One Room Challenge | Week Three

Last week I breezed through week two of the ORC with a mean strut of confidence, but week three found me knocked down to my knees in a puddle of self doubt and worry.  Waking up at 2am with a racing mind, that’s been me.  Decorating anxiety is real, folks.

But, I am here to report at the end of week three that I have jumped a few ORC bumps in the road.  Even though I still have one or two more puzzles to solve, maybe I’ll make it after all.  What isn’t going to happen for me is the acquisition of photography skills before this is all done.  Photos in a dark basement are not easy.  Thankfully I have a professional lined up for the reveal.

What I’m loving is the hallway mural, a snippet of the color block composition:I’m also loving the yellow chairs from the ORC sponsor, The Mine.  Shown here with the not-yet-installed wall shelf Chris built, they are a happy burst of color:Head-over-hills for the large-scale abstract painting from Susie with Minty that now hangs in the alcove hallway.  She suggested I paint the frame red, and it was a brilliant idea:

I’m not so in love, however, with the art piece for the TV lounge:
I like the composition of it, but not the color.  I first painted it in a range of neutrals but then changed my mind and painted it all white.  Wrong turn, lady.  It is way too stark against the dark blue wall.  So this is one challenge I’m currently dealing with.  It is all glued and nailed together so it will not be funtimes changing it.  Stay tuned.

In other news, Chris is moving right along in the powder room.  He has primed the walls for painting, prepped to apply picture molding, and finished building the vanity.  The countertop fabricators are on the schedule as are the paper hangers.  I decided to go with simple Absolute Black granite for the countertop and backsplash because the marbles ended up being too expensive for this bathroom and the movement in the stone conflicted too much with the Milton & King paper on the ceiling.  Black granite is pretty traditional, except!  The backsplash will be 6 feet tall and will have a cutout for the mirror.  Six feet!  I’m hoping it makes the statement I’m after.

I have painted the kitchen table top white.  Chris is also working on the new kitchen cabinet.  And, I am in the middle of painting a wall and ceiling that wasn’t originally in the plan.  Extra work, no big deal.

The fun part of this, of course, is the delivery of goodies for the space.

These items have arrived and are looking mighty fine in their new home:

floor lamp from Article

leather ottoman from Article

large floor pillow from Pom Pom at Home

ceramic stool from The Mine

Next week I’ll show you how I painted the concrete floors…I still need to get in and do the powder room floor.  To-do, to-do, so much to-do!  If you wanna, follow me on Instagram for peeks during the week.

Thank you, Linda, for another fabulous week of knockin’ it out!

Don’t forget to check out my ORC compadres:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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The Painted House One Room Challenge

Week One

Week Two

TPH on HGTV.COM

A new tour of our home is up on HGTV.com, written by Michel Smith Boyd and photographed by Tomas Espinoza.  We had the pleasure of doing a live tour on the House Hunters Facebook page last spring with Michel.  Truthfully I was scared to death, but Michel is so kind that he put me at ease in front of a live audience.

photo: Tomas Espinoza

How cool is that console that Chris built for us?  Nine-feet long and RED!

Also, you can catch some of my art (and that of some of my artist friends) on the Chairish Art Collective, an edited grouping of emerging talent.  Thank you for including me!

I’ll see you this Wednesday for week 3 of the One Room Challenge!  You can see progress during the week on Instagram.

One Room Challenge | Week Two

We are two weeks down in the One Room Challenge!  With four weeks still stretching out before me, I feel like I can do anything.  But this is no time to be cocky, sand through the hourglass…

Last week I shared that we are finishing the basement in our house–you can see my inspiration rooms in the first post.  It is my husband’s hangout space, it is also where we do our exercise videos (dig deep, Shaun T!), and it is the pass-through to the guest room.  Here is the reminder of the before, when we bought the house four years ago:We made some initial changes to the space.  We removed the carpet and stone on the fireplace and added the inset for the TV and soffits around the ceiling for some architectural interest:

view from the hallway

At this time, I painted the concrete floors white.  I loved the idea of the crisp, white floors.  And, then.  Not long after we moved in, they started peeling, like no adhesion at all!  Turns out the floor wasn’t properly prepped.  I was devastated.  The paint had to be stripped off the floors.  Can you imagine the awful job that was???

This is a good time to introduce Chris.

If you’ve been reading here or my Instagram for a while you know Chris.  He is so talented in all areas of house.  He can fix and do and make anything.  We met around 9 years ago when I saw his van pulling out of Home Depot.  His name and number was written on the side of the van, and I scribbled it down fast as I was in need of someone to do work around the 1956 house we had just bought.  The rest is history.  He did the whole build out of my studio loft in Atlanta, he built furniture for our poolside patio.  He improved the curb appeal of our ranch house.  He does it all.  And, he is an integral part of this One Room Challenge.  I couldn’t do it without his help!

So, when I realized our only option was to strip the floors, I called Chris.  It was a messy, dusty job, but he did it.

So white floors no more!  I decided to do a faux concrete stain similar to one that I did at our mountain house in 2009, which has held up beautifully through many vacation renters and our own family.  But the sander Chris used to remove the white paint could only get so close to the baseboards without damaging them…so a small line of white paint still remained around the perimeter of the basement.  That is when we decided to add a 4-inch band of black around the baseboards of the entire basement.  Chris and his poor knees. Into the guest bathroom as well:What turned out to be a practical solution ended up being a pretty detail I love! Here is the hallway in the guest room with the faux concrete stain.Here is the new TV wall with the custom cabinet, sconces, grasscloth wallpaper, and new fireplace surround.  This is before I finished the floor treatment in the main room:

In the above photo you can see the alcove to the left which leads to the powder room on one side and the guest room hallway on the other.  Stripes on the floors because I love stripes, of course!

So, with the walls and floors finished, I moved on to furniture but didn’t get too far.  This is where things ended and left things ripe for the ORC.

So one weekend when my husband was out of town, I stopped in at the Restoration Hardware Outlet for a looksie.  We were holding out for a leather sofa, but I found this gray slipcovered sectional on deeeeeeeep discount.  It wasn’t exactly what we wanted, but it was comfy, a good price, and we needed something.   I thought it would be fun to surprise him with a sofa and rug when he got home from his trip.

It is staying, even though I’d prefer something more squared off than the Belgian roll arm style.  It is comfy so that’s a major win for movie watching!  Or, my favorite, Silicon Valley.  But there is a lesson here…be wary of the deep discounts, they have power to trick your brain and alter your design plans…sometimes not for the best.

I love how the niche for the TV and soffits turned out.  We paneled the ceiling in 1x6s for coziness in the TV lounge, faced the fireplace surround with leftover Alabama white marble tiles from our kitchen backsplash in the last house, and now have speakers in the speaker boxes, and maybe I’ll get around to painting the air vents black this ORC.  Plans for this space include new corner chair, new pillows, new ottoman, and new monumental art above the sofa.
Opposite the TV lounge is the kitchenette, remember the before:

We reused a portion of the lowered cabinets and painted them Benjamin Moore Summer Nights like the TV lounge and the alcove.  We added a refrigerator and new countertop made from a remnant we found of Alabama white marble.  There was just enough in the remnant to do a 12″ backsplash.  The table was a stand in–it is the table we bought for our first home back in 2001.  The Bertoia chairs, too, are leftover from the studio loft we sold in 2013.Plans for the kitchen include a new storage cabinet on the side of the refrigerator in stained oak and a matching oak shelf above the backsplash for glasses, that Chris is building.  I have my Knot art planned for the wall to the left of the sink.  New chairs are ordered and I found a new table on my designer friend Jennifer’s Instagram stories!  (You need to follow this chica!)

She was shopping the Lakewood 400 antique market in Cumming, Georgia, when she snapped a picture of this table.  I love the Platner-esque base and oval shape for the room.  As soon as I saw it, I jumped in the car and bought it!  I’m not sure how I will finish it…maybe all white?

I also have someone special to me making a table to go behind the sofa.  My brother and mother run a sheet metal shop in Texas.  He is making a perforated table in aluminum that I will have powdercoated…maybe in white?  I used nickels to determine size of the perforation and spacing.  I think it’s going to look so cool!  I wish I could have it made in brass like this box I used for spacing…$$$$.

Here is the general look I’m after in the basement:I’m not much of a design board tech genius, but this gives me the idea of how it works together–I’m squeezing all the spaces together on one board.

So this second week of ORC I focused on a mural for the hallway off the stairs.  This is how you enter the basement and it totally sets the scene now.

The plan:

Before:In progress:I can’t wait to have the pendants hanging down here and art up on the red wall at the end.  I have eight pieces at the framer right now.  I’m going to make a gallery wall with music posters and concert photos that we’ve taken.  Music is my husband’s number one passion so it will be so personal to have these pieces on the wall here.

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you…I am doing a red velvet mat and red frame to go on that red wall.  Yes.  I.  Am.

This week I’m working on the art that will go above the sofa, a wood sculpture piece that will span 12 feet.  Super excited about it!  Stay tuned to Instagram for peeks on my stories.

In other news, items from the generous One Room Challenge sponsors are starting to roll in.I’m using this luxe Orapa Dot fabric from Stroheim for pillows for the sofa.  I love that it is a solid with a punchy graphic texture.  Designs by Sudi is making the covers for me.

I also received wallpaper for the powder room ceiling from Milton & King, Origami–love it!

It’s very Qbert/tumbling blocks, no?  I’ve had so much fun looking through their patterns.

So I haven’t said much about the bathroom…I will have photos and details next week.  But for now, Chris is working on the vanity and I have the stone fabricators measuring this week for the countertop.  The room is going to be RED, naturally.  But I haven’t decided on the stone.  It will be either arabescato white marble or black marble.  So hard to choose.  It is a strange little layout, but we are trying to make the best of the square footage.  I can’t wait to show you the metal art we have for the space!

Okay, I think that’s plenty for today!  Next week we’ll talk bathroom, progress of the wood art, and any new acquisitions.  I’ll also give you, before this challenge is over, some info on the concrete floor finish.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Painted House!  Thank you, Linda, for hosting! Don’t miss these other Design Masters:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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The Painted House One Room Challenge

Week One

One Room Challenge | Week One

Hi, everyone–welcome to The Painted House!  I’m so excited to share that I am participating in the One Room Challenge this fall as a featured designer.  That means over the span of six weeks I will be designing a room from top to bottom, possibly neglecting personal hygiene and my family along the way!  Actually I feel like I have a handle on this…I won’t regret saying that, right?The One Room Challenge was founded by Linda Weinstein of Calling It Home, and it has become incredibly successful over the years, now in its 12th season and inspiring over 1700 room transformations!  Each Wednesday over the next few weeks, 19 other bloggers and I will be sharing our room progress in a dedicated ORC post on each of our blogs.  The final reveal is November 8…it should be a fun ride!  I’m in good company:

Before I share which space I am doing, I want to introduce myself to new readers.  My training is in painting, with a BFA from University of Houston.  However, I am wildly obsessed with interiors and architecture and anything that can be made.  I’ve had my own decorative art and design business before we had children, and then I took time off to be a stay-at-home mom, accepting special projects along the way.  Now, after several years of homeschooling, my children are in traditional school and I am focusing on my art, finally!  And, I am feathering the nest at our “new” home that we moved into 4 years ago.  I feel like the artist part of me gives the designer part of me a unique little spin.  Oh, and I like the color red.

Are you ready for some befores?  The ORC is coming to…our basement!  We’ve tried to call it something other than basement, like the lounge, but basement sticks.  And we’re not fancy enough to call it the terrace level.  Anyway, our basement is kind of the last frontier of our home that needs dekorating help.  Our guest room is in the basement, but mainly the space is my husband’s TV lounge area.  We made a good start of doing something down there, but it fizzled out and has remained a barren wasteland of leftover furniture, empty walls, the whole sad story.

In addition to the TV lounge, we are tackling the kitchenette, the half bathroom, and three hallways in the basement.  Here is the TV lounge before, when we bought the house:

The kitchenette before:The main hallway from the stairs to the basement (previous tenant’s decor):

The half bathroom:The bathroom is completely empty and has been like that for 4 years, whoops.  The other two hallways (not pictured) lead to the guest room.

I’m going to try to whip up some magic…as you can see I am dealing with a straight forward drywall box in the basement, no architectural details at all.  However, we did add some elements upon move-in to make the TV lounge cozier–I’ll show you those next week.  I’ll also show you what else we did in the space before we stalled out.  So, I do have a little head start here.  We’ll get up to speed next week.

Until then, here are some inspiration rooms I’m taking note of:

photos via

I know, right?!  I’m aiming high!  But really I’m taking these ideas and diluting them for our suburban Georgia house.  Did you see the hits of red?  YES.  The space is also taking cues from my husband’s love of music.  This is the basement so we don’t have to be quite serious here.  But I’m usually not when it comes to design.  That’s what makes it fun!

I’ll see you next week with progress shots of the room and a design board and an introduction to the talented person who will help me make this all happen…you can catch sneak peeks in the meantime on my Instagram.

Many, many thanks to Linda for inviting me to take part in this round.  Take a look at my fellow ORC dynamos:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

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