Detail of Wallpaper & Rug

This week was again MORE PAINTING but I am pleased that I have finally finished!! I normally don’t mind painting but this project required A LOT of painting.

  1. Paint wall white (2 coats)
  2. Paint 5 doors, trim, baseboard & chair rail black (2 coats)
  3. Paint ceiling 3 times!!
  4. Paint teal half wall (2 coats)
  5. Paint gold stencil on half wall (one side of the hallway I had to do twice because I painted it lighter than the other *shaking my head*)

OY VEY! My shoulders have been permanently knotted and I can’t wait to schedule a massage.
I was going to write a summary this week of the entire process, all the tools used, the cost of everything, and provide purchase links for everything but as I was writing it I started to bore myself and my eyes began to cross. Plus, the post was getting really, really long! If that is information that you want, please let me know and I will take the time to finish and share. Instead, I think I will talk about the fun stuff: decorations!
The hallway looks great but it is definitely naked and empty. Time to hang artwork and lay down the rugs.
finished hallway no decoration
I found this beautiful piece of artwork at Homegoods for $80 (the larger piece in the picture below) and all of the colors are perfect! Then at TJMaxx I found some small canvases of a similar style but they really need some of the darker teal to tie it all together. I am going to try my hand at creative painting today and add some of the Behr Ocean Abyss paint to these small canvases.
Then, after hanging up a few pieces of artwork, I took about a million photographs and found all of them useless! The 1:1 ratio shape required for thumbnails and Instagram make it impossible for my long rectangular hallway to present an appealing photograph. Not to mention there is no natural light in the hallway so all my photos have to be taken with the lights on giving everything an orange glow. Photoshop can correct some of this but let me tell you I had a super frustrating day. The next week of photo taking and editing will be quite challenging.
The end is near for this One Room Challenge and I am looking forward to a fun creative week putting the finishing touches on my hallway redesign!  See you next week!

So the majority of my time this week was spent on painting and all the prep that goes along with that. I washed the entire hall, sanded down old paint drips, filled in dents, then taped and painted. Nothing glamorous. The best progress shot I can share would be the doors. What once was white, now is black!

Aside from this, I tried to finalize my carpet decision. When I found this stunning runner on Wayfair for only $163.99 I decided to get 2 instead of continuing my struggle search for a 14-16′ beauty which wouldn’t make my wallet cry.

The carpets arrived 2 days later (so fast!!!) and are much nicer than I expected given the reasonable price. The color is absolutely spot on, the floral pattern is perfection, and it is very thick and cushy underfoot. THIS then became a problem I had not considered when evaluating carpets.

All of the doors in the hallway swing inward into the rooms they entrance except for the door leading to the basement. This door swings outward into the hallway and cannot open as a result of the cushy carpet I chose.
Now we must decide if we should return the carpets and continue the search for another option OR should we cut the bottom of the door?? What do you think?


Recently we have had a book landslide situation going on in my son’s room.

Really the problem was an inadequate bedside table.  I have been keeping an eye our for narrow bookcases but none of them seem to have the capacity to hold oversized books.  Much like these vintage books my husband and I insist on sharing with our son because we loved them so much when we were kids!

These books are 13″ tall and some of the books are 12″ deep!  This may not seem very big as you read this but let me tell you, this is gigantic for a small bedside piece of furniture.

I had finally reached my limit for slipping on books so I trekked down to Ikea hoping they could provide a solution that wouldn’t break the bank.  Thankfully I found something that not only looks good but can be utilized in multiple ways.

This $30 Sunnersa Utility Cart from Ikea is able to hold all the books while looking cute and stylish.  Plus, when my son wants to change things up and no longer wants this in his room, I can set up a cocktail bar on the screened-in porch😉

A trend that will never die.  Whether it is family photos or artwork, a collection of items hanging on a wall together looks good.

Arrangement can be difficult and seem daunting.  How am I going to fill that space and make sure that it all fits and looks good?!

My new house had a HUGE wall that needed to be filled so I had to figure it out.  I started by picking out my biggest pieces of artwork and laying them out on the floor.  I moved them around until I found an arrangement I liked.  Then I took a picture of that arrangement so I wouldn’t forget it!

These are just examples of the arrangements I tried out because as you can see from the featured image, neither of these arrangements ended up on the wall. 

Next I cut out the shapes of what I wanted to hang so that I could arrange them on the wall without banging a million holes in the wall.


Again, you can see that even at this step my decision was not finalized.

Lay out the items, try different arrangements, take some pictures, make some paper cut outs, try hanging them again then finally decide and hang the gallery wall.  *sigh*  I am not going to lie, it was a lot of work but that is why I do what I do.  So you don’t have to!

gallery wall 4.4.17camp chair in dining room 4.28.17

While my business may be a one woman show, I do not have all the answers or skills to create everything that I desire.  Photography is something I am still learning and, while my cell phone pics are not too shabby, I needed to recruit a professional to take some high definition beauties.

In walks Kimberly DeBoy of indigomagik photography!  Long time friend from high school and professional photographer.  It was amazing to see her again after so long and even more fulfilling to join forces with her in a creative way.  I am so excited to see the results of our collaboration so stay tuned!