Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 - Week 4

It's week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Le sigh. Two weeks can drag on forever in some circumstances, but when you have 50 bazillion things on your to-do list and only 14 days left to do them (on top of my 7-days-a-week job), it's a bit stress-inducing.


 WEEK 4 PROGRESS

This past week I made a lot of decisions and bought a lot of stuff. My credit card is worn out.

After muuuuch deliberation, I ended my light vs. ceiling fan conundrum. With encouragement from many of you here on the blog and Instagram, I followed my heart (and what works 75% of the year) and purchased this copper beauty. It has already arrived and I'm staring at it right now ... too bad it's just sitting on the floor, rather than being mounted on the ceiling!


Also, with help from my internet friends, I decided to go with these two art prints for the wall above my work table. I purchased the prints from the artist's website, and the frames elsewhere. Fingers crossed the prints arrive in time or my ORC reveal will be a bit of a whomp-whomp, since these are meant to bring a big BAM! to the space.

 

Being fabricated right now by a fellow Etsy seller is a lovely gold-framed pin board with scalloped corners. I'm hoping it will help me corral my plethora of note papers into one location. It will hang on the wall by my desk.


Speaking of desk, last week I swapped out my rectangular desk with a round table that I hauled up from my basement stash. It's not much to look at, so I threw a sheet over it to see if I would like working at a desk with a table cover. Yep, the round desk is great, and now I have added another to-do to my list, which is making a custom table skirt. I ordered a round piece of glass as a topper, which is ready to be picked up when I manage to leave the house for more than a quick trip to the post office.

White & gray marble is my jam (as evidenced by the Carrara marble in my kitchen), and although it's a cold, hard surface, I feel like it adds femininity to a space. That's just what I'm going for in the studio, so I'm replacing my boring wall clock (which is much needed for a maker on a daily deadline!) with this marble number. The good news is that it arrived within a few days of ordering. The bad news is that the second hand hits the minute hand rather than ticking past it, so I need to open up the clock and bend the second hand just slightly. And from across the room, the white hands are hardly visible against the light background. I think while it's opened up, I'll use some gold spray paint or Rub 'n Buff to remedy the situation. Just what I needed ... more projects!


WEEK 4 HURDLES

Gotta get shiz done. My biggest hurdle is time. I have lots of tasks on my to-do list, but it's these bigger projects that are stressing me out with only 2 weeks left:

  • Paint entire room (after emptying room and filling lots of holes in the wall)
  • Sew a round table skirt (hopefully with kick pleats with contrasting fabric, plus trim)
  • Sew relaxed Roman shades for windows (using Designers Guild Pandora Peony fabric)
  • Switch out existing ceiling fan for new light fixture



I can practically make a pillow cover with my eyes closed, but relaxed Roman shades and kick pleated table skirts are new for me, so I can't just whip those out. Instead, I have to do lots of research on techniques and try things out as I go along. I would enjoy the process more if the clock weren't ticking!

Wish me luck ... lots to do and very little unoccupied time to do it in!

Hollie

P.S. I'll include sources for everything after ORC week 6 reveal.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 - Week 3

It's time for the week 3 check-in on the One Room Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar, the ORC is a 6-week makeover challenge for bloggers, coordinated by Linda of Calling it Home. Here's my ORC weeks 1 & 2 recap. Since I started a week late, I'm in week 2 mode, but I need to be in week 3 mode because time is moving by quickly. The most visible progress of the week is in the room layout.


WEEK 3 PROGRESS


The most visible change of the week is in the room layout. Before, there were too many angles on the furniture, and while the L-shaped work table layout was helpful a lot of the time, it jutted out toward my desk area causing a hazardous and narrow walkway (see below).


Yesterday I solved two problems with a new room layout. The two worktables are now side-by-side, lengthwise against the wall. That created a smoother walkway since I go in and out of the room frequently. And my beloved turquoise desk got switched out with a round table that was in my basement, adding some much-needed curves to the space.


I'm trying out the new round table for a few days to see how I like it. My favorite part is that I don't have to protect my hips when slipping behind the table to get into the chair. The table itself isn't much to look at, so if I keep it here, I'll sew a table skirt to cover it. For now, I draped a sheet over it to get used to the idea. The jury's out, but a table cover would be another opportunity for a soft surface with some texture and pattern.

UPDATE ON WEEK 2 HURDLE


I've been thinking sooo much about my lighting conundrum. I desperately want a pretty light fixture to hang in the middle of the room, which would be awesome 75% of the year. But 25% of the year a  fan is needed, at least in the afternoons.

My hairdresser's take: "I don't understand you people." She's referring to those of us who remove something functional for something pretty, even if we suffer for it. Yeah, I get it. But is it worth compromising aesthetics that would make me happy for something that only affects 1/4 of my days or less? I can always bring in a floor fan for those days ....

I purchased this ceiling fan, and it sits in the box while I still ponder my options. It's not ugly, but it's not exciting either.



On the other hand, I can still pull the trigger on any of these less wind-blowing but more mind-blowing options.


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

As you can see, I did eliminate the "Dynasty" glass and brass options and added additional modern options. Clearly I still have too many options (unless I go the ceiling fan route), but time is ticking seriously fast. Opinions greatly appreciated!!! Ceiling fan? Modern light fixture? If the latter, which?

WEEK 3 HURDLE


Although my week 2 hurdle hasn't gone away, I have to keep moving forward on other decisions. This week's new conundrum is what to do on the long wall above my work tables. The good news is now that the tables are lined up along the wall, I can do something symmetric. My Virgo self thrives on symmetry.


 The photo above shows options A & B. Option A is round placemats which I would spray paint gold and/or white. There would be four in the same pattern on either side of the TV (which will be mounted on the wall). Option A is by far the cheapest option, but I don't want it to look cheap. Option B is gilded mirrors with interesting geometry. I would mount two or three on either side of the TV.

Option C is matching or coordinating wall art on either side of the TV. I've been loving these agate prints from Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art.


 Question is, if I go that route, should I get two matching or one of each? (The photos above are two different dimensions, but obviously I would purchase two of the same size.)

Option D is two of these.



Help! I'd love to hear what you think about my lighting and wall art options!

I hope to have the room painted by the next update. Wish me luck.

Hollie

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 - Weeks 1 & 2

First, for those who didn't see my post last week, I'm currently transitioning from my former blog name/URL I'm Busy Procrastinating, to Stuck on Hue to match my business branding. I hadn't touched my blog in a year and a half, so I still have a lot of updates to make. Baby steps. Now on to a meaty post!


Last Wednesday began the fall 2015 edition of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. In case you're not familiar with the ORC, participating bloggers have six weeks to makeover a space.

All my rooms are in a state of flux, but my studio is on the top of the list and I needed a kick in the pants to keep it moving. When I saw that some of my fave Instagrammers/bloggers were posting about their ORC plans, I decided that day to join in on this go-round, which means that the first two weeks are crunched into one.

While the ORC gives bloggers six weeks to makeover a room, the truth is that many have been planning and sourcing for weeks or months. Me, well, I just started a week ago, so I started off in the hole. Lucky for me I already have the largest pieces in place, and no construction or outside labor is needed, so I'm just adding the pretties!


THE CURRENT STATE OF THE STUDIO


(Pardon the current mess ... I hadn't yet cleaned up from my work day and was trying to catch the light before sunset.) My studio is in the upstairs of my home, and was originally our office, then my son's game room, then his bedroom, until I kicked him out when my business outgrew our small upstairs guest room. (Don't feel bad for him ... he moved back to his original bedroom ... and now he's in a dorm at college, so technically he now has two bedrooms.) I also took over two other rooms in our upstairs, where I store my fabrics and larger supplies, and where I have my main cutting table, but the studio is the one where I spend 95% of my time.


I love my tables. I purchased one, then needed more surface area, so I purchased another. They weren't cheap, but they are large, pretty and functional.

I had sewn curtain panels a few months ago but as you can see, my sloped ceiling doesn't give a lot of room to hang curtains high and wide. The part that held the curtain up on the left side wasn't secured into the wall properly (my fault), and it fell off, so I took the left-side curtain panel off to take weight off the rod, which is now just sort of resting there. Clearly I need a better window treatment solution. And while I had specifically picked that fabric out for curtains, as soon as they went up, I disliked it. Lucky for me, I can sew and have access to lots of fabrics ... the hard part is narrowing down my choice.


I love the mid-century modern dresser I use as a credenza. It houses my zippers, packaging materials, office supplies, and other miscellany. The top serves as my shipping station.

Ugh, that mini door (see photo above). It leads out to the attic space above the garage, which we don't even use. I despise its existence and that it takes away valuable wall space.


The turquoise desk used to be my bedroom nightstand, but I pilfered it for the studio because I needed a spot where I could leave my laptop accessible all the time, without taking up a lot of floor space. In the opposite corner, the ironing board is essential, but it's not pretty.


MY REQUIREMENTS FOR AN UPGRADED SPACE


  1. Curves and softness to offset the hard lines
  2. Additional light in the middle of the room
  3. More pretty to balance the functional


THE CURRENT MOOD BOARD



The icy blue wall color, which is original to the house, will be painted a shade of blush. I'm wavering between a peachier shade and a pinkier shade. The current color is very depressing to me.

I'm about 85% sure I'll be using Designers Guild Pandora Peony fabric for the window treatments. It incorporates all my colors, which include blush, navy, turquoise, and white.

I'd like to bring in some marble (which I'm obsessed with) and gold/brass into the space via wall decor and lighting. Unfortunately my sloped walls are limiting so I'm still working out what decorative elements to use on the walls.


THIS WEEK'S HURDLE


This week my biggest design struggle is lighting. I have a pot light in each corner of the room, but desperately need more light in the center, above my work table. Before deciding to participate in the ORC, I was going to just add a light kit to the existing fan. It's the least expensive option, and I do use the fan frequently. Not only am I in the upstairs where the heat rises, but the sun comes in my studio in the afternoon, which heats up the room too much in the summer. The existing fan isn't disgusting, but it certainly isn't pretty. I could switch it out for a new fan with a light, something like this:



It's fine, but I'm not jumping up and down about it.

One of my regrets when we built this house is not planning for ceiling fixtures in our rooms. Our dining room and living room, for instance, only have perimeter pot lights -- nowhere to install a pretty light fixture in the center of the room. I've been so desperate for pretty lighting that I might suffer through not having a ceiling fan in order to install a pretty light fixture in the studio. Here are some options I'm considering.



As you can see, I'm struggling between a gold and glass "Dynasty" look, and a modern or mid-century look. Remember how I said I wanted to balance some of the hard lines with some softness and curves? I have few opportunities to do that in the studio, so I feel like I need to use a curvy light fixture, but I'm drawn to the spindly-armed ones. What would you do? Any other suggestions? I need to get one ordered ASAP. Help!

Hollie


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Formerly "Procrastinating" ... now "Stuck on Hue"

Once upon a time I wrote a blog about home decor and DIY called "I'm Busy Procrastinating." It was a catchy title and honestly did capture my life at the time. I wanted to get things done in my home, but often analysis paralysis kept me from moving forward, or I wasn't  motivated to physically do the work or spend the money.

Then I got a wild hair and started my own business, called Stuck on Hue, helping you add color and pattern in your space in the form of designer throw pillows. It took off, and suddenly instead of procrastinating about getting things done, I was often working seven days a week plus evenings, and work/life balance was my new challenge. Finally I had found my passion!


That left little to no time for blogging. Plus "I'm Busy Procrastinating" was no longer my personal motto and certainly not what I wanted my current or potential customers to think of how I spend my time while they're waiting for their orders!

I still get traffic to the blog via Pinterest, especially from this post, but otherwise it's been languishing. I've wanted to blog several times over the past year and a half but didn't feel comfortable with the name, so I stopped myself. I can do a lot to promote my business via the blog, plus I've missed having a venue to share inspiration as well as changes I make to my own home. Instagram has taken off since then and it's my favorite social media channel, but it doesn't always fill the void.


So now is the time, and "I'm Busy Procrastinating" will slowly be transitioning to "Stuck on Hue." I'm doing all the techy and design work on my own for now, starting with the new header I added today. I'll be working on fonts and getting the URL pointed to stuckonhue.com instead of imbusyprocrastinating.com hopefully before too long. Once the most important elements are transitioned, I'd like to start blogging here again ... at least once in a while! I'll probably hire a pro for both the design and techy stuff and transition to WordPress at some point, but I keep reminding myself that baby steps are better than standing still.

Hollie

P.S. If anyone is still out there, please let me know!
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