Wednesday, October 16, 2013

One Room Challenge Week 3

The focus of this week's ORC progress has been on seating. When the plan to redecorate her room was still in the conceptual stage, Sophie shared some of her ideas with Mr. H's mother. Nancy, who has always been a big influence in Sophie and her sister's lives, rightly pointed out that what the room has been lacking is a comfortable place to curl up and read - something Sophie does a lot of. Yes, the vintage slipper chairs were adorable but not really practical.

Nancy told us to find the chair and she'd make it her birthday present to Sophie. In my mind the chair needed to be on the small size as Sophie's room is tiny, just over 10' by 12', and have a rounded back as I envisioned it positioned in one of the corners. Sophie and I looked at several chair styles and both fell in love with this antique Napoleon III version.

One drawback of antique chairs is that the seats can be quite low - the seat of the above chair was only 13" high - so, guided by my friend Loi at Tone-on-Tone we found this chair from Lee:

photo: Lee

It is the perfect size at 27" wide by 32" deep, and only 33" tall so it won't seem out of proportion in a room with a low ceiling. While Lee offers an abundance of great upholstery choices they also have a COM option so you can send you own fabric, which we did - a simple, white cotton from Kravet - and we added a cute tufted ottoman so Sophie can put her feet up when she is lounging in her new chair.
photo: Lee

As I said last week, capitalizing on natural light is a priority in the redesign of Sophie's room. While contemplating her new chair we considered where it would be best positioned for comfort as well as exposure to the window which led to our deciding to flip the furniture layout of the room and put the headboard on the wall where her desk had been and vice versa. I think this will put her work space in the room's brighter, open area and her sleeping space in the cozy eave.
The way the room was:


The bedroom's new layout:

In the last piece of seating news, I picked up Sophie's new desk chair at a great Swedish design shop in Hudson, NY, Hedstrom and Judd. I had spotted it there on a previous visit and when Sophie and I settled on the black Chelsea Textiles desk, Mr. H chauffeured me back down there in an epic day trip to collect it. He is a good man.


Still no painter, still hopeful that rain is on the way and he might show up this week.

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. You can catch up on my previous installments here at Week 1 and Week 2.

30 comments:

  1. Looking good! I love the chair by Lee, they make a great product. This is such fun to watch people as they move along in their projects and cannot wait to see the big reveal!

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    1. Thanks, Tina! I have a few other Lee pieces and agree it is a great company. Have a great day!

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  2. Lee industries make great furniture, so I'm leaning toward that chair too. Loving the new desk chair. Fingers crossed for a painter soon!

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  3. That Lee chair is perfect and the new layout makes so much sense. We're headed from more gloomy, rainy weather here - wouldn't it be great if we could swap!

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  4. The new layout makes perfect sense and the seating options are going to be beautiful. Lucky girl.

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  5. I agree -- there's nothing like curling up in a wonderful chair to read!

    I think the new desk chair is quite similar to the one in your home office!

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    1. Haha - Good eye; I am sneaking in my favorites!

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  6. I adore that chair from Lee Phyllis and will love it in simple white. I think Lee offers a great product at a good price point. I love the new layout and can't wait to see more!!!

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  7. I love Loi! He has given me great guidance, too. I also love that your daughter and your MIL are confidants. How wonderful for both of them. The layout looks great, and sitting in that chair to read would be really cozy. I can't believe you haven't had rain yet. I was washed out of spray paining twice. More on the way, so hopefully it will travel up your way.

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  8. I love all of the seating choices. I used to get furniture for my birthdays when I was a teenager too and I was always thrilled with it. Fingers crossed rain moves your way soon!

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  9. That charming chair and ottoman will be such a stylish and cozy spot!!!

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  10. This room is such a stunner! I am rather obsessed with chairs and yours is no exception.

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  11. Great seating choices and the new layout makes so much sense. I too have a thing for chairs.

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  12. Oooh, what a pretty and cozy spot this is going to be, I have a feeling it will become a favorite place to escape! Both chairs are gorgeous!

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  13. Love your ideas and the chair from Lee...cant wait to see the room come together!

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  14. Phyllis,
    I love the reading chair and ottoman. Her room is going to be so comfy and inviting, while very stylish. What a fun project for you both.
    Karen

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  15. What a lovely idea to have a reading chair! Your new floor plan looks perfect -- what a beautiful room this will be!

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  16. Really love this new layout, Phyllis! With the bed centered and the pair of bedside tables, the room looks more grown-up. Hope the Lee chair works out :) Till next week....
    x Loi

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  17. The new layout is great! Love you can fit seating in there!

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  18. Well you can't have a better guide that Loi that's for sure. I love Lee and use their products all the time.

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  19. Wonderful layout and I love the pieces you picked. Can't wait to see how this room turns out!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  20. WOW so beautiful chairs:) and thanks for sweet words

    Check out my new post...a lovely childrens webshop:)

    have a wonderful day dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  21. Ah, still no painter. And you don't sound panicked in the least! The layout looks perfect, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

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  22. Everything sounds beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing the finished room.

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  23. The pink chair was darling, but the new chair (and ottoman!) will be so comfortable and chic for reading. Love seeing your progress, can't wait to see the big reveal! :)

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  24. Dear Phyllis, I love your choices of chair and ottoman!
    Now I know to go to Loi if I have a design issue!
    Your daughter will have a forever room (furnishings anyway)

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designer & Artists Series

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  25. I love Hedstrom & Judd!! I found the best vintage owl print there once1 This room is going to be so gorgeous! I cant wait to see it!

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  26. This room is sach a gorgeous room, I love all of the seating choice.furniture company UK

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  27. Such a classic chair and ottoman- one of my favorites. Sophie is so lucky to have such a gorgeous room and a great mom! Her pink and brown room was gorgeous! Best of luck, hope things go smoothly.
    xo Nancy

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