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One Room Challenge: Week Four

April 22, 2015

Welcome to week three of the ORC friends. That means we are officially over half way through.  I'm starting to get nervous because there is still lots to be finished!  As the room comes together I have ideas blossoming in my head all the time for ways to make it function better and I don't know if there is time for all that organic evolution with this deadline looming.

If you're new here be sure to check out week one and week two and week three to see how our master bedroom is evolving.  My goal over the next two remaining weeks is to create a soothing and spa like master retreat.

First up, I need to finalize the table to go in between our new chairs.  I've debated a few different options in my head and been scouring stores the past few weeks but nothing was right.  Yesterday afternoon I got ancy and moved the console table I ordered to go underneath the mounted tv and placed it in between the two chairs.  I think I love it.  Of course that leaves nothing to go under the tv at this point so as I fix one problem I have created another.


I can already tell styling the table is going to be the most fun part.  Matthew and I have been using these chairs nightly and a lamp was a necessity.  I like the idea of two so we can both see to read and he can leave his side on when I hop into bed first.

It's hard to see, but if you look at the sides of the two windows you can see the slight slope in the wall.  This makes hanging anything on the wall in between the windows really hard. I like the idea of a long narrow table over something smaller and rounder so I can rest some art or maybe a mirror and add some visual height.  We're also planning on doing Roman Shades because that slope makes hanging drapes a bit tricky.


Below is the current tv situation.  I don't love it.  You can see why I was willing to move the console table to the other wall.  I know everything will look completely different with the tv mounted on the wall instead of sitting directly on a table.  We just need to do hang it so I can re-asses.  Originally it was resting on an ikea dresser but we've since moved that into the closet you see above.  We are fortunate to have decent closet space for an older home and Matthew was adamant that we not have a traditional dresser in this space if we could help it.  We've really paired down our wardrobes and learned to make our closets work for us which helps tremendously.  I'll share more on that in another post.

I'm not one that feels like you need to hide the tv or decorate to disguise it.  It is what it is.  And let's be honest, it is REAL nice to look at before I fall asleep.  I feel the same way about my ceiling fan.  It's just not going anywhere.  I don't feel the need to disguise my oven or my toilet.  I just deal and make everything around it pretty.  But this zone is proving harder for me than I anticipated.


 Also on the priority list, my plan to cover a long body pillow in Schumacher's Garden of Persia has stalled.  There's not dramatic story, I'm just getting nervous.  This fabric has a beautiful pattern that is larger in scale than the pillow cover I need to make and each time I shift the fabric up or down the entire image changes.  I can't decide which part to highlight.  I'm also getting really nervous about cutting the fabric and sewing this myself.  It's such a nice fabric and I don't want to mess it up.  My mom is usually my go-to seamstress but she and my dad are visiting my brother in Italy and won't return until after this challenge is over so it's up to me to figure it how.  Wish me luck.



Yikes.  There is still so much to do!  It's a bit overwhelming but I think I'm finally starting to feel like this is going to feel layered and cozy and actually complete in just a few weeks.  Stay tuned!



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22 comments:

  1. That table is perfect!! I love it and now I'm thinking I need it! Ugh!!

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  2. Oh and about your bolster! I like the pattern you show in the first (top image). It's bold and I like how it stands out. Sometimes you can find a really affordable seamstress on CL. I found a sweet old lady/retired seamstress on CL and she upholstered my bolster pillow with piping and a hidden zipper for $15!!

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  3. It is all coming together, love the chair area so much. So, I love the placement in the second shot of the bolster. Either way, the fabric is incredible and it sure to look beautiful!

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  4. It is going to look so amazing! Love everything thus far!

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  5. That console table is SO beautiful!

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  6. I am just loving this color palette! It's so relaxing and those chairs look like the perfect reading spot.

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  7. It is looking amazing! The bedding is so dreamy. I love the sitting area too, and amen to letting a TV be a TV.

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  8. How about using a long bolster pillow so you can just rotate it to get a different look as you like?

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  9. I like the 2nd "pattern capture" on the pillow!

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  10. I like the second one as well ... YOU CAN DO IT!! Your Mom will be so proud when she gets home from Italy!!

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  11. Think you need a moroccan pouf to tuck under your console and pull out as needed when you are sitting on those pretty chairs!
    xo~Jill

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  12. How much time do you have? I have customers mail me pillow fabric frequently. I sew it, mail it back and they put in the insert. Happy to do it for you quickly if you like. You can email if it's something you're interested in. morrispam@comcast.net I'm in MD, so a priority pkg will arrive in a couple of days.

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    1. Oh wow! I will email you when I get home!

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  13. Love the symmetry of the pair of chairs and lamps and I'd be waffling over the pillow until the 11th hour - they're both so pretty!

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  14. Don't be nervous this is going to be fabulous! the chairs are so pretty!! xo

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  15. I want to take a nap in that bed! Actually, I want to live in this room.

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  16. Your tv problem made me think if this post on the Nester: http://www.thenester.com/2015/04/a-public-service-announcement-on-behalf-tvs-everywhere.html

    Also, I love the pillow fabric- especially the way it looks in the second placement photo.

    Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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    1. You know what's funny, I read that earlier this week and completely disagreed with her. I think it's totally fine to place it over a big dresser bc honestly that's where it logically goes in most rooms but if I was starting from scratch I think a big dresser under a big TV is overkill. I like the console table just slightly wider than the TV myself :)

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  17. I vote for the second pattern placement - it shows more of the intricacy of the pattern, whereas the first one feels a bit blotchy... Just my 2 cents!

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  18. I'm sure the pillow will turn out fabulous! I know it's so hard to cut into gorgeous fabric - I would get a local upholsterer to do it, with everything else you don't need the additional stress! It;s going to come together beautifully

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  19. Can't wait to see the final details! PS-Your photography is lovely.

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  20. I like the second images also...and I was going to say if you mail it to me I will get Sudi to sew it also....but looks like you found a solution with Pam! It always seems like the 4th week is when everyone starts to panic! By the way....disguise a toilet....hahahahaha!

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