Wednesday, October 23, 2013

One Room Challenge Week 4

Welcome to Week 4, the post about steps forward but mostly steps backward. Setback #1: the seafoam green linen we selected for the headboard and bedding was discovered to have a flaw running down the center of the entire length of the yardage. I probably didn't mention before that it was the last 17 yards available in that color - IN THE WHOLE WORLD - but it was, so we ditched the linen and went with a Norbar cotton, 'Wendi', in Tide and White, colors almost identical to our original choices. After comparing the cuttings I decided that the cotton was probably a better weave for the application anyway, which, combined with the fact that it was more than half the price of the linen, made me feel like we actually ended up better off.
Fabric Round Two

Setback #2: a misunderstanding about the amount of wallpaper I needed to order. After measuring and calculating the quantity needed to accommodate the paper's 32" repeat, my painter/paperhanger, Jeff, told me to order two rolls. As I mentioned in week one, I very rarely use wallpaper - the two times I have purchased it in the last 10 years it was from European design companies and I was not clear on the fact that almost all US residential wallpaper comes packaged in 'double' rolls although it is priced by the 'single' roll. I placed my order for the paper on Schumacher's trade website where the online order form only gives one the option of ordering by the single roll (you see how this might be confusing?) Thinking I was following instructions, I ordered and paid for two single rolls and didn't give it a second thought when Schumacher sent one double roll. I thought it was the equivalent of two rolls; Jeff's reply, "Ahhh...no." Here is a very clear explanation of what you should know when ordering wallpaper: Single Roll vs. Double Roll Explained.
The not so fine - but definitely confusing to me - print

So this snafu necessitated reordering not just one, but two additional 'double' rolls. Why two? Because there weren't any remaining rolls in the same print lot as the one I already had and I wasn't willing to risk the second roll not being a perfect match, and, yes, I was too impatient to wait for a cutting! Also, I assumed I would be able to return the roll from the first order when 'claims' heard my plight. Guess what? 'Claims' cares about nothing but their 30-day return policy so I told Sophie I hope she LOVES this paper because it is going to show up in her life again - probably in her first apartment since we only need the tiniest bit of the second roll. She is not disappointed.
Wallpaper Round Two

And then, last Friday I arrived home after a long work day and discovered that Jeff, who had received a pleading email from me Thursday evening, had slipped in a few hours at the house that afternoon to get started on Sophie's room - even though it was not raining!

My hero.

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, Week 2 and Week 3.

32 comments:

  1. Love the palette and the peak of the wallpaper is so beautiful! Funny story (expensive mistake too which I have also made) but like you said there is more to enjoy down the road:) Glad its all coming together!

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  2. Such a calm and sophisticated palette! I'm so glad I found you through doing the ORC together. You're so talented!

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  3. Looks like you survived the fabric issue really well and, like you sad, Sophie will have more of this wallpaper in her future. Maybe a powder room or walk-in closet in her first house. So happy Jeff came even w/the sun shining!

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    1. Yes, a powder room is exactly what I was thinking - but I might just keep it for myself!

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  4. Love watching the progress here. She's a lucky girl.

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    1. She is, but lucky for me she knows it. ;-)

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  5. Phyllis, it's all going to be beautiful. If you didn't have a few glitches along the way you would really think you had done something wrong. xx's

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    1. You are so right dear Marsha!! xoxo, Phyllis

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  6. You roll with the punches really well and I think the room is going to look amazing! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, what a sophisticated room!!! This is going to look amazing and I can't wait to see the wallpaper up!

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  8. Love the color palette. Looking forward to see the wallpaper on the walls.

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  9. Isn't it amazing that a customer service department at that level just doesn't care? Sorry to read that. Well your paper guy is the best for sneaking in and doing this for you without rain. Can't wait to see the new headboard with the newer fabric.

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  10. Did I miss what the paint color is. It's a nice old white.

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    1. Hi Steve, It is Ben Moore 'White Chocolate' OC-127. It has a really nice, luminous quality.

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  11. I hope the less expensive fabric made up for having to reorder more wallpaper. Your painter is awesome!

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  12. How unusual to get through a room without some sort of mishap -- sorry about these! What a great guy your painter is!!

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  13. Wow, it sounds like in spite of the set backs you really made progress. Don't you hate it when some of the snafus occur? I love the room all clean and primed/painted, it will be fun to see the change with the wallpaper up and furniture back in.
    xo,
    Karen

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  14. I think wallpaper is confusing...and then it comes in different widths, too. I always have to get the estimate from the wall paper hanger. You will have fun using it again. Nice paint job!

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  15. You certainly made lemonade of lemons, the wallpaper is going to be so charming!! Glad your sweet painter came to the rescue!

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  16. Well....such is the process of design....got to be able to roll with it and I can see you did! I have always loved that paper so I am anxious to see it up!

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  17. I bet you can sell the wallpaper rolls via your blog. Wait until the room is done......and, voila! xo, Loi

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  18. Oh Phyllis I cannot wait, it will be fab!

    xoxo
    Karena
    New_2013 Designer Series

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    1. Thank you, Karena! It has been a lot of fun. xo, Phyllis

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  19. Phyllis,
    When I was initially leaning toward that Schumacher wallpaper that everyone loved, I made sure to ask my wallpaper guy to spell out how much wallpaper I would need. I actually went to the site while he was still at my house and he told me to order 4 since they come in only single rolls. Fine, well, then I changed my mind on that wallpaper and went with another brand sold locally. I ordered 4 since that is what he told me for the Schumacher. Turns out, I only needed two of that one since it comes packaged in double rolls! So confusing! Well, I was able to return the unused ones because I had not opened them. Sorry I left such a lengthy comment:-). Anyway, I'm looking forward to everything coming together!

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  20. Isn't that always the way with design...full of little hiccups and bumps in the road! Glad you got the paper and fabric sorted out, and yay for your painter showing up!

    xo Kat

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  21. You could always wallpaper her closet too...its going to be so cute!

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  22. Phyllis, The wallpaper is always a challenge. I made a blooper a while back..didn't calculate right and it was an irritating and $$$$ mistake. The room is going to be beautiful and lucky you that you had some unexpected help.

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  23. oh no! How confusing about the wallpaper, I was still confused after reading the single roll price double roll something-or-another...I don't blame you at all! I love the colors you chose so I am so excited to see this room finished!

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  24. Enjoyed catching up on this project. With a house full of boys I have to say I'm a little jealous. I love the feminine elements. ~becki

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  25. I remember going through that years ago for a client-ugh!! I too thought single meant single.. boy did i learn fast!
    Also sometimes they are as wide either so its tricky anyway you looks at it. I know thought this is going to be fabulous, the covering looks great and the linen worked out so well too! Cant wait for this one!
    Best and have a great weekend, Karolyn

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  26. I am so sorry things haven't gone smoothly. That is often how it goes, isn't it? great switch in fabrics and your room is still going to be stellar! How about papering the inside of her closet? Best of luck Phyllis, and hope the rest is cake!
    xo Nancy

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