April 18, 2014
April 17, 2014
I can't believe that it's Week 3 of the One Room Challenge! After getting the upstairs carpet replaced last week, I moved all of the furniture back into the space. I'm still not sure on furniture placement yet, but I'm really loving my desk on the opposite wall than I had originally planned, so I'll keep you posted on that. Here's what it currently looks like:
I couldn't even be bothered to close the drawer for a photo. You're welcome.
I had been working on some art before the ORC even started. Here's what I'm working with so far. I snagged a large frame from Ikea that was being discontinued and on clearance for $6, found a photo of Brigitte Bardot, and sent it to Staples for printing. Since I wanted it to be black and white, I chose to get it blown up as an engineering print, which was less than $2. I love how it turned out! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I painted this little abstract painting a few months ago. It reminds me of the art inspiration that I shared in Week One!
I've also been hoarding this vintage milk glass light fixture for a few months, knowing that it was going to go in the office. The brass was tarnished, but it was only $3 at a Habitat ReStore.
It polished right up with a little bit of elbow grease and some Brasso! (between this and the campaign dresser hardware, I'm going to have a hand cramp for weeks).
Thanks for all of your suggestions on last week's post about fixing scuffs on bamboo. A few of you suggested using Restor-A-Finish, and I happened to have some on hand, so I gave it a go. Since it was a dark walnut color, I only used it lightly on the desk chair.
It worked like a charm!
I also used it on the pink tufted bamboo bench I'm planning on using in the room. I applied it with a heavier hand since the color of the wood is a little darker than the desk chair. Here's what it looked like before:
Amazing, right? I also gathered a few pillows that I'm planning to use in the space. Isn't that leopard one great? It's from an Etsy shop called Stuck on Hue...make sure to come back tomorrow for a little treat! Trust me...you won't want to miss it! ;)
April 16, 2014
I wanted to go with a Palm Beach feel to the room, and Royal Design Studio was kind enough to send me a stencil to help me accomplish that! I chose the Camel Bone Weave Stencil because it reminded me of lattice or bamboo. I painted an accent wall and left the room pretty bare since I wasn't sure what our plans were. Since I'm not decorating a whole bedroom, I just set up a vignette on the few pieces of furniture that I was planning to use in this room instead!
Please pardon the quality of the first few photos; my 18-55mm lens had been dropped too many times to count. The photo quality greatly improves when I switch lenses about halfway through the post!
I bought the green dresser from the lovely Emily A. Clark. I responded to a post on her FB page about getting rid of it, and the next day I was at her house with a baby in my arms and we were chatting like old friends.
Ok, about the details: the lamp was a $12 Habitat purchase, and I added blue ribbon to the shade. The Matisse lithograph print was another Habitat find (for $10!). I painted the black and white abstract myself, and the palm candlesticks and blue and white jar were thrift store finds.
I found this large Foo Dog at Ross (of all places) for $6 on clearance. He was black and silver, but there's nothing a little gloss white spray paint can't fix!
He's much more Jonathan Adler now, no?
The palm candlesticks combined with the color scheme really give the space that Palm Beach vibe I was going for.
It's finally hydrangea season!
When I bought the dresser from Emily, she said that someone had spray painted the hardware silver before she bought it (who would do that?) I stripped off the paint and polished the brass back to its original finish with some Brasso. It was quite a task, but it was worth it!
Looking at these photos makes me a little sad that I cannot finish this room. At least I got to enjoy the stencil for a little while!
I big thanks to Royal Design Studio for sending me this stencil. I'm really loving the bright and colorful vibe of this room! And PS- it's staying when we rent our house. Not painting over this baby!