Here we are- Week 6 of the One Room Challenge! It has been a fun, nerve racking month and a half and I must admit, I’m glad it’s almost over. ( so is my family 🙂 ) But…I needed the accountability of posting each week with updates in order to get this space in our home complete. Feels SO good! If you are just visiting, you can see the befores and my overall vision for the project in Week 1’s post. (Other updates to the project if you’re interested are here: Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.
A basic recap- our 14 year old home needed a paint update in the 2-story foyer. Doors, walls, and the ceilings were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Linen White, which opened up the area and freshened everything with just that change alone. Doors were painted in satin and the walls and ceilings in a flat/matte. A few things I love about caring for light walls is being able to use Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser on the scuffs and matte paint is the easiest paint to touch up when you need to, as well. No streaks or taletell brush strokes!
Besides painting, the only other thing I changed in the foyer was adding an antique Duncan Phyfe chair. I found a pair at an antique shop in our oldest son’s college town, and Mark sanded and stained them for me. I added Queens Velvet fabric in Coral, a beautiful pinky coral by Ballard Designs that I found a remnant of on Ebay to each chair. I ordered a beautiful French style quail pillow from this Etsy shop, and draped a small deer hide I bought at the Country Living Fair over the chair. I love how this little change brings new texture, detail, and interest to the space!
I added the 3 vintage European Roe deer antlers above the mirror last Fall and found the dog plate a few weeks ago while thrift shopping. The tutorial for making this skirted table cover is here if you are interested in reading or pinning that 🙂
The book cabinet that was formerly an aged, antique aqua was painted gray last year. Mark removed the glass and replaced with hexagonal wire last Spring and I added liquid gold leaf detailing ( game changer!!) last week. I will share a separate post with more details about the gray paint and adding the wire in the near future.
In the living room, black and white more modern art pieces were added to either side of the window to balance the space. This piece is called, “Moon,” by Rob Delamater, an artist I found on Instagram. I knew it was right the minute I saw it on one of his posts! (The taupe velvet curtains are from Overstock.)
The other art piece is an original nude charcoal by Etsy artist, Sarah F. Burns. I love what both pieces add to this space so much.
I wanted a classic leopard print that wasn’t too dark, but that would still have an impact with the cream French armchairs in the living room and found these linen pillow covers on, wait for it….Etsy! I love Etsy for finding unique items and supporting small business owners. I this fabric.
I found a large, old antique gold frame at the Country Living Fair, too, and had a mirror added for this space behind the chair. There was a smaller gold mirror here previously, but the scale was not right for the space. (only took me 10 years to change that :/ ) Looks so much better now.
I updated the black bamboo coffee table with a new little blue and white vase, Japanese maple leaves, and vintage bobbin things that I found at an antique shop and thought were interesting ( sorry, not sure their proper name ) I’ve had the turtle shells for a few years….
The Williams-Sonoma linen sofa got a pillow refresh and I added the softest alpaca throw in this shade of magenta. I love soft pinks and corals anyway, but I seem to crave deep, jewel toned colors in the Fall and Winter. I’ve really been crushin’ on magenta and rust lately, thus the inspiration for these colors.
I have been wanting to rework the gallery wall in the dining room since last Spring because this was one of the main things I wanted to change in this space. I wanted the 2 adjoining rooms to feel updated with a mix of traditional and modern pieces of art. My style is a mix of Southern + French Country + collected, so I wanted to stay true to that while using the opportunity to add new art that I loved and that would be meaningful when our family gathers for holidays and dinners or when Mark and I are working from home. I almost changed the chocolate walls to Linen White, but in keeping with the feel of the space, I’m glad that I didn’t; it’s such a cozy color.
The sheep art, pictured top left, are giclee prints from original paintings by my talented sister-in-law, Suzanne Smith. I love her style of painting and am thrilled to have a few in our home. The large lady portrait is a Henri Matisse print I found last year at an antique show and had matted with a museum style art title under the pic ( Hobby Lobby did all my framing and they do an amazing job at our local store!) The abstract acrylics are from another Etsy artist that I commissioned for this project, Kori Lyn Gallery. She’s amazing to work with and I am so happy with the 2 pieces I received from her. Another nude female charcoal sketch, this one by Ink Bouquet on Etsy, an abstract black and white acrylic I painted, and a few collected and thrift store finds complete this side of the dining room gallery wall.
The vintage sailboat print is from an Instagram friend I found that has an Etsy shop called, Palm Trees and Pelicans. Meghan specializes in vintage and coastal items for the home. I love how this turned out with the matting! Because it had that sort of torn, aged edge, we opted to lay the piece on top of a complimentary color and then mat it with white. To keep all my artwork consistent, I had them all matted with an off white mat at Hobby Lobby and framed them each in a mix of gold/vintage gold frames. Sometimes white seemed to take away from the beauty of the art, and that’s when double matting it with another color helped focus on the art, while keeping the overall art on the wall consistent.
Top left barn print and lady portrait near bottom right are both by Etsy artist, Corinne Galla Studios. Love her style! My sister-in-law also painted the far right pair of sheep-so beautiful, love their black faces and this landscape style of art. Another large Henri Matisse lady portrait bought at the same time as the other one, a vintage Weimaraner book page, a few Monet prints, another abstract acrylic by Kori Lyn Gallery, and a peony painting I did complete this side of the dining room wall. Lots and lots of art! It was a challenge because this was a very large space, but I wanted to be selective this time and use only that which I loved and wanted to surround my family and friends with.
I repainted the vintage bar cabinet gray and gold. I really love the way it looks next to the walls and with the horse art. The liquid gold leaf detailing changed the look and feel completely! (previous color was an ASCP shade of green that never really appealed to me with the dark wax)
My horse art! Previously, I had this plain jane old Kirkland’s canvas (for way too long) and this beauty was just what this space needed! This vintage painting reproduction canvas is called, A Bay Hunter, and can be found here. This is such a beautiful work of art! The details in this large 48″ x 38″ canvas are amazing. It had some script on the bottom right with the title, etc. that I wasn’t sure of, but it makes the piece feel more vintage/European. I’m so glad I went big with this one- it really defines the space and I love it!
The dining room table set for Thanksgiving now that this space is complete…. HALLELUJAH!!
Sadie Blue is still trying to contain her resentment from yesterday when I scolded her for laying on the new velvet curtains as I was taking photos….Sweet little girl, she was just in her usual space not understanding why Mom’s switching things up on her… She does approve of them though and think they make a great place to rest her head.
Thank you so much for cheering me on to Week 6 of the One Room Challenge! I really appreciate it. I can’t wait to check out the 20 ORC Fall 2016 Design Bloggers and the other ORC Guest Participants Week 6 Final Reveals! Again, a big huge THANK YOU to Linda at Calling It Home and House Beautiful for hosting this amazing event! It was my first and I accomplished so much, so I’m very grateful!