Things are starting to take shape this third week of the One Room Challenge! I have clarified my overall plan and identified key aspects of the design that need to be in place-
- Clean, Minimal, Modern: white walls and white desk
- Graphic Black & White: upholstery fabrics and modern artwork, hide rug, Kate Spade lamp
- Light Industrial: metal cabinet and shelves
- Neoclassical References: unfinished traditional painting, statuary & architectural prints
- Warm Textures & Tones: wood framed chairs, deconstructed settee and seagrass storage baskets, with a few touches of brass and gold metals
Now, I need to implement all of these elements for real! Over the past week I have had some luck on the shopping front, procuring a concrete urn from the Home Goods gardening department which functions perfectly as my wallpaper sample storage. ‘Neoclassical statuary’, check.
I also had some luck rummaging through my stash of miscellaneous bits and pieces collected over the years, and found these two prints I completely forgot about. I just adore them and had them framed in gold. ‘Clean minimal’ and ‘warm metals’, check.
I hung this wonderful modern print that I already owned, from Katie Brennan. ‘Graphic black and white’ check. (actually it is deep navy blue, which adds a nice dimension to the scheme)-
I also purchased an original abstract painting from a painter I have worked with on several custom commissions for clients, Cora Stjernholm Bicknell. I saw the painting earlier in the year, and it felt just like me. Cora is currently working on a custom piece for me to fulfill the ‘unfinished, classical art’ element in my concept. Cannot wait to reveal this piece!
I also brought in a few of my stocked chairs that I thought might work in the mix. In concept they are the right direction, but not quite perfect. I need that warm wood element rather than the chrome, which is feeling too cold in the space.
I also have a stand-in for the ‘deconstructed settee’, one of my chairs currently for sale, which adds the right texture, but is not substantial enough. Lucky for me I have the perfect unfinished settee in storage just waiting for a ride over to the office in my Jeep this weekend!
And I think perhaps I have even found a few white desks that excite me a bit more. I am considering the strut from Blu Dot, one of my favorite modern design companies. I like this because it is clean and minimal, but also has a hint of industrial-
So, great progress has been made, and I can see a clear direction ahead of me. I hope next week I can get most of the items in place and see what holes need to be filled. Here is where I am at. Still lacking in the overall mix, but starting. These walls are very white and very tall, so artwork is going to be very necessary! I need to get the abstract hung!
Here is the other side of the room, looking a bit anemic right now. A few weeks ago I found this amazing piggy bank which I just could not live without. He is a bit out of ‘concept’, but I think he fits in for now, anyway. Will see if he stays. I hope so!