One Room Challenge//Week 3, Panic & Harsh Realities

Week 3 is the week I think I almost always start to panic during the One Room Challenge, but this time I think it’s probably totally appropriate.

If you are completely confused about what has got me all stressed, let me explain. Hundreds of design and home bloggers gather twice a year to inspire and encourage each other to complete a room makeover, big or small in just 6 short weeks! We have our friend, Linda at Calling it Home to thank for this brilliant event that is now sponsored by dozens of companies and House Beautiful is the media sponsor. We are now at the halfway point!

So faced with that fact and looking over what was and was not completed this week, I am, like I said a bit concerned. But if there’s one thing I know about myself, I tend to thrive on a deadline and I will very likely find a way to get this room pulled together in 3 more weeks.

Over the weekend we were able to get the panel moulding installed. The moulding was provided by Metrie and is a key component in finishing the room to create luxury and drama in the room. This particular moulding is from their French Curves collection.

Having a bit of experience at this type of project during the Fall One Room Challenge last year in our Master bathroom.  The clean style of long graceful panels definitely simplified the look and the task. With the techniques I used last year in batching my cuts, we were able to complete the cutting and hanging in just one day!

Of course, I still need to fill the nail holes, prime and paint but that should be a fairly quick process.

In other good news, today, Wednesday, was definitely a turning point on several fronts.

  • I made a solid decision on the rug. Now, I just pray that I made the right choice. It arrives on Friday.

I actually ended up wasting most of last week in indecision over a rug I eventually admitted was not only too big for the room, but way out of my budget.  I very much wanted to find a way to make it work, but I could not justify such a large investment when we’ve got two in college and all the expenses related to the rebranding the blog. Sadly, the harsh realities of life win in this case.

But I will share with you a photo of that dream rug in the room because it was quite lovely.

You can see why I wanted to make it work, right? It was so gorgeous!

  • I also decided definitely to paint the chairs.

Several of you suggested that maybe the chairs were not right for the table or the room, but I still hold fast to my design and vision. I actually watched an inspirational talk by Nate Berkus this week for Delta Faucets and National Design Week.  He suggested that design is not about being safe. “It’s never about being concerned with looking over my shoulder for what’s appropriate or what your neighbor is doing or what your mother-in-law thinks, or any of that. It really has always been about what feels fresh, a fresh combination.” He went on to say that he likes to combine disparate elements in a space so that it just “sings”.

Now all that to say I totally and completely loved getting your comments and feedback, but in the end, I need to trust my vision for doing something different and not what is expected.  It may totally fail, but that’s okay by me.  They are just chairs and as my best friend said to me as we discussed them yet again, “You’ll probably want to change them in a few years anyway regardless if they are right or wrong.  So just go for it.”

I do think once I moved the ornate buffet out of the room I was much happier with the way the chairs look in the room. But I still need to paint them and decide on a color which will do once the new rug arrives.

  • I finally had time in the workshop tonight and came up with proper modifications for that pair of squatty chests/nightstands that will be replacing the buffet.

I had to scrap the idea I shared in my design board last week, realizing that my original plan was likely more appropriate for the existing style of the chests.

The goal was to make them taller and add a new tops to replace the existing ones. They were in terrible condition. The wood is all cut and I have started assembling the pieces. These will be painted as well.

I had the great privilege of meeting Annie Sloan today and she talked me through how I could achieve a lacquered finish for them!  I can’t wait to give it a try. I think they are going to be fantastic! She is just a deligh and so very inspirational!

  • My fabric arrived at the end of last week.  I can add sewing curtains to the list of things still left to be done.

That’s quite a list isn’t it? You probably can concur that panic is likely in order.

Let’s hope my track record of rising to a challenge holds up!  Be sure to check out the Participants for the One Room Challenge who post on Wednesdays and the other Guest Participants to see how they are doing with their rooms!  I have a feeling based on Linda’s email this week, that I am not the only one feeling a bit anxious about the impending reveal date, November 9th!

* I received product from Metrie for this room makeover. All thoughts and opinions are my own.






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Woman Hand Sews Eclectic Kimono to Honor Her Japanese and Scottish Ancestry

Handmade Kimono by Maya Caulfield

A kimono is traditionally a Japanese garment, but it has, in recent years, undergone cultural transformations. One striking way is via Western influence; for nuptials that combine elements of Japanese culture and Christian traditions, a kimono wedding dress is a popular choice. Another recent collaboration between Norwegian designer T-Michael and Tokyo-based company Y. & Sons blends the aesthetic of the iconic robes with minimalist Scandinavian style. While these examples speak more generally to an overall shift in how people imagine kimonos, there are other iterations of the garment that reflect the individual.

Maya Caulfield recently completed a handmade kimono that celebrates her half Scottish and half Japanese ancestry in one eclectic garment. Created in a traditional kimono silhouette, the fabric is sourced from different types of plaid, from tartan to buffalo check. “I don’t usually make textile art,” Caulfield tells My Modern Met via email, “but I do make my own clothes on occasion and I always make sure that they are very personal to me and one of a kind—I don’t want to sew something that someone else would have in their closet.”

Caulfield’s inspiration for the kimono came from her involvement in the streetwear community; she saw how designers like Rick Owens and Rei Kawakubo fused traditional fashion with modern design. “From there, I went to thrift stores in Denver and bought huge plastic bags of men’s plaid button-down shirts and boxer shorts. I washed them THOROUGHLY, and cut them into different-sized rectangles.”

Between starting and finishing the garment, she moved to Washington state and couldn’t bring her sewing machine with her. “I was forced to hand-sew the entire garment.” The long journey (both literally and figuratively) was worth it. Caulfield’s one-of-a-kind piece represents the beauty that can come when elements of two cultures meet.

Maya Caulfield has created a handmade kimono that blends her Japanese and Scottish ancestry.

Handmade Kimono by Maya CaulfieldHandmade Kimono by Maya Caulfield

Maya Caulfield: Instagram | Reddit

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Maya Caulfield. 

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Farmhouse Coffee Table with Hidden Storage

This month’s theme on Ryobi Nation is Hidden Gems and I have just the project in mind. I’ve been wanting to update my coffee table to the farmhouse style, but I need some hidden storage for remotes, art supplies and homework papers. The coffee table seems to be my kids’ focal point for playing and activities.

Simple farmhouse style coffee table with weathered wood top. This coffee table has a hidden gem, flip open the top for lots of storage space. Free plans

This farmhouse style coffee table is really easy to build. You’ll need:

I used Euro hinges for the top lid. You can choose the soft close option if you’re worried about little fingers!

Simple farmhouse style coffee table with weathered wood top. This coffee table has a hidden gem, flip open the top for lots of storage space. Free plans

I teamed up with Ryobi Nation this month, and the tutorial and plans are available for free over on Ryobi Nation <– click for plans

Simple farmhouse style coffee table with weathered wood top. This coffee table has a hidden gem, flip open the top for lots of storage space. Free plans

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Simple farmhouse style coffee table with weathered wood top. This coffee table has a hidden gem, flip open the top for lots of storage space. Free plans

This post is sponsored by Ryobi Nation, all opinions and ideas are mine.

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15 Ways to Display Photos in Your Home

It’s an exciting day! Over on our Instagram account we are giving away a new Canon printer (it’s so beautiful, go check it out!). So I thought it might be fun to take a look back in our archives and showcase some fun ways to display photos in your home. First up is this mineral photo display.

Love, love Elsie’s floating acrylic frame, plus it’s surprisingly easy to make!

Did you know that we recently updated our post all about how to transfer a photo to wood? We have two new techniques and tips on what holds up best over time.

Add a little texture and interest to your photo by using this tutorial to embroider onto a photo.

How adorable is Laura’s tutorial for a lucite block photo frame? This one would make such a great holiday gift too!

Simple but stunning is how I feel about this DIY poster hanger.

Don’t mind a slightly more advanced project? Then learn how to make your epoxy resin coffee table here. P.S. We’ll be updating this post soon. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments!

We love this easy and cute vertical gold hoop photo display project.

Gotta crush in your life? Learn to make this swinging heart photo locket.

Keep track of all your little jewelry pieces AND showcase some beautiful photos you love with this photo ring dish project.

For all you gals who love to sew, here’s how to make your own photo pillow. You could use any photo but we love this vacation picture Laura choose to use.

Update some simple frames with gold hardware. Cute!

Here are five ideas for updating plain or thrifted photo frames to suit your decor tastes.

And last but not least, we LOVE this adorable wooden animal photo holder. Learn to make your own here. And don’t forget to get out the @abeautifulmess Instagram today if you’d like a chance to win a new printer. xo. Emma + The ABM Team

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. For photo credits, check the original post, linked throughout.

No Paint Horizontal Closet Organizer

What is worse than piles of dirty laundry?

I’d have to say piles of clean laundry with no closet to put it all away.  Then it gets mixed up with the dirty laundry, and you end up with twice as big piles of laundry that you have to treat as dirty laundry.  You know what I’m talking about here.

We’ve recently moved into the new house, and first up, I insisted that we have one working closet in the house.  

We’ve done lots of closets in the past, but this time, I got a little crazy and ditched the vertical organizer.

Yep, we went all horizontal on this closet. 

And this is why –

No more bending down low to reach a bottom shelf.  Or reaching up high to hang clothes.  And it’s easy to fold and put away jeans at the perfect height.

We did lose about 2-1/2 feet of closet rod storage, trading it for 8 feet of shelving space at an easy to reach height.  

This is for a 5 foot wide closet opening (6 feet interior closet width).  If your closet is a different width it will affect your storage solution, both vertically and horizontally.

I’m so glad we went with the horizontal closet.  We love how functional and easy to reach everything is, and love the extra shelving storage for folded clothes and baskets for socks and underwear.  

Another crazy thing we did with this closet organizer was build it with melamine shelving.

No painting or finishing required, no plywood ripping, and all about the same cost as plywood! Who knew melamine shelving could look so good?

We are excited to share the step by step build process and plan diagram over at Ryobi Nation.  Do pop over and grab them now!

Have a wonderful day!








PS – If a vertical closet is the right size for you, we’ve got the perfect one sheet of plywood plan right here (you can also use three 15-1/2″ x 97″ long melamine shelving boards)


DIY Copper Salt & Pepper Cellars

DIY Copper Salt & Pepper Cellars

Who’s thinking about their holiday table?  I am and I always wanted individual salt and pepper cellars so I came up with this cutie copper and wood version and I’m sharing how to make it down below.

This is an easy and fast way to jazz up your table settings using simple copper plumbing parts and scrap wood.  Although it may be slightly controversial to use copper for food I figure people drink from copper mugs and cook using copper pans so it can’t be too harmful for salt and pepper.

Continue reading DIY Copper Salt & Pepper Cellars at Jaime Costiglio.