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Spring 2020 One Room Challenge - Week 4

The Foundation - Part II

Welcome back!  It's Week 4 and we've reached the halfway mark of the One Room Challenge.  Today I thought I'd dig in to a few more of the selections for my kitchen project.  I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing sponsors, who have been generous enough to offer their products and discounts for this project.  Needless to say, I am beyond grateful.  

Countertops were one of my number one priorities, so I was pretty stoked when Stoneworks LTD in Charlotte agreed to come along as a sponsor of project.  The staff and team there were amazing and didn't hesitate to help me make the right decision in a pretty tight timeline (prior to the tile going in).  

From the start, I knew I wanted to go with quartz.  The look was what I wanted, but also the durability is hard to beat.  It was just a matter of which of the many options to go with.

Since I had to consider the warmth of the cabinetry in my selection, I ended up going with
MSI's Calcutta Arno

Seeing the selection on this HUGE screen definitely sealed the deal!

This selection had a clean fresh feel but the veining added a bit of warmth at the same time.  We did an eased edge and 3/4" outside radius.  It was the first thing that went in and boy did it make a big difference. So fresh and so clean, clean.  😆

I'd been wanting to extend the island counter to create bar seating since I moved in 13 years ago, so this little addition was long over due. 

Speaking of the island...It was the only cabinetry that I intended to paint.  I love the idea of a island painted in a contrasting color.  I decided on another neutral that's in line with the wall color.  With so much color being added with tile and drapery, I felt like a neutral was the way to go.  

Sherwin-Willams' Moth Wing was saturated enough, without being overpowering.  

Before the project officially began, I knew I wanted to be strategic about working with and highlighting other small business owners.  I've connected with so many local talented artisans on social media over the years, many of whom we use in our client projects as well.  For this one, I tapped local decorative painter, Alicia Slayton of Organize. Create. Decorate

Alicia brought not only her cabinet painting skills, but also a few great ideas on sprucing things up.  She suggested we add beadboard to the island surround and cap off the cabinets with crown molding to add a more finished touch.  Both VERY good ideas.  

I absolutely LOVE how the cabinet turned out.  The color is perfection and the beadboard totally finishes it off.  

You may be eyeing that gorgeous hardware in the photo above. 

Schaub Fonce Collection
2" Matte Black/Satin Brass Cabinet T-Knob and 6" Matte Black/Satin Brass Cabinet Pull

I don't blame you one bit.  It's amazing!  Schaub and Company is one of the official sponsors of the One Room Challenge and they offer an amazing assortment of beautiful cabinetry hardware.  I knew keeping my honey oak cabinets would require me going more bold on the hardware.  Originally, I figured I'd go with simple brass but it didn't take long for me to find that brass hardware almost just faded away.  Black made much more of an impact and was also in the plan in a couple other places.  Black has this grounding affect that I like in projects.  In a project that's full of color, that can also serve as a place for the eye to land among the bold pops of color.  I decided on smaller T-knob for the drawers and 6" pulls (4" center to center) for the doors.  Of course, I had to add a little brass to 
dress things up.  

Yes please! It's so amazing how hardware can REALLY make a big difference.  My cabinets immediately felt more modern with the addition of the black.  Schaub and Company for the WIN!!

Next up were the more functional pieces like my sink and faucet.  You'd be surprised how many choices there are here.  

Thankfully Build.com offers a variety of styles and brands to choose from in one place, making it super easy to narrow the selections.  As an official ORC sponsor, they were super helpful in offering up options to pair with my new quartz countertops.  After a little "market research" (i.e. asking friends),  I decided on cast iron for the sink. I tend to like white and bright when possible and the cast iron just says clean to me.  I'd scoped out the Kohler Iron Tones 33" Drop In Double Basin Cast Iron Kitchen Sink at Stoneworks while shopping for counters and kinda fell in love with it.  

Lucky for me, Build.com had it stocked and ready to go!  

Finding a faucet proved a little more difficult.  I needed to not only decide on the look, but also how I wanted it to function.  I opted for a touch sensor one with a pull down sprayer option.  I love that the 
 Delta Trinsic Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with On/Off Touch Activation, Magnetic Docking Spray Head is clean and simple and comes in the most beautiful champagne bronze finish that's almost identical to my appliance hardware (getting to that part soon).  With the faucet selected, I then opted to finish off the sink with the matching Delta 3-1/2" Basket Strainer and the Delta Classic 4-1/2" Brass Flange and Disposal Stopper.  
Funny enough, my plumber was super impressed with these. 😁

Rounding out the hardware in the space were the drapery rods and hardware.  Obviously this is an item we use in nearly all of our client projects, so I realize the importance of drapery hardware.  I'd been stalking Helser Brothers for a while and had recently reached out to get a trade account set up to begin sourcing their products for our client projects.   I thought I'd reach out to see if they'd be willing to help me with my ORC project and much to my delight, they agreed!!
Helser Brothers
 Metro Rod and Bauhaus Crystal Finial 
Clean and modern was what I was looking for and the Metro collection delivered just that.  I capped off the brass rod with a Bauhaus crystal finial and wowza!

They are EXACTLY what I wanted...only nicer.  

Last up, but certainly not least, are the appliances.  I was honestly in a little bit of denial concerning my existing appliances.  See, when you're not a big cook, new appliances rank pretty darn low on the priority list.  However, I realize that it's hard to pull off a kitchen makeover with sad appliances.  So....

If I was going to have to spring for new ones, I was definitely getting what I wanted.  I've loved 
GE's Cafe appliances since I first saw them, so I decided to reach out.   They agreed to work with me and I selected a new fridge, microwave, range and dishwasher from their smart series.  
Y'all, I'm in love! 

While they did sit in my living room for weeks during the height of the Stay-at-Home order, when they were finally installed and I was able to use them, I couldn't have been more delighted.  I went with the matte white collection.  If you know me, you know I'm not much for following the masses so there was no way I was getting stainless "just because".  I love the idea of white appliances for several reasons:

1.) They work with the vibe and style of my home (fresh, cozy and cottage-like)
2.) They reflect light and I need a much in my house as possible.  
3.) The Cafe series comes standard with this amazing brushed bronze hardware (and can also be customized).  

The dishwasher, range and fridge are all Cafe Smart appliances and can be paired with your smart phone to operate when you're not in the kitchen.  Whoa! 

I'm not gonna lie, I love the fact that my phone tells me when my dishwasher is low on Jet Dry and when my range is finished preheating.  Gotta love that, right? 

Well, that's all for now.  I know that was a LOT!  Stay tuned until next week when I'm sharing all things pretty!  

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Spring 2020 One Room Challenge - Week 3

The Foundation 

Welcome back y'all!  This week we'll dig into the foundational selections for Project Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.  Whoa that's a mouthful. 😂

The foundational selections set the tone for pretty much everything that is to come.  As in the case of this project, I almost always begin with textiles.  They're my favorite and I often draw the most inspiration from them.  So, with the drapery fabric, upholstered banquette and the wood tone of my cabinetry already determined, I set off to determine the tile, paint and wallpaper selections for the space.  These would become the foundational elements in the design, so getting them right was paramount.

Let's start with tile, shall we?  
 Check out this video of my trip to The Tile Shop, official sponsor of The One Room Challenge™

The Tile Shop has a ton of great tile options.  With numerous locations across the country, I'd highly recommend them for your tile needs.  If you go be sure to tell them Dwell by Cheryl Interiors sent you.  I was pretty certain that I wanted a patterned tile, but I envisioned using it on the flooring.  After quickly realizing that nothing quite fit the bill for the floors, I landed on this beautiful Annie Selke ikat ceramic wall tile.  
Annie Selke for The Tile Shop
Shadow Navy Ceramic Wall Tile 

I knew it was perfect almost as soon as I spotted it.  I love that it was fun, yet classic and would infused a little culture into the space as well.  It was also pretty much a dead ringer for a preliminary window cornice fabric I'd been eyeing.  

Man I love it when things just seem to fall into place.
Next, it would just be a matter of finding a complementary selection for the flooring.  Since this Annie Selke option struck just the right note, I decided to explore other options in the collection.  Turns out there was a pretty great selection of floor tiles as well.  I was immediately drawn to these two options:

I have no doubt that it's because they both remind me of fabric and provide an awesome visual texture.  Ultimately though, I decided to go with option 2, which I affectionately named "seersucker".  I mean it looks like pants to me.  😊  Once I narrowed the pattern down, I had to figure out the size and color I wanted.  

They seem pretty similar but once I got the samples and viewed them at home, there was a pretty big difference.

I ended up going with the darkest option of indigo in the 6" x 20" planks.  It seemed to work best with the wall tile and I figured the darker might be a little more forgiving in terms of daily wear.   As soon as the installation began, I knew I had made the right decision. 

The plank style just felt like the right option for my cottage home.  I was right!  I have a tendency to lean a bit more formal in my tastes (upholstered skirted banquette, full length drapery, vintage dining table...), so this more casual tile style would be a nice juxtaposition against the more traditional options.  I also don't have a huge kitchen so the smaller scale seemed like the better option. 

Eek!! So freaking exciting! 

Once I had the tile selection done, it made selecting a paint color so much easier.  Sherwin-Williams graciously agreed to partner with me on this project and provided the paint.  I wanted a neutral hue with a little warmth.  Of course, I have my SW go-to's but I wanted a little less gray neutral than our clients tend to want.  In the end, I decided on Accessible Beige.

It's a really neutral...neutral (lol!).  Not quite warm, but also not quite cool in color.  It reminds me of a really light pair of khaki pants.  There I go with the textiles again.  😜

Sherwin Williams
Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint
My painters were really excited to hear that we'd be using Sherwin-Williams' Emerald Paint, informing me that it was their favorite.  We went with a 20% Accessible Beige/80% white mixture on the ceiling.  This helps to provide a more seamless transition from wall to ceiling rather than  simply painting the ceiling white. 

So much fresher!

Lastly, but certainly not least among the foundational pieces was the wallpaper for the corner nook.  Here I wanted something fun and classic that could serve as an exclamation point in my kitchen space.  This space would be all about function but also pretty things.  As soon as I heard that Milton and King would be a ORC sponsor, I headed over to check out the options.  

I landed on these two options-one in three colorways.  
Tulip Seeds

Wildflower - 1

Wildflower - 2

Wildflower - 3
All were really beautiful options.  I really wanted a large scale floral wallpaper, so the Wildflower just seemed a little too dainty pattern.  I selected the Tulip Seed!  It was a really striking paper, but something about it just felt classic.  The deep navy had a grounding effect that I felt was missing, making it the perfect option.

The folks at Milton and King were awesome and wasted no time in getting us the wallpaper so we could get the installation scheduled.  Jordan's Wallcoverings is my go-to for professional installation.  Zach and his team are second to none.  Installation was an absolute breeze.  Especially for me.  Lol! It was a small space, so they were done in no time.

I mean, the cutest corner ever right!? It's only two small walls, but the impact is astounding.  I love wallpaper! 

Paint, Tile (Backsplash and Flooring), Wallpaper - ✔

Talk about a good foundation!  These are the pieces that will serve as the base for a really pretty kitchen.  Stay tuned...

Check out the progress of the other featured designers.  There's some pretty incredible stuff going down! 

Spring 2020 One Room Challenge - Week 2

The Plan

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  Not exactly the event for which I thought I'd be collecting those things, but in the meantime...
I'll take it.  😂
I've decided, that's the theme for this kitchen project.  

Let's start with the layout.  The space isn't large, but it is the hub of my house. 

Kitchen Floor Plan

 It's where I enter from the garage, it's the corridor to the master suite and it's also my dining space.  The layout will remain the same, as the space functions just fine.  The look however, is a completely different story. 

Magnolia (Belle by Cheryl Luckett)
Sylvester Alexander Furniture
As I mentioned in my Week 1 post, the inspiration for the space is the Belle by Cheryl Luckett Magnolia banquette covered in Revolution Performance Fabric's Darwin pattern (something blue).  

Robert Allen- Auretta (Persimmon)

After going back and forth, I decided to keep my original color inspiration that was drawn from Robert Allen's Dwell Studio collection fabric called Auretta in the persimmon colorway.  While it's been nearly two years since I first picked it, I still love it just as much today.  That's a good sign!

The other fixed element in the space is the cabinetry (well sort of).  Yep!  You heard right.  I'M NOT PAINTING MY HONEY OAK CABINETS (something old).  Actually, I've known for a long time now that when I finally got around to upgrading my kitchen, I was not going to paint the cabinets.  Why?  So glad you asked.  For starters, I like the addition of wood tones in any space, especially a kitchen.  To me, it just adds a sense of warmth.  I'm also not so concerned about what's on trend and what's not.  Trends come and go and I try not to let them dictate my style choices.  The fact is, the living space that's connected to the kitchen has nice hardwood floors in the same finish and I like the idea of having that connectivity between the two spaces.  Lastly, I feel pretty confident that I can make it work.  I tend to like a heavy dosage of color, so the cabinetry will certainly take a back seat when I'm done.  Who knows, in the process I may give other people in similar situations the permission to not feel like they HAVE to paint their existing cabinetry.   However, because I'm making the decision to keep the honey oak, I'll have to be really intentional about my other selections to keep things from feeling dated. 

My original plan was to slowly update things over time, so last year I purchased this vintage Duncan Phyfe dining table (something else old) from an estate sale.  I love the lines and there's a small honey oak inlayed wood veneer border around the edge of the table that provides a subtle nod to the cabinetry color (see intentional).  I've also amassed a pretty large collection of blue and white ceramic pieces (more blue) and decided to incorporate those in the space. 

I'll talk about the my tile selection (even more blue) in the next post, but I knew from the beginning that a patterned tile was the way I wanted to go.  I'll be honest, since I'm not the biggest cook, I fought buying new appliances.  However, in the end, not upgrading them was just not an option (something new). More on those in the coming weeks.   With the blue and orange scheme taking shape, I began to play out the color story.  Since I definitely planned to keep my yellow pepper Kitchen Aid stand mixer, yellow seemed the obvious choice for an accent.  

After making the preliminary selections, I sent off the info to our rendering artist and anxiously awaited her drawings.  Here's what came back...

Umm...yes please! 🙋

It's exactly what I pictured in my head.  I love it!  It's warm and cozy, classic and colorful. You'll notice that I planned to extend the island to create seating there.  I've always wanted that.  I also planned to paint the island to add a little contrast.   One thing that the rendering helped me see, was the fact that I didn't actually like the look of a butcher block island.  I'd always envisioned having one, but turns out it was a bit too much wood.  
After seeing this, I made plans to replace that element with new our countertop selection.  

Here's what we needed to accomplish in the space:
  • New flooring
  • Add backsplash/wall tile
  • New countertops
  • New sink and plumbing fixtures
  • New appliances 
  • Replace stand-alone cabinet with floating shelving
  • Wire for wall sconce on tile wall 
  • Paint island
  • Update cabinetry hardware
  • Updated lighting
  • Update electrical plugs/switches
  • Paint
  • Replace trim
  • New dining seating/bar stools
  • New rugs
  • New custom drapery/hardware
  • Add cornice above sink 
  • Address laundry closet doors
I think we can handle that!  It's not a total overhaul, but a complete refresh for sure.

Our consultation highlighted a need for a functional space at my back entrance.  The wall hooks, boot tray, painted chalkboard and tiny mirror I currently had, just weren't cutting it.

Here's what we needed to accomplish in the back entrance nook:

  • Add lighting source/electrical outlet
  • Storage for boots, bags and such
  • Add mirror
  • Drop zone for keys and sunglasses
  • Install wallpaper
I envision this tiny nook as a separate space and didn't feel compelled to make it "match" the kitchen.  I wanted it to work with my kitchen selections, but I was ok with it being a bit of a departure.  I also knew that this area would be totally for me, so I wanted the changes and additions to reflect that.  After sharing my selections with our renderer, this is what she whipped up.  

Is that not the cutest little corner you've ever seen?  I couldn't love it more.  Yes! Yes! Yes!

Be sure to check in each week for details on the progress and a deeper dive into the project's selections.  Until then, be sure to check out what's going on with the other featured designers...
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