October 23, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week 4


Hey guys, well it's week 4 of The One Room Challenge and I have to say I'm having so much fun!  So far we've painted the walls a warm gray.  Added bamboo shades and simple white curtain panels.  The dark art before has been primed and repainted by yours truly - although I'm pretty sure it will be revamped again because it's looking a bit light.  Okay if your new here and missed the Before picture of this room go here.

So at this point the room is really a blank slate and is ready for new lighting, accessories and COLOR!

Here's the first Design Board I made for the room...

 I really love the soft silvery blue armoire and gray/yellow color combination in this board.  However it hit me a few weeks into this challenge - that our home's overall design is very neutral.  And this is my chance to have some fun with COLOR!

So here's the final design board below.  I was inspired by this navy blue armoire below from Emily A Clark, and will be painting our armoire this same color - Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy.  

Final Draft...

I found this pillow on the left on Etsy and was really drawn to the subtle ikat design and fun colors.  And you won't believe where I found this pillow on the right.  Hobby Lobby and it cost, are you ready for this, just $9.99!  Okay if you haven't seen their new pillow cover collection you have to check em' out!  They have so many great colors and pattern choices.

Finally I ordered this flush mount ceiling light from Room & Board and am soooo excited to take down our existing ceiling fan/light combo and replace it with this sleek and sophisticated light.  Yes, I won the ceiling fan battle!

Ahhh, our kids are going to be entertaining their friends in style ;)  Actually my goal is to make this space a comfortable and stylish bonus & media room we all can enjoy - kids and adults!

Okay, Friday and over the week-end the priming and painting of the armoire begins.  So check back next week for a sneak peek and I also hope to have the new light installed!

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October 21, 2014

Our Home Office & Sheer White Curtain Panels


Hey guys, now I know it's Fall but we're about to lighten up around here! 

I posted Inspiration photos via Houzz a few weeks ago of sheer white curtain panels and actually decided to go sheer in our home office.  To be honest the wall color in this room is very warm, too warm in fact.  And because I don't love the color (yet we're not ready to repaint), I don't want to choose curtain panels that "go with" the wall color if that makes sense.    

Now if you've read this blog for a while now, you know that I'm all about affordable decorating with occasional splurges.  So guess where I snagged these babies for just $9.99 a panel?  And these are 95 inches tall, my ceilings look super tall...Anna's Linens!  Yup, we have one here in Charlotte.  Not sure how many other locations they have, but what a find!  Honestly I wasn't sure if they would work.  But once I hit them with my steamer, they took shape.

It's taken me a few weeks to decide but I'm loving the simplicity of these sheer panels.  And they really help lighten up our big dark wood desk. Also down the road when we finally do repaint this room, these sheer panels are versatile enough to be relocated to any room in the house...I love that!

You know it's amazing to me how sometimes in design and interior decorating, less really can be more!

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October 16, 2014

One Room Challenge - week 3


Hey guys, I'm linking up our bonus room makeover (progress) to the One Room Challenge over at Calling it Home today!  Now remember for the ORC we have 6 weeks to completely re-do a room.  So this is our progress after three weeks.

Here's my Inspiration Design Board.  I want a total room refresh...

And here's the Before below.  Yes too warm and dark, and the room was really just a hodge podge of home accessories since this is where our kids mainly hang our with their friends.  However, they're getting older and we have family movie nights here too, so I'm thinking it's time to create a nice space we all can enjoy!

Here are a few changes we've made so far...

The walls were painted a cool grey - Sherwin Williams Worldly Grey a few months ago actually.  I love this warm gray, it's definitely one of my favorites!  Our black quatrefoil mirror was switched out for this black and white framed print from Ikea.  Amazing but we had a garage sale about a month ago and found this standing lamp in the attic!  I think it's perfect in this corner for task lighting.  I also added lighter curtain panels and bamboo shades.  I love the texture they add to this space!

But there's still so much more to do!  We need to add color with throw pillows, paint the armoire and remove the ceiling fan.  I'll also do something with my Diy art to the left, right now it's looking too light. I'm thinking that painting the armoire a fun color will change the entire look of the room!

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October 15, 2014

A Review - Lamps.com


 Hey guys, I've got a fun Review for you today from Lamps.com!  I came across this site several months ago while researching chandeliers for our dining room and was amazed at their style & selection.

They have a huge inventory of table lamps, outdoor lamps, chandeliers, pendants & mini pendants, arc lamps, flush mount lights and much much more!  Here are a few lighting options they offer...

 Wow, check out that arc lamp above, how cool is that!  And I love the idea of using an outdoor lamp on a screened porch or deck.  And a chic chandelier in a master bedroom would be so fun!

So I was very excited when Lamps.com sent me this Dimond Brand Lamp to check out!  As soon as I pulled it from the box I knew it was perfect for my teenage sons room.  Check out the cool cork lamp shade!  And the clear base combined with the contemporary silver, LOVE!

And it looks great in his room with his colorful pop art and Industrial art below...

 Right now if you make a purchase from Lamps.com and use the code:  getlit25  you'll receive $25 off, love that!  Okay if your home needs new and updated lighting, check out Lamps.com.  They simply have a great selection for all of your lighting needs.

{this review is sponsored by Lamps.com, however the opinions & text are 100 percent mine}

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October 13, 2014

Style Crush....Fall Favorites!


Hey guys, well it finally feels like Fall here in Charlotte, NC and I am in heaven!  We had our first fire the other night in our Diy fire pit that we built a few years ago.  If you missed that project check it out here.

In the mean time let's swoon over a few of my favorite Fall finds shall we?  
I've got my eye on this Ombre Mohair throw from Dwell!  Love the pink, orange and purple color combination here, such fresh Fall colors!

I am in love with these tobacco colored tall leather riding boots from Franco Sarto.  And recently snagged a pair from Marshall's the other day, woot woot ;) You can also find more Franco Sarto boots here.

I have become a huge fan of gold & brass in home decor lately.  And I love the shape and clean lines of these Brass Lanterns from Crate & Barell,

World Market has a great collection of scented candles called Mexican Pumpkin candles!  These smell great and I simply love this patterned travel tin!

This Faux Fur Chinchilla Vest is perfect for chilly Fall days and nights!  And it's from C Wonder, one of my favorite on-line boutiques.

Finally, Vintage Dough Bowls are one of my favorite old pieces!  These are from Pottery Barn and look great on farm tables or in bookcases.  I've also seen them used in gorgeous Fall centerpieces filled with (different sized) cream pillar candles, acorns and pine cones!

Okay Happy Fall Y'all!

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October 8, 2014

Our Minimal Fall & Halloween Decor...


Hey guys, today I'm sharing a few pictures of our Fall & Halloween decor! I'm not big on clutter so when I decorate for a Holiday, I usually keep things minimal.  However I added something new to our mantle this year, these faux leaves below.  Now I'm also not a fan of using too many faux flowers and plants.  But when I spotted these at Michael's Crafts, I was struck by how real they look!

If you look closely the leaves have colors in golds, amber and rust!  Here's our mantle below.  I bought this banner on Etsy several years ago and still love it!

 I absolutely love burning candles at night in the Fall!  Yes little things make me happy ;)

We also love our Halloween skull and all his glitter ;)

So this is what Fall looks like in our house.  Yes it's simple and minimal.

But the best part is, it's HOME.

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October 2, 2014

One Room Challenge - bonus/media room makeover!


Hey guys, I'm so excited for the very first time to be participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by one of my favorite blogs Calling It Home!  

Now if by chance you don't know about the one room challenge let me fill you in!  Twice a year a select group of Amazing designers completely re-do an entire room in 6 weeks.  And then other bloggers & designers join in the fun too and re-do a room in their homes and link up along the way!  

So I plan to re-do our media/bonus room.  Here's the Before... 

And here's a Design Board of how the room hopefully will look After, keeping in mind this sofa below is just a similar version of our existing sectional.

Ahhh, I am loving this room already!

Now this room is mainly a place where our kids hang out with their friends, and we also have family movie nights in this space too, so don't judge the before too harshly - It's really just a collection of odds and ends ;)  But the problem with this space is that the wall color is too warm and I also really want to lighten things up and make it more clean and modern.  I've actually already started this makeover.  We've since painted the walls a cool gray, and that wild art on the left has been made over completely.

So all the main furniture pieces in the room will stay including the sofa and armoire.  And keep in mind we're on a major budget with this makeover since this is where our teenage kids hang out, you know how that goes ;)   Having said all that, here's what we'll do...

* Remove the ceiling fan 
* Add a simple flush mount light
* Hang new curtain panels
* Hang new art
* Provide new lighting 
* New throw pillows
* Paint the dark wood armoire

I'll be using this Ikea black and white print below.  I love the large white matte and the picture is actually a wheat field...I love nature in home decor too!


We'll remove that ugly ceiling fan and replace it with a simple n' sleek flush mount ceiling fixture like this one...

We'll add throw pillows in color combinations of taupes, yellows and grays to help lighten up our brown sectional.  These aren't the exact ones below, but will have a similar pattern.

And finally, and this is the main reason I wanted to participate in the challenge, I'll be painting our dark wood armoire!  This is something I've wanted to do for a long time so I'm very excited.  Not sure of the color exactly but I do want a gloss finish. 

Here's one below that I like, especially the gold hardware...

 And here's another look at my Inspiration Board below.  I have to say I'm really loving this pale blue color on the armoire, that may be our paint color!

Okay I'm excited to participate, and this is just the motivation I need to finish this room!  So what do you guys think, what color would you paint the armoire?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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