slipped the license plate into the included plastic bag, wrote my notes and requests on the packaged card, and left it in the mailbox for our mail lady to grab the next day.

I received a quick confirmation email from Framebridge soon after, as well as I handful of digitally mocked-up design options based on the instructions I had given them. As fate would have it, Framebridge’s “Tacoma” design—a rich dark wood frame with white backdrop—fit the bill to a “T.”

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

I was able to present the custom-framed plate to my dad as a belated birthday gift this past weekend when I traveled home for a quick visit, and it was a hit! I experienced a pretty proud moment when, just a couple of hours later, I walked into the kitchen to see the framed plate already hanging up on the wall.

So, do you have anything in particular that you’d like to custom frame someday? Maybe a vintage scarf or pretty cross-stitch? I love the idea of framing a piece of retro torn wallpaper from a DIY renovation in a first-time home. Leave your own ideas—birthday gift or not—below!

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

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How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Our guest room is one of those spaces that’s been through a lot. It started out as my office, with original minty painted walls, an old ceiling light fixture, and bright, colorful accessories. Then, it turned into a guest room with the same mint walls, an updated ceiling fan, and white bedding. Eventually, I painted the room bright white to match the rest of our home, and then neutralized the color palette with more toned down accessories and a two-toned Moroccan style rug.

Today, though, it’s time to reveal the latest look in this ever-evolving space—a newly made-over guest room that is still very neutral, but one that sports a little more personality and sophistication with mismatched bedding.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

My main goal with this update was to inject a homey, cozy vide into the room, something I felt was lost when I painted the room white and added white linens on the bed. The white-on-white look was pretty, but it also felt a little bland. So, today, I’m teaming up with CULTIVER to add back some subtle flair with new linen bedding and a couple of key accessory updates, too.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Resources: Duvet, Throw, Quilted Bedcover, Pillowcases, Sheets, Silk Velvet Pillows

Taking inspiration from this Pin, I decided to do something a little outside my comfort zone—use a collection of totally mismatched linens. I’ve never tried my hand at putting together a strategic bedding palette. Instead, I’ve always just bought matching linens (the type that come in a zip-up bag), so the idea of using pillowcases in navy blue, a duvet in army green, white sheets, and a couple of layers in neutral tones was kind of intimidating. Luckily, my inspiration image helped me make fairly confident decisions.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

The good news? Everything came together exactly how I had pictured it in the end, and all it took was a quick lighting change, accessories swap, and art rearrange to finish the room around our new linens. Hopefully you can see my GIF animation a couple photos down so you can visualize what a difference the fresh textiles made in the space.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Before, it was very “vanilla” but now the room feels like it has personality and vibrance. It really is amazing how much character you can add to a room when you layer different colors and patterns into it. Even if you stick to neutral tones like we did, you can still make a room feel edgy and interesting just by combining a range of colors and textures.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Accessory resources: Vase (smilar), Black And Gold Desk Lamp (similar), Lovable Livable Home Book, Surf Shack Book, Woven Basket Tray, Blue Table Lamp, Rug (similar)

A couple of quick tips when styling a bedroom: If you want to get the look of an oversized, luxurious lumbar pillow (you know, the kind that spans the entire width of a bed) try laying two identical rectangular pillows side by side. It gives the illusion of a full-length lumbar pillow without the added expense, plus two separate pillows are easier to store then one massive one.

Another thing: Don’t feel like you need to fill your guest room with expensive fresh flowers every time a visitor drops by. I cut this leafy branch off a tree in our back yard, and I feel like it gives the room life and interest without having to spend a penny or deal with arranging unruly flowers.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

What do you think of the combination of colors, patterns, and textures that we ended up with? Would you feel cozy and relaxed staying overnight in a room like this? And are you brave enough to try mismatched bedding in your own home?

The CULTIVER site has a ton of photos to use as inspiration, so my advice is to start there and then use your chosen picture to pull together a collection of mismatched linens to recreate your dream room.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

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