Thursday, October 22, 2015

One Room Challenge - Week Three

Originally, I thought we had until November 19th to finish the ORC, but found out last week that it really is November 12th!  What??  Needless to say, I've had to shift into high gear, chop-chop.

If you haven't read week one or two, I've decided to focus on our guest bedroom (which doubles as my office).  But guest rooms tend to get the short shrift because they get used less frequently than other spaces in the house; mine is no exception.

I wanted the headboard to be a focal point.  I also wanted a tall headboard to give the room more height.  But tall headboards tend to be pricey so I knew going into this challenge that I would need to make my own.   Oomph's Charleston (below) is one of my inspirations.

Oomph's Charleston Headboard

I didn't want my headboard to be exactly like Oomph's, but I designed it to have a similar look and feel.  The middle peak is higher thus making the headboard feel taller!  Here is a shot of our guest room painted (BM White Dove) sans headboard:


Here is the skeleton of the headboard made from plywood and MDF (minus the batting, fabric, etc.).  Not finished yet … but it's on the move.  


So happy with how it turned out.  I will be upholstering it in a raffia fabric - see below!  I have trim and naihead picked out if I decide to go down that route.  


I was able to hang woven shades and get my bamboo curtain rod hung this past week.  Ignore the blue painter's tape on the bamboo rod!


I also tried out my budget-conscious Ikea panels.  I'm not sold on this look.  I think these drapes achieve the casual look I'm aiming for (they're sheer and light).  But a pinch pleat would be more professional looking, however it might be too formal.  I will keep you posted.  


I wanted a bench on the wall opposite the window.  This will be a place for guests to sit, put their luggage, lay out clothes, etc.  

Moreover, I plan on mounting a huge fabric-covered bulletin board above the bench.  This is where I will pin my inspirations, fabrics, notes, etc.  Recall: this room doubles as my office.  

Back to the bench: I chose a bench from Ballard Design (below).  When I saw it online I liked it.  When it arrived at my house, I fell in love with it.  It is perfect for this space!! 


And, lastly, to give you a preview of what other elements will be going in the room, here is a snapshot of what is yet to come.  Oh, and don't worry, I haven't even gotten to all the bedding (shams, bolster and bedskirt) and pillow fabrics!!


Does this really have to be completed by the 12th?  Yikes.  With friends coming in from NY this weekend and the guest room in still disarray, I foresee perhaps an all-nighter in my future??  Hopefully, this room will turn out better than my accounting final did in college.  :)

14 comments:

  1. its going to be fabulous. You inspire me. I absolutely cannot wait to see the finished room.

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    1. Thanks Beth for your sweet comment! I am super excited to get this room done too!! :)

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  2. Fran, this is going to be lovely! I'm crazy about all the warm texture you're bringing in. And that DIY headboard is no joke. Can't wait to see it finished!

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    1. THanks Erin!! I hope it all turns out as planned! The DIY headboard has been my favorite part of this design!

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  3. Excited to see the finished room! Thanks for inspiring.

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  4. It looks great, & I'm so impressed with your DIY headboard! Hope you're able to meet your weekend deadline!

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  5. That headboard is going to be so great! Fantastic job. Of course you have me swooning over the stripe fabric and rattan mirror. Love.

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  6. I lovvvvve that Ballard bench!! Have always admired that and glad to hear you say how much you love it in person too. And that mirror! Looking great Fran!

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  7. Would love to know the dimensions of your headboard, if willing!

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    1. Hi Sarah, from the floor to the tallest point on the headboard is 68 inches and it is 56.5 inches wide. Built for a full sized mattress.

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    2. Thanks! Look forward to your posts! Such great styel! Keep blogging! :)

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  8. The room is going to be beautiful. What size bench did you order and what finish? Thank you. Can't wait to see the big reveal.

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    1. Thank you Debbie! It's the Dorchester 3 seat rubbed white from Ballard Designs! Hope that helps!

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