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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 2!

Like all the One Room Challenge participants, I've been a busy bee this week, getting my plan together and deciding on fabric selections and furniture!

Let me start with the basis for my color scheme.  My granddaddy brought this rug back from Iran before I was born, and he had it in his office for many years.  I always remember seeing it as a little girl, when it was such an adventure to go visit him at work.  Remember how exciting that was as a child, to go to a grown-up office?  I am so happy to have this rug in my own home now, as it is full of such special memories.

The red and light turquoise/ aqua really pop against the navy in the rug, and since it is a 5x7, it is perfect to layer over the room-size seagrass rug in B's room.  I am planning to center it in the room, so he has a soft area to play.


I am going to play up the red and turquoise for the room, with less focus on the navy since I don't want the room to be too dark.  

I found these linen fabrics, in red and a natural linen color, at Mary Jo's in Gastonia for around $10 a yard.  If you are in the Charlotte area, Mary Jo's is a great place to go for basic fabrics.  I don't do much with their prints, but you can find fantastic upholstery fabric, linens, indoor/outdoor fabrics, etc for great prices.  The ladies at Mary Jo's like it if you understand their system there, so if you are new, just smile and act really friendly so they will be kind to you.  Whatever you do, don't tell them you are from Charlotte unless you don't mind a few eye rolls!  For extra brownie points, tell them you saw the exact same fabric at Calico Corners for three times the price.  They will love you then.

I am going to use the red linen to make a pair of twin headboards, and I'm going to pipe it in the natural color.  I considered piping it in white, but for a boy's room especially, I like the natural linen better.  It also ties in nicely with the seagrass rug.

For the pair of twin headboards, I am having my upholsterer make a few modifications to this style.  To save money and space, I am just going to do a headboard, not the whole bed, and I'll do a bedskirt in the same red linen.    I think the natural piping will stand out nicely around the edges!  I wish I had the time or energy to make the headboard myself, because I know a good DIY project is fun to read about.  But that just isn't a good use of my time right now, and I know my upholster can make it look much more perfect than I ever could.  

Since the linen fabrics are so affordable, I am splurging on the other fabric in the room.  I'm using Quadrille's Java Java in New Blue on White.  It is pricey, but I'm only going to use it on the window and bed pillows, so I don't need too much.

I'm planning to do a roman shade on the window in the Java Java and will trim the sides with red grosgrain ribbon.  I found a huge roll of the grosgrain ribbon at Amazon for around $10 total.  Using grosgrain ribbon for trim is so much more affordable than buying expensive tapes from a fabric store.  Particularly since I am using a patterned fabric, I think a solid ribbon will finish the edges nicely.
Depending on how much space we have at the end of each twin bed (sometimes you have to play around with this in person, even if you have measured and done a good layout), I'm planning to use a pair of these navy and white zebra benches at the foot of each bed.  The fabric is actually kilim and they are accented with nailhead trim, which makes them more masculine and adds texture.  I bought them for a song at World Market years ago.  I have moved them around from place to place in my house over the years- never regretted buying them!

I'm also going to use the large MCM dresser that was in my mom's childhood bedroom suite.  It offers great storage, and since we live in a 1960's ranch, closet space is at a premium.  I love the clean lines for B's room.  And it is special.  And I don't have to buy a new dresser...  Win win win win!

Between the twin beds, I'm going to use the matching nightstand as well.  I am definitely no fan of matchy bedroom suites, but the dresser and nightstand will be across the room from each other.  And in this case, it really doesn't bother me to use to pieces from the same suite.  (Excuse the stacks of Richard Scarry books- they are also vintage, and B absolutely LOVES all of them).

So you've seen the basics- the furniture and fabrics, so now it's just a matter of getting everything fabricated and put together in the room!  

I will add that sweet little B is REALLY averse to change.  This process has not been well-received so far.  I really think he will love the end result, but he is just like his daddy and finds comfort in leaving things the way they have always been.  How did they end up with a wife/ mother who likes to re-decorate the house every weekend??

Be sure to check out the progress of the other talented bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge!  We will all be updating every Wednesday!




31 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I love all of your plans and the dresser is awesome.
What funny ladies at Mary Jo's!

My Crafty Home Life said...

That rug is the perfect jumping off point. I love all of the details you are thinking of. I need a fabric store like that near me.

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

I can't even handle how much I adore that rug and how awesome your plans are coming together! This is just going to be my favorite!

Nicole Scott said...

That rug is fantastic and I love the turqouise and red combo.

Amy Vermillion Interiors said...

How cool that your grandpa brought that rug home from Iran...such a different place then.
I too have an adverse to change child and it makes me scratch my head!
Dresser is great too Sarah!

pam {simple details} said...

Love that you're incorporating something so special into the plan ~ your fabric choices will be killer with it! Fingers crossed your little guy will come around!

Cathy Wall said...

So awesome you are using your grandfather's rug, it is just beautiful. I love the colors and fabrics and can't wait to see this space come together. I've no doubt you change averse boy will be delighted in the end!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

That rug is to die for'!! What a special story that it is from your grandpa. Love the drapery fabric. It's going to all look fab!

Anonymous said...

Awesome choices! Cannot wait to see what you do next week.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

That rug is gorgeous and I love the story that goes with it! This room is going to be fab for sure!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

Oh, it's going to be fabulous! Love the colors. I so miss mary jo's...

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

ohhh all the pieces are looking great on their own. cant wait to see the progression!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Oh my goodness that rug is BEAUTIFUL. Your room is going to be fantastic. I really can't wait to see the shade!

Betsy said...

It's going to look so great! I love it and so will B :) My little brother's room was (still is!)accented in red, too!

Nancy said...

Wow, LOVE the fabrics and the plan. Why are all men from Mars?
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

LindsB said...

That run is pure perfection and the story that goes along with it is even cooler!

You have the best plans so far, I cant wait to see the room all finished!

Anonymous said...

Awww...I love using something beautiful with sentimental value. Your grandfather's rug is beautiful. I love the colors you pulled from it and can't wait to see everything completed.

Julie said...

Lucky boy to have that beautiful rug! I can't wait to see your progress - I know it's going to look amazing!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

That rug is the perfect jumping off point. I can already see the room and I love it!

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My Interior Life said...

Oh, that rug and that fabric are going to be oh so good! Cannot wait to see the finished project. By the way, I passed up those little kilim stools at WM a couple of years ago and have kicked myself ever since. They will be perfect in his room.

SHERRY HART said...

I agree with everything you picked out. Love the rug...it gives a little sophistication to the space. Be glad you are not doing the DIY.....it will be next Wednesday before you know it!

Katie Waddell said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that rug!!!

Kim said...

I love it when I get to use an inspiration piece like the rug that is special ... for me and my clients. So much better than running out to "find" a rug! Lucky Boy!! xo

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I absolutely love your plan! The colors, the mix, all of it is beautiful.

René said...

The rug is such a great addition to the room! Loving this plan!

Kathleen (Pacific Family Homes) said...

I adore the rug- and the Java Java!! I used that exact same color in my daughter's room in Euros and her bed skirt! It is worth the splurge:)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

That rug is amazing! I love how you are pulling the colours from the rug with all those amazing fabrics!

Aesthetic Oiseau said...

This is going to look so good!!

Dana Frieling said...

That rug is greatness! And, the fact that sweet memories are attached to it...perfection.

Sadie + Stella said...

This room is going to be incredible!

LiveLaughDecorate said...

Loving this plan and that it's rooted in so many childhood memories, and now your kids will have them as the backdrop to their own memories. So special. So feel you on wanting to DIY, but needing to send it to the professional for time reasons. Genius. I'm really looking foward to this. I think I'll need the day off to curl up and check out everyone's finished projects on reveal day. Can't wait.

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