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ORC - WEEK 1: A SEASIDE GUEST ROOM (& MY VERY FIRST POST!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Talk about being nervous...
I have had a lot on my plate. I have been in the process of designing (and redesigning) a website for my shop. I have also been working (and reworking) on the design of a personal blog to document renovations to the Southern California seaside ranch style home that my husband and I purchased two years ago. Indeed, we are restoring charm to a classic ranch! The shop is still in progress. And so is the blog. But I figured what better way than to jump right in and join those participating in the One Room Challenge to help motivate me get my blog up while updating a room in our home. As the saying goes "killing two birds with one stone".... And so the adventure begins. I am nervous about hitting the "publish" button and letting my first post go live. YIKES! 

What is the "One Room Challenge"?
After stalking the last few One Room Challenge go-arounds I am happy to announce that I will be jumping in and will actually participating in one! The event challenges design bloggers to each transform a room of their choice from start to finish and document their weekly progress.  That’s right my friends…I have decided to transform an empty room into a beautiful guest room retreat within a 6 week timeframe. During this time I will show you my progress as well as provide project details and project tutorials along the way.  Tune in each week to see what progress I and the other oh so talented designers make to our spaces. Let the challenge begin! 

Room of Choice: The Guest Bedroom.
The dreaded "before" shots of the space taken during our first walk-through of our house.

First Impressions.
We purchased our home over two years ago.  When I saw the room for the first time my first reaction was "What is that hideous stain on the wall?"  The room was painted pink with stains of what I can only assume are grease marks from where a headboard should have been placed. At least that is what I want to believe. I know, I know...it looks disgusting.  But paint can can hide a multitude of sins and this can easily be transformed into a guest bedroom. It's a nice basic room I could work with. 

I also noticed that the original wood floors were in terrible shape but could be restored. The original baseboard was intact but had been painted over numerous times and the finish was blotchy at best. There was a hideous window air conditioner that definitely needed to go. And then, there was the dreaded popcorn ceiling. But, on the plus side, it was a room with a nice size closet for an older home.  It is perfect for guests to hang their clothes. And I had already envisioned purchasing some fancy luggage rack for guest use. Was I living in a fantasy world?

This turned out to be one of the first rooms in the house that I started working on.  I think I chose this room first because I thought it was the one that needed the least amount of work and would be the quickest one to finish.  We needed a starting point and this would be it. I had great intentions but its 2 years later and the room is still not complete. However, before we moved in we had the floors redone, and popcorn ceiling removed. The walls were re-painted and the window a/c is gone. The hard part is done (or so I think!). Now let the fun begin! 

Above & Below - More "Before" Pictures

Inspiration & Design Direction.
This is a beach community so naturally I gravitate toward the colors of the sand and surf. When I was thinking about the color scheme for this room I knew I wanted to create a sophisticated beach vibe.  Since most of our visitors do not live by the beach I thought it would be a nice way to welcome them to our environment.  However, I do a have short list of self-imposed prerequisites:

1. Create a comfortable retreat for guests. The goal is to incorporate a soothing color palette and create an overall feel that captures the essence of the beach with an aura of sophistication.  How do you create a beach vibe without being too kitchy? Well, stay tuned!

2. Pull together a seaside look without breaking the bank. This is a room that won’t get used much so I don’t want to spend a lot of money on this space.  Afterall, that’s money that can be used in another room….this is particularly important since I still have an entire house to redesign!  Good design doesn’t have to cost much and luckily for me we already own many of the pieces that can be used in this room.  They include things that were used in other areas of our former home, items not used to their full potential, or not used at all. Shop your own home for things that can be moved from one space to another. This proves to be a great way to jump start the design of a room for those looking to save some money (which is always a good thing!). What I didn’t realize, but soon learned, is that a few of our existing pieces actually provided the direction for the overall color scheme for our guest room makeover. Which leads me to my next point….

Make the most of what you have.
When we moved here two years ago, there were a few things I knew I had to incorporate into this room simply because we couldn’t find another place for them in our new home. They include:

 1. Curtains.  In my office at our previous home (photo below) I had linen drapery panels from Restoration Hardware covering the window.  I added a banding of Kravet fabric on the edges and had them professionally hemmed to fit the space perfectly.  We weren't originally planning on taking the drapes with us to our new home until we realized they fit the windows of this room perfectly. And these are the only windows in the house that they fit. The curtains have been sitting in a closet for two years. It's time to get the kraft paper (yes, kraft paper) off the windows and get them hung! 


2. Cowhide Rug. Again, another item used in my office at our previous home. I purchased a new rug for my office so the cowhide has to find a new home. The guest room seems ideal.

3. Twin Bed. A family member offered up a twin bed with frame but no headboard. We said "we'll take it!"

4. Windsor Chair. I inherited a Windsor style chair from my grandmothers estate. I'm not sure how I didn't notice but it wasn't until we moved that I realized that there is a beautiful shade of blue peeking out through the well-loved worn areas of the chair’s black finish.


On their own, these items may seem uninspiring (other than the antique chair) but collectively these are the things that helped define the color scheme of the room before I even knew it. Talk about serendipity!  I will be working with black, blues, and creamy ivory. Here is a sneak peek at the fabric selection in progress.

Fabric selection in progress.

So there it goes. My first post down and first week of ORC documented. So, how did I do!!!???


Be sure to check my progress and that of others participating in the ORC. The linking participants can be viewed HERE.  It’s a very talented group...I am sure they won't disappoint! 

15 comments:

  1. LOVE the fabrics! Looking forward to following along!!!

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for stopping by and hoping you do, indeed, follow along...who knows where this ride will take me! LOL.

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  2. I am looking so forward to seeing your room. Your had me at antique chair and beautiful fabric. Good luck with everything and I will be excited to follow along!

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    1. Welcome! Glad you will be joining me!

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  3. I love all of those fabrics! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

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    1. HI Brenna - Thank you! Yes, I can't wait either! There are a few things I have no idea how they will come together. We will both see!

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  4. Southern California is my home! Love the sun and sand theme idea. You will have some lucky guests to stay in this bedroom when it is over.

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    1. Well, hello there neighbor! So glad you stopped by, Linda!

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  6. Looks like you have some great things planned for this room. I'll be sure to follow along. Good luck!

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    1. Hi Erin. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for following along. I'm excited to get this room completed!

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  7. I choose a few to follow (can't follow them all) and yours will be one!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! You have just made my day!!!
      I just hope I don't disappoint! LOL!

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  8. I am excited to see your progress! I love that you are dealing with a typical room, the sort of room that many people have in their homes, instead of a grand expansive space. The fabrics look so classy and rich and how wonderful that your drapes fit the window! I know I will enjoy following along. Enjoy the challenge!

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    1. Hi Janet,
      Thanks for stopping by and following along! I am hoping the room strikes a chord with others as well who have rooms of similar size. I am definitely enjoying the challenge!

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