Week 3 of the One Room Challenge…Already?! Each week that goes by is another reminder that I still do not have one pumpkin or mum on my porch or anything Fall in our home. It will be Halloween, then November…At least I’ll have the One Room Challenge spaces complete though by mid-November, so that’s a huge relief. Right in time for the holidays. This has helped move things along sooo much!
Last week (week 2), I shared the paint color I’d chosen for the interior doors, a new antique chair, some pillow fabric, and some artwork I’m going to be using on the Dining Room gallery wall. ( To read Week 1, click here ) This week, I have not painted any upstairs interior doors, and there are 7! We went to a friend’s pretty house on Lake Lanier for a party Saturday night, and she had painted some of her interior doors in a Robin’s egg blue chalk paint, then waxed them! So pretty. Then today, my friend, Betsy, and I went to the Magnolia Showhome in Historic Cartersville where I saw more painted doors-black this time, and had me rethinking my whole creamy white door Week 2 decision….. Seriously, painted interior doors are SO beautiful. I think my biggest dilemma was that there were too many various tans/beiges/griege paints in our upstairs bedrooms/spaces and it started becoming too big an ordeal. So if I change my mind before Week 6, it’s because I’m a woman and it’s my prerogative to change my mind ( my Mom loves to use this quote when she tells the story of how I turned breech a few weeks before I was born and this is how she knew I was going to be a girl 🙂
This week, I’m adding the design detail layers. I ordered this remnant on Ebay of Ballard Designs Queens Velvet in coral pink:
To recover the antique chair I shared last week:
I’m trying to decide which fabric/texture I’d like for a small pillow to go in the chair. I think it would be pretty to add a little more pattern and/or texture to this foyer space. Here are a few I’m considering so far:
I always try to balance feminine and masculine in our home because I am outnumbered 3:1 currently. Or actually I do have my sweet Sadie Blue, so more like 3:2, but then when College Boy is home for the holidays, 4:1-2 again. You get the jist… I do strive to balance my pinks and corals with lots of neutrals and rustic elements found in nature because even I don’t like too much color saturation without some calm to balance it.
I ordered this large ( 48×38) antique horse reproduction canvas for the center art in the Dining Room gallery wall:
I removed the existing 40×40 art piece and measured the new art dimensions with painters’ tape to make sure it was going to work. It is going to be much larger, but I think it’s going to be good! ( crossing my fingers…)
I think I’ll use the same trick I used in our upstairs Master bedroom gallery wall of painting the light switch the same as the wall color, since I would rather use the money for my design budget and not on hiring my electrician to move the switch at this time. In the Master space, it was a thermostat, but the same basic thought process applies of blending the switch to disguise it with the artwork.
I’ve also been thinking I’d like heavier weight curtains in the Living Room for the Fall/Winter holidays and months, and am considering these velvet panels from Ballard Designs:
But in a taupe color like this:
I painted a few large 16 x 20 picture frames gold this week:
And had this artwork matted and framed:
These 2 pieces of art will go on either side of the Living Room window. I love the more modern touch they add to the Living and Dining Room spaces, and they will also be visible from the foyer. The landscape portrait I had up for about a year was just too small and the scale will be so much better with the oversized pieces when the lightswitch is painted to blend in with the chocolate wall!
Finally, I found this mirror ( also at Ballard Designs ), and really love the simple lines. I have a rectangular shaped gold mirror on one side of the large white armoire that balances 2 smaller mirrors on the other side of the armoire, but the scale is much too small for the wall it’s on. The smaller one in this picture should be just about perfect for better scale and balance in the Living Room.
That’s it for Week 3! I have “a long ways to go and a short time to get there….”
Make sure to check out the 20 One Room Challenge, Fall 2016 Week 3 update posts, as well as the One Room Challenge Guest Participants Week 3 updates! A big thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this great event. 🙂 See you next week!