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   

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC 

There is also a list of over 200 guest participants!

The Painted House One Room Challenge

Week One

Week Two


A new tour of our home is up on, 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.

More TPH House Tour

There were a few rooms in our home that didn’t make it into the HOME Magazine spread.  Thank you to Christina Wedge for the beautiful photos!

Our oldest son’s room has a alcove bed with flanking closets:
The guest room is where the peonies grow year round! Hey!  Did you hear that I am one of the featured designers for the One Room Challenge???  I. Am. So. Jazzed!  Come back this Wednesday for the first post and find out which room is getting all the TLC.  In the meantime, I’m posting peeks on my Instagram.  See you soon!

One Room Challenge | Reveal Week!

Here we go, Week Six of the One Room Challenge…the reveal!  I participated in the six-week design challenge to prepare five separate living areas around our new pool for summer.  So far, it all has been a wonderful dream:
www.tphblog.comWhile not ideal, we had to build the pool on the side yard due to lot restrictions.  But this location offers beautiful views.  This is where we were in January, right before pool construction began.www.tphblog.comAnd, now we are enjoying this previously neglected space as much as we can.  As you come down the stairs from the front yard, there is a dining space to the left.  Chris, who helps us in all things house and home, built the 12-foot buffet/storage unit.www.tphblog.comThe table is from Restoration Hardware and the chairs are from CB2.  Lanterns are from Pier 1 and Target.  The faux bois lamps are vintage.www.tphblog.comThe buffet is essentially two large pull-out bins on casters.  The bins hold pool equipment, toys, goggles, and sunscreen.IMG_0543www.tphblog.comNext to the dining area is the fire pit.  Oh, man, I love this thing!  Romantic Ambience Maker.
www.tphblog.comThe sofas, so comfy, are from CB2, the chairs and planters are from Home Goods, and pillows are from Target.www.tphblog.comOh, dear, where is my stylist??  I should have thrown a tray with some drinks and towel just so in these pics.  At least put a throw over a chair!  Amateur.  www.tphblog.comwww.tphblog.comBeyond the fire pit is the focal point of the pool, the beloved daybed, that Chris built.www.tphblog.comThis is the spot to rest.  I had my first nap in it yesterday while dinner simmered on the stove.  My husband came home from work to find me snoozing away…”I promise I worked hard today!  It was just a little rest!”  The temptations of working from home.www.tphblog.comThe outdoor curtains are from Ballard Designs.  The Sunbrella outdoor mattress is from Low Country Swing Beds.www.tphblog.comThe mirror is from Target.  The large black and white pillows are from Cozy Days–they make many sizes of outdoor pillows, even really big ones.  The patterned pillows are Restoration Hardware–I found them at the outlet.www.tphblog.comThe trees, the trees!  The green is so lush…but I’m nervous about our first fall with the pool.  We will be doing a lot of leaf scooping!
www.tphblog.comPots are from Antiques & Beyond in www.tphblog.comI love these sleek lounge chairs from CB2.  Pillow are from Target–not outdoor, but I store them when it rains.  Wicker tables are from Home Goods…these I’d like to switch out for wooden ones that Chris would build.  Maybe later this summer.  We also have an umbrella for this sunny spot.www.tphblog.comAround to the back of the house is the final living area we tackled on this project.www.tphblog.comTo make the patio under our deck user friendly, we had an under decking waterproof system installed.  I chose the brown color way for the ceiling runners to seamlessly tie into the color of the upper deck flooring material.  We have yet to hook up the electrical in this spot for the overhead lights, so please excuse the wiring hanging down from the crown molding.www.tphblog.comChris built the TV stand and the two black storage cabinets.  One is configured inside to hold pool floats and cushions from the fire pit sofa.  The other cabinet holds the lamps and pillows in inclement weather.  I LOVE how these cabinets turned out!www.tphblog.comThe vintage white chairs are from a Parker Kennedy Living tag sale at their new Governor’s Mansion in Commerce, Georgia.  I had cushions made for these.  The sofa and coffee table are Restoration Hardware.  Pillows are from Home Goods.  The white side tables are vintage from Decades www.tphblog.comMy studio overlooks this space so it is so very nice to have a pretty view to look over now.www.tphblog.comThis project, from pool building to finishing touches, really went quite smoothly.  Many thank yous to our pool company, Juan and his landscape crew, and Chris for all the furniture.  The space has been a huge blessing to our family…daily swims, dinner by the pool, evenings by the fire.  It feels so luxurious and undeserving.  It is my hope that we can share the space and hospitality as much as possible.

So if you are looking for me, it is likely you will find me prematurely aging by the pool!

Thank you to Linda of Calling It Home and House Beautiful for hosting another round of the One Room Challenge–always fun!  Check out the AMAZING spaces revealed by the featured designers yesterday.  And there is a whole long list of talented participants to check out today.  Thank you for stopping by here!