It’s time for my week 3 One Room Challenge progress! Check out my previous ORC posts for the past two weeks here: Week 1 & Week 2. Want to see everyone else’s ORC work for weeks 1 and 2? You can do so on Calling It Home’s blog!
This week I’m focusing on the windows, the sliding glass door, and the floor. None need replaced, they just need treatments and a rug. Let’s chat about the windows first.
This is a super bright and beautiful space from about midday on, so I didn’t want to do anything to the windows that would alter that. However, as you can see, we back up to other townhomes, so it’s very easy to see straight into the space, especially when it’s dark out. We did blackout shades in the bedroom, which I knew I didn’t want to do in here.
We wandered into Home Depot to find an affordable solution and settled on Bali Essentials Light Filtering Cellular Shades. (You can also find Bali Blinds at Lowe’s, Menards, and JCPenney.) These were a great option because they look very expensive but are not custom…we actually had them cut to size in the store. The light filtering cellular shades were stocked in four different colors, and we opted for white 1401. They also had a blackout option that we regretted not knowing about before buying the blackout roller shades for our bedroom. Check out all of the difference cellular shades they offer on Bali’s website here.
Here’s a closeup of the cellular shade drawn during the day. They are always open during the day; I just wanted you guys to be able to see them in action!
You might be wondering about the curtains in that picture, too. You guys, I’m embarrassed about how much time I spent fretting about what to do with the curtain situation in this room. I knew they would be for decor purposes only, meaning they didn’t have to be super functional since we’d never be closing them. I wanted something lightweight but not necessarily light in color. And because of the cost, I went from buying to DIYing to buying again. Here’s the process.
First I fell in love with both of these from West Elm:
But my wallet did not fall in love with them. When I was looking to purchase, the top curtains were ~$80 per panel ($320 total) and the bottom ones were ~$60 per panel ($240 total). Those were both unfortunately too much for my budget. Blah.
So next I decided to DIY some curtains.
I jumped on Spoonflower, which is a website I can spend hours browsing, and flagged a few fabrics. I LOVE this website! It’s like Etsy for fabric and wallpaper!
They are all so beautiful! But unfortunately my wallet didn’t like these either. Stupid wallet. I needed 14 yards of fabric to make these curtains, which would have cost $245 plus shipping for the palm print fabric. Blah again. What to do? While I stewed over not being able to get the curtains I wanted, I picked up some lightweight silver curtain rods I scored for a great deal and spray painted them flat black. Always a good idea.
Finally I ended up buying curtains.
I ended up settling on white sheers, which are the same sheers I have up on a double rod with dark gray linen-like curtains over the living room windows. These curtains are a bargain at $7.41 per panel on Amazon (affiliate link!), which is my kind of price! They weren’t exactly what I wanted for the space, but we’ve had some serious vet bills for one of our sweet kitties this month, so I needed to be frugal and settle. And guess what? They actually look pretty good! I might change them out down the road, but I think they look great in the space. What do you think?
This space definitely needs a rug, and my decision was whether to use a rug we’ve had for a while or to use an ivory faux hide rug I just got. Two new rugs were not in the budget. Here’s new rug, the Grand Canyon Ivory Area Rug by Loloi Rugs. I absolutely LOVE this rug, but I don’t think it’s big enough for the space, and I think it’s a little blah with all of the grays, whites, and creams. So I’m keeping it in the living room…
…and re-using our trusty old Safavieh rug from Homegoods! Also, the cats LOVE this rug, so basically I can never get rid of it. They love to roll around on it. Yes, they run this house.
Sliding Glass Door
As of now, our sliding glass door, which you can see below doesn’t lead to anything. I need to cover this door for two reasons: 1. privacy, and 2. the afternoon sun makes it feel like you are literally sitting in Earth’s core and also makes it nearly impossible to see the computer screen. Not good.
You can see the door in this photo from last week:
I ordered one large black Bali Solar Roller Shade with 3% opacity, and I am SO EXCITED to get it! Fingers crossed it happens sooner rather than later so I get it up in time for the end of the ORC (and don’t get a sunburn working at my desk, which has actually happened).
The Updated Space
Here is the space with the curtains hung, the cellular shades installed, and the rug! Plus the paint and new fan from last week. It’s really starting to come together!
Here’s a recap of the next few weeks:
Weeks 1 & 2: Select paint colors and paint walls; replace light figure Week 3: Find and install blinds/shades; find & hang curtains; decide on rug (reuse or buy?)
- Week 4: Order sliding glass door solar shade; paint plant pots; re-pot plants; plant stand
- Week 5: DIY art piece and remainder of wall art; re-finish desk top; install solar shade
- Week 6: Done!
Until next week!
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