Welcome to week 3 of the 2017 Fall edition of the One Room Challenge, or the ORC as it is affectionately known. I’m so happy to be participating for the first time this year. If you’ve never heard of it, this event is hosted twice a year (Spring and Fall) by Linda of Calling It Home. It involves a group of invited Featured Designers and a group of Guest Participants (that would be me) showcasing the transformation of one room in their home in REAL time.
I have chosen our master bedroom for this event (click here if you missed last week’s post) because I feel like it’s been neglected for the past 2 years since moving here. It’s just a mishmash of items from our old house that don’t really tie into the space.
My first course of action was to pull inspiration from the Internet and create a mood board. Here is the vibe I am going for in this space:
I also wanted to draw on the work of my favourite designer, Amber Lewis (see pic below), whose work is timeless, modern, uncluttered and beautiful. There is nothing trendy about her work (no accent walls, shiplap, palm trees or pineapples). I love how she combines crisp white walls and natural materials such as vintage rugs and handmade blankets and pillows, with dark accents and muted colours throughout the space. This results in a subtle visual tension that makes her spaces a work of art. I’m going to attempt to accomplish that with a fraction of her budget, because $300 pillows are simply not an option.
However, as with any project I do have my list of splurge items, such as black mudcloth pillows. To counteract the cost of these items I’m doing as much DIY as I can, starting with the Ikea Tarva dresser (see in the collage pic above). I’m going to paint it white, stain the base a chestnut colour, and change out the hardware. I’m also going to create a simple bench for the base of the bed, because when I searched for simple benches with a Scandinavian vibe the prices were exorbitant. I mean, how can a slab of wood with four legs be $500+?
For this week’s work I started on my DIY projects and painted the room with Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, which has been my favourite white for years. It translates so beautifully onto the walls, not too warm or cold. Just a perfect white. I once used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and it was so sterile it felt like we were in a surgical room. Here are some progress pics:
You can definitely see the difference between the original white (BM White Heron) and the new one (BM Chantilly Lace), which is much whiter.
The accent wall is gone! And the room is a beautiful crisp white. I absolutely love it.
The DIY projects are currently underway and I’ll be sharing them for next week’s ORC post. Until then, grab some coffee and check out some of the other ORC guest participants and featured designers. So far I’m loving the progress of feature designer Brittany from the Vintage Rug Shop.