Hello lovahs! I am
terrified thrilled to announce that I have accepted the One Room Challenge from Linda of Calling it Home!
For those of you who have just met me through this challenge, Hello! I’m an interior designer based in St. Louis living in a Pre-War high rise apartment with my two chihuahuas – Mister Hemi and Sweet Potato. To my friends, clients, and readers who aren’t familiar with The One Room Challenge, it is a 6 week event where 20 design professionals transform a room and document the entire process on their blogs with updates every Wednesday.
I’ve been a long time spectator (You can see some of my past favorite transformations HERE) and was honored and apprehensive when asked to participate. This round’s line up in incredibly
intimidating talented and I’m really nervous excited to be apart of it.Participants have the choice to use a room in our own home or in a clients, and since I’m a moron so ambitions, I’ve decided to tackle a brand new client’s master bedroom. Yes, a client I’ve never worked with. In a challenge I’ve never taken part of. If I manage to stay sober at least 50% of the next 6 weeks, I will consider the whole thing to be a major success.
So, what’s the plan you ask? Well, let me tell ya. It’s amazing. At least I think it is, and I hope you do too. The client is a very beautiful, sophisticated, and intelligent business woman. She lives in a 10 year old villa that is in relatively good condition. She has worked with another designer on other areas of her home and they are all lovely, but she has one very important space left to tackle…
Her master bedroom, which is currently in a very depressed state of mind.
I’m getting sad just looking at it.
The pros are the 12′ ceilings and a relatively easy lay out to work with. I predict it will look a lot different at the end of 6 weeks and if I have my way, it will look pretty darn fabulous.
My client is very knowledgeable of design and art. She reads Elle Decor, appreciates luxury handbags, and as I mentioned has worked with other high end designers. She has great taste and is not afraid of a dramatic transformation. She initially wanted to work with me because of my attraction to black walls, which in St. Louis is still a little provocative. We both immediately wanted a cozy, layered, library feel to the space. We put together these inspirational images…Dark walls, lots of books, neutral color palette with pops of red.
She is also a lover of canopy beds. Traditional, romantic, fabric covered canopies. This were some of the images that she had saved…I was really excited about designing a canopied bed for the first time, but my favorite element in any space is, and always will be, lighting. Bonus because she is willing to ditch the ceiling fan (yay!)!!! I only pulled a few different options, but after I showed her this image, and it became a bit of a game changer…She loves this image and then decided to let me run a little wild with my natural love of mixing traditional and modern design elements. I really couldn’t be more excited about this plan, unless it was my very own bedroom. I sourced a very similar chandelier, but in brushed brass (duh!) and we have ordered this Hanley chandelier, even before the entire plan has been finalized.But let’s be honest, all one really needs is that chandelier to have a fabulous room. I’m so in love and excited to see this baby installed. In addition to that stunner, we for sure want a combination of wall mounted, shaded sconces and table lamps.
To break up the huge, plain walls I was contemplating installing grasscloth wallpaper, specifically Phillip Jefferies Rivets because the texture and pattern would make the room feel cozier and less sterile. So I began sourcing all kinds of fabric and paper….And started off with his sort of situation…And we hated it.
So I eliminated the red lamps (I don’t really like color anyway, ha!) and put in my beloved Mary McDonald brass and marble Regine beauties.Better, but I still didn’t love it. I love brass and glass tables in a living room, but I learned I don’t like glass tables in a bedroom at all. So I put in a more predictable nightstand.And she doesn’t really like that one either, but we agreed she needs some bedside storage so I will continue to source.
Then I got the estimate back on installing the Phillip Jefferies Rivets and it costs about the same as putting your child through college. So, yeah, that’s not going to happen.
The most interesting change we made was to hold off on the fabric covered canopy. We both love the chandelier so much, we don’t want to compete with it, or worse block the view of. I still want to use a canopy frame to create drama and utilize the vertical space, just not cover it. I know that seems like it would eliminate a lot of work for me, but it’s actually been really stressful. Originally we were just going to get a plain-jane canopy bed frame and my seamstress was going to make the cover. Now I needed to find a gorgeous frame that isn’t $10 grand, which is harder than I thought.
And we ultimately decided on the Paramount bed. Ta da!!!!!
I mean……it’s just so fab, no?
But do you want to know what’s not fab? The customer service department at VF Basic where I ordered it. They can not give me any sort of commitment on a delivery date. It’s been on order for a few weeks, but I would still like an idea when it will arrive. I understand if it’s their policy to not give delivery dates, but they have been quite rude and unresponsive to all of my
nagging questions and don’t nobody need to get ugly with me when I’m just trying to buy a bed and you supposedly sell beds to people who want to buy them!!!!! GR!!!!!
Worst case scenario (Lord I hope I’m not jinxing myself!) I will use a sleeping bag on top of an air mattress for the reveal, and it will be the chicest sleeping bag on top of an air mattress you ever did see.
I digress. On to more beauty…
Instead of Phillip Jefferies grasscloth wallpaper (since it’s so flippin expensive) to add the much needed pattern and dimension , crown, chair rails and moldings will be installed and all painted out Tricorn Black. Yahoo!!!!! Sounds better than some boring old wallpaper anyway! I would put mouldings inside a coat closet if a client would let me. I’d like a burl wood nightstand one one side and a petite writing desk on the other with a reupholstered antique chair. We have to have a pet friendly synthetic sisal area rug, but I’m hoping to at least layer a zebra rug to add a little more sex appeal. We are heavy into curating the art (my favorite part), but I’m pushing some black and white abstract action and at least one Stephanie Voyas and a Nicole Cohen because they are both so, very next level. Hoping it all winds up a lil like this…
Now, because I like to make life hard on myself, I am pushing to add an antique marble fireplace mantle. There will be no “real” fireplace, just a decorative mantle between the windows inspired by this fierceness at Melanie Duncan’s chic NYC pad…
But we won’t be mounting a flat screen, oh no. We are in search of the perfect piece of statement art.And what about all of those books we love so much? Since she has a sufficient walk-in closet we don’t need or want a dresser. Instead I’m adding small reading nook flanked by overflowing bookcases. It will all lay out like this…
And hopefully I won’t be laid out in a chalk outline smack dab in the middle by the sixth week.
Please follow along my design adventures. I will be oversharing the process on my Instagram. Do
me yourself a solid and follow me. You might even view a few drunken selfies after drinking myself into a stupor over that bed. Or just cute pics of my dogs. Or better yet – drunken selfies with my dogs. Those always get lots of likes, I will should post more of those.
Anyhoo…..If you read this entire post, thank you so much for your interest in me and my work. I can promise you that there are 19 other insanely talented ladies who have a much higher chance of success than I do. Go investigate them and pretend like we never met.
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Just kidding! Don’t leave me! I need you!!!!! I’m looking forward to showing off my progress next Wednesday! Please send me positive bed vibes!