Today's the day, it's finally here, the guest room/office space that I've been working on the past six weeks for the One Room Challenge is complete! I'm so excited to finally have a space that is functional, cozy and inviting. We've already dubbed it the "upstairs living room" and have had two guests stay in the space, one this past weekend and currently my brother. If you remember waaaaay back in the beginning the room was pretty much a boring white box....
The room had good bones and nice details, but it was definitely lacking personality and style. Looking back at these pictures this room doesn't even feel like the same space. What a difference color, some fun fixtures, and layering of great pieces can make! So without further ado, let's get to the pretty pictures.
And here's the completed space! The last layers of details and accessories make it feel so cozy. I can't say enough about Benjamin Moore's Rainy Afternoon, the perfect moody green that shifts throughout the day and is so soothing.
The Anewall mural is the perfect backdrop with the green walls. To bring some additional color into the room I added a smattering of pillows in various colors and textures, as well as a little pop of pattern. The lamp is a vintage find from my friend Tara over at Scout & Annie. I love it's simple swoop and textured rectangular shade for a bit of interest. It's a great reading light for the other side of the seating area.
I was so excited to finally have the right project to use one of Made of Cloth's gorgeous screen printed pillows on a project! I chose the Splotches pattern with Silver on Oyster and I love how it mixes so effortlessly with everything else in the room. A cozy wool throw in soft colors is perfect for snuggling up with on these cold days ahead.
My big-haired lady that I've been toting around since we lived Jacksonville finally found her home above the pegboard I built using the custom hooks made by my brother, Omnitasker Design. Hanging it above the rail draws your eye up in a room that doesn't have particularly tall ceilings and the asymmetrical placement adds a bit of unexpectedness in a room that could start feeling a bit formal and stuffy. And can we talk about THAT WEAVING??!!! I feel so grateful to have an original piece from my friend Sara of The Forest Fern hanging in a space that will serve as a creative workspace for me. I love the texture and subtle colors that complement the overall vibe in the room.
I hadn't originally planned to add pegboard to this side of the wall, but I felt that it needed it to draw the eye completely across the room and also offers a little spot to hang a mirror for guests to check their hair/makeup. The mirror is from my little vintage stash and I used a piece of the fabric twill tape that the rugs were rolled up with to hang it from the hook (cheers to improvising!) My favorite way to elevate a simple planter to something special is with a stool and I was able to find this yellow-green vintage piece that perfectly complemented the other colors in the room. The soft, silver grey of the Senecio plant pops against the green walls and its soft texture catches the light from the window magically...
The 1940's secretary that I searched months for and ended up finding at one of my favorite shopping haunts seems almost radiant against these green walls! A vintage Hoffman armchair slung with a cozy sheepskin is the perfect spot to sit at my computer or do some writing in the morning. The white pottery on the top of the secretary is a collection of vintage, new/mass market, and handmade pieces that I've been collecting. I recently purchased the remaining pieces to create a simple vignette that stands in contrast against the wall color and traditional style of the secretary.
A close up of the display space in the secretary. I have a feeling I am going to be adding to this over time, but some of my favorite design and art books made their way in, a notecard with one of my favorite quotes by J. R. R. Tolkein that reads "Little by little, one travels far", and a dried fern frond from our garden.
I left the wall over by the desk blank so that I could use it for inspiration, design boards, etc. Simple wasabi tape makes things easy to pin up and take down without damaging the walls.
Here'a a couple more views of the space.
And this ingenious VALLENTUNA pullout bed from Ikea.
And now it's time to get down into snuggling and relaxing and creating more great rooms for clients in this space! Thank you guys so, so much for all your kind words and encouragement along the way. I heard from many of you who told me you were inspired to undertake your own makeovers in your spaces and that is so thrilling because that is what this is ALL about! Since this is my first year participating I'd love to hear what you think about the blog posts, did you find them helpful? Was there something more you wanted to know about? Were the photos sufficient? I would appreciate any feedback you have.
Thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for creating and hosting this design challenge for so many years and to House Beautiful for sponsoring the event. I hope to be able to participate again next spring, so stay tuned for more! And don't forget to hope over to the other guest participants pages and see what their final reveals look like and you can also check out the great group of featured designers as well. So much juicy design goodness folks! And if you're interested in seeing more of my interior design work, you can find it here. xo, nicole
RUG: west elm
SPLOTCHES PILLOW: Made of Cloth
SOFA BED: Ikea
PINK SILK PILLOW: west elm
BLUE & GREEN VELVET PILLOWS: Ikea
WOOL THROW: Home Goods
ARC LAMP: vintage, Scout & Annie
SIDE TABLE: vintage/repurposed
STICK STOOL/FOOTREST: Home Goods
WEAVING: The Forest Fern
ROLLER SHADES: Blindsmax.com SOLARVUE ROLLER SHADES - R-SERIES
CEILING LIGHT: west elm (from a few years back)
PAINT COLOR: Rainy Afternoon from Benjamin Moore