It's the final week and reveal day of the One Room Challenge! These fast six weeks have absolutely flown by and the days have been filled with excitement, anxiety, and expectations…I am SO in love with the final design and very proud to share it all with you today. If you've been following along with these past weeks you know that the One Room Challenge was created by Linda of Calling it Home and that twice a year she selects 20 bloggers to participate in documenting their journey of transforming a room. Sally and I are so honored to have been selected for this season and we decided my bedroom could use a make-over! I hired Bailey McCarthy to be my designer and that we started with a blank canvas. The budget was one of the biggest considerations we had when selecting pieces and our goal was to design with long-term use in mind. From our initial connecting of the room, we knew that we wanted the bed to focal-point of the room - we selected a canopy design from Room & Board and added super special touches to make it even more of a standout. Bailey worked her magic and selected some of the coolest fabrics I have ever laid eyes on for the room's custom projects…the colors in the fabrics influenced the other elements: furniture, decor, art, and other items selected for the room. I got hit with some setbacks (out-of-stock items you make me so sad) and challenges (re-painting, slow shipping, etc.) but considering the time frame, budget, and restrictions of living in an apartment I feel like I pulled a rabbit out of a hat! So, without further delay, I hope you'll read on and take a closer look at the completed room!
As items started to arrive for the room and elements all came together, I kept having to pinch myself – is this really mine? Do I really get to keep all this? Bailey’s initial design literally came to life and I’m in awe that it’s my bedroom. I am obsessed with every element in the room but my favorite part is the bed. I literally think I sleep better at night knowing I’m tucked into something so gorgeous. The ultra comfy mattress and cozy Biscuit bedding doesn’t hurt either. The swing-arm lamps hung on either side of the bed came in looking unfinished and with a red-brass undertone showing through so I spray-painted them a high-gloss black and now they are perfect and one of the most functional parts of the room (reading light!).
Can we talk about the lacquered dresser? It’s scary how incredible it looks. Scout honestly surpassed all my expectations and lacquered every inch of it (even the insides of the drawers!) and installed the new brass hardware for me. It is such a special piece and I know I’ll have it forever and evers. I mentioned last week that I the pair of lamps I originally ordered are on back order. I was going to try and buy a replacement set at the eleventh hour but Bailey and I decided to borrow these glass lamps from my living room area and wait for the first choice to come back in stock. Better to wait for the best option than end up with something I’m not in love with! What I am in love with is how my Fornasetti plates look hanging above the piece. Behind-the-scenes secret: I ordered this plate on Sunday and had it overnight shipped so that they could be hung in the arrangement they are. Necessary? Probably not, but it makes me very happy.
There was already debacle with the first rug I wanted to go on top of my not-so-ideal wall-t0-wall carpet but last Wednesday (just moments after publishing my week 5 post) Wayfair told me the replacement rug I had ordered a week prior was not available. Umm…how does this happen when you buy the rug a prior to them telling you that? Grrr. I was (and still am) not happy but it was really too late in the game for me to source a new option that could get to me in time and in my price range. But honestly, once the room came together and was so full of beauteous things I love it made the things I don’t love about my apartment (the apartment-grade carpet, the trim that couldn’t be painted, etc.) seem less noticeable. I know that once I eventually move out of the apartment to somewhere more long term all the pieces will transition with me and I can add a fantastic rug and window treatments then.
The butlers tray table to the left of the bed is still just a placeholder for this West Elm side table but I’m glad that some original items from my “before” room are still part of this new space: the mirrors, my hanging moon (just a piece of wrapping paper from the Target x NM Christmas collaboration years ago I framed), the skateboard decks, and the arm chair passed down to me from my Mimi and Papa that’s now freshly re-covered.
Can I tell you a not-so-secret secret? I don’t love monograms. I respect them but they have just not really ever been my thing. But I LOVE (and I mean, really love) the monogrammed euro pillows Bailey and Biscuit had created for my bed. The double M’s look more like a cool little logo than in your face initials and the angled placement in the corners makes it all the more cool. They are one of my favorite things and make me want to monogram everything I own with the same “mm.”
Aside from a MASSIVE thank you to Bailey for her talent, taste, and hard work, I’d love to thank my wonderful mama for being with me this past weekend – without her I never could have pulled the bedroom (and the rest of my apartment!) together. Anther thanks to Julie Norine of Matt & Julie Weddings for shooting beautiful photos of the room in the worst of conditions (rain, rain, rain) – Julie and Matt are local to Dallas and shoot weddings and engagements but I knew they had a secret talent for interiors, too and I loved getting to work with them! I don’t really know what else to say other than that I’m happy the project is completed and I just love everything about my room. It probably goes without saying but Blue Moonbeam also loves the room and especially likes being able to easily jump up on the bed or crawl under it. Now, while I go take a celebrate the end of these six weeks with some champagne and a nap, go check out all the other finished rooms but other the One Room Challenge bloggers!
Bed: Room & Board Portica Canopy Bed // Room & Board Encased Coil Mattress with Natural Latex // Custom Curtain Panels with Lindsay Cowles Storm Fabric // Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Framed Photo (46″ x 38″)// Lamps Plus Kenroy Metro Pharmacy Swing Arm Lamps (spray painted with Rust-Oleum Gloss Black) // Biscuit Black Border Duvet // Biscuit Black Border Euro Shams with Custom Monogram // Biscuit Pale Blue Katie Dot Sheets and Standard Shams // Custom Bolster Pillow with Scalamandré Tigre Velvet // Aztec Throw Blanket // Room & Board Bedroom Basics: Duvet, Euro Shams, Standard Shams
Desk: West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk // School House Electric Riverwood Brass Knobs (1″) // Jonathan Adler Maxime Chair from Shop 219 // Jana Bek Handpainted Black Brushstroke Lamp // Stop It Right Now Skateboard Decks // Jonathan Adler “Happy” Needlepoint Pillow // Duck Leg Mirror from Shop Maddie G // Young Hollywood // White Lies Notebook // Small Gold Glazed Bowl • Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch // Loren Hope Chloe Bow Tie Necklace // Joie Perfume // Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Perfume // Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Perfume // Estée Lauder Modern Muse Perfume // Marni Rose Perfume with Bambolina
Tray Table: West Elm Butlers Tray Table // Jonathan Adler Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase in Lilac // Sketchbook Ceramic Candle // Gold Glazed Coasters // #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso // Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham // The World According to Karl // Valentino: Themes and Variations // IMPACT:50 Years of the CFDA // Framed Moon Wrapping Paper Sheet (similar, similar)
Dresser: Vintage Moroccan Dresser from Scout Design Studio (lacquered in-house in Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray) // School House Electric Edgecliff Brass Drawer Pulls (8″) // West Elm Metal Mirror // Fornasetti Plates: Face with Bow, Finger in Mouth, Crescent Moon, Woman Winking, Gold Apple // Regina Andrew Ice Cube Glass Table Lamps
> If you’re local to Dallas and looking for a great handyman (painting and electrical), seamstress, or upholstery contact – please feel free to email me (apieceoftoastblog (@) gmail.com) and I’ll be happy to share the experts who I contracted for my room!