One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

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…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

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I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom

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All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

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AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)

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Art Fair Fridays – Colleen McCarten

Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you our latest installment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re thrilled to have Toronto based textile artist, Colleen McCarten with us.  Her three dimensional fibre pieces are both intricate and minimal…each work speaks to an aesthetic that has a definitively modern edge but also, a love for tradition.  McCarten’s portfolio feels decidedly graphic but also warm and inviting.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I suppose you could say since graduating from OCAD U, which happened 2 1/2 years ago. Although I also have a couple freelance gigs in the art and design world that I do alongside my art practice.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art? There is a quote from Ira Glass that I like to reference when making something that doesn’t quite turn out: 
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

How would you describe your creative process? I am inspired by construction/fabrication techniques and I enjoy making work that highlights the process of creation in some way. If I am feeling blocked I will find a material that interests me and then explore the sculptural possibilities. Also repetition as inspiration typically gets me somewhere interesting. I don’t always have a direct plan of how a piece will turn out, I like to let the material I am working with dictate the final look of the piece.

What is your favourite medium to work in? I come from a fibre/textile background, so I definitely enjoy working with fibre – although exploring new materials and techniques is my favourite thing to do.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Hmm.. I am working on a couple of commissions that I am excited about but shouldn’t give away too many details until they are completed.. Probably having a piece in the Canadian Art Magazine fundraiser auction that happened last month! 

How would you describe your signature style? My friend once described my fashion sense as minimalist punk, which I sometimes think could be used to describe my artwork as well. 

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? Exploring new materials, sleepless nights, and the general drive to create

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? I think that everyone has their own approach to art. We all come from different backgrounds with different life stories that can’t help but influence the work we produce. So my life, my upbringing, my experiences, are what one might say ‘sets my work apart’.  

Art Fair Fridays - Colleen McCarten

Colleen McCarten
www.colleenmccarten.com

No. 1  Kate Spade – June Lane Accent Plate – $45.00
https://www.katespade.com/products/june-lane-accent-plate/L6258313.html?cgid=ks-home-dining-view-all&dwvar_L6258313_color=100#start=90&cgid=ks-home-dining-view-all

No. 2  Indigo – Super Soft Reading Throw – Dark Shadow – $19.50
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/gifts/super-soft-reading-throw-dark/882709134022-item.html?ref=by-shop%3ahouse-and-home%3ahouseandhome-pillowsthrows-throws%3atx2-pillows-throws-throws%3a37%3a

No. 3  Hudsons Bay – Palmerston Ceiling Lamp in Distressed Black – $599.50
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/brands/living/palmerston-ceiling-lamp-in-distressed-black

No. 4  Aldo – Canto Black Clutch – $40.00
http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca/en/handbags/clutches-%26-evening-bags/c/343/CANTO/p/37991776-96#

No. 5  Boutique Moschino – Tinsel-covered leather Mary Jane pumps – $545.38
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/594875

No. 6  Rugs USA – Berber Shaggy BR01 Rug – $1569.00
http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-shaggy-br01/grey-white/200GLBR01A-508.html

No. 7 Kelly Wearstler – Melange Chair – $5,500.00
http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/melange-chair/FCD15001.html?dwvar_FCD15001_color=WCNM&cgid=seating#start=1

No. 8  Dior – DIOR Diorshow New Look Mascara – $32.40
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/new-look-mascara-0002-85324865–24

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McCarten’s works reflect a restrained and graphic eye but also seem traditional in their approach. Her pieces feel like they’ve evolved from notable historical roots…almost like they’ve taken tradition and twisted it into something that’s completely new.  The end result is a portfolio that’s filled with a rich, layered, beautiful modernity.

Here’s a further look at her beautiful portfolio…

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art fair fridays collen mccarten christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays colleen mccarten fabricate christine dovey heirloom and knot

Cool with a capital C.

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IDS – Textiles

Since it is fabric day here at B&B, I thought I might show you a little of the textile gorgeous that I saw at this year’s Interior Design Show.
Feast your eyes on the fabulous.

1. Weaver’s Art
2&3. Modern Weave {ps…I am totally and utterly in love with their silk rugs}
4. Sarah Richardson Design
5. Modern Weave {my little Scarlett got her own VIP badge for the show and loved posting for photo ops}
6&7. Elte
8. Up Country
9. Sarah Richardson Design
10. Style at Home/Alanna Cavanagh
11,12, &13. Kate Thornley-Hall

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One of a Kind

Tomorrow morning I’ll be at the media breakfast for the
 Toronto One of a Kind Show.

Happy dance!!!
{and PS, thank you so much Shannon for securing my ticket}

Here is some of what I’ll be seeing.
I’m ridiculously excited.
Can’t wait to see this years delicious offerings and am on a mission to secure some, if not all, of the beauties featured above.

Will report back with my finds tout de suite.

xxx