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4th Week of the One Room Challenge and guess what I worked on? MORE PAINTING!!
Painting more doors black plus the molding around them and I purchased, cut, and painted chair rail. I also started the stenciling on the wall. Sooo much painting but now the space is really starting to take shape!
I have not attempted stencil painting before so this was an interesting learning experience. I purchased an allover wall stencil from Royal Design Studio called Gatsby Glam Art Deco. I really wanted to do wallpaper for this project and found a TON of amazing papers but none that worked seamlessly with the living room decor. I researched stencils next and this deco design was a perfect companion to my powder room sign plus allowed me to pick my color combination.
Royal Design Studio Stencils has a great YouTube video illustrating how quick and easy stenciling can be. They painted an entire 8’x10′ wall (this is a guesstimation) in just over an hour!! After seeing this video, I was confident that my 2 half walls would take me 1-2 hours at the most. This was not the case.
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The painting itself is quick and easy but my arm got so tired so fast that I had to take small breaks to relax the muscles of my arm and also get the blood flowing again. One half-wall took me about an hour (maybe a little more). There was a little bit of gold paint left over from the ceiling paint so I used that. It worked perfectly and I was happy to use that awful paint in a fantastic way! It made me feel better about the whole debacle. I absolutely adore how things are shaping up and I am thrilled that my friends and family that are privy to the transformation always gasp is admiration. While things are coming together nicely I am still quite nervous about finishing on time. I still need to:

  1. Repaint/fix the ceiling
  2. Stencil the second half wall
  3. Hang the chair rail and paint
  4. Take off the 5th door in the hallway, cut 1/2″ off the bottom, rehang it then paint it black.
  5. Touch-up and fix all the blemishes/mistakes

I must say that the list feels easier now that I have itemized it out for this blog post but it still is a lot to accomplish in 1 week. Keep your fingers crossed for me and let me know what you think of the progress so far!
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Some of you may be familiar with the ORC Challenge and some may not. For those of you that are like, huh? let me give you the lowdown.
Calling It Home organizes a One Room Design Challenge for interior design bloggers. Everybody loves a before and after and this delivers in spades! The transformations of the participants are amazing. If you are looking for interiors inspiration you should definitely check it out here. There are typically 20 invited designers that have proven themselves extremely talented and successful but if you are a newbie to the industry like me, you can register to participate in the challenge as a guest designer.

I decided to start my own Interior Design business about a year ago in anticipation of my son starting Kindergarten September 2018. I was going to give myself about a year and a half to get my ducks in a row before launching. Take my time, no stress. Then one of my close friends bought a new house and asked for my help. SO, the timetable shifted and I made things official way before I ever intended. Why am I telling you all of this? Because now I find myself trying to launch a business and build a clientele with only 3 free days a week (the days my son is in pre-school).
It’s cool, I got this.
Therefore my first attempt at the One Room Challenge will be a small space. My hallway. An often overlooked space that doesn’t really get any dramatic decor. My hallway is very wide and offers a lot of wall space so I was thinking I wanted to hang a lot of family photos in here; something that my husband really wants somewhere in our house. Here is what it looks like now.

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When I was hunting for inspiration I just couldn’t find any truly inspiring spaces. Most hallways I found were board and batten, colorless, or too sedate for my tastes. Therefore, I decided to draw my inspiration from an Art Deco sign I purchased last year from Luckett’s. A perfect sign to hang above the bathroom at the end of the hall!art deco powder room signSince the hallway opens directly into the living room I want to bring in a similar color scheme. I have recently started painting the trim in the living room black so that is going to extend into the hallway.
The teal curtains in my living room also have gold in them and a somewhat Art Nouveau-ish feel so this will be my splash of color.
I will bring the gold with some sparkly new light fixtures and a gold stencil on the walls.
A colorful rug the length of the hall will tie it all together.  I will admit this portion of the plan is still under debate.  The hallway is 16′ in length so do I purchase two 8′ rugs or hunt down a 12-14′ rug that happens to match.  I’m still searching for options!
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I’m super excited to see how it will turn out! Stay tuned to see the progress as I will be posting weekly updates until the final reveal on May 10th.