Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Before we get going about design I had some criticism about using the word "ghetto" in my last post.  While it is never my intention to offend anyone.... I now realize that I actually misspoke, not using the term accurately.  Ghettoghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure.[1] The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated.

It is actually where someone lives......what I meant to say was this: "My office looks like a Messa dirty or untidy state of things or of a place.

"she made a mess of the kitchen"

synonyms:untidiness, disorderdisarraycluttershamblesjumblemuddlechaos
"please clear up the mess"

I have learned so much since I started blogging, that sometimes I am unintentionally insensitive  and,  that learning the definition of certain words is definitely a plus.  Please forgive.....

I have blabbed on and on about this project but seriously people I still drop my jaw every time I am over there and see more updates.

While the main house is pretty much done there is still work to do on the pool house.  And the "pigeonniere's".  Yeah....that is what I said?  Huh?

I had to look that one up.  Actually it is french for Dovecote which is essentially a house for pigeons.  Gah....I have been letting  my pigeons just hang out in the backyard. I am so apathetic about things right?


 Evergreen Plantation/Louisiana


Although this one is going to be a garden shed....
Wait until this beauty is finished....[there are 2 of them!]

Pool/guest house.

Yeah....it's just the perfect size for me:)

Complete with a garage door.

Starting with kitchen....

The Hicks Pendants

And these brass strips in the subway tile....




All white except for this.....
The floors.....

Gonna have fun decorating this space.  "There is too much white" said Sherry..... never.

This is a shot of the back of the house....the master bedroom.

Are you ready to burn your house down.....hahaha.  I know.

Yet..... I am just happy to have a house.

Thanksgiving week.....enjoy yourself my friends! 
Be thankful.
I sure am.


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Friday, November 20, 2015


I might have to declare this One Room Challenge month!  I have been busy plowing through all of the linking reveals and I found a few to share with you.

There is so much talent out there so I encourage you to browse through them and look for your favorite.  It might take me a month to get through all 154 of them:)

I am in love with this warm eclectic office makeover by Lindsey.  It makes my office look like the ghetto.
Takeaway:  That gorgeous color on the walls!

This dining room took a turn for the better with this overhaul from RAD  Trust me when I say you  need to see the before!
Takeaway: Paint out the trim!

I think Kevin made my list last year....he is still in high school....yeah I know!
Takeaway: Mixing styles to get an eclectic look.

Oh Sarah....this makeover is beautiful....I love everything about it!  There is plenty of black and white for me to drool over!
Takeaway: Edit a space to get a clean and sophisticated look.

Hollie did a great job with her Jack and Jill bath.  More black and white goodness:)
Takeaway: Keep it simple!

Claire stole my heart with her vintage inspired guest bedroom.....that headboard made me all giddy:)
Takeaway: Start with a focal point like this great headboard!

Go see Melaine's basement makeover....you won't believe how cool this space is!
Takeaway: Create interest with vintage pieces!

Along with a office makeover I need to get in my laundry room and do something awesome like what Iris did in her's.
Takeaway: Small space...keep the colors neutral.

Around The Watts House

I can't wait to get through more of these great makeovers!

Have a great weekend!


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Before we get to design I have some tech news to share with you....I learned something yesterday!  If you remember my rampage that ever since I upgraded my Mac it has been running like poop.  I blame it on the "cloud" and it looks like I was kinda right.

I had about 6 GB of storage left on my computer.  It was full of pictures.....in fact so full that the cloud couldn't download which is why I was so frustrated!  Where are my pictures could be heard on a regular basis around here!

I kept deleting to make space and the cloud kept bringing them back.....grrrrrrr.  So my friend Tina helped me and we took every every picture up to the cloud.  Yep...scary as that sounds it enabled me to go from 6 GB to 82 GB of available storage.  And..... I found images I had been looking for:)  Plus I can download them when ever I need!  Winning.

So there is your PSA for the day!

As promised here are the last of the details from my ORC.

 All of the furniture is Lee Industries.  The chair style is C-1211-01.  The fabric Is Petry Sand grade I.  They are swivel/glider and slipcovered.

 The Sofa style is 3063-32.  The fabric is Pinafore Black grade I.  Top Stitching, with a cloud nine cushion.  Black Walnut on the legs.
The other question a few of you asked was about the fabric for the wing chair slipcover.  I don't know the name and I bought what was left on the bolt.....sorry:(   Remember people I was in a hurry!

I think I gave you most of the information for the foyer.  I got the gold frame at Michaels. I knew the minute I decided on the wallpaper I wanted one of Jana's brushstroke lamps.  Between all of the traditional vibes in this space I needed something to help change the direction a little!

I could have gone with the blue one....
or the black one....

They both would have worked but in my opinion a little more predictable.

The antique mirror was something I purchased at Scott's probably 15 years ago.  It is hand carved wood and adds my favorite element to a space.....patina.

And the design books give the space it's color which was so needed!

I couldn't be happier with this flush mount light fixture from Crystorama.....it really gave the space a little bling:)

Let's discuss this situation a little.....the "woofer and tweeter" from another era....with the doors always open because of outdated equipment.

With the help of my audio guy we now have this cleaned up version....

You know that I painted the bookcases to help the TV blend in!

And last.....I picked up this little number from HomeGoods a few days ago....
A perfect addition to the space.  

 There you have it.....nothing left to say. It's over....like Christmas and all of the presents are opened.  #sad


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Friday, November 13, 2015


Well that sure was fun.....  Reading all of the wonderfully kind comments about my sisters makeover!  I can tell you that she is thrilled and said that she just wants to stay home all day in her pretty room....ha ha:)

As promised I have some details for you today.  There were a few questions so hopefully I can give you the info you are looking for.

Let's start with some of the reasons for things.

In the beginning I mentioned that the room is very awkward.

The fireplace is NOT centered in the room.  There is that dead space in front of the hearth where it would be great if you could have some seating.  

Taking out the window seat really helped to be able to move the whole room to the right.  All of that being said....even putting a rug in the room presented some problems with it coming to a point in the middle of the hearth!


Why am I saying all of this....because sometimes you just have to work with what you have.  For extra seating I did choose to have a wing chair recovered and placed over by the bookcases.

Yup this is the before!  I called my trusty slipcover guy [Jim Brown] on Tuesday [who comes on site to do this] and he came on Thursday [after I made a trip to the fabric store Wednesday to get some fabric].  What I picked was a linen/cotton that was backed so she will have to dry-clean it but at a little over $10.00@yard I did not have time to think about it!

I had him just rip off the skirt!

I also had the skirted ottoman slipcovered in a more modern style.  Pillow is old from Pottery Barn.  Throw is from HomeGood's.

Another thing we did was stain the mantel darker...
See how red it is?  It got a coat of Old English...

The same day I drove to get the slipcover fabric I stumbled on this great trim for the curtains...at Fabric and Fringe Warehouse.

The lighting was a last minute decision also.  I had 3 selections but these from Ikea worked the best!
I really did not know what I was going to do with these shelves but while at Ikea I saw these pitchers and they were the perfect color!

I also got the jars there but the black and white bowls came from HomeGood's.

The black and white pillows came from West Elm I think last year....yes I buy random pillows occasionally :)

The art came from Minted [except the far left which my sister whipped up for me].  The small round mirror came from Target about 8 years ago ha ha. Hoarder collector.  
2 tall candlesticks on sofa table:  Target
Blanket on the sofa: Rejuvenation [friends and family sale]
George Kovacs Floor Lamp: Bellacor
Small wood end table: HomeGood's
Roswell Table Lamp: Bassett Mirror Company
2 small brass candlesticks: Crate and Barrel
Wooden tray: Target
Box: HomeGood's [old]

Horn: Pottery Barn
Orange Book:  Flea Market

 End table: On sale at Pottery Barn

All Bamboo shades: Overstock
Light fixture:  Currey and Co. [old]
Tableskirt:  Bedspread from Ikea
Black and White cross pillow:  Bed Bath and Beyond [very old]
Botanicals:  Scott's many years ago [she had in another room]
Large wooden spoon: Scott's [years ago]
Cowhide: Urban Home

Pillow:  Scott's [years ago]
Bench:  Reused from the foyer

Botanical:  Mine [old]
Soap:  HG's
Beaker: Scott's
Beads: Scott's
Tray: HG'S
Hand Towels: Two Girls In Avignon

Box: HG'S
All Botanicals in bookcases: Scott's [taken from another room]
Antler: Target
Vase: Pottery Barn
Old Towel Bar:  Scott's
2 Dish Towels:  World Market

Pillow Fabric:  Ikea!

Awesome wall hanging: Target

Love this "hugger" ceiling fan from Bellacor!

Sofa and Chairs:  Lee Industries
Paint colors:  SW Alabaster White and Urbane Bronze
Floor Paint:  SW Porch Paint

I'll hit the foyer next week!

OK....I think that is everything.  I did spend the bulk of my budget on furniture.  To me that is the most important thing in the room....especially one that is going to be used so much.  Just saying!

Again thanks to all of my sponsors for enabling me to give my sister her new space.  So appreciative.

I am digging into the ORC linking projects this weekend.  I have already seen some great spaces so go take a look!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends:)


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