One Room Challenge: The Vintage Vinyl Library Week 2

We are deep into the sourcing phase on this super cool vintage vinyl library and are so excited to see the pieces come together.  Since the space is tight and we’re cramming a lot of function into its four walls, the floor plan was a bit of a puzzle.  We knew a clean built-in showcasing a wall of records was top priority so found its place first.  Second came that handy pull out sofa we mentioned previously.  We would also need to make sure there was a place to kick up your feet, but one that was mobile, so stools that could easily be moved to double as end tables made the most sense.  All in – it will look a little something like this:

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Now that we’ve worked through dimensions, we’re on to the good stuff.  Remember we found that killer sleeper sofa in a few colors?  It was a tough decision but the way the rich berry hue played off the moody blue walls was just too good…the choice was unanimous. 


So our next challenge was to perfectly marry those two bold colors in a way that was somewhat subdued, vibrant but not overpowering.  The best way to bring colors together in a room is always through art and rugs.  Both accents can easily carry a bevy of tones, seamlessly working from one color to the next and tying in others along the way.  This time we used both.  The pop art that will sit in the center of the built-in brings together shades of red, pink, blue, purple and orange in a fluid way – covering all of our bases.  Meanwhile, the rug, predominantly pulls from those same reds & pinks while incorporating a perfectly slight infusion of blue to bounce off the walls.

With color in abundance, we also want to bring in some texture and a bit of roughness through brass and wood accents that will help break up the saturated tones and contribute to that vintage vibe. 

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Clockwise from Top Left:

Gentleman's Gray, Benjamin Moore

Rock n Roll IV Giclee via Noa Blake Design

Rock n Roll Candle, Candellana

Barcelona Rug, Esale Rugs

Rochester Queen Sleeper Sofa, West Elm

Mango Wood Mushroom Table, Overstock

Custom Bound Books, Go Home Ltd. via Noa Blake Design

Amato Floor Lamp, Moe's Home Collection via Noa Blake Design

Up next on our One Room Challenge, construction begins!  Follow along on the ORC blog


One Room Challenge: The Vintage Vinyl Library Week 1

One of the things we love most about this industry is the sense of community and incredible support that designers offer one another.  Unlike so many other creative fields, Interior Designers tend to look past the competitive streak and find beauty in inspiring one another.  This drives us on a daily basis.  When One Room Challenge began, it became an instant phenomenon, for obvious reasons. Yes, it is fun to look at beautiful spaces all day…after all that’s what HGTV dreams are made of.  But more so, it is so amazing to be able to immerse ourselves in the process – watching spaces come to life – understanding every piece from concept to installation, as seen through the eyes of its maker.  What an incredible gift to give to designers.  We are so blessed to be a part of this extraordinary world and are beyond excited to be a part of this year’s ORC.  We hope it inspires you!

This very special room has been one of our favorites to work on because of the genuine love and adoration the owners have for its purpose.  Referred to as The Vintage Vinyl Library, this small, 10x14; room will be jam-packed with style and functionality.  Not only will it double as a guest room with a queen-size sleeper sofa (yes, there certainly are beautiful sleeper sofas as you’re about to find out) – but also a magical place for the owners to indulging in their great love of music.

As the couple shares this space as their sanctuary, we wanted the room to feel equally masculine and feminine.  It was also important to incorporate a retro nod that the vintage vinyls so deserve, while ensuring the room felt modern, bold and a bit forward...a place to have fun with everything from design to end use.

Our concept began with saturated color from floor to ceiling.  Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray is an all-time favorite due to its unique ability to be both vibrant and subdued at the same time.  The rich combination of teal, navy and gray achieves this balance between handsome and pretty that we absolutely adore. Taking the color from crown to base moulding creates a moody feel reminiscent of a library or study...a great place to start.

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The next piece of the puzzle was to ensure we found a great (equally comfortable and beautiful) sleeper sofa that would feel like it belonged in the room but serve the right purpose as well. We knew velvet and tufting would get us there and that we wanted to stick with rich, jewel tone hues…what we weren’t planning on was finding the perfect fit in a West Elm sofa that offered us more than one awesome option. So now the question was – monotone layers in vivid shades of blue or a nostalgic palette in a variety of berries?

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Join us on our ORC journey to see what we picked and how it comes to life (along with all the fun we have getting there)! Also, be sure to check out all of the guest participant rooms here and visit the One Room Challenge Instagram profile and hashtag for a ton of inspiration!


Xo M&A