One Room Challenge 2015: Week 5

Hello Week 5!

Things are finally starting to heat up around here as the styling portion of our makeover begins!

This week I hung our custom lucite-inspired acrylic curtain rod and drapery panels.


I have to give credit to Kris (one of my favorite bloggers) over at Driven by Decor for her amazing post on this very same project.  She credits Grace from A Storied Style for her inspiration to tackle this DIY as well providing a great tutorial (found here). Fortunately for those of us that have since followed in Grace’s lucite-loving footsteps, she’s already done the majority of the research on this project for us.  Online, she found Nationwide Plastics– a company that sells acrylic rods for much less than any retail version I’ve been able to find to date. She provides excellent details on the various options for rod types, lengths, and sizes as well as their contact information here (FYI- while you can email them for a quote, they ask that you call in to place the order for credit card security safety).

Based on Grace and Kris’s fantastic recommendations, I too went with a 1 1/2″ cellcast acrylic rod in the longest single run available- 8′ long (NP will cut the rods to any length for you at no additional charge should you need yours shorter.  However, if your window requires a rod longer than 8′, you will simply order two rods cut at 1/2 the needed width each and butt them together at the center bracket as Kris did).  With s/h, my rod ran right about $100- A far cry from those $500-$700 rods trending in all of the magazines!

Also following suit, I ordered the same brass supports (3 of the 1.5″ OD polished brass railing brackets) from (sourced by Kristin of The Hunted Interior) and choose the matching flush endcaps from there, too.  Why try to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to, right?!  Thanks ladies for all of your fancy leg work!

While I searched high and low for inexpensive brass/gold hardware, I came up empty on finding ones large enough to fit a 1.5″ diameter rod in a price point I was comfortable with.  Eventually I just settled on these simple satin nickel ring clips from Lowe’s and spray painted them with my favorite metallic gold paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby). That particular Krylon spray paint is a dead ringer for the polished brass brackets and matched to a T!  (My favorite matte gold spray paint can be found here).

The super chic striped taffeta panels where a steal from Overstock, but are now out of stock.  However, you can still find them through Wayfair.

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Welcome back for the Week 3 progress update of our Home Office Makeover.  If you missed the first two weeks of my ORC, you can quickly catch up here:  Week 1  |  Week 2!

This week came with very little glitz or glam- matter of fact, NONE.  We assembled our Ikea pieces, glued and screwed them together and set everything up to arrange- no fancy pants pretty stuff going on over here this week.  But, our 2nd largest project was complete, so there’s that…

Early on, I fell in love with the Liatorp Collection from Ikea for it’s lines and (gasp!) beautiful grey color option.  I knew I could use this, coupled with another collection from there, to custom build the perfect workstation I’ve been waiting for since we bought this house.

desk construction 2

Because I wanted to create an ‘L’ workstation with tables, I knew I’d need to come up with a storage plan since I’d be losing all of my drawers.  I purchased 2 of the Liatorp bookcases– to flank each side and style with cute storage boxes.  The bookcase assembly was simple and no alterations were needed.

The desk was the main DIY project.  To create the ‘L’, we used two of the matching Linnmon table tops and legs– 1 of the ‘Small‘ and 1 ‘Large‘.

Here’s the layout plan:

desk construction 3

First, we started by laying everything on the floor and arranging the pieces as they should go, essentially making a ‘T’ with the two table tops.  I had the hubs rip the smaller top, length ways, so that it would match the depth of my bookcases (appx 13.5″ deep).

Since the table tops are virtually hollow (particle board only along the edges and the centers filled with a cardboard honeycomb), we needed to add stability at the seam.


For that added support, he cut a piece of plywood to brace the two tops at that weakest point.  He pre-drilled holes and inserted anchors for additional ‘grab’ through that interior honeycomb.   *The rough edge you notice above won’t be seen as it’s the side that will butt up against the wall = no need for any fancy fixing.

We propped everything up on soda cans (shout out to Sun Drop!), then glued the seam where the two tops intersect.  [I found that the Gorilla Wood glue worked perfectly.]  Once dry, I added a nice layer of glue where the plywood will sit, laid it down and screwed it all together.

desk construction 1

Just to be safe, I allowed the ‘T’ to sit overnight and cure.


The next day, we installed the legs (2 at the front corners of the small top and 2 at the far end of the long, large top) and anchored it to the wall between the bookshelves using L-brackets.


Come back next week for some far more visually appealing photos as I transform our tired, old black filing console into a chic one of a kind piece!


One Room Challenge 2015: Week 2

Welcome back to Week 2 of the ORC!

A lot of boring progress was made since my last post.  You know, the kind of “boring” that comes along with watching paint dry, caulking 4,124,826 inches of seams and hanging NON-PREPASTED wallpaper.  UGH!

This gorgeous agate inspired wallpaper* I spotted at Anthropologie definitely set the tone for the decor flow- and luckily for it, because I will never hang non-prepasted wallpaper again.  EVER.  (Unless it’s so over the top fabulous, then well, maybe).


I chose the ‘neutral’ color option for this room, although the other ‘pink’ option has my design wheels spinning for a space to hang it, too.  They’re both from Candice Olson’s collection (she’s been design hero since the first episode of Divine Design) and even more gorgeous in person!


I hung the paper first, knowing that the far left vertical B&B board would be overlapping.  It was easier this way than having to trim around the board. {work smarter, not harder}- my cute assistant 🙂


Then the paint and boards where installed on the far wall.  This is the part I hate most about Board & Batten projects- MATH- I despise math!  Fortunately, the husband is a whiz!


I chose to finish out the board edges with small trim, to lessen the ‘craftsman’ vibe (like in our nursery project here) and invoke more of a feminine, custom feel.  It definitely makes a huge difference (notice the change between the 3rd & 4th photos below)!

B&B Collage 1

Once the remaining wallpaper was hung above the Board & Batten, we installed the ‘topper’ board- creating a ledge for leaning frames, etc.  Because I needed it to support a bit of weight, hubs insisted on using several brackets for added stability.

B&B Collage 2

Come back next week to see how we turned basic Ikea office pieces into a custom, built-in work station!  And trust me, this idea has not been done 1,000 times already!  Don’t miss it!

*Note:  I calculated that it would take me 2 single rolls for the one wall (12w x 9h), but in fact it took 3+.  A second order (2 singles) was made in order to finish the last run on that wall plus the short header at the top of the B&B- for a total of 4 single rolls (with a bit left over).

1st Birthday, Recapped

It’s hard to believe that another year has come around and it’s time for another themed celebration!

Looking back on last year’s Nautical 1st Birthday (captured by my long time friend, Sarah Dunlap Photography), I am giddy to set up in a few days for the big #2!

  I custom built this three tiered cake using styrofoam bases, fondant, polymer clay and notions from the craft department! 

These custom sugar cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful. I’ve used Linda Childers of Art For The Soul on countless occasions and she never disappoints!  

 I designed these nautical inspired invites on Tiny Prints and added the anchor embellishments at home (anchors purchased via Etsy).

A  Handmade cake toppers using cardstock and glitter letters from Hobby Lobby.

 Simple floral arrangements using stems from my wholesaler that supplies to our local Target stores- saves a ton! 


 Another handmade item- punched glitter cardstock and anchor prints on striped popcorn boxes.

  Making paper straw banners are so easy when you use glittered washi tape!

Check back next week for all of the details of this year’s event!



One Room Challenge 2015: Week 1

Holla!  That time of year has finally come around again for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™ and I’m so excited to be participating in the linking party!

Linda from Calling it Home has once again put together an awesome group of 20 interior designers, decorators and bloggers with one major goal- transforming 1 room in only six short weeks. They will be updating their progress every Wednesday (click over to Linda’s blog if you miss any), and then join the rest of us on Thursdays! ORC-LP-250x183

I’ve been anxiously preparing our next big project to align with the Fall ORC and I’m so happy to share our progress along the way with you.  Choosing which room to makeover was simple.  I couldn’t stand our Home Office in it’s current state even one more day!  Since I work from home, having to spend 8+ hours in this space everyday, by golly, it needs to be gorgeous!  How else am I supposed to get through my work day lol.

Also, since the office is the first room you see from the front door,  I feel ultra compelled to make it just as beautiful as it is functional.  What we started with was just a boring 12×12 empty room, still sporting contractor beige paint and lacking, well, everything!  The only real design element that exists is the french doors- thank goodness for those!




Pardon Our Mess (I was so anxious to get started that I didn’t even stop to take ‘real’ before photos)

Before Collage

I originally outfitted the space with all of black office furniture from our previous home (the Oxford Collection from  And while it couldn’t NOT work in this new space, it truly wasn’t adding much either.  It had to go, along with all of the other miscellaneous items that don’t ‘go’ in any other room so they’ve been housed in this makeshift storage room-slash-office (don’t judge me, you know you have one of those rooms, too).

I began my design planning process based around a more functional work station that both my husband and I could use in tandem (we’ve had two separate desks until now and it just doesn’t ‘look’ the best).  Since I do work from home, I definitely need functionality to the max, but since he simply docks his laptop and checks a few emails each evening, he can work with much less fluff.  I’ve tossed around the idea of custom built-ins, but think we can achieve a similar look by altering some off the shelf items.  More on that later.

If you’ve read even a single post from me, it will be no surprise that I chose a color scheme that includes… wait for it… grey!  gasp, I know!  But this time, I’m adding in lots of gold, ivory and (husband willing) pops of fuchsia.OB-Home Office Makeover

I don’t know about you, but this mood board makes me giddy!  I love it all and hope the real thing turns out just as fabulous.

If you want to follow along, here is a run down of what’s to come:

  • Week 1:  Introduction and Design Plans (yay, you’re here!)
  • Week 2:  Painting, Wallpapering and Constructing a Board+Batten Wall
  • Week 3:  Designing and Building a Semi-Custom Workstation
  • Week 4:  Up-cycling Existing Pieces with Paint and new Hardware
  • Week 5:  Custom Window Dressings
  • Week 6:  The BIG REVEAL!


Wish me luck!