‘Southern Belle with Northern Roots’ Double Wide Makeover Crystal Adkins July 14, 2013 This double wide makeover is what MMHL is all about. Shannon Olson, the publisher of Southern Belle with Northern Roots, is an amazingly talented woman. She calls a 1979 double wide home and has transformed it into a shabby chic paradise, and I am so honored to get to feature it today! The home was a typical late 70’s double wide with wood paneling, semi-shag carpet and cathedral ceilings with wooden beams that became so trendy in that era. The floor plan is well laid out, and the home is spacious. While it was a fine place to call home, Shannon was able to see the promise and potential. Her creativity and can-do attitude soared, and she ended up with a double wide makeover that is fit for the cover of any home decor magazine out there. It’s a fresh country, shabby-chic blend, and it is gorgeous. Kitchen in Double Wide Makeover Kitchens with curved counters and plenty of storage space is a mark of the late 70’s. Kitchens are hard to makeover though. Shannon took on the feat with no problem, and the end result is amazing. Here is the kitchen now. The style could best be described as country charming, flea market fabulous and shabby chic. A white and cream base allow the warm oak trim and colorful tin tiles to make a statement. Distressing details throughout the room lends to the farmhouse look as well. Pops of color make a grand statement as well. Dining Room in a Double Wide Makeover The dining room extends from the kitchen. Did I mention how spacious the home is? The prominent feature of this room is the fireplace. Imagine getting to look at such a beautiful feature while cooking! Here’s the room before Shannon made her mark. The dining room after the transformation. The white walls with details in warm colors is a great combination. Shannon transformed a salvaged door into a shelf feature that holds her collection of antique scales. She removed the glass in the cabinets facing the dining room and replaced it with chicken wire. Smart storage solutions are used throughout the home. Here, the wine rack holds several bottles within a space that was previously unused. The small details in this house are remarkable! The fireplace is a gorgeous example of the country primitive style. Shannon’s antique collection is vastand her use of different textures and materials is a perfect compliment to the style. I absolutely love the metal sink holding the wood, the antique pulley and the baby chair! By grouping like (and even different) items within a setting you can make a large focal point that will make a stylish statement in any room. Living Room – Double Wide Makeover Next, we’ll visit the living room. The high cathedral ceilings are a prominent feature, but they can make decorating difficult. Here’s the area before the transformation: Shannon removed the large wooden beams attached to the ceilings. That’s a great idea to modernize a manufactured home. Those beams are usually just hollow, 3 sided boxes attached to the ceiling to cover up the seams of the panels and have no structural integrity at all. The dark color and angled lines have a tendency to make the ceiling seem daunting and lower than they truly are. Removing them is hard work but as you can see, the end result is well worth it. Here’s what the room looks like now: Master Bedroom – Double Wide Makeover The new master bedroom is a place of pure tranquility. The clean white of the walls matched with light linens and soothing decor makes this room scream relaxation. Colorful details add a dramatic effect. Here’s both the before and after. Guest Bathrooms and Bedrooms The double wide has 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms besides the master bedroom. Her children have flown the cope so she was able to turn one of the bedrooms into a man cave and the other into a beautiful guest bedroom. First, we’ll take a look at the before and after of each bathroom: The second bedroom is a show-stopper and is a very popular pin on Pinterest. The clean white is featured again but with a splash of dark blue that makes a statement. The before and after: This room is one of my favorites. The black chalkboard paint is a perfect contrast to the crisp white. The frames, the antique dresser and the muted decor is all a perfect combination! Garden Shannon extends her decor talents to the garden as well. She is an avid gardener with a green thumb to be envious of. There’s so many gorgeous photosbut I’ll only share a couple of my favorites. You should definitely go and check it all out properly here’s the link directly to the gardening section of her blog: Southern Belle with Northern Roots / Gardening. Interior Door Project Before we close, I wanted to share one of Shannon’s projects. This is one of the most creative and easy ways to transform an interior door. She took small trim and used it to create 2 rectangles on the top of the door and then painted over it. It instantly adds depth and makes a typical manufactured home interior door (that is usually hollow and unappealing) into a great feature. Shannon’s blog has many more details about the transformations. It is very popular and for good reason; it is entertaining and well-written. It covers home decor, gardening, scrap-booking and everything in between. She speaks honestly of the issues she encountered and the lessons she learned during her home transformation, too. She shares the products she used and gives honest reviews which is always appreciated. I think you’ll enjoy everything about it! Double Wide Makeover – The Interview She was also kind enough to answer a few questions about this marvelous makeover for us. Interviews are a great way to get insider tips and advice! 1. In your opinion, what are the benefits and advantages of manufactured homes? The disadvantages? The benefits of mobile home living in our particular area are taxes. We pay a fraction of what even small homes pay in our community. I also like that we “split” the repair deal, so to speak. If a water main breaks it is the courts to fix, we just deal with what is above ground and in our home, a potential major expense. Disadvantages- repairs, often older homes used less than standard pvc, screws, and hardware, which can mean several trips to the hardware store. 2. What was the most difficult issue you’ve faced during the makeover? Our most difficult issue was a slow water leak caused by a previous recall on some water tubing that had been used in most mobile homes. We didn’t live here when the recall happened and so we were unaware, after a long slow leak we smelled must, then rot and then the floor began to give way causing the washer and water heater to sink! It was major and even required having the entire heating/ air unit pulled since it was right next to the water heater! Expensive and time consuming. Shannon writes about the issue and the repair in a post called Laundry Room Redo. The room is cheerful, colorful and well organized. Check it out for some great tips! 3. If you had to chose only 3 projects to transform a home what would they be? My top 3 home project transformations would be, make the kitchen fun to cook in, what ever that means, appliances that work or storage for your pots and pans- make your master bedroom a place of retreat and relaxation by using soothing color, and comfortable fabrics.- and…make your living room a place where people are comfortable and want to hang out. Have enough seating, throw some blankets around and have it livable, a place you can put your feet up and eat popcorn while watching the game or a movie. 4. What are your favorite rooms in your home? My favorite room is my bedroom, it is a refreshing restful burst every time I walk in it. The setting sun comes in the window casting a glow that says…stay, take a nap! 5. Any insider tips or tricks you can share about updating a manufactured home? Tips for updating manufactured homes would be, think outside the box. Use what you have and embellish, like the door I redid, a few pieces of wood and a coat of paint means a minimal cost and a minimal time investment. Use your room how you like, if you need the designated bedroom to be a family room, go for it! Paint, it is cheap and easily changed, paintable wall paper is also a great idea, it helps you cover the unsightly seams of mobile home walls and not have the typical wall paper look. I have used many different wall coverings from sheet rock to torn paper. 6. How do you get ideas for your projects? I am always looking on line at blogs, and Pinterest for decorating ideas. I love magazines and have quite a collection, I would say my brain is saturated with ideas and occasionally one escapes! 7. What tools do you use most often? My tools are paint brushes, a good cordless drill and a bit that is square shaped to rid the home of those dumb square screws!!! 8. What’s the best advice you can give to someone that’s about to tackle their first project? If you are about to tackle a project, spend a moment to plan, dive in wholeheartedly and be flexible. If something isn’t working…don’t give up. Make a party out of a project, throw something in the crockpot, turn up your favorite CD and hide the clock and your phone. 9. Any future plans for the home? Our future plans include…when the money gets here..a new floor in the living room, and some exterior boards on the home need to replace which means a new paint job. Hopefully one day siding. sigh 10. How would you describe what living in a manufactured home is like to someone that’s never been in or around one? When we first moved into a mobile home I had never really been in many. I was worried it would be uneven or wobbly! Now, I rarely think I am in a mobile home…in fact most people that read my blog never realize I am in one until I say something. A home is what you make it, I think our society has placed too much emphasis on size and features, typical homes have 3 car garages, oddly small bedrooms and huge ceilings. People are enslaved by house payments and taxes, I say…downsize and enjoy life a little more. Mobile homes are comfortable and cheaper, I say we beat back the stigma of living in the trailer hood and make our homes the most welcoming and comfortable place your friends have ever visited. You can follow Shannon on Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy and HomeTalk. All photos are property of A Southern Belle with Northern Roots. There’s plenty more photos and in-depth details of this marvelous double wide update so be sure to go check them all out. Thank you, Shannon, for allowing MMHL to feature your wonderful home. It is a true inspiration! As always, thank you for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living! 7 Responses @gfhenexson July 19, 2013 Another beautiful remodel…I'm so excited to see so many features on your blog. They never get old! linda July 20, 2013 it sure is a beauty ………………..what a wonderful job …………… it looks so inviting i just love it Debra July 25, 2013 Very nice! I bought a 1972 Baron mobile home and I know the feeling about dumb square screws!! LOL… Sierra August 19, 2013 All look amazing. I love you designed it in a unique and beautiful way. I like all images but the kitchen images are incredible. Thanks to make this post so impressive. mikegobblin September 25, 2013 The perfect place to spend some time with a cup of tea, a beautiful view and built with love. xo Condominium in Cubao Red October 24, 2013 I love what she’s done here. But I can’t figure out where the kitchen is in relation to the living room, I wish the pics showed more of the floor plan Crystal Adkins October 24, 2013 Hello! It is a beautiful home! You can see more of her home on her blog at http://www.asouthernbellewithnorthernroots.com/'s a great blog and there’s lots more photos and projects there! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.