Custom for ORC! Week FOUR

Welcome back to ORC!  If you are new to our challenge and want to start at the beginning, click HERE and you can see what we've been up to!

Now here's what's going on ...

These wonderful New England Colonial Homes that were built in the 60's and 70's ... that we love ... have  low ceilings and NO mudrooms.

This brings on a big DUMP of things when kids, husbands ... and yes, even me!  ... walk in the door.

For our Keeping Room we wanted to address this clutter thing with some personality, function and BEAUTY!

Our Custom ... portable ... MUDROOM!!

Okay ... I know the baskets are ASKEW!!  They USE this piece every minute of the day ... so please, no judging!!

And the Ceiling ... remember the inspiration rooms ?  I wanted to paint these beams so badly ... so did SHE ... we sampled a few ... we got stopped by her husband.  I hate to admit this ... but HE was RIGHT!!!

So ... I have to say the past couple of weeks have been a little boring and we put together the neutral basics of this new room ... well stay tuned PLEASE ... because next week ... We Bring on the BLING baby!



Please check out my ORC girls ...

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

The Need for Custom!

Last week on the One Room Challenge ... from here on referred to as ORC ... I mentioned that I would have a week of posts on custom furniture.  

You asked, so here it is!

As a designer and as a shopper, I am increasingly frustrated by the fact I can't find what I need in the right size or shape.  It is like when you are in need of a plain white t-shirt.  Have you ever been able to just find it?  So.. I build it.

Today we are taking a look at a custom headboard and armoire I did ( I love saying I DID this ... really I have the resources to GET it Done!) for a teenage boy's room.

Lucky boy got some fabulous furniture ... 

The room isn't really "styled" ... the family was on vacation last week when I went to snap photos and "boy" was staying at a friend's house ... I just asked him to please run by and make his bed!!

He did a pretty okay job ... wouldn't you say?

Yes, you can find armoires everywhere ... but can you find one 84" tall and 48" wide made from re-claimed pine?  And solid, no veneers, and the shelves where you want them, and the exact amount of drawers?

And the cool, chunky hardware that suits the "boy's" taste?

And a headboard to fit the Queen - Extra Long mattress, because "boy" is TALL?

And then of course we threw in some Industrial Deer chicness!!

Calling it "custom" seems to scare some people ... Don't be scared ... venture in and you will find that you can get EXACTLY what you want !

Are you ready to go custom? I'll be bringing you more tomorrow ... 



Inspiration ... Burlap!

Don't you just love burlap?  Something about it ... raw and natural, with substance.  I thought I'd share these cute accessories as well as some fabulous furniture all wrapped up in burlap.  It is a very inexpensive way to give ordinary things a little punch!  I will say I am a little overwhelmed by all of it, don't want to get caught up in a trend ... but a few touches will be just enough to satisfy me!

Feeling a bit inspired ... I found these burlap coffee bean sacks for $1.00 each!!  Just what I needed to add a little fun to our mudroom!!
Have a wonderful week ... go get some burlap for Fall!