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Makeover Takeover: Julie’s HUGE (and DIY packed) Bedroom Upgrade



Welcome back to my ‘old man library’ bedroom with a modern twist and to the first reveal of the year 2020! This tiny, cozy room has been about a year in the making while working on many other EHD projects (Mountain House, Velux, Invitation Homes, etc). I’ve been slowly designing a space of my own on my off hours, which now finally feels like home. For any of you that might’ve missed yesterday’s post check it out herewhere you can see what inspired the space and how I’ve come to terms with the fact that I don’t have a ‘signature style’. The main takeaways I learned from designing my own room are: 1. Color is wonderful and oh, how we’ve missed you. 2. I’d rather be surrounded by objects that have a story than just from a store. 3. Take a ‘big risk’ in a small space, see risk below…

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Window Treatments | Chair (vintage) | Side Table | Green Paint

Say hello to my purely decorative green door. Sometimes you just have to go for it especially when it’s just paint and this door was my moment. As you saw yesterday, I loved how Helen Cathcart painted her window trim in a bright and happy green. I decided to take it up a notch by using Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green not only on the baseboards and decorative door but also the headboard wall (more on that in a minute). Remember my room is only a little over 100 sq ft so this felt like the perfect balance of adding color into the space without it being overwhelming.

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  Green Paint | Window Treatments | Chair (vintage) | Side Table | Coffee Mug | Small Plate

This is one of those ‘a little bit of everything shots’ that really shows off the mix of the old and the new elements that I’ve been collecting over the past couple of years. And for those of you who saw the sneak peek shot in yesterday’s post, I finally got the chair of my dreams. I’ve been eyeing that Siesta chair for over five years and have come across a fair few that were way out of my budget. Then a couple of months back Caitlin (our vintage deal-finding queen) slid into my DMs with the perfect match. If any of you are local to LA then I urge you to go check out Saasaan. He’s been traveling to Europe and shipping back some amazing pieces (and is even sourcing locally now). I can also vouch for the comfy factor, even tested it out for you all by reading the first two Harry Potter books in it over the holidays. You’re welcome 😉

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Pendant | Window Treatments | Rug | Duvet | Throw | Lumbar Pillow

In the beginning stages of the design, I was so stuck on not knowing where to start because I couldn’t really identify with a particular style. So instead of trying to narrow that down and then start picking out the pieces, I reversed it. I pinned everything that I was drawn to, bookmarked items on Instagram that were “thumb-stopping” and then decided to choose three items (totally manageable) to get the ball rolling. First up was that pendant from Room & Board, I came across it on Jessica Reed Kraus’ Instagram.  She used it in her kid’s room and I immediately fell in love. It almost has a classic feel which gives it longevity but then the geometric lines bring it into the modern-day. The linen shade gives off the most beautiful glow and Jess can confirm that I had literal tears after she expertly installed it for me.

Second, were the window treatments which is something (in addition to lighting) that I would encourage anyone in a rental to invest their money in. These roman shades from Tonic Living not only transformed the space visually but mentally for me. They are beautiful and functional, yes. But they gave me such peace of mind to have actual privacy on my ground floor apartment which faces a very popular street. I couldn’t stand the original slatted blinds (aka dust bunny magnets) so I immediately took those down before even moving in my stuff and threw up temporary IKEA paper blinds. Well, that was a mistake because I felt so exposed at night that I would sometimes change in my bathroom or turn off the light. My room was also super bright at night from the street lights. It wasn’t great. These romans solved all those issues for me and I love that you have so many fabric options to customize to your space.

The last piece was the grey rug from Annie Selke, I’d been eyeing it ever since we almost used it in the Portland project. I wanted something neutral and textural for the space but unfortunately, my eyes were too big for my stomach or rather the rug was too small for the room. I had actually reached about the rug when I was still living in the other room of our apartment. So hypothetically it would’ve worked but in this room, it quite frankly felt dinky. Instead of starting over I decided to layer it with a simple black jute rug. It now grounds the bed that occupies the majority of the room.

Speaking of…here’s the place where I sleep, watch tv and let’s be honest, eat most of my meals. I think I might’ve made it too comfy and cozy because I never want to leave.

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Mattress | Rug (Grey) | Rug (Black) | Bed Frame | Pendant | Window Treatments | Green Paint

Just kidding, I actually can’t take any credit for that. In stepped Tuft & Needle and their newest mattress, the Hybrid and let me tell you it’s a straight-up heavenly feeling. Especially compared to my last mattress, it wasn’t exactly the mattress itself that was the problem (although it wasn’t great) but the MASSIVE water stain that it got while being stored in my dad’s garage when I was living in Seattle. My father (bless his heart) drove this very stained mattress over from the valley in Friday traffic when I first moved in but forgot to mention the stain until he. had. arrived. And the gross part is…I’ve been sleeping on that for 2 years. Mind you I did have a memory foam topper as a protective barrier but seriously, what was I thinking?!? Sometimes present Julie really needs to have a talking to past Julie. But that is neither here nor there now that I have my Hybrid Mattress from Tuft & Needle. This one combines the classic springs with a thick memory foam topper compared to their other models which are all foam. I’m a side sleeper through and through so I prefer a firm mattress to support my spine but also soft on top to help me relax and fall asleep quickly which is something I am not great at accomplishing on my own.

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 Bed Frame | Nightstand | Sconce | Green Paint

Before I started my MOTO I had purchased the IKEA Tarva bed frame because prior to that I was sleeping on my futon frame from my middle school days. And no respectable designer who works for Emily Henderson can sleep on a haphazardly put together futon. That’s a rule that I am instating right now. Once I was pretty far along into the design process of the rest of the space I had honestly forgotten that I still had the IKEA bed. To make my life easier, I just decided to go with it and do a mini DIY to upgrade the piece. It was a three-step process: first, use the leftover paint for the black line detail on the wall and paint a thin coat on the frame. Second, sew the simplest cushion with two layers of batting between. Third, drape the cushion over the headboard and shooooove it down between the mattress and frame. You’re done.

Let’s be real you’re eye doesn’t go to the bed frame first anyway so I wanted to keep it simple, quick and most of all cheap 😉 Where did your eye go to first? That’s right, the green painted wall. I cannot believe that I almost didn’t paint this part of the wall, it adds so much visually to the space. There is so much going on, on the other side of the room that this big block of color balances it all out. And that 1/2″ thick black line makes it feel purposeful and finished off.

The cherry on top are those vintage nature photographs that I shared in yesterday’s post. I only ended up using 3 out of the 7, the others will be used in future spaces or be gifted. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of hanging heavy items above your bed (especially in California) so I skipped the framing. Instead, I bought a $3 woodblock from Home Depot, painted them black and nailed a picture hanger on the back. Up they went. This frameless option works because they are lifted off the wall which still gives that ‘elevated’ feeling that a frame would’ve done.

If I regret one decision in the space, it’s the nightstand. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s beautiful, right for the room and I love the compartments on the inside but it opens up from the top. I had this idealistic version of myself who was ‘never going to have anything on it but a book and my glasses’. HAHA. There is currently a book, CBD balm, two coffee cups, some vitamin bottles and a freakin partridge a pear tree on it. Someone stop me before I ever buy something like that again, thanks.

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Sconce | Nightstand | Black Marble Tray | Round Marble Dish | Ceramic Knot

I obviously couldn’t have gotten a table lamp for the nightstand so the Human Home plug-in sconce was the ideal option. It gives off great light and the classic shape plays up that ‘old man library’ feel. This is also a great rental hack especially in one as old as mine where you only have one light source. That styled out tray is now just mocking me cause I tried to live with it after the shoot but couldn’t handle taking it off multiple times a day… returned!

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MirrorPendant | Sconce | Duvet Set | Sheets | Lumbar Pillow | Green Paint

Let’s talk about something a bit more soothing like bedding, aaaaaahhhh. I feel like a real grown-up now with my linen duvet set from In Bed. They have the most beautiful colors. This one is stone but the tobacco colorway was a close contender. And it’s the perfect combo with the vintage washed percale sheets from Target.

I’m also so excited to say, I have a FULL-LENGTH mirror! No more jumping up and down in the bathroom or asking my roommate to use hers to see if what I am wearing for the day is cute or just crazy. This mirror from Rejuvenation is a classic. The elongated pill shape with the thin black frame was exactly what I was looking for to fit between my closet and the real bedroom door. I even installed it on my own. Rejuvenation always makes things the right way and that’s why we love them as a company and their products!

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Lumbar PillowWhite Paint

On the other side of the bed, I decided to forego another nightstand and instead opted for a rubber tree. I wanted something to help with the air quality since I live on a very busy street and trees just always make me feel good. Can we also note the cute wood detail on the pom poms of my lumbar pillow from Tonic Living? I am not one for having too many decorative pillows on the bed just to take them off at night so this lumbar was a great solution.

And because we all know you want to know, the white paint color is Polar Bear by Behr. My room doesn’t get a lot of natural light throughout the day so I needed a true white but with a bit of warmth. It is actually the same white that Emily Bowser used throughout her whole house which I loved in person. So I tested it out in my own space along with a few other of our favorite whites but it was the best. White paint colors are like a magic trick. It can work in one space but not in another, I’ll never not be befuddled by that fact.

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Window Treatments | White Paint

Overall I know that this space had a lot going on so I wanted something calm and simple between the windows since it is the first thing you see when you walk into the room. That chair on the wall is from the Rose Bowl Flea and I bought it one weekend when I was a tad too hungover. I was sold when the guy folded it up for me, okay I actually bought it for $20 before he folded it. #weekendjulie

To save a little money, I made the piece of art over the chair using a kids’ art roll from IKEA ($5). I measured the height and cut the first paper to size, then cut the following paper 1″ smaller and so on and so forth until I had a one-inch strip. I then layered them one on top of the other and framed it in a, yup you guessed it, IKEA frame. Then the morning of the shoot I remembered I had my great uncle’s used sandpaper block and up it went cause why not? Vignette done. Moving On!

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Foot Vessel | Woven Basket | Green Paint | Abstract Print | Continuous Line Drawing | MaryAnn Puls | Circle Vase | Wooden Sketches

On to that gallery wall! Fun Fact: I actually only purchased 3 out of the 11 things on that wall. This is my hack that isn’t really a hack at all. Just wait for people in your life to give you cool things, that’s helpful right? But really there are items that I am sure a lot of you have lying around or in storage that could become your art.

Starting at the top left with my lady MaryAnn Puls, you might remember her art that was used throughout the Portland Project and like many others before me, I was very lucky enough to receive a piece of hers from Emily a year ago for Christmas. (Thank you again!) I fell in love with her artwork when Velinda and myself spent hours hanging it up all over the Portland house. So much so that when she came to the open house event I went up to her and told her I was the biggest fangirl. She is very talented and deserved to hear it, still love you MaryAnn.

To the right of that are my great-uncle’s ink pen nibs and he is looking right at them in the black and white photograph. When I graduated art school my mom gave me a box with his old art supplies. Which meant the world to me because…now this may sound corny but when I draw I feel him with me. His artwork filled our house growing up and his talent was always something I aspired too, still do.

Hold on, let me wipe away the tears. (literally)

Below that is an abstract print by the artist Hilma af Klint which Jess and I got to see at her exhibit at the Guggenheim last Easter. Needless to say, we were mesmerized by her work and both bought prints. Another artist whose work I admire is Jack Devereux. He did the continuous line drawing titled ‘Folie’ (madness). About a year and a half ago he was featured on DesignMilk’s instagram and I knew right away I had to purchase a piece. That black leather ruler between the two pieces was from Emily Bowser, she is the master of the flea market (thank you).

If you haven’t already heard our very own Sara Tramp has taken up ceramics which has really benefited me since I now own 6 of her pieces including that black squiggle up there. We all think that her work has been great for a while but now she does too and she is starting to sell some pieces via Instagram. Take a peek!

It’s pretty hard to see but the last piece up there was a gift from my professor and yes, it is vintage homework. Someone drew their parabola so perfectly that they received a big ole check and now it hangs on my metaphorical fridge. Good job kiddo!

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Foot Vessel | Woven Basket | Green PaintContour Line Drawing

I think it is about time we talk about that planter cause I have the biggest heart eyes for it and the artist. You might have spotted it previously in the HommeBoys One Room Challenge master bedroom post that I was hardcore crushing on. The very talented designer Carmen Ellis created this beautiful ‘Foot Vessel‘ which was actually the last piece of the puzzle that is my room. It was all meant to be and she is also one of the sweetest people I have ever talked with via email.

That little green bench (which I now know is a garden kneeler, never knew this was a thing until today. Thanks readers!) is a vintage find as well as all the wooden objects. RULE: Never pass up an interesting wooden object because they typically don’t cost more than $10 and can go anywhere. The majority of these cute little fellas I picked up while Emily Bowser and I were thrifting around Atlanta for the Invitation Homes project. The one with the lid however holds the treasured birthday compliments that is the best EHD tradition around here. We all feel so lucky to work in an office surrounded by ladies who support one another. We truly do love each other and are very vocal about that fact. Love you ladies and see you for game night at Arlyn’s on Friday!

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Circle Vase | Ceramic Dish | Wooden Sketches

I saw that circle vase about a month ago on Sarah Sherman Samuels IG stories and immediately bought it, not really knowing where it was going to go. It’s from H&M but is sadly out of stock. It just goes to show that sometimes an impulse buy pays off. That little dish is another Sara Tramp Ceramic piece which is filled with some treasures: my grandma’s brooch, my other grandma’s ring and a ring that my momma made in high school. My roommate, Sarah Krausse, is an amazing artist so I commissioned her to do two line drawings for me of the two men in my life, you may have heard of them, John Steinbeck (above) and John Muir.

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Woven Basket | Green Paint | Abstract Print | Contour Line Drawing | MaryAnn Puls | Circle Vase | Candle | Wooden Sketches

And there is that $80 craigslist find, it’s the perfect size and the dark wood helps to balance out the green door / gallery wall. It isn’t quite my dream dresser but it’s great for now and sometimes it’s good to still have (furniture) dreams to aspire to one day.

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PendantRug | Duvet | Throw | White Paint | Ceramic Chain

Last but not least, the coveted doorway shot and probably my favorite part of the room, the wall of rulers. In total, I spent around $200 on them. Averaging about $15 each which in my book is an (art) steal, plus I had a really good time thrifting for them so it’s a win for me.

And because we all love a good “Before & After”…

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And here is one more bonus shot we got at the end of the day just because the light was just too pretty to pass up.

Thanks so much for coming over friends, I hope you enjoyed my modern “old man library” bedroom. I also hope that if you are also having a style identity issue that you don’t let that stop you from creating a space you love. I promise you’ll be happy you did. Talk to you soon in the comments!

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Love this room! It is beautiful and feels so accessible; great tips as well as eye candy. Thank you!

Thank you so much AP!


It reminds me of the Palihotel in Seattle!

Oh wow, it really does! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m up there, thanks Emily. 🙂


WoW, LOVE It! Congrats for your work! You should very proud!!!


Bravo Julie! Also, whoever came up with painting the black line on the headboard wall should get a nobel prize. Genius!


Agreed! That black line just – well it’s just perfection!

Thank you so much KP, it’s amazing how little details can really make a design come alive!


Wow! This place is not only beautiful but filled with great DIY tips that actually look really good, as opposed to some DIY ideas I see that, well, look a bit too obviously DIY’d. 🙂 Love the green paint on the wall/trim, love the Ikea hack for the bed, love the $80 dresser, and especially love the way you’ve displayed those cool vintage pictures. I, too, like everything I put in my home to have a story. That’s not always possible of course. Sometimes I spot something that I just like/want. But I do think what you’ve shown here is… Read more »

Louann, your comment means so much to me thank you! That is my ultimate goal for being a designer for a space to feel relatable and yet inspirational. And I totally get just wanting something because you love it, I do too!


Gorgeous. I particularly love how you mounted the vintage photographs on a wood block. Could you share that DIY?


I, too, would love the DIY on the vintage photo wood blocks! They look phenomenal! Plus, it seems like a project that even someone handy-challenged like myself could accomplish.

Ellen & Shannon thank you so much! I promise you both can easily accomplish this, it would work best if the photograph is mounted on a poster board of some sort or really thick matting. All I did was paint the wood block black (you could also use spray paint if you have some) waited for it to dry. Then nailed on the sawtooth picture hanger which the nails that come with it are quite small and frustrating to hammer in so I used a slightly longer nail in the same diameter for ease. And last but not least just… Read more »


Wow!!!! I’m so inspired visually and creatively, and now feel like I have a few marching orders for my own space!! Thank you!!! Great MOTO. We are style twins!!!!

Hey style twin!!! I’m so happy it inspired you for your own home, that’s my end goal as a designer!


Julie, this is absolutely fan-flipping-tastic! Even if you had trouble pinpointing your style, I love the end result and think that you helped a lot of us who are also in a style quandary. I don’t fault you one bit for sleeping, watching tv, and eating in this room – IT’S GORGEOUS!

Thank you so much Julia!


This space is gorgeous! The pop of green is great. The whole design feels very artsy yet deliberate, vintage and modern (which is my fave combo). Love it. I will say, the ruler wall……just yesterday, at my print shop – where I’ve worked for thirteen (13!) years, I looked closely at this wall mounted “machinery” that was used way back in the day to handle ammonia, when the printing technology was old blueprinting (all of that is long-gone now). Well, it used keys, and back then my dad took an old school 12″ ruler with a drilled hole on one… Read more »

Thank you Karen, those were the 4 things I was going for! That is so amazing and absolutely sweet, you should definitely hang it up somewhere in your home that you’ll get to see it and smile. XX


Just gorgeous, well done! Really love your paint accents, black line and mirror and loooove the vintage finds. Yummy. Truly a perfect kick off to 2020. Love you guys!

Yay for 2020 and we love you!


LOVE LOVE LOVE this MOTO! Great job Julie!

FYI – I think that that little green gym bench is actually a garden kneeler. Typically, it would be upside down from the way that you have it, and the gardener kneels on the wooden part so they don’t have to get their knees in the dirt. But either way, it looks great it your space!

Also, I’m so inspired by your DIY art that I think I’m going to try to make something similar myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

OMG JEN YOU JUST BLEW MY MIND!!! I had NO CLUE that was a thing, thank you for letting me know. And thank you for your kind words!


Just what I thought!


best one yet!


This has to be my favorite MT! Love the green, love all your choices. I don’t have a siesta chair, but I do have a falcon chair. Love all that old bentwood and leather. Alos that dresser may not be your dream dresser, but that is a fantastic find. Well done! i’m totally saving this under room bookmarks:)

Oh wow, I LOVE the falcon chair. It’s like the Siesta Chair’s fancier friend!


Wow! So many things I love. That green paint is very old man style. I have collected some old lunch boxes from the late twenties and thirties. Old man green! I never knew The cold name before.The cb2 blanket is killed personified. Love it to pieces and have never seen it before.
A++++ for sure girl/old man. The black paint line almost made me gasp , I held it in cos peeps were sleeping.

Karen you’re comment made me literally LOL. You are one hilarious lady! And thank you so much!!!


I am WOW-ed by this room. I love so many things, but especially the pendant light, siesta chair, and perfect green paint color. Well done!!

Those are my 3 favorite things, I literally will sit in the chair reading and just gaze up at the pendant lovingly. hahaha Thank you so much! xx


The green is so pretty. The room feels so lived in and real.


WOW! Favorite reveal next to Brady’s bedroom. Which is basically me saying I’m obsessed and I’m painting my bedroom this weekend. WOW!

Thank you Sonja, that is such high praise that I am so grateful to hear!


This might be my favorite room I’ve ever seen on EHD. I LOVE it. Nice work!

Thank you Meg, I’m quite literally blushing!


So beautiful and full of character and life. Thank you for sharing!


Love this! Did you go with a satin or matte finish for the green trim paint?

Eleni, I went with more of a satin/eggshell finish since the majority was on wood trim. Hope that helps!


Super helpful. It almost looked matte in the pictures but satin makes more sense!


Love the room! I know the door handles were painted previously but they would be soooo pretty refurbished. I’m assuming they would be unlaquered brass underneath? I did the same thing in my 1911 condo. Boil them in water for a few hours and you can use steel wool to buff them. Plenty of tutorials on YouTube.

Oh that is such a great trick, thanks Steph!


Lead paint within one of those layers? Perhaps it would be wise to test first?

I also love this room, and every detail. The green paint colour gives the room life (and black line)! Great hack for the headboard, and for the art above it (want to use this idea for sure)! Great art, including Sara’s work (so good)! The chair looks so comfy!


Wow! I don’t have the words to say how much I love this room.
Every . Single . Thing!

Jamie G.

Well done!! Love your honesty about how long this took and your struggle to nail down your style. It turned out wonderful and original! Love the IKEA paper art piece and will definitely be giving that a try! Bravo!

Thanks Jamie, still struggling but that’s half the fun cause then I get to try new things. 🙂 You should definitely give the paper layered art a go!


I love the whole room! Would you mind sharing a bit more about how you did the layered paper art? After you cut the layered pieces, how did you get them to stay together and not shift in the frame?

Thanks Debby! I actually folded them, then licked the folded edge (haha), then tore them. And I used a little piece of double sided tape on all four corners!




OK I absolutely love this room, especially the painted door and that little line above the green paint. But I don’t know that you can call it ‘old man library’ when there are barely any books! (In case you can’t tell, crotchety east coaster who works in publishing here.) I’d maybe say ‘old man from Maine’ instead (that’s the vibe I get). 🙂

haha very true, I do have some books in the hallway shelves but I will take ‘old man from Maine’. Or perhaps, ‘Old Man Library sans the books’ haha. 🙂


This is such a comfortable room anyone would sink into and never leave! I truly love the color combination, the green is so so soothing and the throw compliments the bedding so well.
I also like how you remodeled with a frugal budget – many people your age don’t have the
means to change their rooms, apartments with expensive designs and furnitures. You’ve given
them an idea – a great idea actually – and don’t mind mentioning IKEA either. I think you are
one of these designers we’ll be hearing lots of. You’ve got an unique talent.

Betty, congrats you did it. You brought me to tears but don’t worry they are the best of happy tears. Thank you so much, that truly means a lot to me!!! All the love to you!


I love this room because it feels like it reflects you instead of just trying to be trendy. The thin strip of black is just the thing to top off that green wall. It adds so much for being a small thing! And your aglaonema is the perfect match for this shade of green ????

I am the old man, it is my library. hahaha But in all seriousness, thank you. It is hard not to get wrapped up in all the trends that flood our eyeballs every day so I listened to my gut & heart for this one. I know it was crazy when I pulled off the tape, I was like, “aaaaahhhhh, I did it!”


This is so pretty! I love this room, and I think the Makeover Takeover series is my favorite. I’d love to know a bit more about how it works behind the scenes. Obviously some pieces are generously sponsored and gifted, but how does the rest work? Does EHD provide a budget to work with, or is the staff member expected to pay for it themselves? Just curious about how these things work! 🙂

Hey Morgan, thank you so much for loving the series as much as we do 😉 Yes, we are very fortunate to be able to have amazing vendors that are willing to do a product trade. And, we wouldn’t have access to that opportunity without the hard work Emily has put in all these years so I am super grateful for that fact. The MOTO design happens outside of work hours and yes we do pay for everything out of our own pockets but this is an optional thing (like a work perk) so no one is pressured into doing… Read more »


I love it- that green makes the room 🙂


This looks amazing!


Makeover Takeover series is my favorite, and the green wall and door and black line have me wanting to go paint a room in my house. So many cool ideas!

Do it, Heather! It’s just paint after all 🙂


Love this room so much! I just want to pack my bags and move right into these pictures.
Curious, in the end do you feel like you have the words to describe your style? You visually captured a style I adore but I don’t know what to call it so hoping you do ;p

Come on over lady! Thank you so much, I guess you could call it a modern-artsy-old-man-library-nature-in-a-box style??? Honestly, I am still a stumped as you are. Maybe I should bring the question to the rest of the team and see what we come up with. Stay tuned!


What a breath of fresh air! The vibe I get is “Yosemite Nature”. That CB2 blanket mixed with the wood pieces is sooo good. And the thin black line plus sconce elevates the room away from “cabin”.

Perhaps another vibe is “Old Friends’. This is a feeling I get when admiring the measurements wall. I can just see the calloused hand of the gray haired carpenter reaching for his folding wooden yardstick.

Zach Mitchell

It’s gorgeous and it’s given me some ideas for my own space. Thanks for sharing!


The bed diy and the paint technique I didn’t know I needed

Amy Madeline

I love how you shared your process of discovering your style, and included so many sentimental and personal touches through out your room. Will share this with a friend who is working on figuring out her own style.
p.s. The green metal and wood display shelf is a vintage, possibly English, folding garden seat/kneeler. Perfect for an outdoor lover!

Please do share and thank you so much! Oh, man that’s what that is! Thank you for letting me know 🙂


I LOVE the green!! And I think the rug was a happy accident – it looks so great framed by the black jute rug. Also, thank you for so including so many before/after comparisons, all of which match perfectly.

Thanks Brittany and you’re so right! Sometimes things are supposed to go a certain way that you’ll later see the reason. I took A LOT of before photos (like 117) so I’m glad someone appreciated that fact. hahaha

Kristy Hicks

There’s nothing “old man library” about this room! It’s gorgeous and so cozy. Well done.

Sarah M.

I am SO impressed by the green door and the handmade paper art. I was actually looking for link to the paper art when I realized it was a DIY!

Thank you Sarah, you should totally give it a try! It only cost me $20 and was so fun to do while binging a favorite show of mine. 🙂 … to get the ‘frayed’ edges, I folded the paper and then licked it (kinda gross) then tore. Hope that TMI tip helps!


This room is beautiful!! LOVE all the personality that the objects give, and the light and color. GREAT job!!


Julie, I read this blog just about every day and I’ve only commented once or twice. But I wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your room. It’s at the top of my list of my favorite spaces I’ve seen so far. I guess my style is “old man library” too…who knew? Huge congratulations and excellent work. I hope you really enjoy it!

Wow, that truly means the world to me, thank you so much Susan. Side Note: My momma’s name is also Susan so I totally thought it was her at first! haha

Roberta Davis

Perfectly awesome! And I also agree that having meaningful things is much better than just buying a bunch of stuff to have stuff. The bench looks like a gardening bench to me. I have one that has a foam cushion on it and you can sit on it or turn it upside down to kneel on it. You must look around the room and feel a wonderful sense of well-being. I do love the black line, too! And the colors are calming.

Thank you so much Roberta, there is definitely a sense of calm (partially cause it is finally finished) in the room. Another couple of readers have let me know that it’s a garden bench and it completely makes sense now. Oh, Etsy and their vintage naming antics. haha


Oh my. Love your work in your bedroom. I have not read all of the comments and need to know about your new dresser. I have never seen one with the top that opens like that. What is the top portion for? I love how the mirror is held up and like the view from the side.

Love your new found confidence. You have your own cultivated style!

Thank you so much Kelly! When I bought it, it came with a couple of wood pieces that slide into metal brackets along the edges creating smaller compartments. I think if I kept it closed I would use it for jewelry, sunglasses etc. but I just love how it looks opened so I removed them temporarily.


Sooooooo pretty! Old man library style all the way!

making t-shirts! haha


The little folding chair on the wall—Is the seat/back fabric or leather? Do you use it or is it 100% decorative?

Caitlin Higgins

Dear Julie,

I love this room so much. See you at game night tomorrow. Also, see you in a few seconds when I stand up. GOOD JOB FRIEND!

Love always,


Wow. I love this space!

Kellie Colunga

Beautiful! And thank you for giving me language for my style—”old man library” is just about right!

Happy to help!


Lovely work! The green door – it seems to be blocked by the chair… was does it lead to? If anything? If you answered this before, I apologize. So many comments to read!!

Hey Lexi, it actually just leads to the room that I used to lived to and it is never opened. So instead of trying to hid an awkward & non-functional door I decided to highlight it as an architectural art element to the space because I loved the trim around it. Hope that explains it all!


I love this so much, it’s perfectly funky and refined at the same time with JUST the right amount of color. Awesome job, Julie!

Thank you MJ, that’s also how I try to dress so that made me smile!


Wow, I think this is my favorite MOTO yet! I love everything, and I especially love that you’ve incorporated so many meaningful objects into your design. I am really impressed with the way you have incorporated more traditional elements so seamlessly into an updated, modern space. I feel like this is always the note I am trying to hit, and it can be hard!

Sarah, thank you so much! It isn’t an easy feat and it took a loooong time so don’t give up on it!

Lynn W

Love the green ????. So fresh and clean!!
I also love your artwork of John Steinbeck and John Muir!!! Two incredible men!

Thanks Lynn, I am very lucky to live with someone so talented to make them for me! They are incredible men indeed 🙂

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