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One Room Challenge: Living Room Reveal!

We’ve made it to the official big reveal of my One Room Challenge living room! I am so crazy excited about how this whole room turned out, and it’s probably going to end up being a couple of posts to talk about all the details. But for today, the reveal.

A few notes: unfortunately we didn’t get the TV wire situation taken care of just yet; parts have been ordered and it’s in the works. Also, the lamps I ordered for the waterfall console haven’t arrived yet (gahhh), so once we get those two things taken care of, I’ll post another update. Because you guys are going to want to see how those awful wires get wrangled.

THE BEFORE

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THE AFTER

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Inspired by the Regatta Stripe rug by Annie Selke’s Dash & Albert, I pretty much ran with that color scheme for the entire room. With my background in graphic design, I’m continually drawn to high contrast and, well, graphic elements: stripes, bold patterns, and a mishmash of silhouettes and prints.

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

The Mitchell sectional by Rowe Furniture is upholstered in CryptonHome‘s “Sky” fabric in the Salt colorway with Marine contrast piping. I am OBSESSED with this sectional. All four of us can lounge on the sofa with more than enough room to spare, and even my 6’4″ husband can lay flat! YASSSS.

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

And when I didn’t get my Hermes scarf idea to work out, I decided that I could take matters into my own hands. I marched to the art supply store and bought a 30″ square canvas, and got to painting. The first round was dubbed A Statement on Menstruation by a few of my girlfriends because I wayyyyyy overdid it with the red paint. It looked angry, to say the least. So I polished it up a bit and allowed the red to be just a supporting character and not the star of the show.

That’s the thing about red. It is so strong, so loud! So it’s tricky to let it speak up without totally screaming in your face.

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My babies’ silhouettes by Carter Kustera are now in the corner and visible when you enter the front door.

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

My favorite unexpected nook of this whole room is this new tulip table with oak top, surrounded with the Kenian Chinese Chippendale chairs and the LivenUp x-benches. Initially I thought we’d be able to use the navy chairs that were already in this room, but once the sectional came in, I realized that we needed something round to balance out all the square happening in the room.  A reader commented on week 4 that the table we had there would be perfect if only it were a few inches higher. I also agreed and thought we needed some natural wood to echo the white oak feet of the sectional and soften the room overall a bit. I went to the end of the internet and finally landed on this table from World Market (25% off!) that was a bargain for how relatively quality/heavy it is. I’m pretty impressed. Plus it didn’t totally bust my budget which, of course, makes everybody happy.

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

The xbenches* are super versatile and are covered in Crypton Home fabric* in the “Sky” pattern and Geranium colorway (same texture as the sofa). Since they’re stain and liquid resistant, they’re also great to pull up to the dining table for extra seating in a pinch. And when they’re not in use, they’re prettily stored underneath the custom waterfall table covered in Meredith Heron’s Hicken fabric*  (also a Crypton fabric so it’s just as durable).

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Loom Decor* sent us the most beautiful custom europleat drapes in a lovely navy linen with true blue leading edge borders. YUM.  They are an absolutely perfect fit for the room and really help to frame the window and provide contrast to all the white walls and fabric.

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Breakwater blue ombre pillow* by Annie Selke’s Pine Cone Hill // Ibiza french blue stripe throw* by Annie Selke // Brushstroke Pillow* by Annie Selke’s Pine Cone Hill // Red fleece throw* by Annie Selke’s Pine Cone Hill // Red Pagoda Mirror* from Lamps Plus // St Moritz pillow by Jonathan Adler (old) // white side table from Gilt (old) // Lamps from local shop (old) // Striped basket via Target (sold out)

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Again, with all the square happening in this room, we needed something round to soften it up a bit. Never underestimate the power of a circle!  I found this Safavieh Ruxton coffee table on Amazon and it was the perfect size and texture. The kids can lay all over it without me freaking out about it (story of my life) and the price point was great too.

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com     Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Six weeks went by in a blur but we are so happy with the final product; it feels so us. And I can’t wait to get my white Christmas tree in there!

Pencil Shavings's One Room Challenge living room reveal, complete with loads of bold blues and accented with red. Check out the full reveal inspired by the preppy regatta stripe rug from Dash & Albert, plus a kidfriendly white sofa. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

I can’t say thank you enough to all of the amazing sponsors who helped me make this room makeover happen! Stop by the rest of the One Room Challenge participants as they share their transformations.  Thanks to Linda at CallingItHome and media sponsor House Beautiful and come back tomorrow for more details and info on my room!

* Denotes sponsored or discounted items with lots of thanks to my ORC partners: Crypton // Rowe  // Annie Selke // Liven Up Design // Meredith Heron for JF Fabrics // Lamps Plus // Loom Decor

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