{home & garden} guest room reveal ~ tiny oranges

So here we go with the third and final room reveal for Jennifer from Tiny Oranges.  If you’ve missed the last couple, here you go…

Check out her 3 year old little girl’s big girl green room

And her 6 year old little girl’s girlie pink palace

Both rooms were such fun to pull together and we think fit the girls personalities and wishes perfectly.

Of course it all started with picking out the perfect mattress for Jen’s girls...oh the fun of dominos!!

The final room we did was turning their home’s current 3 year old little nursery, into the new Guest Room. Jen and her husband choose to focus the majority of their budget in the 2 girls rooms, but we still needed to updated the Guest Room with little changes. Their guests aren’t that frequent, and are typically family. So we chose to keep the focus on that.

Having the bed look out at the beautiful backyard made if feel more resort like in the room. We added chevron panels from Urban Outfitters to the windows, along with Ikea sheers and hardware. On either side of the window we used our favorite Ikea bookshelves.

Ready for this, $40 each!

I’ve seen them on Pinterest sprayed out gold and yellow too. So fun!  We shopped around Jen’s house a bit to help accessorize with coffee table books and shells.  In addition, I tore open some older framed floral prints they had, and asked Jen to print black and white photos of family that would be staying in the room, replacing the prints.

I also re-used the shell prints they had, by replacing the matte inside the frame for an updated look.  Then we used an existing child’s book rack as a magazine shelf next to the bed for guests.

We took 2 red bedside tables from the orginal Guest Room and spray painted them black, adding two Ikea lamps for $19/each.  Jen found a white headboard on Wayfair for $99…wow!  (Not gonna lie, I’ve used this headboard 3 times since this room, for new clients.) Bargain!!

Throw in some Ikea white bedding, with some cute yellow and gray sheets from Target. It’s getting cuter… And what do you do when you can’t find a bedskirt you like? Buy a coordinating sheet the same size as the bed and have a bedskirt made (if you don’t sew…which I do not.)

All in all I think the room turned out really cozy and refreshing for guests to stay in.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity that Jen and her family gave us to work on their home.  The most gratifying part of a project, is seeing a family happy in their home. Thank you Tiny Oranges Family!!

To see more of this reveal, along with before and after shots, hop on over to Tiny Oranges today: “Gray and Yellow Guest Room Design”

Sources ~ Guest Room:

  • Headboard: Wayfair
  • Sheets: Target
  • Duvet & 2 shams: Ikea, ALVINE STRA
  • Personalized Pillow Sham: West Elm, Striped Sham with Monogram
  • Bedskirt: Target sheet, customized
  • Window Treatments: Chevron Panels, Urban outfitters. Sheers, Ikea, VIVAN
  • Bookcases: Ikea, VITTSJO
  • Area Rug: Ikea, TARNBY
  • Bedside Tables: Existing, spray painted
  • Bedside Lamps: Ikea, ARSTID
  • Round Mirror: Ikea, SONGE

{home & garden} tiny oranges design reveal #2

So a few weeks ago I shared these BEFORE shots from 3 of the bedrooms of the fabulous {Tiny Oranges} home headquarters.  Then last week we shared the first of the room reveals for her 3 year old little girl.

This week it’s all about the Pink Palace as Jen’s 6 year old daughter has re-named her room.  Check out Jen’s post today for lots of before and after shots. As well as what Jen’s wishes for her daughter’s room were.

We had some similar requirements with toy storage, space for imaginary play, photos of friends and family, a love for dry erase board art, lots of headband storage, a MASSIVE Barbie dream house, and a love affair with pink.  Jen’s daughter loves the girlie things in life so we knew that was the direction this room would take.

Jen and her husband both also really wanted a bed with storage for their daughter.  They had been seriously considering a bed with under bed storage either with drawers, or cubbies & baskets, and were willing to make more of an investment for the long term. But one of the responsibilities I feel is to give a client options. I loved the bed they were considering, but also knew that is was an investment.  The option I gave was to use the same bed frame we used for their 3 year old’s room, but leave the under bed exposed and use basket suitcases instead.  The first option would be about $800, the second option was $175.  So a no brainer to me! That gave us a WHOLE lot more money to get these rooms completed.

Just like last week’s reveal both HERE and on TINY ORANGES, here’s the source list for this room.  Be sure to check out Jen’s BEFORE pics for this room on Tiny Oranges today too:


  • Bed Frame ~ LEIRVIK, Ikea {$99 for a Queen!!!}
  • Sheets ~ Client purchased
  • Pink Body Pillow ~ Fabric/Joann’s, Form/Target, Fabrication/Custom Workroom
  • White Bedspread & 3 Euro Shames ~ ALINA, Ikea (2 came with set, third came with the set for Jen’s 3yo’s room).
  • Bolster Pillow ~ EMMIE RUND, Ikea
  • Pink Throw ~ Ikea
  • Monogramming – Ann Pyke
  • Boxspring Cover ~ RENATE FLORA, Ikea (Queen Duvet set.  Pillowcases on the bed, duvet tucked over the boxspring)
  • Suitcase Baskets – TJ Maxx
  • Window Treatment Dot Curtains – GRONSKA PRICKAR, Ikea
  • Window Treatment Sheers ~ MATILDA, Ikea (Existing Black out Rollers hidden behind sheers.)
  • Window Treatment Rod, Finials, Brackets ~ Ikea
  • Lamp & Shade ~ Target
  • “E” print ~ Existing (and worked perfectly with the girly room!)
  • Bedside Dresser ~ MALM Drawers with glass top. Added “crystal” knobs from Target.
  • You Are My Sunshine print ~ Client purchased from Etsy (Source in Jen’s post today) / Frame, Aaron Bros 1 cent sale
  • Rug ~ Pink shag, Overstock

Accessory Wall:

  • Storage cubbies ~ EXPEDIT, Ikea
  • Cubbie Boxes ~ DRONA, Ikea
  • Dryerase board ~ KLUDD, Ikea
  • Shelves ~ High gloss shelves, Ikea
  • Brackets ~ EKBY K+NNA
  • Dress-up Box ~ Existing
  • “I love you to the moon and back” ~ Client purchased from Etsy
  • Clock ~ Target
  • Bulletin Board ~ DIYed, white frame, Joann fabric & ribbon, cork board sheet, mini clothes pin clips
  • Towel ~ Ikea

Closet Wall:

  • Vanity Desk ~ HEMNES, Ikea (with a glass top we were able to display lots of friend photos)
  • “Crystal knobs” on drawers ~ Target
  • “Pink Crystal” hooks ~ removed from an existing coat rack & re-used on the desk
  • Beads and Containers ~ Existing
  • Frames ~ Aaron Bros 1 cent sale
  • Vanity Stool ~ INGOLF, Ikea
  • Vanity Stool Cushion ~ Joann’s Fabric & custom workroom

Closet Wall:

  • Laundry Bags ~ Pillowcases made into laundry bags with Joann’s Fabric trim, and hooks for the wall. Jen had them monogrammed “Lights” and “Darks” for the kids to help sort their own laundry. Darling idea!!
  • Barbie Dream House ended up closet bound! I love using a closet super efficiently so you can have a “surprise” play area for your kids, but that you can also close when you want something out of site.

I can’t tell you how much fun doing these rooms for these sweet girls was :-)

{home & garden} home tour ~ great room

So I’m going to try and get more posts up again.  We’ve been living our crazy nomad life since last April when we sold our house. Never in our wildest dreams did we think everything would take as long as it has to get into the new house. I’m crossing my fingers we are in by Christmas….though I also know that’s a tall order…we’ll see.

In the meantime I thought adding more to the plate would keep things exciting (ha!), and returned to my interior design roots.  I started taking on interior design jobs last spring, like this one you read about for Jen’s {Tiny Oranges} sweet little 3 year old daughter.  In the next few weeks we’ll reveal her 6 year old daughter’s room, as well as her Guest Room.  I also have a few other client rooms to photograph and share (Ninjago and Angry Birds anyone?!?) In the meantime I thought I would FINALLY go back and post photos of our house.

Thankfully Todd from Tanker Photography did an AMAZING job of capturing our home. I love having a record like this of where we lived!

For those that don’t remember, this is what our house used to look like when we bought it.

And this is where it ended up when we sold the house last April.  Big, but simple updates.  Looking back makes me miss it….can’t wait to have our family in a house again.  Thankfully the roof was framed on the new house this week….getting closer!

{home & garden} tiny oranges design reveal!

So a few weeks ago, I shared that I had done a design update for a friend. Such a fun project! Be sure to check out the before shots in that post as well as Jen’s post today.

I’ll rewind a bit for you.

When we put our house on the market last spring, quite a few people commented on the interior design of our home during the open houses.  I never really thought of our home as a show house of sorts…but for some reason, lots of people commented and asked if I was still doing interior design.  While my past life, pre-kids, involved large scale interior home design, and hotel resort design project management, my current life and our own home, was certainly not that same level!

What our home is, or was, is an example of a young family with 3 crazy active toddlers, parents that appreciate design, who don’t think that needs to change with kids, and a mom that needs to have her house fully functional and organized to keep up with the chaotic, awesome, and busy life we live.  Wheeewww….tall order. (Here’s a quick shot of our main Great Room).

I got to thinking that there were probably other families out there that could use a little bit of design help along those same lines. So after 16 years in the design industry, I returned to it again last spring under the name, MFE Designs. The primary focus being simple, but creative, family functional rooms.

Along the way, Jen from Tiny Oranges sent me an email asking if I could help with some suggestions for her girls’ rooms.  As is normal when you tackle projects like this, it gets a little overwhelming with decisions!  It’s nice to have some one sort through your thoughts. We met for the initial hour and a half consult and walked through the rooms to discuss the major points:

1. WHO would be sleeping in which room. Jen had 3 rooms, a Guest Room with ensuite bathroom, then 2 little girls rooms. I knew Jen wanted to change the order around. So we needed to talk about what the needs and goals were. As well as what size beds would work for all the rooms.

2. WHAT things were important to each girl. Colors, activities, toys, pictures, books.  What did the girls like to do? What were each girl’s individual interests? It’s important to me that kids really feel like their room is truly theirs.

3. HOW OFTEN would they use their Guest Room? And who were the guests? Family? Or?

4. What did Jen and her husband envision were the priorities for each girl?

From there we talked about ideas and solutions to accomplish the goals. After meeting, we provided a general estimate to complete the project. Once the “Not to Exceed” budget was set, and a few general meetings took place to show them our overall direction, then they were willing to be surprised.  Jen and her family left for a previously planned vacation, and we were able to install all 3 rooms, revealing them all to them on their return….sooooo fun!!! I can’t wait for you to see each of them!

The key points for their 3 year old’s room ~ their daughter liked green, she needed lots of imaginary play space (wanted to keep an existing play kitchen), toy storage that she could keep up with herself, better use of closet storage, moving into a big girl bed from a crib, and needing to incorporate family and friend photos.  Jen also did a GREAT job of leaving us with “piles” grouped for each girl in their front room.  We were able to pick out things we could easily incorporate, or change and use differently.  So the girls were able to walk into new rooms, but also see familiar items. We REALLY loved this design project!  Such a sweet family to work for!!

Hop on over to Jen’s blog to see the full reveal with before and after pictures.

Below is a source list of items.


  • Bed Frame ~ LEIRVIK, Ikea {$89 for a Full!!!}
  • Sheets ~ Client purchased
  • Green Bed Pillows ~ TJ Maxx
  • Blue Body Pillow ~ EVALOTTA Fabric/Ikea, Form/Target, Fabrication/Custom Workroom
  • Yellow Throw Pillow ~ MARGARETA Ikea (I don’t see the yellow anymore).
  • Sherpa Bean Bag ~ Pottery Barn Kids
  • White Bedspread ~ ALINA, Ikea
  • Green Striped Bedskirt ~ NYPONROS Full Duvet set, Ikea custom made into a bedskirt. 2 pillow cases included in the set used on the bed.
  • Window Treatment Sheers ~ MATILDA, Ikea (Existing Black out Rollers hidden behind sheers.)
  • Window Treatment Rod, Finials, Brackets ~ Ikea
  • Mirror ~ STAVE, Ikea
  • Lamps & Shades ~ Target
  • Robin print ~ Existing (and worked sooo well with the bird print fabric!)
  • You Are My Sunshine print ~ Client purchased from Etsy (Source in Jen’s post today) / Frame, Aaron Bros 1 cent sale
  • Rug ~ White shag, Target
  • Storage Cubbies ~ EXPEDIT White High Gloss, Ikea
  • Storage Baskets ~ PJAS, Ikea

Closet Wall:

  • Green Storage bins over closet ~ clearance aisle at Target
  • Vintage Books ~ Clients exsiting
  • Closet Curtain ~ Rod, Rings, Finials ~ Ikea
  • Closet Green Striped Fabric ~ SOFIA, Ikea, Custom made
  • Magnetic Bulletin Boards & Round Magnets ~ SPONTAN, Ikea
  • Book Ledges ~ RIBBA Picture Ledge, Ikea
  • Yellow Clock ~ Target
  • Ribbon Board ~ I DIYed from a Pottery Barn Kids Book
  • White toy box ~ Box, Client’s existing / Fabric ~ Fabric.com, then custom made
  • White Bolster Pillow ~ EMMIE RUND, Ikea
  • Yellow Throw ~ Ikea (I don’t see it now to give you the name)
  • All Monogramming ~ Anne Pyke in Costa Mesa
  • Storage Bins in Closet ~ Container Store plastic storage boxes

Entry Wall:

  • Play Kitchen ~ Exisiting
  • Book Ledges ~ RIBBA Picture Ledge, Ikea
  • Box Acrylic Frame ~ Aaron Brothers
  • “Sweet Letters” ~ Clients Exisiting

I really loved how this room turned out! Playful and young, but easy to grow up with too.  Stay tuned for 2 more rooms in Jen’s house.

Update ~ I’ve had a few requests on how to contact me about our design services, best way is by email, shanna@mfedesigns.com we look forward to connecting with you!

{Photo Credit: All home photos above photographed by Tankersley Photography}

{home & garden} an update for a friend

Oh Hi!!  How are ya!?!?  Been while, hasn’t it….

You may wonder if the photo above is our house. It’s not.

I’ll fill you in in the next couple days about all that’s been happening, but in the mean time, I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss out on one of the MAJOR things I’ve been doing and had SUCH FUN while doing it!!

You all know Jen at Tiny Oranges?  I’ve talked about her loads in the past. And thankfully for me, I’ve also gotten to know her in real life over the past couple of years.  Jen’s blog was the first blog I ever read…and truthfully, I didn’t even really know what blogs were.  But I knew I loved hers!

So here’s the FUN… Jen has been talking about choosing a new mattress.  The things you should think about when deciding to do so, what to look for in a mattress, etc. But here’s the thing, there’s always a domino effect when you tackle things like this. You know, when you find a cute pair of shoes, you HAVE to get a new outfit to go with them!! Right??!

And that is EXACTLY what happened with Jen. Deep in the desicion process of what mattresses to get her girls, she felt slightly overwhelmed with the overall switch in her bedroom situation she felt needed to take place. A quick phone call and meeting later and we were brainstorming ideas on what to do with her Guest Room, and 2 daughters’ rooms….and I have got to tell ya, these little girls’ rooms might just be the most fun rooms I’ve ever worked on!!!!  I can’t wait to share them!  For now I have a few before shots to show you, along with a suggestion to go check out Jen’s post on how they selected their mattresses.

Stay tuned for the fun reveal!!!