Painting, Floors + Closet, Oh My | ORC Week 4

Welcome back to week 4 of our One Room Challenge! We are full nesting mode over at casa DBK and I’m feeling so good about the progress we have made!

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The One Room Challenge is a 6 week blogger design challenge, where you pick a space and complete it from top to bottom (or at least get it a lot closer to completion) in 6 weeks! It’s hosted by the lovely Linda at Calling it Home, and there is always incredible inspiration to be found from her 20 host bloggers and countless guest participants. It really is fun to follow along even if you aren’t participating so be sure to hop over to her blog and see what everyone is up to this week!

So, what have we been up to this week? We’ve been working on painting, floors and the closet, oh my! (In case you didn’t get that from the title of today’s post.) But seriously what a difference a fresh coat of paint and resurfacing the floors will make. The paint looked good when it was done, but then when we came home after the floors were finished… Wow! It’s a whole new room!

The new color is Benjamin Moore Metro Gray. It’s not too light, not too dark and looks beautiful in every level of light we get in our bedroom. Though the current overhead fixture does feel a little bit yellow-orange for the room/color, that will be changed in the coming week, so no worries there! When I put on the first coat of paint, the color felt a little purple in the undertones, but once it dried, I loved it. It is a good warm gray without going to far beige/brown.

Sunday we went out to PA to visit my parents in their new home and on their new Bed & Breakfast adventure. P and I are both so happy that they are just a drive away now (albeit a 2.5 hour drive, but it’s not unmanageable by any means), and we are so proud of them that they followed their hearts and are living their dream! But anyway, what does that have to do with our ORC, well two things really.

  1. Monday while we weren’t home, the flooring guys came and refinished the bedroom floors. Seriously, I love coming home to the floors being done, it was exciting when it was the living room, but now that it is the bedroom, all the wood flooring in our condo matches, and feels so light and fresh! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. (Original floors pictured on the left below, refinished on the right, just in case you can’t see the new beauties so well in the picture.)
  2. And then the cherry on top? My parents’ new place is right near the Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster, where they just happen to have a West Elm (only one of my favorite stores ever). Since our dresser piece was backordered, we’ve been looking at alternate options for dressers for the room and have been striking out. Fortunately the outlet had a piece that we both loved and the size was perfect! We pounced and now my parents have our new dresser at their home and will be bringing it over to us probably around the end of next week–just in time for us to get it into position and set up for the reveal!

So, the final thing that I worked on this week was getting everything re-organized and back into the closet. I think it looks really good right now–who knows how long it will stay so neatly organized and folded, but it looks good and feels great for now! We still haven’t gone through and swapped out our summer/winter wardrobe yet, so that needs to happen but that’s not a ORC related task, it just needs to happen.

You can see the space in the middle now, where Baby will be, and the lowest shelves in that section I’m planning to remove to open up that section a little more. (We just have to wait for the dresser to come so I have a spot to shift those clothes to.)

This week I also bought a few fun pieces of art and some accessories for the final phases of the project, so I’m feeling so so good about the room, our plans for it and how it will all come together in the next 2 weeks! Here’s an updated look at our list:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer.
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room).
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Replace the blinds layer of the window treatments.
  • Steam clean the area rug.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Add floor length mirror.
  • Accessorize!

This coming week we will be working on the lighting, cleaning the area rug, the situation with the blinds and hemming the closet curtains.

To see the plans and progress we’ve made so far on this project, you can look back at our One Room Challenge here: week 1, week 2 and week 3. And you can check out our Living Room ORC from the spring here! Happy Thursday friends-here’s to a productive weekend!

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Painting the Bedroom | ORC Week 3

Welcome to the halfway point of our ORC! Or at least the halfway point in the time-frame, not necessarily the work! (Or is that just at our house?)

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If you haven’t been following along on our One Room Challenge, you can hop over and see what’s up here; and if you are completely lost and have no idea what the One Room Challenge even is, it’s a 6 week design challenge where you work on one room from top to bottom. It’s crazy, it’s fun and in the end there are a whole lot more beautiful rooms in existence with Linda of Calling It Home to thank! Be sure to hop over to her blog for more! (And to see the Design Hosts and there spaces, check here; for the other guest participants and their spaces, check here.)

So, what progress did we make over the course of the last week?

On Friday, I purchased paint color swatches, with every intention of swatching that evening after work. The plan was to swatch Friday, make a decision Saturday and buy the paint, prime on Sunday morning, and paint Tuesday evening. With trim work to be touched up as needed one evening or this coming weekend.

I bought the samples to swatch, got them home and popped them open, only to discover that the pigment had not been added to 3 of the 4 cans of paint! UGH! Then Saturday I just couldn’t deal and Sunday I couldn’t get to the paint store.

So, Sunday we enjoyed a nice little brunch date and then came home to start shifting furniture. We moved the desk into it’s new home in the living room (I’ll share post ORC once the living room is back to normal), and worked on clearing the little things around the house to prepare for painting whenever that would happen.

Monday I decided to just make a decision, pick a color and buy the paint. No swatching required. I do this every day for other people, it shouldn’t be that complicated!! So that’s what I did… and interestingly enough, I chose a color I hadn’t planned to swatch to begin with.

I went with a tinted primer to save ourselves a coat of paint and some time and now the room is fully primed and ready to be painted. I can’t wait to see the color once it is finished and on the walls!

And when you have a one bedroom condo, and your one room challenge is your bedroom, you sleep with a mattress on the floor. At least until they come to do the floors and the room has to be cleared completely… then we will stay with my parents for a few days (who conveniently just moved to PA and are now only 2.5 hours away), and then sleep on the pull out couch in the living room for another night or two before we can set furniture and the rug back on the floor.

The other progress made this week was on our original closet. That space has acted like a disorganized drop all for off season/less-utilized things forever. So this week, I was able to take it all out, sort through it, re-organize it and put it back in a much more efficient way! The top shelf has a crate filled with camping gear on one side and our backpacking backpacks on the other side. The bottom has all of our nested suitcases, our Christmas tree, the sleeping bag that didn’t fit with the camping gear and a wreath frame. I plan to build a shelf just over the height of where the red bag reaches to store our AC units/window fans on when they aren’t in use. But for now, this is SO much better than it was!

We also had to address some of our choices being backordered. The crib is backordered until December, the dresser until end of November, the light/fan until December… so basically all the new things are on backorder.

The crib we love and it is the only one that fits in our space that we do like so we are just going to hold out for it, since the baby isn’t due until January anyway, even though it would be nice to have it in place for the reveal of the challenge, we’ll have to make it work without the crib.

The dresser we found a few alternate options that work with our required dimensions and the design, so we are going to decide which way we want to go on that and purchase the dresser this weekend.

The fan/light combo, with some additional research I was able to find it at an alternate retailer in stock and it should be here next week! (Few!)

I’ve also started sourcing some of the little extras for the space… art and accessories, and this weekend I need to make a decision on the blinds as well. Unless you guys think I should stick with the variety we have currently… broken blinds are all the rage, right? #trendsetter.

Next week the floors are also scheduled to be done, though depending on when paint is actually finished I may push it back a few days, so check back next week on that one, and then at least by this time next week we should be fully painted, and hopefully with freshly refinished floors!

Here’s an updated look at our list:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer.
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room.
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Replace the blinds layer of the window treatments.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Accessorize!

Moving along, slowly but surely, and not yet completely questioning why we are doing this to ourselves again, so that’s something!! How are all of you doing with your projects? Anyone else participating and starting to feel the craziness of the ORC? If you aren’t participating, are you following? And do you have a favorite space so far?

My favorite thing about this challenge is how it brings all these great bloggers together and provides such incredible inspiration for all sorts of rooms and spaces of every shape, size and style. So fun!! I hope you’re enjoying it this round.

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Decisions & Inspiration | ORC Week 2

In cased you missed the announcement last week, we are joining in on the One Room Challenge again this season! The ORC is hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and has been running for 11 seasons now I believe. It has become a challenge that many design and decor bloggers and enthusiasts look forward to every Spring and Fall Season. The challenge is to pick one room and transform it in six short weeks. We first participated last spring with our Living Room and with baby on the way, we knew we wanted to participate this fall to get our space ready for our new arrival! Here are some inspiration spaces for our room:

 

(Sources, clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)

Since last week not much has changed in our bedroom. Okay, nothing has changed. But there has been a lot of planning and brainstorming of details happening. So without further ado, here’s a look at what I’ve been up to with our space this week!

Color, or a lack thereof. The bedroom right now is green, like a really pretty jewel-tone green, but it needs to be lightened up. Though I debate painting it the moodiest of deep eggplant purples, or seriously stormy gray, for what we are doing, neutral is key. I do feel that babies can thrive in dark spaces, but, for us we are also keeping resale in the back of our mind since we won’t be painting again before we sell our place (whenever that is) this is it. Buyers are unimaginative and that is putting it nicely… so light and bright it is. And I think the change will be refreshing for us too!

Texture, texture, texture! Since we aren’t finding out the gender of Baby P, and we will all be sharing the room, in addition to keeping the colors neutral, we are using a lot of texture to add to the space. Our area rug in here is a white short pile shag carpet with a grey linear pattern, which we will keep and just steam clean to refresh. Our curtains have a great visual texture to them, they will also stay. I’m considering re-upholstering the bed though… currently it is a light tan/beige color. I’d love to have it be more in the gray/white/ivory family we are going towards, so I’m considering a white or ivory linen or velvet…or maybe charcoal… Thoughts? The bedding will pretty much stay as is (white with greige border detail, and quilted greige euros) with the introduction of some new pillows maybe… I’m thinking of maybe some of the fun lamb pillows we have in the living room.

Let there be light! I want to make sure we have enough layered lighting in the room so that if baby is sleeping and we want to read before bed, we still have the option. I’m thinking of hanging some pendants over each side of the bed for that purpose and then adding a lamp/nightlight set-up on the changing area to make sure we can see what we need to in the middle of the night. And then I just have to decide on which ceiling fan/light combo to go with. Here are the ones I’m considering (clockwise from top L, 1, 2, 3, 4.):

What do you think? I need some opinions on the fan/light situation as well as the option to either leave the headboard alone or make the change and if I change, what color/texture to go with… help!! Follow along with our progress every week here, and be sure to also hop over to the Calling it Home blog to see the other Guest and Host participant spaces. These are so great for inspiration, definitely worth the time to read through the posts!

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Three Days in Georgetown, Malaysia

Our second stop of our #PickensinSEAsia adventure was in Georgetown, which is on the island of Penang in Malaysia. We heard about this destination first in our travel guide, but after doing a bit more research, it seemed like a good stop to build into our itinerary for a few reasons. Georgetown is well known for its culinary culture as well as its rich historical background.

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We arrived to Georgetown (about an hour and a half flight from Singapore), in the early afternoon on day one and after checking into our hotel, we set out to explore. There is one main road in Georgetown (Lebuh ) that has all of the main touristy religious destinations, so those were amongst our first stops.

We first went to Kapitan Keling Mosque, walked past Sri Mahamariamman temple (which was closed at the time), headed over to Kuan Yin Temple and lastly stopped at St. George’s Church. So in the span of a few hours and a few blocks we visited places of worship for Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Catholic faiths. I love that you can see all of these different sights and learn all about these different cultures so close together, it’s a pretty unique experience to say the least.

Afterwards we made our way out to the coast and soaked up the views for a while before touring Fort Cornwallis, which was actually really interesting to see with some of the vintage cannons, the unique shape and the history of the fort on the island. Next to the fort, there was a large field, The Esplanade, that happened to be featuring an exhibit of the United Buddy Bears while we were there. Although we didn’t take any pictures of the bears for who only knows what reason, they were all decorated by artists from different countries and positioned in such a way to be linked when joined to create a united circle. The bears apparently travel around the world for different exhibits and you can look up more on them here.

We wrapped up day one with a walk through Little India and a delicious diner there before calling it a night.

Day two kicked off with a visit to the Blue Mansion, aka Cheong Fatt Tze’s Mansion. If you have any interest in architecture or design at all, or if you enjoy history, or you’re just a fan of great storytelling, the Blue Mansion is worth the trip for the guided tour. We both really enjoyed the tour of the mansion for all of the aforementioned reasons. The interiors and architecture were something else. The colors, patterns, textures… talk about inspiration (I could do a whole post on this place… but I won’t)! The history and the way our guide shared the stories of how the mansion came to be were the icing on top.

After the Blue Mansion, we made our way over to the mint mansion… Okay they don’t call it that, but the colors of Penang and the Georgetown Heritage zone were really special. This second stop was at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, which also had a really unique history and some great interior and architectural inspiration. We had a tour here as well and our guide was entertaining to say the least. I’d say it was another worthwhile tour here.

When were were finished touring these mansions we found our way to some fresh dragon fruit and pineapple from a hawker stand, and then found our way down to the Klan Jetties. The jetties are series’ of stilt houses that extend out over the water where people still live today. Though many are open to tourists, you should be mindful and considerate as you walk through that these are people’s homes. We walked through the Chew Jetty, one of the more popular Klan Jetties and it was definitely worth the stroll just to see the way some of the people live here. Really unlike anything you’d see back home.

We wandered and meandered through the streets making our way back to the hotel and seeing what else we could see along the way. For dinner we had local Peranakan style cuisine that was so tasty, and followed it up with good old fashioned American dessert at a little cafe we stumbled upon.

Day Three, we opted to find the hop on, hop off bus for Penang. This bus had two route plans, one for the Heritage zone, which we felt we had thoroughly explored and one for the beach route that leads you out to the jungle. We opted for the beach route and the jungle. One winding scenic ride, loads of bug spray and 2 huge bottles of water later, we were at the trailhead and on our way out to Monkey Beach! This trail route is heavily trafficked and very clear with the exception of one tree we had to scootch under. The scenery along the trail was really awe inspiring with the water off to our right following us around the edge of the island and the jungle to our right, it was like nothing I’d ever seen before and it was stunning.

We made it out to the beach and waded in the water, took in the sights and had some snacks. We didn’t see any monkeys on the beach as the name would imply, but we did see monkeys both on our way there and back-it was amazing! There was an option to hike further past Monkey Beach out to Lighthouse Point I believe it was called, and we thought we’d try it, but we got about halfway and the path was a bit trickier which we hadn’t anticipated with our footwear and clothing choices, so we turned back. What we saw on our hike was really incredible, and if we ever go back, I’d definitely make sure to dress appropriately and hike the jungle a bit more.

After climbing out of the jungle, we had a few more snacks and bought more water while we waited for the bus. Then we made our way around the rest of the beach route, enjoying the drive past many other sites on the island. Again, with more time we would have maybe included some additional stops, but we prioritized what we wanted to do and made it through our list. Everything that we did get to see/do in our short time here I would highly recommend to anyone heading this way. Penang and specifically Georgetown, were a great cultural experience all around.

For more on our travels through Southeast Asia, come back Monday–next stop is Kuala Lumpur! Be sure to also read up about our first stop Singapore and continue on with all of the destinations of our trip!

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Nesting the Bedroom | One Room Challenge

Whelp, it’s that time again! Last spring we dove in head first to the one room challenge for our living room. It was a TON of work, a TON of stress and so so worth it. If you want to take a look back, check out the living room here.

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This time around, I have promised the hubs that I will keep the project more manageable. I have a more clear plan and budget in place this time, we aren’t touching the moldings at all, so it won’t get out of hand, right?

Here’s a look at our bedroom now (Warning, This is real life, after work, no pre-cleaning for photos or styling…it’s not pretty.):

When we first closed on the condo, we added this closet. Our room was a decent size, but we had no storage. Not zero storage, I mean we had the original closet which was about 30″ x 30″ of not super usable space. We definitely needed more.

The desk used to be underneath those floating shelves, but because it is about two feet deep, it took up a lot of the floor space so we shifted it into the closet. In the process of putting the desk there, we also re-arranged the height of my hanging bars to accommodate some of my long hanging items to be with my shirts, and the rest go in the hall closet with our coats. It may not sound like a good system, but it actually works really well for us.

Here’s a look at the plan:

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Did you see that? The word’s “baby’s crib” and “dresser with changing pad” appear on the plan… that’s because we are expecting! Surprise! What better way to get our space ready for baby than the one room challenge! In case life right now isn’t full enough. And now you understand why I’m calling this round of the ORC “Nesting the Bedroom.”

But let’s face it, next spring we will probably be out. (Baby P is due end of January, and we are over the moon excited, but we likely won’t be doing any big room makeovers while baby is so young.) Though time will tell 😉

So the plan/list to tackle is as follows:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer.
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room.
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Replace the blinds layer of the window treatments.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Accessorize!

Here’s a look at some of the pieces I’m planning to bring in for baby:

Sources: Crib | Dresser | Art | Mirror | Ceiling Fan 

What do you think?? In our one bedroom condo, space is limited with where everything can go, but we do love our space and our neighborhood. As much as we’d love more space, practically I know baby would likely be in our room for the first 6 months +/- anyway so we are going to make our space work for us. It’s not impossible and I think it will be good to share that it can be done!

Did you follow along with our last One Room Challenge? Are you an ORC participant? What are you working on this time around, or what are you excited to follow along with this time around? I have to admit, I kind of love the hectic level of chaos this adds to our world for these 6 quick weeks, around week 3-5 I may say I hate it and ask what I was thinking doing this again, but by the time week 6 rolls around, we will be so happy we did it and the space that currently isn’t looking so good will shine! And that’s what I love!

Hop over to Calling It Home to check out all of the ORC hosts’ projects along with the guest participants’ projects, there are already more than 150 people joining in on the fun!

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