One Room Challenge: Week Five


Week Five of the One Room Challenge, how can that be? Time flies when you’ve got a deadline – November 11th seemed so far away and now it’s next week! Thankfully things are moving right along here.

As you can see, I went with the hex mirror and not the round one. Last week, the majority of comments were in favor of the round one – I was really hoping for that one too, but it was a bit too large. I could get it in there, but it would not be centered over the faucet OR it would bump smack up against the side wall, both options looked wrong. I figured because it was round I could cheat the centered thing a bit, but ultimately it looked too off center and would drive me nuts (not to mention look bad). Even though the hex mirror wasn’t my first choice, it saved the day. A lot more narrow, it fits much better in this small awkward space. As for the round one, I’m keeping it anyway. I know I can find a place for it somewhere else…

The wallpaper installation started yesterday and should be finished by today. We went over the fact that I’d like the entire nook above the vanity to be completely covered in the palm print paper to really make it pop (ie. the eave slanted ceiling area). The installer wasn’t so sure this was a good idea, as the print will not match up perfectly, but after achieving a similar look in our Vermont condo a few years ago (and loving it-despite the print not matching perfectly with seams from ceiling to wall) I convinced him that this was exactly what I wanted.

The hardware for the vanity arrived and looks great. The faucet‘s been put back in. I’ve been busy shopping for a few accessories to finish up the room (the zhushing-my favorite part!). Unfortunately, the brass toilet paper holder and the gray striped shower curtain I ordered might not make it here in time…but all the other fun little pieces have arrived and are ready for their close up.

Reviewing the original to do list:

1. Dramatic wallpaper. I LOVE wallpaper, and there’s no better place to use it than a bathroom.  I’m
obsessed with this Martyn Lawrence wallpaper Erin used (Bullard Romeo in
Carrara for Schumacher.) Got some great paper, just not the original one – but feeling really good about the one I ended up with.
2. Lose the weird lighting and get some nice, possibly brass lighting. Done! The new brass fixture is  in and has been moved to a place that makes more sense in the room.
3. Lose the brown counter top and replace it with a nice bright white stone one. Done! Obtained a beautiful white marble remnant.
4. Get some brass hardware happening in here: faucet and knobs and towel bar. Done!
5. Get rid of that square mirror – Done!
6. In a perfect world, lose the tile up the walls as well, but honestly don’t see that happening…
7. New shower curtain with some personality… ironically, this probably won’t happen either.
I’ve been following along with all the other participants, have you?

Apartment 34 | Arianna Belle | Because It’s Awesome | Coco+Kelley | Design Darling | 
Design Indulgence |Design Manifest | Christine Dovey | The English Room | Vanessa Frances | 
Hi Sugarplum | Honey We’re Home | Jojotastic | The Pink Clutch | The Pink Pagoda | 
Simplified Bee | Style Your Senses | A Thoughtful Place | Kimberly Whitman | TM by CIH

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  1. Ron wrote:

    Love the wallpaper! I cannot wait to see the outcome.

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  2. Can't wait to see how it turns out. I was a fan of the hex mirror from the start! Ps. You had me at brass toilet paper holder.

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  3. Emily wrote:

    Almost to the finish line! The hex mirror is beautiful! This is the part of designing and decorating that drives me nuts the most—spacial planning and math! Ha, that's why I recently hired a designer to redo my new home and luckily she let me have a heavy hand in the design choices. I could not do what you are doing Sue (and others) even in this tiny space!

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  4. I've been obsessed with that wallpaper for so long, I'm so excited to see it in your space! I'm loving all of your choices, and even though the hex mirror wasn't your first choice, it looks great!

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  5. Love the hex mirror and how it contrasts with the roundness of the light fixture near the toilet. It's all coming together!

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  6. Love the hex mirror as it is a bit of the unexpected.

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  7. The hex mirror is pure perfection! It's coming together!

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  8. The mirror is perfect!!!


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  9. I love the mirror and the paper. Faboooo!

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  10. I have loved this wallpaper forever so I am anxiously awaiting the reveal so I can be wowed! Even though I voted for the round mirror I think the one you had to use is pretty perfect for the space…..

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  11. Ooo I can't wait to see the paper up! And I think the mirror looks great with your ceiling line. Good luck wrapping things up.

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  12. I'm a fan of the wallpaper. Can't wait to see final reveal!

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  13. I like that mirror – it's different!

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