One Room Challenge / Week One

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Hi everyone, today is the day!  The One Room Challenge officially starts right now.  I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself to those of you that have never read my blog, Stone Textile At Home.

My name is Elizabeth Mollen and I am a product designer + interior decorator based in Austin, Texas.  I moved here about four years ago after working for many years in the fashion industry in Los Angeles + New York.  Design has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and I have always known that I would be involved in the design world in some way.  The transition from fashion design to interior design was pretty seamless and I have not looked back.  I launched Stone Textile in 2012 and have been decorating people’s homes for the last four years.  I really love what I do.   My husband Russell and I are expecting our first child in January so being 5.5 months pregnant is also part of the challenge!  Thank you for following along on the blog as well as on Instagram (@stonetextile)

The Room:  I will be designing a client’s bedroom.

The Client:  My parents.  Since we have no family in Texas my mom + dad wanted to get a little apartment in Austin so they could be close to us and their new grandchild.  Mostly their new grandchild ;).    They love modern and neutrals so they are giving me free rein to create something fun and different from their home in Chicago.

The Before Photos:

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The Challenges:  The apartment is a rental.  It is a new build so it is not horrible but, we have to work around a lot of design details that we would not necessarily pick on our own.  To start off, the room is completely empty we have nothing!  There is also carpet in the bedroom.  I am usually not a fan of carpet anywhere in the house so this will be a challenge for me.  There may be an area rug on carpet situation happening.    I do want to use wallpaper but it will have to be removable and in rentals when you paint the walls of a room you almost always have to paint them back to the beautiful beige they have selected (jk on the beige).  There is a LARGE bulky ceiling fan that we have to either work around or replace with a more attractive flush mount light fixture.

The Design Board:  I handled my parents just as I would any client.  I presented them with a design board and we went over it together.  Here is what I am thinking for the space (items subject to change):

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The List: What we need to source + purchase:  bed, bedding, pillows, nightstands (vintage), lamps (vintage), rug, replace ceiling fan?, wallpaper walls or a wall?, paint walls, dresser (vintage), mirror, storage, decorative objects….all in 6 weeks.  Check in next Wednesday for week two and to see what progress I have made.

Big thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for organzing this design event.  I am honored to be a part of it.  Take a look at the other designers involved and make sure to check in on them to see what they have up their sleeves. Also follow along on Instagram using #oneroomchallenge 

The Designers:

Abby M. Interiors

Because It’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home

ORC-Participant Fall 2014-1