ORC Favorites!

Hey, everyone!

We hope you’re doing well! We here at Rajni Alex Design are so, so grateful for all your wonderful, kind comments about our One Room Challenge project. Again, we had such a great time working on this dining room, so thank you, Linda, for starting this amazing event, and thank you to everyone who encouraged us and inspired us along the way!

We love seeing what everyone else is doing for their ORC projects, and there were so many stunning rooms this time around. We would like to share with you guys some of our favorites. So here are our Top 5 invited participants and Top 5 guest participants.

Invited participants:

  1. This beautiful bedroom by Vanessa Francis at Decor Happy.

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2. This lovely nursery by Megan at Honey We’re Home.

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3. This super chic foyer by Cristin at Simplified Bee.

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4. This gorgeous bedroom by Mallory at Style Your Senses.

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5. This super fun dressing room by Cassandra at Coco+Kelley.

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Guest participants:

  1. This elegant living room by Sarah at The Curated House.

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2. This inviting living room by Madeline at Teal and Gray.

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3. This eclectic eat-in kitchen by Ashley at Bigger Than the Three of Us.

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4. This amazing playroom by Mollie at Design Loves Detail.

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5. This wonderful girl’s bedroom by Brit at House Updated.

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There were many other great rooms this ORC, but if we were to include all of them, this would be a very long list. So if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the other rooms here. This ORC really had some amazing projects!

If you want to keep up with us here at Rajni Alex Design, you can follow this blog, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

We hope you have a wonderful week!

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One Room Challenge – Week 6: The Reveal!!!

Hey, everyone!

We here at RAD are sooooooo excited!!! It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge, which means we get to share everything about our dining room with you guys! We’ve had an amazing 5 weeks, but it was just so hard to save enough surprises for the reveal. We’re ecstatic that the wait is over, and we have a finished room to share with you guys. But first, let’s recap. This paneled dining room looked a bit glum when we first started, as you can see in the pictures below:

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It was very dark, so the first thing we decided on was to paint the paneling a light gray in order to brighten up the room.  We then decided to go with some more modern furniture that mixes well with the more traditional style of the paneling. Here is the floor plan we created for the room:

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If you haven’t followed us along this journey and you want a more detailed recap, you can reach our previous posts through the links below:

Week 1/ Week 2/ Week 3/ Week 4/ Week 5

So here is the final product! We are absolutely thrilled about how this room turned out!!

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This is our favorite shot of the room! We absolutely love how in this picture you can see the brass in the chandelier, sconces, and the bottom of the table. The paneling looks great, and we’re happy we chose a more gold palette for the fabrics, because it adds some warmth to the room.

Also, you guys get to finally see the chairs! These are West Elm chairs that our clients already had, and we had them reupholstered from a dark gray to gold so they match our vision for the space. And in this picture you guys can also see the rug. We think it looks amazing, especially since it’s an indoor/outdoor rug.

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We had chosen a different piece of art by West Elm to go above the buffet, but when we were styling the room we did not think it looked that great, so we were very happy to see this piece of art in our clients’ hallway. It looks wonderful with the gray paneling! The actual buffet is probably the darkest piece in the room, but we think it adds some beautiful contrast. If we had gone for something lighter, we feel it would have blended into the space a bit too much. We also love the brass hardware on it!

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We love that in the above shot you get a really good look at the paneling, including the trim. Also, we love how the chair fabric, as well as the brass back of the sconce, really pop against the gray tones. The curtains are also a wonderful blend of gray, with the trim, and gold in the pattern.

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This detail shot of the trim really shows the beautiful woodwork we were lucky to work with. We chose to go with a darker gray in high gloss for the trim so that it stands out against the paneling, and we’re very happy with the results!

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We love these detail shots of some of our accessories! For those of you who read our Week 5 post, not every single item on our accessories mood board made it to the photo shoot. When we started styling the room, we realized a few of them just did not fit into the room, and so we left them out.

This is our second ORC project, and the whole process was so different! Last time we had to knock down walls and change everything about the rooms we were working with. This time we were just so incredibly lucky that we got a room with the most amazing bones! The paneling was the perfect starting point for this room, and we are so happy we got to keep it. And even though we had an amazing time last year breaking down walls and recreating the space from the start, being able to keep the walls and paneling made our timeline much less stressful this time around 🙂 We’re very happy that we got to focus on the decor for this project, and every single thing that went into this room was something that we feel belongs there.

Here is a mood board with every piece in the room (apart from the accessories), and where you can find them:

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  1. Jalen Chandelier – Arteriors (through Rajni Alex Design)
  2. Stefan Sconce – Arteriors (through Rajni Alex Design)
  3. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
  4. Benjamin Moore Gray Chelsea
  5. Window Treatments- Silk Rock Cognac by Zinc Textile w/ trim by M&J Trimming
  6. Delaney Dining Table- Mitchell Gold
  7. Dining Chairs- West Elm (no longer available)
  8. Philo Chest – Vanguard (through Rajni Alex Design)
  9. Indoor/Outdoor Rug- Couristan Antigua in dune

We have loved being a part of the ORC community again! Over the last few weeks, we’ve received so much encouragement from you all through your comments, and we’ve been inspired by the work of our fellow ORC participants. We love this opportunity to follow each other’s work as it progresses, and we’re really glad we decided to participate again. So make sure to check the amazing rooms by both the Wednesday participants as well as the guest participants! And if you want to keep up with us now that the ORC is done, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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One Room Challenge – Week 5

Hello, everyone!

We here at RAD hope you all are having an awesome week! We cannot believe it’s already week 5 of the One Room Challenge!!! Isn’t that exciting?!

We are thrilled to share a couple of things that are going into our beautiful dining room with you guys, but at the same time we are not going to share too much, because we have to save enough of it for the reveal next week 🙂

First, we’ve promised to show you guys the buffet we picked, so here it is:

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We chose to go with this gorgeous buffet by Vanguard because we wanted a darker piece to contrast with the lighter walls and fabrics, and because it has modern elements such as the finish on the doors, while having a classic shape. We absolutely love it.

The second thing we want to share with you guys is a sample of the indoor/outdoor rug we picked. We ordered the Couristan Antigua in Dune a couple of weeks ago and it arrives tomorrow, but here is a picture of the sample:

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We love that it doesn’t look like an indoor/outdoor rug; the quality of the sample is very good. We think it will look great with the fabrics we’ve picked for the room!

Just about every big item but the two above are already in the room, which is a miracle by our ORC standards. I guess because last time we had a much bigger room that needed structural changes, this ORC has been a much less stressful experience. We should get the buffet and the rug in the room by Friday, so we can style the room over the weekend, and then we have our photo shoot on Monday 🙂

So here are some items we are thinking of using when styling the room:

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We cannot wait for the photo shoot on Monday, and to be able to share the (beautiful, photographer-quality) pictures with you guys! It will be a somewhat busy weekend with styling, but we can’t wait to have the room finished! Again, thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm over the last few weeks! That’s our favorite thing about the One Room Challenge. To our fellow ORC participants: you can do it!!

See you guys in a week with the reveal!

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One Room Challenge – Week 4

Hello, everyone!

It’s week 4!!!!! Time is going by way too fast!

For those of you just catching up, we’re participating in the One Room Challenge, and awesome design event originated by Linda from Calling It Home. We’ve committed to transforming a dining room for our clients in 6 weeks, and to blog about it once a week. It’s a great opportunity to share our work with others, as well as to see the wonderful ideas that other participants come up with! If you wanna check our previous post, you can do so here:

Week 1/ Week 2/ Week 3

Last week we showed you all some different grays on the paneling, and told you guys that we picked one. But before we show you guys what the room looks like now, here’s a reminder of what it used to look like:

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And now, here’s what you all have been waiting for! The winner is…

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl!!!!!!

And the trim is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray!

And we’re so happy we decided to take the leap and paint the paneling, because this is what the room looks like now:

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We are so ridiculously happy about how the room looks now! Painting has definitely brightened up the room, and it makes the room look the perfect mix of traditional and modern. As you guys can see from the pictures, our lovely Mitchell Gold table has arrived!! We love it! It is perfect for the space! The chandelier is not in yet, so this is still the old one. But with the paint done and the table in, we can finally start seeing our design come to life, and we really couldn’t be happier.

Also, the chairs are back! And though we feel very bad for going back on our word, we’ve decided to keep you guys in suspense for a couple more weeks until the reveal. Sorry, they’re awesome, but we feel we’re giving away too much! But as a compromise, we’ll share with you some images that hint at them. So here are some chairs that resemble ours:

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The chairs are probably the most modern element in the room, and we just love them so much!

And because we feel kinda bad about not sharing our beautiful chairs, we’ve decided to share with you all the beautiful Arteriors sconces we got 🙂

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We got two of these to place on either side of the window. The back plate is a beautiful bronze that ties well with the chandelier, and also stands out against the gray of the walls. We can’t wait to get them installed!!

Well, that’s all we have for you today! We can’t believe that there’s only 2 weeks left until the reveal… It’s so exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time! Thank you so much for all your support through this journey! Make sure to check out how the featured participants and the other guest participants are doing with their projects!

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A Taste of Project Design 2015 (Get the Look!)

Hello, everyone!

We’ve been crazy busy with the One Room Challenge, but we really want to share some pictures of “A Taste of Project Design Gala 2015,” a design event hosted by the wonderful people at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island; guests included Nate Berkus and Candice Olson. They do an amazing job at raising money to fund treatment for children with cancer. We created a 10′ by 10′ space for this event, and even though it was a crazy couple of days putting this space together, we have never had so much fun for a good cause 🙂

Here is our space!

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We’d like to thank Alan Barry for the amazing pictures! And here are a couple of shots of the process:

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And here is how you can get the look from our vignette!

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Also, the paint color is Benjamin Moore AF 655 Silhouette, and the moldings are high gloss, while the walls are eggshell.

This was a super fun, super fast project! We are glad we could be part of an event that raised money for such an important cause 🙂 If you want to check out some of the other vignettes, you can do so at RMHLI’s Facebook page.

Also, make sure to check our latest ORC post!

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One Room Challenge – Week 3

Hello, everyone!

We here at RAD hope you’re having an amazing week! We can’t believe it’s already week 3 of the One Room Challenge!!! We have exciting things to share this week!

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First, after considering over 50 shades of gray (sorry, bad joke), we have reached a decision! Seriously, we looked through so many different grays.

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That’s what much of the room looked like over the last few days. We have finally reached a decision, but we are going to keep you guys in suspense until next week when we can share some pictures of the painted room with you guys!

We also have chosen fabrics and a light fixture from Arteriors that look amazing with the table we showed you guys last week!

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We are absolutely thrilled with this chandelier! It is just gorgeous, and it will look amazing in this room!! We are also happy with the fabrics we’ve picked! We decided to go with some gold tones that will look wonderful with the brass chandelier, and that are a bit warmer to balance out the gray walls. We cannot wait to see it all come together!! The wood sample included with the fabrics is a wood sample of the buffet we got. It should arrive in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll share a picture when it does.

We did have one other item on the design scheme: the West Elm chairs in the original upholstery. Sadly, the reupholstered chairs did not make it back in time for this post, and we did not want to spoil the surprise. We will definitely have them back in time for next week’s post though, so stay tuned!

We cannot believe there’s only three weeks left until the reveal! The past two weeks have been all about making design choices and ordering things, so we are super excited to have the panels painted in the upcoming week, so we can start really seeing our vision for this room take shape!!

Thank you all so much for following our progress over these past weeks. We really love reading your comments and knowing what you guys think! Make sure to check out the featured participants and the other guest participants for some great design ideas 🙂

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One Room Challenge – Week 2

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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We hope you’re all having an amazing week! This past week we were crazy busy getting our booth ready for the Taste of Project Design Gala 2015, hosted by the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which was absolutely amazing!

Still, it didn’t leave us as much time for One Room Challenge stuff as we hoped, but we were able to get our proposed floor plan together, and we are so excited about it!

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We decided to go with a round table because we think it will contrast nicely with the paneled walls and will make the room feel more modern, like in the inspiration image below.

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We’re hoping we can find the right balance between traditional and modern to make this room work. We are now shopping for furniture that matches our plans. We have decided to go with this beautiful dining table from Mitchell Gold; it is stunning and will work amazingly well with our vision for the room!

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We absolutely love it! Also, our clients already have some wonderful chairs that we are getting reupholstered; we think they will be ready in time for next week’s post 🙂

We hope to have a light fixture picked by next week as well, so hopefully we can share that with you guys then. Another thing we need to pick over the next couple of weeks is a rug, but that is turning out to be a bit more complicated than expected. Our clients have a dog and a cat, and so we need something that looks amazing while being pretty resistant. We are thinking an indoor/outdoor rug is probably a good idea, but we haven’t found one that we like yet.

It is a joy to be participating in the ORC again! It adds some pressure to a project, but it gives us so much motivation! Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment last week. Your enthusiasm is contagious 🙂 Also, both the invited participants as well as guest participants have great projects going on, and we can’t wait to see how they are doing! Make sure to check out their work as well!

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One Room Challenge: Week 1

Happy Thursday, everyone!

We are super excited to announce that we here at RAD will be a linking participant in the One Room Challenge again!!! We had a blast when we participated in the Spring, and we can’t wait to see what we can do in the next few weeks 🙂

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For those of you who have not heard of the One Room Challenge, it is an amazing interior design event created by Linda @ Calling It Home, where designers and DIYers commit to transform a room in 6 weeks, and post about it once a week. Twenty featured designers post on Wednesdays, and linking participants post on Thursdays. So every Thursday over the next five weeks we will be sharing our progress with you. There’s a lot of pressure involved, but despite all the craziness that comes with transforming a room in weeks, we truly loved all the support and encouragement we received last time, as well as the opportunity to see what other wonderful designers were working on. By the way, if you want to check out our Spring ORC results, you can do so here.

For our second One Room Challenge, we have decided to work on this dark-paneled dining room.

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Project: To transform this dark, old-fashioned dining room into a light and modern dining room.

Clients: Wonderful young couple with a baby. We have worked with them in other areas of their home, and we’re glad they’re letting us do their dining room for the ORC.

Biggest challenge: The paneling! We actually think it gives the room texture, and so we want to keep it. Hopefully that works out well!

Here are some inspiration images that we’re working with:

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We want to mix the classic feel of the paneling (in a much lighter tone) with more modern furniture and lighting. We are looking for furniture that matches our vision; hopefully by next week we will have decided on most of it.

Again, we are so ridiculously excited about this project, and we can’t wait to see what our fellow participants are doing! Make sure to go and check them out as well!

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Trends We Love: Brass

Hello, everyone!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week! Today we want to share with you one of our favorite trends in interior design right now: brass. We are crazy about it! And we’re very happy that this trend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. The first example of brass we want to showcase is in fact our meeting area here at Rajni Alex Design. We moved into this office almost two years ago, and we are still in love with this amazing table from Organic Modernism and these vintage chairs we had reupholstered.

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We are so lucky to work in such a beautiful space 🙂

Brass furniture is a wonderful trend; it just makes any space so much classier. There some great pieces out there, so here are a few of our favorite brass accents out there!

  1. Marble-Topped Pedestal Coffee Table from West Elm

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2. Laurent Console Table from Mitchell Gold

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3. Elke Glass Coffee Table from Crate&Barrell

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4. Jet Set Desk from Bernhardt

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5. Jet Set Bench from Bernhardt

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6. Leopard Maurice Chair from Katie Kime

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7. Quartz Globe Pendant from Emporium Home

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8. Tulip Quartz Pendant from Emporium Home

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9. Gallery Frames from West Elm

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10. Brass Hardware as seen in this kitchen by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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Seriously, these are just gorgeous. One of the great things about brass is that it is so versatile. It works well with many different prints and textures, and so you can have fun with it 🙂

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Block Island Before and After

Hey, everyone!

We hope you’ve had a good week so far! Fall has just started, but we’re still holding on to Summer, and so we’re taking this chance to share the before and after pictures of this beautiful beach house in Block Island, RI!

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We had an amazing time working on the living room, dining room, foyer, and a bathroom in this beautiful house, and we hope you guys enjoy the results!

Living Room – Before

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Living Room – After

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The next few photos are of the space that used to be a closed off terrace. We opened this space up to the living room to maximize the living space and so that the amazing views could be seen from the main living area.

Before – Closed Off Terrace

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After – Closed Off Terrace

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The dining area is also open to the living room. We chose very beachy, neutral colors so as not to distract from the view.

Dining Room – Before

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Dining Room – After

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We made the foyer a place that reflects the rest of the house, and makes one feel truly welcome.

Foyer – Before

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Foyer – After

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We also love this picture where you can see the art in the foyer as well as the dining space.

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And last but not least, this is one of the upstairs bathrooms. We absolutely love the tile we used in this! Sadly, we forgot to take a before picture 😦

Bathroom – After

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This was such a fun project, and we feel privileged that we got to work in such a beautiful location!

We hope you guys liked the pictures! If you want to see more of our work, feel free to check out our portfolio and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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