One Room Challenge – Week Six Reveal

Week Six has come and it is time for the One Room Challenge reveal. This evening after the kids go to bed, I will sit and look at everyone’s projects. Cannot wait!

So here was our before:


We were keeping the major pieces – the sectional from Room and Board, the pendant from Crate and Barrel and the John Stuart buffet. Lots of other things were fair game. My husband started his own company in December, so my goal was to refresh our living room inexpensively. The challenge was to see how much of this refresh could be thrift finds. I really am happy with the changes. Of course, now I want to do even more to this room.

We ended up not moving the art at this time. I want to move the very large painting over and remove some of the other art to focus on key pieces. Also on the list of future projects is painting the walls white, revamping the fireplace and mantle and replacing the carpet. A rug was on my list for this refresh, but it proved elusive! I also threw up some drop cloths as curtains at the last minute, so they might be a temporary fix.

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Mid-century finds in the living room mixed with IKEA pillow covers and sheepskins.

_IGP9015 (1)A better view of the coffee table. Found this yesterday!!


Vintage Henredon Heritage bar with an expanding top. Local thrift store benefitting the community.



A porcelain egg candle, some Nemadji pottery, a brass tray and pottery pieces from my kids.



 Funny little koi picked up while thrifting. There were two of these, but one was broken beyond repair.


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Everything in this picture was found at a thrift store, estate sale, etc. A Stiffel lamp with original shade, handmade wooden bowls, African carving, art glass bowl, and brass candlesticks. The lamp is taller than I want for this space, but I still have not finished cleaning the paint off a brass ginger jar lamp that I picked up for $8.



The abstract painting is by my husband. Everything else is a find.


_IGP9146Another shot of the vintage buffet and shelves.

Thanks for stopping by to see my redo. It was fun and helped me to get it done. Not sure if I would have gotten this far without some sort of deadline. The tyranny of the urgent is usually what is done first around here. It was nice to prioritize something for me this time.

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One Room Challenge – Week Two

Week two of the One Room Challenge has not been as productive as hoped. Sick children, sick parents, basically tired and grumpy all around. I am sharing the link to the details of my Living Room Refresh on Moodboard. We are keeping the larger elements, but adding a fresher, brighter color palate. In addition, I scored an […]

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One Room Challenge – Week One

I have decided to participate in the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. Excited and a tad anxious. The backstory on my choice of our living room. We adopted three siblings, three years ago, after fostering for 18 months. It became apparent (years ago) that we needed a bigger home; last […]

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5 Ways to Arrange Art

I am obsessed with information and thought this tutorial was great. I can’t wait to frame and hang my new Gray Malin artwork.   Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, series of 9 images

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Cerused Oak

House Beautiful I have promised myself that this week, I am calling our painter to come and prime our kitchen walls. I may still use wallpaper in one area, but the rest of the West Indies print must go. It was great when we first moved in and our home was quite traditional. Now, I […]

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Style File: Vanessa de Vargas

  Decorati had a feature on Vanessa de Vargas of Turquoise in Los Angeles. They describe her look as Modern Glam, she describes her style as “a mix of vintage and modern from 60s Miami bamboo to Mid Century Modern”. You know those words are music to my ears. Here are some photos of her […]

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