Thursday, April 14, 2016

ORC Spring 2016! Post 2.0

So what is ACTUALLY going on in the "challenge room"?????
( I hope you have checked out Week 1 and Week 1.5 post.
 No, not tying to be an overachiever with 2 posts in Week 1
 but seriously trying to get it together already!!)
Not as much happening  as should be, but hey, that seems to be my "ORC M.O."
(I was out of town for week one so that's scary!
And I did nothing in advance to prep for this. Nada.)
This is my third ORC.
Maybe the third time is the charm :)

I did put together an inspiration board  based on two things:
my inspiration rooms from my ORC Blog Post 1.5
and what I have on hand and want to keep and use in the Library.

The walls are black  and staying black.
I have black bookshelves on one  wall. Must paint the other two that are  currently dingy white.

I found 2 wicker, super comfy chairs while thrifting the other day. 
Mine are dark brown ,not gray like the inspiration board. 
And the cushions are definitely not white. I wish. 
The 80's called and wants the floral cushions back.
And Goodwill accidentally resold the matching ottomans I had already paid for.
 Long story. :( 
A little touch up and some fabric on those cushions and I think they will be fabulous.

I have a large bamboo china cabinet between the black shelves. Definitely staying.
Keeping a family heirloom desk but I want to add a bamboo chair at the desk.
I have a pineapple lamp I may move to the desk and a brass pineapple floor lamp we found thrifting in Charleston at Thanksgiving. Needs a shade.

Blue and white. Check.

An ottoman, stool or garden stool is needed. 
A garden stool is the dream but may be a long shot.

And a touch of animal print is absolutely happenin'. In this room it's going to be zebra.
Change the window treatment situation. I have several jumbled thoughts on that.
Not sure yet....

I have a bamboo mirror that's going to be painted gold.
Bamboo Mirror - Bright Gold

and I have been looking  for (and found!!) a fabulous textile or two for pillows
 and maybe to cover the ottoman.

You may have seen the above image on IG. 
I have been admiring them as I drive around town!!

#obsessed but white background fabrics are not our friend.

Blurry iphone photo but this was love at first sight when I saw the "Coming Soon" swatch hanging on the wall at Fabric and Fringe Warehouse in Marietta. If you are local and have not visited, hurry in. It makes my Textile Design background heart go crazy!!
It's definitely happening.
And then lots of books and such will be on the shelves to add layers, color and texture.

 So right now I'm making my list  and getting started.
 Up first? 
Yep, paint. 
One  gallon of Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black needs to get on my walls and white shelves.

And totally unrelated...

Mollie and I did the Mimosa 5K at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival last Saturday morning
(it was freezing!!!) thereby showing the world the lengths  we will go to  for a "free" mimosa!!

Follow along on Instagram for the latest.
Be sure to visit Calling It Home Blog to see what everyone else is up to as well!!!


  1. Oh, love the plan and fabrics!! The chairs are so good--I swear, I never find things like that when I'm thrifting. Pretty sure I'm doing it wrong. I'm homesick for Marietta now--that's where I grew up! Went to Harrison High School. :)

  2. Oh, love the plan and fabrics!! The chairs are so good--I swear, I never find things like that when I'm thrifting. Pretty sure I'm doing it wrong. I'm homesick for Marietta now--that's where I grew up! Went to Harrison High School. :)

    1. Thank you. I'm pretty excited about the chairs even if they di sell the ottomans. Just an opportunity to get creative or find another foot rest option! Thrifting is definitey touch and go but I can be in and out of GW in 10 minutes flat. And we have quite a few in Marietta so that helps!! If you visit Marietta soon you'll have to give it a go and find some goodies to take back with you!

  3. Those chairs are great! Are you going to paint them? Can't wait to see your room come together!

    1. Thank you. I think I'm going to try the chairs in the dark stain for now but I am not above painting them at some point :) I'll paint anything that stands still or hangs around too long!

  4. I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.

    I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!

    Good luck in the upcoming week!

  5. I love everything about this! Those chairs are fantastic but bummer about the ottomans. The fabric choices are gorgeous. Cannot wait to follow the progress! xo

    1. Thank you Amanda!! I have just stalked your blog and loved every image!! Such talent!!

  6. Love the fabrics, always a chinoiserie fan,and those chairs great score! Can't wait to see the final reveal.

    1. Thank you Maggie! They were a steal even with the missing ottomans LOL

  7. I am in love with your fabrics! We had Tricorn Black on our door and shutters at our last house. It's a great color.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so excited to have some of the One Room Challenge girls joining us. Hope you'll come back next week too. :)

    1. Thanks Stacey. Choosing fabrics is the most fun of all!! And Tricorn is a great black. I have had it multiple places in my homes. It's a great go to black. And thank you for inviting me to the link up!

  8. You always pick the best fabrics! I can't wait to see how this comes together!

    1. Aww, thank you. I love playing with fabric swatches and looking at the combos. If I could parlay that into a full time job it would be awesome!!

  9. looking good! can't believe goodwill sold your stuff. hoping the universe somehow leads them back to you.

    1. Nancy it would be amazing if the matching ottomans showed up at Goodwill or a yardsale one day. They were priced as a pair and somehow when they moved them to the back room they got separated and retagged and sold. When I went to pick them up the manager was very nonchalant about it and shrugged and said, "it happens" What can you do!! Much better to have the chairs without footstools than the reverse :)