Hausmatter Interiors Fall 2019 One Room Challenge Week Three

Week 3 is here! This has been the week of finalizing decisions and executing installation of some of the key pieces in this room.

I’m so excited to be partnering with some amazing sponsors for this project!

Choosing lighting for this room was tricky. I needed to find a light that wouldn’t compete with everything on the back wall, and would go with my chrome chairs. Since I didn’t want a chrome light, I knew the best thing to do would be to mix metals.

I mean, how cool is this fixture by Illuminate Vintage??!

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I chose the Austin light. It packs a punch without competing with the room. This fixture is available in several finishes with clear or white globes.

I love the matte black, powder coat with the raw brass on this beauty...

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I also received this amazing set of lemon prints for the wall. I knew when I first started with this design that I wanted something botanical, without being to flowery. I looked at several vintage-style lemon illustrations and this was the one I fell in love with by Bella Botanica.


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They were packaged beautifully and the colors were even more vibrant in person. I can’t wait to get these on the wall!

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Remember the bench debacle? Well, the company has been great in working with me on getting the hole repaired, so we are full speed ahead getting this thing together!

It’s a family affair 😆

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Other than the small manufacturing issue with the upholstery, I really am very happy with the quality of this bench. It’s very sturdy and I like that I can recover it as I move it from room to room down the road.

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If you know me, you know I love vintage. I’ve been hoarding these italian lemon topiaries. They are going to look so good against the blue. Are you starting to see a theme here?

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There are so many things to tackle this coming week, but I am really enjoying how this room is starting to take shape. It’s entirely different than how it initially started. In fact, it’s practically designing itself at this point. I am just along for the ride 😎

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Since we live in a rental, there isn’t much I can do about the flooring, so I rely on rugs pretty heavily in this house (see that linoleum? yikes!). This weeks to-do list involves ordering the rug. This has been the HARDEST decision. I have probably changed my mind 4 times. I know I could knock it out of the park with a contrasting yellow or bright fuchsia, but I MAY go in a different here. You’ll have to stay tuned to see which route this rug takes me! Hold on to your seatbelts, kids - it’s a wild ride!


I also need to make a mirror selection from these 3 choices. Two are from my chairish shop and the middle one is from Target. If I go with the smaller mirror, I’ll be looking at adding something else to this wall to fill it out a bit.

Any one of these mirrors could work in this room and each has it’s own personality.

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Any favorites? Speak now or forever hold your peace!

This week’s to-do list:

-Repair holes in wall

-hang artwork

-make mirror selection

-purchase rug

-order table runner

-have pillows made for captains chairs

-finalize and order accessories

-dye vintage chairs a deeper mustard yellow (?)

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Hausmatter Interiors Fall 2019 One Room Challenge Week Two

Whew, y’all! I’m wiping my brow here. This week has been full of twists and turns.

If the ORC has taught me anything, it’s to stay flexible, go with your gut, and be ready to make swift decisions! I have never designed and executed a room this fast before. Hey, they don’t call it a challenge for nothing!

Here’s a look at what we worked on this week:

We received the bench for our dining room, only to find a rip in the upholstery. We are working with the manufacturer on getting it fixed - yikes!

Also, the rug. Remember that Golden Girls, dusty rose? Well, it has more brown tones than pink in person. This is a BIG deal because it’s covering a lot of space and effects a lot of the other color choices in the room. So I have had to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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I love the texture on the rug and it will look great in our living room, so all is not lost!

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We also received this light only to find it was 12 inches wider than the website described. It looked like a creature from Stranger Things descending on our table. Not good. So back to the drawing board on this as well.

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Is anything going right you may ask? Yes!


I had the idea for a design on my blue wall I wanted to try out with tape, and it turned out even better than I imagined. I can’t wait to share the finished result!


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We also hung the Juju hat and it looks SO GOOD with these post modern lamps I pulled from my chairish

WOWSERS!

This weeks to-do list involves reworking the design a bit. The addition of a new rug will shape the space entirely. I’m looking at brighter rugs with more orange tones. I’m letting the color blocking idea go for now (again, staying flexible) and embracing some pattern on the next rug. I’m calling my new theme, “Tuscan Modern”. You’ll see why later. It will still have some of the elements from my previous mood board (including my version of the 80s columns!) but it will have more of a bohemian feel with the change in rug choice.





To-do list:

-finalize rug selection, and hope it arrives in time!!

-order new light fixture. I am not going to go cheap this time - you get what you pay for!

-hope to receive a new/repaired bench OR work on reupholstering it myself

-finalize accessory selections and begin working on a plan for styling






Rooms are best designed over time. That said, I think a room can be done well in a crunch, it just takes flexibility and ingenuity. Basically, I feel like I’m hanging on by the seat of my pants at this point, and this room is taking on a life of it’s own. I’m learning so much in the process. 🙌





And now to leave you with a pretty photo (and sneak peek)! We still have to make time to decorate for Halloween around here. My daughter had so much fun painting these pumpkins 😁





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PLease visit https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/blog to see what all the other participants are up to!

Until next week…

XO

Katie



Not your grandmother's plaster

There’s nothing new about this ancient medium. In fact; plaster is about as old as civilization. It’s graced the ceilings of cathedrals and pyramids of Egypt. It has the look and feel of cement or stone, but is relatively lightweight. In the mid-century, it replaced what is now dry wall in almost every home in America. In interior decor, it’s given us some of our favorite lamps from the 1930-1950s and even became a popular material for furniture in the 80s. This might be one of the most versatile materials out there.

Home of Robert Adam via pinterest

Home of Robert Adam via pinterest



Lately, I’ve noticed this material used in a fresh, modern way that gives it it’s own place in todays era.

A shadowbox of antique plaster intaglios gets an unexpected twist with a camouflage backdrop.

Artwork that becomes 3-dimensional with various plaster techniques.

A modern twist on taxidermy and a wall sculpture that looks like it was built into the wall

A minimalist plaster coffee table that still manages to steal the show in this room of color

Plaster topiaries that give you the sculptural look of plants but with none of the responsibility.

So many fun and interesting finds. I’m off to start hoarding all the plaster!

Until next time…

XO

-Katie

Turquoised floors

A look back at that time we turquoised a cement floor. I love thinking outside of the box and getting resourceful when it comes to limitations. In this case, it was a blank, commercial booth space in need of some character.

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It almost has an acid wash-denim look that made it feel like a well-loved rug. All of the defects and cracks in the floor transformed into rock-like veins. A lot of layering and mixing went into the process.

I would love to incorporate this into another design in the future!

XO

-Katie

Lose the mantle

I’m noticing a trend in sleek, modern fireplaces that I am really digging. These showstopping hearths take centerstage in the room and feature bold, 3d tiles, graphic papers and natural finishes. What do they all have in common? They’ve ditched the mantle. That’s right! Lose that dust-catching shelf and keep it simple.

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

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I’m currently working on a fireplace makeover for a project in Huntersville North Carolina. Here are some of the materials that have caught my eye…

A bold, 3D tile in white

A bold, 3D tile in white

Textured wood tiles in gray

Textured wood tiles in gray

A large-scale, black and white paper

A large-scale, black and white paper

Mosaic wood tiles

Mosaic wood tiles

When it comes to fireplace surfaces, you don’t have to settle with brick. Try something unexpected, and lose the mantle. I promise it will quickly become your favorite part of the room!

XO

-Katie

Asymmetric lighting

An electrician's nightmare, but I am loving this idea of random, unconventional lighting. I would love to design a room using these Aarhus Oil Factory sconces in an unexpected, asymmetric configuration.

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image via pinterest

Here are some light fixtures I would love to see worked into an unexpected, lighting configuration…

sconces by Palle Suenson

sconces by Palle Suenson

Laviva home sconces

Laviva home sconces

Bentu terrazzo wall light

Bentu terrazzo wall light

Until next time…

XO,

Katie

Eclectic Master Bedroom

One of the things I enjoy doing most is working on 3D renderings of my designs. It’s a creative outlet and also helps me to work on space planning. It’s also a great way for clients to visualize design concepts as I walk them through a virtual rendering of their exact floor plan. Countless hours go into getting the rendering just right, but it’s totally worth it!

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This midcentury-inspired master bedroom is complete with a wine cooler and coffee station for cozy nights by the fireplace!

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Contact me today to get started creating your very own dream space!

Colorado Lounge

Lately, I’ve felt so inspired by Colorado Lounges and bars. Specifically, the Ramble Hotel. Inspired by 17th century French salons, It fulfills a craving I’ve been having for something different. A break away from the trends of minimalism and clean lines and a chance to appreciate the richness of jewel tones and leather you can almost smell through the photo. The juncstaposition of just the right amount of sparkle from the chandeliers balanced by the craftsman-style wood. A pop of richly colored velvet you want to reach out and touch. A bold black and white pattern. A vintage rug that doesn’t apologize for having a previous life. It’s so refreshing, and I’m all in.

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Images via  The Venue Report

Images via The Venue Report

This hotel ended up being the perfect source of inspiration for a client in Charlotte, North Carolina. This particular client has a large, new construction so I knew it needed bigger, bolder furnishings and richer textiles. I’m looking forward to using these elements to help define spaces within an an open concept where every room runs into the next.

A little peek at what’s to come in this fun project…

I will be bringing more textures into the living room with a graphic black and white rug for contrast.

Living room Mood board, copyright Hausmatter

Living room Mood board, copyright Hausmatter

In the kitchen, I’ll be incorporating earthy terra cotta and caramel tones that will be represented in leather upholstery, custom woodwork and ceramic lighting. I’ll balance them with some jewel toned blues.

Kitchen Mood Board, copyright Hausmatter

Kitchen Mood Board, copyright Hausmatter

Andy and I are excited to visit the Ramble hotel in 2020! I feel so inspired by this beautiful hotel.

XO,

-Katie