Weekend Reading

Happy Friday! What’s up with you this Easter weekend? Today and tomorrow my day is filled with projects for the One Room Challenge. There is much to do in so little time since I’m leaving on another trip! More details on that next week, meanwhile I’m adding my personal touch to the nightstands, finishing the fireplace tile, and finalizing the decorative details all before I head out of town.

On Easter I’ll be taking a break from projects to spend time with family, also making grilled lamp chops, yum! Favorite links from the week below:

 

 This is such a pretty Vancouver home.

Consider black for your built-in bookcases.

IKEA hack: cabinet doors used as wall panels.

Tips for purging 80% of the clothes in your closet (good comments too).

Chic and charming: DIY gilded seashell salt & pepper cellars.

So much inspiration inside Spoonflower’s 2017 catalog.

20 cute and creative DIY Easter egg ideas.

Made me laugh: relationship savers at IKEA.

Cats in a box. (It’s true!)

Loved this article about leading “a beautiful, quiet, gentle life.”

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One Room Challenge: The Flooring

It’s Week Two of the One Room Challenge and I’m here to report on the status of the floors upstairs. They’re done! Boom!

I’m so excited about these new engineered hardwood floors I can’t even tell ya. I’m just grinning ear to ear. Reason is, they replaced the dingy old carpet that has occupied the bedroom and hallway. It’s been years I’ve been cringing at the sight of that old carpet and at last at last at laaaaaast  I have hardwood in its place.

I’ve been saving this image for so long as my inspiration for the color of the floors in my house, I love that rich stain, dark but not too dark. Funny how the layout of this entry looks so much like mine, minus the runner of course.

 

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My downstairs oak floors are getting refinished in June. Yeah I know I said I’d do it back in 2010 but I’m serious this time. Fo real.

When I accepted the One Room Challenge it kicked my booty in gear to have new complementary floors installed upstairs in the hallway and the master bedroom. So let’s start at the beginning.

What was there last week was this old carpet that I hated. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate carpet, and I even kept it in place in the kids’ bedrooms. I just disliked it in my bedroom and wanted it gone so badly.)

Notice the gray dingy trail of dirt as you enter. Welcome!

 

I clearly recall in my mind and without a doubt there was an escalating evil cackle on repeat in my mind as the carpet came out of this space and off the stairs.

 

Even just the plywood made me happier than that old carpet. I felt like I could breathe.

 

This is not a floating floor, it was a nail down installation over paper right into the plywood subfloor to avoid squeaks. I watched as they used a nail gun to secure each board between the grooves. These engineered hardwood floors are prefinished so the installation job was done in two days.

Although I shouldn’t brag about time of the installation since I didn’t do it myself. Time was of the essence with this project so while it could have been a DIY project, I thought it best to leave this installation to the pros, and I might have pulled my hair out trying to do it on my own so I hired out the job and retained my sanity.

 

Two days later there was a huge change and I’m sooooooo pleased with the result! I’ve been dreaming of hardwood floors in my bedroom for years people years!!!!

 

I partnered with Mohawk Flooring on this project. Among dozens of their hardwood products I stayed true to the traditional style of my house and chose engineered hardwood oak, specifically the Timber Ridge 5” Oak in the Oxford color.

 

I chose this particular one because have oak floors downstairs so I didn’t want to be inconsistent with the new hardwood. I was glad I hired professionals since they were able to ensure the planks were even and aligned as they transition into the hallway.

 

Like I mentioned, I wanted wood in the master bedroom but also wanted it to continue into the hallway where it meets the bedrooms, hall bathroom, and laundry room.

 

Look how glorious! Instead of dingy carpet, the wood in the hallway at the top of the stairs now actually matches the stairs. Yay! Imagine me shaking my booty right there in pure excitement. 🙂  Now I just need to get the downstairs floors in sync and all will be well in my world.

 

My home was turned upside-down for a few days with everything shoved in all the adjacent spaces. Mattresses up against walls, furniture dangerously stacked, clothing strewn everywhere, you can imagine. It was a chaotic mess but at last things are getting back to normal again.

I moved my bed back in and it feels so much better to have these dark floors underfoot. I do have plans for a rug underneath the bed to soften the space.

 

The next big project is the fireplace, I’ve got the tile I just need to get it up on that wall.

 

More on that soon as the One Room Challenge continues!

Thanks so much to Mohawk Flooring, the sponsor of this post and the One Room Challenge. The flooring product was complimentary but we paid for the installation. All opinions are my own!

Read up on what’s happening with my fellow participants this week. Also check us out on House Beautiful!

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

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T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Happy Monday friends! Today is my stepdaughter’s 25th birthday, I’ve had the pleasure of having her in my life for over 20 years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but I’ve watched her grow from a little girl into a beautiful woman and I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way.

I had an idea to have a special quilt made so I asked her to gather up all of her T-shirts that she’s saved all these years, everything from elementary school through college. She put them all in a big bag for me before she moved to San Diego for nursing school.

For her birthday I had them made into a memory quilt and sent it to her last week. She texted me this morning saying “BEST GIFT EVER!” I thought I’d share how simple it was with all of you in case you’d like to have one made for yourself or a special person.

 

 

I had it made by Project Repat, a company that specializes in memory quilts. Gather up all the T-shirts from sports, summer camp, various clubs and activities. Ship them in a box and a few weeks later you’ll have a memory blanket that has meaning. Find all the information on how it works here.

 

 

I included among the T-shirts a collection of everything from so many years including her sports, her sorority, and even her favorite Tweety Bird nightgown from when she was six.

 

 

The back is gray fleece but you can choose from several other colors too.

 

So many of her memories collected in one blanket. She loves it! 🙂

 

 

 

 

The quilt will have a lot of different colors and a patchwork quality since the T-shirts come from so many different sources, but it’s a blanket with meaning that she can snuggle up with forever. 🙂 Great idea right?

Find our more on how to have yours made by Project Repat right here. Makes a great graduation gift too!

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Weekend Reading

Oh wow you guys so much happening in the world right now. It’s hard to focus on work and design when there is so much going that is far more serious. I’ll be paying close attention all weekend.

Anyway, I do have some diversions planned. Tonight I’m attending a local play and tomorrow I’ll be having dinner with one of my oldest friends. Sunday I’m picking out tile for my master bedroom’s fireplace makeover and getting started on that next week. By the way, thanks for all your kind and encouraging comments on the plan for the One Room Challenge!

Favorite links from the week below:

 

This elegant home tour, well done Paloma!

I always find layered blues with dark wood appealing.

I’m in love with this sunroom. The ceiling and the fireplace!

A lovely renovation of the interiors in this Nantucket cottage.

Wow, these DIY painted patio floor tiles. Heart!

Another cool DIY: plywood base globe terrariums.

Hmmm, is there too much white here?

9 things you should say to your kid everyday.

You’re allowed to leave.

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