Welcome, friends, to the One Room Challenge Week 1! For those of you who don’t know what the “ORC” is, let us briefly catch you up. This is a 6-week gauntlet thrown down by Linda of the blog Calling It Home. For 11 consecutive seasons now, Linda has opened her blog up to scores of designers, bloggers, and eager DIY-ers to cheer each other on as they each complete a 6-week room makeover. Although one half of our Lauras (Laura Irion) has participated before, this is Laura Design Co.’s first time officially entering the fray. And we couldn’t be more excited!
Typically, our full service client jobs take anywhere from 3-6 months from initial meeting to completion. There is a lot of planning and collaboration that happens on the front end to ensure flawless execution at the end. That takes time…as does waiting on custom furniture!
So, since we didn’t really have a great fit for this 6-week challenge on one of our client projects, LP (that is what we affectionately call Laura Peacock around here), has decided to let us tackle one of the rooms in her own home.
LP lives in a 1950’s ranch that is ready to shed its vintage cottage vibe and grow up into more of a casual California farmhouse. She has multi-phase architectural plans on paper to convert its current less-than-desirable floor plan into a modern ranch that is more open and more functional. The only problem, of course, is that those drawings aren’t easy (or cheap) to erect in person. Hence, “multi-phase.” We’re hoping to be on Phase 5 by the time we’re grandmas. (Which for the record, is a VERY long way away, thank you very much).
The family room we’re going to tackle for this ORC isn’t even Phase 1. It’s more like a Preamble to Phase 1, born of desperation to give her family a lounge space that the dog won’t desecrate with his chewing, drooling, muddy pawing, and various bodily dog functioning anymore. (We love you though, Welker!)
Besides being taken over by the dog, this room has been a kids' playroom for the last 10 years. Now that the littles are turning into bigs, the family is ready to reclaim it as a space they can all enjoy. The original plan was simple: Remove the carpet and lay heated slate tile, and create a cozy, puppy-proof family lounge using existing furniture. But what started as simple has officially morphed into a full-scale renovation. Because when you replace flooring, you need to do trim, and if you're going to do trim, you should build a closet, and if you're going to build a closet, you need new doors...and so on. That is what we call the domino effect, my friends.
As LP investigated slate tile, and even found a very reasonably priced material, she was disheartened to learn that the cost of the radiant heating underneath, and the necessary labor to install it, would almost triple the price. And if she was going to be spending that much, shouldn’t she just make the leap and buy the wide plank white oak she really has her heart set on? Yes, yes she should. And that’s how it starts.
The design of the room’s shell quickly took shape. Light, natural white oak flooring will ground the space while everything else will be painted an ethereal shade of white- including the planked ceiling. After the splurge on that gorgeous floor, we’ll be looking to use as much of her existing furniture as possible in the rest of the project. We’d like to swathe the walls of windows with soft billowing drapes, in a white fabric similar to the paint. This should keep the room light and airy. We’ve been on a quest to find the perfect statement rug and chandelier and so far haven’t had much luck. These two elements are KEY, as they’ll set the entire tone of the design. We’re being our characteristic obsessive-compulsive selves on this one. At least 25 hours (each) have already gone into finding this rug and we’re not there yet.
Here’s a look at some of the rooms that will be inspiring our design:
We love the light & bright feel of these rooms, the pops of cobalt and navy blue, and of course, the fantastic vintage rugs! So here is our "to-do" list:
- Paint walls, trim & ceiling
- Replace carpet with wide-plank white oak floors
- Build a new closet
- Layout existing furniture (stolen from the rest of the house) for TV & lounging
- New window treatments
- New statement pendant light fixture
- Update sconces
- Find the perfect area rug
- Update art, accessories & styling
That doesn't sound too hard, does it? Famous last words. Here is our mood board…
We’re so excited to be in on this challenge and for you to follow along. You’ll need to wish us luck as it’s been Laura Irion’s experience that the ORC is never without it’s blood, sweat, and tears. But the end is ALWAYS worth it.
Thanks so much to Linda for buckling us into the roller coaster!! Be sure to see who else is on board by visiting Linda’s blog here. Seriously, these people are the best of the blogosphere so get ready for incredible projects ahead!
Until next week!
Laura & Laura