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One Room Challenge: Week 1

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year in blog land – One Room Challenge, spring edition! I’m a huge fan of this six-week makeover project — nothing like a deadline! In the past, we’ve made over our lake house living room, our upstairs playroom & Jude’s room, and our family room.   I am SO excited to be back at it this year after taking a break from it last year. And it’s especially fun this time because I’m doing it for my client who also happens to be my darling sister Amy and her husband Eric.

WHAT’S THIS ONE ROOM CHALLENGE BUSINESS?

The mission of The One Room Challenge™ provides participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum in which to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas.

LAKE HOUSE LIVING ROOM // COLORFUL BONUS ROOM // JUDE’S TWEEN BEDROOM // PREPPY ECLECTIC FAMILY ROOM

THE BEFORE

Meet Max — he’s going to give us a little tour of his lovely home. Isn’t he such a good boy? I love him.

The entryway greets us and there’s a long hallway that leads to the main living/dining/kitchen area.

Isn’t it an incredible room? So open and airy with those high ceilings. To the left is the dining space, and then the living space is divided up on the right into 3 different zones.

  

Things that are staying: the chandelier, the cool mirror over the fireplace, and the sconces, the piano, and the Eames lounger. The rest is going bye-bye.

I LOVE this house – it’s got a midcentury vibe to it and a total showstopper of a backyard. It’s like heaven on earth out there. But I will say this – the floorplan of the main living/dining/kitchen area is problematic. And they’ve wrestled with it in every possible configuration. The biggest issue they’ve faced with this room is how to properly configure the living space. The way it is now, it’s got a weird flow to it and it’s hard to balance the whole family room/lounge side with the rest of the room. It has ended up that there’s really limited seating in what feels like a gigantic room. And then with the sofa where it is, it’s created this long funnel down the center of the room.

THE PLAN

The bones are there — but now we have to figure out how to flesh out the frame to make it truly functional and welcoming for this lovely family. The first step will be in planning the space. How can we make it function better? Do they really need two dining spaces? Or could we find a way to maximize the eating space and also get them better lounge/living space? TIME WILL TELL!

INSPIRATION

Amy wants the space to feel calm and tranquil overall. My goal (always) is to interject some pops of color and it’s the perfect blank slate as it is now to make that happen. I pulled a few images as inspiration. Emily Henderson‘s old house is a consistent fave and feels so airy and fresh.

 Love the pops of color in the space above — overall a neutral palette, but interchangeable with color depending on your accessories. Smart! (hint, hint)

SPECIAL THANKS

The One Room Challenge only happens with a ton of help from amazing sponsors who are willing to take a risk to provide items I’ve requested to help make my vision a reality. These are more than just brands – they’re a team of amazing people behind each line and I’m immensely grateful for their support. Do hop over and check them all out!

AMERICAN LEATHER // BUNGALOW 5 // HUNTINGTON HOUSE // CRYPTON // THIBAUT // ANNIE SELKE

Likewise, thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing the One Room Challenge  for yet another amazing year!

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