ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK ONE April 3, 2014 | It’s that time again!!! The time when us crazies give ourselves 6 weeks (and in my case, a tight budget) to completely transform a room of our choice, and blog about it weekly along the way. I had such a fun time last go round transforming our Media Room, that there was no question that I would sign up again. Although quite a bit has changed since then…I’m now working PT, am chasing after a toddler, and get a whole lot less “nap time” than I did 4 short months ago, but our living room needs some serious love and this is the perfect way to kick myself in the rear to get it done! Let’s look at the pretty first, what do you say? I want brighter walls, pops of bold color and pattern, anchored pieces in solids and a light animal print rug to brighten the floor. I can’t shake my love for a bold black and white pattern, paired with fuchsias and emeralds, and maybe a chintz or two! Our living room is open to the kitchen and breakfast nook, so I will have to tie all of the spaces together with color and pattern. Here’s my inspiration: And the layout/current furniture situation: What stays: New charcoal grey sectional Table/club chairs (being re-finished/re-upholstered) Media Cabinet it built in What changes: Re-paint walls (white-ish…haven’t settled on a color…eeek) New pillows New X benches Re-upholster wingback recliner Drapes for LR windows (cornice board?) Drapes for nook bay windows (DIY faux romans?) New Rug Storage solutions for toys Re-style media cabinet Ceiling fan GOES, address replacement fixture Lamps, floor only? Art Okay and now for the before: The builder beige walls kill me. They reflect yellow-ish, gold-ish light in the afternoon sun and I despise it. I’m not a fan of yellow light. We all no no one looks good in it. This monstrosity was my big issue in this room. I’m convinced that I was young and venerable and me hubs got my a little tipsy on margs before we went shopping for this. I hate it so much. Don’t get me wrong, it was comfortable as all hell and pretty much turned into a bed….but really, microfiber with leather trim. What on earth was I thinking?! Happy she’s found a new home and was replaced with a much more scaled back sofa/chaise in a dark charcoal grey velvet. Here’s the breakfast nook in all of it’s messy glory. It does get the most amazing light though and I love it and don’t want to lose one bit of it. Okay, friends…there you have it my plans to update the highest trafficked space in our entire home. It needs to be bright, fun, livable and have some clever storage solutions. Let’s do this! Now you’re going to want to head over to Calling it Home and check out the amazing peeps listed below, as well as the rest of the link party here. You will be blown away by the talent out there! Abby M. Interiors Because it’s Awesome Bijou & Boheme Calling It Home Chez V Chinoiserie Chic Copy Cat Chic The Decorista Design Crisis Design Indulgence Design Manifest The English Room The Glam Pad Little Black Door Mimosa Lane My Notting Hill The Pink Pagoda Simple Details My Sweet Savannah Verandah House Thanks again Linda for hosting this! So follow along, won’t ya? Should be a fun and interesting 6 weeks with lots of DIYs, DIY fails, and coffee! Cheers!