Here we are now at One Room Challenge week four! My design plan for my pied-a-terre is finally S..L..O..W..L..Y  coming together. I secured more furniture this week from the Boston Design Center showrooms including a second sofa, a sideboard, a secretary desk, and two chairs. More good news is that almost everything I chose from the One Room Challenge sponsors has arrived. I want to give a shout out to the ORC sponsors. The ones I used were amazing to work with and almost everything I ordered came within a week.

One of my biggest design challenges with this space (besides pretty much everything) is that back brick wall. My plan is create a huge gallery wall.

One room challenge loft space at the Boston Design Center


I will bring in some of my own personal art and two artists have generously offered to lend me an origional piece. That’s all fine but that wall is 21′ long by 12′ tall so I need a lot of artwork to fill it. Last week I showed you the beautiful art print I ordered from Chairish and this week more art arrived from One Room Challenge Sponsor Minted.

Minted art for ORC

Minted is a great online art resource. Their prints are modern, affordable and especially good for when you are looking to fill in a gallery wall.

Above are the four I picked. For the same reason I picked the Stroheim black and white drapery fabric, I wanted some neutral art pieces. There is a lot of color in the space and I want the gallery wall to be a balance of both bright color and neutrals. The bold yellow one was a “must have” since I will have a saffron yellow sofa in the room.


My lighting for over the dining table arrived from Lamps Plus. I chose three Felton white aluminum and wood pendants for over the dining/work table. I love the modern shape of these pendants and they won’t distract from the statement art wall which will be directly behind them.

white hanging pendant lights from Lamps Plus

From ORC sponsor Bellacor, I ordered the Dimond matte black floor lamp for my pied-a terre. This modern beauty will be in the corner by the window next to a chair to create a cozy reading nook,

Bellacor standing floor lamp


I also added more furniture pieces to my puzzle this week. Donations from the showrooms include this beautiful contemporary sofa by Mattaliano from Webster and Comapny.

 Mattaliano sofa from Webster

Webster and Company is also contributing this Green Mulligan’s Chest.

Green Mulligan’s Chest, from Webster and Co. Boston

The Baker showroom is lending me this beautiful pair of black steel open backed bookcases with marble shelves. I will be using these side by side to act as a visual  “third wall” since my space is only enclosed on two sides.

Baker bookcases for ORC

Lastly, this fabulous secretary is being loaned from Boston showroom M-Geough.

M-Geough secretary desk

Week Four Thoughts

One of my goals at the start of this One Room Challenge was that my space NOT look like a showroom filled with all new designer furniture. I want my imaginary pied a terre to look like I might actually live there (if I won the lottery that is).  A mix of old and new pieces along with art work will add personality and soul to the room. I always encourage my clients to have a good mix of old and new pieces and I always try to incorporate items that are meaningful to them. Finally, I plan to style the room with some of my personal items so in the end it “feels” like home.

Next up is getting everything moved into the space which as of Monday morning looked like this.

ORC pied a terre week 4

Now that I have more pieces of my puzzle, I have added to my design board and it now looks like this.

One Room Challenge Week Four

OB-Pied a terre ORC week 4

This coming week I’ll be focused on acquiring (begging) for accessories and then styling. Photography is scheduled for the end of week five so I will be busy!

If you have somehow stumbled upon this blog post without any idea of what is going on you can catch up with my One Room Challenge with the links below.

Spring 2018 One Room Challenge Week One  

                    One Room Challenge Week Two

                    One Room Challenge Week Three

Be sure to read how the other nineteen participants are doing on their One Room Challenge Week Four and on Thursday all the link up participants.

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

In case you are new to this wild event called The One Room Challenge, I will quickly get you up to speed. Now in it’s thirteenth season, the One Room Challenge was started by Linda of the blog Calling it Home.  The One Room Challenge is an online event in which participants have a short six weeks to completely transform a room. Twenty featured bloggers (of which I am one) update their progress each Wednesday until the week six reveal. Hundreds of other bloggers “link up” to the event and blog about their progress the following Thursday.

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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