• Reem Hassaballa

So much progress has taken place in week 3 of my One Room Challenge. If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, you really should catch up because last week I revealed my wallpaper selection which has really helped guide the rest of my selections. This week, I want to discuss my paint selection and our media area for the kids video gaming.




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



I had put a phone call in to my painter so that I can get on his schedule because I knew that finding contractors right now is not the easiest. So, when he called me last week and told me he can come on Saturday, I jumped for joy. I thought of painting on my own for a hot second and then I came to my senses. Yes, I can do it, but I really wanted a neat job and when I painted rooms before, I really would make a mess and spill paint on the carpet, etc. Ha! So, Lucio came to my rescue on Saturday.


First off, I wanted to say that choosing a paint color is a daunting process. This is especially true when you are pressed for time. One of the sponsors of the One Room Challenge is Kelly-Moore Paints, they have been around since 1946. They offer an array of low VOC paint colors. Kelly-Moore Paints sent me the paint sample box and booklet right away. I was so impressed by this! Wow, this is worth investing in and having in your home. I know I will keep mine handy for future projects and for clients. My painter told me that he loved the quality of the paint. It is nice and thick and absorbs quickly. It does not splatter and splash and make a mess. He said if it were a cheaper quality paint, he would have needed to put more coats on, but since it is thick, he only needed two coats.


I love the Kelly-Moore paint swatch book and box!


Landing on the color, Harrow's gate, was no easy feat. I decided to try to pull a color from my wallpaper swatch. And since I was pressed for time, I did not even bother getting actual paint samples. I used the little color cards that came in the swatch box and taped them up on my basement walls. I went back and forth from dark blue, to blue-gray, to blue-green, to light blue, to grayish blue...you get the picture. I knew that really any color would look amazing and it was just a matter of choosing one.



Once I switched my wallpaper to the grasscloth, you can read about that here , picking the paint color became easier and so I narrowed it down to three and from there, I picked "Harrow's gate"LRV 28- a medium blue, with some hints of greenish gray.


As soon as the paint went up on the 6 doors I had planned on painting, I knew I made the right decision. The doors really started to pop against the white shiplap. I had decided to paint the 6 closet doors because that wall really needed some contrast. I think it turned out amazing.








I thought it would be super fun to paint just one part of the ceiling. I decided to paint the ceiling above the round table, in the board gaming area of the playroom. However, I did not want to reveal this part of the basement just yet, you will have to stay tuned for a few more weeks.


There was lots of progress this week on my One Room Challenge. Another item that got delivered was the media cabinet from Castlery. Castlery has so many furniture options and I knew that the Luka media cabinet would work perfectly for the kids gaming area. It cleared the mess, the cords, and everything is now tidied up in one space! Take a look!



Before

What I love most about this particular media cabinet is the sliding slatted doors. They are perfect for little fingers, and because the doors are slatted, the remotes can sensor right through them. Also, I love the low, modern profile. Plus, the walnut color is a bonus! In addition, the cabinet slid right out of the box, without any assembly, now that is my kind of furniture!

After with the Luka Media Cabinet from Castlery

Make sure to come back next week when I talk about my rug selections. But, please head on over to these other talented designers blogs to see what they are up to for week 2 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


Media BH&G | TM ORC



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  • Reem Hassaballa

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

As you know I am an avid Serena & Lily fan. Going to the Hamptons this past August and visiting the Serena & Lily East Hampton store only fueled my passion for this coastal, high-end shop even more. Serena & Lily has launched a new tool that helps you view items that can be delivered in under 4 weeks. They have options for items arriving in 1-2 weeks, as well as eligibility for 2 day shipping!


**This post is sponsored by Serena & Lily and all opinions and words are my own.


With the huge backorder issue that has been so prevalent in the last year and a half, this availability feature is so helpful. So much frustration has been born with this backorder log that has been happening in almost every home design store, that this is a welcome addition to my shopping experience. I have had a multitude of clients call me almost crying after finding out that their items that they ordered 6 months ago will take another 3-6 months.


Here is an example of a space that I knew I needed to complete in a timely matter. You see, I have been chosen to be a featured designer for the One Room Challenge from Better Homes and Gardens. I have designed a coastal inspired, modern playroom for my kids. I really wanted to add the outdoor hanging chairs to the design, but wasn't sure if I would receive them in time before the reveal of the One Room Challenge. Thankfully, they were available within 4 weeks, and sure enough I received them already. In addition, I also ordered Bayville side tables to help with my coastal inspired playroom and they came within 2 weeks. If you take a look now, you will see that they are readily available within one week! Also, the Montecito pillows completed the look and these are available within 10 days!


These 3 items transformed an otherwise boring space into my kids favorite reading nook in the home. And I am so glad I was able to provide this to them in a timely manner and not a year from now.


outdoor hanging chair, bayville table, and montecito pillow

This availability feature has really made my shopping experience less anxiety ridden and I love that I know exactly when the item will be at my doorstep. And Serena & Lily stayed true to their promise and my items were in fact delivered before the date on the website. Sometimes you do not have the luxury of waiting 8 months for an item to arrive and this is when I turn to the Serena & Lily website and search for my items by availability! My 3 items above are just a few of the hundreds of items that you can receive in under 4 weeks from Serena & Lily and that makes my heart sing as a designer with clients who need their items fast.


Serena & Lily has proven to me time and time again that they are one of my favorite shops and this availability feature makes them top of my list and I have referred so many clients to their website so that they do not have to wait 8 months to receive something they really needed before barbeque season or the holidays, that are coming up! Not only is their quality absolute top notch, now Serena & Lily has given me the luxury of not having to wait and in this day and age, that is huge!




I know this will inspire you to visit the Serena & Lily website or one of their stores for all your home decor needs. Check out my other posts about Serena & Lily here and here. And you can also search for them by typing "Serena & Lily" in the search button.







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  • Reem Hassaballa

Updated: Oct 13, 2021





It is week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and things are moving underway in our basement playspace. I am finally done cleaning it out and I already feel better. It is always easier to start with a blank canvas. In Week 1, I briefly described the space I will be working with and this week I would like to mention all of the brands that I will be working with, and I am so excited to finally reveal my moodboard!


Moodboard for the One Room Challenge!

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

Every week I will be highlighting a brand or two and talking a bit about their products.

The moment I knew I was doing the ORC, I knew I had to introduce some wallpaper into the design. I knew it would give the space, the pop I have been craving. And I think starting with the wallpaper will help dictate the design for the rest of the space.


Tempaper Wallpaper

In honor of International Wallpaper Week, I thought it would only make sense if I introduced you to the wallpaper I will be using! Would you believe me if I told you that I had maybe 6 iterations of this moodboard. Yes, it takes time to land on exactly what you envision for the space. In fact, this was the second wallpaper that I actually stuck on the wall. I ordered six samples from the brand Tempaper. Tempaper specializes in peel n' stick wallpaper for any space. Their wallpaper rolls are sold in single and double rolls which works great depending on the size of your space. I went ahead and decided on the coffee beans wallpaper. Tempaper offers wallpaper in grasscloth, burlap, textured, repurposed wood, faux wood, damsel, and shiplap styles. There are virtually hundreds upon hundreds of styles to choose from. I narrowed my selection down to 6. Even though I have textured walls, I went ahead and decided to go for it. Tempaper's website suggests that if you have textured walls to go with a darker wallpaper. Tempaper was so wonderful and they sent me the rolls I needed. I was adamant that I wanted to stick with neutrals and stay true to my light, bright, airy style. And since this was a basement, I did not want it to feel "dark". But, I was wrong thinking that a darker wallpaper would make my basement feel "dark". More on this later, when I reveal the wallpaper I 'actually' chose.


Coffee beans wallpaper from Tempaper


The samples were shipped to me so promptly and that really gave me a huge headstart on figuring out the rest of the space. Here are the wallpaper samples from Tempaper on the basement wall.




I loved all of them and I knew that each one would take the basement playroom design in a different direction. I ordered the coffee bean wallpaper and started to stick it to this first wall here in the basement.




I immediately knew that this just is not the one. It just didn't do anything for the space. I felt like it just fell flat, maybe because the carpet is so beige and it kind of all blended in. I thought this one would be beautiful in a nursery or modern office space. So, I went back to the drawing board and grabbed my samples again. This time, I wanted a pop against that shiplap, but I wanted a very clean look. So, I remembered that Tempaper has amazing grasscloth looking wallpapers and I knew this would give me the modern feel I was after. I even came across this particular one on the Crate & Barrel website and it looked super chic and rich to me! They sent me the Chambray grasscloth. As soon as it went up I got goosebumps! Hurray, victory!


Chambray Grasscloth from Tempaper


Look at the difference. I needed this pop of color down here. This helped push me out of my comfort zone. Tempaper has so many options, I would even go more bold next time around and do a really fun pattern. This Chambray has won my heart though!

It really made that shiplap pop. I knew I did not want to repaint that shiplap because that would be a major undertaking. But, the wallpaper really made it feel crisp and more inviting! And Tempaper wallpaper is so simple because it is just a peel n' stick...no fancy glue or adhesives needed, and no mess. What's more, you can peel it off in a few years if you want to change the space again without major damage to your walls!









I continued the wallpaper around the perimeter of the playspace and around the tv area. However, I did not want to reveal too much right now, so you will have to wait to see more! This definitely taught me to be patient and your vision will eventually come to you. I am so glad I listened to my gut and switched out the wallpaper. As much as I loved the first one, it wasn't right for my space and that is okay because Tempaper has hundreds upon hundreds of other choices. I cannot wait to show you more of this wallpaper. It is just so luxurious looking and inviting!


Make sure to come back next week when I talk about my rug selections. But, please head on over to these other talented designers blogs to see what they are up to for week 2 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

Media BH&G | TM ORC



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