{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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23 Comments

  1. Cassie,
    Sorry to hear about your water damage. We have had that happen to us too. Your plan looks really exciting. I can't wait to see the finished product.
    Jenn

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  2. Christina wrote:

    Love the colors y'all chose! It's going to look so great! Sooooo sorry about the floor damage. That stinks! Can't wait to see more next week. Happy Wednesday.

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  3. Ohh this is going to be so good!

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  4. Ivy Lane wrote:

    I love the luxe color scheme!!

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  5. Love the color with the traditional bones! Great progress!

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  6. This is going to be so beautiful! I can't wait to see it! You always come up with ways to mix colors and patterns in ways I would never think to! Also, want to come to Ohio and help me decorate my house? You inspire me in so many ways! Hope it is smooth sailing from here on out!

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  7. Deb Moore wrote:

    Can't wait to see it!! You have such awesome taste:)

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  8. this is gonna be good!! love everything!

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  9. Sorry to hear about the floor damage! Sounds like you're dealing with it like a champ though 🙂 Love that it's going to be a bright and colorful room! I think it's going to reflect your aesthetic beautifully.

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  10. Tiina wrote:

    beautifyl color palette, it's going to look amazing!

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  11. Love that you are doing built-ins along the back wall! Going to be fab!

    xo
    cristin

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  12. So sorry about the floor- that kind of surprise is the worts:( On the positive side of things, I love the plan you have- the colour combo is just so so pretty…like a jewel box. I can't wait to see the Hague goodness up and all those pops of jewely goodness!

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  13. Oh man, sorry about the floor. I do love your plan. Hang in there, this will end really well. Fingers crossed.

    Posted 10.15.15 Reply
  14. Oh man, sorry about the floor. I do love your plan. Hang in there, this will end really well. Fingers crossed.

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  15. I love your colour scheme. Looking forward to the reveal!

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  16. that's terrible about the floor, but I love the yellow and purple together!

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  17. Replacing floors, ugh! They are so beautiful too! Hope this is the only hiccup and the rest goes smoothly…good luck! It's going to be gorgeous!

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  18. your water damage is never ending!! I hope you don't find any more! I love builtin idea by the way!

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  19. cassandra wrote:

    love the color scheme!!! good luck with those floors (oy!) that paint is going to make a dramatic difference! i can't wait to see how that turns out…

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  20. You and Kristin can do no wrong so I know this space is going to be good! I hope the water damage is the only hiccup you have during this challenge! #fingerscrossed 🙂

    Posted 10.15.15 Reply
  21. Kristin did a great job! This space will now feel cozy and warm and you might even use it:)

    Posted 10.17.15 Reply
  22. I can't wait to see this all come together! It's such a great space to begin with, the shelves are going to be amazing!

    Posted 10.21.15 Reply
  23. joesmith wrote:

    No end in sight for your water damage!!! The last thing I want is for you to find any more. By the way, I adore the built-in idea!

    Posted 8.18.21 Reply