One Room Challenge: Sources & Behind the Scenes Fall 2014

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Last week at this time we were all a buzz on blog land, Instagram, and Twitter with the room reveals in One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home!

In honor of Follow Friday I’m sharing some of my favorites from this round on Instagram! Make sure you hop on over and follow these talented ladies (left to right): Aquahaus (Celine), Fabulous By Design (Jane Bernard), Design Post Interiors (Beth Barden) and Design Dump (Autumn Clemons)!

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Linda gives a good round-up of all the ORC love and features this week. One of my favorites to follow is Centsational Girl who shared two of her ORC favorites (and mine) in her “Best of the Blogosphere” .

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Home on The Runway featured one of my absolute favorites and standouts this ORC round from Design DareDevil! Just an amazing transformation and a must see!

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You can find more ORC features on Calling It Home here.

This ORC round I completed my daughter Sofia’s Big Girl Room. You can catch the big reveal here!

Big Girl Room

If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5 || Week 6

This is what her room looks like today!

Big Girl Room

Here’s is what inspired her bedroom transformation: Cherry Blossoms. Princess Themed. Chandelier. Birds. Butterflies. Pink. Blue. Green.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

For more details on the inspiration check out Week 1 and Week 2.

The Cherry Blossom painting by Oopsy Daisy was the very first thing I purchased for Sofia’s nursery.  It’s a timeless piece of art that has transitioned well from nursery, to toddler room, to big girl room.

Big Girl Room

The chandelier was a must have to transform this room. The paper chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids (pictured in inspiration board) inspired me to find the shell chandelier from Lowe’s Home Improvement!


I attempted to install the chandelier myself but needed a second pair of hands and someone taller. My husband and I spent several hours trying to figure out the wiring. Thank goodness for YouTube videos that saved the day! However, I’m giving full disclosure here that we need to fix the wires again before using the light because they’re not tight enough when we fasted the chandelier canopy.


Big Girl RoomBy far this dresser in Annie Sloane Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in her room! Another timeless piece that has transitioned well from nursery to big girl room! Secret number two: Add a few pieces to make the dresser more “big girl”. Remember sometimes less is more! Simply adding the DIY princess jewelry box and updating the photo in the picture frame was all I needed here.

Big Girl Room Closet

The three drawer whicker dresser from Pier One Imports was probably my best upcycle that added function and design to Sofia’s closest.

Big Girl Room

The play chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit! It took me a few tries to figure out the best way to fasten it onto the play castle tent from but well worth the $12! Another secret is that the pillows are from our kitchen and my daughter Charlotte’s room. When you design a space don’t forget about accessories you already have in your home!

Closet Before

Big Girl Room

The biggest transformation was her closet. Going from disorganized and cluttered, to a organized play space fit for a princess.

Big Girl Room Closet

Big Girl Room Closet

Secret behind transforming this space is organization, utilizing existing pieces to add function and design, and adding small low budget accessories such as the designer hooks to hang her princess dresses and display jars and plates. I kept the tower shelving unit to display all her dress up accessories. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial on the fabric letters above her bed.

Big Girl Room

The bookcase didn’t need a lot. I simply added additional canvas storage bins for toys that I found at HomeGoods.

Big Girl Room

My childhood rocking chair made by my grandfather is a sweet sentiment that also serves as function.

Rocking Chair

Once black and gold I simply spray painted it Ballet Pink and stenciled her name in green. Truth be told I had done this for her nursery, but hadn’t finished the green detailing. I was going to give it a fresh coat of pink, but like the chippy and vintage look!


Here’s a close up of the fabric letters above Sofia’s bed that I made before she was born. You can see them in her nursery and the DIY tutorial here. These were inspired by Anthropology fabric letters. I considered updating the letters, but can’t part with them yet. I simply added these butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids and the canopy to complete the big girl & princess look!


The bed and bedding was the biggest issue for me in this round.

Big Girl Room

We’ve transitioned her room from just a bedroom to a play room and wanted enough space for both my girls to play. Additionally, my girls are 18 months apart, which means Charlotte will be turning 2 in a few months a possibly sharing a room with her sister.


Using the daybed from my inspiration board I decided to transform her toddler bed into a daybed. I loved the Pottery Barn Kids bedding, but due to the time of year full sets were unavailable. Easy solution was to use her current sheets and Harper Quilt with her name from Pottery Barn Kids and mix and match it with other bedding we already owned. Adding a few new pillows such as the pink bolster pillow from HomeGoods gave it a great refresh. Hoping to have another update for you this spring, so please check back!

Big Girl Room

The canopy was a must have to add the princes aka “princess castle” element for Sofia’s bed. As much as Sofia loves it she also loves pulling it down, which is driving me crazy!

Big Girl Room

This wall needed something to pull it together. The bookcase use to sit up against the wall before we moved the play kitchen by Kids Kraft into her room.

Big Girl Room

Simply adding wood and canvas wall art from Hobby Lobby, a DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things, and butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids completed the look.

Big Girl Room


Loving how the gallery wall looks! Simply rearranging items and adding a few more such as Sofia’s own Starry Night masterpiece completed this look.

Out takesThe lighting was great one morning right before we rushed off to school. In the moment of trying to capture the room there was an impromptu tea party! Unfortunately, that was the only day the week of the reveal that I had good lighting and many of my photos are darker than I had wanted.

However, I did complete every item on my To Do List!

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s Big Girl Room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier –
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

One Room Challenge Master

Here’s a photo from my first ORC last spring, which started my love affair with the room designer challenge! You can check out all the details in my Master Bedroom reveal here.

High & Low Finds

Thanks to ORC I now have two more complete rooms in our home!

That’s a wrap for ORC Fall 2014! Don’t forget to check out the other designers and bloggers on Calling It Home!

ORC-Participant Fall 2014


Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy –

Princess Castle –

Faux pink chandelier in princess castle – Hobby Lobby

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas and wood wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Paint – Sherwin Williams Meander Blue 6484

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and Penelope bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids

Blue wall bird cage – Hobby Lobby

White bird cage – Michael’s

Cherry Blossom canvas painting –  Oopsy Daisy

Faux crystal lamp with pink polka dot lamp shade on nightstand – Babies R Us

Silver picture frames – Pottery Barn Kids

Floral arrangement – Target

DIY princess jewelry box kit – Melissa & Doug

Penelope French Fabric Board – 3 Buttons N2 Bows

Chalkboard table and chair – Southern Marketplace

Ribbon wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Fabric letters – Sarah Sofia Productions

Closet tower shelves – Sarah Sofia Productions

Upcycled six drawer whicker piece – Sarah Sofia Productions

White picture frames on gallery wall – Michael’s

Small round mirror on gallery wall – Hobby Lobby

Owl bookend – Hobby Lobby

Piggy bank – gift

Green and blue plastic plates in closet – Target

Glass jar with lid in closet –Ikea

Glass jar in closet – HomeGoods

Mirror in closet – Already owned

Hangers and blue canvas organize system – BuyBuyBaby

Silver bird bookends on dresser – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink bolster pillow – HomeGoods

Brunch with the Girls: Summer Entertaining

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

I’ve always enjoyed being a hostess and brining people together, even before I decided to become a wedding and event planner!

Brunch is one of my favorite types of events because there is so much you can do, plus who doesn’t love a little sweet with their savory and some bubbly!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

This past weekend was no exception, as a group of professional small business owners from interior design, to events, to PR gathered at my home for brunch.  It’s an eclectic group of women, some of us friends from before, some of us fast friends from One Room Challenge, and some of us friends via social media finally meeting for the first time to discuss our businesses, blogging and everything we find fun and fabulous!

Left to Right: Beth (Dwell by DeVore), Airene (Dress My Room Interiors, Kim (Legere Creativ), Malloy (Charming in Charlotte), Summer (Simple Stylings), Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions) and Lory (Lory Cobb Interiors).

Left to Right: Beth (Design POST Interiors), Ariene (Dress My Room Interiors, Kim (Legere Creativ), Malloy (Charming in Charlotte), Summer (Simple Stylings), Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions) and Lory (Lory Cobb Interiors).

I’ve been dying to use more of my Oh Joy Spring Collection and brunch with girls was the perfect opportunity!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

You know you’re in the right company when your guests notice the Oh Joy Collection and all the details of your event! Only DIY enthusiasts, interior designers, and bloggers alike would get excited and request a home tour with details on the DIY stencil in my daughter Charlotte’s room, listen to me talk about updating my daughter Sofia’s room again, and know the details of my One Room Challenge Master Bedroom!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

When styling any event I always mix lows and highs. Don’t wait until you finally host Thanksgiving or Christmas to bring out your good china, place settings, or silverware!  I love how my new Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Dinnerware looks matched with my Homegoods costal dishes!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

The napkins and multi-colored glassware are from Oh Joy Spring Collection along with the paper mini lanterns.  For the mimosa bar I had to bring out my Waterford champagne glasses, which adds a touch of fancy to any occasion!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

After styling everything for brunch outside, I had to move everything inside due to the rain.  However, that didn’t stop us from having a good time.  We immediately started remincing about One Room Challenge and what room we are going to do for the next one! YES, we are THOSE girls!

As we ate my signature egg casserole dish, enjoyed biscuits and mini croissants with peach jam, fruit salad with mint, and sipped on peach or mango passion fruit mimosas, we had to talk about our latest design and DIY projects and of course the fun at Haven Conference that some of missed (including myself).

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions


If you don’t know these women picture above you should. They are all talented in their own right!

Beth Barden, Design Post Interiors, is a Charlotte interior designer who I got to know through One Room Challenge! She makes it look easy juggling three kids and a full time business.  You will be impressed with her style and work, especially her recent work on the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge!

Ariene Bethea, Dress My Room Interiors, is a Charlotte interior designer, who has her own Etsy shop, and sells vintage home décor furnishings and accessories on One Kings Lane and Hunters Alley and  recently opened a booth at Slate Interiors. If that wasn’t enough Ariene launched her own handcrafted paperweight line and was thrilled to receive one of her pieces as a hostess gift!

Kim Loring, Legere Creativ, is another Charlotte interior designer who also has a booth at Slate Interiors and participate in One Room Challenge.  It was a pleasure meeting her for the first time and learning about her trade!

Mallory Fitzsimmons, Charming in Charlotte, is just as charming and stylish in person as she is on her life and style blog! Mallory shares her interior design, fashion and DIY inspiration on her blog with all her latest projects! We became fast friends through One Room Challenge and this girl did two rooms! If you missed  my post on my favorites from One Room Challenge, which includes Mallory, check it out here.

Summer Hogan, Simple Stylings, is one of those people you meet and you instantly connect and know you will be fast friends! Summer is an interior designer at hear like me and is always working on the next space in her home or design challenge.  Summer hosted some of us local Charlotte One Room Challenge participates on her finished deck, see details from my previous post here, and this group was formed! She is currently participating in Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge and has some great design ideas!

Lory Cobb, Lory Cobb Interiors, is one of the first friends I made when moving back to Charlotte and has become a close friend.  Like me, she has two kids, and owns her own business, an interior design firm, here in Charlotte.  She is so creative and has been a great sounding board for me to bounce design ideas off of.  Not to mention Lory is usually my partner in crime going to furniture stores, flea markets, and High Point Market! One of my favorite design projects she did was of her daughter Hensley’s room with beautiful gold and blush stencil and trim work all around the room.

We missed Sarah (Matters of Style), Cheryl (Dwell by Cheryl) Bethany (Dwellings by DeVore), Jennifer (Pure and Simple Organizationing) and Converse (Converse Falcon Design).

Vendor Credits

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pop Fitz Clink sign – Sweetly Smitten

Sweet As A Peach Sign – A Taste of Everything

Rope Dinnerware – Pottery Barn

Costal blue and coral plates – HomeGoods

Mini multi-colored lanterns, multi-colored glasses, and napkins – Oh Joy Collection at Target

Turquoise chevron table runner – Fantasy Vintage Bridal

Mini coral serving bowls – Target

Serving dishes – Villeroy & Boch Mariposa Collection

Sterling silver silverware and flatware – Villeroy & Boch

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One Room Challenge Favorites

ORC Follow Friday June 6

It’s been almost a month since One Room Challenge (ORC) has ended.  While the high of the anticipated reveals has worn off, the design inspiration from all the rooms and participants has not! I can honestly say I have truly made some wonderful new friends and a network of independent business owners that have been a great sounding board.

Today, however in honor of #FollowFriday I wanted to share my three favorite rooms from local Charlotte participants in ORC.

My first Charlotte ORC favorite is Summer, Simply Stylings, deck.  Even before I met Summer and stepped into her stylish home for a blogger fesita, I loved her style!

Professional Blogger Fiesta: Summer (Simple Stylings),Cheryl Luckett (Dwell By Cheryl), Mallory Fitzsimmons (Charming in Charlotte), Jennifer Burnham (Pure and Simple Organizing) & me Sarah Sofia Knepp (Sarah Sofia Productions)

Professional Blogger Fiesta: Summer Hogan (Simple Stylings),Cheryl Luckett (Dwell By Cheryl), Mallory Fitzsimmons (Charming in Charlotte), Jennifer Burnham (Pure and Simple Organizing) & me Sarah Sofia Knepp (Sarah Sofia Productions)

Yes, she used my favorite colors of blue, white, and coral! However, it’s how Summer paired DIY projects such as rebuilding the deck and wall herb garden with accents at different price points that make this such a great space.

Simple Stylings ORC Deck

Every detail was well planned and well executed to make this a place we all didn’t want to leave! Check out the amazing details of Summer’s ORC reveal here and sources here.

Mallory with Charming in Charlotte ORC room was her living space.  She incorporated two rooms in the design, tying them together with black and white, stripes, and punches of green, yellow and gold.

Charming in Charlotte ORC Living Space

Mallory had good bones to start and the final reveal was the icing on the cake! Check out more details of this chic space here.

Lastly, I’m sharing one of the ORC rooms I started following even before I knew Beth with Design Post Interiors lived in Charlotte!  Beth’s dinning room had all the right elements and had a good styled look to start.  However, she really put the wow factor into her design on reveal day!

Design Post Interiors ORC Dinning Room

I hope you enjoyed a tour of my fellow ORC Charlottians! I’m hoping to feature more of my favorite ORC rooms and friends through out the summer.  However, if you missed my ORC master bedroom you can begin at week 1. The ORC rooms are also featured on Calling it Home here and here.


Credits and ORC Friends

Simple Stylings – Summer Hogan

Charming in Charlotte – Mallory Fitzsimmons

Design Post Interiors – Beth Barden

Sarah Sofia Productions – Sarah Sofia Knepp