Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Bachelor Pad Design Progression

There has a bit more progress at The Bachelor Pad recently! Woo hoo! The bedroom rug was laid by some very lovely men from The Padded Wagon Friday. My friend thought that perhaps we could do it ourselves with maybe a little help from her boyfriend but I'm so glad I paid professionals to do it! They actually moved the bed completely out of the way and did a much better job than we ever would have in a much shorter amount of time...and without hurting themselves! It looks so beautiful too! The bachelor says the bedroom is his favorite part of the project so far and it does look pretty good, if I do say so myself. The chairs by the window make it more of a space where you might want sit in and read than just a room with a bed where you sleep. The whole place is becoming much for comfortable and inviting...and a bit grown up! Which was the whole point of the redesign in the first place!

My favorite area so far is the entry. It's such a change from the previous ginormous bookcase of clutter that previously lived in the space, see below! I hung the new mirror and the great art I bought at Christopher Filley Antiques in Kansas City on Friday as well. First, remind me never to attempt to lift and hang a mirror that weighs more than I do above my head. I hung it too low at first and had to move it and thought I was going to break my arm! This is what happens when you are trying to save money and do everything yourself. I told you that interior design wasn't as glamorous as you thought! Especially, when you are on your hands and knees with a tiny little paint brush touching up the baseboards! But that's a story for another day! I'm still looking for some little benches or maybe a trunk for underneath the console to hide the outlet but for now it's fine without them.

I also really love the artwork and am so happy that I was finally able to hang it! There are seven framed images from a book of the sculptures of Versailles and two beautiful etchings that have the most gorgeous blue French mats I have ever seen. I especially love how the blue pops against the brown walls. I'm hoping to bring in a bit more blue to the living/office/dining side of the room and plan to hang the framed maps of Cape Cod on the dining wall.

The bachelor also let me buy a console for the television wall and a new desk chair so we are definitely on a roll. I am also about to call Housing Works to take the last of the old furniture away...unless someone would like some blue ladder back chairs with rush seats. They are actually nice but not the right style for this new grown up sophisticated apartment. Now if the bachelor would just grow up, we'd be all set!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! The wall color is so rich. I especially love the table with the graining and the lamps. Good job! It is amazing.

Carol

Olivia said...

Wow, thank you for the update...the place is looking Amazing! Just out of curiousity, does the Bachelor read your blog (so he can truly appreciate all of your hard work)?

Habitually Chic said...

Hi Carole - Thanks! The vintage burl wood console was a great find from Pieces in Atlanta!

Habitually Chic said...

Olivia - I think he only reads it when it pertains to him ;-)

I like to do most of the big projects while he's not home so he's not in the way so I don't really think he knows the actual work I do since when he comes home, it's all finished and clean!

M.Lane said...

Wow. Fine job! I so appreciate people like you that have an eye for design and have followed your gift. When I look at a room that needs a redo I see......a room that needs a redo. Bravo!

Marie Louise said...

Wow - what a transformation! I'm sure your bachelor is appreciating it. Probably feeling so grown up and put together. It will definitely be a better place to entertain/impress a date!

Ivy Lane said...

Looking fantastic,very swanky!! Love the lamps and that gorgeous console! Wish I could go on one of your shopping trips with you! I know it is probably exhausting looking for that one special piece, but all the treasures you see along the way....SIGH:)

Habitually Chic said...

M. Lane - I'm so happy that I found my calling! I can't wait to go out on my own soon!

Habitually Chic said...

Marie Louise - I don't think he needs any more help impressing a date. He's very popular with ladies already!

Habitually Chic said...

Ivy Lane - the hunt for the right piece is the best part!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Dear HC, Why not place two large baskets under the console in the entrance? Covered storage baskets, I mean, large and square and finely woven. Perhaps Pearl River might have something suitable? Alternatively, should the bachelor need extra seating, you could always tuck under it a matched pair of lean stools.

Habitually Chic said...

An Aethete's Lament - I've been looking at a few different options including leather covered storage boxes and little stools. I would also love to find something orange to add some more color. There are a lot of pairs of chairs and things going on so then I thought about a vintage trunk. Decisions decisions!

Habitually Chic said...

An Aethete's Lament - I've been looking at a few different options including leather covered storage boxes and little stools. I would also love to find something orange to add some more color. There are a lot of pairs of chairs and things going on so then I thought about a vintage trunk. Decisions decisions!

Ivy Lane said...

That will be great when you go out on your own!! Can you come to Ohio?? HA HA!!

Habitually Chic said...

Ivy Lane - My family lives near Ohio in southwestern PA but not sure I can travel that far for a job...or at least not yet! You can always send photos for an online consultation ;-)

Anonymous said...

Well done! That looks damn good—the before and after really drive home how much you did! Ugh, now i'm inspired/guilted into going and working on my entry hall—need to declutter . . . .Bravo . . .

Habitually Chic said...

Anonymous - Thanks! I spend so much time organizing the Bachelor Pad that I really need to take some time to organize my apartment too so don't feel bad!

Motor City Jeanne said...

Where did all the books and stuff from the bookcase end up?

Habitually Chic said...

Jeanne - We bought him a new bookcase that now sits behind his desk on the other side of the room. The books look so much better in it. The encycopedias went into one of the closets as did the finance books.

katiedid said...

Heather - things are looking gorgeous! You are quite a talent. I am looking forward to seeing that bedroom, especially since it is the bach's favorite room. When do we get to see?!?!? Good luck with all of your future goals. I wonder if we will be taking the leap at the same time?

Habitually Chic said...

Katie - what funny timing! I was just on 1stdibs and was checking out your profile! Very fabulous!

The bedroom still needs a few finishing touches and I think I want to wait to have it professionally photographed before showing any more.

As I was discussing with another designer, it's so much harder to make the leap when you aren't married and don't have a husband to help with the rent but I'm going to make it happen no matter what!

m.bibelot said...

Wow, I can't believe that's the same space! What a drastic improvement! I love the warm color on the walls. Can't wait to see more :)

Habitually Chic said...

Mimi - thanks for the kind words! Coming from you, I feel honored!

Suzy said...

Well done, it's looking great! And good luck with the great leap forward!

Michelle said...

I love the changes you're making here and can't wait to see more! The entry is just gorgeous - what a difference!

Alice Olive said...

You have such a refined eye! The entry looks wonderful with the mirror and art. Thank you again for sharing this with us!

Things That Inspire said...

HC, the entry looks beautiful! The balance of shapes and proportions is very pleasing. I can't do it very well myself (without assistance), but I can always recognize a well balanced and beautiful scene. Great job!

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