A Rebirth Makeover
Thanks for returning to see the components, challenges, and lessons of this challenge. I have to really appreciate those of you who take the time to read my blog posts, especially when there are so many talented designers who are participating as guest designers in the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE and who have beautiful concepts all pulled together already. Let alone the posts from the designers who are being featured.
So, again Thank you. I hope to make this interesting and beautiful enough to entice you to stay and come back for more.
Anyhow, as you have noticed I had to change the course of the design concept for this multifunctional office due to restrictions with wallpaper resources, a couple or three times.
Just when I thought I had found the one, I had to switch it because I know someone else who is using the same pattern. I am certain she selected it before I did because by week #1 she had already had received it from her awesome sponsor, Repeel Wallpaper.
I am sure it wouldn’t have been a big deal as we are on opposites sides of the country, and we are making over two completely different spaces. But I felt that as a gesture to her, it was best if I reselected. Perhaps, I can convince them to let me use it out in the lobby and still share my photos with them.
You know the saying; everything happens for a reason?
I truly believe that is true. Sometimes it’s a painful or confusing event but sometimes, sooner rather than later it is revealed why we are being guided in a different direction.
And so it was this time.
Remember the Peonies on a white background with gold foil wallpaper that I loved? Better yet, it was peel & stick, so it was simple to install?
Well, Peonies are back in the picture. This time with Anemones. I got my Peonies, Yeah! but I need to use wallpaper paste.
The background of the wallpaper is white, the pattern is black/charcoal. It is not peel and stick either, so I better sharpen my wallpapering skills soon.
The kind folks at Milton & King have been as lovely as their wallpaper, it was very easy to request sponsorship and in no time my wallpaper has been shipped. I cannot wait to get it.
New Wallpaper, white background charcoal & black print.
“Designed to add texture and femininity to a fresh white space without commanding it”
As for the other pieces no word yet, I am still hoping for a new larger/longer desk and a new chair. I am willing to forgo a smaller Tulip table for now in lieu of a better desk.
I am also considering consulting with an organizer to see how I can pare down files, paperwork, the library & such.
It is difficult to go from showroom studio to office / multifunctional “intimate” studio.
The gallery or sample wall needs work, here is where scale and space planning come into play. The old studio was a wide open space, with a long wall where the shelves used to exhibit the cabinet door samples, paired with a countertop, a tile for the floor or backsplash & hardware. These samples could be spread out with a lot of white space in between.
Now The Shelves Are Placed Differently
1) They are placed at approx 40” off the floor because at some point, especially on delivery day, or when we are restyling we need to move the table & chairs right up to the wall. So I am dealing with fewer shelves, hung higher and w/ space in between to fit the rectangular samples.
The wall in question is 95” H by approx 95” W, it doesn’t give us as much space to display the compositions we used to put together. Or we could, but not with enough white space in between so the eye has a resting place.
2) We had to add shelves on the other wall also, to add at least another 48” worth of ledge space x 3 shelves high. I may end up adding another row of shelves below the current bottom one.
What Do You Think? Comments & Suggestions Welcome
Before Old Studio – Wide Open Space
New Office Sample Wall
It is cramped, but all I can do is edit the samples I display. Also, perhaps when the shelves and walls are stark white and we have better lighting then it will look better.
Here Is Another Challenge Within The Challenge
Also related to space planning & function. I have a small refrigerator where I keep my water bottles and some snacks. But our little refrigerator, it has been through many moves and it is not looking it’s best anymore. Essentially, it has some scratches and tape marks from the moves.
Where Do I Put It?
Right now it is under the window but it can’t stay there, it is also the first thing you see when you come in the door. I tried it in the corner where the plant is, but then the plant gets crowded (A lovely Fiddle Fig that has done great at the old studio because it had a lot of natural light being right in front a large window).
Here’s One Option….. Hmmm! Not crazy about it.
The Tulip table & chairs will be in front of the refrigerator if I choose this location.
I don’t want it to be obvious, but I may not have a choice. If I put it out in the space where I will meet with clients (the middle of the room, up against wall C – it won’t look good).
Behind my desk, it’s getting crowded and once I wallpaper that area, I don’t want the little refrigerator that could– to take away from the beauty of the wallpaper.
Adding photos for constructive input
The Other Option
Is to switch spots with the plant. Corner the refrigerator and put the plant in front of the window, it is the most awful nasty window. Later, I will add flowy white Donna Karan panels but not until the wallpaper is up.
I believe this is the better location. Not too visible, it doesn’t block window, the plant becomes now the focal point as you enter. Besides, I love to have the plant closer to me. When the panels are hung, the green will pop against the white.
What Do You Think?
- The plant also needs a couple of good stakes to hold it more upright and a beautiful basket.
- The picture is hung too high (got to love hubby wanting to help)
- & Hook needs to relocate its intended for hanging my purse so it doesn’t sit on the floor.
OK, that is it for this week, loads to do yet.
Find more storage, organize and continue to purge and get supplies to install the wallpaper.
I hope I can do this it’s been a while since my on the field training back in England wallpapering and stripping 30-year-old wallpaper, & painting radiators with the thickest oil based paint.