ORC Week 4 – Master Bedroom Accessories

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two weeks until the big reveal! I’m starting to stress! The finishing touches are always my downfall and I didn’t get very much done last week. I still haven’t decided on a chaise lounge/settee/chair and ottoman for the room. I just can’t figure out exactly what I want…the clock is ticking!

OK, let’s talk about what I did do this week - I found new knobs for my dressers. They’re from Hobby Lobby ($2.50/each) and I love them. Even my boyfriend commented on how good they looked. Now I just need to find enough of them for both dressers! I have enough for one of them, but not both…

I also bought the laundry hamper I was talking about last week. I know a hamper is not a very interesting piece design-wise, but having it there is SO practical.

A few of my accessories arrived this week: the vase is from West Elm (still on sale!) and the wood sign is from Etsy. I also received my pillow shams from Kohl’s

I have so much to get done this week in order to finish the room in time. Eeek! Hopefully the other ORC’ers made more progress this week than I did. You can check out the featured designers here and the other linking participants here.


Backyard Landscaping Project: Progress Report

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last week I shared that I’m finally getting the backyard landscaped (you can see the before pictures here). It’s been a long time coming, so every bit of progress has been exciting. Let’s get right into it!

Day 1 – The workers mostly just cut down the weeds and worked in the pool area. The removed all of the random river rocks and leveled out the remaining dirt.

Day 2 – They brought in a tractor and leveled out the rest of the yard. Can you believe this pile of excess dirt?!?

Day 3 – All of that excess dirt was hauled away. If you look at the back fence, you can see the dirt line that shows how high the yard used to be. I still can’t believe how much dirt they had to remove!

Day 4 – The trench for the drip line was dug around the perimeter of the yard and out to the front water main.

They also marked the location of the paver patio and trees. It’s kind of hard to see in the picture so I added text to help illustrate where everything will be planted. I decided to add more plants to my original plan/quote, so the yard will have 2 additional shade trees and the pool area will have lots of colorful bushes and flowers. I can’t wait!

More work is going on today, so I’ll be back next week with more updates! Hopefully everything will be done in time for a full reveal the following week!


ORC Week 3 – Travel Art Gallery Wall + More

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I can’t believe we are already halfway through the challenge! I’m definitely starting to stress about a few items arriving in time, but other than that, I think I’m making good progress. My biggest accomplishment for the week was hanging the gallery wall. I’m still planning to change out a couple of the pictures, but other than that, this project is done and I’m so happy with how it turned out.

I’m so excited to finally have a place to display some of the art I’ve collected over the years. About half of the prints I bought while traveling and the rest are from thrift stores or Etsy.

In other news, my dressers were delivered on Tuesday. I’m so excited to finally have a second dresser in the room. I’ve only put one of them together so far, but I’m pretty pleased with the quality. The drawers are kind of small inside, but I knew that from the reviews. I still need to add the knobs, but I want to buy different ones first. The ones that came with the dresser are just plain white wood ones.

This week I also decided to change up my plan a bit. I was originally planning to move the hamper in the closet and add a full-length mirror in its place. However, I haven’t been able to find a mirror I like in the right size for the space and having the hamper right outside the master bathroom is really handy, so I’ve decided to scratch the mirror idea and stick with the hamper. Although, I’ll be replacing the current hamper with this laundry basket from At Home. 

By next week I hope to have the chaise lounge ordered (I think I found the one I want), the second dresser put together plus new knobs for both, fabric for the throw pillows ordered, and the rest of the artwork picked out. I’m being kind of indecisive about what else I want to hang, but I need to get it sorted out soon!
Let’s take a look at the updated to-do list:
Paint Walls
Buy Bed
New Nightstands
Buy/Hang New Curtains
New Dressers

Buy Chaise Lounge
Hang Gallery Wall Above Bed
Hang Additional Artwork
Add Full-Length Mirror – remove
Replace Laundry Hamper
Sew Pillows
Paint Lamps
Accessories and Finishing Touches 

Don’t forget to check out the featured designers here and the other linking participants here! I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing some amazing room reveals in a few weeks!

Backyard Landscaping Project: The Before

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I’m finally getting the backyard landscaped! I’ve been talking about it since I moved into the house 5 years ago and it’s been one of my home goals since 2014. Today I want to share some before pictures (don’t judge me too harshly) and talk about plans for the yard. OK, let’s just jump into the current disaster area we call a back yard.

As you can see, it’s just a lot of dirt and A LOT of weeds. I purposely haven’t weed whacked recently for a few different reasons: 1) I wanted better before photos 2) The landscaper recommended not to cut down the weeds before spraying them 3) I’m lazy and I didn’t want to…

If you look closely you can see a trench dug near the edge of the patio. We had to dig that during a rainstorm a couple summers ago after the water flooded our patio and was heading towards the house. I think when they dug the pool they just spread out the excess dirt instead of removing all of it, so the backyard isn’t level and has never drained properly. On the right you can see our mound of excess dirt from digging the trench and trying to level out other areas in the yard. It’s probably hard to believe, but we’ve already hauled away multiple trailers of dirt. THERE’S JUST SO MUCH OF IT!

This back area is where we tried to do the landscaping ourselves. We had rented a bobcat for the weekend to level the dirt and load it to haul off. Then we had 12 tons of pea gravel delivered and spent another weekend wheelbarrowing it from the driveway to the back of the yard. I could barely lift my arms that night after shoveling rock all day. Then we woke up the next day to shredded weed plastic and a rock mess thanks to puppy Ringo. Needless to say, the weeds took advantage and our hard work/money ended up being a waste.

OK, now let’s talk plans! Obviously the weeds need to be cleared and the dirt leveled. After that they are going to lay weed plastic and gravel around the main yard. We’re also adding a drip system and two fruit trees in the yard. Once Ringo proves he can leave those alone (hopefully), we’ll add other plants. We haven’t decided on the exact location yet, but I’m also having them install a 10 foot by 12 foot paver conversation area for a fire pit. The quote for a built-in fire pit was a bit too high, so we decided to just buy a nice one from Home Depot/Target/wherever.

In the pool area, we are doing a border of river rock around the pool and then the rest will be the same gravel as the yard. We’ll eventually add some plants in this area too.

So, that’s the backyard plan. After that’s all complete, we’ll add furniture and decorations. Anyway, let’s quickly talk progress. On Thursday they came and sprayed all of the weeds. Yesterday they came and started clearing everything out. This is how the pool area looked when I got home from work yesterday. There’s still a lot of work left to do, but it’s looking better already. I can’t wait for it to be finished!

Next week I’ll share more progress pictures and some of my furniture/future plans!

ORC Week 2 – Master Bedroom Shopping

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hi everyone! Welcome back for Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Did you all get a chance to check out some of the other spaces? There’s some beautiful room plans out there and I can’t wait to see how they come together! You can check out this week’s progress for the official participants here and for the linking participants here.

OK, let’s talk progress. This week was all about shopping and getting pieces ordered so they’ll be here in time. Let’s start with my biggest purchase – a pair of dressers!

I ordered the set on Amazon and they are supposed to be delivered sometime next week. I was a little nervous about ordering such big pieces online without seeing them in person, but they had good reviews and the price was right. I lucked out because the price dropped overnight while I was debating the purchase and I saved almost $100! It’s one of the few times being indecisive has paid off for me. If you’re interested, this is the dresser and this is the chest.

I also bought a pile of frames at Michael’s for the gallery wall above the bed. I started laying them out on the floor and I think this is the arrangement I’m going to go with. I still need to sort out the art and I have a couple pictures being custom matted because of their odd size. I'm also painting the gold-ish frames white. I have all, but one done so far. I can’t wait to get everything hung up and finally have something on the walls!

The gallery wall will mostly be pictures I’ve collected while traveling plus some that I’ve found at thrift stores. I also ordered a few pieces from Etsy to finish off my collection.

For the bedding, I ordered this gray herringbone blanket. It’s beautiful in person and lightweight for the warm Arizona weather. It’s from Kohl’s...yes, the same company I vowed to never shop at during the last ORC after a TERRIBLE experience with their customer service. Well, I ended up e-mailing the VP of Customer Experience and his office took care of my issue and refunded my money. It was such a hassle, but I’m officially shopping there again. Anyway, I’m also thinking about ordering these Euro shams for the bed.

I still need to find a chaise/settee for the room. I found one that I like, but it’s backordered until June. That won’t work for the challenge or with my lack of patience. I’m also on the hunt for a full-length mirror to hang/lean in the corner by the master bathroom door, plus more artwork (maybe a canvas of one of my travel pictures?) and other accessories.

My goal for next week is to hang the gallery wall. I’m also hoping my new dressers will be here so I can share those. Hopefully I’ll have found either a settee or mirror by then too. I hate having the larger pieces in the room still up in the air past the third week. Wish me (and the other participants) luck!

Week 1 – Master Bedroom Mood Board

ORC Week 1 – Master Bedroom Mood Board

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s One Room Challenge time! I’m so excited to be linking up with Linda for this round of ORC fun. In the past I’ve worked on my laundry room, master bathroom, dining room and guest bedroom. Honestly, none of those rooms would be even close to complete if I hadn’t joined the challenge, so a huge thanks to Linda for hosting every year!

This year I’m cheating a bit. I’ve picked the master bedroom for this round even though I’ve already started on it. I have so many unfinished rooms that I don’t really want to start working on another room before finishing one I’ve already started. Plus joining the challenge is probably the only way it’ll ever get finished.

When I bought the house 5 years ago, the room looked like this:

It was a weird green color with brown blinds. Almost immediately after closing on the house, my mom and I re-painted the room and I added furniture and accessories over the next few years. This is what the room looked like until last fall:

Last fall I was ready for a change so I decided to go dark. I painted the walls Parisian Nights by Dunn-Edwards and I’m still obsessed with the color…no regrets! I also bought a new bed, nightstands and curtains. This is what the room currently looks like:

It’s so much better than before, but is still missing some furniture and anything decorative. So although I have a big head start on this challenge, there’s still plenty left to do to finish this room. With that, let’s take a look at the mood board I put together for the room.

Obviously everything is subject to change, but this is the general direction I’m heading. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve already bought a new bed and nightstands, but I still need a pair of dressers and either a pair of chairs or chaise lounge for the sitting area. Everything else is just accessories and finishing touches, but those usually take me the longest to find.
So with that, here’s my to-do list for the challenge. I’m sure I’m forgetting something and will need to update it next week.
Paint Walls
Buy Bed
New Nightstands
Buy/Hang New Curtains

New Dressers
Buy Chaise Lounge
Hang Artwork
Add Full-Length Mirror
Sew Pillows
Paint Lamps
Accessories and Finishing Touches

Don’t forget to check out the official participants here and the other linking participants here! I’m so excited to see some of these rooms come together over the next six weeks!


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