* * * One Room Challenge {Linking} * * * Naomi’s Bedroom- Week 3

{Hey all thanks for the all the compliments on the kitchen progress so far!

If you missed yesterday’s post you can fin it HERE.}

Hellllooo and welcome to a little game I like to call “Let’s Shop Naomi’s House!

One of the perks of being a former craigslist and auction junkie is that I have a nice little collection of furniture.  Who cares if I leave my guest room, living room and 3rd floor depleted?  This One Room Challenge is focused on my master bedroom (again) and if there are a few holes elsewhere, I’ll just deal with that later.  It’s the musical chairs of decorating.

Here is a rundown of my furniture I plan to use in the master…

design manifest curved headboard

I’ll be stealing the curved white upholstered headboard from the guest room and moving it into the master.

Design Manifest Rast White-stained wood Nightstand

As much as I’d love new-to-me mismatched nightstands, it’s just not in the budget…

So I’ll be using two of these Ikea Rast hacks from my collection.  Unfortunately I discovered over the weekend that  Harper  Overlays started falling off, so I will have to DIY something in the next 3 weeks.

Awesomesauce.  Just what I needed: Another TO DO to add to my To Do list.

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* * * One Room Challenge {Linking} * * * Naomi’s Bedroom- Week 2

Jiminy Crickets, I’m exhausted.

6 weeks, 2 major projects…what was I thinking?

dad figuring out plan

{Dad, helping me figure out venting details on the fly.  He’s the best.}

Going into week 2 of my bedroom renovation I feel 50/50.  50% excited that the design is coming together in my head and happy about the progress made so far and 50% terrified and stressed out that I won’t finish in 4 short weeks.  This project is absolutely our bottom priority and if my carpenter, Brandon, gets called to another job before he finishes…. well I’m shit out of luck.

Why did I do this to myself again? ! ?  I’m an impulsive, silly, design-obsessed girl.

While our official One Room Challenge project (the kitchen) was planned out and materials were ordered several weeks ago, my bedroom project had NO Pre-Planning.  If you would have asked me last Wednesday if I was doing double ORCs I would have laughed in your face.  But then Dad stopped by with Brandon in tow and they started demolishing my closet…. and I made the reckless decision to share.  And now that I put it on the internet, I guess I’m committed.

Luckily I’ve been dreaming about this bedroom closet change for about a year now, so it was easy to whip up a plan.

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One Room Challenge Linking Event: Naomi’s Bedroom

Hey guys!  Nutjob Naomi, here yet again.  Two days in a row of blogging?  Is the apocalypse near?  Nope, just a double renovation instead.  I thought it would be “Fun” to renovate my bedroom and share it Thursdays for Linda’s One Room Challenge Linking Event.  As you know, I’m already renovating a client’s kitchen and sharing with it you every Wednesday for the Official One Room Challenge.  Big Reveal November 5th.  Why would I take on a 2nd renovation?  Lordy Lordy… either the timing worked out right or I’m just flat crazy.  Maybe it will be fun?

Linda can contest that I take the ORC very seriously.  High expectations, high stress and the complete desire to create The. Best. Room. Ever. is the only way I know how to play the game.  For the bedroom, I’m planning to be less of a perfectionist (HA!) and just rolling it.  So you can expect quickish posts and the potential that I might not finish everything in 6 weeks.  I’ll try… but I’m at the mercy of breaks in our construction schedule.  Plus, I haven’t planned ahead AT ALL.

SO LET’S TALK THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE… MY BEDROOM.

It looked like this when I bought my cottage two years ago…

master 2

And then I made it over for the One Room Challenge a year and a half ago….

room horizontal

…AND PRETTY MUCH HATED IT 5 MINUTES LATER.

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Amateur Work: My Yard

I am by NO MEANS a gardener, but I’ve been getting great joy out of designing and working in my yard recently.  Previously a city gal for the past 10 years, I now feel a little overwhelmed with both a front AND back yard.  It will probably take me years to get the whole area together.  The back  is particularly full of challenges.   In typical Naomi/George overzealous ambitiousness, we’ve discussed a deck, adding a fence, an outdoor living room, tiered vegetable garden beds, a shed/workshop, a fountain, a firepit.  The truth of the matter is, I don’t see this as a forever home, so it’s probably crazy to do so much work.

For now, I’ve been mostly focused on upping my curb appeal and making my front yard a little less embarrassing.  I’ve trimmed down ugly bush trees and completely removed the grass.  Since the space is so small I’d prefer to have mulch and plantings.  The idea is for it to be a cutting garden, with something or other blooming throughout the warm seasons.  I love having fresh flowers in my home and having them come from your own yard is even more special.

When I first bought the home in September 2012, my front yard looked like this…

front yard on closing day
And now in June 2014 we have progressed to this…

Cottage Front Yard June 2014

I know, I know, I have a long way to go and I’m not exactly winning and curb appeal awards yet.  Would you be more impressed if I told you the yard looked like this on May 31st?  Not even exaggerating.

4 Weeks Ago

yard from front june 1

yard from side june 1

And Now…

Left side on June 21

A little less terrible.  Not done weeding.  (Does it ever end?)  Need to re-mulch.

I half mulched the right side and it makes me feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

right side half mulched

right side detail

Container Garden

I know this isn’t very impressive.  I’m mostly posting to hold myself accountable and keep it real.  Gardening is hard work!  I’ve gotten a lot of help from my Mom so far and hope we can make some headway in the next few months.

GOALS:

- paint fence

- add second section of fence on left side

- hide recycling/ trash cans

- finish weeding

-finish mulching

- tackle front porch

That’s it for me today.  Wish I could go outside and play right now, but it’s work time.

How are your gardens growing?  Are you into plantings or grass?  And do you have any tips for me to help me pull my front yard together?  I’m all ears!

Seasonal Rug Switch

With the hot days of summer upon us I have adapted my living room to better suit my mood and season.  Gone is the layered jute/cowhide look and layered ottoman.  I wanted something a little more minimal, a little cooler.  So we just have the cowhide down and I’m really enjoying the wood floors for a change!  I also switched up my La Fiorentina bench for my vintage live-edge table.  I love the organic feel of the table and it’s a nice scale for the petite room.

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BEFORE

DM Living room- Layred cowhide with jute rug, patterened ottoman, slipcover sofa-

NOW

Cowhide rug slipcover sofa and bamboo chair

One of the benefits of the smaller rug- besides enjoying those wood floors- is that my entry mat and rug no longer overlap.  I have a teeny house with no foyer so the front door walks right into the living room.  It’s nice to have a little visual space there.

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Next up is a little pillow and art change up.

But I’m in no hurry… it’s summer after all.  Let’s go outside!

Living Room with cowhide and vasarely

Dish: Do you change up your decor for the seasons?

It makes all the difference.