Be BOLD 🧞♀️ Be DARING
Taking a risk is, taking a risk and as a guest participant of @oneroomchallenge with designers nationwide, I felt empowered, motivated and definitely inspired to take risks that I might not have taken otherwise. During these past 8 weeks I have pushed myself to be a little more bold and a little more daring, while working hard to complete my Home Office Re-Magined design.
I have mixed carpet and drapery patterns with floral tapestry. I added a bold accent wall, I recovered my heirloom chair for longevity, maintaining the integrity of the chair style with fabric that transcends time. I figured out a creative way to store my magazine collection. I re-wired a vintage chandelier and have utilized furniture and accessories from my own home.
There’s a lot of quirky and special items in this room but that’s the fun part for me, it keeps me on my toes and reminds me that it’s ok to be different!
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Here’s my takeaway from being involved with the #oneroomchallenge:
▪️It takes determination to repurpose. Seriously! It’s a lot of work. I could have easily walked into a store and purchased all new pieces but I keep my focus on utilizing design items from my home - even down to the drapery rod brackets. I had the correct size of bracket but not the right color. I dug through my paint shed and found a spray can of silver paint and sprayed the brackets to match the others.
▪️The pressure to complete this project in 8 weeks is motivating and challenging. Watching all the other designers manage their projects throughout the weeks kept me inspired and focused.
▪️The support and feedback from new friends of the One Room Challenge and my clients propelled me to keep the momentum and to do my best.
There’s a lot of quirky things in this room but that’s the fun part for me, it keeps me on my toes and reminds me that it’s ok to be different!
Thank you for following along during these past 8 weeks. It’s been so fun and inspiring to hear all of your comments. I hope I have inspired you, too.
Make sure and check out the other designers pages and the One Room Challenge insta stories. There are many amazing rooms to see.
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Here’s a sneak preview, because I can hardly contain myself with how beautiful my Home Office space is turning out. It takes a lot of people to make a project successful and this week has been about results. My trusted trades never let me down, these guys showed up and made things happen. Builder Dan, Upholsterer Dale and Workroom Jan all hustled to help move this project along. They too are feeling the excitement and are proud to share in my vision and see the room come together.
Builder Dan spent half a day helping me install rods and drapery, secure my magnetic inspiration design board (a 4’ x 8’ piece of sheet metal), hang the vintage chandelier in the corner and switch out the beige outlets for gray ones. We both marveled at how the drapery dampened the sound in the room and how magnificent the “re-wired” chandelier cast a beautiful glow on the walls.
It was productive to meet with Upholsterer Dale in his cutting room. In awe, we unrolled the velvety fabric revealing the gorgeous botanical images. He skillfully measured, as we walked through the best layout for covering the seat, the backrest and back of chair fabric for placement. With a straight edge a marker and sharp scissors, he fearlessly cut out each section. Seeing the fabric on the chair brought the flowers to life.
I consult Workroom Jan, working with her to create custom bedding, pillows and drapery. Jan is the one who originally made these custom drapes 10 years ago for my downtown office. I selected the fabric because of the pattern; it reminded me of a Greek Key. Although the sound dampening treatment, sewn between the fabric and the lining, was applied to muffle the street noise it’s remarkably relevant in today’s home office setting, buffering the outside noises during virtual client meetings. These drapes have gone from my downtown office, to my home bedroom, to the backdrop of different themes for my Homeshow booths, stored in my closet and now modified by Jan, to fit floor to ceiling in my Home Office.
Putting all the pieces together requires many hands and honestly that’s the best part of being a designer. I look forward to next week when I can reveal the full room.
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FLASH & SPARKS
Here we go with week 6….we’re on the home stretch!
While I am patiently waiting for my baseboard and closet door to arrive I decided to finally re-wire my chandelier. Oh geeze, I almost blew the house up. Sparks were literally flying! But after a little finessing, voilà, I did it!!!
Update on my drapes: They are completed and ready to install! Can’t wait to have them hanging in my room!
Update on my chair: Sadly I don’t think it will be completed in time for final photos… :-( I won’t cry… it’s just the way things are right now.
My next task is to order a quart of paint to finish the niche in the ceiling. I thought we had enough paint to touch this part up and was all excited to get this ceiling done…but my hubby informed me that we used every last drop in the can and there is literally no paint left! I really don’t feel like driving 30 min to the closest paint store for a quart of paint…so, this touch up will have to wait until next week, too! That’s ok, I have PLENTY to do to get this room looking like a functioning office space.
Next week will be so exciting to see so many things come together! So stay tuned and follow along in my stories and check out my blog, link in my bio!
I’m so in love with my new space and it’s not even finished yet!
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It’s week 5 of the #oneroomcgallenge...WOWZA!
Time is flying by and standing still at the same time. Kind of like how the last year has felt where there is so much happening but nothing at all. My chair is being reupholstered, my drapes are being altered, my chandelier is still sitting in the same spot as last week and my molding is back ordered! The momentum seems to have halted even though things are still in motion.
So today I decided it was time to take a break and head over to the nearest seaside town of Port Townsend and visit one of my favorite little shops. This shop sells buttons and yarn and fringe and ribbons and beautiful trimmings. It’s basically in the hallway of an ancient Victorian building on the corner of Taylor and Water Street. Once inside, this hallway of sorts, you forget about the rushing coastal wind that was just blowing across your face and the spectacular water view of sail boats and the Washington State ferry sailing through the harbor. Once inside, you dream of the many uses of each of these trimmings, the hem of a dress or a funky button for a pillow not yet made. My mind starts to process and create and imagine so many design scenarios I repeat them to myself so I don’t forget to make them when I return home. You see, there’s still one more item I need for my queen chair before it can be completed, the trim, otherwise known as gimp. According to Webster’s dictionary, gimp is: an ornamental flat braid or round cord used as a trimming. This is what I need to finish the fabric edge for my chair.
There are so many beautiful trimmings at this little shop that I narrowed it down to 2! Pink or black! I love both of the colors. The black is sleek and classic and would blend into the wood on the chair. Whereas the pink is soft and would add a pretty contrast to the wood on the chair. I have taken so many fun risks with this space that the pink seems more in line with my other choices. Clutching the spools, I decided to buy both colors, 8 yards of each. The merchant asked what I’m doing with these pretty trimmings, I showed her a picture of my chair and the floral fabric and explained it’s for the edging.
With my trimmings measured, cut and purchased, I walk back through the musty hallway out into the wind feeling excited and inspired!
Next stop, elevated ice cream and the candy shop!
Which color do you prefer, let’s take a vote, black or pink? 🖤💗
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