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.

One Room ChallengeSince I am talking so much about my clients cat, I had to throw in a picture of him that I took in another room I designed.  He posed so well.  And he is a looker for sure.  Check out that little heart on his nose!

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.

Heywood Wakefield Dream

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.


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Heywood Wakefield Dream

August 18, 2014

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Heywood Wakefield Dream by janeane-pittman featuring india home decor
I am not sure how it happens, but I seem to always go in spurts of writing blog posts constantly to them being far and few between.  Well, my lack of writing has not been due to not having anything to say, but rather I have been super busy.  After a long day of souring the county for items for my shop yesterday, I got a call saying that my mother was admitted to the hospital.  Thankfully she is in good spirits as I visited with her and my dad last evening, but it sure reeked havoc on my sleep last night.  I am completely exhausted, but I know that God will see me though.

Now onto the design stuff with a client project I am working on.  I have titled the room the Heywood Wakefield Dream.  The above concept board features midcentury modern style with a modern twist.  The colors are so bright and vibrant, just the way I like it.  I just completed refinishing two tables for this nostalgic room that you may have seen on my Instagram.

Heywood Wakefield Tables

I have to give kudos to ebay vendor needful_useful_things for the reproduction wheat refinishing stain for vintage Haywood Wakefield.  His instructions were impeccable and the product, well, amazing.  Now as soon as I showed this picture to my client, she sprung the news on me that she had another Heywood Wakefield table that was buried under a day bed that she wanted to have me refinish.


Well, that is it for today and I can’t wait to keep you posted on this rooms progress.  Also, a big thanks to the staff at West Elm South Coast Plaza for helping me out with the sofa and chair order.  Check out my Polyvore set to get any of the details.
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The Benefits of Purchasing Secondhand
The Benefits of Purchasing Secondhand by janeane-pittman
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at Sparrow’s Nest Consignment to share the benefits of purchasing secondhand.  Secondhand encompasses everything from vintage and antiques to modern pieces that people are wanting to sell.  Most of the time when I am looking for items for clients designs, I love to look for vintage pieces that will fit their personality and style, so I am focusing more on vintage in this post.  I do however always encourage seeking out gently used modern pieces as well.
Janeane Pittman Speaking on the Benefits of Purchasing Secondhand
1. Character
Probably one of the biggest benefits to purchasing secondhand is character.  You just cannot deny the feel that a vintage adds instant character to a room.  These are pieces that you just can’t find in modern retail stores.  They are the furniture and accessories that add the wow factor.  To make this work you want to choose a focus.  Select a primary style…traditional, modern, transitional and then layer in vintage.  Don’t let them overpower the room.  Modern chairs paired with a farmhouse table highlights the piece without making it feel like you live literally, well, in a farmhouse.  Creating visual tension is what every successful design should do.
Modern Vintage Dining Room
2. You will not get a Cookie-Cutter Look
The second benefit to purchasing secondhand is that you are not going to get a cookie cutter look.  You want a look that is uniquely yours and one that does not look like page 29 of the Restoration Hardware catalog.  You also don’t want to have your home look like everyone else’s on the block.  When looking for secondhand and vintage pieces you are going to find items that are not widely available so that gives you a chance to curate a look that feels collected, not “Oh, I’ll take the set”.  To get a look that does not feel disjointed from your modern pieces look at the details.  Look for a wood tone that is similar to a table you already own.  Find a leg shape that resembles a chair in your living room and finishes that are the same as current styles.
3. Quality pieces at a lower price point
Don’t be afraid to look for a name on a piece and educate yourself on furnishing brands you like.  Now, this in no way means that shopping secondhand is going to be cheap; it means that those quality pieces that may have been out of reach are now doable.  Now, if you find something you love, but you are not sure how it will work in your home: think of a way to merchandise it.  Create an unexpected place for it such as a vintage mirror in a remodeled modern bath.  Make it a purposeful focal point rather than an afterthought.
Modern Vintage Living Room
4. It Forces you to be Creative
Turning pieces into something other than what they were originally intended is a sure fire way to bring personalization and edge to your design.  An industrial drawer cabinet can be used as a console table or a stack of suitcases can become a nightstand.  Accessories are also a wonderful way to bridge the relationship from modern to vintage such as antique jars lined on sleek floating shelves or a collection of modern frames on a rustic wood table.  Also, think about paint.  There are so many pieces that can have an instant face-lift with a coat of paint and can then easily fit into your home.  Look at the lines of a piece and determine if that is the look you love.  Look past the finish it currently has and visualize it in your dream color.  Monotony is no fun, and mixing it up a bit gives you an opportunity to combine old and new styles seamlessly.
Modern Vintage Bedroom
5. It Opens Up your World to Meeting People
Lastly, a wonderful benefit to purchasing secondhand is that it opens up your world to meeting people.  Every time you come into a shop like Sparrow’s Nest, it is a different experience than going to a retail environment.  You get to meet interesting people and hear stories about the pieces that they are selling.  For those of you who purchase on Craigslist know the many interesting people you come into contact with.
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Over the past few weeks I have been posting specific design styles in my Style Guide series.  There are truly so many that I could keep going for months.  Have you seen one you like?  Does one fit your lifestyle and taste?  Sometimes it is a mix of styles that really makes us happy.  The relationship between designer and client is a personal one, finding that unique personal style that will fit you and your family.
Style Guide by janeane-pittman on polyvore.com
I recently read an online article posted by a major design magazine telling about a celebrity that acquired the assistance from a designer to help her design her rental home incorporating existing furnishings that were not in the style direction she really wanted as they were from a past home.  The client raved about how her designer was able to capture her style and do it within her budget.  While I obviously was not involved in the conversations between designer and client, but it sure sounds like she hit the nail on the head.

So what makes you happy in your home?  Whatever it is, it a clue into what your personal style is.


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