One Room Challenge Family Room Redux Week Three

4.16.2015

I'm participating in the Thursday group One Room Challenge created by Linda at Calling It Home, and am working on the family room in our house. To catch up, see Weeks One and TwoOf the many times I've shared this space, I've purposefully omitted a rather large and unfortunate element.  It came with the house, and I should have done something about it years ago.  


I've never pointed the camera up toward the ceiling.  Why would I? I'm not worried about stepping on toes here.  I know I'm not the only one with this ceiling fan, but I'm confident that anyone reading an interior design blog who also has one of these is aware that it's not pretty.



I've kept it because it's hot here in Dallas during the summer, and there are times that we use it.  However, I've recently come to the long overdue conclusion that the amount of time we don't use it is significantly greater than the amount of time we do.  Why should this be part of the room all year long when it's so rarely used?  I'm having it removed and replaced it with a chandelier.  For those unbearably hot days, I'll have a tower fan I can pull out of a closet and then put back away again easily. I haven't chosen one yet. If you have one you like, please let me know.

This one gets great reviews and looks far more attractive than most.


This one gets good reviews, is less good looking, but is about a fifth of the other's price.


Never have I participated in an ORC where I've procrastinated as much as this.  I don't know what will replace the fan, but I'd better decide something very soon.  Please tell me your thoughts on the following.


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Or, I already have something very similar to this brass Williamsburg chandelier that could be lacquered in white and save tons of money.  What would you do?  After this past fall's One Room Challenge where Coleen Rider from Coleen & Company made a custom pagoda lantern for my entry, none of these feel nearly as exciting.  



When I worked in this room three years ago, much of it was easy. Choosing fabric for the windows, furniture, and pillows didn't make me a bit nervous. Neither did finding accessories or window hardware. What intimidates me is the styling.  I asked a talented lady come to help me with the bookcases the last time.  I should have asked her to style the coffee table, too.  


This time around, I feel exactly the same.  I've pulled so many things out of the bookcases, but lack the confidence to start arranging.  I may just wing it and hope for the best, or bring in help again.  You can see in this photo that the coffee table is a little uninspired.  What should happen instead though, is beyond me. I know this amazingly incredible coffee table book (which is also my pick for the absolute most perfect Mother's Day gift) will be prominently displayed. 

There's so much more going on in this room and I'll be sharing more next week. Now, go to Calling It Home to see the unbelievable number of other interior projects taking place all over the country as a part of The One Room Challenge.  






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Blue and White Monday

4.13.2015


All of these images are from Lonny's round up of beautiful blue rooms. There are thirty images, and I'm sharing four of my favorites.  Go see the rest here.









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Bookshelves: One Room Challenge Week Two

4.09.2015

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You know that feeling when you have to have a new hairstyle right this minute?  That's how I'm feeling about the bookshelves in my family room. While there's nothing about them that's particularly bothering me, changes must happen soon. 

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I'm linking up to Calling it Home's ORC Thursday event along with many others who will be transforming a room over six weeks.  It's Week Two, and I'm busy working on the bookshelves.  Books are very important at our house, but the last time I worked in this room I removed many of them from the bookcases.  I miss having them there, and will be adding some back.  Bookshelves are hard for me, and finding the right balance between books and objects is not my strong suit.  Help will be required.  

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These gorgeous images are inspiring me, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of my friends books in this room again.  


Be sure to go here and here to see more room transformations in progress.



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Q & A with Artist Erin Fitzhugh Gregory

4.07.2015


"Botantica 6"

Many of you will already be familiar with Erin Gregory and her incredibly beautiful work.  If she's new to you, you're in for such a treat!  If you already know of Erin, you'll enjoy learning more about her and getting to see these seriously GORGEOUS paintings. I've been dying over her work for a very long time, and am thrilled to get to share her with you.


"Spring 3"

How/why did you first begin creating art?


I remember a piece of art I brought home from pre-school and the feeling of satisfaction I got from being able to express myself on paper. It was a ball rolling down our staircase with a light fixture hanging over it. I have a terrible memory in general, so it cracks me up that I still have that image burned in my brain! I also remember reading a book in the library of my elementary school. There was a beautiful garden illustration on the inside of the cover. I was fascinated with the idea that someone was able to create this beautiful little world with just paper and paint. I wanted to be able to do that!

"Delta 3"

What influences your work most?

I guess my influences change gradually over time. I used to be obsessed with contrast and value. Color wasn't all that important. Now, color seems to be in the forefront of my mind when painting. Expressing light has always been my passion, but I guess I've changed my way of going about that. My subject matter has changed gradually also. My colors used to be more realistic.... local color, I guess. I also used to paint more realistically. I guess living around my 2 little girls, my art has become very colorful and whimsical. Not serious....

"Morning Sunshine"

How has social media affected the world of art and beyond that, you specifically?

Wow! It really has become an immense tool for artists! It's incredible how large of an audience you can reach.... for free! Instagram has become a nice selling tool for me as well as a great way to connect with other artists and designers. I get so much daily inspiration from scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest. I seriously don't know how I functioned without it. It's so funny that for years I didn't even have a computer in my studio and now I have 2 that are always on! 

"Kaleidoscope 6"

How do you create your optimal environment for painting? Do you use music?  Share 3 things from your favorite work playlist.  If not music, is there another way you generate a climate conducive to painting?

As I just mentioned, I have 2 computers in my studio. One is covered in paint and is used strictly to show photos I'm working from. (Flowers, scenes, color swatches, etc) The other computer is for emailing, record keeping and music! Pandora and Rhapsody get me through my day. Because I paint so much, I listen to music a ton. I bounce around from genre to genre to keep from getting bored. Right this second I'm listening to the Alabama Shakes station on Pandora. Sometimes, I'll "listen" to movies. I also like the occasional podcast. My favorite lately is an NPR show called "On Being". Very inspiring. 

"Clean"

What item in your studio do you consider indispensable? 

Emily, my assistant!! She's the best thing that has happened to my career in a while. She checks my emails, organizes my receipts, creates spreadsheets, delivers paintings and then keeps my daughters busy most afternoons. Plus, she's a great sounding board for my ideas. I'm so lucky to have her help!!

"Cafe Girl"

What is your favorite museum?

MOMA! I love modern and impressionistic art. Such an incredible place! I fell in love with it in high school and have been back several times over the years. It gets better every time!

What priceless, well-known piece of art would you most like to own? Boy, that's a fun yet tough question! I don't know..... a Gauguin Tahitian girl painting would be fun. Or maybe a John Singer Sargeant portrait..... Any Edouard Vuillard painting would work!


"Flourish"

Thank you, Erin!  I know everyone loved getting to know you better, and were so happy to get to look at these lovely images.  I, for one, will check out "On Being."  And, if  you could ask Emily if she has a sister or a friend in Dallas... : )

Erin's website has more information about her and more spectacular paintings to enjoy. You can see her paintings in person at the following galleries:


Gregg Irby Gallery

996 Huff Road 
Ste. D
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 941-9787




The Atelier Gallery

153 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843)722-5668


Two Sisters Gallery

1330 Thirteenth Street
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 322-2004 


The Lyon's Share

330 De La Mare
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 928-2507


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