It's week 5 of the One Room Challenge which means there is only one week to go until the big reveal! Since it is officially crunch time, I'm focusing on all of the little details in the room. Accessories and artwork may seem like little things, but they add up to having a BIG impact in a space and they can really make or break a room. This past week was filled with some ups, and one very disappointing down as I sorted through all of the details.
Let's start with the good stuff. This baby's room just got tricked out with an amazing new brushstroke lamp courtesy of Jana Bek Designs. I've been a big fan of Jana's for a while now. She is a talented interior designer, has a swoon worthy instagram account, and launched a gorgeous lifestyle line of decor, textiles and lighting. Basically she does it all and is super sweet to boot. I love working with her products in my designs, and I'm so happy to have a piece of hers in my own home.
Another win for this space is the rattan mirror that will be hung over the baby's crib. I actually fell in love with and bought this mirror over a year ago and had been waiting for the perfect place to use it. When I was scheming up the design board for this space and wanted to pull in some additional natural elements this instantly popped in my head. I'm so happy I held onto this until now, I love how it reflects light in the space!
Now onto the loser of the week. I wish I could tell you I was being coy and saving artwork till the last week so it would be a grand reveal, but the truth is, I don't have anything to show yet! I struggled for a while to pick out artwork for the space. I usually love bright abstracts for nurseries, but with all of the different prints I'm pulling in, the idea felt a little frenetic here. I also needed to be budget conscious in this area which limited my options. I settled on a large scale blueprint of a sailboat that I thought would work well with the color scheme, and be a little nod to the beachy feel of the room. The keyword in all of this is that I settled. Even as I was ordering it I wasn't in love. When the actual print came in it just felt boring and predictable and not at all what I wanted. So here we are one week out, and I'm returning what was meant to be one of the biggest focal points in the room. Eek-major fail. But fear not, if there is one thing I've learned as a small business owner it is how to be resourceful. As soon as I made the decision to toss the initial artwork, I began troubleshooting. Luckily I was inspired by a few things I saw on my recent trip to Bermuda and quickly came up with a plan b that feels more true to the space. Thanks to the rush ship gods and me begging and bartering with the trade service team at Framebridge, I think we are back on track, and I should have everything in time for the reveal. Fingers crossed.
I did manage to tackle one small part of the art installation this week though in the form of a tiny gallery wall. This room definitely has a bit of an American vibe going on with all of the red, white and blue. To me, one of the things that makes this country so wonderful is the collective nature of the cultures that create it. This baby for example will be English, Lebanese, German and Irish- a total American. I thought it would be nice to celebrate parts of my husband's and my backgrounds with a nod to the baby's heritage in a gallery wall. I found some pieces to bring this idea together, such as a family crest with my maiden name and a needlepoint that goes back 4 generations on my husband's side. Each piece has a story behind it, and they all link together as part of what makes this baby's history.
With these and more details in the works, I hope to be wrapping everything up in the next few days in time to have everything photographed and uploaded for the big reveal. Remember to follow along with the other ORC participants here. Look forward to showing you all the finished room next week!