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Well, here I am again, taking the challenge.  Along with hundreds of other designers, I am committing to 6 weeks of design starting today!  This bi-annual event, sponsored by Linda from CALLING IT HOME,  is super fun to follow along.

Here is the link for the ORC DESIGNERS …

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And here is the link for the ORC GUEST PARTICIPANTS, who are free to join in with their own projects.

A little history…Our house is an Arts & Crafts 1906 Bungalow style house.   Grandma used to live upstairs in our house, which was converted into a duplex a long time ago, but she moved out a little over a year ago.The kids (two 9 year old twins) have moved upstairs so they could each have their own rooms. We are slowly transforming the space into a lighter, more kid-friendly zone.

Last Spring I did my DAUGHTER’S ROOM as part of the ORC SPRING 2016:






This time, I am going to spruce up the UPSTAIRS HALLWAY & STAIRS.

Here is the BEFORE:


The walls and carpet have got to g0!  I am also rethinking the furniture and its functionality.  And the lighting.

Here is the chair I have there now which is not that comfortable and the wrong color.


My daughter needs a dresser just outside of her room, where the large trunk is so I am planning to paint an old heirloom piece that we have. I like the idea of a punch of color.  Here’s an example:


The banister and post are looking warped. The woodwork on the upper level is kind of wobbly and in a perfect world, needs to be replaced.


We recently stripped the carpet on the stairs to see what we were dealing with underneath.


This is what we found under the carpet at the bottom of the stairs. Pretty bad.  So, that needs to be replaced and painted also.

BLACK & WHITE with COLOR ACCENTS is pretty much the direction I am headed.

Here are a few inspiration pictures I have found by the firm, ASHE_LEANDRO. Boy do they have the BLACK & WHITE motif down:

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I need to put some artwork up on the wall going upstairs and in the hallway. This salon style hung artwork could work.

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There is a possibility I might tint the white walls slightly. I like the way this yellow piece looks as an accent color (for the heirloom dresser).


I should probably mention The BATHROOM, as it is off from the HALLWAY and is the next item on the list when this is done. We were going to do it for the ORC, but weren’t sure we could get it done in time.

I would like to continue the BLACK & WHITE motif into this room as well.

Here is a BEFORE:


I really like these bathrooms:



And some kind of black/white tile, but I don’t know that I will get too far with the BATHROOM just yet.

So, to summarize my tasks in the next several weeks, here it is:






Reoccur walls and trim and paint

Select Door colors and paint – black or color.



Paint stairs and wood work

Possible replace column/post at top of stairs

Repair floor at base of stairs and paint



Paint Selection, possible design motif/stencil


Replace Chair and Chest with more functional furniture


Paint heirloom Dresser for Charlotte

Select a new piece of furniture or spruce up the one I have


Replace wall to wall carpet

Select a Runner for upstairs



Select a new light fixture and install


Select art work, family photos and have it framed and hung up on the walls

Select artwork/mirror for over the dresser and piece of upholstery.


Accessorize with plant, throw, pillows.

Nothing like a little accountability to get things rolling. So I am off….

Thanks for reading my post!



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Well, we managed to finish up just in time!  Here are the results.  We were lucky to have a bright sunny day for these last minute pictures, thanks to my amazing assistant, Amanda. Everything is smelling like roses and I am drinking a gin and tonic as I write this (it is after 5 pm West coast time, FYI).



Below is a painting of our backyard fig tree that Charlotte and her friend Alex painted together last year.  I floated it in one of IKEA’s shadow box frames.


As you can see we have a little woodland theme going on with the deers and bunny rabbit. I know the rose floral shade on the sconce and bed linens from IKEA are a departure from the neon splatter, but it was such a lovely pattern we bent the matchy matchy rules.   Perhaps bold colors or solid colored linens would have worked better, but we wanted to make these work.  They’re cozy and a little English or something.  The framed deer art is hand cross stitched by a very patient Oregonian: a vintage find that was in perfect condition. The antique bed is an heirloom from my grandparents that my Mother stripped and refinished years ago.DSC09162.jpg

The large splatter pillow was a trial run before the curtains and the hand drawn critter pillow Charlotte drew awhile back as a prototype for a school auction project.  The cross pillow was from STUDIO TULLIA inventory and we liked it in the room.DSC09193.jpg

You can see a little bit of the furry stool we created by covering an IKEA stool.  It is the perfect little occasional stool for this tiny room and adds some much needed glamour.DSC09201.jpg

I want to show you a close up of the white bunny painting by Oregonian artist ELIZABETH SEE because she is so talented.IMG_3459.jpgWe have come quite a ways in just a couple weeks.  Here are a few before shots:

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Getting that pink the right color took some work.  Between BENJAMIN MOORE PAINT and METRO PAINT we got it done.IMG_2452.jpg

The IKEA curtains were perhaps the funnest part of this project and they really set the tone for the room.DSC09290.jpg

This IKEA PS 2014 ceiling pendant is very cool in its design. The pull factor really is fun at night and gives you a diverse range of visual effects.  Her twin brother Arthur is a little jealous when it comes to the light.  Thank God they have lego building experience as they put this thing together all by themselves.  Whereas that project might have put me right over the edge.


This is her bookshelf which I have staged for this shoot.  The camellias ,roses and hydrangeas are from our garden. The amethyst cut crystal vase was her great grandmother’s and the other vase is a hand painted vintage vase as well.  The flower etched globe light is from IKEA.  And we all know that’s an AMERICAN DOLL in a wheelchair. The one thing in the catalog Arthur liked because it had wheels.


HARRY POTTER books without their covers aren’t so bad looking next to the collection of NANCY DREW books.


All of the pillows in this feature have been provided by my primary sponsor ~ STUDIO TULLIA!  Vintage ones (like the cool beaded rose pillow above) as well as other vintage oddities are available through TULLIA MARKETPLACE, which is not fully off the ground, but should be by this Summer.

Here are a few more pictures of the flowers up close because they are just so pretty.  The vase is by who else…IKEA.  The little painting is by Charlotte.




We decided last minute to switch out her side table form TARGET and it needed to be white.  The finish was antique gold and it just fell flat in the corner.   We almost painted the gold framed mirror, too, but decided it added some bling and was ok as is.


This room was a quite a challenge because in all honesty this room is a dog.  The room is tiny, the ceiling is slanted, the windows and trim work are funky, and many more issues I don’t need to bore you with.

The good news is that this is the room she wants to be in and is a very happy girl. She could not fall asleep last night she was so excited. I hated to wake her up this morning. This room is her safe haven, compared to the larger guest room where she was temporarily staying during this project.

IMG_3504.jpgSweet Dreams, my Sweet Charlotte.

I am excited to grab a cup of coffee tomorrow morning and indulge myself in the many final reveals as part of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, thanks to CALLING IT HOME.

This was a great challenge for me and 6 weeks was just about right. I am excited to do another room in the Fall.

Here is the link to twenty very talented designer bloggers’ final reveals HERE



And if that’s not enough, there are over 1,000 Guest Participant Final Reveals to view HERE:

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Thanks so much for following along!










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Things are getting real here, folks, with only a couple weeks left. Our goal is to have electrical, painting, curtain installation and most of the furnishings in place by next week. That will leave the last week for bed linens, art, styling and the photo shoot.


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There are some wonderful projects going on so take a peek.


If you recall, we have been discussing Charlotte’s curtains and I had some serious concerns about the outcome…

Well we decided to dive in one recent afternoon.  Starting with the three neon paints dyes (with glitter) I made her do a few practice runs, trying different brushes and splatter techniques.

We put a tarp down in the back yard and laid the two cotton curtain panels on it.

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We got out the neon dye colors:


And, here she is giving it a whirl.


Lots of mixing going on…


After a few practice runs on scrap fabric, and before we even started on the curtains we had to run back to COLLAGE, our local crafts store to get more paint!  IMG_3187.jpg

By the time we got back with SEVERAL more fabric dye colors, it was starting to get dark!


The paints and splattered textiles were even beginning to glow.  We had to hustle as I was not setting all this up again. I didn’t want her to over do it anyway.


She was able to get it all done before it was too dark and we were really happy with the results:

IMG_3241.jpg I am also making a euro sham for her bed out of a couple of the scrap pieces.  All in all it took about two hours.


We needed to find some sort of small chair or stool for her room and I came across this one while shopping at FABRIC DEPOT.  I picked it up to look underneath and drum roll please… it was from IKEA!


So back to IKEA I went and got this for $35.

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I had some leftover white fur from my pillow line on ETSY so I am using that to cover the stool.


Here’s the fur we used although it is more white – Arctic Fox white. We are going to decide later if we want to paint the legs or leave them black.

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Here it is…what do you think?  This puppy could use a little trim/combing, but not too shabby:




I was shopping at Pendleton Woolen Mills and came across this interesting turquoise plaid that I thought might be a colorful blanket.  So I am keeping that in mind at $60/yard.


Here is one of the PINK CROSS pillows available at STUDIO TULLIA on ETSY that we are planning to use on her bed.



And I am just starting to think about art, although she already has quite a bit of her own to work with.  I just think these are lovely.



And lastly, think it would be fun to paint her door this rose quartz when we get to the hallway outside her room.IMG_3239.jpg


Wishing everyone a great few last days of the week.


And, thanks for reading!





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Well , here we are at week two of the ORC.  Old houses always require more prep than you think. My husband and I agreed to not spend a month on the ceiling like we did in our bedroom. Still, there were some cracks on the ceiling and a few holes in the walls that had to be addressed.  My husband got that done and the floor prepped for painting.



Charlotte has chosen lilac walls and light cherry blossom pink for the ceilings with white trim.  This is where we are headed:

First Light #2102-70 by Benjamin Moore

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We started with METRO PAINT, which is a local paint supplier in Portland. There paints are all recycled and very affordable.  My father in law (who is a contractor) uses their paint all the time and recommended I give it a try. I love their MOUNTAIN SNOW – which I used for my HOME OFFICE.

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FYI, Metro Paint has a limited palette of colors, but in reality if you have the time and gumption, you can mix and match and come up with some pretty nice colors.  They haev lots of examples and formulas in their store.  It can make painting a house almost affordable.





Charlotte with CARNATION, untouched.  Too pink as is as you can see.


After painting the entire ceiling with a lightened pink, it is still too pink.  So, we’ll add more white. I think we are close though.


The lilac bush is blooming outside of our house  – I used the flowers to decorate the twins’ birthday cake this week. A little much for Arthur. Oops.  Charlotte and I tinted the icing lilac.  I guess we are in a custom color mixing mood. The lighter part of the lilac petals are such a perfect color.


I came across this cherry tree in bloom the other day and had to share this.  There really is nothing like Portland in the Spring.


There were 3-4 inches of pink petals on the ground!








So, I am also thinking about lighting.  She needs a pendant light and a bedside lamp. Or ultimately a sconce by her bed. I am a big fan as they leave your bedside table free and provide nice light. Here are a few possibilities:IMG_9969.jpg

With a gold sconce from Visual Comfort:



Here’s a sconce from IKEA:


A new pendant light from IKEA:


It does cool things at night:


Is this vintage glass pendant light stunning or what?


I even like this Chinese paper lantern for $12:





And here are some basic white curtains with grommets for a modern look.  Grommet curtains are super easy to use. And these curtains will be used daily.



I am leaning toward sheers behind the curtains rather than shades.   The windows are sort of odd and need to be replaced ultimately so the sheers should offer some coverage for now.


Charlotte has some ideas of her own about the curtains. She wants to splatter them in a ROTHKO-ish way. I have my concerns, but nevertheless, we bought the paint at COLLAGE in Portland:

I’ve been looking at Pinterest for ideas:







So, we will cross that bridge soon enough.


Well, I better stop for now.   Thanks for joining.

Follow along with the ORC Featured Designers


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Thanks for reading!


Have a great Friday and weekend!




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I was putting this post together and came across an incredible performance of My Funny Valentine by Alice Fredenham on Britain’s Got Talent.  It’s beautiful, it’s inspiring and it made me cry (even Simon loved her).  Listen Here!

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Sitting at my desk, feeling gratitude and melancholy, on this rainy Friday… I could so relate to her fears about succeeding, putting herself out there.

See that lovely lamp on the right there, on my desk?  I ran into the talented ~ Shannon Guirl ~ owner of Caravan Pacific, at a “seconds” craft show at ACE Hotel in downtown Portland last weekend.


I scored a white Hawthorne Lamp. I have pine wood office accessories, woven baskets, and a touch of chrome in my office, so this lamp in natural maple and chrome, fits right in!  It really is so beautiful and gives off a nice, warm glow.

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The Hawthorne Lamp and many others are available here


Here she is at her studio in SE Portland, where I picked up my lamp.  Look what she has on the way…


I’ve been playing around with rose quartz/pale pink/soft lavender velvets for the last month, trying to figure out which ones to put in my Spring Collection.  Pindler, Kravet, Schumacher, Gaston & Daniela – they all have wonderful hues. I’ve paired a couple with a Designer’s Guild’s Trasimeno striped velvet/linen and STUDIO TULLIA’s signature ribbon pillows. I borrowed a couple of my daughter’s treasures for this palette.  We are getting ready to paint her room and are headed in this direction.

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This scheme includes a vintage plate and a favorite stuffy:

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How nice would this Sullivan Lamp in Peony and Maple be in her room:



Would you look at these feathers? I was walking past the bridal section at the http://millendstore.com/  yesterday and came across these feathers, sold by the inch (for approx. $1.50/inch).  I could not get over their color and beauty.Pink Feathers Studio Tullia 2.12.16.jpgFeathers Studio Tullia 2.12.16.jpgIMG_9204.jpg

And, here are a few of hand painted sacred hearts from our recent trip to Mexico, currently adorning my bookshelves.Sacred Heart Studio Tullia 2.12.16.jpg


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Never have thought of myself as having a lot of pink, but here it is again, in my office:office STUDIO TULLIA 2.12.16.jpg


Came across this dress in a window last week at Adam Arnold



And lastly, my sweetheart with the twinlets.

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Here’s a beautiful heart by Johanna Basford if you need something to print out quick for your sweetheart:


Wishing you all a lovely weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Yours truly,






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I’ve been meaning to share some work from this charismatic and talented woman since June. With the kids out of school for Summer life and work is a spiraling tug of war.

Always looking for inspiring talent, surprisingly, it sometimes finds me (or STUDIO TULLIA, that is). Tiffany purchased some pillows from me and I was thrilled to see them show up in one of her project reveals. I love to see “after” photos – one of the most rewarding things about my work.

So here are some pictures of a lovely living and dining room a la Tiffany Brooks. What really blows me away is that she is the artist who also did the art work, which seems to pull everything together.

Look at the lovely layering of textures and patterns.

Look at the lovely layering of textures and patterns.

Another close up of the dining room.

Another close up of the dining room.

Overview of the living room. Love the salon style art work above the sofa.

Overview of the living room. Love the salon style art work above the sofa.

Interesting vignette of the dining room. She managed to make these vintage chairs work with the finish treatment and bold color choices.   So much personality in this room.

Interesting vignette of the dining room. She managed to make these vintage chairs work with the finish treatment and bold color choices. So much personality in this room.

And her is the close up of her art work. How wonderful is that!

And her is the close up of her art work. How wonderful is that!

And the lovely...Tiffany Brooks

And the lovely…Tiffany Brooks

Here are the pillows Tiffany Brooks selected from STUDIO TULLIA:
Blue and Green Abstract Ikat

Navy with Wide Grosgrain Cream Ribbon

Hope you enjoyed this splash of talent as much as I did.

Enjoy your week, and thanks for reading!

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ed Winged Black Bird by Elisabeth See

From Portland, you can be in Hood River in one hour. Just follow the Columbia River Gorge all the way there, past so many iconic stops: Multnomah Falls, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Bonneville Dam…

Hood River, a hot spot for wind surfers, is a charming little town full of historic, quaint neighborhoods with stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. And then there’s the dramatic gorge winding through the town; its vast and large scale with richly textured cliffs. As you arrive, you can feel the upbeat, laid back vibe where the pace is slower and the view, like a cool glass of water. The air is fresh with Spring scents.

I went to see one of my favorite artists, Elizabeth See, an oil painter who paints all things found in nature – particularly animals and flowers. She uses oil paint on wood. She resides in White Salmon but brought her paintings to her great grandfather’s wood cabin, that was once his art studio. She even shared with us some of his landscape paintings that were still kickin’ around from the 40’s.

This was the view on the way there, just outside of town, past vineyards, and nurseries:
View of Mt Hood

This is the view of Mt. Adams in one direction and Mt. Hood in the opposite, as you approach:
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Here is the cabin where she had her work:
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This last shot is most of what went home with us. We couldn’t resist the local bird paintings and studies of a rabbit, a bear, a guinea pig, a game hen, a Magpie, A Great Horned Owl, and flowers. Her flower paintings are a favorite, but she was mostly out since she paints them in the Summer. She mostly had animals this time.

Keep thinking about these two:
small buffalo and polar bear

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We had lunch at a landmark road side cafe, Twin Peaks, where gliders and small planes fly right over our heads before landing at the air strip on the other side of the road. Great fish and chips.

Twin Peaks

I stopped to take a few shots of this lovely old home along the road with enormous fruit trees, big old barns and of course a great view of Mt. Hood.
Grand Old House in Hood River

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After that we headed over the Toll Bridge to White Salmon, Washington, which was 7 miles away.

We made the long trek to Wildcraft Studios, which I have been completely curious about, but sadly they had closed up early. They offer all kinds of art classes and workshops.


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Chelsea Heffner, Wildcraft Studio School

Spotted an artful tree on the way there, filled with sneakers, cowboy boots, work boots….curious for sure.
Shoe Tree

White Salmon shoe tree

Lastly, we stopped by The Hatchery Art Studios in downtown White Salmon. Here are a few shots of some artists’ work from there:

Angela Williamson
– Angela Williamson

Strid Creative STudios
– Cyndi Strid

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Printmaking by Sally Gilchrist

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Wish I had time to get to the Dalles Art Center and many other studios – there’s some real talent out there.
I’ll have to make a weekend of it next year.

We may head back for Trout Lake Festival of the Arts July 12-13 on the green at Trout Lake School.

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

So, that’s a wrap for this hunt.


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