November 6, 2013

one room challenge - week 6 aka the reveal!

Week six is finally here and I have crossed the finish line. Picture me squirting gin water all over my face. Wahoo!

I've said it before but it should be said again - six weeks is not as long as it sounds and I was down to the wire on this project. It can be confirmed that I am a down to the minute girl.

But enough jabbing, let's get to the pictures. I won't do much talking today (as hard as that is to believe), I'll just show the goods. Oh, with one note - this is a basement AKA - NO light. And no matter how many 'learn how to use your camera' tutorials I pin, I just don't have the patience. So be kind. A professional photographer I am not...obviously.


As a reminder, here is where we started six weeks ago.


Here was my inspiration board for the space.





And here we are today.



The old office table from Goodwill and my mis-matched chairs have all gotten a paint job and are ready for lots of arts and crafts. The chalkboard was mine growing up and got a fresh coat of red paint (the girls' color choice).


Clearly I am not a chalkboard artist, but the girls are. The quote is my new mantra. I'm going to use it to justify my consistently messy house.



I planked the back of the bookshelves to coordinate with the plank wall and then filled them with my blue and white overflow and lots 'o books. The numbers on the left are old score board numbers I got at a church yard sale years ago and represent our anniversary - May 20.


I made those pillows. With a sewing machine. Its true. Not a big deal to most but a huge accomplishment for me. I am still amazed.



The old $8 chairs got white denim slipcovers (perfect to wash when needed) and look so very good. I am in love with their skirts. And they looks smashing with their Goodwill makeover lamps.




The dollhouse was made years ago by a family friend and was passed down to the girls when my niece went to college. The sign that hangs above is from my grandparent's farm. The same farmhouse where the 'homework chair' that sits over at the creative station came from.


The girls are big into photos (mostly of themselves) so I took an old metal tray and turned it into a magnetic photo board. Push pins often end up on the floor and then stuck in someone's toe (that would be mine) at our house so magnets sounded like a safer bet. Now we can switch, add and rearrange on a whim. And trust me, we have a lot of whims at our house.


The coffee table got a fresh coat of paint and a new plexi glass - aka unbreakable - top. And I'm madly in love with the indoor/outdoor rug. It feels great, looks great and takes a beating like a champ.


So there she blows. All done and being trashed by the girls as we speak. Just as it should be. I'll be sharing more details, sources, and tutorials over the coming weeks so be sure to stay tuned. And thank you all for following along. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

A special huge thank you to my dear friend Linda for including me on this fun adventure, and to all my fellow challenge mates. Excellent work ladies!


Please take time to look over all of their beautiful spaces. This is a fun day!! 

98 comments:

  1. I love it, so many great details! That's a lot to get done in 6 weeks!

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  2. Oh my Elizabeth it turned out beautifully!! I love the clean white brightness! All your stripes and the details are perfect! xo

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  3. I love it so much Elizabeth! I'm not even sure where to start with my favorite parts. The pleats on your thrifted chairs, the plaid pillows, the shelf styling, the family pieces. It's just all so lovely. I bet your family is LOVING hanging out in here together! You rocked this challenge! xoxox

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  4. WOW is all I can say. This looks incredible. You are such a boss. Seriously!

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  5. Amazing! So impressed with what you accomplished - and did yourself. The floor and stairs are fabulous, and your pillows! I feel like a slacker. Looking forward to following your future projects!
    All best,
    Phyllis

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  6. I think your photography skills are great. I love the space especially the plaid pillows and that elephant with the markers in it. Everything came together so well.

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  7. I love the built-ins, the detail on the stairs, those great tables! Beautiful Elizabeth! xo Kristin

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  8. it is perfection! i love the colors, the textiles (plaid!!!)! great job, friend!

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  9. Love, love, love, love, love. What a happy, bright, creative spot to enjoy as a family. And those white denim slipcovers? Freaking genius. I can't imagine this looking any better than it does. Way to go!

    And, yeah, this doesn't look like it was done in 6 weeks! Bravo.

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  10. You are awesome. The end.
    Wait, no I can't leave it at that. The floors, stairs, wall planking, adorable play area with colorful accents, TV wall, console table behind the couch with cute stools, sign from your grandparents' farm, white walls with pops of color everywhere……all my favorites of this space!!!! I love that this room has your signature style, the color, the cheer, I can almost FEEL your sense of humor in this space Elizabeth! What a fun room to hang with the family and for the kiddos to be wild and crazy!!

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  11. I have no words! OK, i have words, but mainly it's that I want to move in. ;-) I was so excited to get on my computer today because I couldn't wait to see your finished basement. This looks incredible! I love all the white mixed with all the pattern. You killed it! I bet the girls are dying to hang out down there, now. And I know this is a tiny detail, but I loved that you painted the door blue. I.Love.It.All. You've got mad skillz, my friend!
    Abby M.

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  12. Oh where to begin. You know was counting down to the big reveal so I could lust over your painted runner and all the makeovers! Ok, favorites...the stools with the red dot fabric, the denim slipcovers, your bookshelf lighting (gonna need to know about those!), the gallery wall...ok everything!

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  13. Fabulous job and LOVE the striped floors and stairs, so cute. The pops of red and the plaids are so effective in here. Love the slips on the chairs and all youve done. Really fabulous job! It is very fun there and loaded with personality and special touches. xoxo Nancy

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  14. What a great family space! Love those floors and great job on the pillows!!!

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  15. That is such a fun room. I love how kid friendly everything is without looking too juvenile. Can we come over to play?

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  16. Wowza! This is an amazing reveal! I was so excited to see how yours turned out. Amazing job, my friend!! :)

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  17. What wonderful space! It's fun for the kids and great for the adults too! I am particularly drawn to the color palette, gorgeous painted stairs, wall paneling, striped floors, navy door and fabrics! Well done, Elizabeth! You have accomplished so much in 6 weeks!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  18. Wow! what a transformation. I am inspired! I especially love the stairs. Such a fun room!

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  19. Reveal day is always so much fun! I love this space. It's so family friendly, bright, colorful and cheerful. A perfect mix!

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  20. Of course it looks amazing! I love the painted floor, the planked walls and all of the personal touches in the space! Your amaze-balls for sure!

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  21. Oh my! Your space is so cheerful and cozy- a great place for your whole family. Great job on the floors and planking your walls. I LOVE all your details. Great reveal.

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  22. I've been looking forward to this reveal! You know I love your floors and stairs already! I love that it's a space that you can actually LIVE in! I love that there are so many pieces that have meaning or have been handed down by family and friends. I love that it's room made with love and most of all love that your girls are trashing it already because that is soooo my house! ;) Thinking about hanging a sign "creativity is messy" at my front door as an upfront disclaimer to visitors. Oh, and I love that you were spraying gin all over your face. made me giggle. maybe tomorrow, if I can cross the finish line, I will too!!

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  23. What a fun and beautiful space! That's a lot to get done in 6 weeks. You nailed it, Elizabeth! Cheers!!

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  24. Girl, you knocked it out of the park! I see so much inspiration here...even the little things like the chiang mai lined tray and your typography numbers and your bookshelf styling. You've got me wanting to re-work my whole office/playroom! Way to go Elizabeth!

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  25. You have done an amazing job here, Elizabeth!! Absolutely perfect. I love all of the bright colors, and I think it is more beautiful that your inspiration image.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  26. Haha I hear ya, there's no natural light in my bathroom and it was a pain to shoot!! Looks amazing, the white bookshelf and walls makes the room look bigger, great job!

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  27. AN A +++++
    Especially the detail on the stairs!!!

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  28. Such a warm, inviting, fun space! Nicely done!

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  29. So many great details. The stairs and the planked wall are my fave. I'm so impressed with what you've pulled together on a shoestring budget. bravo. I'll splash some gin on my face with you tonight ;)

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  30. It looks fabulous! The basement looks so bright and cheerful. Would you mind sharing what paint color you used?

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  31. PERFECT!!!!!! I love it Elizabeth! SO many gorgeous details to see and copy (hehehe!) Love the way you styled the room, a true FAMILY space, very kid friendly, personal but still stylish! How did you manage to do all that?! Your a great designer, that's why! Love it, you must be very pleased, as well as the rest of the clan!

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  32. You did so, so much in six weeks. Wow! It looks really, really AMAZING! Excellent job!!!

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  33. Great job! You really accomplished so much in these 6 weeks! So loving the stripes on the floor and stairs, the wall planks and the fun colors. Enjoy the new space.

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  34. This is such a beautiful space. I can't believe how much you have personally done. You worked hard and it paid off. I love the planks, the floors, the stairs, the art, and the non-breakable glass. Everything works so well together. I love how you mix and layer colors and patters. Well done.

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  35. what a wonderful living space this is! i am obsessed with those stairs - they are the coolest! i love the wall sign too! well done yoU!

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  36. Oh, Elizabeth, I'm almost speechless (well, almost, I can't not say anything)!! Love all the special touches and how it feels like a legit family/play area but with the cutest, most thoughtful details. And, of course, color, because duh, you do that perfectly.

    Hooray!!! Now go have a G&T!

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  37. Oh, and forgot to mention - that metal tray/photo board is genius!

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  38. Oh my goodness, how is this a BASEMENT?! It's fantastic! I would hang out there all the time! You did a fantastic job of making it feel light and bright (which seems like the impossible) and I love that it looks sophisticated but comfy and kid friendly. Seriously every detail rocks. You're so talented!

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  39. OMG. It looks amazing. What a happy, cozy, fun space you've created. You're awesome.

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  40. Amazing, Elizabeth!! The eclectic layered mix you created is not easy to pull off, and you made it look effortless! It has so much personality, and your endless list of diys and thrifted scores is impressive! Go put your feet up!

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  41. Gorgeous transformation. It looks equally inviting to smalls and talls. I'm especially in love with the rug in the creativity area, and those thrifted mirrors. Nice work!

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  42. Elizabeth, I think the pics are great especially since you weren't working with any natural light. Wow! Where do I begin? Love all the fun, kid friendly, yet stylish details. Plus you worked your butt off on so many of the projects in this great space! The colours and mixture are fab! Superb job my friend!

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  43. omg omg omg, you never cease to amaze me. there is so much eye candy here. you worked your butt off on this room and it shows. I love everything about it. The floors are amazing! the stairs! that couch! I can't believe you made those pillows, loving the plaid! Your staging is awesome! The pictures just kept coming, you had so much space to do! LOVE! I still have to PHOTO my space for tomorrow....the pressure is on! good job girl

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  44. It turned out great! I think my favorite element is the striped floor. Nice job : ]

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  45. OMG!!! COngratulations!! I absolutely love it all!! the floor, the pillows (I love that you mixed in some plaid) and the red and white...and the styling....everything! Of course the green sofa is still my fave. Truly spectacular! The gallery walls are amazing too...and I love the pom poms and your mantra! Virtual congratulatory hugs!!

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  46. This is fabulous!! Your floors and stairs are terrific, love how you layered on the rugs and also painted the door blue. The pillows are great and I love your choice to throw plaid in there. I was laughing so hard w/the squirting gin on your face!

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  47. Now that's a fun room - for grownups and kids alike! I love how it looks put together but not precious, and that Persian rug is calling my name. Can't wait for you to share your sources! The room looked nice before but now it's happy, fun, and bright. Well done!

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  48. Elizabeth!?! I cannot believe you did all of this in 6 weeks!?! It's AH-MAZING! I love the floors & striped stairs and how much brighter and lighter it feels! All of the details are amazing, too. The planked wall, the built ins, wall art, coffee table styling...I mean...it's fabulous. Incredible job!!!

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  49. That is the most cheerful beautiful basement I have every seen!! Love what you accomplished in such a short time!!

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  50. I love the metal tray/magnet idea! I can't wait to nick that one... Bravo

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  51. Elizabeth I love your makeover! The mix of pillows on the sofa is so fun and colorful and I adore the x base table behind the sofa flanked by the spotted benches. Such an ambitious project you pulled off in 6 short weeks. Color me impressed.!!!

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  52. Okay, okay - soo much to love. The pillows on the slipcovered chairs - the slipcovers themselves. The stripes on the floor and those...mmmmm...those stairs. This is such a happy space and I absolutely love it. What a wonderful spot for your family.

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  53. Super, super cute! Love how the painted floor turned out, and that persian rug is divine. And the family heirloom dollhouse? Delightful! Well done.

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  54. you done good. i like that i get pretty and funny when i visit your blog. :)

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  55. Pure perfection, Elizabeth!!! You did such an amazing job, I love ever single detail!!! And you are much too hard on yourself regarding the photography! It is perfect, just like your room!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  56. My favorite part is the white slipcovered chairs and everything going on around them. And tulips. My eyes gravitate towards them! It looks so cheerful and fun. Love!

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  57. Oh girl....I love this room. The modern country touches are right up my ally....the planked walls...the bookshelves are so good. Love that thrifted sofa with her new pillows that you actually sewed [I am impressed by the way] and the coffee table. It looks like a great family room and I am still dying over the blue and white striped floors. Might be my fav.

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  58. What a great space for the entire family to hang out in. Love those stairs!

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  59. How in the world did you manage to do all this in only 6 weeks?! It looks amazing - I'm sure the family is loving it too!!

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  60. You did such a wonderful job with your basement Elizabeth!! I absolutely love the white chairs on the paneled wall with those red and white toss pillows. Totally my favorite part. The green sofa looks great too! I'm so impressed with everything (as always) you did a great job!

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  61. I want to create something, anything! in this super pretty and happy room. Bravo on the pillows...it would be a big accomplishment for me, too.

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  62. What?! That floor! Those stairs!! To. die. The slip cover is gorg. The whole space is really fantastic. Congratulations.

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  63. Love it! Such a fun and happy space and I am impressed with your sewing skills! The plaid pillows speak to me! and then there are the slipcovers… I could go on! Beautiful job!

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  64. This room is amazing! You did an awesome job!

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  65. It's SOOOOOO good! I'm speechless...so much to love!! Those slipcovers?? I'm dying...and I love all the sentiment...I gotta kick it in high gear, you're getting hard to keep up with!! So good friend...SO GOOD!!

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  66. You rocked it girl! Seriously AMAZEBALLS! That floor and stairs are killing it!! Great job! I love it!

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  67. Okay - love that slip covered chair and all of your pillows -- so fun! the stairs turned out incredible - what a fun room!

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  68. I want those stairs! I just love this space and all the fun colors! Great job!
    -Shelley

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  69. Such a great family space. Hard to believe it is a basement. The stairs are wonderful.

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  70. Oh my goodness, what a tranformation! I loooove the color scheme and it's such a fun-looking room. I'm so impressed! -And you're right....six weeks goes by WAY too quickly! :)

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  71. The stairs are easily my fave. Love. And I would be bragging about making my own pillow, too, yo. Bravo! ox

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  72. WOW Elizabeth however did you do all of this?!! You've been crazy busy. I love it all but have to say I'm a bit obsessed with the pleated skirts on those chairs. And the NAVY on the floors and stairs. LOVE!!!

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  73. OMG! My mouth literally dropped when I saw the first after picture! Good Gracious girl this is good. Honestly where the heck do I begin?! Not even gonna try. Just gonna say you're he bomb.com!!!

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  74. So many terrific details! The space looks stylish and fun, but collected over time. Loving the white planks. Wonderful job, Elizabeth! (And great pillows, btw, they make the room!)

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  75. Elizabeth so proud of you. The room looks absolutely amazing. Love the painted runner on the stairs! Major hats off to you for creating an adult/child friendly, comfy, stylish room!

    Whitley

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  76. oh my gosh - so so many beautiful, creative aspects to this room! love the stairs, all the pillows, the chair, the side table, and so and so on. Congrats on creating a cozy, charming space for you family!

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  77. Cheers awesome sauce, it's G & T time! What a turn around. The planking is my fav among many favorite details.

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  78. I think you've put the FAMILY back in family room. Looks great.

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  79. Love the way the colors and patterns of the pillows on the couch look together. This is a great space.

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  80. That is a basement??? WOW! What a fabulous space you have re-created! Great job!!!

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  81. Elizabeth, this is so pretty! You deserve a good squirt of gin. ;) Where is the vintage looking rug from? It is fab!!

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  82. Your room turned out perfect. It is a fun and inviting space and I love that you used kid friendly items like an indoor/outdoor rug and the plexiglass for he coffee table. Great room.

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  83. What a great space!! I love all of the color and patterns!! :)

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  84. Seriously blown away by all you were able to accomplish! Everything looks great. Love the red sprinkled throughout. Great job!

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  85. Such a great room, I love everything! Love the stairs, love the rug, love the chalkboard saying! And you we are on the same page, I poured myself a great big glass of Hendricks when I was all done with my room! Good work!

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  86. Wow...what a great Great Room! So many cute vignettes. Love the stairs, the plank walls, and yes...those pleated slipcovered chairs...adorable!

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  87. Hi Elizabeth! I just needed to let you know that I have your living room as one of my ORC faves featured today in my blog! http://buhayatbahay.blogspot.com/2013/11/my-orc-faves.html

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  88. I've missed a lot while on my break. This room turned out beautiful. Great styling work!

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  89. Girl you must be exhausted! I think I'd still be recovering from all that work. But wow does it ever look amazing!! You did so good. I personally thought it looked good before, but now it looks fantastic. I love that you are able to keep that balance of really nice (the rug behind the couch! Love!) and still fun and family friendly. Great great job!!

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  90. This looks amazing! Congrats on a job well done; I love your use of color and accessories. Just beautiful! Michelle - 29 + Nona

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  91. Beautiful! Love all of the color and the adorable garland over the chalk board!

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  92. (OMG I just realised I'd not commented on this!! Where are my manners?!) Girlfriend, you slay me. Seriously, I love the combination of colours and patterns in here (those little white stools, oh my god) and how there are so many things that are meaningful throughout. Love the crispness of the white and the navy blue stripes and the lamps and that coffee table and that sofa (!!) and your mad sewing skillz. And I totally want to hang out with your girls and get messy. What an awesome space, you nailed it kid! That gin is well deserved!! xxx

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  93. All I can say is WOW! My girls would LOVE spending time in your basement - you couldn't have possibly done a better job with the space. So many fun details and I'm loving all of the colors that you used. I've gotta get a big Creativity is Messy sign too - judging by how messy my house is at the moment, I would be thought of as one heck of a creative lady :-)

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  94. Oh my gosh!!! I love this room!!! What a great family space! I love all the sentimental pieces and that coffee table is awesome! Excellent job on the pillows and I need to try that striped staircase on my attic stairs!!! Thanks for the inspiration...it's been fun following along! Well done!

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  95. This is an amazing space to relax in or have fun or spark some creativity - a space for all! I absolutely love the rug and the staircase turned out immaculate. And I love how you have used books everywhere! Following you!

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  96. My computer has been out of service so I'm just catching up with this challenge and the results. Your room is fabulous! It's amazing to me that you accomplished so much in just 6 weeks. Lots of color and special touches...very warm and inviting.

    I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your creativity.

    Pat

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