Powder Room One Room Challenge: Week One

Bathroom, house, One Room Challenge

I am participating in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge! It’s a fun event where you post about a space that you are redecorating (or fully renovating) over a 6 week period. I already wanted to redecorate our powder room so the timing is perfect. And I really don’t need to do that much so it’ll be nice to have a reason to spread out the timing of this project.

Here are the before pictures.

One Room Challenge Powder Room Before

I love the horizontal window in this room, but 1/3 of it was covered by this cabinet that was hiding a gas meter.

One Room Challenge Powder Room Before, Gas meter

The week before COVID19 shut down our country, the gas company came to replace the gas line, move the meter to the outside as per code, and replace the main gas line by the street. The first two happened, and they could run the new line through the existing line without tearing up the entire drive way, hooray! However, they couldn’t replace the gas main line by the street, because it kept filling with water. They dug a GIGANTIC hole that took up a large part of the end of our driveway and yard and then haphazardly put it back together. It’s a bit of a bummer that the front of our yard is all torn up, but you know, GLOBAL PANDEMIC. It seems some of our neighbors are more upset about it than we are. We are hoping that one day they will finish the job.

The current situation in this bathroom really isn’t bad at all, but there are two main areas that I wanted to address. 1) The left corner had that counter cabinet that hid the gas meter. I am so pumped that they moved the meter to the outside so that we could get rid of the cabinet. It felt clunky and the window actually spans the entire wall, so it’ll also let in more light. A pipe is still there, but I plan to just paint it. And 2) the mirrors were hung high and I am short, so I could never see myself in the mirror unless I was on my tippy toes. I don’t often mind being short, but I really hate it when I can’t see myself in a bathroom mirror. This actually happens in restaurant bathrooms a lot (I’m looking at you Memphis Taproom!)

One Room Challenge MCM Bathroom remodel

My color palette is below, along with my beer (lol). In case you didn’t know, you can call in and order to your local Sherwin-Williams and they will get it ready for you so you can just pick it up outside. The counter tops are staying and I picked up these handles at an Estate Sale without knowing where to put them and this room is perfect. One less thing to try and find and buy.

Color Palette One Room Challenge MCM Powder Room

After I had picked the colors, I was looking through photos from our trip to New Orleans and realized that the colors are very much a part of the city. When I was there I kept thinking, I should design a room around this, and apparently I did without even realizing it.

Color Inspiration from a church in New Orleans
Color inspiration from New Orleans

I am very thankful that we got to go on a trip in January to one of our favorite cities before this pandemic, New Orleans.

Design Plan:

Keep: Flooring, sink, counter tops

Do or buy:

Paint the walls white

Add a @banyanbridges inspired painted wall art

Replace faucet

Paint pipe

Add baseboard trim

Cover electrical panel

Find a new mirror (I was going to use one that I already had below, but Dave doesn’t’ like it)

One Room Challenge Design Decisions

You can find all the other participants and more information about the event at the following LINK.

Let me know what you think!


Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 1 Living Room

house, Morrison Residence Series

We are extremely lucky to have found this gem of a house that we live in. Our friends call it Ewok, because it feels like you’re living in a tree house. It was built in 1963 and has a mid century modern design.

Now: Living room in 2019

This past summer we were delighted to meet the architect of this house, Robert Morrison. He came to visit the home and we were so excited to meet him and learn more about it. He created a booklet of the home, so I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts showing the home then and now.

The most incredible tidbit of information that we learned from Bob is that he designed and built this home when he was in his early 20s! If I recall correctly, construction started when he was 25 years old and he did most of it himself. It was built in 1963 and is a true Mid Century Modern masterpiece.

I can’t wrap my head around being able to design this home (and landscape), especially at age 25. Bob lived here with his wife Ruth and their son. They lived in the home for almost 50 years. We are the third owners of this magnificent home.

Then: Original owners living room

I love to study the old photos and see what is different. The biggest change in this room is that the front windows used to be sliding glass doors that opened onto a small deck. The built-in section to the right of the windows looks very similar. I think the only difference is that the top of it is now painted white and the middle section doors were removed. The AC is new and was added by the last owners.

Now: 2019 living room
Then: Original owners breakfast nook
Now: 2019 Reading chair nook

This area where we have a chair or bench (depending on how I have rearranged this room on any given month) used to be a breakfast nook. The side table above was a DIY. The base was a lamp base and the top was a marble remnant that I found at a flea market. The yellow planters are from TJMaxx and the chair is Crate and Barrel. The hanging lamp is from Jinxed. The art is from a now closed antique store in Philly and is an African raffia textile. The quilt and pillow were made by me (you can find my online shop here.)

Another design element that we learned from Bob was that he designed all of the wall spaces to be removable so that they could be reconfigured. They are all based on 8 foot sections. Some of them remain in this room, as well as all over the house.

A really fun fact about the original owner is that she quilted! Ruth made the beautiful quilt that you see below on the wall.

Then: Original living room

Another big change in this room is that the kitchen used to be separated from this room by a partition wall. It is now open and the flow really works great for how we live and entertain. Dave is usually the one cooking, so I can sit at the bar and hang out with him while he cooks 🙂

Now: 2019 living room
Then: Original living room
Now: Living room 2018
Now: Living room 2019

The area above undergoes a lot of changes. I used to have the hanging chair in this spot, but since have placed this orange chair here. The hanging chair is currently in our entryway.

One decorating similarity remains the same. Houseplants!

The front of our Morrison Residence Book created by Bob Morrison, the architect and original owner.

I’d love to answer any questions that you have about this wonderful home. Let me know in the comments below!

Dining Room Reveal


I’m so excited to finally share this dining room with you. This dining room project has been going on for quite a few years. We moved into this house in 2012 and while going through my old blog, I saw that the wallpaper was installed 3 years ago. http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/2015/07/dining-room-wallpaper.html You can see from the old photos (at the end of this post) is that that the bones of the room haven’t changed at all. What is new is the flooring, built-in cabinets and counter, pendant lights, and a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin Williams Marshmallow).

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