“Good things come to those who wait,
But better things come to those
Who work for it.”
Hello darlings, and welcome to my virtual “The One Room Challenge Is DONE!” dance party! You may not be able to see me dancing, but believe me, I am dancing, and I’m singing Sia’s Alive at the top of my lungs! I’m not gonna lie, It. Feels. Good.
My photographer jokes that I really should have called this one the “One Floor (And A Bit) Challenge.” He’s right. Because our main floor is so open concept, our living room makeover spilled over into zhushing the kitchen and dining room a bit, and even crept up the stairs with our lovely gallery wall. The good news is this: ONE, we did it! And TWO: we love it! I couldn’t be more grateful to be on the other side of this design dare, and I’m thrilled to be sharing the reveal with you today.
For simplicity’s sake, I’ll share the source info with you below each photo. I can’t wait to hear what you think, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!
DRAPERY FABRIC: Groundworks for Lee Jofa / UTTERMOST COPPER DRUM TABLE: Bellacor / BRASS FLOOR LAMP WITH LINEN SHADE: LampsPlus / COPPER FRAMED ARTWORK BY JAIME DERRINGER: Minted / GUMI ARMCHAIR BY BRUNO MOINARD: Avenue Road / VELVET LEOPARD PILLOW: Arianna Belle / BABY TEARS PLANT: Sweet Woodruff / PINK SOFA BY HUGUES CHEVALIER, PARIS: Emily Quinn / VINTAGE BEADED LEATHER TRIBAL PILLOW: Stone Textile / PEARL COFFEE TABLE: Bernhardt / SOUK RUG: West Elm / BRASS BOX ON COFFEE TABLE: Pottery Barn / COPPER CANDLE: Kit + Ace / QUARTZ GEODE: Centro Garden
ESSEX CREAM LEATHER CHAIRS: Industrial Storm for Whittington & Co. / KUBUS ARGENT PILLOWS: Arianna Belle / FRINGE FLOROGRAPHY PRINT: Ashley Woodson Bailey via Citizen Atelier, finished with ArtResin / MODERN RESIN CANDLESTICKS: Creators Of Objects / DWELL STUDIO BLACK DECORATIVE BOX: AllModern / COFFEE TABLE BOOKS: Emily Quinn / HAVEN SMALL DRESSER: Bernhardt / BRASS SHIFT KNOBS ON DRESSER: Upper Canada Specialty Hardware / DWELL STUDIO GOLD URCHIN (on side table): AllModern / SILVER TRAY WITH HORN HANDLES: AllModern
And now, on to the dining room refresh! I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the softness added by the simple Kravet linen drapes, made sophisticated by the elegant trim detail banding the leading edge of each panel. As it turns out, softness was the theme for this room’s update, and the lambswool seat covers communicate that in both look and feel, making our Ghost chairs a much more comfortable perch for long, lingering dinners with family and friends. Also adding to the feminine edge is the stunning floral arrangement by Lisa Gray of Sweet Woodruff in the centre of the table. In my dream life, I’ll have arrangements from Lisa in my house on a weekly (or at least monthly) basis! Also on my dream life wish list is the stunning Serax Belgian tableware from Emily Quinn. So organic, so elegant, so unexpected. I couldn’t love these pieces more!
PANEL MOULDINGS: Metrie / BLACK HONEYCOMB VASE: Joss & Main / FLORAL ARRANGEMENT: Sweet Woodruff / ORGANIC FINE BONE CHINA DINNERWARE: Emily Quinn / STEMWARE: Emily Quinn / COPPER FLATWARE + LINEN NAPKINS: West Elm / CREAM LINEN DRAPERY FABRIC + GREY DECORATIVE TRIM: Kravet Canada / ARTWORK: Kathleen Weich via ArtInteriors
Up next is the zhush of the kitchen which was one part pretty and one part practical. The practical came in the form of an upgrade to touchless technology with our amazing Brizo faucet and matching soap dispenser. Practicality also came home to live with us via the glorious arrival of our Bosch dishwasher, the silent, panelled-in wonder that has made our lives forever better. The pretty is all about the transformation of the bookcase, the gorgeous Groundworks Channels linen faux roman valance, and the gorgeous copper accents from Wayfair.
COPPER CANNISTER SET: Wayfair / HAMMERED COPPER TRAY: Wayfair / POTTED ORCHIDS: Fiori Oakville / TURKISH TEA TOWEL: Pamuk & Co. / CHANNELS EBONY LINEN FABRIC FOR FAUX ROMAN: Groundworks for Lee Jofa / SOLNA TOUCHLESS FAUCET + MATCHING SOAP DISPENSER: Brizo / PANELLED-IN DISHWASHER: Bosch
I’m not going to lie, the bookcase makeover is my favourite change in the kitchen. The tension between the sophisticated and edgy Thibaut faux alligator wallpaper on the cabinet back, the more feminine leopard wallpaper-wrapped books with their calligraphy labels, and the Anewall portrait of a lady, elegantly framed and dipped in Farrow & Ball paint sets up my favourite kind of juxtaposition. It is both modern and traditional, a mix of masculine and feminine, a touch of classic and a dash of unexpected whimsy.
And last but not least, the gallery wall seen from a different angle than the one I shared with you last week. If you’re planning to create a gallery wall yourself and want to know my sweat-proof method for getting it done in no time flat, be sure to pop back to last week’s post and download your guide to installing a gallery wall like a pro!
ART FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ABSTRACT PAINTING BY KATHLEEN WEICH: ArtInteriors / CALIFORNIA WALL: Art by Melody Hansen in Framed & Matted frame / BLUE MONDAY SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT: Minted, framed in Framed & Matted frame / ABSTRACT PAINTING BY TREVOR CRAIG MCDONNELL: ArtInteriors / SMALL LANDSCAPE WITH CLOUDS PAINTING: Etsy, framed in Framed & Matted frame / SIGNED + FRAMED TREE RING PHOTOGRAPH: Minted / PAIR OF MIXED MEDIA SMALLS BY JAY HODGINS: ArtInteriors / MANUEL ANTONIO ROCKS SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH: Minted
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see the reveal posts from all of my fellow One Room Challenge daredevils! Be sure to check out the links to their blogs below, and come on back here next week for more fuel for your beautiful life!
For now, I’m signing off with a heart bursting with gratitude for the amazing people who made this edition of the One Room Challenge possible: my incredible husband, Linda from Calling It Home, my supportive network of friends and incredible brand partners, and all of you amazing friends who have chosen to come along for the ride. Thank you for joining me! I hope you’ve come away feeling inspired for how you can tell your own story through designing your home one room (or perhaps one floor) at a time.
All photographs by Larry Arnal
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