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 guessing, planning, 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.
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…
Get Caught Up on My Makeover
Week 1– Before Pictures and Plan
Week 2– Inspiration
Week 3– Furniture Pieces and Textiles
Week 4– chair makeover and barn wood wall
Week 5– Art selections and wallpaper options
Week 6– Finale