one room challenge : week one

first off i kind of can't believe i'm doing this.

i won't go into how hard this will be or how scared or nervous i am because let's face it...

i signed up for it. 

it's not like i would have if i didn't think i could actually turn something out that was passable as good.  

why i can't believe i am doing this is more about the fact that i have a SUPER tight budget, i rent and the space is my husband's office/man cave/guest room above the garage. 

in other words spending money is his worst nightmare and he is perfectly happy with it as is.


but that's like saying a family of cockroaches who live on a floating turd are happy with their house too. 

wait...did i just compare mike to a cockroach?

ok, no...i think i am comparing the room to a turd. 



this room is pretty gross.

and not because it's messy, which it is. 

but because it's above the garage and i think all the spiders in georgia heard about it and travelled there like millennials to a music fest. 

plus it's sort of like, well, a dorm room.

but this is my husband, a 40 something who deserves better. 

(he is rolling his eyes so hard right now).

it drastically needs to be de-junked,


reorganized and reconfigured. 

(we won't say redecorated because that would make this unnecessary)


it also needs more streamlined but comfortable furnishings. 

the room is small. 

and filled with so. much. stuff.


mike calls this room "the lab".

lots of football gets watched here and i am GRATEFUL for this space because i hate football.

i watch ghost shows and drink wine when the footballs is on.  

(please tell me what happened to zak bagans's face)


 i am getting off track here. 

to summarize:

i am turning this ISIS secret meeting location into a worthy office/guest room/"lab" for my husband.


here is an EXCLUSIVE look at "the lab":


this sofa is giving me strong a-serial-killer-lives-here vibes. 

that would be an ottoman. 

that face is saying SO much.

you can't see it but there are TWO TVs under that desk and one of these


do you need a shower?



now let's talk master plan.


the plan is loose. 

let's just put it that way. 

i kept coming back to these images for inspiration for their masculinity, simplicity, earthiness and general coolness. 

and here is my interpretation of that inspiration...

this plan is subject to change based on what's available (craigslist).

but i have a few tricks up my sleeve and i pretty much own craigslist. 

my mother in law is going to sew, yes SEW a cover for the existing mattress and box spring to create that bed/lounge seating situation. 

the iron headboard and footboard are up for grabs if anyone is interested. 

there are a few dresser options on craigslist but that black one suits my mood.

2 of the roman shades are already hanging and 3 more will be purchased for the existing windows over the bed.


a lot will change once we remove that built-in desk.

i am thinking the whole room needs to be configured in a totally different way because as it is now when you open the door to the lab you crash right into the coffee table and sofa.

it's a really tight squeeze.

so i have this idea that when the desk is ripped out the bed will go in that nook there and the tv watching area will move over to where the bed is now.

a new manly tanker style desk will be found and bought (get your incense and candles ready for your manifestation prayers) and placed in the old tv area. 


of course this all hinges on what i find and how it all plays out.

for instance the bed might be all wrong in that nook, like kim kardashian's feet when she was pregnant. 


i will say this...

yesterday we drove out to the country to a warehouse where all of the ugliest cast off flor carpet tiles go to die to pick out 300 sq feet of something that didn't make me want to barf. (.75 a sq foot tho)

i had hoped for something in the sisal family or a sisal look-a-like as i want to keep it neutral and warm.

but no such luck.

everything was pretty much the worst.

a lot of it was gray and just looked too much like a doctor's office or an airport terminal. 

so i went with a sort of navy/black with some subtle plaid action.

it wasn't what i had envisioned but it was the most interesting without making me go into cardiac arrest. 

it will hide all the sins, let's just say that. 

but it also made me re-think my plans a little. 

for instance, 

i was going to keep the walls white (and i still might) but now i am thinking i do a taupe-gray on the walls.  nothing too dark, just cozy enough. 

my fear is that the floors will feel like an abyss with the white walls.

i have a cowhide i intend to use in here so that will help unless it looks terrible on top of the carpet (my pits are sweating just thinking about this)...

we'll just have to see.

my plan at this point is to get the carpet tiles down and then hold court on the matter.


basically what i am trying to say is jesus take the wheel. 


ok, that about wraps it up for this week. 

that's a lot to take in so please, take your time with this post.

come back to it. 

really breathe it in.

and then come over and help me clean. 


taking guesses now on how many spiders we release (kill). 


i say 40,000.


please visit this post to see all the other LINKING PARTICIPANTS

craigslist : portland

here i was thinking that portland would be all full of coolness.

unfortunately portlanders know their stuff and price it with a 1stdibs realness. 

i managed to find a few pretty kewl things,

but not a lot.

(truthfully i was in a bit of a hurry and didn't have quite the time to dedicate to a down and dirty, thorough search using all my black magic.)


need a mid century piece?

portland craigslist has it. 

prepare to pay $$$ tho. 





wrought iron headboard $350.

it's on the pricy side for CL but it could be magnificent.

your heart is telling you gold leaf. 

but i am telling you silver leaf in a room full of creams and whites. 


i know what you are thinking...EW. it's so orange.

but i see it painted and holding books. 

black lacquer. 

bookshelf $150.

industrial metal cart $50.

this has a beautiful patina. 

bar cart it like this.


vintage rattan chair $100.

this is cute and simple. 


brass and glass coffee table $85.

a steal.

i LOVE this coffee table. 


antique round pedestal table $95.

this is a great deal and a great project for you.

your little country mouse house needs this table. 


vintage dresser $85.

cool hardware. 

paint it and put in your kid's room


brass cart $85.

cheap and gets the job done.

holidays are coming. 


don't act like you don't secretly love it.

siamese cat lamp WITH LIGHT UP EYES $135.


antique stools $165.

i freaking LOVE these. 

i think they are super cool.

i would use them in a minimal, axel vervoordt type space. 

moving on..

jesus take the wheel, but, i am participating in the one room challenge as a linking participant. 

there are 20 bloggers posting every wednesday for 6 weeks and then the linking party people (me) posting every thursday for 6 weeks. 

i am terrified because that is a really short amount of time.

i am not doing anything major in terms of knocking down or ripping out, ok, well, we are ripping out something but it's not structurally changing anything.

blah blah blah...come back tomorrow to read all about it. 


in the mean time...

visit here for a full run down of what in the hell i am talking about and links to all the brave bloggers and designers who are taking on this challenge. 


come back tomorrow!! 

i'm a little skeered. 

will need hugs AND drugs. 


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11 x 14


11 x 14


22 x 30


22 x 30

pure 4

14 x 17

i am smitten with shadow palm and wildwood.

i want to see them framed immediately. 

did you know i can have any of my paper paintings framed for you?

i did that recently for a client because it was a gift for his wife and i was like, that was easy as hell why haven't i been offering this service all along?

i use framed and matted and it takes an additional 2 weeks but it's totally worth it because the frames are custom built and they use 100% wood and UV acrylic rather than glass so shipping is safer and cheaper, also lower glare.

for the larger paintings i usually go with the brompton frame in white. but i can customize it to your specification.

for the smaller paintings i use the landon, also in white.  

but there are several to choose from so it's totally up to you. 

i typically like a simple white frame. 

but depending on the work i might go black (that's what she said).

for example, with the sloe painting i would use either the black brompton frame or the gold lincoln frame. 

so, yes...i can also help you choose your frame. 

the prices are reasonable and vary depending on whether or not you want a mat,

and what size etc..

and if i'm honest i think it's invaluable that the artist helps you pick the frame for their work. 

there. i said it. 


so, if you are interested here's what you do..

1. buy the painting you want.

2. email me and tell me you bought it and that you'd like a frame. 

3. we talk about stuff for a minute and then i get you a quote for your frame.

4. you agree on said quote. 

5. i send you an invoice.

6. you pay the invoice. 

7. once the frame arrives at MY HOUSE i will frame your painting. (roughly 1 1/2 weeks from purchase day)

8. i take the newly framed painting to ship.

9. my shippers will package it up and send me a shipping quote.

10. i invoice you that quote.

11. you pay that invoice.

12. your painting is on it's way to you!! ready to hang!! me with questions. 

and for the record i have no deal with framed and matted, as far as i know they have no idea i even exist. i use them for my own personal art collection and i love the quality and ease of use. 

that said, you can totally do all of this yourself. 

it's a super easy process.


ok then that's enough rambling for one day.