Thursday, October 13, 2022

Week 10 One Room Challenge: The dining room wallpaper reveal! + new chandelier!

Well, we finally made it to the wallpaper reveal. This is 1 of 2 reveals since I also have the entry way reveal coming as well! Oh and I guess this is also a reveal of the lighting! I LOVE IT!!!

As you can see I went with my 1st choice for this wall! 

This beautiful Tuscan Landscape Mural from Milton & King is absolutely beautiful and EXACTLY what I was dreaming of for this room. I went with the color blue, though there are several colors available! Ironically enough our home is a very Tuscan inspired home with arches into every room and while my style includes a very hotel regency, vintage with a touch of boho vibe, this mural captured central Italy beautifully! These panels are 117.6" (300cm) high x 24" (61.5cm) wide. Each roll comes with 3 panels so it will repeat every 3 panels. They arrived so quickly and as you know I worked with Milton & King for my first One Room Challenge HERE! I fell in love after that experience and well...I might have a wallpaper don't be surprised if the rest of this 3,200 Square foot home is filled with more murals and designs from Milton & King!

I will share more of the process and some helpful tips as well on my Youtube Channel soon but you can also follow me on Instagram as I will share some of the reveals there as well! 

Lots of treasures, just don't really go together, plus the walls were a taupe color and not flat! But as you will see I used quite a bit and changed up a few things! 

I did order samples and taped them to the walls, I took it with me to the paint store that is how I fell upon the paint color finally. 

I invested in some help with this project as life has me kind of all over the place...more on that later. Regardless, this wallpaper went up beautifully, as I knew it would. One thing we did differently than before was making sure that we applied even pressure throughout so that it dried evenly, I also applied the glue more evenly as well which made SUCH a difference. But more on tips and tricks! LET US get to the reveal shall we? remember it is not finished just yet, I will be painting the outlets to match the wall color and adding curtains etc....but here is where we are now! 

So before we look at all the AFTER  photos let us take a look at the BEFORE shall we?

I am just so pleased with how it is coming along! The colors, the mood. The chandelier I purchased on sale from , wait for it...Z Gallerie...I never thought I would be one to get anything from there...but I searched and searched and when I saw this...I JUST KNEW IT!!! I am not showing more of the room , since there are more reveals to come...We don't have a lot of light that comes in this room so I did remove the shutters and I am so glad we did! Curtains and more coming soon. But can we just take a moment for this beautiful mural. There is a sense of calm that comes over me in this room, where family & friends will gather for meals and games, laughter & love. I have finally begun thanking this home for helping me through some of the hardest times, and being a place of shelter and security. Now, I hope it will give a sense of inspiration to you all! UGh, and the color is perfect!!!! 

Did I mention that the Restoration Hardward chairs were chairs I actually picked up on Facebook Marketplace for FREE, and the end high back cane chairs are from Savers for $7 if you follow my Youtube Channel Thrifters Anonymous! Speaking of, the reveal of the final room will be on our channel soon, along with Edwina's DIY , HOME reveals and more! So STAY TUNED. 

This isn't even done yet!!!

Special thank you Milton & King for not only creating the most beautiful, easy to apply, inspiring wallpaper around, but for helping me to make it possible. Partnering with Milton & King has been a dream come true! And well you can see what I am talking about!!! 

Will be sharing more on my Instagram

STAY TUNED.. I promise more to come! 

Shana Emily




Friday, October 07, 2022

WEEK 9: Painting 2 rooms in one + Built Ins & Wainscotting!

Well, needless to say my One Room Challenge / 2 room challenge has gone well past the 8 weeks. Technically we finished the major projects within the time frame but I am STILL waiting on items and with life and so many things happening I have decided to just share the progress thus far!! We left off with a built in not yet built & my couch reveal! So, I figured I will share the built in reveal, the final wallpaper reveal for the dining room living room as well as the chandelier!! I know so many things! So stay tuned and make sure you are following me on Instagram @shanaemily_  as well as my Youtube Channel ShanaEmily!

Ok First things First! We need to paint! I will be honest. My guy wanted to paint this whole room blue. haha I know...I know...seems a but much but if you don't know me by now. Blue is my NEUTRAL! BUT I held back because I could always go and paint it blue but I can't really go back without a lot of work!

Ok are you ready? I wanted the bookshelves to be I went for a GLOSS of 
Benjamin Moore's Newburyport Blue. 

The gloss actually made the color appear lighter...At first glance I wasn't happy...honeslty. I had wished it was glossier and darker. 

We carried the Wainscotting all the way around and I used the same color but in Matte. The white was Benjamin Moore White Dove in Satin. I wanted to do matte but with a 3 year old animals I opted not. 

Ok, now that you are all caught up with the painting and the built in stay tuned for the Wallpaper reveal, chandelier & more!! I better hurry before the next One Room Challenge starts again sheesh! 

Thank you all for your patience. I will be working on a new Youtube video tonight and hoping to get it out over the weekend! 

Shana Emily



Saturday, July 09, 2022

Where I've Been. Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022. I finally uploaded a Youtube Video to ShanaEmily!

 Hi friends. So I had to take a small break from updates on the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE...THOUGH I am still working on it! Actually the day I am posting this is the day the wallpaper from Milton & King is going in!! I am so nervous and so excited...I have been waiting for this so I can finalize some details. Follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes and I will be posting to Youtube as well!  

Anyway, just wanted to share that I FINALLY uploaded to Youtube. My personal Youtube Channel..It has taken me over a year to get this up and I finally had to update the rest of last year because it took me so long. As you will see, last year wasn't easy...but some amazing things happened and memories were had with family and friends. I learned a lot about myself..and I am still learning today. I am excited to get back to my passion of filming and sharing and all the things. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you want to see from me on my channel! The hope is that this not only bring more joy to me personally but help spread the work and more behind the scenes of Throw It In The Cart and Edwina and I's adventures!! 




Tuesday, May 31, 2022

WEEK 8: Why is it so hard to make a decision? Paint color, new chandelier, and progress on the built-ins


HI! Well It was week 8...I can't quite share just yet but it has been a crazy couple of months but this project has been a labor of love and so emotional. I didn't do any fancy reveal but I went over to our Re-upholsterer to pick up my nana's couches and wow. I started to was bittersweet and a new life. If you remember I couldn't find fabric that I wanted and the ones I wanted were almost $80 a yard and I needed like 30 yards so yeah...not happening. While I wanted a slightly more teal color this blue has stolen my heart. She is so beautiful and I am just in love!!! Do you guys remember the BEFORE?

I did choose the sconces for the built ins! These were giving me the light I needed plus the 70's vibe was going perfectly with the hotel regency vibe I was feeling for this! I have been playing with colors for the built ins and I am torn but will get to that lets talk about the lighting. 

I shared some lighting inspo in the last post and even did a poll on Instagram! then...THEN I was scrolling through the Memoral day sales and this beauty popped up. 

IT is from Z Gallery a place I rarely find myself had that wow ...70's vibe but still looked modern. I AM IN LOVE and no one can tell me differently. THAT is how I know I really love something. When I am so confident that when someone tells me know I KNOW it will look amazing. though I loved the other options this one just spoke to I bought it. ON SALE thang goodness!

My painting. Well.. I have learned a lot. Acrylic paint without water sucks. IT is also really hard and dries super fast for someone who has no idea how to paint. A few online courses or even a video would have helped but oh well. The colors were also really hard to duplicate. BUT I have found serenity in painting this women. Every day just a little bit more. The more I step back the more I see my future haha those are TAROT cards she is holding.It is coming along and I hope to finish it by the end of the week. 

BACK to the built ins! The hubby is amazing. And while he is still mad that I got IKEA furniture as it just isn't up to the quality we want he made it work and custom built the upper portions and it looks beautiful! Zevy helped! 

I had bought him a table saw for his birthday and between that and my Miter Saw we are almost builders haha 

So the paint colors. Well A lot is being guided by the mural I decided on. APPARENTLY Blue is my neutral cuz that is all I see EVER. I chose a beautiful blue by Benjamin Moore it is the second one down from the one I chose in the office. I know HUGE stretch haha We will wait for the reveal to show it I am painting this Thursday! I do however kind of want to go ROGUE and paint the built ins something TOTALLY different. But I am torn....So I might take this to INSTAGRAM cuz I have 1 day! 

Along with some LIFE stuff we also shot one of our second to last scenes in our fist feature film! Hopefully I will have some huge progress photos and a final reveal when the wallpaper goes up! Can't wait to share that in the next post coming very soon! Oh and once again I am filming this to share on Youtube one day..when I finally can edit my where have I been video that has taken me 6 months to edit. I know...ugh..well go check out all of the incredible reveals on the ORC blog and come back here to see the progress still so much to finish!!


xoxo, Shana 


Saturday, May 21, 2022

WEEK 7 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: Painting a portrait, lighting for a dining room , Facebook Marketplace find & More

Well. It is Week 7 and I must say haha while there has been progress I literally have nothing to show you that is finished. It is 10:13 pm on Saturday and I can barely keep my eye open!  This painting should have been started like a month ago instead I am using acryclic paint BAD "IDEA to paint a needle point BAD idea and I am doing it at like 9pm at night haha I HAVE no idea what I am doing and I am praying I can salvage it...but here it is. A few items have arrived like my sconce options for the built ins both of which I had to get on Amazon because A. I didn't want to spend like $500 on a sconce, and B I needed it in like a day haha I really am not sure just yet on which one head on to my stories to take a look at my options Sunday! 

I have like 10 paint options that I can't make a decision on but I think I know what my gut is telling me...and I need to just do it. 

Found this end table on Facebook Marketplace and has the original wood chess pieces! 

Finally made it to get the crown molding and picture frame molding so that is done

AND my favorite piece that inspired this all arrived! Though slightly damaged I am just happy it is here and it works! 

Lastly , well not lastly haha but next on my decision list is a new chandelier. This one was gifted to us by our neighbors it is from Pottery Barn and I actually really like it I just think we need something a bit more modern since I am keeping the traditional dining table. 

Though I must say I HAD NOT IDEA chandeliers were so expensive haha Every one I love is like $2k so yeah.not happening. Below are 2 options I like the cloud one intrigues me...the other looks really good with the wallpaper....thoughts? 


Ok well there is so much more. but I will keep it for my Instagram cuz I will be updating all week! Time to crunch down,.. Can't wait for my wallpaper to get here! Till next week! 

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