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. 

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Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

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Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

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Michelle Gage // One Room Challenge: The Design Plan

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MICHELLE GAGE //  ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: THE DEISGN PLAN

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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
 

The Importance of Vintage Portraits with Chairish

 

I have been selling vintage goodies on Chairish for about two years now. A few months back, they reached out to me about my love of painted vintage portraits. I jumped at the opportunity to write a post for their blog about my obsession. This story is up on their site now and I'd love it if you would check it out. Head over to their blog to see the rest of the places where I've put portraits

Michelle Gage // The Importance of Vintage Portraits with Chairish
 

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
 

Before + After: Bright / Bold Master Bedroom

 
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Bright / Bold Master Bedroom

This bedroom belongs to the client of this living room and it's one of my favorite spaces. As a designer, there's nothing better than starting with a blank slate. The only existing item this space had was a mattress. The clients, "Annie" and "Jeff" dreamed of a tranquil space with an eclectic twist. We painted the walls a fresh white shade, the perfect backdrop. A four poster bed is the room's star. These gorgeous nightstands were a MUST HAVE. Turquoise accessories pull everything together without feeling too overwhelming. These well-placed touches add a POP of color to an otherwise neutral setting. This space proves that just a few well-crafted pieces can come together to create a beautiful and comfortable bedroom. 

Michelle Gage // Before + After: Bright / Bold Master Bedroom
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Bright / Bold Master Bedroom
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Bright / Bold Master Bedroom
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Bright / Bold Master Bedroom
 

Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room

 
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room

Clients ask me all the time, "What is the first piece we need to pick out?" I always tell them that any item can kickoff a room's design. If you have a great vintage rug, colors can be pulled out for wall paint. If you want to include a worn leather chair, the other upholstery items can be linen or velvet to balance the materials out. 

In this case, my client fell in love with an inspirational image I sent her. The image was of a living room featuring a blue velvet Anthropologie sofa. Once that piece was locked in, everything else fell into place. The clients wanted recliners. Yes, believe it or not, these chairs recline. They had to either be a durable linen or leather, to balance out the velvet sofa. To add in yet another material, we selected this round leather ottoman which works well for families with young, energetic kids. 

The clients had a great, soft grey rug that we wanted to use in the space. It was a few sizes too small for the room, so we layered an affordable jute option underneath. This one fit the room well and is less expensive than if we were to purchase the same grey rug in the appropriate size. 

A few more key items (side tables, shelving, etc.) helped to fill out the space. These (truly wonderful) clients had been passed down a vintage icebox, which made for the perfect home bar. The gallery wall over the sofa features prints of citiesthat the couple has traveled to together. Lastly, we layered in some lightingpillows and decor - the finishing touches.

It was important to make sure the room didn't lean either too feminine or too masculine. My client, we'll call her "Annie", has 3 young boys. She wanted a living room that she could relax in, as well as one that her husband ("Jeff") and children could enjoy. She got her dreamy Anthropologie sofa. He got his recliners. With one quick push of the ottoman, the boys have enough floor space to play with their Legos. Is it possible to make everyone in the family happy? Not always, but in this case, YESSS!

Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
 

How To Work With An Interior Designer

 
Michelle Gage // How To Work With An Interior Designer — Michelle Gage

Alright folks, I'm going to let you in on a few designer secrets. While there is no real secret sauce, there are a few things that you can do to make your designer/client working relationship serve you best. I'm going to break down some tips on how to be an ideal client. I'm not providing these tips to imply that I need to school people on how to act. I just get a lot of questions from clients on how they can get the most out of their experience. Well, here's how...

1. Have a vision. Many clients will hire a designer for their creativity and ability to see a room's potential. Yes, designers are skilled at that - but keep in mind that you are the one who is most familiar with the space. If you're interested in redesigning your tired living room, you probably already have a long list of dreams for the space. If you have a Pinterest board, share it! Ultimately, a designer's goal is to have the space reflect the homeowner. Sharing your ideas sets the project off on the right track.

2. Have a budget. This can be a hard one. If you are working with a designer for the first time, you may not be familiar with what things can cost. However, I encourage you to try your hardest to come up with a budget. If your designer doesn't know where you stand on certain items, you are just making her job harder and setting yourself up for disappointment. Your designer needs to know if she is sourcing you a $3,000 sofa or a $10,000 one. Remember, you've hired someone to design a complete space for you. In order to do so, they need the complete picture. 

3. Trust your designer. Yes, you should have a vision - but you should also trust that you have hired a capable professional to execute that vision. You have to believe that your designer has the space's best interest in mind. Know that they bring many years of experience to the table and very aware of what is happening their industry.

4. Be decisive. This is especially important when you are using a designer that operates on an hourly rate. Being certain in what you want (and even in what you don't) keeps the project moving along. If you're getting hung up on every little decision, the space will stall. You just need to land on one item to get the ball rolling. That one item can be anything - sofa, rug or even a piece of art. That one decision informs the rest of the room's needs. If you are having trouble making a decision, let your designer do it!

5. Be patient. Things take time - especially in the design world. On average, a sofa can take 8-12 weeks to be made and sent to your front door. It could take some time to get a painter out to your space to even just quote the job. These factors are outside of your designer’s control and unfortunately a fact of life. Your designer will help you navigate these unknowns, but know that many delays you'll experience throughout the project have nothing to do with the designer’s ability to manage your project.

6. Play a part. If you aren't really concerned with each and every item selected, hand the reigns over to the designer. If you tend to be picky, try to collaborate. I always encourage my clients to participate in the design process. More often than not, the homeowner has been the one to suggest at least one piece we wind up purchasing for their space. Know that your input is valuable. At the end of the day, you will be the one living in the home, so work with your designer to ensure the space reflects your personal style.

7. Understand your contract. Be sure to read your contracts terms and conditions. As with any form, don't just sign on the dotted line. You really need to be familiar with how your designer operates. Her contract may have rules on late payments, photography and placing orders. If you have concerns about anything you read, be sure to ask for further clarification. My point - know who you are hiring!

If you can come to the table prepared, you'll be set up for success. The process takes a lot of focus and determination. I wouldn't say that it's a hard process, but it can be emotionally taxing. You pour so much into a project - as the designer and as the client - and care so much about the results. Even if you pass the project off to your designer completely, you'll need to review designs and orders along the way. Make sure you have the time to dedicate to such a project and be ready to be active in the process! 

 

How I Approach Interior Design

 
Michelle Gage // How I Approach Interior Design
Michelle Gage // How I Approach Interior Design
Michelle Gage // How I Approach Interior Design
Michelle Gage // How I Approach Interior Design

As a child, I was a HUGE Lisa Frank fan. I was a proud member of her club and received monthly mail packs of her colorful stationary and stickers. Her bold, bright and quirky style was right up my six-year-old alley. 

While my tastes have taken a turn for the better, I am still a fan of all things wild and whimsical. There are really no rules when it comes to interior design. Sure, there are some standards that I like to stick to - but when it comes to decor, I always say to DREAM BIG!

I always strive to have the homes I design reflect the people who live there. I guide the design process, but I am all about discovering the client's personal style. At the end of the day, you should come home to a space that looks like you and your family. 

That being said, there are certain elements that I favor. I totally dig a bold wallpaper. I love a good velvet sofa and always try to include vintage elements into the space. I love color and prefer to see more loud tones than neutral ones. 

A space should be a healthy mix of high and low furnishings. Introducing pieces of all price points is an efficient way to flex your budget - no matter what the size! Perhaps we invest a portion of your furniture fund into a dream sofa that is going to last you fifteen years. Then, maybe we skimp on the rug and find a $300 option that we know won't last more than three years. 

If you are in the camp of "buying the right thing once" - I hear you! Maybe you're wondering why we would spend so little on a cheapie rug and then replace it a few years down the line. Hear me out. If you have young kids or pets, no rug is going to hold up too long. Sure, some pricier options may stand the test of time - but if they are bound to get soiled, do you really want them in your house long term?

Accents, like your rugs, are a great place to save a little cash. Decorative textiles tend to be a little bit trendier than furniture styles. You can switch out your rug (pillows, bedding, etc.) when something that you like a little bit more comes your way. You won't feel guilty about this update when the original didn't cost you an arm and a leg.

Back to the vintage thing - I'm all about it - it's in my blood! When the room allows for it, I like to include at least one vintage item into a space. This item can be something that is a star in the space (like a blue vintage sofa) or something that takes on a supporting role (like a bar cart or end table). It takes a little longer to hunt down these vintage treasures, but it is so worth it. Antiques add character to even the most standard spaces. Another area where I like to layer vintage in is through decor. You can always toss in some worn hardback books, capped by brass bookends. 

While I try to attract clients that agree with my design philosophies, it doesn't always work out that way. It is a bit more natural for me to work with homeowners that align with my aesthetic. However, I enjoy the challenge that comes with working outside of my comfort zone. I work with and welcome all design styles. Again, at the end of the day, I want the space you reflect YOU and I want you to love coming home.

 

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: 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
 

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
 

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

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...

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

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