4.06.2016

One Room Challenge || Spring Week 1


Photo by Jeff Herr

I am literally in shock that six months have flown by since I completed our kitchen and breakfast room and it is time for another round of Calling it Home's One Room Challenge.  Our kitchen was published in the March issue of Atlanta Magazine.  It honestly feels like the love from the room just keeps coming!  I am beyond excited about this round ... I think it is the combination of the room I chose and the energy.  It feels so fabulous to have the start of the challenge here, I am so ready to get started!  I sort of feel like I have been keeping the best secret it town and now I can officially shout the news from the roof tops ... I am participating once again!!!   



If you aren't familiar with the ORC, let me catch you up.  Linda from Calling it Home organized this challenge five years ago to complete a room in her home.  She invited 19 other bloggers to complete the six week challenge with her to give herself  some accountability.  It was a hit that quickly became a much watched event among the blogging community and beyond.  Fast forward to its now 10th season and the One Room Challenge has grown by leaps and major bounds.  Linda works tirelessly for each of us to create an incredible challenge and this season she has outdone herself!!  The One Room Challenge has its first media sponsor ... the amazing and fabulous House Beautiful magazine.

See what I am saying about incredible energy?? I am literally giddy!!

Let's get started!


image via Christina Wedge 

I have chosen our den to transform this round.  In the last six months more and more photos have emerged of this room.  It is a large room with a huge bay window, a fireplace and built in bookcases. As you can see the room has dark walls with judges paneling.  When we bought the house my husband immediately fell in love with the dark and cozy space.  Although I loved the walls I have always felt that they date the house and nothing that dates you is a good choice.  When my husband finally announced he was ready to let go of the dark paneling I immediately began a design board for the transformed space.

I have loved this room and there are many elements and pieces I will move to other spaces to enjoy. If I have to be very honest I feel like I have created a great space, but it was always like putting lipstick on a pig to me.  I worked with the dark walls and made it us.  Painting these walls will be life changing and I can not wait to crack the first can of paint!!!!

These walls are undergoing a major change as I will be completely my first white room.  Yes, let that soak in for a moment ... I am painting a room other than my kitchen all white!  I will admit I have had a few moments of my heart racing both in a good and bad way.  I love some color, I know ... #duh, and this white room is way outside my box.  But, it is also an amazing thing.  This room needs a major shot in the arm of life in the year 2016 and there is nothing that will achieve my goal more than a fresh, happy coat of white lacquer.


To achieve this look I have quite a long to do list ahead of me.  First and foremost to lacquer the walls and paint the ceiling.  Once that is done I will tackle the remainder of the items on the list.  

Lacquer walls
Paint ceiling
Wallpaper bookcases
New couch in amazing green velvet
Add a second set of chairs ... a pair of Hers chairs
Lacquer console table for behind sofa
Skirted small console for door area
Panels for bay window
Window treatment for door to deck
Round coffee table 
Area rug (relocate this blue one)
Art for mantle
Lamps x 4, maybe 6
Pillows for the sofa and side chairs
Style bookcases
Style room

Yowza ... that is quite the list I have made for myself.  My heart is pounding just looking at all I need to complete in six weeks.  

I am joined by an incredible group of designers this round ... I am pinching myself that I am part of this amazing line up.  Make sure you follow along with their journey, that is by far my favorite part. Each week it is like Christmas watching each room transform. 

You can also follow along with our journey on Instagram using the hashtag #oneroomchallenge. And, make sure you are following House Beautiful magazine on Instagram and Pinterest.  They will be showcasing bits and pieces along the way along with live pinning!  This will be an incredible round, and I will be sharing tons of sneaks and pictures during the weeks as the room comes together.  The good, the bad and, yes, the ugly.  Yep, it will all be there for you to see.  This girl room is getting a massive makeover.  Think major plastic surgery with a whole new wardrobe.

Gotta go, major work to complete! See you next week!  
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