One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 4


Welcome back! Thank you for joining me for another week of the One Room Challenge! Time flies doesn’t it? We had a major push this past weekend and I am feeling so much less stressed right now. The paint was a huge component of the overall aesthetic of the room and WOW did it change how the room feels! What a difference paint makes! This post talks about paint and the effects of paint, textiles, and hardware. Ready?

First up, let’s talk paint. Paint really can transform a space or a piece and this was proof of the power of paint! Last week we talked about our selection and so I won’t go into that again here. However, we did use Hirshfield’s Platinum ceramic paint in eggshell. The color we chose was Shell Tint. Do you ever have trouble selecting the sheen of the paint for a room? When in doubt ask a pro! Here are my guidelines:

Flat – will be the least expensive of all paints and I only recommend using on a ceiling if at all. This paint is not wipeable whatsoever. If it were up to me, flat wouldn’t be an option at all.

Eggshell – this is what we chose for the bedroom. It’s wipeable and not too light reflecting which is good for spaces like bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms.

Satin – Our whole main floor is satin, we have an open concept floorplan. It’s easily wipeable which is great for a kitchen and bounces light around very subtly. Unlike recommending eggshell for bedrooms, I would definitely suggest this sheen in a kids room or playroom. This is also very durable and practical in a mudroom or any high activity room where walls are prone to scuffs or splatters.

Semi-Gloss – We chose semi-gloss on our cabinets, interior doors, and trim work. You will definitely see a sheen here but that is what we were looking for on these pieces and it’s very wipeable, especially good for cabinetry. I would recommend a spray application if you can when using this finish.

High-Gloss – High-gloss like semi-gloss can be used for trim work, doors, and cabinetry and even furniture. This is the most wipeable finish but I highly recommend you spray this on for a silky smooth finish. This sheen will provide the most reflection.

Ok, are you ready for a little before and after?

Before: Dark and gloomy – calls out WAY too much attention to the roofline.


After: Light and bright. Furnishings stand out. The roofline visually recedes.






You get the picture. Paint is one of the least expensive home improvement purchases but provides one of the largest design impacts. Invest in good, quality paint, it will make all the difference.

Next, let’s move onto textiles. Again, I shared all of the specs of the textiles in last week’s post so I won’t repeat here. (If you missed it and would like to read it, click here to Read Week 3). Now that the paint has dried, it was time to install the curtain hardware and curtains! I have been WAITING for this moment because I knew how beautiful they looked and I couldn’t wait to see them against the crisp, white backdrop. When designing and selecting hardware for our room, I knew I wanted simple but classic. When it comes to design decisions for pieces that will not change, I will always choose classic over trendy and “what’s hot”. A good rule of thumb is classic details never go out of style. My idea of class is clean lines, think from the 1920’s era (shaker cabinetry, penny tile, black and white, and wood, etc.). Here I chose French rods for their smooth silhouette and wrap around ends, this allows the drapery to “bend” with the rod so beautifully.


These were hand forged out of high strength steel in the USA by TMS Menagerie and made to the exact specifications that I provided. I chose these rods in ebony.


See how simple and classic these feel? Another design trick I use is installing the curtain hardware as close to the ceiling as possible when ceilings are low (and ours are 8 feet). This gives the illusion that the windows and ceilings are taller. Another trick I use is installing the curtain hardware a few inches past the outer edges of your window trim. So in my case, I went 6″ over on both sides of the window. Why you may ask? Not only does it play another trick with an illusion that makes your eye see the window as larger but when your curtains are pulled back all the way, they still flow into the window without obstructing the open window view. Like this:


I also chose pinch pleats for my curtains. Pinch pleats offer detail to this very subtle pattern (ticking stripe) and carry a tailored finish to an otherwise flat panel.


I also love curtain rings and use them on all our windows for their ease of smooth opening and closing. All hardware and curtains were expertly crafted by the amazing Calico Corners team! Their designers offer free services (yes, I said FREE) to assist you in maneuvering your way through the textile, trim and embellishment world! Textiles are not necessarily my strong suit so I happily relied on their advice and I loved my experience! They were so patient and knowledgeable and trust me I changed my mind a million and one times and they never made me feel bad about it for one second. They know and understand the textile industry and how much impact great textiles make! They will take all the time to ensure it’s right and you feel comfortable and confident with the final decision.


This is one LARGE window, I think it measures around 9 feet wide so the hand forged rod is heavy and those custom draperies are HEAVY (two solid panels, one on each side). The Calico team recommended a middle support bracket for this window so as not to bow the rod. The rod is constructed so beautifully, that I don’t know that it would have but I trust the experts!


Look how full and generous these panels look. I just love how they kiss the floor just so.


So we talked about curtain width a bit let’s talk about curtain length. Have you ever seen curtains too short for a window, and they look a bit like high waters? Equally, have you ever seen curtains too long for a window they no longer puddle on the floor they just spill? While I love a good curtain puddle (my biggest peeve are too short curtains, gah! don’t get me started), I knew I was going for a very tailored and simple look here so no puddling was going to happen in this room this time. These had to hit the floor just so. Not too short where you can see under them (not even 1/2 an inch) and not too long that they would awkwardly bend (like a pair of ill-tailored dress slacks), these had to “kiss” the floor. They touch ever so slightly but do not drag one bit. And this folks is why I turned to Calico Corners. You can’t pull this look from off the shelf. Just like you can’t pull an exquisitely tailored suit or pant leg off the rack.

Am I a textile snob? No, not one bit. But remember this room was allll about purposeful, meaningful and thoughtful design. All these details counted for this room (after all we’ve been waiting for a retreat all our own for about 20+ years!).

We’ve talked walls and windows now so let’s talk floors for the trifecta!

When we built this house we knew we wanted it to feel like a house that had been around for years. And what do old houses have that most newer homes don’t? Wood floors and I mean on the entire upper level, even our closets. But that wasn’t just a design decision, that was a functional decision because our family has allergies. Ha! So solid surfaces are naturally easier to clean than rooms full of carpet. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good rug! If budgets didn’t matter I would have a large vintage rug but when you’re sourcing 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 vintage rugs well…let’s just say I still wanted to stay in my marriage too. Instead, I chose a simple but geometrical pattern by Plush Rugs. I felt that this pattern complements well with the ticking stripe on the windows.


Let’s talk rug sizes. Just like curtains that are too short make me have nightmares, rugs that are too small do the same.

We have a regular king size bed, and if you’re choosing a rug for your bedroom my rule is you should still be able to walk on your rug all the way around your bed (except for where your headboard probably is). Typically, around 24″ on both sides of the bed. I didn’t place my entire bed on the rug, I’ll share more next week so you can see what I’m referring to. But don’t toss that small vintage rug out of your design just yet! You can still utilize those on the side of the bed if a large rug is not an option. The don’t? DON’T place a rug the same size as your bed under your bed.

This week we made a TON of progress but there’s still one more push before the finish line! Next week we’ll talk more about accessorizing, lighting and decor.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and following along this 6 week journey with me! You all are the best and I can’t believe the support and love I feel from you all!


Warm wishes,



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One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 3


Welcome back! This week was full of final paint selections, draperies and hardware were received, and a mattress! I am in love with all of it and I think it is going to pull off nicely! Minimalism-ish but definitely cozy, simple and meaningful. Peppered with quirky vintage finds because that’s just my style. I love quirky and fun pieces.

Ok, let’s get started because we have 3 biggies to talk over.

Let’s first start with the paint selection. If you’ve followed along on Instagram Stories @creekwoodhill the paint vote was between Glacier Mountain and Shell Tint by Hirshfield’s and so I picked up some samples to make larger swatches in our room. Our room is very dark for two reasons, one it faces west and two the already dark color in the room makes it dark. Being that it’s dark, it does make it difficult to get a true feeling for the new color. But here goes:

Hirshfields Paint

I took these 4 colors and sampled them on a larger wall.

Paint swatch white and green

Which would you choose? Take a vote on Instagram @creekwoodhill!

Here I sampled just the two whites next to our trim. Very close but one is slightly warmer.

White paint swatches

Sorry for the poor lighting and grainy pic, this large window makes it difficult to get a good picture here.

Now that I have the two whites narrowed down, I will make the final selection this week and then you’ll see what we went with next week! Hopefully, we get all the painting done in time to stay on track!

Now, moving on to the curtains! Calico Corners is a company I’ve worked with in the past and they’re soooo good! So naturally, I chose to work with them again on this project. They are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Sometimes textiles can be scary and if you’re like me, a bit intimidating. There’s so many! And unlike paint (if you don’t like the color you can re-paint) well…textiles can become very costly. But they’re SO worth the investment. If and when you can, go with great textiles! They just look good, feel good and hang so much better than off the shelf curtains. (Which I’ve done plenty of by the way, and still have some in my home). BUT remember, this master bedroom makeover was about purposeful, thoughtful and meaningful design. That meant carefully selecting materials that would last and last and last. So I wanted to go with a custom curtain that would look tailored for our room and Calico Corners has ALL the experts (especially when I’m not).

Last week I shared with you my textile selection click here if you want to read more. But this week I wanted to test install them. Test install them? Well, since they’re custom I wanted to make sure I measured correctly (Calico Corners does also offer free design services) but I figured I could handle most of this myself. So up they went, hardware and all and I almost died. Seriously. I fell head over heels with them and how full and gorgeously tailored they are. They just kiss the floor perfectly! (Yes, I’ll talk more about kissing draperies in the reveal).

Here’s an up and close sneak peek:

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Clearly, someone else loves them as much as I do (Thank you Mister for modeling so fiercely). Yall! I love them so much I did the whole Sound of Music scene where Maria is in her bedroom dancing to My Favorite Things with the old draperies that she’ll make into play clothes for the children. (eerily my bed looks somewhat similar to the bed in that scene as well)  Oh…I digress.

Ok finally, let’s talk about mattresses! Again, keeping with my design motto of keeping things purposeful, thoughtful and meaningful, a great mattress was not left out of the equation. After all, this is a master bedroom, right? So not just any mattress was going to do and I was disgusted by what I was finding in the big box stores (that’s a whole other subject for another day). That’s when I turned my attention to My Green Mattress. I’m trying to become more aware and more conscious of the products I bring into our home. I shop thrifted and vintage quite a bit, not just because I love it but because I feel it helps restore life to something with a past life and possibly headed to the dumpster. And we don’t want that! So when I found My Green Mattress, I knew they weren’t just an ordinary mattress company touting “we’re green”. No. You can even view their Gold standard certification right here. They are GREEN! Another reason I chose My Green Mattress over other brands was that I love they’re family owned. Coupled with the fact that this father found a solution and went to work to develop a product that was safe for his children. Talk about meaningful design right there! A real passion and purpose! Shouldn’t all great design come from a thoughtful purpose? I’m not going to go into all the details of the construction of the mattress on this post but you can read more about them here.

So after receiving our mattress which I could not photograph and roll out at the same time because I’d need more than 2 hands. (Ha!) which by the way was suuuuper easy. It popped up into its shape right away! I wish I had a video recording because my husband was just fascinated! You can also read more FAQ here. As with any purchase you should research and shop for what fits your family best. My Green Mattress fit all the check mark boxes for us! We chose the Natural Escape in a King size.

  • 100% natural wool (sourced from California) √
  • GOTS Certified organic cotton √
  • 100% all natural, GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex √
  • Intentionally designed with love √

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I hope you enjoyed some of my polls on Instagram and I hope you are loving my decisions as much as I do, next week we’ll talk more about progress, more photos that I think you’ll see a big change with and a little more about my design decisions and how I pulled this look together. In the meantime here’s another peek at some deliveries!

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Yup! That’s the rug!


See you soon!



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One Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Makeover – Week 2


Hey there! I’m so happy to see you’re back! This week I’m sharing two HUGE selections that give the biggest impact when designing a room!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my polls on Instagram (You can find them in Stories or saved in my Highlights) and if you haven’t checked them out follow me at @creekwoodhill! I’d love to see you over there as well! At the beginning of a project I always seem very in control but by about the 2nd to 3rd week I’m quickly like nope…and with just 5 actual weeks to share our work (shorter if you’re me because I need to account for the photographer) it goes by soooo very, very quickly!

So let’s dive right in shall we?! This week we’re going to talk about the biggest real estate in the room, the walls, and windows! (Floors do too but the floors are staying).

First up the walls! This color is called Anonymous by Sherwin Williams (SW 7046) and it’s sort of a grayish-greenish color with brown undertones that I really don’t care too much for in our bedroom (my husband selected this color when we built the house and I went with it because…well, it was just paint and you can always change paint).

Anonymous Gray by SW

Needless to say, after trying my best to live with it for 1.5 years, I called for a change.

Here are some before pics:

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This is the view from the upstairs hallway looking into our room.

These ceilings are a bit of a  design challenge but I roll with it and one day it would be nice to possibly add some built-ins beneath them for extra storage or even bookcases. We’ll see…I don’t know that we’ll have time for that in 4 weeks.


We originally were planning on installing a TV  on this wall but…the designer in me vetoed that. And now we need to move these outlets down to the floor.


Lastly, I need to come up with a good solution for my husband because…


Like seriously, what type of charging station is that?! LOL! (Notice the Mrs. Meyer’s? I wonder if he cleans in his sleep)…

Ok, so what am I thinking? Well, if you know me…white of course! But…what type of white…there’s so many! (Take my poll on Instagram!)

And this is when I turned to Hirshfield’s, a Minnesota, family-owned business with years and years of experience and knowledge and an EXTREMELY helpful team! Hirshfield’s carries everything from wall coverings, window treatments and of course paint! Check out their Design Resource Showroom here.

Out of the thousands of paint colors here are the few I pulled.


Currently, I have an interactive poll going on Instagram where I’m turning to YOU! Take the poll or send me a message with your vote and by the end of this week, I’ll share the most selected color by all of you! So stayed tuned! This will be a fun way to let you all be the designer!

Ok. Next, I’m going to take you over to the next biggest impact of the room, the windows. Our bedroom faces west, so it’s pretty dark most of the day (which is another reason I wanted to lighten it up with a white). We have two windows in our room, one is very large about 9 feet wide and the other 36 inches wide, which is nice because it is west facing and we need alllll the light we can get. So when there’s such a large window in the room, I wanted something with a pattern but something not too bold so it wouldn’t be the whole focus of the room. That’s when I turned to none other than Calico Corners! Founded in New York, they specialize in everything fabrics and trim, from upholstery to window treatments, bedding, and wall coverings. With that range of assortment, I knew they would be the perfect partners for my windows!

So what did I choose? This beautiful fabric called Janvier La Mer


I will have these lined, French pleats added and wands installed for easy opening and closing. More details about these beauties soon! (I am sooooo excited to share more about these!) But this is where I leave you for this week.

Thank you so much for stopping by for another week of my master bedroom makeover and I hope to see you again next week for some more details!


Warm wishes!



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Spring 2018 – One Room Challenge Week 1



Welcome back, friends! It’s been awhile and I’m so excited to get back into the swing of things around here! There’s just something about springtime that gets my creativity going and ready to tackle something new.

This year I will be designing our master bedroom! When I say I’m excited please understand that is an understatement! I have waited and waited to FINALLY design our bedroom. We have been in this house going on 2 years now and it’s one of the last rooms to get sprinkled with some personality. How many of you work on all of the other rooms in the house (including the kids’ spaces) and leave your own to the wayside or last place? I think it’s because we tend to want everyone else to feel at home and comfy first and we get so busy we forget to take care of ourselves.



This year I decided I’ll tackle ours during this spring’s One Room Challenge because there’s nothing like a little pressure and deadlines to get this girl going! Ha!

So please stick with me every Thursday for the next few weeks where I’ll be sharing with you my design process, progress, and reviews along the way. If you follow me on Instagram @creekwoodhill I will also post a couple interactive polls where YOU can help ME! Plus, find some of the BTS (Behind the scenes) on Instagram Stories!

What is on our master bedroom wishlist you ask?

  • Simplicity
  • Thoughtful design
  • Meaningful pieces
  • Coziness
  • Playfulness

What does that all equate to?

  • A truly purposeful living space


Ok, so do you want to see a little idea of what I have planned for our room?



In this house we do fun and we don’t take ourselves seriously (most days). We’re a laid-back and casual family who loves a good, thrifted find but appreciates well-crafted heirloom quality pieces as well. Anything new must be made to last. And to last generations. Quality over quantity is a rule in this house. If it makes you smile and feel good, it stays. If we don’t use it or it’s a meaningless, non-sensical “prop” it goes.

Simple rules, right?

And that’s the goal. Simplicity.

Well thank you very much for stopping by, I best get going as we have lots to get done in a short 5 weeks and I hope to see you here next Thursday as well as on Instagram!








Sprucing Up Your Home for the Winter Holidays

Welcome, come on in and sit a spell with me while we go on a little mini-tour of how I decorated our home for the winter Holidays. I say “Holidays” because I generally have our tree up during Thanksgiving (I know…live in the moment, right?) and I leave the tree up until after the first of the new year so our winter decor sees a few Holidays, to say the least.

I’m not a big, luxurious decorator, I like to keep things very simple (almost minimalistic) in our home. Our kids have grown up and that probably plays into part of the reason but we also have 2 cats and now a puppy! Surprise! (she’s 13 weeks now and built like a little tank) so keeping things minimal is also a necessity for us right now. Ha!

So, how do I sprinkle Holiday cheer around our home? I first start with the focal piece (the tree!) Again out of necessity we went with faux (we have a semi-outdoor kitty that likes to pee under real trees), with that we have an indoor kitty that likes to climb them and did I mention the puppy?!


First, I must rave about this faux tree. This one is the 7.5 foot King Fraser Fir (unlit) by none other than the King of Christmas! You can shop this tree and many more, clicking this link Here. So, let me answer a few questions that may be running through your mind…(1) I chose unlit because I knew I wanted a different type of bulb on this tree so that when it’s not lit, they are still decorative. (2) the faux pine needles are AMAZING, really great quality and life-like bristles. (3) it was the simplest tree I’ve ever put together and I even took it down to see how easy it would be to store, they snap into place 1, 2, 3 and the arms fall down. (4) It’s so lush and full, I barely had to “fluff” it straight out of the original packaging.


I like to change the tree up every year or two, it keeps things interesting but also because I can never remember what I did to it the year before. (I mean, let’s just keep it real here).  This year I tried to go with a modern, very swanky approach and failed miserably. Apparently, I am not a hipster, folks. So last minute, I changed it to black and white. Then, all of a sudden I heard all this commotion about the new Hearth & Hand line at Target and all was not lost in the land of tree decorating!


Did I mention our fur babies? Glass ornaments don’t fare well in our home which also consists of wood floors because well, someone likes to knock them off the tree. My solution? I tied them to the tree. And I have to admit, I love the ribbon detail. I used leftover black grosgrain ribbon I had stashed away.


See, what I mean about the faux pine branches? If you’re searching for a faux tree, do yourself a solid and check out King of Christmas first.


(yup, I need a skirt…) actually, I’m on the fence about investing in one since the bottom quickly gets filled with gifts that block the view. What are your thoughts? Do you all use tree skirts or skip?

Continuing on our little tour, our home is very open concept, here our dining room sits right behind the tree and my vintage mid-century painting just didn’t flow cohesively from this view but I didn’t want to leave the wall bare either so I wrapped the painting in coordinating Hearth & Hand wrapping paper and used the same black ribbon I used on the tree.



Here I kept our table very simple too. Just some candles and a piece of faux garland. The larger hurricanes were already on the table so I really only added the center holder and the greenery. Talk about easy peasy, right?



As you can see our dining room also leads right to the kitchen. But before I share some Holiday cheer in our kitchen I want to turn you around to the little mini bar in the dining room.


During the Holidays I like to set up a little cocktail area that’s easy for guests to access and mix up their own beverages because well, I’m usually busy in the kitchen and this is a great way to not play bartender.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the details here (I’ll link sources below).


Here I just wrapped some black and white ribbon around a frame and simple touches of greenery and a bauble were enough for this little vignette.



To the left I used these little votive houses I found in the dollar section at Target last year and the little deer family are vintage (they were my grandmother’s and I remember how I would arrange them in her house every year as a child).


To the right is my little beverage station. AND this gorgeous Mia lamp by Mitzi, you can browse their newest line here. This was a perfect addition to a swanky little bar area, don’t you agree? I love the marble base (heavy enough to not topple over) and those beautiful glass globes have the perfect opaque-ness that provide a soft glow, especially with the attached dimmer.


The Mia balances well here and also gives that sculptural feel I love. This new Mitzi line is beautiful enough to stand on their own and shouldn’t all your lighting be accentuating? If I can lend one piece of design advice folks, don’t let your lighting be boring, elevate it and you’ll be surprised by how much great lighting personalizes your home.


Next, let’s take a peek into the kitchen. I didn’t do much here, during the Holidays I like to keep counters pretty clear because entertaining gets busy.


Here I created an arrangement as a mini focal piece.


Using a mix of fresh greenery from my local greenhouse down the street and mixed with a faux sprig of berries to add a pop of color.



Clearly, I’m not a florist but this simple arrangement I put together by mixing in the greenery (varying colors and textures such as the magnolia). I start with the larger pieces and stems and then add in the base (here, it was the magnolia). I also love when greenery sort of spills over like the cedar I used here. Lastly, I pop in a focal piece, in this case, I used the red berry sprig and a pinecone.


Another little area I have in my kitchen I like to spruce up is my floating shelves. Again, I didn’t do much of anything but some simple additions of fresh cedar, a festive little canister and a ribbon to dress up the dog food jar.


Oh, I did add a few more baubles here and there.


This little corner of mine needed a little pop of red too so I changed out my apron for a more festive one and again a little sprig of green.


Near my sink area, I always add this little vintage house that a dear friend of my grandmother’s painted. Little touches of my grandmother (who LOVED the Holidays) always bring back so many fond memories.


And of course I continue sprinkling little touches of cedar around (I mean a little cedar goes a LONG way). Ha!



See how decorating for the Holidays doesn’t need to be costly? In our house, I could never afford to splurge on too many pieces of Holiday decor and I have such design attention deficit disorder that by the next year I would probably be tired of it anyway as I’m always looking for new ways to keep it fresh.

So now that we’ve toured around a bit let’s walk back to the living room.



Keeping my black, white and green theme (with a pop of red) I added a vintage buffalo check throw and a green velvet pillow (found on Etsy searching “green velvet pillows”, I know…my design language is strong, right?) also, here is another lovely Mitzi lamp, this one is named the Layla (click here to customize your lamp). Again, I love the architectural design of this lamp, it’s like a piece of sculpture. I also love the heavy, concrete base (which unexpectedly complements my concrete coffee table) and the attached dimmer makes life so much easier!

Speaking of concrete, it’s puppy and kitty proof. #winning


A simple bowl of Shiny Brites and some greenery.


Here, I needed to warm up this space and a bold rug was in order.

Designer tip: rugs, throws, and pillows are an easy and cost-effective way to change up decor with the seasons.

Here I chose to layer the natural jute rug by Plush Rugs with this warm rug to add that pop of color in this room and clearly, someone else agrees with it, no?


In keeping with my simple decor, I’ve peppered around a few more touches in here.



I’ve probably kept you all here longer than you’ve anticipated but before you go, I want to share another little nook in our house that received a dose of Holiday cheer.

This is our little entryway. Keeping it simple and functional.


Oops, I should’ve cut those tags off under the bench. LOL!

The wreath and garland are by none other than the King of Christmas and I’ve received so many comments on how good they look, I love the tone on tone color too because it allows for depth and dimension.


Well, thank you so much for touring with me and I hope you enjoyed and took with you a couple easy decor ideas for your own home!

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It’s a crazy, baby hippo coming at you!


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Dining Room – Table lamp, Chandelier, Dining table, Dining chairs, Stoneware vessel, Candleholder, Whiskey glasses

Entryway – Garland, Wreath, Bench, Coat rack, Pillow

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One Room Challenge – Basement Remodel – Reveal – Week 7

We did it! We made it to week 7 of the One Room Challenge and you know what that means, it’s Reveal week! I’m so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on and I know these two homeowners are finally ready to start enjoying the fruits of their labor! So are you ready to see?

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So as you know this office space has two workstations (one for each of them) and so we pulled together bits of both of their individual styles while still achieving that cohesive look and feel. Let’s start with her side first as it’s the first side you see when coming down the stairs.


This client is a professional photographer and so it was important to capture her passion as well as her love of beautiful details.



I love how everything looks against the bright white background and the beautiful Wilsonart Quartz counters.



These counters turned out so beautifully and you can read more through previous posts here and here. This homeowner chose Quartz in Haida by Wilsonart who generously supplied these for this project. To find out where you can purchase from Wilsonart click the link to shop. My favorite is the subtle veining against the white Quartz that gives the look of real marble without the maintenance and upkeep of real marble. I can go on and on about Wilsonart, their quality, their products, their sustainability efforts, their service, and industry knowledge and if you’d like to read more about Wilsonart for yourself click here.


I also want to show you the cabinetry hardware. It’s these little details that make finishing a project like this so fun!


These beautiful pulls are by D.Lawless and can be found clicking this link here.  We love the dark contrast against all the crisp white. Very classic and sophisticated.



Here are a few more details that I love!



How cute is that little dog lamp, right?


Now I want to take you to His side.


I fell in love with those beautiful canvases of this adorable couple that I was determined to utilize them in their new space.


Here are a couple close-ups of all the fun details.



I love that cute metal wall bin for organization.

Next, let’s take a peek at the space behind their workspace!


If you know me, I can’t leave little corners like this alone. These are the perfect places to get creative and carve out a little nook like this one. Have I mentioned how creative and resourceful this client is? This little chest of drawers is actually an IKEA hack and those adorable pillows she made herself!


The patina on this old crate is just gorgeous, isn’t it? I absolutely love a piece like this one! This client sure has an eye for great detail!

And here’s a little close up of those pillows she made!


Isn’t that chest beautiful?! I love the two-tone paint and those knobs are the perfect embellishment!


I love that little corner!

Now, let’s turn around again and look back at the office space so you can visualize the layout a little better.



So if you’ve followed along through the past 6 weeks you’ve seen everything from demolition, to electrical installation, sheetrocking, paint, trim, etc. as well as cabinetry installation, countertops and flooring. It’s been a whirlwind past couple of months but I think this couple will admit it was worth all of the pain. They now have a gorgeous and functional workspace!




Thank you all for following our journey and a VERY special thank you to our amazing sponsors!

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Mocha and Ranger both say, until next time friends, thanks for stopping by!






Thank you to the hosts of the One Room Challenge!

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Basement Remodel – Week 6 of the One Room Challenge


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Can you believe it’s week 6 already? And technically this would have been reveal week but surprise! The One ORoom Challenge has been extended another week! Thank goodness!

So this week we focused on TRIM! We also worked on getting the cabinet hardware figured out, did some touch-up painting from all the various installs, and installing door hardware!



I’m in love with the SW Repose Gray paint color against the white trim, in a basement with few windows for natural light, I wasn’t sure how dark this would end up feeling but I have to admit I love it!


Speaking of trim, this homeowner (Tiffany) tackled the trimwork herself and did an AMAZING job!



She’s even working on installing the cabinetry hardware herself! (I also did this in my own Kitchen in last Spring’s ORC, you can read about it here).


That’s also another close up of the veining in the beautiful Wilsonart Haida Quartz, which you can find here. You can also read more about these gorgeous Quartz countertops in our Week 4 progress post linked here.

One of the most important facts about Wilsonart besides their quality products and a vast variety of materials is that they’re eco-conscious and hopefully, that means as much to you as it does me. It’s so important to know what you’re bringing into your home right?! You can read more about their sustainability efforts through this link here.


We’ve also officially started cleaning for final staging as well, which is a HUGE job in of itself after almost two years of construction!


See how we’re taking it from here


To here


In the next/last few days before staging, we have what feels like a million nail holes to fill in the trim, corners to caulk, and hardware to install! It’s officially crunch time!

So stay tuned for next week because we are SO excited to share the final results with you all and reveal what all this hard work behind the scenes has been about!

See ya soon!



Thank you to our generous sponsors of the One Room Challenge, without you we could not have made this possible!



As always a special thank you to the hosts of the One Room Challenge!

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One Room Challenge – Basement Remodel Week 5

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Welcome back! I hope you’ve been following along with us as we made a TON of progress last week and I had some REALLY great information to share, if you missed it, click here to catch up!

So the One Room Challenge has been extended a week and while that is amazing news for those of us who needed that additional week, as a blogger this threw me off a bit. This week we were going to share some of the final details and finishing touches before the reveal but hey, we’re going to save that for next week.

Today I want to share a little peak at the styling inspiration board for the office. It’s such a light and bright space now with those cozy wood floors that I thought adding little touches of texture and playfulness as well as functional decor (as I like to call it) for Tiffany. What’s functional decor? Well, you know…pretty enough to stand out on it’s own but useful at the same time. So here we go!

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Tiffany is a photographer and so organization was key along with she has such a great eye for detail and softness and everything pretty I wanted to make sure to capture that too. Because who says an office should read boring? No way! This office is designed for the creative mind and artist so it had to evoke feelings of inspiration and fun energy.

Want to catch up on a few pics to see how far we’ve come? Here are a couple before and nows.


Buh bye ugly old wall paneling!

And this is now!


Gorgeous right? I’m so excited to share more but be sure to catch us next week where we’ll reveal a few of the finishing details before all our styling shenanigans begin!


See you next week!



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One Room Challenge – Week 4 – Basement Remodel

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Welcome back to our One Room Challenge! Looking back at last week we are finally making real progress, don’t you think? And things are about to get real! Real pretty that is! Should we get started?!


Ranger says come on in! Cabinets are in and counters installed! Yes, you heard that right! We have countertops! Speaking of countertops, remember this homeowner selected Wilsonart’s Haida Quartz click here for more details. Wilsonart was SO good to work with and they generously donated these beautiful slabs of Quartz for this specific project.  Wilsonart was extremely easy and pleasant to work with and the options were endless! I HIGHLY recommend Wilsonart if you’re in the  market!


This client/homeowner loved the simple and subtle detail of the veining running through the white quartz without feeling too dark or garish and I couldn’t have loved her decision more, it’s soft and pretty with just the perfect dose of detail.



See what I mean about the soft veining that runs through? Speaking of Wilsonart, did you know they supply a plethora of quartz choices? Click here to see more! And, did you know for over 60 years Wilsonart has been environmentally responsible? I hope that is just as important to all of you as it is to me when sourcing products for your home. To read more about Wilsonart’s sustainability efforts click here.



(I took you through this tour a little out of order because as you can see the cabinets have  been installed and they turned out absolutely beautiful!)



Both Tiffany and Andrew have been  SO hands on during this renovation and here Andrew is making some final door adjustments.



Tiffany working hard in her beautiful new work space! With Mocha busy supervising.


More cabinetry and countertop details.



And…how gorgeous did these floors turn out? Who said you can’t install wood flooring in a basement? Pfffft. This homeowner sure did and I LOVE the warmth it adds! And clearly Ranger approves!

As you can see we’ve made a LOT of progress this week and we continue to keep moving along because we can’t WAIT to show you the final reveal! (Plus, that means it’s time for the fun part, styling! And that’s where I get to come back in).


Hold on folks! If you’re interested in learning more and finding sustainable and eco friendly products for your own project Click here to find a retailer near you!


And we also could NOT have  done this project without the help of Capital Granite!


A HUGE thank you to Troy and his team for fabrication and installation!!! If you’re local and in the area, we HIGHLY recommend Capital Granite! Click here for more of their work and to contact their skilled team.


See you all next week when we start really wrapping up all the final details! And as always, thank you for stopping by!





A VERY special thank you to all involved and their generous donations!



And the hosts of the One Room Challenge

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One Room Challenge – Week 3 – Basement Remodel

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Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge and this week we made a LOT of progress! Come on in and check it out!


Final selections:
– Repose Grey on walls
– Custom color to match cabinets on ceiling
– Cabinets are a custom color that is partially white and a little cream.
– Flooring Pergo XP Highland Hickory


Check out this beautiful hardware by D. Lawless Hardware this client selected the oil rubbed bronze in the Atesia collection you can find it here.

Here are the selections for the cabinetry, hardware, AH-MAZING quartz countertop and flooring.


Now can we just pause here for a moment and take a closer look at these gorgeous quartz countertops? I’ll be sure to share extensive details with you in an upcoming post but here is a closer look at what this homeowner chose!

Wilsonart’s Haida Quartz is a beautiful, bright white counterop with black veining to VERY closely resemble carrara marble. Without ALL of the maintenance and worry of real carrara marble. Click here for more details and where to buy.


Ok, so are you ready to see how far we’ve come?! Put your glasses on because we’re about to leave the safety zone!




Look how bright and airy this basement is turning out!



This was a homeowner surprise that I did not know about and am in LOVE with!



This is a sneak peak into the bathroom addition. This is not part of the One Room Challenge but it is SO gorgeous I wish we could share! (Maybe my client will let us blog about it later!) Tiffany, if you’re reading this…hint. Inquiring minds want to hear more about it and see allll the details!



Look how cute sweet Ranger is! He’s so excited to share more with you but this is where we end this week. Be sure to check back next week for week 4 and many more updates like:

Countertop installation time!!!!


And some more fun details like this too!


Mocha cat says see ya next week!



Thanks for stopping by!



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