Wednesday, August 1, 2012

One Room Challenge Week Six (Last Week)


Welcome to the final week of The One Room Challenge.  I'm so grateful that Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, created this challenge and included me.  It's been lots of fun, and a great motivation for getting something done in our family room.  It hadn't ever had much thought or time put into its decor, so it's great to have some updating.  If you'd like to go through the progression, here are weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  The photo above shows what the room looked like six weeks ago.

Here it is now.  What makes this entire wall is Kerry Steele's painting.  She painted it for this room and was fantastic to work with.  Read more about it here.  I also am thrilled with the drapery.  The lovely lady who made the panels for me had quite a time with the fabric.  It stretched.  And stretched more.  During all of the never-seen-anything-like-it-before stretching, she stayed calm and patient.  She redid them three times, and was just as nice as she could be about it.  She was determined that they were the correct length.  Dallas people, contact me for her name and number.  I will very happily share.

Before

After

Before

After


Do you see the cute little brass elephant?  Jennifer, from one of my very favorite Etsy shops, Virginia Haskins, found that for me.  I contacted her and let her know that I was looking a brass elephant for my bookcases, and she found this within one day for me.  Visit her store here for beautiful antique and vintage treasures for your home.

I did the silhouette of my daughter on the third shelf, and the watercolor on the second shelf is from Spun Sugar Paperie.

I created all of the art in this bookcase except for the abstract on the bottom shelf.  It's Amanda Collis.

The two prints on the third shelf are mine.  The abstract on the second shelf is Shelly Porter, and the photograph on the bottom shelf is from House Four.  

Did you notice the antique and vintage tins on the shelves?  They had been in a box that had never been unpacked after our move (3+ years ago).  I'd given my daughter the job of photographing them so that they could be sold.  I thought managing an Etsy store and selling the tins would be a good summer job for her.  I think she wasn't very disappointed when I realized they'd work wonderfully as free accessories for the shelves.

A very talented friend, who has an amazing stationery company, helped me style the bookcases.  They were a bit intimidating for me, and I appreciate her help with them so much.  I'm looking forward to sharing her products and website with you soon.

I mentioned in a post recently that this room still has some work left to do.  As I make progress, I'll share, so please keep visiting.  Thank you so much for following along with my One Room Challenge.  I've loved hearing your thoughts and suggestions.  The other participants are listed below.  Don't miss seeing what they've done with their rooms!

Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Emily - Rue de Emily
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella




53 comments :

Reagan Geschardt said...

Great job!! It's all just beautiful!!!

Nancy said...

This looks better than your inspiration room photo! I love it, and how neutral but colorful it is.. it is so fun to travel around the room and see the details. It is an exquisite room . GREAT job!
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Junell said...

WOW! So chic & sophisticated! Love the hardware on the draperies. It really works without too much fuss. Oh where to start..... Fell in love with the elephant book ends, those fellas are so stinking cute!
You did an amazing job & it is just as pretty as can be. The book shelves are rock star quality. I have NO patience for the details & you nailed them
WTG!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Jennifer it is my dream room! I love all of your choices. Your friend styled the shelves perfectly. That tiny pagoda print of yours in the small gold frame is so sweet. The drapes add the perfect softness to the windows without blocking any light or view. The pillows on the sofas are perfect. Kerry's art...Kerry, Kerry, Kerry....her prices will go up now!!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Jennifer, your room looks amazing! You did a wonderful job!
I love he lighter palette, and your bookcases look perfect, the curtains are beautiful, and the upholstery is great. Kerry's painting is just stunning here.
I know that you are proud of the work you have done here. Congratulations.
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

Albertina said...

wao!! The outcome is beautiful! Its fresh and colorful! Exactly what I love. I love the new fabric of the furniture and the new pink pillows. The bokstyling is perfection. I love your prints all through out. I love it all! Congratulations on a job well done. I need one of your prints STAT!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

The room looks fantastic! I really love the styled bookshelves and all of the interest on them. So glad my art could be a part of this too.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Absolutely wonderful! I thought the before was nice, but the after is fantastic! You should submit the room to House Beautiful, Jennifer. I LOVE everything you've done.
Been my pleasure following your ORC and blog.
Cheers,
Loi

Nicole Scott said...

It is stunning Jennifer!! I love the painting too, and it all comes together so Amazing. Since it was the first time I have set eyes on it I can tell you YES! My eyes immediately went to the gold/brass accents and the beautiful pink hits especially the pillows. You are one talented lady and this room is feeling the love. Great Job! It was worth the wait. All the best I'll keep checking in:)

Jessie said...

Well done, Jennifer! Your living room looks gorgeous! Love the new upholstered sofa and chairs and the bookcase are beautifully styled. Adore your accessories!

Jessie

Emily said...

What a wonderful update! The room is so light and fresh and I have bookshelf envy now!! Lovely!!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Great job! I love the painting... really brings all of the colors and life into the space! Ready for the next one!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

Ok - for real? this looks JUST like your inspiration pic!!! GREAT JOB JENNIFER. SO proud of you and all the ORC ladies. What a fabulous bunch. Your room looks so much fresher and lighter. Mission accomplished :)

Beth Connolly said...

The room is absolutely stunning. I love it all - the pink and blue, the blue and white Chinese porcelain, all the Chinoiserie accessories. Incredibly gorgeous! Kerry Steele's painting is such a focal point.

Kim said...

The neutral sofas and touches of color made such a difference ... and Kerry's art ... and YOUR art! You are so talented and this space just feels and looks like yours!! I agree with the above comments ... your room is ever so much prettier than your inspiration photos!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Jennifer the room is classic, beautiful and absolutely lovely. The shelving looks wonderful. Love, love it!!!!!
I am going to miss all the fun on Wednesdays!

Steel Magnolia said...

Beautiful! I will be saving for my own inspiration. Can you share where you got that great blue and white rug?

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

Excellent Job Jennifer! I love the neutral couches and drapery...it refines the room and allows the other colored accessories to really pop! The book cases look fabulous with their new color and the way you have staged them...all of the art work in there is GREAT!!! So fun to see the before and after!!! I'm sort of sad this is all over (though now you ladies can hopefully rest for a bit)!

Lisa Mende said...

Jennifer, first let me thank you for suggesting I be a part of the challenge. It was incredible! I made so many friends! Secondly, you rock! Your house looks amazing! Love it! Wish I was near by and could pop in for a cup of coffee and a chat! Where do you live? haha!!!

Henhurst Interiors said...

This is beyond fabulous! I love everything you have done; it is perfection. Excellent styling of the shelves as well. Congratulations!

Phyllis

Vickie H. said...

Magnificent! You have done such an incredible job here. And the fresh new styling of your bookshelves is fantastic!!! Love this room! Your blue and white pieces and the artwork in the room are spectacular details! You MUST be thrilled!!!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love how it turned out. I love how you lightened up the palette so now all your chinoiserie accessories really pop! Looking great! I forgot to credit your art work in my reveal, need to go back and edit. I love that I have your piece in my room! And I plan on adding more bits of blue/white chinese pottery!

I am not all finished either, can't wait to see the added touches...

The Pink Pagoda said...

Yes, Kerry is amazing! I think she is going to be a very busy artist!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Your painting creates the focal point. It makes the room!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Oh my. That is so flattering, Loi. Thank you so much! I'm so appreciative that you've followed along!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Thank you Nicole! I love the brass and pink!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Hi Vickie , I'm so happy to hear from you! Thank you for keeping up and for commenting! I love hearing from Dallas girls!

LindsB said...

What an amazing room you have!! The drapery, the throw pillows, the bookshelves and that ART- I really love every detail here!!

So fun doing this challenge with you!!

Danylle McLain said...

Beautiful! I love the pops of pink! Your built ins are styled perfectly! The artwork is stunning. What a lovely room. Great job!

marlene said...

Jennifer,
WOW! Just beautiful! What a fantastic looking room and love the softness the drapes added. Actually I love it all. You must be so pleased and to think you did this in six weeks. The sofa and chairs look wonderful and the hot pink is fantastic. Marlene

Janet @ House Four said...

It looks fabulous!!!!! I absolutely love how you've styled your bookshelves. Amd all of the colours are so restfl and work so well together. That painting over your fireplace is just Fabulous!!!
Very well done. I'm pinning it all :)))

marlene said...

Jennifer,
WOW! Just beautiful! What a fantastic looking room and love the softness the drapes added. Actually I love it all. You must be so pleased and to think you did this in six weeks. The sofa and chairs look wonderful and the hot pink is fantastic. Marlene

Anonymous said...

Nothing short of AMAZING!!!! I absolutely love it, and it inspires me to make some changes here! The colors are so pleasant, and the mix of traditional and soft contemporary is perfect! Love, love, love it!

StagerLinda said...

The draperies make all the difference (and I'm not a window treatment girl-you may have created a convert). Love all of your art! Those pillows are perfect. The new upholstered chairs look wonderful and really open up that end of the room. This room has that oh-so-desired-intangible....it 'feels' good.

Kecia said...

It looks gorgeous! You must be so happy with it! You have an enviable collection of blue and white pottery!! Mine is growing ever so slowly...

xx
Kecia

http://www.couturezooblog.com/

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Everything looks amazing!! Those drapes were totally worth the trouble, and your bookshelves look so fab. I always drool over all your blue and white :)

Kelli @ Life at 818 said...

great job! i love, love, love it! the curtains are great!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer,
This is UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL! I could not have imagined the change. Your room has taken on a new personality. I love the light and cheerful mood, yet restful and charming. So much interest is provoked in the detail of the art. The painting instantly commands my attention and carries my eye to colors repeatedly bringing the room together - even in the bookcases. Such a lovely interesting room.

SHERRY HART said...

Holy prettiness.....love how it turned out! The curtains made a huge difference as did painting the back of the shelves. Lightened it up so much! What a gorgeous room.....and the accessorizing of the bookshelves by editing out some of the books....makes the room look so much bigger. I love Kerry's art work over the mantel...great job!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You have done a phenomenal job here. Everything looks perfect. I love how you have tied in the blue and pink colors very effectively. Great accessories and of course, artwork.

Tiffany said...

Your room looks so sophisticated. I love the styling. Great job!

Kathleen said...

The first thing I did this morning was look up your blog! I have been dying to see this beauty!! I love the room! It looks so fresh and fun- yet classic at the same time. I love the brass elephant and am so happy you kept the brass window hardware:) This has been so fun to track! I can't wait for next time! Congrats and fabulous job!! xoxo, K

Sadie + Stella said...

I love the after!! Looks gorg!!

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

Ooh, it looks fantastic! I envy you the white sofas. The bookshelves look beautiful; I love the art, especially the Amanda Collis one.

The Pink Pagoda said...

It's so nice to hear from you, Marlene! Thank you for the comment!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Thank you, Janet! Your photograph is so beautiful and the colors are PERFECT!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Good to hear from you! I got the rug about 5 years ago here in Dallas at the Stark Outlet that no longer exists. Actually, my rug pattern may be discontinued now. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

It looks amazing! The touches of pink and blue up date it so much. Love the transformation.

kim said...

I love how it all turned out and your bookshelves came out amazing! With all your great blue and white I knew they would. :) I also loooove the blue and pink - if my husband would let me decorate with pink I definitely would haha. Everything came together so great! Definitely looks professionally done. :) Congrats!!!

sjr said...

so beautiful, love your shelves and styling! love the pink accents, such a great mix of colors and textures.

Emily A. Clark said...

Did I ever comment on this? If so, I'm commenting again! :) I love the way the room turned out. Looks so pulled together now. Beautiful!

Laura said...

I love the room! It looks so great! And you have inspired me to work on my bookshelves. They are so... ugly! We use them to shelve books (gasp!) and they are just all crammed in. You're ORC has definitely got me thinking of how to make that ugly wall pretty again.
Anyway, your room is so beautiful ... the drapes look awesome!
Thanks!!
Laura in Denver

Daphne Lyon said...

THIS. LOOKS. AMAZING.

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