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. 

In unstuck-land: I'm lovvvvvvving working with the @a1000xbetter girls and I'm super psyched about all the great content I've been producing for HGTV. I even have a few amazing dream clients RN, who are super fab and easy to work with. All of these things make me happy, inspire me creatively and are just loads of fun. I also have an ah-mazing husband, an adorable new senior pup Gus, and an kickass house in Northeast Los Angeles. 

Ok, so wtf is the problem, Erica???

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My ish is, with anything that's associated with JUST me...and my brand (ok, grab your barf bags if you need to, folks. I just used the "b" word)...I just can't get my shit together. 

I come up with a shit ton of ideas all the time: ideas about a podcast I want to do, an online course, coaching services, an online vintage shop, more rad blog content, an online weekly insta live show, a fun, once-in-awhile tour of the Rose Bowl Flea, an airbnb course for super hosts, a business brainstorm offering I could do with creative business owners...all ideas, ALL THE TIME. But for the past year or so, my standard response to these ideas is to do absolutely nothing. Nada. Zilch. 
 

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I'm at the point where doing nothing has started to feel normal. Even something dead easy like posting a pic on Instagram--which I used to do every single day--feels like a major struggle. I'm STUCK, YO.

I'm not entirely sure why all of this happening, though I have a few ideas: 

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+ My default setting has pretty much always been mildly depressed. Even with my daily anti-depressant pill (which I cannot function without...buh-lieve me...I've tried), I usually am just always a bit down. I'm pretty positive that "a bit down" has likely shifted into a solid "medium down," over the past year. 

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+ Because of what happened in our last election, politics has taken a major front seat in my life in a way it never had before. Mostly this has created a lot of feelings of frustration, anger, hopelessness, and helplessness. On the flip side, I'm feeling much more educated, fired up, and ready to help bring about change in response to this shit show that has become our democracy, BUT, I still haven't figured out how to compartmentalize all of this in my life and if I'm being honest: there are many more negative/dark feelings associated with all of this than there are positive. 

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+ I don't have a main goal...even a semblance of a main goal. Meaning, I'm not really sure who or what I want to be when it comes to my own shit? Do I want to be a podcaster? A lifestyle blogger? Do I want to be an online course creator? Do I want to be a coach? Or maybe have a youtube channel? I have no fucking clue. And, after awhile, that makes me feel like maybe I don't really care about *any* of those things. Because if I wanted to focus on any of them, wouldn't I just focus on them?? For realz, I've spent so much time wondering: what if I just want to do nothing from here on in?? There isn't even a word for this...a kidless woman who just doesn't want to work. Not a housewife...not a stay-at-home-mom...seriously--THERE IS NO WORD. What if I am this thing that there is no fucking word for??? Yep: that's kinda scary to me. 

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+ I'm not even sure how design fits into all of this. I mean: I can't imagine not having design in my life...I still crazy love it more than almost anything. But in this other content/branded area of my life, does it def need to focus around design too?? Back when I was a marketing director, the idea of anyone actually hiring me as a designer was literally insane to me. But now that that's happened many times over, I don't feel like I need that affirmation anymore. For awhile, I needed the universe to help me understand that I'm actually a real-life good designer...now I know I'm a good designer. I know I can kick the shit out of any room I walk into, and I sort of just don't need to prove it to anyone anymore. So do I still want to create design-related content? Be known as a designer? I. HAVE. NO. CLUE.

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+ I've lost touch with my "why." Why do I want to do any of this? What do I care about? What do I really want to do? What kind of business do I want to build for us? What do I LIKE to do? I honestly have trouble answering these questions right now. 

Needless to say, I've thought about all this a LOT. If you are my friend, I've probably made you listen to me blather on and on about this. I've spoken to therapists, coaches, smart people, people who really care and want me to succeed. And still I feel totally stuck.

So I came up with a kinda whacky idea to try to deal with all this: I want to devote an entire month to ME.

I want to focus on myself, my health, my well being, my spirituality, my skin...basically anything to do with improving my life. And yep: that means I'm not really focusing on ANYTHING on that list above. I will not focus on my "brand" or what my next move might be. I will not worry about a dumb insta post that didn't get a ton of comments. I will not actively try to come up with my next brilliant biz idea. 

And I know this gameplan seems kinda weird and counter-intuitive. But my hope is that: mayyyyyyyybe if I just focus on myself, that will allow me to take ALLLL of the pressure off and the other stuff will start to come into focus? 

Also, maybe not. In which case I will really be no worse off than I am right now.

Presumably: I will actually be way better off, cause even if I'm still totally confused about the rest of my life, at least I will have practiced an entire month of self-care. And I mean: I've never done this before, but it's hard for me to imagine that after focusing on myself for a solid month there would be annnnny downsides. I mean, right? It's gotta all be positive? 

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I also love the idea of doing this BEFORE 2018. The start of the year when everyone is focused on goals and resolutions and all that crap. My hope is that I will take this time to really work on myself, and go into 2018 feeling way less anxious (and hopefully more clear) than I normally might. If I do have goals by January, my hope is that it's because I've come to them in a more real, inspired way. Like: not because i sat down at a table and said to myself: IT'S NOW TIME TO COME UP WITH A GOAL FOR THE YEAR! JUST DO IT! 

So yeah: I've decided that the month is December is gonna be the #monthofme And I'm gonna share with you everything I plan to do, on the off chance that maybe you wanna do some of this shit too. Cause maybe you also feel stuck? Or maybe you've been struggling with a decision for awhile and you just can't sort it out? Or maybe you just don't pay attention to this stuff and want to start. You def don't need to be in the same place I am, but if you wanna join in in any way, shape or form, I would LOVE IT!

So what the eff am I gonna do? Well, I'm gonna lay it out. But to summarize: I wanna get reallllll focused on me, myself and I.

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I was inspired to do this after listening to an ep of one of my fave podcasts: Mind Your Business. On this particular episode, James Wedmore, the host, talked with his wife Chelsea about how important self-care is for entreprenuers. You should listen to it pronto (pretty much every other ep is also magic, so settle in if you're looking for a new pod). Those two talked about 7 main things to focus on with a self-care practice: 

  1. Morning Routine
  2. Focusing on a hobby or passion
  3. Changing your environment up
  4. Celebrating all your wins
  5. Travel
  6. Focus on your body
  7. Meditation or spiritual practice

So I decided to use this as a jumping off point. But I wanted to get even more specific: so I am gonna break-down what I want do into a few diff categories: daily stuff, one-off, and environmental stuff. 

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Environmental stuff: 
+ Keep our space clean and clutter free (tidy up in morn and eve before bed)
+ Try an essential oil diffuser
+ Make my bed every day
+ Tackle some organizational projects (outdoor storage, linen closet, etc)
+ Donate or throw out anything that's been sitting around
+ Figure out my daily news allowance
+ Eat dinner with Greg every night at our table (no phones)
+ Drink more water

Morning Routine: 
+ Wake up at 6am every day
+ Morning Skincare routine
+ Take my vitamins and anti-depressant (I'm currently VERY spotty on my vitamins)
+ feed/walk Gus
+ 10 mins of meditation
+ Walk around the reservoir (listen to an inspirational podcast...NOT a political one)

Daily Routine: 
+ 1.5 hours of education (catching up on online courses I've bought but have not finished)
+ Stick to keto diet for the entire month

Nightly Routine: 
+ 5pm - 20 mins writing in journal
+ Right before bed - 30 mins reading (an actual book!)
+ Nightly Skincare 

One-Off (or semi-regular) Stuff to Tackle
+ Mammogram
+ Eye exam for me and Greg
+ Physical/blood test for me
+ Scheduled self-care (mani/pedi, massage, eyebrows, etc). 
+ Plan next trip for Greg and I to Mexico
+ Try to uncover a creative practice I want to get back into (journaling? collages?)
+ Classes to explore: photgraphy, spanish, new exercise classes
+ Exploring LA more (Broad museum)
+ Taxes for 2017 (get ready to file)
+ Create a dog park schedule for Gus
+ Work with a trainer/Gus to help us better listen to each other
+ Try new keto recipes
+ Better scheduling laundry for airbnb

So as you can see, almost all of this stuff is super duper specific to me. So yeah: this doesn't apply to anyone but moi. BUT, you can feel free to use it as a jumping off place for yourself and steal anything that might work for you. 

Lists are always great for me, but if I just wrote out the above lists, most of this shit would STILL probably not get done. 

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So I decided to write it all out on a calendar (yep: I told you I wanted to get REAL focused). Here is what the start of my cal looks like. 

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Based on that list above, it might seem like a TON of stuff, but really when you break it down, it's not (especially since so many of those things are one offs). 

So I'm going to type up a list of my daily routines and hang em all over our house (that's not stuff I put on the cal as it will be the same every day). 

And then I made this calendar to track my one off stuff and/or the semi-regular stuff (this is the calendar pad I use, by the way; and here's my fave daily todo list pad that I use almost every day). I scheduled and made appointments for everything I could. But even for stuff I don't really need an appt for (like a mani/pedi), I wanted to make sure to calendar it so that it's not just "eh, I'll do it when I can type stuff." In general: I'll do it when I can = I don't do it. 

I'm not sure what will work and what won't...so I realize I might have to do some adjusting throughout the month. That's ok too.

Also: THIS IS JUST A MONTH. I am only committing to all this shit for 30 days. What happens after that, I don't know. Maybe I'll love it and want to continue. Maybe I'll hate it all and want to never do it again. But a one month committment seems doable and manageable. I can handle it, you can handle it, we can all manage one little ole month. 

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And also, also: even if you are just committing to ONE THING for this whole month focused on your own self-care, it will be amazing. So don't feel overwhelmed by my list. Just pick one damn thing and go with that. 

Here are a few things that I bought already in the hopes that I will use them during my #monthofme: 

+ Tribe of Mentors - Tim Ferris's new book where he shares life advice, hacks and formulas from over 100 super successful experts across all sorts of fields. 
+ The Mastery Journal - The best daily planner for mastering productivity, discipline & focus in 100 days. I'm going to try to write in this every day and use it to keep myself on track. 
+ You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero; I seriously need this book. I'm deeply horrible at understanding my worth and keeping myself in the right money mindset. 
+ 52 Lists for Happiness - Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance & Joy; I like lists better than sometimes just writing. 
+ HP Sprocket mobile printer - I've wanted one of these mobile printers for a really long time. I've been kinda fascinated with art journaling for awhile, and I feel like having this printer will allow me to print out daily photos I take on my phone (which I can then use to zhush up my art journal. (Also: here is a fave Insta account I follow for art journaling inspo. 

Now I'm gonna answer a few questions I've been getting: 

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Will you be working this month, or are you JUST doing self-care? 
I'll be working too. But right now my "work" is not at all focused on me or my biz...that stuff I'm going to try to ignore. 

If I wanna join in, do I have to do this for the whole month? 
Nope. Do it for a day, or do it for a week. I like the idea of a month, so that's what I'm going to stick to. 

Do I have to start on the same day as you? 
Nope. 

Do I have to make a calendar? 
I mean look: it's a free country. You don't have to do anything. BUT, I would highly recommend you write this all out to keep yourself accountable and stick to it. 

I'm super busy. What if I don't have time to do any of this stuff? 
Sorry, dude: I call bullshit on that. Look, I know we are ALL busy. And I admit I am way the hell less busy than the average woman my age simply because I don't have kids. BUT, also: you gotta just commit to the idea that you are going to take some time back for yourself every day and not feel even a teeny bit guilty about it... because that's super duper important too. And that will allow you to be a way better mom, wife, doctor, fire fighter or whatever the hell you're busy doing. Even if you can only commit to 15 mins a day, DO IT. Try it out. See what it's like. It's just a month, yo.

Do I have to focus on as many things as you are? Or the same things? 
Nope and nope. Figure out what you want to focus on and focus on that! There might not be a single crossover on both of our self-care lists of stuff we wanna tackle, and that's no problemo. The general idea is that you are just gonna set super duper intentional and focused on you, you, you and you.

What if I don't have a lot of money to spend? 
You def don't need to turn this into a month of "buying yourself shit." I would say: invest a bit if you can, because there is something psychological about telling the universe that you are worth it. But also, you don't have to spend a lot of money at all! Maybe you are just getting yourself some fancier teas for your cup of tea at night. Or maybe you splurge for a gel mani instead of a regular one. OR, maybe you buy yourself a pretty notebook and really focus on journaling every night for an hour. I promise: you don't have to spend a lot of money to focus on the self-care stuff. 

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I will try to talk about this as much as I can on Insta and share everything that's working and not working for me. Feel free to use the #monthofme hashtag if you wanna join in on the fun too and talk to your community about it. I want as many of you to steal it as you want so that we can all benefit from some big time self-care. 

Ok, so I think that's it! Let me know if you have any other questions and leave em in the comments. GO TEAM #MONTHOFME!

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK SEVEN: FINAL REVEAL

It's FINAL REVEAL WEEK OF THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, YO! Are you ready to see how my skinny makeover came out of our living/dining/kitchen?? ARE YOU??????

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Let's take a trip down memory lane first and revisit my whole ORC adventure: 

+ Week one - I shared some before pics and told you about my "skinny makeover."
+ Week two - I talked a bit about my design plan and dropped some of my fave inspo shots on your face. 
+ Week three - I did a deep dive into our new lighting game plan (ie. burn everything down and replace EVERYTHING). 
+ Week four - I got into it about what life is like living in a teeny tiny house and shared some of my best #smallspacesquad tips and concerns. 
+ Week five - It was alllll about the little details. 
+ Week six - I talked about the two extra areas I was zhushing up: our outdoor space and our bedroom.

And that brings us to week seven: right here, and right now. 

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So I made up this whole idea of a "skinny makeover." Which basically just means: a makeover where you change the look of your space, but you keep some of your fave pieces, don't completely start over, and don't do any major renos. For me, this is a much more realistic way of making over a space, as I'm guessing most of you: a. don't have a million dollars to spend and; b. don't really want to just burn your whole house down and start from scratch. A skinny makeover is not always possible, but when it is, it's way the heck less stressful than the construction crew, HGTV knockin on your front door type of makeover. 

I made over the main room in our house which serves as a super duper multi-function space: our living room, kitchen, entry and (now!) dining nook. Here are a few of the before pics of the space: 

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I've been obsessed with a neutral color palette for years now, and I don't see any end in site. So I knew I wanted to keep a similar calm palette in the new space. There were also several big pieces that I knew I wanted to keep: Sheila (our crazy vintage wall hanging above), our sofa and armchair, some of our artwork and our kickass coffee table. And I know a lot of people think white is boring, but I ain't one of em'. I wanted to keep our walls white AND our glossy white floors. 

However, I wanted the space to feel MUCH different too. Over the past year or so, I've realized that I was waaaaaay over boho. Boho and I had a torrid love affair for awhile, but now I'm not returning her calls and sneaking Tinder dates behind her back. I'm not sure what happened, but it just started feeling super messy and chaotic to me. I wanted the space to feel much more pulled together and grown-up. 

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I was going for Paris Apartment meets California Cool. I also wanted to bring some more brass and just make the space more functional for us. And I'm SOOOOO happy with how it all came together. As a reminder, here is how the room is set-up layout wise.

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I want to get this party started with our living room area (as a sidenote, I have included links/sources for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in our space at the bottom of the post): 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

One of my fave changes are the curtains from Annie Selke which we now have on both sides of the room. I knew I wanted curtains across the entire space in the front, which was slightly tricky based on the location of our window/door, but it totally worked out in the end. I ordered a super duper long curtain rod, and doubled up the panels to make them look more full (I don't usually like how single curtain panels look...I always feel like it ends up looking flimsy, so I like to always double em up). I absolutely love the panels I chose because they are gorge in person, and they are not completely solid, but still provide privacy and let in some light. 

I also decided to really simplify our sofa. I used to 7,435,126 pillows on there and it was just way the hell too much. So now it's just one badass, baller pillow from Pom Pom at Home and sexy new double sheepskin.

My other bizarro design quirk is that I always want floor lamps to be super high...like just leaving them on the floor feels weird to me. So I like to often put them up on side tables like I did here. This pretty lamp from Hayneedle totally makes me think of the Paris Metro. 

My vintage coffee table completes me...I will never ever ever get rid of it. If you don't like it, you and I have nothing more to say to each other. E-V-E-R. :)

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

I really loved our vintage console, but I wanted something with storage under the TV and I wanted it to be "closed storage" so you wouldn't see all of our crap. When we decided to ditch that big white Ikea pax closet that used to be in the corner, I knew I needed to figure out where all the stuff that was in it was going to go. Much of it ended up getting ditched, but this gorge piece from The Mine actually has some shelves in it so we keep a lot of our extra cleaning supplies in there. Also all of our ugly electronics stuff is in there too. 

Our creamy, soft rug from Article was another fab addition to the space and helped pull together the neutral palette in there. I know: neutral, neutral, and more neutral. I want to punch myself in the face too, so join the club. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Another piece that really helped to transform the space is our new light fixture from Lamps Plus. Our previous fixture was not "open" like this one and I now realize it was totally blocking up the room in a strange way. This fixture also fits the scale of the space a lot better. You walk through the front door and this fixture basically says: "YO, LOOK AT ME RIGHT NOW. CAUSE ONCE YOU START, YOU CAN'T STOP. I OWN YOU NOW."

The armchair here is facing the sofa, and behind it is our brand new little dining nook!

This is the space that used to have the big ole Pax, but now we actually have a table to sit at and eat. An actual TABLE. Though we have a dining table outside on our patio, it's seriously a game changer to finally have a table to sit and eat a meal at. I feel like I real grown-up. I also like to pretend that this area is my new office sometimes. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

The next spot I wanted to zhush up was our kitchen. Now, truth time: would I love to do a full on, no joke, deep dive kitchen reno? Yeah. But that shiz ain't cheap. Not only that, but I didn't want to disrupt our whole damn lives for weeks. I don't really *love* our kitchen, but I also don't hate it. It's pretty much brand new as it was redone when we bought our house 3 years ago. It's just not totally my taste. At least it wasn't. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone (yep, our dog Gus snuck into this one)

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone (yep, our dog Gus snuck into this one)

I planned to make 3 big changes in the kitchen: switch out the cabinet pulls, switch out the island and add a mirrored backsplash. Now I'm guessing you're thinkin: hunh? I don't see a mirroed backsplash in any of your pics??

If you happen to follow me on Insta, you probably already heard my mega rant the other day on what went wrong there. It's not really worth re-hashing, but the co I hired basically screwed up big time. So the mirrored backsplash is actually getting installed TODAY. #oops So yeah, I'll show you that b on Insta stories

But mission accomplished on the other 2 changes!

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Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

I know it seems like no biggie to switch out cabinet pulls, and in terms of ease, it really isn't. But I actually think these pulls have made a giant, humongo difference in how our kitchen looks. Our last pulls were maybe 8"...and these new babies from Emtek are 16." These are no joke, do not eff with me cabinet pulls...and I love very hard. 

As for our new "island," I'm sure you can tell it's not really an island at all....it's a console. But one of my fave design tricks is to use stuff meant for one thing for something else. In this case, this console is the perf, stylish piece for our small kitchen. It looks like something out of the 80's and for me that's a really, really good thing. I'm super duper in lurv with it. 

Next I wanted to remake our entry. And by "entry" I mean a strip that's about 2 feet wide behind our front door. Yet again, we didn't have much room to work with. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Ok, YES: that wall hanging is kinda boho, but with all the other boho crap outta here, I still think it works. We now have a super chic bench to sit on, and there's even some room underneath for some baskets (though not wicker baskets...I went with leather this time around). We keep our slip on shoes in one and Gus's dog toys in the other. 

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Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

The other thing I wanted to do, is set up an area for all of our crap. So that's what I did on the etagere. We have a vintage ashtray where we have our keys. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

And then I set up a little section for all of my sunnies: 

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Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

OH, and I'm super duper happy that I was able to hide all the ugly dog leashes and harness action behind the curtains to the right of the door. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Once I had the main room in order, I wanted to refresh our bedroom just a smidge (You can see our bedroom when you are standing in our living room looking into the hall).

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

We switched up the rug in our bedroom with the Jota rug from Article, and it's been a game changer. We needed something a bit heartier in there because Gus spends so much time on it. BUT I also wanted something that wasn't scratchy under bare feet. The Jota is it. We also upgraded all of our bedding with new additions from Pom Pom at Home and zomg. Game changer part deux. I pretty much don't want to get outta bed anymore. 

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Image by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

Annnnd, the last spot I tackled for this One Room Challenge was our outdoor area. We look out on to this area right outside our front door (and through the window in our living room), so I was so glad to give the outdoor space an upgrade too. 

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IImage by James Tiffany/Oxford Boone

I fell hard for Stori Modern's novel collection when I saw it online, and seeing it up close and personal won me over even more. We recently had a party and this new seating area was the bomb dot com. It's crazy super duper stylish and also provides us with a whole new spot to hang in. I'm going to go into much more detail about it in another post, so stay tuned for more soon. 

Ok, One Room Challenge, Fall 2017 over and out! Phew! This was such a fun one and I'm over the moon with how everything turned out.

Here are the sources for everythang: 

LIVING ROOM
Uttermost Geometric Cabinet, The Mine, $627
Texa Rug, 5x8, vanilla ivory, Article, $399
Hudson Valley 14-light chandelier, Lamps Plus, $1450,
Greylock Indoor/Outdoor linen curtain panels, Annie Selke, $166/ea
+ Coffee Table, vintage**
+ Johnny Sofa, Roger & Chris, starts at $1819**
+ Johnny Armchair, Roger & Chris, starts at $1499**
Dimond Lighting Huntington Drive Floor Lamp, Hayneedle, $578
+ Brass side table, vintage** (here is a similar piece)
+ Naked Lady sculpture, vintage**
+ Brass abstract head, Home Goods** (love this petrified wood sculpture instead)
+ Large wood bowl, vintage**
+ Glass and wood eggs in bowl, vintage**
+ Montauk body pillow, Pom Pom at Home, $290
+ Dark Linen double sheepskin, Annie Selke, $250
+ Wall hanging in window, I made it! Here are directions
+ Imax Fabiola Honey Accent Table, Bellacor, $341.95
+ Leather giraffe, vintage** 
+ Angular tapered candle holder (Large), Target, $16.99**
+ Angular tapered candle holder (Medium), Target, $14.99
+ Barbell brass floor lamp, Article, $99
+ Black and white charcoal art, vintage** (here is a similar piece)
+ Colorful large abstract art, vintage**
+ Wood sculpture, La Commune General**
+ Elephant stool, vintage**
+  Hudson Valley Gideon 33" 1/3 wide aged brass 14-light chandelier, Lamps Plus, $1160

ENTRY
Imax Don Metal Bench, $199, Bellacor
Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Bristol Antique Brass One-Light Table Lamp, Bellacor, $455.40
Pendula orb lamp, Article, $249
+ Giant wall hanging, aka Sheila, vintage**
+ Maris white marble clock, Article, $59
+ Skinny brass etagere, Hayneedle, $182
+ lacquer trays for sunnies, vintage**

KITCHEN
Trail 16" pulls in satin brass, $49/ea, Emtek
+ Artmax Accent Cabinet (used as a kitchen island), The Mine, $1463
+ Linon cowhide rug in beige, Hayneedle, $349

DINING NOOK
+ Modrest Pacer Dining Chair Set (2 chairs), The Mine, $448
+ Seno walnut rectangular bar table (with Seno dining table legs), Article, $399
+ Pillow, vintage**
+ Abstract Project 62 brass sculpture (I layered 2 on top of each other), Target, $16.99**
+ Vase, vintage, EBTH**
Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Bristol Antique Brass One-Light Table Lamp, Bellacor, $455.40
+ Stilnovo Ellinor wall lamp, Hayneedle, $223
+ Art, vintage**
+ Niels Latte Woven Wool Rug 3x5, Annie Selke, $278
Greylock Indoor/Outdoor linen curtain panels, Annie Selke, $166/ea
+ Makenzie armless loveseat, Overstock, $248**

BEDROOM
Brussels Walnut King Coverlet, Pom Pom at Home, $600
Jota Sesame Ivory Rug 5x8, Article, $249
+ Leather bed, Kelly Wearstler (vintage)**
+ Burl wood dresser, vintage** (similar version here)
+ Bern door knob w/square rosette in satin brass, Emtek, $97

OUTDOOR AREA
+ Pillows, Flea Market Fab, prices vary**
+ Novel love seat x2, Stori Modern, $1199
+ Novel coffee table, Stori Modern, $449

**NOT AN OFFICIAL ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPONSOR; I purchased these items myself

Just for funzies, you can also go back and see what I did in the Spring 2017 ORC where I redid our little guest house/airbnb rental

Any questions? Thoughts? Comments? Lay em on me in the comments below. 

And don't forget to check out everyone else's final reveal posts! Thanks so much to Linda for including me again, and to all of the sponsors who I was lucky enough to work with!

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK SIX: EXTRAS

HEY THERE, WEEK SIX! I know week 6 of the One Room Challenge normally means final reveal, but we switched it up this year, so final reveal is NEXT WEEK. 

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That means you guys get one extra week of ORC goodness, so hooray for that! Speaking extras, I wanted to dive into some little extra areas and upgrades I was inspired to tackle in other spots in (and outside!) of our home during our skinny makeover. 

1st stop is our outdoor space...which you look directly out onto from our main living/dining/kitchen space. This is an area that we did some MAJOR renovations on when we moved into our house a few years ago. Our outdoor space when we bought our house was basically a big garbage dump for the neighborhood. It was so overgrown and gross, people would just toss trash in there as they walked by and no one was the wiser. We realized that since our house was so small (740sf!), we wanted to really blow out the outdoor space and create way more hang out areas for us. 

As a reminder, here is a quick run-down of what we did: 

I've really wanted to up our outdoor furniture game for awhile, but newsflash: outdoor furniture is mostly ugly, and more importantly, crazy unaffordable. I was fine spending a bit more cash if I really, truly, madly, deeply loved the furniture, but I just couldn't find anything that made me feel that way. That is, until I met Stori Modern. And, in particular, their Novel collection. Here's what I'm talkin bout, Willis: 

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I mean, RIGHT?? I took one look at these babies, and I was done...

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I chose the same exact colorway as the pic above, and we got 2 loveseats and the matching table for our outdoor space.

The thing I love about Stori Modern is that they have this super chic, curated collection of outdoor furniture that's only avail online, so their prices are way more affordable. Also, everything is made in the good ole U S of A, which I also really dig. I can't wait to show you the pics so you can see how much our outdoor space was zhushed up. 

You're gonna be all...

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Another spot where I wanted to do some zhushing is our master bedroom, which is visible-ish from our main living/dining/kitchen area. Shocker of all shockers, the space is tiny (remember: our whole damn house is only 740sf). Here's a snippet of our bedroom, with my fave piece of vintage furniture I ever purchased from a Kelly Wearstler warehouse sale: this crazy, amazing leather bed. 

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What do you do when you don't have enough room for a bedside table: you use a plant stand. At least I do.

Anyway, we also have the same white glossy floors in the bedroom that we do in our main room, but I really wanted a new rug in there. I needed a really hearty rug that could take a beating, as our dog spends a lot of time in there, and the dude is not really known for his cleanliness. Again my friends at Article came through with this Jota Sesame Ivory Rug

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No joke: this Article rug is one of my favorite pieces from the ORC. As natural rugs have become more and more popular over the years, we're all now real familiar with what a typical jute rug looks like...and this is seriously the opposite of that. It's hard to see in the pic, but the tonal colors in this rug are bangin'--they're like a yummy, neutral rug lasagna. It's also way softer than a lot of jute rugs I've been up close and personal with. And since this rug is in our bedroom (where we're often barefoot), I wanted to make sure it felt good under our feet too. Truth time: I'm deeply in love with this mofo. 

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In addition to our sexy new rug, I added some ah-mazing pieces from Pom Pom At Home. I've been a big time fan of Pom Pom At Home since my last ORC, where I used their pillowcases in my guest house makeover. I love them so much because they have some really gorge, unique, luxurious pieces that can totally change the look of your space. Last week, I already shared my new fave pillow for my couch, this Montauk Body Pillow. I picked out this lovely coverlet (Brussels Walnut King Coverlet) for our bed. 

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I also chose this Montauk King Blanket in indigo which I have been using both on our bed, and in our living room (on our accent chair). One of my biggest pet peeves is tiny little throws. These tiny throws look especially ridiculous on a king sized bed. So I was so thrilled to find an accent blanket like this one, that was actually sized for a larger, king bed. 

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And even though I've completely ditched boho in our house, I still love me some fringe. 

Another mini upgrade I wanted to make on our bedroom door (as well as the door to the bathroom and to Greg's office) was to switch out the door knobs with sexy new knobs from Emtek. I chose these Bern knobs in satin brass with a square rosette (they are shown below in satin nickel).

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I honestly feel like these door knobs are sorta like door jewelry...and much like real jewelry, once you get a taste of the good stuff, there's no going back. Emtek: you have officially ruined me on regular door knobs forevs now. 

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Alright, bbs. Get ready for the BIG REVEAL next week!

I have one more major thing I need to do in my kitchen that I'm hoping is really going to transform the space...and that's goin down on Saturday. So as per uzsh: we're down to the wire here. But i'm confident I'm going to get it all done. I mean, I think I am. I mean, I AM, I AM. 

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Alrighty, so you know the drill by now: time to go check out what all my other ORC homies are up to. There are some other amazing makeovers goin' down. See you btchz next week for the final reveal! 

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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