Ah! A wonderful surprise happened on Friday – the wallpaper arrived (3 days early)! Also, it was the same dye lot. Whew! What a relief. We spent Sunday wallpapering the last part of the office. It was a tricky spot. There are multiple corners (two inside and one outside), but we felt like old pros after getting by the first corner. You can see below what we had left to do (the yellow outlined walls).
The good news is it only took two hours. I think we’re getting better!
We spent the rest of Sunday prepping for the wood floor installation. Initially, I planned to install the floors over the weekend and finish the wallpaper sometime this week. However, I realized that our floors were sitting in the basement, which has a different temperature and, I’m guessing, moisture level than the house’s first level. Jeremy and I brought all the boxes upstairs and unboxed everything. We started the install yesterday, and it’s about 33% done.
If you’ve been reading along for a while, you’ll probably remember the saga (ok, that’s probably a little dramatic) of picking a wood floor. I re-read that old post, and it has a ton of helpful info. Sometimes you forget how much you learn! Just a reminder, we ordered Bellahardwood pre-finished white oak flooring from Lumbar Liquidators. We’ve already installed it in the dining and living rooms (you can get a glimpse of the floors below – I promise to do full reveals of the rooms after the one-room challenge).
I have nothing but positive things to say about the flooring. It’s durable, easy to install, and beautiful. The undertones are muted and serve as a nice neutral backdrop.
Our cabinet order was delayed by a couple of days which creates a gap in our timeline. Instead of having two full weeks to assemble and install cabinets, it’s going to be compressed to a week…maybe a week and a half. There’s nothing like working under a time crunch!
Here is the updated timeline:
Week 5: Finish Flooring, Sew pillow
Week 6: Finalize styling plans, Order accessories, Frame art, Paint new baseboards
Week 7: Assemble and Install Cabinets, Install counter
Week 8: Install Trim/Baseboard, Style and Photograph
I’m definitely starting to feel the pressure. Hopefully, getting all the small stuff in order will help the last week feel less stressful. I’m not too confident about it…
Sadly, our chair (Belmont) is delayed until October. Timeframes are crazy right now, so it’s understandable. However, we won’t install the reading sconce without the chair since we need to hang it at the right height for the chair. For now, I’ll put the old white chair in the corner.
The chair is made by Braxton Culler, an American-made company based out of North Carolina (of course!). If you go to the company’s website, you’ll see a ton of different chairs. I knew I wanted something comfortable and skirted. Originally, I wanted a swivel, but it didn’t seem necessary after thinking about the room. There were two contenders – The Osborne Chair and the Belmont Chair. The Osborne is an updated, transitional chair. It definitely felt hipper and more modern. I really like it, but the Belmont chair just looked so comfortable!
The Belmont Chair is more traditional – like something you’d find at your grandparent’s house. I think the right fabric choice will update it and this is one of the strengths of Braxton Culler. The fabrics are very good, well the sample pieces were. I guess I should wait until the actual product comes before I state my final opinion. However, I ordered fabric samples from several companies and Braxton Culler’s were hands down the best.
I ended up ordering the Belmont chair from the website Luxedecor.com (here is the link). The chair was available on several other websites but Luxedecor had all the fabrics as options, so I went with them. The only bummer was you can’t visualize the fabric on the chair. My workaround was to go to the “Design Your Own” Section on Braxton Culler’s website. From there, I could pick a chair and fabric. On their website, it only offers a couple of pieces, so the Belmont (and the Osborne) were not available but I picked a similar enough chair to visualize the fabric. This is what it looked like:
I really liked it! The subtle strips create a nice texture (the fabric itself is textured, too!). I also really liked the plaid fabric shown on the pillow. I did some internet digging and found the fabric was Mignon 2 Lagoon by Stout Fabrics. I ordered a yard of it from Going Decor. I plan on making a throw pillow cover this weekend with my mother-in-law. I am a very, very (one more for good measure), very novice sewer. My MIL has done all kinds of things, and I am always impressed by her skill. Maybe that will rub off on me a little!