Dining Room: The Simple Reason Before the Decorating Storm

The One Room Challenge is the cream of the crop for interior design remodels. This month we are working on renovating our own dining room for the design challenge!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge has been around for about 12 years. It originated with the Calling It Home blog, and is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and other fabulous brands. This is a very popular contest among bloggers and interior designers. I have wanted to try this competition but something always seems to get in my way. This year, I have decided to join the crowd and see what happens!

Here’s how it works: There are a number of chosen designers for this competition that work with major sponsors for the event. Trust me they are rock stars! Bloggers like myself can link up our own version of the ORC each week showing the progress in our rooms. If the project is popular enough, any blogger has a chance to be a major designer the next time around and may be featured in magazines or attract major corporate sponsors. I am not working with any sponsors for this event, just winging it this time around! The competition is held twice each year in October and April and lasts for 6 weeks.

Our dining room will be the subject of my posts which I will post each Wednesday through October and early November. This week is the introduction and “game plan” of the event. You see see the other participants in this challenge here.

ORC Blog Schedule

Here is my schedule for the renovations throughout the month:

Week 1: Painting

Week 2: Stenciling

Week 3: Window Treatments

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

Here we go! This is my for this room includes lightning up the space, and adding some color and pattern. Our home is an old urban farmhouse. Most of the rooms are painted beige. However, I am not a beige kind of girl. I know the world is full of beige rooms that are beautiful, but I am ready to move away from the plain neutral decor in this room. I am craving color and pattern!

 

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Mood Board for Dining room renovation by Designers Sweet Spot

My favorite decorating style is probably farmhouse but I am smitten with English style antique furnishings, fine art and eclectic accessories. Does that make me English, Farmhouse, Transitional or just confused? Guess we will find out! Ha, ha!

Interior designer Tricia Guild has been at the forefront of cutting edge interiors for many years. I have follower her for as long as I can remember and she never fails to inspire me. Our dining room renovation is inspired by her classic furniture mixed with modern colors and fabrics. This inspirational video from www.DesignersGuild.com is full of ideas for our dining room.  I have included it because you really can’t get the full idea of what I want to create without seeing these incredible rooms in all their glory.

Looking forward to the challenge! You can see last year’s final One Room Challenge posts here!  

Be sure to stop back to see the progress each week! Sign up here for updates! 

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Sew Yourself a Stunning Japanese Knot Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!  

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Japanese Knot Bag

Simple Japanese Knot Bag

The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise!

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Carry just about anything in this lovely handmade bag.

I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them.

This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful.

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The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see.

Maybe next year I will actually get my project completed before the deadline! Anyway, this stunning digital print, titled “Blooms” was a no brainer for this simple bag design. The beautiful cotton fabric shows through in this bag’s simple construction.

Supplies Needed

My pattern for this project is available to purchase for $6.00 in my new pattern shop, Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns. I will have more details on the new site VERY soon, but you will be able to order it through my link below (affiliate).

Buy the pattern (immediate download pdf)

1/2 yard Hoffman “Blooms” print fabric  (order here)

1/2 Yard of Black cotton lining fabric (order here)

1 package black bias binding (order here)

Thread, needle, scissors

 

Follow pattern directions for construction.

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Japanese Knot Bag

 

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Simple Pillow Tutorial

How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

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20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You

 

     Stenciling is a great way to transform a room and get a custom look for a budget price. Here are some of my favorite stenciled wall ideas from around the web to inspire your next project.

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This pretty blue stencil adds just the right amount of color.  I can see myself wanting to hang out forever in this beautiful bathroom! Learn how Diane created the illusion of wallpaper (without all the mess) over on In My Own Style.

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Speaking of illusions, check this one out! Making it in the Mountains shares some great tips on how to achieve this popular cement tile look while sticking to your budget.

20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comOur son really enjoyed his stenciled brick bedroom. Sadly, it was left behind in a house we rented. Thankfully we have the pictures (and my tips and tricks to make your own brick wall) over at Designers Sweet Spot.

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This blue paint behind the white stencil really makes the design pop while being very calming! Check out It All Started With Paint for some tricks on how to transform a room and accomplish your stenciling project as quickly as possible.

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The damask pattern of this stencil, in addition to the colors Allyson chose, add such a touch of elegance to this previously plain dining room. Head over to Domestic Superhero to see the before photo!

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I love our pantry. The stenciled walls really improve its appearance! You can read more on my blog,  Designers Sweet Spot.

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Krista created this fun workspace for her sons to use for homework and projects. Stenciling seems like a great way to distinguish a space from the rest of the room while also disguise the fact that it used to be a closet! See the total transformation over on The Happy Housie.

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Do you have a favorite quote? Have you ever thought about stenciling it on your wall? AKA Design did just that in her dining room.

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Here’s a cute way to add a special touch to your little princess’ bedroom.  This stencil adds just the right amount of character.  Go look at the rest of this adorable room on Robb Restyle.

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I always love a good before and after! Jami from An Oregon Cottage created this beautiful accent wall for her bedroom in just a few hours.
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A bold stencil really pops with the white furniture in this bedroom! Sometimes a simple color scheme is the best. Refashionably Late admits that this project took longer than she expected, but it was totally worth every second.  I agree completely.

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Look at this precious stencil Lindi created for her daughter’s room at Love Create Celebrate! Head over and read all about her pro tips on how to make this project so much easier. (Hint: it involves a hairdryer!)

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Chic Misfits created this beautiful accent wall in her sisters dining room.  Tribal patterns are very popular right now, and this seems like a perfect example of how to execute one!

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This design is a lot more subtle than the tribal wall above, yet it’s just as beautiful! Addicted 2 Design stenciled the entire room. I think all of her hard work definitely paid off.

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At first glance, would you believe this wall was completely stenciled? I didn’t believe it myself until I read the full article over on Reality Daydream.

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Little House of Four added some drama to her home office using a stencil. Inspiring spaces are always a productive spaces, a stenciled wall could be just what your office is lacking!

20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comYou’ll never believe how this stenciled wall was created.  It’s not paint! Head over to Cuckoo 4 Design to learn the secret.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

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Maybe you want to try your hand at stenciling but don’t know how to start? Three Little Monkeys Studio shares some of her beginner tips to make your first time a success.

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Danielle added this precious lace stencil to her guest bedroom.  It adds such a romantic and peaceful feel! She also shares how to store your stencils to use again down the road over on Finding Silver Pennies.

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Are you feeling incredible daring?! What about this ombre fish scale wall? It would take a special room to pull this off, but Kara Paslay Designs definitely did just that. Also, who knew fish scales on a wall could look so good?

I’m so inspired to create now, and I hope you are too! Go find a blank wall and get to stenciling. Best of luck to you!

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Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank. This post is sponsored by Dayspring. I was compensated to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

 

Wedding Season is here!

Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago!

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gifts for under $40

The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable!

You can order one here.

The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand.

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Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard to choose which one is the best!

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The cards can be given with a gift, or with money. What a lovely wedding day token! You could even frame one of these cards as a gift! The box of 12 cards costs just $6.99.

Order your wedding cards here.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

My favorite item, was this lovely tray. It just spoke to me. This bible verse is referenced at just about EVERY wedding. What a lovely memento of their special day to have this verse on a tray! The tray would be wonderful for serving drinks or entertaining, on a coffee table, or sitting on a shelf. Neutral colors are great for any type of decor! This tray is just $36.99 on Dayspring.

Get your wedding tray here.

Here are some more popular gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

Wedding Gifts Under $40.00

1. Wooden “love” sign, as described above from Dayspring.

2. Wedding card with cash enclosed. Many couples use cash for downpayment on apartments or for their honeymoon. Cash is always appreciated!

3. Hotel Gift Cards: Great idea for giving a night or weekend away to the happy couple. Perhaps they could even use it on their honeymoon for an extended stay!

4. Crystal Bowls: Probably not as popular as they once were, but glass bowls are lovely for any occasion. We still use those that we got for our wedding so many years ago. They are great for serving salad, pudding, fruit, vegetables and more. I even keep my receipts in a crystal bowl until I file them.

5. Silverware: Most people don’t give real silver anymore because of the price. However, you can find vintage sets quite reasonably. Pickup a set from your local thrift store, pawn shop or antique mall. Polish and it will look like new! It’s not hard to find additional pieces online if you need a larger set.

6. Picnic basket: We love the picnic basket we received as a wedding gift. During the summer we make frequent trips to the park or beach with it in tow. The basket is complete with stainless silverware, non-breakable plates, plastic wine glasses, cork screw, table cloth and napkins, small cutting board and cheese knife. Include a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable gift!

7. Personalized Frame: Every couple wants to frame photos from their special day. I love these Mr. and Mrs. frames from Dayspring.

8. Keepsake Linens: Good quality linens cost a fortune. A set of quality 100 % cotton or bamboo sheets is a lovely gift any couple will adore. Look for deep pocket sheets that have a thread count of at least 500 for the softest hand. Not sure what size to get? Get the King Size, even if they have a queen bed it will be a generous fit. Pillow case sets start for as little as $20.00, often you can find complete sets at discount stores.

9. Bar Ware: A basic set of glass goblets can be used for wine, cocktails or water glasses. Opt for a set for a set of 6 for entertaining. Bonus if two of the glasses are engraved Mr. and Mrs!

10. Family Treasures: This is the perfect opportunity for passing on those family heirlooms that you don’t use anymore. Think silver, crystal, small appliances, wool rugs vintage quilts or furniture items. Most couples will have to make large purchases during their first years together, this can save them money. Also, an heirloom piece makes a new house feel more welcome like home.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

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Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New, No Sew!

Make an ugly old tote bag look like new with a few craft supplies! This post was sponsored by Therm-o-web. I was compensated in some way to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

This Ugly Old Tote Bag was a spur of the moment project. I was unpacking my bags from my recent trip to the SNAP blog conference and was excited to try some of the new products we were given. Love them all!

This burlap bag caught my eye in a heart beat. My grandmother always carried a burlap bag in the summer months, and it reminded me of her classic style.

Tote Bag Supplies Needed

•Old Burlap tote bag, can be a thrifted item or grocery store type fabric bag (Buy now affiliate link)

•5″ pack of printed or solid colored quilt squares, cotton (Buy now  affiliate link)

•Therm-o-web Fabric Adhesive (Buy now through this affiliate link) (Buy now affiliate link)

This pile of colorful quilting squares was the perfect thing for this project. The colors caught my eye when I saw them, and I was immediately lost. My unpacking was forgotten, and I was deep into creating. Who needs to unpack anyway?

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

The burlap bag we received at the conference from one of the vendors at the conference. I didn’t love the name on it, so I came up with a way to re-style it. It was easy! You would never know how it started out!

It’s exciting that Facebook now allows us to embed videos here on the blog. I made a Facebook live demo of this project, since it was such an impulsive craft. I have lots more fun ideas, so check back soon for more videos!

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