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!

Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

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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

Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

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.

Ellebright Designs: ORC Fall 2015

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 3

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