Sunday, November 15, 2015

ORC 6b: The Final Act. The Tiniest Dressing Room

Tiny, but fierce.

We're done. The One Room Challenge (tm) for the Fall of 2015, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home, is officially over. Mom is thrilled with her dressing room. I won't lie--this was extremely challenging--in almost every way--and I am glad it's over. The room reveals of the 20 invited participants were truly inspiring, as were those of my fellow guest participants. They were just what I needed to tidy up those last little details and get this puppy done.

If you're joining me for the first time, I took on the challenge of transforming a weird little space at my Mom's house into a glamorous dressing room for her. She loves drama and glitter and gold. So, that's what we did.

In week one, I showed you what we were dealing with, the floor pan and my inspiration: Creating a Dressing Room from Chaos.

Week two was all about getting the dratted closet out: Down and Out, or is that Out and Down?

Unfortunately, so, too, was week three: Coming out of  the Closet, No Wait, it's the Closet Coming Out!

I learned why dry walling is a professional's job in week four. From Dry Walling to Walls Drying.

And in week five, I learned how to lay vinyl planking--and assembled Ikea pax units for days and days (and days): The Infrastructure is In!

A few days ago, I let you all know I'd be late to the reveal party and showed you the state of the room in The Walking Deadline.

And so here we have it.

When you come up the stairs, there are two "rooms" on either side of the stair railings. I am standing in one of them taking the picture below. As you can see, we put up sheers to give Mom some privacy. (I think we'll attach another set so that they are more opaque.)

Here's the entrance.

The print (of a work by Georgia O'Keefe) is to the right of the photo, just out of frame.

Quite the difference from before:

Turning the corner, we had an awkward hallway ending in a closet.

Now we have this:

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

I spray painted a chair Mom already had and she made the pillow. Nothing says glamorous like leopard!

Beside the vanity is the sweater tower.

A closer look at that lovely valence;

Isn't the Trumeau mirror fabulous? My husband made it for me this past week. I was inspired by this site. 

There's 14 inches between the pax units and the wall--just enough room to hang a rod for her fabulous dresses.

The shoe shelves are all that's left of the old closet.

There's a story behind these gold frames.

Originally, this wall was going to display Mom's jewelry on all sorts of hooks and knobs. But, she hated the idea. Absolutely did not want to "clutter" up the wall with bangles and necklaces and what all. To add insult to injury--my husband agreed!

Mom says she has some pictures she'd like to hang--but she can't find them and can't think where they might be. Running out of time, I decided I would buy three Ikea brown wood Ribba frames and hang something in them. Probably scarves.

We get to Ikea late one night only to discover they are being discontinued. Dear heavens. But wait, look, there's a display of three of them! We take them to As Is to have them priced--and as we were negotiating the price with the As Is person--the glass in one of the frames broke. And there's no more glass. And that's when I started to cry. In Ikea.

As it turned out, Mom found her pictures, I went back to Ikea and picked up a gold frame and found the perfect scarf in her collection.

I love it. Love it.

Aren't these ladies just fabulous? Mom found them for 99 cents each at Value Village:

And that, my friends, is that.

Thank you so much for being a part of this with me.


Anonymous said...

Very Nice work! Really well done! Congratulations!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Fantastic! Such a lovely difference. It is a joy to walk into now to get ready to go anywhere.

Job well done by you, your Mom and your husband. That trumeau mirror is great! I've seen quite a few of them while working in an antique shop for 17 years.

Happy November ~ FlowerLady

Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

it looks fantastic! Worth all the work :-)

Janina Laird said...

It is just perfect! Tiny? Maybe, but every 'thing' has a place and isn't that what you were aiming for? I love it and I bet your mom does, too. And you're do right about that leopard skin chair. Kabaam!! So glam!!

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks so much, everyone. I am glad you like our little confection. I passed your comment on to my husband, Lorraine! He was pleased.

T said...

Fabulous! What a great job!

Corinna | A Designer At Home said...

Wow! Your mom has an awesome space for a dressing room. You guys rocked it!

MMarie said...

So pretty! Absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

You have an awesome eye for this! Great job!
Gina in Chattanooga, TN

Alana in Canada said...

I have to agree, the closet/dressing area is beautiful. Working in such a small area is difficult and to have had to do all that renovation before you could even start the decorating must have been very hard. However, you pulled it off. The space is simply elegant. Kudos, kiddo.

Alana in Canada said...

well, that's interesting. How did my comment get credited to the creator? I guess I will have to learn how to post on this site! Congratulations, Alana. Nice job. Sorry I am so computer illiterate.

Alana in Canada said...

Knock, knock, Mom is that you? I tink Imay have left myself signed in when I was over last. :)

Delia Gibbs said...

Hi Alana...I am so happy you got to do this for your mom. It is beautiful, elegant, and sooo mom :-). I love both mirrors, and also the shoe shelves...gorgeous!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

OH WOW!! What a creative and beautiful solution. Great job.


Awwwww.....and that's a wrap! Good job!

Christina O said...

It's gorgeous Alana! Another fantastic job.

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