Another Master Bedroom Update: Making it Bright!

The most perfect coastal preppy retreat. Love the seagrass bed and stripes with mint accents.

Hey all! It’s been a crazy summer for us. We finally just got our construction loan closed on (which took a century it seemed), so now we’re ready to build! I’m so excited and a little nervous at the same time. On a side note, me and hubs are celebrating 8 years today. Hooray for us! I’m very lucky to have him. We’re both quite intense people who have been through (and I’m sure will continue to go through) the challenges of two strong personalities coming together. But the truth is I wouldn’t trade our marriage for anything. Marriage is a thing you have to earn in my opinion. It doesn’t come naturally in most cases and you both have to work to keep a healthy relationship. Anyway, what I’m saying is that I’d pick my same hard-headed, slightly OCD, very charming, extra witty, most difficult person to argue with, best dad I  know, buzz-haired (not a fan), hunk of a husband again if I had the choice to make over again today. So happy 8 years to my one & only! And after that dose of mushy-mush, lovey-love, we’ll move right along to todays post…

Before & Afters that will blow your mind! Check out this new home design blog that I

Perhaps some of you have heard of the ever-inspiring Green Smoothie Girl… we sure have! Which is why you can imagine that when Robyn, the creator of GSG asked me to update some of the rooms in her home, I was totally ecstatic! The lack of light in her master suite was driving her crazy, so she called on me to brighten up her space and make it feel light + airy… cause hey, who doesn’t want that?! I set to work finding the perfect color palette. Robyn mentioned she liked yellow, so I used one of my fave Sherwin-Williams shades: Biltmore Buff to do just the trick. I also called on Painter1 to make it happen. They’re the best– really though, they’re the best. If you want a painting job done right & efficiently too, I suggest you call them! Anyway, the paint color was a major help in brightening up this space and set the scene for the layers of soft hues I added through a variety of textiles & furniture pieces.

The bed is one of my favorite finds. The seagrass inlay adds a touch of coastal charm and fantastic texture. I wanted to use a different set of dressers and night stands to add a little variety. The cream and soft greige tones of the dressers/nightstands freshen up the space and add some subdued sophistication. For the bedding I wanted a little more of the yellow– so this West Elm striped duvet set the scene for luxurious and fresh bedding. And how cute are the dot sheets?! The pillows I accented with for this space are neutral, but pattern-clad to top of the coastal, boutique hotel feel. I also wanted to add a little shimmer/metallic touch, you’ll notice some gold in a couple of the pillows, frames & lamp bases, plus the mother of pearl framed mirror contributes some additional glamour to the room. I love the few little accents of mint & green tones in the space. Just enough to give some color, but complementing the neutral and light/airy vibe.

So without further ado, a big shout out to McKenzie & Greg Deakins of Photography by McKenzie &! They’re the perfect duo for any photography project. McKenzie is a renowned wedding photographer and Greg specializes in portrait, interiors & product photography. Can you believe these amazing images? They perfectly captured everything & I’m so excited to share! Happy Monday & I hope you enjoy one of my latest creations…


janJuly 21, 2014 - 4:08 pm

gorgeous! Where is the bed from?

KimberlyJuly 21, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Happy Anniversary to one of the best couples I know. No, seriously. I love both of your personalities and that you are honest and genuine with each other (and everyone else).

As for this room, you nailed “light and airy” on the head. I would love to live in that room. The before and after pictures are crazy! Please let your incredible design vision rub off on me as I try to put together my house.

Haley AdamsonJuly 22, 2014 - 7:36 am

Amazing! I am in love with this room and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you :)

shelley andersonJuly 22, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Jennee Allan, just FB messaged me your site! HOLY PRETTY!!!! My friend Camille and I have been doing a bunch of room makeovers in our neighborhood and I noticed you used the SAME lamps that are in Camille’s room! Feel free to check out our posts (ROOM MAKEOVERS) on my menu bar of my site.

That master bedroom turned out AMAZING!! So much brighter! I love all the fabrics too! Fabric is kind of my thing :) GREAT JOB!!! I bet they love it!

StephJuly 30, 2014 - 1:02 pm

This is absolutely perfect! I would love to schedule a design consultation ASAP. I’ll email you now!!!!

adminJuly 31, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Shelley, thanks! Love your site. Nice work!!

**Featured** The Perfect Palette

Remember this shoot?……


We are excited to announce that it’s being featured today by the lovley ladies at The Perfect Palette! An inspirational blog full of beautiful palates. It’s a MUST read!

You can see our feature here.





TinaJuly 17, 2014 - 2:31 pm

I just love this! You guys do the most amazing work. Are you available to hire for styled shoots?

haleyJuly 22, 2014 - 7:34 am

This is soooo pretty. What a perfect wedding color scheme!

Summer Picnic: Americana style

Americana Summer Soiree Ideas--Design Loves DetailHappy Friday everyone! How many of you are looking forward to the weekend? We sure are! But before we head out for some fun in the sun, we want to share a fun inspiration shoot just in time for the 4th of July; Americana style.

For this shoot, I really wanted to stress how quickly and inexpensively you can pull together a fun summer picnic. I put together this shoot in matter of a couple of hours (insert a little time for cherry pickin’ and eating). But what’s really great about this particular inspiration, is that each of these items can be sourced at your local craft store, grocery store and in your own backyards. Check it out!

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I love sunflowers for summer. They are so cheery, bright and add so much punch to an arrangement. I picked up these beauties at my local grocery store along with some blue delphinium. I already had the pot the florals were held in but you can find one at your thrift store for a $1 (I saw one just today). I also used fresh fruit as part of the decor. It’s both colorful and edible. And if that wasn’t reason enough, it’s free! BONUS!

Americana Summer Berry Brunch 13-Design Loves DetailFor a no hassle way to transport your yummy edibles, use these brown boxes and fill them with your food ahead of time. Each person gets there own box and they double as fun decor. I promise everyone will be loving these!

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JessicaJune 27, 2014 - 11:54 am

So talented. Amazing work as always.

Anna SJune 30, 2014 - 9:48 pm

This is honestly the cutest thing and I can’t believe how fast you pulled it together. Your creativity it very inspiring and this is just good old American Country Fair atmosphere with some classy additions. One of my favorite posts!

Ikea Stool DIY: Little Lamb

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A few months back, Mollie and I were asked to participate in the Ikea “Bring a Friend” event they hosted. Local bloggers were asked to take an Ikea product of choice and demonstrate live, how they updated the product, what creative way you transformed the product or how you used the product uniquely. Mollie and I decided right away that we wanted to transform the Mammut Kids Stool into a fun toadstool inspired by Mollie’s crazy awesome playroom.

Once we got started planning the how-to, we were quickly taken to so many other options that this stool leant itself to. So in true Design Loves Detail fashion, we did not only one stool, but came up with 3 separate designs. One of them being this unbelievably adorable lamb. See below for the full breakdown on how-to make your own!


  • Ikea Mammut Stool
  • Ikea grey chair pad
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Black spray paint
  • 4 extra strength magnets
  • 1 foam head
  • 1 yarn tail (tutorial here)
  • 2 black buttons for eyes
  • 2″ Velcro strips

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Carefully remove stitching from an 8″ space in the chair pad. Gentle not to tear the fabric or rip it open too much.

Stuff the pad with the pillow stuffing. You don’t want to much, but enough for more dimension and cushion.

While the pad  is still open, hot glue one of the magnets to the inside of the pad. This will serve as a way to attach and detach the head and tail. Repeat this process on the opposite side. One for the head, one for the tail.

Sew or glue the hole back together.

Ikea Hack Lamb Mammut Stool DIY by Design Loves Detail 03Using whatever material youve chosen for a head, glue a magnet to the back of it. Make sure that you glue the correct side of the magnet. If not, the magnets won’t attract and you’ll have to rip it off and re-glue.

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Now its time to give your little lamb some peepers. We found some great black  buttons for eyes at Hobby Lobby. Simply use your glue gun to adhere them to the head. We picked up our “head” at Hobby Lobby as well. Its original use was a large Easter egg but we found it made the perfect head for our lamb stool. You could also use a Styrofoam egg and cover it in a fun fabric.

Ikea Hack Lamb Mammut Stool DIY by Design Loves Detail 05To make ears, we simply took some white felt and adorned it the same fabric as the seat. We were provided with two seating pads so we used the extra one for the inside of the ears. We cut a small, rounded triangle and glue it on. Pretty perfect, right?

Ikea Hack Lamb Mammut Stool DIY by Design Loves Detail 08The cutest part of the whole thing came when we added the fluffy tail. Using a yarn pom-pom, we hot glued the remaining magnet onto the back. This is pretty genius because the tail and head can now be removed, leaving a cushioned stool for seating.

Ikea Hack Lamb Mammut Stool DIY by Design Loves Detail 07We used Velcro squares to keep the pad from falling off the slick surface of the stool.

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Spray the bottom of the stool “legs” with a black, gloss paint and your product is complete!

Ikea Hack Lamb Mammut Stool DIY by Design Loves Detail 09We absolutely love how versatile these stool animals can be. While we made a lamb with our Ikea products, we are also smitten with the idea of transforming the lamb and making a wolf. Oh the irony!

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DLD Recipe: Rice Cereal Mice

Today’s post is pretty much as cute as it gets! We love surprising our littles with unexpected treats and this is one that is sure to impress. You may remember seeing these from our Three Blind Mice party featured a few weeks back. The kids absolutely adored these edible friends.

So lets put on your chefs hat and get going.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 2 bags white chocolate melting chips
  • Food coloring
  • Black licorice
  • Edible dragees

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1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Let mixture stand for about 5 minutes or until cool enough to manipulate.

4. Gather a handful of cereal and begin forming it into a teardrop shape. To keep the marshmallows from sticking to your hands, lightly spray them with cooking spray.

5. Place shaped cereal on a piece of wax paper lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

6. While the mice are cooling, begin melting your chocolate with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Once your chocolate is melted completely, add drops of food coloring for desired color. My mixture of grey was: 4 drops red, 4 drops blue, 4 drops yellow.

7. Remove your mice from the freezer and spoon melted chocolate over “bums” of the mice until completely coated. This may take a few passes. Make sure you leave about 1-1 1/2 inch area at the point end for the head.

8. While the chocolate is cooling, place a short string of black licorice for a tail and looped bits for the ears.

9. Adorn with edible eyes and enjoy!


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KimJune 23, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Cutest idea! You guys are just too creative :)