ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 6 – FAMILY ROOM REVEAL!

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SO EXCITED TO POST THIS! My first One Room Challenge is officially in the books. It’s been a rough past few days but we made it through to the end; the family room refresh is complete & the entire family is in love! Many of you thought I was crazy to take this on with a full time job and a 4.5 month old (and I admit, I didn’t factor in teething, itchy baby eczema, and sleep regression), and you were all correct. I was crazy. Definitely could not have done it without tons of help and support. But this room is crazy, too – crazy GOOD, and crazy affordable thanks to lots of lucky thrifting, talented friends, and sponsored (FREE) furniture beauties! In case you’re just joining in, here’s a quick recap, with links to the first 5 weeks’ posts if you care to peruse. Long story short, our most-used room in…

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 5 – HOME STRETCH!

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Yikes. Five weeks has flown by and I gotta be honest, Mama is TIRED. I knew when I signed up for the One Room Challenge that it would be a lot to manage even a simple room redo with everything going on, but factoring in a very itchy and sleepless four & a half month old with eczema has taken away so much of our energy & made this a heck of a stretch for us. Milo is definitely first priority, and normally I’d just let a project like this wait until we’re all in a better place, but free stuff means deadlines so we’re in it to win it, sleep or no sleep! The good news is – this past week was huge! The three biggest “brightening” elements are officially in place – the new carpet, the gorgeous new Interior Define sofa, and my crazy hare-brained faux wall (which…

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 4 – DISTRACTIONS & DISAPPOINTMENTS

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Week 4 of the One Room Challenge is here, and I’ve got a bit of practical progress to share, as well as some thoughts on – how’d you guess? – distractions and disappointments. Since I don’t have a great image depicting these terms, I’m throwing it back to one of my OG wood paneling pics to show how I originally convinced myself that this wood was too good to paint over or get rid of.  And dear sweet Jerry the giraffe is always a crowd pleaser, even if he HAS retired to the basement at the moment for an indefinite sabbatical. So back to the ORC. In terms of practical progress, NO, I don’t have any fun alien lamp progress to show you cuz #didnthappen. BUT, we did get the carpet issue worked out and installation is happening next week HOLLA, and we got a finalization on the sofa delivery…

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 3 – THE “LIGHT” WEEK

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Well friends, if you thought last week was light in content, you’ll love this week. We are SUPER light in content this week, and by that I mean we’re focusing on getting that room brightness at max exposure wherever we can, using every trick in the book. Some of these tricks include: 1. ALL the mirrors 2. Lamps lamps and more lamps 3. Get rid of shady stuff 4. Go back and forth a million times on where to judiciously use a little white/light paint… You can see what I mean about mirrors and lamps in this glamour shot here: Getting rid of shady stuff was a fun step for Scott this week. The french doors at the front of the room lead to a little covered porch on the far end of the front of our house. We’ve primarily used it for storing wood, and the sizable stacks of…

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 2 – OWNING IT

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[ interior inspo via Eaton DC hotel ]   The first week of the ORC has flown by, and not only is this post late (had every intention of posting Thursday morning), it’s also a little light in content – at least in terms of appealing images! It’s that awkward stage of the project where you’re waiting on one or two key things before everything else can follow (for us, it’s waiting for the carpet install)…so it’s a bunch of hurry up and wait in terms of big-picture room design stuff. Regardless, we’ve been busy with lots of prep work, finalizing plans, and apparently procuring lamps – my two faves from Brightech arrived on Saturday, and they’re just as awesome as I hoped they’d be. And then I found a real weirdo lamp on Craigslist that everyone hates but for some reason I SUPER love…which brings me to the “meat”…

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 1 – FAMILY ROOM REFRESH

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  I’ve posted about our family room before, so if you’ve been around for a while, you know it’s got some “unique” characteristics that tend to inspire a love/hate reaction. The wood paneling is gorgeous, solid, and….well…not for everyone, the room only has technically ZERO windows, and the floor currently sports a nice yellowy-tan wall to wall carpet situation. So I’m forever trying to dream up ways to brighten and lighten the room without going for the nuclear option of painting all the gorgeous wood white! The idea of a lighter sofa was appealing, since it’s the largest piece of furniture in the room, and we’ve been talking about replacing the carpet since we moved in, so when I found out Interior Define was interested in a collaboration, I jumped at the chance to get this room in a happier, brighter state. And call me crazy, but when I found…

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MILO’S NURSERY: CUSTOM SARAH HARSTE WEAVING & GIVEAWAY!

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HELLO BEAUTIFUL. If you follow me on Instagram (and lets face it, you’re reading this because you clicked here from my IG post or story), you’ve probably seen a peek or two of Milo’s nursery…and if so, you may or may not have seen THIS GORGEOUS WALL HANGING that’s keeping diligent watch over all of his poopy diapers. It’s one of my favorite elements in the room, and it’s even better in person than in pictures! I was so thrilled to be able to collaborate with the talented Sarah Harste, a fiber artist from nearby Columbus, OH, who worked with me to create a custom piece perfect for his room. The process was so easy from start to finish, and I thought I’d share a little bit of my experience with you guys in case you’re interested in a gorgeous one-of-a-kind piece for your home. In our initial discussion, Sarah…

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JOEY’S HOME

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The title of this post refers not just to a physical place, Joey’s home, but also to a heartbreaking reality – that our sweet Joey Bear is now home in heaven. This past weekend we said our final goodbyes, remembering and celebrating him together with Sam and Sara, friends and family. The pain and the loss blur so many of our thoughts these days, but the fierce and bright light his little life brought – along with so much love and healing and hope – keeps shining. The koala picture hanging in their living room above, a gift to them by our dear friend Melody, is symbolic of Joey (baby koalas are known as joeys, hence his Joey Bear nickname), and a beautiful representation of his sweet and continued presence in their home. Once again I’m fighting the temptation to keep these thoughts to myself, knowing every grief journey is…

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JOEY’S GIFTS

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How do you communicate something when words seem so inept and inappropriate? This is today’s conundrum, just added to the long list of how’s and why’s that have accumulated over the past few weeks. I want to talk about this – or feel like I NEED to talk about this – but it’s so impossible to express. 3-year-old Joey, a sweet little friend who we love so very much, is living out his last days. He’s been sick for a long time, and we’ve known these final days would come eventually, but knowing doesn’t prepare you for it. His parents, Sam and Sara, are dear friends of ours. They’re living a nightmare I can’t comprehend, and their story belongs to them. All I can do is share what belongs to me, how Joey’s journey is changing me and devastating me and healing me at every turn. When I wrote about…

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THE CURE FOR A VULNERABILITY HANGOVER

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No, the toilet pic here isn’t supposed to be a hangover reference, though I admit there are some aspects of this process that make me so nauseated I feel like hugging a toilet bowl. Bear with me. (If you must know…I chose this pic for this post because the lovely painted wallpaper in the botanical baño just celebrated her first birthday, and she’s still so excited about her debut on Design Sponge this past Monday…sorry, her words, not mine.) Thursday’s post about our infertility journey was a big one for me. SO, naturally, I’ve been thinking about it and dwelling on it and mulling it over and going crazy with the “yikes, you said that?”s and the “maybe you went a little too deep”s and, my personal favorite, “what on EARTH do they think of you now??” But being a longtime fan of Brené Brown, I recognize these thoughts for what…

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