Wednesday, November 6, 2019

One Room Challenge Fall 2019: Week 6 - THE REVEAL


 It's finally here! The big reveal of our combined office/dining lounge for the
One Room Challenge and hip hop hooray, we are finally flexing our design muscles in a much larger office space. The bonus: I now have a dedicated space to chill and read at night aka the mom cave (more on that later). 
This has been a doozy of a challenge that went down to the wire - literally as you can see from our IG stories we just grouted the tiles inside our coffee station this morning and had our final throw pillows delivered. 
Our guys have worked overtime to stay focused on our client projects, while helping us with this challenge. My eternal gratitude to them for making this all possible and to Gloribell and Debbie who have tolerated my many moments of indecision and rolled their eyes and at 2 am emails that start with "So, what if we do XYZ instead! And of course, a huge thank you to all our sponsors, a few of who went above and beyond what they'd promised and indulged our additional product requests. To see how this has evolved from an idea to today's reveal please go check out all the previous posts here, here, here, here and hereLet's deconstruct this design shall we?

Here's how things looked as we tackled the renovation elements needed for this transformation: 

Old dining lounge under construction and under the watchful eye of our Cuban art beauty. 



I've been obsessed with wood and wanted to use it in a big way to end the year so we decided to run it up the walls and ceiling. This is a custom treatment that was installed by our carpenter Andres of Dang Wood - we know he had many moments of frustration to make this work but he understood the vision and worked tireless to make it happen. 




Once we made that decision to run the wood up the ceilings, we decided why not add more drama. We fell in love with this deconstructed abstract watercolor and ink mural by Minted artist Ashleigh Ninos. We loved the movement and unfinished vibe it had, the perfect muse for us as we work daily to pull together our own abstract design ideas. 




For our gallery wall, we used artwork from several other Minted artists and focused on black and white pieces with architectural elements to continue to inspire us daily: Cool Angles by Khariza Estacio Spliting by Van Tsao Study of Shade #1 by Van Tsao DC subway fast track by Van Tsao Shutters by Paul Berthelot Brooklyn by Lindsay Ferraris



To frame that gallery wall we chose the Tuxedo black and brass sconces from  Blue Print Lighting in unlacquered brass and electric high-gloss black enamel. The design is strongly influenced by both French and Italian mid-century modernism. These can be customized in over 40 color options and is the perfect touch of luxury to add to any special area that needs some soft lighting. 



Let's chat about this burnt orange sofa shall we? Lord have mercy. We needed a new sofa for the office where we could take a break and chat, and also where clients can relax when they meet with us. There were very few furniture sponsors for the challenge and it was down to the wire to find one and thankfully Jonathan Louis swept in to save us with this comfortable and stylish Elle Collection Sofa in Monaco Rust




I love the tufted back and that there were no cushions to move around and drive me crazy. They were also a dream to work with, offering so many customizable fabric options for their sofas and throw pillows including the ones we selected: Mongolian Lamb Tibby Truffle Toss Pillows and the Gambella Kona Woven Fabric pillow that have truly made this new space a show stopper -  and with orange, my favorite color of all time.  




What I loved most about this challenge is that I was able to return to one of my first loves, fabrics! We spend so much time working on the nuts and bolts of the renovation process that we sometimes never make it to the soft details like fabric so my heart melted from the smorgasbord of fabrics to choose from with Fabricut, one of our favorite sources for fabric and trim. I first fell in love with the fun and whimsy of the Big Ditty Black and White fabric and used it for the window treatments in both the office and mom cave (more on that later). 



Because I'm a drama queen, I decided to add this Ingot Raven trim  and ohhhhhhhhh lord if it isn't a perfect marriage. 








But wait, I needed more fabric for the dining chairs! And even though I'd reached my sponsored cap, the amazing people at Fabricut understood my vision and indulged my wishes with these jaw-dropping options you see on the back of our Home Pop accent chairs where we used this Naja Onyx fabric and the mother of all fire fabric with this Worldly Velvet Fire fabric on our very much on trend cane dining chairs. 



Our HomePop mid-century modern inspired wing back chairs were among the first items we chose. Sturdy and stylish in a textured grey pattern, we love the drama they added to the dining table. We turned things up a notch by adding the black Fabricut fabric on the back with a brass door knocker because again, drama queen! We loved Home Pops black triangle mirrored accent table so much we added two to either side of our sofa.



Our dining/office table needed to stylish as well as functional. We scored a winner with the Urban Light Concrete Table - Grey from the team at Overstock.com. It's seats 6-8 and will become quite the workhorse for us as we prep for presentations and at night as we host dinner parties. Concrete is a great industrial option that can be equally glamorous when paired with stunning chairs and accessories. Below every great dining table should be an equally great rug and this neutral yet very statement wool area rug from the Masai collection at Loloi Rugs 
This rug, while neutral, makes such a statement with its printed design, yet it was the perfect foil to soften our black bamboo floors. 


And every great dining lounge must, must have a statement light fixture, or two. I've used lighting by Varaluz in the past and know how stunning their fixtures are but wowza for these Gymnast Pendants that now float above our table. We loved how the pendant mimicked the lines of our wood walls and ceilings and that you can move the pieces around to get multiple shapes. 




The mother of all built-ins done by Joseph of Miami Home Crafters paired with these Emtek Modern 8" door pulls in Satin Brass. We wanted a bold contrast against the cabinetry and the scale of these pulls were just the right touch. They seem to built in to the cabinets and since this will be a high traffic area, definitely a great way to avoid hardware that sticks out. 
Did you notice our white walls? In a shocking twist I chose Behr Marquee White paint for all the walls in the dining lounge and black for the mom cave.  Our coffee bar is gonna work overtime. Do you know that we consume about 4-5 cups daily combined?









Thank you to the Hudson Valley Group Ligthing for creating the perfect mini sconce via the Alexa Sconce in Aged Brass. She's a beauty with our stunning tile from the The Tile Shop whose Streamline Stone Mosaic Tile made us all swoon!


The pesky outlets and switches I usually hate are now sitting quite pretty throughout the space as the Legrand - The Adorne Collection has managed to make a beauty out of these functional elements. 



I'm a fan and can now stop complaining about switches and outlets messing up our beautiful pics. We used several throughout our spaces including: this paddle switch in powder white

Before we step inside my mom cave let's take a bow to these Zephyr wine coolers from Zephyr was an amazing surprise sponsor who wholeheartedly supported our wish to have wine in our office/dining lounge! We promise, no wine will be left uncorked.


While the challenge was for one space, our old office needed a new spin and so it was time to make it my official mom cave, a place where I can now close the doors at the end of the day and just chill!



And here she is! My only little slice of heaven, to read, smile at my favorite art and just unwind at the end of the day. Lord, black paint is the truth! Thank you Behr for the perfect black paint via Limousine Leather that made this space so dreamy!



Our mom Mom cave design is a bonus room we completed not because we had to but because we needed to - Huge thanks to the team at Varaluz who indulged this last minute request but lord if this Matrix Pendant isn't life!


And to our amazing tribe at Nourison Rugs for this this area rug that made our mom cave as alluring as can be. 


Okay folks! Thanks for following along our manic journey these past six weeks. Now please go check out all the other designers/bloggers and the magic they created also...in 6 weeks!!
And cheers to wine after every work day and to beautiful trays that accessorize em like this gold drip canopy tray from Jill Rosenwald 








Wednesday, October 30, 2019

One Room Challenge Fall 2019: Week 5 - Pattern Play


Hip hop hooray! We've come to the end of the road and it feels good! Okay, enough of my musical analogies. If you're following along in my IG stories you'll see we still have soooooooooooo much to do my head hurts, but next Wednesday is reveal day and so all hands are on deck at my casa to get these spaces completed. 
Yes, it always takes longer than anyone imagined but when it's all over, the pain and the headaches of trying to transform not one, but two spaces, will be a hazy memory.



So let's chat about how our office/dining lounge will not only be a multi-purpose space where we dream up swoon worthy designs for our clients, it'll be filled with much needed storage, a coffee bar and wine station for after hours, it'll showcase a fun mix of patterns and textures. We've added this black fabric from our sponsor Fabricut to these mid-century modern wing back chairs by HomePoP


This fun black and white fabric will be paired with this stunner of a black trim for the curtains in our new office and our bonus space, my new mom cave. 


And holy mother of all fabrics, this Fabricut Worldy Velvet appropriately called Fire, will be the seat cushions for our cane dining chairs. My heart skipped all sorts of beats when I found this and so happy it'll be in our space. 


The key to balancing all those patterns is to add some natural and calmer elements. We did so with natural wood elements we've added to the walls and ceilings, a warm yet still fun pattern in the Loloi rug that will anchor our room, and we painted the walls white knowing that all the pattern play would need a calm starting point. And that's how this all came to be. Once again, send wine!!! Because we need it to make it to the finish line next week and we also need to fill the two new wine fridges by Zephyr that have found a cozy home in our design. A huge thanks always to all our sponsors: Behr Paint, Blueprint Lighting, Emtek, Fabricut, HomePop, Minted, Legrand, Overstock, Jill Rosenwald, and the The Tile Shop

In the meantime, please go check out how all the other designers/bloggers are hanging in there. 








Thursday, October 24, 2019

One Room Challenge Fall 2019: Week 4 - Da Pressure. Send Help. Send Wine.



These custom black and brass tuxedo sconces from Blue Print Lighting, taking a selfie with our custom wood wall paneling. 


Happy week 4 of the One Room Challenge, the week where all participants wonder why in the name of Jesus we all thought this was a good idea. So here's the tea: the design plans for our new home office/dining lounge has impacted all the rooms on the first floor. This means my house is a real hot mess with furniture/art stacked in hallways and kitchen, and there are delivery boxes everywhere since the guys are using the garage to work on the custom wall and ceiling details. Poor Xavier has been rolling his eyes every day wondering when will this crazy lady end this madness and return our home to it's normal state. 

Me cheesin because I'm finally seeing the rust color of our custom Jonathan Louis sofa. Obsessed!
Have I mentioned that I also abandoned the chaos to head to Highpoint Market - see the HPMK highlight on my Instagram page where I spoke on two panels, spent one day shopping with a client, toured the amazing showroom of our sofa sponsor, Jonathan Louis and the rest of my time hanging out with some really amazing design friends and soaking up loads of inspiration to get our projects elevated for 2020. Haha, yes, me and my clones have been busy. Okay, despite the chaos, there is indeed a plan which you can read about here, here and here


So let's see what's been popping. We've had some hiccups but we've also made some progress. The wood paneling for the walls have been installed. The ones for the ceiling have been a challenge because we are doing three sides and have to turn the pieces on an angle. Our installer has had to get creative because each strip of wood we are using and staining, is 8 ft. The plan was to miter the edges on a 45 degree angle but it wasn't working so instead he's staggering the pieces for them to connect on a 90 degree angle which Gloribell, our senior designer, sketched on the fly to make sure he understood. 

How to design on post it notes. A workshop coming to you soon!

Second workshop: how to connect wood on a 90 degree angle in Nicole's garage. 


Our biggest hiccup has been our wallpaper installation. Our installers used glue for the installation not realizing this was a peel and stick paper from our Minted sponsor. As you can see the edges started to come loose. This was a tough reminder to never assume (we rarely use peel and stick options) and our guys are under a lot of pressure from moi plus their other clients so a key detail was overlooked. We've had to remove the entire mural, re-skim, sand and prime the ceiling to prepare to peel and stick the mural tomorrow. You see why wine is a staple in my diet? Anyway, luckily this could be remedied in time but definitely a hard lesson learned and a reminder to pay attention to the details - all details. 


In other news, key items also got delivered this week like these tuxedo sconces from Blue Print Lighting that made my heart skip a beat and our custom throw pillows from Jonathan Louis



 This stunning fabric and trim from Fabricut were right on time to head to our workroom team because #pressure. 



Obsessed with these cabinet pulls from Emtek. 


Believe it or not this is just half the paint order from our paint sponsor Behr.
Reminder the new office/dining lounge location has forced me to also transform the existing office space. 

Our switch game went from zero to a hundred with this delivery from Legrand 

  • The Tile Shop once again came through with more of this stunning tile for our coffee bar because math is not our super power :(

Lastly, our amazing sponsors have really been more than generous and answered our pleas for extra items. 
  • We finally found our dining room chairs and scored an amazing fabric from Fabricut to cover the seats. 
  • Minted answered our plea for additional art for our gallery wall
So the pressure is real people...now go see how all the other designers/bloggers are holding it together...








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