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  • One Room Challenge – Week 2

    Hey folks! I’m writing this post in the midst of a scary situation happening here in the North Bay. The fires are burning in Sonoma County, my hometown. Some of my family have been evacuated, while others are just a couple miles away from the fires, watching and waiting. I’m frightened and anxious for everyone affected, and while it seems silly to post about interiors during such a challenging time, it actually feels nice to take a break for a moment.

    Last week I announced that I’m making over our master bedroom (formerly known as the “orange room”) in our new house. The most exciting, yet probably boring, thing I have to share is – the orange room has been painted white!

    ORC week 2 | The Vintage Rug Shop

    We painted everything Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. Painting was a MAJOR accomplishment because we actually painted the rest of the house too. Now we’re working with one pretty, blank slate, and it’s all gravy from here.

    ORC week 2 | The Vintage Rug Shop

    Week 2 has been all about planning, ordering, and designing. I ordered a LOT of samples from the various ORC sponsors. Every decision I make in this room is going to impact the rest of the house, and while it seems I’m just designing one room I’m considering the rest of the home with this ORC challenge, and it’s slightly terrifying.

    ORC week 2 | The Vintage Rug Shop

    I ordered 6 samples of flooring from Mohawk Flooring (and posted about my thoughts on IG stories over the weekend, I’m @brittanymakes). I liked half of them, but felt like they weren’t perfect, so I voyaged to a local flooring store to check out some of the other Mohawk options. I fell hard for Beachwood Oak from their Coastal Impressions line (below) I’m still trying to figure out if my husband and I can coordinating a flooring instal in time for the reveal, considering we’re already 2 weeks in (you guys, there are only 4 weeks left which is like no time at all!).


    I’m dying to use Farrow & Ball wallpaper in the space. I visited the Farrow & Ball showroom in Chicago a few weeks ago and brought home some samples. I love LOVE this peony print and color way. The wallpaper is stunning in person, the pattern is painted on and leaves this incredible texture to the paper.  But just like the flooring, I’m working to finalize logistics on where this paper will go and if we can swing it in the short time we have left.

    Tomorrow we have an 800 lb (!!!) shipment of trim & paneling arriving from Metrie, and I hope to have a game plan tomorrow as well on when all the various pieces of this crazy ORC puzzle will fall in place.

    While week two feels like a state of flux and uncertainty, it’s par for the course during those middle stages of designing, planning, and executing. PS Here’s Week 1 in case you missed it!

    Check out the rest of the ORC crew and where they’re at in each of their spaces!

    Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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    1. Painting question…did you paint the ceiling the same Chantilly lace or another white specific for ceilings??

      Also, I live in Sacramento and totally empathize with what you and your family are going through and know a lot of ppl going through the same thing. So scary and close to home. Lots of love to your family!!

      1. It’s so scary, and cant imagine what these people who’ve lost everything are going through.

        To answer your question, yes, we painted ceilings and walls all Chantilly lace. CL is a great white to do this, if you were to go with a warmer or cooler white, I would recommend keeping the ceiling a bright white, but Chantilly Lace is one of those whites that is bright but not sterile, yet truly white.

    2. That’s super scary about the forest fires. I hope things settle down.
      I know exactly what you mean about one room dictating the whole house. Each time we move I end up doing a “throw-away” room for the first space, just to get me on my feet design wise. I then re-do it a year later once I’ve found the direction. It’s get expensive though ;)

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