Monday, November 23, 2020

Family Room "Fluff" - One Room Challenge Reveal!

It's Reveal Day for my Family Room "Fluff" 

 This is my 10th One Room Challenge.




In the whole scheme of One Room Challenges, it is very low key. But I still wanted to participate because the time restriction/deadline is a great motivator for me. And I wanted to share on the ORC platform because I hope this minimal, low cost, low key 'fluff' might be inspirational to someone. We can't always do a major overhaul of a space (and there are some pretty amazing rooms every ORC that do!) but hopefully my room shows you how you can make a room feel better to be in and work best for your family/use of a room without spending a lot of money or changing every single element. 

Slight changes can make everything feel fresh. That was the working theory for this room anyway! So I'm going to post a lot of pictures and point out anything I purchased (not much, I promise) or any changes that I made.

Quick before shot (and you can catch up on previous posts here.)

Not awful but time for a refresh!


The first thing I did was rearrange the couches.

(And yes, we have a ceiling fan. It's hot in the South. I took these pictures on November 21st and it was over 70. We use ours almost year round!)

The trio of bamboo cabinets that I thrifted last May stayed in the same place. I edited what was on display inside and replaced a broken glass door (I used a thrifted picture frame for the glass - so much less than getting it from a glass company #thriftytip)


I painted the dark wood chests. I've been wanting to do that forever! The wood tones didn't work well together. I love the lighter look with the brass hardware.  All of the blue and white Chinoiserie lamps were thrifted and already in the room. The antique gold mirrors were already hanging in the room but I raised them 3 inches and they look so much better. I swapped out the bamboo chair for this one that I already had and simply recovered the seat in some blue and white fabric I had on hand. The seascape oils are very old and were inherited years ago.





This vintage (and thrifted) bamboo bench hides behind the couch and is where we throw all of our pillows and blankets we use when we "waller" - you may remember I referenced James Farmer's terminology for the room where we "waller" and watch TV.  I love this bench and it doesn't work anywhere else right now so it's being put to use here  :)

The coffee table was already in the room. It is a huge copper tray that I inherited when we closed my parents home this year. I had the bamboo table base on hand so I gave it a quick coat of off-white spray paint and it worked perfectly. 




The brass fire screen was inherited at the same time.

The fire screen stays closed most of the time because Cooper is afraid of it!


Now looking back the other direction.
The huge blue and white jars were thrifted ( I love it when I find a pair!) and the large finials are solid wood, distressed and chippy and very heavy. I thrifted those as well.

  There are a ton of doors and windows in this space.


So, sometimes I just ignore doors. 
This door is never, ever used- it leads to the screened in porch and we use the kitchen door for that. I had a chair in front of it before but I decided to make it match the windows on the other side of the fireplace and even though its smaller than the double windows it helps your eye flow across the wall and creates a bit of symmetry. 

I ordered 2 pairs of these white curtains from Amazon because I couldn't match the set already on the  double window. I'll use them elsewhere. They were $35 a pair and the quality is pretty good. Of course, they are nothing like custom but they have the back tabs that help them drape nicely. I put an inexpensive bamboo blind on the French door window just like I had on the other windows. I order my bamboo roll up blinds from Amazon. 


The painting that reminds me of the my beloved SC low country was a gift from my parents many years ago. I ordered the picture light from Amazon and we all love it. Why didn't I get one years ago? I've always wanted one! The table belonged to my Charleston grandmother. The oyster wreath came from a shop on Saint Simons Island, the brass and bamboo trays were thrifted and the turtle shell was a gift from some musicians in Honduras that I met on a mission trip.


And another "ignored" doorway.


We rarely need access to this little closet/wet bar area and the plants are migrating inside as it gets colder at night. I had this bamboo stand and blue pot. Both were thrifted. The artwork on the walls came from Haiti, Honduras and Columbia (I purchase art from street vendors anywhere I travel for work/mission trips.)
The doorway on the left leads to our foyer and the opening to the right is the hall to the kitchen. Baby gates are here to stay until Cooper's manners improve a little :)



The bamboo end tables were thrifted, we use the blue and white saucers as coasters and the camellias are floating in thrifted blue and white bowls. The top painting was purchased in Turqs and Caicos and the bottom painting was bought on Tybee Island.


We needed some fresh, much fluffier pillows- the better to "waller" with! I purchased the blue and white fabric and the beige pagoda fabric and 2 new pillow inserts at Fabric and Fringe Warehouse (the best fabric store around #notsponsored)


I bought the very soft green throw from Target for $10. It's so soft and has tassels so it was a no brainer. And the pagoda pillow above is borrowed form the Library as a "placeholder." I wanted the Zen fabric in a different colorway for in here but it wasn't available right now. 

And, yes, there is a TV in this room. A really big one. 


It's big and black but TV's are a reality for most of us. I don't think a gallery wall or any other "trick" would help draw they eye away so I've just placed it on a fabulous faux bamboo dresser (thrifted, of course) and so be it ;)


We are really enjoying the "new" look and layout. 
I still need to finish painting a couple of the walls (they were already white so you can't tell until you look closely) and the brick hearth. 
It feels good to have de-cluttered and freshened things up right before the holidays. 
Thank you to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge. It is a great motivator for me. Be sure to check out all of the other rooms here
Some of these DIYers really pulled out all the stops!!

And I hope you will check back in here or follow along on IG 
because we are about to start decorating for Christmas - as soon as we figure out where the tree will go in this new layout!



*Please note: Many items in this room were already in the room and had been thrifted, including the wicker couch, over a period of time. I did not find all of them in this 6 week ORC challenge time period! I already had the white paint and the fabric for the chair cushion. The rest of the purchases were minimal and noted. This might be the least expensive ORC ever! 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Family Room "Fluff" - One Room Challenge

One more week to get all the "fluffing" completed.
I have resorted to my typical ORC MO - I've made the list!
So here is what I need to complete for a room reveal next week. I've included anything that's in progress but not completed because I really like crossing things off of a list!

To Do:
1. Finish painting walls, trim and brick fireplace surround.
2. Hang curtains on the "door camouflage project" Oh, and order a bamboo shade for the door!
3. Install picture light.
4. Finish backing bamboo cabinets and edit display items.
5. Polish copper tray table.
6. Pillows. We could use a fresh look!
7. Decide on side chair.
8. Rehang art over side chair.
9. Edit accessories and arrange the ones staying. 
10. Wash slipcovers and wrestle them back on the couch cushions :(


This is the wall that the TV used to be on and this painting hung over the couch. 
They have basically switched places.
And I've always wanted a picture light over a piece of artwork. 
I installed this one that I found on Amazon for about $25. 
It is cordless and has a remote - can't beat that.
Something that needed doing (more than I realized) was polishing the


It is quite large so I took it outside and set it up on sawhorses to polish. 
Pretty dramatic before/after.
Note to self. Polish this waaaay more often!


I've had a little setback in sourcing the exact pillow fabrics I wanted 
but I've found at least one winner.


That's about it. 
The rest of the room is in disarray with "in progress" projects but I did manage to snag some gorgeous coral spray roses to cheer the room up! You know how I feel about buying the roses.

I'm looking forward to tying up the rest of the loose ends and posting a reveal next week!
Meanwhile check here to see some major room projects that other ORC participants are working away on.





Sunday, November 1, 2020

A Little Frosty in the South.

 It's November 1 and we have our first frost warning in the Atlanta area. 


It always creeps up on me. We have glorious warm weather all Fall and I'm lazy about planning for my tropical plants on the porch. I have to scurry around, drag things inside, kill random bugs I've brought in with my plants and try to keep the dog out of the dirt. 

It is not fun.


But this year I'm sharing a different story. I planned ahead. I have (what I hope) is a great solution to my "plant problem." 

We purchased a very basic, not charming looking, utilitarian "greenhouse" type thing from Tractor Supply for about $100.00. We are not 100% sure it will be completely successful but the investment isn't large and far less than replacing the plants I have no place to overwinter each year. For the past couple of years I have had what I called a 'redneck greenhouse' on my porch. It was a ladder draped in sheets and plastic dropcloth with my plants shoved against the house wall of my screened porch. I used a lamp to keep the plants under it from freezing. It was not the best solution but my ferns survived. This year when we couldn't go shopping for plants in the Spring we were so happy to have the plants that survived to use on our porch. 

So this structure from Tractor Supply is a small step up from the 'redneck greenhouse' of years past :) Yes, I would love a charming, 'real" greenhouse. I had one at our previous home and loved having it so much. But if this gets my plants through our Winter (which can be fairly mild) I will be ecstatic. 


It is 6 x 6 feet* (more on that later) and it is tucked behind our garden shed in a utility area of the backyard. It is slightly visible from the back porch. We put it together in a few hours. This is a progress picture - we still had a couple of steps to go. 


I chose to put down landscape fabric and cover it with pea gravel. I love pea gravel and will use it any time I can. A brick floor is very charming in a greenhouse and retains heat but this was a quick fix. (The lower back flap will be secured for those of you curious about that. I was waiting on a piece of pipe at this point. Once you slide it in the rod pocket the back is secured.)


And then I put 2 of my many ferns in there. 

And realized that 6 x 6 feet* was not as large as it looked. My ferns are huge. My palms are huge. It's going to be very cozy in there. My advice, go bigger than you think you need to. I had 6'6" between our shed and the fence so I chose what would fit and mostly be hidden by the shed. I honestly need another one to fit everything in!




This isn't everything! I'm excited to see if i can keep my plants warm, pest free and happy in here!

I'll keep you posted since this is completely experimental. This structure will work if we have a mild winter and I can keep the temp regulated and the cold winds out. 

Fingers crossed. 



Friday, October 30, 2020

Family Room "Fluff" -

 The Messy Middle - Weeks 3 and 4.

No update last week because I had to be out of town. So, literally nothing happened on the ORC.

However, a super productive couple of days has resulted in some progress. 

It's the messy middle. Progress, but nothing finished or back in place and certainly not styled!!

So here's a bit of the evolution that got us to the ORC starting point and contains a lot of elements that you will see in the "fluffed"/finished room in 2 weeks :


In 2017, I painted our brick fireplace. I had wanted to do it for over 10 years before I took the plunge. I will never hesitate to paint brick again. Total game changer. 
I still love the white walls and white brick fireplace.


The large bookcase in the background had been there for years and was flanked by bookcases. I swapped the bookcases out for 2 chests. It lightened up the room and all the books moved into the Library that was my Spring 2016 ORC.


(Pardon the doggie cover on the wicker couch - crooked and all!!)

Then I found these three beauties at a local Goodwill for less that $20 each!! What a find. 
We moved the large bookcase to the Library and moved the bamboo beauties in. 


And I think those 3 cabinets are about the only things in this room staying in the same spot!



And here was the during over the weekend. The "befores" and the  messy middle. We moved both couches, changed the wall the TV is on and a few other things like that.


I'm not sure I've ever shown the TV wall in this room before. The TV is a massive black beast but I have to work around it. It's what we do in this room :)  
Maybe someday a frame TV will come my way!!


I'm excited to show you where the couches, the TV and a few other pieces of furniture ended up!

We like the new arrangement and the fun part begins now. 

Since this is a "fluff" there aren't a lot of purchases happening but some fresh throw pillows might be needed! Mostly I'm rearranging and editing to make this room feel a little more open and less busy. Oh, and painting. The walls needed a fresh coat of white. 

Be sure to check out the other ORC posts here

And I hope you'll come back next week for a peek at a room that's close to being finished!



Once in Blue Moon

 Something fairly rare is going to occur on October 31, Halloween night, this year. 

There is going to be a "Blue Moon."

This is the name for a second full moon in one calendar month. 

But this year, 2020, the Blue Moon is even more unique. 

A Blue Moon only happens on Halloween about every 19-20 years and a Blue Moon that is visible in every time zone only happens every several decades!! The last time this occurred- blue moon on Halloween visible in every time zone- was in 1944 during WW2. 

So, honestly, what is going to occur is very rare and why we use the idiom "once in a blue moon" to describe something that rarely happens!


If you want the scientific details I've got a quick explanation below from Brittanica's website:

The period from one full moon to another is about 29 1/2  days, so when two occur in the same month, the first of these full moons is always on the first or second day of the month. February, which has only 28 days (29 days in leap years), can never have a blue moon. Months with 31 days—January, March, May, July, August, October, and December—have a much better chance of hosting a blue moon because of their length. On average, a blue moon occurs once every 33 months or full moons, 41 times per century, or about seven times every 19 years. An even rarer event is when two blue moons happen in the same calendar year, which happens about four times per century.

I hope you have clear skies wherever you are and can see this beautiful occurrence.