Sunday, July 13, 2014

Scratching My Head And Twiddling My thumbs

So getting the molding fixed is on a major hold which means so is wallpaper.  Major drag.  We've searched high and low for someone to fix the darn thing.  We may have to start looking in another city! Let's pretend for a second that things were moving forward.  This is the wallpaper that's going in.


And this piece of furniture that we bought on Craigslist is also going in this space.


It's currently in our dining room but is really not the right size for the space.  It has the same tones as the wallpaper so I think it will look really nice and has some storage too which is always a plus!

Now back to reality.  Since a big fat nothing is happening in the foyer, I decided the other day that I might shift my focus to the sunroom.  Ugh!




And I thought the foyer was bad.  Apparently the last person to paint this room had something against primer.  Since it's flaking off everywhere I can only imagine that they used latex over oil.  Fun times ahead...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Finally Getting To The Foyer

You might think that my long break was just that.  A break from everything.  Nope.  Turns out we've finally started to work on our foyer.  It was starting to get embarrassing having people come to the front entrance.  It's not quite done yet, but there is some definite progress in the right direction.  It's gone from this,




to this.






Better, right?  I mean it's not done, but it already looks tons improved.  But what a pain!  Really the whole thing needed to be stripped and repainted, but that was just not going to happen.  We tried to scrape as much as we could but in the end we said screw perfection and just got to painting.  Character.   After all, the house is 120 yrs old.  So that's what's happening over here.  We should be done painting (hopefully) next weekend.  The only thing then that will truly hold up getting wallpaper is that we need some plaster repair of the crown and apparently there is no one still alive in this area that knows how to do that.  Awesome.  So we may have to get it made out of wood.  I'm sure that will be cheap...not!  In the meantime, just in case anyone is interested, no, I didn't finish the craft room and the desk is still pink.  After the One Room Challenge it was like a bomb went off in it and I just haven't had the energy to get back to it.  And after all, it is about 85% done which is about the time that I get bored and start something new.  Ha!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My One Room Challenge Details And Highlighting A Few Linking Participants



I'm so thankful for everyone's sweet comments about my guest room.  I'm beyond excited about the way it came together.

One thing I didn't mention in my reveal were the sources. Mostly because things were either purchased on CL, Ebay, or at consignment stores.  I'm feeling very green right now!  Anyway, I can share a few things.
-Fabrics: Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches and Robert Allen Khandar Indigo.  The two greek key pillows on
              the bed I scored at TJ Maxx.
-Bedding: One Kings Lane-Delfinia Greek Key
-Llama and gold box: Target.  I sprayed the llama gold:)
-Tray, cup, bowl, picture frames: Marshalls
-Sheepskin rug: Overstock (Safavieh).  Disclaimer on that though.  It smells like a dozen rotten eggs shoved                           up your nose.  No joke.  I'm hoping it will get better with time.
-Pendant Light: Robert Abbey from Shades of Light.
-Bed throw: Steinmart
-Wallpaper: It's discontinued, but it's Kenneth James from the toile collection.
-Wall color and trim is BM Decorators White.

If I didn't have to carpet the room it really wouldn't have been that much of an expense.  A few splurges, but nothing crazy.

Now on to a slice of the talent that was on this round's ORC.  The Challenger's rooms were all sooooo good that I couldn't pick a favorite if you paid me.  I loved them all and each one deserves to be thoroughly ogled.  The Linking participants rocked it as well but I'm just going to highlight a few.  After all, there were 75 that linked up!

Autumn from Design Dump
This is the most amazing small office ever.  Period.

Lisa from Shine Your Light
Lisa is such an inspiration.  I mean, look at these bookcases!  I totally have bookcase envy.

Ashley from Evaru Design
I want this bathroom.  Now.  That shower curtain sealed the deal for me.  Because of this picture I actually ordered that fabric for my dining room curtains.  Going to attempt pinch pleats.  Lord help me!

Mallory from Charming In Charlotte
  Leopard rug, killer styling, and the same pillows I used on my bed.  Done and done.  Love this.

Lance from Parker Kennedy Living
Probably one of the best reveals I've ever seen.  I had the hardest time choosing a picture because they are all so gorgeous.

Kim from The Green Room Interiors
Mind blown.  This was done in 6 weeks.  What the what?  No words.

Seriously, there were so many rooms that I drooled over.  I had a blast following everyone's progress and seeing the reveals.  Please visit these rooms.  Each one is so unique and well done.  I feel honored to be among such amazing company.  Cheers to all of us!!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week 6, The Reveal!!!!



It's reveal day!!!Woo-hoo!!!!  If you follow me you know exactly how slow I am at renovating/decorating my house.   Seriously, a snail's pace.  I have to say that, though extremely stressful at times, this challenge was just what I needed.  I wish I could One Room Challenge my whole house (did I just say that?)!  What's been even more fun is seeing what all of the Challengers and Linking Participants have done in their rooms.  Talk about a butt load of talent and eye candy (and ideas I'm totally stealing..what?).  Big big thanks to Linda for putting this all together and to my husband for his patience and most importantly, his carpentry and painting skills.  Blah blah Tiffany.  Let's get on with it.  Grab a seat cause I've got a picture of two.  Here's where the room started.



And here it is now.








I got the lamps for a steal at a consignment store.  I love the way they mimic the headboard.













Some snippets of the wallpaper.  That dragon boat makes me giddy!

And, lastly, a nighttime shot.


The one thing that isn't truly done in the room is the art.  With the exception of The Pink Pagoda's amazing blue cheetah print, I didn't have time to find anything that I really loved for the room.  I ended up framing some quick little art projects but it's not what I really want in the room.  I'm not in a hurry to change it though.  It's a guest room that probably won't get used that much so what's there can stay until something better comes along.

So that's it.  I'm so thrilled with how it turned out.  And, I'm exhausted.  I can't wait to just relax and see how everyone else's rooms turned out.  I'm so bummed that I have to work all day and then go to a dinner meeting tonight.  Yay me!  Don't these people know I have blogs to read?!  Please do check out what the Challengers and Linking Participants have done.  Guaranteed to be amazing!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

My Blue And White (And Black) Guest Room



I am linking up to The Pink Pagoda's May blue and white bash today to show a little of my One Room Challenge room.  Just a little.  I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise for Thursday's reveal!  Here are some of the blue and white elements that I'm using in the room.



My awesome ebay find.  Blue and white bliss.  This is adorning my walls.


The almost completed headboard upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches.  Love.  



And what room would be complete without one of Jennifer's gorgeous prints!  I'm in love with this cheetah.  Who wouldn't be?  

Once again I've been a big fat tease so you'll have to check back for Thursday's reveal.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week Five(Insert Expletive Of Choice)



Hello again!  Welcome back...to CRAZY TOWN.   It's week 5 of the One Room Challenge and it's down to the wire for everyone.  As I mentioned last week I have a conference this weekend so I really don't have much time left.  Luckily I was able to almost complete the room...but it's not done yet.  Oh, and before I forget, thanks to everyone for their sweet and encouraging comments.  I try hard to respond to them and to visit everyone who is doing the challenge.  This last week has been so crazy for me and I haven't been as on top of things as I'd like, but I'm rooting for us all:)

Now on to this weeks progress.  I'm not giving you much though. Just some snippets of what's to come for the reveal.  Don't hate me;)





What's left:
-ART!!!  I keep forgetting that I need to pull something out of my arse for this. I kind of feel like the wallpaper is art so I don't think I'll get too crazy.  What do you think?
-To cornice or not to cornice.  I have something in mind but not sure if I can pull it off.  In other words it will either look really good or really stupid.
-Styling-not my strong suit but I'm working on it.

Now scoot on over to check out everyone's progress.

P.S., I'm in DC for my conference.  Anyone have any good food recommendations?  I'm ready to get my eat on!