fall one room challenge: blue & white

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It's week 3 of the One Room Challenge.....and we have run into EVERY challenge imaginable.  So to say we are a bit behind and feeling the pressure is an enormous understatement.  We are literally still trying to nail down design decisions and final elements.  I'm pretty sure every single item (with the exception of our fab closet stripe wallpaper from Farrow & Ball and our amazing Serena & Lily Pacifica sectional ) has been out of stock. Which means lots of time spent trying to pick alternates and still make our CRAZY deadline.

So......since we don't have any super exciting update photos yet....we thought we'd share a peak of all the beautiful blue and white fabrics we've been contemplating. You'll have to wait until the big reveal to see which one we landed on!

We've also been busy adding to our "blue and white collection" of planters and ginger jars to add some much needed personality to our little garden!

So keep your fingers crossed all of our delayed items get here very soon and that we make the big reveal!

To see what the other amazing designers are up to, click on the links below...

Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelley | The Curated House | Driven by Decor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart | Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s | Waiting on Martha 

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"picture perfect" - meg's big reveal!

Hi friends, it's Meg here with super exciting news!!  We've made it to the finish line...today we're unveiling the big reveal of our first "Picture Perfect" project!  It's been a wild ride since I bought this little ranch a year ago BUT...I'm excited to say my main space finally feels like home!  I'm ready to break out the bubbles, pop a toast to my sanity and have a big ol' shindig to celebrate!

It has been so much fun finding all the "perfect" pieces to fill my previously empty shell and speaking of "perfect" pieces...I have to make sure I'm the "perfect" Southern hostess and walk you though each space to share some of our signature Pencil & Paper Co. tips and tricks on how to make your space "magazine ready".  So welcome y'all...let's get started!

First up is the entry...we always say the entry is your first place to make an impression.  It gives your guests a little teaser of what's to come.  I knew without a doubt that I wanted an amazing wallpaper to add much needed personality.  We narrowed it down to a few favorites but ultimately landed on the "Deconstructed Stripe" by Miles Redd for Schumacher.  I love the visual interest it gives to the space, the pattern is playful but also surprisingly subtle...to say I'm obsessed is an understatement!  The next step was all about a bit of styling...never underestimate the power of a great stack of books and a statement mirror (which is currently on sale)!    

Who says you need a bar cart?!  We love layered art and the relaxed vibe it gives, plus I think often times most of us don't think about putting art in the kitchen...it's unexpected and makes this little counter bar area pop!  

We always say, when it comes to design, there really are no rules and mixing it up makes your space more visually interesting!  The "layers" are what really bring this "classic" (super budget friendly) IKEA kitchen to life.  By adding brass hardware, these off-the-shelf cabinets get a quick custom feel.  With any renovation, there are set backs or things you wish you could have done differently along the way.  You can overthink every little detail, but I promise you styling is the mother of all fixes!  A couple of fun accessories, mix of bar stools, fabric and art (thank you Kayce) make all the difference!

Y'all...I can't even handle this roman shade made out of the Lotus Garden fabric by Schumacher from DecoratorsBest (which is THE best place to purchase designer fabric that is to the trade only)!  Every time I see it, my heart goes pitter patter.  As you know, we're huge fans of color here at Pencil & Paper Co. and the best jumping off point to create a cohesive color palette throughout your home is either through a favorite piece of art or a beautiful patterned fabric or wallpaper.  

You've heard us say it a million times and I'm sure you'll hear it a million more but to us, Design is all in the details!  Whether it's a tomato or jar of jam that ties back to the red in your fabric, remember to keep your color palette consistent and you'll be "magazine ready" in no time!

It's amazing how transformative paint can be!  When I purchased the house, it was straight up brown.  Brown paneling, brown linoleum floors, brown carpet, I mean I could go on and on.  I loved the original paneling and instead of ripping it down...I added a good ol' coat of "delicate white" paint and voila...instant bright, white, beautiful kitchen!

I'm going to call this little dining area the "comeback kid" because you guys...you heard it here first...tablecloths are making a comeback!    I loved the Deconstructed Stripe pattern so much that we incorporated it not only as a wallpaper but also as a fun table update!  We also love the abstract pattern paired with a classic wishbone chair - you can never go wrong with these beauties!  

Art always makes a space feel more intimate and personal.  Initially, I had my mind set on a large scale portrait between these two windows but lucky for me, Gen had this beautiful abstract modern piece that worked perfectly and my mom decided to contribute to the design and gifted me this amazing vintage wood bench that fit like a glove!  What I love most is the juxtaposition between the two pieces...thank you Gen and thanks Mom!  Sometimes the unexpected or last minute decisions are the things you love the most!

Not only are we huge color lovers, and always fans of crisp white walls, but we are also not scared of a little "pattern play".  We love the mix of a traditional pattern (like the Lotus Garden)  paired with an assortment of great graphic prints!  

If you read our last post, you know all about my hunt for the "perfect" sofa.  Luckily, after searching high and low, I ran across this beautiful Sven sofa from Article!  I love it's rich warm tone which is the perfect backdrop for Sadie :) and of course more pillows out of the Lotus Garden by Schumacher and this amazing Indian Zag fabric by Lee Jofa both sourced from DecoratorsBest.  Again it's all about the juxtaposition - often times leather comes across as super masculine but when paired with beautiful decorative pillows...you're left with a mix that satisfies all!  

We're currently crushing hard on layered rugs!  Since my main living space is essentially one big room, the Rugby Stripe Denim rug paired with the Wicker Natural Sisal Rug from Dash & Albert help to define and ground the space.  I'm completely smitten with the geometric coffee table from ATG stores...it's sculptural quality and glass top are a great compliment to the bold stripe rug!    It's square shape allows for the furniture arrangement to be more conversational and the pop of black adds contrast.

So there you have it friends!  Thank you so much for following along on our first ever "Picture Perfect" journey.  I'm seriously so thankful to everyone who helped make this space happen plus a HUGE thank you to our photographer, Leslee Mitchell who was able to capture the space so beautifully!!!  Check back in with us next week where we'll be sharing how you can "get the look".  Oh and if this just so happens to be the first time you've joined us...no worries, we'll catch you up to speed!  Click here to see our first post highlighting "before" photos and the initial concepts, here you can see the entry concept, here we talk about our love affair with layered rugs, here it's all about art and here you can learn all about why the Sven sofa became "the one". 

Photography by: Leslee Mitchell

Serena & Lily Designer Circle Q&A

 photography:  Leslee mitchell

photography: Leslee mitchell

  photography:   leslee mitchell

photography: leslee mitchell

fall one room challenge: the inspiration & concept

 Image via:  Bar Palladio Jaipur
 Design:  Tory Burch  via  VOGUE Magazine
 Image via:  The Enchanted Home
 Sunroom Image: Design:  Tory Burch  via  VOGUE Magazine  - Bar  Le Coucou  Image: Design:  Roman & Williams   

Sunroom Image: Design: Tory Burch via VOGUE Magazine - Bar Le Coucou Image: Design: Roman & Williams  

 image via:  The Pink Pagoda

image via: The Pink Pagoda

 Image via:  Style Me Pretty

Image via: Style Me Pretty

 Inspiration Image Design:  Suzanne Kasler  via  Architectural Digest

Inspiration Image Design: Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

Today we are sharing our concept boards and the rooms that have inspired us along the way! I honestly can't believe we are already in week two of the One Room Challenge!!!  No pressure.... less than 3 weeks until our photo shoot and the room is still completely EMPTY!!!  Thankfully, we have placed all of our big orders and are now finalizing the details.  The GOOD news is our Farrow & Ball wallpaper has arrived and it's even prettier in person!  Check back next week....and fingers crossed we will have some furniture in our space!!!

To see what the other amazing designers are up to, check out their links below:


Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelley | The Curated House

Driven by Decor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart

Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely

Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s

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fall one room challenge: the before

We are beyond excited to announce that we'll be participating again in the fall One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda with Calling it Home.  We had so much fun with the last challenge (our guest bedroom)  ....and there is nothing like a good deadline to keep us motivated. 

This time around, we'll be tackling our sunroom and connecting patio area. When we moved in to our home a little over year ago, we focused our renovation on the interior spaces that were the biggest priority (kitchens, bathrooms etc). But, now we are so excited to get to the details!

Come join us on our journey as we transform this space!  Scroll down below to see the "before" images of the space...plus all of the super talented participants!