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

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:



Chugging along


Does anyone read anymore? I don’t blame you, I’m so inconsistent.

How was your weekend?

Ours was good. Again, we made progress.

The living room is looking more habitable. I love the Round Top sofa, but I will love it more when it gets reupholstered next week.


I also got a new fiddle leaf which I’m sure I’ll kill soon enough, but I’m really going to try not to.

The mid century chairs I got on Craigslist made their triumphant return into the house in the new competition room.


2 steps forward, 1 step back.

I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so in this space in our kitchen, we needed to add some cabinetry.


Custom cabs are $$$. So I got inspired by online tutorials of making ikea cabs look built in.

So we bought tons of cabinets.


We had a very useful furry helper.



We will see how it all turns out.

Lastly, aquahaus is gonna soon be a little less aqua.

Those there are paint swatches.


Don’t worry, there will still be plenty o aqua….