Ikea to the Rescue.
We have a sofa. It’s not my dream sofa but it has mid-century lines and it’s leather which should make it easy to maintain. I waffled back in forth at the store between the black and white version. As soon as it was carried up three flights of stairs and dropped into place it I immediately regretted my choice. It feels a little too “Miami” and not enough “Naomi.”
But time is running out and George literally might kill me if I make any more changes or ask him to move more furniture. So I am making the best of it and trying to create a beautiful, if imperfect room.
It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge and despite the occasional melt-down, I am pulling all of the pieces of the condo together.
(See Week 1 / Week 2/ Week 3 / Week 4)
We went to the Swedish Wonderland and zeroed in on the Landskrona because the lines, measurements and price were right. While the black felt more my style, I was swayed more towards the white version because I wanted a little more contrast. (The floors are really dark, the lounge chair is dark brown, the credenza is rosewood, I felt we needed something lighter to balance them out.)
After furiously searching pinterest while still in Ikea, I was convinced that a white leather sofa could still give me a warm layered look that I desired. So we went for it.
Now I need to figure out the right combination of pillows to make it feel “Me.” I want it to feel warm and layered, but don’t want to overdo it on the color. Also, our prized chairs- won at an auction- feel way too similar to the sofa Both have tufting on the seat and back and that drives me nuts. So we may need to dig into our furniture vault for another option.
Another angle with dining area in background. The danish chair is kinda blocking the table, so I want to think about that as well. This is the view when you walk in the door. I really want it to be compelling and grab you the minute you enter the condo.
Part of a fine tuning the focal point meant re-evaluating my chandelier. While my pendant light is new, we have some wonderful sponsors on board, so I decided to take advantage and get the statement lighting I really wanted. I went searching for something that wouldn’t visually block the space yet was still really striking. I found the perfect chandelier at Bellacor.
Marlow aged brass pendant from Bellacor
When it went up I was pretty much giddy with joy.
(And PS- don’t worry about the old light- I gave it to my assistant, Rachael. Pay it Forward!)
See the beautiful mirror above? That’s my winning selection for the dining area. It’s from Bassett Mirror and I lurve it.
Rachael and I also gave the old docksta table a little makeover with marble contact paper. The faux finished paired with my new chairs make me quite happy.
The kitchen also got some big upgrades this past week.
The island needed an upgrade. The warm stained wood felt really out of place, so I painted the base gray to match the rest of the kitchen cabinets. Then George, the magician that he is, came up with an awesome solution to my green granite conundrum. Here’s a little peek of his creation below.
I worked with Lowe’s to give the kitchen a few other essential upgrades. After reviewing several refrigerators, I chose this sleek stainless LG unit.
I know I’m going against trend with a (gasp!) top freezer model, but this just made the most sense for me. I only had 33″ to work with and I wanted the biggest unit possible. Since this refrigerator doesn’t have handles, I am able to open it fully. Had I chosen a french door fridge with handles, I would have had to go down to a 30″ model. This is always something to consider when your kitchen layout has a refrigerator next to a wall!
So much storage! Refrigerator from Lowe’s
The last kitchen upgrade was the faucet. At first I planned to leave my existing faucet but it just felt little and sad in the space.
So I again turned to Lowe’s and perused their site. I ended up selecting this industrial modern faucet from Giagni Fresco. It makes more of the statement that I wanted!
Faucet from Lowe’s
There was also big action in the master bedroom. My custom headboard was delivered as were my nightstands from Urban Home. With these items in place, I could finalize my lamp selections. I initially planned to use these blush beauties in the master, but I prefer the smaller scale of the black lamps. So pink lamps will go to the guest room where they work perfectly into the mix.
Also, the handles on the night stand were much darker than I was expecting. Nothing a little gold spray paint can’t fix!
I have two days before the photo shoot. Just enough time to figure out styling, but hopefully not obsess too much. Speaking of obsession, I’ll leave you with my art wall conundrum. The three pieces felt too small on the wall so now I’m scrambling to fill the blanks. Holy headache.
One week left for the rest of my ORC compatriots. Check out their progress below!
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