5.12.2016

One Room Challenge Week 6: The Grand Finale, Part 1

Well folks, our room is not fully finished but I'm happy with how Phase 1 turned out.  And as of 1am last night when we got home from the beach, it was not photo-ready, so please excuse any poor lighting or staging.  As a professional, it grates on me that we didn't finish the room as planned.  As a mommy & wife, taking the past week to go on a desperately needed family vacation after weeks of the stomach flu, budget woes, and high levels of stress due to personal circumstances beyond our control, was absolutely more important than finishing the room.  My mantra for this project has become, "it is what it is".  This season's ORC has been an exercise in patience and acceptance, two lessons which I seem to continually need to learn ;)

And now for the before and (mostly) after:


BEFORE
 


AFTER




BEFORE




AFTER


Pretend not to notice the spots on the ceiling. A little touch-up is still needed :)

I am sooo pleased with our built-ins.  They add so much character to the room & to our home.  This room has odd dimenstions; it is a small square with a bay window on one wall & doorways on two of the walls that limit furniture placement and size.  We now have storage for a bar area, our books, board games, art supplies, and even some serving pieces.  My husband is in trouble, now that I know he has this kind of talent.  His to-do list just got a little bit longer. ;)

BEFORE




AFTER




As for the other changes to the room, I am thrilled with the wall & trim colors, and absolutely adore my homemade abstract art. I feel like they balance the classic/historical feel of the federal mirror, sconces, & lantern.

Phase 2 will take time & money, so it will be a while before the room is truly "finished" (my husband doesn't believe I consider any space in our home to ever be finished; he may be right).  Still on our list to accomplish:
  • drapes.  The charcoal linen drapes in the room are a pair I had in storage, & pulled out for a visual reference.  I think a white background with subtle pattern would do better at highlighting the beauty of the bay window, but I haven't found just the right one yet
  • antique table & chairs; there's a reason I have a tablecloth on this one & it's not pretty ;)
  • custom shades for the sconces.  I'm 99% sure I know what fabric I'm going to use for these, but have yet to bite the bullet since I'm so wishy-washy on my drapery choice
  • finish the plate wall with silhouettes of my girls
  • move our antique dark wood buffet up from the basement & switch out with the painted one.  No one felt like moving heavy furniture after a stomach bug 
  • knobs for the cabinets on the built-ins.  They arrived but didn't quite make it to install
  • more pops of blue and green to bring color into the room
A couple last shots of the room:







If you've stuck around for the entirety of this post, thank you.  And I would love it if you'd follow me both here & on Instagram (hcbinteriors); please continue to check in to see our progress on the space.  Big thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for creating this fantastic blogger phenomenon.  This round promoted 20 featured bloggers and over 200 guest particpants, along with House Beautiful magazine as a social media partner.  So impressive!

Also linking up to Thoughts of Home via Laura at decortoadore.net  Thanks Laura for hosting!

16 comments:

  1. Holly, your rooms looks great! The light fixtures in the dining room and entry are so fresh and beautiful. The wall color is very pretty.

    Congratulations on your hard work and thanks for sharing at Thoughts of Home. :)

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  2. It is tough when life gets in the way. I think you made great progress. I really like the built-ins, and the colors you chose too.

    -Stacy
    http://www.BlakeHillHouse.com

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  3. Your built-ins are amazing!! Love the new light fixture too - perfect mix of traditional and casual. And while a finished room is nice, time spent with the family is much much better.

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  4. I love what you've done so far, and I appreciate your authenticity. My husband and I started a kitchen renovation back in December, and it's still quite a ways from being finished due to family needs that had to come first. I'm trying very hard to be patient!

    Paula

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    1. Thank you, Paula! Best of luck with your renovation!

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  5. Yes, fantastic! I adore the storage. It looks fabulous. Thank you so much for linking up to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You make our gathering a happier place.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! and thank you for hosting!

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  6. Holly- everything you have done looks great!
    Your house has great 'bones'. What a great house to tweak!
    Thanks for joining TOHOT.

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    1. Thank you, Laura! You're right, it does have great bones, which makes it much easier to do some of our projects. Thanks again for stopping by!

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  7. I love how you tied in all the rooms together, very beautiful! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

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    1. Thank you, Vel! It's so nice to be finished, well, finished for now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week!

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  8. Your dining room looks great Holly! I really like the color you chose.

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