Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's All About Personality!

Here We Go ...  Week Two of the One Room Challange!

Creating a custom room and design doesn't mean you have to break the bank or be rolling in the dough!  I encourage all my customers to work with me to be creative in their space.  Let's not go to the big box store and buy the catalog cover room ... yes, they are pretty, and soothing and pulled together.  But they aren't "you" ... it is someone else's personality ... we MUST have your personality ... or it will never feel like home!

Remember our room is taking a double role of family room and living room ... we want the furniture to speak to both. I happen to love sectional sofas.  But they aren't right for the role of this room.  We want it to be comfy and inviting ... but keep a level of sophistication for entertaining.

When we left off last week, we had made a decision on our inspiration fabrics:

And we added a rug!

A. Rug from West Elm
B. Stripe from Duralee
C. Butterscotch Ikat from Duralee
D. Pumpkin from Duralee

Here's how they will be used:

We will choose a stock neutral fabric for this Sofa from Mitchell - Gold.
The Charlotte

The Room is large enough, and since we are not going to use a sectional, but want to maximize seating ... we'll take two of these sofas, please!
Boston Interiors has a nice product and great pricing ... and like Ballard Designs (remember the Chair)... will allow you to choose your own fabric to put on their pieces at no extra cost.  Here's what we chose:

The Apollo

We'll take two of these chairs as well!

The Santa Fe
And One Cocktail Ottoman to round out the room!

The Basics are In Place, now we need to make some structural design changes.

Remember the faux grey and peach marble tile fireplace surround ...  

It is in for a change ... A new solid piece of black granite.  This will neutralize and ground the space while looking richer than the tile effect.  We will also lower the mantle. 

The "vaulted" ceiling gives wonderful height to this room ... but my clients and I would like to see it warm up a little.  We will be adding some beams to the ceiling. 

And, guess what?  The TV.  It will go above the fireplace!!

Things are moving over here ... we'll be showing off the New Fireplace Surround and New Mantle in place next week!!

Are you making changes?  I would love to hear about them!



Please check in with Linda at My Crafty Home Life and our other Challenge Sisters as we transform 15 rooms in 6 weeks!!  I know you can find some inspiration somewhere in here!

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  1. Kim, this is sounding great! You actually made me think of contractor and I fought about how high a mantle should be. Is there a specific height to one? He put it too high...and I am stuck with it! Hate him!!! Anyway, that chair style is perfect, and I love that fabric for it. Beams on the ceiling sound stunning.

  2. I love the furniture you selected, Kim!
    And the colours in the fabrics...beautiful :)

  3. This room is going to be gorgeous! I love the orange accents and can't wait to see the room with the new fireplace surround and beams. I totally agree with making a room personal and filled with things you love and/or have special meaning to you and your family.

  4. I am in love with all of the fabrics! That sofa is perfect and I have always loved 2 matching sofas in a room!

  5. Oh my gosh, this is going to be so great! Love the sofa, love the black fireplace surround and love beams on the ceiling. And I totally agree, you need to have your own personality and not just a catalogue room. Can't wait to see more!

  6. Sweet, I love a good fireplace facelift! I just did one 2 weeks ago pics are here Cant wait to see how it turns out!

  7. I LOVE where you're going in this room and can't wait to see it completed!!

  8. The fabrics look great! I can't wait to see them on the chairs and ottoman!

  9. Kim,

    Love what I am seeing so far. Anytime you can improve a fireplace it is so rewarding and the same can be said for adding beams. I love the chair you found and I need two of those myself. That is the exact profile I need for redoing my family room space at the moment. I will just add slipcovers. Looking forward to next week!

  10. You have to take out the middle window! It doesn't make sense. Cover it up and put a big mirror.

    Love the fabrics.

  11. The fabrics are beautiful, especially the orange chair one!

  12. I love the sofas and chairs you picked and covered in the fabrics you picked they'll look amazing! I can't wait to see the granite on the fireplace!

  13. I am intrigued...can't wait to see this room finished. Love the color board. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope someday I WILL be glad of all the sacrifices we have made to keep this property!!! I can't take away the fact that I have had some wonderful times down there in the last 6 years!


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