How are there only two weeks left? Week four is upon us, and while the big things are in place, it seems like I am freaking out about missing/complicated details daily. While I love details, I’m usually best at seeing the big picture of a space and forgetting that the details are crucial and need planning. That’s why I tend to take my time with spaces, instead of rushing to finish. But doing the ORC in the past definitely has shown me there is something so wonderful about having a space feel finished in less than a few months!
Today let’s talk wallpaper and a few of the more permanent details that have come together. The wallpaper is really the star of this show, and once it went in my hopes were confirmed…it’s incredible!
Would you believe it wasn’t in the original plan? I actually designed an entire room around a different wallpaper. Things didn’t work out with that paper, and I was left feeling defeated. But then I started browsing through Farrow & Ball’s offerings, and when I came across the Chromatic Stripe it just made my heart sing. The stripe is so classic, but the colors are unexpected and fun yet sophisticated. I quickly reworked the plan, and this became the jumping off point.
The desk all primed and ready for paint.
Some people might think you can’t do bold paper in a room with low ceilings and so many doors and windows, but I think it’s the perfect space for just that. Not only does the paper bring life to the space, the windows keep it from being too overwhelming, and the green of the trees outside really pops now. It feels like you’re in a treehouse!
Micah and I tackle a lot on our own, and while we’ve done some wallpapering in the past, like this mural this is designer paper. It’s a little more delicate and with a stripe, I didn’t want to take the chance of hanging something wrong. What would have taken us days didn’t cost us very much to hire out, so we brought in one of Micah’s sub contractors to do the work.
A detail that really makes the paper? The switch and outlet covers. We stuck with our favorite touch dimmers and pop out outlets from the adorne collection by Legrand for the space, and the customizable plates are one of those details that just elevate a room in no time.
Details you touch daily really do matter, like the switches, and the same can be said for door hardware. Shiny, 90’s plated brass will never feel incredible, so switching it all out to these Emtek Merrimack levers and Providence knobs is something we’re doing in each room as we renovate our way through this house. Not only are they pretty, they are heavy, and that weight just feels so much nicer as you open and shut doors throughout the day – small details that silently speak volumes.
Let’s talk fireplace surround. Our whole house is tiled with this tile. Whoever remodeled clearly got a great deal, as it’s on floors, surrounds, and it was the kitchen counters, remember? I’d rather not too. In an ideal world I would have had a slab of stone cut to fit around the fireplace for something really sleek and clean. But it’s an expensive treatment, and the way the mantle has been built with all of the layered details would not make sliding something in on the floor an easy task. Sure, we could have retiled, but tile felt like settling for me. I didn’t want to take the time and money for something I knew wouldn’t be exactly what I’d hoped for. When it comes to affordable DIY I almost always turn to paint.
I used Farrow and Ball’s exterior masonry paint in Off-Black, sanded and taped off the tiles, and spent an afternoon applying a few coats. The flat finish helps the tile blend in and it’s a clean, updated look for almost no money. Now that the bones are about done we’re starting to move in furniture, and I’m getting a better sense of what’s left to do. We’ve had and continue to have lots of hiccups daily, ha, but overall it’s coming together. I think if I can go a few more days before this baby comes I’ll feel good about where we’re at and still have some time after it’s arrival to finish styling and shoot the space before the big reveal in a few weeks!
In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the other wonderful featured designers updates this week…