Spring ORC: Week 6 - Home Office Reveal!

I thought I’d feel only overwhelming relief to be finished with the One Room Challenge, AND I DO, but I’m also WAY MORE EXCITED to share my new home office than I expected to be! Just look at all those caps, that is a girl who is MIGHTY pleased with herself. Our home office was a frustrating project these past 6 weeks, but it was so very worth it.

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday.


Honestly, this round of the ORC was the most annoying and frustrating for me yet (I’ve already done our living room last year and our bedroom last round.) It’s one of the smallest rooms in our already-small house, and the walls were already painted from when we moved in a year and a half ago. So labor-wise, it wasn’t a huge undertaking. I think it was so hard for me because I had a clear vision of what I wanted, but that changed SO much over the last 6 weeks! I am so happy with how it looks and feels now, but it’s really not what I was picturing in the beginning. Maybe that “clear picture” wasn’t really clear at all. I think I was focused on too stylistic, dream-house ideas and not fully appreciating the 60’s rancher I’m blessed with. So the winds changed and I adjusted my design-y sails, and now I’m in love with it. Funny how that works. (And when I say funny, I’m not laughing. I’m rolling my eyes.) I was also tired and unmotivated for like, 100% of the time, so that did not help matters.

But enough bemoaning, let’s be thankful. Here are some throwback pictures of how this room has changed. The first picture: when we settled on the house—drop ceiling, Cleveland Browns-inspired cabinets, carpet in the hallway, industrial vinyl paneling on the walls. WOOF, this room needed so. Much. Time/energy/work/money. Pictures 2-4: After the initial “remodel,” if you can call it that—floors refinished, cabinets removed, wall treatment and vinyl trim removed, walls repaired and painted. That’s how it sat from the time right after we moved in up until a few weeks ago. I don’t miss that dumping ground of a room AT ALL.

Welcome to my new favorite room, the cozy-and-clean thinking-and-library space. As Josh Bryant of the Princess Diaries says to Mia after her makeover, “Step into my office.”

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Side note: I’m never sure what order I should show these pictures! I want you to be able to get a feel for this room…even if it is just a really small rectangle with one window. So, in that vein, here (below this text) is the view when you stand in the doorway. Originally, I wanted the window flanked with painted bookcases (painted to match the wall color, if you remember, to mimic the look of built-ins.) But the shelves we ultimately purchased were too deep to fit on the wall between the closet doors and the window. So, we pulled a Ross and “PIVOT-ed” the shelves to the opposite wall. That definitely worked out for the best; I love how calm and minimal the room looks when you first glance inside! Then you turn to your left to take in the shelving and it’s more of the dramatic punch I was envisioning.

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I knew I wanted to hang the family calendar in an easily accessible spot, so front-and-center it was. To mirror it, I hung an old IKEA frame I already had on the wall to the other side of the window. A long while ago, I read a blog post from Yellow Brick Home about these amazing, FREE to download bird prints, and thank God I somehow remembered that on Sunday night. I ordered the black and white creeper (what a name) print at Staples and it looks so pretty. The colors are perfect.

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I spent every penny of my birthday gift cards on this pretty chair from Target, and I have no regrets. I mean, sure, a summer dress would have been fun but I LOVE THIS CHAIR. IT’S SO NICE. And now when we have company, we can offer our guests more than just folding chairs when the couches get full. A win-win-win, as Michael Scott would say.

(Too many references for one blog post?)

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My angel of a sister, Tonya, came over on Monday night to help me finish up this room and she’s basically the reason it looks so good. She carried up all my books from the basement and arranged them in order by author’s last name, as I requested. The top shelf if pretty high for everyday use, so for now it just holds the sign our wedding photographer gifted us (how sweet is she!), a plant, and our electronics and chargers basket. Eventually I might add matching baskets up here for more storage.
The 2nd to top shelf hold the majority of our book collection. If I wasn’t such a faithful patron of our local library, I’m sure the collection would be a lot bigger! It’s secured in place by our domino game box and a ceramic cookie jar rhino.

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The next shelf is for the selected pretty books with nice spines.
The 2nd to bottom shelf holds our printer (a big black behemoth, but necessary), all our card games, and the rest of the books; authors T-Z.
Bottom shelf is storage for some cookbooks and notebooks, my sewing kit, and a basket I swiped from the media cabinet in the living room. I need to get more kids books, I think my nieces and nephews are sick of the same 5-book rotation.

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We bought the desk earlier this spring, before the challenge officially started. One of the first things I did for this room was devote a Saturday afternoon to purging and organizing the room. That felt so good, even if, or maybe because the room was pretty empty afterwards! I’m pleased to say that the desk drawers are still very organized. These pictures don’t do a great job of showing it, but it’s true. I can even store my laptop in the long writing drawer.

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I bought this painting from an open house last year, and I’m so glad I held on to it until now. I had thought it would be nice above the couch in the living room, but I just love it with the wall color in here. In fact, I loved it so much I didn’t hang anything else with it. If you remember from week 4, I was trying to plan a gallery wall of photos for this wall. That is yet another thing that changed! I didn’t want anything competing with this painting, and I even hung it (OK I had Brandon hang it) a little lower than normal so that I can stare it right in the eye and admire. It’s my house, I do what I want. :) But to be transparent, I am not in love with having three similarly-sized pieces on two connecting walls, all hung at similar heights. It’s kind of weird, but eh. I’m OK with it.

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And that’s about it. That’s our home office/library. It turned out so different and yet so much better than I expected. I know that, design-wise, it’s far from perfect, but personally? I am in love with it. It feels very “me,” and I don’t know if I’ve ever been this happy after completing a room. It’s such a nice feeling.

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Shelves - IKEA
Chair - Target
Desk - Wayfair
Paint color - BM Hazy Skies
Rug - Bought used from Facebook, but similar
Blanket - The enneagram 4 in me is proud to say that my mother-in-law MADE this from material she bought while in Thailand, so it’s sort of one of a kind. :)
Bird print - Audubon
Painting - Vintage, bought 2nd hand
Literally anything else - Goodwill or yard sales

BONUS BOOK REC: The book underneath my tea mug in the photo above is “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. It’s not an obscure book; you’ve probably heard of it. But if you haven’t read it, please do. It’s so good.

Spring ORC: Week 5 (almost there!)

How are we at week 5 already?! This has been the least labor intensive room we’ve tackled yet for the One Room Challenge, and yet it’s taken us longer than ever to make a dent in the to-do list. The laziness is strong in me lately.

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday.


I would say that I don’t want to give too much away before next week’s reveal…but, to be honest, the room doesn’t look terribly different from last week. Because the walls were already painted and the desk was already in place when we began this challenge, I think the satisfying before-and-after will really be brought home with the styling and decorating. And that, my friends, will have to wait for next week!

However I wasn’t COMPLETELY worthless this past week! Here are some update shots from the home office, soon to be cozy-as-anything library-office-room-extraordinaire…

The desk with the old hardware.


And with the new. Are these my favorite knobs in the world? No. But they only have one screw hole in the back, where as most of the pull handles I liked had two, so that ruled out a bunch of my choices. But these are just fine and I like how big and chunky they are.


And yes, the desk will look 100 times better when I clear it off and find a new home for that big ol’ printer.


And the shelving units are partially up! The jury is still out on whether I’m painting the shelves the wall color or keep them white. I was dead-set on painted bookshelves…and then painted shelves…and now? Eh, I can be convinced either way. Any thoughts, online friends? I need more decorative backbone.


Please come back next week! These have been the most boring of all ORC posts, I know. But next week will be eye candy. I promise.

Spring ORC: Week 4

Somehow, I get the sense that this round of the ORC is going to be 90% completed within the last two weeks. Don’t ask me how I know, I just have a feeling about these things…

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday.


We are renovating our home office for this round of the challenge. And when I say “we,” I really mean “my husband.” Brandon has done approximately 99% of the work so far in this room and trust me, I’m thankful!

Just yesterday, the IKEA shelving units were delivered! I talked about those in my post from last week. We’re actually going away for the weekend with friends, so hopefully this evening after work I can get the shelves painted.

Even though we don’t have the book shelves installed yet, I thought I’d get a head start on filling the rest of the walls in this room. I went through my hoard of art and picture frames that was collecting dust in the basement and came up with a few options for arrangements. I’m really drawn to the cozy, borderline-cluttered library feel. Think of the library in Beauty in the Beast, or Dumbledore’s office. So, drawing vibes from that, I really wanted a gallery wall on the wall bordering the book shelves. I love that gallery walls can feel so collected and effortless. But be ye not fooled, these pictures were not without effort. I am not really happy with any of these options, but it’s the best I’ve got for now.


The painting is something I had been thinking of moving to the living room for a while, but had never gotten around to it. But once I saw it against the wall color in the office, my heart melted and I think it belongs in here! After trying to piece together a gallery wall for a bit, I held it up above the desk and LOVED it there.


Oh, and speaking of the desk, THAT HARDWARE. Yuck, those silver pulls offend me. I haven’t picked out new ones yet, but here are a few favorites from Lowes:

Pretty glass pulls that feel a little glam to me.


If I really want to lean into the old-timey, curl up in an ancient arm chair vibe, I think these would do nicely.


And these might be my favorite! But at $33/each, they’d be like, the most expensive item in the room.


I think this week actually gave me new energy for this challenge. Maybe it was seeing all my sentimental art in the space…even if it was just laving on the floor and not hanging on the wall. I’m so excited to keep working and hopefully finish as strong as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Spring ORC: Week 3 (non) Update

It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge! I’m still not freaking out too much, I think my optimism is misguided but oh well.

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday.


Almost all of the “prep” work is done in here, even the ceiling is painted! When we first demo-ed the drop ceiling in this room, the ceiling was stained with what looked to be old water damage. That was a chore but thankfully it’s DONE. Now, all that’s left to do (in this aspect, anyway) is finish caulking the trim and finish painting and hang the doors. I really don’t have any excuse for not getting this task finished this week. Just good old laziness, I guess. But, even without the doors, I still breathe a sigh of relief when I walk in this room and remember where we started a year a half ago when we moved in. (See all the old pictures here!)


I am really happy with this rug I got off Facebook Marketplace last weekend. I even bartered $20 off asking price, because it never hurts to ask, right? It’s an old style from Pottery Barn, but this one looks to be just about the same thing..

I finally pulled the financial trigger on the shelving for this room and, surprising absolutely no one at this point, it’s neither of the options I’ve discussed before! Decisions with me are such a special treat, you guys. I bought two of these IKEA Algot systems and I’m planning to paint the shelves the same color as the wall. So at least I’m not straying completely from the original idea fold.

I have off work tomorrow for Easter, so I am really hoping to put in some solid work this weekend. Even if the shelving doesn’t get here, I have quite a few things to keep me busy until then! I think it’s time to start an official to do list…

  • Caulk trim

  • Finish and hang closet doors and entry door

  • Paint shelves and install shelving

  • Swap out desk hardware

  • Go through my “art collection” (frames, pictures, and canvasses I refuse to get rid of) and decide on a look for all the blank walls

  • Bring my books up from storage to their new home

  • Make it cute

    Hoping to share lots of pretty pictures next week!

Spring ORC: Week 2 Update

Here we are at week two of the One Room Challenge, and I have exactly one update photo to share. But I have a general plan for this room, so let’s not start nervous sweating just yet!

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday.


This past weekend was really full so I didn’t devote a lot of time to working on the office. Brandon, God bless that guy, is finishing up the trim (filling in nail holes and painting!) as I type this. What a husband. After tonight, I think we’ll be able to stick a fork in it and call the trim all done! Next on the list is finishing the closet doors and the main door to the room. I’m sure I started sanding that door down in order to paint it…oh, say a year ago. Better late than never, I always say.


After the actual “work” is done, I’m so excited to actually fill this space! Last week, I mentioned my idea of painting bookshelves the same color as the wall. And while I am still firmly a passenger on that train, I think I am into the low, long bookshelf look. Like this (especially the bear head, yest please).


I haven’t purchased the shelves yet, but I’m debating between the IKEA Billy or this shelf I found from Walmart. The room is so small, I’m afraid the Billy would be too tight of a squeeze, so I’m leaning toward getting three of the Walmart shelves.

Also, currently have my eye on a cutie little round rug on Facebook Marketplace! Pray it’s not sold yet! This room is maybe the most budget-y room we’ve done so far, and with the desk already purchased, everything else has to be cheap-cheap in order to fly-fly, ifyaknowwhatimean.

By next week, someone come yell at me if I haven’t yet purchased a single thing!

One Room Challenge Spring 2019: welcome to Week 1!

This is my 3rd time participating as a guest in the One Room Challenge! And each time, the rooms I've chosen to make over have gotten progressively smaller. I think that says something about how stressful the first room, last year's living/dining room, was for me. (You can see that here, BTW!)

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday. 


This year, it's time for the office to step up and get it's stuff together. Here's how she's looking now, after a long Saturday of purging and organizing and cleaning. Don’t worry, we still have plenty of junk. I just moved it all to the basement until the room is out of the painting/dusty/dirty phase. It's pretty much a blank slate right now. We painted the walls when we first moved in and the trim is mostly installed (these pictures are a few days old!) so now it's just adding some good organization, storage, and pretties.


This is actually progress. Here's how the room looked when we first moved in:


My biggest inspiration comes from these photos...


From Domino

See a trend? I am SO into the look of furniture painted the same color as the wall. My hope is that it makes the room feel bigger (or at least as big as possible, it's a small room!). Brandon vetoed my built-in idea for this space, so this the next best thing. Maybe even better than built-ins, now that's I've had time to get excited about it! We’re almost finished with the trim now, so even if I don’t make any more progress until next week, at least I’ll have updated pictures. #EternalOptimist.

ORC: Week 6 - The grand finale!

It’s (finally? already?) here! The final reveal of my One Room Challenge room, the master bedroom.

In case you don’t know, the One Room Challenge is a blogging challenge hosted twice a year, in which twenty featured designers document their progress as they completely renovate a room from start to finish in 6 weeks. All are welcome to join in on the fun as guest participants, which is where I come in. Yesterday was the big reveal day for the featured designers, and today hundreds of more pretty rooms are hitting the internet. Read on to see mine!


Six weeks ago, our master bedroom looked like how having a head cold felt. You can still function, but are a far cry from your best. After we moved in last year, we painted the walls and demo-ed the existing trim. We took the closet doors and entry door off with the intention to paint them, and there the bedroom sat…for almost a year! So, what I started with at the beginning of this challenge wasn’t a horrible space, exactly. It was just a nothing space that I had put no effort into making peaceful or beautiful. Here are a few before pictures for context, and you can see all the befores right here. But I’m making these small, because I want to talk about the after!

OK. I take it back, it was horrible. RIP privacy sheet. Never return.

But I’m happy to say the bedroom has recovered from her head cold, she’s been eating healthy and exercising, and now she looks like this…


If you’ve read my previous posts about this room, you know I waffled back and forth about what to do for a bed. Try to DIY one? Buy just a headboard? And then buy a plain bed stand to attach it to? Do I need a bed skirt now, too? I can be so indecisive, it drives me mad. Eventually I found this bed on sale at Target. It wasn’t an outstanding, dramatic, grabs-you-by-the-eyeballs piece of furniture, but I realized that’s exactly what I was looking for. Something quiet and simple. I went back to Target earlier this week for white and grey striped sheets. Another simple change that I love. And hopefully grey and white is easier to keep fresh and clean looking than plain white sheets. Sheesh.

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I kept the dresser and night stands we already had to try and save some money. They aren’t exactly pretty things, but after changing the knobs I like them a lot better! I did a deep purge and seasonal swap of all our clothing, and happily gave the now-empty tall dresser to the guest room.

I cringe when I see the contrast between the hallway and the bedroom in the photo above. You guys, the difference that finished trim and painted doors makes! It shouldn’t surprise me by now, but it does. I still get a happy little jolt whenever I see the fresh white trim against the clean walls. It all feels so neat and new. And might I say, it does feel mighty good to know that my own two hands did that! Or helped with that. Thanks Brandon.


I have loved line drawing artwork for a while, and I was happy to find this print on Etsy. I put it in an IKEA frame I already had, but I think it would look pretty framed without a mat as well.


Josie can’t be bothered to hold still for a picture, but rest assured she loves the new rug. I probably sound ridiculous, but I was so nervous about buying this pretty blue rug! I’d only ever bought grey area rugs before, so this was quite a change. I am happy to say I love it! I think it adds a lot to a room that has, well, basically no color. Right now, the only other colorful things are the big picture I bought from Craigslist because it is copy of a smaller print that hung in my Grandma’s house, and those trusty green velvet pillows from IKEA. They are a perfectly muted olive color that looks good literally anywhere. I think if my soul had a color, it’d be this.


The blinds add a lot of texture and interest to the room. I purchased these inexpensive blinds from Overstock after dropping my jaw when the Lowe’s employee showed me how much custom-sized blinds would be. No thank you, kind sir. I followed this AMAZING tutorial to a T, and it worked perfectly. I cannot thank the angel Angela who posted this enough! It was exactly what I needed. It wasn’t a quick job (especially not the first one!) but I got it done and now I don’t have to worry about that again. Until we furnish the next bedroom.

Also, do you want to know about these lamps? I love the black and gold. More soul colors, for sure.


You’ll never guess where I found them…Wal-Mart. I know, I was surprised too! But Wal-Mart’s online selection is huge, so maybe it shouldn’t come as a shock. I had an old gift card lying around so I was happy to get both for less than $60.

To me, a room isn’t really finished unless it has something quirky, special, or sentimental. Bonus points if it’s all three. My framed kitty card counts as quirky, and the big painting is definitely sentimental. It might not be the exact piece that my Grandma had, but it still makes me smile in a bittersweet way. I think we give mass-produced art a bad rep, when really we should be thanking them for giving us little connections to our grandparents in heaven.


I’ve only slept in my brand new bedroom for one night so far, but I can vouch for a decorated or designed bedroom. It doesn’t have to be perfect; mine is not! But it feels so refreshing to have a finished space, especially when most of the rest of the house is still looks like the “before” pictures. A finished space that is cozy, relaxing, and fits you. I think this space does that. Cheers!

ORC: Week 5 (just you wait...)

Well well well, here we are at week 5 of the One Room Challenge! If this is the shortest update post in the history of the ORC, please forgive me. I promise I will make it up to you next week with the reveal!




In case you are wondering why I’m freaking out, allow me to enlighten you: the One Room Challenge is a home design challenge hosted twice a year in which 20 featured designers and hundreds of guest participants transform one room from start to finish in 6 weeks. I’m trilled to be joining as a guest participant for the second time! My first round was last spring when I made over my combined living and dining space, see more of that here. This time around I’m trying to turn our “master” bedroom into a relaxing, minimal, and cute space.


This week, Brandon and I took advantage of a mostly-obligation-free Saturday and got a bunch of work done. I always feel so elated after a day like that—look at us! we did so good! we’re unstoppable!—but by Monday evening I was stress-sweating while looking at the deadline. In case you’re wondering, we are doing all of this in real time. The realest of real time. My to-do list wants to drown me like an evil seductive mermaid singing to an ignorant sailor, but somehow we’ll get there! Here’s what we accomplished this week:


Trim! As of today, all the trim is installed, with the exception of the top casing on a window. I ordered these blinds earlier this week, and once they arrive we’ll finish the trim. Brandon wanted to wait for the blinds to arrive before completely installing, just in case we had to get creative and customize it a bit in order to mount them properly. It still needs to be painted and caulked, and unfortunately, that is holding us up. I don’t want to move our new rug and bed in the room until that is completely finished and I can clean the floors. Even unfinished, it looks so good, right?!


Another big job is painting the sliding closet doors and the main entry door. It was dusty, dirty work (especially when the dust vacuum stopped working on my hand help sander) and I am SO GLAD to be done. The doors still need a second coat, and I’m hoping to finish that tomorrow after work.

More exciting news? I WENT TO BRUNCH WITH MY FRIENDS. THEN CAME HOME TO A BOX ON MY PORCH FILLED WITH A BED. That’s right, bed is here! It’s still not assembled, but it’s here. It’s cool and very non-fussy, and I am all about that. I think it’s going to look so good with the rug. I just can’t wait to see it all set up!


As I mentioned above, I ordered blinds for the windows. PRAISE HIM AND RAISE ‘EM, the privacy sheet is coming down for good! I think I may have to add a lining to the blinds, but I am choosing not to worry about that until after they arrive tomorrow. I also decided on lamps and can order those tomorrow. After that is done, I think I’m finished buying things. FINALLY. I didn’t start this room make over with a specific budget, other than the words “as cheap as possible” ringing in my ears. But between the rug, bed, and a few trips to Lowe’s, I am tired of spending money on a room that looks more or less the same.

By this time next week though, it’s going to look completely different. I cannot wait to see it all come together and I might be even more excited to show you all when it’s done! I’m going to share my to-do list one more time; see you all on the other side of this list!

  • Finish painting and install closet and entry door

  • Finish caulking and painting trim


  • Set up rug and bed

  • Install (maybe add lining to?) blinds

  • Add the cute things

ORC: Week 4 - A bed and a rug

Welcome, one and all, to week 4 of the One Room Challenge! Six weeks sounds like a decent chunk of time, but once you start breaking it down it’s amazing how it flies by.

For newbies, (hi, love you) the One Room Challenge is a 6-week design challenge hosted twice a year. Twenty featured designers share their progress every Wednesday, and hundreds of guest participants join in every Thursday until the big reveal! This past spring was my first time as a part of this rodeo and you can see that reveal here.


Last week I thought I had all the big decisions made, but it turns out that I can’t make it easy on myself. After much internal debate and flip-flopping, I decided to scrap the DIY headboard idea and have instead made two major purchases—a bed and a rug!

I think a DIY black velvet channel tufted headboard sounds DREAMY, but after sleeping on it I had a nagging feeling that it would be too much for this space. My style is still very much evolving and developing, but one thing it is for certain? Simple. With the most colorful rug I’ve ever bought in the room, I had to go back and remind myself what I wanted for this space: clean, minimal, cozy, and warm. If you are interested in DIY-ing your own headboard, I pulled much of my inspiration from Brady and Mandi’s projects. I would have been THRILLED if my attempt turned out half this good!

So instead of a great DIY (mis)adventure, I purchased this bed. I won’t lie, I am nervous about this! I am not a huge fan of fake leather, but I like the simple, modern look of the frame. Also, the headboard is short enough to fit nicely under our 1960’s high-and-wide windows. This hasn’t arrived yet so I’m holding my breath until it does!

The rug I purchased for our room was delivered yesterday and good news, I love it! It makes me so excited to see everything come together. I have a sneak peek below. I’m not trying to be coy; our house has no space big enough to unroll it besides the bedroom! Hopefully all of the dusty work of installing trim will be finished by Saturday and it can move into it’s new home.


Speaking of dusty work, the old trim is gone! Brandon and I knocked it out in a little over an hour last night. It was not hard work, and with Brandon’s beloved country playlist to keep us going, it was actually a really fun evening. Brandon pried the baseboards and window and door casings off, and I followed behind with a nifty little tool to scrap off the bumpy paint and with a hammer to pull out remaining nails. As proof, here’s another picture of my feet.


I still need to get storage bins and baskets for the closet, but it is purged and organized, trust me! It doesn’t look super cute but it is the most organized it’s ever been. And half empty. Off-season storage for the win! The dresser and nightstand drawers were also purged within an inch of their lives. On Saturday, we took a date to Lowe’s and picked up all the new knobs. It only took me 1 1/2 podcast episodes to clean each drawer and install the new hardware.


As you can tell from this picture, we still need to address the window coverings. It will be a happy, happy day when that privacy sheet comes down. Aside from that, here’s the rest of my to-do list:

  • Install trim (includes patching, caulking, and painting)

  • Purchase and install blinds

  • Get baskets and bins for closet

  • Get lamps

  • Figure out art for blank wall, and above dresser

  • New bedding

  • Do something nice - add flowers or something. :)

That’s not too bad is it? See you next week with (hopefully) pretty pictures!

One Room Challenge: Week 3 (how are we here already?!)

How are we halfway through the One Room Challenge already? In 3 weeks, I am to have not only a completed room to share with the internet, but also to have cleaned it and made it pretty and photographed and written about it. But, let’s be honest, the writing part doesn’t frighten me. I might not chat your ear off in person, but I can go on and on (and on!) while typing my innermost thoughts and feelings about interior decorating. Maybe it’s an introvert thing? BUT, I am getting off topic while simultaneously proving my aforementioned point. Let’s get into the ORC!


If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, the One Room Challenge is an amazing event hosted twice a year in which 20 featured designers and hundreds of guest participants (me!) completely transform a room in 6 days. Just kidding, 6 weeks. It’s fun. It’s crazy. It’s my second time doing it (see my first reveal here) and read on for my week 3 update!

So I ended last week’s post feeling pretty uncertain about where we are going to end up. I made a few mood boards, but honestly was still trying to decide what we’re doing here in the bedroom. I’m happy to say that while I haven’t purchased or made everything we need yet, I finally have a clear picture in my head and now all that’s left to do is create it! Half the battle is won, right?

One thing I was agonizing over was our bed. I love a modern looking upholstered bed frame, but I knew I wanted it in black and was having a hard time finding any affordable options that weren’t fake leather. Phew, did you follow all of that? I finally decided that while it might be easier to get a $200 tufted pleather bed frame, it’s not what I am in love with. Since I have also been paring down my wardrobe during this makeover, I can’t in good conscience buy something while only loving it at 50%. I mean, after getting rid of half my clothes, I would never do that with a sweater for $30! So why would I consider doing with with a bed frame for four times as much? My new idea (which is really my old idea. Trust your gut, friends.) is to DIY a headboard about of black velvet. I know! It’s a little late in the game to be deciding to whip up a headboard “really quick” but, I MEAN. BLACK VELVET.

Brandon, if you’re reading this from your hotel room while on your work trip - don’t freak out. I promise it will look great and you won’t end up doing all the work.

I am also quite proud to say that I have completed the Great Closet Purge of 2018. It’s possible, ya’ll! We can fit all our (in season) clothes in one closet and one dresser…with room to spare! Our closet still needs some organizing and some beautifying, but it’s a definite improvement. I feel like I can breathe so much easier, and I also want to get rid of half of the rest of the house. All in good time.

After a quick trip to Lowe’s earlier this week, I can home with several different knobs to see what looks best with our dresser and nightstands. Nothing is going to make it less-orange or less beat up, but new hardware can hopefully shine her up enough to look vintage-cute and not Craigslist-shady. I really loved the black and gold knobs - so cute! So I decided to use those for the nightstand drawers and slightly bigger, all black knobs for the dresser. It’s my bedroom I’ll have mismatched knobs if I want to!


Lastly, I think I’ve decided on a rug for the room. I mean I know I fell in love with one, I’m just trying to decide if the price is right. Isn’t she nice? Should I just go with it? Is 11:30 on a Wednesday night a good time to make a decision?
(Just in case you’re wondering, no that is not an affiliate link. I know this is a blog and everything but I don’t know how to do that stuff. Help.)


I know this wasn’t a juicy blog post, but sometimes progress is just like that. Kind of like falling in love…slowly, and then all at once.


See you all next week!