One Room Challenge Week 4: Artwork and Styling!


It’s Week 4 and I’m definitely feeling better about how the space is coming together! Now is the fun part where I get to style the room and bring in the personal touches that will really make it ours. The rugs arrived, and the chairs are on their way. In addition, I’ve ordered some dandy artwork to go with the pieces we already own. Frank and Veronica made an IKEA run for more frames and somehow also came home with a kid-sized armchair and two bags of Swedish meatballs. Toddler priorities! Could have been worse. 

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As I mentioned in the home tour post, the architectural style of our home is a bit eclectic. The house has midcentury modern elements (the floor-to-ceiling  windows, the simple moldings and casework, the open floor plan), Spanish/Mediterranean influence (the masonry work, the wrought iron railings), and even baroque-inspired pieces (the crystal chandelier over the dining table). This gives me lots of room to be creative and bring in a few different styles. However, the challenge will be to keep it visually fresh and pulled-together and not have it feel like a flea market. 

I’m going for dreamy and serene overall, but in terms of style I’ll be doing a little bit mid-mod, a little bit classic, and a little bit tiki (imagine Donnie and Marie singing it)! Wait, you’re thinking: what did you just say about feeling fresh and pulled together? I know, I KNOW. That sounds like a lot of stuff going on. But I have plan! And that plan involves the following:

  1. A consistent color palette. I’m using blue, green, and warm neutrals (cream, tan, brown) coupled with pops of pink and orange. Using metallics and textures consistently as well.
  2. Right-sized furniture. Our furniture isn’t a set, so in order to make it feel like each piece belongs together, I’ve chosen items with similar proportions and *here is the most important part* nearly identical seat heights. This goes a long way towards making the room feel intentional, and not just a weird collection of craigslist finds. 

Our sectional and chairs have the clean, simple mid-century modern lines I love. I’m doing two gallery walls above the sectional, with a mix of photos, abstracts, and decorative pieces all within the color palette. The vintage hi-fi has a mid-mod design with a textured speaker cover that will play well off our rattan accent chairs and a wicker mirror I bought a few years ago at Target. I’m going to display our tiki mug collection, which will add some sculptural shapes and color to the dining room. I’m thinking my bullseye mirror, which used to hang in the foyer of our old house, would be a fun element to showcase on one of the gallery walls and complement the details on the chandelier. Here are some highlights of what I'm using, if you're interested in sources:

Rattan Circle Mirror, TARGET (2016) // Pink Sky Canvas Print, SOCIETY6 //  Spring Landscape, SOCIETY6 //  Hollywood Sign Photograph, JENNY'S PRINT SHOP // Antique Bullseye Mirror, CROMPTON COLLECTIVE // Ribba Frames, IKEA

Next week, we'll be finishing up the details. I'll be sharing some snaps in Instagram, so check it out there!