If you are new to Deeply Southern Home, welcome, I am Leslie! My goal, whether in my home or my client’s, is to create rooms with a relaxed southern style. Although my designs are traditional, I love to experiment with color and a fresh interpretation of classic interiors. We recently downsized to a characterless new construction home. In this short time, we have been injecting character and my trademark style through DIY projects and timeless finishes.
Today’s the day! The end of a long journey as a Featured Designer for the One Room Challenge™! I have been honored to participate in my favorite bi-annual event of the year in this role. I want to give an enormous thank you to Linda, the One Room Challenge founder and organizer. It should not go without saying that the generous brand sponsors and partnerships helped bring my vision to life.
From the moment we started construction on our new home, and all the way through to move in day I knew our open concept living and dining space was full of amazing potential.
As I’ve shared in the introduction of this challenge on Week 1, we made the decision to modify the builder’s plan to completley remove the fireplace from the back wall, opting for a wall of windows instead. Just beyond the yard the trees slope to a beautiful natural lake and an amazing ridge view.
Having experienced renovating houses before, I knew we could build and execute a fireplace even better than what was offered by the builder.
With this enormous vaulted space, beams almost seem a necessity not just an accessory. But here too, we decided the builder options were not quite right.
The perfect location for a fireplace, if not on the back wall, would be on the side but we needed to allow for a walkway to the backdoor.
Besides the beams and the fireplace, the other key component to the vision I had for the room was Tudor style paneling. I talk more about the decision to use this style of paneling, inspired by the exterior architecture of our home, in Week 3.
Once all these architectural additions were planned and decided upon, I realized the foyer would fail to greet you in a way that was worthy of what was to come. So I decided to add the foyer as my secret side project revealed in Week 7.
The After, Starting with the entry
Without further ado, let me welcome you into our new home.
Beginning at the front door, the amazing new Orion hardware from Emtek better sets the tone for the home. In the foyer, the Tudor paneling starts at chair rail height.
A new Eaton semi-flush mount fixture from Hudson Valley Lighting starts the room off right.
Above the chair rail the deep blue color, Rain Cloud, provides the perfect amount of drama without overstepping what is to come. Rain Cloud SW 9639, is from the new Emerald Designer Edition Collection from Sherwin Williams. I have long been loyal to Sherwin Williams and was thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them to help showcase this stunning new collection.
If you read the Week 7 post, you probably notice a few small changes here. No doubt this will be an evolving space with an array of tablescapes to come.
The lovely blue and grey rug featured here is from Loloi, the Teagan Collection. It’s super soft and I love the cut pattern.
After: The open living and dining room
The Dining Room
In designing this open concept space, dramatic lighting was essential to visually define the functions of the room. These 40″ Glasgow chandeliers from Troy Lighting a division of Hudson Valley Lighting, magnificently set the mood and echo the Tudor style.
To further define the space I brought in this Millennium Collection rug from Loloi in Sand.
It has the perfect balance of warm and cool tones of beige and grey with a hint of black to tie the room together.
The Table and Chairs
These updated versions of a Louis XVI chairs have long been on my wish list. I was thrilled to discover when they arrived that the finish perfectly suited our live edge pecan table. We built this table for the 2017 One Room Challenge and we take great pride in this table. I hope it will become a modern family heirloom.
Ideally, every dining room needs an anchor piece to provide storage for dining essentials. This striking piece, the Kimbrough dresser from Apt2B, offers more storage than I’ve ever had before. Trust me when I say I will throughly enjoy filling it up!
I absolutely adore the graceful curves of the front balanced with the distressed finish in such a rich black.
I think the finish of the Tiffany Mirror is extremely versatile and is suitable for vignettes featuring either silver or gold. I love to mix a modern round mirror with antiques too.
The Petite China Cabinet & Chairs
Using the wall next to the new fireplace as a transitional area, I found this exquisite perfectly petite, antique, china cabinet. I could not love it more. I had to call in a few favors to secure both of these antiques. My husband and I spent a Saturday in March driving to pick this up from Oxford, MS and these chairs from Huntsville, AL, over 2 hours away, were brought to me by a very special person.
Both were in immaculate condition. Recovering the chairs in this fawn fabric from Calico was the most excellent way to update them for a classically traditional finish.
The Living Room
Continuing with the palette of beige and grey, the living room becomes softer with the addition of a slate blue-gray and using a little more restraint with the black, except for the repetition of the Glasgow Chandelier from Troy Lighting.
Like the dining room, a fabulous rug defines the space. This elegant rug from Couristan’s Sultan Treasures collection is amazingly plush. I won’t mind a second of puppy floor time with this underneath.
Using a pair of coffee tables fills this large space between the pair of sofas best. Even the large table I had previously, the reach from either side of the sofa was too far to set a drink down comfortably.
These tables from Overstock, manufactured by Uttermost are as beautiful as they are solid. I love that they came with heavy tempered glass for safety and durability.
The elegance of the room is defined by these towering custom drapes impeccably made by Calico. What an absolute luxury!
The lumbar pillows on the pair of sofas are also custom made with fabric from Calico. Moving the slate blue from the rug onto the sofas was the perfect way to add more soft color to the room.
I have always been successful finding the right fabric to finish a room to perfection with the helpful staff at my local Calico.
Our existing IKEA Farlov sofas, which we already loved, received an equally luxurious upgrade thanks to Bemz slipcovers. I reached out to them for a partnership, after hearing such good reviews, and I was not disappointed. Each are made to order in Europe and can be made in an amazing array of fabrics that are all machine washable.
I chose the Simply Velvet fabric in Sand Beige. The velvet is soft, with a beautiful hand. My husband says it’s much cooler to sit on than the IKEA velvet purchased with the sofas.
One of the pair of Pierce Lamps from Couture Lamps appeared in a cameo role in last week’s reveal of the foyer.
They make an equally stunning presence in the living room, even with the light of the window glaring in. I think it just accentuates the open rose gold cage design, even if it is a challenge to photograph.
The black shade, lined with a pale gold and black marble base make a bold statement even from across the room.
Couture Lamps also creates unique, elegant decorative accessories like this Paloma Vase Filler set. It’s special touches like this that make the room feel layered.
The fireplace is what grounds the living room and to see it like this is the culmination of a vision and a dream.
I shared about the design and construction of the fireplace in Week 3. Once my contractor built the shell of the structure, I began adding the paneling and finishing out the fire box.
Arctic White Brushed Marble tile from The Tile Shop graces the hearth and the box itself is lined with their Color Market Patagoania subway tile. I love how the textured matte finish of the tile mimicked fire brick traditionally used in marble fireplaces. This tile comes in a huge array of colors too.
The surround is built completely out of wood trim, about 8 pieces in total, from a huge contributor to this One Room Challenge, Novo Building Products.
It is hard to capture the soft, subtle details in the light, but it is finished with a combination of lime wash paints sent to me from Romabio.
Look for a full tutorial on how to build the surround and the marble finish soon.
A traditional marble or limestone surround is very shallow. Finding an impactful element to fit the small space was a challenge.
I find myself swooning over all the vintage finds my friend at Anything Rustic sells. When I saw the measurements of this teak hand-carved corbel I knew it had to be added here.
Opposite the fireplace and The Frame TV wall (yes, that is a TV) sit a pair of spindle chairs.
I love the light walnut and grey finish of these spindle chairs from Overstock. It couldn’t be more perfectly suited for our room.
The pair of backdoors also received an upgrade from Emtek with these Orion Entry sets.
What I love most about Emtek, beyond their impeccable built hardware, is the option to customize your door sets. This Orion Entry hardware comes standard with a Geneva lever but I had a feeling our sneaky Freddie the Irishdoodle would outsmart that. I was able to order it with an equally stunning flat round knob. I certainly don’t feel like I sacrificed one bit.
This pair of textured pillows are from Loloi. In addition to the fine rugs, they have the most amazing pillow collection. If you need a special pillow they are a great source.
There are two more stars of this makeover that must be discussed.
It’s hard not to notice the Tudor style paneling completely wraps around the entire room and fireplace. It’s almost a thousand linear feet of moulding!
The ultimate goal of the paneling was to bring the 16 foot walls down to an approachable scale. Make the room feel more intimate. I think it does so in such a classically timeless way.
The room that once was nearly devoid of architectural embellishments now has it in spades.
I wrote a lengthy blog post on Week 3 all about the moulding from Novo Building Products. Their generous contribution to this room is hard to miss.
And then, of course, there are the beams. While the paneling helps the room feel intimate and cozy by keeping your eyes lower, the beams balance that by drawing your eyes up!
A special thank you is necessary for my sponsors. They have graciously shared the products that have made this makeover possible and my vision come to life.
And don’t miss the Guest Participants on Thursday! From the little I have been able to see on Instagram the last few weeks, they are really cranking out some fantastic designs!
Of course the ultimate thank you goest to Linda, of the One Room Challenge™ for giving me this amazing opportunity to be a Featured Designer. Through unprecedented times she has guided this challenge impeccably. And thank you to the official Media Partner, Better Homes and Garden for supporting us this season!