Hi All! I totally blew through Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and here we are into a new week! Sigh. The last two weeks got away from me because we had a wonderful party for my daughter’s birthday (which I posted links to above), I have taken on a few design projects for clients (to be pulled together before Thanksgiving), and I am chipping away at my daughter’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge. Chipping.Away. You can read about the amazing progress of all the other guest participants here.
This room is not exactly falling into place. First, I decided to use a new spackle, which I love and it worked well, but it.was.stinky. Which meant that as each layer dried we cleared everyone out from the second floor and opened all the windows….which in turn slowed down the drying time. Then there is the paint color. I am still not sure I won’t be sneaking in and re-painting it (hows that double negative!) but trying to stay optimistic that when everything else comes into the room it will be the perfect backdrop. My daughter loves the color, and even hubby, my gauge of whether things are a bit.too.over.the.top, thought it was a great shade. I am just not 100% sure yet, even after painting two coats.
So while I continue to debate the paint color, I am turning my attention to bedding and window treatments. I ordered this headboard in a gorg charcoal to soften the black and white accents I have planned (while also balancing the pink!):
and I am having pillows made in this makes.my.heart.skip.a.beat Waverly fabric:
and I ordered these adorable sheets with scalloped details:
annnnnnd for the pops of metallic, these will do the trick:
This weekend I am bringing my late grandfather’s dresser to be painted a high gloss gray which should look AH-mazing against the pink walls…whatever shade I end up with. I need to spiff up the brass hardware on it and I think it will be the true show piece of the room. Hubby and I are tackling the upper and lower moldings this weekend, so I made sure to stock up on plenty of wine to celebrate checking that off the list!
Morning! Busy little bee over here….this weekend we are having my daughter’s 9th birthday party, and I have been planning a fun celebration with family and friends. As such I made the insane decision to start the actual implementation of my One Room Challenge after this weekend. So it is now a six week challenge in 1/2 the time! Put some coffee on!
So far, I chose a blush wall color, purchased some repositionable wallpaper for a focal wall, and made a plan for the addition of crown and base moldings.
I purchased some lamps (an amazing HomeGoods find):
And large scale artwork:
And I fell for this bold rug that will create its own statement:
I still need to find soft neutral curtains (see inspo pic below) and figure out what type of headboard I am doing. Yikes! But paint is going on the wall next week (and by that I mean I am painting my tushy off)! Woo hoo!
And you can follow all of the amazing progress from the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.
P.S. Mom, if you are reading this can you please come and hang some repositionable wallpaper? Pleeezzzzz!
Morning All! I am on the hunt for some really pretty personalized stationery. I have always been enamored with all things notepaper- the feel, the print, the font choices, the colors…yep, totally stationery geek. We took Sara Langley Designs to the Stationery show in NYC when we debuted our former line ages ago, and I was truly a kid in a candy store.
Here are some of my favorites from around the web:
A bold lining is a must for me, and this pink letterpress note hits.it.out.of.the.park!:
And these happen to coordinate with the design I am doing for my daughter’s room (you can tell I have been sourcing all things blush and black- p.s. they also sell that adorable bamboo pen!):
and I love the font on these, not to mention the dots!:
Morning All! Happy Monday! This weekend I was successful in getting some of the not so sexy items crossed off the to-do list like “winterizing old windows at the office” (a little caulk, a little spackle, a whole lotta mess….) so I needed a little eye candy this morning as I dream of my someday gorgeous home office. One with amazing light, fabulous accessories, no clutter of course….and a door. Here are some of my current pinned favs:
Light, Bright and oh so chic…
Have always loved this one because, well, hello! green and pink with an animal print:
and this totally counts as eye candy…goals!:
This one is set-up with a view…a prime daydreaming spot:
and the warmth of this home office makes it so inviting:
Love this moody paint color, the millwork details, the light fixtures….sigh:
and for a bold burst of color and fun:
And because it is Monday, whatever you are working toward…
Hi All! Happy Friday! I am struggggggling with this design plan I committed to for the ORC. You know how you have an idea in your head, but cannot.quite.find. the right pieces? I spent a good many hours searching for things, and finally when my eye started twitching I threw in the towel and went in another direction that is a bit out of my comfort zone. Unlike my younger daughter who gave me explicit instructions when I did her bedroom for the last ORC, (you can read about it here) my older daughter has not given me any “must haves” except that she likes light pink. Hmmm, so I decided I am going to run with trendy blush colored walls – throw in some sophistication with black and white, and sprinkle in some fun with a patterned rug and bold wallpaper that I have been itching to use. Hoping that the sum really is greater than all of its parts because I have ordered all the ingredients and am hoping they will all come together!
I looooove wallpaper and use it whenever possible, however, my realtor friend tells me that if I add more wallpaper to my house it will make her job harder. When are we moving? No idea, just always keeping options open. As such, I found this budget friendly repositionable wallpaper that I think is going to give me the look I want but the flexibility to make changes to the room when and if we ever move:
And adding blush tones on the walls is kind of like choosing the perfect pink (but not too pink) lip gloss. I am leaning toward:
And some gold accents including these frames to which I want to personalize with some black and white photos:
Still debating space planning for the room…do we keep the dresser? Paint it? Trick out the closet and abandon the dresser altogether? Sometimes I have to pull everything out of the room and put things in piece by piece to see what should stay and what should go, or ahem be replaced.
Hi All! Happy hump day! So with warmer than normal temps here I have been slooooow to move into Fall mode. Last week I wrote a bit about Fall tablescapes and outdoor ideas, but sometimes a little retail therapy goes a long way to get ya jump started…at least this is what I have heard. Enter “Five Fab Fall Finds under $50” (say that 5 times fast!) Here are some fun items to update your Fall decor, without busting the budget:
#1. This gold tone candle holder from H&M is $24.99! I am ordering it for my Thanksgiving table decor to pair with green and gold magnolia leaves:
#2. Fur+ velvet= soft and luxe! This 20″ pillow cover from Pottery Barn ($49.99) combines two classic Fall trends and will cozy up your space well into the New Year. Also comes in Ebony and Mocha (Cherry shown):
#3. Threshold Feather Wreath at Target, $24.99. I purchased this last week and hung it over a mirror in the living room.
#4. White and Gold Ceramic Vase from Save on Crafts, $11.99. This vase comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and while it definitely does not read exclusively Fall decor, you could add branches to the taller version, or top it with a moss ball for a more modern twist.
#5. Thankful Trivot from Crate and Barrel, $19.95. It is in-store only (whyyyyyyy!), but for those of you fortunate enough to have a Crate and Barrel in your neighborhood, I thought this would look adorable propped up against a kitchen backsplash, or as a backdrop for some cute pumpkins.
And BONUS! because I could not decide, here is the coordinating Thankful platter also from Crate and Barrel, $34.99. P.S. These two beauties paired together would also make a nice gift for the upcoming Holidays!
Hope these ideas help to get your Fall creativity flowing!
Hi All! Happy Thursday! Today I am so excited to reveal the next room I will be tackling as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. This event is fearlessly led by Linda at Calling It Home and is partnered with House Beautiful magazine. Each Thursday for six weeks I will be providing updates on the progress of my project (fingers crossed). You can read about the last challenge room I completed in the Spring here.
Onward! So after much debate and late night list-making, I have decided to redo my older daughter’s bedroom. As part of the Spring challenge, in which I completed my younger daughter’s bedroom, I was hoping to have completed updates for my older daughter’s room as well, but “plaster challenges” slowed everything down and I never made it to those updates. Fast forward to the Fall challenge when we will update her room to suit her age and personality.
This room was last updated right before we moved into our house exactly 8 years ago this month! My daughter was one at the time so it is time for a fresh paint color, new art, updated bedding etc…..and for Mom’s sanity, better storage solutions for her toys, clothing and “in progress” art projects.
Here are the befores:
Wish me luck and please check back every Thursday for the next six weeks for updates!
Hi All! Hope your week is going well. Today I am tackling some items on the “must get done before the weather changes” list. I have been distracted from said list because I have been focused on the punch list for the long overdue breakroom refresh. Structurally we could not make the room bigger, so I had to work within the existing footprint. This was a “lipstick on a pig” project in which paint saved the day. To recap- three coats of ceiling paint, 4 coats of paint and primer on the walls, and several trim “touchups.” Needless to say, I still have work to do on the cabinet area, but the room needed to be put to use pronto so I will be circling back to that when outdoor projects are complete.
Thankfully the custom counter was built and installed quickly, and I stained it using Special Walnut from Minwax and added poly…many coats of poly.
Here are the cringeworthybefores and the ah what paint can accomplishafters:
So, the punch list continues as I still need to paint and trim out the new cabinets. I am also looking for a better light fixture to replace the florescent throw-back. Lastly, I would like to add a designated phone charging area and better functionality to the Keurig coffee station. Until then, everyone has their own storage, the coat and boot storage has been relocated, and the seating area has doubled. Mission accomplished.
Next up? Outside projects including: finally finishing the last coat of paint on the garage trim, reglazing storm windows for the office building (so nervous as this is not currently in my DIY repertoire), and winterizing the office (more window projects). Not real “eye candy” type projects, but they need to get done. Annnnnd stay tuned because I am guest participating in the One Room Challenge again and cannot wait to share with you the room I am taking on!!!
Hope you are having a great week!
P.S. Sources: Levelor shade is from Lowes, metal counter stools and baskets are from Target, art is Fall Leaves photograph by Justin Marriott at Magnolia SoCo.
Good Morning All! Happy Monday, Happy October and Happy Fall! As the temperature falls and we head further into October, I am looking forward to an amazing birthday month full of adventures and exciting challenging projects that will require me to learn more DIY tricks o’ the trade.
As the leaves begin to change, I have been searching for Fall decor inspiration…. Here are some pics of amazing tablescapes from around the web I thought you might enjoy:
and some front porches and entries all dressed up for Fall:
Morning All! Happy Monday…you got this!! Lately, I have been feeling like I need to inject a little more pretty into some of the hardworking areas of the house. A quick pick-me-up (because let’s face it that is the speed life is moving at these days) is to break out those trays you have stored away and corral “like things” in a way that makes you feel both more organized and stylish! Think clean, not cluttered. Some of the best areas to get the greatest impact are the kitchen, the washroom vanity, and the home office (all places things tend to linger). Here are some inspirational examples from around the web:
For the washroom:
For the kitchen:
For the Kids and/or Home office:
and a Gorgeous Tray Bar (perfect for all the upcoming holiday entertaining):
So pull out those trays you have tucked away and pick one area of your home to stylishly organize. And don’t shoot the messenger but before you know it, we will be bringing out our holiday items like this adorable kitchen coffee set-up: