It's Week 4 of the One Room Challenge! Where has the time gone...it's crazy how quickly the days fly when you're working against a deadline. Today I want to talk about fabric selections and custom projects. I also wanted to talk about some of the frustrating set backs that have happened but it's only week 4 and I have a feeling that post needs to wait till next Wednesday since I'll more than likely have a few new "issues" to add to the list. Like most all big projects, this one has had a unique set of unforeseen issues and I think I now know why the word "challenge" follows One Room in the name. But let's talk about the good and pretty this week!
Hiring Bailey was a no-brainer for many reasons. One of those reasons: she has an insane talent for unique color pairings and fabric mixing. I could never (and I mean never) have gone out on my own and found the selection of options she presented me when we first started planning the room. As I mentioned in last week’s ORC post, the bed was the catalyst for the room re-design and easily became the focal point of the room when we selected Room & Board’s Portica Bed. Bailey and I both knew that curtain panels were for sure happening and after giving her a few words of what my brain was thinking (“pretty, edgy, bold”) she started pinning fabric choices that fell in-line with the vibe we had in mind.
There were a lot of great options for the what could be used for the bed curtains. Being the great designer she is, Bailey ordered in samples of four of our favorites so we could see the scale and color in person before making the final decision. This is where having a designer is so important (for me at least) – I probably would have just looked on the computer and pulled the trigger on a choice, and gone all in with an order. Tisk, tisk. Seeing the scale of the fabric options is what led us to our final choice of “Storm” by Lindsay Cowles. All her prints are gorgeous works of art but this was the clear winner to us! (you can see the other options we pondered stacked on the left in the first collage!)
Bailey and her team drew up plans of how the curtains should be constructed and determined how many yards of fabric I should order. One the prettiness arrived (and it is seriously so unreal in person), I took it and the plans to a local seamstress in Dallas so the magical transformation of raw yardage to glorious bed panels could take place. Finding a good seamstress isn’t always easy…I asked several friends who I know have done recent house projects for recommendations and Albertina (another ORC participant) led me to her go-to seamstress – a skilled and trusted woman who’s work I was able to look at before determining she’d be a safe bet! Curtains are coming at the end of next week…just in time for the November 5th deadline! Can’t wait to install them on the naked and waiting bed.
So. One the curtain fabric was picked, Bailey turned her attention to the upholstered arm chair I already had. The photos of it with Blue Moonbeam were the only ones I could find but you can tell that it was originally covered in a heavy linen. Linen is great but this chair was handed down from my grandparents (thank you Mimi and Papa) to Sally before becoming mine and the seat and arms had managed to get a few stains. I’m glad I wanted so long to address it’s less than perfect appearance because the room re-do made for the perfect excuse to get it done.
The artistic and bold bed panels had me thinking a floral might be a pretty option for the chair. Usually florals sort of scare me. I like looking at them but was unsure if I’d like living with them. But Bailey turned it out once again and introduced me to the pretty “Elizabeth” fabric by Schumacher. Done and done. I sent a photo of the chair to the upholstery woman Sally and I had used before (again, word of mouth and asking friends got us this contact!) and she suggested it would need 6.5 yards to be covered. The fabric was ordered and I dropped it and the chair off to be reupholstered. I’m glad this was one of the first things I did because it takes 3-4 weeks for the job to be done!
The last fabric chosen was for an accent pillow on the bed. We’re still deliberating on which Biscuit bedding will dress the new Room & Board mattress but a special pillow was already a required asset. Scalamandré’s cut velvet “Tigre” in pink. Done and done. It makes me smile. Bailey bought the yardage on eBay since the fabric’s back ordered till December. You go, Glenn Coco!!
When we first started the project Bailey and I were wondering what we would do about a huge existing eye sore: Blue Moonbeam’s massive kennel. I had been keeping his palatial kennel in my bedroom because it seemed like the natural option. He only goes in there when I leave the apartment because unless in a secure and puppy-proofed environment he tends to destroy things while he waits for mama (me) to return. Bailey came up with a genus idea to build a console of sorts that could “sit” on tome of the kennel and be covered with a fabric skirt – the idea being that when not in use it would just look like a skirted table. Loved the idea and we were this close to working with a carpenter to do it but the more I looked at the scale of the kennel, the more I thought it would look like some massive, weird alter if we covered it.
Plan B: I did some rearranging in the main space of my apartment (the living, dining, work, and kitchen area are all in one big space) to find a new cozy spot for the kennel to sit. Then Bailey and I started thinking what would come into the room in its absence. Bailey was envisioning a 5-7′ piece that was console height but offered drawers and storage. And she was thinking it should be vintage. Errr…vintage and antique shopping is not in my bag of tricks. But she sent me to Scout, a great design studio in Dallas with a curated selection of one-of-a-kind vintage offerings. Sally found TONS of great furniture pieces there before her move and loved working with the owner, Flann, so I was less scared about my shopping adventure. I found three options I felt fit the bill and consulted Bailey. She picked my favorite – a Moroccan inspired console with six drawers and two cabinets that feature super special brass detailing. I LOVE it. It’s the perfect length and width and will sit across from my bed with hopefully a pair of lamps and lots of pretty things on top. Scout offering in-house painting so we are going to be lacquering it a stormy blue color that will perfectly compliment all the yum fabrics. It’s Benjamin Moore “Gentleman’s Gray.” The drawer pulls will be swapped out with these and then I’ll probably pass out from furniture love.