Redecorating Out of Necessity: How To Make The Most of a Natural Disaster

Abigail Sawyer | 09 Jan 2014 | Home Tours

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With hurricanes in the south, blizzards in the north, and tornadoes in the central states – everyone has natural forces that can wreak havoc on home sweet home. Learn how one homeowner turned major home damage into a chance to redesign.

6.13.13 night of the storm

Rainstorm Gone Wrong

Blogger Aleks of Busy Working Mama heard a loud crash during a storm and found that 100 foot white oak tree had  fallen right into her second story master bedroom. ‘The incident’ left she and her family with a massive hole in the side of the house and extensive water damage in the bedroom and master bathroom.


6.14.13 it looked better with the tree on

Emergency Repair Turns Dream Re-Design

With months of repairs and remodeling ahead, Aleks and her husband decided to use this opportunity to not only repair the damage, but give the master suite a complete design overhaul. Aleks and hubby had been wanting to tackle some more involved tile and stonework projects but never found a convenient time to take the plunge.

See what Aleks chose for her brand new windows!



If their home was already full of debris, why not rip up a little more and and create the space they’d always dreamed of?

They replaced their basic 3/4 tiled shower with a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling marble stall with built in storage and shiny new hardware.




They had been toying with the idea of adding stacked stones to the fireplace and were able to finally make it happen. The finished look really adds texture and contrast against the white built-in cabinets.

 Windows Get a Fresh Start

With a new coat of paint, and all structural issues resolved, the only thing left to think about was the windows. Aleks’ pre-incident sheer curtains were completely destroyed by water damage and debris, so she took another opportunity to upgrade.


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She loved the natural filtered light that her sheers had given her, and found the perfect substitute at, Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shades.


Here’s what Aleks had to say about her new shades:

“Specifically, we ordered the ¾” Premier Single Cell light Filtering Shades to install.  The installation was very easy, or so says my dear husband! We both like the fact that the cell shades provide us with a good measure of privacy, yet allow for the light to filter in. We also really like how easily these shades move up and down, and how easily they stay in place.

Half the fun seems to be in moving these up and down! I really like the fact that these are cordless, too. It is a great safety feature for families with young kids, and a sleek, uncluttered look for your windows.”

See more photos of Aleks’ finished bedroom and bathroom at Busy Working Mama

Want to get this look?

Aleks chose the ¾” Premier Single Cell light Filtering Shades in Linen Breeze. Order free samples today to find the color that’s perfect for your home!

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist 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