Friday, May 27, 2016

Decorating ADD

Hello and Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you for all of the kind comments regarding my master bathroom update.  We are loving it!  And thank you again to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge.

I have finally recovered from the ORC and am getting around to cleaning my house and doing the eleven billion loads of laundry...just kidding, it's still a mess.  What I HAVE been doing is obsessing about my living room.  You know how sometimes you get the feeling that something just isn't right with a space...and it drives you bonkers?  Well, my living room has been doing exactly that for quite some time.  I have rearranged furniture, layered a rug, changed lighting, and added blue & white (because we all know that can cure many a problem); yet, nothing satisfies me.  Is it the paint?  Is it the curtains?  What is WRONG?  What should I DO?  My mama would say, "Nothing, it's fine, no more projects.  Now, clean your house."  And she would be right (as usual); however, we are going to ignore her (as usual) and figure out what this room needs (besides to be cleaned).

You'll notice that I did a mock-up of the room rather than showing you current photos (see haven't cleaned my house above). 

I leave it to you, dearest design enthusiasts...what does this room need?  What should I keep?  What should I change? 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

One Room Challenge - The Reveal

Week six of the One Room Challenge is easily the most eagerly anticipated event of the season.  Little else compares with clicking through the links and seeing the stunning transformations.

In case this is your first visit, during week one I shared my dirty little secret...a messy, blank canvas of a bathroom that I never felt inspired to tackle.  


After six weeks of projects (one, two, three, four, five), both large and small, I am so pleased with how it turned out.  It is my pleasure to virtually welcome you to my home, courtesy of the gorgeous photos by Britta Rivera Photography.


Huge thanks to my Mama, my biggest fan.  I'd also like to thank Britta Rivera Photography for beautifully capturing the room.  And, finally, thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting the challenge.

Sources are listed below; however, if I've missed something, please do not hesitate to ask!

Wall Paint - Benjamin Moore First Snowfall
Vanity Paint - Farrow & Ball Tanner's Brown
Sconces - Lighting Craftman, NYC
Cabinet Hardware - Rejuvenation Hardware Hexagon Knob & Kanota Pull
Rug - Pottery Barn Elham
Roman Shade Fabric - Lee Jofa Chinese Lantern, available through me
Roman Shade Trim - M&J Trimming
Mirrors - Horchow Mulan 
Chandelier - Antique
Wallpaper Panel - Custom from In Grand Design on eBay 
Monogrammed Towels - Calicodaisy Handmade with trim from M&J Trimming
Art - Vintage
Blue & White - Vintage

Thursday, May 5, 2016

One Room Challenge - Week Five

Last week I compared Week Four of the One Room Challenge to hell week.  Today I'm telling you that Week Four is the sweet and innocent little sister to Week Five.  Four is the straight-A student who sings in the church choir and feeds the hungry.  Week Five, on the other hand, is the hot mess that makes sweet old Southern ladies simply shake their heads and say, "Bless her Mama's heart."  You feel me?

Thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting another great One Room Challenge. There are some great submissions!  After viewing all of the amazing room progress, I felt like my room was falling short.  Feeling flat.  Boring.  So on Thursday at roughly 2:37PM I decided I needed to add a little visual interest and professionally sketched out my idea, using only the best materials and techniques:

Dirty napkin found on floorboard of car, sketched in car pool with child's marker

After quickly stopping at Home Depot for the third time in two days (and to the collective groans of my children), at 8:59PM I had this:

I Love My Miter Saw

I chose to paint the room a pale blue, which can be very tricky due to the undertones in the color and the fact that blue multiplies when on the walls.  I ended up selecting Benjamin Moore's First Snowfall, which pairs beautifully with the green I chose for the bamboo cabinet. 

Each day packages have been arriving from fabulous places like Rejuvenation, Pottery Barn, and one of my favorite Etsy sellers, CalicoDaisy.  I won't share too many of the fun details, but will just give you a little glimpse of the following:

With that I will bid you farewell until next week.  In the meantime, while I frantically try to get this room completed, please be sure to visit the other One Room Challenge participants to cheer them to the finish line. 

If you would like to see where my room started, you can see Week One, Week Two, Week Three, and Week Four.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

One Room Challenge - Week Four

Week Four of the One Room Challenge is the equivalent of hell week.  Or the second week of a diet (because the first week I am typically steadfast and resolute).  Or that one week each cycle lovingly bestowed on of-age females worldwide.  In other words, week four is what makes you question your sanity (again), drink heavily (who are we kidding?  we have been drinking heavily throughout this challenge), and acknowledge...gulp...that you have two weeks until the reveal.  

If you would like to read about a time when I wasn't hopped up on caffeine and stress, you can read about Week One, Week Two, or Week Three.

This week crown has been hung


 A wall color has been selected (it's blue...or is it black?)

A cabinet has been painted

The inside of the cabinet has been given some special treatment

 Sconces have been hung

And art and rugs are being considered

I don't want to tell you the things that are left to do because then I may cry.  So I will get back to work and leave you with the suggestion that you visit all of the other One Room Challengers here.  And be sure to say Hello! to our hostess with the mostess, Linda from Calling It Home.