Apr 15, 2015

one room challenge week #3: making shades + buying harps

if you follow me on instagram, then you will know that i have just arrived in south carolina to iron out a few last minute details for the ocean winds villa. (you can read more about that project here and here. after pictures are coming soon!)

the last week was a bit of a blur, and i managed to get a lot done!

brought these babies to the upholstery shop:

i dropped off my vintage lamps to get rewired, and to order some new shades.

if you happen to get lucky and find an awesome vintage lamp, rewiring is a must. the older plugs are a fire hazard! (there is a great store here in salt lake where i go called the lamp store. yeah. i know. pretty easy to remember, right? it is located just across from liberty park.)

 i paid $29 each to have my lamps rewired, and they also sturdied up one of the lamps that was a bit wobbly.

and now...onto the new shades!
the shades that the lamp came with were in pretty sad shape--cracking, water stains, and also screamed 1974. i knew i wanted a crisp, simple shade for the lamps, and so i tried out a few options.
it is simply amazing how much the shape of the shade affects the look of the lamp!

here are a few i tested: (i totally felt like goldilocks with the porridge!)

too big.

nice. but perhaps a bit too formal.

also nice, but i really want to play up the linear lines of these unique lamps, and this shade breaks that long lean line that i am looking for.

yesss....! the winner.

 i looked at all of the fabric options for the company that makes these shades, but the one that i really liked was going to take 4-6 weeks to be made. yikes. that was cutting it too close.

HOWEVER, i could have one nearly identical made IN THE STORE for almost 40% less AND i could customize it in any size. uh....duh. sign me up! i ended up ordering some custom shades, that were 1" longer than the last picture.

fast forward 4 days.
yeah. thats right. they FIXED, and rewired my lamps and made me custom lampshades in under a week. good stuff!

when i went to pick them up, i still had ONE more decision to make...the size of the HARP. you know, this thing:

they come in a TON of sizes:

and, just a little tidbit of info---the size is stamped on the top! (which i didn't know before this project! don't you love learning new things?)

here is the rewired lamp and new CUSTOM shade with an 11.5" harp:

toooo high.

and an 11" harp:

still a little high....

and, the one i ended up with...a 10.5" harp:

still a lot more to do, but i am really excited about how everything is coming together!

be sure to check out the other participants progress!

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Apr 13, 2015

coastal e-design: ocean winds villa project, part 2

for the last few months, i have been working with my parents to furnish their recently purchased 2 bedroom villa on seabrook island, about 30 miles off the coast of charleston, sc.
to see the post on part 1 of this project, click here.

one of the first things that my parents and i talked about was the overall look
and function of their villa.

would this be a rental?
how often will they use it, and for how long at a time?
how many people would they like it to sleep?
how much updating do they want to pursue now?
what projects need to be tackled now, and which ones could wait for a later time?
what look are they going for? nautical? modern? traditional?

we all agreed that the main elements of the room should be neutral and textural. that meant the walls, the rugs, and the furniture would not have any significant color.  the color would be brought in with the artwork and the pillows.

we also agreed that there are a few projects that need to be addressed now, and some that can wait for later.

paint the bedrooms
remove the weird, upper kitchen cabinet that divides the kitchen from the living space
paint the kitchen cabinets
change the bath + kitchen hardware
replace light fixtures

paint the living area
remodel the bathrooms
remodel the kitchen
add privacy barn door to sunroom (see below)
add wall in between the "nooks" (see below)
revamp the fireplace

we started working on the main space first, which consists of a living area, dining area, and the long sunroom. in order to make the long sunroom (right around 8' x 23' feet!) function better, we decided to partition it into two spaces, which we called the "sleeping nook", and the "reading nook". (the floor plan already shows this area divided into 2 spaces)

the sleeping nook is closer to the dining room, and can be closed off with some linen curtain panels. in the next phase, when the kitchen and bathrooms are remodeled, we hope to make the opening a bit smaller, and add a barn door here to allow for more privacy. the sleeping nook can function as a third bedroom of sorts....it has a pull out sofa, and a dresser which will pull double duty as a media center to hold the tv. when it doesn't need to function as a sleeping area, (when my parents are there, for instance), it will act as a comfortable space to relax, read or take a nap.

the second nook we dubbed the "reading nook". it will have bookcases, two chairs, and a table. we envision this space to be an extension of the living room, as well as a space to enjoy the golf course view, sit with a book or even eat breakfast.

for now, the two spaces are divided with just the bookcase. i am TOTALLY against this... i want a WALL there, with electricity, and privacy. but, i just had to realize that this space isn't mine, and despite my very best efforts to convince my parents to put the wall in, i had to allow them make the choice to wait. (they were freaked out by the cost, and finding a subcontractor that they could trust long distance to pull off this project.)

we tried to use some furniture from my parents home in tennessee, but only a few items fit what we needed. (most are going into the "reading nook", which is why there is no design board for that space!)
we went back and forth between budget pieces, like ikea, and more expensive options. in the end, they opted for higher end sofas and chairs, and more budget friendly dressers and accent pieces, and mid range lighting fixtures.

i am gonna be honest here. we took a LOT of time narrowing down rug and furniture options. a LOT. i almost fired myself a few times. (ha! ha!)

here is the final floor plan:

once we had all of the large items in place, it was time to add the COLOR.

because my parents, well, my DAD, collects art, and so we started with the pieces that:
 (a) were color and style appropriate to the coast and not scary. my dad has some seriously weird and scary art.
(b) they didn't mind using in a rental property. sorry, no picasso's or da vinci's. (just kidding. it's not THAT kind of art collection.)

we went through about a dozen different art options, pulled together by my dad in neat little pdf booklets. each iteration had to be discussed with not only my parents and me, but they also asked my three brothers their opinions. (if you think that took forever, you are right. actually, add about 17 hours to forever and you are really close!)

just to give you an idea of the care that went into the art options, here are a few pages taken from several of the "art booklets":
(yah. my dad is really organized. and really loves art!)



once we decided on the art, it was time to talk about the last layer of color in the spaces....pillows, drapery and bedding.

we stuck with a palette of mostly greens and blues. my parents really responded to a lot of pattern and varied shades of blue mixed with brighter greens, and so the final pillows options are quite vibrant and varied.

here are the final design plans for the living areas:

when i post the after pictures, i will list all of the sources.
(i think you will be surprised where we managed to find MOST of the bedroom pieces!)

and, just for fun, here are a few earlier versions of the design board for these rooms:

to see part 1 of this project, click here.

Apr 8, 2015

one room challenge week #2: the design plan + the "B" word

well, even with spring break happening last week, i was able to make a lot of progress on olivia's room.

the most important accomplishment was the fact that we (olivia and i) decided on the overall look of her room!

and what better way to share the design than with a design (or "mood") board! (since i specialize in e-design, it is SO important to be able to create a visual guide for my clients, who are installing and shopping for their spaces on "their own". this design board acts not only as an inspiration tool, but for reference and for motivation!)

here it is:

here is the overall plan for the room:

*bed, dresser and nightstand will stay

*white entry storage piece, and aluminum table will be brought up from the main floor.

*walls will be painted a soft warm neutral tone. i want the room to feel grounded and not too youthful, so i am shying away towards the look of a "colored" wall. i am leaning towards something like this:
(urban sophisticate, benjamin moore)

*the back wall will be alternating stripes of chalkboard and cork board. i am still nailing down sources for the cork, since i would like to avoid tiles. this is going to be the most time consuming project of the room, so my husband got off much easier than he did with my younger daughters room. this is the area that olivia is most excited about!

*revamping the two vintage lamps (new wiring and shades)

*redoing the vintage wing backs (paint them white, add faux croc leather to the front, and stripes to the back)

*add curtains. there will be THREE different fabrics on these curtains. i will be using a band of smaller stripes at the top, thicker stripes at the bottom, and the body of the drape will be the faux bois/zebra print from loom decor.

*new bedding (a simple white duvet, and some new pillows)

*add art, accessories

*new chandelier...ugh. still going around in circles with this one because of the B word.

yah, thats right. 
i said the "B" word. 

i am saving a ton of money in this room by using existing furniture, and one place that i wanted to splurge a bit was on a new light fixture. the one she has now is darling, BUT, it stopped working several months ago, and i am not really keen on the thought of replacing it with the exact same fixture.

in my dreams, i would love to have something like this:

 (jonathan adler sputnik chandelier )

or, this:
(oly studio pipa bowl chandelier)

or, this:
(circa lighting aerin lauder mill ceiling light)

but COME ON. this is a teenagers room, and i am not a gazillionaire. those fixtures are all in the $1500-3000 range.

time for some budget friendly options.

speaking of budgets...
i already HAVE this light. i bought it to put in my laundry room....(whenever we get around to finishing it!) i like the shape. the size is nice. and did i mention i already have it?

this is the light that i put on the design board, and it may well be the light that is hanging in her room at the end of the day...but i am still considering a few others...

like this one for west elm. it is simple and modern and i like the natural feel that the capiz shells could bring to the room.

(west elm capiz tiered pendant)

i like this one, but olivia isn't too crazy about it:

(Conic 5 Light Chandelier)

this one is also a contender: but is it just me, or are there so many sputnik chandeliers out there that they are starting to lose their edge? (unless you can splurge for a fantastic one, like the above one from jonathan adler) also to consider...i have the chrome z gallerie sputnik chandelier hanging next door in my sons room, and so i think i might want something a little different for olivia's room.

(George Kovacs Pontil 6 Light Chandelier)

i also consderered something with a more organic feel like this:
(uttermost civenna rope pendant)

(links to all of these lights are on the pinterest board that i created in order to brainstorm ideas for this room.)

i am still going around and around about which light to hang. the decision might come down to pure cost. one of the arms in the vintage chair has some damage to the caning, and the estimate to fix it is $120. THEN i have to paint them (one estimate was $90 each, so i think i will tackle that myself), and then the upholstery will cost somewhere around $250-350 per chair. SO, i think i will wait a bit and see how i feel in a week or two.

for my WEEK 1 post, click here.

to see the last one room challenges i completed click here and here.

be sure to follow along and see what the other designers are up to as well!

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see you next week!