Wednesday, November 11, 2015

One Room Challenge- Week 6: Equestrian Princess Room Reveal

It's week 6 in the ORC which means I'm done! I'm cutting it super close this time with it being almost midnight but I can finally breathe now!

For a little reminder, here are a few of the before shots of my friend/client's daughter's room I took on for the challenge. She requested horses, princesses, and pink.

Here is the original design plan I came up for the room.

Ava's Equestrian Princess Room

However during one of our rug hunt outings, we came across this Pottery Barn Kids rug on clearance as it was a display piece and the price was something you couldn't walk away from. It had a bit more purple hues in it than we envisioned so that made the design plan change just a bit.

This is the second plan created to work with the new rug.

Ava's equestrian princess room 2

And finally the after...

This framed photo was a huge inspiration piece for the room's design.

Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen? He lights up too. Her dad works in the Be Our Guest restaurant in the new Fantasy Land in Magic Kingdom so it's a bit of a nod to him. She has the most wonderful collection of Disney memorabilia, the nice stuff not the tacky stuff.

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? This was my first girl's room to design and I loved every minute of it! It was so different from a boy's room in which I have plenty of experience in (hello mama to 4 of them!). As planned, we surprised her with the reveal so as soon as I'm able to figure out how to get it on here, I'll share it with you. And if you're wondering, she loves it... And so does mom!


wall color- Benjamin Moore Halo
dresser- Craigslist find
rug- PB Kids
horse art- Target
glass lamp and shade- Target
bird lamp- Hobby Lobby
nightstand- HomeGoods
baskets- Marshall's
cork board- Michael's
word art print- TJMaxx
bird hooks- Home Decorators
bedding and pillows- Target
throw- HomeGoods
purple picture frame- Michael's
small purple mirror- Michael's
curtains- HomeGoods

Everything else you see in the room was their's already to work with.

Once again thank you Linda from Calling it Home for hosting this fun challenge! Visit her to see some more amazing room transformations!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the ORC! As a recap from last week's post, I've joined the challenge again and am working on a friend/client's daughter's room. I'm so excited about this room because it's my first little girl's room I've designed! Having 4 boys I don't get to decorate in pink a whole lot so this is completely new for me! Here is the design plan I've come up with for her room, oh and it's a surprise! We'll video her laying eyes on it for the first time when it is reveal ready! I can't wait!! She's adorably sweet and I think this design is perfect for her! Because it's a surprise, we have to be careful with how we put it together. We're picking out and purchasing everything and then one weekend while she's away at her grandparent's we will put it all together, including paint the room! It will be a busy weekend but worth it! 

Here are some of the items that her mom has purchased already. I'm hoping to use it all but when it comes time to put it all together we'll decide what works and what doesn't at that time. I'll have a detailed source list during the reveal but if you have to know where something came from before then, just message me and I'll share!

This mirror was the jumping off point for the room's design.

Ignore the pink rug. This is her current one and we are still looking for a replacement. We thought we found the perfect one but once it arrived, we realized it was much darker in person than online so it's going back.

The metal portion of the end table may go gold, we'll decide at the end once the wall color is up and the room begins to take shape... I think it might work either way.

When I sent my friend to the store to pick up the horse art below, she happened to find this one also and couldn't decide which one to go with, so if we can't use both, we will have Ava decide which one she likes during the reveal.

The reason there are currently 2 of these is there is a bit of a color difference between them. One has a green tint to it that is really pretty but with the wall color, we aren't sure if it will read too green in the end. The other one is fully black and white.

She picked up these curtains yesterday. It's hard to tell in the photo but they are actually a very purple-y grey and I think will help pull the little purple mirror and grey shelf from above together well.

She's also found a vintage style dresser from Craigslist but I forgot to take a picture of it. Hopefully next week I'll have a rug update!

Don't forget to check out all of the other ORC's here!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The One Room Challenge: Week One

It's that time of year again for the One Room Challenge. I had so much fun last spring making over my office space that I've decided to join in again this time around. I contemplated a few rooms in my own home but eventually decided to ask my friend/client from this past project if she wanted me to work on her daughter's room for the challenge. We had been talking about giving it a makeover for a while now so we both thought this would be the perfect push to get it done.
Ava is about to turn 8 and requested horses, pink, and princesses, however her mom wants it to be a space that will grow with her over the next few years and beyond. Here are some before pictures...

We will work in a new paint color, such as a neutral grey that will work down the road as she gets older, some new bedding, a new rug, some storage pieces including a new dresser, and baskets to hold her favorite toys, artwork, and a new nightstand. The accessories will be the fun part and bring in the things she loves the most. The board below is what we are working off of. I've called it an Equestrian Princess design. I think it fits her perfectly.

Ava's Equestrian Princess Room

Ava's Equestrian Princess Room by winderandmain featuring a hat coat rack

The best part of all of this, is her mom wants to keep the whole design a surprise for her (it's part of her birthday gift). She knows her room will be made over but she doesn't know any of the details. I will try to capture a video of the reveal and share it with you on here if I can figure it out, if not I'll post it to instagram. I can't wait to see her face!

Next week I'll share some of the pieces we've found already! Follow along on Instagram for some sneak peeks!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Recipe: Chicken Pasta in a Creamy Wine Sauce.

Back in High School I went to Wolfgang Puck's restaurant here in DownTown Disney and being a vegetarian, I ordered my favorite dish of Fettuccine Alfredo. It was the best Fettuccine Alfredo I had ever had! It tasted like there was maybe some chicken broth to it or something but it was definitely different from any other I had had in the past and I was hooked. I've tried homemade Alfredo sauces before but I couldn't get it to come out right and the heavy whipped cream called for in so many of them always makes me feel sick afterwards. So about a month ago I decided to give my hand at my own made up recipe and it happened to be one of the biggest crowd pleas-ers for my family that I have ever served them, maybe still second best to McDonalds but I'll take it! Everyone had seconds and some had thirds!

Chicken and Pasta in a Creamy Wine Sauce:

ingredients: 2-3 chicken breasts tenderized and cut in half
1 lb of pasta (I prefer penne rigate)
3 tbs of minced garlic
olive oil (enough to cover bottom of pan your using)
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup white wine (I usually use chardonnay)
1 1/2-1 3/4 cups of regular whipping cream
6 oz of shaved, shredded, or grated fresh Parmesan cheese (I prefer the shaved)
Italian seasoning (or just oregano, salt, and pepper)
1/2 tbl of butter per chicken breast half

The first time I made this I eyeballed things and just kind of threw things in the pan I thought would taste good, this is pretty much how I do all of my cooking which is why I'm probably not the best chef but it's more fun for me. However I know some people have to have measurements or it drives them in sane so I did my best to measure everything the other night when I made it so I could share the recipe with you all.

Pour the olive oil into a large pan, enough to cover the bottom, and add the minced garlic over medium heat until it begins to caramelize.

Place chicken in the pan and brown both sides, about 4-5 mins each side.

Once each side is browned, place chicken in an oven safe dish and turn oven to 350.

Season both sides of chicken with Italian seasoning and place in oven once the oven is ready. Bake for 25 min. (you may have to bake longer depending on how thick your chicken is)

In the same pan as you browned the chicken, add the chicken broth and white wine to the garlic and oil that is leftover and simmer around medium heat. I burnt my garlic a little so your liquids shouldn't turn as brown as mine have, but if they do it still tastes just as good! (Also isn't my new whisk adorable??!! I found it on clearance at Anthropologie for less than $8... go get one!) Right about now you'll want to put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add a good amount of salt and then the pasta, and cook until pasta is done.

After the broth and wine have simmered for about 5 minutes, add the whipping cream. You can use the heavy stuff if you prefer but I have found the regular is much lighter and we prefer it over the heavy in our home. Keep whisking it throughout while you wait for the pasta to cook. If you want the sauce to be a little thicker, you can add a couple tablespoons of flour to it but I don't think it's necessary.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, poor it into the pan with your sauce and mix it together.

Then add the Parmesan cheese to the top. You can either mix it here or leave it and begin dishing it out. Also if you don't have any vegetarians, this would be where you can cut up the chicken and add it to the pan as well. Since I don't eat meat or chicken, I serve it on the side and whoever wants to mix it together can and those who like to eat each separately can (I have one son who has to have each in a separate bowl... he gets that trait from his uncle!)

Serve with some crusty bread and a salad. 

If you end up making this let me know how it turns out and if you added anything to it! Bon Apetit!