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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: 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