One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master

 

IT'S REVEAL DAY, BABY! I can't believe we finally made it to week six. Let me tell you something, these challenges take A LOT out of ya! There is a lot of work to be completed in a short amount of time. It's physically, emotionally and somewhat financially draining. As a featured designer, I've been lucky to get connected to some really great sponsors. That said, I'm a picky girl. I would never work with a company that didn't align with my brand vision. I wound up partnering with some really wonderful companies - and turning down some others that weren't the right fit. 

At the end of the day, this is my job. Designing interiors, while I love it, is work. I take time away from the core of my business to participate in these challenge - and I am happy to do it. I am in no way "spilling tea" on this topic. I just like to keep it real. Like anything you want in life, it takes a ton of dedication and hard work. I happen to enjoy working myself to the bone, so maybe I'm in the right business. ;) Just know, everyone playing a part is putting in a massive amount of energy to make this a success. 

I partake in The One Room Challenge because I think it is a truly special community of uber-talented designers and bloggers. It's a genius set up, led by the wonderful Linda Weinstein. She's a real hoot! I've gotten some really wonderful opportunities from participating in The ORC. Heck, I got selected as a featured designer after my first submission. After each challenge wraps, I get all excited for the next one. I truly feel like I create my best work when racing to the finish line with other talented folks - and I'm so excited to share The Massive Master with you!

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master

BEFORE...

 product sources:  dresser ,  artwork

product sources: dresser, artwork

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master

BEFORE...

One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master
 product sources:  wall paint ,  bench ,  printed pillow ,  artwork

To those who are wondering, yes, I did change the floor plan from my initial design. BUT UH I TOLD YOU I LIKELY WOULD! This was one hard room to work with. As mentioned before, the previous homeowners removed a wall that used to separate these two big rooms - to make something massive. It's honestly more room than anyone needs in their bedroom. 

When we walked through the house, as perspective buyers, all of their furniture had already been moved out. We didn't have the chance to see how they chose to arrange the furniture in this space. Don't forget, what is now the closet actually used to be the hallway. The room's entry door scooted down a bit. The floors were sanded and stained - walls patched and painted (and wallpapered, duh). This room received quite the transformation - beyond the design work done (which is exceptional, if I do say so myself). 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master

BEFORE...

 product sources:  rug  (similar),  end table  (similar),  chairs  (similar)  sconces ,  leather pouf ,  printed pillows ,  artwork

product sources: rug (similar), end table (similar), chairs (similar) sconces, leather pouf, printed pillows, artwork

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master
 product sources:  vanity ,  vanity stool  (similar),  mirror ,  planter

product sources: vanity, vanity stool (similar), mirror, planter

So what do you think? I tried to top my previous challenges (see Spring and Fall 2017) - but but that's a tall order! I purchased a lot of the furniture pieces myself (outside of sponsorship) and linked what I could; some items are no longer available. The wonderful white bird chairs, for example, are no longer sold through Anthropologie. I had actually purchased one while I was working as a buyer for the company in 2015. The other, I stumbled upon at a thrift store. It was totally disgusting, covered in coffee. I used a Rug Doctor to get out 95% of the filth. Lesson learned: don't be afraid to put in a little elbow grease. This pair of chairs totally makes the space, so I'm glad I saw through the grime. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master

BEFORE...

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Massive Master

All of this closet stuff is on sale right now, people. If you hop on over to The Container Store before May 13th, you'll get 25% off all your closet storage needs. Their design staff can also help you with the space planning. If you're like me - an exhausted designer - you can put that part in someone else's capable hands. YIPPEE!

All of the products used in this project are linked on this pinboard. If you have any questions about how the space came together, sound off in the comments. Be sure to also take a look at what the other talented peeps produced this spring. Whether you're a featured designer, guest participant or just following along - HATS OFF TO YOU! There is so much inspiration to be captured in each and every space. Designers, it's been wonderful to work alongside you. Readers, it's be great having your support. I'd like to extend a final thank you to Linda, who makes this challenge possible and the sponsors who partnered with me to create such a colorful space. It was wonderful to work with teams of people who trust your design talents enough to sit back and let you DO YOUR THANG. I hope to have done everyone proud. 

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Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

 

Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors for providing product to make this challenge a BIG success. Sponsored product was received from the following brands: Milton and King, Lamps Plus, The Container Store, Globus Cork, Haiku Home, Farrow & Ball, Minted, Chairish, Grey Malin, Bunglo, Casper, Pom Pom At Home, Jill Rosenwald, Bellacor and Overstock.

 

One Room Challenge: How To Prep For A Photoshoot

 

This is a topic that I have previously found very little information on - or at least little GOOD information. When I started my design business, I was pretty clueless as to what all went into make a stunning shot. Prop styling such an intuitive and visual art, that it's a hard topic to write about - and I thirsted for this information. Truthfully, good styling comes with A LOT of practice. Oftentimes, items appear differently on camera than they do in your own (or your client's) home. I want to shed a little light onto the process, so that you can start to take baby steps towards being an amazing stylist. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How To Prep For A Photoshoot

1. Find The Right Photographer.

Having the right photographer is key. The right photographer should make your work look better in photos than it appears in person. Finding the right person may take some time - and trial and error. Try out a few pros to see who is the best fit for you and your style. Instagram is a great place to start your search. Be sure the photographer's style meshes well with yours and take the time to grow that relationship, as it could be a long-term one!

2. Review your shot list. 

Do this in the space with your photographer. Be sure you both have a count of the vignettes you wish to capture. Be flexible and trust your photographer's eye. If you're proposing an impossible shot, rethink it and let your photographer suggest another. Arrange your shot list in order of importance, in case you start losing daylight. I always walk the room solo first, taking iPhone snaps along the way to get an idea of what shots will work.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How To Prep For A Photoshoot

3. Hide all cords (& ugly stuff).

Tuck all of your cords away. Hide them behind dressers and under rugs. Nothing ruins a photograph more than an ugly plastic cord poking out. On that note, shut the door on any disasters. We shot our master bedroom and closet, but didn't intend to touch the bathroom just yet...so it became a dumping ground for all of the construction clutter. No one needs to see that.

 chairs + rug from Anthropologie (old);  sconces  from Lamps Plus;  pouf  from Overstock

chairs + rug from Anthropologie (old); sconces from Lamps Plus; pouf from Overstock

4. Clean your windows.

Use a microfiber cloth to clean your windows. The grime on them can really appear enhanced in a photo. 

  bedding  from Pom Pom At Home; sconces from Lamps Plus;  rug  and  pad  from Overstock

bedding from Pom Pom At Home; sconces from Lamps Plus; rug and pad from Overstock

5. Sweep and vacuum your floors. 

Be sure to clean up any dirt on your floors before the shoot day. Sweep and vacuum, Cinderella.

6. Turn off all lights. 

It's very rare that a shot looks better when the lights are left on. Leaving your lights on can add odd coloring to other items in the space - and be blinding at times. It's best to turn the lights off for shooting. 

  art  from Gray Malin;  dresser  from Overstock

art from Gray Malin; dresser from Overstock

7. Freshen up with flowers (& plants).

I cringe every time I see interior designers skip this step. Adding floors (or fresh fruit, depending on the room) can really liven it up! Bringing flowers into the space can also bring in color. Sure, you can use white ones if you need that balance. However, if you want to bring a POP of pink (or another accenting color) into the space, this is an easy way to do it. This step is totally affordable too! I get flowers from my local grocer and plants (like this $10 one) from Ikea. 

8. Books, books and more books. 

Books are the #1 needed item for any photo shoot, especially when styling a shelf. If you're thinking that you wouldn't use them to style a bedroom, you'd be wrong. While you certainly don't need many there, you still need some. For example, I styled both nightstands with a small stack of books. Books were crucial to getting varying heights on a flat surface. 

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For any of you who still have yet to shoot your space, I hope you found these tips helpful. There is so much that goes into photoshoots, so it's best to be prepared. Following a few of these steps will ensure styling success. 

I'M SO EXCITED to share my finished space with you. It's one of my favorite projects to date and I'm so grateful that it's mine. In the previous two seasons, I worked on room's in other people's homes. I was sad to say goodbye to those spaces - and this time I don't have to.

If you're trying to catch up on the last few week's progress, you can read up on week one, week two, week three and week four by clicking the embedded links. Be sure to come back next week for THE BIG REVEAL!!

To stay up to date on what the other fantastic featured designers are doing, check out their blogs, linked below. 

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Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

 

Thank you to Overstock.com, Lamps Plus, Pom Pom At Home and Gray Malin for providing product to make this challenge a BIG success.

 

One Room Challenge: I Finally Have Progress Pictures

 

In last week's post, you got a lot of text. I had a lot to say, but not a lot to show. Truthfully, we didn't make much progress in the master bedroom. All of my ideas were still on paper...or on order, but not yet received. 

This weekend was a whirlwind. We spent three straight days sprucing this space up. I would never say that interior design is "difficult" - but there are a million moving parts. If one thing goes wrong, it can throw off every intention you had for the space. It's a giant puzzle and you're always missing a piece - and it's never under the couch cushion. The missing piece is always hanging out in the kitchen cabinet, between the bags of chips, where you'd never think to look...because you've never put a puzzle together there. Make sense?

We dealt with a delayed dresser delivery, missing components to the bed and a busted bench. Even with the best laid plans, things can just go awry. You have to keep a clear mind. These things don't HAPPEN TO YOU, they just happen (insert shrugging girl emoji here).

To top it off, I spent the previous week away in Highpoint, North Carolina, shopping the market for furniture for my design client projects. While I was away, some pieces trickled in. THANK GAWD for Alex. He was home to receive and lug in this rug, pad and pouf from Overstock.com. THEY'RE GORGEOUS! He also put down the cork floor, from Globus Cork, in our new Elfa closet

With all those wrenches thrown into the mix, we still made major progress - and I finally have the pics to prove it.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: I Finally Have Progress Pictures
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: I Finally Have Progress Pictures

Last week, I got to pick out some storage items from The Container Store, which was a dream come true. I selected some wooden hangers, black boxes and copper bins to outfit the space. I was like a kid in a candy store; I filled my cart up so fast. My twelve year-old self wouldn't believe what I get to do for a job now at twenty-eight. If you want to take yourself on a little shopping spree, The Container Store is running a 25% off sale now thru May 13th. GO GET YOU SOME!

In the closet, we chose to install a cork floor. It was super easy (I say, having not done it myself). Alex put the floor down all by himself. He's done tile work before - and has totally sworn it off. The cork, he says, went down much easier. Everything came pre-cut and ready for install. Alex has been DYING to get cork flooring somewhere in the house. The closet was the perfect place to give it a go. Why? Well, remember, he swore off tile so that wasn't an option. I don't like carpet. The hardwood floors would've been impossible to match. Also, I wanted COLOR. Globus Cork has a range of colors and patterns to choose from. We chose the sage green, nugget cork in pattern #8. We're pretty pleased with how it turned out. The color works with the birch wood drawers and soft grey walls very well. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: I Finally Have Progress Pictures
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: I Finally Have Progress Pictures

Are you following along on Pinterest? No?! Well you should be! I'm stashing all the juicy product information here. If you want to catch up on week one, two and three...be my guest. Be sure to check in on the progress from this uber-talented crew too!

 

One Room Challenge: The BIGGEST Change We're Making In The Master Bedroom

 

Alex and I have been sharing a bedroom since graduating from college in 2012. Yes, we lived in unmarried sin for four years. Get over it. 

Right as we graduated, we sensed that our little apartment was missing one thing - a playful pup! We got our first (rescue) doggie a month after signing our lease. She was our first baby, so we naturally spoiled her. She was quickly became the third body in our bed. For the first year, she was small enough to tuck into the crook of our knees. As she grew, our space diminished. She quickly learned that the coziest spot in the bed was right in between the both of us. 

Fast forward six years and we have dog #2 - can you guess where she likes to sleep? So, we're upgrading from a queen to a king bed. NO...a larger bed does not mean more space for the pups. After many, many nights of fighting for blankets, we've resolved to kick the dogs out of the bedroom. They're getting the boot. The doggies will be staying with the queen bed in the guest room. After all, it was always their bed; we were just sleeping in it.

The new bed and bedding we're getting is real nice, people. I have some wonderful sponsors to thank for that. Pom Pom at Home is providing a full bedding set. We are finally tossing out our tired, dog-chewed duvet in favor of a much nicer one. Our polyster sheets are going linen, as is our duvet. While we resolve to leave the dogs at the door, this set is machine washable...should we *cough* "break" *cough* our own rule. 

There are a few reasons why I chose neutral-colored bedding. First, Alex. I've put that poor boy through enough with wild floral printed patterns. Second, I knew I wanted crazy bold wallpaper and a pink rug. You need to be careful not to take print-mixing too far. This combination pushes the boundaries while still remaining tasteful (and not tacky) - all thanks to the light grey-toned bedding

Alex might marry our new mattress. I'm not kidding; he's obsessed with it. I worked on an event with the good people at Casper in February. I fell in love with their mattresses and honestly their customer service. That's a big thing for me. As I've gotten older, I've gotten busier. I am all about supporting companies that make my life easier. With Casper, I was able to try The Wave in the store and get it shipped within 24 hours. No joke. It might have been 20. The mattress came wrapped in a box and was left at my door. Since the mattress arrives in a box, I didn't even have to be home to receive it. As someone who has wasted many an hour sitting around for deliveries that never come, I was pleased as a peach. 

Another major change we're making is to the closet. Previously, the space that is now closet was once hallway. Remember, our bedroom used to be two rooms - so naturally you needed a hallway to get to each one. 

This is my first time having a big girl closet. All of my life, I have always had the dinkiest closets. Now, I'm no clotheshorse, but I do like seeing all of my pretty things on display. I partnered with The Container Store to outfit this space - and boy am I glad I did! On our initial call, they suggested that, as a designer, I might want to design the closet myself. NOPE! I have about ten thousand things on my plate right now, so I was happy to leave this one in their very capable hands. I worked with a designer that who put together a custom closet based on our needs. For once, I got to play the client!

Andrea at TCS designed us a his and hers closet - one side for me and one side for Alex. We were able to make tweaks throughout the process. For example, I don't have nearly as many high heeled shoes as she suggested storage for, so we traded that space in for some drawers. The Elfa system has a few finishes you can choose from and Alex and I both agreed on the birch.

Simple touches really get me giddy. My favorite part about the closet is the built-in jewelry drawers. I may not have a lot of heels, but I have A LOT of jewelry. I've always struggled with how to store it. For the last few years, I've had it all living in vintage dishes on my dresser. I honestly hate having them out, but that was the best way to contain it all - or so I thought. It's always collecting dust and truthfully looks a little junky sitting out. The Container Store outfitted the space with two jewelry drawers, with many tiny compartments for all of my itty bitty pieces. When I saw that they included that, my heart skipped a beat. FINALLY someone who gets me. Everything can have its own little spot, neatly stored and is easily accessible. 

If you're itching for your own closet makeover, The Container Store is having a MAJOR closet sale - now through May 13th. Hundreds of products are on sale for 25% off - so RUN! Their store staff can help you create your very own dream closet. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The BIGGEST Change We're Making In The Master Bedroom
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The BIGGEST Change We're Making In The Master Bedroom
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The BIGGEST Change We're Making In The Master Bedroom

Okay, so we've talked through some of my favorite topics already - comfy bedding, king sized beds and organization of clothes and jewelry. Onto another favorite topic of mine - art! 

I gotta lotta art for this space. Just how we never got that fan we always wanted (until now), art has always been lacking in our past bedrooms. Our bedrooms have always been fairly undecorated spaces. I find this to be the case with my clients too. First, you do the living room. Next, you design the dining room. Bedrooms will usually be third or fourth in line, but they're rarely #1. 

If you're familiar with my style, you know I LOVE colorful art. I've always collected art. I've never really had anything all that expensive, but I've always had a lot of it. What can I say - ART IS MY JAM. I got lucky with sponsors this round, because I got to pick out some pretty amazing art from some of my favorite places to shop. First, Gray Malin (a featured designer for this challenge), donated this lovely piece. I've always dreamed of owning a piece of his. He's so genuinely talented and his work is incredibly upbeat. He fits my style perfectly. I had a hard time landing on which print to pick, but ultimately went with this The Reef for its beautiful blue tones. Alex loves it as much as I do.

Chairish also sent me some art. I have been a HUGE supporter of Chairish since they first launched their site. They offer some of the world's most amazing vintage goodies. I shop them a ton when I'm searching for one-of-a-kind finds for clients. Most recently, a client of mine snagged this knockout rug. I also sell my own vintage finds on Chairish. I find myself shopping more than I should - and I can keep that up by constantly reevaluating what might be able to part with. If I don't love it now as much as I did when I bought it, up on the shop it goes!

For my #massivemaster, I selected this colorful piece from Kate Roebuck and this blue and white beaut from Leslie Weaver. I have always been a big fan of Kate's so it's a dream come true to own her work. I discovered Leslie Weaver through Chairish's print shop and I'm so glad I did. I love organically discovering new artists. 

Not to be missed, I'm also putting this cheeky print in the closet and this guy in the sleep space. If I could continue to litter my walls with art, I'd happily shop my little bum off. I'm still eyeing some gems for other rooms of my house. This would look really sweet in a living room. This one would be perfect in a powder room. How about this one for a kitchen. 

Next up, we're laying the cork floors in the closet. Be sure to follow my stories to stay up to date on all things ORC - and read up on week 1 and week 2 here.

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Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

Thank you to Pom Pom At Home, Casper, The Container Store, Gray Malin, Chairish and Minted for donating product to make this challenge a BIG success.

 

One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper

 

I get asked all the time about what kicks off a room's design. I am a big believer that any item can be the design's starting point. In this case, my starting piece was the wallpaper. I knew that I wanted to wallpaper the wall behind my bed and knew that it HAD.TO.BE perfect. I looked at A TON of styles, before ultimately landing on this one from Milton + King. I sampled 12 Farrow + Ball paint colors to make sure I got the perfect bright blue tone pulled out from the lighter spots within the print. I knew matching the wall to the deep indigo tone would've been WAY too dark. I want the space to be punchy and uplifting, which is where Blue Ground came into play.

The wallpaper actually went up on the second day of the challenge, April 5th. I had the hanger scheduled for late March, but they were working on other rooms in the house first. Did I mention we're in the middle of a crazy total home renovation? Anyway, we felt it was serendipitous that thinks kicks off for the bedroom right on time.

Alright, wanna see some progress pics?! Full disclosure, we (Alex) worked on the demolition prior to the challenge's start date. There was no way that we could've fit that stage into six weeks. This room was a wreck - and don't forget, it was actually 3 separate spaces!

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper

This is where we are now. The wallpaper is up. The paint is dry. The fan is installed. The floors are sanded. AND * BOY OH BOY * DOES IT FEEL GOOD!

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper
 
 

I'm pretty pleased with where things are so far. The wallpaper is perfection; it makes a HUGE impact and the quality is spot on. It's not something I would've picked out for myself a year ago, but my style is always evolving. I plan to print mix it with some other wild patterns and am so obsessed with the thought of that. The deep indigo tone makes for the perfect backdrop and really draws your eye to the back of the room.

I got to use Farrow + Ball paint for the first time with this room. I sampled like ten bajillion colors to get the perfect one - and I NEVER do that. I'm usually super decisive - BUT the wall color needed to match back to the shibori print perfectly and lots of colors came reeeally close but weren't right. 

While Alex typically leaves all design decisions to me, he wanted to have a say in the fan. In our first home, we spoke about replacing our bedroom fan for the full three years we were there; we never did it. He loves making our house SMART. We have all kinds of gadgets that can be controlled by our phones, truly more than I could tell you. (We've got Nests, Google Homes, Alexa Echos - you name it). Alex has wanted a Haiku fan FOREVER. He loves the smart technology and I love how sexy it looks. Ceiling fans aren't always pretty; they can be truly tragic sometimes. This one, however, is so gosh dang good-looking and totally the right style for this recently renovated space.

We are so thrilled to have the shell in place; now the fun part begins. IT'S DECORATING TIME! I'll give you a little sneak peek of where the design in heading below. It's honestly still a bit of a work in progress (yes, people, this six week timeline is real here), but here's where I'm at with some of the bigger statement pieces. You can see some of my other selections for this space by following my #massivemaster pinboard.

 
 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Let's Talk About Paint + Paper

Spoiler alert: If you follow me on Instagram, be sure to check out my posts, stories and highlights. I share some additional photos there. I've also started to place a few pieces in the room and they are worth seeing. I mentioned in my first ORC post that things were likely to change from the original plan. Well, call me Miss Cleo because THEY DID. I'm pretty sure the floor plan is being reworked. I'm working through it. (Insert palm-face emoji here).

Stay tuned and be sure to follow as these other featured designers work through their spaces.

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Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

Thank you to Milton + King, Farrow & Ball and Haiku Fans for donating product to make this challenge a BIG success.

 

One Room Challenge: Introducing The Massive Master

 

Well, guys, here we are again. It's challenge season! I'm SO excited to be playing along as a featured designer for this round. I've been absolutely itching to design our bedroom. It's our first true master bedroom - sitting room, walk in closet, attached bathroom. We've never had so much space to ourselves. We're even considering keeping the dogs out of this room. I KNOW?! How will we ever pull this off?! The pups are commonly found in a deep slumber, snuggled in between us in our queen size bed - feet in face. For this space, we're getting a king bed, baby - and no, more space does not mean more room for the doggies. They'll be banished to the guest room (mark my words).

I'm really eager to get rolling on this room. I'm stepping a bit outside of my box on this one. The space is going to be slightly more bohemian than any I've done before. I plan to use shibori prints and sisal textures - a mixture that I've done for clients but never in my own home.

This room WAS a funny one. It used to have its own hallway. Off of that hallway, there were 3 doors - 1 to the bathroom and 2 doors to separate bedrooms. The previous homeowners had torn out the wall that separated the bedrooms, making for one massive master. To keep some structural support, they left a bit of wall. We really don't have the option to remove it, so we're making it work. That wall will separate the sleep space from the sitting space. The hallway is becoming the walk-in closet. We moved the bedroom's entry door to accommodate the change. 

Keeping our total home renovation timeline in mind, we scheduled painters for late March back in December. I always envisioned wallpapering an accent wall behind the bed and that's a task we always hire out. I spent a good amount of time hunting down the perfect paper, ultimately landing on this navy shibori style from Milton + King. I'll be pulling out the light blue tone for the adjacent painted walls.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The Massive Master
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The Massive Master

These "before" photos show the space as it was when we moved in back in November. Those hideous closets are leaving, as are the radiator covers. Alex is in the process of refinishing the floors. We're not going to have the time to touch the bathroom in this round, but you will see a completed bedroom and closet. Can you believe these photos prompted us to call our realtor, requesting that we see this home ASAP?!

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The Massive Master

Milton + King | Homepolish | Amber Interiors

It was difficult to pull inspiration images for the space, since the design really came together in my head before I had a chance to head to Pinterest.  It sort of started with the wallpaper. I always say that any item can kick off the design plan; in this case, my starting point was wallpaper (duh.) After all, would it truly be a "Michelle Gage Interiors" room without IN YOUR FACE wallpaper?! I'm calling the inspiration "bright bohemian." The room is going to pack in a lot of patterns. It's time to flex my print-mixing powers.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing The Massive Master

This is the floor plan vision for now. One thing I've learned doing these challenges is that THINGS CHANGE. With the Spring 2017 ORC, we did a last minute switch up on which wall we wanted wallpapered. During the Fall 2017 ORC, I think the dressing room's floor plan changed three or four times. My point being - I know new ideas will arise as this thing gets going. There are always new discoveries within the design process and I'm excited to take you on that journey. Stay tuned to watch the magic unfold! 

 

Are You Ready For The One Room Challenge?

 

You all have seen me post about The One Room Challenge before. I participated in the challenge for the first time this time last year - then again in the fall. Each time, I designed a room for someone else. Each time, I was jealous of the room I left behind. 

The truth is, I wanted to join in on the party, but my home was already completely renovated and styled. I needed a blank slate and was lucky enough to find one each time. 

This time, it's all about me. I'm in a new house and every single room is in need of work - A LOT of work. I'm excited to say that I will be a featured designer for this round. (!!) I could barely contain my excitement when I was asked to join. I immediately knew which room I'd makeover...and I will reveal that next week. Hint: it's one of these 3 spaces.

Be sure to stop by each Wednesday morning to see the space progress. For now, let's look at photos from the last two challenges. How am I going to top these?!

Michelle Gage // Are You Ready For The One Room Challenge?
Michelle Gage // Are You Ready For The One Room Challenge?
Michelle Gage // Are You Ready For The One Room Challenge?
Michelle Gage // Are You Ready For The One Room Challenge?
 

Signature Style: Stranger Art

 

It's so secret - I'm into some funky artwork. My favorite subject is PEOPLE. I love finding vintage oil paintings of unfamiliar faces - or what I like to call "stranger art." 

I find it so fun to sprinkle photos of strangers throughout the house. In our last house, everywhere you turned, you were greeted by a friendly face. Our walls were littered with friends of all ages. Our shelves were lined with these painted pretties. 

I am thrilled to say that I am working with a client right now who is as obsessed with this look as I am. She prefers black and white photographs to painted canvases, however. We're going to line her set of newly built floating shelves with images of her ancestors. She has a great collection and I am tickled pink to play with these frames. I really dig the look of displaying these pieces together to create a collection; it makes a much bigger statement when like items are shown in one spot rather than scattered around the room. 

Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Stranger Art
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Stranger Art
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Stranger Art
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Stranger Art
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Stranger Art
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Stranger Art
 

One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir

Well, folks, this is it! The big reveal is finally here. I am SO SO excited to present The Vintage Boudoir to you. This season, Alana, Kyle and I collaborated to transform Alana's bedroom into the vintage retreat of her dreams. Complete with a quaint (and moody) dressing space, Alana's bedroom is one for the books. Alana is an amazing shoe designer with serious style; she needed a space that reflected her personality. As lovers of all things vintage, Alana and I aligned immediately when it came to the overall vision of her space. 

Even though we were pretty well paired in terms of style, this space still saw a few rounds of revision. After the initial consult, we communicated primarily over email (and Instagram). After the groundwork was set, we did a little thrift store shopping together to acquire the right accessories. On the morning of the photo shoot, I showed up early to do the final styling. Those touches really took the space over the top. Those little details are not to be missed - the perfect pillow or decorative prop can add so much interest to a space. Luckily for us, Kyle was right there to capture all of these magical moments. She has an insanely talented eye when it comes to shooting a space. 

Fun little fact, the 3 of us all used to work at Anthropologie's home office. Our paths rarely crossed (if at all), but we were connected by social media a few years later. Small world!

Be sure to read up on how everyone else's space turned out here. Thanks for following along for these last 6 (well, 7) weeks! We hope you love the space as much as we do! 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Revealing The Vintage Boudoir
 

One Room Challenge: Behind The Scenes Snaps

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Behind The Scenes Snaps
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Behind The Scenes Snaps
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Behind The Scenes Snaps

Folks, it's week 6 of The ORC. Normally, you'd get the reveal today. However, the founder chose to add a week to this challenge, due to the unexpected delays the weather has caused. Luckily, Alana, Kyle and I didn't experience any delays with our products - but we could certainly use the extra week. Kyle could use the time to edit photos and I am actually moving TODAY! We did finish the shoot last Friday, so I felt it was only fair to share some behind the scenes snaps. The professional photos are what will really show off the space best - but my iPhone shots will have to do for now. Be sure to come back next week to see the full space in all its glory!

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Behind The Scenes Snaps
 

One Room Challenge: Whatchu Know About Wallpaper?

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Whatchu Know About Wallpaper?
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Whatchu Know About Wallpaper?

GUYS, the wallpaper is finally up! Can I tell you the struggle we faced here? We had multiple cancellations from the hanger - so many that Alana considered doing the work herself. However, hanging wallpaper is NO JOKE and I highly discouraged her from it. We still have a long way to go on the set up, but we've been waiting for the wallpaper to go up first. This is a going to be a BIG WEEK in terms of progress. Believe it or not, but the shoot is FRIDAY! I'll share some behind the scenes sneak peeks via Insta-stories as we ready up this room.

If you haven't already heard, the reveal got pushed out a week. All of the recent natural disasters have delayed a good bit of product, so Linda (ORC founder) has added a week to the challenge. Since I am in the middle of a major move, we are sticking to our original shoot date and plan. Next week's post will likely just be a sneak peek (one photo) and then you can see the full space on 11/16. 

Be sure to follow along to see how everyone else is handling their projects. You can also get some insight into what we've been sourcing by checking out our project's pinboard. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Whatchu Know About Wallpaper?
 

One Room Challenge: What We're Styling With + Budget Breakdown

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: What We're Styling With + Budget Breakdown
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: What We're Styling With + Budget Breakdown
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: What We're Styling With + Budget Breakdown
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: What We're Styling With + Budget Breakdown

Alright, folks, are you ready for week four? I'm just going to come right out and say it - this post is a quickie! We have made so much progress on The One Room Challenge to date - but have a looooooong way to go. The painting and wallpaper was done earlier this week, but I'm saving those photos for next week.

This week, we're talking about the almighty dolla dolla bill, ya'll. Let's break down the budget. Where did we spend? Well, truth be told, we didn't get too spendy here. We planned to keep the budget low, but didn't anticipate that we could pull both rooms together for less than $2k. So how did we do it? Well, we did our best to work with the existing items in the room. The bed, for example, was begging for a little "umphf." To highlight this piece, we wallpapered the wall behind it and added sconces beside it. Next to the bed, we scored the steal of the century - a set of Anthropologie nightstands for $300! How? SUPER SALE! They were a little damaged and discounted to reflect that. After coming up short in that category, we pounced!

Alana and I also put our thrifting skills to #werk. We spent an afternoon hitting up all of our favorite thrift stores. We scored some pretty fantastic artwork, mirrors and decor. They will all come together in a gallery wall above the little blue bench and will make the space POP - but also help to keep the budget in check. You can check out all of the other items we considered for the space here.

All in all, we're super excited to be on budget. We're jazzed about how the space is turning out, but are honestly getting a little bit burned out. Pulling two rooms together in six weeks is NO JOKE! On top of that, Alana (client) is currently on a work trip in India and I am in the middle of a major move. Buying and selling homes at the same time is one of the more stressful things I've ever done. I can't wait to be on the other side of things. 

Wish us luck as we crawl towards the finish line.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: What We're Styling With + Budget Breakdown
 

One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions

 

My clients always ask me, "What is the first piece we need to pick out?" Truthfully, any item can act as a starting point. In this case, Alana and I were all about this rug. We knew we wanted to keep it, but it featured a pretty tricky pattern. We started by choosing a wallpaper with a print that worked with the rug's pattern. Then we selected a paint shade that was also in the rug and the wallpaper. These common threads helped us keep the rug, while introducing a fun wallpapered accent wall.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions

This wallpaper will line one wall in each space - behind the headboard in the bedroom and on the window wall of the dressing room. All of the other walls will be Moonlit Orchid

To backtrack a bit, these are the wallpaper samples we looked at before landing on the Anthropologie style.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions

Some of our exciting pieces have started to pour in. The bench arrived - and not in the color we expected. It was supposed to be a blush tone, but arrived a bit too close to the wall color. In design, this stuff happens. You have to be flexible. We're working with it! Our sconces also arrived; they were chosen to match to the brass bed.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions

Remember, you can follow along as we source and select by checking out this project's pinboard. You can also see what everyone else is up to by checking out their progress.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: How We Made The Big Design Decisions
 

One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

 

Well, folks, can you believe it? We survived week one. This week, I wanted to share a little peek into our design plan. We went through a few rounds of tweaks (as every design does), to ultimately land on the third design board. I'm going to get a bit more into how these decisions were made in next week's post. For now, I'll walk you through the basics. 

OPTION 1

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

OPTION 2

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

OPTION 3

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

OPTION 4

MICHELLE GAGE //  ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: THE DEISGN PLAN

OPTION 5

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

These are what I call "fast and dirty design boards." We've made so many changes along the way - and shared many text convos, emails, pinterest messages - to ultimately land here. We've talked out every single aspect of this design; the boards merely represent those chats.

Like I mentioned in the last post, Alana had some items worth keeping. Her vintage brass bed is a real winner; there's no way we were getting rid of that. Alana also had a great vintage rug that we pulled colors from for the wall tones. We both agreed that her space needed wallpaper. To keep the budget in check, we chose to wallpaper just one accent wall, behind the headboard. In the sleep space, we knew we needed to replace the current nightstands in favor of something more substantial. Sconces were also a MUST, as the lamps HAD TO GO!

Onto the dressing space...so excited for this one! We're keeping Alana's great old dresser. Vintage cabinetry is being installed on the adjoining wall. In the center of there space, there will be a great vintage rug, bench and some additional oddities We've also secured a wonderful vintage dress form to really drive the look home.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

As I mentioned, I'll dive deeper into how we got to where we are next week - how we chose the wallpaper, paint, etc. For now, be sure to follow along on our project's Pinterest board. I'd love to hear from YOU! What are your favorite elements of this design? 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan
 

One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir

 

Let the games begin!

This is my second season participating in the One Room Challenge. Last spring, I completed this Palm Springs Inspired Living Room. That project was such a blast, so I decided to take on another. This fall, I am working with Alana Oates, a bad ass shoe designer living in New Jersey, on her Vintage Boudoir. I'll be posting about our progress weekly - and sharing some insight into product inspirations and selections on this Pinterest board. 

Coincidentally, Alana and I both used to work at Anthropologie's Home Office. However, we only met once, as our departments (shoe vs. home) didn't overlap. Now, years later, we're collaborating on her bedroom makeover. 

Alana lives in a charming bungalow, right outside of Philadelphia. She has been working on the styling of her home, but has been struggling to create the ultimate bedroom retreat. After talking with her about her wildest dreams, a plan was devised. The inspiration will come from our mutual love of vintage. In true fashionista style, Alana loves rich prints and textiles, which you will see come through in the room's wallpaper (yes!!) and accessories. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir

Her bedroom features a few items worth keeping - for example, that vintage brass bed. Don't you just LOVE IT?! Off of the bedroom, there is an attached dressing space. I've been DYING to design this sort of space (especially one that belongs to a fashion forward friend) so we're tackling this room too. 

Let's look at the BEFORE PHOTOS:

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir

So, folks, it's time to take on another six week transformation. I'll share more about the design ideas next week. Be sure to follow along and watch how this space unfolds. 

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Introducing #VintageBoudoir
 

One Room Challenge: Get The Look // Palm Springs Project

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Get The Look // Palm Springs Project
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Get The Look // Palm Springs Project
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Get The Look // Palm Springs Project

It is one week after the reveal of The Palm Springs Project. I am still giddy over how everything turned out. As mentioned in the previous posts, things shifted a bit from our original design plan. I wanted to share these changes and all of the sources we shopped to pull this project together. As mentioned, everything was fairly affordable. Keep in mind, when purchasing products for an entire space, the cost will start to add up. Luckily for us, Natalie had some of these items already, keeping our cost down. She had a great vintage credenza, Moroccan rug and shelving unit for us to use. 

SOFA, $999 - This was the piece Natalie "had to have" - and I am all about a pink sofa. 

PILLOWS, $18-39 EACH - Pillows are the perfect way to add texture to a space!

FRINGE PILLOW, JUTE PILLOW, MACRAME PILLOW, PRINTED PILLOW

MOROCCAN POUF, $155 - Poufs are a great way to add a little extra seating into a space, when needed. 

MOROCCAN RUG, $399 - Initially, we debated on two affordable options from World Market. When we couldn't decide, Natalie offered up the one she planned to use in her bedroom. 

END TABLE, $76 - This affordable option looks much more expensive that its price indicates. 

MCM CREDENZA, $399 - Again, this was a piece Natalie already owned and wished to use in her space. It was the perfect fit to sit beside the fireplace.

TABLE LAMPS, $107 - The initial design plan featured lamps that were twice the price. When looking for areas to cut back, I knew that we could find a duplicate. 

FELT LETTER BOARD, $60 - When I had suggested that Natalie purchase this piece for her space, she informed me that she already had it. PERFECT!

WALLPAPER, $599 - This is one of the most special features in the space. We both agreed that this space needed wallpaper, but we didn't want a style we had seen before. We wanted something in the botanical family - but were over traditional palm prints. This style spoke to us. When I showed it to Natalie, she knew it was THE ONE.

BAR CART, $698 - This was the bar cart of Natalie's dreams. Since she is in fact a bar tender, she thought it would be worth the splurge - AND BOY WAS SHE RIGHT. Every other option we looked at fell short of expectations. We were able to secure a 20% off coupon, which alleviated some of the cost. 

RATTAN MIRROR, $123 - Natalie already had this vintage mirror in her possession - we just needed to find the right home for it. 

NEON SIGN, $169 - Every funky space needs a neon sign - especially one that reminds you to stay wild.

S/2 CHAIRS, $400 - Yes, you read that price right - that's the price for both! When our originally selected chairs fell through, these swooped in and saved the day.

SHELVING, $80 - This is your basic, standard shelving unit. Natalie had it. It worked. Done.

CACTUS CANDLES, $28 - An obvious choice for #shelfie styling...

FLAMINGO CATCHALL, $30 - The perfect place to keep your keys and change...

PLANTERS, $29-36 - We both agreed that this space needed to be loaded up with plant life. These quick picks from Target added so much interest to the space. 

GREEN POT, BLUE POT, TALL HANGING, WIDE HANGING

DINOSAUR PRINT, $49 - The photo that you see printed is actually a shot that Natalie took while in Palm Springs. We framed it through Framebridge and knew it had to live over the fireplace. 

NUDE PAINTING, $140 - We are both big fans of "stranger art" and knew that we needed a piece for this project. Originally, Natalie wanted one that was twice the price. When I presented this option to her, she snagged it right away! This particular style is one-of-a-kind, but the seller has more wonderful options in her shop. 

METALLIC BASKET, $44 - Every giant cactus needs a metallic basket to live in. 

We looked at A TON of options when sourcing items for this space. Be sure to check out the additional products we previewed over on this project's pinterest board.

 

One Room Challenge: Revealing The #PalmSpringsProject

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

Guys, I cannot contain my excitement for this reveal! I am thrilled to share the "after images" of our One Room Challenge. This was a true collaboration between myself (designer), Natalie (client) and Kyle (photographer). After being introduced via Instagram, I hired Kyle to shoot my living room. A few months later, she reached out to see if I had any new spaces wrapping up. I didn't. The One Room Challenge was right around the corner, so I asked her if she would be interested in collaborating on it. The only issue was that I didn't actually have a space to makeover. My home was completely done. That's when I reached out to Natalie. We had connected on Instagram a few months prior and I bookmarked her in my mind as a person I'd like to work with one day. She favors quirky and colorful designs, like myself, so I knew we'd be a good match. As luck would have it, she was in the process of moving into a new home and was in need of some design expertise! 

We completed the entire project virtually. I worked on the designs from my studio in Philadelphia and Natalie received deliveries at her home in Jersey City. Our styles blended perfectly together, so working over email was a piece of cake!

Since Natalie had incurred a lot of expenses with her move, we wanted to keep the costs for this makeover modest. Her budget gave us plenty of room to get our desired look, but we kept things balanced by shopping through affordable retailers like Target, Article, Wayfair and World Market. If you wish to peep more of our potential product picks, hop on over to the Pinterest board.

During this six weeks, we made minor changes to the design plan. We wound up coming in under budget, so we added this glam lucite and brass bar cart, instead of a metal one we had been eyeing. We snagged a 20% discount code and within days, Natalie's dream bar cart had arrived! To avoid painting, we brought the WOW in through this colorful wallpaper. It went with the whole Palm Springs vibe, but it wasn't any of the same old palm print styles we were used to seeing. Bonus, it was removable, which is a renter's dream. The wallpaper was originally intended for the opposite (fireplace) wall, but we were short some so we flipped the script - AND I'M SO GLAD WE DID! Hiccups happen in design all the time. It helps to be nimble! 

Once the space was set, Kyle came out to shoot it. Together, Kyle and Natalie spent the day capturing the perfect shots you see here. Everyone played such an integral role in the process and I am proud to say that this was a dream team collaboration. We are all so thrilled with the results and hope that you dig the space as much as we do! Cocktails, anyone?

Did you follow along for the full six weeks? To catch up on the previous posts, click here.

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

One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective

This week, I thought it would be fun to hear from Natalie on the progress of our Palm Springs Project. Hop on over to her blog to read all about the design process, from the virtual client's perspective!

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress and The Client's Perspective
 

One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes

 
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes
Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes

Welcome to week THREE of the ORC!

While Natalie focuses on moving into her new home, she is also taking on the huge task of placing all of these orders to get this room ready for a big reveal. PROPS to Natalie!

Most of the orders have been placed - some have already arrived. Peep that pink sofa, guys!! Those chairs are killing it in the corner. Natalie styled that little vignette under the window with a set of trunks and I am full-blown obsessed.

Last week, we were having a hard time landing on the right rug. Natalie dug up one that she planned on using in the bedroom and it saved the day. Using an existing rug allowed us to save some green. We put that extra dough towards a BANGIN' BAR CART. Natalie had been eyeing this one for a long time. As a mixologist extraordinaire, we knew she had to have it. All of the other bar carts we found paled in comparison - as the price tag would suggest. After acquiring a 20% off coupon, the dreamiest bar cart was put on order. Now we wait. 

I am dying to get into this space and style it out. Every few days, she sends an email of some fabulously stylish treasure she's unearthed from her moving boxes. Prop styling is my JAM and she has plenty to play with. 

Next week, I will be out of the country and you will be hearing first hand from Natalie all about what this process is like for the client. She has been a dream client - she has creativity dripping from her fingertips and is totally trusting of the process. I'm so excited for her to share her point of view.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: Progress Photos + Some EXCITING Changes
 

One Room Challenge: The Plan, Products + Budget

 

OPTION 1 - PINK RUG

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Plan, Products + Budget

OPTION 2 - BLUE RUG

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Plan, Products + Budget

FLOORPLAN

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Plan, Products + Budget

BUDGET

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Plan, Products + Budget

Hey, people! Welcome back to week TWO of the One Room Challenge!

As you can tell by my overuse of exclamation points, I am really excited to report on the progress made thus far. Natalie and I have hashed out the room's plan to Palm Spring's perfection. That pretty little pale pink sofa you see is on order. (Fun Fact: "They" are calling this color millennial pink). The chairs were juuuust ordered, so that means the big stuff is on its way. We are now moving swiftly onto the accent items - which in my opinion - really make the room feel complete. 

If you want to shop this design, all of the products shown (plus a few extras) are pinned here. The itemized budget shows you that we are currently well under Natalie's $3,500 target. Now, she was a little flexible with that number, so we have some room to play. As long as we stay under $4,000, we're golden. The wallpaper hasn't been priced out yet and there is still some art to order and frame. Shopping from sources like Target, Article, World Market, Chairish and Wayfair have really helped to keep costs down. 

So if you are wondering when I will get to explaining why there are two design boards shown, the wait is over. We are stuck on the rug. Everything about this living room has come together pretty seamlessly. We had a hiccup with the original chairs being back ordered and the first choice bar cart being unavailable, but we found even better options later on - counting those as a blessing! World Market currently has two pretty great rug offerings for the room. The first design shows this pink pretty for $200 and the second shows this blue baby for $130. Which do you prefer? We have budgeted for the higher amount, so don't let your decision be led by price. I thiiiiink I have my heart set on one of them, but I could be talked out of it.

Please help, rug emergencies are no laughing matter!! 

Catch up on week one of the challenge here.

Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Plan, Products + Budget