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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

One Room Challenge - Week Three

Hello and welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge.  If you have not been following along, are new here, or are living under a rock, the One Room Challenge was created by Linda from Calling It Home to encourage individuals to completely redo a room in their homes in 6 weeks.  This sounds pretty innocuous, but I can assure you it is not. Here we are, halfway through the challenge and my hair is grayer, my jeans are tighter, and my booze cupboard is empty.

For my third ORC (see here and here for my previous challenges), I decided to update my master bathroom.  I showed you the dismal before photos during week one and during week two I discussed the plan.  This week has been all about lighting.  Last week I teased you with the crystals I ordered to redo the antique chandelier.  When I found it at an estate sale it was in pieces.  And I do mean PIECES.  I lovingly put it back together as best as I could, rewired, and hung it without addressing the heinous plastic beads posing as crystals.  It was like a supermodel dressed in a potato sack.  Or like a shiny new Bentley covered in mud.  Okay, so analogies are not my forte; luckily, stringing crystals is.  

I ordered five packages of crystals and bronze chain parts that, when put together, equal 75 feet of gorgeousness from this seller on eBay.  When the package was delivered I sat down and began the arduous task of connecting each individual crystal with the chain.  By the time I was done my fingers and shoulders were killing me; however, when you see the after below, you'll agree that my pain is your pleasure because it is good.  Really good.

Isn't she so much better?  And, I'm happy to announce that I almost have the feeling back in my finger tips.  Yay!

The next lighting issue that needed to be addressed is the vanity area.  Currently there is an ugly single sconce centered above the two mirrors.  It. Has. Got. To. Go.  My plan was to put a pair of sconces between the mirrors a la this photo below (say hello to Justin who is making his blog and One Room Challenge debut - sidenote and funny story...when I suggested that we redo the bathroom for the ORC, he agreed as long as I promised not to yell at him during this project.  I promised to "endeavor" to not yell).

Then my mama came over.  And she had an opinion on the topic (and every other topic known to man, but I digress).  She thought that the two sconces between the mirrors would not look right.  She wanted to see other options.  And by "see other options", I mean she wanted me to make a design board for each option that she could study.  Being the excellent daughter that I am, and knowing that my mama has impeccable taste and I truly do value her (many) opinions, I sent her these.

Original design
Bet you'll never guess what happened.  Yep, she chose the original design.  #facepalm 

I also purchased some gorgeous trim for the balloon shade while in New York with my daughter.  I did not have my fabric swatch with me and went off memory, praying that it would work.  Flying by the seat of my pants paid off because it could not be more perfect.

Until next time, friends.  Be sure to visit and support all of the other guest participants and featured designers of the One Room Challenge.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

One Room Challenge - Week Two

Hello and welcome to the second week of the One Room Challenge - a six week, one room makeover challenge spearheaded by Linda from Calling it Home.  Last week you learned my dirty little secret - my master bathroom - and that we plan to put lipstick on that ugly pig during this challenge.  

I will be honest and say that structurally there was not much progress during this week.  Unless you consider countless hours spent shopping, planning, re-planning, and bribing progress.  If so, then we have progress!

The gorgeous Chinese Lantern in Lemon by Lee Jofa is my starting off point.  This fabric is everything...and so much better in person. 

I planned to paint my walls that gorgeous olive green and bring in that light blue to accent the ceiling.  Then reality struck me:  I have brown tile.  And who can forget my lamenting over my brown tile during my last One Room Challenge?  I try to pay a lot of attention on the temperature of a room and I feared that the olive green married with the brown would be too warm.

Yep, definitely brown.  Which is exactly where the bribing part of my aforementioned progress comes in:  trying to convince a certain mister that replacing the tile would be an *easy* fix.  They say the way to a man's heart is through his my experience the way to Justin saying yes is ALSO through his I will be baking lots of goodness with the hopes of that blessed head nod of affirmation.

In the meantime, I needed to have a back-up plan.  So, I came up with this.

Pale blue walls and painting my faux bamboo cabinet olive green.  In my head it is amazing. We will see in real life.

I also ordered about eleventy billion of these to replace the crystals in my chandelier.  I haven't yet mentioned that little project to the mister yet.  I'm sure he will be thrilled.

Just as thrilled as he is when he opens up his text messages and sees 9 rug photos to choose from. Because all men love online rug shopping, right?   

Let's review the to-do list so far:
  • Come up with a solid plan
  • Revise solid plan eleventy billion times
  • Paint
  • Replace shower door
  • Replace faucets
  • Antique mirror wall
  • Window treatment
  • Towel hooks/bars
  • Caulk
  • Rug
  • Laundry hamper
  • Lighting
  • Question my sanity
  • Drink mass amounts of coffee...and wine

Yep, no pressure at all.  Be sure to come back next week to see if my bribery worked and we no longer have brown craptastic tile.  In the meantime, be sure to check out  the other One Room Challenge participants here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

One Room Challenge - Week #1

Well hello there.  Long time, no chat.  For those of you who don't remember me, my name is Kimber and I used to write a semi-witty, semi-fun blog about my adventures in decorating.  I'm back!  Aren't you thrilled?  And not only am I back, I'm also back just in time to join my third round of the One Room Challenge.  You can view my master bedroom makeover here my laundry room makeover here

If you are not familiar with the ORC, it is the brainchild of the ever-chic Linda from Calling it Home.  She challenges you to completely makeover a room in your home in 6 weeks.  This sounds like a lot of time, but let me and the cashier at my local wine retailer tell you, it is not.

For this round, I have chosen to makeover my master bathroom.  As much as I would love to gut this room and start from scratch, that just isn't in the cards right now.  So we will just be putting lipstick on this pig.  Speaking of pigs, I am showing you how my bathroom looks as of today.  Don't judge.  Or judge if you want to, but at least add a "Bless her heart" to it.

The fabulous lighting that I thought was so great way back when...

The glorious bathtub...riveting photo, I know

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse
Looking toward the bedroom from the shower

Looking toward the shower and closet from the bedroom

This shower door is the bane of my existence

The vanity...obvs.

We have been back in this house for 3 years now and I have not touched this room.  That is all going to change.  Which brings me to my plan, or as much of a plan as I have been able to come up with.

That's the pretty.  Now let's talk about the elbow grease.
  • Come up with a solid plan
  • Revise solid plan eleventy billion times
  • Paint
  • Replace shower door
  • Replace faucets
  • Antique mirror wall
  • Window treatment
  • Towel hooks/bars
  • Caulk
  • Rug
  • Laundry hamper
  • Lighting
  • Question my sanity
  • Drink mass amounts of coffee...and wine
Wish me luck!  And be sure to come back next week to see what progress we made.  Check out the other ORC folks here.

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!

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.



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. 



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?