Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Room Challenge: The Finale

Welcome to my One Room Challenge finale! For the past six weeks I have been redesigning my powder room; you can check out the before pictures here. The six weeks have flown by and I needed every last second to get my room completed. I'll save all of the trials and tribulations for a later post; let's get to the good stuff... 

(Sorry for the dark pictures, I ran out of daylight, I will post more when the sun rises.) :)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 5

Welcome to week five of my One Room Challenge! To find out what the One Room Challenge is all about and catch up on the first four weeks click here.

I have been a busy bee for the last seven days! I have crossed off the majority of my to do list and I am feeling seriously accomplished! Not to say that I don't have a lot of little details to wrap up, but I'm happy to say that most of the big stuff is out of the way.

Here is a glimpse at a few progress pictures from the past week.
I created a roman shade using cheap mini blinds as a base. I realize that there are already a million tutorials on how to use mini blinds to create a roman shade, but next week there will be a million and one. ;)

For those of you that follow me on Instagram you already know that I started installing the grasscloth. Three walls down and one to go!!

I painted the remaining doors in the hallway black. Nothing ground breaking but at least I can check it off my list.

Here is one more picture of the actual grasscloth and fabric together. I took it with my iPhone so the picture doesn't do the combination justice but it really is fantastic together. I am beyond pleased with how the room is coming together!

That's all I am going to share with you today. Check out my Instagram to see more updates throughout the week and come back next Thursday for the full reveal!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 4

Thank you for stopping by to check out week four of my One Room Challenge. I'm currently redesigning my powder room and only have 2 weeks left to get it finished.  To see my progress and get all of the details about the One Room Challenge please click here.

Over the past week I have nailed down all of the final details of the design and drum roll please...finally purchased the fabric for the roman shade. 

I took the plunge and went with the Ebony colorway. I have to admit that while I absolutely love the way it looks with some of my existing artwork (see it paired with my black botanical above), I am already second guessing my purchase. Shocker, I know. 

Last week I asked how you thought I would incorporate tassels and woven bamboo into my room and a few of you guessed correctly. I am going to add tassels to the bottom of the roman shade and the woven bamboo is going to be artwork (either in the powder room or in the hallway leading to it).

Here is what the space looks like currently. There isn't a huge change from last week other than the fact that I painted the trim. 

As you can see the walls are still primed and ready for the grasscloth wallpaper. I'm beyond intimidated to tackle the wallpaper as a DIY project. Hopefully I'll work up the courage to get it done this weekend.

My little helper is always willing to give me a hand...maybe he can give me a few pointers on the grasscloth install?

The good news is that I have ordered almost everything (and received most) of the items I need to finish my little powder room's huge transformation! I'm still trying to decide on artwork for the space. I would still love to use The Pink Pagoda's prints but I have a few other options that are appealing as well. I'm giving myself until tomorrow morning to make a final decision; because let's face it, time is running out! 

After much debate I decided to go with brushed nickel hardware for the room. We have brushed nickel throughout the rest of our home and I wanted to stay consistent. I might have also been swayed towards brushed nickel because of an amazingly cheap faucet that I found on Craigslist, but we can pretend it's because I wanted to stay consistent with the rest of the house. :)

I ordered this light fixture from Wayfair. I love the octagonal shape of the wall plate and I think it will fit nicely with the faux bamboo mirror I have for the room. 

Design House Barcelona
Design House Barcelona Vanity Light

I also picked up this vanity from Lowe's. It was definitely not my first choice but I'm fairly pleased with it. I will decide if I love it once I remove the pedestal sink and see how it fits in the space. I'm concerned that it may be too small, but I'm praying that it will be perfect. 

 Style Selections Emberlin
Style Selections Emberlin

Well that summaries where I currently stand with my room, now I'm off to celebrate my husband's birthday, because not even the ORC can postpone birthday celebrations. :)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 3

I can't believe it's already week three of the One Room Challenge! In case you are new here, I am in the middle of redesigning my powder room. You can check out weeks one and two here. 

During week one I introduced to you my room and laid out a loose design plan. Last week I shared that I had removed the ceiling texture and decided to go with a beautiful grasscloth on the walls. This week, instead of crossing something major off my long to do list, I decided to add to it. I realize that we are already in week three of a six week challenge, but I just couldn't resist making the challenge more difficult. ;)

The original builder of our house added a trim piece below the crown molding in our dining room (AKA: John's office) to make it appear more substantial. We had the exact same trim left over from a previous project so I decided to mimic the same look in the bathroom. Here are a few pictures to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.

Our dining room/John's office/ Inspiration picture

Here are a few progress shots of the trim in the bathroom.

Please tell me the first thing you noticed about these pictures was my super smooth ceiling!!

This is what the trim looks like now after two coats of primer. 

This is a sneak peek of some of the things I have been working on for the powder room: tassles, woven bamboo, artwork made by my little man, and of course painting my mirror. Can you guess what I am going to use the bamboo and tassels for??

I still have to paint the trim and install the gorgeous wallpaper and I'm hoping to get that done before next week's update. I would be lying if I said I wasn't totally intimidated by the idea of installing the grasscloth myself...wish me luck!!

Don't forget to stop by and check out the progress of all of these fabulous designs! You can check out all of the other linking participants here. I know I'll be spending a significant amount of time sitting at my computer checking all of these bad boys out this weekend; these ladies are seriously talented!! 


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to week two of the One Room Challenge! If you missed week one you can check it out here. I have four weeks left to complete my powder room and hallway makeover and I can already feel the pressure beginning to build!!

Last week I shared two different room plans with you and mentioned that I had a huge fear of commitment. Let me stop there and say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your kind words of support! You guys had no problem picking your favorite option. The overwhelming majority of you preferred the blue option over the black.  Unfortunately it's week two and I'm still not completely sold on which fabric to choose. Big shocker there. I have seriously been debating on black vs. blue for over a year. I have almost worked out a plan to have BOTH, but every time I think I' ready to pull the trigger I begin to second guess myself. Hopefully I will be able to get it all sorted out this weekend, like after a cocktail or three.

The good news is that I have nailed down a few of the other major decisions (WOO HOO)!! I have also started on the small construction aspect of the plan so I don't feel like I'm completely behind, at least not yet anyways.

I have decided to use Schumacher's Ikeda Bamboo Stripe grasscloth on the walls in the powder room. I have to admit that I wasn't sold on striped grasscloth at first, but when I calculated the amount of money I would be saving by using this particular grasscloth, I suddenly fell in love with it! It is seriously the deal of the century. I'm talking a savings of over $1,000 here people.

Here is an updated moodboard with the striped grasscloth. I actually feel like this grasscloth will pair nicely with either fabric, which is probably why I have no problem committing to it.

Floral fabric:  Lotus Lake Porcelain by Waverly
Botanicals by The Pink Pagoda

I removed the texture from the ceiling, I would like to point out that it may have been a small ceiling, but it was not a small task! Seriously, I almost reconsidered all of my negative feelings about smocked ceilings, almost being the key word there. I also patched and sanded the walls. There are not any glamorous pictures to share of either task but I will post a tutorial on how to smooth smocked ceilings in the next few days.

I also rescued my lovely bamboo mirror from the depths of hell my basement and tested it out in the space. The mirror is really heavy so I was excited to discover that the previous owners of our home used heavy duty anchors to hang the original mirror. Here is the unpainted mirror in the space...

What the what?!?! I was so disappointed that it didn't look just as I had planned. My bubble was totally busted. I guess I'll be removing those awesome anchors and finding another industrial strength anchor to secure my beloved mirror. Just one more thing on the to do list...

  • remove ceiling texture
  • paint or wallpaper walls (wallpaper ordered)
  • change light fixture 
  • change wall fixtures
  • window treatments
  • artwork 
  • lacquer faux bamboo mirror
  • possibly change out vanity
  • hang pictures in hallway leading to powder room
  • paint the remaining doors (black, grey, white?)

As if I don't have enough to do with this challenge, I have been working on a color scheme for my entry and living room (which will coordinate to my ORC powder room). I'm hoping that finalizing the whole color story will help me decide between the blue vs. black dilemma. Let me know if you are still swaying towards the blue fabric for the bathroom now that you have seen the "big" picture for my downstairs.

Gallery Wall: Dimples and Tangles
Botanical, Cheetah, and Pagoda print by The Pink Pagoda

Don't forget to stop by and check out the progress of all of these fabulous designs! You can check out all of the other linking participants here. I know I'll be spending a significant amount of time sitting at my computer checking all of these bad boys out this weekend; these ladies are seriously talented!! 


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