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ORC Week 4- Curveball


We are officially at the halfway point of the Fall One Room Challenge and before we get started, although most of you reading this are familiar with the ORC, but in the off chance that you aren’t, it’s an 8 week celebration ( NOT a competition) of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Its a great way for all of the featured designers as well as the guest participants to support each other and cheer one another on as we share the insane but always fun, process of transforming a room. Also, big thanks to Linda for creating this amazing event as well as thank you to Better Homes and Gardens our Media Sponsor for the ORC.

So this week saw a bit of a curveball for me…..I made a last minute, executive decision in the kitchen. Okay, let me just backtrack really quickly here – my room that I’m working on this season is the kitchen. Nothing structurally is changing and pretty much all of the fixtures will remain the same. I am working on making changes/updates using pretty much what I have on hand and a few tweaks here and there for some added interest.

Okay – back to the curveball situation – my current kitchen table is a piece that will remain in the room because I love the shape, style and size.

I loosely toyed with the idea of replacing the table top with a marble slab – so I did what I normally do – I took to spending way too much time searching FB marketplace for said slab.

Total waste of time 😵‍💫😜

Of course in the weeks and days before, I saw tons of options, but when I finally decided that was the direction I wanted to go – NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH!!!! Whatever FBMP, I’m a creative and creative’s figure stuff out! I had a lightbulb moment and decided to try my unsteady, non artistic hand at creating the marble tabletop myself using paint and water. At this point a good blogger or influencer would have a great video showing you what they did right? Well sorry, I’m the worst, I got so caught up in what I was doing that I forgot to press record 😦

Here is my first go at the “marble” look…….

Here is where I landed…….

I promise you it is such a simple technique – you grab some gray paint or you can even mix white with a bit of black paint together, a small artist paintbrush and a water bottle. Using that small brush, lightly drag it across the surface in a diagonal direction, mist it with the water and dab your line with a paint brush or clean rag. THAT IS IT!!! Marble is such an organic pattern that you can’t really “mess” it up.

Okay, now next week is going to be a biggie for me…..I’m doing the project that terrifies me the most so make sure you meet me back here for the details!!!

Big thank you to all of my wonderful sponsors and until next time…..

Hugs and love

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ORC Week 3 – Piecing it All Together

So we are on Week 3 of the Fall One Room Challenge and this is historically about the time that I begin to get a little bonkers and start going back and forth in my mind about my design plan (using the word plan very loosely fyi).

Before we get started, I’m sure most, if not all of you reading this are familiar with the ORC, but if not, it’s an 8 week celebration ( NOT a competition) of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Its a great way for all of the featured designers as well as the guest participants to support each other and cheer one another on as we share the insane but always fun, process of transforming a room. Also, big thanks to Linda for creating this amazing event as well as thank you to Better Homes and Gardens our Media Sponsor for the ORC.

So I thought I was going to get the biggest part of the kitchen revamp done this past Monday, but my supplies were stuck in the delivery “rabbit hole” and didn’t arrive in time, so that project was sidelined big time.

Plan B – I figured I would work on the bench seating and chairs in lieu of the original project. When I first decided to incorporate banquette seating in my kitchen, I wanted to use a rich mustard velvet to upholster the seat cushions and bench however, that was in conjunction with a collaboration with a brand and they asked me to showcase a print instead. That was fine because i absolutely love the fabric and it seems the IG Community loves it as well!

But it is time ladies and gentlemen – time for a change and I’m happy to say that I have made my banquette seating dreams come true!

I think you all deserve a little sneak peek👀

Even more importantly, I was able to do it for ZERO dollars because unbeknownst to me, I had enough fabric on hand from another project to cover four chairs, the bench seat and bench back!!!!

Unfortunately for me, this was AFTER I went out and found/purchased the perfect micro-suede velvet material 😦

Not to worry though, I have some chairs that I’m certain I can use the material on, so just a bit of a swivel in plans.

So that’s my tea for the week! Make sure you get back here next week, same place for some more fun updates!

Punch List:

Reupholster chairs and bench✔️

Countertop and backsplash

Install new cabinet hardware

Install new faucet

Install new light

Hang shelves

Decorate – the fun part 🙂

Big thank you to my wonderful sponsors!

Until next

Hugs and love!

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ORC Week 2- The Vision

One Room Challenge – Week 2

Welcome back to Week 2 of the Fall One Room Challenge. I’m sure most if not all of you reading this are familiar with the ORC but if not, its a 8 week celebration ( NOT a competition) of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Its a great way for all participants to support each other and cheer one another on as we share the insane but always fun, process of transforming a room.

Big thanks go out to Linda for creating this amazing event as well as thanks to Better Homes and Gardens our Media Sponsor for the ORC.

Now, lets get to the meat of the post…………..Inspiration Board Reveal Week – this is where I share my vision for the space- the kitchen – with all you crazy kids.

So let me explain what’s happening here, as we know this kitchen transformation is heavy on the refresh and light (meaning not at all) on the remodel. There is normally a ton you can do to change any space and give it new life and a new feel with out a full remodel or gut job. That is the mission here people – Small Changes = Big Impact. As you can see we will swap out lighting, knobs and pulls, add some luxe with marble shelves and brass brackets, beautiful upgraded faucet for the sink and some floor fun with a new op art rug and some eye catching art and new(ish) storage.

There is one element of the room that is changing and that change is big but I’m keeping that under wraps for a few more weeks… I’m so mean right? LOL. I have to look for ways to keep you coming back so……by any means necessary 🙂

Punch List:

Reupholster chairs and bench

Countertop and backsplash

Install new cabinet hardware

Install new faucet

Install new light

Hang shelves

Decorate – the fun part 🙂

Well there you have it! Keep an eye out for my stories each week where I’ll also share room updates and my Instagram account will also have updates for you.

Now take a few more minutes and hop on over to see what all of the featured designers and guest participants have going on!

Until next time!

Hugs and love

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ORC Week 1/2 – No Judgement

Hello instafam and thank you as always for hopping over and letting me talk your ear off visually! As you can see from the blog title, I’m a week late and a billion dollars short getting my Spring One Room Challenge post up and out to the masses (all 10 of you)

First, lets talk about this amazing event called the One Room Challenge – is a biannual event where 20 featured designers pick a room to design in the span of 8 weeks. In addition to the 20 featured designers, there are hundreds of guest participants ( like me) who hop on the design train and gut, revamp and/or refresh a room of their choice. Linda is the mastermind behind this fun filled event and we can’t thank her enough for keeping us all on track! Also have to give a big thank you to Better Homes and Gardens as they are this years official media sponsor of the ORC.

This is my sixth time participating in the ORC and although I planned to sit this round out, I got a spark under my you know what at the very last minute and signed up and here I am ~ hence no blog post for week one because I decided on my room at 7:30 am that morning. I know, brilliant idea right? NOT.

I’ve decided to tackle a closet that up until this point, has been serving as a home décor closet… meaning – I go buy things to decorate my home with but don’t use them right away so they go into that closet; OR I decide to switch out some décor items and the “older” items go into that closet. So basically it was a catchall for all things not being utilized – translation a wasted space.

The hubs and I thought it would be a good idea to actually use space in our home wisely ( genius right) and so we agreed that this closet would make a great pantry!!!!

I grew up with a pantry in our NYC apartment – almost unheard of I know- but I have missed having that little space to store unnecessary amounts of canned goods and dried foods and untold amounts of paper towels and toilet tissue.

Here is the closet of decor doom before ~

Why do the pictures always look so much worse than than the reality????

Here it is cleaned out ~

It’s actually pretty deep so I’m excited about it becoming a useful space!
Who puts a boob light in a closet?

Here is my mood board which is almost certainly going to change up a bit, but this is a good idea of the direction we’re going in for the space.

New flooring, paint, some wallpaper and a MUCH better light fixture….. for starters !

Trying to keep this one as simple and budget friendly as possible yet I think it will still quite a dramatic before and after and I’m so excited to be getting this done finally!

Okay, so pinky promise I will be on time and much more forthcoming with details of this makeover in the upcoming weeks friends.

Until next time

Hugs and love!

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It’s Always About the Details

Most if not all of us are familiar with the adage – The Design is in the Details. Well I’m here to prove just how true that really is.

A lot of the time, there are areas of the home that go unnoticed or they don’t get a ton of love from the decor department. I think interior doors definitely a spot on that list; I know for a fact mine were – and for way too long.

At one point I did at least try and update the builder grade brass knobs by spray painting them all matte black. Truth be told, that fix held up better on some of the doors but definitely not all- you can see the chipped paint here

Although I did have a temporary, at best, fix, I’d spent a lot of time fan girling over these gorgeous Emtek knobs

I mean what’s not to love???

So when Emtek released their new Select Knob products and I just knew it was meant to be. There is so much to say about these pretties!

First – you can mix and match so many beautiful styles and finishes, your knob can easily be unique to your own home and style. Second – the quality of the knob is outstanding- they’re so heavy and made so well, I definitely think these will outlast the house lol!

I have a tried and true love for all things marble and brass, throw a little classic black in the mix and it’s pure perfection in my opinion!

Needless to say I was thrilled when I saw this very chic marble/brass combination .

I chose the Emtek Select Conical White Marble and paired it with the Wilshire Rosette in Satin Brass

You can see for yourself how great they look with either a white door or a beautiful black door.

You literally can’t get it wrong people!

Thank you so much Emtek for creating such high quality products! These have definitely elevated these interior doors and made them look and feel like a million bucks!

Until next time

Hugs and love

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Spring Fling – Bedroom Refresh

Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons, always have been, always will be! Seeing as we are having the most perfect Springtime weather in my neck of the woods it seemed like the ideal time to do a mini refresh in the main bedroom. When I say mini, I mean minuscule however the vibe is perfection.

Some of you may be aware that I recently did our main bedroom for the Fall One Room Challenge so I wasn’t in need of a complete overhaul, but I enjoy making small updates from time to time. Needless to say I was super excited to join these talented ladies for Spring Fling bedroom Tour.

I love to change the bedding for instant updates and this duvet set from Crane and Canopy was a perfect way to create a new vibe in here. The bedding is so luxe and extremely soft, it definitely mimics an upscale, hotel quality and feel.

The thick black border is such a classic look and works with any style – perfect for me with my ever changing bedroom “accessories”.

I shopped my house for some throw pillows and thought these cintron velvet ones were a nice fresh color that would brighten up the bedding; and butterflies just scream spring – perfect combination.

Top it all off with some fresh flowers and there you have it – boutique hotel vibes for our warm days ahead.

My talented friends all have some pretty great bedroom updates as well so go take a look and maybe you’ll get some ideas you can use in your own space.

Camila| Kate| Ashley| Chelsea| Carmel| Jenna| Tasha| Yuni| Katrina

Until next time

Hugs and love!

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Closet Chronicles

Hello friends, it’s been way too long but I’m back with quick but oh so good makeover for you to feast your eyes on. First off, this one has been long overdue but because it’s not a space that is out in the open, it was far too easy to ignore it – simply close the door and walk away. Thankfully my buddy Jewel organized a great group and we have all taken on the task to organize a small space in our homes. I chose my upstairs linen closet.


When I tell this project was NINE years overdue, I am not in any way exaggerating. When we moved in, I put everything away and probably didn’t edit the closet in over 8 years instead just continued to add to it. That my good friends is a recipe for design disaster lol! Now I will say I snapped the before pic on one of the worst days (you know it makes for a much more satisfying after) – however, it wasn’t that far off from what it normally looked like – and there is no shame in my game……….nada, zilch, NONEYA! Okay, enough of my chatter lets get to the reason you’re here today – let’s begin with a classic BEFORE pic-

The closet itself is a decent size and I had/have more than enough room for all that needs to be in here. There are actually three hallway closets, but this one is closest to the bathroom so, naturally, it became the “official” linen closet.

Here are some DURING pics-

I took every single item out of the closet and when it was all said and done, I think I donated about 4 bags and threw out about 3 bags of stuff that wasn’t salvageable (expired medicine/vitamins, old first aid items, old towels that were not going to be donated, etc.) That for me was the hardest part as organizing is not my gift – as long as I can find it, I’m usually okay lol! But I will tell you, it felt AMAZING to get all that extra stuff out of my home! Hopefully someone else can make use of one or two sets of the 97 curtain panels that I had in the closet – just in case I needed them again one day. ( I’m kidding, but it sure felt like 97 panels when I was going through it all lol)

Now, this is where the fun begins….after the closet was completely emptied out, including the shelves, I scrubbed the entire closet down and installed some fun contact paper to the back wall.

I also decided at the ninth hour to paint the baseboard on the inside of the closet with my favorite black paint, Velvet Finishes in the color Luxurious.

Then it was a time to find some nice, big baskets and bins to store all the items that made the final linen closet cut!

Now for the moment we’ve all been patiently waiting for – AFTER

Initially, I purchased 9 of these baskets in various sizes, but decided to only use 5 of them. I wanted to be sure I had everything I needed the first time around and I could always return what I didn’t use. I had room for all of the baskets in the closet but then that would defeat the purpose of the party paper on the back wall of the closet 🙂 I definitely wanted to be able to open that door and see that cool paper everyday.

What amazes me the most is that I still have more than what I need in this closet but look how much more spacious it looks! I really can’t get over it.

I scaled us all down to three sheet sets each. I have no idea why I had 7 white sheet sets for our main bedroom – that number was sadly not an exaggeration 😦

My guest room has a large chest of drawers that I keep extra towels in and the hubs and I have our extra towels, hand towels and washcloths in our bathroom, so technically, the only towels and such, that are in the linen closet are those for my two sequels ( kids) The laundry room it probably 10 steps away so they can just toss the towels in and keep a clean set on rotation.

Getting rid of all the unnecessary towels and sheets made a huge difference and gave me back a ton of space.

Being able to see everything helps so much; no excuse for running out of TP anymore lol!

These baskets are so good! They’re super sturdy and have those cool metal handles that are wrapped in a faux leather blending the traditional with the modern.

I am able to store two euro pillows in one of the baskets on the floor of the closet – that gives you an idea of the size. The other basket beside it, holds all of the extra bedding.

I always keep extra candles on hand.

All of the other baskets hold our toiletries, first aid items, two extra sets of towels ( clearly I have a thing for them), some extra lightbulbs and beach towels, candles and some household cleaning supplies.

So this project was originally set to go live this Wednesday but we pushed it back a day. What was I to do with an extra 24 hours ( yeah right – who really has an extra ANY hour ha!) – I used the gift of time to start another project that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time…..

I’ve been wanting to paint all our interior doors black and so finally I was able to get the ball rolling on that one. So far I’ve only painted three of the 9 ( OMG) doors up here but I will get them all done soon enough.

I also painted the entire upstairs hallway in my favorite white – Sherwin Williams Snowbound~!!!! NO more beige walls!!!!!!!!

So while this project was 8 1/2 years overdue, it only took one weekend to let my linen closet live it’s best life! This is a great little project that can be quick, fun and cheap but oh so satisfying! Some of my instabuddy’s also have great organization projects that they’re sharing today so be sure and check them all out when you have a chance.

Casawatkinsliving

J’adore le Decor

Jeweledinteriors

Loveyourabode

Until next time

Hugs and love!

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My Black is Beautiful

Hola amigos! This is my first post for 2021 and the goal here and for the rest of the year is to share more whilst not writing a short novel!

My Black is Beautiful is so true and it’s also true when referring to my go to black paint- Velvetfinishes in particular the color Luxurious.

I used this amazing paint when I revamped our bedside tables for my latest One Room Challenge.

Velvetfinishes- Luxurious (aptly described as the perfect natural black)

I was also able to sneak it into my recent laundry room zhushing and I just can’t get enough!

Every space needs a pop of black!
Painting the window frame with Velvetfinishes Luxurious really took the look of the room up a notch or two!

If you’re not already familiar with this paint it’s a game changer. 3 simple steps to a beautiful new hue : READY is a de-glosser which eliminates the need to sand down your surface; PAINT using your amazing color choice and then PROTECT – this is a “top coat” or sealant for your freshly painted project- and that’s it!! Done and done ✔️

Have I peaking your interest yet? Well if so the timing couldn’t be more perfect, I have a discount code for all my readers – TIFFANY15 and it’s good through February 11, 2021!

So go ahead and find something to paint, I guarantee you, you’ll be so pleased with your results!

Until next time

Hugs and love

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– Crazy Beautiful – The Wonders of Wallpaper

Those are two word that for me, perfectly describe my latest wallpaper installation. I think by now, those of you who hang out with me on Instagram are well aware of my love for wallpaper and how a room can be transformed into a completely different space in a matter of 120 minutes.

When I decided to makeover our main bedroom for the Fall ORC, I knew immediately that if I were to use wallpaper that I definitely wanted to work with Milton & King for that portion of the project. We have used Milton & King in two of our rooms in the past and I’ve always been more than happy with my results.

This particular pattern was my initial choice for the accent wall however, I pivoted, (incorrectly I might add) and ordered a totally different pattern the first time around.

While I do love this pattern, it it’s such beautiful and timeless design, it didn’t work for the room.

While the runner up was a beautiful pattern, it wasn’t me! I can appreciate that something may very well be aesthetically pleasing to me, yet it is not what I want in my own personal space.

The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them”. – David Hicks

THIS is the wallpaper pattern that initially caught my attention and I could not get it out of my mind! We were obviously meant to live together.

Ramose Wallpaper by Simcox • Color original • Abstract Wallpaper • swatch
We were meant for each other!

While the pattern is very “busy” – it still has a sense of calmness.

The intensity of the color gradually fades as your eye travels upward.

I believe it is because of the transition in color – from dark to light as the pattern goes up, the abstract pattern appears less and less pronounced- giving you eyes a place to rest in a sense.

The mood that I wanted for the main bedroom was a sense of calmness, a place for us to sit back and relax after a long day at work or long days at play! But – it couldn’t be a “typical” or common design, because that is not my personality or style.

I’m so happy I went with my gut and ordered this gorgeous wallpaper.

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It feels like a boutique hotel- charming and unique yet relaxing!

Three weeks of living with the wallpaper and I’m still finding myself stopping and just staring at it with awe! It really makes me smile.

Thanks again to my wallpaper sponsor for the Fall ORC Milton & King! It is always a pleasure

Until next time

Hugs and Love

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Bedroom Retreat – One Room Challenge – Reveal

We did it! We made it to the final week(s) of the One Room Challenge and I for one am thrilled with the fruits of my labor. I will try not to overwrite – somewhat of another type of challenge for me – and aim to flood you with photos, because lets be real, that’s what you’re here for anyway.

The bedroom wasn’t terrible by any means and I had put some love into it as some point but it just didn’t have a feeling for me. I love walking into a room or space and having it evoke a sense of calm, excitement, mystery – ANYTHING! But this room was no longer doing that. So I set out to create a relaxing retreat for the big guy and myself. This became all the more important as my new work life ( working from home) seems to be semi permanent at best.

So here’s the room before we moved in…….

You can see it’s a pretty large room with great windows a ton of natural light. I love our bedroom so much.

Here is what the room looked like 6-7 weeks ago……..

It was pretty but no longer suited what I wanted in our main bedroom.

and here we are today………

A large part of having a bedroom that feels like a retreat is in the materials used – I knew from the jump start that all linen bedding would be the way to go!
This little reading nook has become one of my favorite parts of the room – I may have already taken a nap or two in this spot! This fun vase from HKLivingusa looks as if it were made for the room! I added my SmithHonig- pillow to the mix and it’s pure genius!

Here you can really get an up close and personal view of this stunning wallpaper that was so generously gifted to me by Milton & King. The abstract is fun and provides tons of detail, yet is not overpowering in its design. It’s a fun and funky kind of calm –

I love that the abstract pattern is so much fun; very detailed yet remains subtle and calm.
The details are the design.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to keep use lamps on the bedside tables at first, however as soon as I laid eyes on these beautiful sconces – I had my answer. They checked off all the boxes:

1- plug in ( a must as I didn’t want the hassle of wiring sconces )

2 – dimmable

3 – GORGEOUS

As you can see below, the original table lamps have found a new home and I must say I really like them here. I happened upon these shades a few days ago and knew they would give the perfect amount of umph to the lamps. I like how the ribbing in the shade plays off of the ribbing design of the lamps.

This super long dresser from Restoration Hardware is an investment piece and I had no desire to replace it, however it was a dark brown and so used a gel stain in black to ensure cohesiveness with the rest of the furnishings in the room.
These beautiful marble tops were custom designed and cut to fit the nightstands .

The linen bedding is amazing! It’s so nice slipping into bed and feeling the warmth of the fabric. Linen keeps you cool in the summer/ warm in the winter – winning ALL year!

A fresh glass of lemon water is a great way to start the morning!

Can you believe this burl beauty sat in the corner for years in our room?!! I know the travesty of it all is too much to speak about. Well it is now front and center, as it should be; it was the perfect piece for the reading/ sitting nook.

So there you have it! I will be sure to flood your feeds the next few days with additional pictures and details on the room.

Big thanks to my wonderful sponsors for this room makeover; I was able to work with some of my favorites and the room is totally what I envisioned it could be because of the beautiful and quality products used.

I must again give Linda from Calling It Home a huge thank you and also thank you to this years ORC Media Partner – Better Homes & Gardens. Also make sure to head over to the One Room Challenge site and check out all the room reveals – there are some stunning rooms that you will absolutely want to see and read about.

Special thanks to:

Milton & King, Crystorama, Craftmade, Ruggable, SmithHonig

Until next time,

Hugs and love.

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Bedroom Retreat One Room Challenge – Week 5

Hi friends! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to have you all join me here at the Nest. We are well into our FIFTH week of the Fall One Room Challenge and I can’t believe we’re almost at the finish line. I’m so grateful that the challenge reveal date has been extended as I intend to use some of it to really tighten up my space. I have to take a moment to send a big thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for rounding us all up and getting us in gear to tackle our spaces in record time! in addition, big thank you also goes out to our Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens!

****Some of the items used were sponsored however, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own***

So this week I shared my beautiful wallpaper that has been sponsored by Milton & King in my stories. We completed installing it about an hour ago, hence my tardiness with this weeks post.

(okay that’s not the only reason, but I did want to share that with you all so I waited until it was complete.)

Here’s a sneak peek at it I don’t want to give away too much too soon!

I will share that this wallpaper was a breeze to install. I’ve worked with traditional wallpaper in the past ( paste ) as well as peel and stick, and they both have their pros and cons. Traditional is a bit more time consuming and one would think that the removal of this type of paper is pretty difficult. Peel and stick is literally like a big sticker and that makes for a faster install process, but it can also be tricky as the paper has a tendency to stick together (although that may just be a result of my inherent clumsiness) This particular paper was of traditional wall paper which means it’s pasted to my wall however it comes packaged with three panels per box.

I only needed four boxes to cover quite a large wall and the best part it I didn’t have to line up the design,( always the hardest part and results in a lot of waste!) There was a separation between each panel so I carefully cut each panel at that separation point and pasted to the wall!

Easy breezy , lemon squeezee!!!!!!

Here’s a sneak peek at my pretty wall now……………………….

This Ramose Wallpaper is a beautiful and vibrant, abstract. There is a subtle energy to the pattern that I really love; not in any way overwhelming yet still very interesting to look at.

These are the only tools needed for this project and it took us a total of two hours from start to finish and that’s only because my husband is a perfectionist ( insert eyes rolling to back of my head)

This week is sure to be an exciting one! So many beautiful new spaces to check out and I for one can’t wait to see all the fantastic designs. I have a bit more work to do on my space but I’m looking at the light at the end of the tunnel and that’s a great feeling!!! If you haven’t done so already, make sure you go check out all of the featured designers as well as all the guest participants week 5 updates!

Until next time

Hugs and love

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Bedroom Retreat – One Room Challenge – Week 4

Hi friends! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to have you all join me here at the Nest. We are upon our fourth week of this Falls One Room Challenge and I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of this fun filled adventure already. I have to take a moment to send a big thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for rounding us all up and getting us in gear to tackle our spaces in record time! in addition, big thank you to our Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens!

So…….here we go……..this past week was all about painting. I do not like to paint. I’ve said it many times and I will say it many more times I’m certain of that; however our main bedroom was wearing the same old tired yellowish-white wall color that it had been since the day the home was built.

The color wasn’t horrible but I really wanted to brighten the room up. While the room gets amazing light, I wanted creamy, bright white walls…so I went to my creamy white go to color – Snowbound by Sherwin Williams. It never disappoints and changes colors very subtlety during different parts of the day.

Okay,so not only do I not like to paint, I didn’t want to paint due to the fact that we have vaulted ceilings and I just was not, could not, would not take on that task.

We hired out and the person that painted did a great job and I’m very pleased. I would show you but the room is a literal war zone with having to still live in the space while redoing it simultaneously!!!!!!!! I’m trying not to go bonkers lol!

The wallpaper that we chose has come in and I am SO happy; it really is stunning! The plan is to get it installed for Week 5 as I’m so excited to share that with you all.

Here’s a reminder of the new color I’m using in the space!

I’m so excited to sleep on this bedding and when this is over I’m sure I’ll need a good nights rest 🤪

So there we have it. Not the most exciting update by any means but it’ll get better as the weeks come to a close.

But if you do want some exciting updates go check out all of the featured designers as well as all the guest participants; I’m certain that they all have some great ideas that are literally coming to life.!

Until next week

Hugs and love!

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Bedroom Retreat – One Room Challenge – Week Three

Hey beautiful people!! Thank goodness you all came back this week, I’m so excited to have you here! And if this is your first week, big ole welcome to the nest to you😎

It’s already the halfway point for the One Room Challenge and I’m feeling a little behind. I usually do end up pulling up the rear so I should be used to this “feeling “ lol!

Before we get to my “discussion” about how I almost derailed my entire plan, I need to send a big thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for orchestrating this design gala and to our Media Partner- Better Homes & Gardens.

I mentioned last week how the nightstands for our bedroom makeover almost derailed the entire room….. well you want to hear a story? Here it goes. I knew going in that I wanted generously sized nightstands for the room. I found a GORGEOUS dresser however it was a little over 2K and obviously I’d need two of them so we’re talking about coughing up 4K on two items for the room. I ALMOST did it y’all! I had them in my cart and I almost pressed check out but I pulled myself back from the design ledge. Initiate Plan B! I didn’t want to hunt for another set of dressers that “looked” like the one I wanted for less money so instead I did what any sane person would do – I got to scrolling through FB Marketplace! The look I’m going for isn’t hard to replicate at all and I really enjoy projects like this one. Now finding a set of dressers was a little bit of a challenge but …. it’s not deemed the one room challenge for no reason 😆

I found these and immediately knew that with a little elbow grease I could make these beautiful!

I was so thrilled to score these that I drove 1.45 minutes to get them!

So here is where I always mess up on marketplace, even after I find what I’m looking for something, I keep browsing and since I keep browsing I keep finding the ONE over and over again!

UGGGH!

So a few weeks later these two pop in to my feed and of course I MUST have them!

I mean why not? ( why not? well for one, there is a perfectly good set sitting in the garage right now Tiffany)

I loved the lines and the hardware on these two. I also liked that they weren’t a matching set, a bit of variation in the front design.

So you think that’s where the story ends right? I mean it’s where the story should end…….but I kept scrolling ya’ll -I can’t with my own self some days.

I saw these at an upcoming estate sale!

laid down half for them to hold off anyone else with an eye for design and took a 1.45 ride to another state one sunny Saturday afternoon! I was sooooo happy with this set! these were IT, I was done, I found what I needed and the scrolling stopped – finally.

Unfortunately, they did not work with my plans for the room. I kept staring at my mood board hoping to see where and how I could make them work, but I just could not see it – these bedside dressers/ cabinets were not the ONE(s) after all.

It’s all good though because I am the crazy that I am, I had two back up sets lol! You have to wait for the big reveal to see which set I finally settled on for the room 🙂

Thanks for reading my mini novel!

We’re at the halfway point and things are getting pretty serious! I’m sure you want to see for yourselves! Please go check out all of the featured designers progress for this third week as well as the guest participants.

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Bedroom Retreat-One Room Challenge- Fall 2020 Week 2

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Good day, good friends! I’m thrilled to be back here with you all and even happier that you’ve chosen to return. We’re well into our second with of the whirlwind of design fun, better known as the One Room Challenge.Linda is the mastermind behind this extravaganza and I can’t thank her enough for getting us all together for six fun filled weeks of decor, design, remodeling, etc……We must also take a moment and thank this years media partner Better Homes and Gardens for hanging out with us as well!

This week I get to show you my semi-final mood board. I still have a few details that I have to finalize but the general idea is in place and this my friends is a milestone moment for me! See as we all know, I usually fly by the seat of my pants but I wanted to be a lot more intentional with this room as it’s our main bedroom. I also had to take into consideration that I actually share it with another human and said human should enjoy his bedroom as much as I do 🙂

So lets get into it shall we:

So basically, both rooms are identical with the exception of the bedding – I’m trying to decide which color I prefer. I already have one duvet and I’m waiting on the delivery for the second one. Once that arrives I can forge forward! Also, I may or may not use that amazing floor lamp; I’ll have to see it all together and then make that call.

The long black dresser that’s on the first board is currently the below finish. This dresser/sideboard is from Restoration Hardware so I think it’s safe to say I’m as married to this piece of furniture as I am to my actual husband – BOTH will stay in the room lol!!!

However to give it a more cohesive look, I plan to stain it black and change the finish on the hardware so that it mirrors the one below. I have yet to “discuss” this project with the hubster. I’m leaning really far into just doing it and talking about it later –hehe!

I also have two nightstands that I will be painting, but that is a discussion for next week! I will tell you how they almost derailed my entire vision!

Please go check out all of the featured designers progress for this second week as well as the guest participants. Everyone is in the trenches now and it’s only going to get better from here on out!

So that’s all folks! Can’t wait to catch up with you again next week. Hopefully I’ll have some actual progress shots for you by then. Until then…

Hugs and Love!

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It’s a Colorful Life Fall Home Tour – 2020

Well hello and how are you? If you made it here by way of Kate, thank you so much for joining me; so happy to have you here with me today. If this is your first time over at the Nest, welcome! Thanks so much to Jennifer and Jewel for inviting me back for this It’s a Colorful Life -Fall Home Tour. I’m so excited to be here with all these lovely ladies.

I normally don’t decorate for the seasons but this year I did leave a few “droplets” of Fall decor around the house this and I want to share my sprinkles with you all today.

Front Porch

Let’s start with the front door…..I did go a bit overboard here with the floral’s but I could not resist the fresh smell of the eucalyptus.

I also replaced the rug out front with this cool leather woven one. I love the muted colors and thought it was a nice subtle nod to the cooler seasons.

Living Room/Dining Room

You may have seen these two spaces on IG quite a bit lately as both were rooms done for the Spring One Room Challenge. The Dining Room in particular, was a part of fun collaboration with SmithHonig last month.

Both of these rooms were labors of love and they I’m happy to say that they now serve as my muses for my ever changing decor and accessories!

I really look forward to the time when I can have dinner parties and weekend brunch again….I’m 100% ready for it!

Young “Adults” Lounge

Due to the current state of affairs – my two youngest “kids” are attending school virtually. Seeing as that would mean them spending much more time than normal at home, in particular in their rooms, I wanted to give them both a small makeover of sorts.

My son’s room is still in the process of being completed….. (okay – we have yet to even begin)

However, my daughters room was completed a few weeks ago.

I think the combination of warm caramel and navy is so lovely and quite cozy. She’s very happy with her updated space and that makes mama happy too!

Fall Dining Al Fresco

I was DETERMINED to bring our outdoor space up to standards before the winter weather set in for good around these parts.

My husband extended our small cement pad this summer and I commenced my relentless hunt for outdoor furnishings – but Covid! Everything that I wanted AND worked within my budget was sold out – most items weren’t going to be restocked until November/December at the earliest! Ughhh

It took months literally for me to find a table for 8 ( I really wanted a table for 10-12 and I will have that next summer by any means necessary!) I was able to score 6 great modern and metal, outdoor chairs from one a IG buddy and these wonderful big comfy chairs from Christmas Tree Shops.

The wicker chairs were two different colors but that wasn’t an issue for at all. Changing a piece of furniture or a decor item, is an easy fix as long as I’m armed with a few cans of spray paint!

Coffee Table and Kitchen Banquet

So in both these spaces I simply added some floral’s and a few decor items and called it Fall! I think its says what it needs to without being overwhelming.

Add a few decorative pieces and voila!

Thanks to everyone who came along for the tour; it’s been a blast! If you enjoyed this tour then you’ll definitely want to check out Caramel of Our Fifth House along with all the other bloggers from today’s blog hop – click on the links below! Grab your pumpkin drinks and a cozy throw and lets take a few tours together. Full disclosure – I will grab a throw but I have to nix the pumpkin drink – sorry y’all LOL!

Did I mention that this time around, we also want to see what beauty you’ve created in your own home for the Fall season? YES! You can also participate; just use the hashtag #ItsaColorfulLifeTour on your Instagram feed post during the week of Oct 12-17th so we can have a peek at your pads! On Friday each blogger from this weeks It’s a Colorful Life Home Tour – Fall will feature a few of their favorites in our IG stories.

Can’t wait to see you all on Friday until then,

Hugs and Love!

MONDAY:Dimples and Tangles  ||  Jeweled Interiors  ||  Monica Wants It  ||  Southern Nell’s Gracious Living  ||  Southern Hospitality  ||  Tatertots & Jello

TUESDAY:Kate Decorates  ||  My Eclectic Nest  ||  Our Fifth House  ||  Pender & Peony  ||  SKG Designs and Style  ||  Southern State of Mind

WEDNESDAY:Home Made by Carmona  ||  Zig and Company  ||  J’adore le Decor  ||  Effortless Style  ||  BD Interior Design

THURSDAY:Miracle on Thirty Fourth  ||  Mimosa Lane  ||  Airica Puckett Style  ||  Haneen’s Haven  ||  PMQ for two  ||  Dimples and Tangles: Tour Wrap-Up

FRIDAY:Join us on Instagram by following #ItsAColorfulLifeTour



ORC Week 1- OOPS I DID IT AGAIN

Well hey there party people! It seems like my decor FOMO is in full form and I jumped on the OneRoomChallenge bandwagon again lol! I could think of worse wagons to jump on so this isn’t a bad thing at all!

Firstly- big kudos to Linda for putting together this amazing fun challenge twice each year and also to Better homes & Gardens for being our media sponsor yet again!

So some of you may or may not realize that I never completed my Spring ORC…. let’s just say that’s none of your business and move forward from there! K? Thanks 😆 but seriously that is 100% still on my radar and almost immediate to-do list. However due to me being somewhat easily distracted, I’ve decided to skip that project for now and work on updating/refreshing our kitchen!!!!

Kitchens are a huge undertaking no matter what or how extensive the changes will be because it’s the hub of most homes. It’s where all the action happens.

Our kitchen is almost 10 years old and its beginning to show its age in the finishes that were used. I’ve decided to stop waiting for THE DAY when we do a full gut job or renovation and work with we have at present….

I’m just going to zhush it all up with some paint, DIY projects and cool new and vintage finds which I’ll tell you all about next week!

Cabinets will NOT be painted! I love the warmth of the wood tones🤎

So there you have it! This is week one and I can’t wait to get started with this project; I’m sure the next 7 weeks will prove to be a huge improvement !

Also make sure to check in with the featured designers as well as the host of guest designers like myself each week! It’s going to be a good time for all!!

I’m so excited about this room and hope you’ll all hang out with me for the next 7 weeks!

Pinky promise I’ll finish the room this go around!

Until next week

Hugs and love