One Room Challenge :: Week 2

blue & white wallpaper // entry // JK Kling Associates

The vignette by JK Kling Associates above is fresh and inviting – just the way I want our Foyer to feel.  The existing 1970s textured wallpaper not only covered the walls in the Foyer, but extended down the hall, up the stairs and then down a very long hallway. It was way too much pattern and 70s flair for me, so it had to go.

wallpaper removal // one room challenge // www.simplifiedbee.comwallpaper removal // one room challenge //

There is always a big unknown when you start removing wallpaper in an older house. How easily will it come off? Will the walls be in good shape? In our case, there were three layers of wallpaper. The first (hard to see in the above image) was a true paper wallpaper and had a subtle toile pattern from the 1940s. The second (my favorite) had a beautiful teal and steely blue leaf pattern. Really stunning. The third of course was the textured 1970s damask pattern in an faded olive green.

wallpaper removal // one room challenge //

Once the layers of wallpaper was removed from the foyer and hallways, we were blessed with gorgeous plaster walls. Yes, the original plaster walls were in perfect condition and smooth as silk. After a coat of primer, they were ready for the next phase. Paint or wallpaper? From the start I knew I wanted to hang new wallpaper in the foyer, so that’s the first material I sourced. Here are a few that made my short list:
orange_blue_chinoiserie_wallpaper_thumb25255B125255Dfoyer design process // one room challenge //

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

In the end, I selected Celerie Kemble’s Feather Bloom for Schumacher. It’s an embellished grasscloth that features a hand printed over-scaled floral motif in shades of China blue. The choice is a bold one and I’m definitely taking a risk on this!

Celerie Kemble Feather Bloom wallpaper // one room challenge //

The blue color scheme was a great one as well because it coordinates with the palettes in the adjacent living room, library and dining room. It’s my opinion that color palettes in side-by-side rooms should coordinate to create flow and bridge a story from one room to the next.

paint color sampling // ORC //

For this reason, it was important to select paint for the hallway walls in a color that would compliment the cool wallpaper tones, yet still be neutral and contemporary. With the help of Farrow & Ball (a fabulous ORC sponsor), I narrowed down the wall color to Blackened No. 2011. It is the coolest of their whites and changes in intensity depending on the light. A perfect color to let the beautiful architecture of the is home take center stage.

Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light //

In the Foyer, I decided to add a little drama and glam by having the ceiling painted in a shade of blue. After going back and forth on Parma Gray No. 27 or Borrowed Light No. 235, I selected the lighter shade of Borrowed Light. The light blue picks up hints of gray and in a high gloss reflects light beautifully.

front door before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comfront door // farrow & ball pitch black //

The Front Door was all white like the rest of the outside of the house, so to add contrast and to create a more stately entrance, I had the front door, screen and transom window painted black – an accent already used on the shutters throughout the house. I selected Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black No. 256 in a high gloss. Classic. Timeless. Love it!

Here’s a breakdown of the Farrow & Ball paint colors used for my One Room Challenge. Also, be sure to check out their amazing new wallpaper collection that launched this fall!


Please check back next Wednesday – I’ll be breaking down furniture selection!

Don’t forget to check out the progress of the other One Room Challenge participates… there’s lots of magic happening!

The One Room Challenge is Trademarked by Calling it Home. Huge thank you to Farrow & Ball for providing paint for the Foyer! 

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33 Responses to One Room Challenge :: Week 2

  1. Laura Irion // Avery Street Design October 19, 2015 at 5:36 am #

    Oh my, that wallpaper is fabulous! And what a cool idea to put gloss on the ceiling to reflect light- can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Cristin October 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks so much! The high-gloss of the ceiling is really fun!


  2. sherry October 17, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    I LOVE THAT WALLPAPER! It is going to be fabulous! Lucky for you with the plaster walls…..if that had been drywall you would have had a heck of a problem!

  3. Brenna@DomesticCharm October 16, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    I just can’t believe the plaster walls were in tact! This is going to look amazing!

    • Cristin October 16, 2015 at 7:53 am #

      Me too! It was a pleasant surprise to say the least! I don’t know who was more excited though, me or the wallpaper installer 🙂


  4. Tim@DesignMaze October 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Love your ideas! The palette is so fresh and I love your wallpaper line-up! Glad to see you have made a choice as I would probably not be able to decide on one since they are all so beautiful!

    Can’t wait to follow along on the transformation!

    • Cristin October 16, 2015 at 7:52 am #

      Many thanks! It was tough to narrow it all down! It’s a good exercise for me though to remind me of what my clients go through.


  5. cassandra @ coco+kelley October 15, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    that wallpaper is going to be STUNNING!!! love the paint selections too… you’re making me want to tackle our front door situation!

    • Cristin October 16, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      And you our closet! 🙂


  6. Lydia Marie Elizabeth October 15, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    Obsessed with the high gloss black front door!
    How Dorothy Draper of you! 🙂

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      Ha! So true.


  7. Emily, Our house now a home October 15, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    I love that wallpaper and that crown molding is gorgeous! It all feels very fancy. I now am in a serious need to paint my front door, that is amazing! I am also taking part in the one room challenge as a guest and am so eager to get more things checked off of my to do list!

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks so much! I’m with you on the punch list! Eager to get it all done 🙂


  8. Linda - Calling it Home October 15, 2015 at 4:15 am #

    You had me at Celerie Kemble. I’m done, wrap it up. I love the wet, glossy, sheen on your front door. I also love black and white on houses. Stunning.

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      We all adore Celerie, don’t we?!

      Many thanks!


  9. Always Rad October 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Wow, that wallpaper is stunning! So are the paint colors you picked! Can’t wait to see how it all looks together!

  10. Brenna@DomesticCharm October 14, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    I LOVE the wallpaper you chose! This will look fantastic. And, of course, a black door. You can’t go wrong with a black door.

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      Many thanks!!!


  11. Fran October 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Really amazing choices! I am looking forward to following your progress!!!

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      You are so sweet! Thanks for following along.


  12. Arielle October 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    This is looking so, so good! Paint colors looks fab, and since you couldn’t keep the old teal paper you found, then at least you’ve got that amazing Schumacher. Excited to see what’s next!

  13. christine dovey October 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE the wallpaper and the F&B colours you chose to compliment it are perfect. The door looks so pretty! Oh and that vintage second paper- also so lovely. I can’t wait to see the new loveliness up!

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      Thanks so much Christine! I have to admit, the wallpaper is FAB!

      Love following your ORC too!


  14. tiina October 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    oh that wallpaper!

    • Cristin October 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      i know! it’s killer!


  15. Ana October 14, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    That 40s wallpaper was so awesome, too bad it was sandwiched between the other ugly ones so you couldn’t keep it.

    • Cristin October 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      I know!!!


  16. Stephanie | DecoratorsBest October 14, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Feather Bloom is always gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the finished space!

    • Cristin October 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks so much Stepanie!


  17. Ivy Lane October 14, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    It’s going to be beautiful! Love your selection of wallpaper! I also have a black front door with leaded glass. The neighbors loved it when I had it painted black. Yours looks fantastic!

    Can’t wait to see the transformation!


    • Cristin October 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      Your front door sounds gorgeous!


  18. Erin @ whalingcitycottage October 14, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    Sooo good. Amazing progress and I love the direction you’re heading!

    • Cristin October 15, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      Thanks so much Erin!