Custom Ordered Merchandise What You Need To Know
One Room Challenge: Home Office Week 2- CHARGE IT! This week is all about Custom Ordered Merchandise What You Need To Know.
This week of the One Room Challenge is all about the leg work, for our home office renovation. This mean COM’s as Interior Designers call it, or Custom Ordered Merchandise and What You Need To Know. COM’s are very important to any design project and required to make this room design possible. Selecting great Art purchases, along with custom ordering tips and tricks every designer needs to know.
Just to recap this challenge happens twice a year, April/ October, the designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation. Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the host page, Calling It Home, and share their room’s progress. The best part is you will be able to follow along step by step with all the participants progress including JENRON DESIGNS and just by clicking the ORC Spring 2018 post.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
My Seven P’s to Live by:
PRIOR, PROPER, PLANNING, PREVENTS, PISS, POOR, PERFORMANCE!!! ( I owe a shout out for this saying to my friend Karen, we used to always say this back during my “big box” visual design days….LOL)
This week is all about procuring all of the items from my inspiration board which is all Custom Ordered Merchandise , here is What You Need To Know. I want to be honest with you, I found myself in quite a pickle during my first Spring ORC 2017 week 3 (link here) . How you may ask? Well, I listed a rug on my inspiration board, and when I went to order the item it had sold out the same week. Now I am not saying that it sold out because I had it on my ORC inspiration board, and people might have seen it and love it too, but it sure is a quinky dinky don’t you think? So may take away I learned was always order the items prior to starting your project. So I will admit, I may have ordered several of my items prior to my project launch last week, just to make sure I had them in house. That is simply called Prior Proper Planning, folks!
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Okay so first things first. I fell in love with this gorgeous piece of art called Rift, by Kelly Johnston from Seattle WA, which is available through Minted. I find that having a great inspiration piece or focal piece in each room helps to facilitate a cohesive design package. As a designer it gives us a starting point for what a client loves. In my case, I loved the colors and abstract quality of the water in this piece of art. It gives me a sense of calm, and allows my eyes and mind to relax. It will be the perfect visual piece to focus my attention while developing posts.
I got to say I really loved my shopping experience with Minted, a proud sponsor of the ORC. The options and selections really are endless, and there is so much art to love. I know I will be making several more purchases in the near future for my home. For me, it is like a virtual art festival. I can see so many great artist all in one spot, with custom options for framing. I was even offered the option to get this piece of personally signed by the artist, which I did of course. The process was super simple and right at my finger tips. If you have never shopped at Minted you are really missing out. Minted Art was launched in May 2012, and it was filled with carefully curated, limited-edition art prints, that have been created by a global community of artists. Minted now offers fine art, limited edition art, children’s art, and more! You can pick a great inspiration piece, just like I did, as the perfect starting point to design your room.
Custom Order Merchandise- One of the main items that had to pre order was my custom made desk chair from Ballard Designs. The lead time for this product is around 6-8 weeks. So in order to make sure I had the chair in time it was pre-ordered prior to this challenge. Since I am custom ordering the chair direct from the manufacture I can create exactly what I want to match my inspiration art work above. I selected this fabric Merrick Coral for the main chair fabric. I also order a few extra yards for pillows and /or drapes. I decided on a fun custom welting and box pleat base in a green tone from the painting. I also had them install casters to the legs of the parson chair. Now it is a rolling chair, perfect for an office.
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The desk is another item that I needed to make sure that I procured for this challenge. As I mentioned in Week 1 my current desk was just too small. I had really been think about using a farmhouse style dining table, instead of a desk. This is the Valerie Dining Table from Wayfair, which I think will be the perfect size.
Finally, the last part of planning week was also getting together a shopping list of supplies for all the DIY projects. We are actually going to luck out, we ended up having extra materials left over from our Farmhouse Pantry Shelve project. So the floating shelves will be going up next week since we have everything we need to complete that project. Sending out a big thank you to, Mountain Metals for the brackets and Thomas Lumber Yard for those extra long cedar planks.
The Check List:
Week 1- Introduction & Inspiration Board Week 2- Place all orders for Custom furniture and online pieces
Week 3- DIY open wall shelves, stain & install
Week 4- DIY build custom cornice board, paint to match trim & install
Week 5- Assemble and place all furniture, art and accessories. Stage the room.
Week 6- The Big Reveal