So here it goes… I’ve decided to participate in something called the One Room Challenge . This is a national event, where designers and decorators transform a room in 6 (yes…SIX) weeks. Every participant has the option to work on a client’s space or their own. I have decided to do this challenge with my own living room. It’s really a sitting room, as I don’t have a television in it, but it’s one of the first rooms you see when walking into my home…….. and it needs some LOVE. Every week I will be giving an update on what is happening through my blog and Instagram. For six weeks I will be inviting you into my home, and what I’m sure will be a chaotic mess (packed full of bloopers and surprises) to see first hand what goes into a transformation. I will be getting new flooring, furniture and decor. (well, that’s the plan anyway, ha!) The challenge starts October 4th, with the final “reveal day” on November 8th.
So, I think it’s pretty safe to say, I’ve been my most difficult client to date. I have measured the area, marked it with tape… and……. This room is so odd, right down to the shape of it. There are 2 focal points… the fireplace and the view… so the idea is to situate the furniture to where both can be “enjoyed”, if you will. There were 2 items that were completed prior to the start date. I had two speakers that were in the wall. They were not centered properly, and were a complete eyesore. Needless to say, they were removed, and the room was then painted in Espresso Martini…
First things first, I have to decide on fabric. I am custom ordering 2 love seats. Custom orders can take a MINIMUM of 6 weeks… so this is my first priority. There are so many beautiful colors to choose from, but I always gravitate toward blue.
Flooring… I decided to stick with carpet instead of continuing the wood floor from the kitchen/dining area. It’s really just a personal preference. There are so many options to choose from it’s unbelievable! Flooring is expensive so make sure you observe it in both natural and artificial light before making a final decision. It’s amazing what the difference can be. The 2 carpets below look similar in artificial light, but in natural light they are completely different.
So this concludes the 1st week of the the One Room Challenge!!! By next week I will have the list of everything I need to order, and hopefully get this carpet ripped out!