Wednesday, March 20, 2013

One Room Challenge - The Reveal & a Surprise Giveaway


I am so happy with how my little powder room turned out. It was a disaster before. (See below). Now it is a serene little Chinoiserie gem just across from my home office. Keep in mind that this room is very tiny, barely measuring 3 feet by 6 feet and I did it on the super cheap, shopping my own house for the accessories. My favorite touch was draping two very ugly walls with Ralph Lauren duvets from HomeGoods that I simply shirred on tension rods. (Wallpaper was impossible with paneled walls, plumbing access panels, and a host of other uglies.)

Thanks so much to Linda of My Crafty Home Life (who is apparently now operating under the alias Calling It Home so beware!) for inviting me. Click on the navy ORC button in my sidebar to revisit all my posts if you would like to see the process from start to finish.

And the special surprise I mentioned in yesterday's sneak peek is this - I have a great little giveaway to celebrate the end of another successful One Room Challenge. I am giving away a brand new unopened faux bamboo brushed nickel towel rack that I didn't end up using in my powder room and two gorgeous Fromental hand painted on silk Chinoiserie wallpaper swatches from my stash that would be gorgeous framed for a powder room, a gallery wall, or anywhere you like. Just leave a comment by 11:59 PM Eastern Time tonight (March 20, 2013) to be entered and I will announce the winner tomorrow.

Faux bamboo towel rack

Fromental swatches

The Charlotte Moss powder room that inspired me

My inspiration board

What I started with - yikes!

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And now ........................................

A gallery wall with art by Kerry Steele, The Pink Pagoda, and two framed Fromental wallpaper swatches

Two ugly walls were draped with Ralph Lauren St. Honore duvets from HomeGoods - a lovely Chinoiserie toile

An antique Art Deco watercolor and gouache Chinoiserie painting with its original Greek key frame

A pair of gray ginger jars was a great find at Marshalls

My black toilet paper has created quite a stir

Here you see how I shirred the duvet on a tension rod - so easy!

There are many special touches - a pink limited edition de Gournay diffuser, gray marble foo dogs, a hand painted Chinoiserie candle, Chinoiserie soap

The gray linen relaxed roman shade was fabricated by Grace at Etsy store Ideal Window Fashions

A close-up of the gray and white Chinoiserie toile

Charlotte Moss votives in the window

The faux bamboo faucet

A high gloss black wooden toilet seat jazzes up a dull white toilet

Fromental wallpaper framed in the gallery wall

Hand embroidered on silk Fromental wallpaper framed in the gallery wall

A hand painted French Chinoiserie candle and gray marble foo dogs in a metal toile tray

The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, the sink is Kohler, the mirror is Pottery Barn, the sconces are Resoration Hardware

A Chinoiserie toile wastebasket

Emilio Pucci slippers on a sisal rug banded in gray from Pottery Barn

A silver Chinese Chippendale toast rack holds monogrammed guest towels

A parting shot

Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway and then visit the reveals of the rest of the participants. Mine was by far the worst before!

59 comments:

sharon smith said...

OMG Beth! What a transformation you've made. It's truly inspiring. Seeing the final result was fabulous. I can't wait to see what you do next.

eileen lee said...

great job...loving a scaled down version and plan to order colored paper for my daughters care package...she's moving to the US from Australia this july...great for me since I live in the US...hope I am blessed to collaborate with my daughter on her new home...so sweet that your daughter has the designer gene just like her mom. cheers.

Neen said...

I love your elegant, polished little powder room! It looks as if you spent a fortune on it, so it shows that good taste does not require great expenditures of money. A wonderful message in this economy. At any rate, I love it and would love the wallpaper swatches and towel bar.

Cheers, Neen

Jenni said...

What a swan that ugly duckling turned into - congrats on a terrific job. To think you were doing that, painting the office and giving us the house tour all at once. (I dare say there were plenty of other things going on besides)
It was also really good to see how you shopped your home and made full use of bargains to manage costs and still created a sensational little space. Love it!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You would never know you did this on any type of budget. It looks rich and stunning. That custom Roman shade is the perfect cherry on top of this little sweet treat. Great job.

The enchanted home said...

Bravo! LOVE IT! Looks soooo beautiful, glamorous, elegant and inviting. love every single detail...the color palette is fabulous.

Enjoy!!

Kim said...

Beautiful little powder room so full of feminine touches. You transformation is fabulous! Way to go! xo

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

love all the little details!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

What an impressive job. It is amazing how much style you can fit into one little room!!! Great job!!

Nancy said...

This is beautiful Beth. So much goodness in a little space! Love it, and all your touches. You did a great job.
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

ddu said...

Marvelous! An amazing transformation and such a gracious little space. The duvet-cum-tapestry idea is a classic. Best wishes!

blogginbaby said...

Your taste is impeccable. Great Job!
Thanks for the generous giveaway.
slwkerr@comcast.net

Dara said...

The new powder room looks sooooooo much better!

blogginbaby said...

Your taste is impeccable! Great job!

Love your style----

Sharon
slwkerr@comcast.net

LindsB said...

I cant even believe that is the same bathroom- it looks like a whole new space. Are you sure you arent tricking us??

The use of the panels is GENIUS, I'm totally copying this idea if I ever run into a bathroom like this one- LOVE this!!

René said...

Your powder room is perfect! Adding the fabric was such a great idea & those ginger jars make my heart skip a beat - great find!

Mallory | Confetti and Stripes said...

It looks SOOO good! Please share where your toast rack and marble foo dogs are from...they seriously are the cutest thing i have ever seen! I also love how the before captions were "!!!!!" hahahaha! That is a great explanation of some of my "before" spaces in my house so i may need to steal that!!! It looks amazing...great work!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Amazing transformation! The fabric on the tensions rods is brilliance. Stealing that one.

www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

WOW!!! Speechless about that before, and giddy with the after! Did you post about doing the duvet on the tension rod? Curious about that for something I am planning.

Brandy@Chateau À Gogo said...

It is beautiful! Congrats.

Dotti said...

Your renewal is extraordinary! I love it. You turned a sow's ear into a chinoiserie-chic silk purse!!! Best, Dotti

Denise said...

WHAT a transformation! It's gorgeous! I would love to win that towel bar to put in my kitchen in FL. After almost 4 years of marriage - finally moving across 4 states to be with my beloved!

~Denise

pam {simple details} said...

Amazing Beth, I remember feeling sorry for you when I saw that before! You've taken it to a such a luxurious powder room! Using the beautiful duvets was so smart, and your attention to detail is unmatched!

Lane Harper said...

I LOVE this- especially the way you used the duvets as wall covering-FANTASTIC! Also, love all the details such as the toast rack, foo dogs, and candles- It has inspired me to do my own tiny powder room makeover...
Love this blog!

Leslie said...

Wow! Nicely done and everything looks amazing! Love your colors and all the details!

Leslie

Athena said...

You know if I was in the market for a decorator you would be it. Not only because I love your style but more importantly because you always deliver. Your daily blog demonstrates you are someone that does what she says she will do, consistently-a true professional! Thank you for your beautiful blog!

idlewild said...

Oh my !! You absolutely rock my world! I'm so in love with your aesthetic its ridiculous... Wish I lived near you as you are so inspiring. Great great job and thank you for posting my favorite blog!! Best wishes, Donna from Atlanta :)

Doreen said...

Beautiful powder room. I love the detail and all the accessories.

Emmie {Blue11} said...

Wow, it looks great! I hadn't seen the before pictures until now, what an amazing transformation!

Those wallpaper samples are beautiful, I hope I win the giveaway :)

Nicole Scott said...

You totally transformed that yucky bathroom. Great Job, it looks fantastic!

Kathleen said...

What a transformation! It doesn't look like you had a budget at all. I again love your art and accessories. Beautiful!

Mary said...

I've visited all of the other ORC participants and I must say that yours is the most dramatic metamorphasis!!!

Absolutely stunning, well done!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I've said it before, but the duvet wall cover just blows me away...it's an elegant jewel box now. Love the antique toast/towel holder...so charming. Great job!

Jenntly Juniper said...

I can hardly believe the transformation! What a great job you've done, I'm inspired. And thank you for a surprise give-away, sweet.

marlene said...

Charming! Just a little jewel box for a Powder room.

dwellonthese said...

Beautiful transformation. Love!

The Pink Pagoda said...

A little Chinoiserie gem is spot on! What a lovely powder you've created! It doesn't look like you were on any budget either. I love the soft grays with the addition of some pink. So so pretty -- fantastic job, Beth! And I'm thrilled to have a print in this room : )

barbara@hodge:podge said...

That room packs a lot of punch! Looks amazing Beth. And that toilet paper is too pretty to use!

Vickie H. said...

Beth!!! Utterly beautiful!!!! I am so proud of this transformation for you! Such talent! And I am totally adoring every last precious detail! Would love a toast rack like that: a jewel, to be sure. Thank you for hosting the surprise giveaway! Hope I am the lucky, lucky gal who wins!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

To die for Beth!!!! I love the faucet and the drapery! Job very well done !'

Kathleen DiPaolo said...

Really!! This is amazing! The amazing details steal the show! The toilet seat- fab, the toilet paper- fab, the wallpaper framed-genius, I can go on and on. Talk about a jewel box!! Congrats on this stunning transformation!!! xoxo, K

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

what a great transformation! Love the duvet sheered on the rods! Creative and love the look! And you bet your black tee pee has created quite a stir! I was in a boutique this weekend and saw that they had black papertowels and I got so excited i nearly jumped up and down. I immediately started telling them about your blog and how there is an entire line of colored products out there, not only for the hands but also for the tush! haha. So yes, this black paper will have a long shelf life! Love your bathroom! xoxo

ombdesigns said...

Hi Beth,
What a great job in your bathroom! You had quite the challenge!
It's funny about the toilet tissue... it's available in Portugal (which I have visited often) and so is facial tissue. Hopefully it will become more prominent here in the U.S.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Olga

Ruth Ann said...

I just happened on the challenge a few weeks ago and it has been fun watching the progress. Congratulations on the transformation!

Marty said...

Yay Beth!! I've been following all 6 weeks and I loved each update-- today's reveal did not disappoint! Great job and excellent unique finds. The towel rod and wallpaper swatches - what a thoughtful give-away.

A ndrea said...

Such an unbelievable transformation!! This powder room is exquisite, you did an amazing job!!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Mrs. Weston said...

So well done and so ingenious! Thank you for taking us along during the transformation. Inspiration for all!

j said...

Great job especially with the before pics...amazing transformation...where did you get that trash can?? love!

Marnie Holden said...

What an inspiration you are! LOVE your style (which is now MY style...thank you so much!) It's taken me waaay too many years (started by collecting foo dogs ages ago bec/ they reminded me of Princess, my Pekingese) to realize that Chinoiserie is what I love most in the world.
Fingers crossed that I win the drawing. But if I don't, of course I will continue following your blog. Please count me among your biggest fans and most ardent admirers!

Alex Hartz said...

Gorgeous transformation. I am an appreciative reader. Thanks for a terrific blog.

Kelly said...

This has to be the biggest transformation of the whole ORC. It is so classy and beautiful. Fantastic job.

Linda Pakravan said...

Holy Cow and a half! Your magic took that sow by the ears and transformed it into one fabulous silk purse! I love it.

Melody said...

Love it!! I was looking forward to seeing how you would transform this small space. I think smaller spaces can sometimes be more challenging but you did a great job.

IdealWindowFashions4U said...

Beth this is a beautiful transformation. Thanks so much for choosing IdealWindowFashions for your handmade shade.

Grace

therelishedroost said...

LOVE it!! THe little added touches where like jewelry to that space!!
Best,
Karolyn

SHERRY HART said...

Holy smokes...if that isn't "trash to treasure" I don't know what is!!! So much thought into all the small details has made this bathroom such a pretty space! I know you are glad to have this makeover done....very pretty!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

what a massive improvement! Now I'm dying to drape all of my walls in fabric ;)

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

WOW! What a transformation, Beth!! Absolutely stunning. I love the use of the duvets, and the toast rack for the towels- genius!
Thank you for sharing your work.
Teresa
xoxo

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Saw this on Pinterest and had to run over! FABULOUS!!! I too, love chinoserie and anything Asain. It is all over my house. Great job!