ORC Week 7 of 7
Welcome to REVEAL WEEK of the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge! Many thanks to Linda from CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful for hosting this challenge. Without it, many of the spaces of my home would probably never receive the attention they need.
Without a doubt, revamping this hallway proved to be more challenging than I ever imagined. But I couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished here. This space is my spicy bowl of boom chakalaka. HA! My #stopandstaredecor. Every ounce of creativity I could muster has been poured into it.
So please grab a cuppa your favorite sumthin', sumthin' and linger in it a bit with me. I hope that you are as pleased with the results as I am.
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In a previous post, I mentioned how I used to sprint through this part of the home to avoid looking at it for too long. As the before photos below show, there was absolutely nothing memorable about it.
Why the hallway? One quirky fact worth mentioning is that while other people simply walk through their hallways, ours actually functions as a room.
Here is where the husband shaves and trims his whiskers, and where I blow dry and style my hair. Trust me, it makes for a much easier cleanup than in a tiny bathroom. It also serves as a makeshift dressing room. And due to its awesome acoustics, I use it as a studio to practice my singing. Ahh...and so it goes with small-space living. Every room has to work like a horse.
So I designed a plan that would allow the room to function as normal while serving up an "experience" to anyone who enters it.
I enjoy creating soulful spaces. That is, rooms that satisfy, leave one longing but are just enough— all at the same time. Let's see if I was able to capture that here.
After turning the corner we're greeted by the natural fiber sisal runner. Neither plush or harsh under the feet, but unmistakably therapeutic. With each step its threads hug every area. A much welcomed foot massage after a long day.
Just before reaching the top the eyes are drawn upward to the DIY fairy-light chandelier, which I ultimately painted black. We then look forward to the star of the room. That wall... y'all.
My goodness so many places for my eyes to "dance" in this visually striking space! And can we just talk about that Bali-inspired wall paper that I've been ogling for the past year? SA-wooon! So delicious looking, were it edible I swear I'd eat it. Ha!
Funny, with each DIY created I thought, "perhaps this will be the star of the room". But honestly I don't know which strikes me more: the knock-off tribal necklace or the hand strung chandy. How relieved I am though that neither one overpowers the other.
As if those weren't intriguing enough, I splurged on yet another artistic piece I've had a long-time crush on: a ceramic coffee cup by Etsy artist Natalia Gruszecka of ENDEceramics.
One day I will enjoy a drink from it. But for now it sets front and center holding the remotes to the chandelier fairy lights. The base of the coffee cup is actually an upside-down, double wall bowl by Torre & Tagus. You can find one like it here.
On top of the console, which I scored at Ross for $49 (yup, you read that correctly— Ross) is finished off with a pair of faux tusk candlestick holders from Marshall's.
The rest of the space was styled using items already owned. By far though, my favorite piece in the room has to be the ogee mirror, found at HomeGoods. Regular readers of this blog already know that we have NO studs in most of the walls of this post-war home. Fortunately were able to hang the mirror from the ceiling using an art gallery installation system.
Coming up next is the utilitarian side of the space I was telling you about. It functions as a barber shop, hair salon, makeshift dressing room and a singing "studio". I bet you never thought one could do so much in a hallway, huh?
Because of all its functions— and the fact that we sometimes rip through this 7x3 foot section like bulls in a china shop— we decided it was best to keep it clean and simple.
This room is perhaps the best representation of my high-low, artistic DIY style which I call bohotique chic. It feels like a tailored bohemian boutique hotel; easy, expressive, and no clutter. It's also a great space to shoot some fun photography.
It has been my great pleasure to participate in this challenge with so many talented bloggers and designers. And of course I can't forget to give a HUGE virtual hug to all of the loyal readers of this blog! They are the ones who keep me going.
Please don't forget to check out some of the other awesome rooms presented in this season's ORC. Just click on the icon below to hop on over to the linked pages.
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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