One Room Challenge: Week 2 – Wallpaper Inspiration

It’s time for a One Room Challenge update!! :) Last week we mentioned that we were thinking about painting the beams in the #GentryProject master bedroom. Some of you voiced your concerns, but don’t worry! These beams aren’t real wood and they looked really awful in person. We had our painters paint them in a warm gray tone and I think it was the right choice for the space. If feels so much more fresh in the room! (This is right after the first coat and before the painters did any clean up)

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When I started thinking about what kind of space we wanted to create, the idea kept popping up of wallpapering the room in a soft, peaceful and textural pattern.

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We knew we wanted to go with a warm, neutral wallpaper and Farrow & Ball (who is a participating sponsor of the ORC) has a lot to offer in that area! (Remember this wallpaper I picked for my entry? I still love it almost four years later!) We laid out our top six picks to help us decide which scale and pattern would be best for the room.

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Okay, spill the beans. What would you pick here?? I have to admit, I’m most drawn to #1. I keep finding myself loving warmer tones lately – don’t you? I am loving taupes and beiges mixed with bright whites and black! SO GOOD. Here’s a little board we put together with the Jasmine paper and some other colors we’re loving for the room. What do you think of this start? I’m hoping it’s a soothing, peaceful space that is NOT AT ALL BORING!! :)

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Don’t forget to check in on the progress of the other ORC participants! So many exciting rooms this season!! xo

Boxwood Avenue  //  Coco & Jack  //  Shay Geyer  //  Design Manifest

Dwell with Dignity  //  The Makerista  //  Making it Lovely  //  Dabito

Old Home Love  //  The Painted House  //  Megan Pflug  //  The Pink Pagoda

Erica Reitman  //  Sacramento Street  //  Simply Grove  //  Jill Sorensen

Sugar & Cloth  //  BrittanyMakes  //  Waiting on Martha //  The House that Lars Built

DIY Black Fridge with Brass Pulls

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Last week we posted our studio kitchenette reveal and everyone had so many questions about our DIY black fridge with the brass pulls!!

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When we started planning out our studio kitchen design we fell in love with the idea of this SMEG fridge, but not only is it unavailable in the US, it was way, way out of our budget. We went on a mad hunt trying to find something similar, but there’s not much in the way of matte black appliances that cost less than a car.

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To make this project super budget friendly, we went with this apartment size fridge in stainless steel. We started by removing the logo in the top corner. Did you know you can just pull these off with a putty knife? Super simple and makes for a much more clean look!

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We first painted the fridge with an enamel paint, but the finish dried a little uneven. We ended up trying a coat of this chalk paint over the enamel and the finish was perfect! Smooth and completely matte – exactly what we had in mind. We used a foam roller to apply the paint, letting it dry between coats.

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I really wanted big brass pulls but I also wanted to keep this fridge as budget friendly as possible. IKEA came to the rescue with these pulls (we also used them on our cabinets!). You will also need four washers and four short flat top machine screws for this project. Make sure that your screws fit flush into whatever pull you choose for this project. Pro tip – take the screws that come with your handles to the hardware store with you to ensure you get the right fit and length – you’ll need metric sized screws with the IKEA pulls!

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We tested out a bunch of gold spray paints (stay tuned for a post on that sometime soon!) to see what would look right for the space and this one was the perfect color and finish for our handles.

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We used this super heavy duty epoxy to glue the washer and the screw to the fridge where we wanted the top of the pull to sit.

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After letting the epoxied washer + screw set up overnight, I twisted on the IKEA pull with the other washer and screw already screwed in flush and then epoxied that loose end in place. It should hold right from the get-go, but if you want some extra security you can use a few pieces of duct tape to hold the pull in place while the epoxy sets overnight.

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Make sure you don’t twist it too far. Once you feel it starting to tighten up, stop there.

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For the freezer, you just repeat the same steps of epoxying on a washer + screw and then screwing on the pull and epoxying the other side in place! It sounds a million times more complicated than it is! The trick really is to letting the epoxy set up 100%. We did this project about a month ago and the handles are holding up wonderfully to our Diet Coke habits! :)

 

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I don’t think this is a project I would necessarily do on a brand new expensive fridge, but if you have an old fridge that you are trying to love again, I think this is a great project for you! :)
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Love Notes

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In case you missed it, we are participating in the One Room Challenge this season!! We made all sorts of progress on the design plan for the Gentry master bedroom this week and I can’t wait to share all the detes. This week we shared some before photos, as well as our inspiration for the space here. Don’t forget to pop in every Wednesday for a weekly update!

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Speaking of the One Room Challenge, we are so excited to follow along with my (now IRL) friend Megan Pflug as she renovates the main living space of the Woodhouse Lodge. She recently purchased this A-frame hotel built in 1962 located in upstate New York! Can you even imagine? I’m equally stressed out and excited for her. What a dream! You can follow the progress of the entire lodge on her Instagram, @thewoodhouselodge.

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You know, Pinterest is great and everything (btw you can find me here), but phone screen shots are kind of my favorite thing. When I’m stuck somewhere without wifi, I love scrolling through my screen shots folder and it’s always like a little surprise remembering things that took my breath away! Here are a few of my favorites from this week!

Something about this pattern is completely mesmerizing to me! Also, I’m so drawn to warmer colors these days and this combo is really doing it for me!

 

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We’re hoping to do phase II of our home remodel this year, which will include the kitchen and a lot of exterior work including a new roof. I like the dark color of this beauty!

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Though I think we’re going to end up something a little closer to this asphalt plus metal porch combo for our farmhouse style home. I’m obsessed with all of the wood accents.

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We are REALLY hoping we can also afford to put in a pool this year! We’ve been saving for this remodel for about four years and I’d love to knock out as much as possible on our wish list. This pool here is completely my inspiration! I love the simple stone deck and the shallow area that would be perfect for younger kids. Total dream!

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Ohhhhhh those bar stools!!!!!!

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OBSESSED with the color on these built-ins!

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Love the demin-y inky woven fabric on this sofa!

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We have a cathedral ceiling in our kitchen and I like the idea of dropping the ceiling a few feet just at the top of the pitch and then adding beams. So unique!!

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A great reminder that if things feel extra hard with work or a project you’re doing, it might not mean there is something wrong with your job or the way your are doing your project! It could just mean that you need a nap. :)

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And finally!!! We scoured the internet for the best sales and deals this weekend so you don’t have to! There are a lot of Friends and Family sales as well as extra discounts, so be sure you check for any codes for extra savings!!

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I hope you have the best weekend ever, friends! We’re heading into Fall Break with my kids and I can’t wait to cuddle them extra this week after all the craziness that’s been going on in the world. Love to you all. xo

Blu Dot Nomad Store Opening!

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You might have seen on my Instagram stories that I got invited to come to NYC last week and help Blu Dot throw a dinner party to celebrate their new 12,000 sq foot store in NoMad! It was a total dream collaboration for me! I have been the hugest fan of Blu Dot products for years, so getting to party with the Blu Dot team and some blogging and magazine editor friends was pretty much my favorite thing.

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It was amazing to get to see all of their furniture pieces up close too. I’ve been obsessing over their Toro sling chair and stools forever now and do you remember the Nook bed we used in Lucy’s bedroom? They released a new shade of pink and it is so, SO good!!

(PS Did you see Blu Dot is having their once-annual 20% off EVERYTHING sale right now!? Perfect timing!)

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I’m also obsessed with this line of terra cotta vessels they sell. I love seeing such modern shapes in such a traditional material!

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The store itself was bright and white and super inspiring! If you’re a New Yorker, you have to stop by! As of yesterday, the store is now officially OPEN! It’s on the corner of Madison and 29th in the NoMad neighborhood, which has become a total design district in the last couple of years especially. There are a ton of design offices and stores popping up everywhere!

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Megan Pflug and Rebecca Atwood!! :) :)

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Sarah from Shop Style and Jenna from Lunchpails and Lipstick

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Jennifer and Georgie from J & G Design

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The amazing Blu Dot team set up the most gorgeous dinner spread for us in their customer lounge area. See that gallery wall here? Those are all photographs of the original prototypes of their furniture pieces!! (You can see more on their Instagram feed) It was SO cool to see mock ups made from cardboard and fabric scraps and really rough wood and then to see the finished products out on the showroom floor was so cool. The Blu Dot co-founders were at the party and getting to hear the story of how they started their company 20 years ago was so inspiring!

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It was such a great night and it was so fun to see so many friends who love Blu Dot as much as I do. New Yorkers, be sure to stop by the store! Here are some of our favorites Blu Dot pieces in the store and online:

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Thank you to Blu Dot for sponsoring this collaboration! All opinions are my own. :)