It’s time!!! I’m over the moon excited to share with you the room I’ve been working on for the past 6 weeks…and by ‘I’, I really mean a giant huge ‘we’, for there is now way on Holy Dinah’s green Earth that this
makeover renovation would ever have come together in such a short time, had it not been for my team…more on those amazing people later.
For now, I want to get right to the pictures, with a quick little reminder of what I had hoped would be the final result….when I started this project, my grandeous dreams centered around the rather fabulous idea of creating an elegant and refined room befitting of my client’s amazing square grand piano…soaked in history and huge in both scale and presence, I knew that I needed to design a space that would allow the piano to take center stage but also give the rest of the room some sort of purpose…and of course, I wanted the place to be pretty…and by pretty, I mean: modern, layered, edgy and dramatic. What I really wanted was a room that made all the pieces in it feel important…and of course, I wanted art…lots and lots of art.
So with that little prologue, here’s what the piano room looks like today…as photographed very amateurishly by yours truly…
As you know, the design really started with the floor…
…though I had planned for a patterned marble all along, when my client’s husband chose my favourite option of the bunch, I was on.cloud.nine…this bold geometric really set the tone for the entire space and whose kidding who, us design aficionados dream of clients who let us do such things.
From the very start, I knew the walls were going to be moulded to the hills but when we made the mid-way plan change from black paint to pink, I knew that alone was going to make this space, officially my favourite of all time…and when my Super Allen put up the first few sections of the cornered boxes with rosettes, well…my heart literally skipped huge giant beats…
And then the fireplace…though I knew what I wanted it to look like all along, finding the right brick veneer was a challenge to say the least…now that I see the black herringbone in place, I really can’t imagine it any other way.
With a scheme of pink, black, white and grey, choosing furniture and accessories was totes fun-ma-goats…I wanted the room to feel thoughtful but a little whimsical too so the mandate was books, sculptural pretties and art, art and more art.
The pieces I chose from our fabulous sponsors are aces in the space and make me so so happy, though at unveiling, I admittedly realized that I sort of wanted to keep them all…yes indeedy…the man sketch and split photography from Minted (Eiffel Tower by Leigh Viner)…
…and the benches from Lamps Plus that I DIY’d (with the help of some amazing hand painted fabric a la Hollie Cooper,)…
…are like bees to honey in this room…as is Mr Caesar there…a family heirloom of sorts he is…god knows I love an good bosom (bahaha…that ones’ for you Lindsay,) and this guy’s a real champ in the room.
If you asked me my most favourite thing about the room, it would sincerely be hard for me to answer…indeed, every single part of this is ‘me’ in a nutshell…I adore the floor…I adore the piano…I adore the walls…I adore the furniture…BUT really, what I love most is the art…choosing artwork for others can be challenging and this room was no exception…I sent many options to my client’s collective inboxes but at the end of the day, the collection we ended up with in EXACTLY what I had hoped for.
Along with the Minted pieces, there are the Nicole Cohen photographs that lean up against the floor on either side of the sofa/bay window…
…and then there’s the huge Ashley Woodson Bailey piece called ‘Dutch Love’ that came into the room for the photoshoot I did with Citizen Atelier and as I secretly hoped would happen all along, once it was up above the paino, my client’s instantly knew there was no way this beauty could ever come down…
…the little flamingos by the french doors are another of Nicole’s pieces and along with Patrick Cline’s Peacock…
…were first images I showed to my client that they fell in love with. And perhaps the happiest piece in the room, is the Krzysztof Wladyka ‘otters’ that my client’s husband and I secretly conspired to purchase as an anniversary gift from he to her…set on top of the mirrored console that I designed and Super Allen made…well…it’s happiness right there…
And with all that art mixed amongst some pretty fabulous furnishings…
…it’s really a room I feel infinitely proud of and so hope you love as much as I do…though probably not everyone’s cup of tea, it is most definitely mine and I’m so blessed to have client’s who share my delight in the ‘not everyday’…I know they are as happy with the final result as I am and I feel so lucky to have been given the ability to create a space that’s truly reflective of what I’m about.
When I first stood back and really soaked it all in…and then again when I first saw these professional shots that the amazingly talented Ashley Capp took for Citizen Atelier, I literally teared up…
That right there my friends is the room I’ve always dreamed of creating and I’m a lucky, lucky designer for being given the opportunity to make that come to life.
So with that, I know I have to get all Academy Awards like and thank the people that made the above possible.
First, a huge hats off to Linda for organizing this crazy thing called the One Room Challenge…this was my first time being invited on this pony ride and I have to say, though ridiculously stressful at times, it was like a giant ‘Christmas morning when you’re 7’ for me…getting to plan and execute a full design plan in such a short time, sooooooo amazing/terrifying/invigorating etc. etc. etc.
Next, I have to wear my heart of my sleeve and pour some ‘tear in my eye’ gratitude at my partner in crime, Super Allen…when I say that NONE of this would happen without him, I truly mean NONE OF THIS WOULD HAPPEN. My contractor/carpenter/welder/moulder/Mr Everything truly went beyond the call of duty and: moulded those walls to within an inch of their life, built and tiled my favourite fireplace of all time and fabricated the mirrored console table in a few days…all after business hours I might add…Super Allen has a day job and does all this for me on evenings and weekends…he’s a true super hero in my books and more often than not, is able to make things happen just merely from a photo I whiz by his phone or by some crazy description I ramble off to him while we’re sitting at my kitchen table over a cup of tea. All this to say, he made this vision of mine a reality and I love him to the moon for it.
And because I’ve toted on about how big a part art played in this room, I want to thank Alessandra, the founder of the newly launched (as of TODAY y’all) Citizen Atelier for introducing me to some amazing new artists and for working around my ORC schedule…the two large pieces that we purchase from her are truly heaven sent…and more than that, though our little collaboration, I truly feel like I’ve made an amazing new friend…and don’t get me started on what an incredible resource her site Citizen Atelier is…if you’re in the market for artwork and want a place that’s taken the guess work out of the equation for you, link there now people. And on the topic of art, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say a huge thanks to Nicole Cohen and Patrick Cline for working their magic to get four of their pieces here on time…if you haven’t been on UPLO before, you need to go there now…amazing photography for days.
Next, a huge thanks to the two suppliers who I really couldn’t exist without…a giant hug to Christine at 219 for getting those Jonathan Adler chairs and gold side table here in time…and to Nina over at Black Rooster, a smooch x a lot for figuring out a way to showcase one of our giant sconces (the other is in transit and I promise some more photos once it’s up,) and for getting us the piano bench, floor lamp and pretty accessories. Like I said, my business would not be much of anything without these two and I’m beyond lucky to have them both on the team as it were.
And most importantly of all, a MASSIVE love filled thanks to my clients…I am incredibly blessed that they were willing to let me take over their home and indeed lives for the past 6 weeks…they spent many a night up all hours doing what they could to help get the room done in time and most importantly, they trusted in my vision and let me make that room happen…I’m beyond lucky to count them as clients and more importantly, as friends. I love them like Sunday morning.
Finally, a big love you to my hubster for being super dad during this whole deal and letting me do what I needed to do to get it done…and to my sweet kidlets for not hating me for being a less than stellar mama these past few weeks.
And with that, I’ll leave this reveal post (and a promise of a full source post coming soon) with a final look at some before and after action just because seeing the transformation that happened in just six short weeks really does make this girl smile from ear to ear…
Now head on over and see all the amazingness that my ORC cohorts are revealing…
Abby M. Interiors
Because it’s Awesome
Bijou & Boheme
Calling It Home
Copy Cat Chic
The English Room
The Glam Pad
Little Black Door
My Notting Hill
The Pink Pagoda
My Sweet Savannah
…and then accept my heart felt THAN YOU for following along week one, two, there, four and five and for the all the amazingly sweet comments and encouragement…this whole journey was such fun for me and I made so much sweeter by all of you.