I am participating in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge! It’s a fun event where you post about a space that you are redecorating (or fully renovating) over a 6 week period. I already wanted to redecorate our powder room so the timing is perfect. And I really don’t need to do that much so it’ll be nice to have a reason to spread out the timing of this project.
Here are the before pictures.
I love the horizontal window in this room, but 1/3 of it was covered by this cabinet that was hiding a gas meter.
The week before COVID19 shut down our country, the gas company came to replace the gas line, move the meter to the outside as per code, and replace the main gas line by the street. The first two happened, and they could run the new line through the existing line without tearing up the entire drive way, hooray! However, they couldn’t replace the gas main line by the street, because it kept filling with water. They dug a GIGANTIC hole that took up a large part of the end of our driveway and yard and then haphazardly put it back together. It’s a bit of a bummer that the front of our yard is all torn up, but you know, GLOBAL PANDEMIC. It seems some of our neighbors are more upset about it than we are. We are hoping that one day they will finish the job.
The current situation in this bathroom really isn’t bad at all, but there are two main areas that I wanted to address. 1) The left corner had that counter cabinet that hid the gas meter. I am so pumped that they moved the meter to the outside so that we could get rid of the cabinet. It felt clunky and the window actually spans the entire wall, so it’ll also let in more light. A pipe is still there, but I plan to just paint it. And 2) the mirrors were hung high and I am short, so I could never see myself in the mirror unless I was on my tippy toes. I don’t often mind being short, but I really hate it when I can’t see myself in a bathroom mirror. This actually happens in restaurant bathrooms a lot (I’m looking at you Memphis Taproom!)
My color palette is below, along with my beer (lol). In case you didn’t know, you can call in and order to your local Sherwin-Williams and they will get it ready for you so you can just pick it up outside. The counter tops are staying and I picked up these handles at an Estate Sale without knowing where to put them and this room is perfect. One less thing to try and find and buy.
After I had picked the colors, I was looking through photos from our trip to New Orleans and realized that the colors are very much a part of the city. When I was there I kept thinking, I should design a room around this, and apparently I did without even realizing it.
I am very thankful that we got to go on a trip in January to one of our favorite cities before this pandemic, New Orleans.
Wow, I’m really killing it with this One Room Challenge. Just Kidding. I’m not. Let’s just say that most of the things I’ve checked off my list have been because I’ve just eliminated them from the equation.
Hello again. So… not much has changed in the last day and I am still way behind on this One Room Challenge. But I did just figure out a few small details and made an inspiration board.
I am going to take advantage of the skylight and add a few hanging plants. Maybe not this many, but wouldn’t that be cool?
The above credenza/wall pic (center) is from a Cup of Joe. The blue chair above I already have. It was actually an estate sale find that I had reupholstered. It was for sale in my now closed online home shop. I schlepped that darn thing to no less than 3 markets and it never sold. So now I am keeping it and it looks great! I am going to try to make the TV look like less of a focal point on the wall by adding art around it. I may also move my cutting table and use a credenza instead.
I am still trying to decide on the floor. I want to do cork, but I got a sample and ‘tested’ it by trying to scratch it. It scratches more easily than I’d like so I need to keep looking. Oh no pressure, just have only 3 more weeks to figure it out AND install it. Yikes.
And so week two begins (and ends). I basically have done nothing except order a few flooring samples and I am currently in Ireland for a week. (Edit, I was in Ireland for a week, and was unable to post this while there. Sorry for the delay!)
I think I maybe should have planned this a bit better. Oh well. Here is some inspiration that is sort of the vibe I’m going for in this round of One Room Challenge.
There will be lots of house plants. And the below wallpaper will also make an appearance. I have one roll and need to use it for the one wall in the bathroom. Since I will have some extra I will also use it for a small wall in the guest room to tie the two together. It is the very famous Woods Wallpaper by Cole & Son. Believe it or not, this wallpaper was designed in 1959! It is actually something that could have been installed in our home, which was built in 1963.
The room below (from Martha Stewart, read all about it here) is sort of the sparse vibe I am going for, but with more plants. Let’s see if I can do sparse in a room with so much going on! You can find my week one here, with before shots of our guest bedroom.
Come back next week (tomorrow 😉 for more details of this One Room Challenge. And be SURE to follow along and see all of the other guest participants who are surely farther along than I am.
Do you remember when I redecorated our Master Bedroom last spring? Well I’m partipating again in another One Room Challenge and I’ve decided to start it on the very first day that our bathroom remodel is completed. Whew, I may be crazy.
I’m planning to redo our guest bedroom, to try to compete with our new guest bathroom. There are two key differences for this room, I’m working on a very strict budget and it’s DIY. I have a few ideas that I’ve been bouncing around my head, so let’s see what I can come up with. The guest bedroom at Ewok (the nickname given by Ewok’s most frequent guest) is also my sewing/craft room. So it has to serve both purposes. Here is the space from about a year ago.
The above actually looks way more cluttered now, because I added a tv and shelves. I am now thinking that I like this wall better without the shelves. Hmmm. A fabric cutting area is a must and this really is a great place to do it. I think most of the above will be staying
This area definitely needs to be decluttered. I made the curtains out of this awesome coverlet that I bought in India. But, they just do not look great in this space. It is a cool fabric though and I hope to find something to do with it.
This area above is actually super cute as is. But I am thinking of a bit of wallpaper above. The paintings I made of our beloved pets Moz and punch. Our current love bug is below, Winnie.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention this is also Winnie’s bed. She has pretty much claimed all beds, chairs and sofas in this house.
The major area that needs to be addressed is the flooring. It’s currently a very stained and sad beige carpet. I want to ditch the carpet and the replacement is still to be decided. We also use this area to watch tv, so I need to find a way to make it more comfortable.
Stay tuned to my blog for the next 6 weeks as I make over this space. And be sure to check out all of the featured designers and fellow guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.
Are you ready for the big reveal? If you’ve been following along, you know that I have been a Guest Participant in the One Room Challenge. It has been so much fun to put a time limit on decorating a room, and it was just the push I needed to finally finish our Master Bedroom. It forced me to make decisions quickly instead of pondering over purchases for wayyyy too long. So without further adieu, I give you the Mid Mod Bedroom. All resources are listed at the end.
The walls got a fresh coat of white paint. I choose the color called Marshmallow from Sherwin Williams. If you recall from a past post, I even painted the floor the same color. This room had carpet that had seen much better days, and I wanted a floor choice that would be quick and cheap. Painting the subfloors was the answer. It’s not a permanent fix, but will hold us over until we save for new proper floors. I want to use the same hardwood flooring that we recently installed in the dining room. Which reminds me, I owe you a blog post about the dining room!
The angled wall has been a hard area to figure out how to decorate, but I decided that it needed something vertical besides art to break up the horizontal lines in the room. I added a few white shelves to bring your eye up a bit and planted pothos in vintage planters that I already owned. They were living on a shelf in my craft room, but now they are a focal point in the bedroom. And pothos is a very hardy plant that should survive without a ton of light. The best part is that it grows quickly and trails. And those long pieces you can sort of wrap around anything. Once they grow longer I want to pull them over to the right, and will figure out what structure they can grow on. I saw this idea recently on instagram (@hunkerhome) and fell in love.
The bed decision was a hard one to make. Before this challenge started, I had already been looking for one for months. I don’t even want to think about all the hours I spent searching online for the perfect bed. The space is really small and a queen size bed JUST fits, but most of them are larger than the size of the mattress. I found this perfect bed from Article (linked below) and am in LOVE with it. I thought that having an open bottom would help to give the room more space, and it does. The one we had before had under bed storage, which was nice, but took up a lot of the visual space in the room.
The legs on this bed are amazing (and dare I say sexy). It’s also really great quality and made from solid hardwood walnut. It was even easy to put together.
The wooden items below are antique and were used to mold cigars! I bought them at a local antique shop a few years ago. I actually initially bought them as a gift, but loved them so much I kept them and bought a different gift for the couple. Does this make me a bad person? Maybe. (Sorry Brian and Morgan) The small wooden art on the right we bought last year while on vacation in Santa Barbara. I always try to buy art or something for the home while on vacation to remind us of the fun trips. And now it’s our daily reminder to find and buy a camper! If anyone has any leads, send them my way.
The painting below was bought at a flea market. It actually was in my shop for a bit, but I decided to keep it. The rug below is in my shop now, but I think I have to keep it too! The stool was a craigslist find, but is DWR.
Below is the view from the dining room into our bedroom. I wanted the colors to flow and work with the wallpaper in this room, and it definitely works!
I took a trip to IKEA and found these awesome glass triangles. They work great to corral my vintage jewelry collection. The ring was from a shop in Colorado and I am in love with it. The bakelite bangles are from flea markets.
The area below is my makeup and jewelry area. I switched the knobs out. It actually used to have handles, but I filled a hole on each side so I could use knobs instead. The size of the handles was really hard to find without spending a small fortune, so I opted for these. They were $14 for 10!
I have had this mirror below for many years. It belonged to my Grandmother and was part of her bedroom set so I am happy it found a home in this room. I am using it as a full length mirror, and even though it is on the smaller side, I am only 5’1″ so it is long enough for me. The wooden frame worked perfectly with the rest of the wood in the room.
The rug above is also from my shop, which I may also have to keep. And the turtle I just found last weekend at an antique shop in Asbury Park. The black planter is Target.
I already owned the wall mounted light above, which was an estate sale find. And the art above the bed was an auction find. It is an amazing antique, hand carved piece. There is a close up shot below. Both of these things I bought with the intention of selling in my shop, but they were just too good and I had to keep them. While writing this I am realising that this is sort of the theme of this room. Almost all of the decor was stuff I had already bought and LOVED too much to sell. I guess I am really bad at this whole vintage shop thing, because I want to keep all the good stuff.
The art below was from an antique shop in Adamstown, PA. If you are looking for antique shops, this is the spot. It’s only about an hour from Philly and has a TON of shops. And if you go on Sunday you can hit up two flea markets, Renningers and Shupps Grove (Shupps is also open Saturdays, but Renningers is not). The chair was a thrift store find that had been kicking around our house for a while. It reminds me of my grandpa, because he used to have one similar to this that he would read the paper in every day.
The lamp above is from IKEA and I loved the large scale of it. And it even has a USB port in it, which I didn’t even realize when I bought it. It did seem to be pricey for IKEA, but then once I figured that out it all made sense. This allowed us to have one less cord hanging off of here for a phone charger. The side tables are Homegoods.
The dogwood in our yard made a special appearance this week, just so it could look amazing in this room. I know it.
Here is a close up of the hand carved wall art. This piece is ah-mazing. You really have to see it in person to appreciate the beauty and patina of it. I’m obsessed.
And here are a few shots with the blue bedspread which we already owned. The colors in the room are neutral enough to work with a variety of other colors. This will be the fall/winter vibe.
The rugs were an Overstock find. Besides the bed, these were the hardest decision. There are so many rug options these days and they really determine the direction of the room. Since the painted floors are a temporary fix, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a rug. These were super duper affordable and neutral enough to really work with any direction I may want to go in the future.
The total spent on this room was just over $2000. But remember, a lot of this I already owned, so it wasn’t a gigantic blow to the finances all at once. My advice to you is if you ever see great pieces while shopping, just buy them. Especially buy them if they are vintage, because you know you will be kicking yourself if you don’t. One day you will find the perfect spot and thank me.
So what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on the room!
So I finally decided on the rugs. I went with the black and white ones that I linked on last week’s post. If money was no object, I would have gone with an antique hand knotted rug. But I am spending a pretty penny here and there on all of what I need for the room, so I have to save somewhere. The closet below I kept as-is in all of it’s wood grain glory. I love these closet doors! The chair was a craigslist find from a few years ago and is a Thonet chair from DWR. I”m obsessed with all bentwood chairs.
My mid mod bedroom for the One Room Challenge is coming along great! There are still some decisions to make, like what rug should we buy and what should we use as nightstands. But the biggest decision of what bed to buy has been made! And boy am I happy with our choice. Here are some basic plans for the space.
The rug in the first photo is not really an option. The problem is it doesn’t come in the right size. But if it did, I would buy it. It’s from Anthropologie and it is so dreamy.
For the last couple of years I have been watching the fun going on at the One Room Challenge and this year I decided to sign up as a guest participant! If you’re not familiar with it, over the course of 6 weeks we will all be redecorating a room and sharing the process on our blogs. You can read all about it on the website for One Room Challenge and see all of the guests posts here. You can also follow along on instagram at @oneroomchallenge. (P.s. you can also find me on instagram at @brandeyehome).
So what room am I going to redecorate? Our bedroom! We switched bedrooms over a year ago and I never really decorated the new bedroom. And to make things worse, I decided to switch beds and move ours to the guestroom and buy a new mattress for ourselves. But I haven’t decided on a bed yet, so our new mattress is just on the floor. It’s currently a really sad and depressing room. This challenge will force me to transform the room in a short time frame, 6 weeks!