Thursday, May 18, 2017

One Room Challenge Spring 2017 ~ Featured Designers

Hello Thursday and welcome again to One Room Challenge!!  After 6 weeks of overtime to get my own dining room wrapped up last week (see my Week 6 REVEAL here), I finally had a moment to sit down with a glass of bubbles and thoroughly enjoyed all the incredible makeovers at this round of One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home with media partner House Beautiful.

One Room Challenge invites 20 talented design bloggers to share their spectacular transformation with amazing sponsors including The Mine, Fabricut, Metrie, and Newwall just to name a few.  The makeovers are absolutely mind-blowing, and today I will be sharing my favourite spaces by the 20 featured designers.

Rambling Renovators: Preppy Traditional Living Room 

Jen knocked it out of the park with a complete transformation of a previous blank canvas where the only charms of the room were its lavender walls and a wood burning fireplace.  With an impeccable sense of style, a super handy / hardworking partner in crime, and the determination to create a chic yet family-friendly living space, Jen has done the impossible in 6 short weeks!    

Photos courtesy of Rambling Renovators / Will Fournier

Lark & Linen: Living Room Reveal 

I have been following Jacquelyn on Instagram for quite some time now and have always been amazed by her beautiful captures.  So I know I am in for a treat when I heard Jacquelyn is participating One Room Challenge this spring!

Effortlessly elegant is how I would describe this stunning living room and if this is what living in the clouds is like, someone please finds me a plane! The room is perceived as a "white" room.  However, if you look closely, this exquisite room is filled with shades of off-white, subtle patterns, and the hints of gun metal grey to ground the space.  Two words: LOVE IT!!

P.S. I have a similar chandelier in my foyer too!

Photos courtesy of Lark & Linen / Heidi Lau  

Old Brand New: Dining Room Reveal 

Ready for some colors? Dabito has you covered with his "eggs Benedict Cumberbatch mimosa" dining room and if you ask me, this dining room is totally delicious!  The bold vibrant yellow on the walls, the soothing avocado green on the chairs, the mix of natural woods (4 different species), and the showstopper chandelier and wall sconces, I was floored the moment I saw this room.

Sunday brunch right here anyone?

Photos courtesy of  Old Brand New  

House of Brinson: Queen of May Guest Bedroom

From bright and colorful to the most sumptuous shade of teal, William and Susan totally nailed it in their 6 weeks makeover to turn a guest room in total despair into a beyond gorgeous room I want to check-in immediate (and I may never leave)!  Traditional flair at heart, this room is filled with treasures from different era where no one piece of furniture is alike yet everything fits together harmoniously.  The juxtaposition of old and new, the to-die-for Gracie Wallpaper, and that chandelier ... I WANT IT ALL!

Photos courtesy of House Of Brinson 

House Updated: Master Bathroom

One Room Challenge truly is an incredible resource for inspiration and ideas, especially when you have an awkward space where you are just not too sure how to make the most of.  Well say hi to Brit, the talented designer from Seattle who is re-imaging her second home from "Old Lady" to AWESOME!  I love that Brit and her other half tackled all the work themselves (can you imagine installing the marble tiles in a herringbone pattern?) and as if a tranquil bathroom isn't enough for 6 weeks, the couple tucked in a beautiful laundry central under a sloped ceiling just because!  Perfect use of an otherwise unused space and who wouldn't want to do laundry here?

By the way, I think that runner is the most perfect rug in this bathroom for pattern + color.  BRAVO! 

Photos courtesy of House Updated 

If you have seen my dining room makeover, you'd know my palette has gone more subtle (see my condo in Style at Home here) and I am gravitating toward a more streamline aesthetic in design.  This modern, minimalist living room by SKETCH42 is absolutely, beyond a doubt, the most stunning contemporary space I have ever seen ... and the catch here is, it feels so cozy!!  The natural fibres / textiles have most certainly distinguish this white box from a stark, clinical office.  Nicole has curated an exceptional mix of iconic furniture pieces that demand attention + an unexpected twist with a dynamite antique Chinese screen.  

Stunning ... just stunning.

Photo courtesy of SKETCH42

Christine Dovey: Basement

That's right ... Christine has transformed her entire basement which includes a family room, a dining room, a secret playroom, a hallway, and a bedroom (aka the Lady Lounge).  Christine wows me every time with her One Room Challenge makeover and this ultra ambitious undertaking wrapped up on a high note, proving our spaces can be every bit as stylish as they are functional and kid-friendly.

My personal favorites are: the sleek fireplace, the DIY daybed embellished with trims and fringes, the wallpaper choices, and the white oak panels / built-ins for a super luxurious look.

Photo courtesy of Christine Dovey / Ashley Capp  

So are you ready to jump in for the next One Room Challenge? I am already dreaming what to do next in the Fall.  Come back next week to check out my favorite spaces from the linking participants

Thursday, May 11, 2017

One Room Challenge Spring 2017 ~ Week 6: REVEAL

Welcome to Week 6 of One Room Challenge Spring 2017 and we are ready for the reveal!!  It has been quite a journey to transform my bold and vibrant dining room into a serene yet edgy duo purpose dining / home office that offers an incredible amount of storage without sacrificing style.

It was a difficult decision for me to tackle this makeover as there was really nothing wrong (design-wise) in this dining room.  However, one major shortcoming of this space was the lack of stage and I had only one goal in mind when I designed the space 7 years ago: evening entertaining.

image courtesy of Style at Home / Donna Griffith
Fast forward to 2017, a functional home office is also on the menu in this dining room and its sumptuous little black dress isn't going to cutting it.  That is when I realized I need a complete 180 in design direction and re-imagine the room with practical storage / functional office essentials that doesn't scream "office"!  In six short weeks, I have accomplished the duo purpose room of my dreams thanks to lots of help from my favourite brands and the heartwarming encouragement from my fellow #OneRoomChallengers over the past 5 weeks.

Remember my design game plan:

Well here is how my new dining room looks like now! 

To keep the dining room light and airy, I opted for furnishings that are streamlined in design and subdue in palette.  The dining table is an unbelievable find from HomeSense that fits the budget + has the right scale (only 41" wide) and it looks very much so like the classic Platner Table (which is too large for my dining room).  The glass bubble chandelier from Bocci is dramatic without overpowering the room, and the sophisticated linen drapery (deconstructed stripe by Miles Redd for Schumacher) is so soft and luxurious.

I love love love my dynamite wallpaper (Andromeda) from Calico Wallpaper as the perfect backdrop that truly elevates the look of my bookcase and it makes my cherished collectibles feeling that much more special.    

Styling is always fun and for the dining room vignette, I zoomed right into the purple and green palette with my favourite blooms, a faux navy blue shagreen / mirrored tray that sparkles and amplifies the luxe factor, and iridescent plates that are totally hot right now. 

AND my second Calico Wallpaper (mist) and the custom credenza are ready to welcome my guests!

The ombre colorway of this wallpaper is soothing yet captivating thanks to its hint of lavender and the sensational grasscloth-like texture.  This large scale mural is rather easy to install (I did hire a professional to do the job) and there is no way I could have achieved the same smooth, seamless ombre effect with paint.  If you are looking for ways to add personality and texture to your wall, I highly recommend you check out Calico Wallpaper.  

The calacatta marble from Brampton Marble and Granite is absolutely remarkable and I love how well the marble complements the white cabinet doors and the natural white oak side panels.  My love of circles has led me to this stunning mirror (scored from HomeSense) and a pair of the spectacular Horizon wall sconces from ANONY.  To up the sexy factor, I have invited Mr. Bond as my honourable guest to my dinner party and he is outfitted by reference: contemporary.

Of course I have kept my favourite doggie print by Valerie Davide from Trowbridge and what a fresh and sophisticated corner if I may say so myself!

It's time to say hello to the floating cabinet on the adjacent wall and I have partnered it with these super chic (and top quality) round knobs from Lew's Hardware available at Upper Canada Specialty Hardware, a cool + playful print by Luke Edward Hall, a mighty sculptural light from Lightform, a sexy lucite + chrome bar cart from HomeSense, and of course my DIY artwork with all 7 accent colors in this dining room thanks to Para Paints.  

Who doesn't love a bar cart for entertaining right?  In my case, this three-tier lucite and chrome stunner fits like a glove next to the cabinet and I just love perfectly at home it looks! The bar tool set by Jonathan Adler available from Black Rooster Decor is to die for and so is the lush green vase by Luca Nichetto from Mjolk.

As if doing one makeover isn't challenging enough in 6 short weeks, here is how my dining room looks like dressed as a home office.

Being inspired by the delicate pastel colors popping up everywhere this spring, the daytime look is soft and inviting so I would actually work in this space (instead of just having a cocktail at 10 am).  

I don't know about you but I love my morning coffee and an espresso with amaretto at night (somehow evening coffee doesn't keep me up at night), so can you tell how excited I am about my personal gourmet coffee station? FYI, I scored this super chic cappuccino / espresso machine from the infamous HomeSense Prive event. The wood tray with leather handle is from Mjolk.

Now about the desk ... I knew from Day 1 that I don't want to see a "desk" in the dining room.  To achieve my goal (and Chris' demand for large surface space for an extra monitor and room for paper work), I have designed a floating cabinet with maximum storage where the middle two doors open up + keyboard tray to pull out for an easy, breezy office space.

Seriously, who doesn't want to work in front of this spectacular wallpaper? I was so inspired that I have created my own DIY artwork over a long weekend!  If you have any left over accent paints at home, pick up a canvas and be your own favourite artist.  I love that shot of vibrant green and can you believe it all started from this gorgeous Emerald Tray by Jonathan Adler from Black Rooster Decor? Thanks Nina for inspiring my color direction for this makeover! 

Thanks so much for dropping by and a BIG THANK YOU to Linda of Calling It Home and House Beautiful for hosting yet another fantastic #OneRoomChallenge.  I have been following along many fellow #OneRoomChallengers and I am totally blown away by the immense talents + creativity that make this twice a year event a truly exceptional experience.

Check out the 20 featured designers + over 200 guest participants here

Hope you are inspired by all the incredible transformations and perhaps you would like to tackle a makeover in #OneRoomChallenge Fall 2017!  I completed my first challenge in Fall 2016 and yes I would definitely do it again! 

photos courtesy of Stephani Buchman Photography