RB House: Progress Update

Remember that interior design project I'm working on, the RB House? I showed you our plans for the living room here. We had an inspiration board going to guide our buying decisions:

RB House: Living Room

The owners were out of town this weekend, so I took that opportunity to go install some of the new items at their house. We're not quite done yet, but we did make some big progress this weekend. These are some of the items we've collected for the room over the past month.

RB House Progress Report

RB House Progress Report by jgrantham106 

I've been searching high and low for a windowpane mirror that would fit the giant space above the fireplace, and I finally stumbled upon one at Hemispheres of all places. It's this over-the-top "Old World" home decor shop that doesn't really fit my taste. I'd never even walked through that store before but decided to check it out on a whim. Thank goodness I did – this mirror is absolutely perfect!

Being married to a handyman has its perks, let me tell you. The husband joined me for five hours at the house on Saturday, helping me hang the artwork and install new hardware on cabinets. These were some seriously tedious and tricky things to hang, and he was the MVP that day. No way I could have done it without his help!

I bought a painting at the thrift store for $8 and used the frame to go around the elk head. The husband had to cut it at the two corner seams to make two L shaped pieces because the regular frame wouldn't fit around those massive antlers. Then he hung each one separately and glued the corners back together with wood glue. Tricky stuff, I'm telling you! He's awesome. 

Don't you love the mirror? It's 77 inches tall and 34 inches wide, and it was on sale for $250. I thought that was a huge steal compared to similar versions I've seen online. It really makes the space.

The vase and flowers are from World Market. 

The homeowner bought these two trays from One Kings Lane, and she really wanted them in the room somewhere. We decided to hang them in the corner by the sliding barn doors that lead into the dining room. The husband came in handy again here because the trays didn't have hardware to be hung on the wall. He had to be very careful because the trays were thin, but he drilled some small circle hooks from a picture hanging kit on the back and used wire to make them hangable. 

The vases are from West Elm, and the flowers are from World Market. That cute little cow is a $2 thrift store find. The homeowners already owned the little table.

So, here's where we stand on the project right now. The chandelier (Lourdes12 Light Chandelier from Ballard Designs) and sconces (Princeton Senior from Schoolhouse Electric Co.) have been installed and look fantastic. I didn't snap any pictures of those yesterday, sorry!

We found some great prices for fabric and upholstery foam for the window seats. The seamstress should be working on those very soon.

My original design plan involved painting stripes on the brick wall with the elk head, but now that the frame is up we feel like we can skip that step. The wall looks much more decorated now, and the elk head isn't quite so lonely. Cutting that project from the to-do list will save them the extra cash they would have paid the painters.

The homeowners are getting a bid to build a chunky wood mantel and wainscoting for the window seats from their handyman, so we are waiting on that price to make a decision on those two projects. I'm hoping the price is right so we can get those done– especially the mantel. I think that will make a big difference!

We also need to hang the curtains by the window seats, along with putting up more artwork. Things are coming along really nicely, and I'm excited to see the finished product soon! I'm hoping to have a photographer friend come photograph the space for me when it's finished so that I'll have some great pictures to show on the blog. 

It's pretty interesting to see how the plan has evolved slightly since the original options.

So, that's the latest from the RB House project. What do you think of the progress so far?

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