New Paintings in Shop!

There are some new paintings in the shop today!  I hope you will take a moment to check them out.  Thank you!Angela Chrusciaki Blehm | www.tphblog.comwww.tphblog.comAngela Chrusciaki Blehm |

One Room Challenge | The Playroom Reveal

It’s week six of the One Room Challenge!  I’m so happy to report that the room is 99% done–we made it!  I give you this 80s-inspired playroom…

Here is the before, a room of leftovers…IMG_9302
And, the design board…www.tphblog.comThe Clarence House fabric I was waiting on for the ottoman didn’t arrive until Tuesday afternoon of this week!  I whisked it to the upholsterer and pleaded with him to get it done by the next day at noon, and he did!  Just in time for me to get photos yesterday.  The only other thing I am waiting on is the West Elm table.  For photos, we moved the chrome and glass IKEA table from the living room:

This table is where the kids do their drawing or gaming on the laptop.  It is where we did homeschool.  See that chalkboard door up there?  It conceals the closet that holds all the drawing materials, books, toys, homeschool stuff–it is still a mess.  But that closet means we don’t have to have the clutter in the room.  I LOVE that!www.tphblog.comBeside the closet is the little computer space.  The black and white drawing is one I did in college of my studio space at University of Houston.  The carnival photo is by my friend

The other side of the room has the new 15-foot window seat built by the one and only Chris (he is a do-all who has helped our family for years).  I love how it makes sense of the bump-out there.  And the little tulip table will be a fun spot for the nightly Skip-Bo matches with my

I used five Pottery Barn frames around the room filled exclusively with my children’s art.  Kids come up with the best stuff!www.tphblog.comChris also built the new TV cabinet that abuts the window

I just found that round metal industrial piece yesterday!  I saw it in the yard of a metal art shop the night before and knew it would fill that wall perfectly.www.tphblog.comI LOVE how the triangular ottoman turned out!  Chris built the base for me and then I had it upholstered–quickly, yikes–in sweet, fun Aimee from Clarence

Did you notice the walls are more matte?  Chris couldn’t stand the sheen, ha, so he took it upon himself to go to the paint store and experiment with paint mixtures until they came up with the right color/sheen combo.  And, then, he repainted the walls at the last minute.  He’s awesome!www.tphblog.comI’m so happy it isn’t a room of leftovers anymore.  It feels soft and bright, even with the red walls.  It’s happy like a playroom should be.

Many thank yous to Chris for fitting us in his schedule, Sudi for getting our pillows done on time, and the upholsterer for whipping out the ottoman and window seat cushions!  Thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for hosting the One Room Challenge for the guest participants.  It is one fun, crazy way to get a project done!


Paint | Benjamin Moore Classic Burgundy

Sofa | CB2

Stripe table | Target, custom painted

Chairs | Vintage

Chrome and glass table | IKEA

Tulip table | Vintage

Eye ball sconce | Urban Outfitters

Pillows | Custom, Designs by Sudi

Vases | Vintage, West Elm, Target

Ottoman | Custom, Clarence House Aimee fabric

White frames | Pottery Barn

White lamp | IKEA

Yellow boxes | Container Store

Shades | Blinds dot com

Ceiling decals | Walls Need Love

Art | mine and my children’s

Round metal art | vintage industrial piece

The featured designers shared their reveals yesterday–wow–did you catch them?  Beautiful rooms.  You’re in luck if you’re wanting more, check out the 200+ guest participants who are also revealing spaces today.

You can see the first five weeks here:

Week One | the before

Week Two | the design plan

Week Three | red walls go in

Week Four | red trim and a striped table

Week Five | decals on the ceiling

Online Shop | Open!

I’m excited to share that my online art shop is now open!  There are just a few items, but more will be coming soon…if the summer goddesses work their magic with the kids and I have time to paint while they are home over Angela Chrusciaki BlehmThank you for checking it out.  Also, Amanda at Alpine Lane has been working with me to do a little blog refresh–I still have a few of my own tweaks to make, but she did an amazing job!

Seacrest Beach, Florida | New Project

Meet the newest member of our family:  a scrub-covered lot in Seacrest Beach, Florida!IMG_7590Seacrest lies on the beach-front road 30A between famed neighborhoods Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach.  It is also down the road from beautiful Seaside.  If you have visited 30A, you know how idyllic this stretch of Florida is with charming architecture and emerald waters.IMG_7591Buying a place in Seacrest has been on our wish-list since vacationing there in 2012.  And, while we initially looked at buying an existing place, building from scratch ultimately made the most sense for us.  The house will be something our family will certainly enjoy, but first and foremost it is an investment and will operate as a vacation rental.  So, yeah, we’ll never visit spring break or the summer–gotta keep it filled with paying guests to pay our bills!  But we will be happy to fill in the gaps whenever we can.IMG_7587We are looking to start rentals in 2018.  That seems like a long time from now, but it gives us plenty of time to design and build.  The tentative plan is to use most of this year for the design, plan, and permits so that we will be ready to break ground next February or March.  IMG_7588I’ve been pinning like crazy, trying to figure out exactly what the look is I’m after (check out my Beachy board).  Color, absolutely.  Over-the-top beach theme, no.  But I do want people to feel like they are at the beach so it will be a delicate balance because I do have a thing for vintage beach posters.  It will be fun, I know that.IMG_7593I hope you’ll follow along on the design journey.  I’ve already started buying furniture!  No restraint, ha.  And, maybe you’ll make plans to be our guests?

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