Has it really been a week since my last update post? Time flies! This is week three of the One Room Challenge (ORC), where 20 designers/bloggers are transforming a space in real time in six weeks. This is when the panic sets in as things have to be nailed down by now and items definitely have had to be ordered (which in my case, they haven’t!) You can catch up on my two previous posts here:
Week 1: Before photos, inspiration, plans
Week 2: Concept, sources, progress
I am undertaking to transform my neglected principal bedroom from a room with a few good pieces but unfinished to a stylish, restful space. That’s the great thing about the ORC – it really motivates you to make quick decisions to get a room photo ready in a very short period of time. When it comes to my own home, I take forever to make decisions (mostly because of budget.) That’s why this room hasn’t been completed in the ten years we have lived here.
The ORC also pushes you to be creative and come up with something that not only you love but others will too. The ORC gets a lot of visibility. Speaking of that, I didn’t mention in previous posts (just on Instagram and Periscope) that House and Home magazine came to shoot my daughter’s bathroom (from the last ORC in the Spring) for an online video. It is set to go live sometime this month and I will be sure to post a link here. I’m sure it will only be about a minute in length as I was a bit tongue tied and they would have had to do a very good job of editing. They also included the bathroom in their online article, 10 Best Wallpapered Powder Rooms from Pinterest. Thank you lovely people at House and Home. And I just heard today, that a US print magazine wants to include the bathroom in an article – more on that later. (You can go here to see all One Room Challenge posts including the bathroom.)
Here is the concept board again:
Anyway, back to the reason you are here – to see progress. I really don’t have a lot to share in terms of progress shots of the room because the hardwood is covered with drop sheets and plastic as the ceiling is being painted. The trim (panel moulding, chair rail and crown) from Metrie will be going up on Friday and I cannot wait.
The room will be painted next week and I was/am so torn. Do I go for a dark and moody bedroom in a colour like Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue (Jenna Lyons’ former home):
Do I go for a light blue such as Borrowed Light by Farrow and Ball? (I’m not sure of the colour in the photo below but this is the look and feel of a light blue like Borrowed Light.) I love the moulding painted this colour and how it meets the curve on the headboard. I am definitely using this as inspiration. My installer came by to mark everything out on the walls and hopefully the end result will look something like this.
Chango and Co. via Pinterest
Or do I keep the walls a light and airy off white?
via My Domaine
After much thought and because I have already chosen fabrics, I am going with a light colour, still to be determined, but possibly Farrow and Ball’s Wimborne White. The additional testers should be arriving today and I will get them up on the wall stat. The problem with the colours so far has been that they are all reading a bit green in my room because of the direction my room is facing. The colours themselves are beautiful and I will share a photo next week of all of them on the wall so you can see what I mean. That’s why it is so important to test out paint colours in your own space and light conditions.
Once the room is painted, I can bring all of the new items into the room like the following that I shared on Instagram this past week:
- My limited edition art prints from Minted. So in love with these and can’t wait to see them up on the walls. You can also order the prints in frames. They offer many different options and I chose white for two of the pieces. The rest will be in black frames. These are the prints below: As You Are, Shorebreak Drama, PEEK, Misty Burrard Bridge, WakeLand and Night Clouds.
2. My pink and brass chair from West Elm which is sitting in my daughter’s room. Love! (not the best quality photo unfortunately)
Here’s what needs to be done (by myself and trades) in roughly 2.5 weeks until the room is photographed:
- paint closet walls, ceiling and trim
- install closet
- install panel moulding, chair rail and crown
- paint room (ceiling, walls, trim)
- electrical: hang 3 ceiling fixtures and possibly move an outlet
- order closet door hardware
- pick up headboard (new shape and fabric)
- pick up ottoman
- pick up drapes, cushions and rods
- install rods and hang drapes
- hang art, mat some frames
- source bedding, accessories
- style it pretty!
Nothing much, right? Next week I will have some progress shots for you including the beautiful trim by Metrie and the closet installed by California Closets. Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I share sneak peeks as well.
Have you been following along with my talented colleagues? I love seeing their design plans come to life.
Apartment 34 | Arianna Belle | Because It’s Awesome | Coco+Kelley | Design Darling |
Design Indulgence |Design Manifest | Christine Dovey | The English Room | Vanessa Francis | Hi Sugarplum | Honey We’re Home | Jojotastic | The Pink Clutch | The Pink Pagoda | Simplified Bee | Style Your Senses | A Thoughtful Place | Kimberly Whitman | The Zhush | TM by CIH
You can also follow along with the 174 linking participants here. I think that is a record number. The ORC just keeps growing and growing. Kudos Linda!
Thanks for following along,