Thursday, October 16, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week 3



Hello and Welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge.  If needed, you can catch up by reading about Week One here and Week Two here.  A special thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting this torturous fun event.  And, of course, Thank YOU so much for coming and reading about the progress each week.  Your comments and encouragement keep me going.  Okay...let's be honest...Starbucks, alcohol and the fear of public humiliation also help tremendously.

Mr. Breaking Brown and I are great friends, so knowing that, please do not find it strange when I questioned why he had three large holes in the ceiling of his bedroom.  He assured me that they had been there since he purchased the house.  I, of course, jokingly told him that the "previous owners" probably had a ... swing?  Humor.  Har.

Fast forward to this week.  While prepping for paint, I noticed that there was a ton of damage to the wall in the corner.  And that there was a huge gouge in the window frame where "something" hip level had hit with enough force to displace the window trim.  I showed it to Mr. Breaking Brown and we had a good laugh.  We also concluded that, yes, the previous owners must have been loads of fun.




All that bow chicka wow wow aside, you may notice some progress in the above shot. The board and batten was hung and the room was painted.  I don't even want to talk about how much caulking and nail hole filling was involved in this project. 













The carpentry and painting was a huge part of our to-do list and I am thrilled to be able to mark it off.  I know adding trim like this can be quite intimidating.  If you are interested, I'd be happy to show how I did the math for the design in a future post?  A math lesson...I'm sure that will have a ton of takers.  :)

Our to-do list for Project #BreakingBrown is: 
 
  • Stock up on caffeine and wine (at your urging, this has been moved to top billing)

  • Remove and replace existing baseboards and door casings
  • Add board and batten to the long wall behind the bed
  • Remove closet door and replace with architectural element
  • Paint...everything
  • Determine furniture placement
  • Remove and replace vanity mirror
  • Remove and replace track lighting (really, WTH?!?)
  • Remove and replace vanity countertop
  • Remove and replace switches and switch plates
  • Burn current bedding...
  • ...and window treatments
  • ...and the scroll-y thing above the bed per Kim @ The Green Room Interiors (good call ma'am)
  • Convince him to let me replace the existing faucets with brass
  • Add seating to the room
  • New bedding
  • New window treatments & curtain rods
  • Art
  • Lighting
  • New rug(s)
  • Replace shower curtain
Be sure to come back next week to see additional progress.  Same time, same place.  Also, be sure to give lots of love to the other One Room Challenge participants here.

Have a great week!


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week 2



Hello and Welcome to Week Two of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home.  If you are new here, you can catch up by reading about Week One here

All caught up?  Great!  Let's chat about the progress on #BreakingBrown, shall we?

This week has been all about making final decisions, demo and some light carpentry.  

First, we selected paint for the room.  (Okay, so that wasn't the first choice we made, but that is the first thing we are going to talk about cause this is my blog and I get to be all bossy-like, m'kay?) 

For the super long focal wall behind the bed, we originally planned on adding a board & batten treatment.  I suggested we paint that wall Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze and, while searching for examples of the paint to show him, I stumbled across this fantastic office redo by Sarah at Life on Virginia Street.  My friend (let's call him Mr. Breaking Brown) immediately fell in love with the colors and the wall treatment, thus our decision was made.  Urbane Bronze for the back wall and Shoji White for the rest of the room. 


via Life on Virginia Street

Next, we began searching for a replacement vanity top.  I really wanted to find a Calcutta Marble remnant, but had no luck.  What I did find is this gorgeous piece of granite.



What's even better is I think I have Mr. Breaking Brown convinced it would be a total injustice to crown this gorgeous piece of stone with anything besides these brass faucets from Home Depot.

Verdanza Faucet
 

 
*Sigh*  That just makes me happy.  Finally, we made final decisions regarding textiles.



To recap, our to-do list for Project #BreakingBrown is quite long. 

  • Stock up on caffeine and wine (at your urging, this has been moved to top billing)
  • Remove and replace existing baseboards and door casings
  • Add board and batten to the long wall behind the bed
  • Remove closet door and replace with architectural element
  • Paint...everything
  • Determine furniture placement
  • Remove and replace vanity mirror
  • Remove and replace track lighting (really, WTH?!?)
  • Remove and replace vanity countertop
  • Remove and replace switches and switch plates
  • Burn current bedding...
  • ...and window treatments
  • ...and the scroll-y thing above the bed per Kim @ The Green Room Interiors (good call ma'am)
  • Convince him to let me replace the existing faucets with brass
  • Add seating to the room
  • New bedding
  • New window treatments & curtain rods
  • Art
  • Lighting
  • New rug(s)
  • Replace shower curtain
Be sure to come back next week to see additional progress.  Same time, same place.  Also, be sure to give lots of love to the other One Room Challenge participants here.

Have a great week!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Inspired by Ballard Designs

 
Good Morning.  Did you get the new Ballard Designs catalog recently?  I was so impressed with all of the goodness inside.  My favorite pieces?
 


 
 
And of course, what animal-print-loving-girl wouldn't want the Dodie Cosmetic bag?
 


 
 
I was on the hunt for a new sofa earlier this year and never found anything that was just right... maybe until now.  I'm loving everything about the Spencer Sofa.
 

 
 
And, last but definitely not least, the Voltaire Sconce.  A steal at only $99.  Run and you get a pair because this goodness will definitely not last long!
 

 
Voltaire Sconce
 
 
I was so inspired by their items that I decided to create a room using some of my favorite Ballard Designs items. 
Inspired by Ballard Designs
Inspired by Ballard room details here

 
What did you think of the new catalog?  Did you find anything you couldn't live without?
 
Have a great day!
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week 1



Hello and welcome to Week One of the One Room Challenge Linking Event.  I'm sure this epic event needs no explanation, but in case you are new here (Welcome!), let me tell you a bit about it.  The ever-fabulous Linda from Calling It Home fame challenges bloggers by giving us six weeks to completely makeover a room.  Six weeks seems like a long time, but let me tell you It. Is. Not.  This will be my third time participating in this event, so please be sure to check out my bedroom here and my laundry room here.



For this One Room Challenge, I am re-doing a room for a friend.  At this point I'm unsure if I should call this #Projectbyebyebrown or #BreakingBrown.  Either way, we have a lot of work to do.



That comforter is microsuede.  True story.















I'll be tackling the bathroom area as well.

 

 
 





We started talking about the new design of his room a few weeks ago (you can read about it here), then I shared with him that I planned on participating in the ORC and he immediately suggested we do his room.  Yes, please!  Want to see what we came up with?



Our preliminary to-do list is long.

  • Remove and replace existing baseboards and door casings
  • Add board and batten to the long wall behind the bed
  • Remove closet door and replace with architectural element
  • Paint...everything
  • Determine furniture placement
  • Remove and replace vanity mirror
  • Remove and replace track lighting (really, WTH?!?)
  • Remove and replace vanity countertop
  • Remove and replace switches and switch plates
  • Burn current bedding...
  • ...and window treatments
  • Convince him to let me replace the existing faucets with brass
  • Add seating to the room
  • New bedding
  • New window treatments & curtain rods
  • Art
  • Lighting
  • New rug(s)
  • Replace shower curtain
  • Stock up on caffeine and wine (maybe this should be #1?)
Quite the lofty goal, yes?  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm nothing if not a masochist optimistic.

Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge participants here.  And be sure to check back next week to see how much we accomplished...same time, same place.

Have a great day!




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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fighting The Good Fight

Good Morning!  I hope that you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend!  I have been working with a friend-turned-client to help re-create his bedroom. 

The path that we took to get to this point is a bit funny.  I was telling him about my biggest pet peeve in interior design.  Can you guess what it is?  If you guessed brown everything...bonus points for you.  Now, I'm not saying brown is a bad thing.  It is fine...In doses...And when paired with other colors. 


Brown Living Room via (see what I mean?)

I mentioned that many times when I go into prospective client's homes I notice that almost everything is brown...floors, furniture, walls, cabinetry, etc., and that when I point it out (diplomatically, of course), people really begin to see their space with a different perspective.  Well, guess what?  He immediately looked around his home and noticed brown, gave me a call and asked if we could start with his bedroom. Um...yes!!!

Growing up and living in South Alabama, my client loves to hunt and fish, but has a definite preppy side.  Keeping this in mind, I created these two rooms as a starting off point.

Option #1 details available here


Option #2 details available here

He immediately fell in love with Eric Cohler's "Antlers" fabric designed for F. Schumacher and selected the second design.  I'll be sure to post some before, in-progress and after shots soon.

Which would you have chosen?  Do all brown rooms bug you too?  If not, what is your decorating pet peeve?

I hope you have a great week.  Here's to fighting the good fight and eradicating the world of ugly brown, one room at a time.

 

 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ashley Woodson Bailey



Are you familiar with the artist Ashley Woodson Bailey?  She is a self-taught photographer whose work captivates me.  I am absolutely obsessed with her Dark Collection, created to capture the transition of a blossom to dying stem. 

Abundance

Dream

Dutch Love

 
Each of these photographs is so heartbreakingly beautiful and moody.  I need Abundance in my life. Yes, it has transcended from want to a definite need.  Her work is so powerful, that it makes me equally breathless and tearful.
 
I could gladly build an entire room around an Ashley Woodson Bailey piece.  Couldn't you?
 

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