Readers of this blog might find this hard to believe. But I HATE spending money. Hate it. The irony however, is that I enjoy nice furnishings.
Sure, I also like having other fine goods. But the truth is, I don't care for spending the money to buy them. I'm a cheapskate. And you know what? I am not ashamed. Nope. Not one bit.
Why? It's because I know that being thrifty doesn't mean you or your home has to look the part.
Hence I'm always on the look out for ways to get that $600 item for 20 bucks or less. I mean, you saw how I duped that ridiculously expensive tribal necklace for less than $15 right?
ORC Week 7 of 7
Welcome to REVEAL WEEK of the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge! Many thanks to Linda from CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful for hosting this challenge. Without it, many of the spaces of my home would probably never receive the attention they need.
Without a doubt, revamping this hallway proved to be more challenging than I ever imagined. But I couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished here. This space is my spicy bowl of boom chakalaka. HA! My #stopandstaredecor. Every ounce of creativity I could muster has been poured into it.
So please grab a cuppa your favorite sumthin', sumthin' and linger in it a bit with me. I hope that you are as pleased with the results as I am.
ORC Week 6 of 7
We’ve reached what should technically be the last week of the One Room Challenge hosted by CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful. And boy am I ever glad to have an extra week!
While my room is technically finished, I keep finding more things to tweak. This is final push week. Time to touch up paint, reinstall baseboards, and caulk. In addition to that, there’s still one more thing I have yet to do… Hang that DIY chandelier I shared with you last week.
The good news is that we finally decided on a color for the floor stain. But the final choice couldn’t be further away from the original plan. We chose white. Aye!
Where ever you are in your home right now, take a few moments to look around the room. Are there parts of the room that cause you frustration?
Perhaps it's a collection of random tchotchkes (trinkets) cluttering up your mantel. Or a pile of decor misfits setting in the corner. You've been meaning to take those items back to the store for weeks now. Yes, I've been there too.
Are you looking for new ideas for styling your home? If you're one who learns by watching others, you will enjoy this Friday's Fix. Today I'm giving you a little dose of decor eye-candy and inspiration from a few rising stars in the interior design world.
ORC Week 5 of 7
I've got exciting news to announce! Due to the number of participants affected in various ways by the recent onslaught of natural disasters, the host of the One Room Challenge has granted us a one-week extension. This means that more than 200 other bloggers and I now have 7 weeks to complete our rooms. How thoughtful, right?
This additional week gives me just enough time to pull off this last DIY that I just can't seem to stop DIY'ing. Has that ever happened to you? Better yet, have you ever completed a difficult project that made you proud— so proud that you questioned whether you would undertake it again? If so, you will fully understand this post.
ORC Week 4 of 7
Welcome to Week 4 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful.
Little by little this forgotten space of my home is becoming a tiny gem. We're talking of course about my hallway makeover. Such a minuscule space— just a 14-foot long stair climb through a 36-inch wide passageway. Yet it seems to be transforming right before my eyes into something grander than I ever thought possible.
However, just as the process of extracting literal diamonds is laborious, so this overhaul has been.
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.
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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