This week was all about the small things. Since we are at a standstill until the cabinets come, I wanted to get all my ducks in a row and plan how I was going to style the room. You know, in hopes of not being a wild woman the last week or so of the challenge.
There are three main walls that need to be addressed. My approach was to make an elevation of each wall with the appropriate accessories. This will allow me to (hopefully) quickly put the room together when it’s time. I’m starting to feel the squeeze of the challenge and question whether everything will be done in time.
As a reminder, here is the floor plan of the room with labeled walls. I styled walls A, B and C.
Wall A is where the chair, table, and swing arm sconce will be hung. Sadly, the chair won’t arrive until October, so for the reveal, I’ll use the white chair that was there before. The Studio McGee Threshold table will be next to it. The elevation shows the swing arm light, but we’re not going to install it until the new chair arrives.
The main feature on this wall is a large DIY rope art that I made months ago. I was inspired by the art that I saw in Coastal Blues (see below). Quick side note – Coastal Blues is an interior design book by Phoebe Howard. The book has so many inspiring interiors, but the art and wall decor really shine!
I wanted to create something that was a little more defined, so I thought of a snail. It would have that same center spiral that I like about the original art but be unique to me. You’ll have to wait for the full reveal to see the art. The mock-up has the original art that I was inspired by.
I already planned on styling the chair with the pillow I sewed last week and a throw that I already have. In everyday life, the tabletop will be empty, but I’ll add some books and flowers to create a feeling of life for the photos.
The table’s bottom shelf will be styled with a catch all basket.
I was originally intimidated by this wall. It’s large and very empty. This will be the main wall I look at while working, so of course, I want it to be pretty. The computer monitor will go here and this area will be the primary workspace. For some reason, I felt a lot of pressure to do something big with this blank wall. However, after thinking about the options, I decided to keep it simple. I’ll add a pencil cup and desktop organizer to the desk and keep the wall blank. Of course, we’ll see if the walls need anything once the room is put together, but I’m happy to let the beautiful wallpaper take center stage here.
The main area to design here was the open shelving. It’s a combination of storage (magazine files and document boxes) and decorative items (pretty bookends and picture frames). I doodled a rough sketch of the design in my notebook then I went shopping. I had a general idea of what I was looking for (pretty storage boxes, a vessel, picture frames, etc), but I was pretty open to what the actual aesthetic of the item would be. I just knew that it had to go with the color scheme and be something I liked.
Another important part of this wall is the art. I decided to lean the art against the wall for now. It feels casual and I like that I can slowly add more in the future. I only got one piece matted and framed. I’m hoping to squeeze the second one in this week.
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