Well here we are and we can all breathe a sigh of relief, right? The time has come for the big reveal of my renovated/completed Living Room as part of the One Room Challenges TM Linking Event. The last six weeks have been interesting. I’ve gone from being super motivated to complete a space that has been sitting in various states of disarray for the last year and a half, to being completely unmotivated and wrapped up in life. I am happy to say, that I have a complete room that I am very thrilled with. Thank you all for your kind words of support and most of all thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for coming up with this amazing concept called the One Room Challenge TM. There have been some super talented people participating this year in both the sponsored group and the linking group! Be sure to check them all out! Feel free to take a peak back at my journey these six weeks.
Week One: The Plan
Week Two: Productivity
Week Three: Procrastination
Week Four: The Freak Out
Week Five: Go Time
Week Six: The Big Reveal
So without further adieu…..
I give you the before….
Keep in mind that the furnishings all belong to the previous owner, so no negative comments please. But this is the view standing in the dining room, looking down into the living room. We had a 7″ step down that had an ugly dated banister dividing the space. So, here we go with the after….
This is for all of you who were on TEAM MAGENTA…. I decided to photograph the space both ways to see how I liked it. Well, it adds interest, but also weight, which being an inside townhome in Alexandria, you crave natural light. So anything that took away from that, regardless of how it really started to grow on me, pushed it to the return category. Don’t worry, I will still be on the search for that perfect lilac/mauve/magenta fabric to make some custom panels. So until then, my STRIPE neutrals will go back up.
This is the view standing in the living room, looking back at the dining room. You can really see the whole space and the possibilities here. So down the banister went and opened up the floor plan for multiple options of furniture placement. If you have followed me through this journey you will remember my affinity to symmetry. There are lots of different versions of symmetry, but I am a traditionalist in that sense and crave the balanced symmetry!
So I didn’t officially renovate much of anything in my dining room, I do have plans to replace the table and chairs (inherited in my marriage) as well as replace the light fixture. In the meantime the chairs got a refresh with the fabulous Charcoal Dot’s fabric by Domesticate! LOVE IT and they really tie the two spaces together nicely.
My secondary focal wall was important to me. I have a great focal wall with the fireplace but it was really important to me that you have a great view no matter where you are sitting in the space. I changed up my original gallery per say, trading out a large white platter, for the amazing gilded angel wings.
The AMAZING Leopard Lumbar Pillows are from the super awesome Betsy at Little Design Co! My crazy fun throw back to my original Ibis Lamps, the Tallon candlestick, is from Furbish Studio, a wonderful shop in Raleigh, NC. The prints on the focal wall are from the uber talented Charleston artist, Lulie Wallace. The gilded Angel Wings are from Ballard Designs.
A little nod to all of my Meredith College Avenging Angels out there!
So I decided that I liked the original finish on the coffee table I ordered from Ballard Designs. I am still sticking to my words, they need to open a storefront here in the DC Metro Area!!
I got super lucky with the light on photo shoot day! However, I didn’t want to interrupt his nap time! The white and black pillows are made with the fabric Charcoal Dots from one of my favorite textile designers, Andrea and her company Domesticate! You can find all of her fabulous designs on Spoonflower.
Ok, so you’ve asked and here it is….
FULL SOURCE LIST
Living Room Paint Color: Ellie Gray, Sherwin Williams
Dining Room Paint Color: Palladian Blue, Benjamin Moore
Braided Jute Area Rug
Durham Coffee Table
Blue Slipper Chairs
Leopard Lumbar Pillows: Little Design Co
Faux Sheepskin Hide
Gray Linen Sofa
Charcoal Dots Throw Pillows: Domesticate via Spoonflower
Pink and Blue Ikat Dot Pillows: Stein Mart
Zebra Linen Pillow: Stein Mart
White & Gold Round Side Table: Target
Carved Wood Basket
Mirror & Gold Round Tray: TJ Maxx
Mercury Glass Votives: Anthropologie
Blue Ginger Jar
Blue and White Metal Tray: One Kings Lane
Coffee Service Set
Black and Tan Baskets
Artwork Prints: Lulie Wallace
Gold Artwork Frames: Michaels
Round Dinner Plates
Gilded Angel Wings
Black and Gold Lamps
Silver Bamboo Floor Lamp: Pier One Imports
Off white Cabinet
Kids White Table
Kids Whicker Chairs: Ikea
Large Tilt Mirror: NC State Flea Market Mirror Man
Black/Cream/Gray Striped Drapery Panels: Fabric G Street Fabrics
Drapery Hardware: Overstock.com
Matchstick Woven Roman Shades: Home Decorators Collection for Home Depot
Boxwood Topiaries: Home Goods
Sunburst Mirror: Ballard Designs
Driftwood Frames: Michaels
Rectangular Decorative Tiles – Black and White : Sid Dickens
Zebra Bust: Anthropologie
Wedding Portraits: Emily Alane Photography
Wedding Portrait Frames: Michaels
So there you have it. It’s been over a year and a half in the making, collecting, searching, purchasing, re-purchasing, minor demo but it is complete and I’ve got great pretty photos to boot! Thank you all for joining me on this journey. It’s been a blast and I am already scheming on how I can complete my master bathroom next spring! It’s really the last major space renovation that we plan to do in the house and I may be crazy for thinking it can be done in 6 weeks. Be sure to take a peak at everyone who joined me on this crazy journey! I know I look forward to seeing everyone’s results! I am honestly humbled to see how many of you have taken the time to check out what I am doing and provide me feedback. Thank you, each and every one of you. I am still amazed that I have had individuals from far across the globe following little old me. Again THANK YOU! If I have made you laugh and given you any inspiration, then I have fulfilled my goal! I’m still relatively new to this whole blogging thing, so this has gotten me in a routine of posting at least once a week. My personal goal will be to continue that trend. So stick around, give me a follow. I will take you on my journey of life as a commercial designer, mommy of a toddler and wife to a die hard Carolina Panther’s fan and excellent daddy! Until next week!
PS for now, I’m going to relax and hang with my two favorite people! And seriously, how lucky am I to have a friend like Emily Alane Photography!