One Room Challenge: Bachelor Pad Edition Week 1

It’s that time of year again!  I’m pumped to be participating in another round of  One Room Challenge.  For those of you not familiar with ORC, 20 talented design bloggers take a room and completely transform it in 6 weeks.  We will be posting progress every Wednesday morning with the big final reveal on November 6th.  I tackled my own master bedroom last time, but this time I’m upping the ante and sharing a client project.  I feel very lucky to have an amazing/generous/brave client who trusts me and is letting me break it all down for you guys as it happens.  Fingers crossed we get it done in time and that he loves it.

This design is a fun departure from our previous girly projects; its a Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad.  Think Modern, Sophisticated, Organic, Glamorous, Eclectic all mixed into a family-friendly home.  We were called in to transform the living and dining rooms into stylish, comfortable and practical spaces.  Yes, if all goes well we will be sharing TWO rooms.  Even though the last challenge nearly broke me,  I’m a glutton for decorating.  Adding to the challenge- this space is a RENTAL- so no major face-lifts here.  We will have to work magic with paint, furnishings and styling.

THE SPACE:  Here is a tour of the space we are going to makeover.  Plus a few of my thoughts when I saw it for the first time…

1 living room paneling before

The living room “focal wall.”

Oh the paneling, Oh the fireplace, Oh the blue!  Why the blue?!

Remember, we can’t change it, but we can paint it.

2 living room front wall before-

This is the front door.  There is no foyer, you walk right into the living room.

Note to self: Divide space to create entry and seating area.

3 living room back side before

There are two windows in the room, but the living room is not flooded with much natural light.

The first thing you see when you walk in the door is one long bare wall adjacent to the steps.

Great spot for a credenza with mirror above to reflect light.

4 living room into dining room before

The living room opens up into the dining room.

Note the abundance of blue trim. Thumbs Down.

Also note the warm wood floors that flow throughout.  Thumbs Up.

5 dining room before

The dining room is a nice size and has a big bank of windows overlooking a garden.

That fug blue trim detracts from the windows.

6 dining room long wall before

It has one big bare wall that we will need to fill!

What kind of extra storage will be needed?

THE EXISTING FURNITURE:  My client is bringing very little into the new living area.  We will be using his black Eames lounge chair in the living room.  He also has a great collection of modern and traditional art.  The rest is a complete blank slate.  This isn’t a forever house so the budget is not huge.  We will have to purchase a few investment pieces and score some great vintage deals.  Quality is key, patina is welcome.  PS- I LOVE it when clients are open to me sourcing vintage!

eames angle

THE INSPIRATION: After I took an initial tour, I went back to my office and started thinking about how to improve the space.  My mind kept going to a Mid-Century feel but warm, layered and a bit moody.  Here are the images I presented to my client to set the mood for the first floor…

black walls patterned rug organic danish

low bookshelves with art gallerly above

commune design

black eames black wall

white paneling burl color

black trim tribal rug

THE SCHEME: The design plan will unveil itself over the next few weeks, but here is a sneak peek of what we are planning for the two rooms…

design manifest bachelor one room challenge mood board

NEXT WEEK: Stay tuned as we dive into the process of design and planning.  We will paint, share the floor plan and talk a little about selecting the defining elements for the space.


Week 1 –(Before Photos, Inspiration)

Week 2 – (Floor Plan, Paint, Rugs)

Week 3 – (Vintage, Casegoods, Lighting)

Week 4– (Seating)

Week 5– (Custom Furniture and Accesories peek)

Week 6(The Finale)

THE CONTENDERS:  Check out the awesome line-up of bloggers we have this time!

ORCBanner Fall 13

And be sure to stop by these sites to see the rooms they’ve chosen to makeover…

  1. This is going to be awesome! Completely different from my ORC space (for my little girls!)

    Can’t wait to see the progress…mid century modern spaces are so fun!

  2. Gaby

    Love the plan! Can’t wait to see this room come to life!

  3. This is going to be a great design challenge! I know you’re going to rock it. I love the black living room, and the low shelves with art above. –And the Eames chair, of course.

  4. This really looks like fun…I can’t wait to see the finished product!!

  5. Jessica

    What a great space! You’re incredibly ambitious to do two spaces, but I’m excited to see how it all comes together.

  6. omg, love the inspiration photos! can’t wait to see how this turns out! I’m joining ya’ll in the linking party! i’ll check back here next week!

  7. Stacey

    I am drooling over those inspiration pics! I can’t wait to see the magic you create! I’m redoing our Master bedroom so let the fun begin!!

  8. Carrie

    I am really digging your inspiration pictures! Can’t wait to see what you do with the space!

  9. I am thrilled to be in the One Room Challenge with you. It is a much needed swift kick in the rear to get this room looking good. Cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with and the AFTER shots.


  10. Based on your inspiration pics, this one is gonna be really, reeeelly, good. Can’t wait.

  11. Ashley

    This must be a rental in the suburbs, right? It’s got too much charm even to be in the city. Sounds like you’ve got a gem of a client which means you can definitely work your magic to reveal the diamond in the rough!

  12. Oh girl…this is so up your ally! Sometimes when we have limitations I think rooms turn out better. It sparks creativity.

  13. Elisa

    LOVE it! I know you are going to create a fabulous gentleman’s space. Looking forward to seeing the layout!

  14. This is going to be incredible — can’t wait to see what you do and your inspiration pics are fantastic!

  15. René

    Your projects are always fun to watch unfold. What makes this more fun is that it is manly ;).

  16. Beth

    I cannot wait to see what you do bc I, too, have a living room and no entryway. It has always baffled me and I need an outside perspective!

  17. Kristen

    Tons of potential! Can’t wait to see what you do! I can’t wait to see how you deal with the front door opening right into the room — I have that problem and just don’t know how to fix it. Hoping to get some inspiration from you!
    I have a lot of great vintage furniture for sale on my site that you might want to check out for the design– I’m outside of DC, so nice and close!

  18. Susie @ Maddie's Nest

    Oh, I am so excited to follow along….I love your inspiration. Those dark walls! So good!

  19. I’m excited to see you do a masculine space, Naomi! The inspiration images leave me wanting to see more!

  20. Yasmine

    I’m excited about the new project, and can’t wait to see how this unfolds, Naomi! I’m especially looking forward to seeing how you’ll “divide space” to create a separation between the entry and seating areas. My tiny condo has a front door (in a CORNER, no less! ugh!) that opens right into the living room, so I’m hoping for some inspiration for dividing up my space, too, without making the room look small and cluttered.

    PS: the inspiration images are gorgeous! This room is going to look amazing when you’re done.

  21. The inspiration photos are fantastic. I am excited to see this unfold. Please tell me you are painting the blue trim.

  22. I am going to totally play along! I think this is one lucky living room and that you will work your usual magic!!! Can’t wait to see what you do!
    I am a new followers!

  23. I love the direction you’re going! This will be fun to follow along for. A classic Eames recliner? It sounds like your client already has good style.

    • Naomi

      Oh he does! That’s what makes the design process so fun 🙂

  24. Nancy

    I adore your plan Naomi! Love the Eames and the dark/light contrast in the plan.
    Best of luck!
    xo Nancy

  25. Naomi, I LOVE your style and ideas for this space ~ can’t wait to see if you’re planning dark walls! Fingers crossed that you do! 🙂

  26. Just getting rid of the blue will work wonders. I love your plans and can’t wait to see it all come together.

  27. “Fug” blue….enough said on that. I am so excited to see a gentleman space from you. That design plan is fantastic. Typical male, not much furniture to move in but always a cool comfortable chair. I love those stairs peaking out. They are definitely saying, “come check out the upstairs”. Thanks for joining in.

  28. Julia

    This is going to be awesome! I love your work and can’t wait to see this transform!

  29. That house has so much potential but those former renters did go crazy w/the light blue. Love your scheme and plans. Looking forward to following along.

  30. This is a fun challenge – those rooms have potential for sure. Love your direction and can’t wait to see what you find to add to the space!

  31. Cathy

    What a fun project, love the direction and excited to see how you pull it off on a budget!

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