Our Chesterfield sofa finally arrived, and life no longer feels empty and chaotic. All is, once again, right in the universe.
Like a child on Christmas morning, I literally busted out in song and dance when the freight company called to schedule our sofa delivery.
Never mind that I was in the company of business colleagues in a highly corporate setting.
I ordered the sofa back in September, before the ORC even began. That’s nearly six weeks ago, people! After waiting and waiting and waiting – and complaining in week 2, week 3 and week 4‘s posts – my anxiety was through the roof with anticipation for its arrival.
Would it arrive in time for the grand reveal of our living room? I was seriously starting to lose hope and desperately considered alternatives, like “borrowing” my parents’ sofa just for the final reveal.
I am nothing if not resourceful, ha!
Thankfully, our sofa arrived – and it’s beautiful!
Don’t tell our velvet barrel chairs, but I think I may have a new favorite. From the tufted back to the studded, rolled arms to the soft gray linen, the Chesterfield sofa is what my design dreams are made of.
But let’s rein in that excitement for a minute.
We are in week five of the six-week One Room Challenge. Let that information sink in for a moment.
In just six days we must finish installing the brick around the fireplace, fix the hearth, painting the entire thing, install all of the furniture and decor, style and decorate with accessories, photograph the room, edit the photos, craft up the blog post – all before the grand reveal on November 10.
Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? Because I sure am…
Feel free to catch up on what we’ve done so far:
- 1 – The Living Room Renovation, Before
- 2 – Inspiration & Design Plan
- 3 – Shopping Our Own Home
- 4 – Time to Tackle the Fireplace Makeover
This Week: More Deliveries and Fireplace Progress
As for the fireplace makeover, the husband made significant headway over the last week. Although he’s not finished just yet, I have no doubt that he will be in time for the grand reveal.
Let’s all take a moment to praise said husband. He’s talked me down from the proverbial renovation ledge quite a few times – not only over the last five weeks of the One Room Challenge but also the last 15 months since we first began our whole-house renovation.
SOMEONE needs to be the sane, rational adult in our household – and I clearly don’t fit that job description.
Continuing the black and white theme from earlier, how about an update on the large-scale engineering prints from Staples I mentioned last week?
The first print (below, right) came out fabulous – super crisp and bold. The second, however, had quite a few streaks of gray across the entire print. The Staples associate kindly explained that the printer prefers a black and white design; any other colors, even shades of gray, tend to bleed. She offered to re-print a new, black and white design (below, left) – and that’s exactly what I did.
The results are SO GOOD! I can’t believe the visual impact the prints add to the room – and at $3.59 per print, it’s a total steal! Both prints (and more!) will soon be available at the FOXY OXIE Etsy shop as instant downloads; stay tuned!
The carefully styled photos above may lead you to believe the room is very close to being finished.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Brick and masonry tools consume the dining room, living room and the kitchen area. Flattened cardboard boxes cover the hardwood floors to prevent any damage. If you follow @FOXYOXIE on Snapchat, you know the space looks just as chaotic – if not more so – as it did during the initial demolition 15 months ago!
The only difference is that now all of the new furniture and arrivals are piled in a corner, waiting patiently to be installed, like so:
Let’s go over the to-do list, which, unfortunately, hasn’t changed much from last week:
- Finish the fireplace, clean, then paint it;
- Touch up the ceiling around the fireplace;
- Install AC vents;
Assemble andinstall the gallery wall and the large-scale artwork;
- Paint the console table;
- Install curtain rod,
purchaseand hang curtains;
- Install the round mirror on the fireplace;
Purchase a few vases,a comfy throw, baskets for storage, and fireplace tools and accessories.
On that note, I better get to work! You, on the other hand, can go visit the other 220+ bloggers participating in the challenge.
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About the One Room Challenge
Twice a year, 20 featured bloggers along with hundreds of guest participants are challenged to transform any room they so choose, but they must complete the entire project in six weeks.