My Favorites From the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge

Hi all.  Have you been following along with the spring One Room Challenge (“ORC”)?  If you have never heard of it, the ORC was started by Linda at Calling It Home.   During the ORC, 20 designers are challenged to transform a room and document their process every week.  Anyone can join in and link up their projects as a guest participant. I participated last spring as a guest participant.  You can see Audrey’s room makeover here.

There was inspiration overload this year.  Some of these spaces belong in the pages of Architectural Digest or House Beautiful.  Here are my top 5 favorites.

Up first is this glam living room by J + J Design Group.  I love the unexpected pairing of the shiplap walls and rustic dining chairs with the glam and modern elements like the chairs and coffee table.

This sitting room from Old Home Love is so layered and rich.  I love the warm yet bold choice for the walls.

The gallery wall of this bedroom by The English Room is perfection.  It can be hard to get gallery walls right, but she nailed it!!  You have to check out her full room.  It is so full of color and pattern.

 

I am swooning over the molding in this living room by Jennifer at Rambling Renovators.  Who needs a ton of color on the walls with detail like that.  The pops of color come through in the furnishings.

The traditional symmetry of the Pink Pagoda’s foyer speaks to me.  She knows how to do blue and white right and also combines modern and traditional so effortlessly.

Oh la la these walls from the House of Brinson had me at hello.  Not to mention the hand painted Gracie wallpaper.

Did you follow along with the ORC?  If so, did you have a favorite room?  I hope to participate again one of these days.  I can’t resist the itch to keep changing up my rooms.

Hope you have a great week.

xo,

Favorites from the One Room Challenge

Hi friends!  Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t believe it is already Wednesday.  Finally, I have my top 5 picks of the designers featured in the One Room Challenge.  I think the reason this post took me forever to do is that I would go onto these designer’s blogs and get sucked in my all of the beautiful spaces on their sites. The creativity is endless.

First up, is Kristin at the Hunted Interior’s serene master bedroom.  The blue tones of the room are so soothing and there is enough pattern and texture to keep it sophisticated and interesting.  And don’t forget the chandelier!!

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Next up is a room that is the complete opposite by the Pink Clutch.  It is saturated with color and vintage accessories at every turn.  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I adore Chinoiserie and this room feeds my fix.

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Next, is a simple room, but it makes quite a statement with bold wallpaper.  I don’t know about you, but I could get lost (and actually, maybe enjoy) doing laundry in this space by The Zhush.

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I love the modern and feminine space created by Megan at Honey We’re Home.  The color palette is so fresh and soft.

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Last but not least, is this dream bathroom by the Simplified Bee.  The mosaic marble floors- swoon!

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So there you have it.  Head on over to Calling it Home to check out all the designer’s reveals.

xoxo,

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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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Until next time!

xo

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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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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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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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