One Room Challenge: Spring 2015 Finale

5.06.2015



It's the final week of Calling It Home's One Room Challenge Linking Event, and I'm excited to share my project with you.  This is the second time I've worked in this room as part of ORC.  You can see the first project and the "before" images here


The focal point of the room is the mantel, and what's over it is unquestionably the most important element in the entire space.  I couldn't be more thrilled with our new Reagan Geschardt painting. As the largest most visible aspect of the room, it was mandatory that this painting both work with what I already had, and be enough of a statement to function as the centerpiece.  I knew Reagan could pull this off easily. She's amazing, and this piece is absolutely beautiful and perfect for our family room.  Below are a couple of detail shots of the painting that I couldn't resist adding. Isn't this incredible?!





The painting leaning against the mirror on the chest is one of three fantastic watercolors Christina Baker painted for this space.  The last time I redesigned our family room, I ignored this wall.  I'm so happy to finally have something happening on that side of the room, and Christina's paintings are the best part of it without a doubt.


While my new lamp came as a bit of a shock, I've gotten used to it now, and love it.  I ordered it completely misunderstanding its size. Not sure how that happened, but I was expecting a lamp a third smaller.  The shade I'd intended to use looked actually laughable.   Thank goodness for the very helpful and talented ladies at The Lamp Shop who saved the day by finding the perfect size shade and this fantastic acrylic finial.  If you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I highly recommend them.



The bookcases are on the wall opposite.  They were by far the hardest part of this for me. I have no experience styling, and find this type of job intimidating.  For days I just stared at the shelves and my books/art/items on the floor. Finally, when the photography appointment was imminent and there was  no longer a choice, I started placing things on shelves in somewhat of a panic. I know things will move around a lot more before I feel like the bookcases are finished.





This is the wall opposite the mantle and one on which we are too often focused (blaming Netflix).  The stacks under the TV are usually in disarray as I'm constantly pulling books to turn pages as I semi-watch TV.  That wall would stay much neater if I learned to needlepoint.



While our family room retains the same general look as before, changes and additions were made that improve it.  The removal of the ceiling fan was a huge enhancement. I'm an admirer of Meg Braff's work, and have noticed several rooms she's designed in which she used a white chandelier with white shades.  It's an understated, quiet look I really like.  As my house is a Colonial Revival, a Williamsburg style fixture fits right in.  I found this awhile back at my favorite local consignment store, On Consignment, and had it painted white.



I should have switched the fan for a fixture when I redid this space three years ago.  What a difference it makes!


The blue and white planters I had in front of each window were smaller than these.  The pattern was also lighter.  Having the larger fishbowl planters with the stronger pattern definitely makes more of a statement.  


Accessories are subject to change frequently at my house.  I've used various blue and white items on the mantle through the years to flank the art.  Before deciding what to use for this project, I wanted to wait until Reagan's painting was hung.  Her gorgeous work has so much motion that I imagined vases with greenery or flowers as being possibly busy and less complimentary.  The size of these ginger jars is perfect for the mantle, and I love the acrylic bases with them.


I posted about the book Sophistication Is Overrated here, and seeing it on my coffee table makes me happy!  The authors, sisters Susan Palma and Babs Horner, are such amazing, lovely, fun, talented ladies whom I just love.  This book is one of my favorite additions to our family room : )


As always, it's been such a treat to be involved with ORC.  Linda's idea to have bloggers finish a room together was brilliant.  ORC continues to be a great experience for both participants and readers, and, oh my, how it has grown!  Very impressive, Linda!




A big thank you to Jimmy Zeilan who not only photographed my project beautifully, but who was also extremely patient with my never ending attempts at fine tuning.


Be sure to go enjoy all of the amazing transformations at Calling It Home.


In the unlikely event that you missed the 20 ORC participants' spectacular projects, the links are below.  You won't want to miss!



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38 comments :

Iris Watts said...

Oh no! I hope everything works out! I can't wait to see your room!

Sarah Sofia Knepp said...

Jennifer this is just a stunning piece! I always look forward to seeing your design work and will come back! So sorry to hear this. I've been struggling with no internet for 2 days and finally when it's back it's super slow the night before ORC reveal. XOXO

Kim said...

Jennifer, that art is SO YOU! Will be back to see all later today!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Cant wait to see the reveal later today. Gorgeous art!!

Christina Baker said...

Reagan's painting looks perfect in your room!! The depth and colors are so beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing more! xoxo

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Dying to see more!!

Karena Albert said...

Jennifer your new work of art is fabulous and I cannot wait to see the rest of your reveal!!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena
Bunnies by Hunt Slonem!

Paige Minear said...

You got this! This may be the hardest six weeks you have taken on ... but I have total faith in you and this incredible room!!! hugs friend!!! xo

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Gotta love technology! I'll be back for more in a bit. Good luck!

kate@willowinteriors said...

Don't our computers understand it's Christmas morning and they need to work! I hate when that happens. But no worries, I could stare at that painting all day long! It's gorgeous and I can't wait to see more! :)

Reagan Geschardt said...
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Reagan Geschardt said...

Thanks so much Jennifer!! Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I can NOT wait to see the big picture!! I'm soooo sorry about your computer! I'm having trouble right now too!:(

stephanie said...

The art is incredible -- you have such an eye!! xo

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

It is so beautiful!! What a treasure to have over the mantel! I love the colors. I can't wait to see the professional photos! I will check back later. Dying to see the shelf styling too!

rajnialexdesign said...

Sooo beautiful! Love the art!!!!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

Yeayyy!!! The beautiful photos are up!! These are great! And I just love the painting even more now that I can see it all come together! Congratulations! What a beautiful space!

Kevin | Thou Swell said...

The space looks beautiful! The color palette fantastic and the painting fits in beautifully!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

your bookcase styling is sensational!!! I mean it!!

kate@willowinteriors said...

Love the chandelier you went with and you are right, the art is sensational in this room! And for the record, I think your bookcases look fabulous! Well done!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

So glad you finally got to post pics of your beautiful room. That wall art is something else...I keep drooling.

Angela, Blue i Style said...

I love that painting, and the pink and blue are perfect together throughout the room!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer. It's really crazy and you have been there since day 1, week 1. And now you have another stunning transformation. You have a great eye for art. I love Regan's painting on your mantle. That wall with Christina's art mixed with blue and white looks so pretty. Great job.

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

What a gorgeous painting!! The room is beautiful and your bookshelf styling looks great!!! I could spend some time there

SHERRY HART said...

Good Lord Jennifer...could this room be any prettier? Seriously....I am dying over everything....the art, the styling! You did a great job on the bookshelves so don't beat yourself up! Of course all of the art is topnotch....and you know I am a huge fan of Netflix:)

Tera @ TeraJanelle.com said...

Oh my goodness, you are a vignette genius! We featured this space as an ORC reveal favorite on our blog today. I am so inspired by the balance of vintage, classic, and modern in this space. And the fresh color and classic patterns. Okay, so we I just adore it ALL!!! ❤ Congrats on completing such an INSPIRING, absolutely lovely room! I'm excited to follow along as you tackle future projects!

home before dark said...

Glad the computer got with the program. I think your new room is so you. Too funny about the lamp size. If I needlepointed, my first pillow would say, "Scale is a bitch." I have many moments when bigger was not best. It pains me to say that. Enjoy your lovely room.

jana bek said...

I love the updates Jennifer especially how the Christina Baker's pieces play off each other throughout the space & the hutch styling is gorgeous! Well done lady!

The enchanted home said...

Jennifer, it all looks amazing! You did a fabulous job, its so fresh, welcoming and pretty! I don't get around blogland quite as much as I used to..but visit when I can. Happy I got to see this wonderful project:)

Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke.com said...

looks gorgeous! Love the painting over the fire - it is perfect and the replacement of the ceiling fan with that chandelier! gorgeous!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Gorgeous!! I absolutely love this room. I'd like to pick up the dresser vignette and move it into my house :) Beautiful job!!

Andrea said...

Jennifer, this is positively exquisite!!! You have done such an AMAZING job, as always! Your family room truly belongs in a magazine!! I love the chandelier and the art is gorgeous. And of course, I am obsessed with the blue and white and pink. Absolute perfection! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Vel Criste said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jennifer! Well, I expected nothing less though, love all the art work all around the home. Your home is just classy and well-curated, everything is just beautiful and perfect.

Jessica Holte said...

I love this room! So chic and amazing, I swoon over those blue and whites!

Stephanie said...

Your home is beautiful! What a fabulous transformation! you may have answered this already, but I was hoping that you'd share your source for the lamp?? I absolutely love it--and its scale! :) I've searched your blog for the source, but didn't find it. Thanks so much!!

Decor To Adore said...

You have done the impossible~ creating a soothing and serene space that is also visually exciting. Bravo! Also, thank you for a few tips. Having recently moved to the D/FW area I can't wait to check out a few of your favorites.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I seriously can't handle this room. It is so so gorgeous. Every touch. I have to feature this. Wow. Beautiful beautiful job.

Tracy Laverty said...

Your room is gorgeous! I love your paintings and how you styled everything. Such beautiful pops of color in this room. I hope you're enjoying it!

Woodbank Lane said...


This is the prettiest room! I love how you styled the small chest. I have that light fixture in my dining room and now I want it white!! Looks great!

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