One Room Challenge {The Lounge} Week 4

** For subscribers and those of you who tried to view my Style Me Pretty Living House tour yesterday, I am so sorry that I posted the wrong link!!  You can see my full Chestnut Hill Project HERE.  I will also be sharing more details on the blog soon.  Thank you too all of those who checked out my reveal **


Welcome back to the One Room Challenge.  It is now week 4 of the 6 week makeover.  Week 1 I shared pictures and an initial plan for my third floor lounge conversion.   Week 2 I shared my design inspiration. Week 3 I revealed my furnishings and partial textile scheme.  In week 4 we got our renovation ON and the room is finally transforming. It’s very exciting yet also a bit daunting because nothing is actually complete.

The half-way point in a renovation can be a scary time.  The vision is only half actualized, you start doubting your decisions, freaking out about your deadlines, wondering if it will come together as perfectly as it did in your head.  Even though I’m a designer, I’m not immune to the mid-renovation stress.  And to say that I’m “stressed” would be the understatement of the year… try apocalyptic levels of anxiety and exhaustion.  I literally sobbed on my boyfriend’s shoulder yesterday morning over a botched chair makeover.  More on that below.

chair makeover trim struggles{Chair Fail}



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!


One Room Challenge- Where are they Now? … My Master Bedroom

Hey Hey Hey!  Guess who’s not dead?  It’s me.  I’ve been consumed by a dozen or so amazing design projects and using my free time to enjoy my delicious little life.  I must say, I’m very happy right now with my personal situation and I think it has taken a toll on the blog.  Don’t be a jealous girlfriend quite yet though, I promise to be better to you in upcoming months.  March and April should be an exciting time for DM, the online version.

I’m coming out of blog winter hibernation to take part in the One Room Challenge NOW linking party.  Linda, creator of the ORC, has come up with a great idea for the past participants of the decorating challenge.  The idea is to share how our rooms have evolved since the 6 week makeover.  What worked, what didn’t, etc.  Some of you may remember that I decorated my Master Bedroom for my first challenge last February/March.  It was a manic, rushed, and overwhelming project as I attempted to finish my bedroom and move into my house while construction was happening all around me.  To say that I was thrilled with the result would be a big overstatement (LIE) and the room has continued to evolve over the past year.  It’s still not “right” or “done” in my mind, but at least it doesn’t keep me up at night any more.

So let’s quickly reminisce, shall we?

At the end of the ORC, I had my bed  on the long bare wall and I had whipped up a slip-covered, shapely headboard as the focal point…

orc week 7 block print paisley headboard bed straight on

BEFORE- Bed on Bare wall, Bay window Open.

bed against long wall

Well the curved headboard lasted about 10 months before I just couldn’t take it anymore.  As much as I am incredibly grateful to my father and sister for making it, it looked like a DIY and didn’t have the feeling or quality I desired in my bedroom.  So I took it off and went back to the standard Ikea Malm bed.  Then on a whim this past weekend, I moved the bed into the bay window.  It’s really opened up the space and I like the feel much better!


Design Manifest Teal Bedroom with Suzani bedspread and Danish Chest

Berry Border Bedding with vintage Suzani bedspread

I’ve mixed up the bedding a little bit, changing to plain white shams and adding a bedspread on top of my duvet.  I bought a vintage blue and green suzani for a client and I loved it so much I went on Ebay on a whim and snagged one for myself.   (Hehe- casualty of this biz)  Not sure if it will stay in the bedroom, but I’m loving it here right now.  My pug is loving it too, because now I let him up on the bed.

NOW-  The view as I walk in the door…

Design Manifest- Bed in Bay Window

The rug is also new to the room.  It’s another Ebay purchase from years ago.  I had it in my loft and it’s been in storage for the past 2 years.  I didn’t think I’d use it in the cottage because I’m kinda totally over Beni Ourains.  (Sorry, but Very overused int the bloggersphere.)  But it was “free” soft and warm and my floors feel rrreally cold underfoot, so I’m happy to have it back.

BEFORE-  Nightstands and Lamps

orc week 7 bed and nightstand

NOW- My old nightstands (THIS Ikea Hack) have moved to under the mirror.

Mirror Wall

NOW I have mismatched nightstands.

Design Manifest Pink Desk as Nightstand

Due to window placement, I had much more space on the right side of the bed then the left,  so I trying out a desk as a bedside table.

This desk (a used West Elm Parsons Desk painted Glidden’s “Very Berry”) has been floating around my house unable to find a home.

It REALLY needs to be repainted.  The desk chair is vintage.

I’m hoping to use it as a vanity, but I haven’t styled it up yet.  I also plan to hang the bamboo mirror.

Pink Desk top with bamboo mirror


corner before

and NOW… RIP Tree :(

Design Manifest Teal Bedroom- Suzani Bedrspread-  pink Desk

On the left side I shopped my own home and used a vintage rattan and glass coffee table.

I love round tables for nightstands!  So much room for all my stuff.

Since I moved the foo dog lamps downstairs, I needed a new light by my bed.

This one was cheap and cute- Nate Berkus for Target.  I don’t think its available anymore but this one is super sexy too.

Design Manifest Round Rattan Glass bedside table

The panton chair is a spare dining chair.   Since my first floor is so small, it’s nice to have it out of the way, but convenient to grab when I have a larger dinner party.

round rattan and glass nighstand

After living in the bedroom for a while, I realized I needed more storage.  So I hit up Mom for the spare Danish Dresser in her basement.  I like having wood in this super saturated space.  It’s warm and maintains a nice balance between the natural and the POP in this room.

Teal Bedroom with black and white dog photo on danish chest- Design Manifest

Pug art and the real deal, Mr Bailey Bartholomew…

bailey on bedroom rug

So to recap, in 11 months I have remodeled/dressed down my headboard, added to the bedding, changed the nightstands, added a dresser and rug.

I’d say things are a little different now.

This new design may last me 11 months.  Maybe.  I’m kinda itching to repaint the place, but I’m trying A) to not be crazy and B) to focus on other rooms for now.


I’m linking up to Linda’s ORC Now party.  To check out updates on all the ORC projects, please check out Calling It Home.