For those of you not familiar, the ORC is an online event that brings together 20 bloggers with a love of design, and challenges them to transform a room from start to finish, while documenting the process along the way.
The kicker? We’ve only got six weeks to do it!! That’s about a tenth of the time it usually takes me to make over a room! I’ve been a huge fan and follower of the series for years, and was finally brave enough to take the challenge this past Spring with our Master Bedroom Makeover. It was a fun, crazed, panic-stricken few weeks, but exactly the kick-in-the-pants I needed to finally complete a room in this new house.
So let’s get to it…I waffled quite a bit as to which room to select this time…after all, I have a whole houseful of new spaces to design! (If you’re new to Hi Sugarplum!, you can read about this year’s unexpected move here.) At this point, only the Kitchen and Master Bedroom are complete, and the Breakfast Room and Little Miss’s Room have been started.
Ultimately, I decided on the room you see first upon walking in the front door, the most ‘formal’ of them all…the Living Room.
When we bought the house, it was hosed down in this yellowy-beige color, and the downstairs was a chopped-up mix of carpet and tile. I made these crude floor plans so you can get a better feel for the room…basically a box with a large opening and two windows.
The ceilings are 10-feet, which I love, but also make for huge expanses of blank wall.
And as you can see, the focal point of the room is a giant, 13-foot expanse of blank wall! Our last house had windows on every single wall, so filling a space this large was never an issue. Even the large hex-mirror (it’s 40-inches!) looked like a postage stamp on the wall.
Here’s the room right after moving in, with all the furniture in place from our previous Living Room. The dimensions of this new Living Room are basically the opposite of our last one…so while some pieces fit, the overall look was jam-packed and cluttered.
I was a little boggled by the space, and didn’t want to miss the boat on this room’s potential, so I recruited my crazy-talented friend, Kristin, to help me design it, and have a lot of fun along the way! Our design aesthetics are very similar, and I adore everything she does, so together we brainstormed what I hope will be a knock-out, jewel box of a Living Room!
I know that’s a hodgepodge of inspiration, but each contains something that will find it’s way to my room. Next week I’ll show you the design…and then ohemgee, it’s go time! I literally am still looking at the same space you see in this post…things have been ordered, but nothing has actually been done yet. #whatwasIthinking #whathaveIdone
Why did I think I could do this challenge now, with the HGTV cruise and holidays around the corner!? But my name is on logo with all these talented friends, so there’s no backing out now! I can’t wait to share the progress and transformation, and hope you’ll follow along! And thanks again, Linda, for including me in this fabulous madness!
Be sure to click over to see what everyone else has planned!