Fall 2020 ORC Dressing Room Week 2

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It’s already time for the week two of the One Room Challenge. I am redecorating our dressing room, which is adjacent to our bedroom and could use some serious updating.
This week I started painting the trim back to the original brown shade, as well as decide on flooring and work on the design. I decided to go with carpet for the flooring, which is sort of boring, but it’ll also make it much cozier. I am also carpeting the bedroom at the same time. Both of these rooms had carpet when we bought the house, but it was not in great shape. As a short term solution we just painted the subfloor, so now it’s time for real flooring. If money was no object I would have made a different decision, but you know, money is an object 🙂

Trim was painted back to brown.

We have been wanting to get a new sofa for our living room to replace the blue sectional. I love the blue sectional and will not get rid of it (it originally belonged to my Great Aunt), but it’s just not comfortable. And due to COVID we spend a lot more time on the sofa, so it would really be nice to have a comfortable spot to chill. Since we do want to keep it, I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out where to put the three pieces. One of them will go here, one will go in the basement and the third I’m just not sure yet.

I also already have these side tables and they never really fit anywhere. I’ll use two for this room and I also have a third that I will sell. The light I bought at an auction a couple of months ago and also couldn’t figure out where to put it, but it’ll fit here perfectly! This side of the room is really dark and needs a light source. And it’s plug in so I don’t need to hire an electrician. I will paint the black base white to match the wallcolor.

Artwork is TBD.

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*Brandi

Fall 2020 One Room Challenge: Dressing Room

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I can’t believe it’s already time for the Fall One Room Challenge. It seems like I just finished the bathroom Spring ORC!

This is the fourth ORC that I am taking part in. I first redecorated our bedroom, then a guest room/craft room, basement bathroom and now the dressing room. This room is the mirror image to our bedroom, so the space will look familiar. As part of this challenge, I have 6 weeks to make this space look great and blog about it each week.

If you follow me on IG you may recall that I was trying to decide between doing the dressing room or my husband’s band practice/recording studio/office. I wanted to do the band room, but since it’s also his office and he is teaching high school remotely (thanks COVID), I thought it would be too much of a disruption to his sanity if I decorated that room. That leaves me with the dressing room, which has become a catch all for all sorts of crap over the past few years.

Let’s take a look at this room before. There are actually 3 versions of ‘before.’ The first version of ‘before’ is when the architect lived here. I skipped this room in my Morrison Residence Then and Now series, because this room is currently ugly 🙂 Here is what it looked like before before before (1990s).

When we first moved into this home, I set up this room as my craft room. Here is the before before (2015).

This Ikea cabinet used to hold my fabric stash when it was used as my sewing room.

At some point during the craft room days we ripped out the carpet and painted the subfloor turquoise. It was meant to be temporary, but has now been like this for over 5 years. It’s time to get a real floor!

When we switched bedrooms to the back of the house, I also moved this craft room and it became a dressing room. Primarily my husband uses it (not sure how he has more clothes than I do, but it’s true :-), plus he wakes up earlier than me so he can get ready without bothering me.

This room needs some serious style to match the rest of the house. I haven’t really figured out the design plan, but I am starting to make a list of what I need to do. I plan to kick it into gear and figure it all out this week!

Add real flooring. I am currently debating carpet or hardwood.

Replace cubbies with something more attractive, or cover them up with closet doors.

Install an ironing board that folds down from the wall, or opens out of a closet.

Downsize and donate clothes (we are 90% done with this step!)

Figure out decor and art

Buy a full length mirror

Switch out knobs on dresser (and perhaps paint?)

I’ve got a lot to do and better get moving! Be sure to check out all of the other 200 + designers who are all linked in this blog post.

*Brandi

Living Room Nook: Dark and Moody

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When Sherwin-Williams announced their 2021 color of the year, Urbane Bronze, I knew I had to paint something with it, because I had a gallon in the basement! I initially bought it for the green hex tile bathroom renovation trim color, because it’s very close to our existing trim color. It’s a dark, deep brown/almost black. It’s a very awesome color, especially in a cozy space.

Living Room Reading Nook

The views outside of this living room nook are beautiful, especially now during the fall. I thought that painting the nook this dark, moody brown, would make the outside pop and it does! I wish I was better at taking photos so you can see the inside and outside, but you get the idea.

All of the furniture and accessories I already owned, so this cost zero $$. Finding a selection of vintage goods and things that you love is the best way to design.

The paintings above right were bought at two different times, but they work together perfectly. The one on the bottom was actually purchased without a frame, but the artist Kyle Rafferty framed it before it was sent. And it matched our other night time painting perfectly with the gold band.

The painting above I found on Instagram, by David Vget. His portraits are unbelievable and we were especially drawn to this one. I love it on this dark background. I haven’t framed it, but actually may just paint the edge the wall color.

We have had this chair from Crate and Barrel since we moved in. I didn’t really know that much about mid century modern design at the time, and didn’t realize this is basically a copy of a classic MCM design, Z Chair by Poul Jensen for Selig. Had I known, I would have just bought the original!

Here I am, HELLO!

This rug was a flea market find. It’s been in our entry way, but fits this spot perfectly too.

My fiddle leaf figs are staying alive, hooray! The hydrangeas are from my Mother in Laws garden.

Winnie says HI too.

Let me know what you think! And be sure to reach out to me if you would like me to design a space in your home.

*Brandi