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

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*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. 


Important Announcement Regarding Design Services

Wow, this has been an incredible start to the year!   

I'm very humbled to say that this month, The Yellow Cape Cod Online Design Service is completely booked!  Our commitment to providing exceptional design services means we must limit the amount of projects we take on each month.  This month, we've reached capacity.  If you haven't made your reservation through our paypal shopping cart by midnight tonight, you can email me to have your name added to our waiting list (  If you have already made your reservation through our paypal shopping cart, no worries you're in!  

Stayed tuned for an announcement as soon as we are available for new projects (April 2017).  
Thank you for stopping by the blog and for giving me the opportunity to design for you!  I can't wait to share all the new and exciting custom room designs we've been working on.

Here is a peek at a Whole House we recently designed...

Have a great weekend friends! 

Joanna Gaines Inspired Living Room and Dining Room

*We currently have openings for new online design projects, please click here for more details. 

 One of the things I enjoy most about providing custom design services is the process of getting to know my clients before we begin. The design plan I'm sharing today was a Two Room Design Plan (a Living Room and Dining Room) we created for a young, tight knit family that loves to gather in their charming, vintage, traditional style home. My clients had a collection of family heirlooms that had a lot of meaning in addition to being beautiful pieces with a lot of character. The goal in this project was to deliver a fresh, stylish design that meets the needs of their every day family life and also allows for them to comfortably entertain large crowds. Their style preference is what I call "updated traditional" with a little Joanna Gaines flavor.  

Here is the custom design plan we created for them...
(*All product sources listed at the bottom of this post).

Part I 
The Living Room...

Part II
The Dining Room...

Have a great weekend friends! Let me know when you're ready to get started on a custom design plan for a room in your home!

To see all of the projects featured in my 31 Days of Design Series, please click here. If you're interested in an affordable custom design plan for your home, now is the time to make your reservation!

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