One Room Challenge No.1 // Spring 2015

April 2, 2015

Helloooooooo. So you will never guess who just decided yesterday to participate in the One Room Challenge as a linking participant this round? YES. Because I love that this challenge, albeit mighty stressful at times, forces me to finish a space -- a feat that might will otherwise take years to accomplish. Plus, there's truly nothing like the camaraderie of this challenge and those who participate. Who doesn't love decorating with cheerleaders?! So here I am, back for round three!

For those of you that might be new here, welcome! I am a two time participant in the ORC (my home office in spring 2014 and our master bedroom in fall 2014) and I've been blogging here at Because It's Awesome since January 2011. Initially about all things design and lifestyle, but over time, I have developed a devoted passion for interiors. I was honored to be tapped for a One Kings Lane Tastemaker Sale back in March 2013, where I continue to sell unique vintage treasures, many of which are in everyone's favorite metal. Brass. If you take nothing else away from this visit, please remember the brass! I'm currently in the process of opening a shop of my very own (!), so stay tuned there.

Whew. On with the show.

I've chosen to focus on our kitchen and eat-in this time around. While there is nothing particularly wrong with these spaces, they are definitely lacking personality and style.


See what I mean? We inherited a beautiful remodel, but have dragged our feet putting the finishing touches in place. Oh, I'd love to be replacing countertops...ripping out the backsplash...swapping out for french doors...and -- for the love -- banishing that terrible fridge. But these big ticket items certainly aren't necessary changes, so I get no buy-in from the hubs. I am thrilled to have at least finally convinced him that the fan above the table must go (after only about 3 years of protest). We will replace that with a lovely pendant fixture. I also plan to freshen things up with new cabinet hardware, I'll give that fridge a bit of a makeover since we still have to look at it, add window treatments, do some general sprucing with decorative accessories, and solve for a few functionality challenges.

More specifics about the plan and my inspiration for the space next week, so stop back by!

As always, big thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for coordinating the One Room Challenge. You can see what the official participants are tackling here, and check in with all of my fellow linking participants here. See you next week! ox

17 comments:

Sarah @ 702 Park Project said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with! I love your house, and was obsessed with your office makeover! :)

Leah Anderson-Wimberly said...

Happy to see you are participating!! It is a cute space already, but I know it will look fantastic when you are done. Love those dining chairs!

Holtwood Hipster said...

So glad you are participating again this round! I loved how your bedroom came together last time - especially with the last minute fixture over the bed that saved the day. And... congratulations on the shop. That's so great- already love the site design!

making it in the mountains said...

What a bright and sunny space! Cannot wait to hear about what you've got planned!

Kevin | Thou Swell said...

Looks like you're off to a great start! Can't wait to see how the space turns out :)

Brit -House Updated said...

This space is so great already (okay, except for that fan) that I can't wait to see how your improvements make it even better. So fun!

Lori @ Canyon Interior Design said...

SO excited to see you linking up as well! Your kitchen and eat in area look great so far, so I can only imagine how great this will look at the end of the challenge! Can't wait to follow along!
-Lori

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

Yay! It will be so fun to see how you bring your style to the space without totally gutting a perfectly good kitchen. And I'm sooooo excited about this new store!!!!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

So glad you're joining in. I always love what you do!

celine@aquahaus said...

Your before pics are pretty great, but I know this space will be even more fantastic when you're done! Can't wait to see!

Kimberly Duran said...

Yay!! I can't wait to see what you come up with - you've got some good bones to start with here, it just needs your Tobe flourish! ;) xxx

SHERRY HART said...

You have great bones here so with your talent and some magic.....you will certainly WOW us!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You already have some great transformations, and the finishing touches will make it that much better!

Erin said...

I love the other rooms you did in other challenges. I'm sure this will turn out wonderfully. Good luck on the process.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You are fantastic and so funny. Guess your husband won't have the six weeks off? This will be fun to watch. I am agonizing over a kitchen as I type. Can't wait to see how much bigger your daughter will be this round.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Ah the dreaded fan debate! Why must those fabulously functional things be so dang ugly. I'm excited you won ;) Can't wait to see what replaces it!

MFAMB said...

well this is exciting!

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