one room challenge linking event--5 down, 1 to go! and all the little details...


With one more week to go in Calling It Home's six-week-long One Room Challenge Linking Event, it is starting to get reeeally real around here! For the past five weeks, I have been busting my behind as a linking participant in the challenge, attempting to transform a sitting area off of our master into the shell & chinoiserie headquarters ;)

In week one, I introduced the little space and my big plans for it, illustrating my ideas with the following design boards:

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

In week three, I revealed my Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper and my furniture so far!

And last week I talked more about my furniture (and how I had spray painted most of it gold), and about the lighting in my office, which included a window and the upholstered valence with which I had treated it.

And as promised, this week will be all about the details--accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

But before we get to the good stuff, I wanted to quickly follow-up about my furniture. As you may remember from last week, my Josephine Desk arrived on my doorstep early, so I used the extra time to spiff up the legs with some gold spray paint!

I said about 7.8 prayers, held my breath (not for the fumes!), and sprayed away:

And I am so glad I did because it. Is. AWESOME!!!

But I will save the full fledged reveal for next week... ;)

So let's move on to the accessories, shall we?

For my art I have gathered the following collection of less traditional pieces and prints to put on my walls:

I found the following two prints from Charm and Gumption on Etsy. I think they are young and fun and fresh:

However, I did decide to find some sophisticated frames for them, and my long and exasperated search finally lead me to this wall of bamboo beauties which were on sale for 70% off at a local consignment store!:

So off we went to the framing store to pick out the perfect matte:

(I found a few:) 

And I narrowed them down to these two:

Ultimately, I picked the pink ;) I've got to save some secrets for the final reveal! 

I also saw some images of some framed shopping bags on Pinterest (you know the ones) and thought I would copy the idea in my office--they will serve as my version of motivational posters:

I found some float frames for my shopping bags at a craft store...:

*cue the gold spray paint*

...and voilĂ !:

Well, not really voilĂ --stuffing those suckers in these frames was no easy feat, and this project is ongoing, so please say a prayer that it won't be the next Pinterest fail...

Another piece of "art" that I plan to display in my office is the illustration I drew which served as the original shell & chinoiserie design:

And another sentimental piece of art for my office is this fan which I bought at a market in Beijing while there on business some years ago:

And, of course, some photos of my handsome husband to stare at...framed in what else but gold bamboo!:

Do you think I should leave them as is, or should I go more gold? 

No on to some other accessories:

I found a fabulous (and I do mean fabulous) shaggy, sheepskin chair cover from Taftyli on Etsy to soften up the seat of my ghost chair:

And that handsome husband of mine must have read my Valentine's Wishlist post because he surprised me with some sweet scents from Diptyque:

Diptyque Baies

I found this agate coaster at a local shop for $8! A pretty way to protect my Josephine desk, no doubt.

Black Market Minerals

And now we have arrived at the stapler dilemma: 

Originally, I ordered the elusive gold acrylic stapler on the bottom of the photo below (from Rachel George), but it was significantly back-ordered (and significantly expensive). In the meantime, I found the second gold stapler by Nate Berkus at Target.

So now I have two gold staplers, but I believe I am suffering from a severe case of gold stapler envy PTSD because I cannot bring myself to return either. 

And of course I had to get the gold scissors to match my gold staplers!:

My brother-in-law is the best gift-giver, and--might I add for all of you Nashville ladies--is also single (eh HEM)! He gave me this Jonathan Adler zebra dish for my birthday last year...

And this Kate Spade vase as an engagement gift!:

I mean! My savvy and stylish mother-in-law may have had something to do with it, but still impressive nonetheless! 

I am fostering this pair of parakeets from my parents' home until I can convince my four older sisters to let me give them a forever home. Because I love them. Almost as much as I love my sisters. Did I mention how much I love my sisters?

I bought a set of two acrylic clamshell bowls from The Boxwood Cottage in Beaufort while visiting my father for Easter. 

The one above is the smaller of the two, in which I plan to put my brand new business cards!:

And these pencils from Amanda Catherine Des on Etsy are almost too pretty to write with! Either way, they will motivate me to get to 5 o' clock!

And although they could be Kate Spade, I found the following binder and folders at Targay!:

By the way--I hoard boxes and bags--you never know when you might need to make a quick escape...?:

Another box from the beautiful Candy Shop Vintage, some books, and a little blue bird whistle:

A pair of Castanets from my time living in Spain (from what I remember, it was a good time):

 Some pretty little decorative matches that were my mother's:

And lastly, flowers. When it comes to flowers and jewelry, my rule is that if you ask if they are real, I will tell you they are real ;) 

And for the sake of giving you a sense of how these accessories should come together:

That's all, folks! The only thing left is the big reveal next week! Luckily there are plenty of beautiful spaces by all of the other talented One Room Challenge Participants and One Room Challenge Linking Event Participants to peruse and keep you busy until next week! 

33 comments: said...

How pretty this all is. It will look so lovely in your space and on your desk. I just love your colors and the style of it all. Good luck this week!

Paige Minear said...

Ah-mazing!!! I absolutely love it all and I can't wait to see you pull it all together next week. I absolutely love the desk and may have to have one as well. I am holding out for a campaign desk ... but I just can't seem to locate one! Great week and great accessories!! xo

Mel@JunkinJunky said...

So many pretty and charming elements. I am anxious for your reveal next week.

Summer Hogan said...

You are amazing!!! I'm loving all these accessories and you're tripping me out with the stamplers :) I love the sentimental items you chose too. I've gotta feeling your reveal is going to kill it :)

House@heart said...

This is going to look great!! Can t wait!!

Cathy Wall said...

LOVE the addition of the gold legs to your desk, brilliant! Can't wait to see the finished space...

Katie Clooney said...

Your blog is darling!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

I have really tried to help you make that stapler decision but I swear I can't either!! I think I like the more expensive one :(

Kathleen said...

Wow! You really know how to pull all these accessories together! They look great. Good luck in week 6!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is going to look amazing! I love framing the designer bags idea...I've been meaning to do that for my walk in closet. Cant wait to see the big reveal next week!

Nancy said...

so much good stuff in this post! your family give the best gifts. and I hope your sisters throw you a bone and let you have those birds! btw...i'm one of five girls too. holla! while you were at target did you see the imperial trellis folders? I may have bought the matching pencil case. allegedly. will post pics tomorrow :)

Tricia said...

It all looks so pretty Emilie!!! And you get the absolute best presents from your family. I can not wait to see this all come together next week!!
Tricia // Suburban Bitches

Sherry Calamia said...

There are so many beautiful accessories, I love them all! I can't wait to see your reveal next week!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

So many fun things! I can't wait to see it all together. (And those ETSY prints are really cute! Great find!)

Eris @ The Pink House Reno said...

There is never enough gold, is there? I like the more expensive stapler the best. But what I really love is those scissors! Here I go rambling about office supplies :)

sharon smith said...

I so enjoy READING your post! I also love what your doing. Why am I so digging those parrots? Your sisters need to come to an agreement with you on those! Where else could they live with such style? I'm also drawn to your mothers matches. Now I know where you get your amazing style from......


Yay for all of your goodies....and those bamboo frames are fab! Can not wait to see this room:)

Anonymous said...

Your accessories are amazing!!! Can't wait to see it all put together!! :) Can't believe we only have a week left! Good luck this week!
Kendra @

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

I love how all your accessories come together! So pretty!

Krista @ Goodwill Glam said...

Ohhh! I love every single detail! I can't wait to see the grand, glam reveal!


Jen @ Travels with Curley said...

I love the gold legs on your desk and the art you picked out (and the gold bamboo frames as well). Can't wait to see the final reveal next week!

Connie said...

It's been exciting to follow your progress. You've inspired all of us to do more.

I read somewhere on a blog that your should put a spray sealer on after gold paint to keep it from tranishing. I wondered why my painted clock looked so dull. Who knew???

Andrea said...

Everything is looking AMAZING!!! Thank you for the tip on the sheepskin seat cover... I need one for my Lucite chair as well! And I think those parrots have found their new home. They are just too perfect in this space! I am loving all of the bamboo frames, the framed bags, and of course the gold staplers... GREAT WORK!!! I cannot wait to see your grand reveal!

The Glam Pad

Heather said...

It all looks so wonderful! I can't wait to see the finished product next week!! :)

Lauren -ThisGirlDecor said...

All of your accessories are so yummy! I'm like you I hoard old shopping bags too-especially if they are fab ones like Chanel or Hermes! Great idea to frame them! It's looking like your reveal is gonna be a hit!
-Lauren @thisgirldecor

Lance Jackson said...

LOVE LOVE the gold!!!! All your accessories are amazing! Love all your photos!
Cant wait to see it finished!!!!
Lance @ PKL

Shelia said...

Your room is going to be fabulous! I love the gold desk legs and the accessories are amazing!!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Looks like a sophisticated but fun room...

aquahaus said...

This is going to be gorgeous. Can't wait to see next week.

Jen (House of Ruby Jean) said...

Everything is so pretty, can't wait to see it all finished. I'm a hoarder of bags and boxes as well, it might be a condition?!?!

My Notting Hill said...

Those gold legs are fabulous. Looking forward to seeing it all next week!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I love all the details. it all looks amazing! Love the desk and posters...and the stapler...I have it too....can't wait for in a few days for the reveal!

paperjunk-lc said...

Any tips you could give me on framing the shopping bags would be welcomed. Thinking of tackling this project for my daughter's room.


Blogging tips