ORC Linking Event … Week 3!

 Linda is shaking up homes everywhere while Design Addicts like me are running around like crazy to complete One Room in Six Weeks!

Click here to see how I earned the "Go Ahead" from Don to tackle yet another project.

Then Week Two.  I didn't post because I was at HighPoint Market and my head was so spinning on a Design High I couldn't go down into my ugly space.  It was a slap back into reality like none you've ever known!

Here's the space … You can feel my pain I am certain!

The previous owners had used this 7' X 11' space as a darkroom and left me with all the chemicals.

First things first, get a hazmat team to come take it all away!

Then I had to empty the room of all the leftovers from my previous office.

While Pipes were being cut and chemicals removed I set about turning Callie's old desk from Pottery Barn into this show stopper … 

Need I remind you that we live in #ProjectDownSize.  I am giving away furniture left and right, so no PURCHASING of furniture is allowed!!

Object 1 that no ORC of mine would be complete without?

 Spray Paint.  

While I have you in the spirit of re-using and repurposing things … 

I have had this Ballard's SeaGrass rug for almost 8 years and nowhere to use it in #ProjectDownSize.

It has taken on a new life as Wall to Wall SeaGrass!

I know you are completely envious of my Built-Ins!

Object 2 that no ORC of mine would be complete without?


He thinks is hair is still Brown.  We let him.

TA DA … 

Nothing about this post was pretty … but the pretty is coming I promise!

Next week is all about lighting.  If you follow me on IG you've seen the light fixture I snagged.

I know, I'm not buying any new furniture.  I didn't mention anything about lighting!

Next week To Do's:

Walls need to be addressed.
Lighting Hung.
I need a Ceiling.  The Pros will be coming In.
Working on my BookCase/WorkArea/Storage Situation.

Hope you are checking out all the other Linking Participants!

Doing my part …

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



Favorite Room #1 ... Barbara Ostrom

Happy Friday!  I was so energized on Monday and Tuesday ...
I am feeling the need for the end of the week!

The Kips Bay Showhouse was a ShowStopper!  I love what the Designers did here.

For my Show and Tell ... I am going to start with one of my Favorites!

So, yesterday ... I showed you this ... 

One thing that struck me more than anything.  I deal with many lower ceilings.  In New England, older houses generally have lower ceilings.  Nothing about the aesthetic, it is all about keeping warm in Winter.  

This room had low ceilings ... and with this Gold Treatment it seemed as if the ceiling was in the clouds.  
Okay ... I am on board!!

Also, I have been telling you all about the COLOR!!  And this ... is Neutral.  So I can feel the love for both, okay?  And this one was one of my faves!!

But while neutral ... notice .... 

The Gold/Glam

The Patterns.

The Gold Again.

Plus the FretWork of the Windows.

Gold, Herringbone.
TV inserted in a Frame.  Because it is a REAL room!

Beautiful Gilt Sconces.

Off the side of the room is this little Office Nook.
Complete with Pistachios. 
Who Wouldn't like to work HERE??

Just enough clutter to make me happy!

Built-ins to make it Warm.

Take a look at these Window Treatments. 
No finial on the right hand side.  Architecture doesn't always allow space for a Finial.  Even in Showhouses you have to work with Reality.

I don't mind it ... Do You??

The Scale of the Fabric on the Windows is a STATEMENT!!

Not certain if you can see this Before very well ... 

While on this Tour, we discovered that this space had been previously used to house the owner's Art.  No one Lived Here.

I want to be a piece of Art.  So I can live here!!

Gilt and Lucite.  YES!

Zebra Rug ... Bringing the Punch.

Gilt Gold Ceiling On Patterned SeaGrass Rug.

Hi and Low.  Texturally speaking.  Bring it On!

Please allow me to introduce you to The Designer of this Room ... 
Barbara Ostrom 
The Ceiling Treatment was what drew me in ... then I discovered MORE!
I love what she did in this room.  Starting with the ceiling.  So I looked her up.  
And here's what I found ... 

She might have a Penchant for Ceilings.  Oh yeah, Bring it on Sister!!

More Goodness on her website. Check her out!

Hope you are gearing up for a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  Enjoy!

Making the World Prettier.  One Room at a  Time!



Time for the BLING! ORC Week #5!

If you have seen crazy women driving around looking a little frazzled, it is thanks to Linda who brought us all together for the Second One Room Challenge.   

We've been wallowing in the neutral zone ... and I don't for a minute want you to think this room is BORING! 

Our desire for a Keeping Room began as my client started connecting to the sound of this ... where the family can lounge, relax, read, play games or just hang while she is in the kitchen putting together a meal.  

Not only are there no mudrooms in these Colonials of the 60's and 70's, The great room was only beginning to be considered.  The Keeping Room is truly the precursor of this Great Room.  So to move FORWARD, we must go BACKWARD!!  

We all know the party is in the kitchen, so we are bringing it home with the Keeping Room!

To help bring in the warmth of our neutral palate, I wanted texture and layering.

My favorite layering effect is a Sea Grass Rug and Animal Skin.  We chose a custom Sea Grass so we could make the most of the rug in the space.  Remember my guidelines on a good cut and bound rug?

Then the Skin!  

Remember the Tiffany Lamp?  It is Gone Baby Gone!!  ... and here, in it's place, is our Bling!

I gave you my trick for finding the perfect chandelier size in the first One Room Challenge ... you can get the details here!

We have brought Bling UP and Bling DOWN this room!  We are pulling together the last touches of our Keeping Room ... and cannot wait for the big Reveal next week!!!

It has been such fun working with my client on this room ... it is becoming functional and beautiful ... the perfect MIX.

Don't forget to check in with my other ORC Girls ... they are knocking it out of the Park!!



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