Illusions ... Reality Check!

So the Big Reveal of the ORC was yesterday ... what fun and hard work took place over the past seven weeks.  I promised a follow up to give you a few more details.

Do you ever find yourself wondering ... What is Really going on around that room?  Am I looking at an Illusion?

Get Ready ... I am about to show you my Illusion and 
my Reality.
First ... This transformation wouldn't have been possible without these:

Paul and Joe ... My Illusion Wall

My GrandMother ... her Cookie Presses

My Chevron ... Chair Makeover

The Beast ... Tamed

Kerry Steele ... Abstract Art

CEKArt ... Elephant Art

The Gilded Tassel ... Chinoiserie Tray

My Tassel ... as a Tassel

Target ... Spray Paint (I got on Clearance!)

And a Whole Lot of Orange!

NOW ... the Reality ... 

Here is what I See when sitting at my desk.

Yep, the washing machine and dryer and my table for projects ... and lots of other Stuff!

Here is what I really see when I walk into the unfinished Basement ... 

My Illusion Office to the left ... the Rest Surrounds!

I still have a few little piles that need to be cleaned up ... 

The TV ... which is generally on for the White Noise and to cover the sound of the furnace! And all the other PRETTY machinery that makes the House Run!

A chair that I want to re-cover.  

Then I turn left and SEE this.  I smile ... and get to work!

So here's what you need to know ... It is possible to carve out a special area for yourself ... no matter what!!

So Go Get Your Space On!  Illusion or Reality ... 
you can do it!!

Now ... please go to Emily's blog for the 

Work with What you Have Link Party!



ORC ... Week Six ... Oh My!

Welcome Back ... I have had such fun in the previous Challenges working with Clients to achieve a new look in a part of their home.  

This Challenge I took on Myself.  And I made a commitment to really keep costs down and Shop in My own Home.
You can click on the weeks below to see the beginnings if you missed something!

I came up with some fun ideas based all around things I currently have.  I hope you like them and that they encourage you to Shop Your Home First!

About 15 years ago my Mom and her best friend decided to enter a Doll House into a fun contest supporting a Charity.  I am sorry to say I cannot remember the Charity ... but they won 3rd place out of about 50 Doll Houses submitted!  Mother gave the House and the Furniture to my girls.  And as you can imagine it has been locked up tight in the Attic since they outgrew that phase of their life.  

I broke the items free to create a room for my new Hutch!

And because I am loving Clare's Art so much ... I used it to give this Traditional Furniture a more Hip Vibe.  I'd like to move in!!  She even signed it for me!!  

Don't you love the way the Glass Shelves PLAY with the Chevron???

Yes, I have an original!! 

When I cleaned out my parent's home last year I couldn't let go of these 60's vibe Sherry Glasses.  There were only three left.  They have become the new Home for these ... 

My Bamboo Tray Stand has a Starring Role Holding Up all my Client Projects!

My champagne Bowl ... Now houses my Samples.  And I can dump those samples in a heartbeat when it is time for the Bubbly!!

All those Magazines ... neatly corralled right here in my Orange Magazine Boxes!  I actually had several of these and I added two more!

These two represent my Split Personality!!

A little more fun in the Accessory Department.

Okay ... I did BUY one thing ...

Kerry Steele ... Yep.  I couldn't resist!

Can you Blame Me??

The Hutch was missing some shelves ... those are in the works.  The Beast is almost Tamed!

You might remember my chair make-over.  I really want a new one, but that is going to have to come later!!

Next week is the final reveal and I have one MAJOR piece left on my List.  The Chandelier.  I really wanted two matching ones.  I was not finding two of anything that I liked, or could afford!  Then ... Alice ... she is a treasure trove of unlikely things ... said, I have a chandelier if you'd like one. 

Well, YES!!!  Don says he can re-wire my unfinished ceiling to give me ONE centered chandelier.  Well, why did they wait so long to tell me this??? I think they were truly tired of my talking about it and wanted to shut me up!  

Come back next week to see the Final Reveal and this little baby all dolled up in her new role in My Illusion!!

Thank you all so much for cheering us on and keeping us focused to get these Rooms DONE!  Please pop over to my sweet Challenge Friends ... and see what they are up to!!

And PLEASE come back next week to see the Final Reveal!!



Calling It Home

Friday Art Inspiration!

I have had such fun with "new" artists on Etsy ... Since Don and I  are more in the age range of Down Sizing ... I am not doing a whole lot at home.  

Design Boards give me the opportunity to think outside my normal box and make up rooms I'd love to live in!

I am finding that the Art is what is inspiring me!

Check out the fun pieces from Clare in her Etsy Shop.  Elephants, Zebras, and Color Infusion all the Way!!  She'll custom for you ... color/size/image!

Hope your Friday is Full of Color!!

I am still Taming The ORC Beast ... and bringing in the Color!