one room challenge

One Room Challenge: Week Six - The Reveal!

I made it! Whew. Thanks to Linda at

Calling it Home

for lighting the fire I needed to put this room to bed (so to speak).

The mission for the room?

To make it fun, colorful and a happy place for an 11 year old girl to wake up in!

Fyi - this post will feature mostly the images from my daughter's new space. All links to products and fabrics are at the end of the post.

Let's not forget the closet...

One thing I've learned because I've done a lot of teen/young adult rooms (after doing their parent's spaces) is that when you do it 100% of the way down to the last little detail and take in their input (my daughter chose the wallpaper and it snowballed from there...)

they really tend to keep the space clean and neat. I have walked into spaces I've done 2 years later and the parents will tell me this. Once it's neat and clean and pretty they want it to stay that way!! BONUS!!!  

Thanks to my friend 

Joanne Posse

who took these amazing photos! I just love her and her work!! You can check out her photography 



And a huge thank you to the 

One Room Challenge

 sponsors for making this room look beautiful!

Loom Décor

Linen fabric for headboard

Fabric and custom fabrication for the draperies and color block bed skirt


Artwork above desk and above two night stands

Mark and Graham

Striped bed sheets, monogrammed pillow cases

monogrammed paperweight




Now, it's a MUST for you to check out the rooms from these very talented ladies. Everyone worked so hard and did an unbelievable job! Thanks ladies for all of your support!! xo

Jana Bek

Autumn Clemons


The English Room

Vanessa Francis

Greige Design

Hi Sugarplum

I Heart Organizing

Jenna Sue Design

Stephanie Kraus

The Pursuit of Style

Julia Ryan

Savvy Home

Simple Details

Simply Grove

6th Street Design

Jill Sorensen

Swoon Worthy

Waiting on Martha

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Stephanie Kraus Design's


Imperial Trellis Wallpaper  


Wall paint custom by Benjamin Moore

 Headboard custom design by SKD. Fabric by

Loom Décor

Bedding and Shams 

Pottery Barn Teen

Striped monogrammed pillowcases 

Mark and Graham

Color block bed skirt custom made by

Loom Décor

Draperies  custom made by

Loom Décor

. Fabric

Loom Décor

Drapery trim  M and J Trimming

Drapery hardware  had forever:)



Amethyst Mirror -

Bungalow 5

Monogrammed magenta paper weight

Mark and Graham

Nightstands - had forever:) Paint - Pilgrim Haze by Benjamin Moore

Nightstand hardware


Closet hardware


Brass Sconces 

Visual Comfort



desk art


Pink abstract on large wall  Wendover Art - trade only

Lucite Bench - trade item

Alan Campbell fabric

 (trade only)


Fiber Seal

- Let them know Stephanie Kraus Designs sent you!

French desk chair - daughter's own

Fabric on French chair and long bed pillow 

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Thanks to these local businesses:

Monograms by

Tibbar Tibbar

Blue Desk Lamp - Robert Abbey 

The Blue Octagon

Sunburst brass mirror above bed 

The Blue Octagon

White elephant

The Blue Octagon

Dana Gibson white and gold trash container

The Blue Octagon

Other accessories - my daughter's

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

One Room Challenge - Dining Room Reveal

Well, it's a wrap. 
Not a total makeover but a good old-fashioned refresh.

To do list:

New lighting - purchased new lamps. Contemplated more modern chandy and sconces. Didn't get that far:)

New carpet - ordered but not in so I borrowed the chunky one from my family room. Totally works.  Most likely will like it better than the one I ordered.

New mirror- check.
Paint furniture - did that.
Bar cart? - borrowed from living room but its staying.
New art - yep. not sure if its staying... jury's still out.
Host chairs- ordered not here yet but did borrow these two Lee Industries chairs and they look fab:)

I installed the wall covering about 4 years ago but I wanted to paint below the chair rail the cool blue/minty green found in the background of the paper to wrap my room in that fabulous color. Probably should have painted crown and base boards???

And the star of the show... the window treatments. Thank god they made it and were hung last night.

Feel of the room that I was shooting for?
Pretty, classic and tailored yet bright and cheery!

So check it out below...


The pillows you see in this shoot were not fabricated for this space... they're actually for a client but they looked so good in here that I'll drop them to her tomorrow! Thanks L! xo
Window treatments are a two-step cornice box with lined panels made of 100% silk and trimmed in a 2 1/2 inch wide, bright orange trim.
This is the only delicate material in the room. I placed benches in front of the windows too keep dog noses and kid's hands at arms length.

Bar cart is Bungalow 5.
 My furniture was professionally painted in high-gloss revere pewter from Benjamin Moore. Tip: This is the perfect neutral  paint if you want to keep your room and furniture light and airy... looks much lighter on furniture than it does on walls and I LOVE it!!




This is what the room looked like before I started.... not horrible but unfinished.

And Now

By the way I love these window treatments so much I find myself staring at them constantly smiling inside:)

So there you have it!!

Thanks for reading!!

Thanks to my girlfriend Joanne Posse photography who took these pictures! LOVE her! And to Steph Shaw Designs for her advice and support and NB for the ice bucket! HA!

Check out the rest of the linking participants here! I'm heading over now:) Thanks to Linda at Calling it Home to compel me to finish this space~ xoxo

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A meaningful and creative way in which to decorate your walls!

I have to admit I was blown away by the creativity of the designers that participated in the One Room Challenge.
But one my most fave rooms was this one from Maddie G...

Maddie G
If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I am big on decorating with "meaningful to you" art, items and objects. THAT IS WHAT MAKES YOUR HOME SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TO YOU!!  

Maddie G

I may not have a feature wall like this in my living room or dining room but in my kids playroom, home office, mudroom, laundry room, beach house or finished basement.... you betcha!! I think its absolutely perfect!
So many  of my friends post so many AMAZING pictures of their kids, dogs, parents, friends, grandkids or vintage family photos on facebook .... why not make it a feature wall somewhere in your home.... It'll make you smile everytime you walk by!
For more information go check out the Maddie G blog here! She can tell you how you can accomplish this amazing feature wall!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

One Room Challenge: Week 6.... the finale.

Time's up! Put your pencils down.

Thanks to Linda for hosting this party and inviting me to link up! Thanks to my fantastic clients and Andrew Lam Photography for putting up with all this craziness!!

If you missed previous weeks you can start here.

And here's where we are at the six-week mark.
Not done... but almost there:)

Hold it. Let's stop and take a look at the Before images before I carry on.

Okay, now here's the after.

NOW KEEP IN MIND NO NEW FURNITRE WAS PURCHASED!! It can be done people on a tight budget. We don't need to thow everything out and start over now do we???










Well, it's about 80% there. To quote my client "the last 10% of this remodel is taking longer than the first 90%."  So true. Remember that anytime you take on a design project--it's the little details that take the longest.
So, what's missing?
This light

Well, she's arriving fashionably late .... sometime in November


Still missing
New floor lamps
 Final styling and editing
Sources - only 6 weeks to pull this room together?
Right off the floor my friends from ....
Benjamin Moore - paint color is Hale Navy
Table, console, all chairs, bench - clients own
Large rectangular mirror - clients own
Lamps- clients own
Cubes - clients own, custom fabric available from SKD
Striped chairs - clients own,  fabric available from SKD
(see not bad for not buying any new furniture from this room)
Gold Bowls and boxwood - Willow, Haverford, PA
Wheat Sheaf Sconces - High Street Market
White monogram box - C Wonder
Pillows - navy C Wonder similar here, pink geometric - custom by SKD
Navy and white plates - Crate and Barrel
Blue and white vases - Wisteria
White vases - Home Goods
Gold Bowls - Home Goods
Round mirror - clients own
Sunburst mirror - Vintage Home, Paoli PA
Moroccan shaped mirror - Bed Bath and Beyond
Window Treatments - custom by SKD

Now go and check out these other talented people who participated here!!

oh ---and another BIG shout out to Stephanie Shaw of Stephanie Shaw Designs.... thanks for your collaboration, input and letting me hang around your talented self:)

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Thanks for reading!! xoxo


Week Five of the one room challenge - linking participant

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge. If you missed the previous weeks you can start here.

I'm making some steady progress now people!
 Here's a few sneakity peek pictures and updates on the room.

Window treatments were installed.

Accessories were chosen

 And consoles were styled

That's huge!

So I thought I'd share...
Random facts about this room
1.This room was done on a VERY tight budget since the entire first floor was renovated and most of the budget went to tearing down walls, moving duct work, demolishing a kitchen and putting in a beautiful new kitchen. What does this prove? don't need to spend thousands of dollars to change the look of a room. You just need totally awesome clients and a very savvy and budget conscious decorator (wink, wink).

2.  For this room I didn't buy one piece of furniture. nada. I reused all of my clients furniture and reupholstered her chairs and added leaves to her table so the furniture would fill out the room.

3. The star of this room you ask??? ---the deep navy walls of course. Paint is the least expensive way to add high drama to a room. Nothing else compares or even comes close. End of story.

4. All photos taken of this room are by Andrew Lam Photography-- thanks Andrew.
You'll have to wait until next week to see it all come together ... if it does (here's hoping)!!!

And feel free to pin anything you like by hovering over the picture or go ahead and share it on facebook. Why not?

Want to see more? Can't get enough ? ... check out these talented folks at Calling it home!

Still want more ---- Check out these lovely ladies!!
 Calling it Home

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

One Room Challenge: Week Four

Moving right along to week four. Yikes. Nothing new to report. Sad but true. I'm at a standstill... almost paralyzed on which direction I want to go from here. Ever feel that way? 
Remember my client's room...


Should never have jumped the gun earlier this week to talk about my host and hostess chair makeover which I was so excited about. If you missed my post you can read all about it here.
Chair Before
Chair After

Thought I would have done a lot more this week but no go! I did measure for rugs -- thinking about a neutral seagrass.... thoughts, suggestions, concerns????
So let's concentrate on the positive. The window treatments will be going up next week! That should be HUGE! Nothing finishes a room like window treatments and accessories. 

And they can't come soon enough.
 This console looks so sad and lonely doesn't she?
Not for long:)

Oh and you need to check out the rest of this party here!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

One Room Challenge: Week Three

If you missed my other posts click below.
 Before I spill the beans on week three I have to give a BIG shout out to Andrew Lam who popped over and took these pictures today. He was soooo nice to take time out of his busy day to do this for me. And he totally nailed it! Thanks Andrew!!
Also I have to thank my client who has let me take pictures and pop in whenever I feel like it and a special thanks to the contractors who (let's face it) did all of the real hard work here, so...
Okay, onto week three--the kitchen is almost finished. Complete with white shaker style cabinetry, marble counter tops, black island with marble counter tops, a cozy window seat and a whole lot more.
The magic is really in the transformation. Doesn't even resemble the previous kitchen! Let's revisit the before...
Now here's the after... you might want to sit down for this.
Whaaaat????????? Here's more...
Looks even better than I imagined. Can't wait for all of the finishing touches:)
And onto the eating area  -- not much progress here. You can see where the navy and white striped chairs are going-- or maybe by the fireplace? haven't really decided yet.
Speaking of the striped chairs... here's a sneak peek. I can barely contain my excitement!!

Crazy bold! Too bold?? Hell to the no!
Thanks for reading!
Next week I'm gonna share the good, the bad and the ugly of this first floor reno. So keep tuning in!!
Pop on over to Calling it Home to see the other participants and their fabulous progress!!

One Room Challenge: Week Two

If you missed my first post you can click here
 Now let's start week two off on a positive note!
Here's what was accomplished in my client's eating area.
(drum roll please)
We have NAVY walls people!
 Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy that is -- check her out.

But don't forget the before pictures.
This was the old family room which is now becoming a new eating area attached to the newly renovated kitchen.

The wall pictured above and below with the TV/console -- gonzo. It's now an opening to the new family room.

Now here is the after

We are still in the construction phase here so please excuse random objects in the pictures.


In this picture you can see the new opening to the kitchen to the right

Below is where you can see the new opening to the family room. The original wall had a TV and console on it.

By the way this paint color is stunning in person my pictures don't do it justice.

All of the kitchen furniture has been moved into the new eating area. We kept a cozy table and chairs to relax in by the fire and read or do homework. Eventually we may replace this with four chairs and a small coffee table but for now we are using what we have!
 The ceiling fan will be moved and replaced with this light fixture
Morris Lantern

I mean look this at this beauty!

I light it like that:)
and the reddish burgundy chairs will be replaced with navy and white striped wing chairs that will be similar to this....
Furbish chairs
Minus the red piping and white painted legs.
Now don't think I wasn't contemplating the contrast piping in raspberry but I thought better not just in case my client wants to change the accent color a few years down the road:)
 So, what's happening with the window treatments?
Not sure if we're going with panels in this John Robshaw fabric
Or just a simple white linen fabric with a pretty navy trim.
You'll have to wait and see!!

Now the not so great news... the back splash came in the wrong color and the glass kitchen doors? Well, they were delivered in the wrong style. The bar stools and lighting fixture are on back order until November... oh well! so much for six weeks! But that's the design process for you:)

So here's a sneak peek of the kitchen cabinetry going in!

BEFORE of kitchen


One wall of cabinets finished

 you'll have to wait until next week to see the kitchen come together.

Oh and don't forget to check out all of the awesomeness happening over at Linda's One Room Challenge link party!
Thanks for reading!!

One Room Challenge ... a kitchen and eating area makeover in six weeks! yikes.

All righty then - the pressure is on! I'm  linking up with Linda at Calling it Home for the One Room Challenge. Click here to learn more about the ORC! It's gonna be a fun and crazy six weeks because that's exactly how long I'll have to redo a clients eating area and kitchen (the kitchen is already underway I'm just including it for fun and to elevate the level of suspense!)

Here are the before pictures of the kitchen...

The kitchen is getting a total face lift with new cabinetry, counter tops, back splash and fixtures. The peninsula is getting demolished and a shiny new island will be taking it's place. The eating area is going to be relocated to the family's current living room to allow for big spacious family dinners and fabulous get- togethers!
Here is the current family room which will be turned into a larger eating area for everyone to enjoy:)

That's my guy who refused to get out of the pic. little ham.
The plan for this room you ask? Well, I'm gonna paint it a rich navy, reuse the dining table and chairs and recover wing chairs for comfy seating for the host and hostess. We also need to add window treatments and accessories.
As always we like to reuse what we have and keep to a very tight but reasonable budget!!
Wish me luck and keep tuning in once a week as we progress.
 and please
Check back every Thursday to get my updates!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo