Design Plan: Creating The Illusion of a Natural Light Filled Space

The other day, I made the exciting announcement that The Yellow Cape Cod Design Studio has openings for new online design projects! After being fully booked for nearly two months, we now have spots available for new clients! If you are interested in making a reservation, now is the time. Please click here for more information. 

Today, I'd like to share a space we recently designed through our E-Design Service for our client, Mary. Mary came to us for a Transitional Style Design Plan with a Cottage Style twist for her Living Room. Her home has a great open concept, the Living Room is open to a gorgeous Kitchen with beautiful, dark, rich cabinetry. Outside of one window and a patio door, neither the Living Room nor the Kitchen have a large natural light source. Therefore, one of our goals was to make the area look bright and create the illusion of a light filled space with carefully chosen design elements.

Take a look at the custom design plan we created for Mary...

One of the most exciting aspects of this design project was that the items we selected for Mary are all from budget friendly retailers...

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If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation.

A High Style, Budget Friendly Living Room

I'm so excited to announce that The Yellow Cape Cod Design Studio has openings for new online design projects! After being fully booked for nearly two months, we now have spots available for new clients! If you are interested in making your reservation, now is the time. Please click here for more information. 

Today, I'd like to share one of the projects we've been working on. This space was designed through our E-Design Service for our client, Kimberly.  Kimberly asked us to create a high style design plan for her Living Room and Entryway using budget friendly (but quality) merchandise. Her home is an adorable vintage bungalow that is loaded with character and charm. It was so much fun creating this design for her and her family. Some of the retailers we used for furniture and merchandise in this design included Target, World Market,Wayfair, Pier One, Home Decorators Collection and Etsy. 

Take a look, here is Kimberly's custom design plan...

(All product sources are listed at the end of this post) 

Spoiler Alert: Kimberly wasted no time bringing this plan to life. The new room is almost complete and... it looks amazing! The sliding door bookcase from World Market is an absolutely stunning piece! Once Kimberly began to implement the merchandise and design ideas we proposed, she left the following review on our Online Design Services... 

"I've been wanting to re-do my living room for a few years now, but had no clue where to start. Which pieces to choose that met our families needs, nor did I know how to arrange the space in such a way to create a good flow (I also tend to pick the wrong size furniture). I stumbled across Sarah's company, The Yellow Cape Cod, after doing a quick google search. I INSTANTLY fell in love with her work! I knew she was going to be amazing and this was going to be a perfect match for me". 

This review was absolute music to my ears. Not much makes me happier! If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation.

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The First Project at The Blog Cabin - The Bed

Yesterday, I announced a makeover project I have in the works, "The Blog Cabin". If you missed that post, please click here for the story.  Murphie and I headed up to the cabin a couple weeks ago and met my mom and sister for a weekend of cleaning and organizing. It was fun to see the space begin to take shape just by clearing it out. I spent a few days there dreaming up design ideas. The first items on my To-Do List include some labor intensive projects.  I realized that in order for me to balance this extra weekend work along with taking care of my family and running the design studio during the week, that I'll have to fit in some quality rest while I'm there.

Here is a picture of the main bedroom from the first night I spent at the cabin...

 I decided the very first night that I had to establish a restful, peaceful sleeping environment before I even thought about starting any of the bigger projects. In order for me to tackle these projects with my "A" game a good nights sleep is a must. The next morning, after my coffee, I got to work on the bedroom. 

I drove into town to visit the local hardware.  I found a warm, soothing white paint color to freshen up the walls and ceiling ("Wedding Cake" from Ace Hardware) and grabbed some painting supplies. I headed back to the cabin and got busy painting the entire bedroom.  


I asked my mom to whip up her recipe for homemade black chalk paint to give the existing vintage bed a new look. (Here is her recipe: Stir together 1-1/2 cup black latex semi gloss paint, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris mix). 

Once the paint was ready, I put my sister to work painting the bed. 


 I headed home and began to put together a sumptuous bedding ensemble to create a bed geared for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. 

It started with these luxury bedding basics from Reverie...

The Luxe Performance Collection  sheet set is absolutely amazing. These sheets feel unlike any sheets I have ever felt before. They are incredibly soft and silky and have a feeling of coolness upon touch. If you're like me and love the feeling of cool sheets, these are for you. They are temperature regulating, cooling sheets that are breathable and moisture wicking. 

For pillows, I selected the Dual Slumber Pillow.  These pillows combine the gorgeous look of a high loft down pillow, with the feeling and comfort of a memory foam pillow! One side of the pillow is memory foam covered with cool to the touch fabric. The flip side is plush micro-fill that simulates down and feathers. 

Once an insanely comfortable base was established, I layered on the duvet and pillows. Instead of shopping for new, I pulled items from my stash of seasonal home decor. I went straight for red buffalo checks and stripes to create a fresh, crisp, cabin theme. Next to the new black finish on the headboard, it really depicts the simple, but striking "Contemporary Cabin" look I'm going for. 

 I found a small dresser in my mom's storage area and gave it a quick coat of the same paint I used on the walls. I placed it next to the bed to use as a nightstand. I styled it with a vignette of thrift store finds, an oversized clock from Homegoods and a small night light. 

Now that I have a warm, cozy, luxuriously comfortable place to rest, I can wake refreshed each day I'm at the cabin ready to work! Truth be told, I may actually sneak up there on occasion just to sleep in this bed ;). 

Click on the links below to read the entire The Blog Cabin Project Series:
The Very First Project at The Blog Cabin

For information on my affordable online design services, please click here. 
*Thank you to Reverie for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Introducing "The Blog Cabin" ~ A Cabin Makeover

Over the past few weeks I've posted hints on my instagram account about a secret "behind the scenes" project I have in the works. Today is the day I get to spill the beans. I'm about to embark on a super fun adventure, and I'm taking you all with me! 

Introducing: The Blog Cabin Project...

This quaint little cabin is nestled in the northern woods of Michigan. It's one of three cabins on a large wooded lot that have been in my family for a long time. This particular cabin hasn't been used  in a while. It's purpose for the last few years has been for storage of overflow items from the other two main cabins on the property.

I've decided to take on the task of reviving the charming, vintage cabin by completing a budget friendly makeover on it, DIY style! I invite you to follow along as my trusty companion, Murphie, and I travel back and forth to the cabin on weekends over the next few months knocking out one DIY project at a time until the entire cabin is finished. I'll be sharing sneak peeks of each project in each room here on the blog and over on my Instagram feed along the way.


The design direction I'm going to take with this makeover is what I call "Contemporary-Cabin". Rustic, warm, cozy, comfortable, simple and inviting. The purpose of this tiny home will be a place for friends and family to gather year-round for time filled with rest, relaxation, coffee, conversation, campfires, outdoor adventures favorite...creative projects! My plans for the makeover include a small art/crafting area where "Girls Weekends" and "Pinterest Project Retreats" will take place for years to come! My hope is that lots of blogging and project tutorials will be happening here long after the makeover is complete (hence, the name "The Blog Cabin").

Here is a little sneak peek of the interior...

My main goals are to keep this makeover budget friendly and to preserve the original character and charming features of the cabin. I'll be back tomorrow to show you the first update that took place last week!

To see all of the projects featured in my 31 Days of Design Series, please click here. 

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