Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge - The Reveal!

The day is here!  It's Reveal Day for the One Room Challenge Guest Bloggers!  Before I share photos of our new and improved Master Bedroom, I want to thank Linda from Calling It Home for creating this incredible event, media partner House Beautiful, and everyone who stopped by my blog these past six weeks to check on my progress and cheer me on.  It's been crazy, but well worth the effort to give this dated bedroom a fresh facelift (see the Before here.) 

Also, I'd like to thank my hubby for his patience with my design "bug."  He's been dealing with this for almost 34 years now - the constant changing, painting, rearranging, etc.  And, funny story - he has been saying, "You're going to win!" even though I've told him that this isn't a competition, haha!  Isn't it sweet of him to give me that compliment, though?  I guess he approves of the new d├ęcor.

OK, then, without further ado, here is our "Plum Perfect" bedroom...


If you're new here, I went with an eclectic, moody vibe with an infusion of sparkle for the room's new look.  For links to sources on all of the furniture, lighting, etc., you can visit my past three posts.  I am SO pleased with the way everything turned out, starting with this perfect paint color from Clark & Kensington!  There is just the tiniest hint of plum in this color, so it makes a rich background for black and shades of purples.


As you can see, the Noir Ascona bedside chests, which are such gorgeous anchors in this room, are topped with Gilt lamps that still take my breath away with their marble column bases and polished brass shades. The Largo Furniture Soho iron and upholstered headboard gives us a comfortable backrest when we are sitting in bed.  I love the Industrial element that it lends to the room, as well.  



Each side of the bed is styled similarly, with mirrored stars in open frames.  These stars were actually hanging in other rooms of our home, and I plucked them off the walls to place in here.  They  are the perfect accessories to create both unity and distinctiveness to our separate sides of the bed.


My night table is a bit more feminine, with a crusty antique frame, books about design and ballet, an Anthropologie Volcano candle, and flowers in shiny vessels.


If this vignette is photo-heavy, please forgive me, haha.  I really love the layering of finishes, textures, and colors here.  We ladies need pretty things, am I right? :)


The hubby's side is more streamlined with a simpler black frame, a star that is bolder in size and shape, and succulents in modern pots on a stylized tray.  We now have so much storage in these chests that there will be no excuses for cluttering the tops!




This corner will make a nice reading nook by the window with an oversized leather chair, which was brought in from another room, and a cozy throw.  There were a couple of revisions I had to make toward the end of this challenge.  The Mid-Century Modern table project didn't come together quite as I had hoped, so I replaced it with this cute garden stool-type table, purchased at HomeGoods.  I love the mirrored chrome finish on the top, the stud details, and the ring handles.  And it will be the perfect little spot to set a cool drink or cup of coffee when I'm curled up with a good book.



At this point in time, I don't plan to add any drapery panels to the window treatment.  Our ceiling slopes down on the other end of the window, which doesn't allow much space for hardware.  And, truthfully, I like the simplicity of the blinds alone.  It keeps the visual focus elsewhere in the room.  I'm still loving the light fixture from West Elm, which adds that modern, industrial flair and echoes the style of the headboard.  The collage wall will eventually grow larger and extend down towards the floor, but for now it definitely reflects my design aesthetic.  I don't always design so symmetrically, but as I laid it all out, it just kept working this way.  Having pairs of similar art pieces lent itself to this arrangement.  


The center print was my jumping off piece, and I already had the architectural plaques and antique mirror, which I spray painted raspberry.  The "Spirograph" art has a sweet story, which was shared in a previous post; and the chair art reflects my Interior Design background.




This antique doorknob previously belonged to our daughter.  Can you believe she found it lying on the rooftop of an apartment building in Chicago that she had lived in?  Who would abandon this gorgeous piece of history on a roof?  I have been coveting that doorknob ever since she discovered it, even before the plan for this room was based on the color plum.  She was generous enough to pass it on to me after she decided that she could live without it - I was thrilled!




Here is a quick view of that amazing Norman Bel Geddes chest I scored on Chairish.  No one really wants to look at an ugly tv, but this sure makes it more appealing, doesn't it?  The clean lines and simple design blend well into the room's style.




Our new bedding includes a combination of linens from Bed, Bath & Beyond (coverlet), IKEA (sheets), and Urban Outfitters (light purple shams.)  The shades of plums and magenta were pulled from the art and really add some beautiful color to the neutral furnishings.  

Well, that's a wrap!  Thankfully, we finally have a completed bedroom for the first time in our married life - it's such a joy to use this gorgeous room now!  I absolutely love how it envelops us in velvety, restful color and lustrous finishings.  Thank you, again, for visiting.  I hope you have enjoyed taking this journey with me.  I sure do appreciate all of your support and comments along the way.



See you next week for something new and different.  Maybe I can finally get outside and start tackling the jungle that used to be known as our landscaping beds............

, Dwellings the Heart of Your Home, Let's Add Sprinkles, Rustic & Refined, Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Room Challenge - Finishing Touches


There's nothing like the final weeks of the One Room Challenge to make sane people turn into wackadoodles who don't sleep, can't make decisions, and run around willy-nilly trying to find the exact-right accessory pieces they envision for their spaces!  Well, ok, that's probably just me, haha.  Actually, I've seen many of my One Room Challenge cohorts skating to the finish line in perfect designer form, having created much more elaborate projects than I have.

Can you believe I'm already scheming in my mind about how to "up" my game for the next challenge?  Yes, I digress...

As it turns out, even though this master bedroom project is without many bells and whistles or custom details, I love how it is turning out.  It truly reflects my style.  In fact, there have been times throughout this process when I tried to push myself out of my comfort zone (which is often a good thing!)  But I kept returning to what is inherently "me" - solid colors, classic accessories with a touch of feminine glam, and always black ;)

So today I'm giving you a peek into how everything is taking shape, without spoiling the final reveal - which happens next week!


Here is a shot of Hubby's side of the bed, which I tried to keep a bit more masculine than my side will be.  It's hard to tell in this photo, but the star is mirrored so it reflects light, especially when the lamp is turned on.  And, seriously, can we just talk about these lamps?  OMG, they are my favorite pieces in the whole room!  They are from Gilt and, when lit, cast such a beautiful glow onto the marble bases.  I was worried there wouldn't be sufficient light for reading through those opaque brass shades.  Honestly, though, I loved them so much that I decided we'd just have to adapt if they were prettier than functional.  Luckily, they are working out fine.

The succulents give some life to all of the hard edges, and I think I might even be able to keep them alive since this spot is adjacent to a South-facing window - win/win!  I have them corralled on an iron and mirror tray, in case of drips when watering.  Plus, the tray echoes the mirror of the star above it.  Aren't the pots good-looking?  They are both from Hobby Lobby! It just goes to show that you can find great design almost anywhere, if you have the eye and the patience to search. 


 Here is a portion of a gallery wall that is coming together.  The piece in the center with circles of color, from West Elm was part of what inspired this room's color scheme.  It also adds some brightness with its white background and frame, and it gives a modern hint as well.  I used to have a phobia about combining white and ivory together in a room - I was such a color "purist."  Our carpet and upholstered part of the new headboard are ivory, so it caused me a little anxiety to throw bright white in here (silly, isn't that?)  Once I did, though, I could see the value of white adding crispness and light; and the contrast makes everything pop.

I previously gave you a peek at the vintage mirror that I painted raspberry.  You can see my hubby's side of the bed reflected in it.  The chair prints were purchased at a local shop, and I love that they display who I am - a former Interior Designer (and chair collector, haha!  Luckily, these chairs take up much less space than the ones I find at estate and tag sales and can't resist bringing home!) 

  
 The black and gold plaques were thrifted locally as well.  And the piece that looks like a Spirograph drawing is from Art.com.  There are several reasons why I am in love with this art.  From a design standpoint, the circle shape echoes the circles and colors in the West Elm art and has that nice white background again.  And from an emotional standpoint, it evokes happy feelings for me.  You see, my daughter gave me a Spirograph set for Christmas and she said, "When I saw this in the store, I knew you would love it!"  She was right, because it brings back good memories of my childhood, creating all of those cool Spirograph designs.  But, more importantly, it showed me how well she knows me and how much thought she put into purchasing that gift for me.  I smile every time I glance at this piece of art on the wall :)

Well, Friends, there continues to be a lot going on behind the scenes here.  I still have a table to paint in the next couple of days - yikes!  And there will be final "fluffing" happening before next Thursday's big reveal.  Wish me luck, and please drop by next week to see the full transformation!

Julie