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ORC Week 4: All Patched Up and Ready to Roll Powder Room Progress

YAAAAAS!!!!   The leak in the powder room has been repaired! 

I repeat the leak in the powder room has been repaired!!

It was definitely a nail biter.  

This is my first One Room Challenge and smack dab in the middle of it, I had a plumbing issues in my powder room. 

There was a leak in the pipe and we had to basically but a hole into the drywall to get to the pipe.  

The leak was coming through the toilet paper roll dispenser. 

Well, it's all good now and we are ready to roll!  (Get it! Ha, ha!)

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One Room Challenge Week 3: Pennies on My Mind

Wow, we're already at week there smack dab in the middle of the ORC. 

I have some key things accomplished thanks to my hubby and the kids.

The penny floor was put down and the walls and trim are painted.

That sounds like almost everything, but nope. There is so much more to do. 

Wait a minute! A big snaffoo happened.

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Copper Bathroom, ORC: Week 2 The Design Plan

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Copper Bathroom, ORC: Week 2 The Design Plan

The design inspiration for this guest bathroom started with DIY penny floors. 

On an beknownst quest to maintain a cohesive look and color for the first floor of my home; I decided

to add the black and white theme in the guest bathroom. 

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Copper Inspired Bathroom Makeover, ORC- Week One, The Before

One Room Challenge Week One

I'm super excited to be part of the one room challenge. Each year, I watched the designers as they transform spaces. 

This year, I decided to take on the challenge and transform my guest bathroom. 

I wanted to choose a space that was small enough to conquer in 6 weeks in case I have to roll solo.  I also wanted to do an affordable redesign that I could manage as my life is already full, so this won't be what will cause it to overflow. It will be well worth it. 

Presently, my guest bathroom is all white. I like to call it builder grade flat paint standard white, just the way it was when we purchased our home 3 years ago. The only difference is the foot traffic of 3 children and numerous guests. 

The entire first floor of my home is black and white ( my favorite color patter), so I figured it would only be appropriate to continue in the guest bathroom. I want to add a pop of color and I've been obsessed with penny floors so....  fun times ahead.  

Here are some inspiration I found on Pinterest. 

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I love this color scheme especially how teal and copper can be so dreamy.

 

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The Before

Below, are pictures of the guest bathroom. This bathroom is super small, which makes it an exciting challenge. 

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Each Thursday, come join the fun as fellow guest participants and I provide updates on our projects for the One Room Challenge.   You can see all of the participants in the Spring 2018 ORC by clicking the logo below.

 

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Halloween Design Candy: Beautiful NiGhTmArEs

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Halloween Design Candy: Beautiful NiGhTmArEs

 Dark and masterful bedroom designs!!!!

Let the nIgHtMaRe begin...HA ha Ha ha (in my scary voice)!

In lieu of Halloween, I found some pics of bedroom designs and decor that I thought fit the occasion.

Dark and masterful bedroom designs!!!!

Let the nIgHtMaRe begin...HA ha Ha ha (in my scary voice)!

In lieu of Halloween, I found some pics of bedroom designs and decor that I thought fit the occasion. 

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5 Ways to Glam Your Living Room

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5 Ways to Glam Your Living Room

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Final Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Final Celebrity Match Up Monday

Today will be 4th & Grove's final Celebrity Match Up Monday blog post.  

Our final Match Up relates to who will hold the fate of our country's future: 

Presidential Nominees 

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

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Decorate to Inspire

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Decorate to Inspire

Interior design is not just finding pretty thing and adding it to your home. Decorating shiuld inspire you and other who come to your space.  There should vr a sense of comfort and function to a space. Interior decorating your home should tell your story, what's important to you, who's important to you, and what's your story.

For instance, my home is filled with haitian art, art of all kinds, mask collection from around the globe, just to name a few. In the picture above, is an example of my entryway console/buffet (multi purpose, that's a whole other blog article). I styled the console with a masculine approach but with a book recommended from my brother in law that I enjoy, jewelry from Hawaii from my sister, and a storage book to keep pen and paper, and a silver ball to add some brightness and something new. Through this you can see some things about me, I am connected to my family, I value what they recommend and give me, and I enjoy masculine elements.  You learn a little about my story, simply by walking in my entryway.  The inspiration from my family began in my childhood starting with my grandmother. 

In high school I wrote a poem titled, A Homage to My Grandmother. In the poem, I described how a woman from an impoverished country thin framed white and golden haired inspired her granddaughter from a thousand miles away by simply just being herself.  

I always felt privileged when my grandmother, Grun Zun is what we affectionately called her, would ask me to braid her hair.  I was all of maybe 10 years old and would make the most hideous styles, but she would look in the mirror tell me that I did well. 

My dad would later tell me how Grun Zun would walk miles at 4am to purchase fresh bread from the bakery to sell in the city during rush hour.  He told me how she took great care of her two sons and grandchildren in Haiti. 

I think back that if my grandmother could raise her children and run a business on shear determination and hard work, then why can't I. Every time I think to complain or give up, I think of Grun Zun walking at 4am in worn shoes mile after mile to provide for her family independently. 

With this story, I want to share determination, hard work, and perseverance.  I also wanted to share the importance of taking culture, tradition, history, and your story to fuse into the style of your home when decorating. Your home should tell the story of you from your style through color and furniture choices, your culture in artwork like paintings, rugs, textiles, sculptures, and your history, interest, or personality from books you have around your home. 

Look around your home or office; what does it say about you? What's your story, what inspires you, is that what you keep around you or not? If not, you definitely have some work to do!!!

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Motivation to Decorate Your Home

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Motivation to Decorate Your Home

You are deserving to surround yourself with beautiful things that speak to and from you.  Your home should reflect who you are, your desires, goals, and your story.  You can have that and more.  Let's discover how to achieve the home decor you design and uncover what was holding you back anyways!

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Celebrity Match Up Monday Omari VS Ghost

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Celebrity Match Up Monday Omari VS Ghost

Omari Hardwick VS James "Ghost'' St. Patrick

In honor of this week's season premiere of Power, I just had to do this week's match up. 

Today's match up is Omari Hardwick VS James 'Ghost' St. Patrick. Here's what we do, find interior spaces that match up with Omari's fashion versus those that match up with Ghost's style. Two different styles and personas.  

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

This week's celebrity is Gabrielle Douglass.  My kids will officially think I am cool for this one!  Gabby made the US Olympic team for the second time and is making history while pursing her dreams.  She inspire so many little girls including my own to follow their dreams and generate interest in gymnastics.

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

This Monday, we have a twist.  Instead of a celebrity, we have a country for our match up. Brexit is trending hard and people are at the edge of their seats waiting to see what will come about.  Check out interiors that celebrate Britain.

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

The king of boxing, the greatest of all time, big spirit, big heart, and big personality....the late, great Muhammed Ali is the celebrity match up this week. 

In honor of his boxing and Olympic career, we will feature home gyms and fitness room inspirations.

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

This week's match up is former first lady, Nancy Reagan.  May you rest in peace. Ms. Reagan passed away this weekend at 94 years young. She was known for her stance on drug use and prevention, positive affirmations for self improvement, and her fashion. She was a fashion icon of the 1980's influencing women all around the globe.

Nancy's fashion can be interpreted as classic traditional decor style.  Below are two living rooms of this design style.

Below are some of Ms. Regeans's fashion pictures:

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

News maker, record breaker, an artist on numerous levels, culture influencer, musician, record producer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, to name a few.  This week's match up is the extradordinary, Mr. Kanye West.

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Celebrity Match Up Mondays

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Celebrity Match Up Mondays

In honor of women everywhere; today's match up is a representation of possibilities.  This goddess is a doula, yogi, singer, artist, mother, and the list goes on and on and on and on.  That was a hint people. The wonderful Erykah Badu. 

 

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Ms. Badu's style is eclectic, a true work of art. She is not tied to a look or an era.  She is a true work of art. 

It's complicated. Is the least to say. Ms. Badu's decor style is Eclectic. Artistic. Historic. 

 

www.bestlivingroomdesigns.com

www.bestlivingroomdesigns.com

nytimes.com article. Erykah's home in Brooklyn

nytimes.com article. Erykah's home in Brooklyn

texasmonthly.com Erykah's home in Texas

texasmonthly.com Erykah's home in Texas

interiordesign.com article on architects who designed the home

interiordesign.com article on architects who designed the home

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

Honoring black history month, February week two's match up is breaking sterotypes and boundaries. Herstory is amazing but her impact in the lives of others is even greater. Celebrity Match Up is Oprah Winfrey.

 

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