10.16.2014

One Room Challenge Linking Event - Week 3 - in which the heroine calls upon Mame Dennis





Patrick Dennis:  Is the English lady sick, Auntie Mame?
MameShe’s not English, darling…she’s from Pittsburgh.
Patrick Dennis:  She sounded English.
MameWell, when you’re from Pittsburgh, you have to do something.


And when it's week 3 of the One Room Challengelinking event, you have to do something too.  Welcome back and thank you to Linda for hosting this shindig and to you folks for tuning in and speaking up.  You can binge read weeks 1 & 2 by clicking the links below, if you are just tuning in to the action.





WEEK 1:  Plan + Space - a moody bathroom refresh
WEEK 2:  Process - where indecision reigns supreme
WEEK 3:  Progress + Setbacks - in which the heroine calls upon Mame Dennis
WEEK 4:  Lighting + Paint
WEEK 5:  Plan Revisions
WEEK 6:  Reveal

Last week I was sort of a mess of indecision and my focus got derailed for various reasons unrelated to the ORC. But thankfully I’ve got you folks to carry my baggage.  Because, sheesh, boy did y’all come to the rescue.  Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my procrastinatin’ heart for the suggestions and such.  This room is getting back on track with a quickness.  Honestly, I really just needed to stew in my own juices for a minute before following through with my original instinct, plus a few tweaks. Most of you will be happy to know that the vintage Chinoiserie fabric is back in play in a major way. This fabric was the hands down favorite with my IG (@chezviviv) tribe.





I switched gears on the paint.  The BM 2109-40 Smoked Oyster was too fleshy and reading a little purplish.  The BM 2152-70 Mayonnaise was too, well, mayonnaisey. That's what I get for selecting colors from memory.  I visited my other favorite paint folks at Sherwin Williams and bothered them for an afternoon with my search for the right dark brown.  I assure you Mame Dennis would rather go 2 days without bathtub gin than have a booger presley color on her walls.  I dragged my fabric in with me this time and it was much easier to narrow the brown options down to two. I will tell you next week how I landed on my final choice because there is a practical lesson to be learned.  You can see the wall color and trim color a bit in the background below...along with some pretty fantastic passementerie that I intend to use to take my bespoke shower curtain to a whole other crazy glam next level shizznizzy.





So Week 3.  What did I promise?  Progress.  What’s that?  Setbacks.  No shortage of those.  While physical progress may be on the lean side, mental progress has been made in spades. As indicated, I’ve committed to a direction.   In the interest of time, I had to compromise on a few dream scenarios which included many pretties like Andrea’s too-die-for wallpaper and textile designs.  Note to self, next project plan ahead so that goodness becomes reality.  But I think the end result will be equally smashing and channel the fabulously flamboyant glam vibe for which I am known.  Now, if I was advising someone else, I would make the case for the long game dream scenario.  Be patient about long lead times, invest in the good stuff, let the room evolve, yada yada yada 

But this is the ORC folks and you have ordered up some dramatical cliff-hanging turn arounds and I aim to please.  So rather than do the prudent thing, I am going full boogie in the direction of my Auntie Mame dreams with confidence that I can still pull this off in 3 weeks.  Because let’s face it, if left to my own devices, the room, even in it’s dream state, would never get finished.  A deadline is a necessary bedfellow in the home of two incurable procrastinatorsKnow thyself, as another smart participant advised!

Where were we?  Ah, setbacks.  My indecision has caused me no end of headaches but I think we’ve pretty well covered that.  Suffice it to say, I am forced to reinvent the wheel because now, having finally committed, the things I want have lead times that extend well past reveal day.  See above.  The exhaust fan/light combo continues to be a thorn.  I may or may not have a trim issue.  We have yet to tackle the electricity but I can pretty much predict the usual pyrotechnic chicanery that this money pit tees up every time we visit it’s under belly.  I am sure I will be dog cussing an ill-placed wall stud.  Stay tuned for that one.

To be determined/done:  overhead light, shower curtain rod, mirror (the one I purchased may be too wide), sink faucet, framing, wall patching, electricity, painting, and sewing.




On the upside, here is what I have nailed down:  vanity lighting, towel bar, vintage brass hardware, towels, fabric and trim, wall color, trim color, artwork, and a lion’s head brass cache pot, because in the parlance of Mame Dennis, whether you are from Pittsburgh or as in my case, from Cincinnati dealing with a tiny space and budget, ‘…you have to do something’…something that is ridiculously incongruent and fabulous, that is.




If this thing shapes up like I envision, I will be taking all my social calls in the loo.  Along with a stiff Sidecar delivered on a tray by my house mister.

That's it for me for week 3.  This next week is shaping up to be a busy one.  Be sure to check in over at Calling It Home to find the other 90+ linking participants.

All designs, layouts, and photos by Emily Vanderputten


kisses,  mrs. V

10.09.2014

One Room Challenge Linking Event - Week Two



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Week 2 of the One Room Challenge™ is squarely upon us and I have yet to commit to any major decisions for the bathroom.  Yikes.  

To follow along from the beginning, you can click below on each weekly link. My One Room Challenge™ schedule will likely go as follows:

WEEK 1:  Plan + Space
WEEK 2:  Process
WEEK 3:  Progress + Setbacks
WEEK 4:  Lighting + Paint
WEEK 5:  Plan Revisions
WEEK6:  Reveal

This is where reality comes into play – real life, real time, real budget.  Going into this ORC, I am determined to minimize any invasive maneuvers such as moving/running new electricity and patching dry wall.  So that means I am limited in lighting choices to over vanity light fixtures rather than sconces.  Bummer.  Most options are lame but I found a few that I like including the one I used on my original board.  It also turns out the overhead boob light is one of those light/fan combo jobbers.  Bigger bummer.  Those few options are downright dreadful.  Dashed are my hopes of a glam brassy/chrome light over the loo unless of course I can convince the mister to separate the two and run electricity to a separate exhaust fan over the shower.  Fine and dandy Sandy in dream landy but in reality that involves the mister cramming himself into the tiny eaves of the attic near the edge of the roof to cut more holes in the ceiling.  Me thinks he has a limited appetite for electrical work given the kitchen fiascoAnd so begins LightingGate.

Moving on to fabric.  I started out with a loose idea in my head of using some gorgeous vintage Chinoiserie barkcloth fabric that I purchased a few months ago.  It was so stunning that it was love at first sight.  The problem is that it has a few issues - a few holes here and there from age as well as some sun damage.  Having come from the 40s, it also had it’s fair share of exposure to cigarette smoke.  I soaked the fabric in Oxi Clean for a few days as I shared here, and it came out much brighter and better smelling but the sun damage is still evident in spots.  However, I am still determined to make this fabulous Auntie Mame situation work as a shower curtain.  Gave it a trial run...



Next.  The vanity mirror.  I mentioned last week that the matching spit catcher mirror has got to go. Luckily I found a green and gold mirror at a consigment store last week for the right price that I pounced on.  I think the green will play nicey with the Chinoiserie fabric.  Done and done. 

But problems began once I started playing around with a design board using the elements I had earmarked.  It all sort of just fell flat for me.  And so begins my interior monologue otherwise known as ORCGATE…




This is fine.  But fine like lima beans.  Or maybe it’s not fine.  Wait, it’s kind of like baby poo.  It’s a naked baby poo room with a fancy burp cloth.
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To hell with the mister.  I am adding that brass overhead fixture.  It can’t be that bad to run a separate exhaust fan.  This will definitely glam things up.  Better but still a little poo-like.  Maybe I should lighten things up…

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 paint

Boogers.  Boogery mayonnaise.  And that light bar is just not doing this any favors.  If mister V is going up in the attic to run an exhaust fan he could drop some electric lines for sconces while he is up there…

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 sconces


Ah…now we are getting somewhere.  Those petal sconces are like gold jewelry.  Perfect.  But mister V is really going to kill me.  Invasive work is piling up quickly - dry wall patch for the vanity light, new electrical for sconces, mucho dinero for sconces, install separate exhaust fan for shower and add additional outlet.  Maybe I should wallpaper instead…

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wallpaperfabric

Let the wallpaper be the showstopper and switch out the shower curtain fabric for something more understated.  I don’t need fancy lights when I have that fancy paper.  But come to think of it, that glam brass sitch has got to happen.  And that mirror just isn’t jiving with the paper.  And the light bar, while pretty, still isn’t doing any favors…

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 vanity mirror


Tortoise.  Bam.  Gold petals.  Bam.  Chintz and spots.  Bam, bam.  Oh look, and the missing bird.  Kablammo.  But what about that jewel box feel I was going for…

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wallpaper


Dark and moody.  Bammalammadingdong.  But purple.  And spendyWaaay spendy with all the everythings.  Maybe I should stick with painting the wall after all and only splurge on a few things…

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And so goes the design cha cha.  I am obsessed with my Chinoiserie fabric but I am also sort of really obsessing over Domesticate’s Nicolette wallpaper and dots fabric combo paired with Furbish’s tortoise mirror and gold petal sconces.  That, my friends, is right in my chintzy granny glam wheelhouse.  Alas, this is real chez V life, and while not off the charts spendy, that room combo is beyond my budget for this project so I will likely land somewhere between the two spectrums.  Plus, a promise is a promise, and I promised the mister a minimally invasive makeover.  But then again, I also promised not to do another ORC for a very long time…

Check back next week to see which direction I have gone and be sure to check out all the other linking participants here.

And you can always follow along instantaneously via Instagram @chezviviv.


All design, and layouts by Emily Vanderputten

kisses,  mrs. V