Monday, October 20, 2014


Let's be clear....I procrastinated so long I didn't complete this task until the 11th hour.  And by that I mean I started putting it together yesterday around 2:00.

Which also meant that I had to take the pictures....edit them and now here I am trying to get this out before the 9:00 deadline.

It's looking like the "waiting until the last minute" thing does not get better with age:)

For the sake of time I will eliminate the chit chat and get right on it.

Part one here
Part two here

This is where we started....2 empty shelves and bare wall space.

I started playing with the design hoping to arrive at a plan before I get to the point where I don't care and just slap something up while shouting loudly "how much I don't care" been there?

These 3 went up seamlessly:)

I am on a roll now....I'll have this done in no time.

I could have left it like this but I felt it was a little too predictable.  

Can I tell you how anxious this situation actually makes me.  

Anyway I call husband in for a little assistance.....  of course first giving him a lesson on how to actually take a picture with the iPhone.

Or this...

Crap no.  I'm getting way off track.  Too busy.


For now right....
I love this little Arteriors mirror I scored at HomeGoods.

I was actually pleased with the easy "no mat" situation.

From the other direction....

Annnnnnnnd that's a wrap.

She's not amused.

Frames from Michaels
Art from Scott's
Shelves from Container Store

Thanks to Mary Ann and Cindy for inviting me!

Now you get to go see what everyone else came up with!

See ya Wednesday for the One Room Challenge update week 4!


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Friday, October 17, 2014


Good news....looks like we all made it through another week.

Around here it was pretty darn busy.

First up was a trip to Scott's with a client.  Normally that kind of situation can be a disaster but this chick likes to shop so it was like Disneyland for her.

Our goal was inspiration for a 12 ft dining table which will have to be custom made.  

The biggest decision was the base.  Here are a few we saw.

Love this look and especially the fact that no "legs" will get in the way of seating.

I got excited over these 2 looks...

Crazy over the simple lines of this one.

The next 2 were nice but not as unusual....

After all decision yet but I will keep you updated !

Another thing on the agenda was a chest or some inspiration for a vanity.

This was beautiful.  Love the warmth of the wood tone.

This is how it might look with 12 x 24 Calcutta marble floors carried 1/2 up the wall.  Throw in this Cole and Sons wallpaper, an ornate mirror, a couple of Circa Lighting sconces and some art from my favorite artist Dawn Raulet.

Saw these great KW pillows....I mean what is a Scott's post with out at least one pillow:)

And this huge marble bowl.....lawd....I love this!  When I say huge it was like 20-24 inches wide.  

This fun propeller mirror was a thought for the "man cave"

How cool is this old teeter totter.  

I am always interested in unusually shaped chest.  This killed me.

 The light wood on this spindle chair.

These cool teak stools...

And.....this gargoyle was purchased to ward off evil spirits.  I feel safe now.

There you have it.....the best of the best.  Oh yeah....thanks for all your encouragement on my ORC.  That wallpaper got installed and dang if it wasn't a game changer! 

I hope you dance away this weekend:)



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Week 3....tick....tick....tick.

20 Designers.  6 Weeks.  One room start to finish.

Crikey between the ORC and Project Design I am in high gear right now.

 This post is going out a little late because I went to our neighborhood Women's Club last night [after NOT going for about 10 years] and there may have been some wine served.  Whew....drinking on a school night.

It was a fashion show and I might have done some "heckling"......just saying.  

I know....shocking.

But darn that's a whole nother story:)

Let's discuss week 3.

I had been shopping online for a dining light fixture for weeks.  Nothing was speaking to me.  I wanted something different, rectangular and vintage.

Got out of my car at Scott's and ran right into this little beauty.

It was instant love.

Done.....look no more.

We went to Builders Surplus and bought some new bottom cabinets.

They got installed and I thought about staining them.

After experimenting [on the unused corner of the new butcher block countertop!] it was decided that painting was the way to go.

Benjamin Moore Kentucky Haze.

I ordered these lights from one of the ORC sponsors Wayfair.

Here is a progress shot....cabinets painted, wood planks up and lights installed.

 Over by the fireplace we now have built in cabinets.  After getting bids of $1700.00-2500.00 I was amazed at what a good job Brad [bunny husband] did with a base cabinet and some wood.

Boom!  More money to spend on decorating.

This wall got some attention too!

Because we are on a budget....we voted to use 1/4 inch stain grade plywood.  It was so much cheaper than the primed wood boards.  We are only doing this wall which also wraps around into the kitchen where the cabinets are.

As with any design project you have to make decisions where to spend and where to save.  

You are now all caught up.  

And while your here please visit the other 19 crazies today and see what they have been up to!


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