One Room Challenge – Josh’s Teen Bedroom – Week 3

Welcome to week three of the One Room Challenge! I am glad you stopped by today.


I cannot believe that we are already half way through this six weeks challenge. Linda from Calling It Home Blog was right to include the word “challenge” in the name when she created and trademarked The One Room Challenge a few years ago.

Anyhoo, it is a lot of fun and it pushes you to get a project done in a short time frame. As Designers, we realize that is borderline insanity if we even attempted to do this on a typical project.

If you have been following the progress of Josh’s teen bedroom makeover so far, you will know that I didn’t get a whole lot done last week, but I tried to make up for it this week. Check out my progress here and here

Ok, so let’s see what I got done this week:

Everything has been ordered now, except for the rug. I completely forgot to order it. talk about stress. Lol. This would never happen on a real project for a client for sure.

The plywood floors have been laid and I am so nervous about tackling the stain to achieve the look I am going for. Fingers…..and toes crossed for me please.

This is kind of what we are going for, just with lighter colors (and not so blurry :-) )


The carpet getting pulled out


Carpet Removal….Bye bye yucky carpet


The plywood floor being laid with the help of Felipe, my handyman

Plywood Floor Being Installed

Plywood Floor Being Installed

Here’s the floor as it is now before stain

The Finished Plywood Floor (Pre-Stain)

The Finished Plywood Floor (Pre-Stain)

The room was also painted. I am so happy I painted the doors like Joshua suggested

Painted Walls and Doors

Painted Walls and Doors

Painted Doors

Painted Doors

What do you think? I love it so much! :-)

The dresser was also painted with stripes, I am trying to decide if I like it, so I won’t share it just yet. the plan is to put in the room and see how I feel about it then :-)

The AWESOME desk arrived, but it is still in the box unassembled. The fabric also arrived for the window treatment and shams, and production will begin on those soon.

The built-ins are getting done next week and that is when I plan to stain the floor. I may do a tutorial here on the blog with this floor, but you can check out another one I did not long ago here

I think that is all I got done this week. I feel like I am still off track just a bit. of course it won’t help that I will be leaving for High Point, North Carolina on Saturday for the Spring Furniture Market. I am super excited about going to see all the latest trends in home fashions, and to attend workshops and seminars with industry heavy-weights, so I am not complaining. Check out my recent post on my countdown to High Point here

So not a lot will be different next week. I am starting to get worried here. Let’s check out what the main participants are up to

Please don’t forget to check out some of the rooms of the other linking participants at the link party going on now! There are so many talented Designers and homeowners linking this edition…..I think over 120! It gets bigger and better every year!
I will be a bit quiet next week here on the blog, but you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the fun I will be having in High Point :-)
Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

The Casa Vilora Interiors “Show Me Yours” Photo Contest Winner!


Today is the day for one lucky person somewhere in America with a room that is less than what it could be…….


You may recall The Casa Vilora Interiors “Show Me Yours” Photo Contest that ran from February to the end of April, where contestants were invited to enter and share a photo of their most challenging room, and they could win a custom Mail Order Decorator (eDesign) from us! Click here to see the post #ShowMeYours

Well, I can tell you that as a Designer, I wish that I could redo all the rooms that I received entries for, but I can only pick one winner!

So the room that was picked at random by Woobox was described as, and I quote,

 “Boring basic sitting room right off the foyer; awkward layout to dining room”

After looking at the picture of the room myself, I could see that it has great potential, but just needs a bit of a pick-me-upper!

Before I get to announcing the winner, here is what they will receive:

The lucky winner will receive a full Casa Vilora Interiors eDesign for any eligible room in the home. This includes a space plan with furniture layout, elevation drawing of any key wall or architectural detail (if applicable), window treatment design, fabric selection, paint color and color scheme selection, mood board/presentation board, an organized and detailed shopping list, and a budget breakdown (a $650+ value).

The winner will be required to complete a client questionnaire so we will better understand their design needs. Additional photos of the room, adjacent rooms and even the exterior of the home will be requested before the planning begins.

These were the official contest rules that I would like to share again:

Kitchen, Bathroom and Outdoor spaces not eligible. Only one entry per contestant. Voting is allowed for the entries submitted, but the winner may be chosen at random. Contest is open from Feb 2nd to April 1st. Winner will be announced on April 15th. You will automatically be added to our email list when you submit an entry. Images submitted must be of the room to be decorated. Please do not submit inappropriate photos. Contest may be cancelled if we do not receive enough entries – valid only if we receive at least 25 entries. By submitting your photos, you agree that they will be used in Casa Vilora Interiors’ and The Naked Decorator’s promotional materials and social media platforms including blog posts.

We did receive less than 25 entries, but what the hay, I will still choose a winner :-)

Ok, so here is the room that was chosen for The Casa Vilora Interiors Mail Order Decorator (eDesign) makeover:

The Room Chosen For The Casa Vilora Interiors "Show Me Yours" Photo Contest

The Room Chosen For The Casa Vilora Interiors “Show Me Yours” Photo Contest

And our contest winner is……….

Contest Winner

Congratulations Megan!

You must notify us via email ( no later than Monday, April 20th to claim your prize.  Enter I WON in the subject line so I can recognize it easily among my sea of emails! :-)

If we do not hear from you by midnight on the 20th, you will have forfeited the prize, and we may (or may not) select a new winner.

Once we hear from you, we will send you design questionnaire and agreement to complete. We will need additional photos and measurements of your space! You will receive your custom Casa Vilora Interiors design within 8 weeks.

Congratulations again Megan! We hope to hear from you soon!

We will be sharing the design here on the blog once it has been completed, so please subscribe so you never miss an update! We hold great contests like these all throughout the year. You could be the next lucky winner of something fabulous! :-)

Thanks to all who participated in the Casa Vilora Interiors “Show Me Yours” Photo Contest!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!



Celebrity Encounters: Barbara Westbrook & Her New Book “Gracious Rooms”

Happy Monday my lovelies! Hope you all had a great weekend!

I spent my weekend reading! That’s right, reading :-)  It is not very often I pick up a book to read, and just cannot put it down!

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I will tell you more about this beautiful book “Gracious Rooms” by Barbara Westbrook in a minute, but first, I’ll tell you a bit about the author.

I had the pleasure of meeting Atlanta based Interior Designer Barbara Westbrook about a week ago at the Spring Market at the Houston Design Center. She was part of a panel discussion with Rachel Ashwell, the queen of Shabby Chic and Jan Showers, one of the country’s most celebrated Interior Designers.


Barbara Westbrook Image Via Houston Design Center Facebook Page

Barbara Westbrook
Image Via Houston Design Center Facebook Page


Panel Discussion with Rachel Ashwell, Jan Showers and Barbara Westbrook Image Via Houston Designer Center

Panel Discussion with Rachel Ashwell, Jan Showers and Barbara Westbrook
Image Via Houston Designer Center


The turn-out was really great. There I am in the back next to a former co-worker Dena :-)

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After the panel discussion, there were book signings followed by break-away sessions with each designer

Book Signings Image Via Houston Design Center

Book Signings
Image Via Houston Design Center

I decided to attend Barbara’s session at the Bunch and Shoemaker showroom

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It was a small group of Houston Designers, and we got the opportunity to be up-close and personal and ask her about anything relating to her new book, her design firm, the process of getting published and so much more.

She launched her design business Westbrook Interiors in 1992 after working for design greats Nancy Braithwaite and Gandy-Peace. Her beautiful projects are widely published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Atlanta Homes and much more.

Barbara's "Work Table" Materials For A Project All Laid Out Image Via Barbara Westbrook

Barbara’s “Work Table” Materials For A Project All Laid Out
Image Via Barbara Westbrook

Just listening to her speak was very inspiring for me. I found that we have so much in common, down to our choice of office space – like me, she uses an old house as her offices and studio. She talked about creating and publishing her firm’s online magazine called “Workbook” out of the need to see her work featured in more of the magazines that fit her types of projects. Her desire is to be able to share more of her projects, ideas, and “cool stuff” as she puts it.

I have had the same desire for a while now; to be featured in design magazines – and I am pretty close to that happening (more to come on that soon – hopefully) :-) But I have thought about creating my own online magazine – I even have the name already picked out “HappyNest Magazine” and did a mockup of a cover photo…..just for fun :-) I figure that this will be my motivation

Just For Fun!

Just For Fun!

Barbara reminds me of me 3-5 years from now :-) .

I am so happy I got the chance to meet her in person – and even got to take a picture with her, and spoke to her briefly on Instagram

(Not the best picture of me, but you get the idea)

Barbara Westbrook & Veronica Solomon - Houston Design Center April 2015

Barbara Westbrook & Veronica Solomon – Houston Design Center April 2015

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Now to get to her beautiful book “Gracious Rooms”

As I mentioned, I couldn’t put her book down. Every picture spoke to me, and each one left me wanting to see more. Each room was very inviting, warm, rich and comfortable, yet still classic and full of Southern charm and European touches.

The common theme through most of  her designs is an air of polished patina. Just the right balance of both.  From a country cottage to a penthouse apartment, you can see her attention to every single detail, each with welcoming elegance and not at all pretentious.

Via Barbara Westbrook

Via Barbara Westbrook

Her attraction to soothing greens and blues, natural woods and a calm palette full of natural hues are evident in her designs, and are most likely influenced by the sleepovers as a child at her grandparent’s 1850’s farmhouse in Virginia.

She has witnessed the art of lovingly and thoughtfully building a collection of furniture all her life. Her mother, as she puts it “was allergic to sets of furniture” and so is she. Trips to antique shops with her mother were as regular a part of her family activities growing up as church was. She grew up shaped by “Jesus and Antiques” (I love that quote :-) )

Through the pages of this beautiful book, you can see those influences throughout, yet each one is very unique and I am sure tailored to each client’s taste and lifestyle.

You will see that through the 10 homes featured, Barbara shares her accessible, appealing ideas. From the judicious use of symmetry to the importance of including natural elements in a room, utilizing color to unify spaces within a house, and setting a mood with materials. Gracious Rooms is full of advice and inspiration that you can use in your own home.

Via Barbara Westbrook

Via Barbara Westbrook

I am still working my way through this book, but I have several pages marked as inspiration photos. I own a very large collection of design magazines and books, and only a few of them cause my jaw to drop like Gracious Rooms has.

My favorite quote from the book:

“An interior should never compete with a spectacular view. Instead, it should embrace it through color, materials, and furniture arrangement”

I just wish I could share more pictures with you, but you must pick up a copy of this book and experience it for yourself. Click here to purchase Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook. You will be glad you did!

You can see more of my Celebrity Encounters here and here

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!




One Room Challenge – Josh’s Teen Bedroom – Week 2

Thanks for checking out the progress of Josh’s Teen Bedroom for week 2 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home.


If this is your first time here to The Naked Decorator (Welcome!) or you have no idea what I am talking about, click here to find out more about the One Room Challenge and my big, ambitious plans for my son’s bedroom.

Over the next 6 weeks, I will take it from messy “war” zone with zero storage, to a fun and unique teen boy’s retreat complete with tons of storage!

I did not make much progress this week: It was Spring Market here in Houston at the Design Center and so I spent two days soaking up design inspirations from the likes of Rachel Ashwell, the queen of Shabby Chic; Jan Showers; and Barbara Westbrook. All powerful women in the design industry, and who I aspire to be someday.

I did order the awesome desk that I cannot wait to see! Here it is again

The key fabric has been ordered as well. That will be used for the window treatment and a couple of pillow shams



The room has not been painted yet, and I was so sure that I would get at least that done. I decided not to do the accent wall after all (I was never really a big fan of accents walls but have done them a few times when it makes sense in the room). Instead I decided to paint the built-ins in the dark gray color originally intended for the accent wall. I have all the paint already purchased so that will happen after the floors and built-ins

Cans of Paint for Josh's Teen Bedroom

Cans of Paint for Josh’s Teen Bedroom

The plywood was also purchased and cut into 6″ strips by Home Depot. They are sitting in the garage now awaiting installation on Saturday. I purchased 5 sheets of pre-sanded, cabinet grade plywood. This will make life a lot easier since it requires less sanding. This floor will end up costing about $500 when it is all said and done, with materials and labor! Can’t beat that!

The plywood cut into strips for the flooring

The plywood cut into strips for the flooring

Joshua suggested painting his closet doors and his room door in the dark gray, and I love that idea, so it is a go! I think my crazy door painting ways is rubbing off on him. See my latest door painting project here, but you should know that this door is just one of many :-)

The dresser has not been painted yet either :-( That I am sooooo anxious to get done!

The Sputnik chandelier has been ordered for a few weeks now. It is actually meant for my stairway, but I will order a new one for there since the ORC deadline is looming. The upholstered headboard is also in production now and I am hoping to have it back this week.


Josh is working on some art pieces for his room, as we are still not sure where and how we will hang them. There is very limited wall space in his room, and the map will take up most of it. Remember the map of the US? The Inspiration for the room’s color palette?


So this week was most mostly spent ordering stuff for the room. The momentum will build next week. I leave for High Point, North Carolina for Spring Furniture Market from April 18th to 23rd, so I will be losing a few working days there as well. I am really hoping I didn’t bite off much more than I can chew here! Yikes! My son is worth the hard work though :-)

I am hoping the main participants aren’t as behind as I am. You can check them out below

Don’t forget to check out the linking party showcasing the work and progress of all the talented participants: I think there are over 120 this time around! Click here to go to the linking party!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!


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