One Room Challenge: The Big Reveal

OK folks, the moment you have all been waiting for…….. THE BIG REVEAL!!! Here she is in all her glory, my new Living Room/Dining Room!!!! This is everything I LOVE. She boasts a gorgeous mill work backdrop, pops of color and a touch of gold!

What makes this room so beautiful you ask? This is the marriage of all of these beautiful pieces that make this look really come together. Let me break it down for you piece by piece. Lets start with the Mill work shall we?

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All of the walls are clad in baseboard from Metrie. I used their Very Square Scene II in the 5.5″. All of the walls are covered in this baseboard and finished off with this crown. I also decided to case out the windows. I love to do this any chance that I get. I feel that casing out windows always gives them a cleaner and more finished look. The windows are cased out with a series of the following pieces: Header, Sill, and Sides and Apron

Let us not forget about the gorgeous doors and hardware. I found the door hardware from Emtek and completely fell in love. I actually ended up purchasing these knobs for my whole house. Emtek is one of the only brands that I have found that has perfected the satin brass finish. I love the octagonal detail on the knob and the reason I love it on the doors, is that it adds another linear element to the circular detail on the door.

I chose my color palette around this beautiful Rug I found at All Modern. I love to use navy as my base color in a scheme and pop in bright fun colors. This particular rug hit all of those points for me. Another thing that sold me on the rug was the size of it. It comes in a 16’x 10’6″ size which fit my room perfectly and married my two spaces together although they have separate functions, Living and Dining.

Now that I have my base set, let us move on to the furniture. I have been crushing on these navy chairs from All Modern for at least a year now. When I found out that I was able to use them in my one room challenge I was ecstatic. I can just see my husband and I sitting here with a couple friends drinking cocktails and discussing our busy lives. Well, maybe once I finish the rest of my house! These chairs aren’t only comfortable but so soft to the touch.

The perfect touch to round out these chairs are the custom pillows I made with a couple Fabricut fabrics that I selected. On the front of the pillow I used this antelope fabric from their Vern Yip collection. I think adding a animal print to your space is always a good idea! I decided to add a bright pink to the back so it would have an extra “pop” peeking out from the back. I finished it off with a gold zipper.

Between my 4 chairs, I chose this gorgeous Lucite cocktail table from Lamps Plus. The reason I chose this table is that I wanted the table to read through and make the room feel more open. This cocktail table has the prettiest gold details that make it feel elegant. Because it has a glass top, you are still able to see my beautiful rug.

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Coffee table Accents: Books; Ivy Leauge, All In Good Taste, Bloom, Places to go, people to see

Lotus: Vintage | Vase: Hobby Lobby | Flowers: Yellow Reniculas and Pink Peonies

Moving on to the dining area. This is where I will definitely be hosting this year’s turkey dinner! I found the dining table at The Mine and it fit perfectly into my criteria; Marble top, brass base and seats at least 6. The reason I love this table is that it is such a timeless piece. I wanted to find a dining table that I could not only host dinner parties but have a little extra room to spread out if I am working on a large project.

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I must address the dining chairs because I know I will probably get questions on them. Here is their story! My friend found them for sale on Facebook. We drove down to a liquidation warehouse in Phoenix and scored them. I am not exactly sure where they came from but I like to think they are good Karma!

I wanted to bring the eye up with this gorgeous light fixture I found from Crystorama. This is from their Luna collection and is the perfect size for above my table. It has the most beautiful gold finish on the inside and white finish on the outside. When you move around the room the look of it changes and adds so much interest.

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Do you see the pretty artwork peeking through my light fixture? It is an amazing piece from Parima Studio. The reason I fell in love with it is the composition of all of the beautiful colors. I am always attracted to abstract artwork and had a hard time deciding on which one of her pieces I loved more. The piece was beautifully framed by FrameBridge in a simple gold frame.

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To soften the windows I added this beautiful drapery from The Shade Store. I selected the pinch pleat drapery panels in their Linen Cameo. Their satin brass curtain rods were the perfect match to my door handles, and chandelier. The drapes bring your eye up and add a soft pop of color to the architectural details on the walls and windows. Oftentimes, a room can feel naked to me without the softness of window treatments. Not only do they provide privacy but they also provide another opportunity to add a great design detail to your room.

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I think one of the hardest decisions for me was what to do with the wall to the right. I looked for art but I didn’t want to select something that was going to compete with my Parima Studio Artwork so I decided to do shelves. I wanted to display my collection of design books and a few fun accessories I had been collecting over the past few months. When I am out shopping for clients, I will pick up little things that I like and hid them away for an occasion such as this.

Here is the cute little styled shelf that I came up with. They are actually just shelves and brackets that I found at Home Depot. The brackets were white and I spray painted them gold to go with my overall look. Most of the accessories I found while shopping at HomeGoods.

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I decided to add in my bar cart in the corner of the room next to my dining table. This will be a handy little landing spot for a dinner party. I found this one at HomeGoods in the clearance section since the glass was a little chipped on one of the corners.

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I am so very happy with the way my space turned out! I would love to thank Linda from Calling it Home for inviting me to join in on the fun this challenge as well as the wonderful vendors whom sponsored this room. I am truly grateful to call this room mine and the many memories to be made here by my family and friends.


All my beautiful photos were taken by the talented John Woodcock Photography


Before Photo


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Make sure to check out the reveals of all my fellow challengers!

Centsational Girl |Chris Loves Julia  | Christine Dovey |Dwell With Dignity  | The English Room

Glitter GuideHouse of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place |Old Brand New |Old Home Love  |The Pink Pagoda  | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman |Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH


One Room Challenge: Week 2

This project was created in a partnership with the One Room Challenge Sponsors!  

All ideas and opinions are my own!

Really?! How is it week 2 already? So much to do, so little time! I am feeling good though so far, one thing I know for sure is that everything takes longer than you think it will!! First thing is first, we had to demo the space, and by that I mean remove the existing nasty carpet, take down the short doors, and get rid of those hideous rounded columns. Oh, and don’t forget that awful tile YIKES!!!

Here is a picture after we finished the demolition. Look how open the room is now! Isn’t that crazy?

 One Room Challenge Week 2 Progress

The demo took about a day, then we had to pour the concrete for the steps that were missing where we ripped out the columns. I don’t know about you, but I love to tear out old and dated architectural elements.

After we filled in the steps we built out smaller square columns since we still had to hid a bit of duct work in the right column. We had a little re-wiring to do as well.

Next up was raising the header height on the doors. I love to do this any chance I get in a room. The taller doors bring your eye up and really make the room feel more grand. It can actually be a fairly easy thing to do, as long as the door way isn’t structural like mine is. As long as your ceiling is 9′ or taller, you can definitely fit in an 8′ door.

Raising Header Height on Doorway

I selected these gorgeous doors from Metrie’s Fashion Forward collection. I dreamt that one day I would have doors this beautiful in my home, thanks to the One Room Challenge, my dreams are coming true. Do you know what the best part is? They lead right into my home office so I will see these beauties everyday! I will be finishing them off with some gorgeous Emtek brass hexagon door knobs, they are like jewelry to the perfect dress!


Metrie Fashion Forward Doors

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It is not a secret that we love moulding over here at J&J! Working with Metrie, whom has such gorgeous door and moulding selections was so much fun. I wanted to create a “shiplap” look but with a twist. I found a baseboard that had an interesting profile and stacked it on top of each other to create this cool detail on the walls. We also cased out the windows with a more simple moulding to offset the wall detail. Here is a sneak peek of what we have so far. Once we caulk and paint, it’s going to be BANANAS!!!!!!

One Room Challenge| Metrie wall Detail | J&J Design Group

Let’s dig in a little bit and see what I am going to be doing with furniture in this fine One Room Challenge shall we? Like I mentioned in my Week 1 post, I like to design with a neutral back drop and pop in color. Here is a teaser with a few of the products I am using in my room. Let me know what you think!!

J&J Design Group | One Room Challenge Week 2


1 Navy Velvet Chair : All Modern | 2 Lucite Coffee Table: Lamps Plus | 3 Chandelier: Crystorama |

4 Custom Pink Pillow| 5 Brushed Brass Knobs: Emtek | 6 French Doors: Metrie |7 Artwork: Parima Studio

 Can you feel it? Feel it starting to come together…… Oh my, I am so excited!!

Don’t forget to follow along with my fellow challengers below!


Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

Marin’s Boho Cactus Room Reveal

We all need a Boho Cactus Room in our home right? Designing rooms in my own home is always a little daunting, but so much fun at the same time. It is funny because when I design for clients I feel like a have a clearer vision of what I want to do. When it comes to my own house I flip flop on ideas, fret about it and sometimes just sit on it for a while until the ideas start flowing. Marin’s new room was no exception to this!

When I told some of my friends that I was going to be re-designing Marin’s room they were shocked (Well, maybe just a little). I got a few responses like “what? you just did it”, “but it is so cute why do you want to change it?”

Yes, I still think it is cute but I designed it almost 5 years ago and well, I’m sick of it now! I guess that is just one of the bad things about being a designer, trends come and go and you want to keep things fresh. Here is the before of Marin’s room, this is what it has looked like since she was 2 1/2.

Watermark Marin on bed

John Woodcock Photography

Awww, look at her, isn’t she cute! My baby has grown up way too fast. Now that Marin is in 1st grade I decided that I wanted to give her a room that had a little more room for her to hang out with her friends as well as an area for her to do her homework.

I collaborated with our friends at Serena and Lily to create a room for Marin that reflected her personality. Here is the design board that I came up with for her new room.

Marin design board

I was flipping through a Serena and Lily catalog and I totally fell in love with this daybed. This is their Avalon daybed and it is made from rattan and had the perfect Bohemian look I was going for! Once I laid eyes on this bed, I knew I had to build her room around it.

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John Woodcock Photography

I love this rug because it has so many fun colors to pull out if it and use around the room. The rug has a vintage Turkish rug vibe that I was totally into, I knew it would add so much character to the room. Let’s move on to the cactus. This was such a labor of love for me. I designed on the computer and then cut each piece out of wood on a laser cutter. Once I had all the cactus pieces cut out, I hand painted them all with watercolor. Yes, I am a little crazy but I am so happy with how it turned out!


Here are the cactus after I cut them, next I laid them all out and numbered them so I could put them back together in her room.IMG_7844

This is a photo of the cactus once I painted them with watercolor. It took me about 6 hours to paint all of the cactus and I did it over several days, accompanied by Netflix of course!

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John Woodcock Photography

I added a few silk flowers that I found at IKEA, the color and scale was perfect for what I was looking for. I attached the cactus to the ship lap walls with a pin nail gun. I can easily take them down and bring them with me when we move to our new home in a few months.

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John Woodcock Photography

A desk area was a must in Marin’s room. She is very creative and loves to draw and do crafts. Let me promise you this, it is never this clean! The desk was one of my vintage finds that I had painted in a fun pink color. One of Marin’s favorite things in her room is the art print of the lady. She thinks it looks just like her:) We also love that the artist’s name is Maren! Find her print here on Etsy.

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John Woodcock Photography

Let’s not forget what might be the best part of the room…… her hanging chair. This amazing chair is also from Serena and Lily and she loves it so much. Whether it is listening to music or reading books, it is always just a little more fun when it is in your very own swinging chair! Gosh she is growing up way too fast.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.