Welcome back to the Holy Crap Challenge!! It’s at this point in the ORC that I start to get all tweaked out about meeting deadlines. I’ve got custom furniture pieces being built and delivered last minute, pillows delayed from Uzbekistan and a whole room in my own house full of accessories that need to be unpacked and selected. I have no idea where anything is going, but I’ve been shopping like crazy and we have some gorgeous pieces to work with. I’ve been lying awake at night arranging pillows in my head, debating if I have enough trays (are there ever enough trays?,) planning necessary greenery and flowers and freaking out as if Architectural Digest were coming to shoot the place or something. What can I say, the word, Challenge, drives me to nuttier perfectionist levels.
The goal is to make my client’s space feel warm, vibrant, collected and most of all, finished. Come hell or high water I’m showing you guys the completed living and dining rooms next Wednesday.
Before I dive any further into week 5, if you are new or need to catch yourself up, I’m decorating my client’s living room and dining room. Be sure check out the progression below…
Week 1 -(Before Photos, Inspiration)
Week 2 – (Floor Plan, Paint, Rugs)
Week 3 - (Vintage, Casegoods, Lighting)
Week 4- (Seating)
All good? Excellent. Let’s discuss Styling. That magical final element that really transforms a space into a home. Placing accessories is the last thing I do, but I’ve been collecting items for weeks. I’ve found some fabulous vintage items that you will have to wait until next week to see. But here is a taste of some of the accessories we are using…
Besides hoarding accessories like crazy in my guest room, I’ve also been filling in the final furnishings.
It was finally time to tackle the Beast wall in the dining room.
In every decorating project there is a problem area. That one spot you struggle to get right. For us, it was the long wall in the dining room. It’s 15.5 feet of bare wall that’s begging for a long buffet. We needed a piece that was quite long, like 7 or 8 feet, but most sideboards are only 5 to 6 feet long. That would be challenge #1. Plus, there is a depth issue. Anything more than 15″ deep would start to cramp our style. Challenge #2- most sideboards are 20+ inches deep. What to do?
Mapping out the furniture piece on the wall
We considered all sorts of options from an Ikea hack, to a high-end furnishings, but ultimately decided to build something ourselves. We teamed up again with George of Coldren Design to create a custom sideboard. Closed storage wasn’t necessary, so we decided to use the base unit as display/bookshelves instead. After a half a dozen iterations, George finally came up with the winning design. We finalized the drawings and got the OK from my client.
There is a lot of WOOD in these two rooms, so I wanted the furniture piece to be another type of material. We were inspired by the rustic industrial table and decided to build the buffet out of raw steel. The top is raw steel and for contrast, we inset wood shelves. The design process dragged on so long that I was worried it wouldn’t get finished in time, but it was delivered late Sunday night and I’m really pleased with it!
So that is one part of the beast wall. You’ll have to wait until week 6 to see how we fill in the rest of the wall.
The last piece finished this week was the coffee table. The seating area of the living room is pretty small so we decided we needed a petite table- 36×24 to be exact. With lots of wood and brass in the room, I wanted to mix in a different material. White Carrara marble did just the trick- organic, bright and classic. I decided to create something to get just what we wanted, so I put Dad to work building us a coffee table. The hairpin legs give a nice nod to the Mid-Century look we are cultivating.
I think Dad had a great time building this table. Hopefully he doesn’t leave DM to set up a furniture shop!
That’s it for me this week. I DO hope you’ll tune in next week to see both the rooms in all their glory. I’m teaming up with my best photography gal Courtney Apple, so you guys can count on some pretty pictures at the very least!
Check out my homegirls below to see their week 5 happenings.