How I Failed To Decorate our Dining Room

No one likes to say that they have failed. Today I give you permission to completely FAIL in your home decor. I completely failed in this renovation project, but all is not lost!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge Dining Room Update

This week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. I have been avoiding writing this post, because it’s hard for me to admit that I have failed this challenge.

I haven’t finished our dining room.

I was really excited in the beginning, the painting was easy.

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It took me an entire weekend to paint the built-in dining hutch. The white is so much lighter, I really do like it. I am glad I took the plunge to paint all that dark woodwork.

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The next project  was the ceiling. This painted ceiling medallion gives the room something special. Our kitty loves to stare at the ceiling, she must find it interesting.

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I bought some great fabric at a fabulous price and whipped up a pair of curtains. I was on a roll!

And that’s where the story ends. Actually, it came to a grinding halt.

The END of the Dining Room ORC Story

The table improvements are holding me back. I need to paint the table, but I don’t have the vision right now as to which colors to use. White, black? Grey, Chocolate? Can’t decide.

Am having second thoughts about the curtains that  I made.

I never have second thoughts. NEVER. Usually, I am an all in kind of girl. But, something in this room just doesn’t feel right.

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Our home is very traditional. My mother’s beautiful Liberty Blue dishes are going to be the focus of this dining room. However, I don’t know what I was thinking when I chose the black floral for the curtain fabric. They just don’t complement each other, not at all.

I am even second guessing the paint color I chose. I just don’t love it.

How I Failed to Decorate Our Dining Room|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThis Waverly floral print is beautiful but, it’s just A LOT OF FLORAL. There are three other rooms that lead off the dining area, and all of them have to coordinate. This print just isn’t working out with the other rooms the way I had hoped. Rather than try to make things work and not be happy with the result I am going to stop.

I am putting the breaks on this entire project until I can find another fabric(s) that I like and re-think the entire design plan.

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To Be Continued

Another problem is with the dining chairs. I have been looking for fabrics and materials to refurbish them. However, things are far more expensive than I had anticipated. With the cost of the fabric, foam cushions, welting, tacks, upholstery strapping and nailhead details it will cost between $80-90.00 per chair to redo them. Multiply this times 6 because we have 6 chairs. Yikes, that’s a lot of dough!

New chairs run in the neighborhood of $100.00, and I am not sure that I want to put all the time and money into these old chairs that I don’t really care for anyway. It just doesn’t seem worth it when I could purchase new ones in a finish and style that I like, and just do minimal customizing to match our decor.

So, the chairs are also on the back burner.

I’ve been shopping for lighting, and accessories too. Can’t find anything that I like, that fits in our traditional farmhouse decor and that I can afford. I love modern styles, but they just don’t work well with our traditional home.

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Things just aren’t working out right now. In thinking about how to explain my failure to my readers, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t like to admit our defeats! As bloggers, we don’t want to tell others we can’t do it. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves. At least I do. Seems like there is always something I am hiding from behind the computer.

It’s okay to fail in your decorating project. I hereby give you permission. Sometimes we need to give ourselves the “okay” to not be perfect and have a perfect magazine styled home. Beautiful homes are an evolution of style and living that develops over time.

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Just like a shoe that doesn’t fit, our home needs to be comfortable for us to live in and fit us well. Things will come together in this room at another time, it’s just now right now. I am okay with that.

This is the end of my One Room Challenge renovation. More time is needed to figure things out. Updates will be posted as I have them but this failed project will remain unfinished for the time being.

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Read some of these other projects for more inspiration!

Bathroom Update on a Budget

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

Urban Loft

How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful


Linking up to the rest of the One Room Challenge over on Calling It Home Blog. Be sure to check out these fantastic projects!



10 Dining Room Transformations

Dining rooms are a gathering place for many families. You create memories there that can last a lifetime.  If you’re looking to transform your dining room, here are some rooms to inspire you! 


Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for you next dining room transformation. It can range anywhere from a simple paint change to a full room renovation.


Are you still looking for more inspiration? Check out these similar posts:

DIY Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

Budget Curtains for Any Room

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)


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Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50

I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life.

Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go!

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Gifts for Midlife Women

  1. Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here.Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|
  2. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What could be better?Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|
  3. Lip Wrinkle Remover. If you have started getting those telltale aging lines around your lips, this is for you! This product fills in those little lines and gives you a smoother lip line. A big plus, your lipstick won’t bleed into your wrinkles like it used to! Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|
  4. Scalp Makeup. I had never heard of it either. Turns out you can camouflage your lack of hair with a brush and some color matched makeup. What a fabulous idea! Joan Rivers knows her stuff. Buy it here.Top 30 fab gifts for women over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|
  5. Cell Phone Fan. This is such a fun stocking stuffer! These little fans plug into your charging port and give you an instant breeze when you need it. Great when the hot flashes get unbearable! Order here.
  6. Wine lounging outfit. Perfect outfit to slip on when you have had a long day and need a glass of wine. Great gift for your girlfriends! Order here.
  7. Speaking of wine, a Wine Club Membership is a great gift. Each month the recipient will receive 2 or 4 bottles of their choice delivered right to their door. Premium wines without all the hassles. A fabulous hostess gift too! Join the club here.
  8. Beautiful Wine Glasses. At this point in life, our glasses are either chipped or mismatched. A set of lovely wine glasses makes a girl feel 20 years younger! Order these glasses here.
  9. Magnifier Light for Crafts. We don’t want to admit it, but we don’t see as well as we used to. This craft light will help her see all the little details in her project!
  10. If she’s at all crafty, she will adore this Circuit Explore Air 2.   These machines can cut anything from fabric, to paper, vinyl or metal in a matter of seconds. I am dying to get one of these for my craft room!!! A must have for the serious crafter!
  11. Pretty Planner for 2018. This Dayspring planner has beautifully designed pages with bible verses, stickers and much more! You will like it so much you will want one for yourself! 
  12. Joanna Gaines Mug. Anyone who loves farmhouse will adore this cute coffee mug. We all cultivate our inner Joanna Gaines sometimes! 
  13. Fleece Lined Yoga Pants: Perfect for going to exercise class on those cold days. As we age our circulation worsens and we need extra layers to stay warmer. 
  14. Beautiful Vintage Style Cloche hats.   I adore these darling hats for going to the grocery store and cold chilly days.
  15. Cashmere Wrap. You know you have always wanted one. Life is too short for imitations.
  16. Classic Chanel No. 5 Perfume Cheap perfume is no one’s friend. You know you’ve always wanted to be a Coco woman. Now is the time!
  17. Emoji Facial Mask. We tried some of these for a girls night, what fun we had! We laughed so hard ! Get multiples for girls night! Inexpensive but worth their weight in gold for entertainment!
  18. Every woman wants more youthful skin. The Clarissonic Facial Scrubber is fabulous for cleansing with very little effort. Helps give your skin a youthful glow!
  19. Faux Fur Throw for cuddling. These throws feel amazing for cuddling with your sweetie on cold winter nights.
  20. Cleaning Concentrate Set from Grove Collective. This product is all natural without any chemical ingredients. Simply add the concentrate to your spray bottle and you can clean just about anything from ceramic, chrome, granite, to stainless steel and more.
  21. Acute Moroccan Organ Oil for dry skin. This oil is a true skin super food! Incredibly rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, argan oil helps restore texture and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed, the aromas of citrus and ginger will invigorate and warm the senses!
  22. Glass Spray Bottle from Grove Collaborative. Ideal size for mixing your own cleaning products, pretty too!
  23. Japanese Kokedama Kit, for the gardener who has everything: These unique moss covered balls are stunning planters when hung. Great for indoors or outdoors, or even with a potted plant on a dining table. 
  24. Himalayan Salt Lamp. Not only are these lamps beautiful, but they are very therapeutic, and promotes overall wellness.
  25. Portable Light Therapy Happy Light to cure Seasonal Affective Disorder. A must have for anyone in a northern climate. Fewer daylight hours in the winter affect many people in the form of depression. Exposure to a Happy Light for a few minutes each day can make a world of difference in their overall health.

26. Reuseable Swell Water Bottle: These bottles are insulated stainless steel and keep liquids hot or cold for as long as 24 hours. Comes in beautiful prints and colors, like this faux teak wood print pictured above.

27. Agate Book Ends with Rubber Bumpers. Beautiful and unique for display on any kind of bookshelf or desk, these natural stone bookends will make a lasting impression for any kind of decor.

28. Geometric Wall Terrariums: Terrific for any room, these beautiful terrariums are easy to care for and don’t take up much space. Grow herbs, flowers or succulents in your home or apartment all season long. A unique gift for those with green thumbs!

29. Pugg Ceramic Tea Pot with tea infuser. These beautiful tea pots make a cup of tea into a relaxing experience. Dishwasher safe, comes in six beautiful floral designs.

30. Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Sampler Box. Delicious collection of teas that will keep her warm all winter long. This package has 48 delightful bags of 6 different varieties.


Wow, what a list! She will love any of them I promise! Don’t forget to pin this post!

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Love these ideas? Try some of these other posts:

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas Knitting for Gifts

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

Christmas Chicken Coop

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Linking up to the Everyday Home Blog Christmas Gift Guide Blog Hop! Be sure to stop by and read all these great gift ideas!







Inspirational Cut Out Wooden Angel Wings

Inspirational Cut Out Wooden Angel Wings are not hard to make with a bit of DIY knowledge! They are an unexpected beautiful addition to winter decor. WARNING: You will be tempted to leave them up all year long!

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Wooden Cut Out Angel Wings

Cut Out Angel Wings

This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosure page.

I have been watching for some wooden wings for a long time. Every winter season I see some that I like, then I promptly forget about about them until the next year. Recently, I spotted these beautiful wing cut outs in Michaels Crafts and I was completely smitten with them!  They are perfect for inspirational winter decor!

Layer the Wings

The first pair of wooden wings is lacey-like and oh so delicate. I love the finely cut wood, so lovely! Could they be laser cut perhaps? I can’t imaging doing all that cut out work by hand!

In addition, I purchased another solid pair of wings to go with the lacey pair. The wings were layered on top of the solid wood wings then added to some larger pallet type signs to give them more of a framed look. The pallet signs also have the appearance of making the wings seem larger than they really are which is great on our bare bedroom wall.

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Lovely Wooden Cut Out Wings for Winter decor

Here’s what you need to make your very own set of Inspirational Cut Out Angel Wings.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Two wooden lacey wing cut outs from Michaels Crafts SKU# 886946233760
  2. Two solid wooden angel wings from Michaels Crafts SKU#886946238413
  3. Two Pallet Wooden signs from Michaels SKU#886946651779
  4. Two Packages of antique metal corners from Michaels SKU#886946928581
  5. 3D Tin Heart from Michaels Crafts SKU#886946652400
  6. Deco Art Metallics Acrylic Paint in Champaign Gold
  7. Deco Art Acrylic Paint in Natural Buff Pink and  White Wash
  8. Tacky Craft Glue
  9. Small 1/4″ wide flat and 1″ wide flat sized paint brushes
  10. 80 grit fine sandpaper


  1. Remove hanging hardware from the back of the solid wings, save for later.
  2. Lightly sand any rough edges of the wood with 80 grit sandpaper.
  3. Paint the pallet signs with a paint wash mixture of water and the White Acrylic Paint. (I used half water, half paint).  Let dry.
  4. Paint the solid wings with the White Wash Acrylic paint. Let dry, then repeat with the Buff Pink. Dry completely.
  5. Paint the lacey cut wooden wings with the metallic gold paint using the 1/4″ wide brush. The brush is just the right width to paint the top of the cut outs without getting paint on the darker colored sides of the wood. Let dry, then apply a second coat.
  6. Dry brush the solid wooden wings with the gold paint, working from top to bottom in long strokes. This gives the wings a feathery appearance. Do not completely cover the pink color, let it show through. Dry completely.
  7. Assemble the units by first re-attaching the hanging hardware to the back of the pallet signs to hang in a vertical position.
  8. Decide where the wooden wings will be placed. Glue in place with the Tacky Glue by making a bead of glue all the way around the back of the wings and sticking it to the pallet. Repeat with the lace cut out wings on top of the solid ones. Let dry overnight with large books on top to help with glue adhesion.
  9. Attach metal corners with Tacky glue.
  10. Hang with a metal heart in the center between the two winged pallets.
  11. Enjoy your creation!


Thanks to Deco Art and Michaels Crafts for sponsoring this post! This was such an inspirational project, I think I will keep them on my wall all year long!

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Need more inspiration? Try some of these other projects:

Read about the DIY Lap Desk

Make a DIY Tool Carrier

Craft Some DIY Gold Snowflakes

DIY Trash Can Lamp

Felted Wool Ornaments




Warm and Fluffy Ragged Baby Quilt

Warm and fluffy quilts are loved by little ones, this ragged baby quilt is fairly simple to make and won’t break the bank!

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Ragged Baby Quilt: Northern Territory Pattern

Ragged Baby Quilt

Warm and fluffy blankets are always on my bed and furniture during the cold months. A soft flannel quilt is frequently fought over by all of our family members to cuddle with while watching tv. I made this darling baby quilt for our neighbors who just had a baby boy. It’s so cute, I was tempted to keep it. Not that it would cover even part of my generous sized body, but I just liked it. So soft and fuzzy!

Ragged baby quilts are fun to make even if you are without a lot of quilting experience. You don’t need any fancy quilting machines or other supplies which is great. The pattern for this quilt is available for immediate download in my new pattern shop! Whoo, hoo!

The shop has been a long time in coming, and I am very excited to have it put together!

The Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns site is up and running! I am adding more patterns (crafts, quilting, apparel and home decor) as well as notions and fabrics each week so be sure to stop back if you don’t find what you are looking for.


If you need a pattern for something specific, I also make custom pdf sewing patterns. Send me your requests at and I will try to accommodate your needs. You can read about my compensation rates on the Hire Me page here.

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Back of Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt

Ragged Baby Quilt Supplies Needed:

•3 various flannel prints, 1/2 each small buffalo check, large buffalo check, patterned moose print

•2 solid flannel colors, 1/2 yard each red and black

•1 1/2 yards solid black flannel for backing

•1 package baby quilt size poly-fiber quilt batting

Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt Pattern (purchase here through Chambray Blues)

•Matching thread


Finished quilt size is 36″ x 36″.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ragged Baby Quilt: Northern Territory Pattern

Here are some other creative posts:

Sewing with Peach Skin

Sewing a Fleece Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

Sewing a Fitted Blouse: Part 1

How to Sew a Fitted Blouse: Part 2