Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week One

Well the One Room Challenge is here again.  I'm joining in as a participant, but I'm doing the "light" version this time around.  No crazy reno like the last one.  I just don't have the time and I'm planning a huge Halloween costume party at my house so it's going to get crazy around here. This time around I'm doing my foyer.  I'm cheating a bit since we already got the wallpaper in but the room isn't "finished" so that's my excuse.  I'll show you what the foyer looked like originally and a few months ago and what we've been able to accomplish.

Blurry picture of when we first looked at the house

During reno


And now with the wallpaper.  I'm purposely not showing the whole foyer.  Yes, I'm a tease but you'll get over it.

Anyhoo, I just recently found a little bench on Craigslist that needs a little work.  So you can see that I got a big jumpstart on the challenge.  But there's still a lot to do and some of it will be out of my hands.  Here's the list.

-Stain bench
-Fabric selection for cushion and pillows
-Window treatments for windows going up the stairs
-Area rug
-Console table and styling
-Mirrors and/or artwork

So here's my vision...but don't hold me to it.

Lamp via Horchow, Console and mirrors via One Kings Lane, Fabric Schumacher, Fabric, Tape via

As for design, since the walls are very traditional chinoiserie I'm probably going to give everything else a more modern twist.  The first floor colors are going to be greens and blues, and I'm leaning toward greens for the foyer.  I'm also throwing some animal print in there for good measure.  One thing that is not going to happen in time is a stairway rug.  Eventually I want to have a continuous rug all the way up to the third floor.  Unfortunately the third floor staircase has yet to be addressed so it's going to have to wait. That's all I've got so far.  Stop by next week to see my progress, and don't forget to check out all the other ORC challengers and linking participants.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Still Trying To Repair The Sunroom

My poor husband is still at it.  Good news is that the sun porch hasn't fallen over. I kept expecting the walls to just fall flat like you see in the movies. So we've got that going for us.  He's been able to put up some new supports for the walls, do the wiring and add insulation.

I bought something recently that came with a ton of styrofoam so he's using that as the bulk with some spray insulation to fill in the gaps.  Yay, recycling!  He also fit in a new sill.  Next week the new knee wall will get drywall and then it's on to baseboard.  Of course there's still the prep/painting to do.  Wah-wah.  Progress is progress though.  I'll posting on thursday also for the start of The One Room Challenge.   Anyone else doing it?  I can't wait!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Yep, it's been a while since I posted.  Enjoying life I suppose.  Things seem to move in slow motion over the summer but now that school's back in session we've picked up again as well.  Finally found someone to fix the crown.  It's not perfect, but after waiting for what seemed like an eternity to find someone to do something, I'm calling it good.  Sometimes you just have to say f-it and move on.  The good news is that we finally got the wallpaper up.

I have to admit that at first I wasn't sure about it.  I think it just felt so different and traditional, but now I adore it.  I definitely have some plans for the foyer but I'm saving them for the upcoming One Room Challenge....maybe....if I can get motivated.

 We also found some doors in the attic that use to close the sunroom off which were just painted and hung.

Now on to the bad and ugly.  No, it's not the mess you see in the room above.  That's just reno and real life people!  Anyway, remember when we started on the sunroom?  Well it's turned out to be a total cluster you know what.  I feel like I've spent a ridiculous amount of time scraping off flaking paint, meanwhile my husband has removed the lower plaster and baseboard to add wiring.

And then he noticed this.

 Hmm, termite damage.  We don't have active termites, but just how bad is the damage?  Well after removing the plaster we found that the wood that is supposed to be holding up this structure has been practically devoured by termites and is not even really attached to anything anymore.

This is the wood that was removed.  It's so chewed through that it's light as a feather.  And now we can see right to the outside in the corners.  Great.

So, needless to say, my husband's got his work cut out for him.  Just one more thing to add to the list.  I have to say that in my head, this room is going to be amazing when it's done.  I have plans to do a ceiling to floor bookcase with a library ladder and eventually french doors out onto the porch.  It'll be great, but this one step forward two steps back crap is getting old.  Plus it's going to be one expensive room to finish.  Why oh why can't anything just be easy (and cheap) in this house?!?!

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!!