Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Time for the BLING! ORC Week #5!

If you have seen crazy women driving around looking a little frazzled, it is thanks to Linda who brought us all together for the Second One Room Challenge.   

We've been wallowing in the neutral zone ... and I don't for a minute want you to think this room is BORING! 

Our desire for a Keeping Room began as my client started connecting to the sound of this ... where the family can lounge, relax, read, play games or just hang while she is in the kitchen putting together a meal.  

Not only are there no mudrooms in these Colonials of the 60's and 70's, The great room was only beginning to be considered.  The Keeping Room is truly the precursor of this Great Room.  So to move FORWARD, we must go BACKWARD!!  

We all know the party is in the kitchen, so we are bringing it home with the Keeping Room!

To help bring in the warmth of our neutral palate, I wanted texture and layering.

My favorite layering effect is a Sea Grass Rug and Animal Skin.  We chose a custom Sea Grass so we could make the most of the rug in the space.  Remember my guidelines on a good cut and bound rug?

Then the Skin!  

Remember the Tiffany Lamp?  It is Gone Baby Gone!!  ... and here, in it's place, is our Bling!

I gave you my trick for finding the perfect chandelier size in the first One Room Challenge ... you can get the details here!

We have brought Bling UP and Bling DOWN this room!  We are pulling together the last touches of our Keeping Room ... and cannot wait for the big Reveal next week!!!

It has been such fun working with my client on this room ... it is becoming functional and beautiful ... the perfect MIX.

Don't forget to check in with my other ORC Girls ... they are knocking it out of the Park!!



Beth - Chinoiserie Chic                    Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Sherry - Design Indulgence             Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge                   LisA - Lisa Mende Design
Tiffany - Living Savvy                       Jessie - Mix & Chic
Linda - My Crafty Home Life           Alison - My Little Happy Place
Danylle - Nana Moon                       Nicole - Nicole Scott Designs
Julia - Pawleys Island Posh             Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Bethany - Powell Brower Home      Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style
Emily - Rue de Emily                         Lindsay - Sadie + Stella


  1. ooooooh how I love a good animal hide over seagrass! I'm faking it right now with a big furry white blanket permanently on the floor for my six month old. It's got me thinking I need the real deal soon! And that lantern? Oh yes, please!

  2. THat is also our favorite rug combo- can't get enough of it. That fixture is over the top gorgeous! Can't WAIT to see it altogether! Good luck Kim!

  3. We are on the same page. I have sea grass...not custom ;-/ and will layer whatever I can find in the next week. Love the beams painted white. Thanks for the shout out...not necessary, silly girl.

  4. I am completely with you on the grass and skin...perfect combo! That fixture is a winner too...I can't wait to see this room in all it's glory!

  5. Great combination. Looking forward to next week!

  6. Oh that zebra on seagrass is perfect! So can not wait for the reveal!

  7. I LOVE it! Those rugs are perfect as is the light! Can't wait to see it! Yes, those colonials have no mudrooms, we lived in one when we lived in Virginia, I had to carve out a mudroom in our garage!

  8. love that estelle light! and the zebra rug on top of the seagrass is a perfect combo. can't wait for the reveal next week!

  9. I agree! Seagrass and zebra is a winning combo. Love the candelier, too. I am excited to see your reveal.

  10. The seagrass and animal skin combo is incredible! And the light fixture is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the reveal next week. And frazzled is a perfect word to describe me at this point!

  11. Love the wild side! And Estelle is perfect! Can't wait to see it all!!

  12. love the seagrass + zebra! Can't wait to see the final product next week.

  13. I love the direction you are going, Kim! The seagrass rug, the zebra rug and that gorgeous chandelier are great picks.

    Can't wait to see the big reveal next week! It will look so fabulous, I am sure. So excited!


  14. oh I am totally one of those women driving around like a crazy person :)

  15. lord knows how we all love a good natural fiber with an animal skin! layers just MAKE it, right? i love this light. cannot wait to see your room, Kim!

  16. Kim, do you have any posts on your living room chairs? I cant seem to find any pics- maybe I'm missing them - but I want to see that fabric in action in real life!!

  17. You had me at zebra.....then you threw in that light fixture. Now I am even more excited!

  18. Wow! What a difference a chandelier can make. Totally changes the room. I can't wait for your big reveal! {Mine on the other hand, could use at least 1 more week :) }


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