OK....we have discussed the office for my One Room Challenge.....let's move to the other room I added on....the dining room.

I will show you the way way before...

Yup this was quite a while back.....notice the chairs and table because they don't change

About 4 years ago when I did her family room for the One Room Challenge I actually had the dining room along with the living room painted. was a glaze that I did for her 20 years ago....don't laugh because I am sure some time in your design journey you might have had this look also!

So then at least it was just white but still needed a lot of work.

I knew I wanted wallpaper but felt that floor to ceiling would be too much.  Adding some vertical shiplap was the answer.  To keep expenses down we used MDF.  That way we did not have to take down all of the window and door casings.

My sweet contractor gave me a day of labor and seriously that is all it took.  Plus he donated the goods.

Back to the wallpaper....which if you remember I started out selecting a brown grasscloth.   But then...I had an ah ha moment and decided what would Mark Sikes do????

Something pretty!

One of the sponsors Pacific Designs had this pretty paper which I thought would be perfect!


I ordered it even though I did not have a sample!  It has a huge repeat but my wallpaper gal helped me figure out the best way to hang it.  She only charged me 150.00 [It would normally have cost me about 500.00]

I was now falling in love with this space!!

The next thing to address was the chandelier and thank goodness Hudson Valley Lighting was a sponsor!  And Mark Sikes had just debuted a collection for them!

I couldn't order this bad boy fast enough!  

And the one window in the space.....

These were ready mades [2 panels that I had in my stash] which I had pinched.  I also had the shade left over so we were winning here....

One of the first things I bought was this vintage bar.  
It was 89.00 and I wasn't sure where it was going but knew it fit in with my plan.  At the very least I would put it in my house:)

Since it is a small dining room [about 11 x 12] it turned out to be the perfect addition.

The last piece of the puzzle was the rug and y'all it arrived one week before photos!

Loloi was the sponsor and it took me forever to find one in stock....on the list....wool....and the right size!  I think the rep was definitely SICK of me in the end:)

Why wool?  Easy to clean.

The seat cushions were in need of a makeover....not only fabric [from Lewis Textiles in Atlanta] but the actual cushion itself.  My other sister paid for them as her contribution but I think they were about 45.00 each.

This NDI faux arrangement was a wonderful addition because as you don't last forever and this way you always come into a pretty room!

Here is another view....
Looking in from the office....

I love how it all came together.
Bar: 89.00
3 pieces of blue porcelain: 45.00
Rug pad: 75.00
Chair fabric: 120.00
Hang chandelier: 100.00
Pleat the curtains: 50.00
Hang wallpaper: 150.00

Total 629.00 

Somebody asked me about the sconces in the office....saying she did not see them before but that is because one of them had fallen down a while ago!

Also someone else asked about the computer....yes we upgraded to a laptop to eliminate all of those cords!

And that's it.  Next the living room....which was supposed to be the only room:)

Hope you have a great weekend!

My plans?  Oh I don't know....clean out a closet or 2....that is always on my agenda but actually at the very bottom so it always seems to get moved to the next weekend....and the next...and the next:)



Well as promised I am going to try and give you all the details on my One Room Challenge!

I am overwhelmed with the response....I think I have said this before but sometimes after I have worked on a project "I can't really see it anymore"....but y'all have made me feel so good :)

Since it is the "ONE" room challenge....I did bite off a little more but as I said before you could see the dining room and office from the living room which was my main concern.

Let's talk about the office today.

It. Was. A. Mess.  

20 years of just cramming stuff in there.  That corner cabinet belonged to our Mom but it was time to let it go.  Those curtains were ridiculous.....

The most important thing was to clear it out and change out the was 20 years old and in bad shape.

That cost 815.00 
But really made a big difference.

I did not want to paint the walls because of expense.  They were in pretty good shape [I don't know the color but it is similar to SW Urbane Bronze].

After we moved the corner cabinet out Rose and I found this vintage rattan etagere with glass shelves for 125.00.  It was perfect.

 About the only things I bought for accessorizing were some Architectural Digest found at a thrift store for .25 cents each, the buddha from HG's and 2 baskets.  I had the 2 white vases, the wall basket, the box and plant.

We moved out the screen and if I had had more $$ I would have recovered it in white!  We also moved out the iron cart and replaced it with a drop leaf table we already had.

I moved the foyer lamp [from the last ORC] in here.  The white bowl was $2.00 at a thrift store.  The art and sconces were already there.  What a difference huh?

This chair, ottoman and small table were sponsored from HomePop.  The pillow was sponsored from SWD Studios.  The art was already there and I had left over rattan shades from my house.....

This lamp from Hudson Valley was sponsored also!

I really wanted to buy a new desk but it just was not in the budget.  In the end I think it actually works.....which is the same advise I give my clients....let's hold off until the end and make a judgement!

So all in..... this room was a little under 1,000.00.....which with a 3,000.00 budget maybe was a little more than I needed to spend but please....scroll back up and look at the before!

We will break down the Dining Room next!



My goodness....y'all know how to make a person feel special:)  So glad you liked my One Room Challenge that I completed for my sister!  She's happy....I'm happy so all is right with my world right now.

Don't worry you know I am working on a post with lots of details so hang tight!

But.....I did want to share this fashion post that I put together last week before it's out of style....haha.

I've done a little spring shopping....I know.... you would think "where did she find the time?"

But I did!  Some I ordered and some I snagged while I was out and about because you know all the summer stuff will be gone by July 1st.

I love these pants....I tried wide leg last year but couldn't get on board.....I do think the trick is to wear a higher heel!


Last year I bought a similar dress from J Crew Factory and it became a staple during the dog days of summer!  I love the Bag from H&M!

I wanted to show you a different look with the wide leg pants!  I have the black top from BR and I also have a similar fanny pack which is so fun!

I'm not sure I can wear this dress without a matter how much you work out...those arms just don't cooperate :) was so cheap I am not bothered if I don't wear it that much....

I took a trip up to J Crew Factory last Sunday and picked up a few much value!

I can't wait to wear this dress from H&M!  So cute...

I did buy this shirt at BR and wore it yesterday !  I love it.

I think I am into lemons lately:)

And these were on sale plus 40% I couldn't resist!

I ordered this from BP in a size 10 which is what I generally wear and couldn't hardly get my arms in it!  WTH?

And I picked up this navy t- shirt to wear with white jeans!

Alrighty then unfortunately I have a couple of appointments today so I gotta get moving:)

Happy Shopping!


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