Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of the One Room Challenge™! I’m so honored to be back again, and thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for all of her hard work putting this together. She gathers such talent and incredible sponsors to make these six weeks possible. To those of you who are new, thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll stick around, as it’s sure to be interesting. Home reno always is, but especially this time around! My husband and I have been renovating our 1980’s suburban colonial room by room over the last few years the kitchen, basement, and dining room are the spaces we’ve completely finished and for this challenge we’re tackling our upper sunroom.
Off of our master bedroom is this 12×30′ space. With 10 windows, a fireplace and an enclosed deck overlooking the pool it has loads of potential but is rather bland and dated. This is how the room has looked for most of the almost two years we’ve lived here. It’s played office, craft room, storage, drop-off space, and this is also where Micah watched TV until we finished the basement for the last challenge. Moving forward it will be my office and a nursery for our third child, due this fall.
Such an inspiring work environment, right? Ha. Staring at a tan wall is not my idea of motivating. I can’t wait to have a desk that allows me some space to sprawl out a bit and a view that encourages creativity.
A sink is a rather strange thing to find in a sunroom. Both our sunrooms have them, and I’ve actually found it to be incredibly useful. Whether my water cup is low, the iron is out of steam, or kid’s hands need a rinse – having a sink in here has been convenient. I can only imagine it will continue to be so with a baby. While the function is staying, the form will change, as the cabinets are rather blah and break up that wall in a visually obtrusive way.
First order of business was clearing the room out. I really recommend this to people because it can help you visualize and plan so much more clearly. It keeps you from boxing yourself into what you already had there. We sold all of the furniture except for the filing cabinet and I spent a few days going through all of my crafting and design supplies. Just making it a blank slate, the room was already showing more of its potential.
There are several stained glass windows in our home, and while I like most of them, I’ve never loved this piece. Because this was an addition, it’s not original to the home, and it doesn’t speak to any of the other glass throughout. Lucky for me my dad and sister both create stained glass pieces as a hobby, and my sister is working on something that is a better fit with our design plans.
There are four mantles in our home (two double-sided fireplaces) and this one is my favorite. The scale is strangely large for the 8′ ceilings, but I love the layers. It’s the only woodwork that is staying. I’m hopeful that as we beef up the crown, base, and casings it will feel more proportionate in the space. The current baseboards are about 2″ tall. Lame.
So, onto the plan. The truth of the matter is I’ve been working on the design of this space for some time. Deciding on a plan for a room that will be your work space for the long haul and a nursery for the short term especially when you are not finding out the sex of the baby wasn’t the easiest, but in the end I went with details that made my heart sing and colors that were bold and glam enough to inspire, yet fun enough to play a bit juvenile. You can never go wrong with a stripe, and this Farrow and Ball wallpaper was just the jumping off point I needed.
This is a six week challenge and I’m due with this baby in about four or five weeks. If you were already questioning my sanity, you’ve surely made up your mind now. We’re plowing ahead as fast as we can to get this room ready for our newest arrival. Everything is ordered and renovation has begun, but Micah will have to tackle more on his own than usual not that I’m some Nicole Curtis or anything, but I always help where I can. I’m already to the point where bending and straining are not ideal, and we want this little one to cook as long as possible. I’m crossing my fingers that the hiccups will be minimal and that I don’t go into labor on a Tuesday – because I’ve got six Wednesdays committed to sharing this process with you all. 🙂 I’ll be back next week with lots of sources for all of the pretties above and room updates, hope you’ll follow along!
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