We're halfway through the One Room Challenge and it's starting to get even more exciting. Welcome back to week three! I'm so glad you're here. If you missed week one or two, be sure to click on those to catch up.
Last week I shared the vanity hardware. You may be thinking "those are pretty but how is she going to bring in those colors." Art.
Minted is one of the generous One Room Challenge sponsors, and I went a little crazy. I used to think Minted was just about paper. In fact, my business cards are from Minted and I get complements on them all the time. I've even used them for wedding shower invitations. But now...oh my goodness...they are the place to check for art. Here's why: not only are their limited edition prints beautiful, but they support independent artists who otherwise may not be in stores. I'm all about supporting our artist friends. You can select framed or unframed, and they have quite a few choices on the frame. I went with all white frames because I wanted the contrast with the walls.
The art is not installed yet, because I need to maintain some element of surprise for "the big reveal" ;-) but I want you to see them in all their glory. Because I love them. Just as a little background, I did try to use a vintage chart of whales that we already have in my son's room, and he boldly told me that he was NOT going to look at whales while he went to the bathroom. What?! Mkay. Noted. So rest assured that all art was approved by my boys before it was ordered. This is the bathroom they share with our guests.
I started big. This print is technically supposed to hang vertically, but I thought it was too perfect to pass up, so I'm installing it horizontally. The colors are ideal.
This is a smaller print, and I apologize for my hand in the photo, but I love the soft gray-blue color and the subtle pattern.
This watercolor...so pretty. You know I'm crazy about green, and anything nature related fits right in.
They won't all next to each other, but I put a board together to give you a better idea of how the art works together.
*Designer Tip: mixing art is like mixing fabric patterns. Keep the sizes of the patterns different. For example, I have a solid in the watercolor, a medium sized pattern in the geometric, and a larger scale pattern in the abstract. Of course rules can be broken, but use this as your guide.
In other updates, you may remember this fancy faucet from the first week. I have no doubt it's original to our 70's ranch home. The beige sink...who thinks of that? Who decided that the ideal color of a sink would be something slightly dirty looking. It has served my boys well for three years, but the faucet and sink are out of here.
I hunted and searched for the perfect faucet for the bathroom.
I found this polished brass faucet here.
**Designer Tip: don't be discouraged by the ugly photos some businesses use to sell their products. This may seem obvious, but if my bathroom had the wallpaper in the above photo, I would poke my eyes out. You need to close your eyes, remove all the ugly, and picture the piece in your room.
I was a little nervous that maybe the faucet wouldn't arrive, because the price was so affordable. Like maybe it was a too-good-to-be-true trick of the internet.
But she arrived in all her her glory and I couldn't be happier.
I mean really...she looks stunning against the wall color. Am I right?
If you're reading this then you're obviously very design savvy and up on the times, but spread the news to your friends that brass is here to stay. I know some are resisting, but it's not going anywhere for a long time.
Lest you think I'm nearly done, please know my punch list is crazy long...I may not sleep until the One Room Challenge is over. But it's totally worth it!
Just as a teaser, this is happening...
Thanks so much for reading! Please come back and check on the progress next week. I've got plenty to finish...
Thank you to my One Room Challenge sponsors.
Now let's see what the other challengers have done...that's really my favorite part. Everyone has such a different take on their space and a different process. So thankful to be part!
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