Friday, May 19, 2017

One Room Challenge Office Makeover REVEAL

ORC Office Makeover Reveal

We did it!! We did it!! I feel like I should be singing "YOU DID IT" from "My Fair Lady."  We finished the room on Wednesday, May 10th, after lots of hard work and late nights! I owe my husband, Ched, a HUGE THANK YOU! He is the calm, creative engineer for all my crazy ideas.

Seeing my beautiful finished office was all I needed!  The sense of accomplishment from its completion left me completely speechless. All my favorite things are organized and in one place! I have never had anything like this!

A quick reminder of what this room looked like in the very beginning...

That light fixture! That random paint job!

The room was so bad that I just filled it full of  all the random things as you saw in my first One Room Challenge Post


I am still speechless at how amazing everything turned out! Loving all of it.

All of my favorite books in one place! 

Loving these PATENT PINK quilted cubes!
Filled the top of each bookshelf with personal photos, original artwork and

 Found a home for my amazing Dorothy Draper vintage chest.

More of my favorite pieces of art!


Y'all have no idea the trouble they had moving the couch! PIVOT!
Once again, I can not believe we completed the office! It is wonderful having this organized, beautiful space! Y'all come visit soon! 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Musings: Finding My Voice, Southern Accent and All, Y'all

I have been so wrapped up in completing a work deadline these past few months,my blog makeover (still working with the talented Kelly Christine on it), and the One Room Challenge; that I had forgotten to take time to figure out what journey I really wanted this blog to take. The past few weeks have felt like a rush to just get the ORC post up on time!

I have been trying to decide how to Revamp, Renovate, & Resuscitate this blog of mine. I had become SO sporadic in my posting; which is a shame because writing is one of my first loves. As I tried to figure out this process of redesigning and taking more time to write; I began thinking about all the different blogs that I love to follow and what makes them so wonderful.

It's truly amazing how we all chose to share such wonderful, different things on our, home decor, party ideas, fashion, etc to even using it more as a personal scrapbook or journal. I realized it's not the choice of subject on these blogs that stands out but rather the personal spin/polish is what makes each one so engaging.

I started this blog off all cutesy pink and green with the cartoon created from past pictures of me and the pups; hiding behind the small amount of anonymity those provided.  So much has changed since then: I am older, married, a business owner, and have started to find the voice of this blog.

Yes, I am still very proud of my southern heritage, quite involved socially in my community, and love to entertain, cook, read, garden and design. I have decided all of that mixed with my love of history, story telling, adventure, and laughter is the path I am going to let the Southern Socialite take.

My point to this cathartic ramble is I hope you will join me on this journey of musings, recipes, things I find inspiring, and even the mishaps and misadventures of a Southern Socialite who embraces the past and looks forward to the future! I will definitely be injecting more of me into this blog.

To all my favorite bloggers out there, please keep posting! I love my regular doses of spiritual, fashion, decor, entertaining, and cooking inspiration!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Room Challenge Week 5 Office Makeover Update

Week 5 

WOW, WOW, WOW, is all I can say! A little in shock that I actually have only a few days left for everything to be photographed on Monday for the final reveal next Thursday. Also, WOW at how far this room has come from the beginning. This week the rug was delivered and I am so loving it! I am so excited I went with the one with more colors because they work great with the grey walls, my bright colored collection of books, and the current flooring. A big thank you to my husband for helping me vacuum and put the rug down! 

I also FINALLY finished the sorting and organization of all my books. As Ched says "It's the BBDS" aka the "Bec-Bec Decimal System". It's organized perfectly for my needs and I LOVE finally having all my books in one place (shelves continue into the hall for all the other subjects). 

LIGHT!!! WE HAVE LIGHT!!! The lighting installation started off a little rocky with a box full of chandelier crystals and no instructions. After stepping away for a good night's rest, we were able to complete the task and now have this glam fixture!! THANK YOU AGAIN, CHED!!! 

Consolidate, Consolidate, Consolidate!
As a child my mother and grandmother were big fans the consolidate method for cleaning up or completing a task. I finally took their advice and have consolidated most of the styling accessories and items in one spot of the room. Hopefully this make things much easier for completion! 

We have had few changes in our original game plan, so make sure you join us next Thursday for our big reveal!!!!

Don't forget to check out all the other amazing ORC Guest Participants.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge Week 3 Office Makeover Update

Week 3

Rug, lamps, drapes, OH MY!

We are at the halfway mark in the Calling It Home Spring One Room Challenge and frankly my head is beginning to spin!
Everything is on order or in process of completion; so I feel like I am in a holding pattern for a free fall! Yikes!

I cannot begin the bookshelves or styling of anything until my rug gets here, so now it's a waiting game watching the tracking numbers.

I found this fabulous rug from RugsUSA to cover that horrible industrial carpet. Hey, it's a long term rental so no major floor makeover happening here!  

I did hang the drapes, I was lucky enough to be able to reuse some hot pink Premier Fabric panels I had made for a past Mistletoe Marketplace booth Talk about reuse, reduce, recycle!


These fabulous blanc de chine Asian figure lamps came from a local auction house. The black shades need to be a better size but you get the idea. As my wondrously talented grandmother, M.V. Davis, said "something with an Asian influence should always be included in your decor."


I did pick up a few accessories and needed office supply items this week. Talk about total procrastination, but pretty things make me happy!! Tomorrow is another day or so Scarlett says.

These dry erase boards will be hung on the back of the door. Love that pink!


It took me forever to find a cork/memo board; who knew cute reasonable ones were so hard to find! This one from Hobby Lobby will be perfect once it is rubbed with more gold. How could I pass up this canvas of these gold leafed lips; when my entire store wouldn't be without my Mama, lipstick and a dream!!

Join me next week, as I update storage options with new hardware, work on comfortable seating, and finalize my workspace setup! 

Meanwhile check out all my other talented friends here!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Southern Socialite: One Room Challenge Week 2 Office Makeover

Southern Socialite: WEEK 2 One Room Challenge: Office Makeover: Week 2 What a week! So grateful for amazing family and friends who have helped with the progress. Since we don't have extra room to m...

One Room Challenge Week 2 Office Makeover

Week 2

What a week! So grateful for amazing family and friends who have helped with the progress.
Since we don't have extra room to move all the items staying in the room out, we are having to work around them.

We have painted!!! I decided to go with Flannel Grey by Behr in satin finish for the walls and ceiling and in semi-gloss for the trim, doors and bookcases!! 

Lots of sorting and removal has happened, but lots more to go!
Using the JOY vs. NO JOY method of sorting. 

We rescued these bookshelves from my childhood playhouse and repainted them the glossy grey color to match the trim. 

The shelves fit perfectly along one of the half walls to hold all my floral, event, and etiquette reference books. All other books will be moved to shelves in the outer hallway. 

There is no remaining evidence of their past lives in my mother's classroom's "Garden of Reading"

 I picked up these chairs at a local high school tag sale fundraiser. 
Don't they just scream old Morrison's Cafeteria chairs to you??

I think they will be perfect with a coat of gold paint, black and white cabana striped fabric, and a monogram on the back of each. 

I also finally found the perfect light fixture from Home Depot. I think it will add just the right amount of GLAM! Isn't it so much better than the before! 

Lots of progress has been made, now I am on to more sorting and cleaning out, painting and recovering chairs, installing light fixture, deciding on lamps, accessories, and drapes. Lots of fun but hard work ahead of us. I am trying to do this make over on a small budget so I can splurge on some extras. I also need to figure out some way to disguise that horrible carpet!! Thank you for following along and I hope you will check out the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge

See you next Thursday! 

Friday, April 7, 2017