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One Room Challenge Week Four | Hits & Misses

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This week my One Room Challenge could be summed up entirely by Alice In Wonderland….

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.


I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

I’m late for the Week Four update, it’s been quite a week! My baby girl committed to a college, the deposit is in, the orientation and move in is on the schedule, and this mama is deep breathing into a paper bag (wasn’t I doing this very thing during last year’s spring One Room Challenge???? Who thought having kids so close together was such a great idea???)

Today is Hannah’s prom, and in a months’ time the little peanut I was feeding mashed banana too from an Elmo (“Melmo!”) spoon will be a high school graduate and moving seven states away come August!!! Words can’t even describe how excited I am for her, and as I learned when Peter went off to college this year, that joy at seeing your child go off to this amazing experience ahead of them overrides the how-did-the-years-go-by-so-fast lump in your throat. BUT MAN OH MAN. Motherhood is not for sissies!!!

Things are moving along in the family room, despite appearances…..

Our living room is also a mess with all sorts of possibilities for this family room makeover stacked in the corner!

This week my focus was on the finish carpentry and caulking. While the rough carpentry like installing the battens on the walls goes quickly (they were all cut and installed within a couple of hours), some finish carpentry is tedious work and I want to do it right.

When I added moulding to the half wall, I encased the existing drywalled beam to make it more of a decorative pillar (I still need to post about this project!)

I’ve been mulling over adding a pilaster to the other end of the half wall that mimics the look of the pillar to balance it out and transition the moulding from the hall to the family room, so this week I removed the old alarm box that was on this wall (it is low voltage so it was unlikely that I’d electrocute myself, but I turned off the power just to be safe 🙂 )…

….and then I built a shallow pilaster (which is just a pillar that is attached to the wall).

First I cut and installed common boards from the half wall to the ceiling,

then attached a poplar board, with 1″x2″s on the sides to create a box.

I covered up the seams with the same trim I used on the pillar and the fire place surround.

Adding the pilaster means that instead of being able to install one piece of crown all the way across this doorway, I’ll be cutting a bunch of intricate little pieces to wrap around the pilaster, like I did at the top of the fireplace…..

…but those details give a space so much character and are really pretty when all said and done. And you know, I like to make things a million times more difficult than they have to be 🙂

I’m having trouble uploading photos today for some reason, but just imagine me knee deep in crown moulding scraps as I try to master that skill, it’s so insanely frustrating but ultimately gratifying. I’ve said it a million times before, but crown moulding, I hate myself for loving you!

A few hits and misses this week….

HITS: a macrame lumbar pillow for the couch (a Homegoods find that Mark will remove every single night 🙂 ) and the ivory jute braided rug that a few of you guessed was the one!

I know some of you will think I’m nuts after I showed you the close up of our current rug in here, but this rug is hard wearing, reversible, and soft enough to sit or lie on the floor. Instead of just using a rubber non slip rug pad I upgraded to a felt/rubber pad to give it a little more cushiness. This is the specific rug pad I bought; there are a few other rug pad options in my Shine Your Light Amazon Shop if you’re looking for one.

MISS:  A few days after I ordered a custom print on canvas by artist Carol Schiff, I realized I had made a grave error in the size and that it was going to be way too small with the low back of the chesterfield sofa. It arrived this week and indeed it looks miniscule on that wall, but I LOVE it and am so excited to hang it in another room! I wanted an abstract piece and gave Mark a bunch of choices (see, I’m a team player!). This is as abstract as Mark goes. It’s seriously so pretty in real life!

Ocean Wave by Carol Schiff

While I don’t have buyer’s remorse at all because this piece is so beautiful, I DO need to figure out a plan B, and a low-cost one at that, considering I just blew my budget for art! Let’s just add more projects to this crazy six weeks, that’s a good idea!!

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

MISS:  The sconces!!!! The white ones are smaller than I anticipated, even though I measured and drew the approximate size on the wall. I know you are all huge fans of the starburst, me too!, but I temporarily hung them on a nail and lived with them for a few days, and I don’t know if they jive with the rest of our house, fixtures, and ultimate plans for the kitchen which is open to this room! You see how I make a one room challenge even more challenging? Thank you. It’s my special gift.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?

HIT:  I ordered the chairs, finally! While I loved a few of those other options, especially the wingback, this room is our primary room for watching TV and hanging out, so these two chairs needed to be super comfy, plus they were the right size and price and they were in stock at Raymour & Flanigan so no waiting 6 to 8 weeks for them to arrive! (Raymour & Flanigan will deliver in stock furniture in 3 days, which for an instant gratification girl like me, is awesome!)

The furniture will be delivered next week, I can’t wait!!

To refresh your memory, these are the primary pieces of furniture plus the rug. I’ve got to come up with a good art project and FAST!!

Sofa | Settee | Chairs

Many thanks to Linda Weinstein, creator and organizer of the One Room Challenge with media partner House Beautiful,

and to my wonderful ORC sponsor Raymour & Flanigan for helping me share the ins-and-outs of a complete room re-design with you!


Best wishes to my ORC comrades, can’t wait to see how your rooms are progressing!

Check out all the One Room Challenges here and have a wonderful weekend ahead!



Have I gone mad?
I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

-Alice in Wonderland

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Debbie - MountainMama

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

I love all the choices you've made so far, Lisa - can't wait to see this room finished and fluffed!!!


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Thanks Debbie, I appreciate all your encouragement! You're the sweetest!

Monica Benavidez

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Lisa- I'm loving all the character you're adding to your home in this process. GREAT JOB!


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Thanks so much Monica! I'm so glad the ORC motivated this makeover - it has made such a difference to our home!

Diane Rath

Tuesday 1st of May 2018

The beefed up pillar looks sooo good! And can’t wait to see that furniture in your space- looking forward to the next post!


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Thank you my friend! The pillar and moulding makes such a difference to our house!

Kate Smith

Tuesday 1st of May 2018

I love how it's all coming together! Your new pillow is gorgeous, and I'm sure the art will be a hit in another room!


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

I feel ya! I feel like I just spun my wheels all week and got no where. Pushing forward to the finish line!!!