Thursday, June 22, 2023

One Room Challenge: ENTRY WAY REVEAL


Here is she is. I still can not believe I did the whole entry way. It isn't completely done and while I still had so many things I wanted to do and add..I must have changed the seating 100 times. I still envisioned my grandmothers mirror on the wall above the chair, but couldn't bring myself to mess with the wallpaper just yet. I wanted to sit on it. literally. Sometimes a room speaks to you and sometimes you want to hear what the room says? 

and while most people would want their room to look like the BEFORE below haha white, neutral, plain, whatever you want to call it. Less busy, clean, don't worry I have heard it all. THIS did nothing for me when I walked through the door. 

THIS spoke to me. and while I still think it needs Jewelry as I say...haha lighting, electrical plates, the gold mirror, and the lighting I have so many ideas on lighting...again...I just wanted to let it sit. 

The needlepoint you see there was one my mother did. If you remember I was painting this needlepoint. I still haven't finished. More on that another time but my dad surprised me with it. THE REAL ONE. I cried and was just so happy to have this beautiful lady in our home. I placed her there for now. 

The brass light fixtures were my mothers and I plan on adding bulbs so they can work, they used to sit in our childhood home. This beautiful cane loveseat was found at Salvation Army, if you are a Thrifters Anonymous Member then you know! I paid approximately $24 and Edwina wouldn't let me leave it there! I am sucker for cane and seating so together. I was going to change the upholstery but the cream really went well with the cherry blossom trees in the wallpaper. The small sequin pillow was also thrift and added some texture. Honestly, I am still playing. Isn't that the best part of these projects? I spent a lot of years not playing and forcing myself to just get what your supposed to get. But those days are long gone! Oh and that rug, that rug is from Ikea haha and it probably belongs in a bathroom but whatever the color was perfect and it was small so voila. 

This beautiful wallpaper is by Milton & King. It's called Almond Blossom, and if I could take every color and place it in all the rooms I would. You can learn more about it on THIS blog post where I reveal the pattern I chose! 
Will share a close up on Instagram and soon a room tour on Thrifters Anonymous YOUTUBE! 

Until then, I am hoping to share more of the details!!!




Tuesday, June 20, 2023

One Room Challenge: Choosing the wallpaper for our entry way REVEAL + Things to think about before you order!

I feel like a broken record. Not sure if you guys are out there. Hi. Me again. I can't believe I am just getting to updating you on the progress of my One Room Challenge, my fault for doing essentially 2 rooms at once. My life has been on a journey of a lifetime, most of you know I am going through IVF and just finished our 5th retrieval in New York. I filmed it all but will share more soon, I also lost Sasha my cat. She was 20 years old and one of my best friends. That makes 2 animals during a one room challenge. I don't know what that means...maybe diving into this helped through it...but regardless here we are. But until then I wanted to share my reveal of the entry way wallpaper!!! 

If you know me then you know my love for wallpaper. While bold this wallpaper has brought me pure joy and has most literally brought me out of such an incredible low. It brightens my day and has always brought a smile to everyone's face when they walk in. Sharing more on Instagram and soon will be doing a fun tour on Thrifters Anonymous Youtube!! So let me walk you through! 

If you remember the below were my top picks after ordering samples from Milton & King.They send a standard 8.5" x 11". I am just so impressed with Milton & King and have fallen in love with their patterns and even more with the qaulity. If you have been thinking about wallpaper, look no more, I promise you will fall in love with your home all over again and bring new life to every wall! 

If you followed along... the beginning of this year I revealed our dinging room wallpaper reveal and it is exquisite and beyond my expectations. You can view the reveal HERE. We chose the Tuscan Landscape Mural. So....

This paper is described as a romantic wallpaper inspired by Japanese woodcut prints, drawn from Van Gogh’s masterful command of color and emotion. and wow does it evoke emotion alright. and I FELL IN LOVE with the quote on the site. I know, but once I saw it I knew I had to take the leap! 

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Van Gogh

I know so good! This pattern comes in 6 colorways but the CHARTREUSE was calling my name! 

Below you will find the dimensions and more importantly the pattern repeat and pattern match! Something I have learned are really important when designing with wallpaper! Pattern repeat means that the design on your wallpaper repeats within 24" in this case. So it will appear again vertically 24 inches! yeah, I know! Something I hadn't' even noticed!  This is important when you are measuring how much to order also if you are trying to create a pattern on a smaller wall or some sort of awkward area. I also keep in mind on how large the space is, as I feel like when the pattern repeat is really short the pattern would look better in a smaller room like a bathroom etc. This pattern was right in the middle and could go either way depending on styling! 

Oh and a straight match pattern match will make your life a 100 times easier! 


    24" (61.5cm) x 33ft (10.05m)

    24" (61cm)

    Straight Match

    Pre-trimmed Butt Join


    Domestic & Commercial
Did I mentioned the wallpaper got to me in 4 days!!! 
After FINALLY choosing the wallpaper and color after being scared and re-thinking my decision a hundred times I was so excited. I knew I wanted to also paint the door on the inside since our HOA won't let us do anything to the outside of our house EVER haha. After several swatches i.e. 12 haha I went with Benjamin More Blue Danube. It complemented the gorgeous peacock blue in the paper and looked amazing next to the chartreuse and let's face it. Who doesn't want a blue door? 

First thing's first we removed the texture on the wall, because now I can't unsee how amazing it looks when you do that. 

We then primed the whole area. I used Sherwin Williams Professional Primer. 

We did the whole area AND the door!

And then we painted the door BLUE!!!! 


With a few friends who have done a space like this before we layed out the wallpaper measured and began pasting! I used the recommended paste on the Milton & King website FAQ's Roman Ultra Clear and a paint roller! 

It took about an hour, a wet sponge to smooth it out worked perfectly and a razer for the ends. I learned my lesson from the Cranes...and cut it immediately and didn't let it dry! So... head on over to my Instagram later today and I will be sharing some of the process and pictures and yes even a reel...and then the big reveal tomorrow!! Excited for you all to see the final wallpaper reveal! 

and well, while you are waiting head on over to Milton & King's website and check out the other colors of the Almond Blossom can someone please get the eggplant peacocks? PLEASE??? Seriously!!! Ugh gorgeous!! 




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


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