The Covergirl: 2 Tips for "Hiding" Flaws in Your Walls

The Covergirl: 2 Tips for "Hiding" Flaws in Your Walls


It was orange. Like Orange is the New Black kind of orange, with large, colorful polka dots scattered across a white border, glow in the dark stars stuck to the ceilings and walls – some dangling from clear thread stuck to the ceiling with tape, and a Scripture verse thickly hand painted around the top of said border.

Obviously it had been a child’s room, but that fact did not make me feel any less assaulted by it. We’d just moved into #therobertleerobinsonhouse and my brother-in-law and another friend were coming to live with us for a few weeks, one of whom would be staying in this room. And so the orange and stars and polka dots just had to go. At least I felt that they did.

The guys said they didn’t care about the color but let me tell you one thing I’ve learned in life. When a man tells you he doesn’t care about something, it’s not that he really doesn’t care. It’s just that he doesn’t realize it yet. The one thing I haven’t quite figured out though, is why I am so hell bent on creating more work for myself by proving to them that they do.

I think part of it is so that I can create a pretty space, but part of it is also the satisfaction of hearing them tell me unsolicited how much better a space feels after we’ve fixed it up or even tell me multiple times how much they hate a color I’ve chosen. I may not say the words “I told you so” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t written across my face. I mean, I am only human after all.

So off to the paint store I went to pick up a paint I’d chosen based off a picture I’d seen in a catalog (not my usual method, but this color had grabbed my imagination like thorns in a thicket and I just had to try it.)

The obnoxious paint and crazy polka dots and stars were not this gaudy lady’s only flaws. She also possessed a shoddy sheetrock job with multiple indentations and even some bowing in the ceiling and trim that’d seen too many layers of paint. It looked like she’d just kept applying new layers of makeup without ever removing the old. Not pretty.

So, like a woman masking her body by wearing all black, I picked out a dark, moody shade and proceeded to not just paint the walls but also the ceiling and trim. By painting everything I was hoping to minimize some of her flaws and give her a little sophistication and class. I also chose some graphic and bold bedding to add contrast and detract from them even more by drawing your eye to the bed rather than the walls. Mostly it worked. Her flaws were still there, but less obvious. 

Lipstick on a pig as they say.

French Country Bedroom Mood Board

French Country Bedroom Mood Board

Last week I asked readers to chime in on words that described their style and I would start building mood boards based off of them. My Kiwi friend Amy from New Zealand who was one of my dearest friends in college left the words "Rustic, Country, French, Industrial."

Amy this room is for you! 

When I think of French Country, I generally think of soft, muted tones, natural and rustic woods, some chippy paint, ticking stripes and needlepoint, and gorgeous natural linens. I'm including a picture of the linens alone in this post because I honestly cannot get over how pretty they are. Price wise, they are comparable to what you would purchase at West Elm or Pottery Barn. Not necessarily cheep, but not outrageously expensive either. 

Since I went with those gorgeous and unique rustic steel sconces on the wall, I decided to go with a chair rather than a traditional nightstand for this room since a lamp wouldn't need to rest on it. It's the perfect little spot to set a class of water and book once you shut the lights out at night or you know, also your phone. 

If I were to design this room in real life, I would probably look for a more rustic pendant or rough this one up a bit, and I would also hunt down an antique dresser to add a little more age and patina to the space. There's nothing like adding some antiques to your home to give it a little soul.

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Rustic French Country Bedroom - Whitken & Co.


Cozy Winter Blues Bedroom

Sometimes I can whip these mood boards out in a couple of hours and sometimes they take me forever. This one took forever, and I'm still not sure I'm 100% happy with it, but deadlines be calling, yo. Part of the reason I think I've agonized over this one so much is that I'm using it as inspiration for our own bedroom. I've already purchased the West Elm duvet and have been trying to figure out which way I want to go with the rest of the bedding. I don't know if we'll pull off this whole mood board, but I think we'll go for some of the pieces to freshen and cozy up our bedroom for the winter months. I've got to say, those Moroccan fur pillows made my heart do a little skippity skip when I first saw them. They are a little bit of a splurge, but I'm thinking they just might be worth it. What do you think?

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Cozy Winter Blues Bedroom Mood Board - Whitken & Co.