Hicks House

From Builder Basic to Beautiful


Guest Room Beginings

As someone whose parents and siblings like over two hours away I was really looking forward to having a designated guest room in our house.  The distance isn’t so far that visiting is difficult, however a 4-5 hour round trip isn’t really something anyone wants to do in a day.  I constantly felt guilty when my parents would come up to visit and either day-tripped it due to our lack of space or sucked it up and slept on the blow up mattress on our condo’s living room floor. (not fun)

Luckily we had the spare mattress and metal frame in storage in our condo garage leftover from when we replaced our own mattress.  We decided not to throw it away so when we finally bought a house we wouldn’t have to buy a new guest mattress – I know we’re planners.

What we didn’t have was linens for the guest room (not any I liked anyway).

The Centsational Girl had posted about her daughters navy and coral bedroom last year and I absolutely fell IN LOVE with the bed spread


The coral is a little too girly for us since this is a cohabiting household after all… But the bedding I had to have. So this is where we stand:

Ready for guests!

Ready for guests!

There is a master plan for the room. We couldn’t decide if we wanted to use yellow or light blue as an accent color so I think we are going to do both which will give us the ability to switch it up. Maybe yellow for fall and winter to brighten up the room and light blue for spring and summer? I’ve bought all the accent fabric to make throw pillows to add to the bed – hopefully coming soon.

The accent colors will also be mirrored in the curtains. We have some short white linen linen like curtains and had the idea to sew a piece of velcro on the bottom so that we can add swappable colored panels to make them full length. This is a really cool project I’m excited about getting to at some point.

For extra furnishings I plan to refinish an old mid-century modern dresser that was left behind in our condo attic. A couple coats of white spray paint and it should look more in line with the overall feel of the room. Nightstands are also needed. Someday I’d also like to try to tackle those awesome upholstered headboards I see online and obviously some wall color – something neutral but more fun than the drab off white thats there now.

So that’s it – nothing to brag about yet, but a step up from an air mattress on the floor. What do you think?


The Living Room Plan

If you’ve been reading along with me by now you have probably realized I find my design inspiration in many places.  Most of my interior design inspiration is found online on either Pinterest or Houzz.  I see something I like and aim not to re-create, but to emulate the style and feeling of a room.

I found such a room that has set the wheels in motion for the living room.  This is the only room in the house that when we bought it, had absolutely zero furniture in it.  Most rooms we were able to furnish with things we had – although not necessarily what we want long term it works for now.  The living room housed nothing, nada nilch – thus became a holding tank for boxes we had yet to unpack and things we didn’t know where to put.

This is the room we found for inspiration:

We loved the streamlined sofa, the swoop arm chairs and I’m pretty sure we have almost the same fireplace.  The walls are pretty dark (not that we’re anywhere close to breaking out a gallon of paint yet) but the overall feel is welcoming and has the contemporary yet comfortable style I am looking for.
Here is another view:
Pretty huh?  We weren’t a fan of the skirt on the chairs so we were looking more for a similar swoop arm style sans skirt.  I actually looked up the identical couch and found a furniture store in the next town over where I could buy it… for about $2,000…. yeah not happening.
Then magic happened while out shopping with my mom.  We were in the gold mine of HomeGoods stores and not only did I get chairs, but also a rug.  And the furniture store down the street was having a half off sale and I got a sofa!  (ok a loveseat – the space is really tight and a full sofa would have just been too cramped).
The sofa was on backorder but here is a look at the beginning stages of the room.
no longer a big blank hole in the back of the house

I am in LOVE with these chairs and this rug! So much so I thought you needed close ups:

side of chair

side of chair

back of chair

back of chair

How awesome is the nail head trim and the cute little detail on the back? Especially since these won’t be pushed up against a wall it’s nice that the detail carries through the back. The original inspo couch had nail head and the one I ended up ordering does not, so I got it on the chairs instead. 🙂

rug close up

rug close up

And this rug, I am completely and utterly in love with this rug.  It is quite possibly the most beautiful rug I have ever seen in my entire life, and its in my house – and from HomeGoods no less!

So there is the beginning stages of the room, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the loveseat.  We’re hoping it will cut down on some of the empty feeling as well as the echoing.  The entire back of house is one long room, so the kitchen turns into the living room.  Once we have a sofa facing the fireplace it will provide a little separation sort of “creating a room”

So what do you think?  Are you as in love with it as I am?