Hi everyone! It is time again for the One Room Challenge! If you’re new here to follow along with the challenge, WELCOME! I’m so glad you are here.
I am pretty pumped (and maybe partially insane?!) to join the challenge again this year. This is my second time participating, last spring I tackled our Master Bedroom and it was the perfect kick-in-the-pants to get that room in shape. If you’re new to ORC, it’s a challenge that Linda at Calling it Home created to design and complete a room in just six short weeks. There are many bloggers and designers that participate and it’s really fun to follow along every Wednesday and Thursday when the participants link up their progress.
It’s as addicting as The Bachelor, without the rose ceremony and cat fights.
Honestly, I have been on the fence on whether I should participate. Here is the thing with me and ORC. I actually love the process of decorating. I love taking my time with rooms and letting them evolve over time. I love finding pieces that inspire me to incorporate into my rooms.
But we recently decided to transform an area of our home from a dining/playroom to a dining/sitting room. Since these rooms are the heartbeat of our home it would drive me crazy every time I walked in the back door if I didn’t make them feel like home sweet home. Up until about a week ago these rooms looked like this:
View from Kitchen Before– Dining/Playroom
Playroom Before-(true representation of what it looked like 95% of the time, and 100% reason why I wanted to send all of the toys down to the basement )
dining room before- from kitchen
dining room before
The plan is to turn the old playroom into the dining room and the old dining space into a fun sitting room. Just like with the master bedroom last year, I don’t intend to spend much money on this transformation. With the boys still 4 and 1, spending money on expensive furniture is not my idea of a good time. So, the idea is to make do with what we already have and zhush it up with thrifty finds and DIY projects.. I still have lots of ideas floating in my brain so not sure where we will actually land, but sometimes the hardest part is getting started. Here is a general mood board I threw together to get my inspiration wheels turning. It will be interesting to see how close we end up to this in six weeks and I can’t wait to share this crazy little process with you. (Be sure to click here to sign up for emails so you don’t miss a thing)
And with that- I am off and running on the One Room Challenge. Wish me luck!
Be sure to check out the entire group of One Room Challenge Designer participants on Wednesday, and all of the projects done by bloggers that are linking up their rooms on Thursdays. (I had to write this early due to other commitments on Thursday!)