One Room Challenge Family Room Redux Week Three

I'm participating in the Thursday group One Room Challenge created by Linda at

Calling It Home

, and am working on the family room in our house. To catch up, see

Weeks One



Of the many times I've shared this space, I've purposefully omitted a rather large and unfortunate element.  It came with the house, and I should have done something about it years ago.  

I've never pointed the camera up toward the ceiling.  Why would I? I'm not worried about stepping on toes here.  I know I'm not the only one with this ceiling fan, but I'm confident that anyone reading an interior design blog who also has one of these is aware that it's not pretty.

I've kept it because it's hot here in Dallas during the summer, and there are times that we use it.  However, I've recently come to the long overdue conclusion that the amount of time we don't use it is significantly greater than the amount of time we do.  Why should this be part of the room all year long when it's so rarely used?  I'm having it removed and replaced it with a chandelier.  For those unbearably hot days, I'll have a tower fan I can pull out of a closet and then put back away again easily. I haven't chosen one yet. If you have one you like, please let me know.

This one

gets great reviews and looks far more attractive than most.

This one

gets good reviews, is less good looking, but is about a fifth of the other's price.

Never have I participated in an ORC where I've procrastinated as much as this.  I don't know what will replace the fan, but I'd better decide something very soon.  Please tell me your thoughts on the following.

Or, I already have something very similar to this brass Williamsburg chandelier that could be lacquered in white and save tons of money.  What would you do?  After

this past fall's One Room Challenge where Coleen Rider from Coleen & Company

made a custom pagoda lantern for my entry, none of these feel nearly as exciting.  

When I worked in this room three years ago, much of it was easy. Choosing fabric for the windows, furniture, and pillows didn't make me a bit nervous. Neither did finding accessories or window hardware. What intimidates me is the styling.  I asked a talented lady come to help me with the bookcases the last time.  I should have asked her to style the coffee table, too.  

This time around, I feel exactly the same.  I've pulled so many things out of the bookcases, but lack the confidence to start arranging.  I may just wing it and hope for the best, or bring in help again.  You can see in this photo that the coffee table is a little uninspired.  What should happen instead though, is beyond me. I know

this amazingly incredible coffee table book

(which is also my pick for the absolute most perfect Mother's Day gift) will be prominently displayed. 

There's so much more going on in this room and I'll be sharing more next week. Now, go to

Calling It Home

to see the unbelievable number of other interior projects taking place all over the country as a part of The One Room Challenge.  

Blue and with Monday + Flowers + GIVEAWAY

Style Me Pretty

Hello friends, today's Blue and White Monday is just me posting images that make me happy.  Dallas at the moment is the frozen tundra, and I've been imprisoned enjoying being at home for three days now.  I'm guessing that you'll enjoy these images, too.  And, I hope that if you're in the Dallas area, you have power.  

via Scull and Oars


via meatrice tumblr

The Interior Archive


And George

Luella & June

the four photos above are from my house

I am fully aware that we're in the middle of the holiday season, and will be bringing you beautiful holiday interior photos soon. Today, though, I just want some pretty blue and white + flowers.  I hope you enjoy as much as I!

Have you entered the giveaway sponsored by Sarah, from Duchess Fare?  This OH-SO-CHIC blue and white Foo Dog is one of her incredible vintage finds and would make a fantastic statement most anywhere! Go here to enter.  

Blue and White Monday

A very big THANK YOU to the One Room Challenge participants who used blue and white from my shop.  I'm grateful and absolutely thrilled to have these beautiful images to share. They're going to be featured on the "Displayed" page of my site just as soon as I can get them there.  I'll also add them to product images. These photos are very helpful as customers try to imagine these pieces in their own homes.

all three above from Calling It Home

the four above from Design Manifest

these last three from me with photography from Mimosa Lane

In case you missed the reveals of any of the rooms mentioned above, the link below each photo will take you to the specific post where you can see each gorgeously finished room and read about the befores and afters.

For the first several weeks of Linda's One Room Challenge, she thought she had the perfect piece of art to hang over her credenza. After placing it there, she realized it wouldn't work at all, and asked me if I had any ideas. I immediately imagined these, created them, and shipped them to her. After she posted photos of her room, I started having requests.  If you're interested, here they are.  

Lastly, I hope you were able to enjoy the last Blue and White Bash.  The next one is December 2nd, so please save the date.  I'd love for you to join me here!