• Reem Hassaballa

I am just about finished with the One Room Challenge. The rest of the furniture was delivered Friday morning. If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, Week 3 ,Week 4, Week 5, and make sure to take a look.



When I agreed to join the One Room Challenge as a feature designer I started to regret my decision very quickly. The basement playroom lounge used to be a very dingy, uninviting, mismatched space and I seriously did not think I can turn this space around. It has lower ceilings than the rest of the house and it just didn't seem like it was possible to get this space looking better. It was "cringy" as my kids would say. But, with some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, I was able to transform this space into a room my kids are now proud to bring their friends over to hang out in. Take a look at this before shot...I know, embarrassing!


Wow, I just look at this and laugh now! Well, if I were to give somebody a list of tips and tricks on turning a space such as this into an amazing hangout space, I would break them down into a few categories.

Start with an item of interest

I started the design for this space with the wallpaper from Tempaper. You can read all about my wallpaper in Week 2. I pulled the rug, the paint, the sofa color, the throw pillow colors, the chairs all from colors in the wallpaper. I made sure that each of these items would complement the wallpaper well, not match. We don't want them to match, they would clash if we did that. We want them to flow cohesively. Take a look below.



All of these fabric swatches complement the wallpaper, the rug below, and even the pillow color in the far right corner. Together they all blend and make the other items flow. I was able to envision all this by making a moodboard.


Vertical lines

I chose a wallpaper with vertical lines to help the space feel taller. Our basement playroom lounge has original shiplap detail on the walls. It is absolutely beautiful, but because it was laid horizontally, it doesn't do much to the height of the space. Therefore, I chose a wallpaper with vertical lines to bring the eyes up and make the space feel taller. In addition, I did something, I have never done before, I painted the ceiling.





Go outside your comfort zone

Painting the ceiling in just one space made it feel more intimate and it tricks the eyes to making the space feel taller. I normally would never have done this. I would be too afraid because this is something way outside of my comfort zone. But, because I am supposed to challenge myself for this One Room Challenge, I decided to risk it and it was totally worth it. The risk really paid off!


Use paint to add interest

I knew I wanted to paint, but it was just a matter of where and what to paint. The doors have always seemed very blah to me, so I knew that paint was the perfect solution. I painted the 6 closet doors to add interest to that side of the space, but also on the bifold doors that store board games and other fun activities.




I am sure by now, you have noticed these awesome chairs from Home Pop. Home Pop is another small furniture brand that I discovered recently. I chose 5 modern dining chairs in gray woven fabric. They are extremely comfortable and assembly took less than 5 minutes per chair. Since we play board games here, these chairs were the perfect addition to this space. I love the modern, clean lines, and how sleek they look! They are just perfect.


This was a quick update on my One Room Challenge. Most of my items are linked on my LiktoKnowit Page https://www.shopltk.com/explore/reems_design .


Make sure to come back next week when I will be revealing the sofa from Jonathan Louis. But, please head on over to these other talented designers blogs to see what they are up to for week 6 of the One Room Challenge.



Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward InteriorsFrom House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & HoneyPinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor


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  • Reem Hassaballa


I am actually almost completely finished with the One Room Challenge , but you will have to wait a bit longer for the final reveal. I am waiting on a very exciting furniture delivery at the end of this week. If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, Week 3 , Week 4, and make sure to take a look. Last week I introduced you to the gorgeous rug I am using from Loloi and this week, I'd like to talk to you about one of my favorite art brands, Minted and a furniture brand I have discovered, Wovenbyrd.


Once again, my moodboard...and keep scrolling to see my moodboard come to life!




Wovenbyrd

I discovered Wovenbyrd recently while browsing Target's website for furniture. I was looking for clean, modern, high-quality pieces for my One Room Challenge. I chose the 32" modern decorative bench with metal base in faux leather to create a window bench area. I also ordered 2 barrel chairs with storage seat and ottoman in gray linen.


32" bench from Wovenbyrd

barrel chair in gray with storage ottoman

Minted

Minted is my go to for holiday cards, photo books, but also art. Minted has "unique designs, freshly sourced from a community of independent artists. The most luxurious paper and printing techniques are used."I love how they encourage independent artists. This is a huge factor for me when shopping at Minted.

Here are the Minted pieces I chose for my ORC...


Face Study


I just fell in love with how whimsical these two pieces are. There are 2 different versions of Face Study and I love them together. Chelsea Petaja is the artist behind Face Study. Simple, clean, modern, fun, and neutral is exactly what I was looking for!





Domino Effect


This limited edition piece really spoke to me because I was looking for a more modern piece. According to Minted, the textures in this experimental, acrylic painting are added upon each other, which creates, the domino effect; one would not exist without the other. Each layer helps build the story to pull the viewer closer. Fine lines of graphite peek-through the paint, giving hints to the works beginning.


I chose a walnut frame for this piece and I had it printed on canvas which really makes this piece stand out! The walnut frame is the perfect icing on the cake.



Here is the gorgeous "Domino Effect" and yes, that is correct, I painted the ceiling. In week 3, I talked about paint and here this is one more area I painted. I think along with the art, it really made this space more intimate and inviting. It also gave this gorgeous original shiplap a fresher look.


Gold Foil Maps

According to Minted, Celebrate a favorite place with a custom map print. Simply provide the address, we’ll automatically show you a map to preview, select your area, and we’ll create a custom art print for you. You’ll receive a proof to approve. Available foil-pressed, letterpressed, or in standard printing in a variety of vibrant colors.


One of our favorite places on Earth that we took two of our children to is Paris! We would use the Paris map daily to find our way around and this is an excellent reminder of that trip. Making art more personal is a great way to showcase your favorite places and things. That is why I chose this gold foil map of Paris.



Make sure to come back next week where I will be talking about the furniture selection for the space. But, please head on over to these other talented designers blogs to see what they are up to for week 3 of the One Room Challenge.


Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward InteriorsFrom House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & HoneyPinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor


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XO,


Reem

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  • Reem Hassaballa

Updated: Oct 25, 2021


I have made so much progress in my One Room Challenge this week. If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, and Week 3 make sure to take a look. Last week I introduced you to the amazing paint color I landed on from Kelly-Moore Paints, "harrow's gate" and I introduced my awesome media cabinet to you. Once again, the brands that I’ll be working with and my moodboard are below.

My moodboard for the space:

One Room Challenge Brands


  1. Tempaper Wallpaper

  2. Loloi Rugs

  3. Minted

  4. Hudson Valley Lighting

  5. Jonathan Louis

  6. Kelly-Moore Paints

  7. Castlery

  8. Wovenbyrd

  9. Spoonflower

  10. HomePop Since the wallpaper from Tempaper turned out so stinkin’ awesome, I decided to pull out some of those gorgeous gem-tones that are so prevalent in the chambray peel n’ stick wallpaper for the paint, rug, the sofa, the pillows, etc. One of these areas that I think will really benefit from these blues is the floor! You might be thinking, please don’t add a bright, blue rug to your otherwise neutral space. Do not worry, I found the most perfect rug from my favorite rug brand whom I have partnered with before, Loloi rugs! A family owned company, Loloi rugs, has a vast array of everything from affordable reprinted rugs to higher end luxurious wool rugs and vintage pieces. “For the past 25 years Loloi, Amir Loloi, the owner has traveled the Indian Countryside searching for the best craftspeople and weavers. In 2004, he formed Loloi rugs so that he can bring those artisans’ work to the United States”. -Loloi website “In India our rugs are still crafted the old world way. Every step of the process-whether it be the dipdyeing of the wool or the intricate task of weaving is done by hand, where proud artisans keep this time-honored tradition alive”. What’s more, Loloi partners with Goodweave and this is so important to me. This ensures that no child labor is used in the process of making these well crafted rugs.

I think it is super important to buy your rugs from a company that has a conscience. And what is better than supporting a family-owned business? Loloi is my rug store of choice for all my rug needs. Now, let's take a look at the rug that I think will really lay a beautiful foundation for the rest of the space...


Introducing the Kopa Collection Blue rug by ED for Loloi rugs. This rug is 100% wool and is made by skilled artisans. It is a low pile wool pile rug that will last for a very long time. What I love about this particular rug from the Ellen Degeneres collection for Loloi is that it gives me that hint of blue without being overwhelmingly striking in your face. As you walk away from the rug, the blue starts to diminish creating this very distressed look which I absolutely love! Not only that, it is the most calming shade of blue.


My original inspiration for this space was a coastal Hamptons beach inspired space.

When we vacationed in New York this past August, we spent 3 days in the Hamptons. I visited a ton of small boutiques and home stores. A lot of the boutiques had this exact shiplap on the wall and so I really wanted this space to vibe in that direction, but with a modern edge and I think the wallpaper provides that. The rug gives me that calming blue that I loved in the waters of the the East Coast. The rug tones are almost like a mix of water and sand!

Kopa collection Blue rug by ED for Loloi

I will be adding three of these rugs to the space to break up the space and give each space purpose. I wanted all the rugs to be matching so the space feels more cohesive and clean!



Stay tuned to the final reveal when I show you more angles and much more the space. Right now, I don't want to give away too much. I hope you are enjoying my One Room Challenge progress.


Make sure to come back next week where I will be talking about my Art choices for the space. But, please head on over to these other talented designers blogs to see what they are up to for week 3 of the One Room Challenge.


Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward InteriorsFrom House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & HoneyPinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor


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XO,

Reem

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