ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK THREE: PAINT-N-WALLPAPER

Ok, so here's the deal: color is kinda hard for me.

My whole house is a mix of: browns, creams leather, suede, white floors, wood, and beige accessories. A few years back I entered the neutral zone, and I haven't really been able to get out of it. So yeah: it took me a looooong time to figure out what colors I wanted to bring into the guest house. 

But the thing is: this is a totally separate space...and the Airbnb guests who stay in the guest house don't come into our main house, so the two don't *really* need to relate. Ok phew: realizing that, finally helped me move past my color paralysis. Well, kinda: I decided to paint the bathroom a color, and repaint the rest of the space white.

HEAR ME OUT HERE, HOMIES: I know some of you may think white is b-o-r-i-n-g, but for me it's honestly like a clean slate. I've got much love for white, and I really dig the fact that it allows me to incorporate other colors via accessories, bedding, art, etc. Also, we don't get a ton of light in the guest house, and the floor is Saltillo tile. Don't even get me started on the floor. I inherited it...and while I love it for a traditional Spanish home, that's not what I've got. Like at ALL. And it's a shockingly hard color to work with when you're thinking through your palette. So I'm mostly just gonna try to hide it. 

Anyway, back to the paint: Farrow and Ball paint is srsly the bomb dot com...which works out well cause I am a horrendous, horrible, not to be trusted with a paintbrush alone EVER kind of a painter. And if I don't have good paint to use, my whole project is literally just gonna fall down around me. Thank gawd for F & B. And also thank gawd I convinced my friend Jen to come out from Ohio to help me with this project. Though when she walked in and saw my paint job she said something along the lines of: "this is the sort of space I would look at and think whoever painted this needs to be taken away to a facility."

So I chose Inchyra Blue for the bathroom and Winborne White for the main space. 

Here's Inchyra Blue out in the wild: 

Though it's looking a bit darker in our bathroom...probably because there isn't much natural light in there. 

But I really think it's feeling a bit moodier and sexier in there with the Inchyra Blue, so I'm really loving the change of the general vibe. And the fresh white is giving me all sorts of feels in the rest of the space. But because I was reseting the neutral vibe with white, I decided I wanted to go for it with some wallpaper. 

Now hanging wallpaper yourself is normally a crazytown idea...cause it's NOT an easy job. Like not at all. But I was lucky enough to have my friend Jen with me, and Jen basically knows how to do everythang, so I was feeling like I was ready to take on the world. 

We decided to do a kickass raw brown-y/gold-y/gray-ish grasscloth behind the bed which I managed to find on AllModern.com. As a reminder, I'm going for that chic hotel vibe in there, so I wanted to keep things a bit more refined in the bedroom space.  

Here we are rolling out the wallpaper like the crazy ppl we are. 

Here we are rolling out the wallpaper like the crazy ppl we are. 

And here we are attaching it to the wall. This looked way the hell easier than it was. Promise. 

And here we are attaching it to the wall. This looked way the hell easier than it was. Promise. 

This wallpaper is looking gorge to the miggity max, but it *was* a smidge more difficult to hang because it was so darn thick. But I think that it actually adds an incredible richness to the space. And it def has that hotel vibe on lock.  

But wait! Did you think I was just gonna do ONE kind of wallpaper in there? Hell to the no, to the no, no, no. 

And lucky for me, another fab ORC sponsor New Wall had some epic wallpapers to pick from. I ended up choosing a paper from Tres Tintas Barcelona called Poseidonia. Feast your little eyeballs on it: 

[Pretend like some Biggie song is playing in the background right now].

The challenge with this "wallpaper" is that it's actually mural. So it's sort of like one big piece of art. Unlike the grasscloth, you can't just randomly hang it in pieces next to one another. And challenge numero dos is that the mural was not quite big enough to fit our entire seating area space. So I came up with kind of a whacky solution to deal with that, which I'll show you in the final reveal. But I have to say, so far I'm lovin it.

So this is going to go in the little seating area at the front of the guest house. I'm pairing it with a blue velvet banquette that I already had in there because a. it perfectly fits in the spot it's in, and b. The bench actually has storage in it, and I need it to keep extra sheets and towels. 

 Another thing I've struggled with a bit on this project and then decided to get over it: not EVERY single thing in the space needs to be brand new. Sometimes you have pieces that are working great where they are, and it's ok to keep em.' Even though the banquette is kind of a big piece, there is just nothing else I could find so quickly that would fit perfectly, and provide me with a ton of extra storage. So Mr. Banquette dude isn't going anywhere.

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Ok, so that's what's goin' on around these parts. What do you think? Are you legit concerned that I might pick up a paintbrush again and no one will be around to stop me? [you should be]...Do you approve of my wallpaper pics??...Did you hate the Grils finale as much as I did?? 

In the meantime, you should DEF hit up all my other ORC bbs to find out what they're up to too. I'm LOVING all the progress I'm seeing this week! 

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK TWO: MY DESIGN PLAN (#COZYLUXE)

Ok, so as a refresher: 

+ I'm making over our teeny tiny guest house which we airbnb the hayl out of. 
+ Right now, it's just kind of "ok for me, dawgg" in there. 
+ I want it to feel more like a chic hotel room in there...or what I've started calling "cozy luxe." CUE EYE ROLL RIGHT NOW. [I hate all those dumb style sandwich phrases everyone comes up with like "eclectic modern" or "mod traditional," but also: I'm doing it now too].

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If you missed my first week's One Room Challenge post, you can catch up right heeeere.

So from the get go, I realized that a major bummer with doing over the guest house was this: I can't really move shit around much. And that's just because it's so small in there, I don't have a lot of options. Here's what I'm talkin' bout: 

Ok, so the bed can only go on one wall: cause one wall is the closet, so that's a no go. And if we put it on the wall where the windows are, then there is no place to mount the TV. So yeah: the bed needs to stay where it is. 

Then in the front seating area, I *could* maybe sort of move the banquette and put it under the window, but there is a weird niche in the wall over there and it doesn't fit alll the way up against the wall....so that one is status quo too. The kitchen has obvies gotta stay where it is cause that's where the plumbing/gas is. So yeah: if you were looking for a whole lot of furniture re-organizing around this joint, I'm probs gonna disappoint your ass HARD.  

However, the good news is, I still want to drastically change the look of the space. And in a way, this will be a fun experiment to see how insanely different we can make a space look by not changing the layout of the rooms AT ALL. I'm up for the challenge, yo.

Wanna see some of the fab, fly freddy shiz I've already picked out for the space? Duh, of course you do. Ok, let's do this: 

+ Uttermost Petris Stacked Leg Console, ATG Stores
+ Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel plug in sconce (similar), Lamps Plus
+ Highline by Rachael Ray Upholstered Panel Bed, All Modern
+ Corbett Helios 27" Flush Mount, Bellacor
+ Joaquin 1-drawer Nightstand, All Modern
+ Walls Republic Raw grasscloth wallpaper, All Modern

This is the vibe I'm going for in the main bedroom area: hotel-y, chic, and def gender neutral. There are a lot of things you have to take into consideration when you're designing a space that is going to be used as an airbnb rental: lots of tchotchkes don't work, cause those get dusty. If you have a low profile bed, older people aren't going to have such an easy time getting in and out of it. People need spots to store their stuff, charge their devices, and also just relax and chill. It can't feel too feminine OR too masculine. So I need to make sure the space is useful and functional, but I also want every single thing I choose for the space to feel intentional and purposeful. 

As a reminder, here is what the bedroom area looks like now: 

Meh. It needs some help. If you want to find out how to make a similar wall hanging, though, I have a whole DIY right here. 

Here are some images that inspired me for the space: 

via Restoration Hardware

via Restoration Hardware

via soudasouda

via soudasouda

via Architectural Digest  

via Architectural Digest
 

I think I mostly still want to stick to neutrals, though I'd like to mix in some blue...in fact I think I decided to paint the bathroom Inchyra Blue from Farrow & Ball. 

Here's what it looks like: 

What do you guys think?? Any ideas about how I can pull off the hotel chic thing but not make the space feel too cold or impersonal? What are some of your fave amenities at a fab hotel? Do you love Patricia on Southern Charm as much as I do?? This is basically how I'm thinking of y'all whenever I ask you for advice: 

Next week we're going to get INTO it about the paint annnnnd the wallpaper. Yep, we're doing not one, but TWO diff wallpapers in that mofo, and I'm going to tell you allllll the deets. 

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPRING 2017 // WEEK ONE: THE BEFORE SHOTS (#NOJUDGMENT)

YO, ONE ROOM CHALLENGE LOVAHS! 

If by chance we're not already homies on Instagram, hiiii! I'm Erica Reitman. I'm a tell-it-like is, smart-mouthed, interior designer who lives in Los Angeles with my husband Greg and our 13-year-old chunky Basset Hound Dudley. I love vintage shopping more than the Kardashians (who I really love a LOT), share super duper easy design hacks and advice, and am committed to helping as many ppl as I can figure out how to kick their house's ass

I'm crazy super duper excited to be participating in the 6-week makeover party that is the One Room Challenge this Spring, and am basically blown away that I was included in such a group of talented, super killer designers and bloggers.

HERE'S SOME BACKGROUND SCOOP

Ok, so we bought a 1955, teeny, tiny MCM post and beam house a couple of years ago, and then renovated the crap out of it before moving in. You can see some of the crazy before and afters in this lil video:

The super duper, way rad thing about our house that totally won us over was that we have a completely separate teenier, tinier little guest house too. We specifically wanted a property with some income earning potential, and so BOOM. We were in as soon as we saw this mamma jamma. We now rent that guest house sucka out on Airbnb like nobody's business, and guess what: we pay our ENTIRE friggin mortgage with it every single month! 

So as soon as Linda from Calling it Home asked me to participate this Spring, I knew that there was only one space I should even *think* about making over: the guest house, baby! 

Now the guest house was kinda/sorta renovated at one point, though not by us. And TRUTH TIME: I know when I say "guest house" you maybe have visions of tennis courts, and pool houses on the brain. But here's the thing: this space used to be the garage. [CUE RECORD SCRATCH]. 

When we bought the house, however, it was already sort of, kind of in guest house shape. Ish. There was a full bathroom in there, Saltillo tile floors, french doors, and a washer/dryer. What we did initially was switch up the washer/dryer area to full-on kitchen, and then paint and furnish the rest of the space. 

Look, we definitely made it look nice.

And in the year since we have been airbnb'ing, we've become Super Hosts (Airbnb's highest honor!)...so all is going well. But I had mostly furnished the space with vintage pieces and hand-me downs and I really decided that I wanted to up my game this time around. 

I want it to feel more like a boutique hotel room...though not at all cold and impersonal. I want it to have ALL the touches you would expect to find in a hotel, but also be a bit cooler with unexpected art, wallpaper etc.  So basically chic hotel room, mixed with with a cool, arty salon vibe. OH, also: I don't really do *much* in the way of color as I'm addicted to neutrals. See exhibit A here: 

That's our living room in the main house (again: don't get any grand ideas. Our "main house" is 740sf, yo).

Anyhoo, I def want to take a few more chances in the guest house and go a little bit crazier. I'm stepping out of the box, ppl. And I'm stepping out HARD.

READY TO SEE THE SPACE??

Here's what the joint looks like now: 

This is the seating area that you see immediately to your left when you walk in the guest house. 

This is the seating area that you see immediately to your left when you walk in the guest house. 

Here's the kitchen that is directly opposite the seating area.

Here's the kitchen that is directly opposite the seating area.

Here are the french doors that lead into the bedroom area.

Here are the french doors that lead into the bedroom area.

Here's the bedroom area...this is what you see straight ahead when you walk through the french doors. 

Here's the bedroom area...this is what you see straight ahead when you walk through the french doors. 

Here's the wall across from the bed where we have the TV. If you're lying in bed, this is your view.

Here's the wall across from the bed where we have the TV. If you're lying in bed, this is your view.

Annnnd, here's the bathroom.

Annnnd, here's the bathroom.

So, yeah. Things are looking fine...a little meh...and a little disjointed right now. I really want the space to feel way more pulled together, intentional, and comfy luxe. 

So here's what you can expect around these parts during the One Room Challenge: 
+ Weekly updates every Wednesday of my progress right here on the ole blog
+ Loads of updates on Instagram stories. I go hard on Insta stories, ppl. You can follow me here.
+ An exclusive ORC Pinterest board I'm getting ready to share. Follow me here if you wanna be the first to see it.
+ A weekly Instagram live broadcast (starting next week) on Fridays where I share one quick tidbit about the renovation process and give you some inside scoop.
+ LOADS of additional info on all sorts of fun things like: all of my secrets for being an amazing airbnb host and all of my budget tricks for the space, just to name a couple.
+ Secret, weekly, real-talk, no holds barred confessional vids about what's REALLY goin' down. I'll only be sharing these confessional vids with all of my ORC homies on my email list, however, so if you wanna see em, sign-up below. This is where the fun stuff is going to be.

Ok, so now I've ranted on and on about myself, but I'm DYING to hear more about you! Do you airbnb? Have you ever done a guest room makeover? Which city of the Real Housewives is your fave (NYC addict, reporting for duty). DID YOU JUST WATCH BIG LITTLE LIES? Tell me everything in the comments.

This was fun-n-all, but now you GOTTA go check out all of the other participants and see what sort of magic these crazy kids are cooking up. Click all the links below to hit up the other One Room Challenger's snoop bloggy blogs and check out their project reveals: 

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Nesting Place | Abby Manchesky | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH