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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: DESIGN DETAILS

Emily Henderson's modern LA home, with a blue and white mid-century mix. (Modern blue and leather inspiration via Emily Henderson)

First, I have to apologize for the lack of posts around here. There hasn’t been a post since last week’s ORC update, but I’ve got some great home tours and exciting partnerships coming up this fall that I can’t wait to share more about. We’re now at the point where most of the large pieces are in place for my ORC project, so I wanted to give you a glimpse of the room with the new sofa and hide rug. Now that I’m started to think about the finishing touches, I can see the six-week deadline approaching more quickly than I expected! Check out all of the linking participants on Calling it Home.

One Room Challenge details on Thou Swell
One Room Challenge details on Thou Swell

Now in last post I mentioned my quandary with the bare fireplace, and I think I may have found part of the solution. While I was perusing the other link-ups last week, I stumbled upon The Honeycomb Home‘s inspiration for her project, which included filling the fireplace with books! I think the idea could add some textural interest to the black hole that is currently our fireplace, and since it doesn’t vent well, we won’t be using it anyway. My only concern is that the look is very styled – so let me know what you think about it in the comments… I created a little GIF below so you can see what it might look like!

One Room Challenge details on Thou Swell

Now that we’re approaching Week Five I’m getting anxious about it all coming together. Like always, I can expect a very last-minute prop run before the shoot, but I’m still looking for the right side table for the leather armchair on the left side of the chaise. I’m thinking something without legs (there are enough of those in the room as it is) that has a solid modern shape. Any ideas?

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26 Comments

  1. those sneak peaks are killing me! can’t wait to see the whole room, the teasers look amazing!

    Posted 10.29.15
  2. Hi, Kevin. I just came across your blog via the ORC linkup. I’m doing blush pink on the walls and ceiling of my studio. I love the color you chose!

    For your fireplace, another idea is to fill it with nice looking logs, like Kimberly from Swoon Worthy did. You can see hers here, which also does not have a mantle or surround. http://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/2015/09/blogger-stylin-home-tour-fall-2015.html/

    Posted 10.29.15
    • Thanks Hollie, I love that idea! And I love how you pulled the blush tones through your design, I’m growing so fond of the color!

      Posted 10.29.15
  3. I’m still drooling over your new sofa. And love the little GIF of your fireplace!

    Posted 10.29.15
    • I’m still so excited every time I see that sofa! Thanks, I thought it would be fun to get a little preview of what the books would look like 🙂

      Posted 10.29.15
  4. Arielle wrote:

    I’ve also been looking for a solution for our downstairs non-working fireplace, so I’m excited to see what you end up with! And that leather chair – so good.

    Posted 10.29.15
    • Thank you Arielle, it will be fun to explore the different options for filling it in!

      Posted 10.29.15
  5. Alana wrote:

    I love the look of ll the books in the fireplace but they can gt very dusty and difficult to clean if you leave them. I got a piece of garden statuary–a monk reading a book–and put him on a small stack. It was, in part, my own nod to the stacked-books-in-the- fireplace trend and a way of referencing the fact we do a lot of reading around here. http://prairiehometherapy.blogspot.ca/2014/11/orc-finale-its-unbelievable.html

    Posted 10.29.15
  6. Kevin each week gets better and better! That sofa is so chic and who doesn’t love Emily Henderson, always inspiring! What a great idea to put books in the bare fireplace. You have a great eye for design and this living room is going to be just beautiful! Can’t wait to see it on reveal day and hear about all your exciting partnerships! Let’s do this! Sarah

    Posted 10.29.15
    • Why thank you Sarah! I’m getting super excited to see everyone’s reveals!

      Posted 10.29.15
  7. Tricia @ Suburban Bitches wrote:

    I love the book idea! Some days I wish we didn’t have a gas fire place so I could do some sort of fun staging with it. Dying to see how your room all comes together! Good luck!!!

    Posted 10.29.15
    • Thanks Tricia! It will be fun to stage it, though I think when it gets to February we may miss the extra warmth, haha!

      Posted 10.29.15
  8. It all looks SO good- adore the sofa, rug and chair!!! On the fireplace front…I like the look of the black for some reason- the contrast with the white is so nice. What about a large bust or sculpture in there? In greys or whites?

    Posted 10.29.15
    • Fabulous idea, I will keep an eye out for something along those lines! Thank you so much Christine!

      Posted 10.30.15
  9. Hollie Cooper wrote:

    From what I see of the sofa, the colour is fantastic & I’m a sucker for a bolster. I too am dealing with a real fireplace that we will never use & I’m leaning towards leaving it black or placing a bunch of succulents in a mix of random pots. Just my 2 cents.

    Posted 10.29.15
    • The color is even better in person, the texture in the velvet is amazing! Thank you Hollie 🙂

      Posted 10.30.15
  10. Ann C wrote:

    I put mirror tiles in the back of my fireplace and thin filled it with silver candlesticks and chunky white candles. No where safer to burn a bunch of candles than in a fireplace! And the mirror made it look like many many more. Love the leather. How about a small mirrored table, especially if it was antiqued mirror.

    Posted 10.30.15
  11. McKenna wrote:

    I’m with the rest of the votes – I think the books may start to look cluttered and plus, you’d really have to clean that fireplace out well so they don’t get sooty. That is NOT a fun job. I like the bust or garden sculpture idea. I also like the thought of something organic and textural like antlers, driftwood (if you don’t go with the logs), or a great leather basket like this one: http://www.shopterrain.com/product/woven-leather-basket Whatever you go with, it’s looking great! Good luck!

    Posted 10.31.15
  12. The sofa’s colour, and the fireplace concept are such a beautiful combo! Love everything!

    Posted 11.3.15
  13. This is so cool Kevin! I’m excited to see what you will end up doing with the fireplace.

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    Posted 11.3.15
  14. So exciting! I love this sofa!

    Posted 11.11.15
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    This is so cool. It all looks SO good- adore the sofa, rug and chair. For those who are looking to make their own home decor products or other gifts , ikat fabric is well known for making these great products.

    Posted 9.16.16

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