One Room Challenge – Week Three

Hi and welcome to this week’s instalment of the…

one room challenge christine dovey maude arsenault photograph

Things I did since my last update

One…I ventured into the city to pick up the West Elm linen bedding I’ve been lusting over forever and a day…

one room challenge west elm linen bedding christine dovey

Two…after buying said bedding, I felt guilty about the monies so returned sheepishly to my framer and asked for the 4 Minted prints that I had dropped of just the day before.  As much as I love custom framing, sometimes, it’s just not in the budget and my bedding through that option out the window so…

After retrieving my prints , I made a trip to old faithful IKEA, and used some of their new release frames to get these lovelies sorted…

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one room challenge christine dovey minted ar

one room challenge christine dovey minted art

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one room challenge christine dovey minted art

Now I know the mounts aren’t the perfect size on a couple of them but all in all, I’m pretty pleased…though the imperfection might start driving me nuts and if it does, there might be two custom mats in these print’s future…if it doesn’t ruin the money game.

Sidenote/public service announcement. IKEA has upped their game on the frame front.  I know we all mostly rely on Mounsieur Ribba (PS…I used one of their new Ribbs…it’s square and lacquer grey:) to get us by when we need to frame on a dime but their new offerings are pretty jazzy. The white Mossebo is my fave…it’s all 80s rounded like and even has a relief mount which makes it almost shadowboxy…same goes for the black one my carrousel print is framed in…it’s called the Gunnabo ( so I guess just remember the ‘bos’ when you’re shopping). Love them both.

Sidenote on the same sidenote…if IKEA could figure out a way to make their matts have the same width all around and therefore, work with most prints, I’d be one happy dappy camper.

Moving on…after saving cash on the framing of my pretty black and white Minted prints, I went back to my Nuart Framing to have him fix up my super awesome large Maude Arsenault photograph, from the Print Atelier.  The dollars needed to get a piece of art professionally framed in a quality/protected sort of way is no joke but it’s SO infinitely worth it when you have an original or numbered work. So in this save some/spend some ping pong reno game, I relinquished all the money I saved on the IKEA frames to get this lovliness done in the uber good way…

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones the print atelier maude arsenault nuart framing

Sidenote…the Print Atelier is amazing in many ways…one of which being they send these free postcards as a gift of purchase…

the print atelier christine dovey one room challenge

I’ll be hitting up IKEA again to frame these goodies up and will be running them along the upstairs hallway.

Happy days.

So…the above is the positive stuff that happened this week in terms of what I could do to move this bedroom along.

As for the major construction department, the past 6 days were not my favourite.

If you read last week’s post, you’ll remember that my super duper awesome contractor built a fake roof so that we could get to the business of insulating and drywalling the room in preparation for the trusses…which PS, STILL HAVEN’T ARRIVED:((((((

As part of that work, he also had the fake topper tarped…

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones rmsgta waterproofing

one room challenge christine dovey waterproofing

So that we cross things like HVAC and electrical install of this list…

one room challenge christine dovey  electrical

one room challenge christine dovey electrical


Unfortunately for his and my sanity, we had a few rain nights and the tarp didn’t hold. So today, instead of insulation and drywall going up, both things are still piled up in the dry section of the house…

one room challenge christine dovey roxul insulation

one room challenge christine dovey roxul insulation

 one room challenge christine dovey  drywall

Cue crying/hysteria/fear/depression/failure brain speak.

In an effort to remain hopeful that there’s any chance on god’s green earth that this room might get done by the reveal deadline, super duper awesome contractor (PS…that’s his new permanent name) has peeps over there as we speak re-tarping.  The Roxul (my favourite insulation for obvs reasons) will be going up tout suite with the drywall scheduled for after. My floors will then go down starting next Monday and then pray gods, the trusses will arrive and we can get to the business of mouding, paint and wallpaper.

Here’s the real truth though. If the trusses don’t show up by way Monday, I’m pretty hooped.  There just won’t be time to get all done that has to get done.

So pray for me please.  Positive vibes never hurt and I could use a bunch of them.

And on that note, let’s bring this post full circle back to happy shall we?!?

As noted above, this week was definitely not all bum city.

For one, my favourite interior finishing company Metrie rolled up with an epic moulding delivery…

one room challenge christine dovey metrie moulding

I mean these doors!

one room challenge christine dovey metrie fashion forward door

I can’t wait to see them blue…and hung;)

Then also in the good delivery bucket…a giant box of Drop it Modern showed up for a few rooms in #projectflip…

drop it modern wallpaper christine dovey

…including, my ORC crystalline in a custom warm grey colourway…

one room challenge christine dovey drop it Modern wallpaper

And last but most definitely not least, major progress happened on my Trumeau Stones limestone fireplace surround…

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones fireplace

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones fireplace

In this shot you can see both my living room and master surround…

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones fireplace

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones fireplace

And then there’s the almost finished picture…

one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stone fireplace

Just a little filling and sanding to go and then this piece of heaven is ready to be installed!!!  The hearth for the fireplace will be installed on the weekend before the floor goes in and then the box and surround will go in right before reveal. I truly, can’t even wait.

Seeing skilled craftsmanship like this …well that’s just all sorts of golden.

And with that, I’ll reiterate that it was definitely a bit of a yay and nay sort of week.  Renovation is always like that though and somehow it always manages to come together…eventually. And even though my room pics look like maybe a week one update, there’s still totally a chance I can make this happen in the time that’s left. I mean 2.5 weeks is heaps of time to insulate, drywall, paint, mould, decorate a room…right?

Gurrrr/Positive thoughts;)

As for my fellow ORC friends…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

I know they’re killing it and getting things done so make sure you check out their week 3 updates as well…

See you back here next week, when I’ll hopefully have an actual room to show you.  And in the meantime, make sure you follow along on Instagram…lots of updates happening there throughout the week.

My Master Bedroom – Before the One Room Challenge Hit

Since my master bedroom has been sort of destroyed post #oneroomchallenge, I thought it might be a fitting/funny time to show you the reveal of how it appeared hours before demo began on the ensuite.   I’m hoping I’ll be able to put humpty back together again in the coming weeks, which will bring to a close ALL RENOS/MAKEOVERS on this house…yup…I said it. With the bathroom and this room done, my house is completo, which is music to husbands ears let me tell you. I’ve promised him that nothing more will be done and hopefully, when we list it for sale next year, people will respond to this project of mine that has taken 9 years to finish, and pay up as it were;)

The master bedroom was the last room touched in my place…for a long time, it remained a white box with shifting furniture, piles of toys, cast offs from other room etc.  About 3 years ago, I made the decision to add moulding to the walls and when I decided to finally tackle this room, I knew I wanted the walls black so that the matched furniture set would be concealed. On the long wall opposite the door, there are a set of odd windows that are off-center and weirdly sized…the wall to wall curtains were selected to mask the irregularity of the windows…Hollie Cooper hand painted them for me and sewed together IKEA panels to create a custom look.  The other main feature in the room is the ceiling…I worked with Metrie to create an interesting graphic that complimented the wall moulding and again, served to add more drama/interest to the space. My Super Allen installed the design and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  Other than that, most of the makeover involved finishing details like art, accessories, rug and bedding.  I shopped my house for a lot of what’s there…you ‘ll probably recognize the settee from the living room…I prefer it in the bedroom and that’s where she’ll live permanently in the new house. The long mirrors were stolen from the foyer, as were some of the art pieces that you can see in the Style at Home shoot…for some reason, I didn’t get a single good shot of the wall opposite the bed with my TV and dresser…nor did I get one of the guitars/Nicole Cohen art…both are in the magazine shoot though.  As for new stuff, I added in the Ashley Woodson Bailey floral photograph, that I had Super Allen frame in plexi. The IKEA side table lamps are new, as is the vintage overdye rug from Elte…bedding/blankets were also added.  And finally, my graphic pillows from Alexandra D. Foster are my favourite…adore the graphic hit they bring to the space.

christine dovey master bedroom louboutin book

christine dovey master bedroom wayland gregory dish elte flowers fiori

christine dovey style master bedroom alexandra foster pillows

christine dovey master bedroom settee

christine dovey style master bedroom

christine dovey style master bedroom target dish

christine dovey style master bedroom alexandra d foster pillows ashley woodson bailey art

christine dovey master bedroom louboutin book

christine dovey style master bedroom elte rug

christine dovey master bedroom ceramic zebra

christine dovey style master bedroom ikea lamps

christine dovey master bedroom settee

christine dovey style master bedroom

christine dovey master bedroom cherry blossoms

christine dovey style master bedroom alexandra foster pillows

christine dovey style master bedroom metrie ceiling


christine dovey style master bedroom alexandra foster pillows

christine dovey style master bedroom

{Furniture- The Art Shoppe . Rug- Elte . Settee- Les Bohemiennes . Mirrors – Aberfoyle Antique Market . Black and Gold Table – Nate Berkus for Target . Gold Dish- Nate Berkus for Target . Pouf – Elte . Table Lamps- IKEA . Floral Artwork – Ashley Woodson Bailey / Citizen Atelier . Bedding – Elte . Graphic Pillows – Alexandra D. Foster . Ceiling Moulding – Metrie . Curtains- IKEA/ Customized by Hollie Cooper Interiors . Chandelier- Schonbek . Flowers and Faux Cherry Blossoms . Fiori }

To see more of the room, make sure to check out the ‘Makeovers with Style’ issue of Style at Home. And….a TV preview of the room in 360 view styles will be coming up on Steven and Chris Nov. 25th at 2pm EST, so stay tuned for that as well.


West Elm and Nicole Cohen/Patrick Cline are Killing It and Some Goodies

Is it just me or is West Elm KILLING it lately in the design department?

I mean just look at some of their new goodness…

west elm chandeliers

west elm lamps

west elm stools table and glasses

west elm utensils

I’m seriously in awe of how beautiful these pieces are.

So much so, that I’m incorporating both chandeliers in #projectgreenbay…we’ve changed our foyer plan and are going to use the WE on on the ceiling, alongside these stunning vintage sconces…

west elm chandelier and dibs sconces project greenbay

As well, we’re going to buy up some of those counter stools and re-upholster then in some blush velvet action.

Another client of mine is actually considering the stools as well and is the one who led me in their direction in the first place…thankful to say the least.

As for the rest, I’m buying up a bunch of those gold glasses to use as votive holders and though I already have a set of vintage gold flatware and more sets than I probably need, my new house (more on that subject Monday) is going to get a brand spanking new set of the WE loveliness.

High fives to WE all around.

And speaking of well dones, have you seen the latest photography collaboration between Nicole Cohen and Patrick Cline called Deuce? I mean STOP IT!

nicole cohen and patrick client deuce 2

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nicole cohen and patrick client  deuce

nicole cohen and patrick cline deuce

OBSESSED with these in very large in change way.  Must own.

What else?

Oh yes…a very special package arrived for me this morning from the amazingly talented Ashley Woodson Bailey…these moody beautiful flowers be mine…

ashley woodson bailey without wax

ashley woodson bailey osaba

So gorgeous.

And finally, a little sneak peek of something else that’s sure a lot of pretty…coming soon to #projectgreenbay ‘s little girls’ room thanks to the amazing Liven-Up Design…alongside Nina Campbell’s Paradiso paper that is…

project greenbay liven up design benches and wallpaper

So pretty. I’m actually considering using that same fabric on the windows…mulling on it.

And finally, my bedroom ceiling is about to get a whole lot prettier thanks to the brilliance that is Metrie…layout lines are drawn…

my house ceiling metrie

…and the real business will go up tomorrow- keep close to Instagram for updates:)

Happy almost weekend:)



** This post is #sponsored by Metrie but all ideas and opinions are my own **

I think it’s been well established that I’m more than just a little obsessed with moulding.  I pretty much slap it on any bare wall I can so imagine my pure delight when I first met up with the likes of…


AKA and incredible company that has been producing beautiful interior finishings since 1926!

Previously known as ‘Moulding and Millwork’, the now re-branded Metrie takes the guesswork out of trimwork and doors.

In an industry first, Metrie has developed 5 unique interior finishing collections, of professionally designed interior millwork. Their ‘then and now’ collections are each inspired by a specific architectural style and allow customers to easily select interior finishes that best represent the look they are trying to achieve.  By organizing trims and doors into each of these ‘looks’, Metrie has made choosing individual trims infinitely less complicated.  When using Metrie products, all a customer really has to do is:

1. Choose which collection best matches their style

2. Select the elements they want

3. Add personal touches like stains, paints and finishes

Easy peasy lemon squeezy as it were.

And just to make this all even more delightful, each collection offers a wide variety of price points to fit whatever budget the customer is working within.

In addition, their site also provides inspiration images for each collection so that customers can develop unique ideas and really get a sense of what their space could look like with Metrie products…as well, design planning tools like the ‘room styler’ and ‘style quiz’ really help buyers pinpoint their design schemes/plans.

As for the collections themselves, pictures tell the story of the absolute beauty that can easily be created with Metrie’s stunning collection of interior finishes and doors.

First up, my favourite of their styles…the Fashion Forward

metrie contemporary

FashionForward metrie

fashion forward fireplace


…I’m quite sure the #projectdreamhouse will be getting MUCH of this action…the doors and ceiling treatments are a ‘be still my heart’ sort of thing.  Sophisticated and elegant but still playful and artful, this collection can definitely speak to a wide variety of styles.

Next up, the French Curves collection…

metrie french curves




This one is full of elegant curves and heaps of glamour and though ornate and formal, it’s also one of my favourites because it lays the groundwork for some fabulous juxtaposition/tension with more contemporary elements.

For those who are ‘attracted to symmetry but don’t consider themselves true minimalists, there’s the Pretty Simple collection…

metrie pretty simple

metrie pretty simple room



This one could be a real chameleon depending on stain or paint finishes…could go from Colonial to country without missing a beat.

For those looking for something linear, direct and un-complicated, there’s the True Craft line…

true craft metrie

true craft room



This one could definitely work well with those looking for a more relaxed west coast or mid-century vibe.

And last but not least, there’s Very Square

very square metrie




…perfect for those drawn to a more masculine feel and crisp, strong lines.  This collection is the perfect foundation for those wanting to create a more contemporary/urban space.

With Metrie, there’s most definitely something for everyone.

As for yours truly, I’m jumping on some Fashion Forward action as we speak…in the form of some ceiling goodness for my master overhaul…stay tuned on that front.

And in the meantime, check out Metrie’s blog ‘The Finished Space‘ for buckets and buckets of moulding in pretty rooms inspo. Also make sure to follow along on Facebook and on Twitter with hastag #SetTheStage for updates, promotions and tons news etc.