EPIC FAIL. MY SOFA CANNOT FIT INTO THE CONDO.
We hired two guys to deliver the furniture, carry it up two flights of stairs and the damn thing wouldn’t fit through the door. I had a tantrum and then I sobbed on the stairs outside the unit while my paper hanger tried to pretend like he couldn’t hear me. Awkward.
I knew the entry was really tight, but in all my haste I never confirmed measurements. How could I be so stupid?!?
Now I have to bust ass to find, procure and deliver a sofa I wasn’t planning on purchasing.
It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I would very much like to QUIT.
With sponsors on board, quitting isn’t an option, so were just going to have to drink heavily err I mean keep working. The good news is that if you ignore the gaping hole in my living room, the place is looking pretty good. Wallpaper is all hung, kitchen cabinet doors are on, most of the furnishings are in. The place is habitable, it’s just not done to my standards yet. I’m gonna need every second left to edit and refine.
As a reminder, I was planning to use my existing Martin Sofa in the living room.
Well at 90″ its too big. I need something 80″ or I need a sofa with chaise that can come in two pieces. I always just assumed it would be gray fabric, but ideally I’d want a faded brown leather sofa. Is now the time to get it? And can I find one in stock? This would be perfect actually. Just not the price tag.
Sooo I’ve been spending every waking minute outside of work scanning the interwebs, pouring through craiglist, driving 40 miles to the Restoration Hardware Outlet, re-looking through craigslist again (something perfect just must pop up right!?) in hopes that the right sofa in the right size will be immediately available to me. I don’t have any time to be upset. I’m a woman on a mission and I WILL make this happen. I say this to myself in the mirror every morning. Kidding, but I totally should do that.
ART / Even though I have no sofa, I’ve finalized the art scheme going above it. I’m going to do an arrangement of 3 black and whites. The two major pieces come from Citizen Atelier and the third small abstract will be painted by me. (A girls gotta save somewhere, right?)
The two Citizen Atelier pieces arrived last week and I LOVE them. The feather print is on aluminum and is sooo cool! It can be hung on the wall as is. The (larger) Canali print is paper and will need to be framed in some way. Initially I thought I’d do a thin black frame, but when I tested out ideas at my framers I was underwhelmed. I decided that an acrylic floating frame was the way to go to keep the focus on the art. So now G and I have one more DIY to accomplish in the next 10 days. We have the materials, we just need the time.
I also recovered my acrylic leg ottoman in Rebecca Atwood metallic gold linen. We will use this as our coffee table. This is a picture of the bench before I sent it back to my upholsterer. I wanted the top to be fuller so he’s redoing it. (Cray Cray anyone? Who me?) Luckily I give him enough business that he didn’t complain.
The grasscloth is complete on the TV wall and… well… I am still adjusting to it.
The color and texture are just beautiful, but my initial reaction upon seeing it was SEAMS!!!!!!!
Obviously grasscloth has seams. I’m a decorator and have used it a ton. Due to the random color variations in this paper (which I love,) these seams are very prominent. My paperhanger is excellent but there was no way to install it any better and no repeat to match up to. I’m trying to take a big breath and give it a few days. My hope is that styling will pull the wall together. I also logically KNOW that once my anxiety goes down they will bother me less as well. Just keeping it real, guys. #embracetheseams
Here is the TV wall with main pieces in place. I really like the auction-find rosewood credenza against the grass. So moody, sexy, warm. George is making a 4″ flush chrome base for the credenza, I think that extra bit of chrome will really make the handles pop. Plus see my zebra? Zebra + Floors = Love in my book.
The dining area is looking pretty good even though I’m just in “testing phase.” The mirror and art will be up for a few nights and then I may try another combo. I will definitely use these pieces in the condo, it just might not be here. I love having the flexibility to play.
The panton chairs are just placeholders from my own house. Having them here has been great because it helped me finalize my decision for dining chairs. I liked that these were plastic/ easy to clean, but the base felt a little too visually solid for the space. I also wanted something matte black instead of shiny white. So I just pulled the trigger on these bad boys. $244 for 4 chairs. Booyah.
Yes, I’m mixing chrome with brass. Yes I’m excited about it.
We hung the new doors and hardware! I’m 50 /50 here. The doors look great and I love the color (Coventry gray.) The hardware is very pretty, but decidedly more traditional than the rest of the elements I’ve chosen. It was one of the first things I ordered before developing the scheme fully. Now I wish I’d gone for something a little simpler. Fooey I hate it when I rush myself!
So at this point, it looks like I’m second-guessing every decision I’ve made, but I’m actually thrilled with the bathroom. Yea Boi! The wallpaper went up and I love it. I love the small scale against my chevron marble floors. The geometric pattern is clean yet exotic at the same time. It was important to me that if the paper were graphic, it should be neutral, so I was glad to find this white and silver combo. This room feels so much more alive now. It’s not a vinyl, so my wallpaper hanger recommended lining it to give it a little better protection for durability against the moisture.
Wallpaper is Schumacher “Medina” from DecoratorsBest
Another win for me is the wallpaper in the bedroom. It’s so serene and pretty. We’re all about keeping this bedroom sexy, neutral and restful, so this feels perfect.
Wallpaper is Clare & Clarke Cameo form DecoratorsBest
This is turning into the longest post ever… is anyone still reading? Now you know 1/100 of the work I’ve been slaving through 😉
Painting my auction-dresser White.
Pre-Headboard, Pre-Pillows / See headboard design here
Essentials in place. Pre-Headboard, Pillows, Art, night stands
There ya have it. Please send some good thoughts our way. It’s going to be an INSANE week. I’m actually taking off Friday and Monday to lock this puppy down.
Check in on week 4 of the ORC for the gang below!