It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge (see week 1). This week I worked on lining up some accessories for the room and getting the new Dash & Albert Regatta rug* laid which has already made alllll the difference in the feel of the room. For one thing, I got it in a 10×14 size which was larger than the 8×11 one we had in there previously. Everything feels like it fits better (and we haven’t even gotten in the new sofa yet). Rug size really does dictate how the room flows — and you almost always have to go bigger than you think.
Word from Rowe* is that the sectional is on the truck and headed our way, and I can hardly wait to see it!
The other thing I worked on this week for the One Room Challenge was lining up some accessories. On Tuesday I went to a few antique shops hunting for old textiles for a holiday table shoot I’ve been planning but of course I didn’t find anything I liked for that. Instead I stumbled on these ceramic Staffordshire dogs for a steal at $65. Sold! And on a whim I also bought that vintage red telephone pictured above for $10. My parents had one just like it in pale blue when I was a kid, and I had to have it.
I also wanted to show you a little mockup of the new waterfall console table and the x benches that Liven Up Design* is custom making for me. Because of my relationship with Crypton*, they were happy to generously provide any fabrics in addition to the fabric for the sectional. I took them up on it and asked Liven Up if they’d be able to get a couple of things done for me in time for the end of the challenge. Crossing my fingers it all arrives before November 10th!
Ok, so what’s the Crypton thing all about? I met them at High Point back in the spring and learned about their innovative stain-repelling fabrics. If you’re familiar with brands like Sunbrella or Perennials, they’re kind of in the same category as far as being stain repellent and ultra durable for high-traffic spaces. In addition to their own line of fabrics they also provide their technology to tons of other fabric and furniture companies like Rowe, Thibaut, Duralee, Kravet, etc. It’s pretty impressive to watch how the fabric literally repels stains and liquids. So I was intrigued and wondered if I really could get an all-white sofa that would be kid, dog, and life-proof, hence the sectional that’s on its way to us for the ORC.
As for the console, I had this vision of a super-chic console that was custom built to go underneath the TV. I LOOOOOVE Meredith Heron’s newest offering for JF Fabrics*. If you are a Chinoiserie fan, you will LOVE her entire line. So so so good. We went with the Hicken pattern for the console and then with a Crypton Home* solid fabric in the Sky pattern (color: Geranium).
I’d like to do a pair of lamps to flank the TV just to visually balance it out. Simon’s not too thrilled with this idea b/c he thinks there’ll be a glare on the TV. But my goal is more to fill space and provide a little drama. I’m obsessed with those pagoda lamps from Bungalow 5 above. Sigh.
Speaking of pagodas, though, I did land this gorgeous Chinoiserie mirror from LampsPlus* and I couldn’t love it more. I’m trying to decide if I’ll hang it closer to the kitchen or on the opposite end nearest the fireplace.
Ok, that’s it for this week. Follow along on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way! And stop by the One Room Challenge participants as they share their transformations. Thanks to Linda at CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful.