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!

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

 

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

6 Runner Rugs Under $100

So I’ve been admiring kitchen runner rugs on Instagram for months now.  And I’m just like, damnit I want one.  I have a long kitchen, and a runner rug would be perfect.  My house is mostly neutral colors, but I have to say I’ve been loving the bold colored rugs I’ve seen and kinda want that pop of color.  I’ve been on the search for one, and well, that means I’ve created a short list.   Below are 6 of my top picks under $100.

Also, I don’t know about you, but I base most of my purchases off of reviews.  Especially when it’s a TON of reviews that are good.  As opposed to like 3 people that may have given it a glowing review.  Therefore, I’ve included that info below too.

1. Darchelle Beige/Pink Rug

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You can find this on Joss & Main here.  Out of 1249 reviews, this got 4.8 out of 5 stars.

2. Cearbhall Beige Rug

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You can find this on Joss & Main here.  Out of 68 reviews, it got 4.8 out of 5 stars.

3.  Wilcox Orange Rug

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You can find this on Joss & Main here.  Out of 146 reviews it got 4.7 out of 5 stars.

4. Hillsby Orange/Saffron rug

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You can get this on Joss & Main here.  Out of 999 reviews, this got 4.8 out of 5 stars.

5.  Abbeville Power Loom Dark Blue Rug

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You can get this on Joss & Main here.  Out of 1,227 reviews, this got 4.7 out of 5 stars.

6.  Annabel Light Blue?Fuchsia Area Rug

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You can get this on Wayfair here.  Out of 1023 reviews, this got 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Alrighty, if you’re in the market for a rug, I hope that was helpful.  And if you just like looking at rugs in your free time, that’s cool too, I’m not judging you.

Love,

Deema

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10 Reasons To Read Reese Witherspoon’s New Book: Whiskey in a Teacup.

If you follow me on Instagram, you likely didn’t miss my not so subtle excitement over Reese Witherspoon’s new book, Whiskey in a Teacup.  And it’s not because I’m obsessed with Reese Witherspoon, or the fact that I love Whiskey, or that I have an obsession with books in general.   Because all those things are true, but this book was really special.  I couldn’t put it down.  And by the time I was finished, I had texted all my girlfriends to go out and buy it.  Here’s why you should:

1.  You can totally judge this book by it’s cover.

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We all know I’m obsessed with coffee table books.  And if you’re a Reese Witherspoon fan (I mean, who isn’t?), the cover of this book is super cute and has her right on the cover.  It really is a beautiful book (and the pictures inside are beautiful too!).

2.  Totally a ‘feel good’ book

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You know how when you watch a movie and it makes you feel all good inside?  That’s exactly how I felt about this book.  I felt like I was sitting at the kitchen table having coffee with Reese as she shared all her stories, traditions, and tips.  She really reminds us what’s important about life–family, friends, home, and traditions.

3.  Recipes

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OMG the recipes.  And not just the food, but the recipes for drinks!  There is some serious good stuff in there.

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She even has full menu recommendations for different occasions.

4.  Stories + Memories

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Hands down my favorite part.  Reese shares a TON of memories and stories throughout the book.  She shares stories about important life lessons, shopping with her grandma, gardening with her grandpa, catching frogs, and how doing her own lemonade stand taught her a lot about running a business.

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And damnit she made me want a dog again!  She had me reminiscing about my own grandma and traditions, some of which were so relatable.

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And I loved learning about her mom, her incredible laugh, and her love for life and dancing.  Her grandma was a beacon of solid wisdom from beauty tips to her wisdom growing up in the civil rights movement, and the importance of love and inclusiveness.

5.  Parties and Traditions

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I LOVED learning about the dinner parties and different traditions she has and cherishes.  From the keepsake books for her kids, to the road trips (I already tried one of the games with my son during our morning car ride!), to the family dinners at the table, to the music, I loved them all.

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And look, now I’m convinced I need to host a Kentucky Derby Party of my own.  I’m already looking for some super cute hats.

6.  Tips, more tips, and then more tips!

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I don’t even know where to begin here!  She shares full menu ideas, table setting ideas, road trip games, hostess tips, flea market strategies, gift ideas, houseguest  etiquette, and even playlists for different occasions.

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I mean the list goes on and on.  And look, if you want to master the hot hair roller technique, or learn how to make the perfect sweet tea, this book is for you.

7.  The South

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As an extremely proud Lebanese woman, I LOVE how proud she is of where she came from, and loved learning so much about the South.   It was super cute, she even “translated” some of the Southern “language.”

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I loved learning about wicker and wallpaper, it totally gave me some ideas for my own home.  Reese talks about the music there, the traditions, the love for Monograms, and look, by the time I finished reading the book, I felt like I was about to let a few “y’alls” slip off my tongue.  Oh, and now I love Dolly Parton even more.

8.  Life Lessons

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Reese really hones in on what’s really important in life, from family and friends, to home and traditions.  She highlights how important dogs and animals are, and that it’s so important to make an effort in this busy world, to really sit down at the dinner table with your family and have good food and conversation.

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She talks about the importance of female friendships, and the importance of community and giving back.  I especially loved what she said about having a pretty home, but a welcoming and practical home for your family and your kids.  As she said it, “your home is not a museum.”  I think I need to remind myself of that sometimes.

9.  Book Club

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Umm, did you know Reese has a book club?  Not only does she share her favorites, but she shares ideas for a Book Club party menu, how she organizes her books, and all kinds of other good stuff…etc.  I cannot wait to start on some of her recommendations.

10.  Music, dancing, and playlists

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One thing I really loved was the theme of how important music was to her.  She shares many playlists throughout the book, and I thought that was such a nice touch!  She shares a little something about her early aspirations in life, but I’ll let you wait and find out when you read the book.

So go buy it!  Whether you need a cute coffee table book, a good read, or looking for a good gift, I promise you will not be disappointed.  I know this is definitely going to be my ‘go to’ for gifts for awhile now.  And Reese, in the off chance you ever read this, I totally get the sweatpants thing.  And thank you for reminding us that you can care about “silly” things like hair, makeup, or fashion, and still be educated, thoughtful, and care about other things like politics, and civic engagement.  And, please, write another book.

Love,

Deema

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5 Reasons To Shop At HomeGoods For Fall Decor

Listen I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees outside, if someone tells you it’s too early to decorate for Fall, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.  I’m ready to wear my flannel shirt and start drinking my Pumpkin Spice Latte like the walking cliche that I’ve lived up to be.

There are plenty of places to shop for Fall Decor.  However, one of my favorite places to go is HomeGoods.  Why?

1.  Signs

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Because without them you may forget what holiday season we’re in.  Especially when it’s hot AF outside.  HomeGoods has a TON of signs for the fall right now.  They have Halloween themed signs, Fall themed, Thanksgiving themed…etc

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2.  Money, Money, Moneyyyyy

You get A TON of bang for your buck.  The prices are budget friendly, and the quality is just as good.  And listen, you never walk out of HomeGoods empty handed.  Like, ever.  Unless you walk in there on a Tuesday and see Patty from the PTA and you’re super embarrassed for not returning her calls, so you quickly run out of the store and go mourn the loss of all the items left in your cart as you cry in your car.  Hypothetically speaking, that is.

3.  Pillows & Throws

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Look, pillows get boring.  It’s fun to switch them up a bit, especially for a holiday.  They have all kinds of pillows and throws right now with all the fun fall themes and colors.

4.  Pumpkins

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There is nothing like going to a pumpkin patch, picking out pumpkins, and then taking them home to carve and decorate.  And, we totally do that with the kiddos every year.  With that said, I LOVE the variety of decorative pumpkins they have at the store.  And for me, I love my neutrals.  But don’t worry, they have other pumpkins for all you normal human beings that like color.

5.  Stuff for the kids

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Ok, my kids were super excited.  They have a TON of Halloween and Thanksgiving decor, snow globes, garlands,….etc.

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The point is, it’s a great place to go and get the kids excited about the Fall too.

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Lastly, I’ll just add that there is a ton of other stuff that I didn’t get.  They have plates, cups, mugs, baskets, gifts, candles, Fall food and drinks, and so much more Fall Decor.  And no, I didn’t get paid to write about this, I’m just obsessed.  So seriously, go to HomeGoods.  Just don’t go on Tuesday, Patty might be there.

Love,

Deema

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6 Reasons To Buy Faux Flowers

I love having flowers in my home, but I don’t exactly have an endless cash flow to replace those suckers every week.  Look, I know there is nothing like fresh flowers.  And I think it’s great that your friend Casey has fresh Peonies delivered to her home every Wednesday.  But I’m on a budget, and I like to spend my extra money on trips to HomeGoods, or something that lasts longer than 3 days. Continue reading “6 Reasons To Buy Faux Flowers”