The One Room Challenge -- Week One


The amazing blogs listed above are all participating in the One Room Challenge.  Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, created and organized the challenge.  The objective is to finish a room in 6 weeks.  I've chosen my family room, which has never has never had much thought put into its appearance.  Things have kind of landed in this room, and I've been too busy with life to care.  I need a challenge like this to motivate me and focus my attention on something that should have happened years ago.  The six photos below show each wall of the room.

My upholstered pieces have seen better days.  We really use this room, and some of us can be hard on the furniture.  The pets aren't helping matters.  I love my rug.  Dallas used to have a Stark outlet, and I bought it there.  But, I shouldn't have put blue fabric on the blue rug.  That's too much blue even for me. So, things will have to happen with the sofa and chairs.  

I went through a Frank Stella obsession and did the triptych over the mantle.  I'm over that now and ready to move on.  As for the bare windows, I'm conflicted.  I know it would look more "finished" to have something happening.  However, I'm not sure I want to deal with having anything.  I can be very practical at times, and the dust factor influences the appeal of bare windows.  Oh, and the green.  I went with green accents in this room, and I'm really a pink girl.  And I need more.

I'd seen so many bookcases that I loved with red walls, so I did that here.  Again, ready to move on.  And these bookshelves have clearly never been styled.  That needs to happen.

This cabinetry wasn't here when we purchased the house.  We had it created to look like the other cabinets in the room and the paneling on the doors.  This wall is opposite the fireplace.  I may leave it alone.

This is the end of the room I like least.  It's very unbalanced with the bookshelves opposite.  I do like the mirror.  I found it at a consignment store here in Dallas and bought it for a song.  I saw the same one on 1st Dibs the week I brought it home.  I found out it's Mastercraft, and I got an unbelievable deal.  Much will need to happen on this end of the room.  I'll be sharing my progress every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I hope you'll follow along and share your thoughts.  I'd love advice and suggestions.  Lots of the other One Room Challenge participants are interior designers.  I have huge enthusiasm for interior design, but lack any real experience.  I'm really winging it here, so who knows what may happen.  

The six photos below are rooms I love and am planning to use as inspiration.  Wish me luck -- I'll need it!

Joe Nye via House Beautiful

Jill Litner Kaplan via Gorgeous Shiny Things


Windsor Smith

Check out the other One Room Challenge participants below:

Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Emily - Rue de Emily
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella



Amanda Weitzman said...

Style those bookshelves, get the plates out!!!
The mirror and pictures are in the wrong place. Feels unbalanced. How about a round table in one of those corners? or a demilune or small console there the mirror is. I'd take the ginger jars out of the fireplace and put them on the "new" console...find something new for the fireplace that isn't blue...a screen? The TV and books looks A+++

Sorry for all of the opinions!
Check out my design blog:

Good luck! You'll get there.

Amanda Weitzman

Sadie + Stella said...

Cant' wait to see what you come up with Jennifer!! It is going to be fabulous!

Julia {Pawleys Island Posh} said...

shut the door. hard. I'm seriously pretty much totally on board with your before room so I can't even imagine how amazing your afters will be. I seriously have several pictures of your room pinned already. And your inspiration pictures are gorge. for real.

My Crafty Home Life said...

Too much blue, for you? That's a first. I think you will be creating my dream family room...then, I'll just copy yours.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You did such an amazing job with the last ORC, I know you'll knock this out of the park as well. Can't wait to see what you do! And love the painting over the fireplace btw.

Emily said...

LOVE a lot already going on in the room...great fireplace, built ins and your inspiration photos would be exactly where I would go to...good luck..can't wait to see!

Kim said...

The inspiration photos are fab and I knew you'd want to bring in the color! Can't wait to see you do it!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

That is a great room with so much potential! I can't wait to see what you do... you project list is long!

Lindsay said...

Wow, I am so impressed with the space you have to work with! Those bookshelves are to die for! Can't wait to follow along and see how you transform this space. xx

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Can't wait to see what you do, Jennifer, but I don't see much to change. Your home is lovely.
Love the images you have chosen.
Happy Wednesday.

Kelli @ Life at 818 said...

can't wait to see what you do - I need inspiration to get my butt moving on my house :o)

Beth Connolly said...

I'm sure it will be great - pink, blue, white and Chinoiserie = perfection!

Nicole Scott said...

Love your inspiration pics! Cannot wait to see what you do this time!!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Jennifer - This challenge is going to be so fun and, will inspire so many of us. I can't wait for the updates. I have to say your family room looks WONDERFUL now!! I love all your art and design books. You've got quite the library. Thanks so much for sharing your family room.
Bon courage!

Junell said...

Can not wait! You play down your abilities ~ You will rock the room! I agree on the window treatment thing.... Yes to pink.

Janet @ House Four said...

Jennifer that room is going to be stunning, if what you did in your laundry room for the last challenge was any indication :)
I am so envious of your bookshelves. I have plans to add some here and have bookmarked yours as an inspiration that wall.
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Vickie H. said...

My dear, you have some GREAT inspiration rooms to draw from. I know you will do a wonderful job! I am very eager to follow your weekly progress and am rooting for you as only a hometown gal can!!!


My goodness...that room is going to be fun! Of course I am a blue girl and with the addition of pink it is going to sing! Not much to be done really!!!

Jessie said...

Jennifer, your family room is already fabulous as it is! I love the bright cheerful colors! Also loving that custom cabinet under the tv and of course, your bookcases. There isn't much that needs to be done, perhaps just adding window treatment and just changing out the accents that you got bored with!

Looking forward to see your progress next week! I love all your inspirational pictures especially the one from Elle Decor!


Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You have a beautiful space and a lot of architecture to work with. You could paint the inside of the bookshelves lighter and color coordinate the books - I love doing that - it looks more organized and the books will bring the color for that part of the room (like in the inspiration pic). Love the books below the tv. Perhaps you could do 2 gallery walls on either side of the 2 doors to balance the shelving across the rrom. And move the 2 red artwork pieces above the fireplace. You could also add some white/off-white pillows (patterned) to tie in to the walls. These are inexpensive suggestions. I am sure the room will look great whatever you decide to do.

Lisa Mende said...

love your room and your inspiration photos! thanks for including me! this is going to be fun!

Anonymous said...

Great inspirational photos! I think you can pull it off easy-peasy!


Beth25 said...

I love today's entry--I love every room and I have been getting bright ideas!!! Thanks to you--once again

Nancy said...

Best of luck, you have great things to work with already! I love the space.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Oh your room is FABULOUS! It is going to look amazing when you are done, it has such good bones already! Can't wait to follow along and watch it unfold. Gee, hope I can get mine done!

alison g. said...

Love your red side chairs! Well done on that mirror. Can't wait to see whatcha do!

StagerLinda said...

Yes, your room has great bones! What you've already done looks great. Can't wait to see the final outcome. Love your inspirations.


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