One Room Challenge Office/Studio: Week 4

Happy Thursday everybody!  Week 4 of the One Room Challenge is here and I can’t believe it!  Only two weeks left until the final reveal!  I can’t believe how fast the days have flown by.  To say I am stressed out would be an understatement.  This week I finished the faux roman shade for the window and it is so cute.  I hung it higher than the window so it really makes the window feel taller.  This window is very wide and very short; it is an above the ground basement window.  For some reason, this faux roman shade gave me some real problems haha and I am so glad it is finished and worked out the way I wanted it to!

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I spray painted the accent table frame gold this week as well.  Now I just need to get the wooden top built for it.  This will be perfect to keep at the side of my desk for my printer.

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I also began painting this rug, but man is it time consuming!  I absolutely love Kilim rugs but they are so expensive!  I’ve had this rug from Hobby Lobby for a while now (it used to be in my living room).  I wasn’t loving the monochromatic look for this room so I decided to paint it to look like a Kilim rug.  First, I created my little pattern and then duplicated it many times to form this design.

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Here is a portion of the rug painted, I’m planning on touching it up and sharpening the edges at the end.  This rug is 5X8 feet so this project has been no easy task!  I think I am really going to love the end result once it is finished!

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I’ve also done some shopping this week, I ordered some awesome art prints from the etsy shop Lila+Lola and made a trip up to Ikea for a cork board, wall organizer, and office garbage can.

Goals for this next week:

  1.  Finish the printer table
  2. Finish the rug
  3. Move all furniture into place (which includes an awesome old easel, rolling cart, and leather swivel chair which I have been hoarding).

I want to have all of these things done so that I am able to focus on the details.  I have one long built in shelf  that runs the length of the room to style and decorate.  I also have desk tops and blank walls to style and make awesome and functional.  So much to do and so little time!

Check out the other guest ORC design bloggers week 4 progress here.  You can find the invited design bloggers progress here.

ORC Progress:   Week 1   //   Week 2   //  Week 3   //

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Kemley

 

One Room Challenge Office/Studio: Week 3

I can’t believe it is already week 3 of the ORC!  The final reveal will be here before we know it and I am determined to have a 100% completed office/studio!  I have had so much fun checking out other blogs with room makeovers in the ORC and have definitely found a few that I will continue to follow even after the ORC is over!  So much fun!  You can find the invited design bloggers’ ORC posts here.  And make sure to check out the other invited guest design bloggers here.  Thanks again to Linda from Calling it Home for allowing us guest design bloggers to participate!

I have some exciting projects in the works for my office/studio that I can’t wait to reveal on week 6!  I have been fairly productive this week but I do think I need to step it up a bit to make the deadline.  I have a lot of great ideas, but implementing them is another story, especially with an eight month old getting into everything haha.

This week I revamped a mid century school desk and chair for Nash when he is a little older.  This desk is so special to me and I love including it in my room design.  When my grandma built her new house and moved a few years back she cleaned out her old house and got rid of a lot of things, including this adorable little desk.  My mom couldn’t bear to see it thrown out so she took it.  Several months ago, my mom decided she needed to get rid of it while cleaning out and decluttering her house.  So I inherited the desk!

Here is the desk before (with the seat back already removed).  The wood part is in pretty good shape, the metal parts of the desk and chair had been painted dark brown at some point and the paint was chipping off.

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After contemplating a few different options, I decided that the metal just HAD to be spray painted gold.  I am so glad I chose gold because it looks so cute!  The combination of wood and gold looks amazing!  I used my favorite go-to gold spray paint from Design Master, which I purchased from Micheal’s Craft.  Adorable, right?  It looks amazing with the paper ripped off, etc. but I will save that for the final reveal!

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I have also been working on a faux roman shade for the odd shaped window in this basement office/studio (see the room here) with this pink and pineapple fabric!  I just couldn’t pass it up when I saw it!  Thank goodness my mom is helping me with the roman shade because it has been a little tricky!  It’s one of those things that can easily be messed up by over thinking it.  Here is a sneak peek of the fabric….. Okay, pineapples are so rad, am I right???

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My goal for next week is to paint an area rug to resemble a kilim rug.  I know, I have big aspirations and I am crossing my fingers that it will look as good in real life as it does in my head haha.  Wish me luck!  Thanks for reading and continue to follow along as I progress further each week in this little office/studio!

xo

Kemley

One Room Challenge Office/Studio: Week 2

I can’t believe another week has past already!  Wow time is flying.  Check out where I started on week 1.  I sat down on the floor in the office today and went through my pile of accessories and pieces that I’m planning on repurpose for this space and it really made me realize how much work and time is going to need to go into this room!  I’m a little nervous but SO excited.  I love to sit down and compare items and furniture and brainstorm ways to create an amazing room.  It really gets my creativity flowing to actually hold items in my hands and visualize everything.  I am loving this process!

So the main thing I did this week was spray paint my old metal desk….. pink!  I picked up this desk for next to nothing from an online classifieds website a while back.  It is a big, deep desk and weighs a TON.  It has been in the office for a while but not necessarily functioning as a desk.  It also barely fit through the doorway into the room, (which is in the basement) so getting it outside to spray paint it was not an option.  I may be crazy…. but I sprayed it inside the house (with all the windows open).  Yikes.

Here is the desk before:

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Here is the desk prepped for painting:

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As you can see above, I covered the floor and wall with paper, I also taped off the top of the desk (which I am leaving the natural wood look), and the legs and drawer pulls.

It worked out pretty well to spray paint the desk inside my house, I did notice a light coating of pink dust on some of the baseboard that wasn’t covered with paper.  But luckily it wiped off!  I will admit, it was pretty risky to spray paint the desk inside the house but I weighed the risks and benefits and decided to go for it!

So, I have been crushing on pale pink for a while now and I immediately knew this was the color I wanted to paint the desk.  I found this lovely pink spray paint at Micheal’s Craft, it’s called “Ballet Slipper”.  It is a perfect pale pink and I love it.  Here is a little sneak peak of the desk.

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I have also been working on plans to reconfigure this accent table frame (it used to have a glass top), into a table for my printer.  I want to build a wood top for it and probably spray paint the frame gold.  The printer takes up too much space on top of the desk; I want it out of the way on it’s own table.  I am trying to make this office as functional as possible as well as beautiful!  Which means I need some space to work on top of the desk.  I love using old items to make something new.  I’m all about thrifty over here!

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Lastly, here’s a sneak peek of where my design plan is going as far as accessories and colors…  Notice the pale pink tassel on the pillow is the color I painted the desk!  I want to throw in gold accents as well, I mean pale pink and gold… it’s what dreams are made of!  I have so many fun plans for this room, but I don’t want to spoil everything by sharing it now!  So please continue to follow my journey and you will not be disappointed when the room is revealed on week 6!

Check out all the other amazing ORC guest participant’s week 2 progress at Calling it Home.  Here is the link to the invited design bloggers and their amazing spaces.

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xo

Kemley

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4 Tips to Remember While Spring Cleaning

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Hey everyone!  So today I’m going to go over 4 tips to remember while Spring cleaning!  Just recently I started into Spring cleaning my house, and wow it is time consuming!  Growing up, my mom always “Spring Cleaned” the house every Spring, which included things like washing walls and windows.  Now that I have a house of my own I’m figuring out what works best for me with my own Spring cleaning and I’ve decided to share 4 tips about Spring cleaning!

4 Tips:

#1:  Ajax is your best friend.  If something needs to be scrubbed off, including hard water on faucets and fridge ice/water machines, Ajax is where it’s at!  That powder is like magic and it’s also like $1.  The cheapest, most effective cleaner out there I swear!  It also did a great job cleaning the underside of our microwave/vent which is above our stove and was a yucky, greasy mess.  I also use Ajax to scrub our tubs, and it works wonders on getting rid of soap residue.   Just toss some of that powder onto a scrubber and go to work!  Shown below are my go-to cleaners for everyday cleaning and Spring cleaning!

  • Lysol bathroom cleaner
  • Windex and Sprayway glass cleaners
  • Ajax!!
  • Pledge for dusting
  • I also use Lysol Kitchen cleaner and 409

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#2:  Blinds require special attention.  I have come to the conclusion that just lightly dusting off blinds is not good enough.  I found that the best way to get nice, new looking blinds is to wipe each and every slate, often more than once because dust smears.  I fill a bucket with warm water and little bit of dish soap, get the rag wet in the soapy water, wring it out, and then add some 409 cleaner to the rag.  409 is awesome in getting rid of fingerprints and other grime that you wouldn’t think would be on your blinds.  It’s crazy how dirty blinds actually are once you get up close and really look at them.  Blinds definitely need to be cleaned every Spring, if not more often!  I’m all about practicality while cleaning, so if an old ice cream bucket works then it’s good enough for me!  Haha.  A fancy bucket isn’t going to get those blinds any cleaner!

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#3:  Good Smelling Scents are Important.  Whether you prefer candles or scentsy or home fragrance oil (like I do), get those good smells permeating your house!  Spring cleaning gets me excited to de-clutter and change up a space and good smells are necessary to get the feel of a renewed and refreshed space.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE home fragrance oils from Greenleaf!  My very favorite is a scent called “Hope”, it is lovely and the name totally fits it!  A close second is a scent called “Orange and Honey”.  The oil can be put in any warmer, but I prefer the light bulb ring.  It sits right on the light bulb in your lamp.  All you have to do is put several drops of oil in it, turn on the lamp, and pretty soon the house smells so good!  Just use a low 40 watt light bulb to prevent a slight burning smell that I have experienced with a higher watt bulb haha.  Visit Greenleaf’s website to find these amazing oils!

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#4:  Don’t stress out if your Spring cleaning takes longer than a day.  I honestly thought I could get my entire house done in one day.  My sweet little sister babysat Nash for 4 hours of the day and I seriously never got out of the kitchen in that 4 hours!  I then finished the cleaning day with Nash at home with me, which was not super productive because he is an 8 month old who doesn’t nap and likes to roll around and get into everything!  So in that day I got the kitchen appliances and cupboards really clean, the blinds and window sills in the kitchen and living room, and the baseboard in the kitchen and living room.  I didn’t want to brush over things really quick and not get things very clean just to get more done.  The quality was more important than the quantity.  This type of cleaning is only done once a year to this extent, so it is a time to be very thorough.

 

I am planning on getting the entire house done within the next couple weeks.  The main living space of our house is already feeling so much cleaner and fresher!  As a final touch, I cut some lilac sprigs from our yard and put them in a vase on our kitchen table.  It was so nice sitting there in my clean, fresh kitchen with fresh lilac on the table and the scent of the lilac and “Hope” floating through the air.  Perfection!  I hope this inspires you all to Spring clean your house!  I think all of us could use a cleaner house and it just feels SO GOOD.  It is worth all the hard work for sure!

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xo

Kemley

 

 

 

 

 

The One Room Challenge: Office/Art Studio

Hey everyone!  I’m posting super late on a Thursday night but today has been more than a little busy.  Between chasing Nash and spring cleaning my house, the day just flew by!  Soooo has anyone heard of The One Room Challenge?  I hadn’t until just recently and I am so excited about it!

The challenge is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home.  Twenty design bloggers are chosen to participate and transform a room in 6 weeks!  Each week they post about their progress.  Who doesn’t love dramatic before and after room transformations???  Here are all the design bloggers chosen to partipate in the Spring 2016 ORC.

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But anyone with a blog can join as a guest participant–and that’s what I have decided to do!  So I have 6 weeks to totally makeover a room.  I have chosen to transform my……

Office and Art Studio Space!!!!!!!!!!

I’m not sure if it can even be called that yet.  It has tried to function as an office but has been sorely neglected.  It always seems to be the last room on my list to clean and organize, and yes, decorate and remodel.  I could really use a functional and beautiful work space in my home and so that is my goal.  Ultimate function+beauty.  This little baby is getting ALL my attention for the next 6 weeks… along with my other baby Nash of course!

This room was a bedroom for two boys before we bought the house.  It’s located in the basement and part of the ceiling drops low– which can be a little bit of a design challenge.

BEFORE:

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These were the only before pictures I could dig up, not the best quality.  The walls were tan, ceiling was tan, and the bead board wall was very green.

Several months after we moved in (which was August of 2014) I repainted the walls to look like this:

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The bright white paint really brightened up the space.  I love the contrast of the black and white (the black paint is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore).  Before the white paint, this room was by far the darkest room in the house, especially with the drop down ceiling painted tan and the poor lighting.

This little project also happened to one wall shortly after I painted the walls white…

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And that’s where everything stopped.  I had big plans for the space but never finished it.  It has since become a room to collect junk and half-finished projects.

I feel like I have a good canvas to start with and I am excited to make this a functional and beautiful office.  I am also a pastel artist and really need to get this space working as a little studio as well!

You can find the links to the invited design bloggers HERE and the links to other guest bloggers HERE.  Follow along on instagram #ORC!  Check back every Thursday when all the bloggers will be posting their progress!

I’m not going to lie… I’m pretty nervous and I hope I can create an amazing space worthy of even being linked to this challenge!  Keep following along!

xo

Kemley

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DIY Simple Modern Spring Wreath

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Springtime is in full swing and what better way to celebrate warmer weather ahead and new beginnings than a new door wreath?  After all the darkness of Fall and Winter, it’s refreshing to bring out some fresh greenery into your home.  Whether it’s faux greenery like this wreath, or fresh flowers in a vase, it all shouts Springtime to me!

 

I am all about simplicity.  I love the look of simple, minimalist designs.  I had the design for this wreath in my head and decided to use another one of my thrifted embroidery hoops to make it happen!  For this wreath, I used the part of a hoop that doesn’t have the metal bracket piece.

What you need to make this modern simple wreath:

  1. Embroidery hoop
  2. Sprigs of fake greenery (I purchased these branches at Hobby Lobby and cut off each little sprig)
  3. Leather cord
  4. Ribbon
  5. Hot glue gun

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First, I hot glued the leather cord all around the lip of the embroidery hoop.  I have a leather obsession currently and I love what it adds to this wreath!  Then start gluing the sprigs of greenery onto the hoop wherever it feels right!  I overlapped them quite a bit.

Last but not least find a piece of ribbon to hang the wreath.  I dug though my massive basket of ribbon scrapes and found some navy ribbon to hang my wreath on my pantry door!  I’m liking it!  Perfectly simple and minimal…. just my style.  Check out these other DIY projects with embroidery hoops: Copper Wire & String DIY Heart and the Boho Wall Hanging.

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xo

Kemley

DIY Boho Wall Hanging

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Happy Friday everybody!  Today I have a simple DIY wall hanging tutorial.  A couple of years ago, I picked up several embroidery hoops in multiple sizes at DI (thrift store similar to Goodwill) for next to nothing in price.  I finally decided that today was the day to actually make something with one of these hoops I had been hoarding!

Supplies needed to make this Boho wall hanging:

  1. Embroidery hoop of any size depending on how big you want your wall hanging

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2. Yarn (I bought this black yarn at Hobby Lobby for $2.99)

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3. Wooden beads (These are from Hobby Lobby and just a couple dollars for a bag of them)

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4. Leather cord to hang the embroidery hoop with (also purchased at Hobby Lobby)

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How to make:

Wrap each piece of yarn around the hoop and tied a knot at the bottom.  I left a long tail on each piece to thread a bead onto.  I started all of the yarn at the center of the hoop and then angled them out.

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Continue this until you fill up the center with yarn.  Then cut each piece of yarn like below and thread a wooden bead on each piece.  I just tied a double knot on the yarn to keep the bead in place.

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It’s really just that simple!  Once you are finished, cut a small piece of leather and tie it around the metal piece on the hoop to hang your Boho wall hanging!  I hope this inspires some of you to make one of your own!

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Want to see more DIY crafts using embroidery hoops?  Check out the Simple Springtime Wreath and Copper Wire & String Heart.

xo

Kemley