Boho Chic One Room Challenge Final Reveal

It’s here! The past six weeks, I have completely transformed my office/guest room from a storage room, into something I can actually work in! Also, if anyone wants to stay with us, I won’t be completely embarrassed. If you haven’t been following along, the One Room Challenge is hosted by Calling it Home. The challenge is to transform a space in your home or someone else’s and post each week about your progress. You have six weeks and then we all get to share our completed spaces. It was so much fun and although I had a few little hiccups I really do enjoy having a time limit and at the end of it I have a completed room!

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And now after!!!!!!

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This challenge really helped me discover my style. I have to give you guys a bit of honest truth….I don’t love certain items in this room! I know that is weird to say, but I’m a neutral girl. I decided to step out of the box and do something different, but in the end I wish I would have stuck to my neutrals. Oh well, that’s how we learn and get a sense of what we do and do not like in our home.

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I branched out and got a super colorful rug. It is gorgeous but just too much color for me. The great thing is I can easily change that out and replace it with a more neutral one and it will look great with everything I have in the room now. I do have to say though this room is so bright and cheery and I find myself hanging out in here more than I did before!

I was so surprised at how much furniture I was able to fit in this room. It needed to function as a guest bedroom and an office. Having two different functions meant I had to have quite a few different furniture pieces. I managed to fit in a sofa sleeper, desk, bookcase, side table and a dresser!

My favorite part of the room may seem silly and quite simple, but painting my bi-fold closet doors was the biggest change and prettiest! I love with just a little paint, I could transform the once yellow doors, into something more modern and fresh. The vintage gold knobs against the white are so good!

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I also love that I was able to incorporate the art I chose. The art prints were something I had looked at previously and always dreamed of using them in my home. I think they are a perfect addition to this room.

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My bookcase drama was really the only issue had. I talked about this in my last post. I wasn’t doing any sort of remodeling, so this was a pretty easy update. The bookcase wood color was not my first choice but it will do. The size is absolutely perfect and they were a great price for a pretty substantial piece.

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We haven’t had any visitors yet so I am hoping the sleeper sofa we chose is comfy. It is a dark grey and adds some warmth to the room. Opposite to the sofa is basically all white so I love the contrast.

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This challenge was so much fun and I hope you enjoyed following along. I also enjoyed getting inspiration from all the other talented designers who participated. They put together some of the most amazing rooms! It is crazy what six weeks can do for a space!

P.S.I linked to most items in my previous posts, but if you want to know where anything is from just comment below and I will let you know!

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Thanksgiving Day Prep

We have just about a week to go before the big day! If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, like I am, you have probably started planning all that needs to be done!

I put together a little infographic in hopes it helps relieve a little stress! Let me know if you have any additional tips or tricks to make Thanksgiving Day go a little smoother.

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Week 6: One Room Challenge

I was scrolling through some of the very talented designers who post their weekly progress one day before all of the guest participants for the One Room Challenge. Much to my surprise, I realized this isn’t the big reveal week. We still have another week.Whew! I can use another week! So stay tuned for next weeks post to see how it all came together.

I mentioned before that my bookcase was stuck in Alabama according to Targets’ tracking system. I ordered it about 3 weeks ago now and I was getting nervous as no new updates were coming in. I finally contacted Target and they let me know that the shipping label was created but it was never shipped and they would have to refund me my money!

Huge bummer. I loved the bookcase and I was stalking it as I noticed it was always sold out in the wood tone I wanted. So, when I saw they had 9 in stock one day, I snatched it up. The bookcase came in a lighter vintage oak tone and a walnut. Since I have a walnut toned desk I thought it would go great in my office/guest bedroom. Unfortunately, I believe a lot of other people thought it was great too and she never arrived. I ended up going to an actual Target store and picking up the same bookcase, but in the vintage oak. I had noticed that the stores carried that one and I thought maybe I would get lucky and get the walnut one. No luck, but it is still a perfect size and fits everything I need it to. It was also super easy to put together!

The top boxes house my larger photos. They are from the Sugar Paper line from Target a few years back.

 

Love that I was able to fit my printer on the shelf!
Styling is not done yet! I want to keep it simple and actually use the space for storage as that is a hot commodity in this space.
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This is not my office…it is the photo on Target.com…just to give you an idea of how it looks, as it is in a corner and I can’t share the whole bookcase well.

Since I thought I had to have everything done today I am pretty close to being finished. Just a few more accessories and I will be done! I am super excited to complete this challenge hosted by Calling It Home and so have enjoyed looking at all the other participants posts.

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Pass the popcorn

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As a young girl I was obsessed with Saved By the Bell. One day in elementary school we got the announcement that Screech(AKA Samuel Powers) would make an appearance at our school.(PS he is 40 now) I was hoping for Zack or Slater, but hey, he knew these two and that was good enough for me. I was so excited. The closest I had come to meeting a celebrity, was Tony The Tiger, at our local Alpha Beta.

The day came and he was nice. It wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped, but I got out of class, so it was a good day. Later on I would learn that he was actually quite a mess and not very nice, like he was portraying that day. Over the next few years my childhood naivety began to wear down and I saw many of those, who I considered to be famous, as not so great in the character department.

Many stories, most recently Harvey Weinstein’s scandal, have come out about the secret lives of these celebrities, that leave us shocked. Unfortunately, years ago, I stopped being shocked. Which is a sad place to be, but it is reality for many of these celebrities we can in many ways worship. They get to a level that is almost unhuman-like. We freak out if we see them in person and I can’t imagine what it must be like. After all, they are just humans, with some great acting skills and a whole lot of money to make them look good!

This is going to date me(again) and is quite embarrassing, but I remember the day I heard Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson filed for a divorce. I had watched their show, The Newlyweds, from day one. It was such an odd concept to me that we, the audience, got to spy on their lives. Only it wasn’t spying because they signed up for it! Each week I got to know them more and more and was totally invested in their relationship. So, how dare they separate! I was so sad. It is really silly. I do not know them personally, but because celebrities give up their privacy, it feels like I know them.

Since The Newlyweds, hundreds of reality tv shows have been made. I got sucked into many. Finally, about two years ago I decided I had to stop watching most reality tv. I got caught up in their drama and got to see some ugliness I did not need. My family has it’s own. I do not need any extra! I began to see that Hollywood was really preying on these people and their families. Most seasons ended with someone getting divorced or some family members hating each other. I saw this as an attack on family and relationships and it saddened me.

Fame is something that I do not think most people can handle. Yet we throw it at our children. So many childhood celebrities could not handle the fame and fortune and live with close to nothing in their adult years. Others make it look very appealing, but we have to remember, they are actors. They are good at faking. I was reading over an old post from a few years ago that I wrote on Robin Williams’ passing. He seemed to have it all. So funny, rich, loved by many….but it wasn’t enough. He needed something more. That seems to be the case for so many who are famous.

This idolization of another human being is too much to bear for most. We put these high expectations on them. We put them on pedestals, so when they fall from way up there, it hurts even more.

In Matthew 5:16 it states:

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.

These actors are gifted with some amazing talents. They do many good deeds. They are stars after all, they should shine bright, right? The problem is they like to shine for everyone to see, so that everyone will praise them. God does not get the glory, they do. Selfishness is their biggest idol and this is what gets them on the front page of the tabloids.

This should break your heart. It breaks mine. I feel challenged to pray for them. I can’t imagine the pressure to live under a spot light. They have such a great platform to be good role models. Unfortunately, many are lost and surrounded by so many destructive temptations. Their destructive ways have become entertainment for us. As I mentioned before, Hollywood has made a killing on documenting others’ drama. Instead of finding their value in themselves and the approval of man, I pray they come to know the priceless value of knowing Christ.

 

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Week 5: One Room Challenge

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Usually, I say that time goes by fast but this six weeks has dragged on! Mainly due to the fact that the last piece I am waiting on appears to be lost in Alabama somewhere! I ordered a bookcase from Target online and that was about two weeks ago. Things like this happen in design, I am learning. Having a deadline is hard if you have to depend on online orders!

So, instead of not posting again I wanted to share with you the art I ordered from Etsy! Thankfully the art prints came super fast and I had no issues.

I ordered two prints from Albiedesigns. They specialize in city prints. I have always wanted to use their prints somewhere in our home and was so excited when I decided to get them for our guest bedroom/office. I think they are perfect for that space. They have a shop on Etsy, which I linked above. They not only have prints of cities in America, but also other well-known location worldwide! It is such a fun print and would be great for any travel lover.

I decided to get a print of Los Angeles, since it was the closest to where we live(unless you factor in traffic). We actually never go to L.A. but I wanted something to represent where we lived. I also chose the New Orleans print, since my Husband and I went there recently. I want to get a few more as we travel to other cities.

 

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Aren’t they adorable??? I want them all, but I think I will get one or two more to fill up one of the walls in our guest bedroom/office. Most likely St. Louis and San Diego! They come in all different sizes. I got the 8×10. They also can either be in portrait or landscape orientation which is a great option! I will be back next week….hopefully with the final reveal! I am hoping my bookcase gets it together and comes to visit me in the next few days!

 

 

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New Orleans Print
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