ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {PARISIAN CHIC LIVING ROOM} WEEK 5

This whole One Room Challenge endeavor got very real this week.  Tuesday I spent the entire day  working on it with my fantastic new assistant Melanie (who came on board about a month ago and has quickly proven herself to be completely indispensable), and we got our Grisaille mural up and our arrangement of wall art sorted out, among other things!


Love.  Love.  Love.  

It was surprisingly easy to hang too!  We used this pre-pasted wallpaper mural from Anthropologie, which is made up of 8 roughly 20" wide strips.  You roll up a strip, dip it in water to activate the paste, and then unfurl it and position it on your wall.  You have some time to push it around and re-position it while you get it just right.  The whole process was actually pretty smooth sailing.


So that happened.  I still don't know what to do with the wall opposite the mural.  At $300 a pop we didn't have the budget to buy two murals, although that probably would have been ideal.  So I'll just have to figure something else out for the other wall and hope it doesn't look ridiculous that the two are totally different. 
I found a few more pretty tchotchkes in all my junk shop roaming ...



And I settled on this dramatic "Neo Toile" fabric for my folding screen project.  Oddly enough it was my last choice when I viewed it online, but surprised me by being my first choice when I saw it in the space!
 
(Which is why I love Fabric.com's return policy on cut yardage...30 days no questions asked!  I got to drape large pieces of 4 different fabrics around my room to figure this out, and at no cost ... I don't even have to pay the return shipping.  I think it might be the best fabric return policy out there.  I know I'm gushing, but I'm not connected to them in any way, promise.)

 
And since this entire project could be dubbed "the house that DIY built," I decided to try my hand at creating something like this ...

1st Dibs
Out of this.  A gross 80s mauve floor lamp.  So we'll see how that goes ...



And that's pretty much it!  The only other tidbit I can divulge before the big reveal next week is that you can rest assured I followed one of my own personal design rules in this project, because ...

Come back next Thursday to see the finished space! 
I'm pretty sure we won't disappoint :)


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LARCHMONT BUNGALOW TOUR: LIVING AND DINING ROOM

The grand finale of this house tour is the open-floor-plan living/dining room.  When my client hired me onto this project it was because she'd tried her hand at decorating the space on her own and had gotten pretty stuck.


She'd made some good, solid design choices like the sofa, rug, and armchairs, but even so nothing felt pulled-together or cohesive.  It was a prime example of a space with decent foundational elements, but in major need of a vision and some serious styling.





That Noguchi-ish style coffee table, while great for some spaces, was not working for us here. Too many conflicting criss-cross shapes against the busy pattern of the run.  Instead, an oval upholstered ottoman now gives the eye some rest from all the pattern.


It's always interesting coming up with a solution for a non-functioning fireplace.  Candles?  Hurricane lanterns?  Stacks of books?  I found these metal orbs in the outdoor/garden section at Home Goods and sprayed them gold and I'll admit that I think it's kind of genius ...




That gorgeous, warm, rich-toned sofa table was custom made for us by local carpenter and furniture designer Taidgh O'neil.

The gallery wall and my whole process for creating it deserves an entire post which will be forthcoming, I promise.



(If I may brag for a moment: yes, my client is a tv producer, and yes, those are her Golden Globe awards on the media cabinet.  Just your run-of-the-mill ho hum shelf filler.  In LA.  




The built-in bookcase was such a huge missed opportunity in the room.  I love how a well-styled bookcase is an absolute game changer (I broke down the whole "how to" for you in this post, and rounded up some of my favorite bookcase inspiration photos in this post.)



First thing I did was line the backs of the bookshelves with textured seagrass wallpaper to soften all the white and warm up the room a bit (tutorial here.)


Look at the difference this styled bookcase makes in the space!






It wouldn't be an RBD project without re-vamping some vintage furniture finds. This was the beat up, topless credenza I found at the Rose Bowl flea market that became our window seat bench (I chopped off the legs to make it the correct height ... you can do that, you know!  I've done it with Ikea furniture too.)


Another cast-off got soft grey lacquer paint and brass ring pulls to transform it into a really beautiful and functional media cabinet ...


This little spool leg key table didn't require any touching up at all, it was perfectly imperfect just the way it was.



Interestingly enough, this was one of the pieces my client chose not to keep in the room. She couldn't totally relate to the mix of rustic and polished, old and new.  But I have to say that I really loved this little table in the mix.  It has a ton of character, adds texture with the legs and aged patina, and I think the light wood contrasts nicely with all the painted furniture.


The upholstered ottoman was a re-do as well ... it started out clad in pink mohair, of all things!


This vintage bamboo floor lamp with a raffia hex shade was a thrift store score too!  At first I was going to change out the lamp shade to a plain linen drum, but then I fell in love with it just as it is, a little different ...


And these brass console lamps!  To me they look super high end and expensive, but they're actually incredibly affordable beauties from Lamps Plus!  I gushed about them for an entire post when I first discovered the line.



Although it wasn't at the top of our budgetary priorities, the open floor plan meant that we couldn't really address the living room without including the dining room at least minimally.


Hanging a capiz shell light fixture and giant mirror served to open up that dead-end wall and bring in much-needed light.  The wall at the head of the table is still in need of some artwork which will come in time, but we did find the perfect abstract painting to hang above the bar that's tucked in the corner of the dining room.






And that's pretty much a wrap for the Larchmont Village Bungalow project!  I leave you with some parting "before & after" shots, because it's strangely satisfying to see the side-by-sides isn't it?  






Ta da!


SIGNATURE

SOURCES
RUG West Elm Knotted Diamonds Wool Rug
UPHOLSTERED OTTOMAN COFFEE TABLE custom Rosa Beltran Design
GLASS AND SILVER METALLIC VASE West Elm Metallic Honeycomb Vases
VELVET ARMCHAIRS AND OTTOMAN Ballard Designs Joselin Chair in Turquoise Velvet
CHAIR THROW PILLOWS custom Rosa Beltran Design
PAISLEY SOFA PILLOWS Pottery Barn (discontinued)
IKAT SOFA PILLOW custom Rosa Beltran Design
WINDOW BENCH vintage flea market find, restored in Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
WINDOW BENCH SEAT CUSHION done in Premier Prints Jiri Stripe Macon Saffron Grey
WINDOW BENCH THROW PILLOWS custom Rosa Beltran Design
METAL ACCORDION SIDE TABLE Urban Outfitters (DIY spray-painted gold)
BAMBOO FLOOR LAMP vintage
SPINDLE  LEG ENTRY TABLE vintage
METAL SUNBURST MIRROR Home Goods
GOLD METAL ORBS IN FIREPLACE Home Goods (DIY spray-painted gold)
GREY MEDIA CABINET vintage, restored with new brass ring pulls
FROSTED GLASS VASES ON MANTLE West Elm Waterscape Vases
DARK TEAL VASE ON MANTLE Home Goods
HARDWOOD SOFA CONSOLE TABLE custom made by Taidgh O'neill Design
PAISLEY BLOCK PRINT OTTOMAN POUFS custom Rosa Beltran Design
CAPIZ SHELL FRAME AND BOX West Elm Capiz Collection
BOOKCASE FILLER AND ACCESSORIES Home Goods, West Elm, and thrift stores
BRASS SEA URCHIN SCULPTURE DIY Rosa Beltran Design
GALLERY WALL PHOTOGRAPHS by Marc Royce
GALLERY WALL PAINTINGS vintage, thrifted

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