one room challenge linking event week 4: let there be light! and lots of gold spray paint.

4.24.2014

Welcome back to week four of the One Room Challenge Linking Event! Somehow I have managed to hang in there and I am still a--wait for it:


I will say, you all have made the process a lot easier with all of your kind comments and words of encouragement. I am so lucky to have such wonderful readers and fellow bloggers to share this series with! Thank you so much!

At this point in the process, participants' rooms are really starting to transform and visions are becoming visible! Be sure to check them all out over at Calling It Home, where the lovely Linda has been hosting us all month.

I, too, am starting to see all of the hard work pay-off! Let's take a quick look back:

In week one I discussed how I was going to transform an awkward sitting room off of our master bedroom into my office.

In week two I talked about the progress so far, which included some painting and a pilgrimage of the chintz.

And finally, last week I revealed my Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper and my furniture so far!:


I was so flattered by the response to this photo, which I might add is a seriously "grammed" snapshot of about three square feet of the space, but in an effort to be better at accepting compliments, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Aaand hopefully I can continue to crank out some more style... :-/

On that note:

Last week I left you with my plans to upholster a valance which I am using to disguise a somewhat dated arch window in my office. 

Here is the valance pre-upholstery:


Originally--as suggested in my design board--I wanted to mirror the Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis on my accent wall by using the leftover wallpaper to cover my valance, but there was not enough excess paper to do so, so off I went to find a fabric.

You may recall my history of picking out fabric--I am the definition of indecisive. My first fabric purchase this time around was the tartan pattern in the middle of the following photo, but I returned it after determining it was too subtle for the other patterns in the space:


I got some great advice following my prompt for help in last week's post. A couple of you suggested I use a solid fabric for the valance, but the catch was that my curtains are solid, and I was set on a pattern to balance the room a bit. And I am a bit of a stubborn ass.

Then I remembered seeing some Imperial Trellis fabrics at another local fabric store during the last fabric fiasco, so I returned to do some recon. After comparing swatches, I determined that the shades of green didn't match my wallpaper, or--more importantly--my curtains. Argh!


After entirely too much time spent dedicated to finding a fabric for the valance, I decided to go with the striped pattern on the bottom of the above photo, as I had been thinking about it since I had visited the first fabric store, and the colors complimented the existing ones perfectly. 

I also bought some batting, and the upholstering began!:





(side note: I am seriously considering doing our dining room for the next One Room Challenge Linking Event, HA!)


Then I took a tension rod for my curtains and mounted it inside the valance before mounting the valance itself:


Here is the arch window before the valance:


And here it is after (I need a new camera! Or photo shop!):


And then there was light:

I am seriously psyched about the lighting in my office space!

The following task floor lamp sells for $1,679.90 from Visual Comfort Lighting:


But I bought it for $75. BOOM! And at that price, I bought two! The other one is roaming around the house trying to find a good home, but this one will be proudly placed next to my desk. I love a good task lamp in an office, and given that this one sits on the floor, it will clear up that much more clutter from my desk!!!

And since my last post, my sputnik chandelier has been set up!

I purchased the following flush mount version of the fixture from Lucent Lightshop on Etsy:


So, it's not really a chandelier, but it's as close as I could get considering my lower ceilings...


 (They're not that low--he's on a ladder!)


I told him I knew how to screw in a lightbulb, but anyway... Ta-da!

 

And it even works--get out the sunglasses!:


Lucent Lightshop suggested using a dimmer switch, but as you may remember from my last post, my wonderful wallpaper lady had already wrapped my switch plate! So I will have a very bright office, which I am hoping might help with my productivity? ;)

I love my little Sputnik!

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the week (trust me--there have been some not-so-pleasant ones, too!) was the arrival of my Josephine Desk, which I had advance ordered from World Market, who reported it would take weeks to stock and ship...but luckily it didn't!:


(Aaand I have been singing the Super Cat song in my had ever since...)

Yet another pleasant surprise about two minutes later was when my friend and fellow Linking Event blogger Mari Robeson revealed that she had received her Josephine desk at the same. exact. time all the way across the country in California! Such a fun coincidence!:


Unlike the amazing Mari, I have not yet had time to assemble my desk, so a stock image will have to do for now:


However, I did somehow manage to find time to spray paint the legs of the desk gooold!:



Since the last post, the little brass bamboo accent table got a fresh coat of gold, too, and I officially became a member of the Gold Spray Paint Addicts Anonymous along with Mari Robeson and Jennifer over at The Chic Pad. Who else needs help? Remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step. I think.

The brass before:

During:


And after!:


The desk and table are not the only victims of my gold spray paint addiction this week--my driveway was a victim too, as were my clothes, and my hands, and.... The rest of stuff that is supposed to be gold will be revealed next week.

One piece that didn't need any spray paint was the shelf I bought (!) from a local vendors' market, because it is already gold! Here is the shelf in it's natural habitat (the poor sales associate who had to clear it off for me!):


And here it is in my office! 


I admit it is looking a little sparse, but don't be fooled; pretty soon you won't even be able to see its mirrored shelves and gold glory under all of the crap that will be covering it... 

And last, but certainly not least for this week's office update, is the arrival of my Dash & Albert area rug!:


Even though I got such a positive response to the combination of the chintz against the Imperial Trellis wallpaper, I have made the executive decision to move the chairs to the other side of the room in front of the window, which is where I thought they would ultimately be placed in week one. This decision came from more of a logistical place than a aesthetic place, although in regards to the latter I am a bit concerned that one side of the room will be really pattern heavy if the chairs and the wallpaper are placed side-by-side, while the other side of the room will be left looking flat. But who knows how the room will end up by week six--I certainly don't! ;-)

So here is an updated sneak peak of how it's currently coming together:



So as you can see, all of the big pieces are coming together or complete--whew! And next week will be all about accessories when I discuss the details! 

In the meantime, be sure to check out the 21 talented bloggers participating in One Room Challenge, and of course my 70+ fellow One Room Challenge Linking Event participants!

50 comments:

Paige Minear said...

Girl!! I am dying! The chair and the poof on that rug with the wallpaper ... I think I just passed out!!! xoxo

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Just gorgeous!! The legs are the desk are killer. The light is great too, thanks for the source as I'm about to go check them out!

Mallory said...

Another fabulous update!! Loving the D&A rug and the gold legs on the desk! And SUCH a great ETSY source for the Sputnik...totally bookmarked! xo

House@heart said...

Hi!
I love this!! And I love it all!! The pink and the green is a beautiful and fresh combination, and I also love how you played with the patterns!!
xox
Ozana

Improvement List said...

You have been really busy! I am with you there on having trouble picking fabric. But I think what you got is going to look great. Can't wait to see how the gold legs on that desk look when everything is put together!

Summer Hogan said...

Okay, I'm feeling SO behind!!! Your space looks amazing! I love the drapes and cornice board, I'm dying over both lights and your desk is going to be amazing!!! Can't believe how much you've done. I am definitely going to have to see this one in person :)

Shelia Dowd said...

That rug is perfect! So is the chair! And I love the light fixture!!! You have excellent taste!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

It's all looking so good! You've done A LOT!
What kind of spray paint are you using for the gold? It looks really good (true gold!).

aquahaus said...

Wow!! You've made a ton of progress!! The lights and valence look great! Love the rug too.

Cathy Wall said...

Wow! Lots of progress, despite the valence fabric hold up! Love what you chose to do to the Josephine desk and the addition of the striped rug,such a hip space!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Everything is looking so wonderfully pink and green! I can't wait too see the desk.

Krista @ Goodwill Glam said...

I love everything you have going on so far! Really loving that you decided to do the base of the desk gold. I'm a big fan of gold and it's all looking so good in there! Home stretch! We can do this!

XO,
Krista
www.goodwillglam.com

Brandi said...

Everything is coming together so nicely. I love your choices in wallpaper and furniture. The rug ties everything together beautifully. Good luck finishing it all up.

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

Ok my panic has officially set in...you accomplished so much this week! I don't know what I love more- all the gold accents or that rug or the chandelier!

SHERRY HART said...

you accomplished a lot this week!!! I agree with spreading out the pattern in a room:) Great job on all of the accessories and for tackling the window treatment!

therelishedroost said...

Loving the classic chintz! The paper if fantastic too!

Wendy C said...

Oh Emilie, such fab elements you're including! I totally agree that gold paint is addictive. My home phone & mobile have distinctive gold spots!

Nancy said...

woot woot! you are on FIRE my friend. the room looks Fantastic!

sharon smith said...

Not only do I love everything your doing I also adore your story telling. You have a way with words. Could those gold legs be any sexier? I can't wait to see it on the final reveal!
Sharon

Jennifer | The Chic Pad said...

Looking good! I love like LOVE LOVE where you're going with the gold legs on that desk! Btw is there a president in a support group? If so I nominate you;)

charmaine said...

Looking good! Love the etagere and the rug. Can't wait to see the full reveal!

Rachel Bauer said...

I love your little sputnik too!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Looking fab over there. And I should be a charter member of the gold spraypaint club. I have my own little project in the works!

Alana in Canada said...

Everything is coming together. This will be gorgeous.

Tracy Laverty said...

Your room is looking amazing! I love the rug and fabrics coming together. Oh your lighting is beautiful and so is that desk! Great job!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Looking so good!! What a steal on those lamps! Love the desk and shelves!

Connie said...

I absolutely drool over the floral pattern on your chairs and they are stunning against the wallpaper but....you may be right about having them on the other side. It makes a difference standing in the room. A difference that it's hard to capture with a camera.
It's coming together beautifully and looking forward to the finish.

Dana Casey said...

it is really coming together! what a great deal on those lamps too! dana

Krystine @ www.KrystineEdwards.com said...

I may have to copy the desk - LOVE

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

You are definitely on a roll. I am loving that wallpaper and the legs on the desk that you spray painted is genius!

Traci Hutton said...

Everything is just so, so good!! Can not wait to see the finale!

sarah sofia knepp said...

You've been busy! Loving the shelves and props on the window treatment!

Lesley Metcalfe said...

You have made amazing progress! Everything is looking great so far! I can't believe you scored that lamp for only $75, that's fantastic. Mind if I ask which brand of gold spray paint you used on your desk legs? I tried the Krylon brand on a mirror frame but it came out looking brassy/orange-ish. Speaking of gold, I have a few friends who want to give me a gold intervention, so I hope the Gold Spray Paint Addicts Anonymous club is taking new members, lol! :)

Anonymous said...

It is looking amazing!!! You have been busy! Love your light fixture and great job on that window prop! Can't wait to see the final reveal :) so fun cheering everyone on!
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

Andrea said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! Emilie, this is INCREDIBLE!!! You have found so many amazing pieces, I don't even know where to start! The desk, the bamboo cable, the bookcase, the Lucite chair, the sputnik!!! I love it all! And that wallpaper is just amazing, especially with the chintz! I love the fabric you selected for the valance! Everything is looking GORGEOUS!!!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

silverwaterpearls said...

Wow--you got a lot done! Love the sputnik light fixture! Your office is going to look amazing. Cant wait to see the final reveal (ohh so soon)

silverwaterpearls said...

Wow--you got a lot done! Love the sputnik light fixture. Your office is going to be amazing once you're all done with it. Cant wait to see the final reveal.....soon!

pam {simple details} said...

You have got the eye, this is looking fabulous, Emilie!! Beautiful choices, what would we do without our gold spray paint! :)

Sherry Calamia said...

I love the cornice board, love your great floor lamp, love the gold!

Laura J said...

I can't WAIT to see that desk
fully assembled. Gold paint on
the legs?? GENIUS!!! Oh, I don't have the nerve to paint new stuff -- my husband would think I had TOTALLY lost it (as oppopsed to his
current opinion that I am only half crazy . . . .)

Stacey {steward of design} said...

A lot of progress! Love that you sprayed the desk legs gold! And what a great score on those lamps!

Christine @ Suburban Charm said...

This could not be more FABULOUS!!!! Of course I LOVE pink and green and chintz so this is to die for in my book! Amazing job....can't wait to see the desk! You really are so talented and have GREAT taste!

My Notting Hill said...

That club chair is fantastic. Love the lighting - how did you find it for $75? WOW. You've make alot of progress. Can't wait to see it when it's all done.

kate@willowinteriors said...

Holy crud! I kept reading and kept loving all of it! Everything! Like every stinkin thing! BTW, please let me know when the next support group mtg. is for gold spay painters...I'm in! :)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You are rocking along so well! Love all the lighting, and your gold paint looks amazing all over the place :). I love reading that you already want to do another challenge. It is so addicting. Good luck.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love what your doing...the added gold touches are perfect!

Megan said...

I am loving what you've done so far! The gold paint adds the perfect touch.

Liza said...

Hi! It's looking really good! You can get a dimmer that will work with your current, wallpapered plate. You must get it rated for wattage higher than all your sputnik bulbs (if 10 @ 50 watts, that would be rated for more than 500 watts - the higher the better) Here is an example of a 1000w one with a toggle and a small slide http://tinyurl.com/lbggu5v
and here is a 1000w push knob with turning dimmer http://tinyurl.com/kl6lm35
Hope that helps!

Gazebo and Bali Hut Super Store said...

Everything here is beautiful, as always! I love the creative tailored curtain and the light fixture most especially! Your office looks gorgeous and I see different accessories that lights up the room. Gorgeous!

Sebastian Chuter

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

your space is going to be so cheery! I love all the mix of fabrics you are incorporating. I can't wait to see it all together!

 
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