Oh hello! If you just found me after falling down your own rabbit hole of ORC discovery here’s a quick download on life over here.
This summer we sold our house and cars, my business, and all of our furniture. My hubby, twins and I left our nearly two decade San Diego city life for a small coastal village outside of Boston. Yup, I typed the word “village”, because its so quintessentially a real-life image of a Dickens Village. Such a happy culture shock for our family. We’ve bought an 1890 Victorian that needs some love before we move in. With no furniture to our name, I am designing the 11 rooms of this house from scratch. Felt like the ideal opportunity to try the One Room Challenge for my first time.
ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
For friends that are not aware, find more detailed info about this amazing design event here hosted by Calling it Home. I’ll be joining hundreds of guest participants in the challenge to transform one room over a six-week time frame. Check back weekly for blog and Instagram progress updates. If you’d like to fall down the rabbit hole I definitely recommend visiting the featured designers and guests participants rooms. Like no joke, every time this contest pops up I pour a coffee, clear my morning schedule and spend a couple hours looking at the goodness!
I’ve chosen the Master Bedroom, typically delegated to the after-thought of design in all my past houses. When we bought this house a couple of months ago this room had radiators extending the length of two walls which have been removed. We loved our original wide plank pine floors BUT unfortunately they were in terrible shape so we’ve replaced them throughout the entire house. The room has a bright happy energy ready for a fresh update on its Victorian bones.
I challenged myself to make this room a little more daring then the rest of our house. Something fresh and true to my Cali roots but not too random to place in our old Victorian East Coast home. Central to the plan was picking a bold wallpaper to create a single feature wall. My first instinct was to design the room around a teal Otomi wallpaper. Something kept holding back from doing this one. Hoping I don’t regret the change of heart. I still love it.
My initial room inspo:
And then I found a Schumacher wallpaper that felt more ME and more this HOUSE and totally changed the plan:
Radiators out, old yellow walls begging for new paint, a room ready for fixing…
So far 3 of the walls have been painted BM White Dove, baseboards are done, the new floor is in. Blank slate ready! (p.s. these floors?? Gah!! Happy with the choice!)
THE TO DO LIST
Wallpaper focal wall completed
Source art for room
Move light box to central location over bed
Source design accessories & bedding
Order accent chair
Rug: decide whether to keep and work around “mistake rug” or purchase new one
Radiators removed // replacement baseboards installed
3 Walls painted
Ordered: RH bed, Dresser, Standing Mirror
OK here we go, we can do this….