2014 Fall One Room Challenge || Week Two

10.08.2014


Thank you for visiting my Week Two of The One Room Challenge!  If you missed Week One, go here.  I'm redesigning my entrance hall, so it makes sense to start with the exterior. This is an illustration of our house painted by Laura Row. The walk up is clearly classic.  My strong but inexperienced opinion is that what you see as you walk up to the house should be in keeping with what you're greeted with upon entering. Basically, I believe in flow. 


To describe the style I prefer, I'd use the words classic, fresh, tailored, and understated.  That's what I'm wanting in the entry. What I have now isn't fresh. In fact, it feels stuffy.  It's what just happened when we moved in seven years ago and placed here what fit from the previous house. 

Here's the before.

This is what our entry looks like this week.  I'm so happy with the white paint. Seeing it empty like this helps me see the possibilities.

The sideboard that protruded into the walkway and made me feel claustrophobic has been moved to the dining room (another room on my redesign list).  The china cabinet that was in this spot is now in the living room.


Now that the sideboard is gone, I have a large blank wall to fill.  If you follow Christina Baker or me on Instagram, you'll already know how HUGELY EXCITED I am that she's creating art for my room. 


I purchased three of these Chinese frames years ago at an estate sale for $25 each.  I had no idea what I'd do with them, but I knew they'd come in handy someday.  They will fit perfectly on the blank wall in my entry, and I knew as soon as I had the idea to use them there that I wanted Christina to paint the panels that these would frame.  I've been grateful to get to know Christina over the past year.  She and I share a love of color, art, interior design and specific TV series.  We discovered the mutual TV taste one day on Sherry Hart's Instagram.  Isn't that fun?

Christina's painting is elegant and ethereal.  I knew that her tasteful, subtle work would be perfect for the space, and I'm very appreciative that she took on this commission.  I cannot wait to see these hanging. Below are a couple of her newest paintings.



Do you see why I'm beside myself with happiness?  I'm going to want to gaze upon these constantly. Christina is sharing her process and some sneak peeks on her blog. Run over there to see more about my future wall of beauty : )


And if my wall of Christina Baker art weren't exciting enough, I'm going to share the news about the lantern.  Prepare yourselves for astonishment. Below is a close up of my perfectly adequate, much too smal lantern.  I posted here, last spring, about wanting a replacement, and I asked for readers' suggestions.  


Several advised that I look into Coleen & Company, and I fell for The Audrey pendant shown in Suellen Gregory's dining room below.  Everything Coleen has designed is incredible, but obviously, the Chinoiserie elements made the decision for me.


I reached out to Coleen to inquire about sizes and colors and mentioned my project.  Well.  Coleen is very adventurous.  Imagine me, getting the email from her asking if I'd be interested in her custom designing a pagoda lantern for my entry inspired by my logo?  After reading her email between four and five times, I replied back with a huge, "YES!!"

Of course, I spent some time picking apart my logo wondering which elements she'd use. I've since seen sketches and pictures as it has evolved.  In fact, a week or so after our communication, she sent a sketch that absolutely thrilled me.  This is going to be incredible.  


I asked you this last week.

It's going on this settee, along with some lacquer. It will be across from the paintings and give me a spot on which to sit as I enjoy them endlessly. Care to guess what color lacquer?


Now, go see what these talented ladies are doing!

                Abby M. Interiors             

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41 comments :

Alison Fauls said...

Your new foyer is going to be spectacular, Jennifer. I can’t wait to see the chandelier! Sounds like you are still pinching yourself.

The Zhush said...

woe-jaw dropped! Your exterior is stunning, not to mention all your plans, and that pagoda!!! dying.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am so excited to see this unfold. You seem to have so many wonderful surprises up your sleeve.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Fabulous Jennifer!! That settee is beyond gorgeous and your art choice is fabulous! Love the white paint and clean look! Xo Nancy

Krystine @ www.KrystineEdwards.com said...

I cannot wait to see more Jennifer! it's going to be STUNNING!

kate@willowinteriors said...

I already knew that you are the queen of unbelievable art choices, but this foyer is going to be amazing! Love, the settee and OMG, I cannot wait to see your custom pagoda chandelier (shut the front door!). The white wall have already made a huge transformation!

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Wow, this is going to be stunning. Love everything you have planned!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Jennifer! Every inch of this space is turning out to be perfectly classic and modern - just like you. Love it!

Paige Minear said...

I am loving this ORC. You will be left with a room you absolutely want to spend so much time in! Congrats on the custom chandy ... I can't wait to see what they make for you!! xo

Kim said...

Well this is rocking my day! What gorgeous space you have to work with and the art and settee you are bringing in are exquisite! Loving your project Jennifer! xokim

Dianne said...

You are killing it already and it is just week 2!!!!!! :)

My Notting Hill said...

This is going to be spectacular and special!! A custom light fixture and art - perfect. Loved the piece titled Marigold, it's my daughter's middle name:)

Christina Baker said...

Jennifer, It has been such a blast working with you on this project! Your ideas have been falling together perfectly. The portrait of your home is seriously stunning. In love with the white walls which must be so anxious for their new makeover. Can not wait to see the pagoda lantern!!!

xoxo,

c.

pam {simple details} said...

Oh Jennifer, I couldn't love her art more and your entry is the absolute perfect place for it! Dying over the custom chandelier in the mix!

Beth Connolly said...

This is going to be incredible. Painting it white has really opened in up too. Can't wait to see it all come together.

designchic said...

I am BEYOND excited about this, Jennifer. Will you come do ours??? The paintings are going to stunning in the gorgeous frames and I cannot even tell you how thrilled I am about seeing your chandelier - you must be over the moon about creating this!!!!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

the art is going to be so, so fabulous. The frames are spectacular and that white is so bright and beautiful! I love your entry already! I can't wait another minute for the lantern....I'm dying of impatience. It is going to be amazing.

Christine Dovey said...

First off, the foyer looks SOOOO beautiful already- the white paint and casings have made all the difference. Next that painting of your home is so gorgeous- your house is out of a storybook. And then the chandy...HOW AMAZING is that? How fabulous to have a custom piece made that's so personal! And then there's the art and that settee...both SO good!

Kathleen DiPaolo said...

OK- I'm flippin DYING that you are getting a custom light!!!! I totally see the vision. I'm drooling!!! Fantabulous as always!!! Xoxoxox, K

Karena Albert said...

Jennifer I love all of the changes and the art from Christina is going to be fabulous beyond!

xoxo
Karen
The Arts by Karena

citygirlarts.com said...

Super sweet! Funny, I actually love your current light. I found a four-sided version of it at my local ReStore and spray painted it a bright seaside blue. It resides now in my stair hall and brightens things up. How very cool that you will have a custom designed light now. I'm excited to follow your room to completion! Leslie

Abby M. Interiors said...

Please pardon me while I pick my jaw up from the floor. Between Christina's always-gorgeous paintings and your custom lantern, I'm already dying. AGH! This is going to be so good. xx

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

WOW!!!!!!! I am dying over every single element. What a difference to make it all white, that section looks so much taller.

Ashlina Kaposta said...

omg this is going to be so amazing. I love it. Can't wait to see the end.
xo
ashlina

SHERRY HART said...

You lucky dog.....Some awesome Christina art coming your way! We share the love for her:) And of course our taste in TV shows makes us kindred spirits! Your entry is going to be gorgeous!

Segreto Finishes said...

The entry looks so fresh and clean all white!! Perfect backdrop for your new paintaings (and her work is gorgeous!). Can't wait to see an update!
xo.Leslie
Segreto Finsiehs

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I agree, you are so lucky to get a custom fixture. I love the white paint and can you believe how amazing the sideboard looks in the dining room? Perfect fit. You know I will be dying over Christina's paintings. I am guessing that you painted the bench navy. Am I close?

Sienna said...

Wow, i mean, it's amazing before the re do so it's going to be incredible after

pretty pink tulips said...

Wow!!! Of all the ORC, this one blows me away. I love how you started with a blank canvas. Those paintings are going to be stunning and make you happy every time you walk in. The settee with high gloss and that fabric....fab!

Congrats on creating a welcoming space that gives you that "flow" you were looking for. Adore the illustration of your house!

xo Elizabeth

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

wow, love how you moved the old "stuff" into the dining room. Looks fabulous there. Can't wait to see what you do with the foyer space! Loving it so far. Great job.

I'm picking out bunk beds as a linking participant tomorrow.

cheers, girl
xoxo

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

A lantern custom designed for you?? SOO fabulous. Can't wait to see this art of yours as well. I can attest to loving my custom painting. It makes me endlessly happy to look at it. The entry is a great spot for this kind of happiness. :)

Vanessa@decor happy said...

The combination of the art in those frames, the custom lantern and the settee is stunning - triple threat! Love it all.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

Looks fabulous! How lucky are you to have original art designed specifically for you! love that!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Wow - you've got some seriously amazing things going on - can't wait to see the lantern!!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Wow!! This is going to be amazing! Love every detail so far. Can't imagine how incredible those paintings will be. Lucky you!!

Erin@IndigoHouse said...

You have such an incredible blank canvas. I'm in love with those frames and can't wait to see the artwork in them. It will look like an elegant art gallery when you're finished with it!

Looking forward to watching your space continue to evolve!

Tobe | BIA said...

i am dying over this. so so so good. every last bit of it! cannot wait to see those paintings and the custom fixture!! jealous already! ox

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

This is going to be amazing!!! I can't believe the lantern, I'm dying to see it! AND the Christina Baker artwork! AND the settee!!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

The lantern from Coleen & Company is going to be so amazing!!! I love that it incorporates your logo. :)

jana bek said...

AHHH I'm obsessed with every detail! Love that white walls do give you a blank slate. Those panel frames you found are amazing! Cannot wait to see Christina's art in them. A custom pendant inspired by your logo??! = balllllaaaa you are too cool for school Jennifer! I know that bench is going to be so dreamy. This entry is going to be breathtaking! XX jana

Lil said...

This is going to be spectacular! That bench is amazing.

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