ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {PARISIAN CHIC LIVING ROOM} WEEK 4

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 Fabric.com.  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??


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13 comments:

Devaney said...

I have that second fabric in another colorway and I'm just not crazy about it. It's cotton chintz and really thin, not sure how it would hold up to Jenny's screen DIY. I really like the other 2 fabrics!

Splendor in Spanglish said...

You designed a sofa!! That's fantastic! :) Way to go! Love all your choices. Can't wait to see how it comes together.

Kimberly Hannon said...

Frame out the existing mirror in that great (but not too much ) gold frame then layer smaller frillier mirrors on top for more glitz, the same reflectance, and capturing the more-is-more old world look. It will be fab when you're done. Can't wait!

Shannon said...

That koi fabric is gorgeous! You are ON POINT with this room! Good luck in the last two weeks!

SHERRY HART said...

Love the ornate mirror over the mirror that is already there. I like the first 2 fabrics the best with the black background!

Christine Dovey said...

First off, thank you for including a photo of my IKEA hack...happy it helped with the inspiration:) Second...I can not believe the bust score- amazing, amazing, amazing. Next, your custom sofa is to die for and hell yes on the C D'Ornano inspired chairs...her home is probably my all time favourite favourite. Next, I choose mirror #2 for sure and love the first fabric. I can't wait to check back next week- loving your direction!!!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

I love that 2nd mirror for sure, it would look so great! I also like the idea of layering a different mirror in front of the existing one.

Tania

pam {simple details} said...

Wow, all of your choices for this space are stunning! I have a mirror similar your first one in my DR and couldn't love it more, that's my vote. I'm drawn to fabric #3. Those chairs will be amazing! Can't wait to check back next week!

Tricia said...

Oh Rosa I love it all! I've been swooning over the room divider too and have added that to my list too! I love fabric #1 & #2 & mirror #2. It is going to be the most perfect room ever!!!
Good luck with the last two weeks!
Tricia

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Cannot believe your bust score for $20 bones. Fiction fiction fiction. Only in LA. I have been dying to use that Anthro mural for the exact grisaille feel. DYING to see this in action. Living for everything you are considering. I like the first fabric and the 2nd mirror. Can't wait to see the reveal.

kate@willowinteriors said...

OMG, there is so much goodness in this post, I don't know where to start! First off, I need a roadside bust guy!! Can't wait to see all these ideas formulate into a stunning room! I can't believe we have 2 weeks left...aghhhh!! :)

Emily Palmier said...

This room is going to be gorgeous! I like the koi fabric a lot... and I think I would frame the existing mirror with the one you found and maybe layer some smaller more ornate mirrors? Can't wait to see the finished product!

Agata Seidel said...

Would you be able to share address or which cross street of roadside plaster guy? I am visiting California from New York and would love to pick up some and have them shipped (we don't have those bargain prices here in Manhattan ) . PS your blog is my most favorite chill out read to indulge into. Thank you for your inspiration and awesomeness.

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