One Room Challenge: The Reveal!

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

 

It’s finally time for the reveal!!

Remember Week 1? I highly suggest you go back to the before pictures for a minute, because we’ve come a long way. To recap, I moved in to a much smaller apartment, with a lot of ill-fitted furniture from my old place. The space needed an overhaul—and it got one! My new space is much better fitted to my lifestyle (and general style). And now that summer is here, I can finally sit back and enjoy!

 

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge on @SavvyHome

I had to learn the art of editing lately. Living in a small open space means that the slightest out-of-place item makes the entire room look messy! Because of this, when it came to making decor decisions, my eye was drawn to clean lines and a simple color palette.

I love that the space is small enough to completely transform with just a few pillows and a rug (remember week 4?). I also love the fact that my picture ledge allows me to switch the art around as I please. Since I like to be my own guinea pig when it comes to decorating, I love the versatility that this new place allows me to test out different looks and styles easily. This room is definitely very “me”—a little coastal, a little boho, a little modern and a little traditional. It’s a mix of items I’ve collected over the years, and some new ones thrown in the mix!

I can’t believe I was able to fit three rooms in one tiny space, but it worked! And believe it or not, it’s very functional! Ok, full disclosure: I’ve maybe had dinner at my bistro table once, but I love using it as library table, and use it to display books and flowers. My gals and I love sitting at the “bar”—those Bludot barstools are surprisingly comfortable! Everyone that has sat in them commented on their comfort. Of course, my favorite space remains the “living area” (a.k.a my sofa). Getting to sit back and relax after sitting at my desk for many hours is pure bliss.

I don’t mean to play favorites, but a piece I love in the room is Oomph X Savvy Home Tini Table—you might remember it from our collaboration last year. The fact that I had a say in the design of the piece makes it extra special. I’m thrilled to announce that Oomph has agreed to re-release the table for the One Room Challenge , and you guys get first dibs! Be quick though because they sold like hotcakes last year.

I won’t lie: it’s 12:16am and I’m not sure what my mental state is at this point: I’ve been styling, shooting and editing for the past 12 hours and I’m all bugged out. But we got here—and I’m thrilled with the result! I cannot wait to sit back and enjoy it… I hope you like it too! I spoke a lot about my process over the last few weeks, so you can re-read all about it below!

 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

 

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Living Area Oomph X Savvy Home Tini Table (re-issued for a limited time for the One Room Challenge!) | Burlap Bench (similar) | Minted Sailboat and River Boat Prints c/o | West Elm Deep Picture Ledge c/o | Serena & Lily Braided Abaca Rug c/o | Bone Inlay Box (similar) | Mad et Len Candle | Hammered Metal Side Table (similar) | Le Labo Santal 26 Candle | Amy Poehler’s Yes Please | Loom Decor Roman Linen Shades c/o

Sofa from Beige Montreal (similar) | Fragments Identity Batik and Kuba Pillows c/o | Serena & Lily Brahms Throw in Surf c/o |  West Elm Mid-Century Floor Lamp c/o

Desk Area Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Frida Chair | West Elm Mini Mid-Century Desk c/o

“Sailboat” Bench Sailboat Frame belonged to my grandmother (similar) | Woven Leather Bench | J.McLaughlin Palm River Hat | Vanessa Bruno Bag

Kitchen Counter Allmodern Bludot Real Good Barstools in Copper c/o | Tory Burch x Dodie Thayer Canape Plates c/o | AESOP Hand Soap | Williams-Sonoma Napkins | Vintage Hublot Mirror (similar)

Dining Area Dresser from Beige Montreal (similar) | Schoolhouse Electric Caprice Lamp c/o | Vintage Ginger Jar (similar) | Serena & Lily Stafford Candlesticks | Jonathan Adler Muse Votive Candle | West Elm Waterscape Votives | Vintage Gold Mirror (similar) | Vintage Silver Tray (similar) | Wayfair Wishbone Chairs c/o | West Elm Reeve Bistro Table c/o | Far & Wide Collective African Basket c/o

 

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Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

 

Photography, Styling & Interior Design by Gabrielle Savoie.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 5

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge: Dresser with Bar and Schoolhouse Electric Lamp

 

It’s the last week before the reveal so we’re going close-ups only to keep the element of surprise!

 

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge: sailboat oil painting and bench

 

I spent most of last week at a conference in Dallas so let’s be honest here: not much progress on the One Room Challenge front. At this point, I’m playing the waiting game… There’s nothing left to do except for praying that everything will arrive on time! So instead of worrying, let’s talk about the floor plan.

To say I had to get creative is the understatement of the year. Here are a few tricks I used to make my tiny space more functional.

 

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge Floor Plan

 

Double-Duty Living

I’m not a big TV person. In fact, I don’t even own a TV and I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. Most of the time, I’m out doing things, or at home cooking, listening to music or reading books (who am I kidding, I’m reading blogs and mags).

That being said, I do like to binge watch the Mindy Project on Netflix on occasion. So I needed a space to do just that. I have the choice between watching Netflix 11″ Macbook or my 27″ iMac—and the decision is self explanatory. So I placed my sofa across from my desk. And the distance to screen size ratio is spot on.

My current coffee table (which I will replace one day) is a bench that used to be at the foot of my bed in my last apartment. In my new bedroom, I can barely walk around my bed, so the bench moved to the living room. Now I have space to kick my feet up at the end of the day. I call this “successful repurposing”.

 

Creating seating & storage

My desk chair, as I explained before, has to serve both the purpose of full-time office seating, and part time guest seating. So I picked a casual chair with decent back support.

The bookcase that will hopefully one day stand next to my desk will host anything from books and magazines, to entertaining essentials and office paperwork and supplies. All organized in pretty baskets and trays.

 

Dining for two

The dining “area” (if I dare call it that), sits two comfortably. The kitchen island has two bar stools which means I can have a few people over for cocktails, but really only 1-2 people over for a sit down dinner. When the table is not in use (which is always), I use it as a library table and stack piles of decor books on top.

The “buffet” is actually a dresser which houses all of my out of season clothes (shhh don’t tell)—but you’d never know since it’s topped with all things dining and drinking. The Schoolhouse Electric lamp on top is one of my favorite pieces.

 

Tune in next week for the reveal!

 

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Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

A huge thank you to West ElmAll ModernSchoolhouse Electric!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 4

One Room Challenge: Week no. 4 • on @SavvyHome

 

Here’s a last look at the room before the major changes that happened this week!

It’s all coming together! This week, I received my dining chairs, new artrug, pillowsthrow. I know, I know… Many of you loved the Montauk rug—but the size was wrong. No matter where I shifted it in the space, it was either halfway under the sofa, or halfway under the dining table. Not sexy. I got this Serena & Lily braided rug and it visually separates the living from the dining areas and opens up the space. I love it. As for the Montauk rug, it’s securely stored until I can use it again. Here’s a last look at it for your viewing pleasure.

 

One Room Challenge: Week no. 4 • on @SavvyHome

 

In other news, I might have found an alternative bookcase (fingers crossed that it will ship in time) and I’m narrowing down on a desk lamp and chair. The office space is tricky because the desk barely has enough space for a lamp (so I’m looking at tiny lamps/sconces/floor lamp options). The chair needs to be comfortable for 8-10 hour work days, but it also needs to be “loungy” enough to use as extra seating for guests. I found the perfect option at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams last week while borrowing items for my (secret) photoshoot, but the price tag gave me a mild heart attack, so I’m considering other options.

Let’s be real here: since I’m decorating on a budget, I’m working with a few temporary pieces. Right now I’m housesitting a girlfriend/old roommate’s sofa and dresser while she’s working in Calgary. While they might not have been my first pick, they’re neutral and they fit well enough in the space, which is allowing me to focus on everything else around—and it’s saving her storage costs (win, win). The offenders: a classic roll arm ivory sofa and a large dresser that I’m currently using as a credenza in the dining space (and providing much needed storage space). I also “borrowed” a large gilded mirror from my mom — it fits above the dresser really well, so for now it’s staying.

Finally, here’s what the to-do list looks like today. I’m hoping to tackle most remaining items in the next week, except the roman shades (which will arrive on May 1st, yay!) and the styling which will likely happen the day before the reveal (what can I say, I know myself).

 

THE TO-DO LIST

Replace existing desk and find new desk chair

Order new bookshelf and sell the old one on Craigslist

Choose art for wall behind the desk

Assemble new counter stools

Hang mirror above dresser

Assemble new dining table and order new dining chairs

Replace the existing 9 x 12 rug with an 8 x 10 option

Install roman shades on all windows

Hang picture ledge and display art

Replace coffee table (maybe?)

Assemble floor lamp

Find a task lamp for the desk

Replace pillows and throws on the sofa

Accessorize and style

Tune in next week for the last sneak peek before the reveal!

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Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

A huge thank you to Wayfair, Minted, Serena & Lily and Fragments Identity!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 3

One Room Challenge: Week no. 3 • on @SavvyHome

 

You want the bad news or the good news first?

One Room Challenge: Week no. 3 • on @SavvyHome

Like most people, I always pick the bad news first. Despite the best intentions and the highest levels of planning and execution, some things always go unplanned, especially during projects with 6-week timelines! Here’s an update on what’s gone well, and not so well as of Week No. 3 of the One Room Challenge.

 

The pits

I found out last week that the bookshelf I ordered can’t be shipped to Canada! Noooo—it was the only one I found that fits perfectly the measurements of the little enclave beside my desk AND trust me, I searched a lot! I spotted it last summer at the Serena & Lily Beach Shop in Wainscott—it’s so gorgeous in person. Will I get it shipped to my niece’s place in Plattsburgh and rent a U-Haul to drive it across the border? Maybe… I love it that much. Still, dealing with customs officers and border fees is such a pain. Argh. Decisions.

Speaking of border issues, the samples for my roman shades were super delayed at the Canadian border… I worked with Loom to create the most GORGEOUS custom linen roman shades, but I have to stop stressing and trust that they’ll get here in time to install before the reveal. Eeek.

I also already purchased and returned some dining chairs. I’m ordering the same ones in a different finish, because the lighter natural finish just didn’t gel with the rest of the space. Thankfully I found the same wishbone chairs in the perfect color on Wayfair.

 

The peaks

In more positive news: look at all I’ve crossed off my list! The bar stools have arrived and are assembled (love ’em). The same goes for the new dining table (obsessed), the new desk (winning) and this stunning floor lamp (I loved the Aerin lamp but this one was half the price—you can’t argue with a good deal)!

I received a stunning lamp from Schoolhouse Electric—my favorite piece so far! The two-tone makes it look like a buoy and reminds me of the ocean, which fills me with joy. Doesn’t take much folks. We will get there!

 

THE TO-DO LIST

Replace existing desk and find new desk chair

Order new bookshelf and sell the old one on Craigslist

Choose art for wall behind the desk

Assemble new counter stools

Hang mirror above dresser

Assemble new dining table and order new dining chairs

Replace the existing 9 x 12 rug with an 8 x 10 option

Install roman shades on all windows

Hang picture ledge and display art

Replace coffee table (maybe?)

Assemble floor lamp

Find a task lamp for the desk

Replace pillows and throws on the sofa

Accessorize and style

 

FOLLOW THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

A huge thank you to Loom Decor,  West Elm, AllModernWayfair and Schoolhouse Electric!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.