Wednesday, November 7, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ REVEAL!!

Welcome to Week 6 of One Room Challenge and you all know what that means: it's REVEAL day!  In 42 short days, 20 featured designers and over 200 guest participants have rolled up their sleeves, overcome countless surprises, and exceeded all expectations to transform their rooms for one common goal: to celebrate creativity, original ideas, and to inspire.

week 1 / week 2 / week 3 / week 4 / week 5

all photos beautifully captured by Stephani Buchman Photography


I have been working on this townhome for sometime now and you have seen the kitchen and the guest bedroom in my previous ORC makeovers, but today it's all about the home office.  Once a room jam-packed with "goodies", my first task was to decluttered the space by organizing the walk-in closet and to move most of the items for the home office into the guest bedroom so we could conceptualize and visualize the functional requirements and design elements of the space.


I am proud to say that this blank canvas is no longer a builder basic box.  It is feminine without being girly, glamorous but not old Hollywood, and sophisticated with a whimsical touch.


The room is 10' x 17' so we could comfortably set up two distinct zones: work + lounge.  Let's start with the work zone.  The brass and glass desk (actually a vintage extendable dining table) has a streamline design and though large in size, it feels airy and not overpowering the space.  To give the room an overall contemporary edge, I have paired the desk with a sleek iconic Drop chair in white.  


I totally lucked out on the table lamp at HomeSense and it looks almost identical to the Cleo table lamp by Kelly Wearstler.  While we are checking out the beautiful tablescape, let's all get mesmerized by this sensational masterpiece by Angela Chrusciaki Blehm.  It is an absolute showstopper and yes, you all need to get one!  The striking black and white ribbon in Angela's signature style, the creative play of colors, and the three-dimensional quality, what is not to love?


Another key component of the work zone is the deco style credenza on the adjacent wall.  The pair of vintage Murano sconces has a circle motif that echoes the curve of the credenza and its original round brass knobs.  The tri-paneled / colored mirror (I have the same one in my own dining room), the gorgeous bowls by Toronto artist Shay Salehi, plus the modern glassware, accessories, and elegant calla lilies complete the look.


Of course we need to take a break or two during a busy day and that's what the lounge zone is for.  Whether you are looking to relax on this stunning settee or sit by a couple of cozy pillows for an afternoon read, we have got you covered.



To juxtapose against the glam factors in the work zone, we have opted for contemporary furnishings in the lounge zone.  From the settee, side table, and drapery to the lucite and glass bookcase, black wire baskets, and accessories, every piece has a geometric flair.    

For a cohesive look, a limited Chanel No. 5 print and an edgy round stool with storage anchor the room.     





Last but not least, let's take a moment to appreciate this beautiful backdrop of blush on all the walls.  From out of stock to installation, this transformation wouldn't be completed if it wasn't for the amazing teams at Crown Wallpaper and Symphony Wallcovering to make the impossible possible.  



Hope you all love this home office as much as I do.  Thank you Linda of Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens to provide design bloggers and content creators an inspiring and supportive platform to showcase our creativities and what could be achieved in your own home!







Now if you are wondering where I found all the fantastic furnishings and accessories in the home office, here is the complete source list:
  • Chanel No. 5, throw on settee, vase on side table, books, lucite bookcase, black wire baskets, stone bowl, round upholstered stool, faux fiddle leaf plant, table lamp, marble board, round mirror, green marble candle | HomeSense Canada 
  • curtain hardware | RH
  • custom curtain | fabric: Schumacher, fabrication: Wesley Seto Design  
  • multi-colored tray | Hay 

Thanks Stephani Buchman Photography for the amazing photos

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of One Room Challenge.  It's unreal how quickly time flies and to reimagine a room + getting items ordered, delivered, and installed in 6 weeks, the challenge is REAL! At this very moment, I wish my own home office looks just as fabulous as this one by White Cabana.

image courtesy of Style at HomeDonna Griffith
My top priority this week is wallpaper.  The delicate Ballroom Beige (more like a blush) from the Maestro collection by Symphony Wallcovering (available through Crown Wallpaper in Canada) is ready for install and it's even more beautiful in person!


Arrived in a big roll and it literally felt like Christmas as we unrolled the paper, precut the pieces, and then wrapped the entire room with it.  A tip for those who are planning to install a large (and wide) roll of paper on their own, invite a friend or two over for a wallpaper party.  Those extra pairs of hands will surely come in handy when you try to hang the full sheet (54" x 96" in our case) and then smooth out the bumps without a hitch.


While the guys were busy "gift wrapping" for us, I did a little unwrapping in the guest bedroom for all the goodies I sourced for the home office. Books, pillows, baskets, lamp, artwork, and chairs, I can't wait to try them out once the room is ready.

Oh and if you have missed the sneak peek of the piece we commissioned the talented Angela Chrusciaki Blehm on my IG story, here is another peek.  It's such an incredible master piece and you will love it when you see it on the wall next week.


The wallpaper party continued into the evening (surprise!) and our super hard working handyman managed to put up the wall sconces for us in the eleventh hour! 


And just as we were ready to celebrate with a glass of bubbles, we discovered four of these gorgeous Murano glass circles had gone MIA! We immediately reached out to the seller and hopefully miracle will happen for Week 6 Reveal!


This is how the sconce should look like in its full glory.


That's it for Week 5.  The final home stretch is happening right now and I am hopping over to the 20 featured designers and other guest participants to see what they are up to before reveal week! 



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of One Room Challenge! It is hard to imagine in a week time the home office will need to be for photo shoot and there are still so much to do. Before I tell you about what happened in week 4, here is a pure bliss of relaxation at Kotn I definitely need right now.

week 1 / week 2 / week 3     

image courtesy of Kotn
So what happened this week ... despite our best effort to get the beautiful wallpaper manufactured (yes it was out of stock ... BRAVO to Crown Wallpaper and Sympathy Wallcovering to make the impossible timeline possible), my installer cancelled last minute due to family emergency. 

What does that mean you ask?  Well that means wallpaper installation is pushed back for about a week, wall sconces and artwork cannot be put up until the wallpaper is fully set, attempt to firm up accessories and styling details is now pushed back.  I am not a happy camper at this moment.  

On the bright side, I picked up the most stunning wall art / sculpture by the talented Angela Chrusciaki Blehm last week and it literally felt like Christmas Day.  Dynamic, whimsical, and chic, I  couldn't be happier with the end result and I can't wait to see it up on the wall!    


A little behind the scene creative process:


Thanks Angela for this amazing showstopper! Now for those who would like to get his/her own one of a kind master piece, check out Angela's store on Chairish! A new collaboration and curated vintage collection is also available here.


While the wallpaper process is stalled, I turned my attention to lighting, office essentials, and accessories.  If you have been following me for a while, you know I am a fan of HomeSense Canada.  It offers a wide varieties of products ranging from household cleaning supplies, kitchen must-haves, delicious treats (for ourselves and our four legged pals), to designer home furnishings and incredible decorative accessories, all at amazing prices.

Here are some of the items I put together to firm up my design concept:


Fingers crossed it's smooth sailing from here on and most of everything is wrapped up by the time I see you all here next week.  For now, I am heading over to the 20 Feature Designers and the guest participants to see what everyone is up to this week! 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018 ~ Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of One Room Challenge! It's hard to believe we are already mid-way through the six weeks timeline and there are still tonnes to do at my client's home office. 


image courtesy of Vogue Living Australia 
On the bright side, we managed to clear all the "stuff" in the room so we could finally firm up the layout.


The delicate blush pink backdrop is set to be the beautiful Ballroom Beige from the Mestro collection (available through Crown Wallpaper in Canada) and it's being made as we speak.  Yes the paper is currently out of stock and the amazing team at Symphony Wallcovering is working double time to make sure our order will be ready by end of week.  Fingers crossed I will have some wallpaper update for you next week.


Aside from cleaning up and placing critical orders, we have also completed the electrical work for a pair of vintage Murano sconces.  Once the wallpaper is installed, the sconces will go up and I can't wait to see how they look on the wall.


That's where we are at right now with the home office ... well almost because I also couldn't resist to start shopping for accessories. A sneak peek of the overall aesthetic I envision:


Now it's time to head over to the 20 featured designers and all the guest participants to check out their mid-point progress at One Room Challenge!