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Nest Tour: Moody Glam Room Revealed

November 4, 2011

Well, in only 5 weeks this room has come together.

Here’s what it looked like before.

When I just couldn’t take the bad yellow paint anymore, I came up with two options for the new look. And the Moody Glam Moodboard was born. It beat out Boho Chill, which never really had a chance.

{clockwise, via KFD DesignsAtlanta Homes MagazineModern Jane DesignDesign SpongeElements of StyleDominoSouthern ExposureRue}

All the colors in the room go back to the rug. I actually have a pair of them, and the second just got back from getting cleaned, so true confession–we still need to put it in the room. At which point I will no doubt update you. Navy, black, red, gold, ecru. Those are the colors I really wanted to focus on.

We debated on paint colors. I liked New Black by Valspar, but it seemed too black. Royal Navy by Valspar was too blue. We loved Francesca by Martha Stewart, but it was WAY too black. It’d be awesome on some interior doors, however, if you’re thinking about that. We ended up with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. It was the moodiest of the shades we entertained and, we felt, the most sophisticated.

We rearranged the room, moving the bed (white bedding, Ikea throw pillow) to the large wall so we could have two nightstands. I brought up an old (cheapie) brass trunk from the basement. It’s filled with Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books. And I placed the fat brass lamp on top of it. On the other side, I bought a $20 table from a flea market and painted it Martha Stewart’s Vermilion.

On that, I put this lamp that I bought at Goodwill,  repainted and topped with a Target shade. I am stupidly excited about the mismatched pair of lamps. The fat brass lamp with the black shade which sits on a low table and the slimmer, black ginger jar lamp with a light shade that sits on a taller table. Standing at the door, with a little perspective, they are closer to the same height despite being drastically different sizes. I would say they are the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries of lamps, but we’re all tired of that nonsense, aren’t we?

1-2-3, back to the red table. The clock is from TJ Maxx years ago, which I painted white along the way. And the cute new pot is from Ikea. I loved the lace trim.

The kitty cat is Sadie’s. The artwork is Taylor’s. As is the elephant that hangs above the bed.

To the right of the table is where we moved the dresser. I’m still completely undecided about what to do with this. It’s not in the BEST shape. I don’t love the color. But I don’t hate it. The top is maple, but it has a smallish nail polish spill stain from 100 years ago. You guys have any thoughts?

I do know I love the mirrors. They were my grandmother’s and, while I miss seeing them from the hallway when I walk by—they were where the fat brass lamp is now—the navy wall is, as the Cars say, Just What [They] Needed.

Leeroy Jenkins is from Homegoods and got a paint job. The big vessel is from Kudzu Antiques. The cigar box is Taylor’s. We have a couple more on the etagere.

I was *sure* I was going to repaint this piece. Now? Not so certain

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. Your thoughts? The yellow does go with the rug and pulls from the paint-by-numbers that are signed by my great-grandfather, a former Somerville, MA Chief of Police who evidently benefitted from art therapy. The red pot is also an Ikea snag, and the artwork is from a cute shop in Tampa, Magnolia.

Then there is the luggage rack heard ’round the world and the Greek Key Roman Shades. We’ve been over that.

But a few more shots never hurt anyone.

I really love how all the black in the room–this shade, the luggage rack, the other black lamp—takes on some of the blue from the walls. And the room does not seem smaller, just more…interesting. Literally deeper.

Now, the last thing to do is to add a bedframe. Back in May I bought a Jenny Lind frame and am trying to strip the finish to the raw wood, then wax it. I really think it will be just the ticket in here. I tried to use Citrustrip to strip it with little success. Got any other suggestions? I’ve read good things about SmartStrip. With all the knobs and bumps, you can’t just sand it. Help a sister out, blog world.

But other than that (and the second rug), I’d say Moody Glam is dunzo.

Anyone remember this one from Sesame Street?



Happy Friday, Peeps.

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  1. November 4, 2011 10:50 am

    love love love. your blog makes me so jeally of having a house and being able to commit to big projects like this. it looks so fun!

    p.s. I miss you!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 5, 2011 11:23 pm

      But you get to live in NYC and do fabulous things all the day long. Both fun—just different.
      Really, really, really excited about alt. :)

  2. November 4, 2011 11:50 am

    The rug is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect jumping off point. Love this room! I think the shelf looks great as is. Might be pinning a few pics.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 5, 2011 11:24 pm

      Thanks, Rene! I’ll put you down in the “don’t paint it” column.

  3. November 4, 2011 12:38 pm

    I love tons of things about this room (and vote for keeping the etagere the same color), but what I really really loved was clicking back to the before post and seeing the shelf of childhood books. I should have known you were a Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler fan–and to have Cheaper by the Dozen there, too? Well, that cements this as a blog I gotta visit regularly. :-) Happy Friday to you too.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 5, 2011 11:25 pm

      I keep trying to push all my old favorite books on my step-daughter. She’s an amazing reader, but I think I caught her a few years too late! Glad to have you along for the ride.

      • Sadie permalink
        November 6, 2011 7:54 pm

        Heehee I am pretty amazing :D Yep. I probably won’t read those… haha jk… um… yea…

  4. November 4, 2011 3:42 pm

    This turned out SO nice! I think the paint color is SPOT. ON. in terms of perfect blue/gray/black balance. I love it!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 5, 2011 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Brianne. We are really happy with it!

  5. Kim permalink
    November 4, 2011 7:54 pm

    That color!!!!! OMG!!!!! I must, must, must get a swatch. This room makeover is gorgeous!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 5, 2011 11:25 pm

      Benjamin Moore Hale Navy! It won’t let you down. Thank you!

  6. November 6, 2011 1:48 pm

    love it, molly! don’t paint the bamboo piece (i think that’s what you said may or may not get painted?)…it looks great with all the brass in the room! and i want to steal that fat brass lamp. it looks like it should’ve cost $600 from Pieces.

  7. Sadie permalink
    November 6, 2011 7:53 pm

    I love my new horse! :D

  8. November 8, 2011 4:24 pm

    What a wonderful room! I really, really love the gutsy wall color. What is your rug source? Always on the hunt for vintage rugs. Thanks!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 9, 2011 10:51 pm

      Thanks, Blythe! it was a risk, but I think we are happy with the outcome. And if we weren’t—well, it’s only paint. As for the rugs, they belonged to my grandparents, so I lucked out. But I’ve heard good things about and

  9. Tony Molina permalink
    November 10, 2011 1:31 pm

    What a transformation, it looks incredible. You have mega skills. I can’t wait to talk to you about your blog; I have a ton of questions. We’ll have much to talk about over Thanksgiving. I see you kept Taylor’s Amp but did the Axe get the ax?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 10, 2011 7:57 pm

      Thanks, Tony! Can’t wait to see you over the holiday. The guitar got moved to our room when a visiting toddler was in the guest room and never made it back. But it’s around!

  10. Sarah Block permalink
    November 10, 2011 8:34 pm

    I LOVE the rug! Where did you get it?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 10, 2011 9:21 pm

      Sarah, it belonged to my grandparents. No idea where to trace it to! Glad you like it!

  11. beth permalink
    December 27, 2011 9:31 pm

    I love, love, love the paint you used in your room. I am trying to redo my blue, brown house into navy, black and red. So, glad I stumbled here. It is inspiring. :)

  12. January 22, 2012 11:55 pm

    Um, you didn’t mention that your house was completely AWESOME!! WTF, Molly?! I am in awe. Seriously. Anyway, it was so so so nice meeting you and I wish we’d had even more time to hang out. Definitely next year? Say yes!! xomelisa

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 23, 2012 8:53 pm

      Gee thanks, Melisa! It was so much fun getting to know you a bit this week. I hope to repeat in 2013!

  13. Felicia Diaz permalink
    April 7, 2014 6:55 pm

    Curious is you painted the room with a semi-gloss or matte. Thinking of using the same color in my office.

    Thank you!


    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 10, 2014 3:46 pm

      It was flat paint. Thanks for reading!


  1. Crushing On: Hale Navy

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