One Room Challenge Week 1: Fall 2019 Room Reveal & Plans
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I've announced 2 big things recently: 1. We had our second baby boy this summer (he's now 10 weeks old!) 2. We are participating as a featured designer in a new round of the One Room Challenge with 19 other amazingly talented creatives!!! I have participated as a guest in at least 6 other rounds, and I am more than ecstatic to have been invited into the "cool kids club." ; )
Here's a little background on the One Room Challenge, now in its 16th season...The ORC is a 6 week makeover event where bloggers and designers completely transform a room (or more) in partnership with top-tier brands. It encourages us to get funky and pull out all the stops, which, in the end, means you guys get to see some major eye candy and design inspo! Each designer posts their process on their respective blogs and social media (we will all link the brands that we use too, so if you see something awesome and want it for yourself, you'll be able to follow those links right to the product). Did I mention that Better Homes & Gardens is the official media sponsor- so you know that every reveal is going to be magazine worthy! Get ready to be surprised, fall in love and feel all the feels for home decor again!
Okay, so earlier, when I announced that we have a 10 week old, did you find yourself saying aloud: "she's crazy to take on a remodel with an infant!" ? Because if you did, you're absolutely right, I am crazy! But, if I'm being honest, I typically birth my best work when I'm under extreme pressure (and nope, I cannot promise that that will be the last baby pun. You can't exactly fault me for it- I'm in the throws of all things dirty diaper and spit up over here!) But do I think this will be challenging? Yup! It isn't named a "challenge" for nothin' lol!
AND to make things even trickier for us, I decided that we'd take on BOTH the dining room and the sunroom! Now there's good reason for this, which will be evident in a few of the photos I've snapped of the before: there's a large case opening ( once an exterior window prior to the sunroom addition built by the previous owner) that provides a view from the sunroom to the dining room and visa versa. If we stuck to only one space, the other would feel less finished and we'd lose the cohesion that I like homes to have.
Here's the current state of affairs (not at all bad, but due for some fun changes)…
That last shot was taken a few weeks back, when the gladiolus were still in full bloom, but I wanted to show you the transition from our formal living room to the dining room because we’ll need to keep those colors in mind when designing the new spaces.
I've been DYING to paint the dining room built-ins since the day we moved in and this is my opportunity to finally do so! I haven't decided on the color just yet (did you just call me crazy again!?), but I LOVE all three of these ideas
Image sources from left to right: the décor pad; rue magazine; the décor pad
Below are the concept boards I've created for both rooms. In the end, the goal is to create a similar layout and overall feel to what you see here, but some of the details may be different. All in all, I want to give our family colorful, comfortable and more functional spaces to gather- I may even add an extra, but small, tv in the sunroom so we don't have to fight over who gets to watch Paw Patrol or the dvr’d Real Housewives of NYC. I’d prefer a more spacious and exciting dining experience for us and our guests since we tend to host dinners often. And I’m also hoping to generate a better flow in both rooms by making smarter furniture choices via the size, shape and functionality of each piece.
This is what I'm going for...
In order to Transform the Spaces into the best versions of themselves we’ll need to:
Patch the walls where the old chair rail was removed (that’s right, we’ve been ignoring that for 3 years lol)
Prime for wallpaper installation
Remove all old electrical outlets and switches
Add 2 new electrical boxes in wall to prepare for hardwired sconces
Remove all glassware, dishes and decorative objects from the built ins
Remove chandelier (we hit it all the time and it never sits straight because of it)
Prep and paint built-ins a bold high gloss color
Paint ceiling a complimentary color or same color as the built-ins
Possibly paint or restain hardwoods
Hang patterned wallpaper
Add ceiling medallion and new ceiling fixture
Bring new area rug to carpet manufacturer to cut down to fit size of room
Add new outlets and switches
Create bar area in built-in
Decide on art and hang
Decide on table linens
Find and pot 2 new indoor trees
Restyle shelves with newly found accessories and favorite “old” pieces
Remove all furniture
Professionally clean carpet
Manufacture drapery panels and fabric cornices
Remove old outlets and light switches
Take down shelving from bar area
Wax wood walls (sand scratched areas and restain where needed- those darn dogs!)
Replace doorknobs with those that match the rest of our home- matte black!
Install new outlets and switches
Hang art and mirrors
Hang custom window treatments
Recover daybed with newly upholstered fabric cushion or find a new sofa altogether
Repot large plants
Add in new furniture and lighting
Style with decor, linens, small plants
If time permits and depending on space limitations, build a tiled platform for mid century, freestanding enamel fireplace and install in room
I am currently accepting boxes on the daily from each of our sponsors, and as the ORC progresses I'll be sharing them on Instagram and the blog- so check in frequently to see what new design decisions have been made! And in the meantime, head over to the other featured designers' pages to see what spaces they'll be transforming!
Love and Creativity,
Thank you to all of our One Room Challenge Partners. All opinions are our own. And thank YOU for supporting the brands that allow me to create unique content for you!