Hard to believe One Room Challenge (ORC) Spring 2014 is over. For me it’s similar to working on a wedding or event. You have a vision and a plan.
You pour all your energy and time into your ORC. You build a network of talented individuals along the way, some of whom become friends. The big day arrives, the reveal, and you’re finally able to showcase your talents and enjoy the fruit of your labor!
Speaking of labor, there is a lot of it you don’t see. The late nights, the frustration that your plan for that perfect item just won’t arrive on time or is not feasible. The juggling act between work, home life, and ORC. Not to mention all your unattended helpers! In my case it was my little girls and my dog Bailey. Here are some out takes.
Apparently it was so hysterical to come into our master bedroom and play that Charlotte was rolling in laughter on the floor.
Someone’s gone shopping right in the middle of my photo shoot for the big reveal. Oh and do you spy the light fixture boxes behind the door.
I spy Bailey getting ready to jump on the pressed bed. Right after this shot he was comfy on the bed and the girls soon followed.
Another behind the scenes moment, which I briefly described in my reveal post, was the story behind the wall sconces install. Ken Kelly with Kelly’s Painting is my go to guy for small projects. The earliest that he could come over and give me an estimate on switching out the old wall sconces for the new ones was Wednesday night before the big reveal deadline! YIKES! In a panic I was able to negotiate Ken to install the light fixtures that Wednesday night. However, being prepared for anything, I had taken most of my photos for the big reveal Wednesday with good light.
However, this photo could have been my BIG REVEAL photo. As you can see not everything is picture perfect.
Many of you commented on my photography and I would like to thank you for your kind words. Here are a few photography tips that I learned from the pros: To get the most accurate and pleasing photograph don’t use your flash. Try to photograph your subject when the lighting is best during the day.
Use elements in the room to make the photograph interesting, such as this photo of the room viewed through the white inlay mirror.
Lastly, take photographs from different angles for a better image rather than straight on.
I also received kind comments about my styling, which are greatly appreciated. Here are some easy behind the scenes styling tips: Use items that you already own! For example a vase, picture frame, tray, piece of art, and/or books that will make your space personal and pleasing to the visual eye.
This elephant garden stool was given to me by a friend from my DC days working on Capital Hill. I had this piece with the tall vase and flower arrangements in my living, but thought it was the perfect fit for my master.
Another visual pleasing aspect that I briefly touched on was art. Art can be any many shapes and forms. The key is to remember it’s not just for the wall! I grew up learning and loving art! If you haven’t noticed, the Impressionist Movement, includes some of my favorite artists that make this room complete.
Monet, the founder of the Impressionist Movement, is my favorite artist. His prints from the Mussee d’orsay next to the white inlay mirrors tie this room together.
This print is one of Max Agostini’s prints which is also personalized with hand written signature.
I found this Picasso 1902 print at HomeGoods. What a find!
I love this painting and the gold trim. I wasn’t sure if it fit well next to the white dresser, but ended up being a good contrast next to the blue and whites.
Loved these Ballard Design Patch Work tiles for some time and they are even better in person in my master bedroom!
My grandparents mirror is finally ready, but I really like the contrast of the grey against the blue with the brown and gold. This was a great find at HomeGoods!
Love this new mirrored antique accent table, from Target of all places! Remember how I looked high and low for a perfect accent table?! The grey pictured frame from a furniture and accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL, fits perfectly with décor and gives the room contrast to all the blue.
Here’s a round up of my other fun finds for the master bedroom.
Here’s a closer look at my high and low finds. The Greek Key toss pillows on the bed, the night stand, lamp, bench, Greek Key tray, circle picture frame, and pillow on the arm chair are all from HomeGoods. The silver lantern is my splurge from a boutique in Sarasota.
Again, many thanks to all my new and old followers, the kind comments, and encouragement! You’re the reason I was able to complete ORC! You’ll find a complete list of all my sources for the room below. You can also find more details about my sources and my ORC process by starting at Week 1.
I’ll say it again, these interior designers are amazingly talented! If you haven’t check out the professional designers ORC rooms it’s a must see! A special thanks to Minted, Lamps Plus, and Sherwin Williams for sponsoring ORC!
Abby M. Interiors
Because it’s Awesome
Bijou & Boheme
Calling It Home
Copy Cat Chic
The English Room
The Glam Pad
Little Black Door
My Notting Hill
The Pink Pagoda
My Sweet Savannah
Don’t forget there were 77 of us Linking Participants and you can see all their ORC rooms here on Calling It Home.
If you thought this was the last ORC Spring 2014 post you are mistaken! I’m working on a fun post coming up next week, after my big event this weekend. Can’t wait to share it with you, so please stop back next week!
Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com
Photography and Flower Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions
Wall Paint Color – Sherwin Williams Tidewater
Bedding– Restoration Hardware http://www.restorationhardware.com/
Blue Quilted Blanket and Bed Skirt -Martha Stewart Collection from Macy’s http://www.Macys.com
Large Blue Greek Key Toss Pillows – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com
Hand Painted Patch Work Tiles – Ballard Designs http://www.ballarddesigns.com/
Night Stands – HomeGoods
Glass Table Lamps with Blue Shades – HomeGoods
Wall Sconces – Lowes http://www.Lowes.com
Blue and White Rug – Target from a few years ago http://www.Target.com
Blue Arm Chair – Lazarus, an old department store established in Columbus, OH that is no longer in business
White and Grey Toss Pillows on Arm Chair – HomeGoods
Antique Pewter Two Tired Mirrored Accent Table – Target
Blue Curtains – Target
Gold Sea Urchins – Target
Grey and White Picture Frame – Conqulique, an accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL
Silver Picture Frame – Pottery Barn http://www.PotteryBarn.com
Greek Key Mirrored Tray – HomeGoods and Sarah Sofia Productions
Small Green Elephant – From my travels to Twain
Small Jewelry Bowl with Initial S – Was a gift from a friend
Candle – France, was a gift from a friend
Greek Key Picture Frame – Target
Glass Pitcher on Dark Wood Dresser – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com/
Grey Distressed Mirror – HomeGoods
Jewelry Box – Diamond Cellars. http://www.diamondcellar.com/
Elephant Garden Stool – Gift
Tall Glass Vase and Flowers – Michaels
Grey and White Circle Picture Frame – Marshalls http://www.marshalls.com/
Silver Tall Candle Holders – Michaels
Silver Monogramed Tray – Wedding Party Favor
Silver Candle Lantern – Conqulique, an accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL
White Double Dresser – Ashley’s Furniture (from 4 years ago) http://www.ashleyfurniture.com/
Starfish – Target
Oval Glass Vase on White Dresser – Crate & Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com/
White Wired Baskets – Marshalls http://www.marshalls.com
White Mirrored Tray – Target
Pink Flower Arrangement on Tray – Target
Sand Dollar Escort Cards – Sarah Sofia Productions from our wedding in Sarasota
White inlay mirrors – Target
Monet Prints – Mussee d’orsay
Silver Antique Looking Frames for Monet Prints – Michaels http://www.michaels.com/
Small Rose Silver Vase Arrangement – Target
Picasso Framed Print – HomeGoods
Upholstered White Headboard – Pottery Barn, Riley
Grey Fabric for Trim – Modern Fabrics http://www.modernfabrics.com
Grey Fabric and Nailhead Trim – Sarah Sofia Productions
Wall Sconces Install – Kelly’s Painting