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November 3, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge Week 5: Accessories

We are now into week 5 of the ORC and normally everyone would be in absolute scramble mode but this year marks the very first year the ORC has been extended to 7 weeks, owing to the unusual number of natural disasters that are causing upheavals in delivery time. SO, that gives me an extra week to add some final touches to my master bedroom project. This week I get to talk about accessories.

In the last few weeks of my master bedroom refresh I have planned, re-painted and DIY’ed, and now I’m ready to make things look pretty. This is the fun stuff. As you may know, I absolutely love the work of designer Amber Lewis. I am always checking out her projects for ideas, and I think I’ve come up with a general formula for her style:

-Nothing too trendy.
-Lots of neutrals – nothing too colourful
-Keep things light and airy
-Let the eye flow around the room with a perfect combination of light and dark, masculine and feminine, and…
-Use natural elements (plants, woven rugs, baskets, handmade pillows and blankets) throughout

One of my inspiration pics:


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October 27, 2017

Ikea Dresser Hack

I cannot believe we are already in week 4 of the ORC! This week was all about DIY, which is REALLY not my thing, but I became a DIY crazy lady with multiple trips to Home Depot, measuring, re-measuring, painting, cutting…you name it, I was in DIY hell heaven. And I will be the first to admit that despite my endless complaining this past week I am VERY pleased with the results. Maybe even a little proud of myself.

I had 3 projects in mind, one big one and two smaller ones. The big one involved transforming this plain Ikea dresser into a stylish masterpiece:

This is the Tarva dresser and a simple Internet search will reveal that many people are hacking it to create the dresser of their dreams. I was particularly inspired by Kristina Lynne’s version:


I simply followed her instructions and it turned out great! I did make one change, substituting the dark walnut stain she used for english chestnut (see why below).

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October 20, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge – Week 3: Mood Board and Painting

Welcome to week 3 of the 2017 Fall edition of the One Room Challenge, or the ORC as it is affectionately known. I’m so happy to be participating for the first time this year. If you’ve never heard of it, this event is hosted twice a year (Spring and Fall) by Linda of Calling It Home. It involves a group of invited Featured Designers and a group of Guest Participants (that would be me) showcasing the transformation of one room in their home in REAL time.

I have chosen our master bedroom for this event (click here if you missed last week’s post) because I feel like it’s been neglected for the past 2 years since moving here. It’s just a mishmash of items from our old house that don’t really tie into the space.

My first course of action was to pull inspiration from the Internet and create a mood board. Here is the vibe I am going for in this space:

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