It's been a long six weeks but my eclectic glam guest bedroom is now complete and I can say I'm truly in love with the finished space. The guest bedroom It's intended for guests but I'm pretty sure we will find an excuse to migrate to this newly designed space in our home.
My husband was very impressed with the design process and how the finished space matched so closely to the design concept and moodboard. I've never gotten him so involved before but since Covid is in full force he became my contractor and design assistant! Thanks Honey!!
So lets get into the final design and journey!
First things first!! Stick to the design plan.....
Even as an interior designer, I can get tempted to add a little this or that to the design plan. But as we all know this can cause all kinds of problems especially if you aren't carrying your room measurements and swatches with you when shopping. Inevitably, you will end up wasting time returning items that don't quite work in your space. Therefore, I believe its best to follow the design plan and stick to that plan. You can always add decor at the end if the space needs something a little extra to take it to the next level.
So lets start our journey with the gorgeous juju hat! I'll be the first to admit that I can be a do- it- yourself type of person. It's that nature to get into creating new things that lured me into the idea of making the juju hat myself. Well after researching the process on making the juju hat and sourcing the materials I thought about it for a day or two and finally decided to leave it to the professionals. And let me tell you that was definitely the right decision for me. I am very picky about many things and one is the decor pieces I select for my home and my clients homes. I believe you can't do a mediocre job and think you will get the desired effect so I placed my order with a company called My Accent Touch. It is owned by Isabelle Domkam of Atlanta, GA. When I received the Juju hat I couldn't help but notice how it was so perfectly shipped in a cylindrical shipping box. It was also tied with string for extra safe shipping. It was really cool how you pull it out of the box and it unfolds to a huge 32 inch round juju hat! The juju hat also came with a sweet thank you card and care instructions as well. The craftsmanship was beyond excellent and it made me especially happy to support the artisans of West Cameroon and in my opinion made the piece even more special! I will definitely order all my juju hats for decor projects in the future from My Accent Touch. It was truly a great experience. Check out the photos below!
Ok the next stop on the design journey was the wall art over the tv and the accent comforter at the end of the bed.
I really wanted to continue the theme of supporting the independent artists so I ordered these items from Society6. com. If you don't know much about them I can tell you that they feature the work of a global community of 300,000 plus independent artists. You can select a design and create an array of products from that design, like art prints, comforters, t shirts, mugs, etc. I purchased the black galley frames from Tj Maxx and what I loved most about them is that they were sturdy and included a template in the package. And yes designers use those templates too! The templates make hanging your gallery wall a breeze!
Ok now onto the decor for the room.....
I got this gorgeous wood garland from Target's Threshold Collection designed by Studio Mc Gee to add some texture to the smooth console table. What I love most about them is that they are large scale, offer lots of texture and have cute tassels!
I got all the nightstand decor from my local Tj Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls. Gotta support the local stores to keep them open and prosperous! The black and white polka dot candle is from the Pink Cookie Candle Company and was made custom just for my project!
The nightstands from Riverside furniture are truly gorgeous and substantial at 30 inches wide! The hardware on the nightstands match the nail head trim on the Montclair headboard from Joss&Main perfectly!
Next up..... custom pillows for the room! I ordered all the custom pillows from retailers on Etsy and I'm so glad I did because I was able to customize the exact pattern ,color , style and size I needed. The leopard pillows came from the Nelle Company and the copper pillows came from the Nunudesignstore. The copper and black dot pillow came from Kauwa in Spain. Yep, I said Spain. Sometimes you have to go that far to get just the right piece for your room. I can't praise them all enough for the excellent materials and craftsmanship of all the pillows! Truly gorgeous!!
I can't forget to mention the faux fur accent chair was from Overstock.com, the pom pom window treatments and the gold morrocan accent table were from Amazon.com and the black and white hotel bedding was from Walmart.com of all places at an insanely excellent price for the quality.
Next Up....... Lighting and Wall Mirrors!
I chose these cute table lamps from Style Craft. l love how they echo the gold in the gorgeous Juju wall mirrors from Zuo Mod . I intentionally chose lamps that had a 3 way bulbs so you can select from 50 watts all the way up to 150 watts per lamp. No feeling too dark in this room when you want the extra light. I also placed a floor lamp on the other side of the room to create some balance in lighting as well as serve as a task light when reading in the accent chair.
Lastly, I have to mention that painting the window trim and all the doors in the room to create continuity with the black accent wall was essential and I'm so glad I convinced my husband that it had to be done. He agreed after it was all done and was very happy with the result.
To close.... I want to thank Linda and all the sponsors of the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge. This was a wonderful experience and I look forward to participating to more challenges in the future!
To view all the other One Room Challenge entries click here and here.
Until next time!!
Well... didn't get the painting done this week primarily due to Election Day and completing design projects and honestly wasn't quite much in the mood. But this week its a top priority to get it done!! I did however, receive the task lighting. As you can see above I assembled it and was very happy with the outcome! It looked exactly like the pictures on the website and will serve as a great task light for reading while sitting in the accent chair. I also got a notification that the rust pillow covers have shipped!! Hooray!!! Now just waiting on the leopard accent pillows to ship as well and then I can breathe a sigh of relief. Wish me luck on the painting this week! I need a flawless job done!
To see the other One Room Challenge updates click HERE!
Until next week!!
This week was all about receiving orders and trouble shooting. The gorgeous Juju hat arrived from Accent Touch in perfect condition and more beautiful than expected!! This is my first time using a juju hat in a design project and it won't be my last. The texture and color I selected is breathtakingly beautiful! I also received the gold nesting tables from Amazon. They are just the perfect bit of sparkle for the space and provide functional table space to hold a drink or book in the sitting area. Lastly, I received the custom made accent pillow from Spain for the accent chair. I must say its just perfect and I'm in love with the bold pattern and craftsmanship. Now onto the troubleshooting.... I ordered accent pillows to bring in pattern and color for the bed from TJMaxx.com and they cancelled both of my orders!! Probably Covid delay related. So, I had to shop for alternatives and get custom pillows made by artisans on Etsy. Hoping to get those pillows in on time before the challenge deadline!! Fingers crossed!!
On the To Do List for next week:
Paint the walls, closet, entry door, and window trim. Wish me all kinds of luck!!
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Until Next week!!
This week was all about placing more orders, purchasing, and assembling.
I ordered the floor lamp, purchased the tv from my favorite wholesale store BJ's, assembled the tv console table with hubby and created the artwork. Yep, it was a busy week!! See all the updates below! Check out all the other One Room Challenge updates here!
I’m teaming up with Wayfair to bring you The Fall Edit, a collection of advice, inspiration, and trends for the upcoming season, starting with a Q & A between Wayfair and Donlena Design:
Fall Decorating and Renovation Q & A with Donlena Design
Wayfair: What are some of the most common fall home decor challenges clients come to you with?
Donlena Design: Clients come to me inquiring about how to incorporate fall decor into their current color scheme of their homes. The solution for many is to get neutral fall decor instead of the traditional orange and red colors you see in most fall decor.
Wayfair: Are there any design trends you are loving right now?
Donlena Design: I’m loving what I call high contrast design accented with warm tones. This trend consists of white walls contrasted with black decor or accent pieces and softened with organic wood textures and camel tones to keep the space from appearing too stark.
Wayfair: What are a few ways people can spruce up their homes with fall decor while on a budget?
Donlena Design: Sprucing up your home on a budget has never been easier. Just going on a walk you can grab a handful of tree branches and style them in a glass vase or lay them flat in a wooden bowl to add texture in your space. You can also always rely on seasonal fruits and vegetables. A bag of apples can be placed in a bowl and displayed on your kitchen or dining table. Pumpkins and squash can be purchased in multiples and displayed on the front porch. Another favorite, is using mums to line each side of your steps to your front door.
Donlena Design’s Wayfair Picks for Fall
My top picks for fall are:
Love that this wreath can be used in multiple ways in your home. It can be hung on the front door or used as decor around the house.
Love that this fall pillow is neutral and can be used with any color scheme!
Love these on trend white velvet pumpkins! They come in multiple sizes and can be used in any home no matter what the homeowners color scheme. Design Tip: get at least three in different sizes to create a festive fall vignette.
Donlena Design’s Project Highlight:
Currently, I'm working on an eclectic themed guest bedroom. Follow my design journey transforming this space.
This bedroom was used as storage for far too long! I'm transforming it over the next couple of weeks to a comfortable hotel inspired guest bedroom where guests will want to stay for more than one night!
Some of the furniture featured in this design:
1.The console table
2. The nightstands
3.The table lamps
4. The JuJu hat
5.The arched floor lamp
Where Design Meets Function: Major Appliances
For those working on home renovations this fall, you know how important it is to find the right appliances to go with your design scheme.
Donlena Design’s Advice on Selecting Appliances:
A Home full of Character: It’s All in the Details
Small home improvement changes can make a big impact. Try character-building home improvement updates like striking chandeliers, vintage-inspired ceiling medallions, upgraded lightswitch plates, ornate vent covers, and wallpaper.
Donlena Design’s Chandelier Picks for Different Styles:
My top picks for chandeliers:
2.For my mid century modern clients I love the Offut Chandelier. I love to use it as a statement piece in a space where all the other elements remain in the background and it proudly stands out.
3. For my glam clients I love the Birchley chandelier. It's reasonably priced and adds glitz and glam to any space. It is extremely versatile and can be used in foyers, dining rooms, master bedroom closets,offices and more.
Thinking Ahead: Holiday Decor
While you may be finishing up your indoor or outdoor halloween decorating game, if you’re hosting for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah this year, you'll probably want to start checking all the boxes on your holiday prep checklist before friends and family arrive.
Donlena Design’s Tips for On-Point Holiday Decor:
Some top holiday decorating categories to check out on Wayfair (it’s never too early to be prepared!):
This week was all about decluttering the room, finalizing paint selections and ordering the furniture and decor. So here is a snapshot of my progress!
I finalized the paint colors for the guest bedroom. You would think it would've been very easy to select a black and white paint color but they are not all created equal. The two black paint colors I was deciding between were Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258 and Sherwin Williams Caviar SW 6990. Let me tell you it was not easy! I loved them both , but the Tricorn Black won because it faired the best in every lighting condition and at all different times of the day. I will insert another photo so you can see the difference. The Caviar is on the left and the Tricorn Black is on the right. What you may be able to see is that in my room the Caviar paint color has a blue undertone that showed up that I didn't care for. The Tricorn Black stayed very close to true black without any noticeable undertones in my room thus it became the winner.
The White paint choices were Sherwin Williams High Reflective White SW 7757 and Sherwin Williams Pure White SW 7005. I loved both but due to this room not having overhead lighting I decided to go with the High Reflective White. The Pure White was a close second but it looked more creamy instead of the crisp bright white I envision for the space to contrast the black accent wall, entry door, and closet door. The High Reflective White is great for a space that doesn't receive bright light at all times of the day. Especially if you want that crisp white look. At night the soft white table lamp bulbs will give the High Reflective White a soft warm inviting glow. I will insert a photo below so you can see the difference between the two white paint colors. The top is Pure White and the bottom is High Reflective White. They are very close but at night is where you notice a significant difference.
Now onto the all the furniture and decor updates! Here's a list of all the furniture and decor that has been purchased , ordered , and delivered. Links included!
1. The Dilbeck Nightstands
2. The Kardos Console Table
3. The Silver Orchid Faux fur accent chair
4. ZuoModern Mirror
Check out all the One Room Challenge updates! Until next week!
I'm so excited to start week one of the One Room Challenge. My goal for this project is to transform my guest room from storage area to a comfortable inviting guest bedroom. Here are a few details on the room itself. The design theme is Global Glam, African influences with gold glam touches! This room doesn't get used very much but is really needed for the occasional sleepover that my teenagers have from time to time as well as for family who may need to stay for a night or two. I want the overall feel of the space to be comfortable but also have an upscale hotel feel as well. The room is square shaped and has one closet for storage and a small window. This room is southern facing, so early in the day it gets a moderate amount of natural light but by about 4 pm the light diminishes quite a bit. Therefore, I have chosen to have one moody accent wall for drama and keep the other walls a fresh clean bright white to keep the space open and airy. There was much to do this week and here's the run down of some of the accomplishments so far....
To Do List for week 1 :
Here are the BEFORE pictures!
The Floor Plan!