ORC : Powder Room Week 4


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4! Well this is embarrassing - we have made almost zero progress on our powder room. Shame shame shame. Life came at us hard this week.

I did start prepping for painting, then discovered that I'm not sure how to take down the towel ring or the toilet paper holder. I don't want to damage the wall, but there seem to be no visible screws of any kind. I will fuss with it more but I'm nervous I'm going to damage something! The light fixture also has to come down before I can paint.

On the good news, the vanity is being delivered this afternoon, so things can start moving on that. We were able to track down our mirror in California and that has been forwarded to us, so we should have that in a couple days too.

I haven't made steps on sourcing new bath hardware. Or accessories. I did get some of our art unpacked though, which means as soon as the wall color goes up I can start playing with what might work out of what we already have. I'm a bit torn on what I'm looking for in hand towels - I love the look of Turkish towels but I don't love how they feel. Hoping to maybe find some with a terry lining. 

Also, we got an email this week from Linda, the ORC organizer, that has extended the challenge by one week - there have been a lot of delays due to the natural disasters around the country, and she thought to help people out we could use an extension. I haven't been effected by any of these, but I sure could use the additional week! So our reveal will now be during Week 7, not Week 6.

Sorry for kind of a lackluster update this week AGAIN. I thought I'd have all kinds of time, and that just hasn't been the case. I promise juicy details from the next steps!

Be sure to check out the other linking participants here. Probably some actual progress in most of those ;) ;)

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ORC : Powder Room Week 3


Welcome back for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! The point where everyone participating suddenly realizes WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH. Cue panic attack.

(If you're confused, check out Week 1, and Week 2).

During week 1 I started ordering the main components of the room right away. They started arriving this week, but everything hinges on the vanity, which won't be here until next week. The faucet arrived, pictured above, the light fixture arrived (which I don't dare fully unbox until it's ready to go on the wall!). And we picked up paint for the upper walls.

One hurdle this week - I located a mirror, which I needed to be a budget-friendly item. I found a mirror at Target (online) for $50! I ordered it about a week ago, and got a delivery notification on Tuesday that it had been delivered... only it wasn't here. Come to find out, in my moving-madness brain, I had confused our old address that auto-filled the Target order form and my new mirror was delivered to my old apartment building in California. Oy vey. Luckily we've figured out a way to retrieve it and if shipping it from CA here is too pricey we will just return it and order it again. Fingers crossed! 

Plans this week - really hit the pedal to the metal. Get paint up when we have a stretch of not-rainy days. Check out some sources for hardware - toilet paper holder, towel ring, etc. I'd like these to be a budget friendly find. Of course I've already found beautiful pieces that blow the budget! ;) And sift through my art or hit the stores to find two to three pieces. Get some of the accessorizing out of the way so the focus can be on install once the vanity arrives.

We also have had some other just busy life stuff going on the last two weeks that has taken most of my design attention - new carpet that had us displaced for several days, we got new dining furniture and living room chairs that had to have somewhere to go, etc. But we've got a window opening up that I can devote to this challenge! Can't wait to show you some real progress next week - PAINT. And watch my Instagram for behind the scenes!

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Still so glad I signed on to do this project! It feels under control at the moment but I know the next 3 weeks will FLY by.

Be sure to check out the other linking participants! Some great projects happening.

ORC : Powder Room Week 2

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Hi, and welcome back to my One Room Challenge, week 2! If you missed last week, take a moment to check out all the who/what/where. I'm tackling our downstairs powder room, taking it from "not much at all" to "modern farmhouse." 

But in design, words and descriptors aren't the best way to communicate - no, pictures are king. So just like I ask my clients to do, I pulled together some inspiration pictures for our powder room (this is also a great way to communicate with family members and other decision makers about overall vision). Not all my inspiration pics are strictly powder rooms, but I did take it easy on myself and stick to bathrooms.

Love this moody room from Studio McGee, and taking note on the mixing metals.


A little more traditional, from Blair Clarke. We have a white bead board in the powder room that I'd like to work around, I love that the dark takes the emphasis off the white below (her's is tile, but the result is similar).


And here I just love the vibe from Z+ Interiors, the mix of slightly more "farmhouse" traditional pieces with more clean lines and modern pieces. My room isn't nearly as spacious, but there are still ideas to glean. I also love the unexpected shape of the mirror.


I pulled together my design board, a little less detailed than for a client, but because I haven't made all my accessorizing decisions yet! But we are sticking with a pretty neutral palette, at least with the base pieces...

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We are staying white on the bead board, then going black above. Replacing the pedestal sink with a vanity will add some storage, and surface area for items like tissues. I selected an oil-rubbed bronze faucet, which matches our existing home's hardware like hinges and knobs. Because I wanted the light fixture to make a statement, I went with brass, then tied that back in with brass knobs that will go on the vanity. 

While I'm waiting to run around to my favorite vintage and antique spots before I make any concrete accessorizing decisions, I know I want to incorporate some natural touches, like a rattan tissue cover, and possibly using nature as a starting point for artwork (the tree photo is one I took myself and may frame). Or I may frame some textiles for more texture and pattern...

Budget-wise, I hope to stay under $2,000 though I already made a dent in that with these main pieces. All ordered and almost all shipped, with varying arrival dates. Fingers crossed the light fixture arrives in time!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to see the other linking guest participants here!

ORC : Powder Room Week 1

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I've wanted to join in the One Room Challenge for a long time, but the timing (budget, flexibility) hasn't worked out until now. Now I have a big ol' house on which to make my mark, and when I knew we'd be moved in right before the ORC kick-off, I carved out a little budget to devote to that.

The One Room Challenge is a 6 week INTENSIVE design challenge, focused on one room from start to finish. Hosted and organized by Linda from Calling it Home, 20 designers are chosen to formally participate each season. I've decided to join in the "linking" party of guest participants. Anyone can join in! 

Let's dive in. If you are new here, I am an interior decorator in the Seattle area. It may help to know that I just moved into our new house less than 3 weeks ago and most of the house is a blank slate. None so much as our downstairs powder room. Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:


Same oak floors as the rest of the downstairs, same beadboard we have in our dining room (I'm not a huge fan, to be honest), same off-white wall color as most of the house.

Goals for the next 6 weeks:

  • Improve overall aesthetic to fit style of rest of our home - "modern farmhouse" and neutrals.
  • Add storage by replacing the pedestal sink with a vanity with cupboards.
  • Improve lighting to be more flattering.
  • Add accessories and pay attention to details that will set the tone for the rooms that follow.

Very excited to get started. Will share some inspiration pictures and our design board next week!


Be sure to check out all the guest participants on the ORC Linking Page!