ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK ONE

I am very excited to share that I’ve been invited to participate in the One Room Challenge! Created by Linda of Calling It Home, the ORC is a bi-annual design bonanza where 20 design bloggers document the transformation of one room (in their home, or a client’s) over a six week time period, publishing an update each Wednesday until the grande finale–a big reveal–on May 6th.

Six weeks is a tight turn around for a project, but the adrenaline junkie in me secretly loves it and my wonderful clients agreed to join me on this wild ride by entrusting me with the transformation of their master bedroom!

This week I’ll be giving you a tour of the space and sharing the parameters of the project, but over the next five weeks is when the real fun will unfold!

One Room Challenge Before | The Pursuit of Style

My clients own a beautiful condo that was built in the 1940s and over the past year we’ve decorated the main living space and loft–now it’s on to the bedroom.

So here’s where we’re starting… The wall color–a warm gray–(and pup Zoey!) will be staying, but almost everything else in the room will be updated in some way.

One Room Challenge Before | The Pursuit of Style

Like most DC residents, my clients are fighting the good fight for storage space. For practicality, the wardrobe, dresser, and bed–which contains hidden storage–will stay, but all will receive a little zhushing!

One Room Challenge Before | The Pursuit of Style

Next week we’ll discuss the floor plan and I’ll share how I plan to free up space while increasing storage and functionality.

One Room Challenge Before | The Pursuit of Style

What I’m most excited about is the opportunity this big blank wall below presents. This is where the design magic happens (who can resist a throwback MTV Cribs reference when giving a bedroom tour?!)

One Room Challenge Before | The Pursuit of Style

I’m envisioning a custom headboard in an amazing fabric, larger nightstands, and a pair of swing arm sconces to alleviate the challenge a lack of overhead lighting presents.

Zoey might appear unimpressed by my grand plans, but I promise exciting things are coming down the pipeline for this space.

One Room Challenge Before | The Pursuit of Style

I hope you’ll join me next Wednesday for the next chapter in this design journey, but until then, be sure to check out what the talented ladies below have up their sleeves!

As always, you can catch up with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for more design musings and inspiration.

 
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BITS & PIECES

Artichoke Lamp | Lindsay Speace Interior DesignI shared a peek last week at some of the bits & pieces currently coloring my office, but I thought my latest find was deserving of its own post. Meet the new apple (er, artichoke) of my eye. A playful new shade is in order and I’m thinking the Raoul Textiles beauty shown above might be just the ticket.

The hoarding continues… ;)

WHO’S GAME

Sara Gilbane

Sara Gilbane

Markham Roberts

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Do you play backgammon? I’ve never played, but it seems that I need to learn so I can carve out a chic little space for a backgammon table in my future dream home like two of my design idols, Sara Gilbane and Markham Roberts have done in the first three photos above (fourth photo designer unknown).

I’m particularly captivated by the first room which was designed by Gilbane for the Rooms With a View showhouse. The lotus wallpaper alone is worthy of a Wallpaper Diaries entry, but paired with large scale art, Stark’s antelope carpet, and an eggplant Christopher Spitzmiller lamp, my eye finds something new to delight upon every time I look at the photo.

In Decorating The Way I See It Markham Roberts writes: “To me, there is nothing sadder than a big, beautiful room that is rarely, if ever, used…A game table, for instance is a great way to give a room an extra purpose.” You can see how he’s employed this tactic in the third photo with that fantastic floral Parsons table off to the right.

These days, with everyone inevitably centering their floor plans around a massive flat screen TV, I think there’s something incredibly charming, and perhaps a little nostalgic, about a room whose purpose is more about engaging than disengaging.

So, who’s game to learn backgammon with me?

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BITS & PIECES

LIndsay Speace Interior Design | Office

Bolts of fabric, pillows, a rug, and antique lamps I couldn’t leave behind are slowly but surely taking over my “office” (a niche I carved out in our bedroom, for now) but when the clutter is this colorful and happy, I don’t mind one bit.

I suppose if you needed further evidence from Monday’s post that I’m back to my old color and pattern splashed ways this would suffice. In any event, this little corner is a much welcome respite from today’s gray skies.

Where is Spring?!

BACK TO BRIGHT

Jessica Buckley | Apartment Therapy

Jessica Buckley | Apartment Therapy

Jessica Buckley | Apartment Therapy

Jessica Buckley | Apartment Therapy

I think I was going through some weird experimental phase with minimalism this winter. I found myself shying away from the colors and patterns I’ve always loved and questioning whether or not my choices were “sophisticated” enough. Well, don’t worry, that existential crisis is over and I’m back to bright.

A lovely reader (thanks Holly!) sent this Apartment Therapy home tour of Jessica Buckley’s Edinburgh flat my way and I think it’s a perfect example of how you can have fun with color and pattern and still create a sophisticated space–it’s not a double bind!

The blueberry grasscloth wallpaper is undeniably amazing, but if I were to play favorites it’s a tie between the adorable breakfast nook or her canopied bed. I’ll always be a cheerleader for a classic ticking stripe, and the combination of that gorgeous Manuel Canovas Roman shade, the pink walls, and Chippendale chairs just makes me giddy.

Canopying a bed is high on my list of future house goals, but I already can’t imagine the agony I’ll put myself through deciding on fabrics. Designer draama. Jessica, on the other hand, killed it with her choices!

I’m convinced that starting the week off on a colorful note is going to make this a good one. I have an installation on the calender at the end of the week that I’m basically jumping out of my skin to see come together.
And as for my PSA about color: #beigeisboring #decoratecolorfully