We're almost to the finish line at week six of the One Room Challenge! Thank goodness for an extra week to pull everything together. In all honesty, the room is pretty much done as I had to have it complete for my awesome photographer to come and capture the space earlier this week. If you're just checking in your can see the progression via week one, week two, week three, week four, and week five. This week I'm sharing those last major pieces to go into the room before all the finishing pretty touches are added for the reveal...
First up was getting the new Ikea VALLENTUNA piece into the room. Since we are going to use this space as a multifunctional room, I thought this was a versatile piece that could function as a nice lounging piece or a bed for guests. It's a modular system that is slipcovered, so all the parts can be easily washed and it comes apart in smaller pieces, which was also important since we're in an older home with smaller staircases and doorways.
I chose the light grey slipcover that complemented the mural well and also looks great against the green walls. I love the modern lines of the piece, they add a little tension against some of the more traditional elements in the room. The piece went together easily and seems really sturdy. I've already been snuggling myself into those high arms. And of course Shelby thinks that we're just doing the whole room up for her :)
The bottom portions of the sofa slide out like a drawer to reveal a support that the cushion then unfolds on to create the bed. This simple design is ingenious!
Down came the boob light and up went and older West Elm fixture that we've moved from two other houses...we've typically have had it in our dining room, but I thought it would be fun to have it in this room. It adds more of the modern element that I want to infuse into the space. The fixture didn't always have the gold interior shades, I got a wild hair years ago when I first bought it and gold leafed the insides of the shades for some contrast.
Ultimately I think I'll have to have a smaller down rod made for it as it hangs a tad lower than I'd like it to (we only have 8' ceilings). At 6 feet tall I can walk under it ok, but anyone much taller might bump their head...good thing this is not a high traffic space!
I also made some progress on this little side table. It's an old bubble gum stand that I've had for years, I think I bought it for $20 at an antique festival in Florida. I gave it a fresh coat of matte black paint and bought a pre-made top at Lowes (don't judge) that I gave a quick whitewash treatment to.
We also installed a dimmer control switch in the space. Whenever possible I think it's a little luxury to add a dimmer to a space so that the lighting can be controlled throughout the day. We ended up going with Lutron's Caseta dimmer which can be controlled via a remote as well as smart devices like iPhones or even the Alexa device. We primarily did this so that we can control the lights when we are out of town instead of adding timers to our outlets, but it will also be nice to be able to adjust the lighting without having to get up every time. Plus, our guest can use the remote (or their iPhones) for turning off the lights without having to get out of bed. A little luxury that will hopefully go a long way in the space. We hope to add more of these switches to other rooms as time goes by.
All the little details for the room are coming together as well, here's a little sneak peek of some of the pieces coming in....
Beautiful weaving from my friend Sara of The Forest Fern.
Some midcentury glass goodness from Scout and Annie
All the cozy pillows...including the beautiful printed one from fellow artist Made of Cloth.
And of course....plants :)