One Room Challenge {Cottage Kitchen} Week 1

one room challenge

Renovating a room in 6 weeks.  Sounds fairly easy, right?

It’s actually ridiculously hard, but it’s also a mighty fun ride.




It’s that time of year again when I get super intense and overwhelmed while my friends and family start to worry about my well-being.  But I’ve done the ORC before (5 times actually) and I know I’ll get through it.  I have 6 weeks to makeover a room and I’ll be sharing the design process and construction progress with you every Wednesday.  I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time because I finally get to renovate my KITCHEN!!

Before Kitchen

Do you like my blue tape “trim” around the door.  No joke, that’s been up there for over a year.

For those new to Design Manifest, Hello and Welcome!  I’m Naomi and I’m a kitchen designer and decorator by trade.  I design dream kitchens for my clients but my own kitchen is a MESS.  It is a small room (15×8) and it’s really challenged by a lack of storage and dysfunctional cabinetry.  Our first floor has an open floor plan and we hang in the kitchen all the time so I am Really looking forward to pulling this room together.




I am planning to maintain a similar layout but get new and improved cabinets, appliances, countertops, backsplash tile and a few other finishing touches.  My goal is to improve functionality and update the aesthetic to best suit the home yet also feel like ME.  I’m going for a modern, glamorous, cottage look.

What does that mean?  Well you’ll see in 6 short weeks.  But I’m using these spaces as a little inspiration.

design manifest cottage kitchen inspiration

image sources: 2016 HGTV Dream Home / Jessica Helgerson / via Domino

And these are some of the materials I plan to use in the new kitchen…

design manifest cottage kitchen material mood board


My current kitchen is actually pretty cute from certain angles.  I like my sink wall.  We painted the original cabinets turquoise and DIY’d a pink chevron wall.  I knew this kitchen would be temporary so I had some fun with it.

design manifest turquoise kitchen

This was the kitchen when I bought it 3 years ago.  Check out those 80’s cabinets.  I actually saved them and painted them.  That’s right- those are the same cabinets above and below.

kitchen before

The problem with the old cabinets is that they are not efficient. I do not have enough storage around my stove and it results in chaos.  I need to really maximize the inches here.  So bye-bye turquoise, hello new cabinetry plan.

old kitchen range wall and stove storage

And while my sink wall is “fun” the open storage has not proven very practical for us.  Also, how bout the “cubby cab” above the fridge?  That was our home-made solution for extra storage.  But why am I keeping tinfoil and plastic baggies all the way up there?

Old sink fridge wall

As of today, the old kitchen has yet to be demolished.  I haven’t emptied the cabinets.  I haven’t finalized my appliances or picked out my hardware.  Work is so busy right now that my own kitchen has come last.  I plan to bunker down this weekend and finalize my selections and orders.  6 weeks goes real fast and I can’t have delays threatening my beautiful reveal 🙂

Tune in next week I’ll be talking cabinets, cabinets, cabinets.  I really love this stuff.


Until then, check out the links below to my amazing ORC teammates.  The talent is just ridiculous.  I can’t wait to see their designs.  Also, a huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for creating this event and inviting me yet again.  House Beautiful is our media partner this round which is really frickin exciting.  The ORC has become like the Superbowl of decorating and I’m suited up… Wish me Luck!


Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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  11. Robin Z

    I love your ORC before and afters, and I am dying to do my kitchen over (brown and beige circa 1980) so am looking forward to living vicariously.

  12. Cannot wait to see what design magic you have up your sleeve – it is sure to be fabulous. Sending George my moral support as I am sure he will be knee deep in the reno process!

  13. The inspiration pictures have been dying for it to be Wednesday already!! Can not wait to see you make this a reality for you! I know finally having the kitchen I have always wanted makes a huge change in the house!! xo, paige

  14. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Best of luck Naomi!

  15. Kitchen makeovers are the BEST-and in just six weeks?! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I’m participating as a guest for the first time, so I’m beyond jazzed to follow the 20 of you-have fun!

  16. We love a black and white kitchen with pops of color!

    Cheers! xo the Waiting on Martha team

  17. I love the pops of color with the black and white … can’t wait to see that purple and orange fabric in the space!

  18. sherry

    Naomi….you know I am a fan so when six weeks are over I will be giddy to see the results of all your hard work!!!

  19. You are the master of kitchens…and well, all ORCs. I can’t wait to see you do magic for your own space. and I love that George commented on your blog. So sweet.

  20. Emily

    Now this is gonna be exciting. Can’t wait!!!!

  21. What a cute kitchen! But I can’t wait to see the transformation, it’s sure to be lovely!

  22. This is gonna be GOOOOOOD! Excited to follow along!

  23. Carol

    At last, you will divinely manifest your new kitchen 🙂
    It will b e the prettiest for miles around. Break a leg!

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    • Naomi

      Thank you, Albertina!

  25. Oh, how fun to finally get to do your own kitchen! Love your plan! Can’t wait to follow along. I can’t believe you’ve done this 5 times before! This will be my 2nd, and I’m so excited but also trying to prep myself so I get more sleep this time

    • Naomi

      Haha yea sleep doesn’t always happen. Good luck, Holly!

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  27. Oh my goodness a kitchen! This is like the Mack Daddy of One Room Challenges! Your plans look amazing and it will be so worth it in the end. I can’t wait to see what you have picked out for cabinets, counters, and appliances. Kitchens are so fun. I’ll be following along as I embark on my own crazy journey as a Guest Participant.


  28. Our first house had those exact same cabinets, def very 80’s! Looking forward to seeing what you do.

  29. Vel

    I always love your kitchen makeovers Naomi! Excited to follow along!

    • Naomi

      Thank you, Vel! I hope my own lives up to the rest. I’m taking a few risks that I hope work out for me.

  30. Oh my goodness! I too am a Kitchen and Bath designer by trade, and my own also look like a disaster! I’m so impressed that you are taking on this huge renovation for your ORC! I can’t wait to hear about the process and see the reveal!!!

    I will be living vicariously since our kitchen isn’t getting updated any time soon.

    • Naomi

      Thank Krystle. I hope yours is worth the wait 🙂

  31. Karena

    Hi Naomi, How exciting! I always love following along on the ORC’s and your kitchen is going to be completely transformed!!

    The Arts by Karena

    • Naomi

      Thanks so much Karena! The kitchen will definitely be a whole new space. I cant wait to stock up those cabinets more efficiently.

  32. Kris

    Love that you’re doing another ORC! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together as I love your ideas and designs. My kitchen is only 11 yrs old and I’m yearning for something different.

  33. I love b&w kitchens and love the direction you are taking here. Can’t wait to see it all unfold!!!


    • Can’t leave a comment on my own???? Ditto what Cristin said. I love your kitchens, so this will be great.

      • Naomi

        Thank you Cristin and Linda!! I’m taking a few risks that I hope play out well 😉

    • Naomi

      Black white and just a pop of color 🙂

  34. I can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome 🙂

    • Naomi

      You are going to help it be awesome. Thanks, George.

  35. R.P.

    Still love the DIY’d pink chevron wall – what a fun, cheap and quick DIY update that made a big impact! Looking forward to seeing the kitchen transformation and your inspiration pictures/items turn into beautiful and functional space. #DesignManifestExpertKitchenDesigns

    • Naomi

      Well that is nicest hashtag ever! Thanks RP

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