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!



Flower Power

As most of y'all know I have been working on (sort of) Erin's bedroom.  She is at college, I can do anything I want. However, because she has been away I kind of slowed down ... to a snail's pace.

Then it was time for her to come home for the Summer.  Now, this was back in May ... so to say it got me moving a little faster is really not quite the truth.  But I did take a look in the room again!

We started with the inspiration pre-made panels from West Elm.  And as I have been moving forward it just seemed a little blah to me.  I needed a color kick.

I cut this peony from my garden and put it in my bathroom.  The aroma was wonderful.  And now that I blog I am constantly taking photos. What started as a nice little flower from my garden ended up providing the focal point for Erin's bedroom! 

I thought it really looked pretty against the scroll woodwork (see it in the background?).

I have held on to this inspiration photo for quite sometime.  Now my head was spinning ... how can I do something similar?  I am sorry that I don't know where I got it.  I saved it before I started saving the all the credits for photos.  

Then I was reading Emily Clark's blog and she was offering this 50% off offer to have a canvas made from a favorite photo.

Hmmm ... this might be fun, Erin doesn't like pink really ... oh well, if she doesn't like it I'll just do something else with it!  

When I downloaded the photo they told me my resolution wasn't ideal for this size - 36 X 24.  I ordered it anyway.  

And it looks fantastic!!  The fact that the resolution wasn't quite strong enough resulted in a canvas that has an abstract feel that fills the space perfectly!

And guess what ... she likes it!!  (yay mom!)  We are still finishing up ... photos of the whole room soon!!  I promise!

Sometimes in decorating, as in life, just go for it ... nothing is sacred!!