One Room Challenge :: Week 3

It’s already week three of the One Room Challenge! If you are dropping by for the first time, here’s the first and second weeks to get you caught up on all the action.

Today I’ll be sharing my process of selecting furniture for the Foyer. The 12′ x 12′ space only has one wall (opposite the front door and approximately 7′ long) that’s suitable for furniture. The question then becomes which pieces and in what configuration? Here are some of the options I considered:

fabulous entryways // Erin Gates Design

This entry by Erin Gates is beautiful and a chest flanked by upholstered chairs is a great, functional furniture arrangement for an entry. This English Colonial style dresser would have worked however, I didn’t want a visually heavy chest of drawers in the space.

small entry with baskets // via

This charming small entry (via Chatelaine) features a clean-lined console table and large baskets to corral shoes. I love the simplicity and functional aspects of the space, however I was seeking more color and upholstered seating.

formal entry with bench // via

Benches are also great furniture options for Foyers. I love this tufted bench with polished brass base. Such an elegant look, however I longed for a console table. So I decided on another great furniture arrangement for our entry.

entry with console and x benches // tami ramsey

This entry designed by Tami Ramsey has a similar furniture arrangement I was looking for. A chic console and a pair of upholstered benches that could be tucked under. I love the chinoiserie touches here too!

oomph console tables // one room challenge //

With the furniture arrangement set, I immediately thought of one company that creates the most amazing custom furniture, unique lighting and in particular gorgeous console tables: oomph. Their signature traditional, with a twist style was just what I was envisioning for the foyer. With several beautiful styles, 16+ colors and intriguing surfaces to choose from, I selected the stately Fenwick console in club navy with a linen surface. And I LOVE it. And a huge thank you to oomph for their support and sponsorship!

X bench // clarence house tibet print // by @simplifiedbee

From there I selected a fabric for the pair of X benches. I’ve had my eye on Clarence Houses’ Tibet Print for some time. It’s exotic, playful and in pale blue picked up on all the right shades for the Foyer. The textile was purchased through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest – a go to destination for over 200,000 designer fabrics, wallpaper, trim, pillows and rugs at fantastic prices. LivenUPdesign (via Etsy) created the X benches in just the right dimensions to fit under the console table.  They centered the tiger perfectly on the tops of each bench and were so lovely to work with.

faux-bamboo mirror // sloan mirror // @simplifiedbee

I love mirrors in entryways (they are practical and can add light to the space) and knew that I wanted to place a large one over the console table. Because I’d selected so many pieces in shades of blue, I wanted the mirror to be different. After considering tons of options through ORC sponsor Bassett Mirror (fabulous selection of lamps, mirrors and furnishings at great price points!), I selected the Sloan mirror (above). It’s rectangle shape wouldn’t compete with the wallpaper pattern like a round mirror would. I also loved the gilded faux-bamboo finish – a chic chinoiserie touch.

Here’s a look these and some other selections for the Foyer all together:

foyer selections // one room challenge //

Selections for the Foyer and why:

gilded faux-bamboo mirror – because I love an entry with a mirror and love for bamboo

chinoiserie table lamp – because of their chinoiserie style and deep navy color (I’ll go into more detail regarding lighting next week!)

fenwick console table – because of it’s scale, neo-traditional style, durable lacquer finish and custom options

clarence house tibet print in pale blue  – because it’s a chic, yet playful chinoiserie print in all the right shades of blue perfect to liven up the  X benches

diamond natural fiber rug – because the space needed a neutral, warm element without a busy pattern

celerie kemble bloom wallpaper – for all the reasons mentioned in this post 🙂

I hope you’ll check back next week to see more progress! In the meantime, don’t forget to drop by to see what the other ORC participants are up to. There are so many incredible projects in this group!

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25 Responses to One Room Challenge :: Week 3

  1. tobe | because it's awesome October 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Oh, I love this!! Great combo you’ve narrowed it down to. It’s going to be playful and fun in the most sophisticated way…which is always the best design 🙂 Hope you’re making lots of progress this week!

    • Cristin October 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

      Thanks so much!!! There’s one item (not so little) that may come down to the wire. yikes!


  2. Lee @ Borderline October 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    I agree with the others, that Sloan mirror is awesome. Great choice! It’s a lot less expensive than I figured it would be, too, which is nice.

    • Cristin October 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you so much!


  3. Karolina October 23, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

    I saw your console against the wallpaper on IG and loved it. What a stunning combo!! Karolina

  4. sherry October 22, 2015 at 4:25 am #

    I am so down with everyone of your selections!!! Lord I have loved that fabric forever and against the wallpaper it will be outstanding! 3 weeks to go:)

    • Cristin October 22, 2015 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks Sherry! I’ve also been eyeing that fabric for a long time – fun to finally use it!


  5. ange October 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    I LOVE that mirror, the console, well ok, all of it really. I can’t wait to see the finished room, seriously.

    • Cristin October 22, 2015 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks so much!


  6. Vanessa@Decor Happy October 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    This is all so fabulous Cristin! The fabric and wallpaper combination is perfect and I love the mirror and furniture pieces. All of it!

    • Cristin October 22, 2015 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks so much Vanessa!


  7. Centsational Girl October 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    It’s coming together so beautifully! I love all your choices !!!

    • Cristin October 22, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Thank you friend!


  8. Linda - Calling it Home October 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    I need to see this, now. I love all of it. just lovely.

    • Cristin October 22, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Just hoping it all comes together in time! 🙂


  9. Stephanie | DecoratorsBest October 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    Oooh, those benches!

    • Cristin October 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      I know. Doesn’t the fabric look amazing on the benches?


  10. christine dovey October 21, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Those benches are just TOO GOOD! Obsessed. And I can’t wait to see how they are going to play with that wallpaper. Oh and the oomph table is also sublime. Absolutely love what you’re doing.

    • Cristin October 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Thanks so much Christine!


  11. Fran October 21, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    I love where you are going with this!! The oomph console tables have been a favorite of mine forever and I can’t believe they are a sponsor!! The fenwick paired with the tibet fabric is so great! And, I love your wallpaper selection with the bamboo mirror! Oomph’s charleston headboard was my inspiration for my DIY version that I will be sharing tomorrow for the guest version of ORC. Just ordered the raffia fabric today to upholster it!

    Love following your design process!

    • Cristin October 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you so much Fran! The console is gorgeous!

      Wow, your headboard sounds amazing!


  12. Ivy Lane October 21, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    I liked images 1,3,4.. that Sloan Mirror is to die for! Can’t wait to see what you pick!

    • Cristin October 21, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks so much Ivy! The mirror is killer!


  13. courtney {a thoughtful place} October 21, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    Eeek. That Sloan Mirror! Love. I knew I couldn’t sneak a mirror like that into my son’s room so I will live vicariously through you. Excited about your direction. Such beautiful choices.

    • Cristin October 21, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      ha! so true, he might not appreciate the Sloan mirror 🙂