One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Are We There yet? The Unstyled Shots...

Alright guys, we're almost there. It's week five! This project is wrapping up quite nicely and I am SO excited to have this space shot. We did have some last minute changes - as is common with interior design. There were a few tweaks to the original design plan.

We chose to skip the lamp selected for the sofa's end table, in favor of some plant life. Instead of choosing between two new rugs from World Market, we stole the pink flokati from Natalie's bedroom. It's size was right so we didn't need to purchase the larger jute layer. We didn't wind up installing the Ikea pendant - it just wasn't a needed change and it came down to a decision on time/priorities. Natalie chose to splurge on the bar cart of her dreams - this stunning one from Anthropologie and the space is better for it.

Lastly, one of the biggest changes made was with the wallpaper. We were sent a little bit less than we needed for the fireplace wall and chose to change its home. I honestly think this was for the best. That wall was attracting all of the good stuff! It had all of the character and great props. The back wall was feeling a little overlooked and now that we had a stunning bar cart, it needed a great backdrop. The switch was very welcomed and I actually think it improved the overall design. I can't wait to see shots of the sofa with that wallpaper in the background. 

The shoot is happening today and I unfortunately won't be able to make it, due to a family emergency. To fix this, I created a visual guide for the final styling of the space. Kyle, an amazing local photographer, is going to be there to ensure that the space is photo-ready! I can't wait to share the results with you next week. Stay tuned if you love wild wallpaper!

One Room Challenge: Introducing The #PalmSpringsProject

source: abeautifulmess.com

source: abeautifulmess.com

source: blog.westelm.com

source: blog.westelm.com

source: mydomaine.com

source: mydomaine.com

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The #PalmSpringsProject

I am so excited to announce that I am taking part in this Spring's One Room Challenge. If you are sitting there scratching your head, wondering WHAT ON EARTH that means, let me elaborate. Linda, over at Calling It Home has created a wonderful project that encourages designers all over the country to complete a total makeover within a six week timeline. 

I've followed along for a few seasons now, but have yet to participate - mainly because my personal renovation schedule wasn't always aligned with the ORC. In 2016, Alex and I finally wrapped up all of our house projects - which may lead you to question what room is getting a makeover.

That was the one hiccup with my plan to participate. Our house is done (thankfully). When I couldn't think of anyone I knew who needed a room makeover, I took to Instagram. I was reminded of Natalie, a colorful and quirky gal who lives just a few hours from me in Jersey City. I totally fan-girled over her account when we originally connected. She is a bar tender extraordinaire. She has a great sense of style and loves incorporating vintage finds into her home - AKA SHE WAS MY GIRL! When I reached out to Natalie about the collaboration, she bit. As luck would have it, she was in the process of moving into a new space. This was fate, people!

Natalie had just returned from an inspiring trip to Palm Springs and wanted to capture that vibe in her living room. This idea was music to my ears! The one item that Natalie had her heart set on having was a pink sofa. Luckily, I am all about color and had been dying to design a room around such a beauty. We had a lot of brainstorming sessions over email to hash out the details, which I will of course be sharing later. 

The inspiration images above serve as our jumping off point. Pulling inspiration images is a really important part of any design project. It helps to keep the client and designer aligned throughout the various design stages. I also love to identify what the desired space "is" and "isn't." This brings a little bit more clarity to the process. This space is meant to be extremely bold and bright. Bringing lots of dark black tones into the space would detract from that vibe. Sometimes it is just as helpful to know what you are trying to accomplish as it is to know what you don't wish to bring into the space.

Since Natalie and I aren't in the same state, I'll be tackling this project virtually. I manage a lot of e-design projects, so this will fall into line with those. We will meet for the first time when I show up to style and shoot the space. That, my friends, is the magic of the internet.

Onto the BEFORE shots...

You can expect that painting to make it into the final design.
Oh hey, cat!
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The #PalmSpringsProject
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The #PalmSpringsProject
Check out that crown molding! 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The #PalmSpringsProject
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The #PalmSpringsProject

To catch some behind the scene snaps, follow along on Instagram, with the hashtag #ORCpalmspringsproject.

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