The fact that this thing is halfway over has me in somewhat of a state of stress, but I’m going to keep pushing forward and know that we can get it done! I thought renovating pregnant was hard, renovating with an 11-month-old is way harder. It’s week three of the One Room Challenge™ and in case you missed the last two weeks, you can find them here and here. It feels like we haven’t gotten much further this week, but floating and sanding the drywall takes several days. Tim finished up on Saturday and Micah got to work Sunday priming the ceiling to prep for the wallpaper, removing the old trim, and putting in the door and window casing and baseboards. Monday he started the crown and finished it up last night coping crown is the worst and most tedious part of the trim work. By the end of the week we hope to have all of the trim up and the closet door switched out so we can move on to paint prep.
While Micah is doing most of the laborsome prep, I’m doing all of the mental and logistical prep. Obsessing over shipping dates and artwork selections is the name of my game these days. Trying to make a room feel personal in six weeks isn’t easy, but I’m doing my best to incorporate personality and meaning where I can.
THE CHANDELIER: I love having objects in our home that bring back fond memories. Obvious ideas for this might be a framed photo or a souvenir picked up on a trip. But I like to bring these memories back in more discreet ways. The mural in our dining room feels nostalgic for us, and many of the books we have stir up memories of the past. A few months ago I got an email from a company who creates Murano glass in Venice, and I knew I had to work with them on something. Micah and I honeymooned there and visited the island of Murano to see how the glass was made. I was young and didn’t know anything about design and left the island with nothing…not even a paper weight. I always kind of regretted that.
Sogni di Cristallo is taking the 1,000-year-old art of making Murano glass and bringing it to people all over the world through the internet and international shipping. From Venetian chandeliers and mirrors to more modern designs, they make it all. Their work is mesmerizing, and I could watch the videos for hours. I chose the Crono, and the mid century style is going to really feel fresh against the traditional bee wallpaper that’s going on the ceiling.
THE ART: I’m working on a space in the room for Milly to have an art area. She loves to draw and color, but just as important to her is displaying her work. Mixing her pieces in with some other art will give a collected feel. Because the rest of the room is going pretty sophisticated and monochromatic, this is an area I want to bring bold, colorful personality. Art is so personal and whenever I’m working with clients I always get their input on art before pulling the trigger, so I did the same with Milly. Here’s where we’re headed…
Along with some great pieces from Artfully Walls, I’m so excited to be featuring some friends and a local business. Porter Teleo is a brand of fine art, high design wall coverings and fabrics that I’ve been following for a while now. When I saw they were located in Kansas City and sold some of their pieces as archives, I got even more excited. Then I saw that hot pink number, and there was no question – I needed it. Featuring friends is always a given if I can make it work, and Jenny is killing it with her print shop give me all the $15 prints! Then there is the crazy talented and kind Angela from The Painted House. I can’t tell you how good her work is, I’ve been DYING to get some of it in my house. When these prints showed up I swore they were originals…the quality is incredible! Someday I am getting my hands on one of her ribbons…someday.
THE CURTAINS: There’s one detail in the room that is special, not necessarily because of what it is but because of who is creating it. I was really inspired by this bed curtain and Corona I just learned this term I saw on Instagram a year or two ago.
I knew I wanted to recreate this look, so I headed to a local Fabricut showroom and was blown away by the selection (I’m going with this and this). The style brings a grand, royal feel without feeling too “princess-y.” I’ve sewn curtains before and figured this might be a project I could take on but then reminded myself about that life with an 11-month-old thing. Through a connection I have I was introduced to Kelly at Weave Gotcha Covered, and I knew instantly I wanted to work with her. Her voice radiated warmth and kindness over the phone, and then I heard more of her company’s story and made it my mission to get involved.
I’ve talked a bit before about how sometimes I feel like design and what I do doesn’t make the most impressive impact on this world, but Kelly has found a way to take her creative passion and talent and use it for good. Through her fabrication company, Kelly is committed to employing and training women constrained by generational poverty, addiction, incarceration and other life-circumstances as they work to reclaim their lives through economic sustainability. She allows her employees to always put family and school first, while giving them belief, trust, and ownership in themselves and their work. She even has an Uber account for her employees so they never have to miss work because they couldn’t find a ride. The more I learn about this business, the more honored I am to have their products in my home.
You can learn more about Weave Gotcha Covered here.
At the end of the day, I love what I do because I love the relationships I’ve built and the people I get to work with because of this blog. And these are all prime examples of that. I’m hoping next week I’ll be back with a much bigger dent in the bones of the room. Stay tuned and be sure to check out the other participants!
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