Jewel Marlowe- Fall 2019 One Room Challenge Week 4 | Framed Mural, Wool sofa, sconces, art, and more

This is a week of transition!  I have been sinking my heart and soul into our living room, but now it is time to wrap that up and start to think about our kitchen.  Check out the living room progress we have made so far…Hint…There may or may not be a wool sofa in front of a beautiful mural.

Hold on…Did you miss the before pics and plan from the last two weeks?  No sweat!  I’ve got you covered

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Thanks so much for joining me on this crazy journey that we call  the  ONE ROOM CHALLENGE???!  This five week event features 20 “Challenge Participants” (see direct links below) and hundreds of other “Guest Participants.”   All of us have the goal of transforming our spaces with only five weeks to get it done.  As an added bonus, Better Homes and Gardens is back for another season as the media sponsor for this event.

Note: all products in this post are sponsored but the opinions are 100 percent my own.

Adrenaline for Breakfast

,Anyone who has lived through a kitchen reno knows that it throws off most everything else in your life.  Add to that the pressure of a timeline, and two additional rooms, and I can tell you that sleep is an over-rated luxury at this point.

We are in the middle of four days without access to our kitchen, and I am running on adrenaline and processed foods…But, I must say folks…all of this sacrifice might just be worth it! This crazy circus is still on track, and I’m seeing progress each week.

Will we finish in time for the deadline?  Great question!  I have no idea!  What I do know, however, is that the living room is starting to shape up, thanks to help from a lot of talented people and quality products…Enter a big mural and a wool sofa.

Wall Mural

Last spring I was checking my Instagram in the middle of a soccer practice when a stunning image of spectacular wallpaper popped up in my scroll.  While I don’t remember what the wallpaper was exactly, I do know that I quickly found myself stalking the webpage of The Sarza Store.  I was drawn into by their Robin Sprong wallpaper collection and I was hooked!  This mural is one of their Dutch Master’s series.

Jewel Marlowe designs a Robin Sprong mural paired with Stroheim wool sofa and parma gray walls


I love the way that this particular mural adds soul to a room in a dramatic and impactful way.

Jewel Marlowe designs a Robin Sprong mural paired with Stroheim wool sofa, Mitzi sconces, and parma gray walls

Yet, the colors and beautiful landscape help it feel serene and peaceful.

Jewel Marlowe designs a Robin Sprong mural paired with Stroheim wool sofa and parma gray walls

I was able to tell the The Sarza Store the dimensions of my wall and they custom sized the mural to my request.  Who doesn’t love bespoke wallpaper?  The quality is fabulous (nice and thick), and it stood up to my abuse as I carted it all around the city trying to find coordinating fabric.

It looks especially lovely now that I’ve started to frame it out.  I’m still about two hours from finishing the moulding around the mural and below the chair rail, but I promise it will be finished ASAP.

Wool Sofa

Jewel Marlowe designs a Robin Sprong mural paired with Stroheim wool sofa and parma gray walls

I recently took a couple of trips up to the DC Design Center to visit our local Fabricut and Stroheim showroom.  The selection and quality of these fabric companies blew me away,  and I brought home a dozen (or two 🙂 samples. I am excited to find projects to use them on in the near future.

This blue Arley wool blend was my very favorite find of the entire trip.  The texture and quality are out of this world and I have always loved the idea of a wool sofa.  My upholsterer and new friend, Maureen Loy, agreed that this is a dream fabric. Maureen expertly sewed this glorious powder blue beauty and then we quickly upholstered the 98 inch sofa that I purchased this summer.  This is what wool sofa dreams are made of my friends.


I have several other Fabricut fabrics that I will be making into pillows and special pieces for the living room and eat in areas. Stay tuned for the big reveal in two weeks.



I love these  Tara sconces by Mitzi.  this pair of long slender stunners are just the thing I needed between the mural panels. They add some extra light in this big space, and a lot of extra drama.

Jewel Marlowe designs a Robin Sprong mural paired with Stroheim wool sofa and parma gray walls and Tara Mitzi sconces

I’ve worked with Lamps Plus three times before. These include our colorful Rhode Island bathroom,  Spring 2018 One Room Challenge, and again in my daughter’s preppy teen bedroom.  The service, prices, and selection are great.

Jewel Marlowe designs a Robin Sprong mural paired with Stroheim wool sofa and parma gray walls and Tara Mitzi sconces

HANDy Paint Tray

I was excited to try the HANDy Paint tray and pails.  I’ve seen other bloggers used them and have always wondered if they work any better than the old painting equipement that I have in my garage.

handy paint tray used for wallpaper paste and paint

Turns out…I actually do like it a lot better!  The tray is more stable and better designed and the handles are a nice addition as well.  I felt like it made allllll of my painting a little easier.

handy paint tray used for wallpaper paste and paint

They each came with a ton of liners, which is helpful for a lazy girl like me who is horrible at washing out buckets and trays.

handy paint tray used for wallpaper paste and paint

I’m grateful for the opportunity to add the HANDy Paint system to my painting work flow.


This week I received some fun packages from Minted.  I have several other Minted pieces in my home and love them all.  I’m a big fan of the concept of this company.  They provide customers a large selection of art created by real artists.  To top it off, customers get to choose from a myriad of high quality framing options. What’s not to love about that?

Hard and Soft by Kristen Arley | Untitled 1 and 1 b by Jamie Derringer | Playful Art Print by Bethania Lima

Graphic minted art and a milo baughman chair, blue walls

More Art

I am over the moon excited about this piece created by Laura Gunn. Laura created the perfect Rothko inspired piece to hand over our fireplace.  It will be fun to show you how it grounds and modernizes the room… but you’ll have to wait until the big reveal to see it in its rightful place ;).

Laura is a talented artist who specializes in large scale landscapes, in a variety of mediums.   She mentioned that she has a large inventory or can commission pieces upon request. If you are inspired by artists, she is definitely one to follow on Instagram.

Laura Gunn art for Jewel Marlowe's fall 2019 One Room Challenge Space, Rothko art

This lovely piece was commissioned through Kaitlin Gray. I love how it is a modern take on a still life, and can’t wait to put it in my kitchen.  You should definitely check out the rest of art on Instagram.

art for Jewel Marlowe's fall 2019 One Room Challenge Space

Brittany Smith is another artist I discovered through Insta.  She has kindly gifted two lovely pieces, and I’m so excited to use them in my space!  Her work is lovely and definitely worth an IG follow.

art for Jewel Marlowe's fall 2019 One Room Challenge Space

The final contributor to this space is Mioneplant. Mione is an engineer turned artist and it has been fun to watch her journey and successes on “gram”.

art for Jewel Marlowe's fall 2019 One Room Challenge Space


You know that I love the power of customization that comes when ordering through Spoonflower.  I CAN NOT wait to receive these 108 inch curtains.  They were custom designed for me by the artist, Willow Lane Textiles to match my room.  I didn’t budget time for a sample, so fingers crossed the colors look fabulous in the room.  It looks like it has potential to me, don’t you think?

Spoonflower Curtains  for Jewel Marlowe's fall 2019 One Room Challenge Space

I have also ordered these fun Squiggle napkins designed by Danika Herrick.

Aren’t they just the coolest?


Spoonflower napkins  for Jewel Marlowe's fall 2019 One Room Challenge Space


This week we received kitchen accessories from Kirkland’s, of which my daughter was most excited to open the marbles styled rolling pin.  

  I think I most excited to see the stylish marble + wood cutting board. I am excited to see it in our new kitchen in a couple of short weeks.

The Plan

 Thanks to Richard from P&N Decorating for his hardworking installing most everything in the space so far.  We hope to finish up kitchen floors in San Dona Marble from The Tile Shop .  

N-Hance of Mid Potomac has taken my drawer and cabinet fronts to refinish them with their special UV system. They also plan to install the knobs from  Schaub… More on all things kitchen next week.




-Hang Tart Lumber Moulding (Crown Mould | Architrave | Casing | Panel Mould |  Baseboards | Chair Mould )- Me

-Paint walls, trim, and ceiling with Behr Paint– Me

-Install door hardware from Emtek– The Hubs

-Choose art from Minted


Living Room


-Install , Fresh Aire Lifecore flooring. – (Richard from P&N Decorating)

Hang Tyrell Chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting- (Richard)

-Hang mural from Sarza StoreRobin Sprong Wallpaper– Me

-Commission art from Laura Gunn for above the fireplace- Laura

-Install door hardware from Emtek

-Install Hudson Valley sconces from Lamps Plus (Richard)

Decide on Spoonflower fabric for Curtains | Napkins

-Reupholster sofa in Arley Wool Blend from Stroheim Fabric into the wool sofa of my dreams with help from Maureen Loy

Pick a color for accent chairs and reupholster- Me

Choose custom color for Jill Rosenwald bowl


Eat in/ Kitchen

-Expand island with Reico kitchen and Bath cabinet

– Build banquette – (Richard from P&N Decorating) and upholster- Me

-Custom build Hood vent with vent from Reico kitchen and Bath– (Richard from P&N Decorating)

–Move and Install Pembridge Pendant from Original BTC Lighting -(Richard from P&N Decorating)

-Replace oven with Bertazzoni Master’s Series Range– (Richard from P&N Decorating)

-Replace floor with  San Dona Marble tile from The Tile Shop- (Richard from P&N Decorating)

-Install Tart Lumber trim onto cabinets- (N-Hance of Mid Potomac)

-Install Elkay sink and faucet-(Richard from P&N Decorating)

-Enclose refrigerator (Richard from P&N Decorating)

-Paint kitchen cabinets (N’Hance of Mid Potomac)

-Replace cabinet hardware from Schaub-(N’Hance of Mid Potomac)

-Install backsplash from The Burled Co (Richard from P&N Decorating)

– Move and install lighting from Broomley Pendents from Corbett Lighting  (Richard from P&N Decorating)

-Style with Kirkland’s accessories– Me

-Install Cambria countertops

-Upholster barstools with Milton and King Candy Stripe Fabric– Me

-Hang art from Kaitlin Gray Art, Mioneplant, Brittany Smith, Laura Gunn – Me

-beautify space with Overstock items

-Photograph/edit/write big reveal- Me



Ok, Now that you know my week 4 updates, bop on down below to check out all of the other participants’ plans.  I can’t wait to see what they are up to!

Wait! Don’t stop there my friends…I always find fabulous inspiration with the Guest Participants as well!


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