{One Room Challenge} Design, Plans & Hiccups

Welcome back to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Before we dive in, thank you so much for the ridiculously-nice comments on yesterday’s {Now & Later} style post! I’m thrilled you found some inspiration for this new Fall season, and my almost-heatstroke wasn’t in vain. #dramaqueen I’ve got lots more planned, so stay tuned!

Now…back to the Living Room. Thanks again to Linda for including me in this fun ride…I’m so excited about all the participant’s rooms, not to mention, love meeting the new readers that found their way here! #heyyall 


In case you missed last week, we moved to a new house this year, and at this point, only the Kitchen and Master Bedroom are complete, and the Breakfast Room and Little Miss’s Room have been started. So we decided to tackle the first room you see when entering the house, the ‘formal’ Living Room


We aren’t formal people, but since this isn’t a main living space, we didn’t have to consider the needs of an active family…which basically means we had fun and just made it pretty! Our downstairs floor plan is very open, with each room flowing into the next…with the exception of the Living Room. It’s still very visible, and opens to the rest of the house, but it’s self-contained in that it’s walls and ceiling don’t connect to other rooms. Am I rambling?


So my goal was to create the feel of a jewel-box, with deep colors, lots of glam, and of course, an element of drama. We devoured countless inspiration shots, spent hours talking, planning, and scheming, and consolidated all the best and most-realistic ideas. Kristin may be ready to strangle me, but she absolutely nailed it, and created a room design that’s better than I could have imagined!

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Paint | Rug | Chair 

So gorgeous, right?! I’m beyond excited to see this space come together! Usually my room makeovers take 6 months, or even 6 years…certainly not 6 weeks. (See them here.) With a job and two kids, home projects are slow-go around here, so it’s thrilling to know we’ll have this space done next month. #fingerscrossed (If it’s written on the internet, it must be true, right?!)
Another reason for our typical slow pace is budget…even being frugal, an entire room makeover ain’t cheap! Taking our time allows us to save up for the things we want. Fortunately, there are several generous sponsors of the ORC, so they are helping us git ‘er done!
We already own many of the big-ticket elements…sofa, coffee table, secretary, end tables (see them here), but the rest wasn’t working in this new space. You’ll have to watch the details unfold over the coming four weeks, but here’s the list we hope to tackle…
{Project List}

Built-in Bookshelves // These will fill the large back wall, create a focal point & add storage
Lighting // Overhead, wall lights & taller lamps
Drapes // Showcase the 9-foot windows
Paint // Add color & drama
Seating // Create more symmetrical arrangement
Rug & Textiles // Bring in color & pattern

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Hi Sugarplum | One Room Challenge

So that takes care of the Design and Plans portion of the post…now about that Hiccup. Do you remember our Watergate scandal from several months ago? We thought we’d fixed all the havoc that leak caused…but we thought wrong. When we moved the furniture out of this room, and peeled back the rug, we realized the water had spread under these floors as well.

It’s difficult to see in pics, but several of the boards have popped up, and are swollen at the seams. Add ‘replace wood floors’ to that Project List!

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Hi Sugarplum | One Room Challenge

In order to keep from losing a week while the flooring acclimated to the room, the electrician went ahead and wired the ceiling and wall for a chandelier and sconces, and added outlets for the bookcases. The baseboard on the back wall has also been removed in preparation for the built-ins.

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Hi Sugarplum | One Room Challenge

As of late yesterday, this was the Dexter-like scene…holes being patched, and boxes of new flooring.

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We definitely have our work cut out for us….and hopefully I can adequately bring Kristin’s gorgeous design to life! Lights, chairs, rug, and drapes are all on order…let’s send some good mojo to the UPS drivers, shall we?!




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And be sure to check-out the other stellar participants in The Challenge, 



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