One Room Challenge {The Lounge} Week 3

Here we are, week 3 of the One Room Challenge.  It is the half-way point already!!  This fact is causing me SEVERE anxiety.  While I’ve done a lot of obsessing, second guessingplanning, we have not done an lot of actual doing yet.

The room looks pretty much the same as Day 1, but I swear we’ve been working our asses off.  After spending the better part of last week trash picking wood pallets with my guy, we discovered the wood was REALLY hard to get off the pallets.  Seriously time consuming.  Then Dad saved the day offering up some AMAZING barnwood.  (You must read the background story.)  This weekend the boy, my best friend (visiting from out of town) and I hauled the wood from my Dad’s attic and pulled out all of the nails and staples from the wood.  We even found a 22 bullet in there!   Then I spent the rest of the weekend obsessing over wallpaper.  Manual labor and endless dialog about wall patterns… how fun for my house guest.  ;)

The good news is that I finally ordered the wallpaper yesterday and now the design is really set in motion.  Ready or not, here we go.


Today I’m sharing about the main furnishings and textiles I’m using in the lounge.  While I was willing to splurge for certain items (wallpaper, custom upholstery) I still am doing this project on a budget.  Most of the furniture is being picked from my “house inventory.”  I’m lucky that I am a hoarder and have a good selection to choose from.    Lamps Plus has generously given me a bench that I will be using at my work table. I’ve also purchased a few textiles and fabrics.

Here’s a quick preview of what I’ll be using in the lounge.   PS- I make no commitments. Design needs room for evolution.

design manifest lounge furniture

1 African Mudcloth: I scored this on 4th Street last week!  It will be used for the back cushion of my daybed

2 Antique Barnwood:  Salvaged from the barn that my parents married in, this beautiful reclaimed wood will find third life on the wall behind my daybed.

3 Pillows:  The black and pink suzani and white faux fur pillows will go on my daybed.  (Pottery Barn / Restoration Hardware)

4 Danish Chair:  I had to trade my soul for this chair (actually my knock-off Eames chair) but it was well worth it.  It will look great next to my daybed.  (by Coldren Design)

5 Coffee Table & Cowhide:  I’ll be using this vintage brass tray coffee table in front of my daybed.  I love this piece so it’s fun to have it in the rotation again. The white and brown hide provides a little bit of pop and warmth from the painted white floors, but I like that it still feels really neutral.

6 Table and Chairs:   I’ve had the faux tulip table for awhile (Ikea) and I scored the vintage chrome and leather chairs last year at Clover Market.  These pieces, along with the bench below, will compromise my “office area.”

7 Tribal Rug:  I may use this vintage rug in my meditation area.  I need to see the wallpaper go up before I commit to the pairing.  I hope it works out because this rug is cozy and delicious and makes me happy.  (Found on Ebay.)

8 Bergere Chair Makeover:  I’m hoping to sand down the frames of these Craigslist chairs and recover them.  I may run out of time, money and sanity before that happens.  If it works out, they will go in my meditation area and I will sit there and drink my coffee in the morning and feel happy.  This idea keeps me going during my darkest design moments.

9 Pablo Bench from Lamps Plus:    I chose this leather upholstered bench from our fabulous sponsor, Lamps Plus.  I’ll be using it in my office area because I like a mix of seating around my table.


So how do my materials compare to my mood board from last week?  The green is missing now, but I promise I’ll work that in before we are done!

We have our work cut out for us over the next three weeks.  It’s going to be fun to watch the room transform, but I think we have a few late nights ahead of us.    I’m just trying to remember to breathe and that decorating “is fun.”

Check out week 3 for the rest of the ORCers below…

Abby M. Interiors

Because it’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Calling It Home

Chez V

Chinoiserie Chic

Copy Cat Chic

The Decorista

Design Crisis

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

The English Room

The Glam Pad

Little Black Door

Mimosa Lane

My Notting Hill

The Pink Pagoda

Simple Details

My Sweet Savannah

Verandah House


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One Room Challenge {The Lounge] Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge, also known as Holy Shit there are Only 4 weeks left and I Haven’t done anything Yet!  Seriously guys, I couldn’t sleep last night.  My To-Do list was haunting me.

If this is your first time here, I highly suggest you check out last week’s post where I layout the room I’m decorating and share the ugly before pictures.  This week I’ll be sharing my design inspiration.

It’s funny how a room design can really stem from anything.  For me it began with this art print by Sarah Eisenlohr

cactus and coral

I love the mix of green and coral

and the dreamy organic feel.

It just makes me happy.


One Room Challenge {The Lounge} Week 1

It’s the most wonderful (stressful, exciting, exhausting, financially draining, rewarding) time on the year!!

Welcome to the season premiere of the One Room Challenge!  For six consecutive Wednesdays, twenty professional Interior Design bloggers will transform one room from start to finish updating you on our progress.  I am extremely flattered and excited to be participating in my third round of the ORC.  (You can see my first ORC Here and my second ORC Here.)  This time Linda‘s lineup of participants is INSANE.  Like seriously talented women with a broad range of  style.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s design process and of course the beautiful results.

ORC banner april 2014


A little about Me and the Client (Also Me)…

If you are NEW to Design Manifest, I just want to welcome you and say I’m so happy you are stopping by here to follow my room transformation.  I’m Naomi and I’m one half of the father-daughter design-build firm, Design Manifest.  We renovate houses, build custom kitchens, gut dated bathrooms and generally decorate our hearts out all over Philadelphia.  Well I decorate, Dad just likes to build.

The last round of the ORC was pretty smooth for me because I was decorating a client’s home, but this time I’m taking on a nightmare client; MYSELF.  The budget is small, the timeline is tight and this stupid bitch (ME) cannot make up her mind about anything!   I like A LOT of different design styles and I’m not totally sure what direction I want for my design scheme.   I’m paralyzed by fear of commitment, spending too much money and looking like a damn fool in front of you lovely readers.  This should be a very interesting 6 weeks.

The Room…

1 Design Manifest Lounge- front and side wall before

I will be tackling my 3rd floor; a finished attic space that I hope to transform into my “lounge.”  I would like to use it as a home office, a place to watch Television, and a retreat to relax or do yoga.  It’s pretty teeny- 8′ wide in most areas- and it has sloping roof lines that make it feel even smaller.  But what it lacks in space, it makes up for in charm!


Dream Kitchen- Lauren Liess

I”ve been a fan-girl of Lauren Liess‘ for as long as I”ve been reading blogs (5+ years.)  I admire her style, her personality, her adorable family and the way she has expanded her business from interior design firm to creating a textile line to now having a beautiful studio/store.  She comes across as honest, down to earth yet elegant, effortlessly beautiful and I would say her interiors are the same way.  I’ve learned so much from reading her blog and strive to embed some of her approach into my own designs- simplicity, patina, imperfection, casual elegance and natural beauty.

When her big home renovation was revealed in Domino Magazine this month I was all over that shit.  The entire space is gorgeous (you must pick up a copy to see the whole spread,) but I was particularly smitten with her kitchen.  As a kitchen designer, I often struggle with mixing practicality and beauty in such a utilitarian space.  She created a space that is modern and rustic and blends seamlessly with the rest of her home.  So often kitchens feel like a stark departure from the rest of your house!  Why not incorporate art, softness and style into the heart of the home?

Lauren’s kitchen as seen in Domino Magazine…

lauren liess kitchen 1

My favorite element in the kitchen is the island made of reclaimed lumber and topped with marble.  The matte finish of the wood and the vintage hardware make my heart pitter patter.   New wood just doesn’t have the same soul.

Liess Home

Instead of your typical tile backsplash or wall of cabinetry, she opted for an art wall over her sink.  I’ve tinkered with a gallery wall in my own kitchen and will be looking to this space for great inspiration.

Liess Home

Can we go back and talk about the rusted iron etageres that she used instead of your typical wall cabinets or open shelves?  I die.   It’s so un-kicheny (cause that’s a word) yet functional at the same time.  I love that everything is within easy reach in this kitchen.

A view from the family room shows how the kitchen really ties in perfectly with her aesthetic for the rest of the home.

Liess Home

You can spy the refrigerator on the left wall there.  Just a few steps away from the main work area in the kitchen.

Liess Home

For more information on this kitchen and to hear about the design in her own words, you must check out this post.

All images by Helen Norman for Lauren Liess.

(Except the first which is from Domino Magazine.)

Making a Statement in the Bedroom- The Modern Canopy Bed

I’m working with a client right now on her master bedroom and I am just dying to install a canopy bed.  The room is quite large (almost 20′ wide) with a high tray ceiling and it is really begging for some kind of statement right in the middle.  Insert fabulous canopy bed.  I love the versatility of these beds; they can be traditional, modern, whimsical, bold.  When creating a layered bedroom I love pairing a traditional bed with more modern nightstands, or a clean metallic bed with rustic woods.  It’s so fun to mix and match around a canopy bed.

Here are a few spaces that are inspiring me while working on this design.

If it were my room, this would be my choice hands-down: chrome, chinoiserie, in-your-face gorgeousness.   But that’s a little bold for my client’s style…

chrome canopy bed with chinoiserie wallpaper behind

We will be keeping it more neutral, more soft, with subtle, selective doses of pattern and color.  I’d say this room is more in-line with the feel.  I love the patterned fabric behind the bed!

white poster bed with curtain fabric behindvia House Beautiful

I wish that we could fit a sofa or chair at the end of the bed.  It’s such a chic and cozy look!  (PS- how great does this bed look in a smaller space below?  We may do a different finish on the ceiling as well.)  Alas, we do not have the space, so we will need to do a bench or stools.

canopy bed in small space cozy symmetrical layouts

I considered doing a chrome bed as a modern statement in the middle of the room and pairing it with traditional finishes and furnishings.  It makes for quite the drama piece!

Angie Hrankowsky chrome canopy bedAngie Hranowsky

poster bed with floral

But ultimately it felt too modern.  The rest of the house has been decorated and we have to think about the flow and personality.  So while we are doing our own thing in the bedroom, I also want to be sensitive to my client’s tastes and comfort.  An iron canopy bed just felt more appropriate to me.

I love how iron canopy beds can be soft and strong at the same time.  They are a little rustic and romantic.

neutral bedroom with iron canopy bed


Because comfort is extremely important, we are considering an upholstered canopy bed.  It’s the best of both worlds.

iron upholstered canopy bed

Above and below is the bed I have in mind.  I love the soft curve of the headboard.  Imagine a gorgeous patterned paper behind it?

iron upholstered canopy bed with sunburst mirror above

We will want to do reading sconces next to bed.  This is a little tricky- between finishes and placement.  I’m thinking nickel or brass and inside the bed frame, like below.  (No curtain in the back, though.)

iron upholstered canopy bed with curtains at back and sconces

Our rug (carpet) will be more neutral, so I am looking to make a little more impact on the wall behind the bed.  Yep… WALLPAPER!  I only want to do one wall to really highlight the bed and not overwhelm the space with business.  Remember, this is supposed to be a serene and restful space.

This bedroom has similar elements to we want- natural iron bed, neutral textural capert, patterned wall, white bedding and color/patterns on the pillows, but the vibe will be totally different.

iron canopy bed paired with wallpaper behind

PS- I love this Galbraith and Paul paper and we may be using it elsewhere in the house!

What do you think of canopy beds?  Are you as smitten as me?