Saturday, April 26, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 4

We are closing in on the last few weeks of the One Room Challenge.  In this past weeks challenge, not much of anything has gotten accomplished.  My father sadly, passed away Sunday evening on Easter, and so I've been a bit preoccupied and dealing with all of that.  I was asked to give his eulogy at the funeral and so the bedroom stuff took a bit of a backseat this week so I could prepare for that.  But I just had to get something done for the challenge this week, call it keeping my sanity or a way to preoccupy my mind, I needed to get something done.

In trying to save a few pennies, I had thought I would DIY a pair of black-out drapes for the room.  And since this week has been a little overwhelming, I decided just to splurge and save myself some trouble and buy a pair from Target.  And I am soooo happy with them.  They are a pair of velvet black-out drapes from Target, and worth every penny.

And in other good news, my beads finally arrived this week and I've started working on this little project for the room.  I purchased two different sizes of beads for this project, but really had no idea the sizes on these things, and ended up with a bag of beads that I won't probably use in this project.  You live and you learn, right?  

As we're heading into the last few weeks of this challenge, I'm having some anxiety over whether I can finish this room in time and make everything happen.  But sometimes life doesn't care about your plans and you have to just go with the flow, because you have too.  Whether its family, time constraints, budgeting, or whatever it is in your moment...things happen and you adjust to make things work.  Just a little somethin' I learned this week.  

To keep up up on my challenge, you can see them here:   Week 1Week 2, and Week 3.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Yep.  Kinda freaking out over here, we are at the halfway point into the One Room Challenge.  If you're just joining me, you can check out Week 1 and Week 2...progress is going uber slow around here, but we're on a tight budget and so my purchases are far and few between.  I'm still waiting on beads that will hopefully be a great diy and focal point of the room.  But when you're waiting on stuff from over seas, you can only pray it won't be weeks before I see any of it and I hope I don't regret it later.

This weekend I'm hoping to recover my Society Social chairs (I hope Roxy isn't too offended), but we need some color and print on these babies.  And as much as I thought I wouldn't want the chevron, I'm second guessing myself.

And this past week a little number on CL surprised me and I melted.  I don't know about you but sometimes when I see things on CL there always a little too good to be true and when you show up, it's a disaster. So when I went to see this piece thinking it was going to be mdf and glue-- it blew my expectations out of the water.  Lets just say when I saw dovetails and the brass hardware, it was all over.  She needs a little clean up, but I was over the moon about it's quality. Perfection, people.

This little challenge is definitely more difficult than I thought it would be, but probably more so because I can't make a decision to save my life.  But I've been rolling with the punches and being finicky with my choices. This week the bed will hopefully get some new linens and I might finally get a desk in here, pray for me loves.

Have a fantastic weekend!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Small Treasures

When I get the chance to break away from the kids for a moment, I love to stop in and peruse a few local second hand stores and if I'm lucky make a trip to some antique shops.  School and kids keep my time filled to the brim which makes everything else take a backseat to life--you don't want to see whats been going on in the kitchen or around the house, this is where I think hiring a maid is looking like a pretty good investment (ie: I cleaned these shelves just before snapping this photo--terrible right?)

So this week, I actually had the chance to be in charge of our women's church activity for the month.  It was a throw back to the good ol' days.  The speaker talked on getting back to basics, and trying to keep things simple in our lives so we don't forget the big picture.  Decor was simple, an old window with black and white photos, inspiring love messages, pie and fresh flowers.  For the front table, I was in need of a few slender glass vases, and I had hopes I might find a few milk glass vases to complete my simple tablescape.  While I did find some glass vases, alas, I couldn't snag any milk glass. But I did happen to come across a few awesome scores for myself.  This little blue and white vase caught my eye right away, isn't she darling?  I've never picked anything up with this bright of a color, I realize I tend to keep to the neutrals.  But this bit of color is just right in the bookcase.  

This vintage brass utensil holder was also something I picked up.  It was buried between and underneath everything, sometimes if not most likely you'll definitely have to rummage through crap to find the gold (or brass).  

The best finds you can score when you're out thrifting are ones you never intended to purchase.  I think I have definitely gotten better with age and I don't buy everything I see anymore..see Target you have no hold over me!  (at least not this week).  

Have you scored anything good lately?


Friday, April 11, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 2

So, we're officially into the second week of our One Room Challenge.  To stay up to date, check out last week's post.  I'd like to say that in my first week I've accomplished something tangible to show you all...but sadly no. This post should really be entitled, "Brainstorming".  This week has been about searching for the perfect dresser, fabrics, and possible desk options.  I'd love to be able to go out and purchase whatever I want for my home, but the silver lining I guess is that it gives me the chance to really find out if what I like, is actually what I really want. And it's definitely been working for me.  So I'll get right to it and fill you in on what I've been considering for my room and what things are in the works.

For starters, I'm on the hunt for a small but decent size desk.  Target has this amazing campaign desk in mid-tone stain, but they neither have it for sale online or in the store.  They only sell the red and black desk, not the stained one, really?!  Freakin' dangling that thing in front of me, c'mon Target, you're killing me!  So, I've resorted to stalking CL for a little antique-y desk within my price range.  So cigar. 

Next on the list is the headboard situation.  In my inspiration board I had an upholstered headboard but have since been eyeing these photos of wood headboards.  And after considering what it would cost me to reupholster my headboard myself and then actually just purchasing one, look here...that is just craaazzy good people! So, it is something to consider.  What I'm loving about a wood frame and headboard is that since I'm leaning towards all white linens for my room, this look is a total winner.  What are your thoughts?...Wood or linen?  Linen or wood?  

As far as linens and draperies, I've always adored this fabric from John Robshaw.  I had thought I'd use it on the windows, but got to thinking I'd better just keep the draperies solid and neutral since I tend to switch things around every other week.  I'm seriously in love with this fabric!  


And lastly, a little diy I'm totally psyched about, which includes a little bead work using these babies.  Let's pray this one turns out as good as it looks.

I'm excited for everything to start coming together so I can actually say I'm accomplishing something. Tomorrow I'm hoping to look at a possible dresser purchase that isn't exactly what I had in mind for the room, but works within my price range and our needs.  One thing I can tell you about designing a room is that you go with the flow, when a piece doesn't work out you keep your eyes peeled for other options.  There is definitely an evolution to designing a space, and I love it.  

Keep up with the other participants and designers over at Calling it Home.  See you next week!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week One

This is probably the scariest thing anyone can ever take on---first admitting that these photos below are my own and second, that I'm going to take the challenge of trying to finish it in six weeks, all while I post my progress for the world to see (or at least to the select few who read this blog).  Either way, a very daunting task.  If you're not familiar with this challenge, I'd head on over to Linda's blog, Calling it Home and check out the past challenges.  For starters, 20 bloggers will take on this task to redesign a single room over a six week period while we all watch and marvel at their genius, and Linda has so graciously allowed anyone else to participate and join in on the fun.  I've decided to join in on the craziness and try to get my crap together and finish my own bedroom.  

I think we've done this to ourselves and left our own bedrooms in disarray to finish and complete other rooms in our homes.  Sometimes mine looks like a closet and spare room with everything that gets dumped in here.  So for starters, we'll start off with some awesome before photos so I can really show you what we got going on in here.

So for starters, on a good day when I make my bed, this is what the room looks like...

And then we get real and actually get to see what the rest of the room looks like.

Ahhh.  It's a wonderful mess.  For one, I hate that window.  Probably more than life itself, it is long and includes a wonderful eye-sore window fan.  Total renting bliss, right?  So for starters, we are probably talking everything needs to go..okay, okay, I guess not everything.  Here's my little list of what goes and what stays.


-Nightstand on the right side of bed
-Office desk and chairs
-gallery wall (maybe)
-sunburst mirror (maybe)


-Small office desk for bedside 
-Abstract artwork
-Recover bamboo chairs
-upholstered bench
-draperies for the window
-New headboard
-New bed linen

As I am terrible about changing my mind when it comes to things, I was actually set on my bedroom and the design concept behind it.  I wanted something serene and peaceful, laid-back and interesting.  So as much as I love crazy and out of this world fabrics, I've decided to keep it light with splashes of color.  

I'm looking forward to getting started and finally finishing some projects that have been sitting in my garage like forever.  Wish me luck!