I feel much better about the progress for Week Three of the challenge as I've made actual progress with the room itself in terms of cleaning it and de-cluttering it, but also in finding and deciding on most of the decor. Sorry for grainy photos - iPhone camera at work.
So getting down to the specifics: what was done, purchased, decided on, what is still presenting a challenge and what still needs to be done?
What was done:
Cleaning, de-cluttering, and some more cleaning of course. Assembling the antique sleigh twin bed I purchased couple of years ago to use as a daybed in the space. I tried the bed in couple of positions:
Decided to stick with top one as it suits the space better - second position would have worked if the foot-board was not as tall.
I've also settled on what I will do regarding the desk. Original plan was to use Ikea's Besta Burs desk, then I fell in love with Restoration Hardware zinc desk (in images below) that I found in their outlet for 40% off sale price, but it is still too costly for what I want to spend for this space. Plan right now is to buy Ikea trestle legs and DIY the top or find some salvaged wood doors.
I am so in love with that chair from Anthropologie and it would be a perfect fit for the vision I have for this space, but I need to consider the budget. Painting above from Anthro is also somehow in line with the direction.
What was purchased:
I managed to buy two shams from Anthro that will work great in this space and a few other decor pieces ($10 framed print from Goodwill!, not this but next photo below) that will work well together.
In the image above you can see bench cushion I got from West Elm. While I would like to DIY a cushion for bench seating and have plans and instructions, I am not sure if I will find the time and be able to execute it all the way I would like to. So I purchased Plan B just in case. In addition to thrift store find, I got a print on clearance from Ikea, burlap painting from Home Sense and a few other fun pieces.
Deep down I wanted to go with muted boho feel for this space - monochromatic feel with fuchsia and I would have if I was not worrying about the budget. What happened instead is that my sale and clearance finds defined the space in more purplish, lilac direction. I like it, nevertheless.
What is still a challenge:
DIYing a desk and bench cushion I feel good about as I have Plan Bs for these two and I can always resort to them. What is keeping me awake at night at the moment is what to do with the far wall of the room. I would like to add some interest to it but to do it next to nothing - so one option was finding really cheap wallpaper (no luck yet!), other is to DIY something (thinking of writing a phrase on the wall), just paint it darker colour, or do a gallery wall. As this space is taking on so many different styles, I am still so undecided about this wall as I play in my head all the pros and cons of each option - any ideas or suggestions are welcome!
What still needs to be done:
List of to-do tasks is extensive, but I feel manageable at this point:
- organize books that are still stacked on the window bench
- purchase Ikea trestle legs and drawer storage
- find light fixture to go over the bed that matches the chandelier
- paint pegboard & install it
- execute on couple of small DIYs
- buy mattress for bed
- build desk
- create bench cushion (optional)
- add window treatments
- shorten easel (too high for this vertically challenged space)
- add curtain instead of doors
- find bigger rug (optional)
- find bistro table to go with side chairs (optional)
- details, details, details
Definitely feeling much better compared to last week!
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