Friday, October 21, 2016

One Room Challenge - Slow Progress

How is it already week 3 of the One Room Challenge? So I know I said I would have my curtains done, but the website I ordered the fabric from didn't have the liner fabric I'd ordered in stock - so I had to reorder and it just arrived today. You will see curtains hanging in this room next week! I'll just fit the sewing of them in between the sewing of my kids Halloween costumes. No pressure.

I thought it would be nice to show you a little bit more of what I'm working with.

The room is quite large and sits right off of our foyer. The entire room has been painted including all of the trim. The fire place is an interesting shape. I wish it had a mantle and I'd love to retile the surround in a gray marble, but neither of those things are happening. My husband did manage to light the pilot so at least we can enjoy it this winter. Should I hang something above the fire place? I'd love ideas.

The room has a lot of windows. Before we painted all of the trim white the room felt really dark. It probably didn't help that the previous owners had really heavy dark draperies. At the top of the picture you can see the built in pelmet that hides curtain tracks. This is a nice feature that I am glad we kept intact when we removed all of the wallpaper and repainted.

There is a little hallway that's sort of part of the room - remember the weird railing thing I showed you in my first post? We got rid of it to open up the flow. The half bathroom I tackled in my first ORC is behind the secretary in the hallway. I have some plans for that wall. They do not include the paintings leaning against the column. They are going elsewhere in the house.

I do have some furniture for the room in addition to the sofa that is being reupholstered and the chair that is being made by West Elm.


This mirror and table were in my grandmother's house. I don't know that I'll keep that lamp there. I think I want something lighter. 

The table originally had very ornate drawer pulls. These were not exactly my taste. Last week at World Market I found these pretty brass and mother of pearl pulls. They are modern, but just pretty and delicate enough for the piece. 

This table was also in my grandmother's house. She had amazing taste and every piece of furniture had a story. She loved estate sales and flea markets. I'm not sure where it will end up in the room. It has a little damage/fading on the top. I'm going to try to repair it. I've thought about painting it, but I'm not sure that's the route I want to go. 

This acid jar was found in a junk yard in Belgium. We lived there when I was a child and my grandmother found it on one of her visits. I'm not sure if she hauled it back on the plane with her or if she waited patiently for us to move back. I love the color and its a nice sculptural element in the space. 

The secretary was not my grandmother's. I bought it on Craigslist for $75! I painted it cream and I plan to reline the cabinet with a different fabric. It will stay in it's current location. 

Last but not least are two small accent tables. The coffee table (you guessed it - it was my grandmother's) is a little small for the space. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to find something a little bit bigger. I need to see it with the sofa and chair before I make a decision. I also have this cute little side table (possibly a plant stand). I'm definitely going to paint it. I have a few ideas and I hope to tackle it next week. 

My sofa should also be here next week - once it arrives and the curtains are up, I'll feel more optimistic about this room coming together!

Monday, October 17, 2016

One Room Challenge - Living Room Week 2

I'm late again with my post for the One Room Challenge, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on the room. I've selected and ordered most of the fabric that will be in the room. I also purchased a large rug at Home Goods. The rug is mostly bluish grey but has a little pink, green,  and cream in it. 

1. The rug is pretty traditional, but with a blown up pattern. I like that even though it has colors in it, it feels neutral. 

2. This is an accent fabric that will be used pretty minimally in the room. I have a secretary that I bought on craigslist and painted with a cream colored chalk paint a few years ago. I plan to line the back of the upper cabinet (which has fretwork glass doors) with this. 

3. I'm pretty excited about this buffalo check for the curtains. The squares are pretty big (4" x 4"). It should help bring the formality of the room down an notch. The color is a warm brownish grey that will work really well with the walls and other fabrics. 

4. The light blue silvery velvet for my antique chesterfield sofa (which looks more silver and blue in this picture). The sofa was picked up last week and should be derived by Halloween. I can't wait to see it. 

5. I ordered the Livingston Chair from West Elm a few weeks ago and it is being upholstered in this boucle. Its texture should be a nice contrast to the velvet sofa. 

I want the room to feel very neutral and warm - but with color. Does that make sense? I plan to bring in some creamy white knit textures and metal accents. Although it has a couple of fussy delicate pieces in it, I don't want it to feel fussy - but I do want it to feel slightly more special/formal than our family room. I really hope I can execute my vision!

This week, (I do plan to post on Thurdsay) I hope to finish sewing and hanging the curtains. I'll also share my plan for the room's layout, the other furniture that I already have for the room, as well as my wishlist for the rest of the room. The room is very large approximately 30 x 20 square feet - although I've already purchased and own quite a few things for the room, I still need three pretty large pieces. 


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