one room challenge: week 6


welcome to my final reveal of the one room challenge!!!  what a whirl-wind it has been designing, sourcing, styling and photographing my living and dining room in 6 short weeks.  this was my original design/mood board.  modern with lots of glam and gilt and a tad bit edgy.  


then, my design was heavily influenced by my love of french furniture, the great gatsby and other images that were on my instagram feed.  i also wanted a lot of white space, a minimalistic-french design.  

the obligatory before shot.


so, here is my final design (note the heavy use of white and my current obsession with it...i like to dream that my kids will always wash their hands upon entering the room, and behave like little obedient angels too...lol!)  the room is really not complete as i will still search for a larger vintage and gilded mirror for the mantle, more antique tables, and i'm waiting on the replacement slipcover for the sofa in white.  some things take time; and i'm on a budget for this as it's not our forever house.   


 i love french bergere chairs.   i tried finding a vintage pair within my budget without success. these, i think, work well within the space and are neutral as well.


the much anticipated reveal of my craigslist $20 lucite chandelier.  i also scored a duplicate with 4-tiers that will go somewhere in my condo.



those chairs...oh, those chairs!  they were my diy for the design.  talk about a time consumer, i now have a whole new level of appreciation for furniture paint people.  truly.



these pillows add warmth and are so cozy...they'll keep my family warm for the winter.  the sofa is supposed to be white, i received an off-white one just yesterday.  i'm so happy it was delivered yesterday though instead of after the reveal (many thanks to the design account manager at wayfair, one of the orc sponsors).  this is the "compromise with your kids sofa", one that they can lay on with lots comfort and arms that won't make their necks shaped funny over time.





i've always wanted a gilded coffee table, i found this one with a mirrored top that will reflect and make the space seem even larger.




the antlers my kids found on our old property, and my younger sister gave me the lollia candle.  i just love those matches in that sweet little box!


found this pretty lady at a resale shop.  love mixing high-end with low-end.  the table is antique, purchased over 10 years ago; solid walnut with a checkerboard inlaid pattern on the top, and gilded accents on the legs.  a true louis xvi side table.  


new mirror from my second favorite place in southeastern michigan, westside furniture consignment emporium in ann arbor.  if you shop there, ask for joe or peggy.

let's discuss this art, it's from denise bassett and she lives and paints in the south of france.  she's a former interior designer, now retired,  and paints in glorious france.  i just love her use of vibrant color.


a little styling and a bottle of bubbly to pop, drink and celebrate.  life is just too short to not live to the fullest.

and lastly, a big huge mucho grande thank you to linda of calling it home who runs the whole show and has trademarked the one room challenge.  it is truly a great slice of pie in the grand ol' blogospere.  the uber-talented designer reveals were yesterday and can be viewed here.  check out what my other 90 or so talented designers have for the final week here.  

and, that is a wrap!  xx, dana

if you'd like sources for furnishings, please feel free to email me.    

34 comments:

  1. Dana!! What a lovely room- so chic! I love that chandelier. OMG what a steal. Great job. Enjoy!! Xx

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    1. you know chic for sure, love your design this round as well. xx, dana

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  2. Your room looks fantastic ! Love the chandelier, painting, and always love French furniture !! Great work!

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  3. Gorgeous job, Dana! I am in love with the Bergere chairs and that lucite chandelier is such a steal!!! :)

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    1. always good to hear positive praise. cheers carrie, dana

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  4. That chandelier - no way!! I'm going to be obsessed until I find one! :) Just beautiful and so elegant, Dana!

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    1. sometimes those great deals just pop up...keep on searching, it will find you! thank you, dana

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  5. Oh Dana I absolutely love it! BRAVO my friend on a job well done! Those chairs are fab and the gold mirrored coffee table, to die for! SCORE on not one but two chandeliers!! You know how to shop! Thank you for having that bottle of Sofia ready for me because I hopping over right now! Enjoy this space!

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    1. you know i would have you over to pop the cork if you were near! great job on your daughter's sweet room too. merci, dana

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  6. WOW...it looks gorgeous! Love the elegant simplicity you've done! Great job!

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    1. i like that gail "elegant simplicity"! thank you for visiting, dana

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  7. It is a beautiful beautiful room!! $20 lucite chandy! damn girl. and the coffee table. and the chairs!!! Love it. Congrats.

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    1. you are so sweet celine. yes, i scored TWO $20 lucite chandeliers in one stop! here's to a successful end to this round of the orc, dana

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  8. Wow! that is a lovely chic room. It turned out beautifully

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    1. thank you and welcome to the orc, dana

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  9. Dana this turned out just lovely! All the layered creamy tones are so serene. What an enormous improvement over what was!

    We both used a plaster bust too :) Love it!

    Best,
    Rosa

    http://rosabeltrandesign.blogspot.com/2014/11/one-room-challenge-project-parisian.html

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    1. rosa, coming from you this is really good to hear. your space and design for this challenge were simply off the charts amazing. xx, dana

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  10. Wow~ An absolutely stunning space! I love the bergere chairs. As a fellow 6 week participant the six weeks was indeed a challenge and you rose up. Well done!

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  11. Those French Bergere chairs and that fabulous chandelier. Love it!!

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    1. thank you kim! i am really in awe of your bathroom and that vintage vanity...so good! dana

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  12. Oh.my.goodness! What an amazing transformation! I cannot believe you scored that chandy for $20.00! I painted my cane-back breakfast room chairs and I totally agree with you...it gave me an appreciation of painters too! Your French chairs are beautiful!
    Shelia @ House of Highlands

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    1. yes, painting cane back chairs is a challenge! but, i fell in love with the chairs and saved a bundle doing it myself, although a professional finish would look better. decisions were made to splurge in other places though. thank you for enthusiastic praise, dana

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  13. Dana, this is beautiful! What a great chandelier!! I am so impressed the transformation is lovely!! Great job :)

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  14. Dana....I am a true fan of "white space"....so this room is right up my ally! It is so pretty and soft. Love the chandy and that mirrored coffee table. Adding the white chairs to the dark table was brilliant and I hear ya about painting furniture....not so much fun:) But so worth it right!

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    1. so good to hear from you sherry. for some reason some of my comments were not emailed to me and so i'm just now getting these! dana

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  15. Dana - I love the chairs and that coffee table is just so pretty. I love the white and your enthusiasm for your kids keeping it clean! good luck -- they better its way to o pretty to mess up! Love this!!

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    1. thank you stephanie. i'm putting in a new sink with soap at the entry to the space for my kids....!!! a little humor will keep it all clean! dana

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  16. Hmm, not sure my comment went through...take 2...Dana, I love this room. The white chairs and the mirrored table are fantastic. The chandelier is just something to be jealous over. Love this.

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    1. there was some kind of glitch here, i didn't get emails about some comments but they were in my que on blogger. thanks a bunch linda...truly another great round of the orc with so many great designers. dana

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