Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall 2017 ORC: week 2- going dark

Ok you all, you know how last week I was going on and on about how serendipitous it was for me to find the chairs I had had my eye on for months? Well I just received an email from Wayfair yesterday saying that they are out of stock and won't ship until the middle of December. Um what?!?! Cue the tears, pouty face, and the "WHY ME" cries! Don't they know I have a deadline, and what are our guests supposed to sit on at Thanksgiving? So yea now I have that to figure out what to do with. It's not like I'll go with my second choice because there isn't one, I've looked at EVERYTHING!

Besides the chairs, I got some painting done. I know I mentioned we would be keeping the same color we painted right before we moved in, however I've always wanted a dark dark dining room and woke one morning thinking, why not? So I ran to Lowes and grabbed a gallon of Sherwin Williams Inkwell...

I LOVE IT! Yes it looks blackish. In fact the guy I put my order in with came over to me and asked me if it was a black looking color in that tone where you know they think you're crazy for picking out something so bold? I'm so excited to get the molding and trim up. It's going to look so cozy and rich! Please don't mind the mess, I threw everything on top of the table to paint...

I love how it looks with our brass curtain rods! (we're debating crown molding so until we decide I didn't bother painting all the way up and dealing with that headache if it's not needed...

We are also painting the front door, but we're still debating which color to go with. Right now we've narrowed it down to Sherwin William's Upward (on the right), and Watermarked (top one on the left swatch)...

Oh and that molding in the picture up there, that's to create a chunkier look to the top of the front door. That's on the do to list this week so hopefully I'll share photos of that done next Thursday, and hopefully the door will have it's final color choice on it as well.

I did also find 2 of these mirrors to hang in the entryway. They're kind of big so I'm hoping 2 of them will work and not look too crowded. Once the chair rail portion is installed I'll hang them up.

That's it for this past week. I was hoping to have more done. And with the disastrous state the front of the house is in, you would never know we're hosting a Halloween party next weekend! I'm hoping the "under construction" look will help with the spooky factor. Maybe...

To see the full plan for the room, visit last week's post here.

To see how everyone else is coming along with their rooms, visit Linda over at Calling it Home.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall 2017 ORC: dining room and entry design

It's that time of year again for colorful leaves, pumpkin spice frappacinos, plaid everything, and the One Room Challenge! I may technically still be working on my master bedroom from the spring edition of the ORC but this time around I'm determined to finish the room. The first room you see as you enter into our home is the dining room, and since we moved in, it's kind of become a catchall and storage area for things I'm not sure what to do with. I finally have a plan that I'm in love with and the energy to carry it out... 

dining room and entry design

Here are some before pictures...

The Entry will have a mirror with some interest to it and possibly some art. I'm hoping to find a navy tufted bench to fit under the mirrors grounded with a natural jute rug (which I already have and found not too long ago for a steal!).

We purchased the Bradding dining table soon after we moved in this past winter from Pier One. It took me forever to decide on one I liked, was the style I wanted, and most importantly was the right size. Plus we had a "Congratulations Welcome to the Neighborhood" coupon that made it a steal and the price we were looking to spend...

The chairs I was even more picky about. It felt like everything I found was either too country looking, too trendy looking (and even though I liked some I was afraid I would fall out of love too soon), or was way too expensive (think $700 a chair, and I need 6 side chairs and 2 heads... no way). Then I came upon these at Birch Lane one night and fell in love!! However, the price was still a little more than what I was hoping to spend so I kept on looking. I think I've seen every chair that is for sale in the entire world! Or it at least feels that way, and none of them could make me forget about the Lisbon Rake Back chairs. Then by chance the other night while still looking for another option, I happened to look them up and they were on sale! Seriously they never go on sale! I swear I looked them up at least 2x a week to check... and on top of that, I had just received a BH&G magazine in the mail and there was a coupon for Wayfair which would make them the exact price I was hoping to find chairs in!!! I think I startled my husband who was sitting next to me on the sofa when I found them and began screaming and running for my wallet. I can't tell you how excited I am to get them and see them in person! There is not 1 bad review and I just love them so much from seeing them online! Unfortunately they are sold out at the moment (They actually only had 6 left when I found them and that was just the number I needed so yes I took the last few available, if that's not SERENDIPITY I don't know what is!)


We already have both lights as well, we purchased those just after moving in to replace the lights the builder had put in, but need to get an electrician over to install them (we have a 2 story foyer that neither one of us is climbing to hang that foyer light).

The walls are Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore, and we painted them before we moved in. We do plan on adding some molding and trim to both the entry and dining area. I like the style and design ChrisLovesJulia did in their nursery, so chances are it will be similar to that...

Everything else I have an eye out for while shopping in hopes I can find everything I need to pull it all together by the end of this 6 week challenge. I'm so excited to get a room finished in this house and having the dining room done before all of the holiday meals that will be taking place in it is a great motivator.

Check back each Thursday to see where I'm at in the process. For now if you want to see more rooms taking the challenge, you can visit Linda over at Calling it Home to see everyone else joining in.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ORC Week 4: Dresser Revamp

It's week 4 which means there's only 2 weeks left, ahh so much to do. But what has been done is a dresser makeover. If you remember from week 1 here is what our bedroom dresser looked like...
It actually wasn't a bad stain color, however it had a few scratches and chips that needed to be repaired so I made the decision to repaint the entire piece.
Last week I mentioned painting it a light blue with a heavy grey undertone, and I was just about to purchase a can of paint but then I found this chair to use in a corner near the dresser and it happened to be the exact same color.
Thinking it would be too much of the same color in one area I found a new color, Deep River Green, which turned out to be the creamiest, dark blue green color, and it's perfect!
I also came upon this furniture paint by Valspar, I've never used it before but it advertised as no needing to sand or prime so I figured I'd try it out.
Here is a picture during the process. The drawer on top has only one coat, while the bottom one has two. I applied it with a foam roller brush and a bristle brush for the detailed trim areas.
I love the finished result! It's perfect!!

I chose to keep the original hardware. I love having a vintage piece in a room to add some soul. It helps with the collected feel that I love!
Besides getting the dresser finished and finding a chair for the corner of the room, I've also picked up pillows for the bed.
The blue euros are from Pottery Barn while the front linen pillow is from Erin Gates collection and found at TjMaxx.
That's all the updates so far. Hopefully this week I can get the headboard situation finalized, and figure out art, and the nightstand on my side of the bed. Oh and finish picking out accessories because it's all on the details, not much right?
For more inspiration visit the others joining in on the challenge here.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

ORC Week 3: Master Bedroom

We're half way through and honestly not much has changed since last week, oops. I work better at last minute! I have ordered a couple of these euro pillow covers for the bed...

I'll be picking up an all white duvet cover this week and be on the look out for a fun lumbar to pair with the euros above.

I've decided I'm going to paint our dresser (if you follow along on Instagram then you probably saw the color choices I had taped up on to it trying to decide). I think I've decided on this, Misty Surf by Valspar...

 It's a light blue with a heavy grey undertone to keep it from looking too babyish and just enough modern. I think I'll keep our hardware that's on it to keep the vintage flair.


We're still debating on a bed/headboard situation. I found this one on of all places. My mom has it in a dark grey and it looks really nice and much more expensive than you would think coming from where it comes from.

Daddyo isn't completely sold on it yet but I have a feeling this will be it.


Some artwork I keep looking at and need to order, all from

From here.

From here.


I've hung the curtain rod finally after fighting with the wall and screws for 2 days! I need to browse lamps and night stands. As much as I want to use the drop leaf table from my MIL, I'm not sure I can find something that will pair with it well for the room as we only have one. I might share what I find on Instagram as I go shopping this week, @WinderandMain if you're not already following along. And be on the look out for a reading chair as Daddyo has mentioned he thinks a chair will look good in the corner and who am I to argue about buying furniture?


I'm sure most others are much further along than I am. You can see the updates from the other participants here.


Now to go paint!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ORC Week 2: Master Bedroom

It's week 2 and not much has been done besides cleaning out our bedroom, and coming up with a final design plan...
Master bedroom design by Winder and Main
Like I mentioned last week, our room is already painted Benjamin Moore's Pale Oak. We decided on doing some molding and trim work on the focal wall behind our bed, similar to this design below.
We will stay with neutral bedding in a crisp white, with some fun pillows for a pop of color. I'm still narrowing it down to what kind of bed or headboard we will use.
Found here.
Found here
Art pieces from Etsy and Minted will bring in more pops of color.
My mother in law gave us an old drop leaf table similar to that in the design board that I will use as a nightstand on one side, and I'm thinking a small writing desk will work well as a nightstand on the other. I'm debating switching out our mismatched lamps for a matching pair, or keeping my Ralph Lauren artichoke looking lamp and finding another that works well with it for the opposite side of the bed.
Lots of work to be done! I'm hoping I have a heavier progress post next week for you with pictures of what's happening! You can follow along on Instagram to see snippets of the transformation before the blog posts @WinderandMain .
Don't forget to check out all of the other talented designers joining in this challenge as well. Go here to see them all.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

One Room Challenge: week 1

It's time for another round of the One Room Challenge! It's been a little bit since I participated because of the move into our new house but this time it's perfect due to all of the rooms I need to put together. This year I've decided to focus on our master bedroom. It seems that our room is always the last room given any attention if I get to it at all. This time around I'm making it a priority to put together a relaxing and restful getaway for us at the end of the day. It really is a blank slate. 
We painted the walls Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore prior to moving in so the color is staying. I love it. It's the perfect creamy greige, and it only took me about 2 dozen different paint sample pots to decide on it!
I've done nothing to it since our move 3 months ago. It's kind of become a holding room for items waiting to be stored away.

The list to be done is kind of long but that just means a greater transformation in the end right? Still not 100% sure what I want to do, but I know what needs to be addressed.


Bed platform?
   Paisley neutral curtains already owned
   Above bed? (Depending on focal wall)
   Each side of tv
   Each side of bath door
Night stands
Redo dresser?:
   Paint a soft creamy grey
Focal wall (bed wall):
   Board and batten
   Faux wallpaper/stencil
Makeover mirrors for over night stands 
Ottoman/ bench in front of window
Reading nook in tv and window wall corner?

 I've been browsing Pinterest to find some inspiration pictures so I can pick a direction to go in. Here are a few of my favorite images: 

 Via here.



Via here.


Via here.


Via here.


Lots of cozy neutral bedding with blue accents and a pop of color here and there. That's the broad plan at the moment. Next week I'll hopefully have a design board and have found a new place for all of the clutter that has piled up in there since the move.


To see the others participating in this challenge, visit the home of the ORC here.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mom's Craft Day Post No. 1.

I think I may have mentioned it before on here, but once a month I try to organize a craft day for some of my mom friends. We've been doing it for 3 years now and I look forward to it each month. It's some nice, much needed, girl time when living with 5 guys! We eat, drink, chat, and craft. During the Fall and Holiday months I try to think up a craft that pertains to the season. This past weekend we made decorative signs with a Fall/ Thanksgiving theme.
It was the most easy craft we have done to date, and there have been a couple easy ones. All of the materials came from the dollar section at Target and cost just under $7 after tax per person. 
We began with these round wood "canvases".
The bonus to these is they were painted with a pretty navy chalkboard paint and had pretty, copper glitter on the edges to them already.
Then we used these adhesive wood cutouts to decorate our canvases with.
A little tip when deciding how to arrange your design, the cut outs are all on the same plastic piece in the packaging so if you separate them by cutting each piece out, you can arrange and rearrange until you find a design you like. Although they have an adhesive back, they can be taken off with a little effort (if you do stick it onto the wood) and will still re-stick pretty good if you mess up and don't like where you placed it... That may have happened a few times.
See super easy right? It also came with the string to hang already attached. So really the only think we had to do with this craft was decide on how we wanted the cutouts arranged. All of these materials should still be available in your local Target dollar spot. If not, I've seen similar pieces at craft stores like Michael's, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure if their cutouts have a sticky back but some E6000 can fix that.
Happy crafting!