ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK FIVE: ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS

Week five, and I'm feelin fiiiiiiine. So let's get into it. 

I thought this week we could chat about all the little details that I'm hoping will pull my space together. 

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Since I decided to do a skinny makeover in my living/kitchen/dining/entry space (i.e. I wanted to change things up, but not burn the whole house down), I realized early on that the details were going to be key to helping the space feel totally fresh and new. 

I kicked the party off in my kitchen area.

I considered doing a full on reno in my kitchen for a hot minute, but then I realized that this dude wasn't avail, so I ditched that idea. 

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But I still wanted to make the space feel fresh, so I decided to do one of the simplest, but most impactful easy changes I could make: switch out the cabinet pulls. 

I knew I wanted to go big impact, so I chose the 16" satin brass Trail pulls from Emtek. Our previous pulls were courtesy of our shitty house flippers, and they were maybe 6" max, so the change was m-a-j-e. Looky here: 

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I shared a bit of the switch out process on Instagram stories, and the most commonly asked question by far is: what the heck did we do with the old holes in our cabinet. We ended up re-using the bottom holes, and the old top holes were filled with white wood putty. Is this solution perfect looking? Def not. But you don't' *really* notice the old holes unless you're looking for them, so for us it works just fine. 

Once we got the new pulls on there, the difference was crazy dramatic. Here are the old pulls: 

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I mean, they're fine. Like "ok, whatever" fine. 

But here are the NEW Emtek pulls: 

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They are big, and in your face, and totally baller...and I think that they've honestly managed to completely transform our space. 

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Another detail I was looking to add to our space were curtains. At the front of our room, we have a big window and our glass front door, and at the back we have sliding glass doors into our little yard. By the way, our "front" door is only accessible after you come through a gate at the front of our house, so privacy isn't really an issue (stay tuned for a fun update of our outdoor space, which you can see right through our front window, with drop dead gorgeous Stori Modern outdoor furniture, coming up next week).

Anyhoo, curtains. I knew I wanted simple, neutral curtains that didn't get too wrinkle-y. I wanted them to have a chic vibe, but not feel too fussy. I spent EONS looking for something...anything...that didn't make me say "meh," and I finally found them on Annie Selke. 

Feast your eyes on these babies: 

The magic of these curtains is that they look and feel like linen, but they're actually not. The reason that's so magical is because linen gets HELLA wrinkle-y. And I'm all about easy peasy, so steaming my curtains every week is not on my "this would be fun!" list. 

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The other trick I've learned as a designer is that 2 curtain panels almost always look skimpy. Not sure why, but I've found this to be true like 99.9% of the time, with all sorts of diff curtains, diff materials, and diff price points. So I often like to use 3 or 4 panels where you would normally use 2. 

I also needed to figure out how to deal with the curtains in terms of placement.  We had a couple of odd challenges (my front door and my window are pretty much directly next to each other). The other tricky thing is that we airbnb our guest house, and our airbnb guests are welcome to hang out on our outdoor patio...which is right outside our front door. So I ALSO wanted the curtains to provide some privacy to us inside the house, in case some sweet couple from Durango, Colorado ends up hanging out in front of the fire pit while we're trying to watch This is Us in our PJ's. 

So yeah: I'm super duper excited about our new curtains sitch, and I will show you how I tackled allllll of these issues in my final reveal post in a couple of weeks. 

Another detail I wanted to focus on was upping my rug game. I shared our main new rug last week (the vanilla ivory Texa 5x8 rug from Article), and I crazy love that mamma jamma. I also really love our glossy white floors. BUT, I had a couple of new issues I needed to tackle. 

Numero uno, our new pup Gus (who is a Basset Hound), is basically like a sprinkler when he drinks his water. Each time he takes a gulp, it seems like: 20% of the water ends up in his mouth, 20% ends up on his ears, and 40% ends up all over our damn floor. So I realized I wanted to put a rug in our kitchen to try to help this slippery situation. But I didn't like the idea of having a-l-l rectangular rugs in our little space, and wanted to mix things up. I also needed something that was hearty and could take a beating.

Enter this sexy little baby from Hayneedle.com

Linon Cowhide Rug in Beige

Linon Cowhide Rug in Beige

I'm constantly amazed at how easy hair hide rugs are to care for. They are really hard to stain, are pretty easy to vacuum, and it takes a really long time to wear them out. So now we've got this guy in our kitchen.

Challenge numero dos was that we were setting up another little dining area for ourselves in the back of our space where this giant closet used to be: 

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Since we have one big room, I chatted last week about how I've tried really hard to set up different areas of the room that actually feel separate. And I felt like the best way to do that in our new little dining area, was with a rug. So I picked out this pretty lady from Annie Selke: 

It fits perfectly with my soft, neutral color scheme, and it's soft and yummy under your feet. 

Mission accomplished: I'm over the moon happy with all 3 of our rugs now!

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Next on my details list was handling the textiles and pillows. 

No joke: at one point in time I think I had like 8 throw pillows on my couch. There was barely any room to sit. This time around, I wanted to do things way differently. WTH does that mean, that means one pillow. 

But yeah: I feel you...one throw pillow sounds bizzaro. I didn't want one throw pillow, though. I wanted one BODY PILLOW. And I found the perfect pick at Pom Pom at Home

So now, instead of a billion pillows on our couch, we have one big pillow. And I cannot tell you how much I lurv this change. It feels so darn liberating. See ya, throw pillow suckas!

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In addition to our faboo new pillow, I added a soft, gorge sheepskin from Annie Selke: 

And this fantastico throw from Pom Pom at Home

What's it like to be a designer who decides to change up their space every year and a half?--I'm asking for a friend. But seriously, I really think that all of these new pieces are super stylish, simple, and yet timeless. It's hard for me to imagine ever wanting to get rid of them [feel free to remind me of this post during the ORC Fall 2020]. 

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