Week Three. ORC Spring 2017.

Welcome back to the One Room Challenge Link Up, Week 3.  Yes, the half way point, that really is more than half way because Week 6 means you get to see final photos.  It is kind of a head fake to call it six weeks!!  Right Linda ??  Thankfully, Linda realizes that we all need a good push to get things going.  She created this 6 weeks of craziness just for us.  She is crazy loyal like that!

For those that have no idea what the ORC is ... it is a challenge to complete one room in 6 weeks.  And it's like going to the gym.  If you are on your own you can kind of fake it.  But if you link up with this crowd you have no choice but to finish! I do love the ORC for many reasons, but the main one is that I am so busy working on other people's homes that mine seems to get pushed aside.  The ORC kicks me into gear and I cannot use excuses like ... "Well, I haven't found the perfect piece yet" or "I am going to work on it next week" ... because that NEVER happens!!

So back to Week Three ... here's progress!

Please take a moment to fully enjoy my new corner!!  Root Cellar Designs Wallpaper and Sherwin Williams "Natural Choice" for the walls ... Naturally!

I am happy to report that things are moving forward and it is a good thing, because I leave for HighPoint Market tomorrow and won't be returning until next Tuesday.  6 days of a big fat nothing going on here and that has me a little antsy!  If you need to catch up here is my inspiration Week One and my Plan at Week Two.

And yes, do you remember this window of mine from Old House Parts in Kennebunk Maine?  You can re-acquaint yourself here!

The window is the perfect accent for the wallpaper and another added layer with the gold and grey heron print.  I am more than thrilled that this room has plantation shutters.  Drapes would be dynamite, but I don't want to invest that kind of money in a rental.  The beauty of window treatments is that it warms a space up.  Since I won't have window treatments, the layering on this focal wall is even more important to warm up the space and give it some depth.

And then these chairs.  We have had them in the natural state for far too long.  They are about to get a good dose of Sherwin Williams "Iron Ore" to pull out the backdrop of the wallpaper and be a nice pop of color off the farm table.

And then the knobs on my mirrored console, one broke. 

So I ordered these, from Wayfair.  

Please follow along all the fun and excitement going on in the ORC LinkUp and the Official One Room Challenge.  The talent is amazing and fun and creative and inspiring!  All rolled into one!

I am headed to High Point tomorrow and will probably see a thousand things I think will be perfect in my Dining Room.  But I will have to be pinching myself as a reminder that this is indeed a Challenge.  With #KMIProjectRental this is not about a life commitment!!


I Like Yellow.

This past week I met with an older client of mine.  She is downsizing.  Really downsizing.  Selling her family home of 36 years, her husband has passed away and her children now have their own homes and lives.

She took me on a tour of her family home.  She wanted me to see what her life is all about.  What moves her, what she loves so she can trust that I know how to help her transition to this next home in her life. Then we went to her new townhome.  She was so excited!  We found the landscaper in the driveway.  "Can I have some WinterBerry?"  She asked. " I just love it!"

Jan Showers

We were discussing paint colors.  "Montgomery White" she told me. " it's my favorite color, but it's really yellow.  The paint shop told me they call it white because Yellow is not "in" and nobody wants it."

"But I like yellow, I like the feel of sunshine and happiness." She told me.  "Is it okay if I still have yellow in my home?"

The Greenbrier

Last year when I updated my website and Phil, my web designer,  helped me come up with a tag line, "Appreciate Every day through the Beauty of Your Home."  He says I said that to him.  I wasn't really sure I liked it ... or even understood it.

But now I do.  While we are all looking to the trends, wanting to be current.  Sometimes a soul just wants to be happy when they walk through the doors of "home" and whether the color is the Pantone color of the year ...  Rose Quartz, Tangerine Tango, Emerald ... we just want yellow.

And that is perfectly okay.  I have begun to be less judgmental when I walk into a prospective client's home.  Perhaps they have had this decor since the 80's because they really LOVE it!!

Understanding more and more that my job is to help my clients find what makes THEM happy.  And let them ... Appreciate every day through the beauty of their home ... the home they choose.

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


HighPointMarket 2015 Hot Trend.

YELLOW!  I have never been a yellow lover.  It just lacked a punch to me.  Well ... never say never my darlings ... because I have a new love!

This is Leslie Moore's "artist retreat" at the Junior League of HighPoint Show House.  It was stunning (by the way the whole show house was knock dead gorgeous and I will share more later!) Leslie created such a visual treat with a mixture of art all brought together with the yellow grasscloth walls.

Then, this room from EJ Victor.  I couldn't leave the room ... it was sunshine wrapped without feeling to "sweet" ... know what I mean??  These walls were painted, but they had a line texture in them that warmed them up.  It may have just been the way the walls were plastered ... whatever it was, it was perfect!

I received this on my IG feed this morning ... and while I have a new love of Yellow, I won't be wearing it.

As much as I love a good DVF look, even Diane can't make my skin look good in yellow!

Perhaps it's the long winter that has me so yearning for sunshine, I will be bringing a little more yellow into my ... and hopefully a few clients ... life!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.