Cozy Survival Guide for the Winter Months

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We’re talking all things warm and cozy as we enter the winter months!

Cozy Surviival Guide for the Winter Months

Step one, get your self a blanket.  Once the weather starts getting colder all I want to do is curl up with a warm blanket and get cozy! We have a basket full of blankets in our family room and I put out several around the house. However, I’m crushing over the striped cashmere throws from Parachute Home!

Cozy Winter Survial Gude

Find yourself a cozy spot in your home. One of my favorite warm and cozy spots is this vintage arm chair in my living room! Yes, my living room. I’m a firm believer that your living room should be used everyday and can be warm and cozy.

Cozy Survival Guide for the Winter Months

The blanket is from my trip to the Highlands in Scotland and has warm hues that brings out the tones in the yellow striped vintage arm chair. The vintage chair belonged to my grandparents and has special meaning to me.

Cozy Survial GuideGet comfortable with your favorite hot drink, book or magazine and curl up! Who wouldn’t want to get warm and cozy in this chair while reading their favorite book and sipping coffee?

I’ve been dying to read Lookway, Lookway,a novel by Wilton Barnhardt, which is a wonderful satire on the South and Charlotte, with characters that could have grown up with my mother.

Put on some mood lighting and get cozy by the fire!

Cozy Winter Survival

Christmas isn’t over yet and now is a good time as any to cozy up on the sofa with your favorite blanket, put on a fire, and take in the lights on the season. Oh and your favorite drink of choice!

Cozy winter Survival Guide 1Cheers to the holiday season and warm and cozy nights!

Cozy winter survival Guide

Being comfortable is a must in my book if you want to be cozy. Sometimes it’s OK to stay in your PJ’s and have “cuddle time” or “sleepy time” with the ones love!

Wishing you a warm and cozy holiday and winter season!

Credits

Styling, Design and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Striped cashmere throws – Parachute Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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.

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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 Amazon.com 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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

Sarah

Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

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

One Room Challenge Week 6: Big Girl Room Reveal

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It’s week 6 in the race to the finish line in One Room Challenge (ORC) , created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  That means today is the BIG REVEAL of Operation BIG GIRL ROOM along with my fellow 90+ participants!

Big Girl Room

What’s the big prize for participating in ORC? A finished room in 6 weeks and the opportunity to participate and share the experience of completing a room with talented designers and others that enjoy interior design! Yes, that’s right no money or honorary first place.

Sofia's 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

The moment you have all been waiting for…Sofia’s big girl room!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room

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This distressed vintage dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in Sofia’s room and perhaps in our home! I love the detailing and the antique mirror.

Big Girl Room

Sofia is no longer 3 months, and it was time to replace the baby photo in the “giggle” picture frame with a current one of Sofia and her sister Charlotte. The DIY jewelry box adds the big girl and princess element to the dresser.

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The silver bird bookends and wooden Sofia plaque have been great accessories that have transitioned her room from nursery to big girl room.

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Big Girl Room

I made subtly changes to the reading nook such as adding some glam and pop of color with the floral arrangement.  I updated the photo to one from our apple picking adventure this fall.  Sofia loves looking at it and remembering the fun filled day! I love using unique storage baskets such as the pink and white polka dot tin pail for her music instruments.

Big Girl Room

Here’s the end result of the canopy aka “castle” that Sofia requested, her updated day bed, and the beautiful shell chandelier.

Big Girl Room

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Mix and matching new and old bedding items made the transition from little girl to big girl without breaking the budget and having to make a major decision on all new bedding at this point. I hope to have a decision and more updates this spring so check back!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room

Sofia wanted a castle and a princess like room and this princess castle from Amazon.com did not disappoint! The shimmery chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit!

Big Girl RoomWe moved this play kitchen by Kitchen Kraft from the family room into Sofia’s room in late August but needed to update the wall. I love how the wall art from Hobby Lobby works in her room next to the DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things!

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Last but not least is the gallery wall with the cherry blossom and bird painting that inspired the look for Sofia’s nursery, her first birthday party, and now has transitioned the look to big girl room!

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Big Girl Room Big Girl RoomBig Girl RoomThere are so many fun personal touches on this wall like my childhood books displayed with the bird cage, Sofia’s art work displayed with new bird clip hooks and an updated photo from the first day of preschool as a three year old!

I had to display her recent master piece, Starry Night, which is one of my favorite paintings by Vincent Van Gough!

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I love how my HomeGoods pink and coral baskets look in this white bookcase, which was mine as a child and repainted by my mother. Clean up at night has been a lot easier now that we have plenty of storage.

Last but not least is the transformation of a once boring closet to a fun secret hide out fit for a princess!

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Big Girl Room Closet

The DIY pink and green tower shelf use to be displayed in Sofia’s room. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial for the fabric letters above her bed. It works great in her closet to display all her dress up accessories.

Big Girl Room ClosetThe pink and green designer hardware I found at Hobby Lobby.  They’re the perfect feminine touch to hang her princess dresses.

Big Girl Room Closet

I upcycled this 6 drawer whicker piece that I purchased years ago from Pier 1 Imports. Nothing a little pink and antique gold spray paint can’t fix to add some GLAM for this princess retreat! It serves as additional toy storage and displays her art work.

Big Girl Room Closet

The once cramped shelf now displays some of her stuffed animals and boxes with arts and craft supplies.

Big Girl Room Closet

The blue and green trays were a Target dollar store find, which add a pop of color. I love how the quatrefoil stencil turned out in my daughter Charlotte’s bedroom but decided to use this turquoise removable contact paper for the accent wall.

Big Girl Room Closet

Every princess needs a mirror at her height and a place to hang all her purses!

Closet Before

Big Girl Room

Most importantly, my client loved her big girl room and closet reveal SO MUCH she wanted more surprises!

Big Girl RoomThank you for all your kind words and encouragement through this process! Make sure you come back and check out my full source list and additional behind the scene footage next week!

Please make sure you check out the 20 professional designers who revealed their stunning transformations yesterday here and the 90 + participants sharing the reveals today here.

I leave you with one last image of this gorgeous shell chandelier that ignited my inspiration for Sofia’s big girl room.

Big Girl Room

Praise him, sun and moon; Praise him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

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 bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 5: Big Girl Room

ORC logoWelcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room Challenge Master

This ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you can catch up by starting with Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

Sofia's Big Girl RoomThis week was all about the details and tying up loose ends.  I finally found the perfect hardware to display all the dress up clothes in Sofia’s closet.

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I’m loving the feminine touch that also is fit for a princess, according to Sofia, who helped me pick them out! I had planned to hang them, but that didn’t happen and is on my to do list starting today.

Next up was tackling the chandelier install.  If you recall from my mood board, that I was inspired by Pottery Barn Kids paper chandelier, pictured above.  This is the actual chandelier.

White Shell Beaded Chandi

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I started installing this solo the other day.

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The install was going well. I had figured out how to remove this boring light fixture.

Old Light Fixture

I only had 3 more steps to go and then I hit a wall. I needed a second pair of hands to help hold the chandelier while I finished the wiring. With the daylight hours dwindling and the days numbered, I finally recruited my husband to come home from work earlier.  Of course once we finished the last few steps the wiring isn’t right and the ceiling canopy isn’t secure. We’ll have to wait to until the weekend to complete this project…UGH!

I did hang all the wall art, including Sofia’s own master pieces this week.  I also bought a new art display board with birds for her art work.

Art display

Lastly, the decision about the bedding: To buy all new bedding or to use what we have. Since we already have a few bedding items that Sofia hasn’t grown out of yet I’ve decided to mix and match it with other bedding we already own.  This is a temporary solution until we decided to invest in a full or twin mattress and bedding for Sofia, which all depends on if our two girls end up sharing a room in the next few months.

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 – In progress
  • 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

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in One Room Challenge!

Sarah

One Room Challenge Week 4: Big Girl Room

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Welcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room ChallengeThis ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

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Here we are at week 4 and it always seems to be the in between week of busy and rushing to the finish line.  While enjoyed my adventured to High Point Market, the largest furniture market in the world, it took away from my free time to work on Sofia’s room.

Here’s a sneak peek at the closet reorganization!

Closet Before

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Without revealing too much, I’ve reorganized the white shelves for Sofia’s dress up clothes and accessories and added toy storage.

Here’s my inspiration board.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

As you can see I was thinking of using the IKEA Trofast for toy storage solution.  However, I decided to repurpose this wicker 6 drawer piece that gets the job done without spending additional money.

Did you see my HomeGoods finds on Instagram? I found these beautiful rectangle storage bins in shades of pink and coral. This is an added toy storage bonus to her current bookshelf.

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Next was mounting these removable butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids onto two separate walls. You can find the DIY tutorial for the fabric letters here.

Butterflies

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The DIY memory box that I started working on last week is now complete and ready to be hung.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the wall art I’m planning to hang, which include Sofia’s art work!

Wall Art

Obstacles this round are definitely budget and selection. I love the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, but they have incomplete sets.  I also love the bedding from Sierra & Lilly, but haven’t decided on size of mattress, twin or full.  Decisions decisions decisions.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age – In progress
  • 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 – Need to call handyman
  • 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 – In Progress
  • 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

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in ORC here.

Sarah

One Room Challenge Week 2: Big Girl Room

Last week was the first week of One Room Challenge Fall 2014.  Did you get a chance to check some of the talent?

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

I have to say I’m thrilled that some of my favorite participants like The Pink Pagoda , Bijou & Boheme,  Abby M. Interiors, Mimosa Lane, and Design Manifest are back! Not to mention designer crushes like House of Turquoise, Chinoiserie Chic, The Decorista and Waiting on Martha are participating in this round! Some of my other talented friends from ORC Spring 2014 are linking participants again with me such as The Pink Clutch, Simply Styling’s, and Charming in Charlotte.

OK, enough talk let’s get down to the fun stuff, photos and updates on Sofia’s “Big Girl Room”!

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Last week I shared with you what my daughter’s room currently looks like. Details of her room and my overall plan of Week 1 ORC here and my master bedroom from Spring ’14 ORC here.

This week I’m sharing my mood board and inspiration behind transforming this room into a Big Girl Room!

Sofia's Big Girl Room

Her nursery and current bedroom centers around this cherry blossom painting.  Details of nursery here and here. I want to keep this painting as the centerpiece along with the dresser.

She currently sleeps in her converted toddler bed, which can also be used as a head board for a twin or double. I’m playing around with the idea of making it into a day bed like the one shown in the mood board.  However, if the budget allows I would like to use the headboard and have a twin bed in her room.

Big Girl Room

If you know me I have a huge coral crush and my other daughter’s room is coral and robin’s egg blue.  Coral goes well with blue and shades of pink and if my girls ever were to share a room coordinating bedding would be great! (Yes I’m always thinking ahead and love to coordinate!) I love this look from Serena & Lily!

Currently, Sofia has my childhood bookcase that my mother repainted for my other daughter Charlotte.

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The idea is get more toy appropriate storage such as the one shown in the mood board from Ikea and put this in Charlotte’s room.

I purchased this white chandelier that was inspired by the one from Pottery Barn Kids, shown in the mood board. It might be time to call my handy man Ken again, because the last time my husband and I installed a chandelier it was quite the process and ended up hating each other for a few hours.

White Shell Beaded Chandi

Next up is making her room more princess like by adding the princess castle play tent and canopy as shown in the mood board above. Check and check. We gave Sofia the princess castle play tent for her birthday and have it up in her room now!

This white canopy should arrive later today and will replace the blanket we put over her current bed at bedtime to resemble her “princess castle”.

classic tulle canopy

Then I will get to work on DIY with butterfly garland that look similar to this one from Pottery Barn Kids.

Butterfly garland

I killed two birds with one stone and printed up to date photos for Sofia’s room and for her grandmother’s birthday! Now I need to replace the current photos with the ones I’ve printed.

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Next step is to tackle Sofia’s closet. I meant to capture a photo of the before for this post, but will save it for next week.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated 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
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a real “big girl” bed (it’s currently in the converted toddler bed stage that we call her big girl bed)
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in ORC here.

 

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

blue-and-whiteI have the pleasure of linking up to the talented The Pink Pagoda for her October Blue and White Bash! If you know me, I love blue and white and have used these elements through out the design in my home.

I shared blue and white pieces from my kitchen on The Pink Pagoda back in the spring. You can find this post here and more details on my kitchen here.

Thrill of the Hunt

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peek of our family room with some of my favorite blue and white touches!

Blue & White Bash: Family Room Seak Peek

This photo has some of my favorite blue and white accessories in our home.  I love this blue and white bowl we received as a wedding gift.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints and shades of blue and white as shown here.

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

One of the first orders of business when we moved in was to paint these built in shelves a grey blue.  Again, having that contrast of different blues is striking.

Blue and white bash Family Room Sneak PeekCan you spot my other blue and white treasures?

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

Even the gallery wall has blue and white touches!

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

This white and blue chevron pouf is stored in our family room, but is also used in our patio for additional seating. Plus, this kids love it! It adds a little modern to my vintage and classic look.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into our family room.  If you haven’t already, make sure you pop on over to The Pink Pagoda for more blue and white home décor inspiration!

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 1: Big Girl Room

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Yesterday was the first day of One Room Challenge Fall 2014 for 20 talented professional designers to redo a room in their home or clients home in six weeks. Today is the first day for all of us interior designers and DIYer at heart and professional bloggers like myself! 

One Room Challenge was created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  20 professional designers will be updating you on their rooms every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I will be joining a crew who will be updating you on our room progress on Thursdays. 

I first participated in ORC last spring and did our Master Bedroom.

Sarah Sofia Productions

One Room Challenge Master Bedroom

To view more details of my ORC Master Bedroom from spring 2014 click here.

I had two rooms in my home that were front-runners, and it came down to updating my three year old daughter’s bedroom.

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We moved into our house 20 months ago, right before she turned 18 months and I had my second daughter.  While she has grown and is becoming more of a little girl, her room hasn’t changed since the last update that I shared from our old home.  You can view that post and her nursery here and here, and her Cherry Blossom & Bird Themed Birthday Party inspired from her nursery here.

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When you first walk into my daughter Sofia’s room your eye immediately is drawn to this green blue dresser.  It’s by far been my favorite piece of furniture in her room, and maybe in our entire house!

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You’re eye follows the great light in the room to the window seating area and her bed.

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I found this cute table and marching chair at antique shop and repainted my old rocking chair that my grandfather had made with Sofia’s name on it.

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We recently moved the kitchen out of our family room into Sofia’s room and I like the placement.

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Then you turn around and you have this great long wall that I use to display her art work and the cherry blossom painting that has anchored her room since she was born.

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My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the overlook 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 overhead lighting with chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a real “big girl” bed (it’s currently in the converted crib stage that we call her big girl bed)
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)

Next week I will share more details with my floor plan and my inspiration behind updating my daughter’s room.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you check out all the other participates in One Room Challenge!

Sarah

 

The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Sarah’s Treasures!

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Today marks the last post in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  The summer series featured guest posts from professionals in the interior design, estate sales, professional organizing and event industries.  My guests included Jennifer Burnham, Pure and Simple Organizing, and Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl.  You can view their “treasure hunting” tips here and here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

What makes something a treasure? It’s what ever accessory, piece of furniture, décor item that you value or that you like!  Often times you may see the value in something that someone else might not.

As a wedding and event planner, I’m always using different pieces to decorate and style an event. These pieces may also be part of my home décor.  I hit up garage sales, yard sales, Charlotte Market Place’s Vintage Charlotte Pop Up Flea Market, Metrolina ReStores, HomeGoods, Southern Marketplace, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall and Catawba River Antique Mall to name a few.

Just like my two guests, Pure and Simple Organizing and Dwell by Cheryl, I enjoy a good deal and making that “treasure” fit my home or event décor.  It’s fun when I can kill two birds with one stone. Like these two bunnies I found at Catawba River Antique Mall for my Easter décor, which was featured in Easter Celebrations.

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My home décor is full of blue and white and I was thrilled to find these plates, tea pot, and containers, which have all found homes in my kitchen and living room, at a local yard sale.  I still can’t get over scoring all of the below finds for a total of $14.25!

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I had been looking for an arm chair for my mater bedroom during One Room Challenge last spring and of course found this beauty a few months later for a whopping 25 cents! The chair is currently in my family room and waiting for a little TLC reupholster make over. I would love to do something like this to it in the below right photo!

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I hung my blue and white plates from the yard with my three other plates I purchased from Lance Jackson with Parker Kennedy Living, on the kitchen wall.  It’s add the perfect dimension and depth I was looking for to complete the kitchen updates without breaking the bank.

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I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents at the yard sale! Yes, that’s right $0.25 for both, which could run you $40-$60.  It completes the vintage look in my front entryway and looks great styled with hydrangeas as seen below from my Front Entryway post.

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Another favorite from my treasure hunts is a beautiful miniature pitcher from Modern Cottage’s booth at Vintage Charlotte! It’s currently in my kitchen and is a great place to display small flower arrangements or herbs like basil.  I also found these vintage metal spike flower frogs and stand at a vintage Parisian booth! All three finds look great in my kitchen.

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Let’s not forget all the Lilly Pulitzer I found at the Metrolina ReStores in Charlotte!  So excited that one of my friends scored this white ottoman to store her shoe collection after one of my recent posts!

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I had a hard time walking away from these Lilly Pulizer elephant garden stools, especially since I already have one elephant stool in my home.

 

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My last major treasure from this summer was this campaign three drawer piece from Habitat Metrolina ReStores.  I’ve been slowly transforming the former dinning room into my office since we moving into our house a year and half ago.  We are in desperate need of storage, especially for our files and this piece is a perfect fit.  The cell phone photo is grainy, but you can see it has good bones.

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I started spray painting this bad boy white and it just doesn’t look right.  Back to the drawing board and rethinking the color and paint.  Chalk paint might be interesting or going bold with coral to match with the color scheme of mint and coral with mainly white furniture and pops of green in my office.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have enjoyed my summer series and have learned a thing or two about a long the way.  Who knows, maybe your next big score is just around the corner!

 

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Styling and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Helpful Hints for the Hunt, Dwell by Cheryl

Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl, is my second guest in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  You can view my previous guest, Jennifer Burnham, here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

Cheryl is one of those people that you first meet and instantly makes you feel at home. Not to mention she gets excited over the thrill of the hunt like I do and does it with style, as you will see from her fun wardrobe!

Cheryl has her hand in everything.  If you follow her on Twitter or Instagram you will know that she is always out finding the latest treasure! She’s a registered dietitian by trade, works in Human Resources by day, but “completely obsessed with interior design”.  Cheryl’s obsession became a business venture when she started her own interior design business, Dwell by Cheryl.

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Those who know me know I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a good deal.

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Whether it’s at a thrift store, an antique mall, a yard sale or the clearance aisle at my favorite retailers, I can always sniff out a good deal.   In fact, it’s hard to say when it first began, but I have memories of a Michael Jackson purse strapped across my chest stuffed with my allowance as I scoured through a table at the local salvage center with my Aunt.  Yep, I’ve always loved a good deal.  There’s just something about finding something you love and paying next to nothing for it, even if it does require lots of work.

I’m often asked, how I find so much “good stuff”.  It’s seems like a simple question, but the answer is pretty complex.  I actually taught an entire class on it this Spring.  You can read more about that HERE.

Finding the good stuff

There are so many things you can do to increase your chances of finding great deals on home décor and furnishings, but there are a few that top the list.

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The first is frequency.  This is the tip that most don’t like to hear, but the fact of the matter is I don’t always find great deals.  Some trips to the thrift store are a total bust.  However, the difference between me and many others is the fact that I don’t let that deter me from going back.  You see, thrifting in particular is all about timing.  The more often you go, the better the odds of finding something spectacular.

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The second is do your homework.  I actually study before I hit the road on a serious deal-seeking adventure.  I find that it helps to know what’s new and now when you’re standing in a sea of old stuff.  With home décor and furnishings, context is everything.  However, the context in thrift stores, antique malls and yard sales is less than inspiring, so you often need to bring the inspiration with you.  For example, you need to be able to envision how the vintage lamps will look in your modern space.

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For an untrained eye, that can be difficult, so magazines, apps and catalogs can be great for translating what you see into what the item could become.

Lastly, don’t over think it.  Lord knows I’ve faced my share of retail regrets, but few of them resulted from a purchase made verses the ones not made.  In my humble opinion, home should be a haven, a safe place for you (and yours) to dwell.  It should be filled with memories and you should aim to fill it with things you love.

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It’s not perfect, but it’s mine and I love it!

I find it interesting that so many of us over think the whole process.  We debate over how it will be used, where it will be placed, is it “on trend”.  However, when you really love something (not just like it) I’ve found that it often just works.  It works not because it’s the perfect hue or just like the one you recently saw elsewhere for much more, but simply because you love it.  So quit worrying so much.  It’s YOUR home and it should be a representation of YOU.

Happy hunting!!

Dwell by Cheryl is an interior design company based in Charlotte, NC.  Among Cheryl’s many accolades is winning Best of Houzz in Design and Service for the second year in a row.

Everyone deserves to Dwell in a space that they absolutely cannot wait to come home to.  Let Dwell by Cheryl  help you to create a dwelling you love.

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