Wednesday, October 2, 2013

One Room Challenge

I am thrilled to be participating in this fall's One Room Challenge; many thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing it and for including me. This is a semi-annual event where 20 bloggers, made up of Professional Designers, Interior Design aficionados, and Diy'ers, share the transformation of a room from start to finish. For the next six Wednesday's we will be giving you updates on our progress.

Conveniently, my daughter, Sophie, who will be 17-years-old this December has been hinting that she'd like to redecorate her bedroom which we designed together when she was 12.

I understand why she feels she has outgrown it and think redecorating is the perfect birthday present.

The challenge here is going to be designing a plan we can agree on - our personal styles are quite different. Sophie is a writer and highly creative. She is about color, drama, and statement pieces. I am about neutrals, simplicity and stressing the importance of investing in timeless pieces, preferably influenced by Swedish Gustavian style. Can these two aesthetics be merged?
chairs 1stdibs here and here

When we decorated Sophie's room five years ago I was not enthusiastic about painting it pink but felt it was important to let her express herself and I am committed to doing the same this time around. Now she'd like something modern and sophisticated in her personal space, and mentioned an interest in wallpaper - which I rarely use but am by no means opposed to. I immediately thought of a beautiful hotel room in Paris that Mr. H and I stayed in the summer before she was born. In a classic French style the room was decorated entirely in a toile print very similar to the room below.

Rather than feeling confining, it made the petite room seem much more spacious. I thought it was the perfect treatment for Sophie's small bedroom - but this was not to be. When I set Sophie loose in the Schumacher showroom she came back with an assortment of whimsical, large scale wallpapers. Very large scale. As I began to explain the difficulty of applying a large repeat to the particulars of her room, with the west-facing wall built into the eave of the roof and its low ceiling, she politely stopped me to say we were only going to apply it on one wall - something like this. Modern.


Of the selection of papers there were a few that I immediately eliminated without much fuss from Sophie - I think she was just testing my limits - but there was one we agreed on: 'Go Baroque' - a black and white print of Rococo style mirror frames.

It satisfied Sophie's desire for drama and I consider black a neutral so we had a starting point. The paper would go up on the wall behind her bed and the rest of the room would be painted white to match the background. Next we discussed introducing color. Sophie had always admired some Chelsea Textiles pillows that were a gift from my sister and I suggested the color scheme would work nicely with the black and white - it would be a timeless combination. Sophie agreed and I selected seafoam green and ivory linens from Norbar that coordinated with the pillows.

On to the furnishings. Sophie's room contained a selection of 19th-century reproduction, painted French pieces that had belonged to my great-grandmother. They didn't suit the sophisticated look she had in mind and I felt it was important to balance the wallpaper print with clean lines. Her furniture was also regularly flaking off a lot of paint (lead paint!) so I decided to put it in storage until I could have it restored. Some time was spent considering what replacements we could find that I would consider a good investment yet would appeal to Sophie's taste. During the year we spent in a rental while renovating Church Street, Sophie's bedroom contained an antique set of black Chinese Chippendale furniture borrowed from my sister. She loved it. Why not introduce some of Chelsea Textiles Gustavian reproductions in their black finish? Sophie approved. I suggested we use two different finishes to mix things up.

As for the overall design there are specifics still to be determined and we are undecided on how to treat the window, but we are both pleased with what we will be working with.

I have a painter/wallpaper hanger lined up. Unfortunately he is very busy - everyone here is rushing to get outdoor painting done before the weather makes it impossible - so I am hoping for some rainy days when he will want to work indoors.

We are ready for him.

46 comments:

  1. What a beautiful color combination and fun wall paper! Can't wait to see more!

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  2. How fun! LOVE the palette you are working with, cannot wait to see it come to life....happy decorating!

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  3. Hi there I'm new to your blog, i just hopped over from Linda's! This is going to be such a fun (and challenging) project to work on. I LOVE the wallpaper. And I'm super excited to follow along!

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    1. Hi Elisa, Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!
      Phyllis

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  4. That is such an exciting plan. I can totally relate to decorating with a teenager.

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    1. So far no dramas! ;-)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Phyllis

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  5. This will be fun to see how you and your daughter come together on the design. Love that wallpaper.

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  6. This will be very sophisticated. I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together.

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  7. Phyllis, this is so sophisticated and layered. I think the chair example is so funny. That wallpaper is a fantastic accent. It is so nice to read and know that at 17, they still want to work with you. Enjoy the time with your daughter and thanks for joining in.

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  8. I am so in love with this plan. And I love that you were able to take your daughter's ideas and make them meld so well with yours. This will be a beautiful room, I'm glad we get to follow along!

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  9. I love the two sense of style working together. Looks like it will be a fabulous new space for Sophie! I cant wait to see the weekly transformations.
    Ridgely

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  10. I am so thrilled to be participating with you on this challenge! I love your work! I have to say your example with the chair is me to a tee, in my own head! I can't wait to see how you balance both!

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  11. Phyllis,
    You and your daughter have made great strides on this project. I can only imagine how wonderful the room will look with the wallpaper selection and pieces of furniture in the finishes you've selected. I look forward to seeing the finished room.
    Karen

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  12. So fun to have you join the Challenge! I'm impressed by your fabulous plan given your different style! :)

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  13. Phyllis

    I so remember when my daughter went off to college! I was finally able to get rid of the red, white and blue in her room. She did have to approve the update and I am still living with that! That is the next room to get an update! I love all your ideas and know it will be fabulous!

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  14. I love the sea foam green and the black combination! How exciting Phyllis:) We will look forward to watching this progress.

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  15. Okay first we should introduce Sophie to my son Tate who is also 17!!! I love that you are doing her room...and I cannot wait to see how it turns out, I am totally playing along...and I am your newest follower!

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  16. Hi Phyllis, all looks wonderful. I had to laugh when you said that you let your daughter pick pink when she was little, I made the mistake of painting over Emily's pink walls as a surprise. She was very upset that her walls were made cream and drapes a Waverley Antique Floral. I had to repaint , this time with bright colours and even gave her a graffiti wall...which made up for my faux pas! You are a better listener than I;) All the best, B.

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  17. I can't wait to see how this turns out! I'm glad that you are letting her decide some elements in her room- I was never allowed to as a child:)

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  18. Cant wait to see what you will do...I'm sure its going to be amazing!

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  19. You have a beautiful plan here! Lucky girl :) This one is going to be fun to watch!

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  20. Great plans! I am excited to follow along to see updates next Wednesday. Love the beautiful bed, by the way. Will it be staying?

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    1. Hi Jessie, the bed is actually painted with lead paint that flakes off regularly. I am going to put it in storage until I can have it refinished. Thanks for stopping by!
      Phyllis

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  21. Hi, Phyllis - This is going to be such a wonderful and interesting collaboration between you all! As a devotee of Swedish Gustavian decor, I'm looking forward to seeing your selections combined with Sophie's picks.
    Cheers,
    Loi

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  22. How nice that your daughter clear opinions and has a vision for her space. My youngest wants everything black white or gray and hates pattern. Whats a mother to do? Looking forward to your fun collaboration!!

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  23. Oh I love How Sophie's input is going to add a little drama! This is going to be fun to watch it all unfold! The juxtaposition of both your styles. So exciting!! xx

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  24. It will be fun to see how the two of you work things out. Love the direction so far.

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  25. Shut up with that wallpaper. I'm in on the whole plan. Sophie has a future in design.

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  26. Oh my. This is going to be lovely! What a stunning and sophisticated room this will be -- can't wait to see it come together!

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  27. Phyllis I love what youre going to do, it will be serene and snazzy all at the same time! Fun to involve Sophie in your work. You all will have a blast.
    xo Nancy

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  28. I love it, I absolutely love the selection. It gives me room to breath that you are letting your daughter have her own ideas honored. That is a really big deal. My congratulations to you for having good taste in decorating and child rearing. Ann

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  29. This is very exciting Phyllis. I look forward to following along with you all!

    Xoxo
    Karena
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  30. Oh, how fun! I remember only too well when Holly and I "re-did" her room! I was more than thrilled when her taste outdid mine! It is still my favorite room in our home today….that was only 6-7 years ago! Enjoy this process and I can't wait to keep up with it! What a great series for a blog post!

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  31. I am thrilled to be in the One Room Challenge with you. It is a much needed swift kick in the rear to get this home office of mine looking good.

    Cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with and the AFTER shots of your daughter's room. I love that black and white fabric.

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  32. That combination is going to be AWESOME! She seems to have great taste, like her mom.

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  33. How nice to have found your blog through the ORC! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do in Sophie's room. :)

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  34. I love your daughter's room and can't wait to see how this tranforms!

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  35. That room will be so great! What a lucky girl!
    Best
    Karolyn

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  36. I love the color combinations you picked, the black, the white, that perfect shade of green. I can already tell it's going to be a beautiful room! I'm excited to see how you two blend your styles!

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  37. Love everything!! The beautiful green Norbar fabric is a stunner. Xo, K

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  38. What a LOVELY post:) Im now following on pinterest...I hope you follow me back.

    Check out my blog today...divine royal bedroom inspiration:)

    Have a fab. week dear

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

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