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ORC: Week 3 – Living Room Transformation

How to decorate a room in 6 weeks!  That’s the main goal of the One Room Challenge.  My ORC transformation room is my Living Room.

The 3rd full week of the One Room Challenge is now complete.  Quite honestly, I’ve had a busy week (being sick and then with work).  So, unfortunately, there aren’t too many visible signs that things are progressing on the room.  I am hopeful, however.  Most of my fabrics have been ordered and are either in transit or are already at my workrooms.  Here are a few of my workroom projects:

For my birthday in January, I bought myself this pair of George II style Gainsborough Library chairs.

George II style Gainsborough chairs

I found them online two years ago and nearly gasped in delight.  The Rose Tarlow “Kent” chair is, in my opinion, a gorgeous speciman of art with those dark scrolling legs!  I fell in love with this chair 25 years ago and never thought that I’d be lucky enough to own one (let alone two) of my very own.  For two years, I stalked them and imagined them in this room.  Finally, in January, I made the decision.  This is how I decided to bite the bullet.  I asked myself “would I be upset if someone else bought these chairs?” – after hemming and hawing to myself – I agreed that I would be very upset with myself if I didn’t buy them.  So, I contacted the owner, Erin at Erin Lane Estate in Oakland, CA  to ask a few more details.  She and her husband, Carlos, were extremely gracious over the phone and answered all of my questions.  I very much enjoyed working with them and highly recommend that you go to their gorgeous website and see what other goodies they have.  I hope to work with them again – as I had such a great experience.

These Gainsborough Library chairs never made it to my house – they were shipped directly to my upholsterer.  She’s going to reupholster them in Jim Thompson’s “Paradise Vine, pink” linen.

Jim Thompson’s “Paradise Vine, pink”

For my two existing upholstered chairs, I will have them reupholstered in Pindler & Pindler’s “Zanzibar, pink” zebra cotton and ornament the skirt with a sherbert pastel tassel fringe.

Existing yellow chair to be reupholstered in this “Zambezi, pink” zebra print fabric
“Zambezie, petal”

Here are a few other fabrics going into the space:

“Tao Fretwork, jade”
“Nirvana Shadow, pink”

And lastly – one of my surprise favorites for the room is this F. Schumacher’s “Yangtze River, aqua” fabric.  It, literally, was a fabric I picked up very last minute for a Client project.  But, after realizing it wasn’t going to work for her, I noticed the colors worked really well with my scheme!  So, surprise!  I’m going to have a couple of pillows made with it and place them on the pink zebra chairs.

F.Schumacher’s “Yangtze River, aqua” will be made into pillows for my pink upholstered chairs.

The only problem is that the fabric is back-ordered and won’t be shipping until the end of May.  So, it looks like I’ll have to post-pone my professional shots until some time in June….

The only real noticeable improvements taken in the Living Room redecoration this week was the trim color.  That’s a minor drama in itself.  But, long story short, the handyman that swore he was going to come on Friday to give me a final quote didn’t show, nor did he answer my calls and texts.  So Saturday morning I hopped over to the BenMoore store and bought my gallon of  “Chantilly Lace” paint and a good trim brush.  Thinking that I’d probably have to paint all of the trim myself, I spent Sunday afternoon taping off the fireplace area and a bit of Monday beginning to put the first coat on.  However, after a few hours of tedious trim painting, I had to quit.  I resolved to call one of my reliable painters.

Mike and his team answered my painting prayers.  Mike came over Tuesday evening to give me a quote.  And, by Wednesday afternoon, he and James came over to begin repair work on my trim.  Mike and his crew arrived bright and early this morning and applied the first coat of semi-glossy paint on my trim.  Already the difference is staggering!  I can’t wait for them to finish tomorrow.  

So that wraps up Week 3 for me!  Go ahead and see what the Featured Designers are up to HERE and the other Guest Designers HERE.

One Room Challenge, guest participant

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Until next week – Cheers!

One Room Challenge: Living Room Transformation

HOLD YOUR HORSES FOLKS!  It’s coming!  The One Room Challenge is back for the Spring season!

One Room Challenge, guest participant

The One Room Challenge is a 6-week blogging diary of a room transformation. This spring, I’m going to re-decorate my Living Room.

View of current Living Room

The One Room Challenge is now in it’s 7th year!  Amazing!  I was an avid follower early on – and then decided to try my hand at it.  Back in 2011, I turned my basement storage room into a tidy and bright Office space.  The results were (meh) – okay and it was definitely a transformation.  However, I had no idea how professional this challenge was – meaning, most participants hired professional photographers to shoot their AFTER photos (and, of course, I hadn’t thought of that – nor did I feel like my basement room merited professional photographs).  So, it took a few years for me to join in the fun again, but I did!  I started with my Family Room/Den back in the Spring of 2016 and since, have successfully finished 3 rooms.  And now, I’ll be transforming my Living Room.

Here is a photo of my Spring 2016 Den transformation.

One Room Challenge, spring 2016 DEN

And, my Fall 2016 flooded bathroom renovation.

One Room Challenge, Fall 2016 Guest Powder Room renovation

My Fall 2017 Client bathroom renovation turned out beautifully, but for various reasons, I can’t post any professional or overall shots of the space right now.

One Room Challenge, Fall 2017 Bathroom renovation scheme

Linda Weinstein, the Founder of the One Room Challenge, recently hosted a panel in Atlanta to discuss “Growing your Digital Brand”.  At the time, I wasn’t even remotely thinking about joining in the Spring One Room Challenge festivities.   However, after listening to Linda and her panel guests, I decided to rethink my decision.  I didn’t have any particular room in mind (as ALL of the rooms in my house need love!).  What’s that saying?  “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”?  Well, this designer’s house has no decorated rooms!   So, I could’ve selected any room – Dining, Entry, Master, Guest…but, my Living Room is the room that all guests see first.

MY LIVING ROOM.  It isn’t in deplorable shape.  As a matter of fact, I LOVE this room and use it often.  I decorated it in 2001 and the design easily transferred to our Atlanta house when we moved here back in 2007.  But, it’s been 17 years – and quite honestly, I’m just tired of looking at the yellow walls.  And, if you look closely – well, don’t – as the upholstery is a bit faded and stained (due to two wild boys running thru the space with muddy shoes and chocolate bars).  Plus, I’m ready for a change – something a bit softer.  And, the space planning could be updated – I’m not using the room to its full seating capacity!

existing Living Room (photo taken on a good day a couple years ago)
Existing Sofa

What I love most about the One Room Challenge, is that it forces me to make smart, but quick decisions.  I can make design decisions easily for clients, but when it comes to making decisions for myself, I definitely have too many options to choose from.  Often, I want to wait until the Spring line comes out or the Fall lines come out before I can make my final decision.  But, not this month.  No – this month – I will finalize and move forward with fabrics and trims that I’ve coveted for the past few years.

INSPIRATION.  The inspiration for my room is this oversized family portrait that was painted back in the early 70s.  I absolutely LOVE this painting and had hoped that I might “inherit” it when my parents downsized.  Unfortunately for me, it fit perfectly (in size and color) in their smaller house.  So, I won’t be able to use it in my transformation.  Instead, I’m going to paint my own contemporary art piece that will mimic the colors in this portrait – pinks, whites, soft turquoises, and soft greens.

Family Portrait – circa 1971
(I’m clutching my mom’s arm on the left)
Living Room fabric scheme

Sooo….stay tuned for what happens next week!  I can’t officially start yet – as I’m out of town for Spring Break.  But, you can be sure that I’ll be busting my butt trying to catch up with all of the other ORC Bloggers!  This should be fun!  And, tp see what the other ORC bloggers are doing – click here!

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Cheers! – Barclay

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