Wednesday, April 1, 2015

62 One Room Challenge Week 1 - IHeart Living Room Plans

I typed the intro to this post about 62 times and each time sounded equally as crazy.  Things like, "YOU GUYS!" and "Oh My Greatness!" and "Squeal!" and "Holy Bananas Batman!"...  I just had to give up and come to the conclusion that I am harboring a boatload of excitement about today's announcement and dive right in.  So here it is.  I was asked to participate in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling it Home!  #gleefulcheeringcommences

What is the One Room Challenge?  I am SO happy you asked!

The short version - 20 bloggers have exactly six quick weeks to completely transform a space.   And really, it is more like five weeks.  This is where the, "Holy bananas batman!" comes in.

When Linda sent over the invite, I took some time to really go through the decision process because I knew we were in the beginning stages of our kitchen renovation.  After a lot of back and forth between the red horned version of Jen on my left shoulder and the halo adorned Jen on my right shoulder, I said yes.  Surely we would be done with our kitchen by the first of April right?

The one stipulation of this challenge is that we had to select a space that needed an overhaul.  Oh, and it had to be a space that we hadn't already shared our plans for or started working on.  That is why our living room suddenly went dark on the blog. 


I thought when I initially accepted that I would maybe renovate our lower level bathroom or finally finish our oldest son's bedroom, but as the start date for the challenge continued getting closer and closer, I knew I had to do our living room.  It is now wide open to our kitchen, and being that the kitchen is still far from finished, there was absolutely no way I was going to start on another giant project that had nothing to do with said kitchen.


Plus, the living room is about the blankest slate in our home.


Another plus?  We had already budgeted and planned for updates to the living room with the kitchen, so it really just makes sense.  So now, you will be getting weekly living room updates each Wednesday until the final reveal in six short and sweet weeks from now.  And just because we are about to tackle this fantastically fun family space, that doesn't mean we are stopping with the kitchen.  In fact, it means we are about to work in overdrive double-time.  So fingers crossed we will also continue to have weekly kitchen check-ins as well.  Wish us luck, it's about to get CRAZY exciting around here.


So what do we have planned for this space?  Well, floors would be nice. And so would trim.  Ha!

{sources: curtains, chair fabric, floral fabric, lumbar pillow, lamp, ottomans, sofa, shoe cabinet, art, sconce}

My vision for the space has been changing by the minute, but at the very moment, it looks a little like the grouping above.  

Ultimately, I have a few goals for the end result of the space:
  • To finish on time (I am totally biting my nails).
  • To remember that this space is about family first, design second.  Challenges like this are sure to make someone put on a decorating cap and have fun completely transforming a space, but we have to live in this space after the six weeks are up.  So sure, I want it to look good, but more importantly, I want it to function good.  
  • That said, I do want this space to reflect our style.  I hope to keep the final room youthful, family friendly and colorful.
  • And finally, to be resourceful.  We sold our lower level sectional and moved all of our previous upstairs furnishings to our downstairs family room.  We have a few new pieces coming in to the new living room, but everything else has to be done by reusing what we have, getting creative, scouring thrift stores and DIY'ing our hearts out.

Keeping those goals in mind, the first step will be to install the flooring and trim.  From there, the plans are to completely revamp our bookcase and build it up to the ceiling.  I think that is what I am most excited about, I have been wanting to do that for years now!  I found a fabulous spindle chair last summer that I am planning to have re-upholstered, and we put our old sectional moolah towards a smaller, apartment sized sofa (our space is only 12 feet wide).  I really wanted to replace our windows with beautiful, black paned options, but we didn't really have a need other than aesthetics so it didn't make the budget cut.  To bring in the dramatics I heart in those black paned windows, we will do simple linen drapes adorned with beautiful black banding.  I am also hoping that the black accents ground all of the soft gray-blue on the walls.  The rooms needs a little drama.  

The rest of the pieces are all items we had prior to our gut job.  We still have our IKEA shoe cabinet and school cubby credenza, but it would be fun to find a way to dress those up a bit more.  And now that we finally did our major furniture swap, we can wrap up our stairway project as well.  Finish it all off with some throw pillows, accessories and lots of love, and we have ourselves a living room makeover!


So many ideas, projects and ambitions, so little time.  I hope the adrenaline from our excitement stays strong!

What do we win at the end of this challenge?  Our finished space of course!  The goal is to have fun, share our story of a total transformation, and take part in a really fun challenge with fellow bloggers.  

Speaking of other bloggers, are you ready to see the incredible lineup?  I am trying my darnedest to not feel intimidated by all of the awesomeness!





Each of the bloggers listed above will also be taking on a total makeover over the next six weeks as well.  Each Wednesday I will update you on our progress, and also include their links so you can catch up on A LOT of room makeover goodness.  I think it is time for me to purchase stock in coffee beans,  I can't even begin to imagine how amazing this all is going to be. #oneroomchallenge

Want to participate?  I sure hope so!  You can share your weekly updates as part of this challenge also, Linda has all of the details for you on her blog here.

I wish I could think of something better to say than, "Oh My Greatness!" and "Squeal!" but I think they sum things up perfectly!


62 comments:

  1. I am so excited you are participating!!!! And I love all the awesome changes in your house recently. This is going to be so good! Such a good plan!

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  2. Love your plan!! I can't wait to see the progress :)

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  3. WOW! Your twice the work makeover is inspiring! Such a great space and I can't wait to see how you blend the style and functionality. It's going to be great! : )

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  4. Squeal...I'm excited to watch it be transformed!!!

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  5. I'm looking forward to this series!!

    How come you guys aren't using your gray sectional in this space? (I only ask because I loooved the look of that sectional!) Is it because the new kitchen will take up some of the living-room footprint and it won't fit?

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    1. With the new open layout, the size and shape of a sectional really cut off and chopped up the space. The back of the sectional would have been right up against the back of bar stools for the future island or shoved against the window wall. We love the sectional also, and love our lower level even more with it settled in down there. It really brightens our dark space and is cozier for our family movie watching. Worked out perfectly to finally say goodbye to the oversized leather piece we had fallen out of love with years ago.

      xoxo!

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  6. OH my GOSH! I am so excited for you Jen :) Can't wait to follow along! xo

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  7. Who makes the floral fabric you have in your design plan?

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    1. Here is the source for the floral fabric: http://lsfabrics.com/fabric/claribel-che00

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  8. Good luck with this challenge! I love the plan you have so far - though of course given how blank the space is right now, you have SO MANY options. The space itself is really lovely and I'm sure you'll make it absolutely perfect!

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  9. Thrilling! I can't wait to see the final room.

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  10. Can't wait to se it's done! :)

    - Eea

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  11. Hi Jen...I'm super excited to follow you along on your living room challenge! I've been seriously uninspired when I walk through mine lately and haven't found too many room setups that reflect the challenges I have. Although our houses are a bit different in style, we both have rooms that open to another, windows in the same spot and your doorway and stairs are close enough to what I have that I'm really interested to see how your room arrangement ends up. We're on Spring Break next week so my first challenge is to finish removing the two layers of wallpaper, not my favorite thing to do especially since I'm dealing with plaster walls in a very old home. Not ready to jump in officially to the One Room Challenge because I tend to second guess myself alot but I'm hoping to use this as a kick in the pants to just start. Best of luck to you and all the other participants!

    Peggy...

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    1. Thanks Peggy! Does it terrify you to hear that I am thinking of adding in some wallpaper? :) Best of luck to you as well, you CAN do it! And remember, many things are returnable if you get them in your space and don't love them.

      xoxo!

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  12. Aghh how exciting. Cannot wait to see the finished product and the weekly updates :) x Its such a bright and beautiful space. I'm particularly loving the floor to ceiling bookshelf idea, Sounds Wonderful ! x

    Caitriona | Blog

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  13. Very exciting! I'm looking forward to following along (as always)!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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  14. Can't wait to follow along! The ORC format is intense, but crazy-amazing at the same time.

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  15. Jen, you are superwoman with this. I am dying over your kitchen and I know your living room will be super fab.

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    1. Linda is so right. You ARE superwoman!! Can't wait to see what you do!

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  16. Looking forward to it! And to the weekly kitchen updates...I have been holding my breathe for those! ;)

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  17. So excited to follow along! I love your enthusiasm! Beautiful plan, I can't wait to see how you build up the bookcases! :)

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  18. Wow Jen, you make me want to squeal right along with you!! This looks like such a fun makeover, dying over those bookcases to the ceiling! Good luck this week!

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  19. This is going to be amazing Jen! Im loving your moodboard and i cant wait to see it all in the end. So so exciting:)

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  20. You always do a great job, so I'm excited to see this all done!

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  21. I love that you're an official participant. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing the space come together.

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  22. I'm excited to see the final result, but I'm mourning your navy original navy curtains lol

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    1. Oh no!! No need to mourn the curtains. I love them too and have plans for them later on. :) Although they won't be in the living room any longer, they will still be used in our home. They are just too good!

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  23. Wow! This looks amazing... can't wait to hear about your function and organizing tips as well as the style aspect of it all!

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  24. Are you keeping your photos of your old living room up on your blog? The only reason I ask is we have a similar set up in our home and we can't take the wall down because there is a stair case in between our living room and kitchen, and I want to use your old living room as a template for when we hopefully redo our this summer
    BTW- if I could open up and do what you did I totally would! LOVE IT

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    1. Hi Diane - I will try and keep them archived in some fashion. If anything - they are definitely in some of my older tutorial posts. xoxo!

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  25. What a great space and loving the moodboard! So excited to be joining you in this Challenge - lovely to 'meet' you! :) xxx

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  26. Can't wait to see the finished product!!!And of course the weekly updates!!!
    Greetings from Greece!

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  27. This sounds awesome! Congratulations! I can't wait to see more reveals and what you do. That floor to celling wall unit will be fantastic. I look forward to each Wednesday post woohoo!

    Lauren | LB Designs
    xx

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  28. So exciting! I can't wait to see the final product! I love the large print/painting that you have on the board. Do you mind sharing the source? - Kelly

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    1. Hi Kelly!

      Here is the source for the art: http://www.minted.com/product/wall-art-prints/MIN-GHR-GNA/sail?org=photo

      xoxo!

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  29. Step-by-step directions on the floor to ceiling bookcases please!
    I'd love to do something similar surrounding our fireplace, but need to get hubby on board first! :-)

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    1. Absolutely! I will be sure to share the entire process. :)

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  30. I love the board! Do you have links for the sofa and coffee table?

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    1. Of course, I went ahead and updated the post. :) The coffee table was sourced from Joss & Main, we are hoping to use it as inspiration while updating one we already own. xoxo!

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  31. I have participated in the ORC as a linking participant for the past three times (and will again this time). It is always so much fun and everyone else who particiates is so suportive. Plus it gives me the fire to get a room down! So excited for you to be selected by Linda to be one of the designers for the One Room Challenge. I am sure you will do a great job and will be following along to see how it all turns out!

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  32. You have a full plate my dear but I cannot wait to see your plans evolve!! So far it has a really soothing and pretty canvas.

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  33. Oh this is so exciting. I'm making plans for our move to our new home in July and will be excited to see what you do. I've already gotten the go ahead for floor to
    Ceiling built ins from the hubby. So excited to see how you put all this together. Your Wonder Woman girl...

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  34. Whoa....big bite but I have faith! Having been there...I know you will get it finished! Love the plan.

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  35. Cannot wait to see it come together. I am sure it will be fabulous with that great plan in place. Let the games begin!

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  36. Good luck in the challenge! I took a look of the other challengers. You have a good chance.

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  37. I'm so excited to see this shape up! Your ideas look beautiful! I too am wondering about not using the grey sectional in there anymore. I get that it won't fit properly now, but I'm curious as to how your big family will still be able to snuggle up on that little couch! Do you think your snuggling and movie watching will probably happen mostly in your basement now? Will the living room be less of a family hang out space because of that? Just curious, as a fellow mama of three! Good luck!

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    1. Hi Amy!

      Completely understand your question as there was a long decision process in terms of seating, budget and layout. The floorplan of our home offers two family rooms, both which have TV's. I use to think it was silly because we typically gravitated to one, but as my boys have grown older and have more sleepovers and friends hanging out, it is really nice having both TV areas. With the wall separating the space upstairs prior, people in the dining room and kitchen could not visit or view the TV in the living room. Now that it is open, we will have seating at the dining table, island, sofa and the chair, which will allow TV viewing and entertaining. It is worth realizing that all movie nights and snuggles can happen in our lower level, to gain the layout and flow with the furniture switch upstairs. Also, the sofa recently arrived and we are able to fit four people on it comfortably, and plan to add additional small stools for feet and little bottoms. Plus the big, oversized cozy corner chair, and no one will be uncomfortable in the space. :) Win, win in the end.

      xoxo!

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  38. I loved your living room before but I'm sure this will be even better! I can't wait to see how your space turns out. We are hoping to renovate soon and I may just be borrowing some of your ideas!

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  39. I love this! Your blog is new to me and I can not wait to follow along!!! This will be fantastic and I love so many of your elements! Super excited for next week! xo

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  40. ahhh this looks and sounds so exciting! can't wait to see the finished product, the ideas you've come up with look so quirky and cool (i can't find another word thats better than cool so lets just keep cool).
    Keep us updated please!
    xx
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    icharlotteemily.blogspot.com

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  41. Love your design plans, Jennifer, and I can't wait to see the finished project. I'll be coming back each week, and I'm so excited to see the changes. I think your bookcases are going to be beautiful, and snaps to you for completing two major renovations at once!

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  42. Perfect timing, Jen! I've been scouring the internet for ideas/tutorials for bookcases or built-ins and now I don't need to look any further! I can just wait to see how you pros do it ;) I love your blog ad always get tons of ideas and inspiration from reading it. As a mom of three boys myself, your ideas are super helpful in keeping me organized... and SANE!! Good luck with the reno and can't wait to see the photos! XO

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  43. Hi there, I've been waiting your giant renovation/make over up dates. So, very excited - can't wait to next week. And Happy Easter - we are having easter weekend in Finland .

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  44. Omg..I'm so technically challenged...I apologize if this message (or some variation) gets posted three times. Ugh...anyway...JEN! Its going to be amazing!! Can't wait to see you finished spaces!!! Quick question...what bottom cabinets did you use for your hutch in the dining space and how deep are they?? I've been looking and looking for something that is less than standard depth but that can still accommodate drawers! Help a girl out?? Thank you!!
    Regina

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    1. HI Regina!

      We used standard 12" upper cabinets from IKEA, and hung them on the rail system that IKEA provides. They are from the old Akurum line, but I am guessing they still have a similar option with their new line as well. One of their kitchen specialists would be able to help you select exactly what you need for your space. :)

      xoxo!

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    2. REALLY?? They were able to give you drawers too in the 12"? Our Ikea person said that wasn't possible...hmmmm, gonna have to do some research!! THANKS!!!! btw....your ceiling is making me drool and my handy husband very nervous ;) xoxo

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  45. Ahh it's going to be so stunning next to that gorgeous new kitchen of yours! Jealous!

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  46. Hi Jen,

    I love reading your blog and come multiple times a day to check it out for an update :) I was super excited to see your lovely living room shelves in a BHG special edition "secrets of getting organized" spring issue, p. 45. Have you seen it already?
    Irina

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    1. I have not seen it! Thank you so much for the heads up Irina! I will have to head out to snag a copy in the next few days. So excited! xoxo!

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  47. Can't wait to see it all come together Jen! I love your pantry organization too...I suddenly have the urge to go home and clean the pantry!

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  48. Hi Jen,
    Love everything!! Quick question, Is the green and white pattern you have in the picture a rug? Can you give me the source of it please :)

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    1. The green and white is actually fabric I selected for the chair: http://www.tonicliving.com/Monarch-Trellis-Meadow-P2902.aspx

      xoxo!

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