And just like that, it’s Wednesday again! Has this month flown by for anyone else participating or following along with the One Room Challenge? It’s well known that week four is the hardest week- it’s now crunch time and it’s when I finally sit down at midnight and look around my room to see all of the things that I still have to do. But it’s also the time when I think about all of the little things that I’ve forgotten about so far- you know, pillows, decorative items, cabinet hardware, art, etc. The “little” things.
If you’ve been following along since Week One, you know that I’m doing my combination living room, dining room, and entry area. It’s one big space that’s also small, since I live in a one-bedroom apartment. But, just because the space is a bit smaller, it doesn’t mean that I need less stuff. I still need dining chairs and a table, a sofa, a coffee table, etc.- all of the things that one would need whether your space is 2,000 sq. ft. or 500 sq. ft. If you are just now catching up with the challenge, you can read my past posts here:
WEEK ONE // WEEK TWO // WEEK THREE
You’ve already seen a brief outline of my plans for the space, but I want to go into a little bit more detail on the details. I’m working with some amazing people to zhush the space, and I finally get to think about styling and decorating! I’ll also share the progress we’ve made over the past week as well, but I’m going have to keep some of it a secret until the big reveal in Week Six.
First up, the lighting.
Last week, you saw that I installed a ceiling medallion and how my contractor had to perform some surgery on my Stillnovo Holstebro Lamp from ATG Stores. We’ve been living with it for a week, and I’ve finally wrangled the arms to a spot where I like them. But, this week, it was time to focus on other lighting.
I wanted a good mix of traditional and modern, so I went glam in the entry and chose this 6-light Broche Ceiling Lamp in gold from Crystorama. It’s like jewelry for your ceiling- it adds just the right amount of metallic to a small space.
For the entry table, I chose these awesome Currey and Co. Matchstick Lamps from Lamps Plus. I love how they add height without taking up a lot of visual space, and the marble base reflects the marble fireplace on the other side of the room. These babies are supposed to arrive this week- I can’t wait to see them in person!
Last week, I mentioned that my awesome contractor was able to install light boxes and hidden cords into my 100+ year old concrete walls so that I could mount sconces on either side of the TV. I worked with the incredible Lucent Lightshop– Sarah, the owner, has been so helpful to me after I made a mistake with the measuring. I installed the wall molding without measuring the width of the back plate on the sconces I plan to use. And after spending all of that time adding the molding to the wall, the last thing I wanted to do was tear it down.
See how the back plate is just a tad too wide to fit between the molding on the wall? Sarah graciously offered to send me two completely different and smaller plates so that I could swap them out and make them fit. It saved me a ton of time, hassle, stress, and red wine.
Next, I was able to focus on pillows.
My sweet friend Hollie from Stuck on Hue made me this gorgeous Kelly Wearstler Graffito linen pillow. I used it as my inspiration for the rest of the pillows on the sofa, which I’m keeping neutral.
I finally landed on a pair of these white and black grosgrain ribbon trim pillows from Arianna Belle to anchor the sofa- these are the kinds of pillows that you can keep for years, and move them around the house to fit your needs because black and white never goes out of style and neither do pillows. 😉
I wanted to add a fun bolster to the mix, so I settled on this Resist Tile Java pillow from Pinecone Hill.
After I had the basics outlined, I started working on art.
Or this “Son” print in the same frame for my large scale piece of art. Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments- my brain cannot possibly make any other decisions this week!
The Shaded Landscape Mural is the most traditional part of the room, and I’m in love. It went in this week, and completely transformed the space.
Now, on to construction! This past week, I was away for almost 5 days to visit my family in North Carolina, and to attend Design Bloggers Tour at High Point Market. I left my husband with an updated to-do list, knowing that the list was so incredibly long and that he was under no obligation to do any of it. I returned home late Monday night to a completely different apartment.
Before I left, I caulked and primed the mirror molding, but Nick was able to finish off all of the rough edges and uneven sides with trim (the wall was not completely square, of course). It still needs more caulk and paint, but I can finally see what it’s going to look like!
He also cut and installed all of the door molding for the base cabinets on our built-in bookcases…
Removed the old rope lighting on top of the bookshelves and swapped it out for undermount LED lights, and covered up the gap with crown molding…
Built a new radiator cover…
Removed the old plantation shutters from the windows and added more trim to cover up the old holes…
And drove to Maryland to pick up the tile for the fireplace insert so that it would be here on time for my contractor to install it, and stayed home to supervise the installation.
I am so lucky.
There is no way I would have gotten this stuff done if he hadn’t helped me out like a bad a** this week. Not only can I see the finish line and the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s all downhill from here and we’ve crossed the mountains all of the other cliches that mean we’re almost finished. I have a TON of caulking and painting to do this week, and I’m still waiting for our sofa, coffee table, and entry table to be delivered (eeek!), but I can power through for another two weeks!
Here’s an updated to-do list, if you’re keeping track:
-build and install fireplace -install wall molding -install mirror molding -prime and paint wall molding and mirror molding -install light fixture in living room -install light fixture in entryway -paint entry ceiling (in progress!) -install wall mural (in progress!)
-prime and paint built-in bookcases
-install crown molding on said bookcases -remove and update accent lighting inside bookcases
-frame out cabinet doors on bookcases with molding
-wire for TV and sconces -remove plantation shutters in preparation for new roman shades
-tile inside fireplace
-place furniture + hang art
A big thanks to Linda for hosting! Check out the other designers sharing their updates today as well, and check back on Thursday to see the hundreds of others who link up!