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.  
#oldnewborrowedbluekitchenredo

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...

Spring 2020 One Room Challenge - Week 1

The Backstory



Today's the day!  I'm so beyond thrilled to be joining the ranks of those participating in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge(ORC)!  If you're not familiar, the ORC is a six-week (this time eight-week) event that fosters creativity and inspiration and provides a forum for support, encouragement and community while participants transform a room from top to bottom.  The event began in 2011 and has grown exponentially over the years.  Better Homes and Gardens magazine serves as the official media sponsor for this inspiring biannual event.

I am so very honored to be one of the twenty design influencers selected as a featured designer this round.  Happy to say, I'm in good company.  


If you're new here, you should probably know that I'm an Interior Designer based in Charlotte, NC who runs a boutique design firm creating classic, cultured, colorful and cozy interiors for my clients.  I'm a Registered Dietitian by trade who worked for 15 years in the corporate space and came to design as a second career.  It all began with the launch of this blog in 2012, six years of night classes in design school and a whole lot of hustle.  I made my exodus from Corporate America on December 30, 2016 and haven't looked back since.  If you like, you can follow me @dwellbycheryl on the following platforms:


When Linda, creator of the ORC, reached out back in January about me participating, I'm pretty sure I heard angels singing in the background.  The timing couldn't have been more divine.  I purchased my little cottage bungalow 13 years ago and over the years have worked to make it a place I absolutely love to be.  Each space is a total reflection of me and my style, that is, with one exception...

Home Circa 2008
...THE KITCHEN.   I know, I know. The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of the home, but in my house, it just isn't.  It's like that one space I've been totally avoiding for years, knowing that tackling it would be a big project.  (See for yourself.)


It doesn't get much more basic than this.  I think the last project I did in my kitchen was adding glass to a cabinet door.  It was 2013 and apparently, I thought I was really doing something because I actually blogged about it here.  Yikes!  


I'm sure I don't have to tell you since I've lived in a kitchen sans upgrade for the past 13 years, I'm not really a big cook.  Ironically though, in addition to being a dietitian, I'm also a pretty big entertainer. 😊  Thankfully my friends overlook the outdated kitchen and focus on my sparkling personality and the warm hospitality instead. 😉  From the linoleum floors, to the laminate counters, the non-existent backsplash and the outdated appliances, this space was way past needing an upgrade. 


So, so, so sad...


After signing on for the big event, I wasted no time in getting things rolling.  My genius Design Assistant Jenn suggested we approach this project like we would any other client project, and that meant beginning with a consultation.  We scheduled a time for her to come over on our off day and we took measurements and she walked me through a series of questions that got at the heart of how I needed the space to function.  



A little weird being on the receiving end and kinda funny to see the notes..crazy sketches and all.  Lol! 😂

I've actually been seriously planning to update my kitchen since 2018.   In the fall of that year, I launched my first licensed collection, a five-piece capsule collection for Sylvester Alexander furniture, called Belle by Cheryl Luckett.  Included in it is Magnolia, a Southern-inspired, tufted banquette named after my home state of Mississippi.  


I loved this piece from the moment we put pen to paper to create her and I had no doubt she'd eventually land in my home.
Magnolia - Belle by Cheryl Luckett
for Sylvester Alexander
  After showing her at the fall and spring High Point Market shows, she finally made it to her final resting place in my totally outdated kitchen.  It was at that point that I began making preliminary plans to update the space. 


I had planned to keep things pretty basic, using what I had and adding a few budget-friendly upgrades here and there.  Unfortunately, it all kept getting pushed to the back burner as my schedule became busier and more and more client projects started to roll in.  Needless to say, that all changed when I got that January call from Linda.  Praise heavens!!! 

Tune in next week, when I'll share the official updated plans for my kitchen makeover.  Until then, check out what the other featured designers are up to... 





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