5 Lessons I Learned From The One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge reveal is finally here!  I can honestly say as stressful as this was, I had so much fun and cannot wait for the next round.

The truth is, I ran out of time and I’m not where I would’ve hoped to be.   And while I could talk your ear off about things like the shelves not being styled right, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made. I’ve learned a lot the past few weeks.  A lot about myself, and a lot about the design process.  And while I don’t claim to be a designer, my emotional love affair with design runs deep.  When I rearrange a room, or buy a new piece for my home, it FUELS MY SOUL.  Interior Design gives me a kind of energy I can never put into words.   So let’s talk about the office.

Just a quick reminder of what it used to look like.

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And while I am not 100% in love yet, here’s what it looks like now.

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I’ve definitely had my share of struggles and rookie mistakes. So instead of breaking down the process (you can always reference my old posts for that), I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned while designing this room.  Lessons I’ll definitely take with me for the next round of the One Room Challenge.

1. Think about the room as a WHOLE.

Oh how I wish I could turn back time on this one.  I kept randomly buying things without thinking about how it would all go together.  I bought and returned more things than I could count.  If I had taken a step back and really thought through the ENTIRE room as a whole, I would’ve saved myself a lot of time and heartache.  I have a new fond appreciation of a carefully crafted Mood Board.

2.  Colors matter.

I wish I had thought about how well some colors go together, and how some colors mixed together may bring out certain hues only my nightmares were made of.  I fell in love with a gray mural and with a cream high back chair, but didn’t think twice about how those two colors would truly clash.  The mural brought out the yellow in the chair, and the chair brought out the purple in the mural, and it was a true disaster.

3.  Lighting matters, and gray is a tough color.

My mural was so beautiful during the day, and then night would come and I’d be so confused why it looked so purple.  Gray is definitely a tough color, and I’ve learned to be careful what other colors you pair with it.  But what I’ve also learned, is that with the right lighting (and different lightbulbs), you can bring the color back.

4.  Adding a personal element to a space makes a world of a difference.

I have Audrey Hepburn framed in my office not because I think it’s “cool,” but because I watched all her movies growing up.  I also loved to play Moon River on the piano and that’s why I picked that photo.  I also plan to add the sheet music for Vienna by Billy Joel.  It’s one of my favorite songs, and if you know what the song means, you would understand how it all fits into this One Room Challenge.

5.  Take your time and enjoy the process.

Lastly, enjoy the process.  I know I joked about how stressed I was, but I really did enjoy the process.  Don’t be afraid to do a little trial and error, most of us don’t get it right the first time anyway.  And don’t rush to finish a space with things you don’t love.  I guarantee you will end up changing it much quicker than you thought–and take it from me, it really hurts your pocketbook.

And that’s it!  Thank you again for being here, and for taking the time to read my posts.  It means more to me than you could ever know.  Don’t forget to check out all the Featured Designers and Guest Participants and their reveals!

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Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Week 4

Week four of the One Room Challenge is finally over, and Stacey from HomeGoods informed me that I was “really good at returning things.” With two weeks left, and being out of town for one of them, I’m definitely panicking.

Let’s start with the good news:  I scored some cute mirrors, and the mural is now up!

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I also ordered some beautiful floating shelves that will go here:

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Now for the bad news…the rug I originally ordered came in too dark.  Long story short, I’ve been buying and returning rugs all weekend and still didn’t land on one.  As with the desk chair?  Same. Damn. Story.  Can you see why I’m panicking?  Here’s what I have left to do:

  • Desk chair
  • Rug
  • Light fixture
  • Install floating shelves
  • Decorative accessories
  • Filing cabinet
  • Touch up the paint + paint closet (maybe)

Ok, I’m going to go have a drink.  See you next week (insert face palm). For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Halfway there!

Annnnd just like that, week 3 of the One Room Challenge is complete.  We are officially halfway through, and as expected, my moodboard has changed completely.  I wish I could say it’s because I love a fun plot twist, but really, decisions are hard.  Like, really hard.  And for those of you that have stuck around and answered my 1,786,542 polls on Instagram, god bless you.  You are my people.

First of all, the desk I bought at Restoration Hardware last week, has been returned.  I ended up scoring an amazing deal at Pottery Barn.  I got this beautiful desk for $299 (original price $799) because it was on display and had few scratches. (I call it character)

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Well, here’s the ACTUAL desk…

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Second, the star of the show this week was the paint.  After a few hiccups (on my part), I used Claire paint to paint the entire wainscoting in the office.

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I started out leaving the baseboard and the chair rail white, but then I felt like it may be too busy with the mural and the furniture.

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I ended up painting it all black instead.  I chose Blackest by Clare Paint because I adore their paint.  I also work full time and the convenience of Clare Paint doesn’t get better.  And if you’re following along on Instagram, you know the office is small.  It was so nice to paint and not have so many toxic fumes. I talk about all the reasons I love Clare Paint in my blog post here, they’re really my favorite.

Lastly, I ordered this rug!

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OK, so what’s up this week?

  • Mural install
  • Mirrors up on opposite wall
  • Order chair for desk + Light Fixture for office

For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Week 2

Well, I officially have week two of the One Room Challenge under my belt.  And if you missed missed week 1, catch up here.

Ok first thing’s first, there are some seriously talented people participating in this challenge.  Watching them and their process has been hands down my favorite part.  Then you have me, the girl who seems to take what seems like FOREVER deciding on literally anything, and then immediately questioning my decision right after.  I do my decision making over a series of IG polls while I breath in and out of a paper bag as I see the results roll in.  With that said, I’ve surprisingly met my goals for this week.

Let’s start with the good news:

The office is officially cleared out, and my first two furniture pieces from Article have arrived.

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I’ve ordered my Mural from Anewall. And she’s so purrtyyyyy.  She’s going to go on the left side of the room (when you walk into the door).

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I’ve ordered my black paint (for the wainscoting in the room) from Clare Paint.

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FINALLY ordered my desk from Restoration Hardware, and you guys, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.

img_4840My family and I will likely have to eat ramen noodles for the next year after purchasing her, but we’re fine, everything’s fine.  No one is panicking over here.

Lastly, I ordered blinds for the room.  So. Freaking. Excited.

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Ok let’s talk next steps/potential hiccups.

As a result of poor planning on my part–well really my inability to make timely decisions–I ordered the paint and the mural a bit late and they did not arrive this weekend.  With that said, the desk I ordered is now arriving before both of those items.  So now I’ll have a ginormous piece of furniture while I’m trying to paint all the wainscoting black and install the mural.  This should be fun.

(Insert face palm)

With that said, my hope is that by week 3, I should have everything painted, and potentially have the mural up, so cross your fingers and send me your good vibes.

For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

See you guys next week, wish me luck!

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Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge (or disaster, time will tell) Week 1: The Office

For someone that’s embarrassingly early to literally EVERYTHING, I’ve chosen to be fashionably late to week one of the One Room Challenge.  And by fashionably late, I mean I’ve taken a break from my anxiety around this situation and decided to finally write this at the 11th hour.  But, tomato, tomato…

For those of you that may be unfamiliar, the One Room Challenge is a six-week challenge to transform a room that happens twice a year.  They feature some crazy talented designers, and allow guest participants for hot messes like myself to play along. Participants share their progress once a week, and then reveal their transformed space at the end of the six weeks.  As far as I’m concerned, this is literally the best thing since I heard Saved By The Bell may be having a reunion.

With all that said, operation turn the storage room into an office has officially begun.

**cue the hyperventilation and meltdowns**

The ‘Office’

So here’s the space. (do not judge me Karen)

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Beautiful right?  It gets better…

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And here’s the door to the closet on the other side of the room (don’t ask me what’s inside).

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The Plan

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m not exactly a planner.  I’m often indecisive, and more of a fly by the seat of your pants type of girl when it comes to design.  So if you’re looking for someone with a clear vision, you’ve come to the wrong place.  I’m still learning, and I do my thinking through a series of stressful polls on Instagram (often with dramatic music), and then make my final decisions by flipping a coin.  I will say, somehow it always works out.

With that said, I have done some thinking.  I heard mood boards are how you fit in with the cool kids, and so here’s my attempt of something that will likely change 17 times:

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When asked what my vision is, I can best describe it through music, and how I want the room to make me feel.  As for this room, the first song that came to mind was Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles.  I know answering my vision with a song may sound crazy, but it’s the only way I know how.  Just trust me on this, ok?

As for my thoughts on the next few weeks, here’s what I’m thinking:

Week 1:  Clean out the office, finalize overall vision

Week 2: Finalize paint colors and mural decision. (at least one of each goes up)

Week 3:  Finalize and order major furniture pieces. Finalize and install lighting.

Week 4: Style/assemble any furniture + any other paint or structural updates.

Week 5: Blinds, decorative accents, wall decor

Week 6: Any final touches and reveal!

I’m fairly confident none of these will be in order, and there will be lots of crying (and emotional eating).  Either way, I’m super excited.  For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

I’m alive!!!  It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve been busy buying a home, moving in, and now I’m currently waking up 4 out of 7 nights a week in a panic because I can’t decide on a paint color or what rug size would fit best in whatever room I’m currently obsessing over.   Totally normal, right?  And if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can check out our new home and follow along as I make it our own.

Last night I finished one of my easiest DIY’s to date!  It was probably my favorite, and one that made the biggest impact.  Insert dramatic drumroll….I attempted a faux wallpaper wall!  It was super cheap, super easy, and pretty quick.  Here’s how I did it below:

Step 1:  Supplies

You will need paint and paint brushes.  That’s it.

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I ended up loving the paint and the color I picked!  I used Kendall Charcoal.  And FYI, you don’t need a lot. I got a quart and barely used any of it, and I had a pretty large wall to cover.  Next up, I had to get some paint brushes.

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A friend recommended this pack and I used the largest brush for this project.  This pack of 6 was only $14.99 on Amazon.

2.  Quick practice and test

Grab a piece of paper and start practicing.  I have a video that may be more helpful on my Instagram, but you basically dip the paint brush in the paint, and then alternate dotting the paper at different angles.

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I then taped the piece of paper on the wall so I could get an idea of how it would look.   And then I got ready!

3.  Start painting and pray

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And you’re ready!  I held my breathe and hoped for the best!  I kept dipping the brush in the paint, and then dipping it on the wall while alternating angles.  It was that simple.  The entire wall took about 2 hours.

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And I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but it’s a pretty big wall.

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It went from one end of the house, all the way to the kitchen.

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And that’s it!  I was so happy with the end result.  This took two hours, was practically free, and look at the impact it had on the room.  If you end up trying it, I would love to see!  I wish I had taken a before picture, but this made such a difference.  And if you liked this post, you’d probably love the last one I did, 20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home.

Love,
Deema

 

12 Things I Wish Realtors Would Start Doing At Open Houses

Alright, this is a PSA for all you real estate agents out there.  As a prospective home buyer, I have some things I’ve observed that I love, and well, some that I think you could improve on.  And for what it’s worth, I think you should take some notes.

1. Online pictures

Ok seriously?  Put some effort in these.  I don’t need to see zoomed in pictures of furniture, I just care about the house.  And come on, stop taking pictures of homes at night.  I mean, WHY?  Open the blinds/curtains, wait for the sun, and show me the house when it’s at it’s best:  natural sunlight is your friend!

2.  Take a video of the home

This is pretty rare, and I never understood it.  I LOVE when you guys post videos of the home.  You don’t need a fancy production company to produce one of these, you know that right?  You can even do a simple social media post (see #12).

3. Brochure

I may be alone on this, but I just want you to know, I throw that brochure away as soon as I get back to my car.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice,  but unless it has something that isn’t already on my app (zillow, realtor), I’m tossing that right away.  And if you are going to have it available, just leave it on the table.  Don’t give it to folks that don’t want it, save yourself some money.

4.  Printed Floor plan

For those of you that have floor plans available, I LOVE YOU.  I don’t need that fancy brochure with pictures I already see online, I need a floor plan with measurements.  Can my couch fit in that living room?  Will my bed fit in there?  I need measurements!

5.  Measuring tape

Look, I keep this in my purse, but I know many shoppers don’t.  And if you’re not going to have a floor plan available, I’m sure serious prospects would appreciate some measuring tape available.

6.  Put the lights on

I can’t tell you how many open houses I’ve been to with no lights on.  Yes, the sunlight is shining through, but for some homes that lack sunlight, those lights would make a world of a difference.

7.  Home’s story

I could be alone on this, but I LOVE when the real estate agent shares the story of the home, the age, the previous occupants…etc.  With that said, don’t talk my ear off while I’m there.  Let me walk around in peace.

8.  Stuff for kids

I went to an open house once, and the real estate agent had a “treasure hunt.”  I thought it was GENIUS.  They had a “map” for my kids (of the house) and it had something my kids needed to find.  In that case, it was a parrot.  It kept them busy, and at the end, he had a little box of stickers and candy that he gave for finding the “treasure.”  I thought this was SUCH A GOOD IDEA!

9.  Clean up

I kid you not, I’ve seen open houses with trash on the lawn or on the sidewalk.  I’ve also seen cups and all kinds of things scattered around the house.  Seriously, declutter as much as you can.  Please.  Put some effort into it.

10.  Ask for feedback

I don’t get this often, but appreciate it when I do.  And, I can only imagine it would help you as a real estate agent as well.  So ask folks what they think, and ask for any feedback on the house, the neighborhood–what they liked, what they didn’t..etc.  Some may not want to say anything, but you’d be surprised what helpful information you may get.

11.  Music

Very few of the open houses I’ve gone to have played music.  However, the ones that did, made a HUGE difference for me.  It really sets the mood, and in my opinion, changes the ‘feel’ of the home and the experience.  It’s such an easy thing to do, and honestly makes such a difference.

12. Utilize Social Media

I’m surprised at how underutilized social media is.   Do a “live,” post some pictures, do a story, and create a buzz!  I had one agent ask me to post the video I took (I always videotape my viewings) and tag him.  I thought that was super smart on his end.

Anyway, I hope you find this helpful, and I hope you forward this to any realtors you may know too.  And happy house hunting if you’re not a realtor!

Love,

Deema

Photo Credit: The Fox Group

5 Bold Velvet Accent Chairs under $200

I’m baacccckkkkk.  Did you miss me?  I took a little bit of a hiatus from Thanksgiving through the New Year to focus on my Instagram but I’m excited to be back at it.   I have a TON to share with you!  With that said, if you’re not following me already on Instagram, please do.  Please be my friend, please. 🙂  You can check me out HERE.  I have a ton of fun DIY’s over there, with some ‘crazy’ mixed in between.

ANYWHO.  I’ve always been a neutral girl at heart, but I’ve really been craving some tiny (baby steps here guys) pops of color in my home.  My love started when I saw this velvet couch from Anthropologie.

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So what do I have now?  Tunnel vision.  I NEED some super cute velvet chairs to add to my dining room.  Clearly Anthropologie, while beautiful, is completely out of my budget.  And so I’ve put together a list of my runner ups that won’t break the bank.  So here we go…

1.  Makenna Armchair

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I love this color green, and LOVE the shape of this chair.  It’s $183, and that may seem like a lot, but WAY cheaper than other accent chairs, AND I only need two for my dining room.  You can check it out HERE.

2.  Cora Slipper Chair

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Ok so this isn’t exactly a pop of color, but they have many color options.  I just loved this one and LOVED the legs.  This is $193, and you can check it out HERE.

3.  Beatrix Side Chair

 

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Ok this looks almost identical to the one at Anthropologie.  I LOVE the back.  It comes in multiple colors, and I love both the navy and the green personally.  I found the cheapest option for $197 at Bed Bath Beyond (yes I know!) right HERE.

4. Wysocki Armchair

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I LOVE the shape of this, and it’s similar to #1.  It comes in a beautiful Mauve and a Mustard color.  These would look super cute at a desk and not just at a dining table.  For all the color options check it out HERE.

5.  Paris Velvet Dining chairs

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OK, these would look super cute with an unfinished dining table.  I LOVE these colors!  They come with other colors too, and they come in a set of two already!  They are $210 (for both) and you can check them out HERE.

Hope you found these options helpful, I really do love all the colors I’m seeing in the new year! Can you guess which one I picked?  Be sure you’re following me on Instagram to find out!  Hoping to get it this weekend!

Love,

Deema