Ladies and gentlemen, the One Room Challenge reveal is finally here!
In the last six
insanely overwhelming fun weeks, we've taken our living room from blah to beautiful – and today I'm taking YOU on a tour to see the fruit of our labor.
But first: a quick story, because it's cool and quirky and fun – all the things I strive to be, but alas, am not.
In July 2015 the husband and I happened upon some investment property – nearly seven acres of property, to be exact. On that property stood an abandoned bungalow, originally built in 1930 and left to rot for the last 20 years.
Like any rational and sane couple, our immediate reaction was, "Can you imagine the fun we'd have renovating this house?"
Oh, how young and naive we were... Ha!
Fast forward 17 months, during which we gutted and renovated the entire house. We moved in a mere two months ago, despite the barely livable state of the house. Then October rolled around, and I had made zero progress with the decor. The One Room Challenge was just the stressor I needed to help me move past my DPS (Decision Paralysis Syndrome – I promise it's a thing!).
Okay, cool background story over. Let's take a tour, shall we?
If you’re new to the blog today and have no idea what’s going on, check out the weekly living room progress here:
My goal was to create a space that felt honest – a space that didn't take itself too seriously, because if this article is any indication, that's just not who we are. Think modern, clean lines effortlessly combined with traditional pieces in a polished way but with a touch of playfulness so as to not look too formal.
Until the very last minute, I envisioned a particular layout, but when the furniture finally arrived and was arranged as planned, I realized the flow of the room wasn't, well, flowing.
Cue last-minute panic and furniture rearranging into the wee hours of the morning.
Choosing a favorite feature of the transformation is like choosing a favorite child (I don't even have children, so what do I know, right?), but I am particularly pleased with the fireplace makeover and could not have done it without the husband's mind-blowing talent and dedication.
Gone are the days of seeing a decrepit, crumbling heap of discolored bricks the minute you step into the house. Now, whether you're in the entryway, hallway, kitchen, dining or living room, you have a clear view of the fireplace in all of its fresh and renovated glory.
I had pinned enough images in my lifetime to know that a bold light fixture, like "The Sol" from PureModern, was destined to hang over a traditional Chesterfield sofa. Coincidentally, I ordered said sofa way before the One Room Challenge – and good thing I did, because it took nearly seven weeks to arrive.
Oh, the stress of it all!
The decision to flank the sofa with black side tables on either side came very much at the last minute, but I love having additional storage – not to mention more surface to re-arrange my tchotchkes on the daily like a crazed woman on a mission.
I turned the velvet barrel chairs ever-so-slightly away from the dining room and kitchen area to create a sense of space in the open concept layout.
The double-shelf design provides extra storage for pillows and the mandatory pretties.
In the center of it all is a pretty yet functional leather-bench-turned-coffee table – the perfect piece on which to prop up your feet after a long day.
The neutral color palette throughout the room is punctuated by a generous dose of brass and chrome, adding major visual interest to the space. The cool chrome of the barrel chair frames, the Sputnik chandelier and the leather bench legs lends a bit of polish to the space, while the brass of the floor lamps, mirror and various accessories around the room adds warmth.
With each piece of furniture I selected, I wanted to incorporate a new texture into the room. Thus, we have the Chesterfield tufts, tack trim on the sofa arms, velvet fabric of the barrel chairs, leather from the bench and record player, rattan from various baskets and planters, and, of course, the brickwork from the fireplace.
These elements help create a lived-in, cozy aesthetic that feels like it was curated over time.
Moving on to the artwork, I installed large, geometric prints on both walls perpendicular to the sofa for major visual impact – far less commitment than wallpaper, not to mention so much easier to install. I designed the prints myself and printed them as engineering prints at Staples for a whopping $3.59 each.
Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly? Sign me up!
Notice how the frames wrap around the perpendicular wall, keeping the arrangement from feeling too formal, as is common with a grid layout.
To balance out the straight edges in the room, I added a cowhide rug over the re-finished hardwood floors. The organic shape and texture adds the perfect dose of masculinity and ties in the other black and white elements in the room.
Okay, wow – that was a lot!
Apparently, I have a lot of feelings about this room, and I am clearly not afraid to share them.
See below for a complete list of sources, and if there's something I missed, let me know in the comments section, below!
Speaking of comments, I would love to hear what you think of our transformation! Did you enjoy the tour? Don't forget to pop over to Calling It Home to see the other participants’ room tours.
Curious about what else we've done to the #StrelkovBungalow, as I've lovingly nicknamed it on Instagram? Browse the full “Our Bungalow Renovation” series to read all about it!
A Note of Thanks:
Major gratitude to Linda from Calling It Home and House Beautiful Magazine for making this amazing design event possible. I'd also like to thank the sponsors of my One Room Challenge, who so generously donated products to our living room renovation: PureModern for our Sputnik-style chandelier, framed & matted for our beautiful, custom gallery wall and Umbra for the modern table clock.
Recreate the Look:
Shop the Room, by Category:
FURNITURE: CHESTERFIELD SOFA, Structube (Similar available at Wayfair, Overstock and Target) | BARREL CHAIRS, Coaster Furniture (Similar available at Cymax Stores and Overstock) | CONSOLE TABLE, Wayfair | LEATHER BENCH, Overstock | GOLD NESTING TABLES, Wayfair | SIDE TABLES, ATG Stores (Similar available at Overstock, Target and Wayfair)
FABRICS, THROWS AND RUGS: COWHIDE RUG, Overstock | SHEEPSKIN THROW, IKEA (Similar available at Design Within Reach, Overstock and Chairish) | FAUX FUR BLUSH THROW, HomeGoods (Similar available at West Elm and Wayfair) | SHEER DRAPES, IKEA (Similar available at Wayfair)
PLANTS AND PLANTERS: INDOOR LIVE TREES, IKEA and Lowe's | PLANTERS: HomeGoods and IKEA
CANDLES AND CANDLE HOLDERS: SILVER CANDLE HOLDERS, Hobby Lobby (Similar available at Pier 1 Imports and Pottery Barn) | WHITE TAPER CANDLES, IKEA (Similar available at World Market) | BLACK CANDLE, HomeGoods | GOLD CANDLE, Bath & Body Works | GOLD CANDLE HOLDER: Target (Similar available at Overstock) | GOLD CANDLE HOLDERS INSIDE FIRE BOX, DIY project | BLACK CAGE HURRICANE CANDLE HOLDER, HomeGoods (Similar available at Crate & Barrel, Target and Overstock) | BAMBOO CAGE HURRICANE CANDLE HOLDER, HomeGoods (Similar available at Wayfair)
MISCELLANEOUS ACCESSORIES: GOLD TRAY, At Home (Similar available at West Elm, CB2, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market and Pier 1 Imports) | TABLE CLOCK, Umbra | GOLD VASE, At Home (Similar available at Overstock, Bellacor and Wayfair) | WOVEN STORAGE BASKET, HomeGoods (Similar at West Elm) | RECORD PLAYER: Wayfair | FRENCH PRESS: IKEA (Similar available at Macy's and Wayfair) | TEACUP SET, Bed Bath & Beyond (Similar available at Overstock) | SHADOW BOX, DIY project using shadow box from Michael's Stores (Similar available at Wayfair) | AMPERSAND SCULPTURE, Etsy (Similar available at Wayfair and Overstock) | NOTEPADS ON GOLD TRAY, See Jane Work (Similar available at The Container Store) | BLACK CURTAIN ROD, IKEA (Similar available at Overstock, Pier 1 Imports and Kmart) | ASSORTED NOTEBOOKS IN BLACK, GOLD AND WHITE: TJ Maxx, Target and HomeGoods (Similar available at Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom)
See Some of My Favorite Makeovers:
If the novel above wasn't enough reading material for you, then check out these mind-blowing room transformations from some of my blogger friends! They're all very, very good – so good, in fact, that I'm already planning which space(s) to transform for the next One Room Challenge.
Husband, if you're reading this, I'm sorry.
About the One Room Challenge
Twice a year, 20 featured bloggers along with hundreds of guest participants are challenged to transform any room they so choose, but they must complete the entire project in six weeks.