Welcome back to week three of the One Room Challenge–can you believe we’re halfway through? It’s time to start hustling! If you’re new (welcome!) or need a refresher, start here.
Last week we were in the weeds with floor plans and elevations which though important, are definitely not the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of so thanks for slogging through with me. This week I promised you pretty, and pretty you shall receive. Let’s talk about the design plan…
Hitting the sweet spot on this project was a little bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears; we considered three design schemes, but only one was juust right. My clients are a young couple with roots in California and Tennessee, and I can definitely see influences of both places in their style which I’d describe as buttoned up boho–a more polished East Coast take on classic California cool–with a little bit of a rugged edge (think reclaimed wood and texture).
DESIGN SCHEME ONE
My clients wanted a calming space that also incorporated some masculine elements. With their shared love of the outdoors in mind, I began to pull together my first design scheme with Manuel Canovas’ Sark fabric with its graceful, painterly birds as my jumping off point.
Manuel Canovas’ Sark in the home of Marlien Rentmeester.
In a primarily tone on tone scheme I relied on form and texture by way of sculptural lamps, a metallic woven rug, and inlaid mirror for visual interest. A blue and white shibori pillow, abstract art, and large scale wave photograph added color and movement.
The Verdict: Ultimately, we decided this scheme was a little too calming. Not quite a snooze fest, but lacking that punch we achieved in the other rooms of their home.
DESIGN SCHEME TWO
With a request for more color and my own personal mantra #beigeisboring in mind, I went back to the drawing board. My second scheme centered on John Robshaw’s Lanka which is a personal favorite and combines a lavender/gray with coral, yellow and cranberry.
John Robshaw’s Lanka as seen in a project by Alexandra Kaehler.
To up the ante I mixed in a coral China Seas fabric, a plum Raoul, and vibrant green grasscloth to be used on a pair of custom nightstands.
The Verdict: A definite 180 from the first scheme, our second scheme might have over delivered on color.
DESIGN SCHEME THREE
With one design scheme too bland, and another too bright, it was time to find the one that was just right. William Yeoward’s Vignatella turned out to be the rabbit I pulled out of my hat–or in this case the fabric I happened to have in my bag for another client that was love at first sight!
Upholstered walls in William Yeoward’s Vignatella at the Halcyon Hotel.
With the perfect headboard fabric selected the rest of the scheme fell into place quickly. I selected an oversize abstract which provides plenty of color to pull from and incorporate throughout the room. It will sit over a gorgeous walnut dresser which my clients wisely decided to invest more on than they had initially intended, but will be enjoying for years to come–modern day heirloom potential!
Brass swing arm sconces with custom green linen shades will flank the bed atop a pair of custom peacock blue grasscloth wrapped nightstands (more to come on these! Ahh I can’t wait!) and an inexpensive sisal rug will ground the space, and add texture.
The Verdict: ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! So there you have it, Goldilocks and the Three Design Schemes. One too light, one to bright, and one that was juust right! There’s a ton that’s still to be done, but I can’t wait to bring this to life over the next three weeks. What do you think, did we go with your favorite or would you have selected scheme one or two?
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