Urban Loft

Finished faux brick

This post is sponsored by Royal Design Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own.


This bedroom project was not my idea. Our college age son who is living at home while he goes to college, asked for an urban style loft bedroom. He specifically requested a faux brick wall. This is our child who never asks for anything, and is content in just about all circumstances. If this boy wanted a brick wall, I would move heaven and earth to get him one.

Our son spends far too much time on the internet. It cracks me up that he even knows what an urban loft looks like since we have so few of them here in Wisconsin. We are not known for any lofts, other than those in barns.

It cracks me up even more that our boy even thought I could produce a brick wall out of thin air. It’s rather humbling that he believes that much in my artistic ability.

front bedroom


This is the before shot, the bedroom looked like it needed some major TLC when we moved in. It was featuring grey and red walls (two walls of each, one half red, the other half grey) combined with dirty pink carpeting and beat up old woodwork. Not sure what these people were thinking when they picked out their colors, but they were definitely an unusual combination that left the room dark and dreary.

Finished faux brick2

This is the after shot. My son is thrilled with his new brick wall. It’s the urban college loft on the cheap, right here in our own home. Who could ask for more?

“Mom, it REALLY looks like actual brick!” I heard him exclaim one day when he came up the stairs.

My heart melted down to my toes. I guess I must have done something right.

This headboard is an old door we found at the Habitat ReStore. I just love it.

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Along with the faux brick, our son requested a city skyline photo above his bed. This 3 panel set features the New York Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect for a college style “loft”.

Funny thing is, he has never been to New York.

The spot light style lighting fixtures work well with the loft theme, each bed has a lamp for extra lighting for doing homework.

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The Trompe Loeil Brick stencil, by Royal Stencil Design was easy to use, but a bit time consuming. There are multiple layers of paint in different colors that I used to create the bricks.


I used a several different latex paints, including a brick red, three shades of grey (a charcoal grey, a medium grey and a light grey) soft white and a golden antiquing wax to create the bricks. These were all colors that I had on hand and I used little bits of them to create the faux effect.

I finished the entire wall with an antique wax glaze. Not conventional, but it gave the effect that I was looking for of worn old bricks. It also will protect the wall from wear and scratches.

Homework wall


Each sleeping area has a built in homework station. Wire baskets and shelves help to keep the clutter at a minimum and make it easy to study in bed. They also provide a place to keep all the phone and computer chargers, cords and extra items that teens love.

Corner wall


A few miscellaneous things make for an interesting display on the far wall. My son loves chemistry. The grey element prints were custom ordered from Etsy and feature two of his favorite elements, Titanium and Vanadium. Doesn’t every teen have a favorite element?

The process of painting the bricks was rather complex so I will cover that in a separate post.

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We are now ready for the Back to School season. I am looking forward to a great year!

How to details will be coming up next! Stay tuned!

Master Bedroom Decor




I am once again switching gears and starting another decorating project. I seem to find inspiration here and there and can’t wait to put it all together.

There is always more to do, but sometimes starting a new project is such fun.

I came across a clearance piece of stick on wall decor at Target. It had to come home with me.

I like how the gold branches work with Venus and my grandmother’s Japanese tea box.


This room is small and dark for a master bedroom. It was previously a nasty pea green color, I recently painted it Silent White by Clark and Kennsington.

I find the white very soothing.

There is only one natural window and the room has no trim or special features. It is so small I feel claustrophobic at times, there is barely enough room for two dressers and a queen size bed.

Somehow the thought of putting pictures on the wall is depressing to me.

I much prefer the idea of clean walls, with few distractions.

I guess I think it makes the space larger.

I am not sure if this is true or not.

I found this pretty piece of embroidered organza in the clearance department at JoAnn Fabrics.

I decided it would be a subtle way to decorate an all white wall. I hemmed the edges and hung it on a dowel above the bed with a couple of tassels on each side to finish it off.

I still think it needs something more, but I haven’t decided what that something is just yet.


I think I am going to like it once it’s all put together. It’s simple and romantic.

Kind of like those beautiful dreamy white bedrooms you see in all the magazines.


Except minus the ugly brown bed and the mis-matched bed linens.

I still have some work to do here.

For starters I am sewing some new pillow cases, more on that later.


The other project is to improve the lighting. I am torn between re-wiring my old lamps or buying new ones.

These new spot lights at Target are looking really good right now.

More updates to come!

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