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Week 2 of the 6 Week Challenge – Family Room Revamp

Uh, yeah.  That was fast.

Did a week just go by already?  Holy guacamole.

Welcome back!!  I’m so glad you’re here.  We’ve got work to do.


What’s the latest?  Well, I NEED YOUR HELP!  I’m still figuring a few things out, but what do you think about these two rug options??




Now I know these photos are a bit sketchy, but I took them in the store and had to crop a bunch of extra stuff out.

I’ve pretty much made a decision (I think!) but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Beyond the (never-ending) rug debate, I did manage to pull the trigger on these fabulous additions!  I think they will really bring some much needed sophistication into the room.


Restoration Hardware Sconce


Crate and Barrel Siena Side Table – See my whole side table round up here!

Large_0319769Michael Miller Tribal Fabric

And yet, I feel like there’s still something missing… hmmm… a leather morroccan pouf, perhaps?  More fabric is on the agenda next week for sure.  Gotta bring in that texture and fancify (it could be a thing) the “sofa beast.”

What else?

Well, the shelves are almost done!!  Next week you will get a peek!

We’re making progress!  Phew!

Now get on over to Calling It Home, so you can see all the amazing rooms!  Seriously, the creativity and talent is remarkable.

Happy Creating!  Jessica

Laundry Room Tile – Decisions, decisions!


I know I should be knee deep in The One Room Challenge (and I am, trust me) but the show must go on in the laundry room.  I have been procrastinating too long!

Why the procrastination?  Well, it’s tough to decide exactly what you want to do… where the budget should be spent/ignored/blown outta the water… and then once you’ve come to terms with the actual J-O-B at hand, then there is the actual choice of what you want to live with for the next many years.

I know.  I’m preaching to the choir.

So after much driving all over town and testing samples, I decided that these 3 were my favorites.  What do y’all think??


Glass and White Marble – $17.97 sqft


Or maybe…


Carrera Marble Beveled – $15.99 sqft

Or perhaps…


Pearl Glass Mosaic – $9.88 sqft 

DSCN3292Please excuse my terrible pictures… I was trying to hold the samples up and control the camera.  It was like trying to feed an infant while washing the dishes – it got done, but not well.

And for fun, here’s shot of that energizing green!  Oh yeah, baby, it’s laundry time.

DSCN3020So, what do you think??

I’m hoping to make a decision by this weekend, so please gimme your $0.02!!

And don’t forget to check out all the 6 Week Room updates tomorrow, starting here, of course!!

Happy Creating!  Jessica


6 Week Room Challenge! It’s Bbbbaaaccckkkk!

Welcome Friends!

Thank you for stopping by to watch me transform my much used/loved/ill-treated family room over the next 6 weeks!  And thank you to Linda, from CallingitHome, for inviting all the humble bloggers out there to participate!  I think this go round is definitely going to be the best one yet!


Am I wrong to think that the family room is the hardest to decorate?

You really have to consider the needs of each member of the family, comfort and of course, whether you can actually keep the space looking it’s best.  I mean, it’s all fine and dandy to have a fancy-schmancy room for a day, but will it work a year from now?  Will those little sticky fingers, zillion legos and dripping popsicles ruin all your beautiful work?

Meet my room.


This was after I covered up my sofa with some homemade cushion covers…. about a year and a half ago.  Those covers are still going strong!  Are they the best ever?  Well no, but at $2 a yard the fabric has been surprisingly sturdy and at least I get to sit on a clean cushion.

That’s saying a lot in this house.

Can you see the weird openings?  There are actually doors/openings on every wall of the room.  I love it since it’s so open, but it makes furniture placement a bit tricky.

So what am I thinking?  Well, I’m going to try bringing sexy back!  I think my brood can handle a little bit more sophistication…. but I still need to keep the room fun, get my toy storage on, and figure out how to have lots of seating without it looking like a sofa ate my room.

It’s going to be interesting!  I’m so excited that you’ll be by my side to help me make some tough decisions.

FamilyWordsA few key pieces need to stick around… the couch, the coffee tables and possibly the Asian cabinet.  Beyond that, everything is free game!

In a sewing frenzy I made a bunch of pillows – practice makes perfect, right?!  Well, I’m going to delete a bunch since I’m tired (TIRED) of picking them up off the floor.  And in a painting frenzy, I already painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Magnolia… oh, and I sure think that the vent looks a lot better.  You can see how I made that easy frame here.


And this my friends, is exactly how the room looks today.  Bare, boring white walls… crazy pillows and a lack of general pizazz.  Whomp, whomp.


How about a vibe like this?


Textural.  Collected.  Warm.


With a sense of humor, for sure.


But totally put your feet up and chill.  If it needs a coaster, take it back!!

Here’s the game plan, subject to change if a wild whim strikes me, of course =)

1.  Build two gallery shelves for the focal wall.

2.  Add a new rug

3.  Do some alterations to my slip covers

4.  Make new pillow covers, But first, decide on fabric

5.  Add a sconce, perhaps??

6.  Side tables and bar stools would be nice

7.  Make all the flat areas interesting and oh, so pretty.

8.  Find, make, steal some art.

I think that’s it!

I can’t wait to have a fabulous new room to relax in!!  Shall we put our sunglasses on and drive off the cliff together?!?

And please make sure that you head over to Calling it Home to see all the beautiful makeovers in progress!!

Happy Creating!  Tootles!  Jessica