Maggie Overby Studios Top Ten Posts of 2016


Wow, 2016 has been a busy year for me. Since it started off with a fresh move under my belt, there have been updates to make, rooms to reveal and lots and lot of DIY projects.  With only a few days left of the year I thought I’d share the Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2016. These are the post that you readers viewed the most which hopefully means they are the projects that you loved the most. Can you guess what made the number one slot?  I know a few hit my top ten as well so let’s get started with number ten…

10. Inspired By DIY: Urban OutfittersThis project was so easy I can see why it was a favorite!


9. Living Room Reveal – I have to say this is the room I struggled with most in this house. It is a dark awkward space but the end result was pretty satisfying considering it’s limitations.


8. Girl’s Room Fit for a Teen in Aqua and Coral – Katie’s room was a lot of fun and I even did some original artwork for the space which is always a joy for me.


7. Inspired by DIY: Eddie RossAt the time this quick DIY seemed like a big risk but in the end really has made a huge change for the better on this pretty basic mantel.


6. Coffee Table Turned to Mid Century Bench DIY – What to do with a $15 Formica topped table with great legs? Make it something new that’s what!


5. One Room Challenge Laundry Room – This is one of my most recent projects so for it to be in the top ten means it has gotten a lot of traffic in a short amount of time. I guess everyone loves this closet makeover just as much as I do.


4. Inspired by DIY: West Elm – Who knew a set of placemats turned into a poof would be a crowd favorite? I guess that just proves the popularity of the poof!


3. DIY Metal Base Night Stand – Are you seeing a trend here? The master bedroom projects have been quite a hit.


2. Eclectic Interiors Summer Home Tour 2016Seeing it all in one post definitely makes taking the tour easier, and this one took place when almost all the room were completed.


Drum roll please…In the number one slot for 2016…

1.One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – I have to agree with the numbers guys! I think this makeover was one of my favorites of not just 2016 but of all time. I’m so glad you love it too.



Hope you had and amazing 2016 and stop by tomorrow for some big news about what’s to come in 2017!  Hint Hint, there will be lots of new projects in the near future…

Inspired by DIY – Serena and Lily Tassel Pillow


It’s time again for the monthly Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month an amazing group of bloggers gets together to create some inspired DIY.  We each find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is the always pretty, Serena & Lily. I chose to recreate the Eva Tassel Pillow Cover because it was the perfect upgrade to a pillow cover I already made for the One Room Challenge.


So let’s get started…

Materials Needed: (this list contains affiliate links)


Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Using a Craft-tastic Pom Pom Maker spaced at 3″,  knot a medium weight yarn to the dowel at one end. (You could use a piece of cardboard cut to the same dimension if you don’t have a pom pom maker)
  2. Looped the yarn 50 times around both dowels.
  3. Using a 12″ piece of yarn,  thread through one side of your loop and tightly knot.
  4. Remove yarn from pom pom maker and pull loose ends of the knotted yarn in the  opposite direction of the loops.
  5. Using a second 12″ piece of yarn wrap your loops just below the loose ends two to three times while pulling loops down tightly, then knot securely.
  6. To complete the tassel cut loops and trim even.
  7. Using a large upholstery needle thread each of your loose ends through a corner of your pillow cover being sure not to thread through the same hole.
  8.  Turn cover inside out so you can pull loose ends tight.
  9. Knot securely and trim.
  10. Continue this process until you have all four corners done.


The finished tassels make a fun addition to any pillow cover.


And to my mudroom bench!


Want to see more Inspired by DIY pop over and see Cassie Bustamante‘s version of  dip dyed stools.


And Up to Date Interiors version of the candy stripe coverlet.


Here are a few of my previous Inspired by DIY posts:

Pottery Barn West Elm Jonathan AdlerEddie Ross Urban Outfitters



Inprired By DIY: Urban Outfitters


It’s time again for the monthly Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month, we find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is the always hip Urban Outfitters. I chose to DIY the Geo Diamond Pendant which retails for $69 only my version will come in at a fraction of the cost.


 Materials needed:


My project began with a gold metal geometric diamond I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for just $4 but really any geometric shape would work as long as it s open enough in the middle to house a light bulb. I knew it would be easy to just knot a cord to the frame but I really wanted the light to look finished so when I found this allen + roth White Hanging Light Swag Kit at Lowes I knew it was the perfect solution. The kit actually works like a clamp with a tightening screw that allows it to attach to any object that will fit within the clamp.


The first step to making my diamond fit was to file off the point.DSC01340

Doing this gives the clamp a level spot to screw down on.DSC01345

Have a look at how it works. After filing the top of the diamond flat I gave it a test fit. Perfect!


But before attaching it permanently I removed all the stickers and gave the light kit a coat of gold spray paint so it would match the diamond (remember to mask off the cord.)


Then I reattached it to the diamond. You’ll notice in the photo below the light clamp is a little off-center but adjustment is easy by loosening the clamp.


Another plus of this kit is that it came with all the necessary hardware for installation as well as a switch already installed on the cord.


So once you decide on the location of your hooks and add your vintage bulb your light is complete.


and for right around $20 a budget friendly alternative to the Urban Outfitter Diamond Pendant.


If you like this be sure to stop by and see what the other bloggers have been up to as they were inspired by Urban Outfitters.

A Designer at Home // Maggie Overby Studios // Pretty Practical Home // Domicile 37 


Girl’s Room Fit for a Teen in Aqua and Coral


The big day has finally arrived! You have seen little bits and pieces and some of the projects that have led up to this moment but today I can finally show my fifteen year old daughter’s room as complete and ready for a big reveal!

When we moved into the house the room had fresh paint that would have been fine had my son chosen the room but for my daughter the color was not what she wanted. Her original plans for the room had always been coral and aqua and while I had some ideas for the room her plans were a little different, so I let her be the boss.


We started with a coat of Valspar Italian Ice, which Katie actually helped me paint. It made a big difference in brightening up the space. We also gave the vintage Jenny Lind style bed, which was pink in her last room, a fresh coat of black paint to match the Martha Stewart WHIM Zebras and the Pink Chevron Quilt Katie picked out before we even moved in.


Add in the DIY’s you’ve seen along the way and a lot of great fabric and we ended up with this…


Okay so maybe it was a little more work than that, we have been in the house for six months after all. I’ve sewn curtains, pillows, and upholstered the box spring using Premier Prints fabrics. I installed floating shelves for added storage.

And for the sake of savings I also pulled items that were used in other rooms of our last house that would work better in this room of the new house. The chair was in our old living room and the Ikea rug and pillow were once in our  master bedroom.


But they work equally well in this new space.


And of course the DIY’s you saw here, the photo frame, the desk/vanity and the color blocked chair.


I even took the time to paint a custom piece of art to hang over the bed.


A few small accessory purchases and a lot of hard work later I was finally able to pulled it all together.


And create the perfect teen girl’s room that was just what Katie wanted…


Source List: (This list contains affiliate links)

Paint: Valspar – Italian Ice
Curtains: Premier Prints Bordeaux Shadow Black Fabric By The Yard
Sheets:Martha Stewart WHIM Zebras
Quilt: Target Xhilaration Chevron Quilt
Pillows:Premier Prints Togo White/Black Fabric By The Yard
Box Spring: Upholstered with Premier Prints Vertical Stripe Black/White Fabric By The Yard
Floating Shelves:WELLAND 36-Inch Mission Floating Wall Shelf, Black
Desk: Vintage, Paint: Krylon COVERMAXX Gloss Gum Drop, Hardware: DLawless Asian Hub Tumbled Antique Brass and Smooth Asian Hourglass Design Knob
Pillow: Black and white IKEA Lappljung Ruta, Bohemian Arrows Pillow Sham (similar)
Bed: Vintage, Paint: Krylon COVERMAXX Satin Black


Boy’s Room In Navy and Orange, and Painting Stripes.

Boy's Room In Navy and Orange

Boy’s Room In Navy and Orange by maggieoverbystudios

Working on my son’s room started with a fresh coat of paint and a bunch of ideas. While we were still in Germany I refinished a German wardrobe, you may remember it as the Longest Refinishing Project Ever I knew this piece would be a focal point for the new room. I used the orange as my jumping off point and came up with a plan. Using the a Pottery Barn crewel throw pillow I found on clearance as my inspiration, the new room will be navy orange and green. The first step to this new room was getting the walls painted.
The room started off a builder beige/brown that seems to come with every house I move into. I hate brown so I repainted the room Valspar Morning Lake, a nice grey with a hint of blue that really brightened up the room.
Next addition, a striped accent wall. I will show you how it’s done using Valspar Indigo Streamer and my good friend Frog Tape.  The only other tools needed are a pencil, tape measure, and a long level or yard stick.
The first step involves a little math. My wall is 93″ from base board to ceiling. I knew I wanted 10″-12″ stripes and that I wanted the top and bottom stripe  match the wall color. I will admit this last decision was out of laziness since avoiding the base board and ceiling made for less work. Having the top and bottom stripe the same means I needed an odd number of stripes.  So dividing my 93″ by 9 gave me 10 1/4″ stripes, five light and four dark, perfect!

Starting at the ceiling I measured down 10 1/4″  all along the wall, then using my long level I drew a line connecting the marks at the same time making sure my marks are level. I continued down the wall measuring 10 1/4″ down from the line above marking and adding a new line. Once complete I tape outside of the stripe to be painted. I also made sure to put the tape just outside my pencil line so that they would be painted over, leaving less clean up.


One extra step I like to take is to add a few small strips of tape inside each stripe I will not be painting. I have been known to paint the wrong stripe so this is a safety measure before the paint comes out.

Now for the most important tip of stripe painting. Using your wall color paint over the edges of your painters tape inside your stripes. Even the best tape does not account for human error.  By painting the wall color on the seams will seal them before you add your contrasting coat, and any bleeding paint will match the wall color and not be seen. This does not have to be a thick coat of paint just a quick brushing around the edges.
Once the edge coat is completely dry your ready for your contrasting coat. I like to use a small foam roller for better control. I roll up and down being sure to get good coverage along the tape edge for a crisp clean line.
The photo above shows the wall after one coat of paint. I used two coats but use as many coats as needed to get full even coverage. Once the painting is complete remove the tape. I find it best to pull the tape while the paint is still wet. Due to the elastic quality of latex based paint it will sometimes tear away with the tape once it is dry so pulling the tape while the paint is wet will prevent this from happening.
The end result crisp, clean stripes.  The process took only a few hours and with a little patience it is not nearly as hard as it looks.
 Now I just need to get the rest of the room together…

Teen Girls Room in Black, Aqua and Coral

Teen Girls Room Black, Pink, and Aqua
We are spending the summer in New Orleans taking a little break before moving into a new house in South Carolina but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about what I want to do once I get moved in. I don’t know what this house will look like or what street it will be on but I do know we will all need a place to sleep. I always try to give the kids room an update for each move and you may remember a few months back I was doing some musing over what to do in my daughter Katie’s room. I had fallen in love with a fabric and I wanted to incorporate it along with some of the pieces she already has. Turns out my almost 15-year-old daughter has strong opinions about that fabric. She hates it, so back to the mood board.
The new look started with these Martha Stewart Whim Sheets we ran across at Macy’s when we first came back to the States. Katie loved these instantly. The colors she originally wanted to work with were navy, aqua and coral but she loved the zebra sheets so much we decided to change the navy to black. This ended up being a perfect change since many of the items like the bed, chair, rug, and aqua chest are items we already have that will transition pretty easily. The bed will get a new coat of paint changing it from its current pink to black which will work well with the rug and chair. We will create a vanity type set up that will double as a desk that she has wanted for a long time. Add in the new bedding, some minor changes like lighting and artwork and we should be able to tie the new room together without too much expense.
This new plan is the beginning of something that will make everyone happy.
Now for to the part that I know makes me happy, shopping!

Teen Girl’s Room in Black and White

Teen Girl's room
You may remember Katie’s room from my home tour. When we moved in to our house almost two years ago I brought all new bedding from the States and added a few accent pieces I found here in Germany. When ever we make a move I get new bedding for the bedrooms so that everything will feel fresh and new and the kids can get excited about their new rooms. Lately I have felt inspired by a few products that I think would be great for Katie’s next room, where ever that may be. Since this will be her last room update until she goes off to college (OMG, am I that old?) I wanted it to be a bit more mature.
What has me so excited?

I shared this beautiful vintage photo of Mary Eaton in an earlier post and after ordering a sample of this fabric , I HAVE to find a place to use it. I loved the giant canvas of Mary but at first I could not think of a place I could use her. She looks so cool, I figured what better place to use her than in my teenage daughters room. I immediately thought how well it would work with my new fabric love. The blacks and greys in both will make a perfect pair.

I wanted an update but not a full scale redo so using the same furniture and the rug and quilt I just move out of the master bedroom I came up with a plan. A few new accessories and voila, a whole new look fit for a teenager.

Perfect Teen Girls Room
Now all she need is a room…

Ektorp Beachy

I’m working with a client on a new project that will use the Ikea Ektorp sofa. This budget friendly sofa is very versatile and comes slip covered in eleven different fabrics so the options are endless. Unfortunately with endless options the decisions gets endlessly harder. In an effort to make the decision a little easier I usually take some of the options and put them together in a mood board. The client has a clean beach style so we are headed in a light, neutral direction with rustic accents. In the options we have looked at so far option number one is in the lead with a touch of elegance.  I love color so for my home it would probably be option number three. What about you, do you have a favorite?

Ektorp Beachy


Painted Tables for a Pop of Color

Big Thanks to Petite Vintage Interiors for letting me share their work yesterday. One of my favorite things about their designs are the unexpected pops of color they seem to add to every room. For some people a big wall of color is a bit much (I am not one of those people) but a little pop of color might be just right. Here are some great table ideas with just the right amount of color.

Painted table