Design Inspiration: Paneled Walls

I'm currently obsessed with Paneled Walls and I'm itching to add a treatment in my home.

Hotel Es Vive, Ibiza. Interior designers Cochrane Design, London. 
Intrigued by the refined look of this molding but at any time there could 10 teenage boys in my house so this might be a little too formal.

Roaring Gap residence, NC. Ruard Veltman Architecture, Charlotte.

I'm digging these Grey Paneled Walls, I love the mix of the old wall treatment and the color gray.

Anne Decker Architects, Bethesda, MD. Tom Arban Photography.

Now, this is everything.  Look at the door hidden by the wall paneling. Genius.
I'm definitely in love and I have to find a way to DIY it because I'm still scared of cutting off my finger with a table saw. Sigh, phobias are the worst.

Which one do you like the most?

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It's snowing in GA which is so not cool because my town has no plows and the only salt they have is table salt.

So I guess I'm stuck here until it melts.

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Design Inspiration - Kourtney Kardashian's Bold Design

I'm sure you have probably seen these photos of Kourtney Kardashian's house but I couldn't resist.  I know some people thought it was tacky but I LOVED it.  They took a lot of daring risks with the design that makes me want to step out of my comfort zone.

The light installation, coupled with the black and white stripes and the shot of blues turned this room in a masterpiece.
Loving the stripe ceiling and the unconventional kids decor.

The striped chevron fabric is to die for.
 Even though I don't like the wallpaper, this is one sophisticated family room.

 The mirror over the stove and chevron wallpaper took this average kitchen up a notch.
 Loving the wooden stool
 Okay the bedroom was a little Vegas for me but I'm loving the molding.
 Loving this rug in the kids room.  Isn't it great how they incorporate the chevron pattern everywhere
 The wood floors in the music room are to die for.
 Definitely Vegas, but I love the chevron blinds and mirrored doors.
Black walls and colored coded books in the library makes a great combo.

So what do you think?  Too bold or are you inspired?

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Luxe for Less & DIY - Pottery Barn Mirror

I've loved this Pottery Barn mirror for years but at $699 it's overpriced and the wrong color.  There are numerous tutorials to DIY your own mirror  but they seemed a little too complicated aka they had math involved and I don't have the patience for measurements.  I also have an irrational fear that I might lob off a finger messing around with a circular saw so those tutorials weren't for me.  Nope, definitely not for me, I love my fingers.

Then, I saw this tutorial using Dollar Store mirrors and I figured, why not try it? Even if it was a epic fail I wouldn't blow a lot of money.

I didn't follow all the instructions in the link above because I wanted a much bigger mirror and needed a more sturdy and stable backing.

I started with 25 of these mirrors from the dollar store.  They're really cheap looking with a plastic frame and they come in black, brown and  I believe red.

I painted the frames with Martha Stewart gold craft paint

Since the mirror would have some weight to it and I wanted to hang it,  I purchased  this kit from Michaels for less than $5 to use.

I also purchased a sheet of 5 MM plywood and had it cut the Home Depot for $15. (no circular saw for me).  I screwed the hanging hook into wood on either side and I did pull my level out to make sure they lined up together.  The piece of plywood I used measured 43 x 54 3/8.

I made sure the mirrors hung over wood by about 1/4 of the inch on all sides and just lined them up by eye balling them and glued them down using E-6000.

Here's the final product.  Isn't it pretty?  I only had one mishap when I pressed down too hard on one of the mirrors over the hanging screws and it broke so be careful when pressing down over that area if you are going to try this project. Other than that mishap, it was an easy, peasy project than gives a great impact.

Here's a sneak peak of how it looks in my room.  I'm finally on track to finish the room after a gazillion years. Yeahhh!!!

Linking this to Thrifty Decor Chick 

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Happy Holidays

Wow, I can't believe the year is nearly over and I just realized that I have posted in over a year.  What in the world?  Time Flies

Happy Holidays from my Family to Yours.
I did drag out my Christmas tree this year and decorated it so I wanted to share.

May your holidays be filled with joy, happiness and peace.
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Girl Power!

Hope you had a great weekend! 

I'm finishing up my weekend watching the students from Oprah's Academy graduate, they make you want to do better and they also make me realize how good I've had it.

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Elegant DIY Wedding

I had the privilege of assisting with a DIY backyard wedding a couple of weeks ago. 
In total the decor cost less than $700.  The price does not include the table and chair rentals.

 Chair Covers gave regular folding chairs sophistication.  

We purchased them here, if you are planning an event, check them out, it's cheaper than renting.  They also have sales all the time.  I also used them for my daughter's sweet sixteen here.

The budget didn't allow for real flowers, so my niece & I created these centerpieces using faux roses from here .
They are so realistic that you really have to touch them to realize that they are faux flowers.

$700 well spent

My sister made the cake, didn't she do a great job.

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It's Pouring!

 So I went away for a week to here

 Came home to this.  @#$!*$%#@

My upstairs bathroom had a leak with ruined the bathroom upstairs and the family room below.

Dehumidifiers kicking out 120 degree heat, can you stay miserable in the summer?

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Design Inspiration - Martha O'Hara Interiors

I'm sure you're seen Martha O'Hara's design work all over the blogosphere but her work is so amazing I knew I had to feature her work.  I love the design work she did on this house, it's like she designed it with me in mind.  Enjoy the eye candy!

 I would have totally dismissed the wallpaper in the two bathrooms above, but don't they make a stunning statement.  It's high impact done well.
 A hint of yellow and red... genius

OMG look at the kitchen
I don't normally like a blue bedroom, but this is ultimate serene bedroom

I would LOVE LOVE to work here, I love the paint color.  Can you believe that it's the same paint in both rooms?

 Are you drooling yet?  Because I sure am.

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Appliance Revolt.... Grrrrrrr!!!!!!

OMG my appliances have turned on me... my washing machine (the devil) has finally died and my microwave/oven combo is halfway there.  The microwave has completely stopped working but it is fourteen years old so I really can't complain but now it means that I have to now replace the entire unit. (cha-ching)

The devil is a Whirlpool Duet Sport and is less than 6 years old but it's a front loader and from my experience totally unreliable.  That sucker has broken down numerous times since I bought it.  The sad thing is that it cost me a pretty penny and I feel like I've been bamboozled.  WHIRLPOOL IF YOU ARE LISTENING, STEP YOUR GAME UP.   If I'm spending over a grand on an appliance, I expect that bad boy to work.  Now I'm actively searching for a new machine and braving the laundromat (tears) with tons of clothes.

Does anyone out in blog land know of any really reliable front loaders?  If you do please let me know.

On a bright note I created my first YouTube video, the camera man (she shall not be named) was a little shaky but I think it came out okay.

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