It’s the most wonderful (stressful, exciting, exhausting, financially draining, rewarding) time on the year!!
Welcome to the season premiere of the One Room Challenge! For six consecutive Wednesdays, twenty professional Interior Design bloggers will transform one room from start to finish updating you on our progress. I am extremely flattered and excited to be participating in my third round of the ORC. (You can see my first ORC Here and my second ORC Here.) This time Linda‘s lineup of participants is INSANE. Like seriously talented women with a broad range of style. I can’t wait to see everyone’s design process and of course the beautiful results.
A little about Me and the Client (Also Me)…
If you are NEW to Design Manifest, I just want to welcome you and say I’m so happy you are stopping by here to follow my room transformation. I’m Naomi and I’m one half of the father-daughter design-build firm, Design Manifest. We renovate houses, build custom kitchens, gut dated bathrooms and generally decorate our hearts out all over Philadelphia. Well I decorate, Dad just likes to build.
The last round of the ORC was pretty smooth for me because I was decorating a client’s home, but this time I’m taking on a nightmare client; MYSELF. The budget is small, the timeline is tight and this stupid bitch (ME) cannot make up her mind about anything! I like A LOT of different design styles and I’m not totally sure what direction I want for my design scheme. I’m paralyzed by fear of commitment, spending too much money and looking like a damn fool in front of you lovely readers. This should be a very interesting 6 weeks.
I will be tackling my 3rd floor; a finished attic space that I hope to transform into my “lounge.” I would like to use it as a home office, a place to watch Television, and a retreat to relax or do yoga. It’s pretty teeny- 8′ wide in most areas- and it has sloping roof lines that make it feel even smaller. But what it lacks in space, it makes up for in charm!
The Lounge Beginnings… (September 2012-March 2013)
When I bought my cottage in September of 2012, the 3rd floor had maroon carpets, yellowish walls and no heat or air conditioning. Below is the front, or the north side of the house. You can see how the ceiling really affects the space. Those half walls are only 4′ high.
We went to task ripping up those ugly carpets and found pine floors underneath.
So. Much. Better.
The back side was divided into two rooms with a miniature-person doorway in between.
(You can see my pug, Bailey, investigating the space on settlement day.)
This is the sunniest side of the house, so I decided to take down the wall and enjoy the light.
Below: One of our carpenters, Angelo, gets his demo ON.
I always knew I wanted this space light and bright.
Unlike the first floor, this isn’t a high traffic zone.
Practicality could take a back seat to style.
This was my lounge, my dream space.
So I painted everything WHITE-the floors, the walls, the ceiling.
And I nearly died of happiness.
By doing everything the same color it felt much BIGGER.
Unfortunately, my budget had taken a big hit gutting the whole house AND adding central air.
So this room never got finished.
All of that is changing now, thanks to the ORC.
I plan to divide the lounge into three areas. The front/north side will be the work area with a table and chairs. The middle will be the Television viewing area. The back/south side will be my meditation/yoga zone. Who knows if I will ever actually wake up early and go meditate (it’s a goal I fail at every day) but I like having a dedicated place to be peaceful.
NORTH SIDE/ FRONT
I’m thinking about adding wallpaper to the office nook.
I’m having a ridiculously hard time choosing the paper!
We will dig into that in upcoming weeks.
The stairs are too tight to fit a sofa, so I will be using this single mattress as a daybed.
I’m hoping to build in some storage below the mattress and make it look more tailored.
I would also like to add lighting and deal with the awkward windows.
SOUTH SIDE/ BACK
I’m keeping the table and chairs and moving them to my office nook.
I may recover two accent chairs I own and put them next to the window.
Depends on the budget / timing / my ability to choose a fabric.
THE STAIR WALL
I want to take advantage of the only big wall in the room by doing a gallery wall.
Hanging art over the steps should be super fun. Sike.
Can anyone lend me some scaffolding?
I’m also hoping to switch out the stringball chandelier because it blocks the view too much and I’d prefer to use it elsewhere.
Of course, I want something custom made, so it may or may not happen.
Keeping it real, here.
Ugg this area is just embarrassing.
Right now I have a 40″ TV on a live-edge wood end table. It’s pretty hokey.
I need a longer TV stand. I’m hoping we will have time to make one because I’m running out of money and custom furniture is more fun.
MY HOPE TO DO LIST
HANG ART WALL
BUILD TV STAND
NEW LIGHT OVER TV
BUILD-IN DAY BED
LIGHTS OVER DAY BED
ACCENT WALL OVER DAY BED
WALLPAPER IN OFFICE NOOK
LIGHT OVER TABLE
RECOVER CHAIRS FOR MEDITATION ROOM
DISPLAY SHELVES IN MEDITATION SPACE
FINALIZE TEXTILE SCHEME
yea… I might be nuts. Is there a magical medication that eases anxiety, gives you more energy AND makes you more creative and handy?
Next week… I’ll be sharing some inspiration for my design. I’m hoping that will help me get clear on my scheme.
Be sure to check out the rest of my ORC compatriots below…