The One Room Challenge -- Week One


The amazing blogs listed above are all participating in the One Room Challenge.  Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, created and organized the challenge.  The objective is to finish a room in 6 weeks.  I've chosen my family room, which has never has never had much thought put into its appearance.  Things have kind of landed in this room, and I've been too busy with life to care.  I need a challenge like this to motivate me and focus my attention on something that should have happened years ago.  The six photos below show each wall of the room.

My upholstered pieces have seen better days.  We really use this room, and some of us can be hard on the furniture.  The pets aren't helping matters.  I love my rug.  Dallas used to have a Stark outlet, and I bought it there.  But, I shouldn't have put blue fabric on the blue rug.  That's too much blue even for me. So, things will have to happen with the sofa and chairs.  

I went through a Frank Stella obsession and did the triptych over the mantle.  I'm over that now and ready to move on.  As for the bare windows, I'm conflicted.  I know it would look more "finished" to have something happening.  However, I'm not sure I want to deal with having anything.  I can be very practical at times, and the dust factor influences the appeal of bare windows.  Oh, and the green.  I went with green accents in this room, and I'm really a pink girl.  And I need more.

I'd seen so many bookcases that I loved with red walls, so I did that here.  Again, ready to move on.  And these bookshelves have clearly never been styled.  That needs to happen.

This cabinetry wasn't here when we purchased the house.  We had it created to look like the other cabinets in the room and the paneling on the doors.  This wall is opposite the fireplace.  I may leave it alone.

This is the end of the room I like least.  It's very unbalanced with the bookshelves opposite.  I do like the mirror.  I found it at a consignment store here in Dallas and bought it for a song.  I saw the same one on 1st Dibs the week I brought it home.  I found out it's Mastercraft, and I got an unbelievable deal.  Much will need to happen on this end of the room.  I'll be sharing my progress every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I hope you'll follow along and share your thoughts.  I'd love advice and suggestions.  Lots of the other One Room Challenge participants are interior designers.  I have huge enthusiasm for interior design, but lack any real experience.  I'm really winging it here, so who knows what may happen.  

The six photos below are rooms I love and am planning to use as inspiration.  Wish me luck -- I'll need it!

Joe Nye via House Beautiful

Jill Litner Kaplan via Gorgeous Shiny Things


Windsor Smith

Check out the other One Room Challenge participants below:

Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Emily - Rue de Emily
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella


Around Town -- Again and Again


I've posted about Again and Again before.  It's one of my very favorite Dallas shopping destinations.  They've just moved, and are now on Riverfront, if you're here in Dallas.  When I shop, I don't always think about taking blog photos, but I walked in the door of Again and Again Saturday and immediately wanted to take pics.  

Can you believe this table base?  Waaay too awesome for my house.

I would love this in my living room.  My in the future much cooler living room.

I love this in white, but it's fun to imagine it in other colors, too.

These pagoda mirrors are incredible.  And there's a pair.  My daughter was with me, and thought it was very cute to insert her arm in my photo (mirror on the left).

We went before everything had been moved from the other location.  I'll have to run in again soon to see what I missed.  Their website is worth checking out, too.  See it here.  Do you see anything here you like?


Blue and White Monday


These two beautiful photos above are from the July Traditional Home issue.

Are you familiar with Judy Elliott of Veranda House Interiors in Australia?  I'm a huge fan of her work and blog, and she's a huge fan of blue and white.  The three photos above are from her house.  She'll be posting more photos from her house soon, and I don't want to miss a single one.  

The next four photos are blue and white I spotted at market in Dallas.  I'll definitely be adding more to my blue and white store.

And this last one is blue and white at my house.

Happy Monday!


Sunday Inspiration


This vibrant table is via Southern Living.  Kimberly Schlegel Whitman of Dallas, planned a bridal luncheon for her sister inspired by the garden.  How could you not be happy and have a delightful time at this table?  I hope you are enjoying your Sunday!


Outdoor Chinoiserie on Saturday


I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  This is a photograph by Pieter Estersohn via 1st Dibs.  That fretwork needs to be wallpaper and fabric.  And the chairs need to be at my house.  Happy Saturday!

Dallas Market


I ran into Market yesterday on a quick errand and spotted this exhibitor.  OH. MY.  Julian Mejia is just here for the week and I'm so happy I happened by.  I explained that I was a blogger and asked if I could take some photos.  They couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating.   The items were so incredibly displayed that I couldn't resist taking lots of pics.  They are so amazingly graphic that I also couldn't resist some creative cropping.  I'm wanting all of this.  

I also happened upon the Lamp Works display.  I would have taken more photos here, but I'm fairly certain these lamps hold the secret to world peace.  Or immortality.  Something very important judging by the way the man was guarding them.  From threatening ladies like me.

After I took these pillow photos, I was distracted by someone talking to me (ADD) and forgot to find out what line this is.  I may go back today to see more and find out about these.  You can see that they're pretty, but they were better in person.  So, what do you think?  Anything here you like?  

Happy Friday!


Blue and White Monday


Meg Braff

Barclay Butera

James and Ashley Fairchild

Carolyne Roehm

Joseph Minton

Ashley Whittaker

Ruthie Sommers

Alberto Pinto

Mark Sikes

Katie Rosenfeld

Grant K. Gibson

my house

How many ginger jars is too many?  I have eight, and I'm wanting more.  How do you like to see them? In pairs?  Or, groups of differing heights?  Is there a color palette you like to see them with best?  An interior designer you think incorporates them most skillfully?  I seem to like them all, with any color, strategically placed or not, and by whomever.  Please share your thoughts?



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