One Room Challenge Update

Today the lovely Linda at Calling It Home is hosting the One Room Challenge Now, where participants of past One Room Challenges can show updates they've made to their rooms.

In the last One Room Challenge, I tackled my dining room-

You can see all of the photos here. 

Unfortunately, the painting I had commissioned by Linda Donohue to hang above the mantle wasn't done in time for the reveal. But by the end of November it had arrived!

I absolutely love the painting! The colors are fabulous and when the afternoon sun hits it, the painting glows...stunning! Linda was a pleasure to work with and she has new paintings in her Etsy shop ... I've got my eye on her Pink Abstract Seascape!
Now head on over to Calling It Home to take a peek at what everyone else has done!

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A Blue Library

"A house that has a library in it has a soul"  - Plato
We've been drooling over this peacock blue library for a while now, via House Beautiful.
I've been drooling over this gorgeous blue library ever since I saw it in the June 2013 issue of House Beautiful.  It is so inviting and cozy..perfect for these cold winter days!  The walls and woodwork are painted a deep saturated color- Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue and the ceiling is tented with a Michael S. Smith Indian block fabric, Jasper. How amazing is that!?!  The tufted sofa is upholstered in a blue Schumacher silk velvet... if I was to curl up on that with a good book, I don't think I'd ever want to leave!  The pair of gold & mirrored tables and wall sconces provide sparkle, while the lighter area rug and roman shade keep the room from feeling too heavy.

 **You can find more of Michael S. Smith's fabrics here:
Rich monochromatic color palette: blue library and blue velvet sofa. House Beautiful June 2013.
Lately, more blue libraries have been crossing my path, and I love them all!  
Pine Library - transitional - living room - new york - Cory Connor Designs

At a Chicago apartment decorated by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle, the library's glossy walls, painted in Farrow & Ball's Off-Black, serve as a striking backdrop for an eclectically framed mix of artwork. The sofa's striped upholstery and an ikat pillow by Madeline Weinrib add graphic touches.
Elle D├ęcor

Designer: Ashley Whittaker via Ashley Whittaker Designs

If you can't pull the trigger on those dark, saturated blues, how about one of these lighter, muted hues?
Architectural Digest - Cozy blue library.
Architectural Digest

Books in blue.

I love books...reading them and holding them and turning pages (You won't find me on a Kindle). Our house has bookcases full of them, and you'll find an ever-growing stack of books next to my bed.  They also find resting places in baskets, on coffee tables and stools, and on the piano.
Sometimes I forget myself in a book... quote books world imagination reading read real life

This is SO me...
Yes! Except I would end up falling asleep before 4...... :D

Someday I would love to have a library...and most likely, it will be a shade of blue.
Meredith Heron Design - #Hurndale Den in the Feb 2014 Canadian House and Home issue and featured on Elements of Style blog.

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A Teenage Girl's Bedroom

Today I wanted to show you a project I'm working on...a design for a teenage girl's bedroom.  This sixteen year old loves hanging out in her bedroom, but is over the bright colors, disorganized mess and lack of a cohesive look that her bedroom is currently sporting.

Here's her bedroom now...

That sad dressers needs some new knobs...Stat!!

She has a great sense of style when it comes to fashion...preppy + bohemian. 
Think J. Crew meets Anthropologie. 

She wants a space that is:
 serene...but with pops of color
grown up...but girly
tailored...but with some flirty accents
preppy + bohemian

Here's the design board I created for her:

We chose the Watercolor Peony wallpaper from Anthropologie to go on the wall behind her bed, and the other three walls will be painted a very pale, muted blue-gray.
Watercolor Peony Wallpaper
I recommended painting her current bed using Annie Sloan's chalk paint in French Linen. Her bedside table will be painted a shade of blue (coordinating with the wallpaper). 

After reconfiguring the floor plan, we added a pair of bookcases to provide plenty of storage. Shuttered doors will corral clutter.

A monogrammed pillow in bright pink and matching tufted ottoman add some punch to the white bedding, while a beaded chandelier, carved wooden mirror and natural baskets add organic texture.
Art is from Michelle Armas. We'll give her dresser a fresh coat of white paint and find some pretty knobs.  White curtains with pink tassels and a neutral armchair with flirty pleats provide those feminine, fun details. A mercury glass table lamp brings sparkle. Knowing she is a HUGE dog lover, I couldn't resist the dachshund bookends from Jonathan Adler...aren't they cute?

Looking forward to seeing it all come together!

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