Welcome to the One Room Challenge, Week 2, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home!
Well, as we mentioned last week, the hunt has been on for THE rug and chandelier that will define our design and set the tone for our entire makeover of LP’s family room. These two pieces are clutch, and they have to be perfect.
Here is where we’re at. We’re going to spare you the 17 (and counting…) iterations of our mood boards, and just say that we have found new empathy for our clients. Sourcing usually comes easy for us. You’ll often hear us squealing excitedly at our desks, that so-and-so will “LOVE THIS!!” Finding things to fit other people’s homes just flows. But when it comes to our own homes, we understand completely why people call in outside help! It’s impossible to be objective.
Thankfully there are two of us, and we don’t live together (even though some days it might feel like it). So when one of us is losing her brain over her house, the other one is there to talk her off the ledge.
The first rug we purchased was a 1930’s hand-knotted wool rug from Iran (from this addicting source on eBay), that wasn't quite as great in real life as it was online.
Here is the highlight reel of LP quotes after she received it:
“Uh...The rug is here. There’s a lot of brown.”
“I’m not sure if I like it.”
“I think I like it; It’s just not what I was expecting.”
“I hate it. I’m going to send it back.”
“Aww, Welker looks so pretty on it. He might redeem it for me.”
“Nope. I hate it.”
“I hate it less today. I might actually like it!”
“Should I keep it? I should keep it, right?”
“I literally can’t wait to get this rug out of my house.”
“I’m starting to second guess myself. Do you like it?”
“Maybe I'll keep it.”
“I’m on my way to UPS.”
[Insert that emoji where the lady is massaging her own head. ]
Needless to say, it was returned. No less than 52 rugs and counting are on our pinboard for this project, so if we get to week 6 without one, you’ll know why. Thankfully, the chandelier was an easier choice.
LP loves this one more every time she sees it, so it’s a win! Here you can see it in some (drool-worthy) spaces:
Funny sidenote: Scale and light fixtures is a majorly tricky part of our job. We always need to be absolutely positive the size of the lighting is as right as the style. In this case, the pendant came in three different diameters, and we spent unmentionable amounts of time discussing which one made the most sense in the room. Then one night late I got a text, and opened THIS:
Yep, that’s a full-size cardboard replica that LP had crafted with her bare hands and strung up to her ceiling fan. Aaaaaand we have officially passed the point where the ORC turns you insane. Week 2 for the win!
Until next time, here are our progress pictures!
Stay tuned for next week when we'll already be- gulp- half way through this challenge! In the meantime, do visit the other guest participants at Calling It Home who are knee-deep in this with us!
Laura & Laura