One Room Challenge Week Four


Welcome to Week Four of the One Room Challenge.  If you missed Week One, go here, Week Two is here, and Week Three is here.  Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, created and organized the ORC, and I'm so happy to be participating.  The twenty bloggers seen above are redoing one room each in six weeks and posting progress every Wednesday.  The photo below is my breakfast room, and it's what I'm working on transforming.  

In Weeks One and Two, I explained all of the things I want to do in the room.  One of them is change out my prints.  The photo below shows what I had.  I love this series, but I also like a change now and then.  

A designer from Scott Snyder Inc. commissioned me to do a new series.  I posted about it here and you can see one of the photos from the Scott Snyder room below.  I absolutely loved the way the designer framed them and wanted to copy the idea in my breakfast room.

So, here's one wall with the new prints and matting.

And here's the other wall.

Here's one close up.  I'm so happy with the way they turned out.  I love the addition of the navy matte.

Now, on to less happy news.  I ordered a custom rug from and got it Monday.  I laid it out in my living room so that I could inspect it and it could flatten out after being rolled and shipped.  Can you spot the problem?

Notice the binding between the seam and the rug.  It was cut in such a sloppy way that in some places it's 1/16th of an inch, and some places it's almost 1/2 inch.  Below is a different corner.  It's wavy like this all the way around. 

I'll be in touch with about this, and I hope they fix it.  I'd love to show you new photos that show a more professionally made rug.  I'll update you to let you know how they handle the situation. 

I'll end on a positive note.  I found this planter for my store and for my breakfast room table.  It's a perfect centerpiece size and I adore the dragons.  Also, someone is coming tomorrow to pick up my chandelier and paint it for me.  I'm wanting to do a faux tortoise shell or bamboo finish, so it's not a DIY option for me.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.  Now, go see what these talented ladies have been up to during the past week!


Blue and White Monday


It's blue and white from the amazing Markham Roberts for you today.  For more of a visual treat  that you'll love, go here, to his site where you can peruse all of his portfolio.  Markham Roberts is considered one of the top designers of his generation and has been published in Town and Country, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Home and Garden, Domino, Elle Decor and The New York Times.

So gorgeous, right?  I love these rooms, and each one uses blue and white in a way that's beautiful.  So did you watch The Academy Awards last night?  Which gowns did you like?  And not like?  The unfortunate pointy seams on Anne Hathaway's dress didn't keep me from thinking it was lovely.  I like simple, elegant and feminine, so hers may have been my favorite.  Some of them looked harsh which I don't care for.  What are your thoughts?


Needing Direction


I'm redoing my breakfast room for ORC, which you can read about here.  This stripe will go on the chair seats.  This is only a partial piece of the fabric.  I ordered a quarter yard to check color.  The actual fabric is symmetrical and will be placed symmetrically on the chairs.  I just have to decide whether to go horizontal or vertical.  You can see one of the chairs I'll be using below.  I need some direction here -- pun intended -- please tell me what you think!  Both directions are represented in the photos below.  

Caitlin Wilson

Elle Decor

Coastal Living

via Houzz


One Room Challenge Week Three


Welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge.  If you missed Week One, go here and for Week Two go here to catch up.  I'm grateful to be included in the ORC.  Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, created and organized it, and I'm thrilled to be participating.  The twenty bloggers seen above are redoing one room each in six weeks and posting progress every Wednesday.  The photo below is my breakfast room, and it's what I'm working on transforming.  

First off today, I'll share my chair fabric situation.  Basically, I don't like it, and it looks terrible with everything in the adjacent family room.  With the fabric I'm using for drapery panels, I need a stripe on the chairs.  It's highly unlikely I'd ever find the colors I'm needing, so I'm creating it myself using Spoonflower.  

I ordered this color map from Spoonflower in heavy cotton twill hoping it would prevent color surprises.  It's helpful, but I still had a color that came out off.  I'll tweak the design and resubmit.  Hopefully, the second time will be the charm.  I don't have time for a third go round!

This is the digital image I made.

Here it is printed.  I think I like horizontal stripes for these chairs.  Thoughts?

This is the fabric I'm using for the window panels.  I'll do pinch pleat with a navy linen header.  I'm using this because I have it on two pillows in the family room and I want the rooms to flow well together.  Below you can see the family room pillows.

Here's the window fabric with the stripe I'll use on the chair.  Well, the pre-tweaked stripe.

This came down -- YAY!!

I found this at a local consignment store and thought it was perfect, so my husband installed it for me.  It's not perfect and has to come right down.  I love it, but it's much too dark.  When the lights aren't on it looks very dark brown and from a distance maybe even black.  That won't work here, so I've found someone who can paint it for me.  Below you can see the look I'm going for.

The drapery hardware is light, warm wood and I'll have the sisal rug which will be fairly light.  I believe in the rule of threes, and think a wood tone fixture works perfectly and can help keep the room from going too "cute."

Here's a photo of one of the rug samples I ordered from  I ordered this in a 7x7 square and am hoping to see it arrive in a couple of weeks.  That's about it this week.  Lots going on!

Now, go see what these busy ladies have been up to!


Off Topic Tuesday


I've shared with you my love for pink and red, so I had to show you my new umbrella.  It's very happy and I'm looking forward to some rain so that I can use it!

It's from J. Crew (you probably could see that) where I was getting the shoes below for my 15 year old daughter.  I spotted the umbrella at checkout and snatched it up.  All of ours are lost, so I needed one.  Bet I won't lose this!
I had asked for reader suggestions here on shoes for my daughter to wear with this dress.  I know you have fantastic taste, and you suggested gold sparkly flats.  I took your advice and these were half off.  Do any of you have teenagers?  Do you know what the girls are wearing these days to dances?  Oh. My. Goodness.  Let's just say that my daughter will be one of the most modestly dressed there and leave it at that.  

You have been so great to leave comments and advice for me when I ask questions.  I wanted to let you know what I ended up with on the shoes, and on the slow cooker question I asked a few weeks ago.  One of my readers suggested I check out what Consumer Reports had to say.  They like the Hamilton Beach Set and Forget.  Lots of you recommended Hamilton Beach which I thought was much more reasonably priced especially for a novice like me.

Another question:  Do you carry the same bag for the most part all season, or do you change your bag frequently depending on your apparel for the day?  I'm definitely in the former camp.  I don't ever have time for switching out bags -- I just grab mine and run.  I found the above tote for 1/3 off last summer and used it through September.  It's almost time to retire the brown bag and the black bag as spring will be here soon.  Only, I'm not that excited to get this back out of the closet.  I'm wanting a bright, fun, happy colored tote, and have been perusing options.  Lots of these are far out of my budget and of course they're my favorites.

What are your thoughts?  Would you carry a bright, bold bag like any of the above?  Do you have a favorite?  



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