FALL 2015 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {Week One}

It is that time of year again, when designers and design bloggers take on the challenge of transforming a room within a six week timeframe - although it's technically only five weeks since the final week is the reveal!  I enjoyed all the beautiful makeovers that occurred last spring.  This time around, I'm taking the "One Room Challenge" over at Calling It Home and tackling a room in our home that's been taking us forever to complete: our FAMILY ROOM.  There is nothing like a tight deadline to get things done!
This is my first ORC, and honestly, I'm feeling quite intimidated by the challenge.  It didn't help that I decided to participate last minute like two days ago.  I have general ideas for the room, but still need to finalize the design elements.  My eclectic taste can sometimes make me indecisive when it comes to my own home.  Nonetheless, I'm jumping in and hoping I land on my feet six weeks from now.  Let's do this!

For those of you who are new around here, our family room has actually been going through a transformation since January - yes, 10 months ago!  To our defense albeit limited, we didn't work on the space all summer long since the room was used to store furniture during our kitchen renovation.  You can click here to catch up on all the details related to our family room remodel.

Here's a look at our family room:

Ikea built-ins white walls natural woven texture jute rug european oak wide plank floors

It is a blank slate waiting for some decorating love!  There are a few more remodeling details that need to be tackled, but now is a good time as any to start bringing the room to life.

Here are some true pre-blog "before" photos of the room we inherited from the previous owners:

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It certainly has come a long way from its dark and dreary beginnings.  I specifically saw a lot of potential in the "great room" when we first looked at our beloved fixer, so it's been nice to witness the ongoing transformation of this space.


As I talked about here, our family room needs to be functional and durable above all.  It also needs to reflect our lifestyle and personalities.  I'm striving for a collected, cozy, casual, and comfortable space. The room receives lots of natural light, and I want to maintain that bright and airy feeling by sticking with a neutral backdrop.  Color, pattern, and texture will be injected through the decor/accessories. Somehow, I also want to incorporate and blend characteristics of traditional, rustic farmhouse, mid-century/modern, global, and bohemian/vintage into the space.  I told you I'm eclectic!  I'm thinking CLASSIC ECLECTIC MODERN BOHO FARMHOUSE.  Well, something like that...  Here are some inspiration photos:

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ikat tufted sofa patterns textures animal rug layered rugs living room
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Due to a tiny limited budget, I'm going to work with most of our existing furnishings and dedicate most of the budget to accent pieces and accessories.  We do plan to invest in some new furnishings down the road once our budget permits.

I'll be documenting room progress updates every week, so I hope you follow along!  Thank you so much to Linda for organizing this semi-annual event.

23 comments :

  1. OMG you have already done so much! love your inspiration pics it is going to look fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, Lianna! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this room come to life.

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  2. Oh my gosh - the bones of this room are amazing! Can't wait to see you transform it - it's going to be stunning!

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  3. Looks like your family room has already come a long way! I love those ceilings & can't wait to see the final reveal!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I tried to comment on your ORC post, but had problems. I'll try again...

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  4. What a transformation! The inspirations are on point! It's going to look great! Can't wait to see the final outcome.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! Gonna try to pull this off under the constraints of a teeny-tiny budget. :)

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  5. What a beautiful space. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  6. You have such beautiful bones to work with and have already made such a huge transformation to the space. Excited to follow along!!!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I'm excited that this room is finally at a place where the fun stuff can start to go in and take shape!

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  7. I love the space you have to work with! I look forward to following along. I'm doing this ORC too! Hollie

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    1. Thanks Hollie! Good luck to you over the next several weeks. I'll go check out your space... :)

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  8. Your family room is similar to ours (vaulted ceiling, fireplace). I'd love to plank our ceiling, so I'll be taking inspiration from your space. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Julia! I love the bones of the room - can't go wrong with tall ceilings and a fireplace. I'm just debating whether I should paint the ceiling?!

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  9. So glad you decided to jump in this round - it's a blast! You've got such a great base to start with and I can't wait to see how it all comes together.

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    1. Aww, thanks Melissa! I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed by the deadline...how does one "subject" themselves to doing this over and over again?! I'm having fun in a weird sort of way though. :)

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  10. This room is gorgeous! The ceiling is phenomenal!! You've already accomplished so much:) I can't wait to see the finished result.

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  11. I agree, you've already made it amazing! Can't wait to see it come together

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  12. The white really opened the room up! By working with the existing you are keeping memories alive. Just change out accents seasonally to keep a fresh feel.

    My art work travels to various rooms, my Christmas needlepoint will take center stage. (I hang the framed needlepoint in a closet off season.) I also rotate my tea sets.

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