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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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…
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.
UPDATE! CHECK OUT THE WHOLE PROCESS:
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!
And be sure to stop by these sites to see the rooms they’ve chosen to makeover…