I’m convinced the universe is conspiring to prevent us from making any progress on the One Room Challenge this week.
Take Monday, for example.
Quite the start to the week, eh?
Our transportation debacle continued into the evening. After a colleague dropped me off at my husband’s office, we get into his car to go home – only to find out he left the lights on for the entire day. Needless to say, the car battery was dead, and it was nearly six in the evening, so most people had already gone home for the day.
As a result, our grand plans to (finally) tackle that fireplace makeover on Monday evening were postponed to Tuesday.
Then when Tuesday evening rolled around, we couldn’t find half of our masonry tools, so by the time we taped off the fireplace and covered the surrounding hardwood floors, it was time for bed.
Thus, the project was postponed to Wednesday.
But the misadventures didn’t stop there, oh no!
On Monday evening, just when I had finished wailing, “Why me?!” to the universe, I received a “thank you for your business, but…” email notification. Apparently the coffee table I ordered for the living room wouldn’t be arriving until December.
You win, universe, you win!
Speaking of ordering furniture, since the One Room Challenge first began, the bank froze my debit card three times. THREE TIMES, I tell you!
In the words of the oh-so-helpful customer service rep, I’ve been making “a significant number of very large purchases” so the bank has been flagging my online shopping as suspicious activity.
The irony of this is not lost on me.
On a more positive note, let’s talk about these beautiful custom frames from framed & matted. Am I crazy for thinking I can go ahead and hang these even if the sofa hasn’t arrived? I know I need to wait to get the proportions and placement just right, but oh, I am SO desperate to cross off just one item from my ORC to-do list!
Even the artwork didn’t escape drama-free: I was excited to pick up my photography prints from a local printer – only to discover that instead of 8×11″, they were printed at 8×10″. Thankfully I have a solid working relationship with said printer. They are my preferred vendor for all of my freelancing design projects; as a result, they were able to fix the issue right then and there, as I toured their gorgeous new office space in downtown Chattanooga.
Shout out to Ginger at Aladdin Printing for the quick turnaround.
Assembling the frames was a total breeze, though. When you order a custom frame from framed & matted, all of the necessary hardware pieces to assemble and install your artwork come included in your package. No need to stress about finding the right hardware, whether to hang from a wire or a hook, how to attach said wire – questions I am completely clueless about.
Thanks to framed & matted, I assembled all eight frames in less than an hour.
Speaking of artwork, I also ordered two large-scale engineering prints from Staples with my own designs. I originally considered hanging the prints in our master bedroom but thought the bold, geometric patterns may be more fitting for the living room.
I’m picking them up this evening, so if you’re curious about large-scale engineering prints from Staples, come hang out with me on Snapchat to see how they turn out.
By the way, thank you so very much to those who sent such positive feedback when I unveiled a smaller version of the prints in our guest bathroom. Once the ORC frenzy dies down a little, I’ll be adding these two designs (and so much more!) to the FOXY OXIE Etsy shop, so stay tuned!
Oh, and of course I can’t forget about my very favorite item that has arrived thus far: these beautiful, velvet barrel chairs! Just how darling are they? I literally spent the entire Wednesday evening rubbing my hands all over the soft fabric – it is THAT fabulous.
Now our chrome Sputnik chandelier has another chrome friend to play with in the midst of all the big, bad brass.
Speaking of the design plan – it has changed quite a bit. (Surprise, surprise!)
Instead of a geometric, gray rug, I ordered this gorgeous black and white number.
Those that know me well can attest to how obsessive compuslive I am about straight lines and structured patterns; my decision to order a natural cowhide rug surprised even myself! It will add just the perfect dose of masculinity to the living room, though, which was turning out quite feminine.
Check out the updated room mockup for a better idea of how it’ll (hopefully) look.
As for what’s left, in no particular order:
- Finish the brickwork on the fireplace, then paint it;
- Touch up the ceiling around the fireplace;
- Install AC vents;
- Install gallery wall behind the sofa, if the latter ever arrives;
- Assemble and install large-scale artwork behind the two barrel chairs;
- Paint the console table – unless I change my mind and decide not to use it;
- Install curtain rod, purchase and hang curtains;
- Install the round mirror on the fireplace;
- Purchase a few vases, a comfy throw, baskets for storage, and fireplace tools and accessories.
Now let’s just cross our fingers that sofa arrives on time; otherwise I’ll be in big trouble when November 10 rolls around.
Just catching up on our One Room Challenge? Check out the previous posts:
- The Living Room Renovation (BEFORE) – Week 1
- Living Room Inspiration + Design Plan – Week 2
- Shop Your Own Home – Week 3
Don’t forget to check out the other ORC participants. Warning: more than 200 of us bloggers are participating this go-round, so there goes your entire Thursday! But it’s all very, very good – I promise.
Browse the full “Our Bungalow Renovation” series to read all about our adventure of remodeling an abandoned 1930 bungalow.
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About the One Room Challenge
Twice a year, 20 featured bloggers along with hundreds of guest participants are challenged to transform any room they so choose, but they must complete the entire project in six weeks.