One Room Challenge week 6: The Reveal!

We made it, sort of. After a series of hiccups that wouldn’t quit, here it is. The completed guest room makeover. If you want to see where it all began, check here, (week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5).

As with all projects of this sort, it was truly a labor of love. But I don’t want to bore y’all with chatter when I know you just want to see pics.  So here ya go!

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Ok, can I jump back in for a sec?  One of my favorite things about this room is that it’s sort of like our guests will get to play a game of I Spy. There’s all sorts of fun and interesting collected knick-knacks, found doo-dads and souvenirs from trips all around the world. Some that we’ve found and some that are from family members. Wanna play?

Can you find:

A Horse Shoe from Mackinac Island?

A 150 year old Railroad Spike from Alaska?

A Nantucket Basket?

An Amethyst Druzy?

An Antique Prayer Chair?

Antique Chinese Calligraphy Brushes?

A Buffalo Horn?

An 1890s Property Survey from near our home?

Cotton Bolls from Georgia?

An Antique Silver Trophy?

An Antique Painted Italian Box?

Currency from Puerto Rico, Honduras, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Barbados?

A Horse Show Ribbon from Colombia?

You get the idea.

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My husband’s grandfather’s binoculars and that’s the very first camera my parents bought me in high school. It was vintage then!Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

Another thing that makes this room special to us are all of the objects of sentimental value. It’s a veritable treasure trove of heirlooms and prized possessions. Did you catch the gallery wall of family photos? Love that. I love old photos and ancestry/genealogy, so, this was a natural choice.  Most are portraits, but all are special. There are even some tinted photos that coordinate nicely with the room! It’s all about details, people!
10    11 Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015After refinishing the vintage dresser, I lined the drawers with this pretty scallop print in a pale aqua.
Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 201516Here’s the Italian box. It was purchased on my grandparents’ first trip to Italy in the 60s, but it’s much older. Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

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Mom had this brass plate added to the prayer chair. It has my monogram and baptismal date engraved on it. Just another special item!

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The Reader’s Digest books, (that you see used as props all the time), belonged to my husband’s grandfather. This is just a small part of the collection he owned.

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I will keep that Baies candle forever and ever. It’s one of the last Christmas gifts my Gram gave me. It also happens to be my most favorite scent!Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015 Favorite books, including a tattered copy of a 1950s novel The Late Bride, that I have read at least 5 times, (For the same reason I love of old movies, I find the early-mid 1900s vernacular and culture fascinating). My late aunt purchased it on the day of my wedding, at a sale, and wrote a sweet inscription. Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

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Here you can see the steel bases my husband cut and brother in law welded for me and a collection of wine corks from special events, celebrations, and trips.

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The antique German hand-embroidered Euro pillow shams were a wedding gift from my Dad’s cousin and his wife, who are expats in Germany. Aren’t they pretty??

Thank you for stopping by to see and for your sweet comments and encouragement!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed following along and think our new guest room is as pretty as I do!

Please check out the other participants, there are some truly jaw-dropping transformations!! You can find them all here.

Thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for hosting! I can only hope that one day I get to participate as an invited guest! So much fun!!


One Room Challenge Week 5

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So, here we are again. It’s week 5 of this thing and we are steamrolling into the final reveal!

This week we got a rug down, ( I say “a rug” and not “the rug” because this one will have to just be a place holder. Sadly, the antique oushak rug from Turkey will most likely NOT make it here in time…)200TAJT03

Just a basic jute rug. It’s really a bit too small for the room, but the look works for now.

The bed was moved in, which felt pretty major and I got the bedding finalized.


I’m excited to finally be able to give this bed the type of room that it deserves. It’s a rustic Georgia pine version of a rice planter bed that my Gram bought years and years ago, with me in mind. ♥

I’ve gotten a couple of pieces I had monogrammed back and a few other odds and ends arrived.

Like these, for instance:

“I like turtles”

And if you follow me on instagram, you saw this pic earlier in the week:

Capture This is one of a pair of these adorable trunks from PB Teen.  I had bases made for them last night, (shout out to my multi-talented husband and brother in law!) and these will make the coolest bedside tables that a guest room has ever known.

I also got the plate wall completed. Here’s at about the halfway point:


There’s also a gallery-type collection of family photographs that went up. It’s one of my favorite things in our home! I adore photos and especially old heirloom photos, so it’s a great way to incorporate that.  It turned out really well, I think. Also, I’d like to own stock in 3M. We might, I don’t know. But if we don’t, we should!  Those command strips and I are BFFs.

Check check check on the list list. It’s getting close  and I’m a stressball, but the end is in sight!

I still need to work out the kinks of the antique chandelier and get him up! Plus a whole bunch of final touches and then styling the room.  Most of you know, the Devil is in the details and that can take literally hours!

Thanks for checking in with me!  Now, go look and see what everybody else is up to here! See y’all next week!


One Room Challenge Week 4

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Holy Cannoli! How is it already week 4?!  I guess it’s true what they say about time flying…?

I’m happy to report that I’m making steady progress and a few items were able to get checked off the list!

I got this chair’s seat recovered.

crappy phone pic due to technical difficulties. mea culpa.

Yes, I used Celerie Kemble’s Betwixt again. I like it, so sue me.  I also love that I’m getting to use this chair.  It’s been stashed in my hoard for almost 5 years! It’s an antique repro from Wisteria and I think it’s darling. Oh, and the doors are painted and up on the Billys! Woot!

The drapery hardware went up and so did the panels. (Still working on the finials, though…)

crappy phone pic due to technical difficulties.

I used these espresso dupioni silk panels from Pottery Barn.  5 of them used to hang in our master bedroom, but have been stored for a couple of years. And that,  dear people, is why I’m a hoarder! You never know when something might come back around and into good use! I mean, $180 each and they were in a storage closet!  I love how they look layered over the custom roman shades. Cozy, right? I’m planning to add some trim to the leading edge before the final reveal. It’s a little plain-Jane now, but I’m glad I went with solids instead of adding in more pattern.  I think this little guest room has more than enough pattern as it is!!


I’ve had that old Erasure song playing on a loop…in my head…I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough…Y’all get the idea, right?


This little beaut of a bracket also arrived during the past week. She’s Italian, (like me), so I know she’s good people, but came to me via Hollywood, (so you know she’s got a colorful past). I think she coordinates quite nicely and looks like a match made in heaven with my little wooden Italian box.


I’m planning on putting my new favorite transferware plate on her…


Eeeek!  Squirrel and acorns and oak leaves?!  Happy clap!! (This Alpha Gam still likes to rep it!)

But, I still gotta work out the exact layout. Have a preference?20151025_16181020151025_162259I’m leaning towards the second one.

And finally, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my posts earlier in the week. One showed the wall lamps that went up on the bookcases:


I would have loved to use the Visual Comfort Boston library sconces, but I think these bad boys from Lowes offer a lot of look for under $50 each! Holla!

And then the other evening, I showed you this:


I was about to get my craft on and transform this cute little bamboo and rattan plant stand/side table, (graciously donated to the cause by my dear mama- Thanks again, Mom!!)  

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the right sized antique tortoiseshell bamboo plant stand/side table of my dreams that didn’t cost over $1800! I mean, let’s be real. I have IKEA bookcases in here…so that wasn’t happening!!

via 1st Dibs $1875
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So, I got out my paints and brushes again and I said my prayers…And now here’s mine:


Not too shabby, eh? And I saved myself at least $1800!

Well, loves, that’s all for this post. 4 weeks down, 2 more to go!!

Thanks for stopping by and go check out the other participants!!!


One Room Challenge Week 3

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Welcome back!  It’s the start of week 3 of the { One Room Challenge } and I’ve been a busy bee over here, y’all!

CHECK out that ceiling! (sorry, I had to…)

The moulding went up to border that buffalo check! {Can I just say that I LOVE an air compressor and nail gun?! Thank you.}  And crown was added to the existing IKEA Billy bookcases.

Oh, and I had EXACTLY the right amount of the wallpaper left to have it added to the upper sections of the Billys – total lagniappe moment! (you can just barely see it in the pic above.)

Why only the upper section? Because, the bookcases are also getting doors added to them, which I picked up at IKEA on Tuesday.  The doors will {hopefully} dress them up a bit and help to conceal some not so decorative storage.

Bad news was, since my Billys are around 6 years old, they don’t match the new finish…GUH.  So, I primed them yesterday morning.  I’ll be getting the paint tinted to match later today…then done and done-er!


On a happy note, these pretty little T-pulls arrived for the doors and I think they’re just perfect! They’re solid brass and weighty. I like that they are just a bit more modern and feel slightly equestrian.knob

Other projects this week have included refinishing an antique French hat rack to give it a faux tortoise shell bamboo look:


This was midway through the art sesh.  I added some metallic gold and then sealed it with a clear gloss. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!


I got this buff check sham back from my seamstress and picked up these pretty patterned sateen sheets. I need to drop this herringbone throw blanket off to be embroidered later this week! And what you can’t see is the dresser that these items are sitting on…

We picked up a vintage French Provincial dresser, that had belonged to my husband’s mama when she was a girl, and gave it a new life by refinishing it.  Since his mom is no longer with us, it’s nice to have something of hers with us and put to use in our home.

 I love that we are using several pieces in this space that hold sentimental value, including a 4-poster pine bed that my Gram gave to me.

Still TONS to do, but at least we are making some headway!

  • add moulding and trim out bookcases
  • add doors to bookcases (bought, primed, painted and hung)
  • finish clearing out the room
  • finalize the bedding
  • reupholster the chair seat
  • refinish the vintage dresser
  • refinish the side table
  • source accessories and zhush the shelves (leftover wallpaper?!)
  • have bases made for the nightstands
  • paint vintage chandelier (the chandy won out!)
  • Rug?
  • drapery hardware revamp
  • Install! (furniture, accessories, art, drapery, etc. etc. etc.)

Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out all of the invited participants and other linking participants!! There are some really fabulous rooms being created!

Shout out to Paige at The Pink Clutch Blog and Tricia at Suburban Bitches for including me in their round up posts this week!!  Y’all are the best!  XO


One Room Challenge Week 2

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So, we’re one week in and I’m feeling pretty good about this room now. This could all change, of course…!!

Last Thursday, I showed you my inspiration board and sorta kinda what the room I was working with looked like. You can read that post here. Here’s the board and I did more scrounging and found an image of the room from our final walk-through of the house…the fact that it was actually empty was shocking!

lovely ceiling fan, no?

and here’s where I want to take it:

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I already had a few things that I knew I wanted to use in the space, the main thing being the rolls of that Schumacher buffalo check wallpaper that I’d been hoarding for a couple of years!!

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When I was trying to decide what I wanted our new guest room to look like, I went to old trusty, Pinterest. Now, those that know me, know that I keep a pretty chock full o’ inspiration set of pinboards, organized by room. So I had tons of ideas to pull from. Some of my favorites for this space included these:

I have loved this image of Heather Chadduck’s former bedroom for-like-ever.heatherchadduckbedroom

And apparently, I just really like her style, (who doesn’t though?), because I also pulled her newer bedroom, as featured in Southern Living a few years ago

Heather Chadduck via Southern Living

I also knew I wanted to relocate my collection of brown and cream transferware into the guest room. They’ve lived a happy life in our dining room, but as my tastes have changed, I crave seeing different style in the main rooms of our home. Of course, I wasn’t going to part with my little collection- I still love it, but it’s not something I want to see every day. Perfect solution: GUEST ROOM!

This image jumped out at me because of both the transferware and the chocolate buffalo check.

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via The Enchanted Room, from Southern Accents

This entire kitchen by Lauren DeLoach was a major inspiration that has carried over into other projects of mine, but I pulled this image of the dining area because it had just the right blend of traditional and casual. Plus, I remember reading a quote of hers in the Traditional Home article about giving up the fight with her clients who really wanted a tv in their eat-in kitchen. I love it. As designers, we’ve all been there, but like anything else, you learn to choose your battles and that is not one to fight.  I mean, we live in our homes and the reality is that, for most of us, tv is a part of our life. Why try to cover that up or act like your home is a museum?!  I’m all for making a space beautiful, but isn’t it really and truly about living life comfortably in a beautiful space and being surrounded by things that we love?  So, you guessed it, a tv is going in the guest room (duh!) and Ima gonna pretty it up a bit!

Lauren DeLoach via Traditional Home

So, now you can see where some of my ideas came from.

One of the biggest things that had to get accomplished in the room was having it painted and having the wallpaper installed and that was scheduled to happen today, but…as luck would have it, my installer had an opening and came out LAST Friday and wham, bam, boom and pow, that ish is ALL DONE.

And y’all, let me just say that it is good. Like REALLY  good.  I cannot wait to show you the whole thing, but I don’t want to reveal too much, too soon! So, this is all you get…a teeny tiny little snippet:

bad lighting and I don’t even care because my face is MELTED!

There’s still TONS to do, but at least some of the biggest things are already in place. Still on my list:

  • add moulding and trim out bookcases
  • add doors to bookcases
  • finish clearing out the room
  • finalize the bedding
  • reupholster the chair seat
  • refinish the vintage dresser
  • refinish the side table
  • source accessories and zhush the shelves (leftover wallpaper?!)
  • have bases made for the nightstands
  • who’s going to win the chandelier/fan debate?
  • Rug!
  • drapery hardware revamp
  • Install! (furniture, accessories, art, drapery, etc. etc. etc.)

Be sure to follow along on Insta and thanks for stopping by!

Check out the other amazing participants here!


One Room Challenge Week 1

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Ok y’all, here we go!


One room, 6 weeks, progress posts every Thursday.

{For the full explanation, etc. etc. etc. read THIS!}

If you’re new, please read my intro here.

So, I’ve decided that my challenge room will be an overhaul of, (what will be), our guest room.

This little room has changed duties several times in the nearly 10 years we’ve owned our home.  When we bought it, it was used as the owner’s bedroom. (!!)  And I say “owner’s” and not master bedroom because the true master bedroom (with en suite bath) was used as strictly a guest room…strange.

One of the first images of our home, which is forever burned into my brain…


(this is actually the neighboring dining room, which they used as a living room and yes, that is a gimongous bird cage!! You get the idea, though, right?!?!  Yikes.)

We never really saw it as a bedroom because it almost functions more as a pass-through room with a built in hallway, since it has doors on either end, connecting the dining room with the back hallway to the other bedrooms. Again, strange.  We originally used it as a cozy tv room (it was amazing for surround sound!), but then when we switched around a few spaces last summer, it transitioned into part “office” and part catch-all. Then, recently, it was vacated as we finished another space in our basement and created a legit office for my business.20151001_123044

This is from 3 weeks ago, during the tornado of my office move…(which I can’t believe I am showing y’all! My mother is probably hiding her eyes and dying of shame right now…sorry Mom!)

 So, it has really has a sort of sad existence…but NO MORE!

Here is a glimpse of where we are heading:

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It’ll be little bit classic-trad, a little bit equestrian, and a whole lot bit pretty!

Follow along here and on instagram and please wish me luck!!!


Guess who’s back…back again…


So, some of you may know that once upon a time, I had a blog. It wasn’t big and it definitely wasn’t important, (I think I had maybe few hundred followers), but I loved blogging and it was really a great way to channel my creativity during a time when I wasn’t doing as much actual design work. However, as I became busier and as social media dug in its claws, I got way too lazy to keep cranking out mediocre posts.

OK, so here I am, years later, (and busier than ever), and I’m blogging again…WHAT THE WHAT!?  

Well, I figured it was now or never for me to participate in the popular One Room Challenge that Linda of Calling It Home created and so, here I am.

What all that means is that ready or not, one week from today I’ll be starting the Challenge and will be linking up every Thursday for the next 6 weeks.

Each week I’ll post progress on my room and the final reveal will be on Thursday, November 12!

I’m either crazy or stupid, or quite possibly, both. Maybe we’ll just say I’m a glutton for punishment?!

Follow along on Wednesdays as the ORC participants post and then come back on Thursdays for all the linking guest participant posts!  It’s gonna be fun and chaotic, but most of all, inspiring!

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