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One Room Challenge: Week 2 (The Design Plan)

Things are moving along with my One Room Challenge space! Let’s talk design this week. First up, the bedroom. It will look a little something like this.

One Room Challenge Bedroom Digital Mockup | Making it Lovely

And here’s how we’ll get there.

One Room Challenge: Bedroom Plan | Making it Lovely

  1. Shelby Accessory Tower, Pottery Barn
    This has been in the room since shortly after we moved in. Glasses, scarves, belts, jewelry… it’s all inside.

  2. Falcon LED Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation
    We took the ceiling fan down from the room and are looking to replace it. This is the frontrunner (form + function!), though I’m considering others.

  3. Willow Bedside Table, Pottery Barn
    I bought the floor model when these went on clearance a few months ago. I had been eyeing it at full price, so I was happy to score a deal!

  4. Beverly Turquoise Ceramic Table Lamp, Lamps Plus*
    The color bridges the two rooms, the brass details are darling, and the simple shape contrasts with the bed.

  5. White Trim, Black Doors (example)
    Our stripped fir millwork, windows, and doors have been painted!

  6. Linen Curtains (?)
    Still up for debate.

  7. White Blush Paint, Benjamin Moore; Painting by Paintzen*
    The palest pink, and not at all ‘baby.’

  8. Custom Vintage Dresser, MegMade*
    This dresser is on the other side of the bed. I selected the piece and chose the color, they painted and delivered it.

  9. Accent (Blythe) Chair (?)
    I already own this, having bought a floor model and repaired it, but I’d be stealing it from another room. I the right vintage/used/antique chair comes along, I’ll go with that.

  10. Antique Wooden Dresser
    From an antiques store in Northern Wisconsin. I bought this right before we moved in.

  11. Black Striped Tibor Ginger Jar, Houzz (Talavera Vazquez Pottery)
    Hand-painted black and white stripes update a classic ginger jar shape.

  12. Striped Cachepots, West Elm
    More black and white stripes in smaller, more affordable accessories.

  13. Round Gold Mirror, Bellacor*
    One large round mirror to go above the painted dresser. The glass is antiqued, so it’s more about the size and scale than needing a true reflection.

  14. Nate Berkus Microdash Sheets, Target
    These, combined with the throw pillows, make it seem like we’re sleeping on millions of little eyelashes. But you know. In a way that’s pretty.

  15. Moroccan Pom Pom Throw Blanket (example)
    I have one from my trip to Marrakech!

  16. Pink Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover & Shams, West Elm
    I bought this set in white for my old bed, but when we upgraded and needed king-sized bedding, I opted for pink. Best decision.

  17. Wink Wink Pillow, People I’ve Loved
    Seemingly the source of our sheets’ eyelashes. (Fun sentence to write!)

  18. Isabelle Tufted Bench, Joss & Main*
    I underestimated the functional appeal of a bench at the foot of the bed until we had a bed so high off the ground that my feet didn’t touch when I sat on the edge. Bench welcome home!

  19. Quincy Bed, Ethan Allen
    I’ve written before about my thoughts on choosing this bed. No regrets.

  20. Taupe/Gold Nyla Rug, Loloi*
    Quiet enough to work as a complement to everything else, but still beautiful in its own right.

And then we have the den. Photoshop! This isn’t the layout, just an overall idea of how everything works together.

One Room Challenge Den Photo Mockup | Making it Lovely

Ta da, the plan.

One Room Challenge: Den / Sitting Room Plan | Making it Lovely

  1. Galileo 8-ight Forged Bronze Chandelier, Crystorama*
    Spiky and kind of tough, but kind of sweet too. A good blend of masculine and feminine.

  2. Aqua Round Cachepot, Jayson Home
    I bought one when I was pregnant and for some reason the life growing within me translated to a need to surround myself with life of the growing green plant kind. Weird. This was in the entry, and now it will move to the den.

  3. Robert Abbey Light Blue Ceramic and Brass Gourd Table Lamp, Lamps Plus*
    Shapely, and the color looks great with the walls.

  4. ART! (But what?)
    That’s the question, isn’t it. I have some ideas — see below.

  5. Fiddle-Leaf Fig in a Gainey Planter
    I had my Fancy Blogger Tree setup like this in the library of our first house, and I miss it.

  6. Linen Curtains (?)
    Again, still up for debate. This room needs pattern more than the bedroom, and curtains are an easy way to add it.

  7. Blake Grey Wash Media Stand, Crate & Barrel
    Picked up a couple of years ago at the C&B outlet when we first moved in.

  8. Everard Blue Paint, Benjamin Moore; Painting by Paintzen*
    Right there at the intersection of green and blue. Lots of depth.

  9. Barclay Arc Table Lamps, Pottery Barn
    These looked great when we had them on either side of the platform bed, but I’m thinking of moving them to a simple console table behind the sofa.

  10. Hemnes Glass-Door Bookshelves, IKEA
    Because we have too many books.

  11. Rose Chair in Stone Basketweave, Interior Define*
    A pair of these will flank the couch. They’re great for curling up in — good for movie nights.

  12. Silk Hand-Loomed Pink Rosette Pillow, West Elm
    Pink, to tie-in with the bedding the next room over.

  13. Kivik Sofa in Isunda Brown, IKEA
    The only way to get a sofa upstairs is to do it in pieces, so IKEA worked well for this room. Maybe a new cover?

  14. Threshold Granby Brass Cylinder Drum Table, Target
    A sturdy little side table in hammered brass.

  15. Silk Hand-Loomed Moonstone Pillow, West Elm
    I like the texture of these pillows a lot. This one picks up on the color of the lamp.

  16. Les Touches Black Pillow, Arianna Belle*
    Grown up polka dots! Reminiscent of animal print, but not a literal copy.

  17. Ivy Ottoman in Turquoise Velvet, One Kings Lane
    The original delivery date for this has already passed. It was pushed back and now it’s supposed to get here between “April 29 – March 24.” Say what? I love it, but do I try to find something else and cancel this, or take a chance that it will get here in time?

  18. Long Gold Metal Tray, Pottery Barn
    If we’re going to do an ottoman in place of a coffee table, we’ll need a tray on top.

  19. Taupe/Gold Nyla Rug, Loloi*
    I chose matching rugs for both spaces for continuity.

So overall, on track. The rooms have already been painted and I’ll have photos for you next week. The colors look so good together! And the white trim? Black doors? YES. I need to order a ceiling fan, then install it along with the other new light. I’m keeping an eye out for the right accent chair, but if nothing turns up I’ll steal from another room in the house. Do I forget about the turquoise ottoman, or trust that it will arrive in time? And go simple with window treatments, or bring in color or pattern (or both)?

And then there’s the big blank wall. It’s the wall that used to have a door in it, before we remodeled the second floor. There’s a big cast iron radiator on one end, and a bump out for the chimney on the other. Trio of beetles? Ten matching brass frames with DIY something inside? Farts neon sign? (Probably that last one, right? It’s super sophisticated.)

Sitting Room Art Wall Mockups | Making it Lovely

Decisions, decisions.

Follow along with the One Room Challenge participants!

One Room Challenge• Claire Brody • The Curated House • Design Manifest • Driven by Decor • Honey We’re Home • Hunted Interior • The Makerista • Making it Lovely • My Sweet Savannah • Pencil and Paper Co. • The Pink Clutch • Savvy Home • Simplified Bee • Sketch 42 • Jill Sorensen • Orlando Soria • Thou Swell • The Vault Files • Waiting on Martha • The Zhush • Media Partner House Beautiful • TM by CIH

* An asterisk denotes the sponsors providing product for this makeover. Their partnership is greatly appreciated!

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  • Nina
    April 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

    If you´re still undecided about the linen curtains- i can´t sing enough praises, honestly. I have some in my bedroom,which i just “made over” and they are just lovely. They are soft (and get better with every wash and dry) but still add texture and depth. Plus, to me they are fancy enough to say “grown-up”, but still neutral enough to go with everything. I love them. And i got them for a steal at H&M Home, though i don´t know if they sell in the US.

  • Megan C.
    April 13, 2016 at 8:10 am

    So excited to see the final reveal! I would recover the sofa in a gray fabric, if that’s possible? The brown is a little too…brown. I would also cancel the ottoman and maybe get something less bright? Maybe it’s just the mock-up but the turquoise seems jarring and overwhelming with the rest of the colors in the room. Like it’s trying too hard to be a “pop of color”. For art I choose “farts” definitely. Not really, I choose the beetles, all those little frames look too busy.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 13, 2016 at 9:44 am

      I chose the brown cover initially to match our platform bed, but since that’s gone, there’s no reason I can’t change it up. The turquoise though… I really like it! It would make more sense within the context of the room once everything was in place.

  • Elise
    April 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Holy moly I think you need to chance it because my eyes popped right when I saw that piece and I immediately scrolled to #17 for the details!!!! xx

    • Making it Lovely
      April 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

      It’s so good, right? But if it isn’t here for the reveal, that’s a major piece of the design missing.

  • JenW
    April 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Yes, neon farts. Of course. LOL! I like the three frames vs the 10. The 10 is just too busy to me.

  • Amie M
    April 13, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Go with the insects! I love a good trio of photos/art, and the insects are really cool.

  • sarah
    April 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Clearly the neon ‘farts’ sign is the winner. And I’ll be chuckling to myself about it all day (which shows what a grown-up sense of humor I have!) :)

  • Sa
    April 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    If the den is your primary TV place, you may want the couch directly facing the TV.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 13, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Yes, it will be. The mockup doesn’t accurately reflect the floor plan, it’s more for an idea of how the individual pieces will look together.

  • Bethany Mihalik
    April 13, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Love love love the den paint color!

  • Laurie
    April 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Oh I LOVE the trio of beetles!

  • emily @ go haus go
    April 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This is stunning Nicole. Eyeballs and beetles… this is why I love your style. I want to swim in beetles and eyeballs at my house too. My kids are wearing eyeball pants as I type this. Lol!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Ooh, from where? My kids need eyeball pants too!

  • Michaela @ The Lodge on Haydon
    April 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    HAHA @ neon farts! : ) Too good. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pinks and blues and the entire color scheme. This might be one of my favorite designs from this round of the ORC!! It’s going to be BEAUTIFUL, good luck this week!

  • silver bells
    April 13, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Farts? Is that the best you can do?

  • gerskine
    April 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I say “farts” ONLY because it shows your personality. I feel that everything else about the scheme looks impersonal, could be anyone’s room… like a nice hotel room. Go for FARTS AND turquoise ottoman!

  • laurie at laurie jones home
    April 13, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Loving the plans! I love how your style is evolving, love the deep rich colors and especially the lighting!!

  • Ashly Schilling
    April 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I am team neon farts. Throw everything out and design around that!

  • thirtyyearhouse
    April 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I am also on Team Neon Farts. #teamfarts
    Is it classy? No. Is it good for us to not always be classy? Yes.

  • Bonnie Morscher
    April 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love pink, but your links in pink are barely legible. Could you maybe try a fuschia, or something that will contrast to the white background more?

  • Sarah
    April 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I love both rooms! I’m just renting and can’t paint or invest in light fixtures so watching this makeover is the next best thing!

  • Crissy
    April 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    The “farts” neon…as soon as I saw in Brooklyn Decker’s house, I thought I needed to find a space for it, too! Good luck!

  • Ellie
    April 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    This is so beautiful! I hope the bench/ottoman works out, it’s gorgeous!

  • Linda @ Calling it Home
    April 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I love the two spaces. That round mirror is beautiful. I did not think I would like the dark wall, but I really do. I will wait to see the final art before I decide :)

  • Jenny
    April 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I really hope you go with the linen drapes! They would add such an elegant sophistication with the colors and items you’ve selected. Every space needs that soothing break when something so bold is involved. They would play off of the beautiful rugs, as well, adding balance. Also really love the ten brass frames. I think out of the choices, it appears the most ‘finished’. Loving these ideas, feeling very inspired!

  • Sarah Walker of The Curated House
    April 13, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I absolutely love the soft warmth of the palette juxtaposed with the bolder elements like the dark bed frame in the bedroom and the walls in the lounge. The rooms feel like inversions of one another, and the overall mood is quietly comforting and so invitational. Your attention to detail is downright loving, and can I just nerd out for a second and say that your presentation of all of your concepts makes me want to sit at your feet and learn from your ways? Seriously. You are the blogging bomb diggity. Can’t wait to see it all come together and learn from you along the way! xx Sarah

  • thouswellblog
    April 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    That turquoise ottoman is to die for! I hate that it’s on back order, such a frustrating situation for such a tight project turnaround. Love this mix and the fun elements – especially the winking pillows (so perfect for a bedroom)!

  • Nitya
    April 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Love the bugs artwork!Best of luck, can’t want to see how this space unfolds!

  • Barbara A Town
    April 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    WOW!! This is going to be beautiful!! I love the pop of teal and all the feminine accents. Cant wait to see the finished product :)

  • Mary
    April 15, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I absolutely thought the mock up of “Art. But what?” was real art. I would buy that in a heart beat! (And will probably go make it myself this weekend!)

  • simple nature decor
    April 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    You have the gold touch! beautiful choices,I Iove the only turquoise table among the muted colors brilliant! its an added bonus for anyones eyes! I have enjoyed reading all the featured designers. This is my first OCR.. Have a grand weekend!

  • Jalene
    April 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    First time visitor. I really like your blog! The neon farts sign cracked me up. I think we are on a similar wavelength…check out some of my ideas for our master bedroom! My mood board has some similarities to yours for sure, and you will see that you own my dream bed (or my previous dream bed).

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