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

28 comments:

House of Pemberley said...

You. Are. Effin. Awesome. I, of course, love the domesticate wallpaper far more than the baby poo. Good luck with the mister. I know whatever you do will be fantastic.

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

So many choices! I kind of like the paint vs wallpaper idea. I think it will bring more attention to your other textiles.
It's all going to look beautiful! can't wait to see!

MFAMB said...

why does it have to be between baby poo and booger mayonnaise? also mood boards don't tell the truth sometimes. they lie. they are tricky liars those mood boards. i think the mirror you bought is fantastic and you should riff off that all the way to home plate.

kcinteriors said...

Whatever you do will be awesome! But those gold petal sconces are kind of everything to me. I'm sure if you're husband finds out that those sconces are everything to some random chick on the internet, he'll go for them for sure. Right?

epinteriordesigns.com said...

I am totally guilty of hoarding Domesticate's fabric!! I'm using Charcoal Dots in my room. My vote I for the last one with the tortoise mirror! Good luck with the hubs! Glad to hear I am not the only one there!

tara martel said...

i just had a good 5:30am laugh and it was great! Love your writing and love that mirror and love that you have convinced your hubs to give you those sconces, they are amazing! Can't wait to see what you choose for the rest! xoxo

Tiffany said...

Omg, these are tough decisions. Whatever you decide it will be fabulous and the ORC is really not worth your marriage;)

Abby M. Interiors said...

I'm a wallpaper and spots kind of gal, but i'm not even worried, because whatever you choose will be awesome. And if you don't wallpaper, there are other paint colors besides baby poo! ;-)

Vanessa@decor happy said...

I'm kind of loving the moody wallpaper board but whatever you do will be fab! I hate that B word too - kind of gets in the way of things.

Amy C. said...

Ohhh Wallpaper...Come to Momma! I love the bold florals but something about that spotted one is speaking my language right now! I'm sure whatever you choose to do will turn into perfection! Keep up the good work!

The Pink Pagoda said...

My fave is the 6th one down. Whatever you do, it will be crazy gorgeous!!

Krystine @ www.KrystineEdwards.com said...

I want it all! Nothing short of fabulous here!

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

You crack me up. We all have these battles :-)
Anythi g you do will be fabulous no doubt. Cant wait to see.

SHERRY HART said...

Dude.....I'm all confused now:) Can't you just get hubby drunk and make him sign a waiver? Then do whatever you want? Huh? Lights camera action......I will be on pins and needles to hear about the outcome!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Ditto to what Sherry said.

aquahausblog.com said...

Oh gosh, I love the dark and moody. Please do it. I'll buy your hubby a beer?

alison giese Interiors said...

Oh, hell. My wine glass WUZ way too full for me to fully assess. BUT, I am really feelin' the papered walls + sconces situation. Thus, my champagne tastes (that queue up money arguments with hubster, which then proceed to large vino glasses)
What?
Did I say all that?
Hope you have better luck convincing Mr. Chez V.
xo,
ag

pam {simple details} said...

Yes to the bold floral wallpaper! I completely agreed when you said you didn't need fancy lights and fancy wallpaper, until you showed those sconces against the black ~ now I think you need the black wallpaper AND the sconces!! Fingers crossed you get your way! :)

Improvement List said...

Oh it is so hard to pick just one way to go. Love that fabric though. Would be great if you could somehow still incorporate it.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

You are hilarious. Lot's a great options here. Poor mister! But really, those petal sconces are a must.

Christine Dovey said...

And once again...this post is proof that you're hilarious and amazing and super dope. I love the dark and moody and having a hit of black in there in general.

kate@willowinteriors said...

Laughing out loud over here! Now you have way too many gorgeous options to decide from and a lot of husband negotiations! Good luck and I can't wait to see what you decide! :)

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Dude, the dark floral paper and shower curtain with the furbish mirror and sconces. Die. I'm gonna start playing the lottery. Maybe we could win in time?! Damn I hate real life. What if you pulled a darker color from your fab fabric for the walls, like a deep plum? Some sort of nod to the wallpaper. And I think you found the best overhead sconce you could find. Why are there so few choices for those suckers?!

Kim@The Green Room Interiors said...

The dark wallpaper option. I'm dead.

Darci Towns said...

That fabric is everything. And I think I have the larger version of your brass light fixture in my home! Can't wait to see which route you go.

Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors said...

Cannot lie- love the wallpapers, any of them! I am anxious to see which direction you head. Oh and PS: that is one of my favorite bar fixtures should you end up going that route- even better in person!

Lesley said...

Tuning in for this makeover....I love the wallpaper and gold sconces! So fun!

jana bek said...

Love your scheming & of course obsessed with domesticate anything!! Love her prints, your bath is going to be amazing! Xx jana