Hello again friends. Welcome to Week Three (?!?!?!) of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home. For those of you that are new to this concept, for six weeks twenty featured designers (and hundreds of guest participants) link up to transform a room and then blog weekly about their progress. It is a great way to find new blogs and PAGES of inspiration. I am a guest participant, and you can catch up with my previous progress for Week One and Week Two. Grab some coffee and get cozy, because this week was a full one!
So we are at week three. Not entirely sure how that happened so fast, but here we are, and I feel like I am rolling along nicely. This week we went on vacation for my sons fall break, so I crammed this weeks work into a few days. However, since last week I nailed down the layout, the ideas and motivation just started flowing. The big project for this week includes my new color obsession: GREEN. I know green is having a moment in design right now, mainly in kitchens. I thought it would be fun to incorporate this color in my office, since my primary focus is outdoor living. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am obsessed with palm trees, so it should be no surprise that I chose this fabric for a stationary drapery panel in my office.
Alright, I know a lot of people are over this palm print, but I have zero shame in saying I AM NOT ONE OF THEM!!! It makes me happy, plus it reminds me of the beach, which is currently my favorite place. I am guessing this fabric is an outdoor fabric, based on the stiffness of it. One day while leaving Walmart for groceries, I walked past the craft department and spotted it. I couldn't get it out of my head, so the next morning after measuring my window I went back to get a few yards. Added some hem tape to my cart since I no longer have a sewing machine, and the next thing I knew I had a panel for the window.
Honestly, I cannot express how happy I am with this. Heart eyes abound.
For a few weeks now, I have been kicking around bringing my vintage campaign chest into the office to use for storage. This room has a serious lack of drawers, so I thought it would be nice to have the chest in here for that reason, plus I am over the Expedit shelves (old school Ikea for you). If you've been with me for a while, you remember this chest. I bought it at a secondhand store in Lexington KY six years ago. It had major water damage to the top, so I chiseled it off and had a piece of marble cut to size for the top. It started a bad wood grain, and then I painted it gray to go in our old diningroom. It lived in our entry in our last house and I painted it blue.
Since the blue wasn't really working in my color scheme for the office, I decided to paint it. Using the curtain panel as my jumping off point, I chose a color that I thought would look great with the marble and the brass hardware on the chest.
The color I chose was the bottom one, called Houseplant from Sherwin Williams. Another neat thing about this chest, is that it is small enough to get away with using a sample jar of paint. $3.50 goes a long way.
Love the green!!!
I knew I wanted a good mirror for over the chest, to help reflect the light in the room. The size and style was going to be very particular (meaning, EXPENSIVE). Factor in me still needing a desk chair and I could see my budget dwindling quickly. There were a few moments of panic this week because these two items are the big ones in the room. Tuesday afternoon while running errands, I stopped by my favorite thrift store to donate some stuff. As I pulled up, a chair almost identical to what I am wanting was sitting out front. It was marked $11.99. I snatched it up and drug it inside, where I saw the exact mirror that I had in my mind. Can't make this stuff up. In my head I had figured $300 for the chair and probably another $150 for the mirror, but I got out of there for under $60. The chair was 25% off and I didn't even know it, and the mirror was $49, but I had a 10% off coupon since I donated items that day. (That falls into my Make Room for Magic belief I have!). I recently downsized my Jeep, and I was actually terrified the mirror and chair wouldn't fit but...
YES. To say that I was elated would be an understatement. Don't look at the mess behind the chair, as this picture was taken in the garage. Totally wasn't feeling that french linen color.
So after driving all over town doing errands, I dropped off my haul and went to Home Depot for a can of spray paint in a fun color. Any ideas which one I chose? It is TOTALLY out of my comfort zone and something I would usually not chose for my own house, but I wanted to have fun in this room...
Here is the color I chose...
SO not like me! But I love it. After I painted it, I looked at it next to the green drawers and had a moment of panic that the office would look like a bag of Skittles exploded. Honestly I am still a bit worried, but like I have told clients before, don't look at each individual piece of the puzzle, wait to see the whole picture. Guess I should take my own advice, right? Next week I plan on working on a new cushion, since it was purchased secondhand. This should be an interesting project since again, no sewing machine. And did I mention I want to do a contrast welt on the top and bottom??? Stay tuned on that one, friends.
Next week I will have better pictures. I am rearranging the office today and actually dragging that impossibly heavy chest in the office, get the mirror in place (again, impossibly heavy). There are plenty of things left that I need to do. The printer is getting a new home, but I don't know what yet, and I want to create a large scale pin board to go over it. Reorganizing the bookshelves, getting some storage items in place... wow... I thought I was doing okay!!! Check back next week for my progress :)
See you soon!