10.23.2014

One Room Challenge Week 4

Week 4 here on the One Room Challenge of redoing our bar area. There has been some progress. I repeat there has been some progress.



As you can see the cabinet got a little trim work done, It still needs its shelf and then painting will start. The new light arrived from School House Electric. It's different than what I thought I was going to choose but decided with this one since it matches the same one I have in our hallway nearby.
In this photo it's a little hard to tell but the base in matte black and the stripes on the glass shade are also black, to me the photo looks brown.

Also, you can see the planking has started. I am super excited with this look. The planking will continue up on the ceiling as well.

So... the only thing in the way of us finishing this project on time is getting the counter. I am 95% sure I'm going with Ceasarstone in  honed Raven but am waiting to hear back on if I can this small of a piece and the price. I really need to get this counter thing done asap.

Things left to do:

finish planking
paint
get countertop installed
assemble shelf and trim work around cabinet
install light
diy floating shelves and paint/install them

Is getting this all done in the next 2 weeks feasible?  Not sure but I am guessing it will really be down to the wire.

If you've missed any of my past week updates here they are:
Week 1 The plan
Week 2 demo/progress
Week 3 progess

To see the main 20 designers/bloggers progress from Calling it Home's ORC, check them out here, and to see my fellow linking partners check them out here.





By the way, I am hosting an online Younique party right now and I'd love for you to go HERE and check out the crazy good mascara that I use now. I'm sure you've heard that you should play up your best features, but sadly as I'm getting older my maybe once better features are fading fast, so why not play up your eyes? I can't tell you enough how this mascara lengthens and curls my lashes. It's GOOD. So check it out, my party closes very soon. Thanks!

10.21.2014

Old Hollywood Home

I recently came upon photos of this Los Angeles home for sale (now sale pending) that I thought I'd share. This home is a little piece of old Hollywood. The exterior of this home was shot for the television show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950's-60's. This was before my time, but the classic details of this home wins my heart.

It sold in 2013 for little over 3 million, now it's listed for 5 1/4 million!

You can see the photos of the house when it was listed in 2013, but looks to have been renovated since then.





 Everything was so nicely done, and well decorated. The only thing that would bother me is that honeycomb ceiling. What do you think? If you had 5 million laying around, would you purchase this home? You can see more from zillow here.




Btw... don't forget to check out my mascara post HERE. I'm hosting a online party, and I'd love it if you'd check it out. Thanks!




10.18.2014

Mascara Dilemmas

If you don't mind I'm going to take a little detour from talking about interior design stuff and talk about mascara.

I've written before that I am a self-proclaimed cosmetic junkie. I have so many points at Sephora I don't even want to talk about it.

What I do want to talk about is mascara. I have not found a fantastic mascara that I keep coming back to over and over. I'm not faithful to any one brand, for none has made me love it enough to keep me from straying and trying others. Sure I've found some that do the job for awhile, but it seems for me if I use either a very high end mascara or even a low drug store brand I have to put coat after coat after coat, and curl and curl and curl. After 5 minutes of all this my lashes look flat and barely noticeable.

That is until one of my best friends from high school, Tara signed up to be a representative for Younique. Tara is a flight attendant, has a business on the side, and has 3 boys. She didn't sign up to make money, she signed up so share this great product. I, being the wonderful friend that I am, bought some mascara from her to show support. I had heard about this mascara before but didn't see what all the huff was about and I thought why not give it a try.

I was extremely surprised and delighted with the results.


 You can see on the left my eye with the Younique mascara, on the right I am actually wearing mascara. It doesn't look like I have anything on at all! But I swear to you I am.
 I swear nothing gets your self-confidence a boost by taking close ups of your eye area. NOT!!
I am asking Santa for Botox this year.




Here's a photo of it on both lashes. I didn't do a heavy application either, you can get way more length and drama with this mascara.

Here are some examples of clearly a much, much younger girl, or so I am telling myself. I usually do something close the second picture, but if you're going out at night or on  special occasions you can keep layering and have the look of the third picture. There is no limit.





How can you deny him? Give this man what he wants, ladies! :)

It's crazy how this mascara lengthens my lashes and really opens up my eyes. I look more awake with it on. Seriously, what girl doesn't need help with that?

I am hosting a party, so if you are interested in trying this out and of course I am highly encouraging you give a shot, here is my link
https://www.youniqueproducts.com/TaraTramayne/party/730430/view
It'll be open until 10/27, so don't delay.

If you have tried this before, I'd love to hear what your thoughts are!

10.17.2014

Happy Weekend

Been adding some fall elements around the house and baking up a storm. I'll try to add more real photos and maybe recipes later, but follow me on Instagram in the meantime.

Instagram/stewardofdesign

Have a great weekend!

10.16.2014

One Room Challenge- week 3

Here we are at the half way point of my "one room challenge" which really isn't a room, it's just a bar area. What I first thought in my crazy head was a quick makeover and would be done way ahead of the six week challenge is sadly taking a lot longer than anticipated.

This is where we are right now.




My husband got the base of the cabinet done and it looks pretty good. My job from last week was to hunt for a countertop and get that ordered however sadly one of my grandmothers got ill last week and passed away yesterday. She was an amazing women, so strong and so kind. I will miss her incredibly and will think back to times spent in my childhood at her home with great happiness. Love you tons Grandma!

I hope you'll forgive me if our progress is a little slow this time around. I am hoping to get this finished on time, but if it doesn't... it certainly won't be the most terrible thing to happen. Let's keep it real.

Things we need to do to finish this project:
  • find/order/install countertop
  • install planking on top half of walls and ceiling
  • order/install light
  • paint
  • make shelf in cabinet
  • put finishing work/trim on cabinet
I certainly hope we can pull it all off in time. Crossing fingers and toes for sure.

If you are just checking in on my project here is week 1  and 2. Please go to Calling it Home and see the progress of the 20 bloggers/designers that Linda has chosen for this challenge here, and see the other linking parties here. 



Until next week...

10.09.2014

One Room Challenge Week 2


Week 2 is here and this post will be really short. If you did not know, I am participating in the Calling it Home's One Room Challenge as a linking particpant. You can see my plan here from week 1.

We did not get much done in the past week other than demolition.






Pretty huh? It was a busy week and weekend, so this is how far we got.  I must confess as my husband and I sat down and really talked about the plan of building the new cabinet for the bar, we both had a minor freak out moment. We weren't sure how exactly to best execute the plan and if we he could do it. We even thought of asking my uncle to just do it for us, since he is a carpenter/builder by trade, but after rounds of discussion I think we got our plan and will do it ourselves.

Something I found out last weekend too, was that Home Depot and I am guessing Lowes as well, have a minimum order when you order countertops. We just need this tiny area and you must order $1000 minimum. Ugh. However, the HD employee told us since we ordered countertops in the past from them, they would waive the minimum order for us. I grabbed a couple samples but not in love with them, so I am still on the search. Since this will be the same countertop I use in our adjoining kitchen for our someday kitchen remodel, I am being very picky. Wish me luck.

Ironically, I am not really a drinker but with the stress of this new bar area turning out good has me a bit worried and thinking I need to start drinking now. Yikes!

Sorry, there isn't more to report. Come back next week and hopefully I will have a lot more progress to show and hopefully I won't have started a drinking problem by next week.



10.02.2014

One Room Challenge Link Up Fall 2014

Hard to believe Linda's (of Calling it Home) One Room Challenge fall edition is already here. It feels like I just finished our master bedroom from her spring edition.

The challenge started in full force yesterday with her 20 hand picked bloggers to share their makeovers of a room in a 6 week time span. Starting today, and for the next 5 Thusdays you too can link up to her blog and share your own one room challenge if you wish, OR just follow along and see what everyone else is doing and get some great inspirational ideas for maybe a future project of yours. There will undeniably be something that inspires you! One of the great things about Linda's chosen bloggers is that is is a very big mix of different design styles and  you'll be sure to find one that speaks to you. Also, with the great expansion she was done with this challenge and opening it up to everyone to play along, you will for sure see even more designs, styles and ideas that will get you excited about.


I wasn't sure if I would be participating this time around in the link up party, but there is one last project in our family room that has been needing to be addressed and what a better way to push us to get it done.

I must confess it sort of feels like cheating since my chosen project is not a room, it's just a bar area. In theory, it really should not take the full 6 weeks but since I don't know much anything about carpentry and power tools, most all of the work will be left to my husband and weekends will be the most likely time it will be worked on.

Without further delay here is said project...
















Very 80's, no? Full of orange toned oak wood, yellow textured tile, and mirrors.
This bar is very useful when we host get togethers, but it's just so unattractive.

The objective will be to totally gut it and update the look. I would like this area to be family friendly as well. It'll be a great spot for a popcorn/drink area when we have movie nights or my daughters' have friends over.

My plan is to add open shelves under a new counter-top, fill them with baskets for napkins, appetizer/dessert plates, and hard liquor/wine. Above the counter-top, we will plank the walls and ceiling to match our newly made over fireplace. Also, open shelves will be added to the upper area for the glasses and decorations.


I have not picked out the counter-top yet, but it will either be black matte quartz or solid white quartz.


See you next week with an update on our bar makeover. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram.
Cheers!
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