Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. We have a plan! Well, the beginning of a plan…
If you’re just joining us, let me quickly recap. I’m Lori Evans, a designer with 6 weeks to design and install a room. I’ll be documenting the whole process with you, along with 200+ designers all over the country. You can find updates every Thursday here on my blog. Thank you to House Beautiful for the sponsorship and Calling it Home for creating this amazing event.
The room we’re working on is a client’s former Sunroom that just didn’t serve them anymore. We are planning to revamp it completely and give them a place to relax, read or just hang out. Here is the overall plan.
As with any project, I always start with a Concept Board (above) to get my thoughts together. I approach it as part inspiration + part actual pieces + part overall theme. It helps tremendously to see things together, side by side, and how they work with one another. I try to have a few inspiration pieces, like the green rooms, to play off of. I then add in a few pieces I’m thinking of, like the chaise and table here. The paint color sample (Bunker Hill Green by Benjamin Moore) helps to see how it works alongside the pieces. The artwork shown is again, to see how it all works together. I play around with it until I like the “flow”. Once I’m happy with it, I use it as a jumping off point. If you’re interested in how the process works, I detail the entire design process here. It’s worth a read. 🙂
For the actual pieces in the room, here’s what I’m considering so far. See below the photo for the actual links. 🙂 It’s a small, narrow space, so there aren’t many items!
Next week, we’ll tackle the paint color. Based on the inspiration images (below) I think we’ll be looking at GREEN! My favorite color. 🙂
So, there you have it. Progress on this design challenge. I like the direction we’re headed. What do you think? Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions? Please comment below! I’d love to hear them.
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Welcome to Week One of the 2017 Fall One Room Challenge™ (ORC). I have 6 weeks to design and install a room and I’ll be documenting the whole process with you, along with 200+ designers all over the country. You can find updates every Thursday here on my blog, as well as sneak peeks on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Thank you to House Beautiful for the sponsorship and Calling it Home for creating this amazing event. This is my second One Room Challenge and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’d like to see our first entry from the previous event, you can check out the Toddler + Teen Playroom here. Still love it!
For those who are joining us for the first time – Hi, I’m Lori. I am the co-owner of Evans Construction & Design in Gainesville, Florida and creator of this little blog. I live, eat and breathe design and have been in the field for over 20 years. My husband and I build and renovate homes in the North Central Florida area and I also offer design services online. I have 5 kids, am from Miami and love the Florida Gators. But enough about me, let’s get to the good stuff.
My previous ORC space was actually the playroom in my personal home. This time, we’ll be working on a client’s home, which you can imagine adds to the challenge! This client is a lot of fun, loves color and isn’t afraid to use it. We’ve worked our way through her other downstairs rooms and transitioned from a floral and red color story, complete with red walls… to a green, black and white story…very Kate Spade. She loves it and so we plan to continue the style in this room for the One Room Challenge.
POWDER BATH CONCEPT IN OUR CLIENT’S EXISTING HOME – DESIGNED BY EVANS CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
THE PROJECT: SUNROOM
For this ORC, we’ve agreed to renovate our client’s Sunroom. As you can see from the image above, my client is not afraid of color or pattern. Me either! This room is adjacent to their Family Room and has basically been used as a piano practice, storage, play area. The thought is to open this room up and make it almost part of the Family Room. Maybe an offshoot that allows for a reading spot, additional seating for parties and a nice transitional area between the close by Kitchen and Breakfast Nook? I like that idea.
Here’s a look at the Sunroom in its before state:
There are several challenges in this guest room. The ceiling fans, although useful, have seen better days. The french doors are beautiful, but really isolate the room, like a lot. I think traffic flow would be greatly improved without them. The windows overlook the beautiful pool and large backyard, but are interrupted with the blinds. The room is super narrow, which takes the space planning up a notch. There is also an amazing piano that needs to stay. Challenge accepted.
We’ll talk about overall concepts and a few actual items going into the room next week. I like to utilize my normal design process, even with this condensed time frame. Whether the project is online or in person, the process I use is explained nicely here. It helps me sort through ideas, see how things look together and make any changes before things get too costly. Oh and edit, edit, edit!
I’ve decided to call this ORC room the “Green Room”, so I think green walls might be in order!
Also – don’t forget to follow along with the progress of the talented ORC featured designers
Remember when you bought your house? That DINING ROOM…it was PERFECT…you would use the heck out of that thing! Every holiday, every occasion, everything! Each and every family gathering would be right there! Well, have you ever really given it the attention it deserves? Today marks 8 weeks until this Thanksgiving (2017) and now is the time to get your ducks in a row. I’m not talking about the cute Fall decor you’ll add around the house, you have plenty of time for that. I’m talking about REALLY getting your house ready for company. Obviously, the Dining Room will be the star of the show on Turkey Day, so why not give it the attention it deserves?
You probably already have a table and it’s probably fine. To be honest, although it’s the largest piece in the room, it’s really the least important. Your chairs cover up the sides and your centerpiece and place settings cover up the top…not to mention the beautiful tablecloth you probably have in mind. The most important pieces are often the most overlooked. What do your chairs look like? Could they use a reupholstering? Have they served their time and might need to be replaced? What’s on your walls? What about the windows? Is there a great centerpiece on that table? What about the light fixture?
My guess is a few new pieces…carefully thought out new pieces…are really all you need. A new focal point on the wall (art, a collage, a mirror), a striking centerpiece and new chairs might be just what the doctor ordered. Sound overwhelming? I can help! Online design is here to save the day. Set a budget you’re comfortable with, gather a few photos of rooms you like and upload your info. Done and done! We work back and forth for 10 days and at the end you have everything you need for your room, including a shopping list with links to new items, instructions and a floorpan. You can learn more about it here and start your project here. It’s super fun and more affordable than you probably expect.
To inspire you, here are a few of my favorite Dining Room photos from over the years.
Sometimes we can all use a little help, right? Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or are tackling a redo of your current, these charts will make decorating it easy-peasy. Pin them for future reference!
Fresh? Clean? Bright? Still cozy? That’s Studio McGee. Started in their spare bedroom, this husband and wife run business delivers rooms that are right on trend. If you’ve spent anytime on Pinterest, you’ve undoubtably seen their work. I was lucky enough to hear Shea McGee speak earlier this year and she did not disappoint. Let’s take a look at some of their most memorable rooms. Enjoy!
When you love Football and Interior Design (like me!), this can be the best time of the year! What better way to spruce up your home than to give it a Football Facelift? The real question is, can you actually add a few touches to your home without it looking super tacky? I think so! The key is to keep it light, general and not too heavy on the actual team. For example, if you love the Florida Gators (like I do!) then adding orange and blue touches throughout, with a few key Gator pieces, is enough. Everything doesn’t have to be logo-ish. Know what I mean? Restraint is your friend. Let’s walk through it together! (Make sure your scroll all the way down, the best is saved for last!)
Have you ever seen something that just blew you away? It starts with- what IS this, why haven’t I ever seen this before? Then it quickly moves into- I have to have this, ALL of this! I’ll never forget the first time I saw Lillian August furniture and design in general. Fresh out of college, still learning the ropes, I stumbled upon her showroom at High Point Market in North Carolina. I was overwhelmed! Traditional but fresh, luxurious but not stuffy. I had the pleasure of meeting Lillian herself years later and she did not disappoint. Gracious, talented and just lovely all around. I have followed her design over the years and it just gets better and better. She has furniture lines, a design firm and stores. I was lucky enough to visit her store in Connecticut recently. Amazing! I had to buy a pillow as a souvenir and cram it into my carry on for posterity. Well worth it!
Lillian August is a brand I go to constantly for inspiration and to see how they translate the current trends in a livable way.
How exactly does online Interior Design work? Let’s follow an actual project I completed last year and find out! The home is in Greenwich, Connecticut and I’m in Florida, but no problem. We worked together for 10 days and the result is amazing! Happy client, happy designer. Boom! Let’s walk through the process together.
1 Design Brief
A fun, young family moved from hip San Francisco to very traditional Greenwich, Connecticut, they wanted a room just as lively as they are. Typically known for a very traditional design aesthetic, we wondered, can you DO color in Greenwich? Yes, yes you CAN and we are here to prove it!
Flooded with natural light and open to a beautiful view, this Family Room serves as the center of the home. They wanted something not too serious, not overly fancy, but still sophisticated. Pulling from a navy and orange color story, Evans Construction & Design created a perfect hang out spot for watching TV, playing games and entertaining.
The entire design process was handled online from our office in Florida to their home in Connecticut and took 10 days. We started with their floorpan.
After receiving a floorpan and a few inspiration images, Evans Construction & Design got to work on the initial concept board. A mix of overall inspiration images, colors, textures and actual pieces, this concept board serves as a starting point for discussions to make sure everyone is on the same page.
3 Design Time
After the thumbs up was given on the Concept Board, we moved into the actual design of the room. The Design Board shows each item we are proposing and how everything works together. The client and I went back and forth until she was completely happy with everything.
4 Final Design Package
After 10 days of tweaking, we settled on a final design. I love, love, love how it looks! The client then received a Final Design Package with a floorpan, instructions for setting everything up and a shop-able list, with links to order everything.
5 Room Reveal
Over the course of the next month or so, everything arrived and client followed the setup directions to a “T”. Let’s see how the room turned out!
So are you ready to try online design for yourself? Let’s do it! Find out all the info to work with me here. It’s super fun and easy, and less expensive than you might think! 🙂
Your bath should be a retreat, an oasis. Something you look forward to coming home. But, what if it just isn’t? This fun couple in Gainesville, Florida had this exact problem. They called us to help and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Fresh, clean and traditional. Perfect for them!
Check out the before, the process and the after below. Click on the links at the end for all the sources!
You’re sick and tired of looking at your same boring room that you never really liked. I get it. You had grand plans for this room, remember your Pinterest board…it was going to be AWESOME!
But, then, you know…that sofa was such a good deal… you didn’t love it, but you couldn’t pass it up. Then those pillows, I mean they’re cute, right? The rug…it was from your old house, but it kind of goes. The stuff on the walls… its ok, maybe? You’ve ended up with a bunch things you sort-of like and a room you really don’t. Your husband has a nice big TV and recliner, so he’s happy. You’re not.
I hear you! We can do better! And you don’t have to spend a ton. Over the past 20+ years I have seen more rooms in need of a facelift than I can count. Honestly, all of them could have used this 10 step process and been given a whole new life. Were going to approach this as LAYERS. Here we go!
Clear the room and the surfaces
Take everything off every surface. Like everything. Nothing messes up a room more than clutter all over. Take the prints off the walls, the curtains down, every single thing. Take a good, hard look at what you have to work with and let’s start from there.
My guess is the room could probably use a fresh coat of paint. Instead of the current color, why not ramp it up a notch and go with an actual color-color? You can read more about color selection here. I mean it’s just paint. Live a little. If you don’t like it, you can always repaint it.
Slipcover your large pieces, if you need to
Your red floral sofa may be the problem. It may be too busy for the room and just throws everything into disarray. A nice neutral slipcover can solve a world of problems. You can find great ones here and here. Now that we have a rich background and a neutral upholstered pieces, let’s inject some personality.
Your rug is probably too small, I’m guessing. Your rug should really go UNDERNEATH the furniture pieces, at least the front legs. If it’s floating out in the middle, its making the room look smaller and choppy. You can ground the space with a nice, new, big rug for not that much. A woven seagrass rug always looks good and can be found very inexpensively. Check here and here. A soft, patterned rug to add some pizzaz doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Target.com (really!) and Wayfair.com have a ton that don’t break the bank.
Drapes can really make or break a room. What’s worse than no drapes? Cheap drapes. You know the kind…thin, lifeless, too short, just bad. You don’t need to overthink this, it’s easy! My go to formula is to choose a nice neutral drape, double them up and then hang them as high and wide as possible. So, you want them to go all the way down to the floor and probably double them up on each side. This creates a rich look, even with a Target drape. 🙂 French rods are my favorite, since they don’t interfere with the room. You can find them super cheap here.
Is your furniture lined up on the wall? It shouldn’t be. “Conversational grouping” is your new go-to term. You want to create an area for people to sit and have a conversation easily. Place the rug in the center of the room, maybe centered on the fireplace or TV if that makes sense. Then put your table in the middle, again centered. Then place your sofa, love seat, chair, whatever around this. Does it leave room behind the sofa? That’s ok. I know its scary, but give it a try, you just might like it. You can practice online with websites like this one, or just move things around your house.
Because it’s at eye level, whatever is hanging on your wall is of utmost importance. You definitely don’t have to spend a ton here to create something unique, interesting and perfect for your room. I dedicated a blog post to exactly this subject that you can read here. My favorite frame is $18, for goodness sake! If you’re looking for “art-art”, take a look at these sites. They have basically everything you could ever want, in every size you can imagine. Art.com and GreatBigCanvas.com
Add new pillows to accentuate something else
Here’s where you can have a little fun. Add some personality here with fun, colorful pillows. Pick up on the wall color, the rug or even the artwork. Mix patterns and go crazy! My formula is typically a pattern, a solid and a geometric. Keep the color ways somewhat cohesive and you’re in business. Great pillows don’t cost a lot but have a major impact on the room. If you can swing it, down inserts instantly upgrade everything. Check TJMaxx for great deals!
Lighting is key and having the light not just come from the ceiling creates a soft, balanced room. Lamps solve this problem and look great while doing it. Even with a more traditional style, a clean and modern lamp always looks great. Again, Target.com and Wayfair.com have just what you need for like $40. Boom!
Get a few new accessories and display them thoughtfully
To finish off the room, display a few things you already have or grab a few new ones. Just think about it before you throw everything in there. A few well placed items always looks better than a bunch of “stuff”. Stuck? Here’s my go to formula…For your coffee table, buy a nice tray, place a few coffee table books on top, add an object on top, then plop candle to the side and finish it off with a plant. Done and done! Looks amazing! 🙂