It’s One Room Challenge Time!

Good Morning All! I am so excited to participate in the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge! By way of background, the Challenge (in its 15th season!) is a six week adventure in which both featured and guest designers make over a room from a before to an amazing after.  You can see all the other incredible design plans here, as well as check out previous seasons of the Challenge for inspiration!

I have participated in several past seasons, and it was an amazing experience, not to mention a kick in the pants to! Nothing like a deadline:) This year I am fortunate to be working with a wonderful family to design their daughters’ bedrooms. I enjoy putting together spaces for kids, and with my daughters being around the same age, it has been a really special project to be a part of.  The addition to their charming home has added sizable bedrooms for each of the girls on the second floor, and a large living room on the first floor.  For the Spring 2019 Challenge I am thrilled to be sharing the design progression of the two bedrooms with you.

Here is what the layout of the rooms look like for a sense of scale:

And here is a photo we took of the construction progress- these windows are one of my favorite details of their home:

The decorating phase of the project kicked off with the girls each selecting their own room color.  For the East Bedroom, a lovely shade of pink was chosen for the walls, to which I added pops of gray and aqua. A beautiful dandelion wallpaper will be perfect as an accent wall behind the bed:


For the West bedroom, Summer Breeze by Valspar was selected so I chose to bring in complimentary shades of navy, apple green and a blush pink. The wallpaper will take center stage as an accent wall behind the bed. I cannot wait to see it all come together!

Hope everyone is having a great week!


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Outdoor Updates

Good Morning!  I hope all the Mothers out there had an amazing Mother’s Day and were pampered and celebrated!  My crew and I enjoyed a quick overnight getaway because with kiddos all you really need is a hotel pool:)  They swam, we ate at some really fun restaurants, they swam some more, and we took them shopping for much needed summer clothes (they grew out of everything all at once)!

My loves- Mother's Day 2018
My loves- Mother’s Day 2018

And here we are in Mid-May… marching toward the end of the school year.  With unbridled optimism for a relaxing Summer, I totally want to spruce up the backyard and make it more lounge-worthy.  When we bought the house nine years ago the size of our back deck was a major selling feature, and since that time we have been very fortunate to host many parties and family gatherings there.  Now, the deck needs a little extra TLC because the wear and tear of long winters is definitely showing.  Boards need to be replaced, the annual cleaning and staining are definitely due, and some plants and flowers would go a long way….

Last year I added a polypropylene rug to our outdoor dining set-up and love how it added dimension to the space to make it feel more indoor/outdoor.  This year I am eyeing a new umbrella and maybe even some outdoor curtains to provide more privacy…

Deck decor, outdoor eating area

Here are some fun finds I wanted to share in case you are looking to up your game in your own outdoor space:

black and white outdoor decor

Sources: Black & White  One| Two| Three| Four| Five| Six

Have a great week all!




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