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One Room Challenge – Week 4

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It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and, yea, it’s not getting done!  Debby Downer over here I know, but y’all – why do projects take FOREVER in your own home?  


The one main update of the week – electrical. Such a boring topic, but had to be done…and it’s not even all the way finished. I now have an even bigger mess than before the electrician came. There were a few outlets and the light switch for the room housed in the wall that came down. Therefore, it all has to be moved through the attic to another wall.

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One Room Challenge – Kitchen Remodel

AHHH – it’s that time again. This time last year, I was participating in my first One Room Challenge, and starting today, this is my third room to makeover during this blogger challenge. The past two rooms have been friends/clients, but today, The Walther house is getting to participate. If you missed out the past two times, the One Room Challenge is an excuse to get a room remodeled in six weeks. I will post every Thursday with progress of the transformation. 

So, this marks the first week of the 2016 Fall One Room Challenge, and without further ado, our kitchen is the room I’m participating with.

When we moved in two years ago, I painted the cabinets and called it a day. I knew that I would eventually redo the entire space, but I really didn’t think it would be 2.5 years later. It’s sad to admit, but I’ve actually gotten used to the gross white formica and gray racing stripe backsplash. Let’s take a look at the Before’s!    


On the other side of this living room wall sit’s the kitchen…come on in.
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We cheated and switched out the dishwasher before I took the “before” pics. For the last two years it’s been black just like all the other appliances.  Do you see the missing drawer under the sink – can you say ghetto?

Next week I’ll show you the plan and then it’s go time. A six week transformation means we will hopefully have a new kitchen by Thanksgiving.

Check back each Thursday to see progress. Mdub is more than thrilled this is about to happen (NOT). 

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Our Old House

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.

Because everyone loves a good before and after!

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One Room Challenge – Week 4

It’s now week 4, and that kinda scares me a little. Mainly because we only have two weeks left in the One Room Challenge, and also because JM could possibly have a baby by then. I’m thinking very doubtful since that would work out too perfectly for this challenge. 

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Since we aren’t starting from scratch with this room, I feel like the updates are a little boring. However, we have more furniture!  The chair came in this week, and we decided on a rug. The chair is a linen color, and the rug compliments it and the crib skirt nicely.
See what you think!

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TO DO:
~Remove TV
~Hang curtain rod/drapes
~Purchase floor lamp
~Have a baby!

So Nick, he’s the baby daddy– if you’re reading this, I know you have nothing else on your plate right now, but I need a TV removed and a curtain rod hung, please, sir!

Remember what we’re striving for!

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WEEK ONE
WEEK TWO
WEEK THREE

Don’t forget to check out all the other rooms being transformed HERE.

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One Room Challenge – Week 2

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge, and it’s time to share the vision for the space. This cozy little room will soon be transformed, but we won’t know until possibly week 5 or 6 what the finishing touches will look like.

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Let’s take a look back at the before pics just to refresh your memory….because we’ve all slept since last Thursday. Remember from my post last week, we’re keeping that fab wallpaper and planning the nursery around it. Everything else, gotta go!

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Ok, on to the fun stuff – let’s see what this sweet baby’s room will look like . This has become quite common for me lately, as I’ve had several clients wait to find out the gender of their baby. Notice the big items will be the same, whether girl or boy. The details will be finished out once baby Mourton arrives. It’s ok to come 2 or 3 weeks early, I have a room to finish, sweet baby!!

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We’re keeping it simple! No crazy projects, no DIY, no shipping anything from Europe (yes, I’ve been known to not read where something is coming from), just simple and easy. Just what a 34 week pregnant mamma needs! (and hubby for that matter)

Everything has been ordered that can be ahead of finding out the gender. The crib and dresser are in route, chair has been ordered, and we purchased the side table and crib skirt. We love the details of the crib so much, we are keeping the bedding minimal. No bumpers and a simple white sheet will look great with this fun crib skirt

What’s on the todo list for week 2?
~Finding the right blackout drapes
~Perfect gold curtain rod

~Sourcing plush rug
~Mirror
~Lamp

Make sure to check back weekly for progress on the room.
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Oh, and my guess is boy, even though I’ve been dying to order that amazing multi-colored leopard pillow!!

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One Room Challenge – Spring Edition

Y’all – I am SO excited. Today begins the fun six week “One Room Challenge” put on by Calling It Home. Twice a year, she hosts a link up party to transform a room from start to finish in just six weeks. If you’ll remember, I participated last fall with Paige’s Living Room, and I’m participating this time with Jen’s nursery. Until MDub is ready to take on another project in our own house, lucky me, I always have friends willing to let me play in theirs!!  Jeni has to have a nursery, so why not make it happen in 6 weeks!

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Let’s take a look at the BEFORE pics of this room. Not bad, right? Lets just say, I had some part in it several years ago. If it weren’t for a new baby on the way, it wouldn’t be getting a facelift. I’m still in love with the wall of wallpaper, so it’s staying, but everything else is obviously going.
I promise, I am NOT an accent wall person at all. But for some reason, every room I’ve done in the last year seems to have some type of wallpaper or painting on one wall. I must get that in check! 

The bed is being reused in big sister’s room, and she’s selling the RH nightstands – any takers? The baby pictures and TV will have to find a new home as we replace with changing table and rocker. Then there’s a giant wall of shutters and one whole wall of doors. I see an excited big brother and sister peeking in. IMG_1413

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To keep us all on pins and needles, we won’t know the gender of this baby until he/she arrives. Don’t worry – I have a boy and girl option in the works.  We will probably be putting the finishing touches on at midnight before the final day of the challenge. Nothing like keeping us on our toes. 

The countdown is on…….  For the baby’s sake, we need he/she to stay in longer than six weeks, but the designer in me wants this baby to come at 5 weeks and 3 days, so I can finish this room. #selfishfriend

Check out all the other rooms that are being transformed during this challenge, and check back each week to follow the progress. 

Follow me on Instagram (@emyad) to see sneak peeks!

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One Room Challenge – The Big Reveal

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Woohoo, we made it to the finish line…but not by much! Today is the big reveal for the living room I’ve been redoing doing for my friend Paige’s house. To say I’m thrilled with the way it turned out would be an understatement. If you remember we scratched the first plan in week 2 and basically started over. The fact that the couch was delivered in two weeks is downright incredible. We are still waiting on the rug, but it was an after thought, so I’m not losing sleep over it. 

So, without further ado, come on in!

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Where to start, where to start. If you’ll remember, this was a blank room with absolutely nothing but a builder grade light fixture hanging. This is a new build house, so it was the perfect blank canvas to work with. The wallpaper was the starting point and one of the few items from the original plan. When you scratch a plan midway into the job, and when you’re trying to stay within the six week challenge, you have to use items you can find locally. So, off to Target, HomeGoods, and World Market I went! Hallelujah, thank you Tar-jay for being so wonderful right now always. Thankfully, Target has some amazing decor items right now that saved me. They all worked perfectly and made our cream room not so cream. As I’m typing this, I’m actually laughing because any “real” designer is rolling over dead right now. Does it help that the light fixture is To the Trade Only? Like any good room, it always comes together in the end, and this one was no different. We laughed last night because each time we finish a room in her house, we say it’s our new favorite. This one currently, is our absolute FAV! 

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Fur Blanket // Fur Ottomans // Floor Lamp // Table Lamp // Metallic Pillows // Wood Tray // Side Table // Sea Urchin //

Couch // Blue Chairs // Coffee Table // Mirror // Curtains 

And because I always love a good Before and After:

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I might add that Paige is the ABSOLUTE BEST person to work for. She is the most go-with-the-flow person you will ever meet, and she trusts me to do my thing. And hello, the room looks even better after she photographs it! 

If you’re just now joining us on this journey and want to catch up, check out our progress week by week.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Thank you Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this Challenge twice a year. This was my first time to participate, but I’m already thinking of what I can do for the challenge in the spring. Check out all the other participants – there are some great transformations!  

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One Room Challenge – Week 5

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I’m back again for Week 5 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. 

We are still waiting for the bulk of our furniture to come in, but I do have a little progress to report back to you. 

If you’ve been following along, you know we changed our game plan completely in the middle of week four. Not a great way to start our first One Room Challenge, but hey, that’s how things work sometimes. 

So, let’s get to it. We were able to mark three items off our list this week. Chairs, light fixture and hanging the mirror. Our chairs came in, and they are perfection. The deep velvety blue adds to the richness of the room. They are even the perfect size for all the little people that live in this house. 

The mirror was hung, and I will soon add a small lamp and accessories onto the cabinet.  This light fixture is my absolute favorite. So much that I may or may not have ordered one for my own house while I was at it. #MerryChristmasToMe This room was originally intended to be a dining room, so the original light was a must to switch out. The new light makes the room feel a little more “living room” like instead of formal dining. 

When putting a room together where you are starting from scratch, it always seems to go so slowly. I know Paige is ready for this room to be wrapped up, as am I. Seven days left, couch delivery man, please come through!

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Couch, coffee table, rug and accessories are the main items we are waiting on. Do you think we can finish by next week? The count down is on, and I have a feeling my entire weekend will be spent in this room. Which is not a bad thing at all. Putting it all together with final touches is what I like to do most. 

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Let’s recap:
To Do List:

-order wallpaper

– new light fixture
-drapes
-rug (not in the plan, but we really need one)
-wallpaper the room
-furniture (coffee table, chairs, mirror, side table, couch)
– reorder furniture that was not in original plan

-install light fixture

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can………………

If you are a first time reader, make sure to check out the previous weeks. Also, check out all the other amazing rooms being transformed in this challenge.
WEEK 1
WEEK 2

WEEK 3
WEEK 4 
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One Room Challenge – Week 4!

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So, that one time, when I had an amazing, well planned out plan that didn’t go as planned. Yep, that happened this week. When I walked in the door to check on our furniture delivery, I knew it just wasn’t right for the room. Yes, it even happens to  the best of us. It was just too much cream for the room, and we needed some color. I’m sure Paige was secretly sitting back saying, “I told you so.” She loves her some color, and with this entire house I’ve been holding her back. 

So – we made her hubby load it all up and return it. I have no doubt he was cussing me the entire way!

Out of our original plan, we did keep a couple of items and hung some pictures. With Paige being the photographer she is, you would expect nothing less than three giant canvases as you walk in the door. The colors are perfect, so we decided to pull from them for the new furniture. With baby boy on the way, we may be revisiting that wall in a few short months. 

The side cabinet and mirror work great for the space. They are the right color, size, and look a lot more expensive than what we actually paid. 

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Ok, so lets revisit the original plan with the items we aren’t using. Yep – that’s pretty much everything. To say I’m a little stressed this won’t get finished, is an understatement. Slide1

Here is our new plan. Not at all what we started with, but I think it’s going to be great. Paige’s love language is “Pops of Color”, so I’m getting big time friend brownie points with this one! The couch has been ordered along with the two chairs. However, we got word it could take four weeks. Um, hello, big box store, do you not realize we are participating in a link up party and only have TWO weeks left? 

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Let’s recap:

To Do List:
-order wallpaper
– new light fixture
-drapes
-rug (not in the plan, but we really need one)
-wallpaper the room
-furniture (coffee table, chairs, mirror, side table)

– reorder furniture that was not in original plan

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can………………

What are you thoughts? Did we make a good decision? Do you like the first plan or the second?

If you are a first time reader, make sure to check out the previous weeks. Also, check out all the other amazing rooms being transformed in this challenge.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

Week 3 

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One Room Challenge – Week 3

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It’s week three, and things are a happening! I checked in on our progress this week, and we have wallpaper! We not only have it, but it’s actually up on the walls and looks incredible. It arrived late last week, and the wallpaper hanger was ready and waiting. She was able to get all four walls hung on Monday,  and then, the second she left, we hung the drapes. Because, hello, my personality plus Paige’s equals big time ADD. No time to waste, get those things hung! 

Since the room has great natural light, we went ahead and took the original light fixture down. S-O-L-D on Craigslist to a lucky new homeowner!  The fixture was meant for a dining room and definitely builder grade. It was ok, but wasn’t anything special. Lighting in my opinion MAKES the room, and people often overlook it when building or redecorating a space. It’s the jewelry of the space, the bling, the ah-ha!! All that being said, we couldn’t look at the old one any longer. Poor Paige will now have to live with a hole in the ceiling until the new fixture comes in.  


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This week, a big chunk of the room was finished, but we still have a ton to do. Three weeks in, and three items checked off our list. Only three weeks left, and that gives me a tad bit of anxiety. We can do it, we can do it, we can do it!

Let’s recap: 

To Do List:
-order wallpaper
– new light fixture
-drapes
-rug (not in the plan, but we really need one)
-wallpaper the room
-furniture (coffee table, chairs, mirror, side table)

If you are a first time reader, make sure to check out the previous weeks. Also, check out  all the other amazing rooms being transformed in this challenge.  

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

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