This Lakeside Mid-Century Home Makes the Case for Decorating with More Color

Abigail Sawyer | 17 Feb 2020 | Bedroom

Ashley of Sugar and Cloth is a DIY and entertaining blogger known for her love of balloon art, adorable party decor, and a signature color palette that has been used in her home, product lines and even wall murals around her hometown of Houston. We had the pleasure of working with her a few years ago to deck out the windows of her studio office (who else could pull off blush pink shades!?), so we were thrilled when we heard she was taking on a whole-home renovation.

The Sugar and Cloth Casa Gets a Colorful Makeover

With a one-year-old at home and another on the way, Ashley and husband Jared knew it was time to give their family more space than their townhome could provide. Four-stories of staircases made for a lot of baby gates, and they were ready to have a backyard where their kids could play.

Ashley and Jared found a mid-century home in the suburbs with a beautiful backyard that backed up to a pond. The home needed a lot of work, but the soaring ceilings and architectural details made it more than worth it.

Main Bathroom Makeover with Bold Geometric Tile

The main bathroom already had a large footprint, but included some quirky features like a pocket door into another bedroom. They reconfigured the space and put in a large shower enclosure, freestanding tub, dual vanities and built-in storage.

But the real star of the show is the blue geometric tile that can be seen through the glass shower enclosure and surrounding the tub. The otherwise neutral space feels bright and cheerful with this burst of pattern.

To coordinate with the wood tones in the mid-century vanity, Ashley covered the window with Woven Wood Shades in Malay Oak. The top-down/bottom-up lift is perfect for a tub window as you can maintain privacy, and still let in natural light.

Ashley Says:

"I also really debated adding curtains to this room or not. But I’m so happy I did! It really softens the look. And I’m a big fan of how it’s layered with the Woven Wood Shades."

Find all sources in the bathroom reveal at Sugar and Cloth.

Dark, Dated Bedroom Goes Bright and Colorful

The main bedroom got a major injection of natural light by vaulting the ceilings and installing skylights. It's incredible how much larger a room can feel with a higher ceiling and light bouncing from above.

Ashley Says:

"We knew we wanted to prioritize the main bedroom design in a big way. To do that, we started by dreaming up a few statement elements, like the skylights and bed design, and making it as bright as possible while also keeping the ability to darken the room for sleeping, too."

Ashley Says:

"Really the only thing the main bedroom had going for it when we bought this house was the large, lake view window and the door to the balcony. Since the view was the selling point, we wanted to make sure we kept it unobstructed when it came to window treatments."

To make the most of her stellar view, Ashley went with the Premium Blackout Cellular Shades in Snow White. The simple shades practically disappear into the window frame when raised, and they're lightweight enough to be made as one continuous shade vs. three smaller ones. The cord loop lift makes even wide and heavy shades easy to raise.

Ashley Says:

"I almost opted for something similar to the woven wood shades that we used in the main bathroom for a cohesive look since there is no door between the two rooms. But I’m really glad we stuck with the clean white instead."

Ashley and Jared installed their shades in just a few minutes, but you can also work with a pro for measuring and installation if you're not feeling up to the task.

Ashley and Jared finished off the space with a rattan bed, colorful bedding and pink sconces.

They also built an ikea-hack credenza and installed modern barn doors for their walk-in closet.

Find all sources in the bedroom reveal at Sugar and Cloth.

Little Girl's Bedroom Gets a Makeover with Florals and Colorful Stripes

For her oldest daughter's bedroom, Ashley went all out on stripes. Using the signature Sugar and Cloth color palette, she created a wall mural, customized a house bed with a striped roof, and hand-painted a kids table to match.

The space got more pops of personality with a floral rug, colorful floor cushions and blush pink window shades.

Ashley chose Premium Blackout Cellular Shades in Dusty Rose for their modern design, naptime light-blocking power and hundreds of available colors. Dusty Rose is a soft grey-pink and coordinates with her palette perfectly.

Ashley Says:

"If you have a toddler then you know naptime is something to decorate around! We ordered a custom Blackout Blinds in Dusty Rose from to go with white pinch pleat curtains for the window treatments."

Find all sources in the Little Girl's Bedroom Before and After over at Sugar and Cloth.

Get the Look!

Ashley chose Woven Wood Shades in Malay Oak for the bathroom, Premium Blackout Cellular Shades in Snow White for the bedroom, and Premium Blackout Cellular Shades in Dusty Rose for her daughter's room.

See more of the whole home makeover at Sugar and Cloth.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw