One Room Challenge Fall 2018-The Reveal!

Photography Credit: Rebecca McAlpin

Today’s the day friends, it’s reveal day for the One Room Challenge and we have a completed bedroom! The last six weeks have been a blur since we purchased this house, put our other house on the market, sold it, moved, and worked on the room somewhere in between while keeping my interior design business afloat. It has been hard, and exhausting, and exhilarating, and I’m really glad this room is complete because it has taken many sleepless nights and early mornings to get to this place. I finished the room Monday afternoon and it seems almost like a dream that it is actually done! If you are just checking in and want to see more of the process, you can revisit the previous weeks here:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Ok, now I bet you’re ready to see this finished space, aren’t you? :) Here she is my friends!

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My goal for this room was create a warm, layered space that embodies a sense of time and patina juxtaposed with modern elements. I always like a little before and after, shall we take a look?

BEFORE

BEFORE

A little bit of a change, eh? One of the things that jumps out to me is how you can see so much more of the detail on the fireplace with it being a bit of a lighter color. Now there are some shadows in the reliefs which really make them pop. I used Portola Paints lime wash in Vintage Black on the mantle, and while I had originally hoped it would be a darker black, this more slate-blue tone is kinda growing on me. It has a really nice patina to it so I decided to just let it be it’s own thing and not try and control the situation too much, sometimes that’s best you know. And of course, the walls are Portola Paints beautiful lime wash in North Woods, which is so perfectly soft and beautiful, I almost feel like I am wrapped in a cloud! The texture that it creates on the walls is incredible, almost like an old plaster. For the moldings, I wanted them to blend with the walls, so I painted them in Ben Moore’s Smoke Embers to flow seamlessly with the walls. I have always wanted black window sashes and these old windows were the perfect ones to take in that direction. I used the same color we painted the exterior of the windows, Ben Moore’s Onyx.

If you watched my Instagram stories you might have heard about the debacle with the ceiling light which was supposed to arrive Friday and never came because somehow it became missing from the box right before the delivery, so I frantically called France & Son telling them about this all out emergency (the photoshoot was in two days) and seeing if there was ANY way they could ship a replacement fixture overnight. They were amazing and totally came through for me on shipping another fixture that afternoon and saved the day because LOOK AT THAT CEILING FIXTURE! It totally makes the room, right? I have admired Serge Mouille’s work for years and always wanted this ceiling fixture in a room. It’s a big fixture though, and I never quite had the space, but this room was long enough that it just worked, and it’s delicate form doesn’t overwhelm the space, win-win!

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The bed came together in the final week and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to find something low enough to fit under the windows and this vintage headboard was a great shape and height. It was originally a stained wood, with a brown woven material in it. I cut out the old, woven material from the panels and used them as templates for the new caning. I painted the entire thing black and then reinserted the new caning with spray adhesive. I love how the black and caning contrast against the patina of the lime wash and gives a bit of a modern feel to the space. I used a simple platform base from Hayneedle that blended beautifully with the vintage headboard. Hayneedle was kind enough to offer 10% off to anyone clicking through on these pieces of theirs that I used in the room!

The lights are from our previous master bedroom that we ordered years ago from Schoolhouse Electric and the William Morris “Strawberry Thief” pillow is from Rejuvenation. I felt like the bed needed something a little old school and this patterned pillow was the perfect thing, plus, William Morris is one of my design heroes.

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A sweet art vignette sits on the wall beside the bed including an abstract from my friend Angela Simeone, a portrait from Minted, and an etching of New York falls from the 1850’s from a recent trip out to Colorado. Although the pieces are quite different in styles, they are tied together in color palettes. The bedside stump is one I have been carrying around for years. We were getting ready to move from Monterey, California back in 2010 and were taking some trash to the drop off location before moving and someone had left the stump out by the dumpster. Of course I was in love with it at first sight :) and convinced Adam we should put it in the car and take it with us. We have moved it several times, from California, to Florida, where is sat on our porch, to Nebraska where I used it to hold a big pot of succulents, to our first house here in Philly where it was in the sunroom, and now to this home, where it made the perfect bedside table. Sometimes I get a little bit sentimental about these seemingly insignificant things that I have been toting around for years, but that is what makes them special, and makes your house a home. And the fact that I would have never thought it would end up at our bedside, but that it has, and it works beautifully makes it even more fun.

The rug was a lucky find at Home Sense, and adds a very soft and subtle pattern to this side of the room and blends nicely with the sitting area rug. A sprig of dogwood branches from our yard adds a fun splash of color. I ran out of time to get flowers before the shoot, so out to the yard it was and it ended up being the perfect thing to celebrate the season!

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Honestly I just want to hang out in this spot all day. These beautiful, moss green chairs from Article are definitely a star in the room. Their low arms and curves keep this area from feeling too cluttered and the green velvet is just luscious!! Article also offers free 30-day returns, so if you find that the piece doesn’t end up working for your space, you can always send it back, which is a great option for a big piece of furniture. The Girard Lamp from Hudson Valley Lighting brings in a bit of a traditional element, and I love the way the brass looks with the moss green. A place to put our feet up is going to be essential with hanging out in this spot, so I chose this sturdy coffee table from Hayneedle. The oblong shape keeps a nice flow to this area and it has a really lovely woodgrain to it that adds some subtle texture. The handwoven rug has the perfect faded feel that I was looking for and unable to find in the right color in a vintage version. The soft pinks and blues are calming and tie in with the vintage tile on the fireplace. The little wooden stool (fondly dubbed the “Mimi Stool” in our house) has been with us for several years. It’s handmade, and wonky and had to be repaired once when Adam tried to use it for a step stool and it split in half-haha! It’s the perfect little spot to set your coffee while reading.

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I decided to paint the doors in the room (and will likely continue throughout the entire house) black. It’s the same black as the widows, Ben Moore Onyx. The doors are original 5-panel doors with glass doorknobs and they seem to have so much more presence when painted black, we did this in our last house too and I’m just not over it :)

The mirror is from Lamps Plus (yes, they sell more than lighting) and I love how it feels like a cool, modern touch above this uber traditional mantle. In all honesty, I never really liked the center relief of the floral swag on the mantle, but the shape of the mirror sort of mimics that and I feel like it could kinda be growing on me now.

I built some simple, oak shelves in the 11th hour and I love how they have a minimalist vibe next to the fireplace and provide a spot to display a few precious things and a spot to tuck in a basket for wood.

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Loving, loving the lime washed patina on the mantle. I used two coats of their sealer so that the surface is cleanable. Here’s a closer detail of the mirror as well. Another, simple branch from the Japanese maple in our yard gives some drama to the mantle.

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Our old, walnut dresser found it’s new home in our bedroom again and I’m loving the modern form of the Piper Lamp from Mitzi contrasted with the traditional dresser. I sourced this gorgeous art piece from Minted from artist Kelly Money. She is a local artist, painting fantastic clouded pieces which I have sourced for client projects before. I loved this piece in particular because of the greens and yellows which I felt tied in so perfectly to the other parts of the room. I also thought it would be the most wonderful thing to wake up to in the morning since we can see it from our bed. Minted offers this in a gallery wrapped canvas which really makes it feel like the original painting, and the printing quality is fantastic, you can see so many of Kelly’s original brushstrokes, it is a great way to get more of that original artwork feel for a lower cost. You can also request commissions from various artists through Minted, which has definitely got my wheels turning for future projects!

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Here’s another shot of the bay window and the beautiful Japanese maple outside.

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And here’s another shot of the bedroom from the other side. For those of you wondering, here’s a peek at the Hayneedle platform bed as well.

Ok friends! That’s a wrap! I’ll be sharing a walkthrough of the space this afternoon on Instagram Stories if you want to hop over (and the whole project is saved in my highlights). Thank you so, so much for following along, for your comments, so many of your reached out and offered your encouragement and excitement for the project. Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for organizing this for all of us and to Better Homes and Gardens for providing media sponsorship, all of the generous sponsors who donated products for this space, my husband, Adam who took care of so many of the things in our personal lives while I tried my best to keep up on this project and work, and my photographer Rebecca McAlpin who moved the shoot to Monday to give me every available minute to finish the project. It feels so good to have at least one room in our house not in complete chaos after our move and we’ll rest easy after these long days of work now.

Alright, now go check out all the other incredible featured designers (linked below) and guest participants too (they’ll be sharing their reveals tomorrow). Everyone has been working, so, so hard to get the finish line on this. Thank you!!!!

xoxoxoxo,

nicole


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One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Final Reveal

Photography Credit: Rebecca McAlpin Photography

Today's the day my friends!  I'm thrilled to reveal the nursery that I've been working on these past six weeks.  For those who don't know me, I'm Nicole Cole, a full-time Interior Designer and Stylist living in Philadelphia.  This is my second time participating in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant and I'm so excited for the *almost* instant gratification that having a six-week design challenge brings.

If you're just tuning in, you can see the progress of the space here: 

Week One   

Week Two 

Week Three

Week Four 

Week Five 

Over the last six weeks this space went from an office/guest room/catchall room to a nursery for this family's newest family member set to arrive next month.  The new mom to be (Jessica) asked for a peaceful space. So I went with a lot of soft and almost ethereal (like a newborn babe) palette with some warm woods and charcoals thrown in to keep it grounded.  The house has a colonial feel architecturally, so I took that as a starting point for the colors and paint treatment and then incorporated some modern, clean lined touches because a little bit of tension in a room makes for good design. 

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Sources: Paint, Crib, Rocker, Rug1, Rug2

Let's just revisit where this room started, shall we? 

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Can you believe how much bigger this room looks?  This is almost the exact same framing in the before and after.  It's so bright and fresh! Even with more furniture pieces in it than before!  Goodness I love design (ahem, ok, I'm done geeking out for a minute).

Since the space is long and narrow, we ended up going with two layered rugs as a standard size wouldn't fill the space enough and we didn't want to go with something custom.  A soft wool woven ivory one laid the base while the geometric jute blend adds interest and pulled together so many of the other colors from the room.  Farrow and Ball's gorgeous paint colors set the stage for the walls.  I chose Farrow & Ball No. 22 Light Blue for the lower portion and for the upper portion of the wall I chose Farrow & Ball No. 266 Mizzle.

Most of the work we completed on the room was more on the decorating side of things....paint, furniture, accessories...but one construction project we took on was the built in daybed.  I went into more detail on the construction process during the Week Five post and now she's all dressed up and ready for some serious lounging.  Even before baby Oliver arrives I think mom and dad are gonna wanna curl up here for afternoon naps and book reading (I know I want to).  

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Sources: Wall Lamp, ABC artwork, sheets

This built in daybed adds more functionality to the space in between the closets than the previous freestanding one.  We added a huge drawer for storing extra bedding below as well as a bookshelf and little cubbies for secret stashes.  A heathered grey fitted sheet covers the twin mattress and is easy to just throw in the wash if needed.   

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The The ABC artwork from Jenny's Print Shop was an inexpensive and easy way to add artwork to the wall, and the wall lamp is perfect for late night reading (and comes with a dimmer!) I added a low maintenance snake plant that gives some height to the space and a brass elephant because no matter how hard you try, animals of numerous sorts just seem to make their way into a nursery....the little fox print was something Jessica had picked up prior to the project and I love how the orange tones play with the blues and purples in the room. 

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We couldn't resist adding one more little nook on the mattress side of the bed....I can't help but think this will be filled with plastic race cars or maybe a bug collection someday...

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A comfy rocker is a must for late night soothing or a comfy spot to nurse.  This one has great lines for tucking right back into the corner. The pouf from Article brings in more of that grounding charcoal color and can transfer to other areas on the house as well.  It's perfect for putting up tired feet at the end of the day and will be nice and soft when Oliver starts toddling around.  The lamp adds a modern feel and also doesn't feel exclusively "baby", it has a foot operated switch which is great for when mom and dad's arms are full with babe.  The bookshelf was a piece that Jessica's dad made for her in one of her first apartments in Philadelphia and fits perfectly under the window.  We painted it a warm charcoal grey (Sherwin Williams "Black Fox")  and it will serve as the perfect spot for a glass of water, some baskets for other smalls to keep close at hand as well as toy and book storage.

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The room wouldn't be complete without a few vintage/antique touches.  The mirror has been in my stash since I found it down in Jacksonville, Florida about a year ago...it pulls some of the dark wood tones from the changing table and is especially pretty with a little bit of the de-silvering from age.

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This simple Ikea crib is perfect for adding a minimalist vibe to this space.  A beautiful green throw knitted by Jessica's long time friend, Nicole (hi Nicole!) works perfectly with the room's color palette. The ceiling light is a simple, understated drum shade and draws you eye up to the ceiling which we painted the same color as the upper portion of the walls. 

I had seen a delicate looking mobile with ships on Pinterest but all the sources I looked for on Etsy felt too heavy to me.  So I decided to make my own version as a gift to these new parents-to-be.  I partnered with Stephanie from Share Studios to use her beautiful handmade paper for the sails because I love the way the light shines through it, plus, she's an incredible artist and I love supporting other creatives when I can.  The boat hulls are carved from Catalpa wood I had laying around the workshop.  I hope this trio of ships gently "sailing" above Oliver inspire him to pursue adventure and curiosity.

This vintage French dresser was THE PERFECT size for a changing table.  We made a wood frame to hold the changing pad.  It can easily be removed when Oliver outgrows it and transitions to a dresser with display space on top.  The three drawers provide tons of storage for all the baby accoutrements. A shelf above give some good display space for decor items.  The lion head is a beautiful wool felted handmade piece from Groh Artifact.  I'm smitten with all their pieces and would love a collection for my own home!  The lion symbolize courage, bravery, and leadership, all great inspirations for a little one coming into this world. The wall basket is a thrift store find and keeps wipes and burpy cloths close at hand.  

Well, that's it for this round of the ORC, thank you so much for all your kind words and support along the way!  Thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for putting on this inspiring event and for House Beautiful and the Home Love Network for supporting us along the way as well!  And be sure to see the final reveals of the other incredible guest participant rooms here as well as the featured designers here. 

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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 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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