Our second home in Arizona has been a kind of lab for me this summer…not so much in terms of decorating, but for broader creative expression, DIY, and artful exploration.
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I spend a lot of time composing at the piano,
Yep, I have a piano here, and
it was one of the first things I bought
for the place…not a baby grand, btw.
There’s a teeny budget available at
this getaway, I have to be seriously creative with
thrift store finds, neighborhood estate sales,
and serendipitous dumpster discoveries.
While the DIY fixer upper in Chicagoland definitely
feels established now and reflects a modern farmhouse
decor style, the DIY home makeover in Arizona
is a challenge in a different way–no structural issues to
remedy, but the task to furnish it on a budget and help
it feel personal without our things from home.
Before we peek at the guestrooms,
I shared the DIY decor progress in the
as well as
Our home has 4 bedrooms, and we are using the 4th
as a music room, and you’ll see below
it’s a vintage piano I rescued and
gave a makeover.
Wall Paint Color: Valspar Salute (7006-12).
My husband made all the DIY plumbing pipe curtain rods
for an industrial stroke, and we added a chandelier
I forgot to photograph!
Bless, you, Craigslist piano for $300!
The sound is incredible, and my dad
transformed it with chalk paint so
I could feel completely at home at it.
You may remember the Paris art print
above from another story.
In this music room/studio,
I tackled a thrifty but time consuming
DIY shabby chic daybed.
I created a twin-sized “daybed” from one
half of a hand me down bunk bed set
we painted white (shocker!).
The bunks are from a family member
living in the neighborhood.
(I’m not just thrifty, I’m tres nostalgic!)
The Ikea Hektar floor lamp adds industrial plus
Scandi-modern style…and the white quilt
For the other two guestrooms, we outfitted them
with queen-sized beds and linen upholstered headboards
as well as Vittsjo desks (Ikea).
Here’s where bedroom #1 began when
we bought the getaway home!
And how it’s coming along now as it
evolves into a calmer retreat…
For bedroom #1,
on the bed right now is a vintage Pottery Barn
aqua quilt…but here’s a quilt I have my
eye on for this bed.
I added two chairs snagged for just $5 each!
The first one…a Louis armchair, was found
at a neighborhood estate sale and still had
its store price tag on the bottom ($500).
The second one…is a thrifted, vintage,
Swedish-inspired wood chair to use at the desk.
I placed a Mongstad floor mirror from Ikea
in both bedrooms for function and light.
At the aforementioned estate sale, I also
snagged some really bad art in good frames which
I simply spraypainted black and stenciled
quickly and crudely for some edginess.
above the desk, represent our eldest son’s birth year…
when my heart
grew to a hundred times its previous size.
The lamp from Homegoods is one I like, but I’m
not loving it here, so it will probably mosey
and be replaced by something modern like
this lamp (which are in our Chicago living room).
When yours is a teeny tiny budget,
you indeed spray paint a thrifted .69 plastic giraffe gold
and call it a day.
This may reflect a low low budget
and a lazy but loving decorator,
but frankly I’m okay with
how the vintage chair
and modern desk work with
wonky art and
thrifty finds in a
Bedroom #2 looked like this when we
bought the place:
For bedroom #2, the Roman numerals appear
again in our younger son’s birth year, when
my life as a mom of two bloomed into
a dreamy chapter of parenthood.
I learned to love as if I couldn’t be hurt,
and I laughed so hard and so much,
my abs were tiiiiiiiigggghhhhht, mama!
On the bed is a vintage Pottery Barn quilt,
and a comparable beautiful one is right here:
I found a soft blue throw with fringe (similar throw right here),
and created a linen patchwork custom pillow
Next to the bed is a small round side table
(similar table here)
and lamp with industrial/farmhouse style
(similar lamp here).
Above the Vittsjo desk is a quote panel I painted,
and on the desk a 1960s marble
base lamp thrifted for $7.
I removed the ugly covers from some
thrifted vintage books to add some
texture to the side table.
No brain surgery or overthinking required.
Simple, thrifty, and serene.
The linen patchwork I created for the pillow
was born of scraps from the dining room
chairs my dad recovered for us!
Don’t you love it when you can squeze
a maximum amount of style out of
An Ikea Mongstad floor mirror
is great in a guest room.
Thanks so much for visiting our
progress at the Arizona getaway,
and I can’t wait to share more
updates with you!
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