Wednesday, October 9, 2013

One Room Challenge Week 2

As we begin week two I don't have much visible progress to share since last week but Sophie and I have made a lot of decisions. The first thing we had to do was finalize the paint selection as we are on 'short notice' with our painter/wallpaper hanger. As soon as it rains he is coming over. We spent several days contemplating four options I had mixed in sample sizes at our local Benjamin Moore dealer.

As paint will, the colors looked different at certain times of day. After much consideration our mutual feeling was that the sample that best matched the background of the Schumacher wallpaper had a slight yellow tint and the computer chosen match looked a little green. A third option just seemed dull while our unanimous choice at the lower left, White Chocolate OC-127, has a pure, luminous quality at all times of day. Sophie would like me to point out here that she suggested we sample it in the first place.

During the process of emptying Sophie's room and removing the heavy balloon shade I was struck by how much more light the room got. It became clear that the disadvantage of the single, north facing window had been exacerbated by the voluminous window treatment.


Capitalizing on the available natural light became a priority. I was set on curtain panels which would leave the window unobstructed when they were open, but when I went to measure I noticed (for the first time!) that the window in Sophie's room at the back of the house is positioned slightly higher than those in her sister's room at the front of the house - where I did hang panels - and the trim abuts the ceiling.


A curtain rod traversing the trim board would not have looked right and Sophie rejected the idea of a cornice built over the trim and hardware for fear it might bring down the already low ceiling. We settled for a flat Roman shade (like this is her sister's closet) that when raised will reveal much more window surface than the balloon shade did.

We decided it would be fun to use a little more of the wallpaper's 'Go Baroque' print as it is available in a coordinating fabric and I think the predominantly white material will not interfere with my priority of lightening up the room. As the repeat is so large we will get one frame centered in the shade, almost as it is below, and do a 2 1/2" border of Schumacher's 'Avery Cotton Plain' in ebony.


On to the furnishings. Sophie really wanted a new bed but that would have consumed too much of the budget for this project considering what else we wanted to do so we decided on an upholstered headboard. Add a coordinating quilt and bed skirt, and (in my opinion) you get a lot of bang for your buck. The shape Sophie chose from my workroom...

I like that the corners echo those of the square frame in the wallpaper pattern.

Using the Norbar linens we selected, the headboard and quilt will be made in the seafoam green with white piping and the bed skirt in white with a seafoam border.

As I mentioned last week we were considering Chelsea Textiles for furniture options and decided on using their black and Gustavian grey finishes, black for drama - which is Sophie's priority - and grey because I like it.


It's my feeling that the clean lines of the Gustavian reproductions will provide a nice balance to the curvy wallpaper print. We ordered their 'writing desk with one drawer' in the black finish (which, unfortunately, will not arrive until November) and I recently spotted a coordinating desk chair that I am hoping to pick up soon.


Since storage space is limited in Sophie's room we chose the 'small bureau' for her bedside table in the Gustavian grey finish. Last week I drove down to New Jersey to pick up the chest which was in stock at the Chelsea Textiles warehouse - longtime readers will know I love a road trip - and here it is, not being shown to its best advantage, in my garage.

The stretch of good weather expected in the week ahead does not make a visit from our painter look promising, but I am ever hopeful! Let it rain!

If this is your first visit...the One Room Challenge, or ORC, is a semi-annual event, organized by Linda at Calling It Home, where 20 bloggers made up of Professional Designers, Interior Design aficionados, and Diy'ers share the transformation of a room from start to finish. Over the course of six Wednesday's we write about our progress. Stay tuned!

27 comments:

  1. Wow Phyllis loving the inspiration so far....gorgeous palette and the Go Baroque is such a great statement piece to have as a focal point an I love anything by Chelsea...cannot wait to see it come along!

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  2. I am so obsessed with small painted bureau. It's gorgeous! I love the plan for this room!

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  3. I'll be hoping for rain for you two. The colors are so soothing and I love the headboard shape your daughter chose.

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  4. Yes, rain! I am excited to see the painting happen. This looks so light and refreshing and sophisticated too.

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  5. I love the idea of the roman in the same fabric as the wallpaper. That will look smashing. And the headboard was a great choice!

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  6. That small bureau is gorgeous! I love the direction you are going in here!
    -Shelley

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  7. Fantastic start!! I can't wait to see it all. Love the Roman and the fabric. Xoxo, K

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  8. The light colored roman will give it such a fresh feel, such a fun look to coordinate with the wallpaper! Very pretty, Phyllis!

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  9. I never have luck matching colors using the computer scans. Beautiful Roman shade in Serena's room. And I'm totally crushing on "Go Baroque!" Love its homage to the grand old 18th century frames, but in a very fresh and graphic way. xo Loi

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  10. Wow! Looking gorgeous and I agree.. the Go Baroque is perfect! Love the dresser and the Roman shade. I'll cross my fingers for rain:)

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  11. Everything is coming together beautifully! And kudos to your daughter for finding the perfect paint color! I am a big fan of minimal window coverings...I actually have none in my house, something you can do when you live out in the boonies! :) I can't wait to see the finished project, and maybe some of the copious amounts of rain we've been having will head north so that you can get things rolling.

    xo Kat

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  12. Phyllis,
    I love the way this is going...you and your daughter make a great team. The two furniture pieces are timeless and she will undoubtedly want to take them with her someday!
    Karen

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  13. I love your furniture...Phyllis is right...you two make a great team!

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  14. Your daughter will love having more light in her room! That shade is going to be amazing. Everything is so sophisticated and timeless. This room is going to be absolutely beautiful!

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  15. Love the direction you are going with this room! Excited to see more next week!

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  16. That window treatment will be so fun. And I love the desk and chest!!

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  17. I do love a Roman shade! Great choices too!

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  18. I love that paint color. Great choice! Cannot wait to see more.

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  19. Phyllis...I do love the crisp black and white with the soft gray. I think this is really going to be a special room.

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  20. phyllis - i love how you are peppering in the swedish pieces with that fun fabric. i think sophie is gonna be so SOPHIE-tiscated!

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  21. Oh, I just hate when architectural details and windows vary like that. Our first home what built in 1909, nothing was the same, anywhere. Your solution is great, and I can really appreciate natural lighting. I love that fabric and it will be fun as a window treatment. That desk in black, is worth the wait.

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  22. So many great elements already in play - really should be great to see all of this come together!! Hope your painter makes it soon!!

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  23. I love where you're going with this. love the ideas for the window coverings! love all of the colors you guys are choosing! i'm updating tomorrow as a linking participant! please check me out for updates on my guest bedroom. cheers.

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  24. I love your solution for the window! I am actually having similar thoughts for mine too! That bureau is fabulous! Love, love the paint colour!

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  25. Phyllis

    You must have a wonderful relationship with your daughter and she must have your fabulous taste! Love how you are blending her taste and yours!

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  26. I would have loved to have this room growing up! Heck I like it now ;) good things girl, good things.

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  27. What a wonderful room this is going to be and oh how I love Swedish pieces - love the chest you got!! Can't wait to see what's next!

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