One Room Challenge week 6 REVEAL Day : Guest room

After six chaotic and exciting weeks I am thrilled to reveal my guest room makeover. It is now a beautiful and comfortable place for my guests to stay in and will double as a cozy place to snuggle up and watch a movie. Thank you to Linda of the https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/blog/fall2018week6 for giving me the opportunity to participate as a guest and thank to to all that gave me your love and support!! Make sure you scroll all the way down to see the frightful before photo. Love The Duchess

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  The real estate before photo of the room.

The real estate before photo of the room.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2018 Week 5!!!

Hi friends!!

Happy Halloween! It is now week 5 of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE and we are rounding the corner. So far it has been a very productive week. The nightstands are painted and ready for me to apply the seashells but the special shells that I ordered to finish out the design won’t be here until tomorrow.

I decided to wallpaper the room myself, it was my first time wallpapering and mind you I did it all by myself. I am thrilled with how it turned out!

Scroll down to see a preview of what’s to come next week. I am getting super excited and can’t wait to show you my finished room. I hope you will love it just as much as I think I am going to.

See you here next week!

Love The Duchess

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Here is a shot of some of the textiles that I am using.

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I have started placing some of my blue and white collection.

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Make sure to check out all the participants here https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/

  Thank you Better Homes and Garden for sponsoring!!

Thank you Better Homes and Garden for sponsoring!!

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One Room Challenge Fall 2018 Week 4

Hello!

Welcome to week 4 of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE. Remember last week when I said that I was optimistic that I would finish on time? Well this week has me not feeling quite as optimistic :/

My wallpaper came in and I decided that I would try and wallpaper the room myself even though I have never done it before. How hard could it be, right?! Well… I assembled all of my supplies and started making the cuts for all of my pieces when I realized that because the repeat was so large that I hadn’t allowed quite enough for the waste and turned up 1 cut short!! I put a call into my vendor right away letting them know that I needed more and that it had to be from the same dyelot! Luckily, they had more in stock and it is on it’s way!!

( cue the happy dance! )

Since I don’t have any pretty photos of the room this week you can check out my daybed below.

Thanks for checking in and I will see you next week.

Love The Duchess

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The whole room is based around this wallpaper so you can imagine how I felt when I came up 1 cut short.

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Here is my daybed and I just love it. Putting it together was not as hard as putting the linens on!

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The detailing is gorgeous. I love how deep the tufting is as well as the nailheads. Also, there is a sneak peek at my agate lamps.

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Everyone has been very busy and are doing a great job. Check out there progress here https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/ #oneroomchallenge

  Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for being a sponsor this year!

Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for being a sponsor this year!

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One Room Challenge Fall 2018 Week 3 Check In

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope you are having a great week! It’s crazy that it is already week 3 which means there are only 3 weeks left in the One Room Challenge. I felt like my progress was going quite well until I realized just how fast 3 weeks goes by. However, I am optimistic that all will go as planned and I will finish on time. Check out my progress photos below. Thanks and have a happy day!

Love The Duchess

  I have a pair of these that I am going to repurpose. I had these in a little retail space that I had when I still lived in Arizona.

I have a pair of these that I am going to repurpose. I had these in a little retail space that I had when I still lived in Arizona.

  I am thinking about adding a seashell design to the front of the nightstands. I love this kind of furniture!

I am thinking about adding a seashell design to the front of the nightstands. I love this kind of furniture!

  I am using Annie Sloan chalk paint in old orchre to paint the nightstands. I love working with this paint as it goes on so easy and there is no prep work.

I am using Annie Sloan chalk paint in old orchre to paint the nightstands. I love working with this paint as it goes on so easy and there is no prep work.

  Here is the second coat and I love how beautifully it goes with the wallpaper.

Here is the second coat and I love how beautifully it goes with the wallpaper.

  Please be sure to check out all the featured designers over at the One Room Challenge Blog.     https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/blog/fall2018week3

Please be sure to check out all the featured designers over at the One Room Challenge Blog.

https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/blog/fall2018week3

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One Room Challenge Fall 2018 Week 2

HElllooo! Welcome back for week 2 of my One Room Challenge makeover. I am so thrilled you are here. I have been an interior designer/home stager of over 2 decades and feel like that background really equips me in some ways for this One Room Challenge. However, a blogger I am not and it is really important to tell your weekly progress in an interesting and fun way. When I was in design school my teachers praised me for my creativity and told me that I was a stream of consciousness thinker so therefore it was ok for me to write in a stream of consciousness manner. WELLLL that was fine then but hasn’t really served me well since. What that really means now is that I do not always punctuate when it is necessary and I have a tendency to have run on sentences. I feel it is only fair to share that with you so when you are reading this you are able to hopefully understand where I am going :) I really am more of a visual person as well so telling my story with pictures is really more my style which is why I LOVE Instagram so much.

That said here we go! So as I mentioned before I decided to do my guest room for the ORC. Again, below is the real estate photo and how the room looked when we bought the house. Yes it still screams YUUCK!! ( that is a technical designer term for those of you who didn’t know :) ) Not only is this room our guest room but it needs to do double duty because a guest room alone is really just wasted unused space and when you live in a small beach house you can’t have that! I am also going to make this into a snuggle up and watch tv room. Either way it will serve a great purpose and my guests will have everything they need for a nice and comfortable stay. I am also going to be highlighting some of my vast blue and white porcelain collection to give the color and feel of a beach house without being obvious in the decor.

The below photos are my inspiration room and well as my mood board showing the overall design concept. I would love it if you would leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Until next week….

Love The Duchess

 I sn’t this great a space to hang out and watch a movie or an episode of the Real Housewives. I am a Bravo junkie!! I don’t remember who’s room this is but if I were to guess I might say a Kardashian because of the artwork and candy.

Isn’t this great a space to hang out and watch a movie or an episode of the Real Housewives. I am a Bravo junkie!! I don’t remember who’s room this is but if I were to guess I might say a Kardashian because of the artwork and candy.

  I think I have decided to use this wallpaper. I am choosing it more for the warmth and color then I am for the pattern

I think I have decided to use this wallpaper. I am choosing it more for the warmth and color then I am for the pattern

  I love this wallpaper as well. If you love one over the other leave a comment and let me know why. I am still vacillating a little bit.

I love this wallpaper as well. If you love one over the other leave a comment and let me know why. I am still vacillating a little bit.

  This is my overall design concept. I added the my first choice wallpaper in the background to give a visual as to how it might look.

This is my overall design concept. I added the my first choice wallpaper in the background to give a visual as to how it might look.

 Once again the before photo. Nothing really more to say.

Once again the before photo. Nothing really more to say.

 Please make sure to check out all of the featured designers as well as the guest designers here  https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/.   there is a lot of talented people so you won’t be disappointed.

Please make sure to check out all of the featured designers as well as the guest designers here https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/.

there is a lot of talented people so you won’t be disappointed.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2018

Hi Friends!

OMG are you guys ready for the fall edition of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE? I know I am! I am super excited to be a guest participant for the first time ever. I have been wanting to do this for so long and am finally getting the opportunity. This is such a special event to be involved in and the talent is abounding so make sure to check out all the featured designers as well as the guest participants like myself. For those of you who don’t know my Husband and I bought a beach house in San Clement CA in May and I have decided to do my guest room for this challenge. Check out the pics below of the real estate photos of the room when we purchased the house. If the word “YUCK” comes to mind those are my sentiments exactly. If you are not familiar with the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE you can check out all the details and fab photos here https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/.

Please leave me any ideas or comments you have. I would love to hear from you.

It’s going to be a fun and crazy 6 weeks so buckle up and let’s get started

Love, The Duchess

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 This is the before shot. There is no where to go but up from here. Also, can you believe that this was their idea of staging?

This is the before shot. There is no where to go but up from here. Also, can you believe that this was their idea of staging?

 These are just a couple of my inspiration pieces. Don’t you just love that wallpaper ?

These are just a couple of my inspiration pieces. Don’t you just love that wallpaper ?