One Room Challenge – Fall 2016 – Week 1

I’ve decided to change a half bath into a pantry!  We have a powder room off the kitchen under some stairs.  I want to use the space for a pantry.  We have another bathroom on the first floor with a shower.  I asked the appraiser about this when we refinanced, and she said since we have three other bathrooms, getting rid of one would not decrease the value of our home.  Besides, who wants to clean four toilets?  That’s what I say!  Here are a few before photos of the half bath.  I’ll take some more for Week 2.




One Room Challenge – Week 6

Here I am!                                                                                                     Late again!  I’m glad we have some extra time to do our posts and links.

I put a book I already had under the lamp on the wicker stand so the other lamp on the table wouldn’t be so much higher.  I got the candle and the little glass vase at Ross Stores.  The flowers are from a tree you can see right outside the guest room window.

We got the dresser at a flea market some time ago.  I like the painted flowers on the top drawer and the ribbon trim on each side.  The flowering branch in the pink vase on the dresser is from the same tree outside the window.  (I didn’t climb out the window to get the branch!  I acted like a lady!  I went downstairs and out on the porch.)  The framed photo is one I took when we were in the Colorado Rockies for the first time in 2012.  The flower in the purple bowl is from another tree in our back yard.  The crystal pitcher was my grandmother’s.  The floral branch is from another tree in our back yard.  (If anyone knows the names of these trees, please let me know.  I’ll take pictures of the trees for a future post.)

I found the tea set at an estate sale.  There are more cups and matching dishes.  There was a note that said the dishes were sent from Sweden by the lady’s niece.  What was so very interesting was the name at the top of the note.  Mor Mor (and then my maiden name which is Swedish and will remain anonymous!) means grandmother in Swedish, I think.  Then there is another name after that on the next line – Esther Clara Victoria.  Then a last name that isn’t Swedish on the next line!  Esther was probably Swedish because they usually had three names.  I thought that meant they had two middle names, but I think someone told me they are two first names and a middle name(?)  I thought the Swedish tea set should go in the Swedish (guest) suite!  The room doesn’t really look very Swedish to me.  I think at some point we will paint the walls a softer (Swedish) green.  The yellow door and trim is a Swedish color.  (The other room in the suite looks more Swedish.)  The white chair beside the dresser is a Swedish (style) chair made in China!

My mom got the large picture of the girl at an estate sale.  I think the colors in the picture look nice with the quilt.  I think I got the quilt at Penney’s.  I probably got the comforter at Bon-Ton.  The round table with the long pink cloth and the short white cloth was from my mom.  The wicker stand was from some of our friends in New Jersey.  We used to see them quite a bit when we lived in Philadelphia.  I think I maybe got the mirror over the bed from T. J. Maxx.  I got the dark aqua pillows at Ross Stores and the light aqua pillow shams at Walmart.  Almost everything else came from an estate sale (or a yard sale).  If you have any questions, please ask.  My husband was very helpful last night.  He really did a lot of work on the guest room.  I painted the door, but he painted the trim yesterday.  Last night we went to Lowe’s to get a white faux wood blind.  I wanted one without faux grain!  Home Depot didn’t have one.  The mini-blind still needs to be ripped out so we (or he!) can hang the new blind.  We’re not totally finished, but close.  Thanks to everyone for their comments and suggestions.  I’ve really enjoyed looking at and reading about the other participants’ progress and seeing their beautiful finished rooms.  Thanks to Linda for hosting the exciting, fun, and interesting ORC of Spring 2016!












One Room Challenge – Week 5

I got the white lamps with the grey shades that I had seen at Home Depot.  I liked them but wanted to look some more.  When I got to Lowe’s last Friday night at 9 p.m., they were closing.  I went to Walmart and didn’t see any lamps I liked.  I did find some pillow shams I thought would work so I bought them.  I asked my husband to hang pictures this morning.  I called him from work and asked him about how the picture hanging was going and he said he forgot or hadn’t gotten to it.  (I forget what he said exactly!)

I was so tired when I came home because I was up till the wee hours of the morning working on a quarterly report.  This process involves typing a lot of numbers, which is my least favorite part of my very part-time job (to put a positive spin on this tedious task!)

Anyway . . . getting back to my ORC, which is much more interesting than a quarterly report, I hope!  I looked at a lot of the other guest participants’ posts and then I thought I better go hang some pictures, etc.  I went upstairs and was very surprised to see that my husband did hang three pictures and a clock.  The funny thing was only one of the pictures was hanging where I asked him to hang it!  That’s the picture over the lamp to the right of the bed.  The picture over the lamp to the left of the bed was one I was thinking about for over the bed (horizontally), but I had changed my mind.  I had decided to use that in the Victorian library.


The picture to the right of the window was supposed to be hung over the lamp to the left of the bed.  I was wondering if that would look okay since the other picture to the right of the bed was tall and narrow.  He said he thought that would be okay, but maybe he changed his mind!


I was wondering about putting the clock over the bed, but he seemed to think the whole idea of the big, round clock in the bedroom was weird (based on his expression).  He ended up hanging the clock on the wall to the right of the door where I said I wanted the small mirror!  He didn’t hang any mirrors!  I guess I’ll just see how I like all this change in location during this next week and then decide if I want to change anything!  Here are some more pictures:


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All has been explained!!  My husband said he was half asleep when I was talking about this.  He hung the pictures after I called him right before he went to work!!

One Room Challenge

I thought I’d try the one room challenge.  I took some before pictures.  My project is the guest room.  I don’t think the room looks very inviting.  This room is like a storage room at this point.  I can’t believe I still have a mini-blind in the window after almost seven years!  I hate mini-blinds.  We have hickory flooring to put down in this room, but I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon.  I’ll be happy if I can get my husband to hang some pictures.  (He was working on building a laundry closet upstairs so he might want to finish that first.  Maybe not, though.  He seems to like juggling projects.  I don’t really know why.  Maybe he gets bored before he gets finished!)