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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.

Janeane

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One Room Challenge Linking Participant

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!

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

Janeane

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The One Room Challenge continues today as I give you an update on the “Heywood Wakefield Dream”.  Last week I showed you my midcentury modern concept board and things are coming along nicely.  A shopping trip to West Elm was fruitful as I ordered the large seating pieces in the room and picked up the rug and the throw pillows that were in my Polyvore set.  I seriously cannot wait to see these in the space.

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The Peggy Loveseat is so perfect, so orangey scrumptious, so tufted adorbs.  I ordered it with the fabric shown on the sofa version on the showroom floor in Heathered Weave, Cayenne.  I bustled around the store taking pillows and making myself at home as the sales associates were oh, so kind.  I finally arrived at the decision to cluster the Solid Silk Hand-Loomed Pillow in Platinum, the Stamped Dot Silk Pillow, and Crewel Circlet Pillow in Cayenne on the sofa.

I got the last Canted Wool Rug in Salmon in stock at the store because the platinum, cream, tan, horseradish, salmon, & cayenne colors gave wonderful connections to other pieces in the room.  You can see the little sample on the bottom right.  The yellow horseradish tone will tie into the finish on the vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces that are being refinished.

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And now to round out the seating, I present the Anders Chair in Slate topped off with the Scalloped Crewel Pillow.  The chenille tweed fabric is so full of texture that it gives umph to a solid gray chair.  I love the simple lines this chair has with its flared arms.

I posted this picture on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter this last week asking about which way I should place the scalloped pillow getting mixed reviews.  What do you think?  A or B?

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Now as for the room, the dismemberment of the bed proved to be challenging.  It was truly a bear!  So many parts, so many pieces.  Just when I thought I had removed all the screws, another one was still attached.One Room Challenge

My client was ready to part with this metal bed and I seriously had visions of revamping it.  Call it the overachieving designer in me.

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I mean, can you blame me?  Just look at this detail on the back!!!  My vision was to paint it green much like the Crawford Queen Bed from Anthropologie.

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As soon as I showed the image to my husband/business partner, he squashed it, snapping me back into reality.  Especially because he did most of the heavy work taking the darn thing apart and getting it out of the room, down the stairs and packed away in the car.  I also have absolutely no time, nor the space to store it waiting for a client to fall in love with this piece.  So, on to Craigslist you go and off to a wonderful new home, as is.

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Now the room is clear and while the painters move in to cover the walls in Sherwin Williams Ibis White, I am working on refinishing the vintage tables.  Next week I will be showing you the Heywood Wakefield finishing process and their history.

Be sure to stop by Calling It Home to see all the other participants in the One Room Challenge.  Until then!

Janeane

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I have been following Calling It Home for a while now and have always been intrigued by the One Room Challenge that Linda hosts.  The One Room Challenge is getting a room made over in a six week period with posts every week with updates.  The final reveal will be on November 6th.  I am either really adventuress or really naive because as I read down onto Linda’s description of the weeks, she has week 4 as “being hard” and gives a preempted encouragement for week 5 by saying to “hang in there”.  So without further ado, and for those totally familiar with the One Room Challenge, here is the space I am going to redo and my design plans.

One Room Challenge Linking ParticipantThe room I selected is a client space.  It is currently a guest bedroom, and she wanted to go a totally different direction.  After we spotted two vintage Heywood Wakefield tables at a local consignment shop where I was doing a speaking event on how to mix vintage with modern, she realized she wanted to run with that style.  Her mother purchased several Heywood Wakefield pieces when she was a child, but after moving several times and pieces being sold along the way, her dream living room in that iconic atomic 50’s style never came to be.  These new-to-her pieces were now going to become the beginnings to the sitting room her mother never had.

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Love those legs!

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Oh, the shape on this coffee table is amazing!  I will be giving a little more history on these tables in a future post because they are so fascinating.  Although you cannot tell from the photos, both of these pieces need to be refinished, so they got sent to my studio to get worked on.  I will be going over that process along with the future furniture history post.

Now for the current space itself…a bright sunny yellow guest room with a girly daybed, a few cast offs from the rest of the house, and cat space.  No harming to cats will take place during the course of this makeover, but he just will not have full reign over this room.  In other words, we are claiming it!

Here are the before pictures:

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This is the part of the room you see as you stand from the door.  Hello kitty tower and pet stairs to the bed!

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Here is from the other corner on the entry wall. (You can check out the floor plan below.)

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And the view from the window wall.  Yes, I am smushed up against the wall in between the rocker and the dresser shown in the photo before to take this one.  Although this room has a mirrored closet door being that it is a bedroom, I am going to utilize it to my advantage to make the sitting room appear larger.  No more kitty toys and litter box for this room.

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The new design plan itself I have named the “Heywood Wakefield Dream”.  By incorporating both vintage and modern pieces together, I know this would make my clients mother proud.  It will be a space for my client to relax, entertain, and reminisce about old times.  For those of you regular readers, I know that I already shared this plan with you a couple posts ago, so please enjoy again while I go through it again.

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Mid century modern full of color and pattern is exactly what this room called for.  I just love this two seater sofa from West Elm and it is setting the perfect stage to go with the vintage finds.  This size is now sold out, thankfully I placed my order before that happened, but the three seater is still available here.  I created this design concept board in Polyvore if you want to check out the sources.  Although I am not sure if all the pieces shown will end up in the space, it gives you a good idea of the direction I am heading in.

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The floor plan will be simple and straight forward with the sofa and chair making the sitting area and a desk on the other side of the room.

I am really looking forward to showing you the progress each week and seeing all the other participants in the One Room Challenge.  On the agenda for next week is showing some progress, so stay tuned.  Be sure to check out all the other participants on Calling It Home.

Janeane

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