Wednesday, May 6, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 6 - The Big Reveal!

Did y'all hear that?  It was the sigh of relief that I let out yesterday when the final mirror was hung in the dining room at White Oaks Ranch.  The rug didn't make it but I can live with that if you will let me off the hook on that one! Seriously, I was so down to the wire on this project that as John Cain Sargent was shooting the angles towards the window, we were hanging the mirrors behind him!  He has so much patience which is how we made it through shooting my upcoming book as friends!

I truly don't know where to begin on the story of this room.  If you haven't been following along with my progress on the One Room Challenge, you can catch up with these links. 

If you have been, then you know that my goal was to brighten up this dreary room to make it worthy of the celebrations that take place in it.  I wanted it to be happy and soothing and to draw people in and make them want to stay all they way past dessert after dinner.  

I also needed it to be flexible enough for a casual lunch to a holiday dinner. 
So, enough about what I needed!  This is really about what you can do to your home so I've opened my notebook to all of my sources and I hope you will follow your heart and follow the links and makeover a space in your home!

Wallpaper: Brett Design Ombre - As Stephanie from Custom Drapery Designs put it when she first walked in the room: "This wallpaper is a feeling."  Loved that reaction!  The more time I have spent in the room since the installation, the deeper I have fallen in love with this paper.  I must admit I was a bit nervous about adding it to this traditional house but I love the way it adds a fresh and modern touch to a room filled with traditional decor.  The best part is that the colors in the paper transform as you adjust the lights and as the light coming in through the window changes.  It is like magic!

Drapes: Pearl Gray Lightweight Linen Custom Drapery from Loom Decor with Adjustable Window Hardware with Simple Cap Finial in Bronze and Simple Drapery Rings in Bronze.  I added this Fabricut Lavazzo Charcoal Trim from DecoratorsBest to the leading edge and along the bottom to add a finishing touch.  Big thanks to Stephanie and the team at Custom Drapery Designs for driving all the way out to White Oaks to help me with the installation!

Chandelier: This Shed Antler Chandelier was already in the room and the only thing my mother requested when I started this project was that it stay!  My original plan was to do trelliage in the room but I didn't think that would work with this light fixture so we switched gears.  I'm so glad we did because I'm so happy with the wallpaper!

Mirrors: World Market Natural Geometric Wood Malika Mirror - Such a steal!  That is what I call "Bang for the Buck!"

Buffets: Gustavian Buffet from Wisteria 
I'm completely obsessed with Wisteria.  First of all, they offer great design and great prices and secondly, they have a lot of what I need in stock!  I'm not very good at waiting for anything, especially once I've decided on a piece of furniture so the second part is major!

On the Buffets:

Antler Shed - Similar on major sale! 85% off!

TraysSimilar and I LOVE these.

Horn Tumbler with Succulents

These mounted horns were a Wisteria find from a few years back but this is similar.

On the Table:

Plates: Spode Glen Lodge Stag Dinnerware from Wayfair.

Placemats: Pearl Gray Lightweight Linen Custom Placemat Set from Loom Decor

Napkins: Pearl Gray Lightweight Linen Custom Napkin Set from Loom Decor with a custom monogram by Halo Studio Gifts (They do wonderful Facebook Flash Sales!)  I found this monogram in an old book of antique monograms.  It just happened to be my husband's initials and Jen from Halo Studio digitized it and embroidered it for me!

Candlesticks: This was the most similar one I could find.

Art: Shamardal': One of a limited-edition run of giclee prints of multiple prize-winning racehorse, Shamardal, painted by animal oil portrait artist, Rory Mackay. Shamardal rose quickly to notoriety in the racing world after earning the 2004 European Champion 2-year-old status, before going on to win many other trophies and courses around the world. Original painting commissioned by a well-known horse trader in England, who later sold the horse to the famous Godolphin racehorse stable. Now, I'd love to tell y'all that Shamardal has a connection to White Oaks Ranch but he doesn't.  The connection is that I am a big fan of Rory MacKay who does the most amazing pet portraits.  So, whatever type of pet you have, I hope you will check out what he offers!

Art Display System: Walker Displays 

Flowers: I'm not sure how I could have gotten through the shoot yesterday with out Shannon King.  You might know her from Hope Hill Designs. Didn't she do a beautiful job of adding elegant pops of color to the dining room table?  Truly, she went above and beyond yesterday when we took these photos and I'm so grateful.

Monogrammed Mint Julep Cups used as vases - Hexagonal Mint Julep Cups from Mark and Graham.  We put one at every place setting for this tablescape but I can't wait to use them in other ways as well!  So versatile!  

These chairs were from our first home when we were married.  They have been sitting in storage for nine years because they didn't suit our second house but when I found this amazing Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics Pale Blue Check, I decided that I needed to give these chairs a makeover.  My upholstery gent added the old french nails to the trim and I love the rustic and ranchy touch.  

Table: Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Architectural Column Dining Table - On major sale right now!  This one was my sister's but she moved two weeks ago and it didn't fit in her new apartment.  Worked out great for me!

Paint:  Valspar from Lowes  After spending time trying to find the perfect match, we decided to head to Lowes with a sample of our wallpaper and simply color match so that the color of the baseboards matched the bottom of the ombre paper and the trim and ceiling matched the top.

Truly, throwing this room together has been a comedy of errors and I'm so grateful for the patience, determination and hard work of everyone who helped.

Don't forget to check out the reveals of the other nineteen talented ladies who have been working hard to bring their visions to life over the last six weeks too!  I was so honored to be a part of such an outstanding group!

The One Room Challenge is trademarked by Calling it Home
Photography by John Cain Sargent

There are so many credits to give and people to thank!  If there is something you want to know about that I failed to mention in the post, please leave a comment and I'll try to get you a source or answer your questions.

Thank you all so so much for following along the way with this challenge.  It has been fun, exciting, and stressful but I have enjoyed the journey and I loved sharing it with you.  Please keep in touch and let me know what you would like to see more of on this blog! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

It's time to order everything you need for your outdoor entertaining!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday Favorites - The book is off to the printer!

BUSY!  The only word I can think of to describe this time of year.  I almost think March and April have become more hectic than November and December!  What is happening?

But guess what - my next book, Monograms for the Home, just went to the printer yesterday!  What a load off my shoulders!  I'm so excited about it and can't wait to share it with you in September!  Above is a little sneak peek of some wonderful gift tags designed by the amazing Emily McCarthy that are featured in the book.

Here are a few quick things to check out in the few moments that you do have free this weekend:

Love this article on Netiquette that Howard Slatkin posted on his visual feast of an instagram feed!

Loving my new iPhone case/wallet - monogrammed of course!

A must have accessory for summer.  Love this tassel!

Ordering a new one of these for my summer travel.

Molly Sims and I both use this every day before we shower.  That is probably the only similarity!

And don't forget to check in on Wednesday for my One Room Challenge reveal!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 5 - The Final Countdown

Well, it's cold in Dallas but I'm sweatin!

In less than a week, the dining room at White Oaks Ranch is being photographed for the One Room Challenge!

I am seriously down to the wire on these final touches. Seriously!

 The Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics Pale Blue Check arrived this morning!  Yay!  Ronda was amazing and had it sent overnight so that my upholsterer could get started.

We decided to recover the chairs that were in our former home.  When Justin and I were first married, we had a dining room with a rectangular table.  Our current house has a square dining room and a round table and these chairs were tucked away in storage so I'm excited to bring them back to life with a makeover and place them at the ranch.

We played around with a few ideas for the trim and landed on these rustic nails.  I think the room needs a few "ranchy" touches and I think these chairs will take the edge off of the modern paper.  What do you think?

Big huge major thanks are going to my Upholstery Master if he is able to get the chairs recovered by Monday.  BIG!  He says he can do it but I'll sleep better when I know they are done.

One major hiccup - the rug pad arrived but not the rug!  We tried to track it but the system was down so saying I'm stressed about the rug is a pretty major understatement. I hate to jump the gun but I might be searching for Plan B this afternoon!  Any suggestions on where to find a 9x13ish black jute rug in DFW?

Photo by John Cain Sargent
One nice thing that fell into place this week - My sister, Krystal moved to a new apartment last week and her dining table didn't fit so I get to move it to the ranch!  It is the table seen in this post we did last fall.  It might be the tiniest bit large for the room but I'm excited to give it a whirl.

AND....the best part of my week....the pair of Gustavian Buffets I have been lusting after from Wisteria are in stock and ready to move to White Oaks Ranch!  So excited!

Anyway, I really just can't wait to share the big reveal with you a week from today and I can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to!  Thanks for sharing this process with me and always being so encouraging!


To check out my previous posts and get caught up on my progress, you can follow the links below:

and to see what all of the other nineteen bloggers have been doing, you can find their posts by clicking on their links below:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

All about the Sideboard

I rely very heavily on my sideboards when I entertain.  I have one in my dining room and one in my formal living room and I can't believe how much they get used!  They are the perfect height for a buffet, a bar or even just a place to put out some nuts or nibbles during cocktails.

So when I put together this Lemon Yellow Tea Party in honor of that famous British Baby that we are all anxiously awaiting, I decided that the reliable old sideboard deserved a special post of it's own.

I keep telling you that the punch bowl is back and I totally mean it!  A punch bowl and a sideboard go together like peanut butter and jelly!  There are tons of options for great punch recipes depending on the season but I love this Lo-Cal Minty Lemonade Recipe from Sunkist.  To be honest, it was kind of the starting point for the color scheme and theme of my tea party!  Of course, I thought the yellow was perfect since we don't know the gender of the Royal Baby yet and this punch recipe is so refreshing for Spring and Summer.

 I set out an a few glasses for our guests that were already garnished with a lemon slice but instead of leaving the napkins plain, I tied in our royal theme by stamping each of them with a rubber crown stamp that I found in my daughter's princess arts and crafts set.

Of course, I added a simple sweet treat as well with a Lemon Bundt Cake.  Simple trick: use the zest of the lemon to add a bit of color and embellishment to the top.  

Anyhow...I hope you are having as much fun anticipating the Royal Baby's arrival as I am! Of course, these ideas can be applied to any function from baby shower to birthday party!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monogram Mania with Mary!

What a fun weekend! I had a blast and feel so super motivated after attending a blogger's conference that gave me tons and tons of tips on great ways to bring you content that I hope you will really enjoy. One of the best parts of the weekend was celebrating Mary Katrantzou's A to Z collection of tote bags exclusive to Matches Fashion.

You know I love a monogram so this collection really got me excited! I hope you like it too!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tea Time fit for a Royal

Are you as excited as I am about the Royal Baby's upcoming arrival?  I hear it is happening any day now!  I decided to put together a little English Tea Party inspired by the British Prince or Princess but you could give any party you host a royal twist!  Whether it is a birthday for your own little prince or princess or a simple spring time get-together, I hope you will use these ideas for your next celebration!

I love setting up a table in an unexpected place.  It is a simple party trick that doesn't cost a thing!  For our English Tea Party, I chose the coffee table in our formal living room.  I liked that my guests could lounge on the sofa with me and we could just enjoy tea, sweets and conversation.  Of course, there were also great debates on whether or not William and Kate would be welcoming a boy or a girl into their Royal household. I'm glad I had a citrus yellow color scheme so that I didn't have to take sides!  

Each guest's place was marked with a place card attached to the end of the tea bag.  I added HRH before their names to make our guests feel like Their Royal Highnesses right as they found their places.

They also found a tea bag cookie on their plate!  They were so much fun to make!  I kept the citrus theme going with this Fresh Orange Cookie Recipe but I put my own spin on it.  I rolled and cut the dough to make the tea bag shape and used a straw to make a hole in the top so that I could attach the string after baking.  Instead of using the icing in the recipe, I dipped the cookies in melted chocolate to replicate the look of a tea bag.  They were a hit!

I also served Crown Cupcakes that were a cinch to make!  These Lemon Cake Muffins were wonderful on their own but I topped them with white icing and mini-paper crowns I made by cutting the border off of a doily and spraying it gold with edible color mist.  I layered cake stands to make a two-tier display. 

 I pulled out one of my favorite silver dishes in the shape of an umbrella to hold yellow creme mints.  Umbrellas always make me think of rainy London days so I always love to add this at tea time!

The colorful Honeysuckle Napkins are from Loom Decor and the vases are vintage.  I chose a glass plate so that the colorful napkin would show through.

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