One Room Challenge- Week Two

We began last week with the goal of turning a drop zone kitchen area into a family friendly Keeping Room.  

Priority One is to take care of our focal point!  Give this stone fireplace a makeover ... Bring this baby back to life and give it the star role it deserves!


The stone is beautiful but the white mantel, dark firebox and the clutter above just make it fall flat.
And the mirror. ... I love mirrors by the way, but ... 

Here's my tip about mirrors!

If you don't have something fabulous on the opposite wall to see, then it is like looking into a black hole. No Good!

We will be working on a solution for this in the next week or two!

Joe, the painter, can work miracles.  Remember this bedroom furniture he painted?  We told him we wanted to this mantel to be something special ... a piece of art in itself.  

And the inside of the firebox is so dark and dreary ... a little metallic bronze paint to warm it up!  

Joe Delivers!  Our NEW focal point ... and a sneak peak of the paint color too!  

Although I am a big fan of a happy yellow ... we wanted to bring this space into a calmer, but still warm space.

Next week we are going to discuss the need for custom made furniture.  Think about it.  How many times do you go shopping with something really specific in mind ... and can't find it.  I am convinced this is why designers like Jonathan Adler, Bunny Williams, Amy Howard, etc., etc., have come up with their own line of furniture.  If you build it ... they will come.  And we are building it!!

Don't forget to check in with our other ORC girls ... they are all working hard ... and guaranteed to bring you some Design Fun!



Beth - Chinoiserie Chic                    Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Sherry - Design Indulgence             Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge                   LisA - Lisa Mende Design
Tiffany - Living Savvy                       Jessie - Mix & Chic
Linda - My Crafty Home Life           Alison - My Little Happy Place
Danylle - Nana Moon                       Nicole - Nicole Scott Designs
Julia - Pawleys Island Posh             Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Bethany - Powell Brower Home      Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style
Emily - Rue de Emily                         Lindsay - Sadie + Stella

Tangerine Tango

Miles Redd

I was shopping today, trying to finish up my Christmas list and then supposed to be headed home to wrap the presents I just bought.  My To-Do list however, told me to stop into my favorite paint store and pick up the Benjamin Moore brochure on Metallic Paints.  I am considering adding a little "shine" to a client's dining room ceiling.  As I was picking that up I was completely blown away by Tangerine Tango ... the NEW Pantone color of 2012!  Annually Pantone will declare a particular color the "Color of the Year" and boy oh boy did they hit the nail on the head for 2012. 

"Sophisticated, but at the same time dramatic and seductive" according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.  "Remininscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of a yellow, to form a high - visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy." I'll take Two!  

This is what happens to me ... I am plugging along doing what I am supposed to be doing ... then WHAM!  I was feeling a little bit sad today because there is no snow.  Can you believe that?  It just doesn't seem to be Christmasy!  But then a little trip to the paint store and I am ready for the colors of Spring!!

I will re-focus on the task at hand today ... while secretly figuring out where or where to put Tangerine Tango in my life!