I’m excited to say that the One Room Challenge is coming back next Thursday, and I’ll be participating for the third time. If you don’t remember, or didn’t read this blog back then, the challenge is amongst bloggers to transform a room in six weeks. The previous two projects I participated with were a formal living room and then a nursery, which by the way, still needs pictures taken of the final design.
Since this challenge is a great excuse to get the ball rolling, I’m actually thinking about doing a room in my own house. Between real work, fun work, kids and life, the old saying about the cobbler’s kids have no shoes, really is true in our house. Other than AB’s nursery, our house is pretty much the exact same as it looked the day we moved in, two and a half years ago. The first house we lived in, we gutted and renovated every single inch all at once….or should I say my dad did. This house, well, not so much. I have a long list of items that I would like to do, and then a shorter list of things that “have to be done.” If you would have told me 2.5 years ago we would still be living with the original kitchen and master bath, I would have laughed in your face. So, as I’m reminiscing about our first house and how awesome it was all “finished” I thought I would share some pics.
On Tuesday night, I returned from a super fun three and a half days. I got to live out the sorority house dream that I didn’t get to experience at Texas Tech. (only because we aren’t allowed to live in our houses) My pledge sister Julie lives in Seattle and is the advisor for the Kappa Delta chapter at Washington State University (that’s where Leach is for all you Tech fans). About two months ago, she emailed me asking if I would be interested in designing a new formal living room for the house. Um – heck yea, how fun is that? I designed, she ordered, and then about two weeks ago she asked if I was interested in flying up to install the room. Hmm, let me think about it. A mini-vacation where the temp is never above 80, when’s the next flight out? I flew out on Saturday evening wearing jeans – jeans y’all…..it’s 145 degrees in Dallas, and the thought of putting jeans on about sent me over the edge. Julie picked me up in Seattle, laughing as I stood at the curb freezing….it was a glorious 53 degrees. We spent the night at her house, and then the next morning made the four hour drive to Pullman.
Once we arrived, we had a ton of boxes waiting on us. We unpacked, and I got the full tour. Y’all – this house was huge and so many rooms. I was so turned around, but finally learned the layout by day three.
The room I was sent to make over was even worse than what pictures showed. Shag carpet 2 inches thick and pea green walls.
Here’s a look at all the before pics! It’s a large room, but the current furniture was way to large for the space, and by no means, does this look formal.
A carpenter/handyman was supposed to be coming on Monday morning to paint, hang light fixtures, and move furniture. Seeing that 52 girls were to move in early Tuesday morning, I had a mini panic attack thinking of our to do list. So, I turned my clothes inside out, and three of us started painting. #didn’tpackpaintingclothes
When Julie contacted me months before, she said hardwood floors weren’t in the current budget, but they were aiming for next summer to install. So, we went ahead and proceeded with rugs in hopes they would have hardwoods in a year. Well, early Monday morning, as if we didn’t have enough on our plate, I thought it would be a great idea to pull the carpet back just to check. This is a house that is over a hundred years old so the thought of hardwoods under the carpet wasn’t a total long shot. Holy hardwood heaven, y’all! I asked the carpenter if he by chance could stay late and take the carpet up for us because they looked to be in great shape. His response, “no, but you can.” Hmmm, OK! So, what would any sane designer do? That’s right, beg ten sorority girls to help out. We ordered food in, started pulling carpet up, and two hours later, we had some beautiful floors.
After a really late night of installing, the finished room was better than I planned. The floors just make all the difference in the world. We painted the walls, pulled up the carpet, installed new lighting, and took away the window treatments.
Look at the side by side to see the real transformation.
Chairs are coming for this room – they were just on backorder!
Y’all – I had the best time. I got to escape the 150 degree weather here in Texas, got to transform a room in three days, all while thinking I’m still the same age as the girls in the house. Little do they know it’s now been 16 years since I went through Rush.
(I’m pretty sure they thought I was OLD!)
Thank you, Julie, for such a fun time. I hope the KD girls of WSU enjoy this room for many years to come!
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If you remember, way back, almost a year now, I did an E-Design for my sister in law that was pregnant with her THIRD boy. Yes, her third, so this needed to be a sweet baby boy nursery using both his big brothers’ furniture. I really just put something together that was partly my brother, yet simple and chic enough for my SIL.
Remember this design board? Well, she ran with it, and I can take NO credit for pulling it all together. She did it all herself, and now it’s the perfect little space for a future chic hunter! (Don’t tell my brother we named it that!)
She kept all her existing furniture from the older two boys, and then added the fun. The antler sconce puts off the right amount of light when feeding that sweet boy at night.
Can we talk about this wallpaper? It’s the perfect, subtle addition of animal print without being too much….and did I mention, my dad installed it? #IwishHeLivedInDallas
Roman shades in a nursery are a great choice since most already come with blackout liner. They keep the room a little more masculine without the fluff of curtains. (If I’ve used curtains in your boy’s nursery, I promise they look good!)
I really do enjoy doing E-Design and then watching it come to life through pictures. When I can’t be in the same town as the client, it’s the next best thing! This nursery will be able to grow with sweet Knox as he gets older.
Woohoo – I’m so excited y’all. Project Nursery has named their May Room Finalists, and sweet Griffin’s has been chosen. What that means – I shared this nursery a couple of weeks ago on the Project Nursery online gallery which is a place where anyone can upload pictures of a nursery for others to get inspiration. Each month, they choose five projects they like the most, and then let the readers vote on which they like best. Out of all the projects, Griffin’s black and white nursery made the top five. Now, here’s where you come in. For the next week, you can vote once a day on your favorite, which I’m sure will be Griffin’s. Click HEREand vote for the Black and White nursery to help push us to the top.
Here’s a look back in case you haven’t seen the room yet.
Baby Griffin quite possibly has the best room in this entire home. If you’ve been reading this blog for any time, you know that for the last year I’ve been slowly chipping away at each room ofPaige’snew house.
Baby Griffin was born back in March (I think) #badfriend, and we finished it up a week or two after he made his appearance.
If you know Paige at all, you know that she could care less about sweet and traditional. When I first asked her what she was thinking, she said fun and not your typical boy nursery. Check, check, check! Not many people would be ok with doing a black and white room for a newborn, but it is actually super cheery and very bright.
We started off with this fab wallpaper. I’ve been in love with this print for quite some time in the soft white and blue color. Leave it to Paige to like the black! The entire room is black and white with added accents of green to make the birds pop. Simple accessories with the bold pattern wallpaper balance out the room. The crib sits perfectly on a white wall with a fun dot mobile hanging above. Buffalo check is still going strong, and you better bet I’m gonna use it until I can’t stand it anymore. This pillowmade out of the oversized black and white version is to die for sitting on the white rocker.
The bathroom is right off the nursery and was already finished out in black and white. We added a few monogrammed towels, gold accessories, and called it a day. You don’t have to over do – keep things simple!
I’m so glad Paige is bold and not afraid to try anything. She trusts everything I suggest and is always up for a challenge. Thank you, Paige, for letting me be a part of yet another room in your new house. Five rooms down, 2.5 more to go!
I’m finally getting to play a long! For the past several years I’ve had to sit back and read with envy each time Calling It Home hosted the 6 week challenge, because I didn’t have a blog. Well, now that I have a blog, I don’t really have a room in my house I’m ready to work on. So, what did I do? I called on my ole’ trusty friend Paige, and talked her into working on her formal dining living. For the next 6 weeks, instead of bringing you a Window to the Wall Wednesday post, I’m going to be linking up and sharing my One Room Challenge on Thursdays.
So, here is what we are working with. This is a new build house and the formal dining is the first room as you walk in the front door. The homeowners (my bff Paige) decided they will never use a formal dining room, so we are turning the space into a nice “sitting/living” room. As if they will use that either, but the house needs a warm and welcoming space to walk into.
Walk with me through the space – gray walls, curved doorways, beautiful staircase and great windows. That’s about it though. It’s currently just a holding place for a few mismatched furniture pieces and accessories that didn’t have a home when they moved in. And yes, three little girls live here as you can see through the arches!
So here’s the plan. As much as it pains Paige to go all neutral – I’m making her. I’ve promised her we can add some funky pillows and accessories to brighten it up. We are going “Grown Up Chic.”
I just hit submit on the wallpaper order and the installer has been lined up, but thats about it. I can’t wait to see this room transformed and hopefully this challenge will light a fire under us to finish! Come back next week to discuss more of the pieces and to see if the wallpaper has actually arrived!
Make sure to check out all the other fantastic blogs linking up for this challenge and keep up with their progress the next six weeks. It’s going to be so much fun!