Wednesday, July 4, 2012

One Room Challenge Week Two

Last week was the first week of The One Room Challenge
 I am participating in with this fabulous group of women:
If you missed last weeks post you can go back and read  it here!
My challenge room is a client's family room.

Here are the inspiration pictures:

Designed by  Lisa Ball

Designed by Tobi Fairley

A look at our week:

First Task #1 Divide and Conquer

We made lots of progress in our family room this week!  The first step in the process was to make a plan of action.  I discussed with the client the functionality of the room.  We discussed what she liked and didn't like about the current layout of the furniture and worked on a new floor plan. We discussed the pieces we needed for the new floor plan and which of the current items in the room worked in our new plan.  This is what we decided:  

Sofa -  too large for the room
Yellow/Brown Floral Chair- client tired of print cheaper to buy new than recover
Cream Linen Chair-  same as chair above
Coffee table- keeper
Pair of green painted chests - keep & paint
Floor Lamp - move to another room
Rug- ready for a change of colors
Art- will be moved to another room
Drapery- was temporary fix, will be removed
Accessories-  client wants new

Yes, that's right, the only pieces we are keeping in the room are the two green cabinets on either side of the fireplace and the coffee table.  We plan for a smaller sofa, a pair of club chairs, a couple of tables, new art, accessories, and window treatments.

 I don't have a pic of the coffee table, but it is a classic, dark tray table.  If you look at the picture below, you can see it, even though the picture isn't very good.  The green and gold cabinets above are going to be painted creamy with a slight glaze similar to the stone surround on the fireplace.  
  The client felt her walls were cold and wanted a  warm neutral.  Her current color was Sherwin Williams Muslin SW6133. We chose Sherwin Williams Relaxed Khaki SW6149  Both colors are below.  You can see how much darker and warmer the Relaxed Khaki color is compared to the original Muslin color.
We did something that is a big no no in the design world, which was to chose the paint color before fabrics or rug.  I had a basic color scheme in mind from the inspiration pictures she had given me so I worked off of that and chose a middle of the road neutral that goes with lots of colors. It's not that I can't work from any direction for inspiration, but it is much easier to have fabrics first and then match the paint to the fabrics than vice versa.  However, when working with a neutral, as long as you know if you want a warm or cool neutral you can make it work.

I am a big fan of flat wall paint because you can use a little sponge brush to touch up dirty spots or blips unlike eggshell which requires repainting the entire wall so we chose Sherwin Williams Cashmere Interior Acrylic Latex in flat finish.  It has a velvety finish which is beautiful on the wall.  The trim remained the same which is Sherwin Williams Dover White SW6385.

  Muslin SW6133

Relaxed Khaki SW 6149 

Photos of the painting in progress:

Sorry these pics are so dark but I took them with my iPhone!
As you can see our room is coming along nicely!  Can't wait for you to see more!

Don't forget to hop over and check out the progress
 at the other participate's blogs:
Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Bethany - Powell Brower Home
Emily - Rue de Emily
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella

Have a Happy and Safe 4th!
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  1. Love the new warmer neutral! I have to laugh at your big no no! I have had so many clients that insist we build from the rug up ... because that is what they have read in the magazines! Yes, that is a nice starting point ... but give me any inspiration and we can make it work ... even paint color!! Happy Fourth to you!

    1. So true! I don't worry so much about the rug but I do like to have my fabrics, because it is easier to pick a paint color than try to match fabrics to paint!

  2. It is coming along nicely! I love the warm neutral. Great start!

  3. Love the warmer khaki too. Looking forward to see more!!

  4. Happy 4th, Lisa! Your room is going to be GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see what you do with it -- the inspiration pics are beautiful!

    1. thanks beth!!! i am so excited to be participating in this challenge!!!

  5. I love the colors you chose! your doing a great job! I am your newest follower! I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow my preppy blog. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

    1. thank you! i will go follow you back!!!

    2. I wanted to follow you but it keeps sending me to a weird site???

  6. Lisa - Sounds and looks like you are (pretty much) doing a complete re-design. Very exciting and, a lot of work! Hope all is going well.
    Cheers to a happy 4th!

    1. Thanks Loi, yes it is pretty much a complete re-design! Happy 4th!!

  7. Love the warmer neutral. It reminds me of my living room. I can't wait to see everything comes together! I know it is going to look fabulous!


  8. Lisa I Love where you are going with this and I ESPECIALLY love how you are breaking a few rules!! have fun!

    1. Thanks Lesli! I hope you are enjoying your time at the beach? The weather has been so nice here!

  9. So jealous you accomplished so much in a week!

    1. You are too sweet!!! How is your's coming? I think I'll pop over and check on you!!!

  10. Coming along well! Sounds like you have a lot of new pieces to bring into the room. Can't wait to see what you choose!

    1. Thanks Lindsay, yes we are bringing in lots of new pieces!!! Thanks for commenting!

  11. Great progress. Looking forward to following this.

    1. Thanks for popping by Beth! I love your blog! I enjoy following you!


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