One Room Challenge Week Three – The Living Room

It’s week three of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home and things are happening! You can see the before (and the way before) pics of our living room here in week one’s post. Last week I shared the basic furniture layout that I planned.

Take a peek at my design plan for our living room as part of our One Room Challenge makeover.

The only part that my husband wasn’t really on board with was the tall shelving that would go against the far wall. He felt like it might be too much for the space. Since he mostly lets me make the decorating decisions in our house, I try to respect his opinion when he voices it. So instead we’re going with the shorter Billy bookcases from Ikea. These shelves are pretty basic so I’m planning to use a combination of this tutorial and this one to give them a little extra appeal. read more

One Room Challenge Week Two | Living Room Design Plan

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge, and while it hasn’t been the most productive week, I’m starting to see some direction for the living room. You can take a look at all the lovely before pictures of this room here. One thing that our home lacks is a dedicated playroom.

We debated using what we refer to as the den for the kids’ play area, but it’s a natural gathering area during get-togethers because it connects to the kitchen. Some people can be up in the kitchen area, while others can be on the couch, and yet, we can all be part of the same conversation if we want. read more

One Room Challenge Week 6 | Updated Den Reveal

One Room Challenge | Den Reveal | Living Room Inspiration

Here we are at the final week of the One Room Challenge, and I’m sad to say that I can’t share the full reveal of our den quite yet. Due to delays with the contractor, our fireplace redesign isn’t done. BUT… I’m still showing the part of the den that is finished! As a bonus I’m sharing another part of the room that I didn’t include in my original plans for the ORC!

When we bought our house, the den included a bar area. Though my husband lobbied hard to keep it, the bar was very outdated. It’s not a space that we need at this phase of life. I mean, the kitchen is a whopping ten steps away. read more

One Room Challenge Week Five | Budget Curtain Hack

Oh man. I can’t believe that we’re already at week five of the One Room Challenge. That means that next week is supposed to be the big reveal. I say “supposed to” because if this room is finished on time it will be a minor miracle.

If you’re here for the first time, let’s do a little recap. Linda from Calling It Home organizes the ORC, in which the goal is to completely make over one room in six weeks. The first week was all about showing the before pictures (and the way befores when we did our first walkthrough of our new home.) read more

One Room Challenge Week 3 | Stalled Progress

Welcome to another (very uneventful) week of the One Room Challenge. You can see the first week here when I showed the before photos of our den. Last week I shared a basic layout of the room and my design plans. And this week… not much has happened.

Our contractor is busy finishing up another job so he isn’t available to work on the fireplace yet. We’re in the midst of fall break with both kids home full time, so my productivity has stalled a bit.

We’ve been gathering supplies and waiting. I’m hoping to get curtain rods up and work on the gallery wall this weekend, but the curtains themselves won’t get here until Monday. read more