Clearly no home is without its own issues. Small spaces of course, tend to have an additional list of unique challenges. But there is one problem that seems to creep up in nearly every home. What is it? Ugly floors.
Most people just opt to just cover an eyesore floor with another one. The next homeowner comes in and does the same thing. Before you know it an entirely new set of problems arise when yet another homeowner arrives and is stuck removing all those layers of flooring. Trust me— I know. So what's a practical solution? Why paint of course!
ORC: Week 3 of 6
Welcome to Week 3 of the One Room Challenge, where I along with more than 200 other bloggers are making over one room of our choice in 6 weeks or less. The event is sponsored by CallingItHome and media partner House Beautiful. To view the progress of others participating in this challenge click here; and here to view the 20 featured designers.
Last week was filled with dashed makeover dreams. But I’m happy to say that the past 7 days have been gloriously productive. I even have a little DIY to share with you.
Aside from a few extra hours of sleep, what could be better on a Saturday morning than a homespun breakfast complete with all of your favorite fixings? For me, practically nothing. As a child the Saturday morning scent of my Mama's southern-home cooking, where everything - EVERYTHING - was crafted from scratch, seemed like an undeserved blessing.
These days though, most people (i.e. Americans) just go to a restaurant. Yet the "spoiling" that I've received from a family of superb cooks (a skill that I've only partially inherited) makes it hard for me to really enjoy dining out. My visit to the 676 Restaurant & Bar, located in Chicago's Omni Hotel was a gentle reminder that sometimes you just have to look in the right place to find what your soul craves.
ORC: Week 2 of 6
Boy what a week! Who knew that one of smallest areas of my home would be so tough?
For those of you just joining J’adore or Décor I’m in week 2 of 6 of a One Room Challenge. It’s a personal challenge sponsored by the blog CallingitHome in conjunction with media partner House Beautiful. Each week bloggers like me, along with 20 featured designers, journal our progress as we make over one space of our home in six weeks or less.
In last week's post I warned you of two things: 1) during this challenge anything UN-planned is bound to happen; and 2) not to become too attached to the inspiration mood board, since the final result would be drastically different. Let's just say, I'm really glad I gave you that heads up.
Have you ever you taken a vacation only to return home more exhausted than you were when you left? It’s a rare phenomenon for me but it does happen.
Depending on the destination, a combination of flight connections and bus/taxi transfers can wear a person out. We haven’t even begun to discuss the money spent for the trip itself. After budgeting for food, flights and excursions, many find that the option of a luxury destination is out of their reach.
But there is another option. Just stay in your own hometown! Yes, more and more, people are opting to take vacations - or staycations - right in their own backyard.
ORC Fall 2017: Week 1 of 6
Welcome to Week 1 of the One Room Challenge! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to take you on this journey with me as I transform one room of my home.
For those of you who are new here, the One Room Challenge (ORC) is a six week makeover project hosted by Linda of Calling It Home and media partner House Beautiful. Bloggers like me, along with 20 featured designers will detail our design plans, and highs and lows, as we makeover one room of our choice. Every seven days we all journal our progress by means of a blog post, and will link it to a central location at Calling It Home.
The time passes remarkably fast. And as is the case with any remodel or makeover projects, anything outside of your original design plan is bound to happen.
What ran through your mind when you read the title of this post? Did you think I was going to ask you to strike a fashion pose while someone massaged your hands? Ha!
Well, since this IS a small space interiors blog, everything you see here ultimately circles back to decor, interior design and styling . So what does all of this have to do with tired hands??? Keep reading and I'll break it down for you.
Can you believe I'm attempting to do it again? Yes, I am going to subject myself to late nights; to scouring every thrift store possible in search of forgotten treasures; willingly throwing myself into another sea of DIYs? Me either! "What am I talking about", you ask?
After nearly making it by the skin of my teeth in the last time around, I will again be participating in the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of the blog CallingitHome and media partner House Beautiful. Whoo hoo!!! Yasss... this for me, is exhilarating!
Yay! The Friday Fix is back!
Those of you who have been with me from the start of my blogging journey may remember when I used to do a series called the Friday Fix. It started out as a way to share ideas to reward yourself at the end of a long week. After several months of showcasing different recipes - mostly alcoholic I should add - I quietly phased out the feature.
However, as J'adore le Décor has evolved, I've discovered a new way of re-incorporating it. Of course I will still share beautifully crafted cocktails from time to time. But I'm expanding the series to include shopping finds, and other decor "fixes" and upgrades for your home. Today we'll discover ways to fix lackluster interior spaces.
I have a confession to make. Are you ready to hear it? Here goes...I am not a seasonal decorator. Gasp! There. I said it.
While I love to bring you, my dear readers, the most exciting news about small space interiors and living, seasonal decor is something you won't see here on J'adore le Décor. No pumpkins and scarecrows, no bundles of hay on the front porch, no bowls filled with acorns. Nada. It's just not my jam. "Sooo boring!", you say?
Au contraire mes amis. You'll be surprised to hear that there are a number of interior bloggers and decor enthusiasts just like me. Does this mean we don't share the excitement of the changing seasons? Far from it. We just find other ways to express it. So after checking out Havenly, an online interior design service, and thinking of how I welcome the Fall season into my home, I jumped at the opportunity to illustrate how some of us non-traditionalists prepare our homes for the changing seasons.
As much as I enjoy styling interiors, there's nothing that saps my enthusiasm quicker than not having the right tools. Doing things by trial and error quickly devours precious time, and stifles my creativity.
This is especially true when designing and decorating small spaces where every inch, texture and furnishing can be seen in a glance.
In times past professional designers were the immediate go to for help with styling awkward floor plans, choosing paint colors, or for sourcing great statement pieces. But thanks to these key apps, you can now style your own digs like a pro.
Ahhh apartment living...how fondly I remember those days. Renters enjoy not having the burden of a mortgage. They also have the freedom of being able to relocate quickly. But for many, apartment living has one small drawback: The need to work around undesirable decor or design choices that cannot be changed. One of those things is paint color.
Let's be honest, some landlords do a horrible job of choosing paint colors. Why they don't just stick to neutral beige and gray paints is a mystery to me. Perhaps some view their rental property as a place to test out paint colors they're too afraid to put into their personal homes. Or maybe the paint color chosen was what was on sale at the time. Whatever the reason, this presents a sure decorating dilemma for renters.
There are spaces in every home where the idea of adding décor just seems odd. For me, one of those places is the empty space above the loo...i.e., the toilet.
This area of my bath, as you saw in my bathroom renovation post, is completely bare. For several years now, I've wanted to place something there. But I wanted that something to serve a function and be beautiful as well.
I'm always amazed at the level of determination that home ownership can produce.
Recently I decided to make a few soft upgrades to my home’s only bathroom. This conjured up memories of what this room looked like before my husband and I mercilessly took sledgehammers to it not too long ago.
Our home measures a little over 900 square feet. It was constructed in the late 1940’s as part of a planned community (affectionately known as "GI Town") for soldiers returning from World War II, and their families. Homes here were constructed in “assembly-line’ fashion, into duplex homes and apartments ranging from 750-1100 square feet. Although I have yet to figure out the name of the style of our home, it most closely resembles a small Georgian - only it's a townhome.
Target, the U.S. based, upscale discount store, is always on the forefront of décor and all things practical, stylish and affordable. Perhaps the one advantage that they have over my favorite big box Scandi store, is their accessibility. You can find a Target in nearly every major city.
So when I heard that they were launching a new brand collection of chic home decor products I had to find out more. Exactly when this new line will roll out and what will be featured? Keep reading as I give you all the deets.
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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