Should I Stay or Should I Indigo – One Room Challenge Progress

Phew! Man, the past week has flown by. Radio silence has ensued (sorry about that…it’s not you, it’s me), but I swear I’m not sitting on the sofa eating bon-bons watching Days Of Our Lives. (Is that show even on anymore? In college was addicted to it.) Anyhoo, I’ve been moving around furniture, styling vignettes, giving the UPS man hugs, shopping at my favorite vintage stores, and pawing through what I already own like a mad woman. Then I move it all round again…and again…and again…and then I change my mind…again. The One Room Challenge progress report is in full effect today. My home office is starting to take shape. Transforming right before my eyes and I really like what I’m seeing. If you missed it, I posted this sneak peek of the space on my Instagram Monday morning.

Loloi Rug - Anastasia, Sand and Light Blue. Inspiration for Office Makeover on House Of Hipsters.

How ’bout that rug, eh? I’ve been drooling over this Loloi Rug named Anastasia since its launch and pretty much freaking out over it. I knew I had to make it work in the space because one way or another, this bad mamajama was going to be mine.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Before the Loloi Rug arrived, my main objective was to empty out the room. I had to go through everything. I made piles for keep, donate and toss. Today I’m going to refuse showing the complete and utter mess again because it’s hideous and embarrassing, but if you insist on viewing it one more time, click here. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Alrighty, you back? Did you live to tell the tale? I certainly hope so. Let’s get crackin’ and take a looksy at what’s been happening over here.

As of last May, I knew I wanted to participate in the One Room Challenge, so I couldn’t help but start to put a plan together in my head. But all that kinda goes out the window when your husband starts to travel. Right now I’m a day before the link up deadline, and I’m thinking to myself, “Why is it so hot in here? And why am I in this hand basket?” It’s only Week 2!!! This challenge is tough you guys, and it’s insanely stressful.

Window Sill Styling - Vignette. House of Hipsters for the One Room Challenge

My original plan was to buy the small brown leather Axel sofa from West Elm, but then I thought, girl you are all about vintage. You got this. So, I phoned just about every one I knew who sold Mid-Century Modern furniture and stalked Craigslist. I found a ton of pieces that JUST sold the day before or it was too darn big. But, that is how buying vintage goes. I wanted something classic with clean lines, specifically brown leather with some patina. Wow, I just got ridiculously specific. Rule Number 1 when shopping vintage: don’t be specific and keep an open mind, especially when you’re on a tight deadline. I went back to West Elm and pondered the Axel. It was an easy buy, but the $1700 price tag plus shipping and a month long delivery wait did not seem like the smartest idea for my first One Room Challenge experience. I needed a new plan, and fast.

But first, let me show you the off the charts painting that kinda started my whole color palette. I’m so incredibly excited about it…find of the century. It’s an original acrylic painting by an amateur artist named Ferne Milosevich. From the yellowed paperwork stapled to the back, it looks like she was selling it for $100 at the Michigan State Fair and named it “Fun On The Beach”. It was painted in 1970. While I was carrying it through the flea market, people kept stopping me to see it. Seriously, it’s gorgeous!

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While at the antique market, I ran into my friend Beth who owns South Loop Loft in Chicago. I told her what I was looking for, and she responded with, “Well, I have a loveseat that fits that description. It’s a Chesterfield though.” I’m sorry what did you say sweet angel from heaven? You have a vintage brown leather Chesterfield with patina that is in my price range AND I just so happened to bring Layla (my monster truck) down to the city so I can haul it home today? What luck! YES MA’AM! And while your at it, let’s wrap up those fantastic lucite nesting tables of yours as well. That’s right folks, I walked away from a flea market with a jackpot vintage Chesterfield, lucite nesting tables AND this amazing painting above from Xavier’s 20th all in one day. Boom! Challenge-shmallenge. And that’s how we do at HOH. Now if I can just figure out how to photograph this room…I’m in the basement with very little natural light. Bear with me.

Loloi Rug - Anastasia, Sand and Light Blue. Paired with vintage indigo, rattan and a vintage leather chesterfield - Inspiration for Office Makeover on House Of Hipsters.

The blue tones and the leather just seemed to lend itself to vintage African indigo pillows and rattan. All week I’ve been sitting here, staring at gorgeous indigo panels draped across the Chesterfield. Franco Albini style rattan chair sitting in place. Rattan is my jam, AND I have all of these items in my possession. I’m having serious doubts.

one-room-challenge-progress-rattan-chair(The pipe shelf is a mess and is in need of some serious styling, but I think it’s going to stay. The Boy did a lot of work on it, and it was one of my first DIYs.)

At the flea a couple months ago, I snapped up all the vintage African wedding indigo I could find and already had the rattan chair from Chairish. I literally owned everything I needed, so that meant zero dollars to spend on this project (mainly because those dollars are already in circulation…shhhh…just watch and learn), so there will be zero frowny faces from The Boy. No “what’s your budget” talk. No lectures about credit card bills. No you and your bloggery talk. But…and this is a big ol’ but, in my hipster opinion…indigo and rattan is an easy out. It’s trending. Besides, I already have it in my home. Rattan is all over IKEA, indigo pillows can be found at any big box store. It’s super hot right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look, but this is the One Room Challenge! I wanted a look that was a bit more unique and up and coming. Darn it, I see frowny faces in my future.

One Room Challenge Progress Report - chnaged my mind and I'm going with this West Elm chair(via)

I broke down. The indigo was removed yesterday, and the rattan chair is no longer. I might have shed a tear as I carried it out of the office, but what is to come is going to be amazing! Promise. While pining away over the Axel sofa from West Elm, I happened upon this beautiful velvet blush colored mid-century chair that I’ve been eyeballin’, and that sucka was on sale plus an extra 20% off. I channelled my @ihavethisthingwithpink Instagram account. Blush just entered the color palette. It would work. Besides, how could I resist the Milo Baughman – esque look. The color was delicate and the brass super feminine against that masculine Chesterfield. TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY! The site said 1-3 weeks for delivery upon checkout, but the confirmation email said 4-5 weeks. YIKES! Fingers crossed this little pretty lady gets here before I turn into a pumpkin. Times a tickin’.

So now I’m off to find a bit more blush to tie in to that chair and a big chunky cream knit throw or maybe pouf? And I might just have another smaller Moroccan wedding blanket ordered for the Chesterfield. The pipe shelf needs some serious help in the styling department and I’m trying to figure out what to put on the lucite nesting tables. Painting is happening this weekend along with curtains and a fancy light that you will be flipping over! I also swear there is a desk in this room, but you’ll have to tune in next week to check it out.

Do you guys have any suggestions? Anything catching your fancy? What do you think? I’d really love some feedback. Did I make a mistake with the rattan and indigo? Did I make the right decision?

 

37 Comments

  1. ashley@biggerthanthethreeofu October 14, 2015

    You made the right decision. That blush chair is going to be gorgeous in there!! And that painting, good grief… love it!

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    • kyla October 14, 2015

      That was the painting that I had bought earlier. I picked it up after you guys took off. I felt odd giving it a ribbon and buying it as well, but I got really okay with it really fast. =) Can’t wait to see that wall!

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  2. Gilly October 14, 2015

    Loving it! Love the art, dying over the sofa, sorry I just drooled all over your rug and I am crossing everything that chair gets there! Good call on the rattan and indigo…..no pedestrian crossing for you just jay-walk all over it girl!

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    • kyla October 14, 2015

      Gilly! Thanks lady! I can’t wait for the chair to arrive!

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  3. shavonda October 14, 2015

    Omg yessssss to the blush. Also #thatchesterthough. This room is gonna be fabulous.

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Oh girl, don’t even get me started on your Chester. Find of the century. Thanks for stopping over to my little world =)

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  4. Oh my gosh, I wrote a whole blog post about that chair it is so divine! I will be living vicariously!!! It is going to be perfect with that awesome love seat. I’m swooning!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Okay, so I totally missed this post! I’m going to have to go track it down. That chair, yes, ever since the first catalog I’ve been wanting it, but telling myself, girl, you have one too many chairs…or is that Thorsten’s voice in my head? Ha! When I ditched the indigo and rattan, I knew I found the perfect spot!

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  5. Ellie October 15, 2015

    I think the blush will be beautiful!! I’m excited to see how this all turns out!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Thanks Ellie! I found a light pink pillow and laid it on the rug. It looks fantastic. On the sofa, well, it really brings out the red undertones…so I have to figure out how to tone that down. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. placeofmytaste@ymail.com October 15, 2015

    That blush chaaaaiirrrr! Oh my gosh! I just looked over west elm’s chair collections yesterday as I am still in chair hunt and man, I stopped right at this pretty blush chair! Awesome choice, girlfriend! And let me just say a big fat YEAH for that couch, too! I wish I was that lucky and I did not spend a zillion $ on my sofa!!:-( #canireturn?

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      No way girl! That sofa is the B.O.M.B.! #neverreturn #justbuyboth =) I’m in LOVE with your room! It’s so incedible. Maybe we can switch places or share. Like an every other week AirBNB =)

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  7. refashionablylate October 15, 2015

    I love your style and really looking forward to what you do with the room!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Thank you sooooo much!

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  8. britt kingery October 15, 2015

    If all you do for the rest of the year is style these vignettes, you still win the internet. This place is shaping up FAST! The indigo and rattan would have looked great, but I think you made the right choice. The pink chair is gorgeous, and I’m high-fiving you for taking things beyond. You can always rotate the rattan back in later if you feel the urge, but for now I think you made the right move. On the edge of my seat for week 3!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Britt! Just wait girl. Not sure if you saw the Periscope Open House, but it was added motivation to W.O.R.K.! In one day it was emptied, painted, curtains hung, chandelier hung and restyled. Phew! Can’t wait to post it on Wednesday morning. Now if that chair would just get delivered!

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  9. Erin @ the-organized-life October 15, 2015

    I cannot believe that couch! What a great find! Looks like you’ve got some amazing ideas for the space. Good luck!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      If you’re looking for vintage deals, I highly suggest Beth from South Loop Loft Vintage. She has an incredible eye! She has a Chairish shop and posts updates on her Instagram. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I saw the couch!

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  10. Lindi October 15, 2015

    Wow Kyla! I LOVE what you are doing with this space. That artwork is definitely beautiful! What a great starting off piece!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Lindi! Thank you sooooo much! I made a lot of progress over the weekend and I’m super excited to share it on Wednesday! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  11. Arielle October 15, 2015

    I’m a sucker for any and all things Milo so thrilled about this! I also have a leather chesterfield (sadly, not vintage), so basically loving this whole direction. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      I had extra motivation because I participated on a Periscope Open House Tour…15 mins of live video on me running thru my house….ahhh, what was I thinking? But it gave me that added push. The room was repainted Saturday morning and once it was dry, the curtains were hung as well as a chandelier. The Boy was tired and so was I. We finally said uncle at 1AM. Phew! I can’t wait to post the update on Wednesday!

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  12. You just completely opened up my world – somehow I did not realize that chair came in blush! It’s so beautiful! Love the direction you’re going and am getting serious blush inspiration now for my own home. Will be back next week to see your progress!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Yes! It comes in blush. Now if it will just get put on a delivery truck, I’ll breath easy =) Thanks for stopping over!

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  13. Roxanne October 15, 2015

    That rug! It’s just gorgeous – I can’t wait to see this reveal!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Thanks Roxanne! I did a Periscope Open House Tour on Sunday, so I had extra motivation push to really crank on the room. Over the weekend we painted, and as soon as it was dry, The Boy was helping me hang curtains and the chandelier. We were up until 1AM, but there was some SERIOUS progress made. I’m really excited to post the update on Wednesday!

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  14. Maggie Overby October 15, 2015

    I like where this is going! Blush and gold how can you go wrong plusI totally see some blush in that inspiration painting. It was meant to be!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Maggie! I really hope so! I had one solid lighter pink pillow that I snagged from my bedroom. I laid it on the Loloi Rug and it goes together. I was so relieved! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Carol @ CAD INTERIORS October 15, 2015

    Omg, what a score on the sofa and tables!!! LOVE your room and where it’s headed.

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Thanks Carol! Yes, Beth and South Loop Loft Vintage really did me a solid on that sofa! I about feel over when I opened the emailed picture!

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  16. Nicki @ T-shirt & Jeans October 16, 2015

    That RUG! That SOFA! That ART! You have such awesome key pieces. I can’t wait to see how this room turns out. I love the indigo too, but… you’re right, you’re right. It’s trendy. Hope you have as much luck next week as you did this week 🙂

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Thank you soooooo much my dear! Ya, I think I made the right decision. I love the indigo, but it’s not totally me…and it’s everywhere. I was bummed until I laid eyes on that West Elm chair!

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  17. christine dovey October 18, 2015

    I always, always love some blush in there and that WE chair is the chair of the year as far as I’m concerned. LOVE your sofa and that painting is beautiful. Oh and the rug…gorgeous! This is looking so so pretty!!!!

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    • kyla October 19, 2015

      Thank you so much Christine! I’m drooling over your space =)

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