Week 4: One Room Challenge – Hard at Work

Um……where did the last four weeks go?  If you are new to the blog, let me explain….
I was crazy enough to accept the One Room Challenge created by the amazing Linda of Calling it Home.  She asked 19 distinguished design bloggers and little old me to renovate a room in six weeks and share our stories on our blogs.  I’m in way over my head but totally enjoying following the other stories from the rest of the round-up and I hope you are too!  You can catch up by readying the past posts about it here:
I’m getting super nervous now!  Only two weeks left to go!  I totally doubt that everything on my task list will be done in time for our big reveal but I’ll do the best I can!
Today we started the hard work…pulling down the Chair Rail and floating the walls to prep them for the Wallpaper which is scheduled to be hung on Wednesday.  
But before I show you what the room looks like today (DISASTER!), I want to show you something pretty!  So, here it is, the beautiful custom monogram that Jen O’Neal of Halo Home made for our project.  I found this spectacular vintage monogram in an old book and it just happened to be my husband’s initials: JW!  So pretty right?  I gave it to Jen and she worked her magic on it and presented me with this amazing set of embroidered napkins for our new dining room.  

Photography by John Cain Sargent for Monograms for the Home, my next book that comes out in Sept! Yay!
 The napkins are actually a perfect match for the drapes. I ordered the set from Loom Decor and Jen added the embroidery.  The porcelain is Richard Ginori but, with a napkin as elaborate as this, you could use a plain white plate and still have a pretty setting.
I ordered this Diamond Pattern Jute Rug in Black for the floor.  The baseboards are going to be painted black to match the the bottom of the ombre paper so I thought I should do a dark rug too.  Do you think that is the right choice?
So, now to the room as it looks today.  I kind of want to cry as I post these photos because we have a LONG way to go and VERY little time!
The Team at Diamond Dry Wall got the antler chandelier, which is staying, all covered up and they are prepping the walls for the wall paper.

They rolled out all of the papers from Brett Designs.  I’m so super excited! 

But then I got the call that the walls were bubbling….they said it was just an FYI and they were going to handle it but I’m afraid it might cost us a day (or two) that we don’t have! Yikes!

 So, basically, I feel excited and incredibly nervous about getting this wrapped up!  I know I will feel much better once the wallpaper and painting is done!
Here is the link list of the other bloggers as crazy as I am to attempt to pull this off:

Trademarked by Calling it Home


  1. pam {simple details} on April 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Just dying to see that wallpaper, Kimberly!! Good luck this week!

  2. Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook on April 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    After it's all said and done, this room will be worth all the effort (& sleepless nights) you put in. I can't wait to see that wallpaper!!!

  3. Paige McDaniel on April 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Cannot wait to see the finale — and the monogram is fantastic, Kim!

  4. Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors on April 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    The best part about six weeks is that soon this part will be a memory and you will have your absolutely gorgeously stunning space to enjoy! Can't wait to see it all together! 🙂

  5. Kim on April 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I am so excited to see that wallpaper UP!

  6. stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs on April 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I can't wait to see the wallpaper… it's going to be fantastic! xo

  7. Sylvie von Lueder on April 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I am so looking forward to seeing this wallpaper on the walls! It's a stunner!

  8. Linda {Calling it Home} on April 23, 2015 at 3:16 am

    My fingers and toes are crossed for you. Love that wallpaper.

  9. Reviving Charm on April 23, 2015 at 3:17 am

    …another comment on how gorgeous that wallpaper is. It looks fabulous. I can't wait to see it on the walls.

  10. SHERRY HART on April 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

    There is always a glitch right? Geez just when you get cocky you always get that little setback but I have faith! Can't wait to see the room!

  11. jana bek on April 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Loove that monogram and think you made the perfect rug choice! Can not wait to see the wallpaper up!

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