ORC-A Little Bit of Everything (Week 3 & 4)

Well I completely missed Week 3 and I have to tell you that I’ve been slipping but not quite off track.  I got a couple of things done within the last 2 weeks and I can tell you that I have a to-do that would make you blush.

I painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Marilyn’s Dress, its the most prettiest and refreshing color.  It has a blue in it but its still a very neutral color.  When my husband came home he gave me a sad face because he said that he missed the orange! I couldn’t believe my ears…Ah well I’m so happy its gone.  Take a look at what it looks like now.  FullSizeRender

The lighting is pretty bad so you may not get a good view of it but once the lighting has changed it should show up better

I put my West Elm bench in its place but I will making a custom cushion to go on top of it and although it will have the rustic look the cushion will give it a more refined look and will go with the rest of the room.

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I simply love the rawness of this bench and I think the color of the wood goes so well with the paint and will work perfectly with my table.

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Here’s a better view of the blue… I simply love it and would like to pair it with some black and white contemporary abstract art. This room will also be accented with yellow… its going to truly be a happy combination of colors in this space.

FullSizeRender If you remember on week 1 I have a 3 piece buffet , which is also from Ikea Besta.  I disconnected all three and will leave 2 of them in this corner to preserve the storage for my wine glasses and china. I was actually looking to thrift something but I wasn’t getting lucky and when I was painting and move these 2 in the corner, I thought with some good ol hacking I could make this piece look great!

So thats what I will be doing, hacking this piece and giving it a brand new look.

I’m also going to see if I can do something to make the radiator disappear.  I’m still trying to figure that out.

So here are the items that I’m left to do:

  • Find new lighting
  • 2 new/repurposed dining chairs
  • Fabric and Cushion for bench
  • Repurpose Ikea besta buffet
  • Art work
  • New Curtains and pillows for the bench
  • New Lamp for buffet

Check out all the other talented bloggers and their exciting projects for this One Room Challenge here 




Home Office Reveal

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I am so proud to announce that our home office is finally finished.  I’m not kidding, I literally stood at the entrance of the room and looked around for a good 10 minutes like “Wow, You (the room)put me through the ringer and you’re finally done!!” For those of you, who are unsure of where this room is coming from take a look here.

This was the room that was so neglected due to it just being that room where if we didn’t know what to do with an item we would just throw it in the office.  My choice of color was an ugly green that I decided to go with to coordinate with some ugly green ottomans I had purchased before. Just friggin scary all around!

Okay so for this design I was looking for the complete opposite.  Here was list of things that I wanted for the new space

  • New wall color/neutral colors but full of color accessories
  • A space that both the hubs and I can use
  • Gender Neutral Space, nothing too pink or girlie
  • Creative Space (we’re both very creative so something that was energizing and motivating)
  • Bring in the natural light as well individual lighting for both of us
  • Storage

Everything on this list, I’ve achieved.  I’m so excited to share this journey with you.  I’m actually writing this post in my office and of course instead of the hubs sitting next to me, his pint size version is in his place of course coloring.  I love the fact that he can now come in without us worrying too much that he will hurt himself.

So here are some pics of the way things used to be:

Before: The green machine of a room was dark and lacking natural lighting

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After: I invited natural lighting and painted the room navy blue and white to bring the neutral elements in

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 Before: The room was only equipped for one person and we needed to be able to have both of us use the room.

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After: I created a desk with solid wood and table legs from ikea to create a desk that took up the entire wall where both the hubs and I can utilize the space together.

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Before: Just a mess of a shelf space that was. We threw everything in there and was in desperate need of a storage system

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After: Cleaned up and donated some books and organized my magazines, electronics and cds.  office 6

Here are some other images of the space

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I’m so pleased to have a great room that works for my husband and me.  It’s been a long time coming but I’m so happy that it is behind us and now we can enjoy it.  Please “like” if you like and share if you care! I’m so proud of my room and our new creative space.

Let me know if there is a room in your house that aches you? I want to hear about it.




ORC-Dining Room- Week 2

This week for the One Room Challenge was a compilation of craigslist listings, Ebay seeking, brain wrecking, drafting and going a little coocoo amongst all the other goings-on that I have going on. I constantly think who would think that this little space would need so much brainstorming.  For goodness sake its a dining room with a table and 4 chairs, right?!?! WRONG !!.

See here’s the thing, I’m a designer and a perfectionist and I’ve joined his challenge because I wanted to give myself the pressures and set unrealistic expectations (as per usual) for myself and although I’m not quite sure what its doing for my nerves, I’m still very excited about it.  If I can do it for my clients, I can do it for myself!! mmph *trying to drive the point home

So here’s what I’m going for, I want a cool relaxing dining room, and I know some may say, “well CHARLENE it’s a dining room, why in the world would you want it to be relaxing” and here’s why. The way my home is set up, the dining room is the very first room you see when you come through the front door and it sets the tone for the remainder of the house and so I need it to be welcoming and endearing and ahhing and oohing worthy!  The color has to be right and bright and young and cool and child friendly and I need to come in this house everyday and stare at this space in particular with fondness and maybe just maybe it will make me so motivated that I may create a fine dinner party to go with it.

As you know already the dining room is dark and just has a lot of the same colors circulating the room. I’m going for a completely new look and I’m thinking something like gray/blueish on the walls with a mixture of different textures and just like my previous post, I’m going to accent my dining room with some yellow! I’m also going for an eclectic feel so pieces from different times will work and will create so much interest.  Peep my findings so far, I cant wait to go hunting this weekend for some more pieces.

 

Patterns: I plan on making a cushion for my bench that will make it more comfortable and I will use the navy and blue white pattern.  I plan on using the yellow cushions to to accentuate the bench and the room.

Furniture: I’m looking for midcentury chairs that will be paired with the dining table and hopefully I can get them from a thrift shop or Ebay.  As for storage, I plan on using a bar cart for my spirits and wines and I’m also looking for a small storage piece that I can put my china and other pieces in when I’m not using them.

Art/lighting: I plan on accenting with yellow art and the lighting I’m looking for something round and has a great filter.

This is just a preliminary setting of the mood that I’m going for.  I want to bring the bright colors in and set the relaxing mood.

Here are some places I gathered my inspiration from around the internet:

Dining room 3- Geneivieve Gorder

This room was done by my WCW Genevieve Gorder of HGTV (Met her by the way) this room has all the elements I want.  Pieces from different era’s and an eclectic harmonizing space…and then everyone lived happy ever after, kinda room.

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This image from Domaine is not to be taken literally but the parts of this room that inspire me is the banquet, the natural lighting and the round table.  My dining room will consist of a bench with 2 chairs and I’m aiming for the vibrant colors and the airy space.

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Now this room is a bit more formal that I envision mine, however it has a pretty similar layout to mine and I love the mid-century storage unit and the lighting.

Dining Room 2-Style me pretty

I liked this room because it made me smile when I saw it.  That bright orange bench with the rustic table and concrete floors just defies everything about designing and it absolutely friggin works! Another eclectic room full of happiness.

So there you have it… I think this should all give you a great idea on whats going on in this big head of mine and know that I am coming up with something nice and special.

Alrighty until next week, happy decorating and I’ll speak to you guys soon.




Hello Yellow

Well it’s about that time of the year where we put away the navys and the grays and that dreary black and bring in the fun sun.  Yesterday happened to be the first 65 degree weather we had since Spring began and I gotta tell you, I pulled out my lbd and a bright yellow cardigan and boy did it make me feel GREAT! So it’s about that time for us to swap those lined drapes and dark throw pillows and replace them with some crisp whites and yellows in the home.

You can purchase a really pretty and original painting at Saatchi Art or you can always get creative with some acrylic paint and a canvas piece and have your way with it!

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Adding accessories like yellow pillows and chair/benches can always brighten up the space in a inexpensive way.

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If your handy and love to go vintage shopping, sidewalk looking or flea markets, you can always repurpose a headboard similar to this with some fabric and some elbow grease oh and a staple gun!

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And last but not least, this is what I will be doing this Spring to brighten up my hallway. Paint my front door high yellow and be unapologetic for it.  Nothing says “the sun lives with me!!” than that.

 

 

 




{One Room Challenge} Dining Room-Week 1

I am embarking on the “One Room Challenge” for the next 6 weeks. Linda from one of my favorite blogs Calling it Home hosts this challenge.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, here’s how it go (yes how it go). Starting today and every Thursday following, I will give you a progress on a specific room in my home, in this case it will be my dining room which we very rarely use but desperately needs an update.

It’s going to be challenging but I’m down for it and there are a lot of changes that I want to make on this 48 square footage of space and I’m hoping that I get at least 90% of the design complete.

I don’t have that big of a budget so I will be taking my tookis (part Jewish) to the flea markets, sidewalks and the big yellow and blue box (IKEA) and will need assistance from the hubs and my munchkin to help move the progress along.

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So for this week I want to introduce you to the orange and gray space of a dining room. Please don’t judge my design expertise according to this room. It all started 7 years ago when the “accent wall” was in. If you notice I don’t have any artwork on the walls because I could never make up my mind on any.

The furniture seems so dark to me now and because we don’t get much natural lighting in this room the orange and gray were just a bad decision.

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The only thing staying is the table, I can’t figure out a good enough excuse to tell the hubs why we need to get a new one because glass tops are no longer the trend, but other than that, everything else can go.

I’m over the parson colorful chairs and have no energy or will to cover them so they can go and I think I’m going to repurpose my buffet somewhere else in the home.

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I needed to take a special picture of the lighting because I wanted to show you that it came with the home I would like to replace it with something  more contemporary and that will go with the overall look of the room.

I need a new layout because 7 years ago we had no children and since then the Tasmanian Devil that I birthed has a tendency to reach unimaginable speeds that have no business in the home let alone a dining room. So in order to keep us from having any unexpected Emergency Room visits or replacing the dining table… wait this doesn’t sound like such a bad idea!! *JK I wouldn’t purposely break the table. Lolol

Here’s my wish list:

  • New Layout
  • Banquet Style seating
  • Some storage (because the dining room is pretty close to the entrance of the home)
  • Art Work
  • Bar Cart
  • Lighter wall color
  • New Seating
  • New Lighting

Wish me luck on this journey and I hope that I can help you gather inspiration on a space you want to redo. What room in your home would you like to change?

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*breaking the table/child was just a joke, I would never hurt my son. :-) 




It’ll Be Worth It!

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Oh hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on Prix so I’m sorry.  I must tell you that I have been really in my feelings as of late and pretty much uninspired.  However I’m in the midst of an “aha moment” and I truly have something brewing.

So I decided to be completely candid with you, so you know I’m not just busy (or lazy) but I’m fighting these internal thoughts that I truly need to stomp on.  I’m an interior designer that eats, lives and breathe’s design and without sounding “KanyeWesty”, I’m really great at what I do because I love it so much. At any given time I have to myself,  it revolves around design, I’m constantly dreaming of ways to make a place beautiful.  I walk into rooms and either adore it from top to bottom or I’m rearranging the furniture in my head.  So needless to say this is what Ill be doing till my dying day.

Here’s the clincher, I have a full-time at a well known entertainment company.  I enjoy going to work and I do a great job, I have a great boss and colleagues and am pretty comfortable here.  However, this is not my stee (don’t know if they say that anymore).  I have a lot of potential to get promoted and move up in this company but the problem is that I don’t want to!  Frankly I would like to stay under the radar as much as possible because it gives me a great sense of work/life/design balance and I don’t need to be too removed from my ultimate goals.

Okay blah blah blah… I say all of this to say that my ultimate goal is take my design company to new heights, create a brand with Prix Decor where I play an influential role in the field and I can change people’s lives through designing their homes.  I’m an all or nothing kinda girl so this interim position sucks.

So here is where I’m struggling, I need to work to fill this hunger that I have for success in doing what I love. I’m busy with consultations and not enough installations (sounds like a rap song, I know) to fill this drive of mine.  Although I’ve done installation the amount of consultations are astounding and frankly some people don’t want to pay for a designer but will pay for their ideas. Sad, I know.

As for blogging I find myself putting in a lot of time and effort and when I look at those damn stats it says that my post has reached a whopping 10 people!! So if 10 people visited the site than lets minus the 8x my dad reloaded the site (love ya daddy) and what do we have left?!? And so I second guess myself and talk myself out of even trying to do this thing.

Back to the A-ha Moment:  I was talking to my 3 year old (disregard the fact that we have full blown grown up conversations) and he’s in the “being independent” stage and now is taking off his clothes by himself so I can give him a bath, the pants and socks are easy peasy but that long sleeve shirt is a massive issue.  Here he is literally stuck with his hands above his head with the trunk of his shirt covering his face, he’s pretty much in a wrestling match with this shirt and he’s screaming ” I CAN’T DO IT!!” and just to make sure the shirt doesn’t win this bout, I quickly pull the shirt back down and I told him these exact words while looking him directly in the eyes. {CANT DO IT” IS NOT AN OPTION, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO, WE JUST NEED TO START SMALL AND WORK OUR WAY TO THE BIG SHIRTS}(long sleeves). So I took off the big shirt and showed him how to take off his undershirt  and sure enough he did it.

Then I had the A-friggin-HA Moment, I need to start small and work my way up. Soon enough my 2 visitors will be 12 and then 22 and maybe even 100 one day. If I keep the momentum up perhaps some more people will listen to me but they can’t hear me at all if I ain’t saying nothing. So there you have it.  Looking into my eyes which happen to be my sons, I found my answers.

There aren’t  many successful entrepreneurs out there and here’s the reason why. If it were easy everyone else would be doing it. It’s gonna take some patients, some more consultations but more will come and when it does. I’ll be ready to accept it.  In the mean time I’ll continue to work on the “undershirts”.

Are you an impatient person as well and want success right away. How do you practice patience? Share your strategies with me please. God knows I’ll take all the advise I can get.