Urban Organic Meeting Space

I finally finished editing the pictures of a space that I am dying to share with you.  This past summer I launched Rescued Home Interiors, an interior decorating and creative design business, a business I have been building for years.  I feel like I have spent the past 6 months really wrestling with the direction I needed to go with my business.   It has been a wild ride!

This space was my first non-residential space.  I really enjoyed getting a vision for it, running with it and seeing the finished product.  My assignment was  to convert a once coffee shop into a classroom/meeting space for at least 25 people.  The space had some structural constraints like a bar covered in sheet metal and cabinets that couldn’t be removed.  I drew inspiration from the Urban Organic color collection by Sherwin Williams.  I allowed the name Urban Organic to direct my choices with furniture and accessories.  “Urban” could be described as metal, smooth surfaces, industrial, straight or angled lines and “organic” could be described as wood, warm colors, natural fibers, primitive.

Drum roll please…..Rescued Home Interiors presents to you a Texas Hill Country Urban Organic Meeting Space!

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With love,
Lauren

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Craft Closet

When we started remodeling the guest bathroom we made the decision to keep the backside of the old bathroom that had been built out into the guest room because it houses some of the plumbing.  This left us with an awkward 4′ x 2′ space that we decided to turn it into storage and I claimed it as my craft closet.  For now it stores supplies I use for my house and work such as paint supplies, fabric and home decor items.  If the room becomes a nursery then we figured we could store kids stuff on the shelves in baskets.  In order to get my house back into one piece I had to finish out the closet quickly and did not have a lot of extra cash to buy storage so I purchased a few plastic shoeboxes and fabric for a curtain and used what I already had.  It is everything I dreamed it would be, and is completely full!

Here is the original space.

Here is the finished space.
I found ticking for less than $4 a yard that complimented the room color, made two panels and hung them on a $2 tension rod.

The top shelf holds home decor items.
The second shelf holds plastic shoe boxes filled with small items like shells, ribbon, small home decor items and upholstery supplies.
The third shelf has baskets and a wooden crate that holds projects that I’m working on.
The fourth shelf I used vintage Pepsi crates to hold some home decor items, paper and frames.
The fifth shelf has a wooden crate that holds paints and bottles, my sewing box and a wire basket that holds paint samples and paper work.
The sixth shelf holds my sewing machine, a lamp shade I will repurpose and a wooden crate that holds floral supplies.
The bottom holds two large plastic tubs that are full of fabric.  On top of the tub on the left is a basket full of my home decor magazines or what I like to call my “text books”.  On top of the tub on the right are baskets and serving trays and some left over wall paper I will use on a craft project.

The plastic boxes were $1 each at Wal-Mart.

I found all these wooden crates at a garage sale for $10 over a year ago and have not had a place for them until now.

My sewing box is an old suitcase that belonged to my grandmother.

I found this wire basket at a thrift store for a $1.

The rest of the room is slowly coming together.  I am just loving what I have already done, the finished product is going to be lovely!

With love,
Lauren

The Guest Room Is Finished!!!

We did it! This is the fastest remodel in The Rescued Home’s history, 21 days!  Our goal was to finish in 5 days, I think we had some unrealistic goals but they sure did put some fire under our butts.  Now, I have to put our house back in order, it is absolutely filthy.   We finally took down our Christmas decorations.  Every time I looked at them and the layer of thick dust that covered them I was reminded that we were not yet finished with the remodel.  I experienced such freedom after we shoved the Christmas tree back into the attic.

I think we are going to take a break from projects for a while, we need rest.  Here are some highs and lows of the whole process. To see the beginning stages of the remodel click here (All of the posts are archived in Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012).

High: See another space transformed
Low: See our whole house turned upside down in order to get there
High: Refining our home remodeling skills
Low: Not having every home remodeling skill
High: A beautifully wallpapered ceiling
Low: Must I say anything:) Click here to see our wallpaper post.
High: Making memories with Joel
Low: I don’t think there is a low for that
High: Laughing hysterically at midnight
Low: Having to spend an hour chasing a bird out of our house at midnight. Click here to see post.
High: Having a new space to decorate
Low: Not having any money to decorate because we spent it all on drywall, caulk, insulation, paint, wood and crown moulding
High: EXPERIENCING GOD’S PROVISION THROUGH IT ALL

Ok, I’m going to stop talking and let you see for yourself.

This is the first thing you see when you walk into the room.  The bed will be on the wall on the left.

The entrance to the room is on the left.  The new closet is on the right.

The finished closet! New light and all.  After this picture was taken this space quickly filled up with Joel’s hobby stuff.
I guess he can have a closet too.

My finished craft closet.

This wall is going to be home for a row of theater seats we own and have yet to find a place for.

 These past four weeks have been so precious.  I have grown as a person in so many ways and will always remember this time in my life as the time God showed up in powerful and intimate ways.  Thank you for joining us on another one of our many adventures.  You are always welcome!

With love,
Lauren

Window Coverings and An Unwanted Guest

We are in the last few hours of the guest room remodel and I’m so ready to be done!  Joel’s allergies have really kicked up from all the dust in the air, the poor guy can’t breathe and I’m going to go crazy if I spend one more day inside my house.  I feel like I have been locked in my house, buried under dust for a month, only leaving for food and water.

It is definitely time for a change in routine.

I was describing these times to someone the other day and told them we mark the days by the meals we take.  Wake up, coffee and breakfast, work, lunch break, work, dinner break, work, shower, bed.  Repeat the next day.

Since the remodeling part is drawing to a close that means decorating is about to be in full swing and that is why I do all this hard work, just so I can have a pretty place to decorate.  Pretty silly!  The first thing that needs to go up is window coverings so I have been browsing blogs to find some inspiration and I found these.

Steampunk Home
I like how these look like a bustle on a Victorian dress.  I also like the painted window sash.

The Lettered Cottage

Savvy Housekeeping

Decor Pad

Cottage Living
These colors and style are what I would want for a little girl nursery.


Better Homes and Gardens

Which ones do you like?

I’m going to a sewing class tomorrow and I thought it would be good to make them then but I have to decide which ones to make! Can you help me decide?

I have a “I’ve never experienced that before, until now” story.
It was around 11:30 last night when we finally pulled the plug on our utility light and decided it was time for bed.  We showered up and were getting in bed when I remembered we needed to bring in our plants off the porch because it was going to freeze.  I grabbed a hanging plant and brought it inside and before I knew it something was flying around our living room.  Yep, I brought a bird into our house at midnight last night.  I think we were more freightened than the little guy.  It was flying everywhere, slamming into walls and the ceiling leaving small feathers stuck to every surface.  We grabbed blankets, towels, a fishing rod and even a colander in an attempt to swoosh it out the front door, but it kept taking refuge in our Christmas tree that I have yet to take down.  After shaking nearly all the ornaments out of the tree in an attempt to get it out it would fly into another part of the house but would not go out the front door.  At one point it was standing on the ground by the front door and we were praying that God would lead it out the door but it just looked at us and took off toward the ceiling.  I just wonder what people were thinking as they drove by and saw us running around our house waving blankets, a fishing rod and colander in the air.  We opened windows in every room and after an hour of trying to swoosh it, trap it, scare it, and poke it, it landed on our kitchen window sill and flew out the window. When we got back into bed we started cracking up saying that will go down in our book of greatest memories.

I think these past few weeks have been some of the funniest and fun times I have had with Joel! I’m so grateful for this life.

With love,
Lauren

Guest Room Inspiration

Good Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  This weekend was a juggling act for us and every minute of our time was scheduled except for last night so we spent our Sunday evening watching a movie, drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn.  It was a nice ending to a very busy weekend.  Because we had so much going on this weekend I feel like we didn’t get very far on the guest room but I wanted to share because I am super excited about the progress we did make.  I have also been inspired and that is what I really want to share.

I have some very good news, the wallpaper is up and staying!!!
And I do have to say, it looks fabulous.

 The walls also got their first coat of paint, Ligonier Tan by Sherwin Williams.

With every stroke of the brush or roll of the roller we would look at each other and say, “Do you like it?” and the other would respond, “I think I like it.”  This is a color I wouldn’t typically pick, it has a lot of orange in it and I tend to choose yellows and greens.  But I was feeling adventurous and wanted to explore color.  I knew I wanted the room to feel warm and soft.  After it dried we decided we really like it.  As we were painting we were trying to describe the color to each other.  We said it looks like desert sand dunes, or fresh-baked bread, or canvas from a African safari tent.

 All these descriptors really motivated me to share with you the vision behind the room.  We usually get a vision for a room before we start tearing into it.  I think these visions of the finished space is what keeps us going.  Currently, the space is used as our guest room but one day it may be a nursery so we wanted to paint it a color that could be neutral enough for a boy or girl.

The things that inspired me for this room was this tent from the movie The Holiday.

I love how whimsical and romantic it is.

I was also inspired by the movie, Out Of Africa, one of the movies that ignited my dreams of Africa as a little girl.

I will decorate it with creams and golden hues and maybe a splash of red mixed with vintage and organic, rough elements.

  If the room is a nursery for a girl (disclaimer: I have to say this for all my girl family members and friends.  We are not pregnant… just dreaming)
I would want to use these colors, all by Sherwin Williams.

Creole Cottage

Cavern Clay

Beeswax

Travertine

And these are the objects/images that inspire the look I would want.

Gala Apples

English Roses

dainty tea cups

and antique lace.

If it was a nursery for a boy these are the colors I would want to use.

Burnished Brandy

Cupola Yellow

San Antonio Sage

Oak Creek

And these are the objects/images that inspire me.

Nursery from Restoration Hardware

antique world maps

safari tents

and burlap.

Oh how I love to dream!

With love,
Lauren

The Guest Room Gets Wallpapered

We closed up shop around 11 last night.  I was covered in drywall mud and wallpaper glue!  This was our first attempt at wallpapering and we thought it would be fun to try it on the ceiling.  If you have never put wallpaper on the ceiling well let me tell you it is no easy task!

Funny story,  it was late and we had been working all day and our patience was running low.  The night before we tried to start wallpapering but the glue wasn’t strong enough so it kept falling.  Joel’s solution to getting the wallpaper to stay in the corner was to staple it.  I told him people have been wallpapering for years without stapling, we don’t need to staple it!  Then last night we had successfully put up two runs of paper and were attempting to hang our third but it wouldn’t stick, the glue was drying too fast.  Joel said just staple the corner.  I said in a very tense tone “what is up with you and stapling wallpaper?”  It was quiet for a few minutes then he busted out laughing.  In a very serious voice I asked why he was laughing.  So, here we were standing on five gallon buckets, holding a 130 inch long piece of wallpaper, covered in glue, over our heads and he is laughing.  He then quoted my comment about stapling wallpaper and said that was a hilarious statement.  Then we both start laughing harder.  I told him he reminded me of the dad who was obsessed with Windex from the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Just put a staple in it!  We looked at each other and agreed we were done for the day.

We are hoping to have the wallpaper finished and primer on the sheetrocked walls by the end of the day.  That means painting comes tomorrow!  Hopefully, the whole thing will be done by Monday!  Here are pictures of our progress

The texture technique we are doing is called skip trowel.  It looks like plaster once it is painted and is a great way to hide imperfections created by amateur “drywall hangers”.

We have five more runs of wallpaper to put up.

Here is the wallpaper up close and you can see the nasty texture we are covering.

Stay tuned for more!
With love,
Lauren