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Interior Design: One Room Challenge Finale! by Ginevra Held

Do any of you guys do Ballet Beautiful? (Don't answer that Mom, I know you do.)  

Well I do too, and there's one of her exercise routines (that would be Mary Helen Bowers) where you do these high kicks like you're one of the Rockette dancers, anyway, towards the end she has you high-kicking away and she goes "It's Finale!" So yeah, "It's Finale!"

The room, if I may say so myself, looks great.  

I mean, the room is like McDonald's....

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I'm Lovin' It.

(see Pete Davidson)

So here you go my friends! Hope you like it, let me know what you think! But be nice!!!!

Also, all the painting and styling and photography were done by yours truly, just saying...

I don't know what it is, but this is my favorite angle...

Twins, Basil! Twins!

If you've studied Art History, and/or spend a lot of time with an Art Historian like I do, you will know who these two crazy kids are... If you don't know who they are,  head over to the Uffizi and ask for Piero della Francesca's Duke and Duchess of Urbino. Ciao!

One of my favorite lights, the Mayday lamp designed by Konstantin Grcic and manufactured by Flos, seen here hanging out with a vintage Louis XV style clock.

I had seen the Mayday lamp hanging out on the floor in a Maison Martin Margiela designed hotel in Paris, and I was like, hey, I can do that!

A bit of fun here with frames on frames.  You know how I love empty frames, and the gold in all the frames ties the room together with the gold on the other wall.

A view the other way, out the door, to the countryside. NICE.

This angle is so you know there's a skylight....

And again.... just like this photo.

Whew! There you go! Well, I will talk a bit more about how the design came about and influences etc soon, but for now I'm pooped!

Thanks for tuning in, see you next time.

I'm not only the president, I'm also a member.

Wait what?!

xoxo,

Ginevra

One Room Challenge: Post 5 by Ginevra Held

So this one is a bit of dooozy... I am going to make this quick.  We are having paint issues here people!!!!

Not uncommon, but, a bit of a setback.

The blue is not looking how I wanted, and the red/orange is at points red and at points orange.

Now this is not uncommon when working with paint.  The room has very strong light that comes in a floor to ceiling opening on one side and there is a skylight.  So the lighting is a bit unusual in this room.  And as we approach summer, the light has changed.  

Luckily, this is a paint issue.  And what do you do with a paint issue?  You paint over it!!!! That is the beauty of paint, you just do it again.

Other than that, I like the decorative aspect of the design and I have some good ideas for styling, so next Thursday for the final day I hope to present a very pretty room.  Wish me luck!

Here are the photos of our issues, notice the variation in the paint color:

One Room Challenge: Round two by Ginevra Held

Hello all! So after posting about the room Monday, I headed over to my local Antiquites shop to see what I could find to add more charm to the room.

I found two matching empty frames which I have decided to hand over each single bed.  After pillows, paint, and mirrors, empty frames are my favorite things.

Here they are, in situ, by which I mean I taped them up, so please ignore the masking tape.

I also played with having a mirror behind the bedside table, and it must be said, I love my industrial lamp, so I am trying to see if we can get that guy in....

I also upped the pillow game a bit as you can see, and played around with the dresser mise en scene.

I have also decided on a color scheme.  The inside of Mom's toile jacket (see last post) is a gorgeous blue.  Her pockets are lined with a tiny hit of bright orange.  So this is what we are going for, a nice complementary pairing of blue and orange.

I found two blue interior inspiration shots on a new insta feed I found by way of One King's Lane. Its called Milkweed and Monarch.

Here are the shots, one is from Elle Decor, I don't know about the other one.

Elle Decor via MilkweedandMonarch

Image via One King's Lane from Milkweed and Monarch's feed.

Image via One King's Lane from Milkweed and Monarch's feed.

As you can see above, that hint of orange can really uplift a blue and white room.

So there you go.  Some progress.....

Next up, the paint store!!! Always fun and always a challenge.

Stay tuned for more....

xo,

Ginevra

One Room Challenge: Southern France Farmhouse Guest Room by Ginevra Held

This morning I was perusing One King’s Lane’s Style Guide, as you do and I came across this lovely designing couple of Pencil and Paper.  I went to their website, clicked on their blog and saw that they were participating in the One Room Challenge.

I had seen this mentioned before, but had never really read the details.  It is a design competition that is much as it sounds: a One Room Challenge.  Founded by Linda of Calling it Home , 20 designers/bloggers participate in the challenge of re-designing one room over 5 weeks and share their progress on their blogs.  You can also “guest participate” so if you go to the guest participation area you will see bloggers/designers from all over participating in this challenge.  It's fun to look at the rooms they are challenging themselves to overhall.

Anywho, it started on Thursday, April 7th.  So I am technically not allowed to linkup, but I thought I would put this up as my start date and then post every Thursday like the rest of the participants.  I am a little late to the party, just a couple of days, and Woody Allen said 80% of success is showing up, he didn’t say you had to show up on time.

At any rate, this seems like the perfect framework for which to discuss one of the rooms I am going to re-decorate for the french Farmhouse.  The competition runs from April 7th through May 12th, and therefore, so will my re-design.  I am starting today by sharing with you pictures of the guest room I will be “challenging" myself with.  

 

Here she is:

View to outside private patio area.

View inside to back wall.

View of two beds and toile curtains.

This room has gorgeous architecture, beautiful stone walls and I love the blue and white toile!  She just needs some pop!

Ideas for the room:

I want to add some vintage pieces/objets to make it more lived in

I want to up the bedding area, adding more sumptuous bedding

Color! I want to add color. Bold color. As you may have realized, paint is my jam baby, so I am going to decide on a color scheme and the wall treatment will be paint.

Side Table Vignette styling - Probably going to go with one table between the two beds, it needs a different lamp and a few objets.

 

Stay tuned as I will attempt every Thursday to update the blog on what is happening in this space!!!

 

I am going to leave you with 2 things: Me, in case you are new here and don’t want to click on About (and I get that):

This is me, Ginevra Held, in the Dining Room I designed.

 

And this photo of my Mom and my friend Rafa, they are at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, (without me!) at the exhibition of Oscar de la Renta.  Next week I will let you know how this photo is going to play into my redesign. 

Rafa on left, Mom on right, and the Oscar de la Renta designed dress that Kirsten Dunst wore for her Marie Antoinette Vogue shoot.  (Basically my dream dress).