Week 6: One Room Challenge Reveal

It’s the end of the 6 weeks of the One Room Challenge and boy did that fly by. Overall I am really happy with how this space turned out. Especially because I only spent about $400 for everything!

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The new space is much more ‘guest room’ and less ‘cluttered craft room.’ I moved my sewing machine and most of my crafting areas to the large walk in closet.

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The night stands I found a few years ago at the the Mid Century Furniture Warehouse in Fishtown PA. They actually were really affordable, and I almost got rid of them a few months ago. That would have been a mistake!

The swing arm lamps and the blue swivel chair were other finds for the Brand*eye Home shop. I am glad they never sold, because with some new shades and fabric they look great! I made the shades by buying regular white ones, and then covering them with the same fabric from the chair. The chair was professionally upholstered, but the shade I DIYed and here’s what I watched to figure out how to do it: YouTube.2018-11-07 09.51.31

The credenza was a very last minute find the day before the room had to be done. I seem to be really good at finding these, like for the bathroom mirror. I am so happy that this turned up at the last minute. On Tuesday I had a half hour to kill between Lowe’s and an appointment. I remembered that there was a good thrift store in Glenside, PA, New Life Thrift. They had this beauty for $65!! I could have found one for much more, but really didn’t want to settle, spend more, and just buy something to meet an arbitrary one room challenge timeline. In reality it does need some refinishing, but I’ll get around to that eventually. It has good bones so it was worth it. 2018-11-07 10.16.43

The wall hanging is a vintage hand hooked rug that I found at a flea market in Maine in the summer of 2016. It is absolutely divine. I was going to frame it, and then I found some binding that worked perfectly as a hanging sleeve. I hand sewed it to the back, and used a wooden rod to hang it. 2018-11-07 15.18.25

The top of the dresser is pretty beat up, so I covered it with all of this stuff 🙂 2018-11-07 15.20.19

The crochet coverlet was a flea market find from several years ago. I’m so glad I’m finally using it, but in reality I can’t keep this on here all of the time. Winnie would destroy it.

The black pillows are king size pillow forms that I covered in black linen. This was a fun sewing project. Pillow covers are about the easiest thing to make.

Behind the black pillows is a really large rectangle bolster. As you can see, the bed is rotated 90 degrees and set up like a giant daybed. The wall on the left will hold our TV, I just ran out of time to hang it. The bed will also be used as a sofa and the back cushion was made from the leftover foam from our camper cushion renovation. The camper cushion backs are also the inspiration for this idea!

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The hanging plant thing is made with a combo of the hanging rope that I got at an Estate Sale a block away and a lamp shade that I found at a flea market in Jersey. The oversize ridiculous branch is from our yard. 2018-11-07 15.26.02

The bed was the biggest splurge for this space. It was actually a really good deal from wayfair and was less than $200. You can find it here.

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In reality the adorable little lady above will use this space the most. And a fun fact is that the two plants above are from the same plant. The one on the right I had outside all summer and during a storm it fell over and two branches fell off. I put them in water and they have lived on our counter all summer. It’s interesting how the leaves look so different, but they started from the same plant. That’s a good metaphor for life. You can’t predict what madness you will face, but you can decide how you handle it and thrive in a new environment.

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This little area is what remains of my craft corner in this room. I even used it to make a few things in this room for the one room challenge (lamp shades, pillows, bolster, rug hanging sleeve). It actually works much better to have everything in one space, instead of spread throughout the room. The yellow chair I found at the Clover Market a few years ago. I removed the crappy looking curtain that I had across the entryway of the walk in closet. The AC unit is hidden behind the orange curtain. This closet is huge and really works great to store all of my craft supplies. I was happy to find out that the sewing desk would also fit in here. It’s from IKEA and I bought it a few years ago. It doesn’t come in orange anymore, but it does come in black or white. It’s really hard to get a good picture of this area, so please forgive this crappy photo.

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The view out of the windows is so beautiful. I am so glad that I’m finally taking advantage of it!

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Here is a small recap  of the last 6 weeks:

Day 1: Oh… we just finished the guest bathroom yesterday, but let’s start this guest bedroom and have to finish it in 6 weeks! And I haven’t really thought much about it, and parts of my life are falling apart that I’d like to avoid so let’s stay occupied. Let’s finally redo the floors!

Week 1: Oh yeah, stop spending any money, because you have spent way too much and have a ridiculous amount of unanticipated expenses now.

Week 2: Travel to Ireland for work for a week. Spend the weekend by having Dave fly out and meet me there. Nobody could believe we were there for the ‘weekend.’ They would just laugh at us, like it was the most ridiculous thing they have ever heard of. I would find an amazing vintage 60s coat and we would drink a lot of Guinness.

Week 3: Didn’t do much. Decided on hanging plants and a credenza for the TV.

Week 4 : Started thinking new flooring was probably not going to happen. I told Dave we should not redo the flooring, because it would be too much work in a short amount of time and I couldn’t handle it. I have not seen him happier then in that moment. It meant that the weekend and the next weekend would be free and we could just chill. It also meant the many after work days would be free. Whoohoo!

Week 5: Empty out room and repair walls, repaint everything. Notice that the room has an amazing view that I need to stop covering up.

Week 6: Put it all back together. 95% of this room is made up of what I already owned. I had an online vintage shop for the last few years so it helped that I already had lots of cool vintage stuff. I recently closed the shop, because I have a full time job (not in the design world, sadly) and the vintage resale business is hard if you can’t spend a lot of time with it. Plus I just love to buy things that I love, so many times everything just goes together.


Make sure to check out all of the other one room challenge participants. There are 20 real designers, and you can find links to all of their stunning rooms here. The guest participants (like me) can be found here.

I’d love to know what you think of this room. Let me know in the comments below!


Easy Halloween Decor

I am typically not one to specifically decorate for Halloween. Usually I just do the fall  pumpkin and generic autumnal vibes so that the decorations can last through to Thanksgiving. But this year I felt inspired by crows and feathers. Here’s what I came up with.

Feather wreath and bat entryway

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2018-10-21 09.50.42-2The feather wreath was from a craft store and I stuck it to this mirror with a suction cup hook thing. The bats were just cut from cardstock. Instructions below.

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Week 3: Fall One Room Challenge-Guest Bedroom

Hello again. So… not much has changed in the last day and I am still way behind on this One Room Challenge. But I did just figure out a few small details and made an inspiration board.

I am going to take advantage of the skylight and add a few hanging plants. Maybe not this many, but wouldn’t that be cool?

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The above credenza/wall pic (center) is from a Cup of Joe. The blue chair above I already have. It was actually an estate sale find that I had reupholstered. It was for sale in my now closed online home shop. I schlepped that darn thing to no less than 3 markets and it never sold. So now I am keeping it and it looks great! I am going to try to make the TV look like less of a focal point on the wall by adding art around it. I may also move my cutting table and use a credenza instead.


I am still trying to decide on the floor. I want to do cork, but I got a sample and ‘tested’ it by trying to scratch it. It scratches more easily than I’d like so I need to keep looking. Oh no pressure, just have only 3 more weeks to figure it out AND install it. Yikes.

Don’t forget to follow along and see all of the other guest participants.

You can find my Week 1 post here, and Week 2 post here.

Week 2: Fall One Room Challenge-Guest Bedroom

And so week two begins (and ends). I basically have done nothing except order a few flooring samples and I am currently in Ireland for a week. (Edit, I was in Ireland for a week, and was unable to post this while there. Sorry for the delay!)

I think I maybe should have planned this a bit better. Oh well. Here is some inspiration that is sort of the vibe I’m going for in this round of One Room Challenge. inspiration

There will be lots of house plants. And the below wallpaper will also make an appearance. I have one roll and need to use it for the one wall in the bathroom. Since I will have some extra I will also use it for a small wall in the guest room to tie the two together. It is the very famous Woods Wallpaper by Cole & Son. Believe it or not, this wallpaper was designed in 1959! It is actually something that could have been installed in our home, which was built in 1963.


The room below (from Martha Stewart, read all about it here) is sort of the sparse vibe I am going for, but with more plants. Let’s see if I can do sparse in a room with so much going on! You can find my week one here, with before shots of our guest bedroom.

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Come back next week (tomorrow 😉 for more details of this One Room Challenge. And be SURE to follow along and see all of the other guest participants who are surely farther along than I am.




Green Hex Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom is finished and it looks fantastic! I am so happy with how it turned out! The best part is that the green cement hex tile is even better than I imagined. You may remember I was trying to figure out which way to lay it, and I think the layout I decided on works well with the layout of the room and gives a focal point to the room.

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I am SO in love with this floor. IMG_20180913_112207

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Week 1: Fall 2018 One Room Challenge

Do you remember when I redecorated our Master Bedroom last spring? Well I’m partipating again in another One Room Challenge and I’ve decided to start it on the very first day that our bathroom remodel is completed. Whew, I may be crazy.

I’m planning to redo our guest bedroom, to try to compete with our new guest bathroom. There are two key differences for this room, I’m working on a very strict budget and it’s DIY.  I have a few ideas that I’ve been bouncing around my head, so let’s see what I can come up with. The guest bedroom at Ewok (the nickname given by Ewok’s most frequent guest) is also my sewing/craft room. So it has to serve both purposes. Here is the space from about a year ago.

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The above actually looks way more cluttered now, because I added a tv and shelves. I am now thinking that I like this wall better without the shelves. Hmmm. A fabric cutting area is a must and this really is a great place to do it. I think most of the above will be staying2017-02-02 14.25.02-2

This area definitely needs to be decluttered. I made the curtains out of this awesome coverlet that I bought in India. But, they just do not look great in this space. It is a cool fabric though and I hope to find something to do with it. 2017-02-02 14.25.42-2

This area above is actually super cute as is. But I am thinking of a bit of wallpaper above. The paintings I made of our beloved pets Moz and punch. Our current love bug is below, Winnie.

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Oh yes, I forgot to mention this is also Winnie’s bed. She has pretty much claimed all beds, chairs and sofas in this house.

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The major area that needs to be addressed is the flooring. It’s currently a very stained and sad beige carpet. I want to ditch the carpet and the replacement is still to be decided. We also use this area to watch tv, so I need to find a way to make it more comfortable.

Stay tuned to my blog for the next 6 weeks as I make over this space. And be sure to check out all of the featured designers and fellow guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.


Guest Bath Design

The guest bathroom renovation has begun and I can’t wait to see it finished! Here are the choices I’ve made so far. It’s all coming together and the only remaining decision is the mirror.


The green floor tile is where this design began, as I shared in the last post. The green hex tile will be the main flooring, and the shower floor will be the smaller matte black hex. The shower wall tile will be the white subway tile, arranged in a linear pattern. And the countertops (I think) will be a light grey quartz. The lighting is from Rejuvenation and the vanity will be a custom floating sleek walnut vanity with a shelf below it. Our contractor, Fritz Carpentry, will make it so that it fits perfectly in this space. Here are some Photoshop mock ups with a few mirror options.

This round wooden mirror would work with the wood in the vanity and mimic the shape of the lights. sink wall moved for stories round wood

The hex mirror would pull in the hex shape from the flooring. It’s gold, so it would also bring in another color. I am debating if I want to keep everything black (faucet and shower hardware will all be matte black), or bring in some gold accents.

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This round mirror is very over sized and would bring in the gold.

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And this gold one has a cool cat eye shape.

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I was initially leaning towards the cat eye, since it was so unusual, but now I am thinking I like the round wooden one best. I’m also into finding a vintage or antique one to add some originality.

What mirror do you like best?

Guest Bath Before

Our guest bathroom has been on the list of rooms to update and it just had to move to the top of the list for repair. Since it needed to be repaired (the shower hot water only works with a screwdriver), we decided to redo the whole thing. In pictures it doesn’t look too terrible, but in real life it’s drab and slowly falling apart and generally looking crappy.

Here are some before photos. This is actually an improvement. It was a dark, scratched vanity, and I recently painted it white, because I couldn’t take it anymore.


We are going to get a custom vanity from Fritz Carpentry and we are super excited about that. And the tile walls will be drywall so there will be the future potential for wallpaper here. The shower walls will be tile and I like all tile walls, but we are trying to save $ where we can. Tiling only the shower will be an easy place to save some dough. Plus without tile walls, it’ll be easy to switch around art work. As you can see above, I never even got around to hanging the prints, because hanging things on tile is a pain in the ass. before

The  tub area above to the left will be a standing shower. What floor tile to use in this shower area is currently the dilemma. The shower walls will be white subway tile installed in a stacked pattern. I’m trying to decide if it should be vertical or horizontal. And the shower floor is TBD.

Below is the main floor tile choice. I was eyeing it up on the internet, and then I saw an Instagram story from Estrella Tacos and they had some left over for sale (discounted!)  I snagged them up and they’ll be the definite star of the bathroom. tile

There are so many ways you can lay this tile. This is one top contender. updown pattern

Or on the diagonal. I am thinking of just the original way though (the first one close up). I’ll walk through my designing process with this, so check back to see what I’m up to. And you can follow along on my instagram to see more up to date progress. diagfloor

What do you think of the green floor? I am in love with it and can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

Meet Lucille Jean

Dave and I have both wanted a camper for as long as we can remember. And the time has come; this dream has finally come true! Meet our newest home on wheels, Lucille Jean!


We found her via craigslist. After many failed craigslist attempets, one finally worked! And the seller was the nicest guy in all of NJ. She had been living in NJ under a tree for the last 20 years. It’s a 1964 Shasta and is absolutely perfect! She needs some work, but we are already making some progress. You can also follow along on IG at @LucilleJeanTravelsMaker:0x4c,Date:2017-11-26,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

She is in original condition and the set up is perfect for us. This end has the kitchen, and a small bathroom to the right. The original turquoise fridge is amazing!Maker:0x4c,Date:2017-11-26,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

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