One Room Challenge™ Fall 2019 Week 5: Blending Old and New


Well we have officially made it to week 5 of the One Room Challenge, can I get an AMEN!!?? First and foremost, if you missed any of my previous weeks, here they are! Week 1, Week 2Week 3Week 4  I am so grateful for this opportunity and to our media sponsor Better Homes and Gardens

I am feeling really good about where we are, but I am sure I will go into a full blown panic as the reveal gets closer and I realize all that I still need to accomplish. It will come together, I think!!


Because the bulk of the room is complete, this week I focused on organizing the bedding and décor that will be added for the final reveal.  One big change last week was that we had some wallpaper issues, and we were going to add crown.  But as with any project, you assess as you go, and we discovered that the crown would cover part of the wallpaper mural, so it was a big fat NO for me on the crown.  My hubs was actually sad, as he got a new saw that he wanted to play with, but that’s how it goes.  I have plenty of projects for the saw!  Luckily, I was able to mask the issue with black paint, and all is well.  I need to wait for the big reveal to show you the completed wall, but I can hardly stand it! It’s just so amazing! Here’s a sneak peek, without giving up the entire surprise.

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You only get a tiny peek! I want to save a little something for the final reveal!!

Now on to this week. The goal is to look at what I will placing in the space and how it will work together.  One of my favorite things to do is combine elements of old and new.  I am a serious old house and old “stuff” addict.  I love everything about old spaces and things.  I love high ceilings and heavy wood trim.  I love hardwood floors and one-hundred-year-old rosettes. I love seeing a piece and breathing new life into it.  I love thinking about something old and wondering what it would say if it could talk.  I love antiquing and finding treasures.  It’s seriously one of my favorite things ever. Although my house is not that old, I do my best to fill it with pieces that reflect both my love for old, but also my great appreciation for modern elements as well.

This room remodel needs to be a reflection of my daughter, and her style.  She is an artist, a dancer, and a free spirit, but she is also intellectual and seriously smart.  She is cold all the time, like her mama, so she needs cozy blankets, and soft throws.  She is a voracious reader, so we need task lightly, and she needs a space to get ready for all her upcoming commitments. I want it to feel like her, and reflect her.  It should be elegant, feminine, and timeless.  So how the heck do I achieve all of that? Well, very carefully.

Here she is (one photo has me, in case you have no idea who is behind these words!) See what I mean? She’s got serious style!!

The great thing is that she also loves pieces that have history and meaning as well.  I chose a modern bed, but we will also have her great-great-grandmother’s antique chair in the corner.  We will have modern side tables, and lamps, but they will cozy up to an antique dressing table.  You can mix both old and new, and create a room that is spectacular.  Don’t ever feel like you have to do one or the other.  Find a few things that tie the room together and you can’t go wrong.

Don’t rule out a piece of furniture that you think is too old, give it a new coat of paint or stain, (unless it’s antique wood, I will die if you paint original wood, literally die, refinish it in that case!) . But bring it back. Give it a new purpose and a new place. Find ways to mix in antique photos even if the side table is modern.  Use your grandmother’s chair, but add a stylish pillow! It can all work beautifully and succinctly.  Next week I will be sharing LOTS of photographs for the reveal, and I hope you love it as much as and Emma and I do!!

For now, here’s the cozy corner.  These are the linens and pillows that will find their new resting place this week. This is her favorite Degas reproduction that will be hung next to the antique chair.  It will all come together.

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Each item will be placed with purpose, as it was chosen with purpose! I can hardly wait to share the final reveal.  Stay tuned, it is going to be really spectacular, and so darn special.  Thanks so much for following along, and please head on over to see all of the featured designers, and guest participants at One Room Challenge their designs are so inspiring.

Cheers,  now let’s go head into week 6 with style!

xoxo Deb


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