Child Loss, Home Decorating

Makeup Room/ Office Overhaul


This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission when something is purchased. For our full disclosure policy please click here. When we first found our house it was only a few months after my daughters death. I had my mind set on decorating the third bedroom for her. Yes you read that right, I was gonna design a bedroom for someone who would never get to see it. I was actually very excited about it.

The thing about losing a child is that you literally LOSE YOUR MIND. Imagine a beautiful glass vase filled with water. The vase represents a parent and the water inside represents all the parents emotions, sanity, self worth, and reasoning. When you lose a child its like taking a sledge hammer to the glass vase. All the stuff that was  nice and neat and tidy inside is flung in every different direction because the glass is shattered. As a mother I was broken in a million pieces, desperately trying to put myself back together. The rational part of me had splattered all over the place, along with any sort of reason. It’s been two and a half years, and I’m still picking up the pieces.

It took lots of arguing, explaining, and frustration, but Mike was finally able to get me to understand why decorating a room for my daughter was not the best use of the space.

It began as a guest bedroom, which turned into Mikes office, which turned into my office. Here is a before picture of the room (from the listing)

This is the only picture I have from before but you get the picture….it was boring. White walls, beige carpet, and builders grade lighting. So I got to work! First I painted…. here’s that exact same spot only with paint, and a picture I scored from Home Goods

Next I applied  these gold dots that I bought from amazon to the wall at random. 

I put them on opposite corners of the side walls. I love the way they turned out, randomly beautiful! After I was finished painting and sticking my little dots to the wall I unpacked my new vanity that I pieced together from Ikea. I bought 2 sets of Alex drawers and a Linnmon table top. In case you are wondering “Why does she have a makeup vanity in her office?” it’s because my full time job is as a freelance makeup artist, but that’s a whole other post in itself.

Next I set up 2 Ikea Lack shelves on either side to put all my little nick nacks on. Last but not least I set up my lighted make up mirror that I bought off Etsy, and the mister hung a new light fixture for me that I bought at Home Goods for about $30! Here’s the final product, what do you think?




  1. Angie Kauffman

    Ver beautiful story ,Rachael that was very touch, you are a amazIng woman
    I know you make your mother very proud

    06 . 01 . 2017
    • Rachael B

      Thanks so much Angie! I am so proud to be her daughter 🙂

      06 . 01 . 2017
  2. Amy

    Racheal..very good JOB! It looks beautiful..I can’t wait to read and see more of your work.

    06 . 01 . 2017
    • Rachael B

      Amy! Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback!

      06 . 01 . 2017
  3. Dara K.

    amazing job on telling your story! I’m proud of you, how strong you are, how you help so many others (without even trying) by sharing your stories. Love ya Rach!!!

    06 . 01 . 2017
    • Rachael B

      Thanks so much Dara! Love you too!

      06 . 01 . 2017

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