It’s that time of year again. One Room Challenge Time (to be read in Oprah voice). I’m diving in with both feet and I have yet to know if I’ll sink or swim. The big question is, will my workrooms pull through and deliver what I need to be done on time? Six weeks of taking a space from blah to (hopefully) wow is a tight deadline. But, you already knew that.
For those of you who are new to my site, welcome! Here are pics of my last three One Room Challenges so you can be familiar with my work.
Project 1: Poolhouse Redo –
Project 2 – Country Bedroom
Project 3 – My Girls’ Closet –
What will I be working on this time? Our outdoor space.
Here comes the before shots…
You see that uninspiring, round table and chairs that’s sticking out in the photo? Yeah, well that set came with the house when we bought it. When we were doing our final walkthrough to get our keys, we came along this lovely set of patio furniture and the previous owner matter of factly stated to us, “I’m going to leave this here. You can keep it or you can have your movers get rid of it.” And that was that.
The patio furniture we unintentionally inherited, has sat there for far too long and that little space is getting a makeover with this basic plan
Also, this little bar-b-que area
This table will be getting all done up with a fresh tablescape for the reveal photos.
These chairs will be getting cushions made.
I’m excited for the changes coming and I hope that it all comes together in time. The one thing that can’t be changed, that I wish could be, is the hardscape. We’ll be remodeling in a number of years and tearing up the hardscape at that point. So, for now, I’ll just work with what we’ve got.
I hope you’ll follow along with me for the next six weeks. Your support truly means the world to me.
Please check out the other participants in the One Room Challenge, here.
For the record, Josie is a “big girl” and I am getting a bit verklempt about it all. The fun thing is that she’s my little pal and we’re starting to have actual, real conversations. The sad part is that she’s outgrowing that itty bitty, cuddly wuddly, rock a bye baby stage. This weekend she officially left the crib and entered her big girl bed…
All of the bedding hasn’t arrived yet. Eventually, the quilt that will be folded at the end of the bed; for now, it is layed all the way out. I scored and the green in the quilt matches the green of the headboard perfectly. I also love the quilt with the Madeline Weinrib fabric I have on Josie’s stool that she uses to hoist her little body into her bed. Perhaps, she’s not such a “big girl” after all.
First and foremost, thank you so much for your kind words on my big news last week! We are so excited!
Our wonderful sitter who comes two mornings a week so I can have uninterrupted work time, is out this week so the girls went up to daycare at Graham’s office today. Why share this rather mundane tidbit of information? I just wanted to set the scene that for the first time in a long time I have the house completely to myself all day long. It’s paradise! No offense, family.
The purpose for this uninterrupted silence is to do my business taxes. But, like with any dreadful task, comes the wonderful pursuit of procrastination. Enter blogging. Ah, yes, I remember you daily blog. You were so fun!
Let’s get started. How about some inspiration?
When debating tackling a God awful Ikea hack, I came across this image as inspiration (a decidedly non Ikea hack) –
The room was packed to the brim with swoon worthy elements, that I had to find the entire house tour. Feast your eyes on Lindsey Lane‘s work.
That custom scalloped settee may be the most perfect thing that I have ever laid eyes on. The entire New York City flat feels fresh and fun with plenty of timeless elements mixed in. What a happy spot to live. You can view more of Lindsey’s inspiring portfolio, here.
Growing up as the youngest of four, I was born into organized chaos. I want to stress the organized because my parents did a good job at keeping all their ducks in a row. But no matter how you spin it, three boys and a girl calls for chaos. There are way more dog piles, interruptions, giggles and farts then your average household. I didn’t know it any other way and so I grew up loving the chaos.
I now thrive under chaos. Perhaps that’s why I’m such an incredible mess. We’ll go with that as the answer. When things get lackadaisical, I go a little stir crazy. When things are spinning every which direction, I feed on the energy.
Enter our own little family. Two littles, 18 months apart, is chaotic. There are way more diapers, temper tantrums, hugs and snuggles than you average household.
Recently, Josie and Grace have begun to play with each other. I find myself more and more with a solid ten minutes of quiet time as they recede into their own play worlds together.
Just as things inch towards the lackadaisical at home, I find myself pregnant!! And with the snap of a finger, or the pee on a stick, we’re back in the realm of chaos.
While I’m nervous for handling three kids, 3 1/2 years and younger, in the end, it’ll just be more chaos. And I think that makes us really damn lucky.
There will be another dancer; another ball player; another storyteller; another bike rider; another joke teller; another personality; another unique child to love. And this time we get to experience a boy!!
I’ve always known I wanted a big family. I just never believed I would get it.
The special thing is that Graham didn’t always know he wanted a big family. When we were dating, I said that I wanted four kids and he said that he wanted two. But after Graham became a father for the first time, he was so in love that he wanted more. When Grace came along he was so happy with two that he wanted more. I find that beautiful that he loved being a dad so much he wanted to continue to add to the crew. Although, he too, never thought a third child would actually happen.
When we had Josie, the fertility Dr.’s stressed concern for us getting a second child. I have a low egg count and unfortunately there is nothing you can do about that. When we conceived Grace, our Dr told us how the odds were against us for that happening; we had a less then 10% chance of conceiving naturally. After Grace, we just thought we’d see what happened but told ourselves not to get emotionally invested. Low and behold, 17 months later, we beat the odds again. And here I sit, writing a pregnancy post for the third time in 3.5 years. Just as the other two times, I still am in disbelief that we can be so lucky.
I keep picturing myself absolutely covered in my little chillens and that brings a huge smile to my face. Bring on the blessed, brilliant, beautiful chaos.
Photo by Pam Hansen
Mom hosted 18 of us in her backyard for this past Easter Sunday. It was a great time and so sweet to watch the little ones run around. There were 7 cousins there and they were all girls so we did a girly themed tablescape.
Mom, the girls, and I went to the flower mart and stocked up for the table and for some gorgeous flower arrangements that my mom made. We then went to JoAnne’s and got some ribbon to tie bunches of flowers at each place setting.
We alternated between a fuschia bow and a light pink bow for each napkin going down the table. Then we pulled out some pretty flower plates that mom got on her wedding day, the fine silver and everything else was white.
The setting really can’t be beat with a view of the bay.
Fun was had by all, especially the little ones…
Hope your Easter was a special day.
One room where I have subscribed to the theory of slooow decorating is the dining room. You guys were there with me when I got my beloved Oly Studio dining room chairs and when we ripped up the ugly carpet…post here.
Now for the next latest and greatest, we have our official dining room lighting. I had my Stray Dog Designs chandelier up as a place holder but it was never meant to stay in that room. I love the light but it’s more whimsical then I’d like my dining room to read.
I just needed to find the perfect piece which can take TIME.
Luckily for me, while searching One Kings Lane vintage section for lighting for a client, I stumbled upon the light for me. I can assure you my job is very dangerous like that. It’s very easy to do the, ‘one for you and one for me,’ when out shopping for clients.
I digress. I present to you my very own antique copper lantern…
I love it! It actually looks better in person; my horrible photography skills in no way do it justice.
By absolutely no means is the dining room finished. But I’m one step closer. The next step is to put up drapes and to take down the shutters. That will bring a layer of softness and possibly color to the room. Now to find a fabric within my budget and to my liking. I’m very much considering white Ikea drapes with this tape on the leading edge until I find the one again…
I’ll update you as the changes arrive. At this pace it will be in about six months or so. How is that for a hard sell to keep you reading?
Even though I was born and raised in California, my mom does have some deep Southern roots. She can trace her roots back to the revolution. Her sister is in town from Virginia (which I saw as the perfect excuse to dress the girls in smocked dresses). It got me thinking of how I am influenced by Southern style and I think that has to do with the traces of Southern style/ antiques placed around our California home growing up.
One of my absolute favorite designers, who I had the pleasure of “meeting” over Instagram, is based out of Richmond, Virginia – the very place my mom was born.
Today, I’d love to whisk you away to the wonderful world of Suellen Gregory Design and her beautiful use of pattern mixing, unique furniture pieces, gorgeous antiques and a few modern pieces for good measure.
Suellen Gregory’s work is chalk full of inspiration. She, and her team, have such talents at mixing patterns, styles and colors. I like how she really follows through on a color story, pulling from one fabric and I think that’s what makes her mix so successful. Each room is absolutely stunning while feeling relaxed and a happy place to live. You can follow Suellen Gregory on Instagram here.