Wednesday, April 11, 2018

One Room Challenge Spring 2018 - Week 2


Ashley Whittaker, photography by Thomas Loof

It's week 2 of 6! I'm feeling decently high levels of anxiety to be honest ... not much has physically happened in the space yet BUT we have got all of our planning/ordering complete. So I've got less than 4 weeks to make it all happen, considering that photography has to happen several days before the official reveal day. Eek!

Come visit me on instagram all throughout the week and I will show you the current state of the room as it stands and all the goodies that are arriving in the mail, so far:

  • we have taken out the bed and shelf, and have almost completely emptied the space of everything (gotta put that IKEA shelf on Craigslist next!)
  • sanding and painting the trim is about to begin in the next couple of days
  • wallpaper install is booked for early next week
  • built-in cabinetry has been planned and install is booked for later this month
So a brief reminder of what this space looked like when we purchased the house:



And in it's current state minus the furniture/junk, it's a totally blank canvas. So looking at this particular wall, I wanted to use today's post to explain my plans for the built-ins! I really wanted this room to be a space that grows up with little Marcus and gives him storage and workspace. And every kid wants a window seat right? So here's the plan:


Looking at the image of the space above, and the drawing below, from left to right we are planning a desktop, a unit with open display shelves on top and cupboards on the bottom for hidden storage, and then a window seat all the way to the right side of the wall. We are so excited to have hired a five-star local family-owned Canadian company called Dynasty Kitchen to put this plan into action for us, as they make all of their products in-house and allowed us to select our own paint color for the unit (sketch below provided by Dynasty Kitchen).
Our transitional-style Metrie crown will be brought to wrap all the way on the front of the built-in, and everything will be painted in a luscious Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue (yep, I already changed my mind from last week's paint color selection).

Oh and the hardware! We can't forget about the hardware :) These Emtek egg cabinet knobs in French Antique finish are going to be the perfect finishing touch, I LOVE navy with warm brass tones. 


And then of course I get to do the fun part like zhushing with fabrics, art, books (I bought a 33-volume set of Britannica encyclopedias off Craigslist this week - $33 and in mint condition), and a lovely roman shade from Tonic Living (my moodboard from last week in case you missed):


Artwork, Gray Malin | Asana Natural grasscloth, Stroheim | Gentleman's Gray, Benjamin Moore | Swing-arm lamps, Lamps Plus | Navy Linen twin bed, Bellacor | Ticking Stripe Rug, Bellacor | Coral bookends, Couture Lamps | Les Touches pillow, Arianna Belle | Table lamp, Couture Lamps | Veranda planter pot, Jill Rosendwald | Egg cabinet knob, Emtek | Roman blinds, Tonic Living

And I think I'm going to let the cat out of the bag and show you my plans for a pop of color against the navy blue and natural grasscloth wallcovering, I got this sneak peek from the talented Arianna Belle yesterday of a combo she designed to help me make that color pop stand out:


Yes! Red will be scattered throughout and used in several fabric combos. It's going to be so yummy. I'll leave you with some of the inspiration photos I have been collecting for these built-ins:

Andrew J. Howard, photography by Helen Norman

Andrew J. Howard, photography by David Land

Nick Olsen, photography by Pieter Estersohn

This next one I saved because I liked the idea of the desk surface and cabinet on the shelf having one flush counter, which we are going to do:

Andrew J. Howard, photography by Christopher Shane

And this last one gives you a lovely idea of the navy painted-out trim against the grasscloth wallcovering, similar to the gorgeous Stroheim Asana Natural we have selected. So handsome!

Sara Gilbane, photography by Francesco Lagnese

Thank you for all of your lovely comments and suggestions on last weeks post, I read and am definitely considering the advice in each comment you guys left for me! Please hop back to see the continued choices and progress we make by next week, and please visit the other 19 talented folk on this 6 week journey with me:


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6 comments:

jojotastic said...

your moodboard is looking SO good! can't wait to see more :)

Mary @ I Like it Lovely said...

Oh this looks so lovely. What a great space you have planned!

Kerry Stanek said...

Totally surprised and delighted by your creative solution to such a plain-looking room! Loving it already.

Monica said...

I love built-ins and sitting/reading nooks...the color choices are endless...i cannot wait to see what you do...

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

love everything about this!!! This will be such an elegant room!

Amy @Home Glow Design said...

I love our dark blue with red accents library, which also has a window seat and an old Encyclopedia Brittanica (my husband's grandmother's)! My kids love it -- all of it -- and are in there almost every day. We used Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. Can't wait to see how everything comes out!

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