Hello all! It’s time for the new One Room Challenge!
A quick introduction if you’re new to Home Glow Design and Home Glow’s Saturday Blog —
I’m a New Hampshire designer & writer. I started my business in late 2016 because I knew what I saw in the design magazines didn’t come from a big box store catalog … and I wanted to let homeowners know that the totally unique and character-filled interiors they wanted weren’t stylistically out of their reach, either! I love gorgeous colors and patterns, and I’m a sucker for architecturally/historically-inspired fresh classic design.
Now, for those of you not familiar with the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, it’s the brain-child of Linda at CALLING IT HOME. Twice a year, 20 invited designer/bloggers and a host of guest participants complete a room in 6 weeks, with a weekly blog post to update on progress. Featured designers post on Wednesday and guest bloggers post on Thursday. Hence, for the next 6 weeks, Home Glow’s Saturday Blog will post on Thursdays. If I find some spotlight inspiration for Saturdays, I’ll do a quickie short-form post for you. ?
The Ultimate She Shed —
Blacksmith Shop Turned Home Glow Design Studio
I live in an OLD, old house, 225+ years old in fact.
In addition to the main house being attached to a barn (now garage and rec space), there is a separate out building that was built in the 19th century as the local blacksmith shop, circled below.
BTW — that porch was a Victorian addition, long since gone. Here is the shop today.
In the 1960s, it served as the then-owner’s store for stamp collectors, and in the ’80s it was converted to a sleepover house for that family’s girls. It is now storage.
No heat (or at least, none new enough that we’re willing to turn on). It’s friggin’ freezing in here.
It’s also where my Handsome Husband has worked out for the last 5 years.
Pretty depressing, huh? Even moreso when you think about how, in the winter, he comes out here in a ski coat and snow pants to lift weights — like this last winter when we had lows to -15 F.
Now the HH will have to exercise in the garage … at least it’s 20 degrees warmer.
For the last year-and-a-half, I have run my design business out of the kitchen. The setup worked well for the first 6 months, but as client work has increased, so has my stash of samples and such.
I’m embarrassed to show these pics, but you see why I need to move out.
It’s also why we’re renovating the kitchen next year! But that’s another story….
I’m really looking to honor the roots of this building as a working man cave (blacksmith, right?) and inject a feminine touch at the same time. And while I’m a huge color lover, I do want this space to have a hefty dose of white as a clean backdrop for all the colorful and patternful work that will go on there.
The insanely classy Barbara Westbrook‘s office above has a bit of that rough-hewn industrial look partnered with clean white. Lots of storage baskets and shelves.
Windsor Smith uses hardwearing seagrass carpeting and some pops of color in her yellow conference chairs.
And I definitely want a huge cork wall for pinning up inspiration.
Design Dilemma — A Tale of 2 Schemes
I knew that I wanted to find some sort of floral and do feminine Roman shades over those 5 windows — a super girly touch to balance all the testosterone that has been flowing through that building for the last 150 years. But therein lies my design problem, as you will see.
Green and blue is my absolute favorite color combination, and early on I fell head over heels for the below gorgeous chintz by Cowtan & Tout.
The fact that it is named for the home of my favorite heroine in 19th century literature, Elizabeth Bennet, seemed serendipity. So I created this design scheme:
But then my Pindler rep paid me a visit, and I saw this fabric.
It reminded me of Schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock (which was all over the Fall 2017 ORC, btw) in Blush. And while I dearly love the blush Hollyhock, the unusual color combination of the Treeblossom — with those awesome tans and grays — steal my heart and keep the pink floral from feeling too sweet.
So I created this scheme:
So here is my quandary — do I go with:
- The British-Lit-Snob-Blue-Green-Floral-Girl scheme (which, honestly, uses colors more in tune with my branding), or,
- The Formerly-Bad***-Glam-Cowgirl-Who-Now-Wears-Pink-Flowers scheme.
Which do you like better???????
Come back next week to see which one I’ve chosen and why, and all the goodies! And don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers this week!
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