Wednesday, May 9, 2018

One Room Challenge. It's A Biggie! Week 6.

Week 6 is Reveal Week. 

One Room Challengeâ„¢

I have been missing from the ORC since Week 2.

Sadly, I had to step away due to situations beyond my control. 
Two different out of town trips, new responsibilities at my "day job" 
and an unexpected hospital stay for Mollie (she's on the mend!)
meant the room had to take a back seat. 
Another challenge with this challenge was that it was not at my house - it's a 30 minute drive. 
On a good Atlanta traffic day!

But I am determined to finish this room for the clients to enjoy.
I have a storage room full of goodies I'm planning to use!
I will post on my Instagram when I get going again and when I complete it!
I hope you will follow along on IG and see how it all finishes up!

My previous, completed ORC's are my entryway,  my guest bedroom (again),  my master bathroom, our library (formerly a dining room)mollie's bathroom - a fun mother/daughter project, and my first ORC, my guestroom - the first time, many lessons learned. 
Six One Room Challenges (excluding this failed attempt).
 Five rooms greatly improved and now functioning beautifully for the way we live. 
I'm still a fan of the ORC - such a great motivator!

And now I'm going to work my way through all the inspiring rooms
that are completed!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One Room Challenge - It's A Biggie! Week Two.

My tombstone will probably say: 
"She painted everything white. Everything!"

Luckily Mollie helped. 

We quit counting how many coats of primer and paint.
Sometimes it's better not to know :)
They don't call it a One Room "Challenge" for nothing!

Hopefully we can get all of that red and yellow covered
 with white fresh white paint and move on to the fun stuff.
Please come back and see.
It's going to get better. Promise.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

One Room Challenge - It's a Biggie.

Literally and figuratively.

I'm thinking out of the box on this one.
Again, literally and figuratively.

My One Room Challenge space is not at my house and it's definitely got the "challenge" part covered.

My "room" is in the basement of a church.
It houses the offices of a non-profit that serves the homeless and transient population in our area as well as families that just need a little help to get "back on their feet."

The room I've chosen (or maybe it chose me!) is supposed to function as a client waiting room and gathering spot before classes, meetings or appointments.

But no one ever "gathered" there. 
Wonder why? 

 This is not trick photography.
I'm not trying to make it look worse :)

The floors are dingy "white" and turquoise checks (They are clean-ish just old. Really old.)
and the walls are painted bright yellow with red trim.

What the room does have going for it is that it is big so we can create a couple of useful areas within it. It has a lot of windows and light considering it is the basement of a huge, old church AND they have given me free reign to do whatever I wish.
 I guess they figure there is no way I could possibly make it worse :)

There is zero budget for this and a long way to go. 
I do have access to the donation center affiliated with this program and can pull lamps, frames, possibly a chair or two from there.
I have also already put a couple of things from my house in the storage room over there that I plan to freshen up and use. 
And there is a 5 gallon bucket of WHITE paint.

The blue velvet couch is staying. I'll be cleaning that baby ASAP. 
The matching chair has wandered off since I took these pics but that may not be a bad thing. 

And I have a plan! 
Ans some inspiration pictures, too!!

Rugs are the only hope for the floor. It can't be changed or repaired so I have to work with it or ignore it and cover it up. I'm planning to find a BIG rug and cover as much as possible and hope the eye is distracted from the ugly floor!
A gorgeous warm Oriental rug would be great with the blue "velvet" couch.
Bodrum Persian 4-Foot x 6-Foot Vonda Area Rug in Pink

And a friend from church was downsizing 
and gave me these two amazing, beautiful, family antiques.

                I have plans for these!

And there are 4 windows so I will use my old trick of turning sheets into curtains.
(Tutorial here.)
 I'm thinking about something like this:

And I've gathered some art for a gallery wall, some fabric from Goodwill for pillows and I want to add books and magazines. There will also be a TV with movies that they can watch before or after appointments and meetings.
The plan is to make this so inviting that people will actually use it!

I'm thinking  something like this:


Wall Around the World: A Gallery Wall Series by Little Gold Pixel • Part 4: Upcycled Eclectic Gallery Wall in England • Modern, glam, thrifted • #hometour #decorideas #interiors

Who Says Neutral Is Best?: Rooms Featuring Sofas in Every Color

Let's see if  this place can be transformed in 6 quick weeks 
(and as usual I'm out of town twice during this ORC!!)

It can only get better! Am I right?


Monday, March 12, 2018

When A Little Bit of Your Heart Is In...

... Honduras.

I am deep into mission trip planning.
I have never created a GoFundMe before.

But I'm posting the link to my fundraising campaign here.

I'm not fundraising to pay for my trip. 
I am fundraising in order to do "more" while I'm there.

If you wish to make a donation
 - and every dollar makes a difference- then please follow this link .

And thank you!

You can read about my previous mission trips here, here, and here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bamboo Friday: Too Much?

This guy may have taken one of my favorite hashtags,
a bit too seriously.

photo by @hasan_baran

Happy Bamboo Friday!
Hope your weekend is fabulous!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Bamboo Friday- Kitchen Table Edition

Today's Bamboo Friday is about my kitchen table. 
Pretty mundane stuff, the kitchen table, except I hunted and hunted for mine.
And I love it. 

You can read the story of how I found my table at Goodwill here.
It's a good story - I really could not make this up.

Here it is the day I found it at GW.

A couple of small dings on the table. Fixable.
The leather wrappings had a bit of wear 
but I'm fine with vintage bamboo looking a bit vintage. 
And they were all original and nice and tight. No loose wrappings.

All 4 chairs were sturdy. 


Changing the seat fabric was no problem.
The bottom of the chair back was worn on every single chair. 
This might prove tricky but the price was so, so low because of this. 
I thought I could figure something out. 
I bought it. 
I mean, it was exactly what I wanted.

And then I did nothing. For like a year. I know.

I couldn't quite figure out how to replace the back without possibly damaging the bamboo around it. If that happened then I would have to do some serious repairs and probably paint the whole set. Not the end of the world but still.

And then one night it came to me how to take out the old broken woven insert
 and replace it with a fabric panel!!

And then because it was just a few days before our annual Christmas Brunch
 I decided to give it a whirl!

It worked. My husband cut out the old woven insert very carefully. I made a pattern, cut the fabric, slid it into place and edged with blue cording I found at Wal-Mart (yep!) on a small roll for $1.00 per chair
I love it when a plan comes together. 
The fabric was supposed to be used during my Entryway makeover 
during the previous One Room Challenge but it didn't make the cut.

Lucky me.
It was perfect for the chairs and I had just enough!

Looks good with animal print too!!

Happy Bamboo Friday from my kitchen table to yours!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Easy Peasy Valentine's Day Treat for All Ages.

These are so cute and so quick. 
The picture got a lot of "play" on IG so I thought I'd share a few details.

Valentine's Day Candy Skewers!
These are quick and easy. Inexpensive even if you are making quite a few.
Easy to make ahead and transport.   
Cute, fun and pretty in pink!

I bought wooden skewers from Wal Mart. The dollar store often has them. 
One end is flat and the other is pointed. 
They were 97 cents for 50.

The cello bags are inexpensive and available at Wal Mart or Hobby Lobby. 
I had a stash from Nashville Wraps. 
They have every size and shape and I think everything looks better wrapped up in cello.
The prices are good if you need cello in bulk and they ship quickly.

The candy!!
You want any and all soft candy or candy with a hole in the center that you can find 
plus big pink and white marshmallows.
We bought ours at Wal Mart, Dollar General and Dollar Tree. 
There are tons of dollar bag choices. 
We bought fruit chew type candies in multiple shapes and flavors - anything pink, peachy pink or red. 
Gummie Lifesavers and a couple of other chewey candles are ring shaped 
so they just drop right on the skewer. 
The rest of the candy you simply slide down the skewer. 
This is why you want "soft" candy.

I also bought Little Debbie heart shaped cakes for the "topper." 

Spread out all the candy, slide it on the skewer in any order 
(I didn't even try to make them exactly the same but you could), 
pop them in the cello bag and tie them closed. 
We dropped a few Red Hots in each cello bag.

We used a twist tie to get them sealed tightly and then put pink and red grosgrain ribbon (any pink or red ribbon would be fine. I always pick up the cute rolls of "themed" ribbon at the Target Dollar Spot)
 and white curling ribbon over the twist tie to make them frilly and fun!

*Please note: One end of the skewer is pointed. You need the point in order to easily slide the candies on. If you are making these for children you can snip the pointed end of the skewer off with kitchen shears (very easy) and then add the Little Debbie Cake to the end.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bamboo Friday

I'm not a trend follower per se, but I am intrigued by trends and predictions.

I love reading the design forecasts at the beginning of the year and I love seeing what the "color of the year" is and if I'm going to embrace it at all :) 

I also like it when I'm already "on trend."
You know- I was doing this before it was cool.
(Remember "I was country before country was cool," etc?)

Here's one I'm pretty happy about for more than one reason. 
1. I love using it in every room in the house and 
2. We sell this stuff @elizabethandpayne so this trend is good for business!!

According to more than one source Bamboo and Rattan 
are strong for 2018!!
(In my opinion they were never out but whatevs!)

This article on Quintessence Blog says we will see rattan staying strong in 2018.

And Apartment Therapy said rattan furniture is "super chic" here.

Apartment Therapy

This article talks about "why" bamboo furniture is a good choice and popular as well:
Affordability, Versatility, Durability, and Sustainability. 
Plus, it adds fabulous warmth, texture and if its older - a vintage vibe to a room.

And the trends in this article are all strong for 2018 and bamboo is at the top. 

Lindroth enlivened the bamboo and rattan porch furniture that came with the house by painting the sofa and table bases to match the house trim, and then adding conch-shell pink cushions to all the seating. By situating the bar under the window, she create
Coastal Living

The thing about Bamboo is that whether you are just starting to use it in your decor because it's "on trend" or whether you were already embracing it in your house
 (The British have forever!!!), 
I don't think you can go wrong. 

Bamboo furniture and faux bamboo designs are classics 
and used well they will always be a wonderful, textural addition to a room.
So its a win-win. 

mollie's mom: First - Get Organized China Cabinet turned linen closet  Sherwin Williams Ravishing Coral
See this faux bamboo china cabinet turned linen closet here.

Look at all the wonderful texture subtly added to this room:

Chinoiserie Chic

Less beachy and more formal use of bamboo furniture:

A Brighton-style bamboo cabinet sits beneath an English oil painting. “The art helped inform the room’s wall color,” says Jon, but it was Dale who chose all the swatches. In this case, Sherwin Williams’s Aloof Gray provides a cool contrast to the space’s brassier hues.
One Kings Lane

I hope your Bamboo Friday includes a touch of bamboo in your own home.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Bamboo Friday with Marshall Watson

Where have I been?
Did y'all know about Marshall Watson and just not tell me??
Good grief. He has a fabulous book out and everything. 

This is the image that got me. 

Bahamas home | Marshall Watson Interiors

Fabulous bamboo console table in the entryway of this Bahamian home. 
So I'm hooked already - you had me at Bahamas and bamboo.

But, look at that lamp.
I zoomed in.

I don't know a thing about it except that the shape reminds me of a plain lamp
 my mother had when I was young. 
I think this could be a great DIY.
I think you could go all "John Derian" on a soft turquoise blue-green jug lamp base.
A little antiquing and crackle glaze, maybe, and you could have something very similar by just investing a bit of time, decoupage glue and a thrifted lamp. 

So this is Bamboo Friday with a little DIY idea as a bonus. 

Have a great weekend and let me know if you DIY a sea creature lamp!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

For The Birds and a Budget DIY

Audubon prints are everywhere. 
They are even being billed as a popular new "trend" on some of the trendiest blogs.

I grew up with Audubon prints so I find them neither new or trendy but classic, timeless and, to me, part of Southern decorating. Always.

But it is fun to see my favorite Audubon prints being used on favorite blogs and sites.

I'm obviously partial to the shore and tropical birds.

I have the Flamingo in my downstairs powder room. 
I've changed things around in there over the years but the big, pink bird stays!

The most recent change in the Powder Room was to paint the mirror and cabinet to match each other and in a fabulous, rich pink. 
SW Grenadine.
It changed the whole room!

The image below was on a favorite blog, Chinoiserie Chic,
 but it is actually in the home of Junell at Seekers Bazaar.

I have the American White Pelican in my Library.
It's a One Room Challenge from a couple of years ago. 
Everything in there is black - the walls, trim, bookcases- and he's the perfect moody guy to watch over things.

Here is Mr. Pelican in a post from a great blog, Forever Cottage.

Jill Hinson Interiors | Audubon Print

Designer Holly Mathis uses BIG Audubon bird prints like nobody's business!
Country Living feature- the back story  BEMZ SLIPCOVERS @BEMZDESIGN #bemz #ektorp
(That room plus such a cute pooch!)

And just recently, I redid my Entryway and a favorite Audubon print found its way in!

(Sorry for the reflections in all the pictures. The photo shoot trick is to take the glass out. I'm happy I got it framed the first time so that wasn't in my plans.)

I have always loved this pink bird too. 

This one was a DIY and under $25.00!
Yes, big and gorgeous and under $25.00.
Keep reading!

Audubon prints can be expensive but if you want the look without needing the print to be old or rare then this DIY is for you. 
I first found out from the Painted Hive blog about free high resolution downloads from the Audubon Society.
The Roseate Spoonbill in my entryway is 20x30 and  cost less than $15.00 to print on matte photo paper. I spray painted an IKEA frame gold that cost about $10.00.
I sent the image to Walgreen's photo center, added a coupon code for 40% off (they run online coupons constantly!) and picked it up an hour later. 
I popped it in the frame and it was ready to go!

I'll definitely be doing this again!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

First - Get Organized.

So much of social media and blogging right now is all about getting organized after the holidays. 
I feel inspired to purge, paint and organize at the start of the year. 

I'm off to a slow start because I missed the first several days of 2018 
because I had the plague :(
No kidding - worst flu or whatever. Ever.

But back to organizing.
I bought a faux bamboo china cabinet a couple of years ago. 
From seeing it online to texting the seller to loading it in my husbands truck 
was about an hour and a half. 
I do not mess around.

Did we need a china cabinet?

The plan was always to put it in the Master Bathroom!
Yep, you read that right.
We do not have a linen closet or any storage space in the MB but we had a good sized L-shaped layout that would accommodate a big bamboo china cabinet.
My husband was less sure about this plan but we loaded it up, got rid of the cigarette smoke smell and carried it up to the MB.

And then a coat of fabulous coral deliciousness!
Sherwin Williams Ravishing Coral. 
And suddenly that dingy yellow-y cream china cabinet was ravishing.

I wanted the openness of the glass doors so I started collecting every wicker and rattan suitcase I could find. They all came from yard sales and thrift shops 
and not one cost over $5.00.
They hold a multitude of not pretty items and are easy to pull in and out. 

There are stacks of towels and a few decorative items but mostly 
there is just storage for all those odds and ends that are necessary in a bathroom.

This is one of my favorite storage solutions ever- china cabinet turned linen closet.

See more of this Master Bathroom here,