Spring 2021 One Room Challenge-Mid Century Carport Lounge

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I LOVE to participate in the fun event called the One Room Challenge. Well, it’s that time again and this time I have 8 whole weeks to redesign a room. I decided to tackle the FIRST thing you see when you come to our home, the carport.

Although it is technically a carport, we have never parked a car in here. It has become a place where junk is just accumulating. Since the past year has seen much fewer visitors due to COVID, I really didn’t care. But now that we are VACCINATED and ready to hang with people and have visitors, it’s time to re-imagine this space! It has a lot of potential and doesn’t deserve to be this ugly and junky.

House with carport BEFORE

It looks ok from far away, but once you get a little closer you walk into this modge podge of wood and smokers and grills and a giant ax.

The ‘before’ of our carport
carport storage area
storage area overflowing

The storage area should be large enough to store everything, but we just have accumulated too much stuff and need to do a serious edit and reorganizing. This area doesn’t have a light so this will be remedied.

view from carport to entry

The view from this spot is very cool and I can’t wait to be able to sit here and watch the wildlife walk by. I have seen foxes and deer from this spot, as well as the usual neighborhood cats (who will also probably enjoy this area), chipmunks and squirrels.

View from carport

This wood pile will be moving to a location TBD.

This area will become a comfy lounge spot
Brick and blacktop

The ideal plan is to break out the blacktop and carry the brick all the way through. That would look DOPE and we already have the brick. The problem is this will be a lot of work. The ORC has to be complete by June 25th, so this may or may not happen. Either way, it’s in my long term plan.

My design plan is slowly coming together in my head. I bought this chair online at an auction a couple of months ago to use in a design project for a client. When I saw it in person I realized it wouldn’t work. So now I get to keep it for myself.

This chair was an auction find

I also picked up this set last week at the same auction (Briggs) and am picking it up today, whoohoo. I just need to recover the cushions to a fabric that is more my style.

Here is the list of things I have to do, which is subject to change at my discretion. 🙂

  • Reupholster chairs with new fabric (fabric TBD)
  • Find and add an outdoor rug
  • If time permits remove blacktop and add brick (huge project, time will probably not permit)
  • Replace light fixtures
  • Add lots of planters and plants
  • Possibly add a bar cart or bakers rack

Be sure to check out the other guest participants and the featured designers for the One Room Challenge. Check back next week when I will reveal more about the design plan.

If you’d like to check out my past ORCs, they are linked here: Dressing Room, Powder Room (this one was my fave), Guest Bedroom, Master Bedroom.

*Brandi

How to Choose Wallpaper

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Do you love wallpaper, but get overwhelmed when you try to figure out how to incorporate it into your own home? It’s easy to admire it in a restaurant or someone else’s home, but taking the plunge in your own home may be daunting. I personally love bold wallpaper and have used it in my own home as well as in client’s homes. This blog post will guide you through the considerations you need to make in order to find your very own perfect wallpaper!

Wallpaper samples from Wallpaperdirect

Before you start searching every website out there, narrow down your search by considering the following topics.

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Final Reveal: Dressing Room One Room Challenge

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Let’s just ignore the fact that I never posted for week 3, 4 or 5 for the Fall One Room Challenge. I just wasn’t feeling it, but now it’s finally finished and time for the big reveal! [Week one is here and week two here.]

First a big thank you to Linda from Calling It Home and Better Homes and Gardens for sponsoring the One Room Challenge!

Dressing Room Fall One Room Challenge 2020

The room turned out nothing like my initial design, but I love it. It’s definitely bold and colorful and cool. The initial design was based on getting new carpet (which won’t be installed for a couple more weeks), and using part of our living room sectional. We never did get a new living room couch, so I couldn’t use the old one. Since I wanted to spend as little $$ as possible I just used what I already had. Luckily I have a little smidge of the hoarding gene, so I had a lot to work with.

I re-painted the walls in my favorite white, Marshmallow and the trim in Urbane Bronze by Sherwin-Williams.

Dressing Room Fall One Room Challenge 2020

The only new thing that I purchased was knobs for the sink area and dresser. I contemplated replacing the dresser with a vintage mid century modern one, but it has too many memories so I decided to keep it. The dresser was one of the first pieces of furniture we bought for our first house, 17 years ago! We bought it unfinished and stained it this dark walnut shade. It still works great and has held up really well. I switched out the knobs for a white MCM vibe that I found on Etsy from HuntGatherVintage. The dresser was moved to the built in cubby area, where it just so happened to fit perfectly!

Dresser looking way better with some new knobs.
Accessories and Decor is almost all vintage finds. Artwork is a local artist.
Colorful and Bold Dressing Room

The other main pieces I used was this Ikea shelving unit which I initially bought for my Brand-Eye Home shop and the Yellow Hand chair, which was a craiglist find. The rugs I moved from all of the other areas of the house and I’ll return them once we get the carpet. Although, I do really like them in this room.

Craigslist find Yellow Giant Hand Chair

As I was taking pictures of the room, Winnie was trying her hardest to get me to play with her. It was adorable.

Ikea shelves and vintage planter, stool and valet

I was going to get rid of this clothes valet, but I am glad I didn’t. We never really use it, but it looks cool so it can stay.

Sink area in the dressing room

Below is a sneak peek into the bathroom. This room is the mirror image of our bedroom. I redecorated the bedroom for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge, which you can find here.

The bathroom leads over to the other room, the bedrom

The reason for the mirror in front of the large mirror is that the large one is damaged and has that old, hazy mirror problem. As a solution, I just placed another one in front of it.

Winnie waiting patiently for me to play with her

What do you think? I especially love that I used a lot of the artwork that I just had laying around. As you know, I switch up the decor in my house often and seeing it in new spots makes me happy. This Pink Bike Ralph Friendly Lounge screenprint is a personal favorite. The pet portraits I painted a long time ago and are of our pets at the time (Moz the chocolate lab and Otto the cat).

Hi, it’s me

Budget breakdown:

22 new drawer knobs: $111 + Paint: $100 = Total $211

Everything else I already owned! Here is approximately what the other pieces cost when I bought them:

Yellow Hand Chair: $90

Ikea Vittsjo Shelves: $80

Rugs (mostly from estate sales and auctions): $500

Accessories and Art (mostly from flea markets, estate sales and yard sales): $100

Copper light (Briggs Auction): $75

Clothing Stand: $50

Orange Tulip Stools (Flea Market): $100

Overall, if I take into account the price of things when I bought them, the cost was closer to $1200, not counting the carpet, which will be another $1000.

Thanks for following along and be sure to check out all of the final reveals of the other rooms being designed for this challenge here.

Just ignore that light cord behind me

*Brandi

Fall 2020 ORC Dressing Room Week 2

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It’s already time for the week two of the One Room Challenge. I am redecorating our dressing room, which is adjacent to our bedroom and could use some serious updating.
This week I started painting the trim back to the original brown shade, as well as decide on flooring and work on the design. I decided to go with carpet for the flooring, which is sort of boring, but it’ll also make it much cozier. I am also carpeting the bedroom at the same time. Both of these rooms had carpet when we bought the house, but it was not in great shape. As a short term solution we just painted the subfloor, so now it’s time for real flooring. If money was no object I would have made a different decision, but you know, money is an object 🙂

Trim was painted back to brown.

We have been wanting to get a new sofa for our living room to replace the blue sectional. I love the blue sectional and will not get rid of it (it originally belonged to my Great Aunt), but it’s just not comfortable. And due to COVID we spend a lot more time on the sofa, so it would really be nice to have a comfortable spot to chill. Since we do want to keep it, I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out where to put the three pieces. One of them will go here, one will go in the basement and the third I’m just not sure yet.

I also already have these side tables and they never really fit anywhere. I’ll use two for this room and I also have a third that I will sell. The light I bought at an auction a couple of months ago and also couldn’t figure out where to put it, but it’ll fit here perfectly! This side of the room is really dark and needs a light source. And it’s plug in so I don’t need to hire an electrician. I will paint the black base white to match the wallcolor.

Artwork is TBD.

Be sure to check out all of the participants of the One Room Challenge!

*Brandi

Fall 2020 One Room Challenge: Dressing Room

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I can’t believe it’s already time for the Fall One Room Challenge. It seems like I just finished the bathroom Spring ORC!

This is the fourth ORC that I am taking part in. I first redecorated our bedroom, then a guest room/craft room, basement bathroom and now the dressing room. This room is the mirror image to our bedroom, so the space will look familiar. As part of this challenge, I have 6 weeks to make this space look great and blog about it each week.

If you follow me on IG you may recall that I was trying to decide between doing the dressing room or my husband’s band practice/recording studio/office. I wanted to do the band room, but since it’s also his office and he is teaching high school remotely (thanks COVID), I thought it would be too much of a disruption to his sanity if I decorated that room. That leaves me with the dressing room, which has become a catch all for all sorts of crap over the past few years.

Let’s take a look at this room before. There are actually 3 versions of ‘before.’ The first version of ‘before’ is when the architect lived here. I skipped this room in my Morrison Residence Then and Now series, because this room is currently ugly 🙂 Here is what it looked like before before before (1990s).

When we first moved into this home, I set up this room as my craft room. Here is the before before (2015).

This Ikea cabinet used to hold my fabric stash when it was used as my sewing room.

At some point during the craft room days we ripped out the carpet and painted the subfloor turquoise. It was meant to be temporary, but has now been like this for over 5 years. It’s time to get a real floor!

When we switched bedrooms to the back of the house, I also moved this craft room and it became a dressing room. Primarily my husband uses it (not sure how he has more clothes than I do, but it’s true :-), plus he wakes up earlier than me so he can get ready without bothering me.

This room needs some serious style to match the rest of the house. I haven’t really figured out the design plan, but I am starting to make a list of what I need to do. I plan to kick it into gear and figure it all out this week!

Add real flooring. I am currently debating carpet or hardwood.

Replace cubbies with something more attractive, or cover them up with closet doors.

Install an ironing board that folds down from the wall, or opens out of a closet.

Downsize and donate clothes (we are 90% done with this step!)

Figure out decor and art

Buy a full length mirror

Switch out knobs on dresser (and perhaps paint?)

I’ve got a lot to do and better get moving! Be sure to check out all of the other 200 + designers who are all linked in this blog post.

*Brandi

Living Room Nook: Dark and Moody

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When Sherwin-Williams announced their 2021 color of the year, Urbane Bronze, I knew I had to paint something with it, because I had a gallon in the basement! I initially bought it for the green hex tile bathroom renovation trim color, because it’s very close to our existing trim color. It’s a dark, deep brown/almost black. It’s a very awesome color, especially in a cozy space.

Living Room Reading Nook

The views outside of this living room nook are beautiful, especially now during the fall. I thought that painting the nook this dark, moody brown, would make the outside pop and it does! I wish I was better at taking photos so you can see the inside and outside, but you get the idea.

All of the furniture and accessories I already owned, so this cost zero $$. Finding a selection of vintage goods and things that you love is the best way to design.

The paintings above right were bought at two different times, but they work together perfectly. The one on the bottom was actually purchased without a frame, but the artist Kyle Rafferty framed it before it was sent. And it matched our other night time painting perfectly with the gold band.

The painting above I found on Instagram, by David Vget. His portraits are unbelievable and we were especially drawn to this one. I love it on this dark background. I haven’t framed it, but actually may just paint the edge the wall color.

We have had this chair from Crate and Barrel since we moved in. I didn’t really know that much about mid century modern design at the time, and didn’t realize this is basically a copy of a classic MCM design, Z Chair by Poul Jensen for Selig. Had I known, I would have just bought the original!

Here I am, HELLO!

This rug was a flea market find. It’s been in our entry way, but fits this spot perfectly too.

My fiddle leaf figs are staying alive, hooray! The hydrangeas are from my Mother in Laws garden.

Winnie says HI too.

Let me know what you think! And be sure to reach out to me if you would like me to design a space in your home.

*Brandi

MORRISON RESIDENCE THEN AND NOW: PART 6 OUTSIDE

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It is time to see what’s going on outside of our home. This series has been so fun and this will be the last post, unless I get more old photos of the home!

In case you’re new here, this series takes look at what our home looked like when the original owner (and architect) lived here and what it looks like now. It was built in 1963 by the architect for his family, who lived here for almost 50 years. You can find all of the past posts on this topic here.

Let’s start with the front of the home.

Then: The front of the house
Then: view from the bridge
Then: view of the deck which no longer exists

And this is what it looks like now. The major differences are the color and removal of the deck on front. The previous owners (there was one owner between us and the architect) re-sided the home in JamesHardie cement siding, as well as replaced a ton of windows, removed the front deck and replaced the roof. We are really grateful for this, because I am sure it cost a fortune. 🙂

Now: front of the house (and BLM!)

Please note the support for Black Lives Matter in the window. I hope that everyone can see the imbalance of justice in this country and do your part to help to tip the scales to an even level. Matter is the minimum.

Now: with the removal of a large tree, we get enough light for some sunny flowers such as canna lillies

We had to take down a lot of trees over the 8 years we’ve been here. It’s definitely not something that we like to do, but sometimes it’s the best option. There was a huge tree right to the left of the house where the canna lillies are now, above. Falling limbs broke two windshields on our car and the tree was slowly dying. Before it fell on the house, we removed it late last year. I was sad to see it go and the house felt so open and exposed, but now I’m used to it.

Now: Entrance

The entrance area is one of the most beautiful parts of this home. It is really funny when people come to visit for the first time, because they have no idea how to enter and usually start by walking up one of the side paths not realizing the entrance is here. It’s like a little hidden oasis once you walk into this area.

Now: Entrance and hanging chair
Now: The main entrance is up the stairs
Now: White planters. Unfortunately something ate the sweet potato vine.

Below is what it used to look like. I’m not sure when the stairs were rebuilt, but I have to say I liked the initial design. Do you see how the lower stairs used to go all the way across to the left? How cool.

Then: Entrance

The railings were also changed at one point and I assume that they were changed to meet current building codes.

We had to replace those horizontal huge beams that hold up the staircase, as well as the top level of the deck. It cost a small fortune, so I am hoping that it lasts until we die or move. Lol.

Then: Entrance courtyard
Then: Entrance

It’s so fun to look at these old photos and every time I look at them I see something new. I am just seeing that there used to be a built in bench where I now have the hanging chair.

Now: View from top deck

This is the view from the top deck and we hang out here often. It’s a really beautiful view.

Now view from top deck
Now: Winnie chillin on the top deck

Winnie hasn’t figured out that she can walk down these stairs. If we see a cat, fox or deer while out here we put her inside, because I think her instinct would take over if she saw one.

Below is a path to the right of the house. The before photo is MUCH prettier. Now this area is really overgrown and I need to give it a seriously hard prune. This yard is massive and there is so much to keep up with, so the areas that are used the least get the least attention.

Then: East pathway

Below is the current situation. You better believe that next year I am planting some coleus here to make it look more like the before photo. This pathway is a constant battle with weeds, ivy and shrubs.

Now: East pathway
Now: East pathway that needs some serious pruning

As you walk up the pathway it leads you to the gate and into this side of the yard. Each year I grow a bunch of plants in pots and up strings along the end of the deck.

Now: Dining patio
Now: Deck off the living room
Now: Vines and plants

This deck is another great spot to sit. The chairs look really cool, but in reality they are not comfortable at all.

Now: Plants

Let’s see what it used to look like. How cool is that picnic table that was built into the end?

Then: Deck with integrated picnic table
Then: Dining terrace
Then: East side yard

There used to be a water feature in this area, but it wasn’t here when we bought the house and I’m not sure when it was removed.

Then: garden terrace

We currently have a hot tub in this area. It was an impulse buy a few years ago and was a great purchase!

Now: Garden terrace (with hot tub)

We had this stone wall installed a few years ago.

Now: East yard

Heading up this hill and into the back yard…

Now; Pathway to back yard

…you’ll find my vegetable garden. As you can see this area gets a lot of shade, so I will blame my failure of a vegetable garden on that and the fact that a groundhog ate most everything that did grow. If you follow my Instagram stories, you have seen a lot about my trials and tribulations of vegetable gardening.

Now: Vegetable Garden

Below is the one area that we did the most to. I saw ‘we’ but we hired this job to the professionals. This awesome patio and stone wall is in memory to Dave’s grandma, Lucille.

Now: Lucille Garden
Now: Back patio, Lucille Garden

Below is what the back of the house used to look like. I really wish that we still had the curved skylight!

Then: Back of the house

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the outside areas of our home. I’d love to hear what you think I should bring back from the original designs. It definitely used to have more garden beds which would be awesome to have, but I am already over my maximum capacity of gardens to tend.

*Brandi

Final Reveal: Powder Room ORC Week 8

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We made it! I didn’t know how much I would be able to accomplish in the past week, since I broke my toe last week, but it’s finished!

 I redecorated this bathroom on a budget and have been blogging about it as part of the One Room Challenge. You can find the previous posts here: Week OneWeek TwoWeek ThreeWeek FourWeek Five/Six, and Week 7. Special thanks to Linda from One Room Challenge for putting this together and the media sponsor Better Homes and Gardens.

Powder Room Renovation on a budget

I am absolutely obsessed with these rugs. They are so beautiful and work well together. I don’t like things to be too matchy matchy, and I think they work to define the separate entry area and bathroom.

As you may recall, I contemplated switching up the Varga prints, but I actually grew to love them even more with the addition of the new rugs and the colors in the bathroom. I plan to repaint this entry space next.

My goals for the bathroom were to highlight the architecture of the room, add color, and do it on a budget with minimal trips to the stores. The total came out to less than $1000 and I used a lot of what I already had.

Here’s the cost breakdown with links to the items: Faucet ($260), Mirror ($225), Rugs ($190), Paint ($100), Towel Ring ($63), Cabinet Pulls ($20), Misc ($75).

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the wall mural was inspired by @banyanbridges on Instagram. She paints colorful murals and this room was screaming for something on the walls. I wanted to incorporate a mural into the entire space, and bring it all together, but I also didn’t’ want it to become too busy. I think I succeeded! My husband Dave said that this is his favorite room that I’ve ever designed.

Wall mural in a bathroom.

I knew that I had to do something to make that missing tile spot look intentional, so I added a color block with a rounded top to mimic the lines of mirror. I also painted the gas pipe the same color as the ceiling. I contemplated covering it with something and then painting that, but with COVID it’s just too annoying to go anywhere that’s not necessary.

Wall mural incorporated into a canvas

The mural’s focal point is the canvas. The lines start here and then extend around the whole room. I knew where I wanted the lines to go, so I started them on the canvas and then extended the lines around the room. I’ll do a separate blog post about how to get crisp lines. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw lots of stories about this.

The cabinet pulls I got at an Estate Sale at Maximalist Studios from Eddie Ross. They fit this room absolutely perfectly and the holes even lined up so I didn’t have to drill new ones! A fun fact is that one year ago this week Eddie Ross was at our house styling a photo shoot for BHG. I hope it someday makes it to the pages of BHG! The suspense is killing me.

Estate Sale find handles

The pocket door I painted years ago. I still liked the color (Alchemy from Sherwin-Williams), so it was incorporated into the color palette.

Let’s take a short trip back memory lane to see what this space used to look like. I’m very into sustainable design. A lot of times you can keep and re imagine what you already have, instead of ripping it all out and starting over. I was lucky and able to save a lot of money on this space by keeping what I liked: flooring, sink, cabinet, and counter tops. In the future, I want to make that large closet a shower, but that will be much more than $1000 🙂 I’m saving my money for that project.

The biggest change to the space was removing the upper cabinet that housed a gas meter. As luck would have it, the gas company came out to move the meter outside about a month before we tackled this project. We still have a pipe running vertically through this space, but it looks a million times better.

I wanted something large to cover the electrical panel. A thrift store find canvas that I already had was the perfect size for this space. I just painted over it and incorporated the design into the whole room.

Original tile and sink in bathroom remodel.

I also already had that hanging planter and plant. The plant I stole from my craft room, so now I have to replace it!

I couldn’t just buy any old towel ring, so I found this one on Etsy. I really love fun design elements like this, and it’s handmade in the US, so that’s awesome too.

Hand Towel Ring

Bathroom Powder Room design.

I would really love to hear your thoughts on this room. What to you love about it? I LOVE it all!

Be sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog, which links to everyone’s blog posts. You will be SO inspired by what you see. I love interior design and it’s so fun to see all of the creativity.

Cheers to the end of my third One Room Challenge!

*Brandi

Powder Room ORC: Week 7

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 It’s already week Seven of the One Room Challenge. You can find the previous posts here: Week OneWeek TwoWeek ThreeWeek Four and Week Five/Six. I only have one week left and I just broke my toe, oh no!

The mirror arrived early, so that is up! I think it looks great and works for the space. However, I do wish that it was a better quality. The gold should wrap around the front a bit more so that you can’t see the edge of the mirror. The great thing about making my own purchases is that I can give unbiased reviews! Don’t buy this West Elm mirror! Ha. It looks good from far away, but up close it’s not so great.

West Elm Mirror Installed
One Room Challenge Bathroom In progress

I am seriously loving how this bathroom is coming together. I painted the cabinets blue and still have to paint the mural, pipe, and radiator covers. I also have to install the hand towel ring and install the window film so that you can pee in here without someone seeing you from outside. 🙂

Bathroom In-progress

I have been wanting a new rug for the entryway, so I ordered this one from the same seller as the orange rug, Turkish Rug Loom. I really love these rugs. I will say that it’s tricky to order rugs online, because you never know exactly what the color will be or how soft they will be. The entry way rug is pretty rough, so it wouldn’t work for a bedroom or living room, but it works fine for an entryway.

Vintage rugs instantly add character to a space.

What do you think so far? I’d love your feedback!

There is only one week left in the One Room Challenge and I am really glad that I don’t have toooo many things to do, because it’s going to be a challenge with a broken toe.

Stay tuned for the big reveal next week and be sure to check out all of the other participants in the One Room Challenge. You can also easily browse on Instagram with hashtag #oneroomchallenge or #bhgorc.

*Brandi