Welcome back to week four of the One Room Challenge! By now you know the drill, but if you’re just joining in, start here to follow along from week one. Confession: with just two weeks left I’m sweating just a tiny bit (especially after having been out of town for the past five days at High Point Market) but this is when the adrenaline junkie in me kicks in and it’s time to kick my type-A to-do list making personality into over drive. I secretly love it.
This point in the process is a waiting game. Everything has been ordered and is well underway and/or scheduled to be delivered–including the fantastic grasscloth wrapped nightstands I’ve been gushing about since week one. This week I thought we’d chat more about those nightstands while I (not so) patiently await the delivery of the headboard, custom sconce shades, and newly framed art later this week.
Grasscloth inspiration c/o Ashley Whittaker
When we consolidated storage and decided on this eight drawer dresser I knew pairing nightstands would be a bit of a challenge. I’m not big on matchy-matchy bedroom sets and we needed to find something to compliment both the new walnut dresser and existing white lacquered pieces. Wood felt too heavy, more white too cold. We needed texture.
We also needed a lower shelf, drawer, and reasonable price point. Retail options were unimpressive to say the least and I knew it was time to consider custom options. For our project, I envisioned a pair of Parsons style nightstands wrapped in a textural, sophisticated grasscloth.
This is where I’m going to let you in on a secret: Liven Up Design. I think when most people think about custom furniture they assume it will be cost prohibitive but that isn’t necessarily the case. Jenn and her husband create fantastic custom pieces ranging from grasscloth wrapped consoles and nightstands to fully upholstered x-benches right here in the USA at an incredibly competitive price point compared to mass market pieces.
I selected a beautiful peacock blue grasscloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, and worked with Liven Up Design to finalize the dimensions to suit my clients’ needs and fit the space. Jenn is wonderful to work with: responsive, knowledgeable and genuinely excited about the process and their product.
Be sure to follow @livenupdesign on Insta for their latest creations–I’m always inspired! After seeing the progress shots of our nightstands being fabricated I’m even more excited to see these babies in real life!
One more potential update for this week… check out this gorgeous antique Turkish rug I snagged at High Point Market. Aren’t the colors just perfect for the master bedroom?! I’m thinking it could be amazing layered over the new sisal rug, but we’ll see how it looks this weekend!