Design Trend: Moody Florals

Hi friends!!  I apologize for the radio silence around here, but I have been a little burnt out after the One Room Challenge reveal.  Speaking of the ORC, did you have a chance to check out the featured designers?  Their spaces were amazing.  In case you missed it, I plan to have posts featuring my favorite ORC rooms.

One of the rooms in the challenge by Madeline over at Teal and Gray got me thinking about using some moody floral fabric on a window treatment in one of my black and white bathrooms.  If you don’t know what moody florals are, take a look at the images below.  Think dark, large-scale and oh so chic!

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One obvious way to incorporate moody florals is to use wallpaper or a mural.  Another, subtler way, is to use pillows with the pattern. Fabric could also be used to create window treatments as well.

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I am thinking about doing some custom roman shades in a moody floral like Madeline did in her ORC space below. Although, I might have a hard time convincing the hubs, as our current window treatments are fairly new.  Good thing his opinion really doesn’t count when it comes to the design details of our home :)   Doesn’t he know that design is never done??

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I hope to post again real soon and get back on my regular posting schedule.  I am really looking forward to a 3-day weekend.  I am loooong overdue for some spring cleaning :)

Until next time.

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One Room Challenge Reveal!!

Hi everyone!!  The big day is finally here.  It is week six of Linda at Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge and that means it is the reveal time.  I have to admit that while I felt organized and up to the challenge, completing this space in 6 weeks was definitely a challenge.  However, I am very pleased with the results.  I ended up achieving my goal of creating a feminine and sophisticated space for my daughter.

This makeover was really very budget friendly and included tons of DIY’s including a DIY cornice, DIY mongolian fur stools, DIY framed wallpaper and much more.  I will have full tutorials up on the blog soon.  Until then, enjoy the photos.  Let’s start with the before:

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And at long last, here is the after:

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I hope you enjoyed following along with my progress.  I am so glad this project is completed and we can enjoy her new space.  If you enjoyed these posts, consider subscribing to my blog updates by subscribing here:

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One Room Challenge Week 5: Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Hi everyone!!  If you are joining me from Linda at Calling it Home welcome!  To get you up to speed, I am making over my daughter’s nursery into a big girl room.  My color scheme is grey and pale pink. I am going for a soft and feminine feel.

This is Week 5 and man is the pressure on.  My week can be summarized by the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears. I spent the whole weekend doing DIY projects for the room. I wallpapered the MDF wood panels in between soccer games and managed to cut my finger pretty bad on the board (this is the blood).  The good news is all I have left to do it cut, paint and attach the trim and these will be done.

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Next, I tackled my semi-DIY cornice board.  You may recall that I ordered the cornice board custom from a company called Ready to Cover.  I spent the weekend upholstering it.  Why do such projects always seem so simple?  Just use a staple gun and cover the board, right?  Not so much.  This project took hours and my husband helped me with most of it.  Yes, we are still married (this is the sweat and the tears part.)

First, we had to cover it with batting to give it a padded look and mask the wood.  Then we upholstered it with the fabric.  The problem was I did not calculate the yardage I needed correctly.  I had a bunch of extra fabric from making the drapes, but I would have needed to order 3 more yards to get it to cover the length of the board without a seam.   So, in order to save money and time we made do with the remnant fabric and just have a slight seam on each side.

Now all that needs to be done is hanging it.  But this thing is HEAVY and after having my husband help me upholster it, I don’t think I can bear asking him to hang it.  Cue in the handy man.  He came over today to measure and get the hardware required to hang it.  Whew!  Marital crisis averted.

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Here is what I have done from my initial list.

  1. Paint room
  2. Wire and install light fixture
  3. Sew drapery
  4. Upholster and hang cornice board
  5. DIY mongolian fur stools
  6. DIY framed wallpaper panels
  7. Cover Ikea dresser with O’verlays
  8. Move out all of the one-eyed dolls, naked Barbie dolls and princess castles
  9. Style and photograph the room (hope there is time for this)

Not bad considering it has only been 5 weeks.  Participating in this challenge has definitely lit a fire underneath me an kept me accountable.  Oh, the pressure of a deadline.

Head over to Calling it Home to follow along with the participants and linking participants.  And don’t forget to check back next week for the final reveal.  In the meantime, you will find me wandering aimlessly around the Home Depot looking dazed and hopped up on Starbucks looking for supplies to finish up this project!

xoxo

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Monique Lhuillier for Pottery Barn Kids

Hi everyone!  Did you know that famous wedding gown designer Monique Lhuillier has a new line for Pottery Barn Kids?  As part of designing my daughter’s new big girl room for the One Room Challenge, I have been searching for inspiration everywhere and that is when I spotted the new line of children’s decor from Pottery Barn.  If you don’t know Monique Lhuillier, she designs the most elegant, chic and dreaming wedding gowns.  They are very ethereal.

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Her new line for Pottery Barn is no exception.  It is whimsical and girly.  Every little princesses dream.

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Seriously, I would DIE for the beautiful canopy bed below.  Any kid who has this in their room is a lucky one in y book!

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Here eye for detail is amazing.  I love the butterfly detail on the bed skirt below.  So dreamy!

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A canopy and cornice made for a princess.

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In case your child’s room is big enough for a day bed . . . How beautiful is this trundle-bed?  It would also be amazing in a playroom.

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Why have a basic pin board when you could have one of these beauties?  This might make an easy DIY.  My wheels are spinning!!

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This furniture seriously can’t be for kids.  A bone inlay ottoman?  Gorgeous, right?

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To add the final detail to a room, she has created this woodsy mural.  Who needs are when this is the backdrop?

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Why not add a beautiful tufted ottoman into the mix.  I would put this beautiful piece in my own room any day.

If you haven’t checked out Monique Lhuillier’s new line, you should definitely do so.  If only for an inspiration point for an ethereal girls room.

Be sure to check back in later this week as I will give my progress on the One Room Challenge. This week is going to be titled Blood, Sweat and Tears.  I did more DIY projects last weekend that I care to talk about.

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 Progress

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Hi all!  This should probably be titled Week 4: Lack of Progress.  Eek!!  We are coming down to the wire and I still need to accomplish so much.

However, my sweet mother-in-law really came through this week.  I came home today and had these beautiful silk drapes lying on the bed.

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Despite her crazy hectic life, she took the time to sew them for me.  I do have basic sewing skills and a machine, but it would have taken me SOOO much longer.  She is such a life (and budget) saver!!  They are a rich duplioni silk.  I had time to hang one of the panels and I love them.

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Sorry for the horrible I-phone photo (it will just make the after pictures so much better, right?). The pale pink color looks a bit different depending on the light.

Even though I can cross the drapery off my list, I still need to finish the following:

Upholster and install my cornice board above my window treatments and hope they turn out similar to this.  It should arrive by the end of the week.

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I still need to do my DIY framed wallpaper panels.

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I have cut the MDF board to size and ordered the trim for the frame.  This should be a relatively quick process.  The hardest part is going to be getting my husband to help me hang them on the walls! Seriously, weeks ago we repainted the entire interior of our home and to date, almost EVERY single piece of art that was once hung is still leaning against the walls.  I might have to make it my mission to make that a major interior design trend!

I also still need to find a few sunburst mirrors to use on one of the walls.  When I determined I did not have enough wallpaper for an entire wall in the room, I decided to use the look of a bunch of mirrors to decorate one wall space.  Similar to this, but with less gold.

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Needless to say it is going to be a busy, DIY kind of weekend around our house.

Stay tuned next week and don’t forget to follow along with the other ORC participants here.

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge: Week Three

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Oh my.  I think week 3 of the One Room Challenge is where the regret starts hitting you.  You have 10 DIY projects to get done.  Things you have ordered haven’t arrived.  You start second guessing your choices.  After all six weeks is a pretty short time frame for transforming a room.

All is not lost, however, I did accomplish a few things in my space.

First, I completed my DIY Mongolian fur stools.  These were actually inspired by another One Room Challenge Participant Preciously Me.  I will have a full tutorial up on the blog soon, but it could not be simpler: $10 Ikea stool + Mongolian fur pillow covers. It’s that simple.

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I am not loving the shade of pink i painted them, so I am on the lookout for an even paler shade of pink spray paint.  Any recommendations?

Second, I ordered a custom cornice board from Ready to Cover.  I posted about their DIY cornice boards in this post.  I am hoping mine will look something like this.

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Once it arrives, I will still have to upholster it, but at least I have it ordered.  Whew!

Third, the wallpaper I have ordered arrived all the way from England.

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It is so lovely in person.  Makes me happy just looking at it.  Upon seeing it,  I was hoping that one roll would be enough to cover a small accent wall in my daughter’s room.  However, it looks like I will need to have two rolls and that is too expensive and I don’t know if it would arrive on time.  So framed panels it is.  Now, I just need to do the work to frame them.  Sigh.  It will all get done somehow, right?

So that is it for this week’s progress.  Over the weekend I hope to paint a chair for the room and start sewing the drapery (and attend a dozen little kids parties :))

Until next time.

xo

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Window Treatments with Cornice Boards

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  For once, I feel like I accomplished a lot this weekend.  I was able to work on two DIY projects for the One Room Challenge, so little by little I feel like my space is coming along.

Also, last week, the fabric for my window treatments arrived.  I am going with a pale pink silk fabric for the drapes and I want them to look similar to these.

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While the dupioni silk drapes are going to be amazing, I feel like the windows need more of a “wow” factor as the bed is under them and they are the focal point of the room.  Then I thought a cornice board might do the trick.  Cornice boards are traditional, but I feel like they are making a come-back.  I adore how they dress up the windows below.

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So whimsical, right?  It’s all in the details!

If you do a search on Pinterest  you can find a thousand tutorials on DIY cornice boards. However, I want one with a unique shape and given that the One Room Challenge has only has 4 weeks to go, I don’t think I have it in me to build one from scratch.

That is when I ran across a company called Ready to Cover where they will custom cut a cornice board for you and then all you have to do is upholster and install it.  Perfect for a half-hearted, time-pinched DIY’er like me.  DIY without the power-tools!

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I think I am going to go with a shape like #2 where there is enough detail, but it is simple enough that upholstering it won’t be a nightmare.  I am soo glad I ran across this company.  They can customize any design, make headboards to match and they ship for free.  The cornice board itself is very affordable as well.  They also offer an entire line of ready to cover home decor items (headboards. decorator tables, etc.)

I am so glad I found this company as it is going to save me so much time.  A total game-changer. Now I want to have cornice boards with all my window treatments.

Well, stay tuned Thursday to see the progress I have made in my little Audrey’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge.

xo,

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One Room Challenge: Week Two

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Hello friends!  So, they say progress, not perfection, right?  That is how this One Room Challenge is feeling right about now.  One a positive note, I got the room painted and the lighting fixture in, which is huge. However, it just doesn’t seem to add a ton of “wow” to the space.

If you are new here, I am updating my little girl’s nursery into a “big girl room.”  I have chosen pale pink and gray for the color scheme.  The walls used to be a very bland light beige color.  I have chosen Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore for the walls.

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Now that I see it in the space, I know it is going to pair perfectly with the pale pink accents I have planned.

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Another huge game-changer for the space was lighting.  We live in a very old home built in the 1920’s and many of the rooms do not have overhead lighting.  First world problem, I know.  But it did impair doing homework and playtime for my girls.

Since I had to hire an electrician to wire in the lighting, my budget for lighting was small to say the least. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this Vintage Gray Chandelier from World Market marked waaaay down as a floor model.

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I don’t believe they make this same one anymore, but a similar one can be found here.

Here is a quick peek at how it looks in my space.

 

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So that about wraps up my progress for the week.  The good news is a bunch of products I have ordered have arrived.  My Nina Campbell wallpaper that I plan to frame came lightning fast from England and the pale pink silk fabric I ordered arrived.  ORC week 2

I have also made some progress on some DIY faux fur stools.  Stay tuned  . . .

Check back each Thursday to see check on my progress on the One Room Challenge.   Knowing you will be here keeps me accountable!

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge 2016

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I am going to be participating in Linda at Calling It Home’s famous One Room Challenge (“ORC”) as a Guest Participant.

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If you are not familiar with ORC, it is where 20 designers are challenged to transform a room and document their process every week.  Anyone can take the challenge and link up their progress every week.  This year is even better as they are partnering with House Beautiful as a media partner.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

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If you are new here, you might not know that I have been talking about decorating my daughter’s big girl room for ages now.  I am using the ORC to light a fire under me to actually get something done.  I have followed along for years and always wanted to participate, so this is the year!

Here is the before photo (giant Elsa doll and all!)  I thought I would keep it real and the worse the before photo the better the after, right?  Obviously, storage is going to be a major component of this space.

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Here room gets terrible light and our home is very old so there is no overhead lighting, so new lighting fixtures are in order.  The only thing that is really staying is the bed!

Here is what I am dreaming up for this space.  The color scheme is going to be grey and pale pink.

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I plan to go with classic bedding, pale pink silk drapes and DIY faux fur stools.  There is so much to be done, but having to show my progress each week will keep me accountable!  Here is my project timeline:

Week 1: Paint

Week 2: Lighting

Week 3: DIY Stools and framed wallpaper.

Week 4: Drapes

Week 5:  Accessories and bedding.

I hope you follow along with me as I document my progress.  I will update you each Thursday, so mark you calendars!  I also hope you follow the amazing designers who are the official challengers.  Head on over to Calling it Home to follow along.

Until next week!

xoxo

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5 Ideas for Bringing Indoor Furniture Outdoors

Happy Monday friends!  Ugh it has been one of those weeks.  For no particular reason, I feel extremely behind on life, work, everything.  I think it was Easter that through me off.  We were gone all day at events and I woke up on Monday feeling like I needed an extra day.  Can anyone else relate?

Well, I am gearing up to tackle our yard and I was thinking back to my Patio Style Challenge I did last year for the Home Depot.  I realized just how much indoor furniture I pulled to use in my outdoor space. There are all kinds of tips and tricks for making indoor furniture work outside. After all, the best outdoor spaces are the ones that feel like an outdoor living room or an extension of the interior.  Here are my top 5 indoor pieces that can be incorporated outside.

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Number 1:  Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Their versatility is in the name itself.  These hard-working rugs can work indoors or out.  Nothing makes a patio feel more like an extension of a home than a rug.  They anchor the space and help with furniture placement.

Gone are the days of only a few patterns and colors.  If you can dream it up, they probably have an outdoor rug in that color or pattern.  Also there are quite a few ways to spruce up an affordable yet plain outdoor rug from a big box store by painting it with a stencil.  Type in DIY Outdoor Rug into Pinterest and you will have ideas for days!!

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Number 2:  Garden Stools

These Asian ceramic beauties are totally weather-proof and work as beautifully outdoors as indoors.  I have several garden stools I routinely swap between the indoors and outdoors.  They can provide extra seating and can serve as a side table as well.  Just hose them down when you are ready to bring them inside.

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These garden stools sold at the Home Depot are resin and made for outdoor use.  They are very affordable and can be painted any color you like.  I chose a Chartreuse!

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Number 3: Outdoor Pillows

Nothing finishes off an outdoor space more than outdoor pillows.  They are an affordable way to switch things up every few years.  In fact, my pillow hoarding habit has grown to include outdoor pillows!

You can even get them with all kinds of flair such as trim and tassels at online retailers such as Frontgate.

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Have a fabric you love and want to use it outdoors?  Rustoleum’s Never Wet to the rescue.  It is a waterproofing treatment that can be used on fabric to make it water and fade resistant.

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Number 4: Outdoor Curtains

Outdoor curtains are definitely a go-to for me to give my outdoor space that “living room” feel. They add privacy and can double as a decorative focal point.  You can use curtain tie-backs to give them that finished look.  You can also DIY them on the cheap using drop clothes and  finish them off with a painted border or Duct tape on the border.

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Number 5: Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and can be a great focal point for outdoor decor.  They just scream “secret garden” to me! Mirrors can also be sealed and weather-proofed in order to protect them from the elements.

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If you have a covered patio, your options are endless.  You can bring in a light fixture, lamps, console tables, art work and more.  About 80 percent of the furniture on my patio below is from inside.

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Do you ever incorporate indoor items into your outdoor space?  Any tips on prepping them for the elements?

xo,

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