One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Week One

Whew, can anyone tell me where the year has gone?  It seems that not so long ago I was finishing up that big green beauty of an office space that was the last One Room Challenge and here we are again kicking off the next one!  So not only is it exciting times with springtime and warm weather on it's way (at least that's what we're telling ourselves), I'm starting on another room design that you are going to see progressing over the next six weeks in real time, so hold on to your hats folks, here we go! 

For those of you who may not know me, my name is Nicole and I'm and interior designer and sometimes woodworker living in Philadelphia.  You can learn a little bit more about my creative journey here.  This is my second One Room Challenge as a guest participant and I can't be more excited!  Last season my room was selected by House Beautiful's editor Sophie Dow as one of the finalists for the guest participants, an absolute honor!  I'm looking forward to stretching my creative muscles this round and creating an entirely new kind of space.  

This spring, I'm working with some great friends of mine who are welcoming their first child into the world, and as such, this little guy is gonna need a room!  So NURSERY it is!  I'm taking a bit of a different approach and creating a space that doesn't feel too "baby" and can hopefully grow with them as their family grows.  For the first few years these parents may be spending just as much time in the space as their kiddos are, so I'm designing a space that will feel just as welcoming and chic to the adults as the kids. 

Ian and Jessica bought their house about two years ago and have been using this front bedroom primarily as an office with overflow for guests .  

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The room is south facing and has TONS of incredible light and those deep windows that you see so often in Philly (also, the perfect place for plants). There are two closets in the room that bump out into the space, which creates this nook area where there is currently a daybed. 

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The plan includes using the nook created by the closets to create a cozy area with something that utilizes the space a bit more efficiently and can grow with their family.  There are hardwood floors in the room, which is a plus. Also, check out the beautiful hardware on the door handles (!!!) gosh I love old houses...  

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Ian and Jessica cleared out the room this week so we can get going on the painting, which is going to begin tomorrow, here's a couple snaps of what the room currently looks like. 

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So much potential here right!?  Can you feel it?

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All I'm thinking is bye-bye beige.....

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Next week I'll be revealing more about the details of the design plan, layout, etc. A little sneak peek of what I'm planning is below.  Until then, stay tuned for some sneak peeks on Instagram and Instagram stories and if you're a parent I'd love any input on what has worked for you in a nursery/child's space, what are your must haves in terms of functionality/design?  Let me know in the comments below! 

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Also, be sure to follow all the other incredible guest participants on the One Room Challenge website as well as the featured designers there's so much design goodness to see over the next six weeks! 

 

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One Room Challenge-Week Seven

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....

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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. 

Image Credit: Kyle Born

Image Credit: Kyle Born

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.  

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

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. 

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

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.  

 

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

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. 

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

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...

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

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. 

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

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. 

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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. 

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Image Credit: Kyle Born

Image Credit: Kyle Born 

Image Credit: Kyle Born 

And this ingenious VALLENTUNA pullout bed from Ikea.

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Image Credit: Kyle Born 

Image Credit: Kyle Born

Image Credit: Kyle Born

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 

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SOURCE LIST

MURAL: Anewall 

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

SECRETARY: vintage 

SHEEPSKIN: Overland

CEILING LIGHT: west elm (from a few years back) 

PAINT COLOR: Rainy Afternoon from Benjamin Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge-Week Six

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. 

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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 :) 

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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!

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Some midcentury glass goodness from Scout and Annie

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All the cozy pillows...including the beautiful printed one from fellow artist Made of Cloth.

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And of course....plants :) 

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That's it for this week!  Thanks so much for following along and be sure to catch up with the progress  with the featured designers here and all the other guest participants spaces via the One Room Challenge Blog.  Hope to see you for the final reveal next week! 

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One Room Challenge Week Three

Hey guys! Ever have that feeling like you're just not where you'd hoped to be on a project?  That's been my week with the One Room Challenge guest room/office space.  Between photoshoots for other interiors projects, planning for holiday and workshops, filling orders and getting ready for a show on Saturday it felt like I was working at a snails pace.  After the dramatic push to get the space painted, working on a bunch of small stuff this week felt a little less dramatic.  But nonetheless important, 'cause it's all in the details, right!? So let's dive in! 

I'm apparently having a little early American moment, maybe it's the fact I'm surrounded by so may influences here in Philly, I'm nostalgic for my childhood (I grew up with lots of early American style pieces), or I just wanted a cool desk with all sorts of nooks and crannies to stash my treasures.  I've been thinking about getting an antique secretary for a while.  I'd actually seen a really cool one when I was down in Fredericksburg last December and I've wistfully thought about how I should have bought it at the time these last months.  Perhaps they might still have it?  I almost made the 10-hour round trip drive to check #obsessed. So I turned to my resources  Craigslist and Ebay and trolled them for MONTHS searching for the perfect old secretary.  I don't have a lot of time to go shopping in person, so I like to check out these sites in the evening when I am looking for vintage/antique furniture.  After months of searching, nothing.  I was trying not to get discouraged because you can't rush a good vintage piece, but the One Room Challenge was quickly approaching and I was feeling a little bummed that I wouldn't have THE PIECE.

On a whim one afternoon after swinging by one of my favorite nurseries, I stopped by a great vintage/junk shop a few doors down.  I have found a few things here and there before and just wanted to pop in to see what they had going on.  I never expected to find a secretary, but there it was, buried behind frames, mirrors, and an old sled.  My heart skipped a beat and I quickly pulled the items away from it to get a closer look.  "Good lines, yes...oh, I like those little spindle legs...and no ornate details at the top...good, very good" I thought to myself.   The color was a little more orange-y than I preferred, but I could look past that because the form was the closest to what I was wanting. Sold. 

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She's missing a little hardware but that's an easy fix.  I spent some time earlier this week cleaning off years of grime with Murphy's Oil Soap.  The color still wasn't quite to my liking and  I thought about using a refinishing product to darken the color a bit but after talking to some other folks and thinking about it a little more I'm gonna keep it as is.  I don't want to loose the wonderful patina it's developed over the years, plus with the dark green walls I think it might get lost if it was too much darker. 

Here's a closer look at the lovely interior....I'm imagining I'll be super organized with those little drawers and cubbies-ha! A girl can dream....

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I really love buying older furniture because a lot of times it is more well made than new, and oftentimes at a much better price.  Check out these dovetailed drawers!  The case of the piece is solid maple (SO HEAVY!) and the sides of the drawers are sycamore. Also, the wall looks aqua in this photo, it's not that color at all...what can I say, I'm lazy and use my iPhone for these shots...

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The piece is stamped with a Conant Ball Makers Mark. At the shop where I bought it they told me that it was likely manufactured in the 1940's.  Conant Ball was established in the late 1800's in Gardner, Massachusetts and specialized in crafting Colonial furniture reproductions and cane seat chairs.  Russel Wright was a designer for Conant Ball and designed many of their most popular furniture items, I wasn't really able to find anything in my brief search on this particular secretary but I wonder if Mr. Wright had a hand in it's design.  

Since some of that hardware is missing and I think it could be modernized a bit anyway, I'm planning on replacing the drawer hardware and knobs.  I'm still waiting on one more option to be delivered, but I'm liking the way these are bin pulls are looking. 

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Ok, I've definitely drawn out the story of this secretary long enough.  One to a couple other things. I removed all the hardware from the closet and bedroom doors and followed Manhattan Nests magical formula to remove those old layers of paint to reveal the brassy layers beneath as seen on the back side of this hinge.

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Here's the before: 

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And After! 

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I started a bit of work on the hook rail that is going to run along the wall where the closet is located.  It'll be a great spot for guest to hang things and also to display a couple special pieces. My brother fabricated the hooks and I've been working on getting the limed ash prepped for hanging, here's a sample of the general look. 

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Next up, the wallpaper mural, it just arrived this afternoon and I'm planning on installing it tomorrow-Eeeeep! Thanks for following along guys!  Don't forget to check out the progress being made by the other guest participants right here. xo, nicole 

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