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Thursday, October 23, 2014

ORC Week 4 - Are We All On Board With A Blue Leather Couch?

As with most rooms there is always one item that is a bit risky. Either financially or aesthetically. In the case of the couch destined for our family tv room it is both. The sofa is a Chesterfield style which is as classic as can be. The risk is that it is navy blue leather. I pulled the trigger on this beauty so that it would arrive in time for the One Room Challenge reveal. Mr. Décor and the kids both love it. But the question is do you?

blue couch

I also have been scouring Etsy for vintage plaid blankets and throw pillows. Here’s an inspiration image of similar items as I want to save the specific bits of bliss for the reveal.

Tartan Throws on Outdoor Table and Chair

As far as the room itself the ceiling and built ins have been painted. The transformation is completely amazing. Given that it was 30+ year old varnished wood there are still areas with a bit of bleed through (despite sanding, priming and 2-3 coats of paint) that are being touched up. But boy it looks SO good! The carpets were relatively new and since the Storybook Cottage seems to be hemorrhaging enough money in the 3 weeks we have owned it  (Can you say backed up plumbing main line?) I opted to just give them a deep steam clean.


I am still on the hunt for a vintage red oriental carpet and need to paint the base of the thrift store coffee table base I found. Mr. Décor and the kids will cut and saw the wood this weekend to finish the top. Once we are finished it should look similar to this:

Have to have it. Belham Living Townsend Coffee Table $159.98

Then if that it is not enough to keep me busy, there is the matter of having an entire house to unpack.

Two words, ¡Ay, caramba!


You can see all of the other participants on Linda’s website Calling It Home.


Week 1

The Design Plan

Week 2

It’s Like Watching Paint Dry

Week 3

When All You Have Is A Toilet

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Halloween Collection

Today our furniture is set to arrive to Storybook Cottage. There is still quite of bit of work to be done, but as in most houses we will continue to chip away at our “to do” list while actually living in the home. I know it will take me a week or two to unpack all of the boxes.

Our neighbors have decorated their homes for fall in such a festive manner. I can’t wait to share all their darling porches with you. That is as soon as I find the battery charger for my camera. :)

So while I take a few days off to unpack I thought you might enjoy a few DTA Halloween favorites from years past.

A House in Spitafields

Creating 18th Century Costumes on a Budget

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A Pumpkin Diorama

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Spooktacular Mantle

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Nevermore Tablescape

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Whoooo Loves A Good Tablescape

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A Spooktacular Table Setting

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I’ll be back on Thursday with a ORC family room post. I can’t wait to show you all that was accomplished!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Losing It Over A Lunch

It was not my best mom moment.

On Wednesday as we were heading out the door to school Sweet Guy asked a simple question, “Did you make my lunch?”

Now this is an innocent enough question because 99% of the time I have indeed made his lunch.

But this time that question just sent me completely over the edge.

I had been painting our home non stop for the past two weeks. My fingernails were long gone, paint was securely streaked throughout my hair and I was beginning to fear that my hands would permanently atrophy into paintbrush holding claws.

It is a 30 year old home and believe it or not many of the areas, such as closets and ceilings, had probably never seen a paintbrush. Then there were several questionable previous owner DIY moments to overcome like dark brown bathroom walls and deep avocado green ceilings. They all required two coats primer followed by two, sometimes three, coats of paint to cover it. It was taking FOREVER to finish!

Most days I painted for 7-8 hours but the previous day I had painted for over 12 hours.

During those 12 hours I had taken a number of pain relief tablets. EVERY inch of my body hurt from climbing up and down a step ladder countless times followed by my arms being extended for long periods of time as I reached up a wall, etc.

My body was telling me I needed a break.

Sleep had evaded me on several nights. The culprit was mainly the previous issue. I was in too much pain to sleep. The other issue was 4 people and 2 dogs in one hotel room.

We all needed a break.

The laundry was overflowing, the cupboards were bare.

The housework needed me to take a break.

But I continued ignoring all the hints because of looming deadlines.

School would once again start up for me in the form of online classes on Wednesday.

The painting would be so much easier to finish in empty rooms and our furniture was set to arrive on Monday.

Pushing, pushing, pushing. I continued on ignoring it all. 

Then the phone call. Grandma Jingles was in the hospital and it was not good.

The universe was telling me to stop.

But Tuesday night I was so upset by it all I kept going.

Which led to Wednesday morning.

Poor Sweet Guy.

I started yelling.

“I was painting all day until 9 pm last night. Are you telling me that you or your dad couldn’t make your lunch? What did you do last night?”

Followed by more yelling.

You get the drift.

A big fat parenting failure.

I texted my BFF that she needed to pray for me STAT because a lack of a sandwich had caused me to lose it.

I dropped my dejected boy off at school. He was late of course so he received his second tardy in two weeks.

Then I did two things.

I asked the Fashionista to do the laundry before she left for work. She did.

I called Mr. Décor at work and asked him to open his wallet. He did.

With that I laid my paintbrush down and picked up the phone. The cavalry showed up the next day in the form of a painting crew and I took the day off. Amazingly the world did not stop spinning.

I spent some time driving along the lovely hills and serene horse ranches near Flower Mound, TX. While traveling two lanes roads I used an earpiece to speak with Grandma Jingles who had been released from the hospital. She was sent home with a diagnosis of chronic heart failure. We made plans that I would soon go visit her soon.

Deep breaths.

By the afternoon the cupboards were once again full and I was on the path to getting there.

This respite made it possible to remain calm when the painters called me on Friday afternoon and told me there was a problem with the house. The toilets were backing up into the showers.

Sigh and YUCK!

Having learned my lesson I called the one local person I knew who I thought could help me. Our realtor, Mary. She reminded me about the home warranty we had purchased. So a plumber was sent out. The verdict was we had a main line stoppage which often can occur when a house sits vacant for awhile and then suddenly the plumbing is called into action. Crises somewhat averted.

Sure glad I had taken the day off.

I know for wives and mothers there is never completely a day off.

But at least taking a day that we are not physically trying to push ourselves into an early grave is a must.

So in case you need it, I’m giving you permission to take a day off.


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." ~ Matthew 11:28-30

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”~ Genesis 2:2-3

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.” ~ Exodus 20:8

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ORC Week 3–Is There Anything More Exciting Than A New Toilet?

Oh this has to be the least prettiest post I have ever written. However, we are supposed to document what exactly is going on in the rooms we are transforming in just six short weeks so there you have it. A new Kohler toilet installed in the family room half bath by none other than the talented Mr. Décor himself.

There is not much else to report other than the Jimmy Hoffa closet was cleaned out, given two liberal coats of “Du Jour” paint and lighting was installed.

Lest you think I have been slacking off let me assure you I have not. This entire home that we just purchased is in dire need of a major spruce up in each and every room. Our furniture is due to be delivered on Monday so I was eager to at least get all the rooms painted while they were empty. I have worn a variation of this outfit for the past 9 days. #can’twaittoburnit

Next week should include the finished transformation of this dated stained oak coffered ceiling. You are not going to believe how different it looks!

The 10 Cent Tour 112

I also need to bring home the sofa and hit up a few estate sales to find an antique red rug.

Gentleman's Library

You can see all of the other participants on Linda’s website Calling It Home.


Week 1

The Design Plan

Week 2

It’s Like Watching Paint Dry

Have a well designed day!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So I Ordered Two Chairs for the Office….

The day after we received the keys to Storybook Cottage a delivery van showed up with two chairs. I had found the Candace Upholstered Arm Chair (Impression Garden fabric) online. Target was having a great sale and each chair was $200 with free shipping.

I was not expecting much for $200 but the chair is actually pretty comfortable. (I would paint the legs.)

I was thinking they would look good in the office space.You remember this gabled roof space with no windows? I think it needs a bit of color.

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I did switch out the fluorescent bulbs in the ceiling fan to Reveal bulbs and yes, they are expensive, but it has made a world of difference. I am still currently looking to switch out the dreary umber brown colored glass shades. I imagine that will help with the yellow cast in the room but boy those glass shades are pricey. Hoping for a thrift store solution.

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The walls and the built ins are getting painted a nice crisp white which will also help. Fun fact, while taking the shelving down to clean and prepare it for painting we discovered something we didn’t know was there when we bought the home…

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…It’s behind the two shelves on the left, a secret door to the attic. Queue “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” theme music.

The room is quite generous in size and has its own little closet.

I was thinking that the French hutch , that I had no business buying, would look nice on one of the walls and pair well with the chairs. There are so many lovely colors I could pull from the fabric in which to paint it.


But in the meantime the hutch and the two chairs will probably hang out downstairs in the formal living room until we get some furniture for that space. I know what I want it is just a matter of saving the pennies.

However, the Fashionista does not like the chairs. Mr. Décor has not said one word about the chairs…which that usually means something. They are still wrapped in plastic and could be easily returned to the store. I definitely want chairs with color and pattern. This Skyline Accent Chair (Garden Odyssey Fog fabric) is nice too, but it is $400. 

I would love your opinion. Should I keep looking?