4.17.2014

One Room Challenge, Week Three - A Plan (Finally!)


We're halfway through the One Room Challenge and what's my biggest accomplishment this week? We finally have a complete plan for the makeover of my daughter's room. Wasn't I supposed to have figured that out two weeks ago? Totally. But I'm dealing with a super opinionated tween so these decisions take time my friends...

When we left off last week, we had painted the walls of my daughter's room kelly green to coordinate with her new PB Teen duvet:
and we had found a few fun fabrics for pillows. Since then, I've painted all of the trim (which had yellowed with age) and I almost finished the makeover of the flat closet doors, which will include these newly gold IKEA pulls. It felt good to whip out my first can of spray paint of the season :)
That's about where the actual progress on the room ended because my girls are off school this week and we've been spending the week like we should be - goofing off instead of doing house projects. But luckily my daughter and I were able to take a chunk of time to sit down together and figure out a plan for the rest of the room. Here's what we came up with:

*I'm going to DIY a tufted upholstered headboard with a simple curved shape. There's baseboard heating along the entire wall that her bed is against so I'm planning to make a headboard that hangs from the wall rather than one that has feet that would rest up against the heater.

*The windows in my daughter's room have plantation shutters, which I love but they create a problem with having a lamp on the nightstand next to my daughter's bed because you can't open the shutters fully without knocking into the lamp. The plan is to add some wall-mounted lights above her headboard and ditch the lamp for a look like this:


but using these inexpensive IKEA KVART wall lamps spray painted gold:
*For a nightstand, we're going with this funky little gal (IKEA's VETTRE nightstand) spray painted to match one of the shades of blue in my daughter's duvet:

*We'll be replacing the cracked overhead dome light in the room with something much more sparkly. No final decisions have been made on the new fixture but lots of sparkle is a must - one option is PB Teen's Teardrop Chandelier:

*And finally, we have a little something special planned for one of the blank walls in her room - it involves lots of colorful purses!
That's it for me this week! Be sure to hop over to Calling it Home {here} and {here} to see what everyone else has been up to on their ORC rooms!
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4.16.2014

Kalyana Textiles Giveaway!


You all are in for a treat today because I've got a giveaway that you're going to love!  Whether you've been looking for fresh, new bedding for your bedroom or colorful new pillow covers or table linens to bring spring into your home, you'll find it in Kalyana Textiles' gorgeous block printed textiles:







Kalyana Textiles is a small company created by super sweet Aparna Glynn who has traveled to India frequently throughout her life and found herself inspired by the rich jewel-toned hues, intricate patterns, soft natural fabrics, and earthen feel of Indian home furnishings. She has always been drawn to classical designs but found herself searching for a slightly altered version that she could integrate into western decor. Unable to find exactly what she was looking for, she launched Kalyana Textiles to offer a collection of linens that combine traditional Indian block printing techniques and designs with a touch of modern style. The textiles are handcrafted by independent artisans in Sanganer, India who stamp their beautiful designs by hand using intricately carved wooden blocks:


Kalyana Textiles also offers colorful kantha quilts that are screen printed by hand and sewn together with a traditional type of running stitch called "kantha". This tropical katha quilt is my favorite:
but I also love their beautiful ikat quilts:
All of their textiles are gorgeous, aren't they?! Hop over to Kalyana Textiles {here} and you'll find that there's lots, lots more to see! So...are you ready for the giveaway details? Aparna is generously giving a lucky winner $100 to spend at Kalyana Textiles along with free shipping! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to earn up to five entries:

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The giveaway ends Tuesday, April 22nd at 11:59 EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older and residents of the US or Canada. Read the "Terms & Conditions" in the Rafflecopter widget for full giveaway details. Good luck! 
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4.14.2014

Refinishing My New Foyer Bench - Opinions Please!


Ever since moving into our new house I've been on the search for a bench for our foyer. Both of our previous homes had tiny entries with no space for even the smallest piece of furniture so now that I have a house with a decent sized foyer you can bet I'm going to take advantage of it! And the wall space over a bench would be perfect for adding a row of hooks:
{Dering Hall}
or a gallery wall:
{Matchbook Magazine}
I didn't have a specific style of bench in mind - just something unique and inexpensive. Last week I was looking through a few of our local Facebook tag sale sites and came across a unique wood bench that would fit my foyer space perfectly. Two people had already already left messages on the listing that they were interested in it so I added myself as third in line and then pretty much forgot about it because how often do these things actually get to the third person in line? Apparently fairly often because guess what's now sitting in my foyer?:
I know, the wood frame is an icky orange color and the seat cushion fabric isn't up my alley but I love the unique spindle design and the cushion itself is in great shape and could easily be recovered.
I could also use it without a cushion because the woven seat is in great shape:

 So now I'm trying to figure out what to do with it - some options are to paint the wood black:
{Country Living}
{Pottery Barn}
or white (that's what Lauren Leonard did with what looks like the exact same bench!):
{Lauren Leonard Interiors}
or I could strip it and leave the wood natural or give it a whitewash finish:
Leibowitz and McLachlan
The only other furniture in our entry is this chest of drawers that has a graywash finish - whatever I do with the bench needs to work well with this piece: 

So what's your call on the bench - do you think I should paint it? Whitewash it? How about the cushion - recover it or just take if off completely? I'd love your opinion!

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