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!
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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!