One Room Challenge | Week 1

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.



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

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook

The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love  | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda

Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove  | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

You can also see the 200+ designers participating in the One Room Challenge here each week! Check them out! Great rooms with even greater ideas!




Share ON

Share on facebook
Share on pinterest

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Just subscribe to my newsletter
to receive all fresh posts