This past week absolutely flew by!  It's coming down to the wire for the One Room Challenge, and I'm feeling the heat.  Last week was all about searching high and low to find the right antiques to make this room feel truly old-world and collected. 

Here's what went down this week:
I designed a custom ivory linen tufted sofa for the living room that will help create the feel I'm going for.  Classic and feminine like this awesome chesterfield sofa from Domino mag ...

Of course I put my own spin on it, one of the main advantages of being in the custom upholstery manufacturing business!

Did you notice the plaster bust in the Domino room above?  There's this guy who hawks plaster sculptures on the side of Santa Monica Blvd in LA and I've always craned my neck when driving by.  They're mostly cheesy cherubs and stuff, but this week I finally pulled over and bought me a fine lady bust for this project!  Twenty dolla.  So excited.

I need to be mindful about mixing in enough modern style with all this "old world" antique-y stuff so it doesn't start to feel stuffy.  I decided to do an Ikea hack on the clean-lined Klubbo coffee table by spray painting the legs gold.  Should look something like this when I'm finished ...

 I scoured Craigslist for antique chairs that I could update in a colorful fabric. 

Jackpot.  These are now being painted white and re-covered in a bright chartreuse linen so they'll hopefully end up looking something like these (one of my all-time favorite colorful homes, Christine D'Ornano's London Townhouse featured in Elle Decor) ...

I die over that floor lamp.  Die.  I think I'll have to try for something like it in DIY form.

We were inspired by these awesome grisaille wallpapered spaces to use this giant Anthropologie mural in the dining room.  I think it will do a LOT for us.

And then last week I saw Jenny's folding screen DIY on Little Green Notebook and I decided on the spot that I should totally make one to bring drama and hide the wall heater in the corner of the dining room ... as if I needed to add any more projects to my list.

But apparently I'm a glutton for punishment (and a good DIY) so I quickly ordered a bunch of yardage in a variety of prints from  What I love about them (and this is completely unsolicited praise) is that they'll let you return unused fabric within 30 days, with free return shipping, no questions asked.  It's basically a risk-free way to check out new fabrics in person.

What do you think?  Do any of the fabrics stand out to you at first glance?

One thing I keep going back and forth on is the mirror over the fireplace.  Currently there's a large frameless mirror mounted on the wall.  (Remember that the fireplace is now looking much better having been painted all white, including the hearth tiles.)

The "Parisian Chic" look I'm going for is something along these lines ... note the gilded mirror ...

I've considered layering a more ornate mirror on top of the plain wall-mounted mirror.  Or taking it down and replacing it altogether.  I've even found a giant gold frame (on an ugly painting) that fits this mirror exactly, which would allow me to just use the one we've got!

This is the most ornate and beautiful (and the most expensive), but it's also kind of smallish and narrow and I would like to have a wider mirror to hang above the 5' wide mantle (especially since my sconces are spaced much further apart than the ones in the inspiration photo.) 

This one (flipped on end) is 60" wide which is great, but still not very tall.  But it's got that fabulous, gold-encrusted, ornate vibe I'm looking for.  I think it could be really good ...

This one is probably he most common-looking and my least favorite, but it's the exact size of the wall-mounted mirror that's already attached to the wall above the mantle.  Of all of them, this one would reflect the most light around our room, which is not to be overlooked.  But then again it's not all cool and scroll-y and ornate and Euro style ...

  Help!  I'm stuck!  Which mirror would you choose??


So this guest bedroom is actually the reason my client asked me to decorate her house in the first place.  She'd seen a cobalt blue and bright coral orange bedroom on my website that I'd designed for a past client, and apparently that's what sealed the deal for her.  She hired me on the spot, with the sole request that I recreate the same bright and cheerful vibe in her own guest room.  And that's just what I did.

Here's where we began ...

Crazy how much darker and smaller the space looks in the before photos, huh?  Some crisp white linen drapes and bright, coordinated bedding later, and it's a whole different world in there!

The curtains are once again the same simple Ikea white linen panels I often use (all sources listed below.)  This time I customized them with burlap Greek key trim affixed with fabric glue.  I also raised the curtain rod nearly to the ceiling.  I've said it before and I'll say it again:  always hang your curtains at ceiling height!  It does so much to make your ceilings feel higher and your space feel bigger.

That Greek key on the curtains and this embroidery detail on the bedding just make me so very happy.  Sometimes it's the small things ...

These photos were taken at a couple of different junctures over the course of the project, so you may notice some variations in the furniture, wall art, styling, etc.  You'll also recognize the bed from the original master bedroom.  When I designed and made the luxe tufted silver bed for the master we decided we could definitely re-purpose the old bed in the guest room.

Those very pretty blue and white ginger jar lamps were such a great find from Lamps Plus.  I don't think I will ever tire of a classic blue and white color scheme.  You just can't miss with it!

If you know me at all by now then you know that I of course went out hunting for vintage pieces to re-do for this space.  My favorite combo is the flea market desk that I had lacquered in a bright coral orange and paired with a vintage windsor chair (I can't find a "before" shot of the desk, but here's the chair when I first found it at Hernandez Furniture.)

Another satisfying makeover was the dresser I found in a no-name junk shop on Sunset in Silverlake, which got a fresh coat of white lacquer paint and some brass ring pulls and suddenly looks like a completely different animal ...

So there you have it.  From a dark and lackluster back bedroom to a light-filled, energized, and inviting guest room.  Happy Monday!

BLUE & WHITE PRINT PILLOW custom Rosa Beltran Design
UMBRELLA PRINT free downloadable image
X-BENCHES AT FOOT OF BED custom Rosa Beltran Design
LINEN CURTAINS Ikea Aina in white (customized with burlap greek key trim)
ROMAN SHADES custom Rosa Beltran Design
DRESSER vintage, restored in Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
DESK vintage, restored in Benjamin Moore "Pinata" 
DESK CHAIR vintage, restored in Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
DESK LAMP Land of Nod Gold Rock Lamp Base
BLUE AND WHITE POTTERY thrift store finds


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