Month of Me

Month of Me

So, truth time: I'm feeling majorly stuck. And I have been for a really, really, long time. At least in certain areas of my life. So I came up with this whacky idea that I was going to spend 30 days and just HARDCORE focus on me. Self-care to the miggity max. And maybe that would help me get unstuck? Spoiler alert: it did.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK FIVE: ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS

Week five, and I'm feelin fiiiiiiine. So let's get into it. 

I thought this week we could chat about all the little details that I'm hoping will pull my space together. 

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Since I decided to do a skinny makeover in my living/kitchen/dining/entry space (i.e. I wanted to change things up, but not burn the whole house down), I realized early on that the details were going to be key to helping the space feel totally fresh and new. 

I kicked the party off in my kitchen area.

I considered doing a full on reno in my kitchen for a hot minute, but then I realized that this dude wasn't avail, so I ditched that idea. 

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But I still wanted to make the space feel fresh, so I decided to do one of the simplest, but most impactful easy changes I could make: switch out the cabinet pulls. 

I knew I wanted to go big impact, so I chose the 16" satin brass Trail pulls from Emtek. Our previous pulls were courtesy of our shitty house flippers, and they were maybe 6" max, so the change was m-a-j-e. Looky here: 

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I shared a bit of the switch out process on Instagram stories, and the most commonly asked question by far is: what the heck did we do with the old holes in our cabinet. We ended up re-using the bottom holes, and the old top holes were filled with white wood putty. Is this solution perfect looking? Def not. But you don't' *really* notice the old holes unless you're looking for them, so for us it works just fine. 

Once we got the new pulls on there, the difference was crazy dramatic. Here are the old pulls: 

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I mean, they're fine. Like "ok, whatever" fine. 

But here are the NEW Emtek pulls: 

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They are big, and in your face, and totally baller...and I think that they've honestly managed to completely transform our space. 

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Another detail I was looking to add to our space were curtains. At the front of our room, we have a big window and our glass front door, and at the back we have sliding glass doors into our little yard. By the way, our "front" door is only accessible after you come through a gate at the front of our house, so privacy isn't really an issue (stay tuned for a fun update of our outdoor space, which you can see right through our front window, with drop dead gorgeous Stori Modern outdoor furniture, coming up next week).

Anyhoo, curtains. I knew I wanted simple, neutral curtains that didn't get too wrinkle-y. I wanted them to have a chic vibe, but not feel too fussy. I spent EONS looking for something...anything...that didn't make me say "meh," and I finally found them on Annie Selke. 

Feast your eyes on these babies: 

The magic of these curtains is that they look and feel like linen, but they're actually not. The reason that's so magical is because linen gets HELLA wrinkle-y. And I'm all about easy peasy, so steaming my curtains every week is not on my "this would be fun!" list. 

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The other trick I've learned as a designer is that 2 curtain panels almost always look skimpy. Not sure why, but I've found this to be true like 99.9% of the time, with all sorts of diff curtains, diff materials, and diff price points. So I often like to use 3 or 4 panels where you would normally use 2. 

I also needed to figure out how to deal with the curtains in terms of placement.  We had a couple of odd challenges (my front door and my window are pretty much directly next to each other). The other tricky thing is that we airbnb our guest house, and our airbnb guests are welcome to hang out on our outdoor patio...which is right outside our front door. So I ALSO wanted the curtains to provide some privacy to us inside the house, in case some sweet couple from Durango, Colorado ends up hanging out in front of the fire pit while we're trying to watch This is Us in our PJ's. 

So yeah: I'm super duper excited about our new curtains sitch, and I will show you how I tackled allllll of these issues in my final reveal post in a couple of weeks. 

Another detail I wanted to focus on was upping my rug game. I shared our main new rug last week (the vanilla ivory Texa 5x8 rug from Article), and I crazy love that mamma jamma. I also really love our glossy white floors. BUT, I had a couple of new issues I needed to tackle. 

Numero uno, our new pup Gus (who is a Basset Hound), is basically like a sprinkler when he drinks his water. Each time he takes a gulp, it seems like: 20% of the water ends up in his mouth, 20% ends up on his ears, and 40% ends up all over our damn floor. So I realized I wanted to put a rug in our kitchen to try to help this slippery situation. But I didn't like the idea of having a-l-l rectangular rugs in our little space, and wanted to mix things up. I also needed something that was hearty and could take a beating.

Enter this sexy little baby from Hayneedle.com

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I'm constantly amazed at how easy hair hide rugs are to care for. They are really hard to stain, are pretty easy to vacuum, and it takes a really long time to wear them out. So now we've got this guy in our kitchen.

Challenge numero dos was that we were setting up another little dining area for ourselves in the back of our space where this giant closet used to be: 

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Since we have one big room, I chatted last week about how I've tried really hard to set up different areas of the room that actually feel separate. And I felt like the best way to do that in our new little dining area, was with a rug. So I picked out this pretty lady from Annie Selke: 

It fits perfectly with my soft, neutral color scheme, and it's soft and yummy under your feet. 

Mission accomplished: I'm over the moon happy with all 3 of our rugs now!

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Next on my details list was handling the textiles and pillows. 

No joke: at one point in time I think I had like 8 throw pillows on my couch. There was barely any room to sit. This time around, I wanted to do things way differently. WTH does that mean, that means one pillow. 

But yeah: I feel you...one throw pillow sounds bizzaro. I didn't want one throw pillow, though. I wanted one BODY PILLOW. And I found the perfect pick at Pom Pom at Home

So now, instead of a billion pillows on our couch, we have one big pillow. And I cannot tell you how much I lurv this change. It feels so darn liberating. See ya, throw pillow suckas!

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In addition to our faboo new pillow, I added a soft, gorge sheepskin from Annie Selke: 

And this fantastico throw from Pom Pom at Home

What's it like to be a designer who decides to change up their space every year and a half?--I'm asking for a friend. But seriously, I really think that all of these new pieces are super stylish, simple, and yet timeless. It's hard for me to imagine ever wanting to get rid of them [feel free to remind me of this post during the ORC Fall 2020]. 

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK FOUR: SMALLSPACESQUAD

Week four: comin atcha loud-n-proud. This week, I wanna talk about what life's like on the #smallspacesquad. 

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So our house is reallllllllll smalllllllll. The main house (that I live in with my husband Greg and our senior Basset Gus, is only 740sf total). There are 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and our main living/dining/kitchen space...and that's the space I'm making over for the One Room Challenge. I don't know exactly, but I'm guessing that the space is around 400 or 450sf. I could measure, but I'm too lazy to do that. However, my point is: our whole house is round about the size of a large living room in any regular old suburban home. So we def have some small space challenges that we need to deal with on the daily. 

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In our big main room, I needed to figure out a way to set up a whole bunch of different sections: 

+ Entryway
+ Living Room
+ Kitchen
+ Dining Room

And yep: that's a lot of crap in a pretty small space, but living in a small space means you get REAL used to just making it work (h/t to Tim Gunn). 

So I realized I need to break down my space into several different zones...and while all of these spots are sort of just right next to each other, I wanted them to be somewhat separate too. Lemme take you through each one and show you what I mean so you can get a sense of how I'm dividing up our teeny, tiny space. 

Here's the layout of our new One Room Challenge-ified room: 

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The entryway is not really separate at all. It's to the left of the front door right under Sheila. Who the hell is Sheila? Good question. Sheila is the biggest, baddest wall hanging you have ever seen in your whole damn life. She is from an estate sale in the valley and she was a gift from my cousin Meri. Even though I have totally given up my love of boho, Sheila, which is a floor-to-ceiling piece, is such a force of nature, she ain't goin' anywhere. Behold her beauty: 

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I mean, right!????

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The rest of the stuff in the pic is going, though. After ditching those baskets, I decided to add a sleek bench in front of Sheila. This will allow us to use it as a seat, store a couple of things underneath it, and then put some things on top of it (like a vintage ashtray we use to store our keys). I found this beauty from Bellacor, and I was blown away by how reasonably priced it was: 

I'm also looking for a narrow etagere to put on the side of Sheila for a bit more storage, but I haven't found one yet. 

Next is the living room area, which as a reminder, looked like this: 

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Most of the stuff in this spot is staying the same, minus the rug and the console underneath the TV. 

Since I'm obsessed with neutrals, I wanted to find a new rug with texture, but a *different* kind of texture than what was already there. 

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That's basically how my husband responded when I told him that too. 

Anyway, I found the perfect rug from Article to switch in: 

Article really has a fab, well curated collection of rugs, so it was hard for me to figure out which one I wanted. But because we spend so much time in this space, I wanted to find something that had the right look and was comfortable under foot. This rug just looked like a big, yummy sweater, and it works perfectly underneath our coffee table. 

The current console we had was cool, but I wanted something a bit more sleek for that spot. I also wanted something closed so that I could use it for storage. It took me forever to find the right piece, but I finally found it on The Mine: 

I'm actually using without the legs, and I think it looks even sleeker. 

Next it was time to switch up the kitchen. If you've been hanging out with me for awhile, you know that one of my fave things to do is to use decor and furniture meant for one thing for another. So my new kitchen "island" is actually not an island at all...it's another console.  

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And lemme tell ya, it wasn't easy for me to pick two fave lamps from Article, cause they have such gorge, simple lighting...and really everything (stay tuned for my other Article picks in upcoming weeks). But I wanted to choose something that spoke to my Paris apartment theme, and I think both of those totally do. They're sculptural and brass, and just hot, hot, hot. 

And then I picked out two of these from Bellacor: Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Bristol Antique Brass One-Light Table Lamp

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Those babies are actually going on my kitchen counters. Yep, weird I know: but they look gorge.

But wait...that's not all. After choosing the two lamps from Article, I was sort of floor lamp addicted. And I realized I needed onnnnnnnnne more lamp. So I found this mamma jamma from Hayneedle: Dimond Lighting Huntington Drive Floor Lamp

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Doesn't this look like it's straight outta the Paris metro?? And the best part is: I'm not using this as a standard floor lamp. Yep! Riddle me that. Well, actually wait...that's dumb. I know exactly what it means. But my lips are sealed. 

So yeah: this week has been all about getting the lighting sorted. And I'm super psyched to have such cool pieces to work with. But now I need to figure out my bulb situations for each fixture and lamp (which is a whole confusing world to me). Like, I've realized that I love the look of clear bulbs when the lights are off, but when you turn them on, I prefer frosted bulbs. So that's been a whole dramz. 

Next week: I'm focusing on curtains, cabinet pulls, and all the little details in our space. But in the meantime, you should check out what all the other ORCers are up to, cause they are doing some SERIOUS transforming: 

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK THREE: LIGHTING

Week three: let's do this btchz! 

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I've learned a lot since jumping on this whole interior design train years ago: 1. you should ignore pretty much every interior design rule you've ever heard of. 2. Proper measuring is REAL important. Like real real for real (sidenote: I'm horrendous at measuring). If you have barely any money to spend and you want to completely transform the look of your space, focus on the lighting. 

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For my ORC project, I realized that I needed to seriously up my lighting game in our space. Cause it was legit feeling a little sad around here. Case in point: 

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This is an Ikea light...which is fine. Whatevs. I have no problem with Ikea, but this light just looks super dumb right there. You walk through our front door, look up, and you see the light that's hanging there, and I realized that I really, truly, madly, deeply need a statement light in that spot. 

I searched and searched and then searched some more. Then I bugged my sister who's a lighting designer, because I kept choosing fixtures that were too big for the space. So before I pulled the trigger, she made this for me: 

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Greg is 6'1" and so we wanted to make sure that the light we picked didn't bonk him in the head every time he walked into the room. So this baby was super duper helpful. 

Ok, so are you ready to see the light we picked????

Can you handle it!? 

I think you can.

I have faith in you. 

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Ok, here's the light I chose from Lamps Plus

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Isn't she a sexy, sexy beast???

It's the Hudson Valley Gideon 33 1/4"W Aged Brass 14-Light Chandelier, and it's kind of magical. 

One of the things I love most about it is that it's "open," as opposed to the last fixture, which was closed. It's also way wider, and def makes waaaaay more of a statement when you walk through the door. 

But hold up there, homie. You didn't think I was stopping with just one fixture didja? 

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The fixture is def the star, but I realized I needed some serious supporting actor and actress help around this joint, so I decided to add some floor lamps and table lamps to the mix. 

I picked out these two beauties from Article: 

This slim barbell number

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And here's Article's gorge Pendula orb lamp

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And lemme tell ya, it wasn't easy for me to pick two fave lamps from Article, cause they have such gorge, simple lighting...and really everything (stay tuned for my other Article picks in upcoming weeks). But I wanted to choose something that spoke to my Paris apartment theme, and I think both of those totally do. They're sculptural and brass, and just hot, hot, hot. 

And then I picked out two of these from Bellacor: Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Bristol Antique Brass One-Light Table Lamp

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Those babies are actually going on my kitchen counters. Yep, weird I know: but they look gorge.

But wait...that's not all. After choosing the two lamps from Article, I was sort of floor lamp addicted. And I realized I needed onnnnnnnnne more lamp. So I found this mamma jamma from Hayneedle: Dimond Lighting Huntington Drive Floor Lamp

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Doesn't this look like it's straight outta the Paris metro?? And the best part is: I'm not using this as a standard floor lamp. Yep! Riddle me that. Well, actually wait...that's dumb. I know exactly what it means. But my lips are sealed. 

So yeah: this week has been all about getting the lighting sorted. And I'm super psyched to have such cool pieces to work with. But now I need to figure out my bulb situations for each fixture and lamp (which is a whole confusing world to me). Like, I've realized that I love the look of clear bulbs when the lights are off, but when you turn them on, I prefer frosted bulbs. So that's been a whole dramz. 

Next week: I'm focusing on curtains, cabinet pulls, and all the little details in our space. But in the meantime, you should check out what all the other ORCers are up to, cause they are doing some SERIOUS transforming: 

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK TWO: MY DESIGN PLAN & INSPIRATION

Ok, so as a refresher: 

+ I'm making over our living room/kitchen/dining room (except we don't have a dining room yet). 
+ I'm doing what I'm calling a "skinny makeover," which means I want to switch things up big time, but I also want to re-use some pieces that are currently there which I really dig. 
+ My goal is to make the space feel way the hell more pulled together and sophisticated. I sort of want to marry California Cool with a Paris apartment. 

Stick with me for a minute here...I swear I'm not completely outta my mind.

Ok, well that's a little bit of a lie.

But I've found that over the past year or so, my design style has gone through a major change. I used to be a boho babe, and now...well, I'm def not. I've broken up with my wicker baskets, vintage kilims, and rattan, and now I'm back on Bumble and ready for some action. 

If you missed my first week's One Room Challenge post, you can catch up right heeeere.

I may as well get something off my chest with you guys right from the get go: I am totally not into color. Like not at a-l-l.

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I get that that's totally bizarro, and I know that I'm waaaay in the minority with this one, but a few years ago I decided to go full-on top-to-bottom neutral around this joint, and I haven't looked back since. 

So as part of my skinny makeover, I'm going from...uhm...neutral to neutral [cue record scratch]. 

I'm just obsessed with creams and leather, and browns, so I'm not switching that up at all. 

I'm also still the dad from This is Us level in love with our glossy white floors, so those are staying too. 

This is the point that you might be wondering to yourself: uhm, Erica? WTF are you going to makeover, then??

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GOOD QUESTION, HOMIE. 

OK, so here are the main things that I want to tackle: 

+ Ditch the giant janky Ikea pax closet we had in our kitchen as a pantry. 
+ Create a small dining area for Greg and I. 
+ Make our kitchen feel a bit less hodge/podge (is this an actual word???) and a bit more glam. 
+ Zhush up our living room area. 
+ Create some more storage space to make up for the janky Ikea pax closet. 
+ Update the look of the room, while leaving a few existing elements. 
+ Make the space look like a snotty Paris model lives there who dreams of moving to Los Angeles. 

Here are some of my inspo photos: 

Loving the white mixed in with the wood and the brass light fixture. 

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Weird sculpture, chair with sexy lines and neutral curtains?...yes, pls and I'll take random stacks and stacks of stylish coffee table books for $600, Alex. 

This is way more on the California cool tip than the Paris apartment tip, but I still really dig it.

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Wood, white, swing art sconce, marble heaven.

Wanna see some of the fab, fly freddy shiz I've already picked out for the space? Duh, of course you do. Ok, let's do this: 

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+ 1. Uttermost Geometric Cabinet, $627 The Mine
+ 2. Texa Rug, 5x8, vanilla ivory, $399, Article
+ 3. Hudson Valley 14-light chandelier, $1450, Lamps Plus
+ 4. Imax Don Metal Bench, $199, Bellacor
+ 5. Trail 16" pulls in satin brass, $49/ea, Emtek
+ 7. Greylock Indoor/Outdoor linen curtain panels, $166/ea, Annie Selke

I left the cowhide off of the list above, because I'm still having major second thoughts about it. Do I really want one? Are they just sooooo overdone? I have really loved them for years, but I"m worried it's going to make my space feel more ordinary. What do you guys think??

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Are you diggin the neutrals? What do you think of my picks so far? Do you hate Jonathan on Keeping Up With the Kardashians as much as I do??

Next week we're going to get INTO my gameplan for the kitchen.  

In the meantime, time to check out my fellow ORC bbs and see what they're up to: 

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK ONE: THE BEFORE SHOTS

Hey guyzzzzzz! It's One Room Challenge time up again in this piece!

I had so much darn fun the last time around, I thought: WHY NOT GO THROUGH SIX WEEKS OF MAKEOVER HELL, CAUSE IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT AT THE END CRAZINESS again. So, yep here we are. 

If by chance we're not already bff's on Instagram, hiiii! I'm Erica Reitman. I'm a tell-it-like is, smart-mouthed, interior designer who lives in Los Angeles with my husband Greg and our senior rescue Basset Hound Gus. I love bad reality TV (it's kind of a problem), political podcasts, and videos of Paul Rudd dancing. I dig sharing super duper easy design hacks and advice, and am committed to helping as many ppl as I can figure out how to kick their house's ass.

I'm crazy super duper excited to be participating in the Fall edition of this  6-week makeover party that is the One Room Challenge this Spring, and am so grateful slash shocked and awed that I was included in this group of talented, super killer designers and bloggers.

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LEMME CATCH YOU UP ON OUR LIL' HOUSE

Ok, so we bought a 1955, teeny, tiny MCM post and beam house three years ago, and then renovated the crap out of it before moving in. The house was already kinda renovated, but the trick was, it was "renovated" by some srsly crappy flippers with no taste, and no budget (case in point: they painted the entire interior of the house baby blue). You can see some of the crazy before and afters in this lil video that my husband Greg made:

The rad thing about our property is that we have a main house (where we live) and then a little separate guest house (that we airbnb). For the last One Room Challenge, I completely switched up the look of our guest house. Afterwards, I was like: CRAP! NOW THAT JOINT IS NICER THAN OUR JOINT. 

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So as soon as Linda from Calling it Home asked me to participate this Fall, I was rarin' to go with a makeover that I could really sink my teeth into and enjoy: so we're doing our living/dining/kitchen. 

When you walk in the front door of our house, you're in our living room...which is also our kitchen. Right now there is no dining room (nope, our coffee table doesn't count), and so I want to try to make the room a bit more functional and add one. 

Now, truth time: I'm not looking to do a full on, head to toe, throw it all at the wall makeover. There are many things in our space that I still totally dig: the neutral palette, our couch, lounge chair and coffee table, and some pieces of existing art (like this pretty painting below from our apt in Brooklyn). 

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So I'm calling this one: our skinny makeover. I'm not knocking any walls down, taking on any large scale (read: PAINFUL) DIY projects, or moving around the layout much. 

BUT, I want the space to feel a bit more glam and sophisticated than it currently does, and also I want to erase any and all signs of boho (minus our giant wall hanging). I know there are many out there still on the boho train, and believe me, I had my ass parked in the boho train dining car for a few years now, so #nojudgment. But I just feel like it's time to move on for me. 

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Here's a view of the room from the other side facing our front door. 

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When you walk through the front door, you're looking straight ahead at our kitchen. I love that the cabinets are white, but I hate mostly everything else about it...especially the sparkles in our quartz countertop which, again, was courtesy of our craptastical flippers. 

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I also hate that we have no backsplash...and our janky "island" which is actually a craft table. 

I'm dreaming about a california cool, meets snotty Parisian model's apartment space. I want to keep the palette neutral, but want more sculptural pieces, way better lighting, and a small dining space for me and my husband to enjoy. 

If you're thinking that you'd like to do a makeover, but you're also convinced you want to keep it as simple and manageable as possible, welcome to the skinny makeover. I'm going to show you how I totally switch things up, without crying, fighting, or yelling at everyone on my iphone favorites list. It's gonna be fuuuuuun.

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So here's what I'm thinking for my ORC Makeover: 
+ A refreshed kitchen. I want to switch things up a bit, but I don't want to spend a million dollars doing it. So I'm going lean and mean on that front. 
+ I pretty much want to burn all of our current light fixtures down to the ground. So we're going to do all new lighting all up in hurr.
+ A more minimal, simplified, NO BOHO allowed space. It's not you, boho...it's me. We're breaking up and I get to keep all the good shiz.
+ Sexy new pieces mixed in with my current faves. The space will hopefully feel zesty and new, but keep some of the california cool vibes that I still dig. 

Ok, so now I've ranted on and on about myself, but I'm DYING to hear more about you! Can you relate to my boho hate parade or are you still on the train? Do you like my idea of a skinny makeover? Are you totally bored by my neutral obsession? Can you believe that THREE Kardashian sisters are all having babies RN???

If you want to keep up with my daily ORC shenanigans and listen to my Insta Story rants, you can follow me on Instagram.

This was fun-n-all, but now you GOTTA go check out all of the other participants and see what sort of magic these crazy kids are cooking up. Click all the links below to hit up the other One Room Challenger's snoop bloggy blogs: 

 

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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Meet The First Truly Stylish TV: The Samsung Frame

If there was such as a thing as a support group for Interior Designers, I'm pretty sure a topic that would come up every week would be: anyone have new ideas for hiding all the ugly TV's?

As a crazy addicted TV addict, and a designer who's been struggling with this issue for eons, I was so darn excited when I saw The Frame TV from Samsung. This mamma jamma is a serious game changer, folks. 

Truth time: In our family, we watch a lot of TV. But we also have a tiny house that we've spent loads of hours, energy, and effort decorating. However, I mostly just got used to the idea that if I wanted to catch up on a Bravo Real Housewives marathon in every room of our house, the big, bulky TV on the wall was going to have to be front and center. This didn't make me a happy camper, but also: I love me some Real Housewives. So I lived with it. Until now. 

Now I have Samsung's newly launched The Frame TV in my life, and much like riding first class in an airplane, there's no going back from here.  

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The Frame is the most beautiful TV you've never seen. Instead of a big, hulking TV, The Frame looks like a chic piece of art hanging on your wall. Designed in collaboration with designer Yves Behar, the TV completely reinvents the idea of what we've come to think of when we think of a traditional TV set. Hanging flush against your wall, and switched on to "Art Mode" (which displays your choice of a number of different pieces of pre-loaded artwork), The Frame TV legit just looks like a lovely painting on your wall. You can even upload your own artwork, to create a fab gallery wall with all of your own photos. 

And along with the sleek design, The Frame uses a single Invisible Connection to connect with it's One Connect box, so you don't have all of those ugly, mismatched wires hanging around your TV. Oh, and did I mention that it's also a 4k UHD TV? Yep, it is. So the picture on the TV is crazy crisp and clear. 

The one room in our home that was TV-less was my husband's office. We hope to turn it more into a functional guest bedroom one day, but for now my husband, who's a video editor, does all of his work in there. As soon as we saw The Frame, we knew it would be perfect for the space as he could use both as a TV, as well as an additional monitor for his editing projects. 

Because of it's dual purpose, we needed to hang The Frame slightly lower on the wall so that it would be close to his eye level when he was sitting at his desk editing. Any normal TV would look a little ridiculous in this spot, but The Frame works perfectly. We decided to add some additional artwork around the TV to create a mini gallery wall in the space. 

Now Greg can sit at his desk and create his art collage videos with a big 55" 4K UHD screen. He's also using it for his latest hobby: creating synth music. And when he's not working, he lounges on the couch and catches up on his fave TV shows (which, spoiler alert: have nothing to do with the Real Housewives). 

The Frame TV from Samsung is now available in a 55" model for $1,999 or a 65" model for $2,799. You can find out way more about it on Samsung.com

This post was sponsored by Samsung, but all opinions about the products mentioned are me, myself, and mine. Thank you for supporting all of the rad brands that help to make things run around here. 

My Very Fave Curtain Trick

For my One Room Challenge makeover of our little guest house, I was able to rock one of my very favorite-y, fave curtain tricks of allllll time: hanging the curtains from the ceiling. 

We already had some shades on our windows, but our space was still not looking pulled together enough for me, and I knew that curtains were the way to go. I had been drooling over curtains from The Shade Store for eons, and lucky for me, they were one of the sponsors of the One Room Challenge. 

The beauty of the ceiling mount trick is that it draws your eyes up, and makes the room seem larger than it actually is. We have lowish ceilings in the guest house too, so I knew it was ceiling mount or bust in there. I never even considered using a rod. 

My first challenge was deciding which The Shade Store drapes I wanted to use in the space. I got a sense of all my options online, but I really wanted to go see (and feel!) the goods in person. So I headed over to their showroom in Pasadena and teamed up with one of their kickass designers Meghan. 

Their ripple fold drapes are really well suited to a ceiling mount, so I decided to go with those. I also knew that I wanted to keep the color palette in the space very gender neutral, as we rent out our guest house on airbnb and have all sorts of people in there all the time. So I decided to go with a natural linen. 

And if you have visions of hospital room curtains dancing in your head, feast your eyes on this gorgeousness:

 Image via  Bethany Nauert

Image via Bethany Nauert

Here's a before pic so that you can see how lame-o it was looking before: 

I honestly feel like we went from some 16-year-old Harry Styles obsessed teenagers room to a boutique hotel room. The space is all grown-up now. 

And in addition to looking ridiculously chic, the curtains also cover up an ugly eyesore in the corner of the room right next to the air conditioner.  

There's this crazy ugly tube that is attached to the AC unit that used to make me murder-y every time I saw. Now it's covered up by my sexy curtains. 

Another detail on the drapery that I'm crazy in love with is the brown stripe border. I was on the fence about whether on not I wanted to add it when I was picking out the fabric, but I am SO darn glad I did. 

Here's the thing: you know I love me a good bargain online or a crazy find from Home Goods. But there are certain things in your home that I think are totally worth investing in...and drapes like these are one of em. The fact that they are specifically customized for the room makes the space look about a billion times more baller. 

The Shade Store is def one of my new goto resources. If you need drapes, shades or blinds for your space, you must check them out pronto. 

How I Deal With Laundry As An Airbnb Super Host (And a Laundry Room Makeover)

Whenever someone asks me about what it's like to be an Airbnb host, my first response is always: "you have no idea how much laundry is involved."

My husband Greg and I rent out our tiny little guest house in Los Angeles on Airbnb. After about 72 takes, here's a pic of our little family, including our senior Basset Hound Dudley.

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Image via Dabito for The Jungalow

And here's our little guest house! It's got a petite dining area: 

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Image via Bethany Nauert

A little bedroom area: 

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Image via Bethany Nauert

A full kitchen and a bathroom: 

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Image via Bethany Nauert

And after about a year, I'm psyched to report that we are booked about 99% of the time. However, that also means that every two to three days, I've got a serious, no joke pile of laundry to tackle. In case you don't believe me, here's a list of all the things that I typically have to wash: 

+ Duvet cover
+ Flat sheet
+ Fitted sheet
+ Cotton blanket
+ King pillowcases (white and salmon)
+ Bath towels
+ Hand towels
+ Washcloths (white and black, which I provide for women to use when taking off their make-up)
+ Bath mat
+ Shower curtain liner
+ Kitchen towels

Needless to say, I've gotten *real* good at doing laundry. But it def comes with its own challenges too. We have blue fitted sheets and salmon colored pillowcases, so those can't be washed with the other white linens that get bleached. The black washcloths need to be washed separately from the white ones, and we have a bunch of different colorful kitchen towels which also need to be washed separately. 

And truth time: our current laundry sitch is really just not cutting it. Because not only am I dealing with a way higher volume of laundry than I ever have before, but I have this odd combo of whites/colors that I need to deal with that usually requires me to do the double amount of normal wash. This is big time annoying. 

For the last couple of months I've been fantasizing a lot about giving us a major laundry room upgrade. Which is why I went kinda bonkers when I first heard about the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry machines. Basically, each one of these magical unicorn boxes feature two washers in one and two dryers in one. This means you can wash two loads at once (darks and lights, hot and cold) or dry two loads at once (normal and delicate).

So for example: when I am washing all the sheets (whites + colors) I can do two washes at the same time – one for each! And since the dryer has a huge bottom compartment, I can dry both washes together while starting another wash load of the towels. It's almost like a choose-your-own-adventure laundry sitch. And not only would this duo eliminate the need for back-to-back-to-back loads of laundry, I would also be able control them with their app on my smartphone – super handy if I need to be out running around. Anything I can control with an app on my phone, pretty much immediately gets my stamp of approval. 

This, of course, got me thinking about redesigning our whole laundry room from top to bottom. #Shocker. And since laundry is just about the un-sexiest thing there is, I decided I wanted to go for a super glam, black on gold style laundry room. I'm calling this my Vegas laundry room. And the FlexWash + FlexDry would fit right in.

I'm not sure when we'll be able to tackle this fantasy laundry room makeover, but I've already measured the room so we know how much tile to order...soooo it might be REAL soon. 

In the meantime, one of the best tips I have for any other Airbnb hosts is this: get THREE sets of everything. Not two...two isn't enough. Three sets gives you the freedom to not have to immediately dive into your laundry every single time someone checks out. Trust me, ppl: three is the magic number.

In the meantime, check out the FlexWash + FlexDry in action below: 

This post was sponsored by Samsung, but all opinions about the products mentioned are me, myself, and mine.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK SIX: GUEST HOUSE FINAL REVEAL, YO

You guyzzzzzzzzz! It's week 6, which means: the One Room Challenge is ovah! And you know what else that means?? I have all sorts of yummy final pics to drop right on your faces. Like this: 

 Image by Bethany Nauert

Image by Bethany Nauert

BOOM!

But before we get too deep into the final pics, let me remind you what this little guest house mofo of ours *used* to look like. 

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After I first decorated the guest house a couple of years ago, I thought it was so baller...but now I think I must have been VERY VERY drunk. Look: it was ok...it was fine. But it was def not baller. 

As a reminder, when we started this whole ORC shebang, I shared with you that I wanted to re-imagine the space as a "cozy luxe" boutique hotel room. Now, if you're throwing up in your mouth a little bit right now after reading "cozy luxe" I soooo don't blame you. But I needed some way to describe this thang, and that's what I landed on. I really just wanted it to feel like a hip hotel, but also to feel a bit more layered and home-y. Do you want to punch me yet? 

As a reminder, there are a few main issues I was dealing with in this space that were kinda weird: 

+ The space is super duper tiny...and based on the layout (including location of windows, closet, etc), I could not change the floorplan of the space AT ALL. 
+ We Airbnb the guest house, so I needed to make decisions about decor and furniture that would take that into account (I.e. platform beds are cool, but older people can't easily get in and out of em). 
+ There were also a couple of pieces that I *had* to keep in there (like my blue banquette, because we use it for storage in the space. 
+ The guest house is haunted

Ok, TOTALLY kidding about the haunted thing. 

So let's dive into this makeover area by area...get ready for alllllll the juicy details. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Here's the entrance to the guest house. You enter the property through a path right in front of that fence in the back of the pic. We have keypads at both doors (and we change the code to the last 4 digits of our guest's cell phone #'s each time they check in), so no one ever forgets their code. My husband Greg and I enter through another gate, so the space feels pretty private (even though our main house is right behind that wall directly across from the front door...so we're just a few feet away). 

I did a crazy simple DIY and updated an Ikea doormat with some of the gorge trim I got from Fringe Market. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I really, really wanted to change the color of the front door, BUT, I just didn't get it together. So we kept it yellow. 

When you enter the guest house, immediately to your left is the SEATING AREA

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Image by Bethany Nauert

One of the biggest changes we made here was replacing the old lame-o French doors that were there with these gorge doors from Metrie. These Fashion Forward doors are avail in both the a glass and a solid version, but when I saw the glass version, I basically had to start breathing into a paper bag. And when you have gorge doors, you gotta add gorge hardware, which is where Emtek came in. Now, basically you walk through the entrance, see these doors,  and it's like KAPOW! 

Before the makeover, this space had more of a living room vibe. There was a coffee table there, and the blue banquette. So while you could sit and hang out in there, you couldn't really eat there. I decided that I wanted to turn it into a true dining space, so we ditched the coffee table and replaced it with a dining table. 

I had to keep the banquette, because the seats of the benches open up to reveal storage below. I store extra towels and linens in there, and I don't really have any other spots in the guest house for them, so the banquette wasn't goin' anywhere. Also, it happens to fit perfectly in that small corner.

 Image by Bethany Nauert

Image by Bethany Nauert

But I wanted to make the banquette stand out a bit more, so I decided to add a bright, kind of out of the box wallpaper choice for me behind it....and I'm SO damn glad I did. I was crazy excited when I realized that New Wall was a sponsor of ORC, and after spending hours on their site staring at all their gorge papers, I decided on this pretty pony.  I wanted to go tone on tone with the color, and I love the explosion of blue in there now. 

The wallpaper was actually a "mural," which means it came in sections that all worked together as one piece of art. It wasn't quite big enough to cover both walls, so we hung it just in the space behind the banquette. I was worried it would look ridic, but we decided to go for it anyway. We left equi-distant space on each side of the mural, and I think it turned out fab. It was also a really good reminder that sometimes you've got to put on your big girl pants, and think outside of the box. 

I spent eons looking for the perfect light fixture for the space, and I finally found one at Crystorama. I love the white/brass combo and the fact that it's not too big or overpowering, but still provides a decent amount of light. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I always try to have paper and pens around for our guests, so that they can make lists or take notes. I added a notebook and some supplies to a vintage basket to keep handy on the chic chrome side table.  I'm also deeply in love with this sisal rug, which brings even more of that pretty royal blue color into the space. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

These copper art ledge shelves from Minted are the perfect spot for us to display the guidebook we created for our Airbnb rental, some additional artwork, and some other LA resources we like to provide. 

Across from the seating area is the little KITCHEN: 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I didn't make a ton of changes in the kitchen as it was mostly brand new. Before we bought our house, this space just had a washer/dryer in it. We added the full kitchen back when we weren't sure this whole airbnb thing would work (now we pay our ENTIRE mortgage with our airbnb every month!). I added a graphic rug in here, as well as new butcher block island (both from The Mine). 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

We always provide plenty of snacks, treats, and even packs of gum for our guests, which we keep in this vintage basket on top of the microwave. 

Through the pretty new doors, we move on to the BEDROOM AREA

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Get yo self into the bedroom! (Mind outta the gutter...I mean that in the least naughty way possible, fyizers). Remember: we couldn't change the floorplan of the bedroom at all, but I still wanted to completely change the look of the space. Enter wallpaper numero dos. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I decided to go more neutral in the bedroom area, and so I chose a rich grasscloth wallpaper from All Modern. Originally, I was just going to paper the wall behind the bed, but once I stood back, I realized that also papering the little niche on the side of the closet would visually pull the space together in a srsly fab way. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Uhm, do you see that gorge flush mount light from Bellacor? I've already asked it to marry me, and it said YES! I had to find a great flush mount light for the bedroom area, because I didn't want anything hanging down from the ceiling and blocking the TV on the opposite wall. Paired with the sexy sconces from Lamps Plus, the lighting in this area adds a serious pop of glam. 

The other thing I wanted to go ALL in on, was making sure that the bed was seriously, no joke yummy. The mattress is amazeballs in there as it used to be our mattress (before I fell in love with a bed at a Kelly Wearstler warehouse sale that was a King instead of a Cal King). But I feel like the bed looks so gorgeously layered and textured with all the kickass linens from both Annie Selke and Candelabra. I also wanted a dramatic bed with a statement headboard (and I only like upholstered headboards cause I want to be able to lean back and be comfy)...as soon as I saw this baby on All Modern, I was hooked on phonics. I imagine all of our future guests will pretty much just be doing this at all times:

Across from the bed is the TV, and we swapped in a narrow console underneath where I have a few fun vintage pieces displayed along with some books. I also have a luggage rack next to the console, so guests can easily story their suitcases there if they'd like. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I think one of the biggest changes in the bedroom space, is the addition of the chic drapes from The Shade Store. I think it honestly completely changes the look of the space. I wanted to mount the drapes from the ceiling, because the ceilings are kinda low in there, and I wanted to make the space feel a bit more expansive. And even though we already had shades on the windows, the drapes definitely change the game cause they totally block out all the light. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

Here's a view of the space from the other side of the room (in front of the windows). Before the makeover, the closet had no doors (as we had those lame-o mirrored sliding doors and I hated them so much I ripped them off). Adding doors, hardware, and zhushing up the closet with art, a rug, and a sexy new light is such a killer upgrade. I put some pretty vintage baskets in there for the pics, but I will likely take those out so that people have more room to put there stuff in there. 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

And last, but not least, we've got the BATHROOM: 

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Image by Bethany Nauert

I wasn't ready to go bold with my paint color throughout the entire space, but I knew I could have some fun in the bathroom. I've fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with this Inchyra Blue color from Farrow & Ball. Is it blue? is it green? I don't really give a rat's ass...whatever it is, I love it long time. 

Again, my whole goal in the bathroom is to make it a space that works well for our guests. So there are plenty of extra towels, baskets under the sink with extra toilet paper, drawers in the vanity to keep your toiletries and make-up. I even provide black washcloths (along with white!) so women can easily take off their make-up without worrying about staining anything. 

Here's a view of the other side of the bathroom where the shower is. Annnd, here's one last pic, cause you know I can't help myself from gettin Dudley's furry ass in here: 

Phew! That's it, babes! So I wanna know: 
+ WTH do you think? Do you love? Do you hate? 
+ Do you have any questions about anything that I didn't cover? 
+ Do you wanna know more about being an Airbnb host and all of my tips/tricks? (we're Super Hosts, by the way!).
 

Tell me below in the comments. 

Of course I wanted to make sure to share every single source with you, so I've broken it alllll down right here: 

SEATING AREA
+ Lippa Wood & Gloss Dining Table, The Mine, $352.63
+ Coventry Storage Banquette, Ballard Designs, price varies
+ Copper Arftul Shelves (2'), Minted, $85/ea
+ Glass Side Table, The Mine, $195
+ Justina Blakeney pillow, Candelabra, $99
+ Pillows, Indiebungalow, price varies
+ Luna 4-Light White & Gold Sphere Mini Chandelier, Crystorama
+ Lady painting, Etsy (purchased years ago)
+ Blue abstract watercolor, vintage
+ Lamp, vintage
+ Tres Tintas Barcelona, Poseidonia Wallpaper, New Wall, $1060
+ Melancolia Print by Catilustre (20" x 16"), Minted, $67
+ Marco Navy Jute Soumak Woven Rug (5' x 8'), Annie Selke's Dash & Albert, $454
+ Wood fruit & bowl, vintage
+ Fashion Forward Clear Glass interior doors, Metrie
+ Bern Door Knob/Square Barrel Hinge (Satin Nickel), Emtek
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

KITCHEN
+ Roast Chicken Print by Elliott Stokes (8" x 10" framed), Minted, $48
+ French Country Square Butcher's Block island, The Mine, $373
+ Nuloom Barry Area Rug (4x6), The Mine, $64
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball
+ Zodiac 6-Light Polished Nickel Ceiling Mount Light Fixture, Crystorama
+ Cutting board, Home Goods
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

BEDROOM AREA
+ Raw Grasscloth Wallpaper, All Modern, $3.48/sf
+ Highline by Rachael Ray Upholstered Bed (Cal King), All Modern, $1,155
+ Joaquin 1-Drawer Nightstand, All Modern, $381.99
+ Jonathan Adler Havana sconces, Lamps Plus (similar), $173
+ Corbett Helios LED Flush Mount Light fixture, Bellacor, $846
+ Rosette Quilt in Indigo Cotton (King), Candelabra, $329
+ Flax Linen Fitted Sheet (King), Candelabra, $287.50
+ Layla King Pillowcases (Taupe), Candelabra, $207
+ Kerala Spice Matelasse Coverlet (King), Annie Selke's Pine Cone Hill, $340
+ Anatolia Linen Throw, Annie Selke's Pine Cone Hill, $398
+ Vintage textile &  pillows, Erica Reitman Design, Etsy (customized with Fringe Market trim)
+ Petris Stacked Leg Console, The Mine, $701.80
+ Reese Luggage Rack with shelf, The Mine, $47.10
+ Sheepskin, Cowboy Kate, prices vary
+ Emperor Print by Moglea (11" x 14"), Minted, $44
+ Walnut Side Chair, Bellacor (no longer avail, here is a similar one)
+ Hide rug, vintage
+ Black & white art, vintage
+ brass foot (on bedside table), Kelly Wearstler (no longer available)
+ Liza Tapered Full length mirror, Urban Outfitters, $129
+ Bulb/Dimmer Remote Kit, Philips Hue, $34.99
+  Ripple Fold Drapery (oatmeal), The Shade Store (mounted to the ceiling)
+ Blinds, Lowes
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

CLOSET
+ Very Square 4-Panel Doors (installed as bypass closet doors), Metrie
+ 12" Cabinet Pulls (Satin Nickel), Emtek
+ Rubbed Bronze Pendant, Bellacor, $89.99
+ Tapestry, vintage
+ Kathy Ireland Paradise Garden Runner Rug in closet, The Mine, $115.50
+ Stormy Palms Print by Kamala Nahas (16" x 16"), Minted, $64
+ Bulb/Dimmer Remote Kit, Philips Hue, $34.99
+ Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

BATHROOM
+ Inchyra Blue, Farrow & Ball
+ Very Square 4-Panel door, Metrie
+ Bern Door Knob/Square Barrel Hinge (Satin Nickel), Emtek
+ Waterloo Wall Mirror, The Mine, $163.20
+ Luna 1-Light Bronze & Gold Chandelier (above sink), Crystorama
+ Ollie Storage Shelf With Mirror (for towels), The Mine, $78.99
+ Concord Towel Bar, The Mine, $51.97
+ Basket hamper, vintage
+ Bulb/Dimmer Remote Kit, Philips Hue, $34.99
+ Large artwork, Sketch42
+ Blinds, Lowes

MISC
+ Eero wifi system
+ Ikea doormat with Jute/bead trim from Fringe Market
+ All pics via Bethany Nauert

Ok, this was fun-n-all, but now you gotta go check out all the other final reveals! I've seen some previews and this has gotta be one of the most epic One Room Challenge groups I've ever seen! I'm so incredibly grateful to Linda for including me in this round, and psyched to be amongst so many other rockstars. 

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

**I received products from the sponsors mentioned in this post for inclusion in my One Room Challenge makeover, however, all opinions are my own. We had choices about which brands we chose to work with, and all of the brands I chose were on my list because I truly do love em. 

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK FIVE: DETAILS -N-AIRBNB SCOOP

Annnnd, here we are at week five of the One Room Challenge! Whoa! If you wanna catch up, here's: week one / week two / week three / week four.  

I've laughed...I've cried. But lately, this is what I've taken to reciting to myself e-v-e-r-y day: 

I need all the encouragement I can get right now, ppl. All of it. But I'm happy to report, I'm real close to the finish line!

This week was all about taking care of the last few details to pull the guest house together. Here are some of the highlights: 

+ We had our gorgeous Metrie doors (with our baller Emtek door knobs and hardware) installed. Painting these mamma jamma's was no joke, but they look so epic it burns my eyes. Again, this is my first ride on the sexy door and sexy hardware train, and now I don't wanna EVER get off. I look at the doors/door hardware in our main house now, and I throw up a little bit in my mouth. 

+ We installed our brand new Eero wifi system. Talk about a game-changer! We went from having spotty wifi in our guest house, to a connection that is so fast, a teenager illegally downloading pirated video games would be impressed. My husband Greg is gonna tell you all about it below cause he's tech support around here. 

+ I got some DIY projects done. Now if you know me at all, you know that my version of DIY could verrrry generously be called "remedial." And I mean: real generously. But one of my fave sponsors for ORC is this rad little company called Fringe Market. And as soon as I saw all of their amazeballs fringe, tassels, and trims, I knew that I had to get my DIY on pronto. Well, at least a little bit. 

This is our doormat, that I DIY'd with some of their bead trim and weatherproof tape. I'm kind of in love with it.

I'm going to show you some more Fringe Market fabulousness next week, cause uhm...feast your eyes on this: 

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This week I also wanted to share some of the choices/upgrades I made specifically because we rent our place out on Airbnb. And just as a reminder: WE PAY OUR WHOLE DAMN MORTGAGE WITH AIRBNB, so I'm a giganto fan for any of you who are thinking of doing it. 

My basic approach with the space is that I want to go crazy overboard to make sure everyone who stays here has an amazing time. In fact, truth time: I go crazy overboard in most areas of my life: if I invite you over for dinner, expect a spread. If we go shopping at the flea, my granny cart is usually overflowing. And if I'm ranting in the morn during my morning Insta story catch-up, expect me to get my FULL ON rant on. 

So there were quite a few decisions that I made specifically with the idea that this is an Airbnb space in mind. 

+ Hue light bulb/remote kits - I talked about these Hue dimmer/remote kits last week, but I just gotta tell you again: these things are friggin ah-mazing. We added them under each of our Jonathan Adler Havana sconces from Lamps Plus. These have a switch on the lamp, but since they are a bit higher up, I wanted to make sure our guests could access them from bed. We also used them in both the closet and our bathroom in spots that had previous lights with pull chains. Sidenote: WHY are there lights with pull chains? Can we all just agree to never use those mofos again?? K, thx, bai. 

+ I gave our closet an upgrade - Now I couldn't afford to create a fully customized closet in there. BUT, I still wanted to make sure that the closet looked chic as it's a space that every single guest will def be using. Our closet didn't have any closet doors on them, and now that's been fixed big time thanks to Metrie and Emtek. But I also decided to use a chic runner from The Mine on the floor. And I added some pretty Art from Minted too. But my fave addition is this 251 light fixture from Bellacor. Just a friendly reminder, you can decorate your closets too, ppl!

I'm also working on some fun, guesty upgrades for the bathroom, so stay tuned for those next week. You know what else is next week!? THE FINAL REVEAL!

You're gonna see pics, sources and links for every single thing I used in the whole darn space! 

Ok, here's Greg with scoop on our Eero system: 

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS HAVE BAD WIFI

I gotta say, I was a bit hesitant to take on this project at first. The thought of disconnecting every single ethernet cable and multiple tangled chords was enough to throw me into a anxiety tizzy. But our internet has been super slow over the past few months, so we needed to up our game. Stat.

I had heard incredible things from a few of my friends who raved about the product. I was psyched that EERO teamed up with us for this makeover, cause we were ready to enter the big leagues. We have quite a few pieces of tech which relies solely on our WIFI network to function. Our Smart TV, Sonos Speakers, Ring Doorbell, Apple TV and all of our Philips Hue lighting.

Setup was a breeze. First I was instructed to download an app and set up my network. This took about 5 seconds. The interface was super clean and intuitive. A few clicks and we were ready to rock. After connecting the main EERO to the modem we were online in about 10 seconds. We also had additional EERO’s we placed around our home which serves as access points so we got top notch speeds no matter how far we were away from the main hub. 

One of my favorite things about the EERO is the app. You have the ability to set up family profiles and guest access with their own username and password. The other cool feature is having the ability to monitor and set timers on accessing the internet. So IN THEORY I could set up a profile for Erica and turn off her Internet access whenever I wanted all through the app. (which may or may not have happened last week). [ED NOTE: SOOOO NOT COOL, DUDE].

All in all, a HUGE thumbs up for EERO.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK FOUR: LIGHTING, DRAPES-N-DOORS

We've made it to the one month mark on our One Room Challenge-palooza!! In case you need to catch up, here's: Week One // Week Two // and Week Three.

This week, I'm catching you bbs up on some uber cool details in our Guest House refresh. Feast your eyes on this mood boardy board: 

Here's where you can get alllll this rad stuff:

+ Fashion Forward Glass Doors, Metrie
Ripple Fold Drapery, The Shade Store
Pine Cone Hill Anatolia Linen Throw, Annie Selke
Pine Cone Hill Kerala Spice Matelasse Coverlet, Annie Selke
Bern Knob in Satin Nickel, Emtek
Vintage Textile Pillow, [similar] Indiebungalow
+ Emperor by Moglea print, Minted

DRAPERY

Let's start with the drapery...cause I love it so much I might ask it to marry me. As you might remember, one of the walls in the tiny guest house has a couple of small windows on it. We have some existing blinds on there, so I wanted to focus on making the space feel a bit more dramatic and va, va, voom. 

I'm still going for that cool, boutique hotel vibe, so I wanted to mount the drapery from the ceiling for a more modern look. Also, the ceilings in this joint are pretty darn low, so I thought mounting the drapes from the ceiling would bring the eyes up a bit. 

And it soooo worked! I chose the ripple fold drapes and included a brown edge to pick up some other colors in the room. Best of all, if you look up in the corner you can see our AC unit...there was this ugly ass tube coming out of it that we managed to hide by mounting the drapes an inch or so forward from where we normally might have. Now that thing-a-majig is entirely covered up. 

Do you like that boob light?? I BET YOU DO.

Anyway, now that these drapes from The Shade Store are up, the room is pulled together in a way that I never even coulda imagined it would be. It's BALLER. I can't wait to show you guys the non-horrible, properly lit pics that are not taken on my dumb phone.  Also: I kinda don't ever want to use a curtain rod again: I'm now all in on the celing mount. 

DOORS

Another giant change that I know will blow my mind, is the switch-out of all the doors in the guest house. Truth time: I've never had nice doors before. In fact, I hadn't paid a whole lot of attention to doors in the past...but now that I've met Metrie, I'm afraid I've been ruined forever. 

As a refresher, these are the french doors that are currently in the guest house: 

Meh. Ok. Whatever. But we're now going to replace those with these sexy babes: 

And I choose the Very Square 4-Panel Doors to use on our closet, as well as the bathroom. 

These have all now been painted with Farrow & Ball's Wimborne White and are ready to be hung...that's goin' down next week and I'm basically counting the milliseconds. 

Also, now that we're gonna have supa fly, fresh doors in there, I couldn't exactly throw on any ole door knob. So I chose these Bern knobs from Emtek.

Gorge, right??? Again: I'm not well versed in the language of doors, but I swear: when I opened the box and saw these babies for the first time I realized I've been doing it ALL WRONG so far in life. I'm pairing them with new Emtek hinges as well and I know that the whole combo is just gonna be like KAPOW!

LIGHTING

The lighting sitch in the guest house was rough...and I mean REAL rough. Not only were there boob lights for days in there, but they were throw up in bizarro spots all over the joint. I almost feel like the last people who lived here blindfolded themselves, spun around, and then just installed lights wherever they were pointing on the ceiling.

But those days are gonna be gone RULL soon as soon as we get our new fixtures up. Here's what's going in: 

In the bathroom, we're putting this Luna 1 light bronze and gold mini chandelier from Crystorama

We need to do a flush mount light in the bedroom area, as I didn't want a pendant to hang down and potentially block the view of the TV (PRIORITIES, PPL). So we chose this Corbett Helios LED flush mount from Bellacor

I wanted to do two sconces on the side of the bed, and so I went with these Jonathan Adler Havana swing arm sconces from Lamps Plus. UNFORTCH, these aren't avail right now, but here are similar ones if you like the look. 

A couple of the existing lights in our guest house were those janky ones where you have to pull a chain to turn it on. And I wanted to avoid having to call an electrician to switch em up, so we came up with a crazy easy genius solution that was cheapo as can be: this Philips Hue dimming kit that comes with an on/off switch that you literally just stick to your wall! We are adding these for the sconce lights as well next to the bed because they are up a bit high and I want to make sure people can turn the lights on/off while they are in bed. They are only $34.99/ea, which is waaaay the heck cheaper than it would have been to hire an electrician. 

Ok, phew! That's it for this week. Next week I'm putting the final touches on everything, hanging up all the art, and then getting ready for the big reveal. If you want to sign up for my super fun, secret weekly ORC video confessional, you'll get to see some ranting, previews of the space, and lots of other rando commentary. 

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK THREE: PAINT-N-WALLPAPER

Ok, so here's the deal: color is kinda hard for me.

My whole house is a mix of: browns, creams leather, suede, white floors, wood, and beige accessories. A few years back I entered the neutral zone, and I haven't really been able to get out of it. So yeah: it took me a looooong time to figure out what colors I wanted to bring into the guest house. 

But the thing is: this is a totally separate space...and the Airbnb guests who stay in the guest house don't come into our main house, so the two don't *really* need to relate. Ok phew: realizing that, finally helped me move past my color paralysis. Well, kinda: I decided to paint the bathroom a color, and repaint the rest of the space white.

HEAR ME OUT HERE, HOMIES: I know some of you may think white is b-o-r-i-n-g, but for me it's honestly like a clean slate. I've got much love for white, and I really dig the fact that it allows me to incorporate other colors via accessories, bedding, art, etc. Also, we don't get a ton of light in the guest house, and the floor is Saltillo tile. Don't even get me started on the floor. I inherited it...and while I love it for a traditional Spanish home, that's not what I've got. Like at ALL. And it's a shockingly hard color to work with when you're thinking through your palette. So I'm mostly just gonna try to hide it. 

Anyway, back to the paint: Farrow and Ball paint is srsly the bomb dot com...which works out well cause I am a horrendous, horrible, not to be trusted with a paintbrush alone EVER kind of a painter. And if I don't have good paint to use, my whole project is literally just gonna fall down around me. Thank gawd for F & B. And also thank gawd I convinced my friend Jen to come out from Ohio to help me with this project. Though when she walked in and saw my paint job she said something along the lines of: "this is the sort of space I would look at and think whoever painted this needs to be taken away to a facility."

So I chose Inchyra Blue for the bathroom and Winborne White for the main space. 

Here's Inchyra Blue out in the wild: 

Though it's looking a bit darker in our bathroom...probably because there isn't much natural light in there. 

But I really think it's feeling a bit moodier and sexier in there with the Inchyra Blue, so I'm really loving the change of the general vibe. And the fresh white is giving me all sorts of feels in the rest of the space. But because I was reseting the neutral vibe with white, I decided I wanted to go for it with some wallpaper. 

Now hanging wallpaper yourself is normally a crazytown idea...cause it's NOT an easy job. Like not at all. But I was lucky enough to have my friend Jen with me, and Jen basically knows how to do everythang, so I was feeling like I was ready to take on the world. 

We decided to do a kickass raw brown-y/gold-y/gray-ish grasscloth behind the bed which I managed to find on AllModern.com. As a reminder, I'm going for that chic hotel vibe in there, so I wanted to keep things a bit more refined in the bedroom space.  

 Here we are rolling out the wallpaper like the crazy ppl we are. 

Here we are rolling out the wallpaper like the crazy ppl we are. 

 And here we are attaching it to the wall. This looked way the hell easier than it was. Promise. 

And here we are attaching it to the wall. This looked way the hell easier than it was. Promise. 

This wallpaper is looking gorge to the miggity max, but it *was* a smidge more difficult to hang because it was so darn thick. But I think that it actually adds an incredible richness to the space. And it def has that hotel vibe on lock.  

But wait! Did you think I was just gonna do ONE kind of wallpaper in there? Hell to the no, to the no, no, no. 

And lucky for me, another fab ORC sponsor New Wall had some epic wallpapers to pick from. I ended up choosing a paper from Tres Tintas Barcelona called Poseidonia. Feast your little eyeballs on it: 

[Pretend like some Biggie song is playing in the background right now].

The challenge with this "wallpaper" is that it's actually mural. So it's sort of like one big piece of art. Unlike the grasscloth, you can't just randomly hang it in pieces next to one another. And challenge numero dos is that the mural was not quite big enough to fit our entire seating area space. So I came up with kind of a whacky solution to deal with that, which I'll show you in the final reveal. But I have to say, so far I'm lovin it.

So this is going to go in the little seating area at the front of the guest house. I'm pairing it with a blue velvet banquette that I already had in there because a. it perfectly fits in the spot it's in, and b. The bench actually has storage in it, and I need it to keep extra sheets and towels. 

 Another thing I've struggled with a bit on this project and then decided to get over it: not EVERY single thing in the space needs to be brand new. Sometimes you have pieces that are working great where they are, and it's ok to keep em.' Even though the banquette is kind of a big piece, there is just nothing else I could find so quickly that would fit perfectly, and provide me with a ton of extra storage. So Mr. Banquette dude isn't going anywhere.

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Ok, so that's what's goin' on around these parts. What do you think? Are you legit concerned that I might pick up a paintbrush again and no one will be around to stop me? [you should be]...Do you approve of my wallpaper pics??...Did you hate the Grils finale as much as I did?? 

In the meantime, you should DEF hit up all my other ORC bbs to find out what they're up to too. I'm LOVING all the progress I'm seeing this week! 

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK TWO: MY DESIGN PLAN (#COZYLUXE)

Ok, so as a refresher: 

+ I'm making over our teeny tiny guest house which we airbnb the hayl out of. 
+ Right now, it's just kind of "ok for me, dawgg" in there. 
+ I want it to feel more like a chic hotel room in there...or what I've started calling "cozy luxe." CUE EYE ROLL RIGHT NOW. [I hate all those dumb style sandwich phrases everyone comes up with like "eclectic modern" or "mod traditional," but also: I'm doing it now too].

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If you missed my first week's One Room Challenge post, you can catch up right heeeere.

So from the get go, I realized that a major bummer with doing over the guest house was this: I can't really move shit around much. And that's just because it's so small in there, I don't have a lot of options. Here's what I'm talkin' bout: 

Ok, so the bed can only go on one wall: cause one wall is the closet, so that's a no go. And if we put it on the wall where the windows are, then there is no place to mount the TV. So yeah: the bed needs to stay where it is. 

Then in the front seating area, I *could* maybe sort of move the banquette and put it under the window, but there is a weird niche in the wall over there and it doesn't fit alll the way up against the wall....so that one is status quo too. The kitchen has obvies gotta stay where it is cause that's where the plumbing/gas is. So yeah: if you were looking for a whole lot of furniture re-organizing around this joint, I'm probs gonna disappoint your ass HARD.  

However, the good news is, I still want to drastically change the look of the space. And in a way, this will be a fun experiment to see how insanely different we can make a space look by not changing the layout of the rooms AT ALL. I'm up for the challenge, yo.

Wanna see some of the fab, fly freddy shiz I've already picked out for the space? Duh, of course you do. Ok, let's do this: 

+ Uttermost Petris Stacked Leg Console, ATG Stores
+ Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel plug in sconce (similar), Lamps Plus
+ Highline by Rachael Ray Upholstered Panel Bed, All Modern
+ Corbett Helios 27" Flush Mount, Bellacor
+ Joaquin 1-drawer Nightstand, All Modern
+ Walls Republic Raw grasscloth wallpaper, All Modern

This is the vibe I'm going for in the main bedroom area: hotel-y, chic, and def gender neutral. There are a lot of things you have to take into consideration when you're designing a space that is going to be used as an airbnb rental: lots of tchotchkes don't work, cause those get dusty. If you have a low profile bed, older people aren't going to have such an easy time getting in and out of it. People need spots to store their stuff, charge their devices, and also just relax and chill. It can't feel too feminine OR too masculine. So I need to make sure the space is useful and functional, but I also want every single thing I choose for the space to feel intentional and purposeful. 

As a reminder, here is what the bedroom area looks like now: 

Meh. It needs some help. If you want to find out how to make a similar wall hanging, though, I have a whole DIY right here. 

Here are some images that inspired me for the space: 

 via Restoration Hardware

via Restoration Hardware

 via soudasouda

via soudasouda

 via Architectural Digest  

via Architectural Digest
 

I think I mostly still want to stick to neutrals, though I'd like to mix in some blue...in fact I think I decided to paint the bathroom Inchyra Blue from Farrow & Ball. 

Here's what it looks like: 

What do you guys think?? Any ideas about how I can pull off the hotel chic thing but not make the space feel too cold or impersonal? What are some of your fave amenities at a fab hotel? Do you love Patricia on Southern Charm as much as I do?? This is basically how I'm thinking of y'all whenever I ask you for advice: 

Next week we're going to get INTO it about the paint annnnnd the wallpaper. Yep, we're doing not one, but TWO diff wallpapers in that mofo, and I'm going to tell you allllll the deets. 

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