With one week to go before the final reveal, Week 7 of the One Room Challenge had me obsessing over accessories and art. And I have to say it’s been the most fun I’ve had so far with my living room transformation.
My final goal is an elegant, airy, and inviting living room that can also withstand pet hair and pet stains. If you’d like to see before photos and read about the issues that I’ve been addressing during this Challenge, check out my post from Week 1.
My room transformation has been very simple compared to some of the amazing projects that other Challenge participants are taking on. You can find their projects here.
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I’ll be shopping my house for most of the accessories I need, but I did bring home a few new throw pillows to test in the room. For our new loveseat, I decided on these two from World Market.
I’m finding that corals and oranges work surprisingly well with our Iced Periwinkle wall color.
The room is screaming for more plants and natural textures, so I got a decent-sized majesty palm. It is in a corner of the room that gets lots of natural light.
And I ordered this adorable belly basket to put it in. I can’t wait to see it in real life.
I love that it is made of sustainably grown seagrass and woven by Vietnamese artisans. It comes with a plastic liner, but I don’t trust that to make it waterproof. I’m going to place a saucer inside the basket before setting in the plant pot.
But no doubt the most important accessory is the new plus-sized scratching post I got (happily, marked down on clearance) for our plus-sized cat.
Good kitty, he already likes it. Now hopefully he’ll leave everything else in the room alone. His scratching post will be stashed away whenever we have company, so you won’t be seeing this accessory in the final reveal.
We relocated some of the pieces that were in the room before.
The antique mirror is now in our tiny dining room. Our dining room also got a mini-makeover with the same wall paint as the living room.
But we needed a new piece of art for the living room’s north wall. I obsessed for hours this week over what we should get. I love vintage botanical prints and found that the Biodiversity Heritage Library has an extensive assortment of beautiful flora and fauna images available for free download. So I was down that rabbit hole for quite some time.
Eventually I realized that I was getting very confused and rushing the process just for the sake of completing the Challenge. It would be more fun if Chris and I could find something for the wall that we both love – and see it in person before deciding.
So in the meantime we’re using an inexpensive canvas print that I found this week at TJ Maxx. It is nothing special, but it does work well here.
This print is only a placeholder until we find the right piece for this space. But at least now there’s no hurry.
A Rug Pad
My new rug pad from RugpadUSA arrived. I like that these rug pads are affordable and 100% felt. They don’t come with the overwhelming chemical smell that other rug pad products might have.
I ordered it in the 1/4″ thickness and hoped it would be thick enough. And it is.
But it was just a little too large for our new area rug, so I had to trim it.
Some of the reviews I read mentioned that folks were having difficulty trimming their rug pads with scissors. But I used sewing scissors and didn’t have any trouble – at least not with this 1/4″ thickness pad.
So, that’s the progress this week. Tune in next week for the final reveal!
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