One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge.  At this point in the kitchen renovation I’m pretty tweaked out.  Honestly it’s not this project specifically.  A complete kitchen renovation in 6 weeks isn’t a big deal to us- we do it all the time.  It’s just intense juggling this project with the rest of them: the bathroom we demolished last week, ordering materials for the next kitchen we will begin in 3 weeks, designing and planning two major renovations to be built in early 2015, seven interior decorating projects at various phases, the unanswered emails from new prospective clients (sorry!), oh and my own house.  Add documenting AND blogging onto that I’m spread so thin that I’m like dry, burnt toast.

I cried on my boyfriend’s shoulder yesterday.  I stopped home after an extremely frustrating tile layout (see below) and fell apart in his arms for exactly three minutes before pulling it together and heading out to my next design meeting.  I’m just trying to keep up my mantra:  I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful.  It’s just work.  No one is dying.

I don’t have control of this kitchen project anymore and that’s gonna to have to be OK.  The design has been set, the materials have been ordered,  All I can do is sit back and watch it come to life like the rest of you.  It’s Dad’s turn to make magic happen.

Need to catch up?

Week 1- Before Photos, Inspiration, Demolition

Week 2- Floor Plan Deliberation, Wall Removal, Drywall

Week 3- Wood Floors, Cabinet Details, Appliances

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 3

Here we are at the half way point of the ORC!  It always sneaks up on you so quickly.  This week we made good progress on the kitchen and also had a BIG HUGE MAJOR TILE scare.  Let’s start with the drama….

I wasn’t going to share the mood board/ full design scheme until week 5,

but this Tile issue has changed my order of reveal.

If all goes according to plan, you will see these elements fully installed on November 5th.

DM Petite Kitchen Design Scheme

We ordered the tile (Mist by New Ravenna) 7 weeks ago and had an expected ship date of 10/10.

But then on 10/9 I get this email from my Tile rep:

“I have some distressing news and I have a solution. They were not able to get the really dark Azul Macauba for the mist splash, BUT they are searching the country, and beyond, for that color, whether or not it is that specific stone. They also have to re-lay the mosaic because they did not do the fade correctly, the dark stripe was too high. SO, that being said, they are really working hard and fast to get it fixed and out to us in the next couple of days. I will keep you posted, but wanted to let you know what was going on.”

Cue Major Naomi freak out.

If this tile does not arrive on time, we don’t have a finished kitchen.

A non-finished kitchen = unhappy clients, Delayed start date for our next project AND Pathetic ORC Reveal.

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 2

It’s been a busy week for the DM crew.  We completely emptied the old kitchen down to the studs and now Dad the boys are starting to put things back together.  But what are they building?  What is the plan?  That’s my job.  And I love this part of the job!

To recap, in WEEK 1 I showed you the old kitchen, told you about my clients and their needs for the new space.

ORC kitchen Before

petite kitchen existing conditions

Once we measured the space, I began to map out new potential floor plans.  At 8’7 x 14’8, this is a very small room, yet there are still many potential layouts.  One of my client’s big requests was to make the space brighter.   The obvious solution to me was to take down the wall between the dining room and kitchen, but when I brought this up in the design meeting, they rejected the idea.

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 1

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Welcome to the One Room Challenge!  Hellooo old and new friends.  I’m Naomi and I am pumped to be back again for the 6 week decorating extravaganza.  This season features the 20 superstar design bloggers you see above.  We will each transform a room from start to finish and update you every Wednesday on our progress.  You can also count on sneak peeks and mini-updates from me on instagram (designmanifest) under the hashtag #oneroomchallenge.

This is my 4th time doing the ORC.   (Thank you Linda for organizing this event and inviting me back yet again!  I fancy myself a regular in this series.) The first time around I did my own bedroom, and then a client’s living room and dining room (lovingly dubbed the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad,) and last time I transformed my attic into a lounge.  This time I’m taking you behind the scenes with Dad and the construction crew  of Design Manifest…

We are gutting and renovating a kitchen.  

In 6 weeks.  No Big Deal.  

I hope.

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One Room Challenge {The Lounge} Week 6

Congratulations, you have made it to the finale of the One Room Challenge!  I don’t know about you guys, but these six weeks have FLOWN by.  It seems like just couple of weeks ago I was staring at my third floor in total disgust.  And then I hatched an ambitious scheme  to completely transform my attic into the hippest lounge ever.  Today,  I enjoy the fruits of my labor as I recline on my new daybed to write this blog post.  I am totally in love with the space.  I never want to leave.

Naomi on her lounge day bed 2

Oh look at me… I completely made over my lounge in 6 weeks.

No big deal.

 I also tackle DIY projects in heels.

HAH.

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Have you caught up?

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

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If you’ve been following along week to week then you know this challenge has not been easy for me.  Rushed decisions led to mistakes.  Indecisiveness forced down-to-the-wire deadlines.  My To-Do list would have been steep for my whole Design Manifest team to do as a “real job”, but it was near impossible for my boyfriend and I to tackle on nights and weekends.  I had moments of sheer panic, stress and exhaustion where I was sure we would not pull this room off.  When I left you last Wednesday the lounge looked like this…

room messy 2

Later that same day I came home to discover my basement filled with sewage.  I’ll spare you the pics (they are on instagram) but it was gross, scary and dangerous to our health.  We lost our paint, our work space and a night’s worth of labor.  Certain people thought I ought to delay the room and deal with real life.   What’s was the big deal if I shared the room a few days late?

Shudder.  

I was certain I wouldn’t let a pile of poisonous shit rain on my parade.

So we kept going, pulled in incredibly long hours and late nights. We cried, we laughed, we bled, we ached, we spilled wood stain on our Ugg boots.  (Insert expletive of choice here.)  George deserves some kind of metal of honor for endurance, craftsmanship and compassion towards me and my complete design mania.  I would not be standing here a triumphant decorating champion without him.  Thank you, Georgie- this room is yours too.

The point is, 7 days later, the same spot looked like this…

Design Manifest Lounge with barnwood daybed and chinoseirie wallpaper

Hey awesome room.  You so sexy.

The biggest architectural element / home run/ sentimental favorite would be the built-in daybed and barn wood wall.  As soon as I discovered these reclaimed planks in my father’s garage I knew I needed them in my life.  Then my parents told me the wood came from the barn they were married in and I knew it was destiny.  I love how the installed effect is modern and masculine yet also organic and really cozy.

Reclaimed Wood Wall Built In Day bed - Design Manifest

George expertly engineered and built me a daybed that has a ton of storage and is damn sexy.  We clad the drawers and end tables in the same barn wood for a clean and seamless effect.  We painted the end tabletops in flat black paint for a little calm moment amongst all the wood.  I still need to add pulls to the drawers but I totally love the whole wall.  I couldn’t have dreamed up a better result.

Design Manifest Daybed pillows and sconce

Brass Sconce on Reclaimed Wood Wall- Design Manifest

Brass tray coffee table

BEFORE

daybed wall before

AFTER

Design Manifest reclaimed wood wall

Daybed end table with wallpaper

Hey there’s my secret wallpaper!  I absolutely love how it compliments my barn wood.   A little feminine mixed with the masculine.  The paper I chose is Eleonora by Zoffany and it was finally installed this Friday and Saturday.

Chinoserie Wallpaper with covered vent

I decided to go with a winding pattern of birds on branches to compliment my wood wall.  I love that it is neutral yet colorful, traditional yet organic.  It captured my original inspiration colors of green and coral (ok, pink) yet it wasn’t so colorful that I would tire of the palette.  I knew I would love it now and 5 years from now.  It’s my little treehouse… perfect for my work area.

Design Manifest Office nook with chinoserie wallpaper and mid century furniture

I love the dichotomy of the more traditional wallpaper against the modern table and chairs.

Vintage chrome and leather chairs

One of my biggest complaints about this side of the room is that the right wall was broken up with unsightly HVAC components  There was a trap door to my heater, a large return duct and a vent.  It felt broken up and way more functional than pretty.

design manifest lounge pink desk white room

I knew wallpaper would mask these issues and really designate the office as a separate area from the other zones.  I love how my paper hanger Keith, was able to cover my vents and outlets.  Never have I enjoyed HVAC ducts as much as now.  Just put a bird on it.

Design Manifest bird wallpaper and vent cover

 

I had no proper lighting in my office area so I picked up this plug in fixture for some quickie lighting.  You can see the wire running down the wall by the ceiling.  That’s the ugly truth of plug-in features.  But you know what?  The piece is cute, it was cheap and the wire doesn’t bug me too much.

Office nook light

The TV Stand

The final big piece hanging from last week was the TV stand.  I mentioned how we scored this amazing live-edge cedar from my dad.  Our plan was to make this boxed live-edge cedar base that would be wrapped with inset metal legs.  It was going to be very gorgeous and complicated to create.   Alas, we ran out of time to finish it properly before the shoot.  Whoopsies.  I want to give a huge shout out to my dad who worked tirelessly for days on the piece.  We WILL finish it together and it will be awesome!

boxed cedar frame live edge wood- design manifest

Love you, Dad!

Around noon on Sunday it became apparent to me that we would not be able to finish the TV stand I’d planned on, so I turned to George and asked him to make me something really simple with wrapped metal legs.  He carried this upstairs to me on Monday morning just in time for our photo shoot.  Baller!

Design Manifest Lounge custom TV stand

Design Manifest Lounge custom TV stand (2)

Design Manifest Lounge TV stand and Art wall side

I love the simple, chic combination of white and brushed gold.

It balances out the warmer elements like the wall and this croc danish chair.

Design Manifest Lounge crocodile danish chair

This chair is so comfy and has such beautiful lines.

It was built by my furniture-maker beau, so it has a little sentimental value too.

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And then there is my art wall.

It only took me three versions and several nail holes, but I really love the result.

I mixed personal pieces like a picture of my dog, a silhouette of my niece and  LOVE sign gift from a friend with modern and vintage prints, drawings and collages.  My inspiration started with the cactus print and was added upon by two prints from our generous sponsors, Minted.  It was a little scary to stand on the railing and hang the pieces, but I’m glad I went for it.

Design Manifest Lounge TV stand and Art wall

Design Manifest Lounge Gallery Art Wall

design manifest bench with mudcloth

I’m loving my bench from our sponsor, Lamps Plus.

It’s such a great multi-function piece.

Right now it greets you at the top of the stairs, but it will definitely be used as an ottoman for the daybed and seating for the table.

Design Manifest Lounge TV stand and Art wall with bench

I love how my meditation nook turned out.

I’d say there is 50% more chance I may meditate there some day.

Design Manifest Lounge Meditation nook

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Design Manifest burnt bergere chair

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The burnt bergere chairs turned out pretty snazzy.

We just used a basic white vinyl for the upholstery.

I’m super sad that buttery white snakeskin leather didn’t work out, but my wallet is not.

Design Manifest Lounge

Design Manifest Vintage gilded bamboo Bar Cart

Design Manifest wood planked wall with bar cart

I hope you enjoyed the tour and like the space.

I’m certainly glad it no longer looks like this…

1 Design Manifest Lounge- front and side wall before

Cause this is much more my thing…

horizontal shot of lounge by Design Manifest

Thanks so much to my family, my DM crew and most especially George Coldren for helping turn this little room from a fantasy to a reality.

And of course I need to thank Courtney Apple for the beautiful photography and coming out to shoot my space while suffering from bronchitis.

And lastly thank YOU for following along and supporting me.  It’s been an awesome ride.

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Linda, thanks so much for including me again.  The One Room Challenge seems to get better and better every season.  Now I’m off to check out what this incredibly talented line up has created.  It’s sure to be a good show!!

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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sources:

rugs- ebay * daybed- coldren design * sconces- schoolhouse electric

lumbar pillow- pottery barn (discontinued) * mudcloth pillow- design manifest

coffee table, bar cart, chrome and leather dining chairs- vintage

table- Ikea * wallpaper- zoffany * light over table- Urban Outfitters

 danish chair –  coldren design * TV Stand – coldren design

Feather print, Butterfly Print- Minted * Cactus print- Sarah Eisenlohr * Mushroom and flower prints- vintage

pug, silhouette and Love sign- personal collection

bench- lamps plus * bergere chairs- design manifest/coldren design * lamp- arteriors

dress (on me) – Free People, designed by my incredibly talented sister, Megan

photography- courtney apple

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PS- everything in this room is for sale or can be made for you.

Please email us to inquire about pieces. (naomi@designmanifest.com)