Thursday, October 30, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week 5

Week 5.  Kill me know.  Since I'm already running way behind I might as well keep it going with mirrors that I ordered that are backordered until November and take 6-8 weeks to ship.  Are you f'ing kidding me?  What can I say?  They were the right size and shape.  I'm hoping the finish isn't going to be an issue.  Especially after waiting that long.

Via Bellacor
The ones I had on my original moodboard I copied from google as an inspiration.  Sooooooo......I do have something to show you.

That is the candidate for the lambrequin fabric with that color green rope trim that will be on the bottom edge. You like? You can also see a peek of the Neo Toile fabric in the background.  I found a crazy deal for it online ($11 per yard) so I promptly bought 40 yards.  Yes I know it's a lot but I thought for a minute that I was going to use it in my dining room and then thought the better of it.  It's actually going in my sunroom (if that room ever gets finished) but since I have 40 FREAKIN YARDS of it I thought I might  bring some of it into the foyer.  If I get a minute and can fix my sewing machine I'll make a pillow or two out of it and see how it looks.

And the lambrequin lady came by with a template. So that step is done, but it will still take a few weeks to make.  I framed some of the historical pictures/documents about the house and the blueprint is being framed as well so just waiting on those and the mirrors to put up.  So once again, very little progress but I'm excited to see progress at all, quite frankly.

I'm off to work, but can't wait to check out the Challengers and Linkers to see what everyone has been up to.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week 4

Well I have absolutely no real good news.  My cushion is done but won't arrive in time for today.  Maybe it's best not to reveal too much?  Especially when that might be the only thing done in time for the challenge.  The bench is off to get stripped and stained but the shop had someone quit and the boss's wife yada yada.  Long story short it may not be done in time.  And the lambrequins?  Forget about it.  I could murder the woman who's supposed to be working on them.  So frustrating.  It will all be done in the 8 week version of the ORC.  Ha!  I'm not saying I'm quitting because I'm not a quitter.  I'm just saying that I have very low expectations for completing my foyer.  But, I'll at least be a lot closer to finishing than when I started (that one's for you Linda:).

Here's just a few snippets of what I do have.

No, it's not going there.

That's it.  I know.  Slim pickens.  Well we shall see what will happen...In the meantime go check out the Challengers and Linkers.  God, I hope they've made more progress than I have.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week Three

Well I've been sick for about 9 days.  I finally went to the Dr and turns out I have pneumonia. Damn!  I thought it was taking an abnormally long period of time for me to feel better.  So not a lot got done.  I'll tell you what did go right.  The cushion fabric is out of my hands and is being made as I write this.  Yes!  I also got the rug.  The color is not quite what I was hoping for but the price was just too good to pass up.  It's growing on me though.

Then I found a couple of leopard print pillows for $16 each at Home Goods.  I was going to make them but then I just carried on with my life;).  I'm hoping they work because I really don't have the time (or energy) to do pretty much anything at this point.

When we moved in the house, the previous owner's daughter gave us some old pictures of the house and some information about who first occupied it.  We also have the original blueprint.  I plan on framing these and putting them up as a little homage to the original owners.  

I wonder why anyone in their right mind would have taken the porch off?  Shaking head, rolling eyes.

Now on to the big fat bummer news (besides the fact that I have pneumonia!).  The window treatments. I plan on doing lambrequins.  Exactly like this, to be specific.

Via McGrath II Blog
And no, I'm not tackling these myself.  I'm supposed to approve a template which hasn't even been made  yet so I'm pretty positive that they won't be ready. But then again, never say never.  Whatevs.

First things first though.  I've got to get well.  I haven't had the energy to look at what everyone's been doing, which I'm bummed about, but I'm sure it's all rainbows and sunshine.  So what are you waiting for?  Go check out The One Room Challengers and Linkers.  Go. Now.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week Two

Welcome back to the One Room Challenge Linking Edition.  It's week two and, ugh, I'm a tad nervous about being able to finish.  I'm pretty sure the cushion will be ready in time, but the window treatments...well?  I'll talk about those next week.  I'm hoping(praying) that I may have some news on those next week.  In the meantime I was able to get some retail therapy in.  Bought this rug on Amazon.

I like that it's neutral and sturdy but the pattern keeps it from being totally boring.  Keep in mind that I haven't actually seen it in person though so my opinion could change.  Hope not.  And I did make a switch in the colorway of the fabric I'm using.  Once I got the Grass (right) colorway in the room it felt kinda tired and yellowed out.  The Leaf colorway was so much more fresh.  When you have two stinky animals and two kids and hence way too much familiarity with poop and you're tired all the time, fresh is what you crave so fresh it is!

Still need to stain this bench.  Oh and we're not slaughtering humans at the house.  That's just a prop for the Halloween party. Lol, must learn to edit.

Ignore my gnarled old lady hand in this one.  WTF!

So just a wee bit of progress.  I've got some other things on order though so hopefully more to share next week.  Make sure to stop by the One Room Challenge Varsity players and all of us linkers as well.  So much eye candy out there and I for one am always so inspired by others.  Have a great week!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The One Room Challenge-Week One

Well Linda's 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.