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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

(One Room Challenge) Wallpaper Swooning

Welcome back to Week 4 (four already?!?!?!) of the {One Room Challenge}! Before we dive in, I was glad to hear you're on the puffer vest bandwagon with me...especially since you'll likely be seeing a lot of them around here in the coming months!

Now...back to the Dining Room. Let's recap for those popping in for the first time, we chose the Dining Room for our third round of the ORC (see our Master Bedroom here and Living Room here), which happens to be the first room you see when walking in the house...and is positioned directly across from our little jewel box of a Living Room.

Week 1 I shared how the room looked when we bought it, along with the floor and paint updates, Week 2 was all about the design, plans and project list, and last week we talked wallpaper, drapes and tying the open floorplan together.

Okay, now that we're all on the same page...let's get after Week Four, and check out the swoon worthy progress!

The wallpaper went up...and it's even better than I'd hoped!! I mean, it's take-your-breath-away good in person! It honestly looks hand-painted...down to the brushstrokes.

You bet your boots I hired it way I was going to risk ruining that stunning paper...nor my trying to hang it myself! And it was worth every single penny...Laura did an amazing job hanging the paper (no mess or smell, and she did the entire room in a day!) DFW peeps, email me if you want her contact info.

So good, right?! Don't worry, the gray walls are going buh-bye.

Okay, moving on to more progress! You may recall the main art in our last ORC, and the impact it made on the room. I knew I wanted another statement piece...not only does it create a focal point for such a large wall, but the two pieces would balance each other (remember the two rooms sit directly across from each other.)

But I knew finding a piece that wouldn't compete, or get lost, on such a bold paper would be a challenge. After scouring Minted for hours, it finally dawned on me that I already had the answer hanging in my Living Room!

I grabbed my treasured Juniper Briggs print off the wall, and tested it against the wallpaper...hello, perfect!

I immediately contacted Juniper, and crossed all my fingers and toes that she had a piece that would work in my room. But after seeing the design board, she felt inspired to create a commissioned piece specific for the room! #pinchme She sent me this progress shot, and I'm already in love!

On to the day it was these ginormous boxes, which held the most stunning purple lamps. Yes, purple.

And remember we went out of town for a few days...well the babysitter was exposed to the craziness that is ORC...we came home to all this.

Which held these gorgeous, and amazingly sturdy, ghost chairs...eight of them, to be exact.

Four panels of sunshine drapes, plus all the stunning hardware...

A few gallons of paint and a saucy leopard rug...

And some really cool folk-art, gorgeous leopard pillows with black piping, and a stunning hand-painted cache pot! #crazyright?!

Part of the agenda this week (hopefully), is getting the drapes and chandy hung. And just as I'm preparing to take this one down, I realized I never posted the DIY behind it!! #badblogger

Here's the Cliff's Notes...I found a version of this chandy as a floor-model clearance for $70 (almost two years ago), removed some of the pieces to give it a simpler silhouette, spray-painted it gold, and added black Run 'n' Buff to the posts. #bamwhat! I think it looks pretty similar to this pricy version, don't you?! (See more of it here.)

It's served us well, but truthfully, it's just too small for the space, and doesn't make the impact we she's free to a good home if anyone wants it! (Except you're crazy if you think I'll ship it to you!)

For some nut-ball reason, I decided to include the Foyer in this makeover that orange door needs addressing, and you can see the new rug size in play. #itsleopard #andamazing And no, I'm not decorating for Christmas early, that mistletoe may or may not be left over from last year's home tour.

And now that the wallpaper is up, I've also got to choose and order a rug for the Dining Room! My assistant, per usual, is no help. Although, I think her vote is for leopard.

Wallpaper // DONE!
Lighting // Replace the chandy, lamps arrived
Drapes // Hang new drapes
Paint // Yep, gotta do that, too
Seating & Table // Table & all chairs arrived
Rug & Textiles // Foyer rug arrived, DR rug still undecided #crap
Art // Commissioned! Can't wait for more sneak peeks!
Foyer // Paint door

So much for thinking we'd made good progress!! Is it me, or is that project list growing?!?! #sendwine #andhelpers

{Playing Catch-Up? Start here}

Thanks again to Linda for including me in this fun ride! And be sure to check-out the other stellar participants in The Challenge, including the over 200 bloggers linking up with Linda on Thursdays!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Work It | Puffer Vest 2 Ways

How was your weekend, friends? Ours started with a family trip to the State Fair, and ended with preparations for our son's first Homecoming. #gulp Almost overnight, it's as if time hit the fast-forward button, and he's literally growing and changing before our eyes. It's amazing to watch him become a young man, but I'd be lying if I said my heart wasn't aching just a little at losing my baby boy. #doublegulp

Let's move on to the topic of puffer vests before I start bawling! Ya'll know I'm a fan, especially considering I named them one of my Fall's Essential Seven. They provide an extra layer of pattern or color, but not necessarily a lot of bulk or too much warmth.

It's easy to pair a vest with a striped or plaid top, jeans and booties...but today I want to share two ways of dressing up your weekend puffer for casual work days.

Sunglasses | Hoop Earrings | Bag c/o | Watch | Cuff c/o

This little swing dress is the perfect base for so many outfits this Fall, including a puffer vest and scarf. I lean towards quilted vests for less bulk and more styling choices (as opposed to the puffier, frost-free styles), and these booties dress it up a bit, while still remaining comfortable.

Sunglasses | Bag | Watch | Cuff

I've received lots of requests for a scarf-tying I'm working on a new one for Fall, but you can start with this post.

Fit Tip: The dress is a soft ribbed knit, with a fun pleats and a peek of skin in the back. It runs a tad small, so I sized up for more length and room (I'm wearing a Small). It's not too thin, and will look darling with tights and knee boots a few months from now!

Just as in home decor, mixing metals in your style adds depth and interest to an outfit. I love how this sterling silver Multi-Band Cuff (from Nambé's new jewelry collection, available at Macy's) pops against the gold and brass. Simply paired with a watch, it makes a great little arm-party!

For a second look, I paired the plaid vest with my favorite bootcut jeans and a turtleneck sweater. Alone, the jeans and sweater are a cute outfit, but the vest works that Power of Three magic.

 Turtleneck (similar in cashmere) | Puffer Vest | Bootcut Jeans
Monogrammed Bag c/o | Similar Leopard Heels | Sunglasses

Again, the Nambé cuff pairs beautifully with the gold accents, and the sculptural lines are easily dressed up or down. It's become a daily piece for me since it looks great with virtually every outfit.

Ring | Necklace | Watch | Cuff

Fit Tip: Are you sick of these bootcut jeans yet?! #toobad (See them here & here) They do run large, so I recommend sizing down...I'm in a regular 0. The petite length is perfect for flats for me, but long enough for heels if you're under 5'2". But beware, they'll give you legs for days! ;)

Where do you stand on puffer vests? Are you a fan? What about mixing metals in your jewelry? I vote yes to both! Oh, and thanks for all the love on Friday's Dressing Room Diaries! I think Mama Sugarplum will have to start making regular appearances! What do you think?!

See more Work Wear styles here, and Work to Weekend inspiration here.

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{More Favorite Puffer Vests}

*This post is created in collaboration with Nambé, but all styles, ideas, and general puffiness are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday, friends! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm over the ORC update...I'm glad to hear you're as anxious as me to see that wallpaper installed! I have a few more big decisions to make as soon as it goes up, so I'll have to kick it into another gear soon!

Today it's time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries, where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. You know the drill...the shots aren't good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it's expiration, and many of the items aren't a good fit for me...but it's real life, real girl, real clothes...and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model.

And this time I brought my darling Mama Sugarplum with me! She's a little smaller than the last time you saw her (thanks to strict doctor's orders!), but it's still fun to see how she translates the outfits for her petite frame and age.

Fit Note: I'm 5'4"-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5'1", with an hourglass figure. Her usual size is S/4.

Our game plan this time was to walk the store together, and see what we each gravitated towards. And funny enough, we seemed to like all the same stuff, and usually in the same color! Starting with this cowlneck pullover. The website refers to it as a sweater, but the thick knit makes it more of a heavy shirt...and oh so soft!! We both kind of hugged ourselves with glee when we pulled it on. I also love the curved hem and longer back.

Fit Tip: Size up one if you want to wear it with leggings...I'm in an XS & mom in a S.

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