One Room Challenge- Guest Participant - Week 3

This week was a hectic one for the ORC because I was at High Point most of the week. (To catch up to this point, read Week 1 and Week 2 for prior news.) While at market, I did find a big piece of artwork that is now going to be a part of my room- one of the parts I am now most excited about.  We'll just start right there... 

One of my favorite showrooms at High Point is Design Legacy.  It is always full of inspiring color, pattern and a funky, energetic vibe.  I LOVE it.  It's always top of my list.  Artist, and brain child behind Design Legacy,  Kelly O'Neal always has stacks of his ready to stretch paintings on hand, and you can grab and go.  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this piece, and I knew it was right for the  ORC space.  I'm going to try to mount it on fabric, and see how it goes.  I'm only giving a peek of it, and I'll share the whole thing at the reveal.  


While I was away, Jackson, of Brees Mantles was busy finishing up our mantle surround.  Let me just tell you this company is top notch.  They were attentive, punctual, detailed and skilled.  I would not think of using anyone else for this type of work.  It's hard to find this kind of work ethic anymore, but they are a shining example of how it should be done!  Here is a picture of the mantle surround unfinished.  Paint will begin soon... as soon as I pick a color!  


Trucking right along... Lighting.  My budget for lighting was small, and therefore I have some small lights coming in.  Seriously though, I didn't want the lighting to be the focus in here.  We have low ceilings and I'd prefer visitors not be drawn to that fact upon entering.  I opted for some hand made pieces off ETSY. When people do take note of the fixtures though, they will note they are pretty darn cool.  They are by Mod Creations.  Many of my fixtures in this house are made by artisans, and I wanted to keep it up.  Knowing someone put in time and effort to make the lighting just makes it better.  I'm using a pair of brass mid-century style lights that will give a bit of a modern touch to the room.  


Still to do: 

Rug - find

Paint - pick, and then paint

Mural - install

Furniture - pick up from upholsterer 

art - get framed 

Check out all of the other House Beautiful's One Room Challenge Participants on the Calling It Home blog, and see how much further along they are than I am ;). 

Proud to be a Guest Participant: 



Until Next Week...



One Room Challenge - Fall '17 - Guest Participant - Week 2

Week Two???? Seriously... out of how many?  YIKES! 


Seriously, though.  I've gotten much more accomplished than I honestly thought I would.  I had a busy work week + kids out on fall break so we took a mini-vacay + early morning arrival at (YIPPEE!) High Point!!!  Other than that... things have just been chill.  

Here's what IS happening:  

I've placed some orders for items, sourced some art, and decor. I have two possible furniture layouts:

 I've gotten fabric, taken pieces that need to be upholstered to the shop. Found some pieces that were recently covered, and I'm feeling good about the timeline in that regard. 


I sent my custom curtain order in and I cannot wait to see them! I also had a mantel company come out to discuss plans for a mantle surround and sketch some ideas.  Brees Mantels rocks...  They came out, and took the time to REALLY understand my wishes.  He listened, measured, asked questions, took notes.  I don't know if I've ever had a man listen to my ideas quite so well (and I'm FULL of ideas)!  He was patient and I felt he really picked up what I was puttin' down.  

Here's the current mantle situation: 


Here's what I'm going for.... (color to be determined): 

Photo pulled from The Green Room Interiors out of Tennessee... I love following her on INSTAGRAM

Photo pulled from The Green Room Interiors out of Tennessee... I love following her on INSTAGRAM

So, lots of balls in the air right now, but they will be landing soon!

Here's what's NOT happening that I've got to jump on:  

No paint color... I'm in Gray mode, and I'm not sure if it's still the right choice, I'd like to try something bold.  I lean towards the navy/peacock/green colors, but feel that I want something a bit unique.  Pondering this still... fretting about it slightly.

No Rug:  Thought I had one, but didn't... Had one, didn't fit... Found another, colors didn't work.  Back to the drawing board.

No lighting:.  (maybe here at market). Why doesn't someone come out with a GREAT line of flush-mounts or semi-flushmounts in all styles?  I mean, think of all the 8' ceilings in this country begging for new lights!  Someone jump on that... um'kay? 

I know I haven't given you many details about my over all color scheme and plan.  There is a reason... I'm letting the design organically emerge- mostly.  I want to create a room that is sincere, rather than overthought and too planned aesthetically.  I'm going with the "if you love it, try it", "surround yourself with things you love" approach here. I am collecting things I love in colors I love and I'm hoping that my inner design compass won't fail me.  I wouldn't go this route with a client usually, but since it's a space I live in, I feel it's possibly worth the risk.  If it flops, well then... you know... 

I'm just going to think positively for now, and say it will work.  

GULP!  Livin' on the Edge!  

Here is a collage of some of the things I'm using in the room, do you see a distinctive style emerging that I haven't recognized yet? Wondering how I'm going to possibly make these things work together?  Yep... me too! ;) 


Make sure to go over to Calling It Home and follow all the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE projects underway.  It's all sponsored by House Beautiful Magazine.  You can also search the hashtag #oneroomchallenge on Instagram. There is some insanely cool stuff happening!

Thanks for following along!!! 



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If money were no object...

If money were no object, and the client game me full reign today... here is the look I'd grab using only items from

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Charming 18th century Venetian secretary

English Empire Style Center Table 

Maison Jansen Savonarola Chair

Italian Carved Wood & Iron Painted Sconces - A Pair

22" Mohair Velvet Pillows in Spa Blue - A Pair

Antique Gold Tole Planter

Vintage European Deconstructed Sofa

Classic Italian Modern Brass Chandelier With Glass Globes

Antique Pastel Books - Set of 14

Vintage Large Shell Brass Planter



A peek into my morning views

I love the morning (once the kids are gone to school, and I have coffee!) 

Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances. Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world, leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge.
— - Reif Larsen
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This is one of my favorite little morning views... no noise.  Just quiet time and vanilla almond creamer.  

Happy Morning to you! 


Home Update - Adding Curb Appeal and Interior Updates

We were in a time crunch when we purchased our home.  We had x amount of days to be out of our previous home which sold, and the market was looking bleak.  We finally narrowed down where we wanted to live and looked at pretty much everything on the market, and nothing suited. Things quickly sold in this neighborhood and we sometimes couldn't see the house before it was under contract.  So, we realized, if we wanted to be in our top pick neighborhood, we might have to settle on the house, just to get the hood.  So, each day, we were alerted when a house hit the market in the top pick neighborhood.  We would try to get to see the house before everyone else did, and finally, after missing some, it happened!  (Thanks to our awesome Realtor, Marshall Jordan) We were the first showing, and that meant we at least had the opportunity to get into the neighborhood, which was rare.  So.... we decided, if we could handle it when we walked through, we would take it, despite what aesthetics may be.   This house met the major needs, and so we made an offer and got the house.  We were happy because 1) It was in the neighborhood we wanted 2) It had enough bedrooms and that was pretty much all we required at this juncture.  

First things to change were the interior colors and light fixtures (more details on interior updates in another post).  The interior was tan throughout, which my personal aesthetic didn't support.  My previous house was white throughout, and I loved that, but I wanted a bit of color, so I picked good ole reliable gray.  I had Sherwin Williams mix up a custom color that I love.  The ceiling was a tweak on a SW popular blue.  Doors and cabinets were colors by SW, as well.  We knew our next step would be changing the exterior color as well, and we again went with SW, again a custom.

Color Pallet: 






Looking to do something like this       outside near the front door.

Looking to do something like this       outside near the front door.

The exterior is still not complete.  We will be adding in finishing touches, adding awnings in specific places as well as a new deck with courtyard and some landscaping.  Interior is ever-changing because that's just who I am- nothing is guaranteed to stay inside this house for good, except a few of my favorite pieces and my family....if they choose to stick around!   

Man's Study

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This project is for a super fun couple who has a great space for a study.

This space is more for the husband, he will be using the space as both a home office and a gathering spot for the guys when they visit.  He has a collection of Grateful Dead collectible stamps we are hanging along with his guitars.  He's got a great bar space and comfortable leather chairs for lounging.  It's coming together!

Links to purchase the pieces listed in the design (or similar) are located on my polyvore page HERE.



Draper style

Draper Chest bedroom:

Draper style

These Draper dressers inspired this e-design.  This one is a selfish board, because it is for me!  I found a draper chest at a local antique shop (knock-off, but still) and I am planning our master bedroom around it.  I have a greek key mirror, as shown, and some lamps that are similar.  We have been thinking about changing the headboard fabric, see previous


.  I love the snow leopard print and have been thinking of using it for the headboard with the draper chest.  I was thrilled to see that World Market offers this headboard already made!  Hooray for not having to purchase fabric and coordinate getting my headboard re-covered.


is the link for the headboard.  (I do not receive affiliate commission).

pic from

Here is a picture that I love showing the draper chest that Domino published on Sally Wheat. You MUST read the whole article


. She's got MAD SKILLS.

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Can't or don't want to swing a draper chest, well, you can create your own using an IKEA chest and some elbow grease.  See the Ikea Hackers post about the process


.pic by ikeahackers

Same fabrics through the years...

Do you have bedding and curtains and so on that you just cannot afford to totally re-do?  Well, I do.  I have had this set for about 7 years.
Many of these fabrics have been around for a bit,  but they are still so relevant when used with newer pieces.  Brown and white is a combo that has been around in decorating and decor for hundreds of years.  The prints in these fabrics makes it fresh.   I think they have a few more years in them, and will easily be paired with the "it" color since they are neutrals.  Through the years, I have seen brown and white paired with aqua, pink, blue, lime green and is now being paired with oranges and hot pinks.  The trellis design is one that is pretty timeless, and I feel can be used a great deal longer.

Here is how we have updated this look through the years:
This was in 2010:

Much of this is the same, but for our newest home we tried to update it a bit...

Do you have a room you need to shake up?  I'm happy to help! 

~ Jenny


Virtaul or E-Design allows you to hire me to create or re-create a room for you from anywhere!  All you have to do is snap a picture for me of your space, provide your measurements and chat with me a bit about your ideas and the budget you have to make changes (no budget is too small).
After that, I create a design a design board for you, a room and furniture layout and a list of all the items you will purchase and place.  You will be provided links where you can easily purchase the items at your convenience.
It is just so simple!

This WHOLE process is for the extremely low
price of $150 complete!

All links are provided in one easy to follow
spreadsheet with clickable links for purchase.

A room sketch with exact furniture layout will be  included as well.


Don't know where to begin with updating your decor look?  Need help finding the pieces to pull a look together?  Have pieces you love, but feel unable to place them in the best arrangement?  Need help finding the right fabrics, paints, art or decor pieces?  Just don't have time to deal with it?

-  1+ hour Initial Consult:  $75
During this time I will come to your house and see what you have in mind.  We will chat about your favorite looks, colors, your overall design budget what you'd like to accomplish within that budget. After the initial consultation.
   From there, you can hire me to do the work for you  (design, purchase, and place) by the hour,  or, you can decide to implement the work yourself with one of my virtual e-designs which is created for a reasonable flat fee.

I make it easy for you, and am happy to work with any budget.

I'm looking forward to helping you!
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Favorite pink and blue pieces

Favorite pink and blue pieces
Above are some of my very favorite colors! Blue and pink together make things feel cool, clean and fresh! Like a nice breeze!
I love the textures in these pieces, both visually and asthetically.  I would also add in a great grey or even pink sofa to the mix.  A nice wooden coffee table would ground the design.
It would also work in a bedroom just as easily.
Here are some other applications I've done of pink/blue.

Thanks for visiting! 

Jenny Kramer