Archives for April 2017

One Room Challenge | Week Four

Hey, y’all, I’m sorry that I have a lame One Room Challenge post for you this week.  I was in a car accident yesterday in which my car was totaled.  I’m fine, just a few aches, and the other people involved are fine– gratefulness all around.  But, yeah, so scary and the day didn’t go as planned, needless to say.lamp

In happier news, last Saturday evening we had four families from church over for our first official pool gathering–even though the space isn’t finished.  We couldn’t wait!  As the sun was setting, it was so nice to sit around the fire and chat while the kids played in the pool.  The new buffet/storage unit worked great for lighting and plugging in the coffeemaker for poolside service.  The faux bois lamp is one of a pair I found at a gas station years ago in the mountains.  They still had the tiered fiberglass, whipstitched lampshades and JC Penney’s tags on them.  The large lantern is from Target, as are the faux candles; and the pyramid lantern is from Pier 1.

I can’t wait to show you the whole buffet and how it works.  And, the day bed is now finished–oh my goodness, it is hard to pry me out of it once I snuggle in.  We are just awaiting the pillows that are on special order.

Other developments in the last week include the dining table and sofa delivery and stepping stones installed from our front door to the pool area.

The off-and-on rainy weather we’ve been having may delay the rest of the furniture building–so the patio under the deck may not make the deadline.  But maybe we’ll get lucky with some sunshine.  Really the only thing left for me to do is pick up plants for all the planters so the main pool area will be ready for the reveal in two short weeks!  Now if I can just get the carpenter bees to quit drilling my wood furniture and the birds to stop pooping on the pillows…the challenges of decorating outdoors!

The One Room Challenge featured designers and guest participants are all trucking along!  Thank you to Linda and House Beautiful for the event.

One Room Challenge | Week Three

Week Three of the One Room Challenge is on!  I’m tackling our new outdoor living spaces as an ORC guest participant–you can see the before here.  There are five furniture zones to furnish, and almost all the pieces are in or scheduled for delivery…so hopefully it will all be done by Week Six.

I’m moving on to the small decorative pieces…pillows, lanterns, pillows, and pillows!  Obsessing a little maybe, I am, on the pillows.  So far I have collected these from Target, for the loungers and fire pit sofas.  They are not outdoor specific pillows, but I plan on storing them when not in use.  Plus, if they breakdown prematurely, I can restock for next year since they are inexpensive.

These fun drippy pots are from Antiques & Beyond in Atlanta.  A little painterly nod.

I’m considering these stools, from Home Goods, for tables by the loungers.  I’m just afraid everything is going to be too patterned.  The daybed is black and white stripe, which I’m now regretting.  I wish I had stuck with the solid black I originally planned.  Ugh, lessons learned!IMG_0489The brick wall surrounding the pool received a new coat of paint this week, just to freshen up after the construction of the pool.  Chris is trucking along on the custom furniture.  He is almost done with the daybed and the buffet.  Here is a progress shot of the buffet, the sides and top:IMG_0491Inside will fit two bins to hold pool toys and pillows.  Here are the bins, getting their whitewash finish:IMG_0483The bins glide out easily on casters.  I think I’m going to love this storage solution!

Other finds in the last week, a coffee table from RH Outlet and a metal side table from Decades Antiques in Atlanta:

IMG_0492I am considering powder coating the little sculptural side table, but most likely it will stay white.  These pieces will go on the patio under the deck.  Also under the deck will be a pair of these chairs:IMG_0494I bought them at the Parker-Kennedy sale at their new Governor’s Mansion in Commerce.  I love the pill-shape detail on the back and sides–and they are vintage, too!

Meanwhile, I am hustling to get commissioned paintings finished before school lets out for the summer.  It has been a full spring!

While the spaces are nowhere near finished–no plants in pots, no table at which to dine–we are hosting our first pool get-together this weekend.  Can’t wait!  Before everyone arrives, I will need to clean all the good, Southern pollen off every single surface.  It is unstoppable.  This dusting of pollen is one week of the coffee table sitting under the deck:IMG_0495Yuck.

Anyway, there is a lot of talent out there!  Check out the featured designers and guest participants.  The amount of money and man hours spent collectively on this challenge is CRAZY!  Thank you again to Linda for hosting and House Beautiful as media sponsor!

One Room Challenge | Week Two

It’s Week Two of the One Room Challenge–and, I’m taking mine outdoors this time.  This week I’ll give you a tour of the living spaces we have around the pool, that was just completed in March.  This space so far has been such a gift–so many fun family bonding opportunities (including an ugly but good, competitive fun basketball hoop that you will see later in the post).  Also, after 3 and a half years in this house it is so nice to have the neglected side yard and back yard finally in decent shape.

Down the steps we have the spa and the dining area on the left.  To the right of the dining area is the fire

For the dining area we have ordered the Aegean table from Restoration Hardware.  It comes in a 95″ length that will be great for seating 8 people.  I wanted it in black, but it sold out before I was ready to order it.  Sad face.  So I am going with white.

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I love these barrel chairs from CB2 that will surround the table.  They have already arrived and are super comfy.  Chris is also building a 12′ buffet table for serving meals that will double as pool storage underneath.Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.28.18 PM
We decided to go with a rectangular fire pit instead of round, and I love the idea of sofas flanking the fire pit instead of individual chairs.  We are a family of cuddlers, so it made sense to go with something at least three of us can snuggle on (that would be me with a kid on each side, love that).  This sofa from CB2 is perfect for the area–it is nice and deep to accommodate pillow layers.
Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.26.47 PM At the deep end of the pool is a custom daybed that Chris is almost finished with.  It just needs a roof, and then I can put in the black and white stripe mattress and pillows.  Can’t wait to lounge in there!  We went with a chocolate brown stain to coordinate with the back deck nearby.  I also like that it picks up the brown in the pavers.  Notice the basketball goal…it won’t make into the final reveal photos, ha! www.tphblog.comThe fourth living space is the lounge deck along the side of the house.
We have four of these streamline loungers from CB2–they have such great outdoor items this season!  These loungers are the look I’m after and relatively affordable.  Have you priced lounge chairs lately???  Insane!  Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.27.12 PMThe last area we are trying to finish before summer is under the back deck.  We had under decking installed to waterproof the patio–and it works great!  Painting and electrical still needs to be done here before we can clean up and furnish it.IMG_0481We have this sofa from Restoration Hardware on order for the patio:Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.29.14 PMIt will be just as pictured, black frame and charcoal upholstery.  I’d love white upholstery, but even with outdoor fabric, I didn’t think it would be a good idea with the kiddos.  We have red mud here in Georgia!

I’m not sure if this fifth area will be completed in time for the reveal–still deciding on coordinating furniture.  And, Chris still needs to build two more cabinets here, too.

For the hardscaping, we went with Belgard pavers in the Lafitt pattern, color Belgian Stone.  I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the pavers, but it was pretty much our only option with some of the limitations and conditions we had.  But I really do love them and like how it coordinates with the Pennsylvania blue stone we have in the front yard.

The landscape, I hope, will eventually look something like this with the boxwood hedge and Limelight hydrangeas spilling over:hydrangeasWe also installed around the pool Japanese maple trees, deodar cedars, Leyland cypresses for screening, laurel shrubs to hide fence and pool equipment, viburnum, and junipers to cover the hill that slopes down from the pool.  As always, the landscaping was a game changer for the whole area–softening it up in feel and color.  Now I am just impatient for it all to mature and hide that ugly fence!

Next week I hope to show you the finished daybed and progress on the buffet table.  Thank you for stopping by!  Check out the feature designers and guest participants as they finish week two.  Thank you, Linda, for hosting!

One Room Challenge | Week One

The One Room Challenge, founded by Linda of Calling It Home, is a shot at designing a space in the matter of six short weeks.  You can see the featured designers here.

I’m doing it, I’m jumping in…the pool!  Over the next six weeks I take part as a guest participant and will furnish our new pool and get it ready for summer funtimes.  Here is the space before–photo taken in

Because of our lot configuration, we had to build the pool in our side yard, which isn’t so bad as this side of the house has long-range mountain views.  Fast forward to March, the pool is finished and ready just in time for Spring  But the outdoor living spaces are not finished.  There is a dining space, lounge space, fire pit living area, day bed space, and a TV lounge area.  So far I am leaning toward a black and white color scheme–leaving the color to the blue sky and surrounding green woods.

Next week I’ll give you a peek at the finished pool and furniture plans.  See you then!