1.22.2016

The ORC Update

Hope everyone in the path of the storm is buttoned up and well provisioned. It's going to be a long weekend. Stay safe.

An update on my Spring 2014 One Room Challenge project. The transformation of my daughter's childhood/teenage bedroom into a Library Guest Room.

Here's how it looks today.

Big empty space in middle is reserved for the headboard.

Before. The high school and college years.

I defy you to find a crazier lamp -- that thing in front of the bookcase.


The desk moved to the wall opposite the windows.

Daughter's desk in new spot.
Blanc de chin lamp from Horchow. Tang Horse from HomeGoods.
Princeville Taro Fields print my sister found at the GoodWill.

The One Room Challenge is the wildly successful biannual event hosted by Calling it Home. Participants makeover a room in 6 weeks. Weekly progress reports are posted on participants' blogs. (See links below.)




Our daughter's old room desperately needed to be redone. What better motivation than the ORC?

I wanted the room to have a library feel, mostly gender neutral, a room that our adult daughter and her beau, and other guests, will find comfortable.


After. The right side of the library holds grown up books.
I'd like to say I stocked it with a variety of genres so guests have choices but in truth,
some books were selected for color.

The antique Staffordshire Dogs I gave our daughter when she started vet school.
From Meg Fairfax Fielding.



Cost containment was an evil necessity. New flooring was not an option. Beautiful fabrics were a given. I like to sew and would make all the soft goods (Roman shades, pillows, bedskirt, foot quilt all done, curtains not done).

And now, for your safety, please put your coffee down. I cannot be held responsible if you scald yourself while guffawing profusely.

Along the cost containment lines,

I, me, Linda, would personally do the painting, upholstery and carpentry. 

And buy no new furniture. Or art.

Still laughing? Me too.

My upholstery job.

Paxton Stripe, a linen/cotton weave, by GP and J Baker from Lee Jofa.
Double piping from Houl├Ęs.
In the frames: iconic Tibet printed linen from Clarence House.


Looks simple. No, nyet, nein, nej, neen. No. It was a humbling experience leaving me with a sore arm and renewed respect for my professional upholsterer. 

Here's the chair before.




I also recovered the seat of the desk chair which does not count as upholstery.

More like gift wrapping using staples instead of tape.

Tip: next time you recover a chair seat, put the screws that hold the seat to the frame in a zip lock bag and tape it to the door, or someplace where you will see them.

I did not and am still looking for them.


A Schumacher crewel on the desk chair.




A total break with reality: carpentry. Take three stand alone bookcases and make them one.

An amusing mid-process shot.

In Shambles. Shambilized. Shamberrific.
I swear I was not on drugs when I came up with this idea.
I'll never do it again.

After, with new crown molding. Full disclosure: I had help with the crown molding.

Fuller disclosure: I had nothing to do with the installation of the crown molding except buy it and then stay out of the way.



Grown up books are on the right, the empty middle will be taken up by the new upholstered headboard, and the left bay holds best beloved books from daughter's childhood.

You never know when we might have guests with a little one.

Orange. One of daughter's favorite colors.
The painting was hanging elsewhere in the house.







The freebie table I cleaned up and painted. The pair of bedside lamps were HomeGoods finds.




Books are a great way to level a pair of lamps when the tables are differing heights.
The table it sits on was an acquisition but does not count against my goal of no new furniture
because it was a HomeGoods mark down.
I knew you would agree.


This room is still in process. The upholstered headboard and curtains are next. Also need a little table for the pink chair and a proper coverlet and shams. But overall, a long way from its previous state.

Many thanks to Linda, the force behind the One Room Challenge and her blog Calling it Home. 

My ORC insanity is chronicled in the links below, in case you are bored, or snowed in.

Have a safe weekend!

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan

ORC Week 1   Let the madness commence.
ORC Week 2   The Fu Dogs speak.
ORC Week 3   Trouble in Paradise, Linda contracts Lyme Disease, no post.
ORC Week 4   She lives!
ORC Week 5   Linda goes AWOL, found wandering in Savannah garden.
ORC Week 6   Lessons learned.


1.11.2016

Happy 2016


The copper pot is purely decorative; the orchid is in terra cotta.  

I don't make New Year's resolutions. I'm visual. And forgetful. I would need my resolutions constantly in sight to remember them. A tattoo on the back of my hand would be effective but then there's all that plastic surgery to remove it for next year's list. Painful and expensive.

On the other hand, omens are entirely pain free, readily available and have the added appeal of various interpretations. A resolution is specific and totally restrictive. Usually it is a negative we wish to correct which always entails a LOT of work. Omens, good ones, are instantly gratifying.




My Cymbidium blossoming is a good omen. Health? New beginnings? I'll be a successful orchid grower? Open to interpretation. I like that.



Cymbidium Ruby Sarah "Gem Stone"
Cymbidium Sara Jean X Cymbidium Ruby Eyes

Other good omens: I've kept my kitchen floor clean since New Year's, my paperwork is not organized but it is in tidy piles, I read a book that had nothing to do with design. Interpret as you wish.

Hope you are finding good omens and everyone's 2016 is off to a good start.

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan