Thursday, April 24, 2014

ORC Linking Event … Week 4

I cannot even believe we are at Week FOUR!  Linda is still calling the shots and keeping me on track! 

If you are new here, Linda organizes a semi-annual Challenge to change one room in Six Weeks.

You can check out Week 1 and 3 if you are interested.
I skipped Week 2!

And then she asks everyone to join in on their own in her Linking Event to do the same.

Perhaps because I have an entire house, also known as #ProjectDownSize, to do … 
I am just crazy willing enough to join in!

I promised last week a post on lighting and a new ceiling. 

Well here is the problem when I am not a total DIY'er.
My Electrician is coming TODAY.  He is clearly not as interested in pleasing all of you as I am.

I apologize on his behalf.  However, if you are in my neck of the woods, I'll share him.

He rocks!

So … here is what is happening that you cannot see!

You might remember the "Hide" I scored last year.  
It finally has come into it's own.

It is at the upholsterer right now.  Taking over the Toile that graced my kitchen a few years ago.  Here's the thing about chairs.  They Rock. And can be changed in a heartbeat.  Continue the Chair Hoarding.  It is a constant Giver!
And the Kravet accent fabric … well, you will just have to wait to see that little treat.

So … while you might think I am slacking off … here is the real DIY'er going on right now.  
Yes, at the same time as the ORC Linking Party.

Remember when Don told me to focus.  
You clearly know I am no good at that!!

We are painting the kitchen cabinets.

And I haven't even shared about my countertops yet.

 So I can't make it a total surprise …  they are man-made.  
Love at First and Last Sight!
I promise to share more on my finds.

You might spy my Island Top … 
But this was quitting time my friends.

Notice Don has his hand on the Kettle One.
Yep. Cocktail time.  
We do have priorities after all!
Looking forward to showing you my lighting next week!  

Check out all the linking participants here!

Making the World More Beautiful.  
One Room (or more!) at a Time.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

ORC Linking Event … Week 3!

 Linda is shaking up homes everywhere while Design Addicts like me are running around like crazy to complete One Room in Six Weeks!

Click here to see how I earned the "Go Ahead" from Don to tackle yet another project.

Then Week Two.  I didn't post because I was at HighPoint Market and my head was so spinning on a Design High I couldn't go down into my ugly space.  It was a slap back into reality like none you've ever known!

Here's the space … You can feel my pain I am certain!

The previous owners had used this 7' X 11' space as a darkroom and left me with all the chemicals.

First things first, get a hazmat team to come take it all away!

Then I had to empty the room of all the leftovers from my previous office.

While Pipes were being cut and chemicals removed I set about turning Callie's old desk from Pottery Barn into this show stopper … 

Need I remind you that we live in #ProjectDownSize.  I am giving away furniture left and right, so no PURCHASING of furniture is allowed!!

Object 1 that no ORC of mine would be complete without?

 Spray Paint.  

While I have you in the spirit of re-using and repurposing things … 

I have had this Ballard's SeaGrass rug for almost 8 years and nowhere to use it in #ProjectDownSize.

It has taken on a new life as Wall to Wall SeaGrass!

I know you are completely envious of my Built-Ins!

Object 2 that no ORC of mine would be complete without?


He thinks is hair is still Brown.  We let him.

TA DA … 

Nothing about this post was pretty … but the pretty is coming I promise!

Next week is all about lighting.  If you follow me on IG you've seen the light fixture I snagged.

I know, I'm not buying any new furniture.  I didn't mention anything about lighting!

Next week To Do's:

Walls need to be addressed.
Lighting Hung.
I need a Ceiling.  The Pros will be coming In.
Working on my BookCase/WorkArea/Storage Situation.

Hope you are checking out all the other Linking Participants!

Doing my part …

Making The World More Beautiful. One Room at a Time.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More HPMKT2014 Inspiration … and what came home!

All those who share my love for animal print and hides … 
Let me put your mind at ease.
It is still hot.

And I would like to say, that while the "hide" has been a trend of late … it is classic … Hides and Animal patterns have been used in Interior Design Forever.  So no fear of it growing old.  It is truly a look I will never tire of.

HPMKT2014 showed me a few new twists that I think you will like!

"Skins" on everything! This is a lamp Base.

Leather. Wood. Brass.

Yep.  Something for Everyone … 

But back to my preference … 
Emerald with Brass Nailheads.

Turquoise with Chrome Nailheads.

And the Pièce de Résistance … 
Zebra and Chrome.  Bring It Home!

So I didn't bring the Chair home … but found this 
Hide Pillow that looks like a Tiara to me.

And she came home.
And she's happy on my Orange Hide Chair!!

With Chrome NailHeads … by the way!!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



Monday, April 14, 2014

HighPoint Market 2014 Trends …

Good Morning!  After a week at HighPoint Market, I have to tell you my head is exploding with ideas, images, new information, sheer design delight … I am breaking down my thoughts and photos so that I can truly digest it all and use the information to make my business better, to make my clients even happier and to really just let my creativity flow.

So as I break it down … I will share my notes with you!

Last week I shared a few clips on my Friday Snip-Its about HighPoint Market.

First and Foremost to me …

Details. Texture.  Layering.
It is Everywhere and it is coming on STRONG!
These photos represent a big departure from the 
neutral zone!

Pillow Details from ES.

I cannot remember the showroom with this sofa … it was just a prop to hold some more pillows!  Nothing was left "untouched".

Even The Doors Went Glam at Wesley Hall … 

Velvet. NailHeads. Greek Key.
Yep.  Pretty much had it all!

Chair Details were the norm … these beauties are from  CRLaine.

And then to the Divine Detail of them all … Alexa Hampton's Sofa at Hickory Chair.

Red Buttons on a Black and White Tweed.  I could Die.

I will share more inspiration and forecasting for the next round of design coming at us … but the details were abundant and it seems the world just might be ready to take a break from the all things neutral and add a POP into their homes.  Quite frankly, I am a fan … but even if you are still embracing the neutral zone … make certain to give your room texture and depth.  That will keep it fresh and current.

Happy Monday … I can help you add a little punch in your rooms if you are willing!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Snip - Its … HPMKT 2014!

1.  My new friend Kelly and I won these beautiful stone bracelets from CRLaine!
2.  Even Alexa can dig a little DIY.  Loved this!
3.  Antlers go Glam!
4.  More Alexa Goodness.  Details Abound.
5.  C2 Paints Custom Colors by Barry Dixon. You are going to be able to buy them here this summer!
6. HGTV using IG to get us all on snapping photos! 
7.  Cookies mimicking these from Traci Zeller and CRLaine.
8.  Yeah, I didn't post this week.  
Next week will be Double Good!
9.  Yellow Leather and Turquoise.  Perfection.

I spent the last 5 days at HighPoint Market 2014.
I was a First timer and will be back again next year!
Thanks to all those who made the Show so successful and for bringing so much creativity to the Design World!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

ORC Link Up … Week 1

Just when I thought I was capable of focusing on my own!

The One Room Challenge Linking Party starts today … for Six weeks you get to see a MILLION room makeovers with enough inspiration and creativity you could ever imagine all in one Place!

Go here to Follow or Join … Calling It Home.

Don:  "Kim, Can you just focus on the kitchen and the den so we can have two rooms completed before you begin the next?"

Me:  "Yes, I know!  I promise I'll quit jumping around and I'll do these two rooms first."

Don:  "Why are your piles everywhere?"

Me:  "I don't have an office."

Me:  "Linda is doing another ORC"

Don:  "Do it … at least SHE keeps you on task!"

Whoop Whoop … Here we GO!

There is a lot of Ugly to tackle before I get to my inspiration … I know you will pull me through!!

And, Yes … I chose Ms. Confidence!

Now go see what else is happening in homes across the world!

Making The World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Prep Work!

So today is the Big Show!  The ORC is at it again … definitely stop pop over to see the wonderful talent shaking things up to re-create or start anew.  Six weeks to a fabulous new space and you get to spy on the progress … the good, the bad and the ugly!

You can see my previous ORC's by the links on my sidebar if you have the desire!

And I … for the second time … am joining in the Linking Party which starts tomorrow.  Anyone can join in … it is not too late if you want to join in the fun and actually be motivated to get a room completed in six weeks!!

Meet Ms. Confidence ...

We DownSized.  If you are a regular you know this. 
If you are new to the show … DownSizing Sucks.  
Not from a simpler, cleaner living and more streamlined life … I just have a hard time making a decision on what stays and what goes.  
Would love to have you along for the adventure!

Meet Ms. Coy … 

In the meantime … I have an office space to re-do.

Several of you voiced your opinion here.  And really wanted me to do the bathroom first.  
But, ladies and gentlemen, I need a place to work. 
My family is wanting me off the dining room table.

Meet Ms. FlowerChild 

Tomorrow you will get the whole Plan … 
Who do you think I'll choose to Inspire my office?  

Ms. Confidence.
Ms. Coy.
Ms. FlowerChild.

If you don't know My Artist yet, you are missing out.  

Happy HumpDay My friends!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


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