This has been a busy week for sure! As mentioned in the last ORC post, progress was on track. I was moving furniture in for finishing touches and editing…… Let’s just say, that has not yet happened. We did make progress by completing the trim detail but fell short of the goal. Our architectural salvage appraisal business took front seat…. As a result, I am drawing inspiration remotely. Does anybody recognize where I am? Here is a hint…… I had an inspection in Dallas where I am appraising materials from a large estate renovation. Rather than sending their unwanted (beautiful) materials to a landfill, they are donating to Habitat for Humanity Restore. The owners will receive a tax deduction, the landfill will have some relief, and Habitat will raise money for their mission…..oh, and think of the happy Restore shoppers! A win, win for all involved. My daughter and I are overdue for some quality time together so we made it a girls trip….and what’s just outside of Dallas??
I will be honest. I was not so sure about what I was going to find here. I started watching Fixer Upper early on and thoroughly enjoyed the show. I thought what they were doing with the silos was brilliant…..but I was apprehensive about the visit. Had it turned into a little Disneyland? Was it going to be too crowded to enjoy? etc, etc. Well, I am happy to say that Rebecca and I absolutely enjoyed ourselves. It was a bit crowded but the outside space is large, the food trucks were super cute (excellent avocado toast), and people were smiling all around us. That last bit was the best surprise. Despite the loads of visitors, the positive fun vibe you see in the show seems to fill the air, the people, and the décor at Magnolia….and that is something I want to bring back to my ORC project….to breathe life into the room. My inspiration for this last leg is to make the room beautiful inside and out. Fill it with positivity and depth of soul.
So that’s my story for week five…… Time to buckle down for the last few days. I am excited to see all of the other ORC spaces and browse their stories. You can find that at http://www.oneroomchallenge.com
The One Room Challenge has come at a very busy time for me. As I mentioned in my bio, I am an architectural salvage appraiser, mainly for tax purposes, which means, I am a busy girl these days….and why I am posting at one o’clock am. But! I am all over this challenge. There are over three hundred rooms being renovated by guest and featured designers. I am certain you will find a ton of inspiration in their blogs. You can take a look at these fabulous designs by going to http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc. But let’s take a look at how our master bedroom renovation has progressed this week….. I did some shopping to source furniture and have to say, I am pleased with the progress. Shopping for antique, vintage, reclaimed, and salvaged pieces is a bit different than new. Here is a sampling of what I found, followed by some tips for you:
The most important tip I can share (other than to remember design should always be fun and never overwhelming) is to measure your space and determine the size and scale for each piece before venturing out. I know I mentioned this in my last post… but it really is the basis for a successful space. Anything significantly large or small will not work no matter how awesome it is.
Another important tip is to decide how much work you are willing and able to put in to your finds. Some people like to put their mark on every piece, while others prefer to find treasures that are ready to use in their space. Due to the timeline of this challenge and my current busy schedule, I chose to limit my efforts and find furniture that was in good condition with the right fabric and finishes for my space……. EXCEPT these…..
So this large mirror and 80’s footstool with the crazy town fabric are not exactly ready for the space….but, they fit the scale that I am looking for AND I am willing to make the changes necessary. You will not even recognize them in the reveal!
Final tip for the day…. Your space should reflect you. While I like to mix up consignment store finds with more refined antiques, designing with reclaimed, salvaged, and antique items should be a reflection of your style. If you are drawn to expensive antiques and you have the budget for it, go for the antiques! If you are a bargain hunter and enjoy creating great designs with super deals, have at it! There is no one formula for this. It is all about mixing the old with the new, creating beautiful spaces, and helping the environment along the way. Stay tuned for next week as we introduce fabrics and paint to pull all of these items together. Also, I would love to hear from you. Where are your favorite places to source furniture and accessories for your designs??
OK. Here we go!! This is going to be a great six weeks. Getting my toes wet in the One Room Challenge AND getting my bedroom back. Wooohooo! The goal for me in this challenge is to create a beautiful, relaxing space using as many reclaimed, salvaged, heirloom, antique, artisan, and vintage pieces as is possible. I will share my approach to building a room mixing old with new in order to find that perfect balance of rustic and refined. The colors and textures will be neutral and natural with enough color to create interest, and the furniture will be a mix of finishes for a curated look.
Did I mention that my room was in BAD shape??? We had a leak and it was gutted. Be prepared as this is not pretty!!
Not to worry! Windows and door came in today….We’ve got this. The first step I always take is to figure out the desired furniture layout. Figure out what pieces you need then measure the optimal height, width, and depth that those pieces should be. Write it down and keep it with you when you shop. This is important because you don’t want to fall in love with that perfect vintage piece that doesn’t fit…. This is the step I will be taking this week. Soooo, check back next week when I reveal the layout and pieces that will be used to anchor the room. To take a look at other guest participants in the One Room Challenge go to http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog. In the mean time….have a wonderful week!!