Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week 5


I can't believe there is only ONE week left in the One Room Challenge! For the past five weeks I have been decorating a loft area in our son Wesley's room. (To catch up on previous weeks, see week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.) This past week had some ups and downs. I'll start with the good news first: our guard railing arrived yesterday!

I'll give you the back story on the railing...before Wesley was born I shared this photo from K Mathiesen Brown Design as part of a home tour on House of Turquoise:


It hadn't even crossed our minds to ever change what we had, but seeing that space made us want our loft to be open, with a more modern, sleek railing than what we currently had. (Thanks a lot, Internet!) The area up there is already so dark, the half-wall going up just made it all the worse.


So shortly before Wesley was born we tore down the wall. And there it sat until now! We simply ran out of time before he was born to put up something new and knew we wouldn't be using the space anytime soon. And now, thanks to the ORC, we're finally getting it done!

Here in Minnesota there are strict codes about railings, so we knew ours couldn't look like the inspiration photo–mainly it would have to be at least 36" high. We ended up finding another photo that would be more realistic to what we needed:


So we contacted a local company Accent Ornamental Iron and had them make us a custom railing. It's still taking some getting used to...we both really liked how open it was without a railing...but as far as railings go, we love it. And it's way better than the wall!


Here's a view from up in the loft.


Our Jenny Lind bookcase also arrived this week! Chris mentioned it was the easiest piece of furniture he's ever put together...he needed a break by now, so that was good! Of course he had a little bit of help putting it together....


Wesley sure loves his "steps"! Anyway I love the shelf and am happy we have the room for it now without the window.


By the way, I'm sorry about the terrible lighting in these loft photos above...they were taken in broad daylight with the window wide open (granted with my iphone...). Goes to show why we need a skylight. I still can't find anyone to install one anytime soon....but we definitely will be doing that, ORC or not!

When we were on the Land of Nod website purchasing the shelf, we came across this An Adventure a Day Banner and thought it could be a fun, colorful addition to the space. Chris is all about the adventures, so he was particularly excited I think! ;)

http://rstyle.me/~2VK9S

Now on to the lows of the week...

We received our light fixture in the mail but were disappointed to see it did not have a switch on it. I know a lot of hardwired fixtures don't but the image looked like it did, and I called customer service and they agreed with me (but admittedly didn't know for sure.) The fixture we received in the mail didn't even look like the photo, there were no knobs on the plate. Not sure what was going on there.

Not a switch
We returned it and moved on to Plan B, the Norwell Lighting Aidan Swing Arm Wall Sconce–which for sure has a switch. Thankfully Wayfair (one of the ORC sponsors) had plenty in stock and fast shipping, so I quickly ordered one and it will be here at the end of the week!

Switch!
The other disappointment for the week was with our lounge furniture. We bought the ottoman to go along with it (it's the Cushy Lounge Sectional from PB Teen), but there's just not enough space for it with the shelf in there. So that went back. But in good news, we love the furniture...it really is super comfy!

 

It looks kind of purple here, but it's definitely navy blue. Can't wait to put the throw pillows on it!

There is still much to do before the final reveal next Wednesday:
-Find knobs for closet door (thank you all for the helpful suggestions!)
-Install light fixture
-Touch up paint
-Find a lamp for the bookshelf
-Hang up artwork
-Arrange furniture
-Fill bookshelf
-Accessorize
-Continue quest to find someone to install a skylight
And with that, time to check in with the other ORC participants! One week left you guys!!!


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Old








This beautiful bathroom was my favorite space in a farmhouse-inspired home by New Old–a Charlotte, North Carolina custom home builder. How great it would be to have a vaulted ceiling, sparkling chandelier, huge windows, two separate vanities plus a makeup vanity! Not to mention gorgeous clawfoot tub! And of course I love the shower tiles and the walls, especially the color...Benjamin Moore Tranquility AF-490! Don't miss out on the rest of the home with even more photos by Cal Mitchener, head over to Home Bunch next!


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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Home


















I love the energy color brings to a space! This Sydney, Australia beachside apartment was styled by Emma Blomfield and Marj Silva, and photographed by Lisa Zhu for The Home–a home decor flash sale site in Australia. The living room is my favorite here...breezy and coastal! I just love the turquoise and coral combo paired with the weathered textures. The colorful coffee table is especially fun! Can see more photos of the home right over here! And if you're in Australia, definitely check out The Home, looks like they have some super cool stuff!


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Friday, October 24, 2014

designstiles






























There are so many pretty details to drool over in this home designed by Irene Lovett of designstiles, a Los Angeles interior design firm that specializes in nurseries and kids' rooms. Her client wanted a casual, bright and relaxed California vibe, and I'd say that's exactly what she got! I love how cozy and collected it feels, with unique vintage pieces mixed in with new ones. The wallcoverings are just gorgeous too!! Read all about the home and see lots more photos taken by Sabra Lattos over at Style Me Pretty Living!

Have a great weekend! :)


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