Sunday, October 9, 2016

Back for the Challenge!

Wow, Its been a long time! When I last posted it was springtime. More than just flowers were blooming in spring. So were opportunities. I had a great opportunity to do some consulting for the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF). VHCF is one of my former employers and they do great work! It was fun to use my research and analytical skills. Sometimes doing something outside of your norm stimulates creativity. This was certainly the case for me. While on vacation for spring break, I came up with the idea of creating modern, travel themed paint by number kits.

Its been full steam ahead since June. I have a product, a website (, we're doing craft shows, and we're in a couple of stores! I'm loving this venture and my husband has been such an amazing partner.

I've missed this blog! While I've been really business with with Wehgo (PS - our website has a blog where you can read all about our launch, how we picked our name, and ups and downs of starting a business), I've also been busy crafting and decorating. I am super excited to finally be decorating my living room - just in time for the One Room Challenge! I didn't think I was going to be able to do the challenge this time around because I West Elm gave me a shop date of mid Nov. for velvet fabric that I ordered to reupholster my sofa. But the date was wrong and my fabric is coming tomorrow! I cannot wait.

So here's what I'm working with. Lets go back to the beginning, shall we? This is the living room as decorated by the previous owners.

Dark, mismatched furnishings, weird divider rail (its not a sunken room). I don't know if you can tell, but all of the walls were covered in grasscloth wallpaper that had been painted over. It took a crew of wallpaper removers two weeks to remove every last bit, then two more weeks to re-skim the walls to repair the damage. It was all painted a color called celery salt. My husband and I removed the railing,  and all of the trim (except the beams) was painted white. 

And that is how the room has sat for over a year. Last summer I inherited a few antiques from my grandmother, including this yellow chesterfield sofa - sorry for the dark iPhone photo!

I have always loved this sofa and I can't wait to design this room around it! The sofa will be picked up by the upholsterer this week and its being covered in a light blue silvery velvet. I had no idea that West Elm sold fabric by the yard. The velvet was $25 a yard and I got a addition 20% with a coupon!

I'll share more of my design plans on Thursday! 

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