Archive for October, 2017

One Room Challenge Week 4

I wish I could hug Linda of Calling It Home because for the first time ever she gave us an extension – we now have seven weeks to complete the challenge.  Even though I’ve been low stress this time around, I could really use the week to up the ante a little.  And more time to obsess over the details, like a 20″ square pillow.

I left you last week with this as my final mood board.

Bedroom Final

I actually don’t have much to show because my seamstress is still working on the custom bowood duvet and shams and the custom ikat lampshades are currently on a FedEx truck somewhere in the middle of america.  And that pink pillow has apparently not left Turkey yet.  With the pink pillow possibly not making it on time, I got to thinking, perhaps, I should switch it up – so here are the other possibilities I came up with and you can feel free to put in a vote if you’d like.

Option A – Brunschwig and Fils Les Touches pillow

Les Touches

Option B – Alex Conroy Irish Tile Pillow

Alex Conroy

Option C – Seemakrish Glitterati Bandra Pillow


Until I have the actual lampshade and duvet in hand, I don’t think I can make a final decision.  As of now, I’m leaning option C.

In dream land, I’d go option C and then get a small slipper chair covered in Les Touches for the corner of the room, like this…

Les Touches slipper

Damn, that looks so good.  That’s the piece I need to finish it off!!  But, unless the ebay Gods want to rain fabric down on me for a fraction of the price, I don’t see it happening.  Just another day in the life of me adulting so hard.

Next week, I should have more than just a mood board to show you!  Until then, lets start scheming ways to get me that slipper chair.  Go Fund Me? Pull my kids out of preschool and spend the tuition money on fabric instead?  Beg Oomph to give me that exact chair for free in exchange for an Instagram photo?  What would a millennial do?

While you come up with a brilliant answer for me, go check out the other participants here.


October 25, 2017 at 10:23 PM 4 comments

Closet Conversations: ORC Week Three

Let’s begin week 3 with a story.  About six months ago, I tried out this little unheard of “online marketplace” called eBay for the first time.  You know you can always rely on me for cutting edge technology.
I started searching for favorite fabrics on the site and I came across 13 yards of Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood for pennies on the dollar.
I went ahead and hit purchase on this mysterious site and before I knew it a mound of gorgeous fabric showed up on my doorstep from across the pond.
Well, I wanted to recover one of our dirt infested, stained up, depressed sofas in the fabric.  But then, Graham, my husband, caught wind of all of this.  He saw the flowery fabric and was skeptical at best.  He thought I should just use the 13 yards for a few pillows.
Crestfallen, I put the fabric away in a closet that was located in a vestibule just outside our master bedroom and I would visit the fabric from time to time – you know just to chat.
And then…yes, the riveting story is continuing, the vestibule (where the closet holding the bowood is located) was covered in Sister Parish Burma wallpaper as a part of our master bedroom plan.  I absolutely love the this little vestibule Burma haven so much – even the ceiling is papered.
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With the new paper in, when I opened the door to the vestibule closet and saw my fabric peaking out, I kept wishing I could have this bowood and burma together.  They are a perfect pairing!  Too bad the fabric was going on a sofa far away in a plan that my husband hates.
With all that in the back of my mind, I worked away on my master bedroom plan for the ORC and I showed you all of it last week.
Bedroom Final
Then, last Friday, I sat down to order everything when it hit me like a way people.
I literally ran (yes, literally) to the vestibule closet and pulled out the bowood fabric and unravelled all 13 yards all over my bedroom in a hot creative mess.
New plan people – custom bowood duvet and euro pillows.  Husband is happy with it in bedroom vs. living room, Sister Parish is happy to have a suitable friend and I’m happy that I don’t have to talk to fabric in a closet anymore.
Bedroom Final
Bowood is at my seamstress in San Francisco as I type, this silk Ikat has made it’s way from Uzbekistan to Atlanta where Lisa of Cruel Mountain is whipping up pleated shades for me.  And next week, I’ll show you the art that I have coming in.  This is by far and away the lest stressed I’ve been for the ORC week 3 and I’m into it.
I really have to thank Linda of Calling it Home for the One Room Challenge for pushing me to get things done.  I keep thinking in just a few weeks, I’ll have a finished master bedroom and that makes me all kinds of giddy.
Now go see what all the other wonderful people are doing here.  And if you’d like to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.  You can also always hear more of me over on Instagram here.




October 18, 2017 at 11:40 PM 4 comments

From DeGournay to Cost Plus: ORC

Thank you for the comments and encouragement last week; it reminded me why this One Room Challenge is so fun!  You can see the other people linking up here.
Last week, I explained that I’ll be redoing our master bedroom.  When it came down to planning, I tried to evaluate the bedrooms that I love.  They all seem to be layered, soft, pretty bedrooms.
Jessica Buckley
Rita Konig
House Beautiful
Basically, I like the type of bedroom with silk pleated lampshades, d Porthault scalloped pillows and hand painted deGournay wallpaper.
Moving right along from deGournay to reality, here is my plan, complete with a five year old Cost Plus World Market bed…

Bedroom Final

I put this moodboard together and I immediately thought it looked like a teenagers room.  I’m hoping it all looks older when I put it all together.  I don’t think my crappy powerpoint skills are really showing off the scheme.  Here is the general materials concept (although some parts of this had to change)…


There.  That’s not so 16 year old anymore, right?  That’s what I’m telling myself.

The first major thing that I did was to get rid of the carpet that was already there.  I put in wall to wall sisal.  I love the natural look that sisal gives to the room and it’s beautiful paired with the adobe walls.  The only problem is that it hurts like hell on barefeet.  When they were installing the sisal, the carpet guy said to me, “you probably should not have young kids in here because the carpet will hurt them.”  Hahahaha.  You mean not like a one year old, three year old and four year old?  Oh. Right.  We’re just going to toughen up our feet around here.  That and layer on top a rug that I had from our previous home.


That’s all for now, check in next week for bed linens.  Until then, check out the others.


October 11, 2017 at 10:13 PM 3 comments

Bedroom Overhaul ORC

For those of you who are new to my blog for the One Room Challenge, welcome and thanks for stopping by.  This is my fifth time participating and I am strangely addicted to this pony show.

Here are my past challenges –

Poolhouse Nip and Tuck  


Gone Country Bedroom


Poodle Paradise Closet


Make That a Double” Patio

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This time, I’m determined to finish up my master bedroom.  In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve already begun working on the room but I want it finished.  I’m a classic 90%.  Actually, in just writing that sentence, I realized that I forgot to put laundry detergent in with my latest clothes cycle.  I stain treated the million kids stains, threw it all in the washer, turned the dang thing on and walked away without any detergent.  See? 90 percenter.  Let’s get this bedroom to 100%, shall we?

A little back story, I bought my parents house, as in the one I grew up in.  The history is an amazing gift to have and treasure EXCEPT when it comes to the master bedroom.  Moving into your parent’s room – it’s just plain awkward.  So, the bedroom needed a complete overhaul but without painting or moving walls.

Here is the bedroom before we moved in.



That painting is awesome and the lamps are cool and the mirror is gorgeous.  But mark my words, absolutely nothing in here stays.  And we all get why.

Come back next week for the plan.


October 4, 2017 at 10:47 PM 15 comments


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