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Another week has gone by and more work has been done on the #OneRoomChallenge space.  This Heywood Wakefield Dream is turning out to be a very special project because my client has an emotional attachment to the meaning behind this rooms design.  The West Elm loveseat and chair have been delivered and the vintage refinished Heywood Wakefield casegoods are complete, so that means that all of the big items are in the room and  I am loading in all the “stuff” to make it come alive.

Check out everything I have done up to this point:

Week 1: All Before Photos and The Design Plan

Week 2: Shopping at West Elm

Week 3: Painting, Refinishing vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces, and Reviving some thrift store cantilever chairs

Week 4: Taking care of a few issues like dealing with artwork that was too small of scale, where to plug in a lamp, and hanging a mirror on top of a mirror

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I got these amazing gray and white geometric pattern drapery panels at HomeGoods and I love how this whole mix of colors are happening.  These are being hung up today!

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Sneak Peek!

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This faux stone table lamp is yet another source of light to go on the Heywood Wakefield side table.

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Then I loaded up a basket and raided my Etsy shop for vintage accessories.  I think I kind of did an overkill, but you can never have too many options.

Here are a few pics of items I pulled:

Blue and Green Pottery VaseBrass PheasantElephant BookendsMurano Glass Paperweight









Now I am having a “jazz hand” moment in this incredible starburst mirror… (sorry, I get really corny when I am excited, blame it on seeing too many musicals and my vocal coach)

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…that is going to be hung up over the West Elm Anders Chair.

Anders Chair from West Elm

Oh, my clients cute puppy keeps distracting me!

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And now the room is ready for it’s last detail…GREENERY!  A few clippings and I am off to take pictures for the reveal next week.  Be sure to come back next Thursday, November 6th to see the completed room.

See all the other participants in the One Room Challenge at Calling It Home and check up on their progress too.


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Chairish Design by Janeane Pittman Interior Design

I was honored when I was contacted by Chairish to create a design based on select pieces from their curated collections of pre-loved furnishings and decor.  Using vintage items in a new and creative way to make a unique space is something I just love to do and Chairish is always on my list of vendors to check out when I am creating a design for a client.

When I opened the vintage collection they sent me, the first two things that caught my eye was a Golden Velour Three Seat Sofa and a Vintage Brass Lamp in Glossy Midnight Blue.  The sofa has wonderful sweeping lines across the back and arms and a color I knew that I could work off of.  And the lamp, well, I just love a good pillar lamp with unusual finishes.

Golden Velour Three Seat SofaVintage Brass Lamp in Glossy Midnight Blue

That golden hue spurred on a color palette of gold, pink, and turquoise with touches of black and white for impact.  Mixing in modern elements like iron and marble side tables and an acrylic and brass cocktail table, along side the vintage pieces, it elevates the design to something truly special.  I even added in a low tufted footstool to act as a dog bed because I am always finding that most of my clients have one in the family.

Overall, the nature of this room is whimsical and dramatic with a rug, yes a rug, on the wall to act as a backdrop to an ornately framed mirror.  And pillows, lots and lots of pillows.  All the different textures and patterns play off of each other making the space lively and spirited.  This design also incorporates a touch of bohemian and ethnic flair contrasting against contemporary styles.

If you are interested in having a space in your home done with a vintage modern flair, I would love to create a one-of-a-kind look for you and your family to incorporate your lifestyle.  Please email me at janeane@janeanepittman.com or send me a comment on this post so we can set up a time to chat.  For more information on my services, please visit my web site at janeanepittman.com.

See everything else a little more close up:


Side TableClub ChairCocktail TableTufted Low FootstoolMulti pink medallion turkish rugFloor Lampwest elm round jute rugchairish howard elliott mirrorwayfair fiddle figchairish stone tuskchairish roseville national pottery vasewest elm chevron pillowchairish ethnic paisley pillowchairish vintage lumbar pillowchairish indigo batik pillow

west elm dusen pillowchairish turquoise bowlanthro ribana pillowanthro talavera pillow

chairish turquoise potchairish petrified wood branches

Design Details

Golden Velour Three Seat Sofa | Chairish

Iron and Marble Side Tables | To The Trade

Club Chairs | To The Trade

Acrylic and Brass Cocktail Table | To The Trade

Low Tufted Footstool | Chairish

Mulit Pink Medallion Turkish Rug | Chairish

Floor Lamp | To The Trade

Bordered Round Jute Rug in Horseradish | West Elm

Howard Elliott Circular Mirror | Chairish

Fiddle Fig Tree in Planter | Wayfair

Tesselated Stone Tusk | Chairish

Roseville National Pottery Black Vase | Chairish

Embroidered Chevron Lattice Pillow Cover in Slate | West Elm

Fuchsia Pink Ethnic Paisley Designer Pillow | Chairish

Vintage Handwoven Patchwork Lumbar Pillow | Chairish

Vintage Colorful Indigo Batik Pillow | Chairish

Dusen Dusen Pillow in Black | West Elm

Vintage Brass Lamp in Glossy Midnight Blue | Chairish

Mid-Century Glidden Turquoise Pottery Bowl | Chairish

Ribana Pillow | Anthropologie

Talavera Pillow in Pink | Anthropologie

Italian Turquoise and Gilt Pot | Chairish

Polished Petrified Wood Branches | Chairish


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I was not compensated for this post and all the items pulled for the design were all by my choice with no limitations on vendors.

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It is week four of the One Room Challenge and it is also the time that I am running into a few issues.  But before I delve into that, let me remind you what the room used to look like and what it looks like now.

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Here is the room BEFORE

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And here it is now, waiting for furniture!

To read about how we got from before to where I am now, check out my previous posts:

Week 1: All Before Photos and The Design Plan

Week 2: Shopping at West Elm

Week 3: Painting, Refinishing vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces, and Reviving some thrift store cantilever chairs

As the title of this post reads “The Issue Post”, I had three distinct as I like to call them “opportunities to be creative”.  Here is what I did to tackle them:

Issue 1

My client purchased a piece of art that she liked without letting me know

Ok, I am not going to go all snobby designer on you, and I actually loved the art she selected.  I had given her an idea of what I was going to put in the space and my heart jumped a bit when she called me all excited saying she had found the perfect piece.  The only issue with the art was that it was way too small to fill the wall I was wanting to put this abstract painting.

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Here is a closeup of the piece she selected

It is only about 18″ x 18″ and I was looking for more of a 42″ x 30″, but I was determined to make this work.

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Since the room needs space for foot traffic on the left, it needs a visually heavy piece to counterbalance the furnishings on the other side.

My Solution

Several years ago I got a very large, very ugly 70’s painting at a garage sale that I painted over.  I painted it during a time in my life where I was going through a rough time and was forcing myself to get back into being creative.  I had been drained from a job that left me devoid of artistic thought and I needed an outlet.  I was pleased with the results, and it hung in my bedroom for many years.  After beginning my own business, I realized that this painting was holding me in a bad place and it needed to be given new energy and a new life.

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The repainted garage sale canvas ready for new energy.

I took this painting outside and spray painted the whole thing white, frame and all, just to give it a fresh start.  As it was drying, my furry daughter, Maggie Mae promptly trotted across it, thankfully not tracking white paw prints along with it.  Little did I know that two weeks later, she would no longer be in my life.  I have not shared this on my blog before because it was too painful, but back in late August, at 13 years old, Maggie Mae was taken to heaven.  She had been with me since she was 4 months old and I cannot express the void that is now left.

That white canvas went into storage with me left not knowing what to do with it, until now!  It was like it was Maggie being involved one more time in one of my design projects like she had been so many times before.  Only now, her mark was going to be left in one of my clients homes.

After hanging the large white canvas on the wall, I thought perhaps I could hang the art my client purchased on a 3M Command Strip Hanger in the middle of the canvas.

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I posted this really EXCITING (ya right) image on my Instagram.

Well, after hanging the art piece and working in the room a bit, the strip let loose and the art went kurplunck on the floor.  No damage done, and I was skeptical about the piece holding on such an uneven surface because the canvas has a lot of texture.  So I bit the bullet and just put a nail and hanger right through the canvas.

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No turning back now!

And, now, drum roll please…a small art piece turned visually larger with wonderful energy provided: (invisible paw prints and all!)

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One issue down, two to go.

Issue 2

The desk lamp has no outlet nearby

Since this sitting room is really a bedroom with a mirrored closet that is not in use, the desk got placed right in front of said closet doors.  With this came the dilemma of not having a nearby outlet to electrify this amazing piece I found at HomeGoods.

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Here is the floor plan so you can get an idea of what I am talking about:

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My Solution

I got an extension cord and ran it around the chair next to the desk and then attached a cord cover to the wall right above the baseboard.

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Thankfully the outlet is going to be covered by the arm chair.

One more solved!

Issue 3

With the desk in front of a mirrored closet, how the heck am I going to hang anything on the wall over it?

I’m jumping right into my solution.  Now this is where the 3M Command Strips redeem themselves.  Why not hang a mirror on a mirror?  The command strip really took hold on the glass much better than the textured canvas and now the sunburst mirror looks amazing over the desk next to the lamp.

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So those were my issues/opportunities to be creative this week and I am getting ready to wrap this room up as my client has family getting ready to come in for the upcoming holidays.  This upcoming week I will be getting the last minute accessories and loading them all in.  Thanks for following along on my journey of creating the Heywood Wakefield Dream.

I will leave you this week with a reminder of my design concept for this room and I hope you can come back to see the end result!

Heywood Wakefield Dream

Be sure to check in on all the other participants in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home.


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One Room Challenge | Week 3

October 16, 2014

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I can’t believe we are already on week 3 of the One Room Challenge!  Be sure to check out my design concept & before pics here and my West Elm shopping trip for some of the major pieces in the space here.

The midcentury modern sitting room aka the “Heywood Wakefield Dream” is coming together quickly and my focus this week will be on the vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces.  The side table and cocktail table that were found at a consignment shop and were the inspiration for this whole design.  My client also wanted a desk in the space so when this one popped up on Craigslist, I immediately inquired about it.

Heywood Wakefiled Desk

This was a keeper and the price was right.  It had a few flaws, but nothing major.  Like the other images of the tables, it is hard to tell, but it needs refinishing as well.  That whole top portion of the front is one long, ginormous drawer.  The display shelves on the right are just wonderful too.  This particular style is called a Student Desk (M783W) that was manufactured from 1952-1961.

The desk, cocktail table, and end table pieces are solid blond maple and birch from the Modern line produced from 1936-1966.  To get the yellow cast stain called Wheat that is to resemble the tones of natural, ripened grains, I ordered a reproduction stain from a vendor called needful_useful_things on eBay.

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Boy is that some yellow stain!

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Let the sanding commence.

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Ready for stain!

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Drying time.

It was interesting finding a little more history on these two tables too.  The back one is the 2-Tier End Table (M791G) and was manufactured from 1952-1953 with signature arched legs that were seen in several other Heywood Wakefield pieces so they would harmonize together.  Sexy legs!  The one in the front is the Cocktail Table (M319G) with sculpted guardrails to prevent cocktails from falling over the edge.  You know, for all those crazy parties my client is going to throw!

As the desk was drying, I was searching online for the perfect desk chair.  My client was open to something different and was not really wanting another wood piece.  Now here is the funny part, as I was searching with nothing striking me, I leaned back in my office chair and turned slightly away.  My office also contains several pieces on my Etsy shop and there it was, the perfect chair was sitting right behind me.  A pair of them to be exact.  I had recently purchased two metal cantilever chairs that I made over here.

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I rushed with one of them out to the studio to see if it would work and of course, it was like it was meant to be.  Now one will act as the main desk chair and the other for next to it.  Then they can be pulled across from the love seat and placed side by side act as extra seating for the conversation area.

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This sitting room is coming along and I am loving all the history behind these wonderful vintage pieces.

Now the room is painted in Sherwin Williams Ibis White (SW 7000) and the room is starting to totally transform.  Here is the West Elm Canted Wood Rug in Salmon in all it’s full glory!  It will eventually get turned the other direction, but I had to show it in the room.

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This beautiful floor lamp at HomeGoods called out to be in this room, so I listened to it.

Be sure to keep following me as I continue.  I have to deal with some issues I know are looming.  It’s those kinds of things that you keep thinking about at night.  They MUST BE SOLVED!

Check out all the others working on the One Room Challenge on Calling It Home.


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