Week 2- One Room Challenge…Paint galore!

Hello designphiles, hope you had a productive week.

Mine was so so.  I got sick and am finishing up my Z-pak, so less progress this week than I would’ve liked, but here we go…

Biggest thing I needed to do this week was to paint the walls.  

We started with an acid green color


and in true blogger form, I took a roller and some white paint to it. How else am I going to set the perfect background for my art and gallery wall? :)

Now, don’t hate on my painting technique.  I had a roller, but no brush, so I started with the mid section.  It is going to be a pain in the ass to paint the edges, but that’s my modus operandi…do things the hard way.

Here is an “after”, though I still have more to do.


Already brighter and it seems bigger.  The big crap pile in the middle of the room.  Oh yeah, don’t you paint that way too?  Just pile up everything in the middle of the room?  Weird.

Here is a section of one wall, before and “after”.



Now that I am starting to see what this room can become, I have started to formulate a plan for the decor.  While I started off desert boho, I am moving into more of a #rockerbohochic vibe.  This is how I want my pool parties to be…laid back, yet ready to party maximus at a moment’s notice. Oh wait, this has already been done…throughout the 70′s. Oh well.



(Don’t hate on my non-existent mood board skills)

Rocker elements:

Playing some jenga in my furniture rotation, I will move this vintage thrifted sofa from my house’s record room into Aquasita, as it is a good lounging sofa with its sling seats.  

The large bass drum I found at last year’s Roundtop, and will serve as a great coffee table.  More rocker chic.

The cowhide is a great, durable rug that can stand up to wet feet from the pool.

And the American flag tapestry says, “Eff you, I’m America, and I rock!” It is kinda crazy, but if you can’t have fun in a poolhouse, then where can you? Worst case scenario, I can throw an annual July 4th pool party.

In the next week, I will find more boho elements to bring into the room to soften it up (cacti, macrame, art), figure out a furniture layout, as well as finish that damned painting.

Hope you’re having the best week!



If you haven’t yet, please check out all 85 of the linking participants. Some major talent going on here.

And of course, please check out the featured amazingness here. Linda has assembled quite the party!

In case you missed it:
Week 1- Introducing Aquasita, A Modern Pool Lounge

Linking into the One Room Challenge…La Aquasita

Ahoy matey’s and fellow lovers of design!

Welcome to aquahaus!

I’m very excited to link into this round of the ORC.

I’ve been working over the last year, remodeling my mid century house in downtown Austin. While I’ve made good progress inside, I need to shift my priorities outside! There’s a lot of summertime living that happens outside in Texas, especially when you’ve got a pool.

And luckily, that I do!

But like Cher needed Sonny, and Gwyneth used to need Chris, every pool needs a casita.  Having respite from the hot Texas sun is essential and doing it in style is a bonus.

Hence my ORC- Turning this shed…


which currently serves as a tool shed and storage,



into a boho modern pool lounge, which shall henceforth be dubbed Aquasita. (Aquahaus’ casita)  It has a nice window, nice French doors, and good light, and potential I’d say!

Step 1- Do something to cover up that dirty plywood subfloor. I’ve actually already done that. Please read about it here.


Step 2- Now that we are working with a clean slate, come up with decor scheme. I really love modern eclectic bohemian interiors. To me, this says Austin. Laid back with an ethnic vibe.

Great examples of this are the Hotel San Jose 


and the Ace Hotel (below image)

Additionally, the classic Austin landscape includes 3 items: corrugated steel (check- see shed), horizontal cedar fencing (check- see my fence), and xeriscaping with cacti.

Here is the full outside space, resplendent with corrugated steel and cedar fencing.


I’d like to do something to zhush up the exterior.  We need to create a badass sitting area here just to the right.

Then inside, we need a place that will allow us to lounge, watch sports, and entertain friends during pool parties.  Watching sports is very important to both me and my husband.  For a woman, I have an unnatural love of sports, bizarre given my strict Asian upbringing, and the fact that I am an only child with no older brothers. (Any other sports lovers out there?)

My rough plan is to create a kickass lounge that incorporates mostly furniture that I already own. I don’t know how pleased my husband will be if I continue to buy and hoard more chairs.  #chairhoardersanon

See you next week! I think I will have a detailed plan of attack then, and will have hopefully made some progress on the interior front.  I see a lot of painting in my immediate future. 



Equipale Chairs

Lots of great things come from Mexico.

1)  Margaritas

2) Queso

3) Tortillas

4) La Cucaracha

But there are also some great design elements that come out of Mexico as well!




Yes, the Acapulco chair.  These are everything.  Stylish, yet comfy.

They are getting lots of love, even from CB2.  They just came out with this version.



I love Acapulco chairs as much as the next, and have a few of my own, but let’s talk about Equipale chairs.


equipale Ace Hotel 2

I stopped dead in my tracks after seeing those photos. If you have ever been to the Ace in Palm Springs, Portland, NY, or now- LA, you know how badass their design is. It’s been the inspiration for Aquahaus all along.

Those white leather chairs… so boho, rustic, yet chic.

They come in lots of colors…

Here is a photo from Dwell of The Saguaro.

Yes, amazing!

Thinking I will incorporate these into Aquahaus somehow. What do you think?

Happy Wednesday!


Wallpaper and other DIY conquests

I had a very productive weekend. J was out of town, so I interpreted that as carte Blanche to work on home improvement projects.

For instance, our bath was slightly bland.


Clean but bland.

Naturally, I decided wallpapering was the way to go.

So I bought 6 rolls of removable wallpaper from spoonflower. I wanted something graphic, modern, but boho and southwestern.

To prepare, I watched a lot of YouTube videos. They seem to hang lots of wallpaper in England.

Start by laying towels on the floor and filling your tub with water.

Then you roll your paper and submerge in the tub.

Then you “book” like so.


Bonus if you have a cute furry helper.

Then take your time and hang the first sheet straight.

very important.


Lining up the pattern is easier since there is overlap with this paper.

Also, it is very forgiving and you can pull, lift, smooth with your hands.

Going around fixtures sucks. No good tips there.

Keep hanging and lining up the pattern.


I then rehung the mirror and kept going.


Almost 7 hours later, I was sore but happy.



Much better I think.


And I always get a sense of pride and accomplishment when I walk into that bathroom!

And the next day, I painted the bedroom.

Sneak peek: